SSAJRP operates through a structure of standing committees, composed of representatives from government, universities and the private sector.
The Swiss South African Joint Committee, the supreme body and highest authority of SSAJRP, defines the strategic goals and orientation of SSAJRP. The committee is composed of an equal number of representatives of Switzerland and South Africa and chaired jointly by a representative of the Swiss and the South African Government. On the Swiss side, the Joint Committee comprises representatives of the Government (SER), SNSF, the University of Basel as the Leading House for South Africa and the Swiss Tropical Institute as the Associated leading House.
The Swiss Steering Committee is responsible for the overall strategic management and direction of the SSAJRP in Switzerland. It oversees the planning, implementation, and progress of SSAJRP in Switzerland and ensures equal access to the programme and fair treatment to all research institutes in Switzerland. The Swiss Steering Committee is chaired by the State Secretariat for Education and Research and is composed of representatives from:
- University of Basel
- Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
- A University of Applied Sciences (FHNW)
- OPET / CTI
- An external industry expert
The Advisory Board comprises internationally renowned scientists and industry representatives providing a broad representation of expertise pertaining to the various scientific interests of SSAJRP. Members of the Advisory Board serve in their individual capacities and are nominated by members of the Swiss Steering Committee.