His contract will run from mid-September when he starts preparing the squad for the home series against Bangladesh until the conclusion of the ICC World Cup in mid-2019.
CSA also announced the appointment of Russell Domingo as head coach of the South Africa A side while the current incumbent, Shukri Conrad, will return to his previous full-time position as Head Coach of the Powerade National Academy.
Gibson is currently the bowling coach of the England Test team and has previously served as head coach of the West Indies.
As a player, Gibson, 48, had a distinguished playing career for the West Indies, representing them in two Test matches – the second of which was the New Year Test at Newlands in 1999 – and 15 ODIs as an all-rounder between 1995 and 1999. In addition, he played more than 400 matches, principally for his native Barbados, across the three formats that included spells with Border, Gauteng and Northern Cape (Griqualand West) as well as several England counties.
One of his career highlights saw him taking all 10 wickets in an innings for Durham against Hampshire in 2007.
“After following a rigorous process, we are delighted to welcome Ottis Gibson as the new Head Coach for the Proteas,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.
“His playing and coaching credentials are impressive and that will place the Proteas in good hands as we move towards a big home summer with both India and Australia visiting us.
“Having spent a great part of his playing career in South Africa, Ottis is familiar with our country and that should help him to settle in quickly with our national team.