Assistant Director: Maternal and Neonatal Health

Reference number: NDOH 26/2014

SALARY: R314 709 per annum (plus competitive benefits).

CENTRE: Chief Directorate: Women’s, Maternal and Reproductive Health, Pretoria

REQUIREMENTS: A Bachelor’s degree / Diploma in Nursing / Nursing Sciences *Diploma in Advanced Midwifery and Nursing Science *Registration with the SA Nursing Council *At least three (3) years experience in managing Maternal and Neonatal Health Programmes *Knowledge of regional and international instruments in maternal and reproductive health *Working knowledge of the health sector and government strategies and processes *Knowledge of policy development and analysis *Strategic management and project management skills *Good communication (written and verbal), computer, planning and organisational skills *Must be prepared to travel and work irregular hours *A valid driver’s licence.

DUTIES: Render technical support and ensure proper implementation of maternal and neonatal health national policies and guidelines at all levels of care *Support provinces in the provision of quality intra-partum and post-partum care through establishment of outreach and quality improvement programmes *Liaise with academic institutions at national and international level to harmonise curricula to incorporate policy issues and support relevant in-service training on maternal and neonatal health issues *Participate and support initiatives aimed at empowering communities with the necessary information related to pregnancy and child birth *Provide support for community empowerment programmes relating to maternal and neonatal health issues at district level *Facilitate collaboration in creating awareness with the relevant private organisations, NGOs and CBOs on Maternal and neonatal health services.

ENQUIRIES: Dr P Holele at tel no (012) 395 9763

CLOSING DATE: 2 June 2014

The Department of Health is registered with the Department of Labour as a designated Employer and the filling of the following posts will be in line with the Employment Equity Act (including people with disabilities).

APPLICATIONS: The Director-General, National Department of Health, Private Bag X828, Pretoria. 0001. Hand delivered applications may be submitted at Reception (Brown application Box), Civitas Building, corner of Thabo Sehume (formerly known as Andries) and Struben streets. Pretoria.


NOTE: Applications should be submitted on form Z83 obtainable from any Public Service Department and should be accompanied by a CV (previous experience must be comprehensively detailed) and certified copies of qualification certificates (including Senior Certificate / Grade 12 Certificate regardless of the qualification requirements indicated in the advert), service certificates, including ID and driver’s licence. No faxed or e-mailed applications will be considered.

Applications received after the closing date and those that do not comply with the requirements will not be considered. Should you be in possession of a foreign qualification, it must be accompanied by an evaluation certificate from the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA). The Department reserves the right not to fill the post. The successful candidate will be subjected to personnel suitability checks and other vetting procedures. Applicants are respectfully informed that correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only. If notification of an interview is not received within three (3) months after the closing date, candidates may regard their application as unsuccessful. The Department will not be liable where applicants use incorrect / no reference number(s) on their applications.

Click here to download a Z83 Application Form.

Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!
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