Assistant Director: Nuclear Economics Data

Reference number: POST 19/16

SALARY: R337 998 per annum, Level 10

CENTRE: Head office

REQUIREMENTS: A National Diploma / Degree in Energy Studies or Industrial Economics coupled with 3-5 years’ experience in Nuclear Industry PLUS the following key competencies: / Knowledge of: / Economics detailed knowledge of energy sector / Comprehensive life cycle assessments / Energy analysis and planning tools / Capital intensive infrastructure / Project and financial management / Departmental policies and procedures / Other government department policies / Skills: / Planning and organising / Project management / Presentation skills / Interpersonal skills / Computer skills / Communication / Good Verbal and written communication / Creativity: / Independency / Team player / Work under pressure / Adaptability

DUTIES: Undertake primary research and analysis on nuclear energy to: - determine impact of Nuclear Energy on the economic environment -Ensure sustainable development and climate change, -Develop potential and plausible trajectories of nuclear energy, -Demand and corresponding nuclear energy supply contribution to the Energy mix -Conduct a nuclear energy system assessment (NESA) with particular- Focus on all things nuclear -Study the economic and environmental aspects of nuclear energy for Electricity generation, desalination and chemical fuel production / Compile nuclear economics and statistical reports from authoritative Sources and maintain departmental nuclear data bank resulting from any studies undertaken by the department. / Develop, maintain and make recommendations with regard to cost Benefit analysis pertaining to nuclear cost vs other energy sources / Make recommendations on matters of economic, finance and social Impacts of nuclear energy

ENQUIRIES: Ms D Kgomo 012 406 7505 / 7503

APPLICATIONS: The Director-General, Department of Energy, Private Bag X96 Pretoria, 0001or hand delivered to, Department of Energy, Matimba Building, Corner Paul Kruger and Visagie Street (192 Visagie Street)
FOR ATTENTION: Mr. D Mbhokota/ Mr P Ndlovu

CLOSING DATE: 30 May 2014

NOTE: Applications must be on a fully completed Z83 forms, signed and dated accompanied by a Comprehensive CV and certified copies of qualifications as well as ID. References should include present and former supervisors as well as their telephone, fax and e-mail addresses. Suitable candidates will be subjected to Personnel Suitability Checks (criminal record, citizen, credit record checks, qualification and employment verification). Confirmation of final appointment will be subject to a positive security clearance. All non SA citizens must attach a certified proof of permanent residence in South Africa. Due to the large number of responses anticipated, receipt of applications will not be acknowledged and correspondence will be limited to short listed candidates only. Applicants are advised not to send their applications through registered mail as the Department will not take responsibility for non-collection of these applications. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have foreign qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) and proof must be attached thereof. It will be expected of candidates to be available for selection interviews on a date, time and place as determined by the Department. All applications must be sent to the address provided above, and not to the specific region(s). The successful candidates will be required to sign a performance agreement within three (3) months of appointment. Should you not be contacted after 60 days of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.

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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