Director: Economic Policy & Research

Tracking Number: EMCM333-2014
SAP Number: S60044076
This position seeks to attract: All Categories

Division: Economic Intelligence
Section: Economic Policy & Research
Job Type Classification: Permanent

Basic Salary Scale: R 472 344.00 - 614 652.00 per annum
Total Remuneration Packages: R743 170.69 - 924 444.51 per annum

Location - Depot / Town or City: Centurion
Location - Province: Gauteng
Location - Country: South Africa
For Enquiries (Contact Person): Thea Louw (012 358 1226)

Appointment requirements:
An appropriate three (3) year tertiary career-related (Degree or National Diploma) qualification in an Economics, Engineering, Finance, Mathematics, Statistics or Social Sciences field
A Honours, Master’s or PhD degree will be an added advantage
Relevant experience in an economic policy and research environment
Management/supervisory experience
Computer literate

Personal attributes / competencies:
Strong analytical ability; Familiarity with economic-related data and the importance thereof; Ability to work under pressure; Proactive individual; Ability to demonstrate high levels of innovation; Ability to organise and prioritise own work and organise research within the project timetable/timelines; Strong computer literacy including excel; Excellent communication skills; Effective team work; Good attention to detail; Willingness to work flexibly in order to achieve project demands; Willingness to learn new skills; Reliable and loyal

To develop, implement and monitor economic policy research and its associated inclusive growth initiatives within the City of Tshwane.
Economic policy research and strategy development
Strategy implementation and monitoring and evaluation
Providing economic advice to a range of internal and external stakeholders
Influence National and Provincial-level policies related to Inclusive Growth initiatives to ensure effective policy development
Developing and contributing to the City’s research publications thereby enhancing the research profile of the City of Tshwane as an African Capital City of Excellence
Perpetually remaining abreast with local and global economic, social and political occurrences
Developing relationships with key stakeholders, e.g. the private sector, national and provincial government departments and entities, think-tanks and academia, global financial institutions
Establishing relationships with counterparts in leading cities within South Africa and abroad
Co-ordinating and managing stakeholder events
Creating and maintaining a comprehensive database for the City
Managing a team of researchers/economists as well as a quantitative team.

Closing date: 30 May 2014

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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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