Head of the Department of Transport

Reference number: DOT/1/2014

(Five-year performance based contract)

SALARY: All inclusive remuneration package of R1 570 254 per annum (salary level 16) which may be structured in terms of applicable rules and guidelines, plus a non-pensionable HoD allowance equal to 10% of the package.

CENTRE: Head Office-King William’s Town

REQUIREMENTS: An appropriate three year Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification backed by at least ten years relevant experience at Senior Management level of which three to five years should be at Executive Management level, preferably in a Public Sector or related environment. A relevant post graduate qualification would be an added advantage. The suitable candidate will also be visionary, stable, innovative, excellence - oriented and a developmental administrator whose predisposition is to serve the poorest of the poor with distinction and empathy. Some working knowledge of transport systems in a development-orientated environment and a good appreciation of multi-modal transport systems and the integration thereof with land use to ensure optimal mobility of people and goods in the Province of the Eastern Cape will give the candidate a definite edge. In addition he / she must have: Proven strategic and leadership capability - Excellent programme, project and financial management skills - An understanding of and experience in change management, knowledge management and service delivery innovation - Excellent problem-solving and analysis, people management and empowerment skills - A client and customer service orientation - Ability to communicate at all levels - Honesty and integrity - Analytical thinking and research skills - A valid driver’s license and computer skills - Advanced knowledge of the prescripts such as the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), Treasury Regulations, SCM Policy Framework, Public Service Act and Regulations.

DUTIES: Key responsibilities: The successful candidate shall be the Head of Department and Accounting Officer of the Department of Transport and be responsible for managing and giving strategic direction in the following matters: Strategic leadership, planning and management of departmental operations - The provision of public transport services and infrastructure through provincial resources and cooperation with national and local authorities and the private sector to enhance the mobility of all communities - Integrated traffic management to enable and ensure that all road users consciously use the roads in the province in a lawful and safe manner• Delivery of accessible services through integrated, socially just, developmental and empowering processes to improve the quality of life of communities within the province through community development programmes - Aligning departmental planning to the national and provincial priorities, including but not limited to the. National Development Plan and Provincial Strategic Framework - Ensuring integrated intra- and interdepartmental planning, collaboration and delivery of programmes and services pertaining to Transport - Ensuring the creation of an enabling environment for effective service delivery through the mobilisation and utilisation of internal and external resources - Implementing good governance systems and compliance monitoring frameworks including the effective and efficient management of finances, risk assurance management services, customer and stakeholder participation in planning, service delivery and decision making - Ensure cooperation and collaboration with relevant institutions like parliamentary committees, provincial and national inter and intra-governmental structures and external stakeholders - Efficiently managing corporate services in the department.

ENQUIRIES: Mr L van Zuydam (040 609 6460 / 6424 / 0767845033)

The Eastern Cape Provincial Administration is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer.

APPLICATIONS: Applications should be posted to the Director-General, Private Bag X0047, Bhisho, 5605 / hand delivered to room no 1041A / 1038, 1st floor, Office of the Premier, Bhisho / e-mailed to: lauwrence.vanzuydam@otp.ecprov.gov.za

CLOSING DATE: 06 June 2014

NOTE: Directions to candidates: Applications must be submitted on the prescribed application form Z.83, which is obtainable from any Public Service Department or on the internet at www.dpsa.gov.za. A comprehensive CV and certified copies of educational qualifications, identity document, and driver’s license must be attached. Failure to comply with the above may result in immediate disqualification. Short-listed candidates may be subjected to security clearance and competency assessment. The successful incumbent will be required to enter into a performance agreement. Females and disabled persons are encouraged to apply.

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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