Researcher




Reference number: POST 22/66

Contract linked to the term of office of the Parliamentary Counsellor

SALARY: All inclusive salary package of R532 278 per annum (level 11)

CENTRE: Cape Town / Pretoria

REQUIREMENTS: An appropriate recognised three year qualification or equivalent qualification on NQF level 6. Appropriate management experience. Excellent research and report writing skills. Good written and verbal communication skills. Knowledge of government policies. Good policy analysis skills. In-depth knowledge of Parliamentary processes and systems.

DUTIES: The successful candidate will provide administrative, research and content support to the Parliamentary Counsellor to the President. Manage the office of the Parliamentary Counsellor. Monitor and analyse debates in Parliament. Write reports for the Parliamentary Counsellor. Ensure that effective records are kept of the activities, correspondence and resources in the Parliamentary Counsellor’s office. Manage the performance of staff in the office of the Parliamentary Counsellor.

ENQUIRIES: Mr K Futhane Tel: (012) 300-5995

The Presidency is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. It is our intention to promote representivity (race, gender and disability). The candidature of persons whose transfer / appointment will promote representivity will receive preference. Candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Candidates will be subjected to a Security Clearance up to the level of “Top Secret”

APPLICATIONS: The Presidency, Private Bag X1000, Pretoria, 0001 or Hand deliver at 535 Johannes Ramokhoase Street (former Proes Street), Arcadia, Pretoria

FOR ATTENTION: Mr T Lekalakala

CLOSING DATE: 20 June 2014 at 16h30

NOTE: Applications must be submitted on form Z83 and should be accompanied by certified copies of qualifications, ID as well as a comprehensive CV in order to be considered. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have foreign qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA). Short-listed candidates for SMS post will be required to undergo competency-based assessment and they will also be required to enter into a performance agreement and sign a financial disclosure annually. Correspondence will be limited to successful candidates only. If you have not been contacted within 3 months after the closing date of this advertisement, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Shortlisted candidates will be subjected to a pre-employment screening and a Top Secret security vetting to determine the suitability of a person for employment. Failure to submit the requested documents will result in your application not being considered.

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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