Reference number: 195/2014
SALARY: R337 998 per annum
REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be in possession of a four-year Bachelor’s degree OR a three year Bachelor’s degree plus an Honours degree with Agricultural Economics as a major subject (you are required to furnish a credit certificate and / or statement of results) plus appropriate experience in agricultural marketing and information / data management (collection, analysis, interpretation and formulation of recommendations). Ability to collect, analyse and interpret data as well as formulate policy recommendations. Ability to conduct research and interact with people at all levels of the organisational structure as well as communicate verbally and in writing. Analytical and innovative thinking. Good interpersonal relations. Report writing. Computer skills in MS Office software.
DUTIES: The incumbent will be responsible for the overall management of the market linkage programme. Manage investigations into market requirements and publish the information to facilitate access by Historically Disadvantaged Individuals (HDIs). Facilitate compliance to food safety standards and requirements, such as Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Good Hygiene Practices (GHP) and the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) by producers and processors of agricultural, forestry and fisheries products to enhance market access through the certification programme. Manage the preferential market access programme. Develop and implement norms and standards for the allocation of permits in line with broader Government policies. Provide leadership in the administration of World Trade Organisation (WTO) and European Union-Trade Development and Cooperation Agreement (EU-TDCA) market access import and export quotas in terms of applicable trade agreements by means of issuing rebate permits. Provide guidelines on the monitoring of the utilisation of permits and quotas. Ensure compliance to permit conditions. Direct the administration, recording and monitoring of payment fees for rebate schemes. Manage an awareness campaign on compliance to Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) sector codes by beneficiaries of the Department’s preferential market access programme. Supervise staff in terms of allocation and quality of work, capacity and development and proper utilisation of equipment as well as assess staff performance.
ENQUIRIES: Mr L.S. Manthata, tel. 012 319 8208.
It is the Department’s intention to promote equity through the filling of posts, according to the set Employment Equity targets. To facilitate this process successfully, an indication of race, gender and disability status is required
APPLICATIONS: Applications may be posted to URS Response Handling, P. O. Box 11506, Tierpoort, 0056 or submitted electronically via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax: 086 654 1824 or online: www.ursonline.co.za or deposited in the URS Response Handling boxes at any one of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ offices indicated below. Enquiries: URS Response Handling, tel. 012 811 1900.
PRETORIA: Reception, Agriculture Place, 20 Steve Biko Street (formerly Beatrix Street), Arcadia, Pretoria, Gauteng.
CAPE TOWN: Reception (Ground Floor), Foretrust Building, 3 Martin Hammerschlag Way, Foreshore, Cape Town, Western Cape.
STELLENBOSCH: Reception (Support Building), Quarantine Station, Polkadraai Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape.
PIETERMARITZBURG: Reception (5th Floor), Old Mutual Building, 185 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.
KING WILLIAM’S TOWN: Reception (Ground Floor), Old SABC Building, 2 Hargreaves Avenue, King William’s Town, Eastern Cape.
NELSPRUIT: Reception (2nd Floor), Permanent Building, 27 Brown Street, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.
MAKHADO: Reception (Ground Floor), Magistrates Building, 103 Landros Street, Makhado, Limpopo
MTHATHA: Reception (3rd Floor), PRD Building, 2 Sutherland Street, Mthatha, Eastern Cape
CLOSING DATE: 6 June 2014
NOTE: Applications must be submitted on a Z83 Form, obtainable from any Public Service department or on the internet at http: / / www.info.gov.za / documents / forms / employ.pdf which must be signed (an unsigned Z83 form will disqualify an application) and should be accompanied by a recently updated, comprehensive CV as well as copies of all qualification(s) [Matric certificate must also be attached] and ID-document and Driver’s licence [where applicable]. Non-RSA Citizens / Permanent Resident Permit Holders must attach a copy of his / her Permanent Residence Permit to his / her application.
Should you be in possession of a foreign qualification, it must be accompanied by an evaluation certificate from the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA). Failure to submit all the requested documents will result in the application not being considered. Correspondence will be limited to short listed candidates only. If you have not been contacted within three (3) months after the closing date of this advertisement, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Suitable candidates will be subjected to a personnel suitability check (criminal record check, citizenship verification, financial / asset record check, qualification / study verification and previous employment verification).
Successful candidates will also be subjected to security clearance processes.
Where applicable, candidates will be subjected to a skills / knowledge test.
Successful candidates will be appointed on a probation period of twelve (12) months. The Department reserves the right not to make appointment(s) to the advertised post(s). Applications submitted via email, fax or online must include the post title and reference number in the subject line and a scanned, signed Z83 form (a Z83 form without a physical signature will disqualify an application) together with all relevant documents as indicated above. Persons with disability are encouraged to apply.
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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!