Senior Agricultural Food and Quarantine Technician

Reference number: 176/2014

Directorate: Inspection Services

SALARY: R227 802 per annum

CENTRE: Stellenbosch

REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be in possession of a National diploma / degree in Food Technology / Sciences and / or Environmental Health with Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Food Chemistry / Technology / Sciences and / or Microbiology as a major subject(s) (you are requested to furnish a credit certificate and / or statement of results). A B.Tech degree in Quality will serve as an advantage. Experience in agricultural law enforcement, quality assurance and quality control, food safety, processed products and the food industry as well as generic administrative procedures relating to these tasks. Relevant technical experience in the related field of work will serve as an added advantage. Knowledge of relevant technical legislation, standards and international agreements, e.g. the World Trade Organisation Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (WTO-SPS), the World Trade Organisation Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO-TBT) and the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CODEX) will be advantageous. Good communication (verbal and written), problem solving, interpersonal relations, conflict handling, planning and organising skills. Ability to provide training to others as well as work independently and within a team environment. Conversant in one of the official languages in which the relevant legislation is written. Candidates must be capable and willing to conduct inspections, inter alia in rail trucks, on trucks, on ships, in containers, cold storages, etc. He / she must be prepared to travel and work away from home / office at short notice and work overtime. Basic computer skills in MS Office software. A valid Code B driver’s licence and the ability to drive.

DUTIES: The incumbent will be responsible to enforce mainly the Agricultural Product Standards Act, 1990 (Act 119 of 1990) and the Liquor Products Act, 1989 (Act 60 of 1989) as well as related policies and international agreements to ensure that the quality and sanitary status of agricultural and liquor products comply with the relevant requirements of the prescripts. This includes the independent planning and conducting of inspections and auditing of assignees respectively. Inspections include sampling, testing and evaluating labels of agricultural products as well as marking requirements, conducting investigations, detection and administrative tasks relating to these functions. Where applicable the sale / movement of products will have to be prohibited and due legal process followed. Conduct inspections away from his / her station / home including overnight stay(s) when necessary. Render services on short notice and after hours or away from his / her station when necessary. Offer regulatory services pertaining to other legislation and international obligations.

ENQUIRIES: Mr G. Tsako, tel. 021 809 1641 / 1662.

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: or via fax: 086 654 1824 or online: 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: / / / 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.

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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