Senior Manager: Local Participation Governance (Director Level)

Reference number: POST 22/12

Branch: Provincial and Municipal Governance Support

Chief Directorate: Governance and Public Participation

SALARY: An all-inclusive remuneration package of R 819 126 per annum. This inclusive remuneration package consists of a basic salary, contribution to the Government Employees Pension Fund and a flexible portion that may be structured i.t.o. the applicable rules.

CENTRE: Pretoria

REQUIREMENTS: A three year Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification with extensive relevant experience at middle management level. A qualification in Social Sciences, Development Studies, Public Finance or Public Administration will be an added advantage. Core Competencies: Strategic capacity and leadership, people management and empowerment, programme and project management, financial management and change management. Process competencies: Knowledge management, service delivery innovation, problem solving and analysis, communication, client orientation and customer focus and research. Technical competencies: Ward development plans, Integrated Development Plans and funding models.

DUTIES: The successful candidate will perform the following duties: Promote effective citizen participation models in local governance and service delivery. Promote accountable and transparent governance through effective participatory governance systems including assessing public confidence in elected councillors and appointed officers. Assess strategic capability in forming local strategic partnerships (public, private, community and voluntary). Advising municipalities on effective and efficient public participation including advising municipalities on the institutional, funding and administrative arrangements for ward committees to function. Promote the developments of Ward Development Plans as part of Integrated Development Plans. Monitor and report on the functioning of Ward Committees

ENQUIRIES: Ms B Diale Tel: (012) 334 0721

The vision of the Department of Cooperative Governance is one of having a well co-ordinated system of Government consisting of National, Provincial and Local spheres working together to achieve sustainable development and service delivery. The Department intends to invest in human capital, increase integrated technical capacity directed at service delivery and promote representivity in the Department through the filling of the post. Candidature of persons whose appointment / transfer / promotion will promote representivity will therefore receive preference.

APPLICATIONS: Please forward your application, quoting the relevant reference number to Fax: 086 246 9808 or email to quoting the relevant reference in the subject line). Enquiries for applications: Victor Theron, Tel. (011) 6280369 / 0399

CLOSING DATE: 20 June 2014

NOTE: Applications must be submitted on form Z.83 (application form), obtainable from any Public Service department, and should be accompanied by a comprehensive CV and certified copies of qualifications. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have foreign qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and to provide proof of such evaluation.

Incomplete applications or applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Due to the large number of responses anticipated, correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only. If you have not been contacted within three months of the closing date of the advertisement, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful. We thank you for the interest shown in our Department.

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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