Assistant Director: Language Services (Nguni Languages)

Reference number: POST 21/22

Directorate: Content Development

SALARY: R 270 804 per annum excluding benefits

CENTRE: Pretoria

REQUIREMENTS: An appropriate three-year Bachelor's degree or diploma in Translation / Language Practice. Competencies required:

- A proven track record and experience as a translator / language practitioner.

- Must be fluent in one of the Nguni languages (SiSwati, isiXhosa, isiZulu and isiNdebele) and have a working knowledge and understanding of the other three Nguni languages.

- Outstanding editing and proofreading skills.

- Computer literacy.

- Sound knowledge and understanding of government policies and programmes. Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

- A team player.

- Good interpersonal skills.

DUTIES: Develop and translate content for information products such as magazines, reports, newsletters, leaflets, exhibitions, etc. Edit and quality control translated material.

- Develop and harvest relevant terminology.

- Liaise with service providers and stakeholders.

ENQUIRIES: Ms Nomgcibelo Motha Tel: 012 473 0211

APPLICATIONS: The CEO of Government Communication and Information System, Private Bag X745, Pretoria,0001 for attention Mr S Matshageng or Hand deliver to Tshedimosetso House,1035 Cnr Francis Baard & Festival streets, Hatfield, Pretoria

FOR ATTENTION: Mr S Matshageng

CLOSING DATE: 6 June 2014

NOTE: Applications must be submitted on form Z83, obtainable from any Public Service Department or on the internet at / documents. The completed and signed form Z83 should be accompanied by a recently updated, comprehensive CV as well as certified copies of all qualification(s) and ID-document. Should you be in possession of a foreign qualification, it must be accompanied by an evaluation certificate from the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA).

Applicants who do not comply with the above-mentioned requirements, as well as applications received late, will not be considered. 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, citizenship, credit record checks, qualification verification and employment verification). The successful candidate must disclose to the CEO particulars of all registrable financial interests. NOTE: All shortlisted candidates will be expected to perform a practical translation, editing and proofreading test.

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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