Assistant Director: Northern Cape Provincial Office (Level 10)

Reference number: ASD/NC/05/2014

SALARY: R337 998 per annum

CENTRE: Northern Cape Provincial Office (Kimberley)

REQUIREMENTS: Ideal candidate profile: An appropriate Bachelor’s degree / National (NQF 6 / 7) Diploma in Public Management and Administration / Human Resource Management / Social Science / Labour Relations / Law. Appropriate experience in labour relations, grievance resolution, promotion of professional ethics and anticorruption activities, investigative research and analysis, monitoring and evaluation, human resource management and development, and public administration investigations. Knowledge of and experience in Public Service legislation, including, but not limited to the following: the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, the Public Service Act, 1994 (as amended), the Public Finance Management Act, 1999, the Public Service Commission Act, 1997, Public Service Regulations and Treasury Regulations as well as Supply Chain Management directives. Knowledge of public management, administration, human resource practices, corporate governance and financial management. Possess people management, analytical, project management, presentation, writing and communication skills. Reasoning skills and the ability to formulate arguments for and against specific positions in writing. Sufficient computer skills and experience in the Microsoft Office suite, e.g. Excel, Word and PowerPoint. A valid code 8 driver’s licence and willingness to travel.

DUTIES: Key performance areas: Investigate grievances submitted to the Public Service Commission (PSC), and draft reports and submissions with reasoning, findings and recommendations. Assist with the management of the grievance database. Assist in facilitating the submission of Financial Disclosures by all members of the Senior Management Service (SMS) in the Province, and scrutinizing of financial disclosures to determine potential conflicts of interest. Assist in the management of the Heads of Department (HoD) evaluation process. Investigate complaints lodged with the PSC into areas of Public Administration, and draft reports with appropriate findings, recommendations, directions and advice. Assist with the maintenance of the database on the status of complaints. Assist with conducting monitoring and evaluation research / investigations in selected provincial departments. Conduct service delivery investigations and inspections. Participate in all projects of the Office of the Public Service Commission (OPSC) as directed by the Provincial Director.

ENQUIRIES: Mr J Malan, Tel: (053) 832 6222

The Office of the Public Service Commission is an equal opportunity, representative employer. It is the intention to promote representivity (race, gender and disability) in the Public Service through the filling of positions. Candidates whose appointment / transfer / promotion will promote representivity will therefore receive preference. Persons with disability are especially encouraged to apply. An indication of representivity profile by applicants will expedite the processing of applications.

APPLICATIONS: Forward your application, stating the relevant reference number to: The Director-General, Office of the Office of the Public Service Commission, Private Bag X121, Pretoria, 0001 or hand-deliver at Commission House, corner Hamilton and Ziervogel Streets, Arcadia,


CLOSING DATE: 27 June 2014

NOTE: Applications must be submitted on Form Z.83 obtainable from any Public Service department and should be accompanied by a recent updated comprehensive CV, certified copies of qualifications, Identity Document and driver’s license. Should you be in possession of a foreign qualification(s), it must be accompanied by an evaluation certificate from the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA). The successful candidate will be required to obtain a clearance issued by the State Security Agency. The OPSC will verify the qualifications and conduct reference checking on short-listed candidates.

Correspondences will be limited to shortlisted candidates. If you have not been contacted within 3 months of the closing dates of this advertisement. Please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Please take note that faxed, Emailed and late applications will not be accepted

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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