Assistant Director: Parliamentary & Stakeholder Liaison

Reference number: POST 23/71

Directorate: Stakeholder Management

This post is being re-advertised.

SALARY: R270 804 per annum (level 9)

CENTRE: Pretoria

REQUIREMENTS: An appropriate recognised Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification (on NQF level 6) coupled with relevant experience in stakeholder relation management, research, writing and policy analysis. The candidate must have a sound understanding of government policies. Must have excellent writing, analytical and managerial skills. People’s skills as well as communication skills are vital to the position.

DUTIES: The successful candidate will be required to assist thee Directorate to, among others: Co-ordinate the Office’s submissions to Parliament. Coordinate research and prepare draft responses to Parliamentary questions. Liaise with all spheres of Government and arms of State with regard to parliamentary matters requiring the attention of the Office. Communicate to the Office all relevant matters raised in Parliament that has a bearing on the organization. Organize regular interaction between the Principal and key stakeholders. Provide administrative, logistical and research support in preparation for stakeholder engagements. Undertake any relevant responsibilities deemed necessary by the Head of the Cabinet Directorate.

ENQUIRIES: Mr K Futhane Tel: (012) 300-5995

CLOSING DATE: 27 June 2014

The Presidency is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. It is our intention to promote representivity (race, gender and disability). The candidature of persons whose transfer / appointment will promote representivity will receive preference. Candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Candidates will be subject to a security clearance up to the level of Top Secret.

APPLICATIONS: The Presidency, Private Bag X1000, Pretoria, 0001 or Hand deliver at 535 Johannes Ramokhoase Street (former Proes Street), Arcadia, Pretoria.

FOR ATTENTION: Mr. T Lekalakala

NOTE: Applications must be submitted on form Z83 and should be accompanied by certified copies of qualifications, ID as well as a comprehensive CV in order to be considered. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have foreign qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA). Short-listed candidates for SMS post will be required to undergo competency-based assessment and they will also be required to enter into a performance agreement and sign a financial disclosure annually. Correspondence will be limited to successful candidates only. If you have not been contacted within 3 months after the closing date of this advertisement, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Shortlisted candidates will be subjected to a pre-employment screening and a Top Secret security vetting to determine the suitability of a person for employment. Failure to submit the requested documents will result in your application not being considered.

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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