Chief Director: Special Projects

Reference number: POST 23/68

Office Of The Deputy President

SALARY: All-inclusive remuneration package of R988 152 per annum (level 14) which consist of a basic salary, the State’s contribution to the Government Employees Pension Fund and a flexible portion in terms of applicable rules

CENTRE: Pretoria

REQUIREMENTS: Appropriate post-graduate university qualification with at least 8 years’ experience in research, policy formulation and analysis, monitoring and evaluation and project management in the public sector. Three of these 8 years must have been at senior management level. High-level managerial, strategic planning, budget management, multi-tasking, interpersonal, communication, research and report writing skills are essential requirements. Understanding of Government planning systems, policies and processes is highly recommended.

DUTIES: Reporting to the Head of the Office of the Deputy President, the successful candidate will ensure that meetings of statutory bodies that the Deputy President chairs and / or participates in are organised and achieve their purpose. Ensure that the Deputy President’s initiatives aimed at improving the performance of government and service delivery are implemented. Ensure that special projects delegated to the Deputy President are implemented, in collaboration with government departments, state agencies and partners outside the state. Organise regular interactions between the Deputy President and important stakeholders in society and Nedlac social partners. Monitor the implementation of internal decisions and public commitments of the Deputy President. Prepare briefing notes in preparation for Cabinet and statutory meetings. The successful candidate will also be responsible for managing human resources, the Unit Operational Plan and the budget. .

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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