Director: Media Liaison

Reference number: POST 23/69

Branch: Office of the Deputy President

Contract linked to the term of office of the Deputy President

SALARY: All-inclusive remuneration package of R819 126 per annum (level 13) 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 Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualification) and extensive experience in the duties listed below. Exposure to a demanding work environment. Preparedness to work long hours and travel extensively. Proven experience in media liaison and press statement preparation. Well-developed written and verbal communication skills. Excellent interpersonal and analytical skills. Proven research and report-writing skills. A working knowledge of Government policy formulation processes and priorities.

DUTIES: Provide overall communication support to the Office of the Deputy President under the supervision of the Spokesperson (as Head of Communications in the Office of the Deputy President); contribute to the formulation and implementation of communication strategies; establish and maintain good working relations with the media; facilitate regular liaison between the media and Office of the Deputy President; write and issue media statements; monitor and analyse media reports on the programme of the Deputy President and government in general; manage a team of media liaison officers in the Chief Directorate: Communications in the Office of the Deputy President; interface with relevant government departments regarding the public programme and activities of the Deputy President; and undertake any other media and communication related work assigned by the Deputy President’s Spokesperson and / or the Head of the Deputy President’s Office.

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.

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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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