Tracking Number: EMCM329-2014
SAP Number: S60044075
Job Title: RESEARCHER TO THE CHIEF ECONOMIST
This position seeks to attract: All Categories
Department: OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR
Division: Economic Intelligence
Section: Office of the Chief Economist
Job Type Classification: Permanent
Basic Salary Scale: R188 520.00 - 306 648.00 per annum
Total Remuneration Packages: R240 139.29 - 390 612.31 per annum
Location - Depot / Town or City: Centurion
Location - Province: Gauteng
Location - Country: South Africa
For Enquiries (Contact Person): T Louw (012 358 1226)
An appropriate three (3) year tertiary career-related qualification (Degree or National Diploma) in Social Sciences, Economics or equivalent quantitative fields
A Honours and/or Master’s degree will be an advantage
Relevant research experience
Personal attributes / competencies:
Strong analytical ability; Excellent writing and research skills; Excellent verbal communication; Ability to interact with a diverse range of stakeholders; High levels of professionalism; Must have the ability to work under pressure; Self-motivated and proactive individual; Display requisite levels of dynamism and innovative ability; Ability to work independently towards the strategic goals of the organisation; Ability to impart skills to fellow colleagues; High levels of technical competency in the candidate’s respective field must be evident
To render research and executive assistance to the Chief Economist and where requested to do, to other areas of the Economic Intelligence Division, headed by the Chief Economist.
Conducting economic policy research as directed by the Chief Economist to contribute towards providing the requisite levels of intelligence with respect to the CoT’s economic policy trajectory
To proactively generate research ideas and share these with the Chief Economist and the Economic Intelligence Division
To increase the levels of intelligence within the City of Tshwane with respect to the formulation, interpretation and assessment of economic policy
To assist in the City’s inclusive growth initiatives
Analysing existing initiatives and interventions that fall within the realm of the City in the context of the profile of the City in order to contribute towards creating implementation models (strategies) aimed at delivering effective solutions with the overarching objective of enhancing the levels of economic prosperity within the City of Tshwane.
Developing and contributing to the Office of the Mayor’s publications
Perpetually remaining abreast of global and local events affecting the economic, political and social landscape
Compilation and co-ordination (where appropriate) of comments on Mayoral Committee Reports
Assisting with the drafting of Circular 9 administrative reports
Assisting with the drafting of Council Reports
Additional tasks and the rendering of executive assistance, which could, for example, include administrative, tracking or executive assistant support to the Chief Economist.
Closing date: 30 May 2014
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!