DIRECTOR – Department of Basic Education – Pretoria

(REF NO: 140942/3)

Branch: Office of the Director General

Chief Directorate: Media Liaison and National and Provincial Communication

Directorate: Intergovernmental Relations, Community Liaison and Publications
SALARY : All-inclusive remuneration package of R948 174 per annum
CENTRE : Pretoria

REQUIREMENTS : An appropriate recognised three (3) year Bachelor’s Degree or an
undergraduate qualification (NQF level 7) as recognized by SAQA. At least five
(5) years’ experience at middle or senior management level. Candidates must
have a sound knowledge, understanding and experience of the Basic
Education Sector, Government policies, programmes and priorities; and
years proven practical relevant experience in external communication with a
strong inter-governmental and community liaison focus; proven extensive
practical and relevant experience in publication conceptualisation, design,
layout and production skills; proven practical and relevant experience in
photography and videography; excellent writing and editing skills; excellent
interpersonal skills; planning, organising, financial management and project
management skills. Candidates must have excellent verbal and written
communications skills; excellent computer skills (MS Word, MS Excel, MS
PowerPoint, MS Outlook, Internet Explorer); and the ability to work accurately
and independently. Candidates must also have sound inter-personal relations,
negotiation skills and the ability to communicate with stakeholders at all levels.
Knowledge and skills in formulating and writing reports are essential.
Candidates have to be in possession of a valid driver’s licence and be willing
to travel and work long hours including weekends. Candidates must be able to
work well in a team. Must have the necessary financial management skills,
including compiling and managing budgets, controlling cash flow, instituting
risk management and administering tender procurement processes in
accordance with the PFMA. Must have strategic capability and leadership skills
with proven knowledge and experience in managing personnel.
DUTIES : The incumbent will be expected to provide strategic advice and analysis on
matters of intergovernmental relations and community liaison; Work to
enhance inter-sectoral collaboration and play a key role in the advancement of
the Department of Basic Education’s priorities; Support the Chief Director in
providing strategic communication leadership in the Basic Education Sector,
Provincial Education Departments and statutory bodies; Lead the development
of the Department of Basic Education’s overall intergovernmental and
community liaison strategy to support the sector in the advancement of the
intergovernmental elements of key policy initiatives; Co-ordinate
intergovernmental relations and community liaison for the Department of Basic
Education; Promote intergovernmental co-operation and community liaison
through approved protocols; Support the Chief Director on facilitating intersectoral
intergovernmental and community liaison co-operation; Assist the
Chief Director with the management of the HEDCOM Sub-Committee on
Communications; Assist the Chief Director with the attendance and
management of inter-governmental forums; Provide strategic advice and
analysis on matters of publication designs and production, photojournalism,
videography and internal-communication; Work to enhance the delivery of
publication, photojournalism, videography and internal communication
services for the advancement of the Department of Basic Education’s priorities;
Lead the development of the Department of Basic Education’s overall
publication, photojournalism, videography and internal communication
strategy to support the sector in the advancement of the key policy initiatives;
Co-ordinate the provision of publication conceptualisation, design and layout
services to all Directorates, the Director-General and the Ministry; Co-ordinate
the weekly publication of the Departmental Newsletter; Co-ordinate the
management of internal communication platforms (e.g. intranet, e-mail
signatures, electronic and static notice boards, e-mail broadcast messages
etc.); Co-ordinate the management of photojournalism, editing and
videography services to all Directorates, the Director-General and the Ministry;
Maintain a professional relationship with all internal and external stakeholders;
Manage personnel and service providers; and Provide general strategic
communications support to the Chief Director

APPLICATIONS : Department of Basic Education, and submitted via post to: Private Bag X895,
Pretoria, 0001 or via hand-delivery to: The Department of Basic Education, 222
Struben Street, Pretoria.


CLOSING DATE : 11 May 2018

NOTE : Applications must be submitted on form Z83 obtainable from any Public
Service Department and must be accompanied by a comprehensive CV and
certified copies of qualifications. NB as of 1st July 2006, all new appointments
in the public service have to be part of the Government Employee Medical
Scheme (GEMS) in order to qualify for a Government Medical Subsidy.
Correspondence will only be entered into with short-listed applicants.
Applications received after the closing date, e-mailed or faxed applications will
not be considered. Please visit the Department of Education’s website at or the Department of Public Service and Administration
vacancy circulars at All shortlisted candidates for SMS
posts will be subjected to a technical exercise that intends to test relevant
technical element of the job, the logistics of which will be communicated by the
department. Following the interview and the technical exercise, the selection
panel will recommend candidates to attend a generic managerial competency
assessment (in compliance with the DPSA Directive on the implementation of
competency based assessments). The competency assessment will be testing
generic managerial competencies using the mandated DPSA SMS
competency assessment tools. The incumbent will have to sign an annual
performance agreement as well as annually disclose his/her financial interests
and be subjected to a security clearance.