REF NO: DBE/15/2018

Directorate: Intergovernmental Relations, Community Liaison and Publications

SALARY : All-inclusive remuneration package of R779 295 per annum

CENTRE : Pretoria

REQUIREMENTS : An appropriate recognised three (3) year degree qualification in
Communication or an equivalent qualification in a related field from an
accredited institution. At least four (4) years experience at supervisory level.
Candidates must have a sound knowledge, understanding and experience of
the Basic Education Sector, Government policies, programmes and priorities;
and 6 years proven practical relevant experience in external communication
with a strong inter-governmental and community liaison focus; excellent writing
and editing skills; excellent interpersonal skills; proven planning, organising
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 interpersonal
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 Director and Chief
Director in providing strategic communication leadership in the Basic
Education Sector, the Provincial Education Departments and statutory bodies;
Develop 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 activities for the
Department of Basic Education; Promote intergovernmental co-operation and
community liaison through approved protocols; Support the Director on
facilitating inter-sectoral intergovernmental and community liaison cooperation;
Manage of the HEDCOM Sub-Committee on Communications;
Assist the Director with the attendance and management of inter-governmental
forums; 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.