DALRRD Vacancies — Chief Agricultural Food and Quarantine Technician

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Directorate: Inspection Services
SALARY : R382 245 per annum (Level 09)
CENTRE : Western Cape (Stellenbosch)

REQUIREMENTS : Applicants must be in possession of a Grade 12 Certificate and a National Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree / Bachelor of Technology, Bachelor of Agriculture or Bachelor of Science in (Agriculture / Agriculture Management / Plant Production / Crop Production / Crop Protection / Plant Health / Plant Pathology / Horticulture / Animal Production / Livestock Production / Food Technology / Microbiology). Minimum of 3 years relevant experience. Job related knowledge: Public Service Regulations. International agreements, conventions and bilateral agreements relating to phytosanitary, Sanitary and food quality matter. Relevant legislation and regulations, norms and standards. Export and import programmes and their requirements. Job related skills: Ability to communicate well and interact with people at different levels. Planning skills, Technical skills, Law enforcement skills, Interpersonal skills, Problem solving skills, Interpretation skills, Analytical skills, Negotiation skills, Listening skills, Computer literacy and Report writing skills. A valid driver’s license and the ability to drive. Willingness to work extended hours and to travel.

DUTIES : Application and enforcement of legislation and international agreements. Conduct inspections and make recommendations in terms of the appropriate actions. Conduct searches of passengers, motor vehicles, etc with regard to illegal imports of regulated agricultural products by the appropriate means, i.e. physical inspections, sniffer dogs or X-ray machines. Prohibition of the sale of imported and locally produced agricultural products that do not comply with the relevant legislative prescripts. Prohibition and detention of regulated agricultural products. Seize and confiscate non-compliant agricultural products. Handle consignments destined for export that do not comply with the requirements or international agreements or are rejected by assignees. Initiate investigations into the illegal importation, exportation and movement of regulated agricultural products as well as other fraudulent activities. Institute legal action for non-compliance. Attend and give evidence during court cases where necessary. Handle complaints, queries and enquiries from customer queries. Ensure the issuing of phytosanitary, quality and export certificates as required for international trade purposes. Ensure the auditing of phytosanitary, quality and food safety management systems as well as assignees. Provide advisory services to stakeholders. Liaise with and provide advice to stakeholders (e.g. trade organizations, industries, private sector institutions, importers/exporters, legal representatives, assignees, etc) regarding the operational application of the relevant Acts, prescripts, certification schemes, norms and standards. Supervision of staff. Allocate and ensure quality of work. Ensure capacity and development of staff. Ensure proper utilisation of equipment. Assess staff performance. Apply discipline.

ENQUIRIES : Mr G Tsako Tel No: (021) 809 1641
APPLICATIONS : Applications can be submitted by post to: Private Bag X10, Mowbray 7710 or hand delivered during office hours to: 14 Long Street, 5th Floor, Cape Town, 8001.

NOTE : African Males and Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

CLOSING DATE : 25 November 2022 at 16:00

NOTE : The application must include only completed and signed new Z83 Form, obtainable from any Public Service Department or on the DPSA web site link: https://www.dpsa.gov.za/newsroom/psvc/ and a detailed Curriculum Vitae. Certified copies of Identity Document, Grade 12 Certificate and the highest required qualifications as well as a driver’s licence where necessary, will only be submitted by shortlisted candidates to Human Resources on or before the day of the interview date. Failure to do so will result in your application being disqualified. Foreign qualifications must be accompanied by an evaluation report issued by SAQA. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have all foreign qualifications evaluated by SAQA and to provide proof of such evaluation report (only when shortlisted). The requirements for appointment at SMS level include the successful completion of the Senior Management Pre-entry Programme as endorsed by the NSG. Prior to appointment, a candidate would be required to complete the Nyukela Programme: Pre-entry Certificate to Senior Management Services as endorsed by DPSA which is an online course, endorsed by the National School of Government (NSG). The course is available at the NSG under the name Certificate for entry into the SMS and the full details can be sourced by the following link: https://www.thensg.gov.za/training-course/sms-pre-entry-programme/. No appointment will take place without the successful completion of the pre-entry certificate and submission of proof thereof. All shortlisted candidates will be subjected to a technical exercise that intends to test relevant technical elements of the job, the logistics of which will be communicated by the Department. Following the interview and technical exercise, the selection panel will recommend candidates to attend a generic managerial competency assessment in compliance with the Department of Public Service and Administration (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. Applications: Please ensure that you submit your application before the closing date as no late applications will be considered. If you apply for more than 1 post, please submit separate applications for each post that you apply for. Due to the large number of applications we envisage to receive, applications will not be acknowledged. Should you not be contacted within 3 months of the closing date of the advertisement, please consider your application to be unsuccessful. Should, during any stage of the recruitment process, a moratorium be placed on the filling of posts or the Department is affected by any process such as, but not limited to, restructuring or reorganisation of posts, the Department reserves the right to cancel the recruitment process and re-advertise the post at any time in the future. Important: DALRRD is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is our intention to promote representivity in DALRRD through the filling of posts. The Department reserves the right not to fill a position. Shortlisted candidates will be required to be available for assessments and interviews at a date and time as determined by the Department. All shortlisted candidates will be subjected to personnel suitability checks. The successful candidate will be subjected to undergo security vetting. DALRRD will conduct reference checks which may include social media profiles of the shortlisted candidates. Applicants must declare any pending criminal, disciplinary or any other allegations or investigations against them. Should this be uncovered during / after the interview took place, the application will not be considered and in the unlikely event that the person has been appointed such appointment will be terminated. The successful candidate will be appointed subject to positive results of the security clearance process. The successful candidate will be required to enter into an employment contract and sign a performance agreement with the Department. All applicants are required to declare any conflict or perceived conflict of interest, to disclose memberships of Boards and directorships that they may be associated with.