Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
DIRECTOR: NATIONAL EXTENTION REFORM REF NO: 3/2/1/2022/639
Directorate: National Extension Reform
SALARY : R1 073 187 per annum (Level 13), (all-inclusive package). The package includes a basic salary (70% of package), and a flexible portion that may be structured in accordance with the rules for Senior Management Services (SMS).
CENTRE : Gauteng (Pretoria)
REQUIREMENTS : Successful completion of Pre-entry Certificate for SMS as endorsed by the National School of Government (NSG). Applicants must be in possession of a Grade 12 Certificate and Bachelor’s Degree or Advanced Diploma in Agricultural Science majoring in Agricultural Extension / Agricultural Economics or Development Studies (NQF Level 7). Minimum 5 years’ experience at middle / senior managerial level in the extension and advisory services environment. Job related knowledge: Knowledge and understanding of all relevant legislation and regulations that govern the Public Service including the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), Treasury Regulations, Public Service Act and Labour Relations Act. Understanding of Government’s vision, priorities and priorities outcome. Understanding of relevant prescripts including Public Service management prescripts as well as legislation that governs skills development. Awareness of existing policies and an understanding of the integrated nature of extension support services and the need for managing intergovernmental relations in this regard. Knowledge and understanding of the White Paper on the transformation of the Public Service (Batho Pele). Job-related skills: Financial management skills, Strategic capability and leadership skills, Programme and Project management skills, Knowledge management skills, Service delivery innovation skills, Problem solving and analysis skills, People management and empowerment skills, Client orientation and Customer focus skills, Communication skills (verbal and written), Honesty and Integrity. Change Management. A valid driver’s licence and willingness to work additional and extended hours. Willingness to travel.
DUTIES : Coordinate and manage the development of a regulatory framework for national extension support services. Co-ordinate and manage the review and development of National extension services, policies and guidelines. Facilitate the identification of policy areas and policy inputs to guide the improvement of national extension and advisory services. Co-ordinate and manage the development and implementation of norms and standards for service providers and extension practitioners in the provinces. Co-ordinate and manage the development and implementation of norms and standards for national extension and advisory services. Design a quality assurance system for monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of National policies and guidelines for extension support services. Conduct research to identify alternative regulatory mechanisms for extension and advisory services. Establish and promote strategic alliances with key stakeholders in respect of extension and advisory services policies, norms and standards for agriculture, land reform and rural development sector. Provide technical advice and support on national extension policies, strategies and programmes. Co-ordinate the provision of administrative support for the maintenance of policies, norms and standards. Monitor and enforce compliance with the national extension services regulatory framework. Co-ordinate and manage the review and development of a system for managing the performance of extension practitioners as well as service providers. Monitor the level of provincial compliance against norms, standards and policy requirements. Provide direct support to provincial departments in respect of compliance requirements and trends. Manage the resources of the Directorate. Develop the operational plan for the Directorate and ensure its implementation. Allocate and manage resources at functional levels to ensure the delivery on set targets for the Directorate. Develop solutions to technical challenges. Conduct financial planning and account for allocated budget. Ensure adherence to policy and statuary directives relevant to the functional terrain of the Directorate. Monitor, evaluate and report on the performance of the Directorate. Manage client relations. Ensure the management and development of human resources. Co-ordinate and facilitate the establishment of institutional mechanisms for implementation and monitoring of policies, norms and standards in extension and advisory services. Facilitate the establishment of regulatory structures and forums. Co-ordinate activities of the relevant regulatory structures and forums for national extension support services. Manage the implementation of a framework for assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of extension and advisory services institutional mechanism in the sector. Monitor and evaluate the functioning on various institutional mechanisms and their impact on the delivery of extension and advisory services in the sector. Generate relevant reports on the implementation of extension and advisory services policies/norms and standards/and relevant frameworks.
ENQUIRIES : Mr B Msomi Tel No: (012) 319 6446
APPLICATIONS : Applications can be submitted by post to: Private Bag X833, Pretoria, 0001 or hand delivered during office hours to: 184 Jeff Masemola Street (formerly known as Jacob Mare), corner of Jeff Masemola and Paul Kruger Streets, Pretoria or to Agriculture Place, 20 Steve Biko (formerly Beatrix) Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0001.
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.