DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES – SENIOR LEGAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICER (X5 POSTS)


DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES
APPLICATIONS :
Must be submitted to the Director-General, Department of Environment,
Forestry and Fisheries, Private Bag X447, Pretoria, 0001 or hand-delivered to:
Environment House, Erf 1563 Arcadia Extension 6, Cnr Soutpansberg and
Steve Biko Road, Arcadia, Pretoria.For positions based in Cape Town,
applications must be forwarded to: Private Bag X4390, Cape Town, 8000 or
hand-deliver to 63 Strand Street, Cape Town
FOR ATTENTION : Human Resource Management
CLOSING DATE : 24 August 2020
NOTE : Application must be submitted on a signed Z83 form obtainable from any Public
Service Department and must be completed in full accompanied by certified
copies of qualifications (Matric Certificate must also be attached) ID document,
a valid Driver’s License (all attached documentation must not be older than 6
months) together with the recent Curriculum Vitae in order to be considered. It
is the applicant’s responsibility to have foreign qualifications evaluated by the
South African Qualification Authority (SAQA). Correspondence will be limited
to successful candidates only. Short-listed candidates will be subjected to
screening and security vetting to determine their suitability for employment,
including but not limited to: Criminal records; Citizenship status; Credit
worthiness; Previous employment (reference checks); and Qualification
verification. Short-listed candidates will be expected to avail themselves at the
Department’s convenience. Entry level requirements for SMS posts: In terms
of the Directive on Compulsory Capacity Development, Mandatory Training
Days & Minimum Entry Requirements for SMS that was introduced on 1 April
2015, a requirement for all applicants for SMS posts from 1 April 2020 is a
successful completion of the Senior Management Pre-Entry Programme as
endorsed by the National School of Government (NSG). The course is
available at the NSG under the name Certificate for entry into SMS and the full
details can be obtained by following the below
link:https://www.thensg.gov.za/training-course/sms-pre-entryprogramme/ The
successful candidate will be required to provide proof of completion of the NSG
Public Service Senior Management Leadership Programme Certificate for
entry into the SMS. Furthermore, candidates shortlisted for the SMS post will
be subjected to a technical exercise that intends to test relevant technical
elements of the job. 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 person appointed to
this position will be subjected to a security clearance, the signing of
performance agreement and employment contract. The department reserves
the right not to make an appointment. If you have not been contacted within
three 3 months after the closing date of the advertisement, please accept that
your application was unsuccessful. Consideration will be given to the
candidates who previously applied and meet the requirements, and therefore
they need not apply.
MANAGEMENT ECHELON

POST 19/29 : SENIOR LEGAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICER: CORPORATE LEGAL
SUPPORT REF NO:
ODG03/2020 (X2 POSTS)
SALARY : R473 820 – R1 140 828 per annum (terms and conditions apply)
CENTRE : Pretoria and Cape Town
REQUIREMENTS : An appropriate recognised LLB degree coupled with 8 years post graduate
experience in the provision of legal services with supervisory skills (candidates
with less than 8 years post graduate experience will not be considered).
Preference will be given to candidates who are admitted attorneys or
advocates. Candidates must have the ability to negotiate and draft contracts,
international instruments and computer literacy is essential. Knowledge of
Environmental law, PAIA, PAJA and the Constitution is essential. Ability to
interpret the provisions of the PFMA and Treasury Regulations as well as
specific environmental legislation, issues affecting the environment and
general environmental law is required. Good verbal and written communication
and negotiation skills are essential. The ability to work in a team and
independently is required. Therefore candidates must be in possession of a
valid Driver’s License, which must be attached to the application and be able
to travel.
DUTIES : Provide legal support to ensure compliance with relevant legislation. Provide
legal advice, opinions and prepare legal documents for the Department; Advice
on the drafting and vetting of contracts and international instruments; Provide
strategic legal support to the Department; ensure compliance with POPI, PAIA
and PAJA; and Provide legal education to Departmental officials.
ENQUIRIES : Ms M. Mmola Tel No: (012) 399 9339 and Mr C Liebenberg Tel No: (021) 814
8056

POST 19/30 : SENIOR LEGAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICER: LITIGATION AND
APPEALS REF NO: RCSM01/2020
SALARY :
R473 820 – R1 140 828 per annum (terms and conditions apply)
CENTRE : Cape Town
REQUIREMENTS : An appropriate recognised LLB degree coupled with 8 years post graduate
experience in the provision of legal services with supervisory skills (candidates
with less than 8 years post graduate experience will not be considered).
Knowledge of Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Environmental Law,
Marine Living Resources Act, 1998 (Act No. 18 of 1998). Knowledge of PAJA,
the rules of the various courts, including but not limited to the rules of the
various high courts and Magistrate’s Courts. Knowledge and experience in
judicial review applications. Knowledge of environmental laws will be an added
advantage. Skills required: Sound Organising and Planning; computer literacy;
creativity; basic project management; good communication; presentation and
reporting; good analytical and research skills, good drafting skills, an ability to
work in a team, a pro-active, problem-solving and positive attitude and an
ability to adhere to deadlines are essential, leadership and facilitation.
Diplomacy is also a key criteria as the official will need to deal with senior
leadership of the Department. The successful candidate should be able to work
long hours and to travel to the various courts and do site inspections where
required. Therefore candidates must be in possession of a valid Driver’s
License, which must be attached to the application and be able to travel.
DUTIES : Manage Litigation Matters. Determine liability on Losses and Damages to State
Property. Provide high quality litigation and related legal support services,
including alternative dispute resolution assistance, which enables the
Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (Department) to protect
and conserve the environment. Create an enabling environment for
compliance with the prescripts of the Department. Assist the Department to
improve co-operative and corporate governance, improved service delivery
and promotion of empowerment. Provide litigation management services and
general legal advice and ensure compliance by the Department with the
legislative framework relating to its core business and adherence to the Rules
of Court. Attend to matters related to the determination of liability of officials
who have caused losses/damages to State property and/or vehicles, where
officials or third parties are found liable for any obligations towards the
Department. Manage and facilitate the recovery of such obligations with the
assistance of the State Attorney. Assist the Department to ensure compliance
with the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act, 2000 (Act No.3 of 2000)
(PAJA) for the Department. Periodically conduct training and information
sharing sessions regarding litigation and losses and damages to State
Property. Provide legal support and legal advice on the interpretation of
environmental legislation and the Promotion of Access to Information Act or
the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act in appeal related matters. Deal with
appeals received in accordance with the relevant processes and within the
relevant time frames. Receive and respond to appeals related media queries,
parliamentary queries, queries from stakeholders, including the appellants and
applicants. Appoint appeal panels when required and convene meetings to
discuss appeals depending on the complexity of the appeal. Attend to filing of
appeal documents in terms of internal filing policies and guidelines. Provide
litigation support, including compilation of court records, and attend to
consultations with legal counsel on appeal decisions taken on review. Draft
ministerial submissions and appeal decisions.
ENQUIRIES : Ms. V Bendeman Tel No: (012) 399 9337
NOTE : Shortlisted candidates will be subjected to an oral interview and a written test.


POST 19/31 : SENIOR LEGAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICER: LAW REFORM REF NO:
RCSM02/2020 (X2 POSTS)
SALARY :
R473 820 – R1 140 828 per annum (terms and conditions apply)
CENTRE : Cape Town
REQUIREMENTS : An appropriate recognised LLB degree coupled with 8 years post graduate
experience in the provision of legal services with supervisory skills (candidates
with less than 8 years post graduate experience will not be considered).
Knowledge of environmental law, Constitutional law and Administrative law.
Extensive experience in the drafting of legislation both primary and subordinate
legislation is a requirement. Good research, analytical, drafting skills,
presentation and listening skills. Must have an eye for detail and an ability to
supervise and guide subordinates. Output driven with an ability to adhere to
deadlines. Problem solving skills and an ability to continuously improve on the
quality of the work produced or the effectiveness of systems and procedures.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. The successful
candidate should be able to work long hours or over the weekends when
necessary. The candidates must be in possession of a valid Driver’s License,
which must be attached to the application and be able to travel.
DUTIES : Supervising of and quality control of work done by lower level officials. Provide
legal support in the field of integrated environmental management. Interpreting
legislation. Providing legal advice and legal opinions in respect of the
implementation of environmental legislation or the implications of draft
legislation on environmental law, primarily in respect of oceans and coastal,
marine biodiversity and fisheries legislation. Drafting and vetting of primary and
subordinate legislation. Provide legal support at meetings. Legal research.
Represent the Department at committees and meetings. Comment on draft
legislation received from other Departments. Input into media statements or
respond to media or parliamentary queries. Vetting of permits and records of
decision by delegated authorities in terms of Departmental legislation Taking
Bills through Parliament and assisting in the Cabinet and Parliamentary
processes. Drafting and vetting correspondence. Responsible for ensuring that
work complies with the timelines and prescripts set by the legislation and
departmental service standards. Provide assistance during judicial review
proceedings related to Departmental legislation, including inputs into court
papers and consultation with counsel.
ENQUIRIES : Adv. N. Vink Tel No: (082) 9044834
NOTE : Shortlisted candidates will be subjected to an oral interview and a written test