Department of Basic Education – Chief Director: Care and Support in Schools


The employment decision shall be informed by the Employment Equity Plan of the Department. It is the
Department’s intention to promote equity (race, gender and disability) through the filling of this post(s)
with a candidate whose transfer / promotion / appointment will promote representatively in line with the
numerical targets as contained in our Employment Equity Plan. The Department reserves the right to
withdraw posts, if by doing so, the interests of the Department will be best served.


APPLICATIONS: Submitted via post to: Private Bag X895, Pretoria, 0001 or hand-deliver to:
The Department of Basic Education, 222 Struben Street, Pretoria. Please
visit the Department of Education’s website at www.education.gov.za or the
Department of Public Service and Administration vacancy circulars at
www.dpsa.gov.za
FOR ATTENTION: Ms J Masipa/Ms N Monyela
CLOSING DATE: 29 January 2021
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 ID and qualifications (Certified copies must not be older
than 3 months). 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 shortlisted applicants.
Applications received after the closing date, e-mailed or faxed applications
will not be considered. (Drivers’ License and registration certificate must be
attached if required).


POST: CHIEF DIRECTOR: CARE AND SUPPORT IN SCHOOLS REF NO:
DBE/CDCSS/01

Branch: Social Mobilisation and Support Services
Chief Directorate: Care and support in Schools
SALARY: All-Inclusive remuneration package of R1 251 183 per annum
CENTRE: Pretoria
Applications are invited from appropriately qualified persons for this senior
management position in the Department of Basic Education in Pretoria. The
position requires a proactive person with strong conceptual, strategic and
operational leadership skills as well as proven management ability to ensure
the effective management of the Chief Directorate. The successful candidate
will be responsible for the development and maintenance of policies,
strategies and programmes aimed at promoting the health and wellness of
learners in order to support quality teaching and learning.


REQUIREMENTS: An appropriate and recognised Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, Public
Health Education or Social Sciences (a relevant post-graduate qualification
will be an added advantage), 5 years’ experience at senior managerial level.
This should ideally be supported by substantial experience in the design and
management of health and wellness programmes in the education sector. A
deep understanding of the education and/or school health/wellbeing policies
and trends is essential. Excellent communication, inter-personal and writing
skills are vital. Candidates should have experience of high-level strategic
planning processes, human resource management and financial
management. The ability to manage research processes, and/or experience
in monitoring and evaluation will be a strong recommendation. Process
competencies: Knowledge Management; Service Delivery Innovation;
Problem Solving and Analysis; Client Orientation and Customer Focus;
Communication Skills. Core Competencies: Strategic Capacity and
Leadership; People Management and Empowerment; Financial Management;
Change Management, and Conflict Management. Good communication
(verbal and written) skills and computer literacy are essential. The candidate
must be confident, trustworthy, accurate, adaptable and diplomatic.


DUTIES: The successful candidate will be responsible for strategic and operational
leadership in the development, implementation, coordination and monitoring
of education policies and to ensure quality education for all; Oversee the
development, implementation and monitoring of evidence-based health
promotion, school nutrition and psychosocial support services in the
education system; Provide strategic leadership in the implementation,
coordination, monitoring and evaluation of sector care and support
programmes in schools; Lead the implementation of the Government’s
Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB in the basic education sector through
DBE policies aimed at addressing HIV infection and early/unintended
pregnancies; Implement a strong stakeholder management plan to liaise and
cooperate with the Provincial Education Departments, National Government
Departments, Academic Institutions, Research Organisations, Development
Agencies, International Organisations as well as NGOs or civic organisations;
Manage the MTEF budgets and monthly cashflow statements of the chief
directorate; Coordinate and monitor the performance management and
development as well as needs-based capacity building of staff; Oversee the
development and management of risk and fraud management plans; Liaise
with funders and Inter-Ministerial Committees or Task Teams on HIV and
Health; Coordinate and monitor the implementation of programmes as
directed by the Council of Education Ministers, Heads of Education
Departments Committee, the Minister and Senior Management; take overall
responsibility for managing and accounting on projects, including the
development of business plans, managing budgets and cash flows as well as
implementing and monitoring programmes and reporting for the chief
directorate.


NOTE: A Certificate for SMS pre-entry programme is required for all SMS
appointment, the full details of the outlined requirements and course
information can be sourced by following the link.
https://www.thensg.gov.za/training-course/sms-pre-entry programme/. 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.


ENQUIRIES: Ms J Masipa Tel No: 012 357 3295/Ms N Monyela Tel No: (012) 3594


NOTE: All Shortlisted candidates will be expected to demonstrate their skills in a
short task as part of the interview and will subjected to a security clearance.


ENQUIRIES: Ms J Masipa Tel No: 012 357 3295/Ms N Monyela Tel No: (012) 357 3294