Office Assistant Vacancy at the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development

Office Assistant Vacancy at the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development

DEADLINE: 08 September 2023

Office Assistant Vacancy at the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development

  • REF NO: 3/2/1/2023/561
  • Office of The Surveyor-General
  • SALARY: R294 321 per annum (Level 07)
  • CENTRE:  Eastern Cape (East London)

REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must be in possession of a Grade 12 Certificate and a National Diploma in Secretarial Studies / Office Administration / Management. Minimum of 1-year experience in rendering secretariat and support services to senior management. Job related knowledge: Relevant legislation / policies / prescripts and procedures. Telephone etiquette and basic knowledge on financial administration. Job related skills: Sound organisational skills. Computer literacy (Microsoft Office). Good Interpersonal relations. High level of reliability. Communication skills (verbal and written). Language skills. Ability to communicate well with people at different levels and from different backgrounds. Ability to do research and analyse documents and situation. Ability to act with tact and discretion. Good grooming and presentation. Self- management and motivation. Willingness to work extended hours and Classified Secret Security Clearance.

DUTIES Provide a secretariat  / receptionist support service to the Chief Director. Receive telephone calls in an environment where in addition to the calls for the Chief Director, discretion is required to decide to whom the call should be forwarded. In the process the job incumbent should finalise some enquiries. Perform advanced typing work. Operate and ensure that office equipment e.g. fax machines and photocopiers are in good working order. Record the engagements of the Chief Director. Utilise discretion to decide whether to accept / decline or refer to other employees’ requests for meetings based on the assessed importance and urgency of the matter. Coordinate with and sensitise / advise the Chief Director regarding engagements. Compile realistic schedules for appointments. Render administrative support services. Ensure the effective flow of information and documents to and from the office of the Chief Director. Ensure the safe keeping of all documentation in the office of the Chief Director in line with relevant legislation and policies. Obtain inputs, collates and compiles reports e.g: progress, monthly and management reports. Scrutinize routine submissions / reports and make notes and / or recommendations for the Chief Director. Respond to enquiries received from internal and external stakeholders. Draft documents as required. Filing of documents for the Chief Director and the unit where required. Collect, analyse and collate information requested by the Chief Director. Clarify instructions and notes on behalf of the Chief Director. Ensure that travel arrangements are well coordinated. Prioritise issues in the office of the Chief Director. Manage the leave register and telephone accounts for the unit. Handle procurement of standard items like, stationary, refreshments etc for the activities of the Chief Director and the unit. Obtain the necessary signatures on documents like procurement advices and monthly salary reports. Provide support to the Chief Director regarding meetings. Scrutinise documents to determine actions / information / other documents required for meetings. Collect and compile all necessary documents for the Chief Director to inform him / her on the contents. Record minutes / decisions and communicate to relevant role-players and follow-up progress made. Prepare briefing notes for the Chief Director as required. Coordinate logistical arrangements for meetings when required. Support the Chief Director with the administration for the Chief Director’s budget. Collect and coordinates all the documents that relate to the Chief Director’s budget. Assist the Chief Director in determining funding requirements for purpose of Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) submissions. Keep records for expenditure commitments, monitors expenditure and alerts the Chief Director of possible over and under spending. Check and correlate Basic Accounting system (BAS) reports to ensure that expenditure is allocated correctly. Identify the need to move funds between items, consults with the Chief Director and compiles draft memorandums for this purpose. Compare the MTEF allocation with the requested budget and informs the Chief Director of changes. Study the relevant Public Service and Departmental Prescripts / Policies and other documents and ensure that the application thereof is understood properly. Remain up to date with regards to the prescripts / policies and procedures applicable to his / her work terrain to ensure efficient and effective support to the Chief Director. Remain abreast with the procedures and processes that apply in the office of the Chief Director.

ENQUIRIES:  Ms NO Ngcaba Tel No: (043) 783 1400

APPLICATIONS: Applications can be submitted by post: Private Bag X9086, East London, 5201 or hand delivered to: 1A Waverley Office Park, 31-33 Phillip Frame Road, Chiselhurst, East London, 5206

NOTE : African, Coloured, Indian and White Males and Coloured and Indian Females and Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Directions to candidates

  • Applications on form Z83 with full particulars of the applicants’ training, qualifications, competencies, knowledge and experience (on a separate sheet if necessary or a CV) must be forwarded to the department in which the vacancy/vacancies exist(s). NB: PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS MUST PLEASE USE THE NEW Z83 WHICH IS EFFECTIVE AS AT 01 JANUARY 2021.
  • Applicants must indicate the reference number of the vacancy in their applications.
  • Applicants requiring additional information regarding an advertised post must direct their enquiries to the department where the vacancy exists. The Department of Public Service and Administration must not be approached for such information.
  • It must be ensured that applications reach the relevant advertising departments on or before the applicable closing dates.



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