National School of Government Circular 17 of 2021


The National School of Government (The NSG) contributes to the building of an effective, capable and professional public service through the provision of relevant, mandatory and non-mandatory training programmes.

APPLICATIONS                     :            The Principal: National School of Government, Private Bag X759, Pretoria,

0001 or via E-mail at [email protected]

CLOSING DATE                     : 28 May 2021

NOTE                                       : Applications must consist of: A fully completed and signed new Z83 form with

a comprehensive CV containing contactable references as well as certified copies of qualifications and identity document. The relevant reference number must be quoted in the application form. Foreign qualifications must be accompanied by an evaluation certificate from the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA). All shortlisted candidates for SMS posts will be subjected to a technical exercise as well as personnel suitability checks such as security vetting, citizen verification, financial records check and qualifications verifications. The successful candidate will be expected to sign a performance agreement within three months from the date of assumption and to disclose particulars of all registrable financial interests within a month. The selection process will be in line with the Senior Management System requirements. The employment decision shall be informed by the Employment Equity Plan of the Department to achieve its Employment Equity targets. It is the Department’s intention to promote equity (race, gender and disability) through the filling of this post. The NSG reserves the right not to make an appointment and to use other recruitment processes. Correspondence will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Successful completion of the Senior Management Pre-Entry Programme (Nyukela) is required for SMS post. Enrolment for the course should be made on the NSG’s website at course/sms-pre-entry-programme. Suitably qualified, dynamic, passionate and experienced persons are invited to apply for the vacant permanent position of Deputy Director-General: Learning and Professional Development. Applicants are requested to visit the NSG website at or information on the requirements and duties of the position.



POST 17/36                            :            DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL: LEARNING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT REF NO: NSG: 01/2021

Job purpose: Provide of strategic leadership and management of the design, development and implementation of Education, Training & Development (ETD) interventions from Cadet to Executive levels across all spheres of government and organs of state.


SALARY                                  : R1 521 591 per annum (Level 15), (An inclusive remuneration package

commencing) comprising basic salary (70% of package), contribution to the Government Employee Pension Fund (15% of basic salary)

CENTRE                                  : Pretoria

REQUIREMENTS                  :          A  relevant  undergraduate  qualification (NQF  level 7)  and  a  post- graduate

degree (NQF level 8) as recognised by SAQA. A Masters or PhD degree would be an added advantage (preference will be given to persons with senior degrees) as well as 8-10 years’ experience at a senior management level in the public sector or Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s). Knowledge: Broader knowledge and understanding of the ETD environment and in the delivery of Continuing Education Programmes. Working knowledge of technology platforms for open distance learning, local, continental and global trends of public sector capacity building programmes as well as monitoring and evaluation principles, tools and methods. Knowledge of the Department’s mandate in the context of national priorities. Knowledge of the National Qualifications Framework and Accreditation Dispensation and legislative frameworks  governing  the  public  sector.  Competencies/skills: Outstanding strategic capability and leadership skills and efficiency in programme and project management, financial management, strategic planning, change management, knowledge management, service delivery innovation, problem solving and analysis, people management as well as excellent communications skills. Personal Attributes: Independent, self-directed, client focused and passionate about the ETD environment applicable in Higher Education. Proven ability in academic writing and publishing will be an added advantage.

DUTIES                                    : Strategic Capacity Leadership: The incumbent will be responsible for the strategic leadership of the branch and ensure efficient management of the branch in line with public service prescripts ensuring the development of the Branch strategic, operational and annual performance plans and the management of personnel, finances and resources. Provide thought leadership at public service fora (including the Public Sector Trainers Forum) in the area of capacity building. Support the Principal in FOSAD, Cabinet and Parliamentary work, engagement with domestic and international partners as well with management development institutions. Provide support in cluster responsibilities and serve on various internal and external governance structures. Key Results Areas: The incumbent will oversee chief directorates that offer training to the following categories of public servants in the three spheres of government: Cadet and Foundation Development Level: Graduates who wish to join the public service from interns up to occupation level 8. Emphasis on understanding rules of government, service delivery excellence (especially as the majority of front-line officials are in this band, and build a solid base of occupational skills. Middle Management Development: Catering for occupational categories 9-12 with emphasis on occupational skills, supply chain management, budgeting, supervisory skills and pathways to (further) qualifications. Senior Management Development and Professionalisation: Targeting senior managers between levels 13 and 14, directors and chief directors. Executive Development and Leadership Support: Targeting DGs, Deputy DGs and political office bearers. The political office bearers segment will include a focus on building expertise on economic governance, political oversight and accountability using instruments like the Executive Ethics Code and the PFMA. Business Development: The incumbent will also lead effective and efficient Business Development and Specialised Programmes aimed at opening new markets for The NSG ensuring product and service visibility in identified target markets.

ENQUIRIES                            : Ms Z. Lamati Tel No: (012) 441 6019

Kindly contact Ms Letty Raseroka Tel No: (012) 441 6626 or Mr Mpho Mugodo, Tel No: (012) 441-6017

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