Jun 04, 2018

Chief Engineer Grade A

  • Department of Water and Sanitation
  • Durban, South Africa
Full time Engineering

Job Description

POST 22/69 :Chief Engineer Grade A Ref No: 150618/05
Branch: Operational Integration KZN
DIR: Institutional Establishment
SALARY : R935 172 per annum (all inclusive OSD salary package)

An Engineering degree (B. Eng / B.Sc. (Eng). Six (6) years post qualification experience. Compulsory registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as a Professional Engineer (Proof of registration must be attached). A valid driver’s license (Please attach a certified copy). Willingness to travel extensively. Experience in Water Resources Planning and Management, Program, Project and Contract Management. Ability to relate with associated professional fields in a multi-disciplinary team and ability to train and develop young graduates. Knowledge of the National Water Act, Water Services Act, the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), Environmental and land legislation. Additional studies or experience in water resource management, hydrology, water quality, project management, engineering economics, project financing modelling, environmental engineering, assessments of projects, institutional aspects will be an added advantage. Computer proficiency. Good written, verbal communication and
presentation skills.

The Chief Engineer will be responsible for Water Resource Planning and related duties within the region including the coordination of all Water Resource Planning Programs. Assessment of Provincial water needs and associated budgets. Processing Water Use License Applications in terms of National Water Act while investigating and providing advice regarding registration of Water Use. Demand management and water conservation. Verification of Water Use. Assessment of Water Use Licenses taking cognizance of hydrological, environmental, social and other factors and Dam safety evaluations. Attending and addressing stakeholder meetings on water resource related issues. Negotiation with stakeholders and affected parties to obtain acceptable licence conditions. Promote integrated planning through coordination and management of the water sector stakeholder planning. Participate in provincial intergovernmental (IGR) cluster committees.
Advise Water Users and Water Services Authorities on appropriate technological applications. Coordination and processing of inputs from a wide range of disciplines. Comparative analysis, optimization and providing professional advice. Management of appointed Professional Service Providers. Capacity building and mentoring of subordinate engineers and technicians.



Pretoria: Please forward your applications quoting the relevant reference number to the Department of Water and Sanitation, Private Bag X350, Pretoria, 0001 or hand deliver to Continental Building, Corner of Visagie and Bosman Street, Pretoria. For attention: Ms L Van Wyk

Gauteng Regional Office: Please forward your application, quoting the post reference number, to the Provincial Head, Department of Water and Sanitation, Private Bag X995, Pretoria, 0001 or Hand delivered at 285 Francis Baard Street, Bothongo Plaza East Building, 15th Floor, Pretoria. For attention: Mr PS Nevhorwa

Cradock, Mthatha, King William’s Town: Please forward your applications quoting the reference number to: The Department of Water and Sanitation, Private Bag X7485, King William’s Town, 5600 or hand deliver at No. 2 Hargreaves Avenue, King William’s Town. For attention: Ms T Solwandle

Durban: please forward your application quoting the reference number to the Provincial Head: KwaZulu-Natal, Department of Water and Sanitation. P.O. Box 1018, Durban, 4000 or hand-deliver to 88 Joe Slovo Street (previously Field Street), Southern Life Building, 9th Floor, Durban. For attention: The Manager (Human Resources)

Port Elizabeth: Please forward your application, quoting the post reference number to the Department of Water and Sanitation, P.O. Box 5501, Walmer, Port Elizabeth, 6065 or Hand deliver at 50 Heugh Road, Lion Roars Office Park c/o 3rd Avenue and Heugh Road, Walmer. For Attention: Mr S Madyungu

Kimberly: Please forward your application, quoting the post reference number to the Chief Director, Department of Water and Sanitation, Private Bag X 6101, Kimberley 8300 or hand deliver to 28 Central Road, Beaconsfield, Kimberley, 8301, For Attention: Ms. Winnie Malope

Applications must be submitted on a signed and dated Z83 form, obtainable from any Public Service Department, and should be accompanied by a comprehensive CV as well as certified copies of qualifications and Identity document.

No late, faxed or e-mailed applications will be accepted. Correspondence will be limited to shortlisted candidates only.

If you have not heard from us within three (3) months of the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Preference will be given to previously disadvantage groups.

Successful applicants will be required to undergo standard Government security clearance procedures including verification of qualifications.

Should you be in a possession of a foreign qualification(s), it must be accompanied by an evaluation from South African Qualification Authority (SAQA).

“All SMS 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 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”.

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the posts.

People who are not employed by the Public Service Departments are welcomed to apply for posts.

The Department reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Kindly note that the following posts advertised on vacancy circular 21 dated 25 May 2018, the requirements and duties has been amended and the closing dated has been extended to the 15 June 2018,; the requirements and duties read as follows:


A Bachelor Degree in Science or equivalent (NQF 7). Five (5) to ten (10) years experience in water and/or environmental sector of which five (5)years of experience should be at a middle/senior management level. Programmeand Project Management. Knowledge of Water Quality Management. Knowledge of Monitoring of Water Quality and Quantity as well as Water Sector Regulation. Knowledge and experience in Water Compliance and Enforcement Management. Knowledge of business and management principles. Knowledge of Strategic Planning, Resource Allocation Human Resources, the Public Service Act and Regulations, National Water Act and Water Services Act. Knowledge of Financial Management and Public Finance Management Act. Strategic Capability and Leadership. Change Management.Service Delivery Innovation (SDI). Problem solving and Analysis. People and Diversity Management.Client Orientation and Customer Focus. Good communication skills, Accountability and Ethical Conduct.

DUTIES: Provide Strategic leadership in the Directorate: Water Sector Regulation and Use (incl. improved human resource management and financial management in the Directorate).Ensure Universal access to safe and affordable water services (Regulate all water users).Ensuring Sustainable and Equitable Water Resource Management (Improved Water Resource Quality Management) including promotion of intergovernmental relations and stakeholder participation. Ensure effective implementation of policies and strategies for the Section functions. Ensure compliance and enforcement.Ensure promotion of inter-governmental relations. Regulates Water Management Institutions.


National Diploma or Degree in Public Management/Business Management or Project Management.Three (3) to five (5) years management experience in monitoring and evaluation.Experience on supervisory level. Exposure in project management is highly recommended. Knowledge and understanding of Human Resource Management Legislation, policies, practices and procedures.Knowledge and experience of developing tools of monitoring and evaluation.Experience in the development of procedures for data collection. Knowledge and experience of compiling reports. Exposure to departmental policies and procedures.Understanding of Governmental financial systems. Understanding of the Framework for managing performance information. Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines. Problem solving and analytical skills. People and diversity management. Client orientation and customer focus. Good communication, accountability and ethical conduct. Valid driver’s license is
essential (Attach certified copy).

Report to the Deputy Director: Strategic Support and M&E. Ensure the integration of all the existing monitoring and evaluation systems within the Department. Coordinate planning, monitoring and evaluation of Departmental program and align them with Government wide programme of action. Manage and coordinate reporting instruments and tools on monitoring and evaluation.Establish early warning systems on reporting performance of the Department. Develop the Provincial Business Plan and Support Components on the development of their Business Plans. Co-ordinate and consolidate the performance information report on monthly, quarterly and Annual basis Verification of Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) for the progress reports submitted. Conduct project site spot checks to verify progress reported and attend project performance evaluation sessions. Assist in the provision of information and coordinate responses to Ministerial, Parliamentary Questions and National Council of Provinces (NCOP) reports.

REF NO: 080618/12:

A Grade 12 certificate and certificate in Water Plant Treatment. Three (3) to four (4) years related experience. Experience in the supervision of staff. Knowledge in controlling and managing the water distribution for all Government Waterworks within the Area Office of Jurisdiction. Policy implementation. Monitoring and evaluation principles. Knowledge in managing human resources. Disciplinary knowledge in Occupational Health and Safety. Disciplinary knowledge in Public administration. Knowledge in supporting water utilization and water resource strategy. Knowledge of flood controlling. Understanding of Government legislation. A valid driver’s license. Pump Station certificate. Water and Waste Water Treatment certificate. Computer Literate.

Ensuring safe operation of pump station meeting daily supply targets. Daily reporting of pump station performance to management. Chairing of pump station daily meetings. Equipment inspection and reporting defects to maintenance team for correction. Represent specific pump station to area office meetings. Compile shift roasters for officials. Evaluate work performance of human resource and assist in the development of employees. Implementation of Performance Management and Development System. Operate pumps and equipment in the pump stations. Check faults report daily and have repaired daily. Determine stock levels required for operational purposes. Safeguard hazardous chemicals. Check laboratory results and do adjustments when necessary. The inspection of associated pipelines.


A Grade 12 Certificate. One (1) to two (2) years relevant experience. A certificate in Water Plant Treatment will be advantageous.Knowledge in controlling and managing the water for all Government Waterworks within the Area Office’s jurisdiction. Policy implementation. Monitoring and evaluation principles. Knowledge in managing human resources. Disciplinary knowledge in Occupational Health and Safety. Disciplinary knowledge in Public administration. Knowledge in supporting water utilisation and water resource strategy. Knowledge of flood controlling. Understanding of Government legislation. Computer Literate. A Valid driver’s license (Certified copy must be attached).

Operate pumps and equipment in the pump stations. Report faults in the working environment. Comply with OHS Act requirements in the working environments. Recovery of logbooks. Reporting equipment defects to maintenance and management. Inspection of pipelines as per operation and maintenance strategies. Perform stand-by and overtime duties. Record and report dam levels. Compile shift roster for officials working on the readings. Monitor, analyse and record all relevant readings. Evaluate work performance of human resources and provide the job training.


R935 172 per annum

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