The ocean is vast
There is no rush in any angst-stricken teen to acquire a job, especially not with the pressure of tertiary studies, diplomas and math finals all looming in the same week. The idea of competing in the same field for the same job against young adults of the same age with the same degree can be daunting. Especially if lifelong debt is accompanied by this newly acquired degree and that there is someone out there who is more qualified or better equipped for the same job.
If you are an angst-stricken teen in South Africa, you shouldn’t be scared of the competition in the new field you are deciding on—the ocean is vast. Your application could easily fall within the South African Government, another channel for you to expand your wings in.
What is the DPSA?
The DPSA (Department of Public Service and Administration) is a department of the South African government responsible for the administration and organization of civil service. This service is responsible for the labor relations of government employees, sustaining public admin and government IT services.
A function of this service is supplying the general public with the opportunity to apply for a government job. The DPSA is a great organization focused on giving qualified females in the industry an opportunity to a fair job, as well as the unemployed youth. This act of the department helps grow the economy by lowering the jobless headcount in South Africa.
Jobs within the DPSA include Senior Legal Admin Officers, Data Analysts, Teachers, Financial Officers, Environmental Control Officers, etc.
What do you need for a DPSA job?
To apply for a DPSA job, your minimum qualifications include a National Senior Certificate, a driver’s license and some experience, but you will need a lot more than just the bare necessities for a corporate job in government. Depending on the position you are interested in, you will need a diploma (NQF level 7) or a relevant bachelor’s degree. For instance, to take on the position of Senior Legal Admin Officer, you will need an LLB degree and 8 years legal experience. This job requires negotiation skills, drafting and vetting and termination of contracts.
To apply for the Financial Chief Officer, you need at least 5 years-experience at senior managerial level and an NQF level 7 qualification in business or financial administration. This job requires you to support the head of the department and senior managers, prepare annual and adjustment budgets for the business units and manager financial functions of the department you are allocated to.
For Environmental Control, you need an Honors Degree in Environmental Management, Law or Physical Science and a minimum of 6 years-experience. This job requires you to do administrations and S24G applications, execute an environmental manager’s inspector’s function and to assist your supervisor in the management unit.
How to apply for a DPSA job
Log onto the Official DPSA job portal (http://www.dpsa.gov.za/dpsa2g/vacancies.asp). On the page you will find a numbering system that follows:
- Directions for Candidates
- Directions to department
- Z83 application form, etc.
If you scroll down on the website, you will find the most recent circular, whereunder a list of departments sits. If you click on your interested department, you will download an information file where you will find available jobs for the department, requirements to apply for the job, basic salary and postal address for the application.
To apply for the position, you will have to go back to the home screen and click on the relevant Z83 application form listed below, number 4 on the website. You can fill in the form by printing it out and physically writing your detail. After you have successfully filled in the form and wrapped it up in a pretty envelope, you must send it to the address found in the department information sheet you first opened to find the job.
Your chest will feel so much lighter once you leave the envelope behind the PostNet counter as you scurry out of the small courier service, and if you’re lucky, you’ll step behind a government counter soon, with a new sense of purpose and a new job.