Mar 29, 2021

Assistant Director: Radio Copywriter

  • Government Communications and Information System
  • Pretoria, South Africa
Full time Government

Job Description

REF NO: 3/1/5/1 – 21/14
Directorate: Media Production

Applicants must be in possession of Grade 12, and an appropriate National Diploma (NQF level 6) or Degree (NQF level 7) or equivalent qualification in copywriting as recognised by SAQA, with at least three (3) years working experience as a copywriter for radio or any relevant field. The ideal candidate must be someone who is able to adjust as he/she may be assigned to more than one task and perform slightly different functions such as admin work for programs. Should have knowledge of Government Communication and /or Public Policy Development and practice, Intergovernmental Relations, Developmental communication and/ or stakeholder management. A self-motivated and enthusiastic person who is able to work with limited levels of supervision and strong time-management skills and extremely good in the management of deadlines. Strong verbal and effective writing and communication skills. Very well-developed interpersonal skills, particularly noting the nature of the community radio sector. Strong coordination and project management skills. Must be computer literate, and be able to convey ideas and views well in writing. Attend to the detailed requirements of tasks. Work independently as well as part of a team. Radio presenter skills will be an added advantage. Be willing to assist with memo writing as well as other duties performed by the directorate.

Write clear and creative copy (taglines, catchphrases, messages and straplines, scripts, etc.) for multiple mediums, that is, print, online, radio and TV. Write radio news bulletins. Interpret briefs. Develop creative ideas and concepts, present ideas to colleagues and clients. Collaborate with radio and video producers in the
development of creative campaigns including scripts. Prepare and conduct live radio shows. Engage with radio stations and GCIS clients. Complete all administrative work with regard to radio production. Provide support to the Deputy Director in the management of the unit. Assist with training of students on internship. The incumbent will be expected to work after hours and travel extensively. Candidates should submit samples of their recent work.

NOTE : Preference will be given to White, Coloured and Indian Male/Female. People with
disabilities will be given preference regardless of Race.

Government Communications and Information System

The GCIS is an equal opportunity employer.

In the filling of vacant posts, the objectives of section 195 (1) (i) of the Constitution of South Africa, 1996 (Act No: 108 of 1996), the Employment Equity imperatives as defined by the Employment Equity Act, 1998 (Act No: 55 of 1998) and relevant Human Resources policies of the Department will be taken into consideration.

People with Disabilities with disabilities will be accommodated within reasonable limits.

Therefore preference will be given to candidates whose appointment will assist the department in achieving its Employment Equity targets in terms of the Department’s Employment Equity Plan.

The DG of Government Communication and Information System, Private Bag X
745, Pretoria 0001, or hand deliver to Tshedimosetso House, 1035 cnr Francis Baard & Festival streets, Hatfield, Pretoria.

NOTE : Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The old prescribed application for employment form Z83 was withdrawn with effect from 31 December 2020.

As per the Government Gazette No: 43872, any applicant who submits an application on or after 1 January 2021 must do so on the new prescribed Z83 form, obtainable from any Public Service Department or on the internet.

The fully completed and signed Z83 form should be accompanied by a recently updated, comprehensive CV as well as originally certified copies of all academic qualification(s) including the matric certificate, ID-document and drivers licence where required.

The certification must be within six (6) months.

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

Applicants who do not comply with the above-mentioned requirements, as well as applications received late, will not be considered.

No faxed, copied or e-mailed application will be considered.

Where a driver’s license is essential, such a license should be

Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only.

If you have not been contacted within three (3) months after the closing date of this advertisement, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.

The successful candidate must disclose to the DG particulars of all registrable financial interests, sign a performance agreement and employment contract with the DG within three months from the date of assumption of duty and obtain a top secret security clearance.

All appointments are subject to the verification of educational qualifications, previous experience, citizenship, reference checks and security vetting.

Following the interview and technical exercise, the selection panel will recommend candidates to attend generic managerial competency assessment.

The department reserves the right to fill or not to fill the vacant post.

The successful candidates will enter into an employment contract with the GCIS that will be reviewed based on performance expiration.

Note: It is mandatory for candidates to attach Public Service SMS Pre-Entry certificate.


R376 596 per annum

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