Social Worker/ Family Counsellor vacancy at Department of Justice

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The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development is hiring and invites applications for the vacancy: SOCIAL WORKER/FAMILY COUNSELLOR GRADE 1-3 REF NO: 57/23EC.

CLOSING DATE: 29 May 2023

LOCATION: Office of The Family Advocate, East London

REMUNERATION: R294 411 – R500 715 per annum, (Salary will be in accordance with OSD determination). The successful candidate will be required to sign a performance agreement.

REQUIREMENTS : Bachelor Degree in Social Work or equivalent qualification which allows for
professional registration with the SACSSP; Appropriate experience in Social Work after registration as Social Worker with the SACSSP;

Knowledge and experience in Mediation; Court Experience in rendering expect Evidence; Knowledge and application of Family Law, including Mediation in certain Divorce Matters Act, Children’s Act, Maintenance Act and Domestic Violence Act (inclusive of Hague Convention on International Child Abduction); A valid drivers’ license.

Skills and Competencies: Computer literacy; Communication (written and verbal) skills; Mediation, Interviewing and conflict resolution; Evaluation and report writing skills; Diversity and conflict management; Attention to detail.

DUTIES : Conduct mediation and/or inquiries as part of a multidisciplinary team in custody, access, guardianship, child abduction and related family law disputes;

Evaluate information and compile forensic court reports and make recommendations to the best interest of children in family law disputes; Act as expert witness for the Family Advocate in Court;

Network and conduct awareness campaigns regarding the functions and role of the Office of the Family Advocate; Conduct inquiries, interview parties and source references in family law disputes to townships and rural areas.

ENQUIRIES : Mr A Jilana Tel No: (043) 702 7000 / 7010

APPLICATIONS: Quoting the relevant reference number, direct your application to: The Provincial Head, Private Bag X9065, East London, 5200.

NOTE : Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit proof of registration with SACSSP and Service certificates of appropriate experience in Social work after registration as Social Worker with SACSSP.

Applications must be submitted on the prescribed form Z83 (obtainable from any Public Service Department office i.e effective 01 January 2021 or on the DPSA web site link:

Should an application be received using incorrect application employment form Z83, it will be disqualified, which must be originally signed and dated by the applicant and which must be accompanied by a detailed CV only (with full particulars of the applicants’ training, qualifications, competencies, knowledge & experience).

Only shortlisted candidates will be required to submit certified copies of qualifications and other related documents on or before the day of the interview which should not be older than six months.

Failure to comply with the above instructions will result in applications being disqualified.

The successful candidates will be subjected to Personnel Suitability Checks (criminal record, citizenship & financial/asset record checks and qualification and employment verification). Successful candidates will also be subjected to security clearance processes.

Applicants who do not receive confirmation or feedback within 3 (three) months after the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.

Due to the large volume of responses anticipated, receipt of applications will not be acknowledged and correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only.

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