Chief Engineer Post at the Department of Water and Sanitation

Chief Engineer Post at the Department of Water and Sanitation




  • SALARY: R1105 383.00 per annum, (all-inclusive salary package), (total package to be structured in accordance with the rules of the Senior Management Service) 5 years fixed Contract.

  • CENTRE: Clanwilliam Dam Project

Chief Engineer Post at the Department of Water and Sanitation


As recognised by SAQA, candidates must possess a Civil Engineering qualification (B.Eng., B.Sc.Eng, or B.Tech) in the relevant Building Environment NQF-7. A registered Professional Engineer/Technologist with eight (08) years of experience planning and supervising the implementation of water-related infrastructure projects. Registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).

Registration as a Professional Construction Manager (Pr. CM) with the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) will be an added advantage. An in-depth understanding of sector legislation. Experience managing large infrastructure projects and managing risk.

Experience managing large water infrastructure projects is desirable. Extensive experience managing contracts. Understanding of procurement processes in construction. Experience in financial planning and management. Knowledge of project risk analysis and risk management. Ability to relate to the associated professional fields in a multidisciplinary manner. Communication skills (verbal and written).

Conflict resolution, contract negotiation, and conflict resolution. Problem-solving and analysis skills. Computer proficiency (such as MS Office and MS Projects). A valid South African driver’s license is required. Ability to work independently, self-motivated, responsible and reliable. Program and project management, Project management skills, Project and professional judgement.


As part of the implementation phase of the Clanwilliam Dam project, the incumbent will manage and oversee all aspects of the project. The tasks at hand include quality assurance, project planning, scheduling, contract management, project finances, personnel management, occupational and environmental health and safety, and stakeholder engagement.

Report on project progress, challenges, and mitigation plans. Implement risk management principles and compile risk logs (databases) during project implementation phase.

ENQUIRIES: Ms Mancha Maraka Tel No. 0123367073

How to apply

Applications should be mailed to the Department of Water and Sanitation, Private Bag X313, Pretoria 0001 OR hand delivered to 185 Sedibeng Building, Pretoria 0001 OR emailed to [email protected] quoting the relevant reference number.


Application Notes

Each job posting contains instructions for submitting an application to the specified address. The newly implemented Z83 form can be found on the Department of Water and Sanitations’ website, under career opportunities or on the Department of Public Service’s website, under the vacancies in the Public Service (point 4) and must be accompanied by a comprehensive CV (including information about the applicant’s training, qualifications, competencies, knowledge, and experience).

The Z83 application form must contain all the required information. DPSA circular 19 of 2022 states that the application does not need to be accompanied by other related documentation such as copies of qualifications, identity documents, etc.,

since such documentation must only be presented during the interview period. When applying with a professional or occupational registration, the fields provided in Part B of the Z83 must be completed, since they are regarded as compulsory, and these details must also be included in the applicant’s CV.

Applicants who fail to provide all required information will automatically be disqualified. No late applications will be accepted. If foreign qualifications are shortlisted, SAQA evaluation certificates must accompany them.

The Department of Water Sanitation does not accept applications that do not meet these requirements. Foreigners and dual citizenship holders must provide a police clearance certificate from their country of origin (only when shortlisted).

Department of Water Sanitation is an equal opportunity employer. As part of filling vacant posts, the objectives of section 195 (1) (i) of the Constitution of South Africa, 1996 (Act No: 108 of 1996), Employment Equity imperatives as defined by the Employment Equity Act, 1998 (Act No: 55 of 1998) and relevant

Human Resources policies will be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by email. Please accept that you have been unsuccessful if you have not heard from us within three (3) months of this advertisement. The department reserves the right to not fill these positions.

We encourage women and persons with disabilities to apply, and we prioritize the EE targets. A five (5) year fixed term Specialist Contract will be awarded to the successful candidates, renewable in accordance with section 76 of the National Water Act, Act 36 of 1998.

Closing Date:26 May 2023

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