DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION CHIEF EDUCATION SPECIALIST



  • Full Time
  • Gauteng, Pretoria

Department of Basic Education (DBE)



The employment decision shall be informed by the Employment Equity Plan of the Department. It is the Department’s
intention to promote equity (race, gender and disability) through the filling of this post(s) with a candidate whose
transfer / promotion / appointment will promote representatively in line with the numerical targets as contained in our
Employment Equity Plan. The Department reserves the right to withdraw posts, if by doing so, the interests of the
Department will be best served.
APPLICATIONS: Submitted via post to: Private Bag X895, Pretoria, 0001 or hand-deliver to: The Department
of Basic Education, 222 Struben Street, Pretoria. Please visit the Department of
Education’s website at www.education.gov.za
FOR ATTENTION: Ms M Mahape/ Ms N Sathege
NOTE: Applications must be submitted on the most recent Z83 Application for Employment Form
as issued by the Minister for the Public Service and Administration, obtainable from the
DBE Website and/or any Public Service Department. Use of the old Z83 Form may result in
disqualification. Applicants are not required to submit copies of qualifications and other
relevant documents on application but must submit the Z83 with a detailed Curriculum
Vitae. Certified copies of qualifications and other relevant documents will be requested from
shortlisted candidates on or before the day of the interview. Applicants who do not comply
with the requirements outlined above, will not be considered. Applications received after the
closing date and e-mailed or faxed applications will not be considered.
CLOSING DATE: 3 June 2022
POST: CHIEF EDUCATION SPECIALIST (Ref:DBE/CESNA/01)
Branch: Curriculum Policy, Support and Monitoring
Chief Directorate: National Assessment and Public Examination
Directorate: National Assessment
SALARY: All Inclusive remuneration package of R922 635 per annum
CENTRE: Pretoria
REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be in possession of an appropriate Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent
qualification) A Masters-degree or higher qualification will be an added advantage; A
minimum of 9 years’ experience at an education or research institution involved in schoolbased assessment and/or large-scale standardised assessment; Well versed with research
methodologies (both quantitative and qualitative) on assessment ranging from Grade R to
9; Good theoretical and practical knowledge of sampling methodologies, data management
and item responses theories; Ability to handle multiple forms of analyses; Good knowledge
of modern education analysis relating to assessment and quality assurance; Proficient in
English and another official language; Ability to work well in a team and under pressure;
Excellent writing and advanced computer skills in MS Office software (Word, Excel,
PowerPoint and Access), data analytics and modern assessment software applications to
generate high quality reports.
DUTIES: The successful candidate will manage and coordinate research on assessment,
development of technical standards, analyse data as it relates to project coordination and
implementation of large-scale assessment and classroom assessment; Analyse data to
identify strength and weaknesses in the quality of tests items and the suitability of tests for
international benchmark studies and national assessments; Provide frameworks for the
development of test items and contextual instruments; Develop guidelines for effective
management and use of banked test items; Provide technical assistance on the design of
tests which must be developed, piloted and finalised using appropriate item response
theories and classical test theories; Produce a technical report that inform the refinement of
tests by test developers and moderators; Assist in developing easy to use assessment
tools for teachers, principals and district officials; Manage the development of appropriate
reporting frameworks, including proficiency scales and benchmarks; Formulate research
questions for the assessment projects based on policy concerns and lead the analysis on
international benchmark studies, regional and local assessment programmes, systemic
evaluations and system surveys; Manage the databases on assessment projects
coordinated in the Directorate; Coordinate the development of training manuals on data
analysis and management; Ensure the DBE complies with internationally accepted
prescripts on data standards, data cleaning and data submissions; Assist the DBE to
develop a standard based assessment system that uses performance level descriptors for
setting tests and reporting assessments; Provide research and technical assistance
towards implementing standardised examinations and diagnostic assessments in the
General Education and Training Band.