Skills Development and Research Specialist


Vacancy: Skills Development and Research Specialist

Paterson Grade:  D1

Remuneration: R816, 716.49 (TCTC excluding a possible 20% performance bonus)

Full-time position aligned to the SETA landscape (until 31 March 2030)

The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) is a Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) that facilitates skills development under the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), and supports mine health and safety under the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) for the mining and minerals sector under Skills Development Act (SDA) 97 of 1998 and Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA) 29 of 1996, respectively.

The MQA requires the services of the Skills Development and Research Specialist to fill the above-mentioned position.


To provide technical support for the development of skills plans, research, analysis, performance and reporting to ensure that MQA meets the skills mandate under regulations specified by the Department of Higher Education and Training.


Manage the registration of Skills Development Facilitators (SDFs) and company skills committees in the mining sector;
Organise capacity building interventions for SDFs and Skills Development Committees (SDCs);
Conduct workshops for SDFs and SDCs;
Individually evaluate all submitted workplace skills plans (WSPs) and annual training reports (ATRs) against set criteria;
Verify if mandatory information is completed;
Manage and work on big data to produce reports;
Develop monthly and quarterly reports;
Implement policies and procedures in the organisation;
Ensure effective internal and external communication on the MQA’s policies, plans, commitments and performance;
Identify and implement communication systems and forums;
Develop operational plans to implement strategic objectives of the organisation;
Identify international trends and world class practises in the SETA industry and how this impacts on the business unit and the department;
Design internal work processes to improve customer service and champion new methods of delivering services that contribute to the improvement of the unit’s processes;
Formulate contractual service level agreements with service providers;
Develop project-specific, detailed budgets and gather the necessary approval;
Facilitate ongoing stakeholder participation to keep stakeholders informed and to allow them to influence the policies and procedures of the MQA; and
Implement the business unit plan according to the performance standards and measures indicated in the plan.



Minimum, National Diploma in Social Sciences, Commerce or Human Resources with Economics and/or Statistics or equivalent qualification at (NQF Level 6).
A Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, Commerce or Human Resources with Economics and/or Statistics; or equivalent qualification at (NQF Level 7) will be an added advantage.


A minimum of 5 years’ experience in Skills Development of which 3 years must be from a SETA environment.
Preferred Requirement: Relevant experience in the Public Sector/SETA environment.

Competencies: Knowledge

Project management experience;
Good knowledge and understanding of the SETA Information Managment System;
Understanding of corporate governnance systems;
Good knowledge and understanding of policy formulation, analysis and implementation;
Knowledge of the skills development, training, and funding value chain;
Knowledge and understanding of the Publich Finance Management Act (PFMA); and
Knowledge of relevant legislation.

Competencies: Skills

Report writing;
Interpersonal skills;
Ability to pay attention to detail;
Good communication skills; and
Organisation and time management skills.

Competencies: Attributes

Must be people oriented;
Must possess perseverance;
Must be a team player; and
Must possess integrity.

The candidate should also be willing to:

Work under pressure inclusive of longer than normal offices hours if required;
Work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders;
Travel away from home if required; and
Engage in a lifelong learning process relative to the context of the workplace.

Closing Date: 10 December 2020. No late applications will be considered.

Interested candidates should submit their applications which shall consist of one page motivation, comprehensive curriculum vitae; certified copies of their qualifications; a valid drivers’ licence and valid proof of identification to

The successful applicant will be required to disclose their financial interest.

Should you not hear from the MQA within four (4) weeks of the closing date, you must regard your application as unsuccessful.

The MQA is an Equal Opportunity Employer; therefore, the filling of the position will be in line with its Employment Equity Plan. Recommended candidates will be expected to undergo a professional competency assessment and vetting processes.

The MQA reserves the right not to appoint any person for this position.