Botswana Examinations Council (BEC) is mandated under Section 5 of the Botswana Examinations Council Act CAP 58:03 (as Amended by BEC Amendment Act No. 19 of 2020) to manage and conduct examinations and assessment in general education and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). BEC has developed a new strategy and consequently, a new structure that is aligned to the strategy.

The organisation wishes to attract into the following positions, results oriented professionals, with solid leadership experience, who are driven by a passion for excellence.

1. Head Assessment Technology x 1 (5 YEARS FIXED TERM CONTRACT)

Main purpose of the job

Responsible for senior level decision making, day to day management, strategic direction and expert guidance in the effective use of core system technology, technology services planning, organisation, administration and evaluation as well as the integration of new and emerging technologies to increase efficiencies and productivity. Work closely with Corporate IT, as per the delegation of functions assigned to Corporate IT and Assessment Technology. Provide leadership to the management of data generated from the conduct of assessments. Expertly guide the work of the Department’s staff, steer them towards effective delivery of the Department’s mandate and achievement of its goals, and ensure optimal use of all resources within the Department

Position and Requirements

Key Performance
Areas Work together with the Head Corporate IT to undertake the following, as per the delegation of functions assigned to Corporate IT and Assessment Technology:
• Formulate, review and implement ICT policies, strategies, rules, regulations, systems, processes and procedures in order to ensure achievement of BEC goals and objectives
• Develop long term planning for ICT use in BEC, and ensure implementation of the ICT plans and programmes to support its operation
• Ensure that all systems developed are fully integrated
• Ascertain that all ICT network infrastructure, services and applications are operational
• Ensure that IT needs of users are identified and transmitted to developers, and that appropriate systems are implemented
• Provide expert advice to leadership on specific ICT related matters
• Evaluate the need for new and emerging technologies to support BEC’s operations
• o Identify and draw awareness on operational risk for IT capability, mitigate this risk as far as possible, and ensure that projects have an up-to-date risk register
• Management of the core system IT architecture of BEC
• Oversight on the data management process
• Lead and provide expert oversight on the following:
• Development and implementation of core IT systems
• Monitoring, maintenance and management of the core IT systems
• Control and management of related IT projects and IT vendors/contractors
• Development, implementation, maintenance and management of BI solutions
• Generation of standard and customised BI reports for internal users, for EMT/SMT/Council and for selected external users
• Implementation of processes, procedures and controls to ascertain the security, integrity and confidentiality, and to guard the Council against security breaches and hacking
• Conduct of specific data analysis projects commissioned by external stakeholders for purposes of informing decisions and policy on assessments
• Management of data capture and processing functions
• Management of IT risks identified by IT auditors

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Qualification and Experience
At least a Masters in IT or a relevant field from a recognised institution and a Professional certification in any specific IT-relevant fields, IT governance, IT strategy development and delivery, IT project/programme management, IT Service management etc. Proficient in the use of computers and software relevant to the position. At least 10 years of ICT experience post-qualification. This includes a minimum of 4 years in a middle management position

Key competencies
• Communication
• Conflict management
• Decision-making
• Interpersonal
• People management
• Mentoring / coaching
• Negotiation, persuasion, advocacy, networking, relationship building and stakeholder management
• Organisational (planning, budgeting, time management, work prioritisation)
• Research, critical thinking, analytical & problem-solving.
• Strategic planning and execution
• Team building

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If you meet the above requirements pleases submit you application letters including updated curriculum vitae with three (3) traceable referees, certified Omang and certificates to:
The Director Human Capital
Botswana Examinations Council
Private Bag 0070
Gaborone

And e-mail applications to: recruitment@bec.co.bw

Kindly indicate the position you are applying for in the subject of the email.

We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications with incomplete documentation or received after the closing date will not be considered.

The closing date for applications is the 12 July 2024.