Are you passionate about economic policy, financial resource allocation, and budget planning? The Provincial Treasury of the Western Cape Government offers a two-year contract position as an Economist in the Provincial Government Budget Office.

This role is pivotal in promoting effective financial resource allocation and providing vital research, analysis, and advice for preparing and monitoring the provincial budget.

Economist Position Overview

  • Closing Date: 2024/06/17
  • Reference Number: WCG240328-4
  • Tracking Number: PT 18/2024
  • Job Title: Economist: Provincial Government Budget Office (2-year contract)
  • Department: Provincial Treasury
  • Salary Level: 11
  • Enquiries: Mr. ML Booysen at (021) 483 3386
  • Job Type: Contract
  • Location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Economist Position Purpose

As an Economist at the Provincial Treasury, your primary role is to promote effective financial resource allocation. You will provide comprehensive research, analysis, and advice to inform the preparation of the provincial budget and monitor its implementation. This position requires a proactive individual capable of conducting policy and economic research and offering strategic support to provincial entities.

Minimum Requirements for Economist Position

  • A 3-year B degree (or equivalent NQF 7 qualification) in Economics, Finance, Business Administration, Public Policy, or Public Administration.
  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience in economic or policy research, data and statistical analysis, strategic planning, budgeting, and budget policy and strategy monitoring, implementation, and review.
  • A valid driving license (Code B or higher). Note: People with disabilities that restrict driving abilities but have reasonable access to transport may also apply.

Recommended Experience for Economist Position

  • Economic research modelling
  • Taxation and/or policy development
  • A keen interest in applied economic policy environments

Key Performance Areas for Economist Position

  • Budget Overview and Policy Statement: Contribute to the Budget overview and Medium Term Budget policy statement.
  • Research and Analysis: Conduct policy and economic research and analysis to make recommendations for budget policy and allocations.
  • Monitoring and Assessment: Monitor and assess provincial budget preparation, quarterly performance, and annual reports.
  • Strategic Support: Provide strategic insights and support to provincial entities on effective budget policy planning and implementation and performance-related matters.


To qualify for the Economist Position, applicants must have the following competencies.

  • Knowledge: Public sector strategic policy, planning, and budgeting.
  • Skills: Excellent verbal communication, presentation, research, analytics, writing, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting skills.
  • Attributes: Strategic thinking, deciding and initiating, persuading and influencing, working with people, strong interpersonal and relationship management skills, ability to work independently.


The position offers an all-inclusive salary package of R 849,702 per annum (Salary Level 11). Note that employees’ service benefits or obligations (13th cheque, medical assistance, housing assistance, pension-fund contributions, etc.) are funded or co-funded as per applicable prescripts or collective agreements.

Application Notes

Shortlisted candidates must submit documentation for verification and undergo criminal record vetting. Interviews and competency assessments will be scheduled by the department. The selection process aligns with the department’s EE targets.

By applying, you consent to the Western Cape Government contacting your previous employers/managers for employment references, including disciplinary records and reasons for leaving.

For difficulties with the online application:

  • Technical support is available Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 16.00.
  • Contact the helpline at 0861370 214. For position-related queries, contact the indicated enquiries person.
  • Submit your application before the closing date, as no late applications will be considered.

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This opportunity to work as an Economist at the Provincial Government Budget Office is a unique chance for a skilled individual to contribute to the financial stability and strategic planning of the Western Cape Government. With a strong focus on economic research, budget policy analysis, and effective financial resource allocation, this role offers both professional growth and a significant impact on public sector financial management.

If you meet the qualifications and are ready to take on this challenge, ensure your application is submitted before the closing date of 2024/06/17. This position not only offers a competitive salary package but also provides an opportunity to be a part of a dynamic team dedicated to public service excellence.

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