The Western Cape Department of Social Development is seeking a qualified and experienced individual for the role of Social Work Policy Developer. This permanent position, based in Cape Town’s CBD, offers a unique opportunity to develop, implement, and maintain social work policies that align with the Department’s strategic goals.

If you are passionate about social welfare and community development, this role could be the perfect fit for you.

Social Work Policy Developer Job Details

  • Closing Date: 2024/06/17
  • Reference Number: WCG240502-1
  • Tracking Number: DSD 32/2024
  • Job Title: Social Work Policy Developer: Policy Alignment DSD 32/2024
  • Department: Social Development
  • Salary Level: OSD
  • Enquiries: Ms. S Nieftagodien at
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Location – Country: South Africa
  • Location – Province: Western Cape
  • Location – Town / City: Cape Town – CBD

Social Work Policy Developer Job Overview

As a Social Work Policy Developer, you will be responsible for providing policy alignment services within the Department. This includes analysing and reviewing existing policies, monitoring legislation, facilitating policy implementation, and managing the policy register. Your expertise will ensure that all policies align with the Department’s transversal policy imperatives.

The primary purpose of this role is to develop, implement, and maintain social work policies that support the Department’s mission to provide effective social welfare services. Your work will promote social change, enhance social well-being, and ensure the Department’s policies are up-to-date and aligned with current legislation and best practices.

Minimum Requirements

  • Formal tertiary qualification in Social Work (e.g., Bachelor of Social Work) that allows professional registration with the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP).
  • Compulsory registration with SACSSP as a Social Worker.
  • A minimum of 8 years of appropriate experience in social work after registration as a Social Worker with the SACSSP.
  • A valid (Code B or higher) driving license.

Key Performance Areas

  • Policy Alignment Services: Analyze and review existing social welfare and community development policies to ensure alignment.
  • Legislation Monitoring: Monitor, interpret, and review relevant legislation, policies, and procedures.
  • Policy Implementation: Facilitate the implementation of transversal social welfare and community development policies.
  • Policy Register Management: Maintain and manage the policy register.
  • Advisory Role: Provide advice and support on matters impacting policy development.
  • Policy Development: Develop proposals to amend or maintain relevant policies and procedures.
  • People Management: Participate in the recruitment and management of staff to ensure the achievement of the component’s Business Plan.


  • Knowledge:
    • Extensive knowledge of applicable policies, legislation, guidelines, standards, procedures, and best practices.
    • Management principles.
    • Public service procedures.
    • People management practices.
    • Labour relations.
    • Financial management.
    • Policy analysis and development.
    • Global, regional, and local political, economic, and social affairs impacting the PGWC.
  • Skills:
    • Written and verbal communication.
    • Interpretation and application of relevant policies and procedures.
    • People management planning.
    • Problem-solving.
    • Facilitation and presentation.
    • Policy formulation and analysis.
    • Organizing.
    • Dispute resolution and conflict management.
    • Interpersonal relationships.
    • Analytical and strategic thinking.
    • Financial and administrative management.
    • Project management.
    • Ability to analyze, conceptualize, and implement policy.
    • Research.


  • Grade 1: R 429,573 – R 487,650 per annum.
  • Grade 2: R 507,198 – R 687,918 per annum (OSD as prescribed).
  • The cost-to-employer (CTE) packages include all costs related to service benefits or obligations, such as basic salary, 13th cheque, medical assistance, housing assistance, and pension-fund contribution.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, visit the official Western Cape Government job portal and submit your application online. Ensure all required documents are uploaded, and your application is completed accurately.

Additional Notes

  • Only applications submitted online will be accepted.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit documentation for verification purposes and undergo criminal record vetting.
  • Candidates may need to attend interviews and undergo competency assessments or proficiency tests.
  • The selection process will align with the EE targets of the employing department.
  • By applying, candidates consent to the Western Cape Government contacting previous employers for employment references, including disciplinary records and reasons for leaving.
  • For technical support with online applications, contact the helpline at 0861 370 214 from Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 16:00.
  • Ensure applications are submitted before the closing date as late applications will not be considered.

Related: Registering on the ESSA Labour Database for Government Jobs

This role as a Social Work Policy Developer offers a unique opportunity to influence the development and implementation of social welfare policies in the Western Cape. By joining the Department of Social Development, you will contribute to enhancing social well-being and supporting the community through effective policy alignment. If you meet the qualifications and are passionate about this work, submit your application by 2024/06/17 to take the next step in your career.