The City of Windhoek Council intends to make applicants for executive and strategic positions participate in public presentations to communicate their vision and capabilities.
The mayor of the City of Windhoek, Job Amupanda, said the council would complement the traditional recruitment and selection methods, with a component that requires shortlisted applicants to do public interviews by way of fostering a transparent and interactive recruitment process.
He added that since the City of Windhoek is a public institution, the appointment of a CEO is an intricate process aligned to the provisions of the Local Authority Act as well as applicable regulations, which dictate the process and methodology to be followed.
“The ideal candidate should be both suitably qualified and experienced. That said, and equally important, the CEO should possess and embrace an innovative and progressive ethos required to execute and operationalise council’s strategic intent. In addition to the CEO vacancy, council is in search of a strategic executive to head the economic development and community services department,” he stated.
Amupanda said the department plays a critical role in the delivery of services related to social and socio-economic development.
“Windhoek faces significant challenges in terms of economic development, youth unemployment, and investment and promotion. It is against these challenges that council seeks an enthusiastic visionary to head the said department and make a meaningful contribution towards the livelihood of Windhoek’s residents,” he stated.
The mayor added the individuals who meet the requirements and who demonstrate the necessary fortitude and dynamism are encouraged to submit their applications in response to an advertisement that will appear in local print media and council’s website, as well as social media platforms as of today.
He also assured the residents that the council remains committed to delivering its mandate for which it was elected.
“Windhoek faces many challenges, of which land delivery, financial sustainability, leadership effectiveness, provision of and access to affordable basic services are but a few. Therefore, council remains committed in an era that requires unconventional, resident-focused strategies and sound financial stewardship,” he concluded.
The City of Windhoek has been without a CEO since Robert Kahimise resigned in October last year.
Amupanda was named mayor last December after a coalition of parties broke Swapo’s stranglehold on the council when the governing party could only muster five seats on the 15-seat council during the local authority elections. It previously held 12 seats.
Amupanda’s ‘progressive forces’ promised radical changes in the way the city is run.