Job descriptions usually only come to prominence when a new appointment is being made (or when someone is accused of not doing something they should have done). Even when job descriptions exist, they tend to remain unchanged for very long periods despite fast-changing circumstances. It is recommended that an annual review of the job description (as part of a performance appraisal system) be carried out.

This activity assumes that there are no job descriptions, or that if there are, they have not been reviewed for some time.

What is the role?

Firstly, it is important to:

  • have a broad picture of the job

  • know the part the job holder plays in achieving the objectives of the organisation.

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