Food Security And Agrarian Reform – Pretoria – Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries – The DPSA

SALARY : R1 299 501 per annum, Level 15 (the all-inclusive remuneration package
consists of a basic salary, the State’s contribution to the Government
Employees Pension Fund, a medical fund and a flexible portion in terms of
applicable rules). The successful candidate must enter into a performance
agreement and sign an employment contract

CENTRE : Pretoria

REQUIREMENTS : Applicants must be in possession of a relevant Honours degree (an
undergraduate qualification and a postgraduate qualification (NQF level 8) as
recognised by SAQA) coupled with 8-10 years’ experience at a senior
managerial level. Sound knowledge and understanding of all relevant
legislation and regulations that govern the Public Service, including the Public
Finance Management Act, 1999 (Act 1 of 1999) (PFMA) and Treasury
Regulations, the Public Service Act, 1994 (Act 103 of 1994), the Labour
Relations Act, 1995 (Act 66 of 1995) (LRA), the White Paper on the
Transformation of Public Service (Batho Pele) etc. Understanding of the South
African Government imperatives, priorities and sector requirements (especially
with regards to capacity development, agrarian reform and food security
matters), Government policies and priorities in terms of food security and food
security systems in the country, International laws, agreements and
commitments and their impact on food security, SADC and African Union
position on food security and nutrition. Adequate understanding of producer
development and support including farmer training and agricultural education.
Valid driver’s licence is a prerequisite.

DUTIES: Key Responsibilities: Provide strategic advice, leadership and direction in
respect of the development and the implementation of programmes and
policies aimed at ensuring food security. Provide strategic direction and
leadership in respect of the development of the national food security policy,
strategies, programmes, and initiatives for producer development support.
Oversee Government’s integrated food security and nutrition initiatives.
Oversee and guide on measures to ensure access to the producer
development support. Oversee the monitoring and evaluation of the
implementation of food security strategies, programmes, policies and
initiatives. Participate/lead/guide the Department’s participation in relevant
strategic stakeholder engagement and management as well as
intergovernmental relations management structures to ensure food security.
Oversee the promotion and implementation of food security programmes and
ensure the alignment of programmes and strategies to Government priorities.
Provide strategic leadership and oversee the effective coordination and
harmonisation of activities that are cross
-cutting with other entities/spheres of
Government. Facilitate the development of the research agenda and evaluate
research outcomes with regard to food security and agrarian reform matters.
Provide strategic advice, leadership and direction with regards to the
development of the capacity of the sector. Lead and guide the process for
developing sector capacity development strategies, programmes, policies and
initiatives including a sector
-wide education and training plan. Facilitate the
acquisition of funds and other resources to support the capacity development
objectives of the sector. Guide the Department in establishing strategic
relationships with sector education training authorities and other stakeholders
who are critical in developing the capacity of the sector.
Oversee/facilitate/support the development, implementation, management and
coordination of sector transformation programmes and initiatives in line with
the Government objectives for the Department. Oversee and guide the
provision of National Extension Support Services. Provide strategic leadership
and guidance for the planning, coordination and implementation of extension
and advisory services in the sector. Provide leadership and strategic support
in the development and implementation of norms and standards for extension
and advisory services. Oversee the implementation of the extension recovery
plan or any such plan as may be developed to ensure sector capacity
development. Provide strategic direction and guidance with regards to the
management of resources within the Branch. Provide support to the Minister
and the DG in relation to the development and solutions for challenges specific
to the Branch, to ensure delivery of the Branch
-related key result areas
(including playing a direct role regarding inputs into strategy, being accountable
for relevant inputs to parliamentary committee meetings, cluster meetings,
implementation of the sector plan etc). Ensure synchronisation of the
deliverables of the Department with those of the Provincial Departments of
Agriculture and other Government entities reporting to the Department.
Develop service level agreements with Provincial Departments of Agriculture,
other branches and relevant State
-owned Entities, consistent with the sector
priorities. Lead the Branch in the implementation of policy priorities and the
realisation of the Branch’s strategic objectives
– including the setting of targets.
Mobilise and allocate resources in accordance with the defined priorities and
monitor and evaluate the implementation of projects by ensuring appropriate
progress tracking, analysis and reporting. Assume a central coordination role
in relation to the functions of the Branch with all stakeholders, including
provincial coordination. Provide support to other Branches in the achievement
of their targets on cross
-functional responsibilities, which should be agreed
upon in specific terms. Respond to relevant parliamentary matters as per
parliamentary instructions. Take overall financial and management
responsibility for the Branch and ensure the management and development of
human resources.

ENQUIRIES : Mr S I S Ntombela, Tel no: (012) 319-7213.

APPLICATIONS : or fax: 086 537 5052

NOTE : The Department is looking to appoint a vibrant, innovative individual, with a
proven track record in leading sustainable food security and agrarian reform
programmes and initiatives to their Food Security and Agrarian Reform Branch.
The incumbent will report to the Director-General of the Department of
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and provide strategic direction and
leadership to the Branch and the sector on sustainable food security, agrarian
reform programmes and initiatives and the development of capacity of the
sector. Preference will be given to African females and people with disabilities.

APPLICATIONS : Human Communications has been retained to handle all responses. Please
forward your application, quoting the relevant reference number, to PO Box
1305, Rivonia 2128 or hand deliver at 3 Autumn Street, Rivonia, or you can
apply online at Applications can also be submitted
electronically to Human Communications via the e-mail or fax number indicated
at each post or hand delivered at any one of the Department of Agriculture,
Forestry and Fisheries Offices as indicated below (please place in the blue box
marked for applications). Enquiries: Naomi Nortje tel. (011) 257-8012
Gauteng: Reception, Agriculture Place, 20 Steve Biko Street (formerly Beatrix Street),
Arcadia, Pretoria
KwaZulu-Natal: Reception (5th Floor), Old Mutual Building, 185 Langalibalele Street,
Limpopo: Reception (Ground Floor), Magistrates Building, 103 cnr Landdros and Munnik
Streets, Makhado
Mpumalanga: Reception (Ground Floor), Permanent Building, 27 Brown Street, Nelspruit
Eastern Cape: King William’s Town: Reception (Ground Floor), Old SABC Building, 2
Hargreaves Avenue
Mthatha: Reception (3rd Floor), PRD Building, Sutherland Street
Western Cape: Cape Town: Reception (Ground Floor), Foretrust Building, 3 Martin
Hammerschlag Way, Foreshore
Stellenbosch: Reception (Support Building), Quarantine Station, Polkadraai Road

CLOSING DATE : 26 May 2017

NOTE : Applications must be submitted on a Z83 Form, obtainable from any Public
Service department or on the Internet at which must be signed and dated
(an unsigned Z83 form will disqualify an application) and should be
accompanied by a recently updated, comprehensive CV as well as copies of
all qualification(s) (Matric Certificate must also be attached) and ID document
and driver’s licence (where applicable), including the details of at least two
contactable referees (should be people who recently worked with the
applicant). Non-RSA Citizens/Permanent Resident Permit Holders must attach
a copy of their Permanent Residence Permits to their application. Should you
be in possession of a foreign qualification, it must be accompanied by an
evaluation certificate from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
Failure to submit all the requested documents will result in the application not
being considered. Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates
only. If you have not been contacted within three (3) months of the closing date
of this advertisement, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.
Suitable candidates will be subjected to personnel suitability checks (criminal
record check, citizenship verification, financial/asset record check,
qualification/study verification and previous employment verification).
Successful candidates will also be subjected to security clearance processes.
Where applicable, candidates will be subjected to a skills/knowledge test.
Successful candidates will be appointed on a probation period of twelve (12)
months. The Department reserves the right not to make appointment(s) to the
advertised post(s). Applications submitted via e-mail, fax or online, must be
legible and must include the post title and reference number in the subject line
and a scanned, signed and dated Z83 form (a Z83 form without a physical
signature and date will disqualify an application) together with all relevant
documents as indicated above. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to
apply. Kindly take note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that
applications submitted via fax or email includes all required information
attached in one email or fax and that the documents are legible and in an
accessible format. Queries in this regards can be directed to (011) 257 8012
before the closing date at 17h00. The Department and Human
Communications will not be held liable for any ineligible and/or inaccessible
documents received. NB: All short-listed candidates will be subjected to a
technical exercise that intends to test relevant technical elements of the job,
the logistics of which will be communicated by the department. Following the
interview and technical exercise, the selection panel will recommend
candidates to attend a generic managerial competency assessment (in
compliance with the DPSA Directive on the implementation of competencybased
assessments).The competency assessment will be testing generic
managerial competencies using the mandated DPSA SMS competency
assessment tool.