Agricultural Advisor vacancies are currently available at the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, offering an exciting opportunity for dedicated professionals looking to advance their careers in the agricultural sector.

With a focus on promoting sustainable agriculture and community development, the department seeks qualified candidates for these pivotal roles, which are essential in providing scientific and technical advice to ensure the effective delivery of agricultural services across various districts within the province.

Agricultural Advisor Vacancies Overview

  • Post Title: Agricultural Advisor
  • Type of Contract: 3-Year Contract
  • Salary: R359,517 per annum (Level 08)
  • Closing Date for Applications: 30 April 2024

Reference Numbers and Locations:

  • Ref No: SSC01/2024: Ugu District (1 Post)
  • Ref No: SSC01/2024: Harry Gwala District (1 Post)
  • Ref No: NSC01/2024: King Cetshwayo District (1 Post)
  • Ref No: NSC01/2024: Umkhanyakude District (1 Post)

About KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversity and equity in employment. The department encourages applications from women and people living with disabilities, underscoring its commitment to an inclusive work environment.

Minimum Requirements

  • Educational Qualification: NQF level 08 qualification in Agriculture.
  • Professional Registration: Registration with SACNASP, or proof of application thereof.
  • Other: A valid driver’s license.

Knowledge and Skills Required

The Agricultural Advisor vacancies in the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development require a diverse set of knowledge and skills to effectively contribute to the region’s agricultural growth and sustainability. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the knowledge and skills required for the role:

    • Deep understanding of the RSA Constitution as it relates to agricultural policy.
    • Knowledge of the White Paper on Agriculture for KZN, which outlines the provincial agricultural strategy.
    • Familiarity with the National Development Plan, focusing on how it influences agricultural development.
    • Insights into the Strategy for Agrarian Transformation in KZN and Agricultural Policy Action Plan to guide tactical decisions. 
    • Extensive knowledge of extension methodologies that facilitate effective knowledge transfer and adoption of innovations in agriculture.
    • Familiarity with environmental impact assessments related to agriculture.
    • Understanding of the Norms and Standards for Extension and Advisory Services, ensuring compliance and effectiveness in service delivery.
    • Expertise in modern agricultural practices and how they can be applied to improve yield and sustainability. 
    • Proficiency in planning, executing, monitoring, and closing projects, particularly agricultural or community development projects.
    • Ability to analyze statistical data and trends to inform policy and project decisions.
    • Skills in using data analysis tools and methodologies to optimize agricultural outputs.
    • Proficiency in applying scientific methods to agriculture, including experimental design and interpretation of results.
    • Capability to adapt and apply various scientific models to solve agricultural problems.
    • Strong organizational skills to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Ability to lead project teams, ensuring effective collaboration and communication.
    • Competence in computer-aided scientific applications relevant to agriculture, such as GIS tools and agricultural simulation software.
    • Skills in using technology to enhance the efficiency of agricultural practices and data management. 
    • Excellent interpersonal skills to engage with diverse stakeholder groups, including farmers, local communities, and government officials.
    • Proficiency in conflict resolution strategies to handle disputes that may arise in community settings or among project teams.
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills, essential for preparing reports, presenting findings, and conducting training sessions.
    • Ability to effectively communicate complex agricultural concepts to non-specialists to foster understanding and support for agricultural initiatives.

Key Responsibilities

    • Provide expert guidance and advice on scientific and agricultural matters to both internal team members and external stakeholders.
    • Mentor and support junior staff in applying best practices for sustainable agricultural development.
    • Facilitate the integration of innovative technologies and scientific research findings into practical agricultural practices.
    • Lead the development and implementation of strategic plans for agriculture that align with regional goals for economic development and sustainability.
    • Provide ongoing support and advice during the planning, execution, and evaluation phases of agricultural projects.
    • Assist in the development of policies and programs that support organized agriculture, ensuring they are tailored to the needs of local stakeholders including farmers’ cooperatives and agricultural enterprises.
    • Conduct and oversee research projects aimed at improving agricultural productivity and sustainability.
    • Collaborate with universities, research institutions, and other agencies to drive innovations in agricultural practices.
    • Evaluate the impact of agricultural technologies and practices on local ecosystems and make recommendations based on these findings.
    • Advocate for and assist in the implementation of environmentally sustainable agricultural methods that reduce impact on natural resources.
    • Conduct workshops, seminars, and field days to educate farmers and stakeholders on sustainable practices and technologies.
    • Develop and distribute educational materials and resources to promote awareness and adoption of sustainable agricultural techniques.
    • Establish and maintain relationships with agricultural stakeholders, including local communities, non-governmental organizations, and governmental bodies.
    • Participate in community outreach programs to understand and address the specific needs of the agricultural community within the region.
    • Facilitate public participation in the planning and implementation of agricultural policies and initiatives.
    • Manage the allocation and utilization of resources for projects, ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in meeting project goals.
    • Prepare detailed reports and presentations for stakeholders and department leadership, documenting progress, outcomes, and future plans.
    • Ensure compliance with national and provincial regulations and standards in the execution of agricultural projects.

Application Process

Related: Registering on the ESSA Labour Database for Government Jobs

Contact Information

For more details regarding the position, contact Mr. NL Ntshangase at Tel No: (033) 355 9546.

This role offers a significant opportunity to impact the agricultural sector in KwaZulu-Natal through expert advice and strategic project implementation. If you are passionate about agriculture and community development, and meet the specified criteria, consider applying for this rewarding position within the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.