The NYDA seeks a visionary leader to fill the Senior Project Manager Vacancy, a role critical for the execution and management of agricultural development projects across South Africa. This position demands not just expertise in agriculture but also a profound ability in steering projects towards success, fostering stakeholder relationships, and implementing strategic initiatives.

This role isn’t merely a job; it is an invitation to be part of a transformative journey, leading projects that aim to reshape the agricultural sector through the Agrarian Revolution Programme.

Overview of the Senior Project Manager Vacancy

  • Job Title: Senior Project Manager
  • Job Grade: DU
  • Level: Senior Management
  • Date: 09 April 2024
  • Location: Head Office
  • Division or Cluster: CWP Agrarian Project
  • Reports to: CEO
  • Location: Head Office
  • Number of Positions in the Division or Cluster: 1
  • Type of Contract: Full Time; Fixed Term Contract;
  • Contract Period: 2 Years

Minimum Requirements


  • Educational Foundation: Ideal candidates will hold an NQF Level 8 qualification, such as a Master’s degree or equivalent, in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Management, Development Finance, or a closely related field. This educational background should be complemented by a comprehensive understanding of business development principles, project management methodologies, and, ideally, the unique challenges and opportunities within the agricultural sector.
  • Specialized Knowledge: A deep knowledge of agricultural practices, sustainable farming initiatives, and rural development strategies is highly desirable. Familiarity with South African agricultural policies, the regulatory environment, and global agricultural trends will set candidates apart.
  • Professional Certifications: Additional certifications or recognition from relevant professional bodies in project management (such as PMP, PRINCE2) or agricultural sciences may enhance an application, indicating a commitment to continuous professional development.


  • Sector-Specific Experience: We seek individuals with a proven track record of at least 8-10 years in managing complex projects, particularly those focused on agricultural development, rural upliftment, or similar initiatives. This experience should include successful project delivery, from conception through to completion, demonstrating an ability to navigate challenges and achieve tangible outcomes.
  • Leadership and Management: Extensive experience in leading multidisciplinary teams, managing stakeholders at various levels, and collaborating with government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector. A history of mentoring and developing team members, fostering a culture of innovation and excellence, is also required.
  • Financial and Operational Management: Demonstrated proficiency in budgeting, financial planning, and resource allocation within the context of project management. Experience in risk assessment and the development of mitigation strategies to ensure project sustainability and success.

Skills and Attributes:

  • Leadership: Demonstrated ability to inspire, motivate, and guide teams towards achieving strategic objectives. A leader who fosters a culture of accountability, innovation, and continuous improvement.
  • Strategic Vision: The ability to develop and articulate a clear vision for projects, aligning them with organizational goals and the broader agricultural development agenda. Strategic thinking skills to anticipate future challenges and opportunities in the agricultural sector.
  • Stakeholder Management: Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, with the capacity to engage effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders, including government officials, community leaders, and private sector partners. This includes negotiation, conflict resolution, and partnership-building skills.
  • Commitment to Innovation: A passion for driving change and innovation within the agricultural sector, demonstrating a commitment to exploring new technologies, sustainable practices, and creative solutions to enhance agricultural productivity and sustainability.
  • Adaptability and Resilience: The agility to respond to changing circumstances and challenges with resilience, maintaining focus on objectives despite setbacks. A problem-solver who approaches obstacles with creativity and determination.

Key Responsibilities

  • Strategic Oversight: As a Senior Project Manager, you are entrusted with guiding the strategic direction of diverse agricultural projects. This entails meticulous planning, setting clear objectives, and ensuring that every initiative is in perfect harmony with the NYDA’s overarching goals. You will analyze market trends, assess project feasibility, and adapt strategies to meet evolving challenges and opportunities, always aiming to push the boundaries of what’s possible in agricultural development.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: A cornerstone of your role involves cultivating strong, productive relationships with a broad spectrum of stakeholders. This includes government bodies, community leaders, NGOs, private sector partners, and, crucially, the communities served by the projects. Your ability to communicate effectively, negotiate, and build consensus is vital for mobilizing support, securing resources, and ensuring the smooth implementation of projects. You will act as the NYDA’s ambassador, representing its interests and ensuring that all stakeholders are aligned with the project’s objectives and outcomes.
  • Team Leadership: Leading by example, you will inspire a team of specialists drawn from various disciplines, guiding them to explore innovative solutions and implement best practices in agricultural development. Your leadership will foster a collaborative, dynamic, and supportive work environment where ideas flourish, and challenges are met with creativity and resilience. You will be responsible for setting clear expectations, providing ongoing feedback, and developing the skills and capacities of your team members, ensuring they are equipped to achieve excellence in their respective roles.
  • Financial Acumen and Risk Management: With a keen eye for detail and a pragmatic approach to financial management, you will oversee project budgets, ensuring that resources are allocated efficiently and effectively to maximize impact. Your role involves careful monitoring of expenditures, anticipation of financial risks, and the implementation of robust risk management strategies to prevent overruns and ensure financial sustainability. You will prepare financial reports, conduct cost-benefit analyses, and present financial insights to stakeholders, demonstrating the value and progress of the agricultural projects under your leadership.

Why This Senior Project Manager Vacancy Is Unique

By stepping into this Senior Project Manager Vacancy, you join a mission to empower South African youth through sustainable agricultural practices. This role offers the chance to lead impactful projects, influence the agricultural sector positively, and contribute to the nation’s economic resilience.

How to Apply

  • Prepare Your Application: Ensure your CV and cover letter highlight your experience, especially in business development, project management, and any exposure to agricultural initiatives. Mention your qualifications, focusing on an advanced degree in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Management, Development Finance, or related fields.
  • Submit Your Application: Send your application  through the career portal on the NYDA website.
  • Follow Up: After submitting your application, keep an eye on your email and phone for any communication regarding interview schedules or additional requirements.
  • Interview Process: Selected candidates will be invited for an interview. Be prepared to discuss your experience, vision for the role, and how you can contribute to the Agrarian Revolution Programme.

If you are inspired to make a significant impact and have the qualifications we seek, we encourage you to apply for the Senior Project Manager Vacancy.  This is an unparalleled opportunity to contribute to South Africa’s agricultural transformation and secure a better future for generations to come.

Apply for the Senior Project Manager Vacancy today and lead the way in agricultural development.