Food Security Officer vacancy at the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development

DEADLINE: 03 November 2023

Food Security Officer vacancy at the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development

  • Directorate: Subsistence Farming
  • SALARY : R359 517 per annum (Level 08)
  • CENTRE : Gauteng (Pretoria)

REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must be in possession of a Grade 12 Certificate and Degree / National Diploma (NQF Level 6) in Agriculture / Rural Development / Social Statistics / Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Minimum of 2 years relevant experience in agriculture, rural development, food security, socio- economic and developmental issues as well as knowledge and experience in research approaches, methods and tools. Experience in drafting and editing reports. Experience in ArcGIS software and relevant computer training on analysis tools such as Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and GIS Training. Job related knowledge: Knowledge on food security strategies and programmes. Knowledge of public service and departmental prescripts / policies. Knowledge of food insecurity and vulnerability analysis methodologies, tools and information systems. Experience in engagement on international platforms that deal with food security issues. Working knowledge and understanding information management systems. Job related skills: Communication skills (verbal and written). Facilitation skills. Project management skills. Planning skills. Initiative skills. Interpersonal skills. Problem-solving abilities. Interpretation of findings. Analytical skills. Computer literacy. Report-writing skills. Extended working hours.

DUTIES: Conduct food insecurity and vulnerability assessments, measurement and monitoring of indicators for food and nutrition security in the country. Identify and continuously review indicators that should be used in monitoring food security and vulnerability in the Republic of South Africa. Contribute in the design and implementation of vulnerability assessment, measuring and monitoring of food and nutrition security indicators. Identify and liaise with institutions that are involved in food insecurity and vulnerability assessment for research collaboration. Liaise with relevant stakeholders to ensure harmonisation of food and nutrition security indicators and methodologies for food insecurity and vulnerability assessment. Provide technical assistance in the design, support and maintenance of the food security and vulnerability early warning information systems. Support institutional structures to develop, maintain and update the food security information systems. Collect information on the main risks and shocks involved in worsening people’s vulnerability and food security. Provide support in the decentralisation of early warning platforms at provincial and local level. Provide technical support in the mapping of geographic information on livelihoods, vulnerability, food security phase classifications etc. Conduct and continuously update the livelihoods- based food security and vulnerability analysis. Coordinate the day-to-day technical activities of the South African Vulnerability Assessment Committee (SAVAC) for informed policy decisions and designs of food and nutrition security programmes. Conduct primary data collection, analysis and interpretation for food security continuous vulnerability assessment activities. Compile and distribute the periodic food security status reports. Provide support in the decentralisation of food security and vulnerability assessment activities at provincial and local level.

ENQUIRIES:  Ms TR Dlamini Tel No: (012) 312 9916

APPLICATIONS:   Applications can be submitted by post to: Private Bag X833, Pretoria, 0001 or hand delivered during office hours to: 600 Lilian Ngoyi Street (formerly known as Van der Walt Street), Berea Park, Pretoria, 0002 or to Agriculture Place, 20 Steve Biko (formerly Beatrix) Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0083

NOTE : African, Coloured, Indian and White Males and Coloured, Indian and White Females and Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Directions to candidates

  • Applications on form Z83 with full particulars of the applicants’ training, qualifications, competencies, knowledge and experience (on a separate sheet if necessary or a CV) must be forwarded to the department in which the vacancy/vacancies exist(s). NB: PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS MUST PLEASE USE THE NEW Z83 WHICH IS EFFECTIVE AS AT 01 JANUARY 2021.
  • Applicants must indicate the reference number of the vacancy in their applications.
  • Applicants requiring additional information regarding an advertised post must direct their enquiries to the department where the vacancy exists. The Department of Public Service and Administration must not be approached for such information.
  • It must be ensured that applications reach the relevant advertising departments on or before the applicable closing dates.



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