November 21, 2022

DIRECTOR: PLANT PRODUCTION

CENTRE : Gauteng (Pretoria)

REQUIREMENTS : Successful completion of Pre-entry Certificate for SMS as endorsed by the
National School of Government (NSG). Applicants must be in possession of a
Grade 12 Certificate and a Bachelor of Science Degree, Bachelor of
Technology or Advanced Diploma with majors in either Plant Sciences, Plant
Production, Agronomy or Horticulture (NQF Level 7). Minimum of 5 years
relevant experience in a middle / senior managerial position. Job related
knowledge: Knowledge and understanding of all relevant legislation and
regulations that govern the Public Service including the Public Financial
Management Act (PFMA) and Treasury Regulations, the Public Service Act,
the Labour Relations Act, etc. Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices
(GMP). Knowledge of the Plant Improvement Act, 1976. Knowledge of Plant
Variety Protection and Plant Breeders Rights Act, 1976. Knowledge of the
Fertilizers, Farm Feeds, Stock Remedies and Agricultural Remedies Act, 1947
(Act No. 36 of 1947). Knowledge of the relevant regional and international
agreements and treaties. Knowledge and understanding of government
priorities and imperatives. Knowledge and understanding of the white paper on
the transformation of the Public Service (Batho Pele). Job related skills:
Strategic capability and leadership skills, Programme and project management
skills, Financial management skills, Change management skills, Knowledge
management skills, Service delivery innovation skills, Problem solving and
analysis skills, People management and empowerment skills, Client orientation
and customer focus skills, Communication skills (verbal and written), Honesty
and integrity. A valid driver’s licence. Willingness to work extended hours and
travel extensively.

DUTIES : Manage plant production through the development and implementation of
policies, strategies and programmes. Co-ordinate and manage the
development of national policies, norms and standards for sustainable plant6
production. Facilitate the development and implementation of a regulatory
framework for policies and legislation. Facilitate and manage the development
and implementation of strategies and guidelines for supporting sustainable
production system and practices. Co-ordinate and manage the development of
national commodity specific programmes for plant production practices in the
sector. Facilitate the development and implementation of monitoring and
evaluation system for programmes, projects, technologies, and other
initiatives. Ensure effective administration of the Plant Improvement Act,
compliance and accountability to government legislation and regulations.
Manage the administration of the Plant Improvement Act. Manage the
development and implementation of policies, regulations, strategies, norms
and standards to support the administration of the Plant Improvement Act.
Facilitate legislative and regulatory amendments for the Plant Improvement Act
as applicable. Manage a knowledge and information system for the Plant
Improvement Act (including a filing system, updating of relevant webpages,
maintenance of registers and publication of variety lists etc). Provide
leadership, guidance and advice on relevant and emerging matters within the
scope of the Plant Improvement Act. Provide a management system for seed
testing services, quality assurance systems and international accreditation.
Manage and co-ordinate the provision of effective and efficient laboratory
testing services for the regulation of seed exports. Manage the issuance of
export certificates to seed companies. Manage and co-ordinate laboratory
audits every three years and in order to issue certificates of accreditation by
international seed testing associations. Co-ordinate and manage testing of
imported seed for quality assurance. Management and co-ordination of
effective knowledge and information management systems on plant
production, including technical support, advisory services and technology
development. Provide technical support on plant production matters to
DALRRD priority programmes, value chain roundtables, provincial initiatives,
etc.

Render technical support on plant production matters to public-private
partnerships between DALRRD and the private sector as well as other
stakeholders. Manage and support research and technology development
programmes on plant production. Co-ordinate education and awareness
programmes on plant production and related matters. Liaise with national,
regional and international stakeholders and partners on plant production and
related matters. Respond to queries from clients, stakeholders, media,
parliamentary committees and interest groups. Provide advice and support to
senior management on plant production matters. Manage collaborations with
relevant partner institutions, including entering into memorandum of
understanding (MoU), Letter of Authorization (LOA) and Service Level
Agreement (SLA). Represent the Department at appropriate stakeholder fora.
Provide support and inputs to other government initiatives relating to plant
production practices. Provide advice to African Countries, Southern African
Development Community (SADC) on bilateral agreements in terms of
developing the agriculture sector. Manage the resources of the Directorate.
Develop the operational plan for the Directorate and ensure its implementation.
Allocate and manage resources at functional levels to ensure the delivery on
set targets for the Directorate. Develop solutions to technical challenges.
Conduct financial planning and account for allocated budget. Interpret the
Branch’s business strategy and how priority actions should contribute to it from
the perspective of the Directorate. Ensure adherence to policy and statutory
directives relevant to the functional terrain of the Directorate. Monitor, evaluate
and report on the performance of the Directorate. Manage client relations.
Ensure the management and development of human resources.

ENQUIRIES : Dr J Jaftha Tel No: (012) 319 6536

APPLICATIONS : Applications can be submitted by post to: Private Bag X833, Pretoria, 0001 or
hand delivered during office hours to: 184 Jeff Masemola Street (formerly
known as Jacob Mare), corner of Jeff Masemola and Paul Kruger Streets,
Pretoria or to Agriculture Place, 20 Steve Biko (formerly Beatrix) Street,
Arcadia, Pretoria, 0001.

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