WESTERN CAPE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
SENIOR AGRICULTURAL ECONOMIST: AGRICULTURAL ECONOMIC SERVICES REF NO: AGR 2019-22 (X2 POSTS)
SALARY: R470 040 per annum (Level 10)
CENTRE: Department of Agriculture, Western Cape Government
REQUIREMENTS: An appropriate Honours degree or equivalent qualification with Agricultural Economics and or Agricultural Management as major subjects with a minimum of 3 years` relevant experience; A valid code B driving license. Competencies: Knowledge of Economic and financial systems, analytical techniques, and international trade theory and policy; Advanced computer literacy and knowledge of programming packages (e.g. STATA); Advanced presentation and communication (written and verbal) skills; Ability to conduct independent research; Good understanding of the Agricultural sector and macro-economic factors influencing it; Communication (written and verbal) skills in at least two of the three official languages of the Western Cape.
DUTIES: Coordinate financial record keeping programme for farmers in the Western Cape; Analyse financial statements for farm businesses and make recommendations for improvement; Develop new enterprise budgets and facilitate the development of these budgets by collecting, verifying, interpreting and evaluation of data; Perform Agricultural Economic Studies, which include but not limited to viability studies, business plan development and its evaluation, feasibility studies, cash-flows and sensitivity analysis; Provide advice to internal & external stakeholders on production economics activities and studies which include but not limited to Financial Record Keeping, viability studies, business plan development and its evaluation, feasibility studies, cash-flows and sensitivity analysis; Continuous in-depth study or research of developments, patterns and trends in the field of production economics by making use of recognized scientific methods; Do ongoing literature reviews and remaining well-informed regarding local and international development in the field of production economics; Give advice to the top level management and communicate the research findings by means of technical and popular publications and presentations; Perform administrative and related functions.
ENQUIRIES: Mr M Mjonono at (021) 808 5200/ 078 456 2973