'Better Beer' support to landowners
AGRICULTURAL STEWARDSHIP OFFICER:
SAB/WWF “BETTER BARLEY, BETTER BEER”SUSTAINABILITY INTIATIVE
2 year contract position – BASED IN CALEDON, OVERBERG REGION (Western Cape)
R350,000/year (TCOE, with no fringe benefits)
South African Breweries (SAB), is partnering with WWF South Africa, to support the sustainable production of barley within the South Africa. The dryland production of barley is situated in the Overberg region of the Western Cape (Caledon, Bredasdorp, Heidelberg), whilst irrigated barley is produced in the Northern Cape (Vaalharts, Douglas, Jacobsdal) and North West Province (Taung Irrigation Scheme) and is grown both under commercial and small grower contexts.
In the last five years, the conservation sector in South Africa has engaged in the development of several initiatives within the agricultural sector that seek to promote responsible environmental and social production practices that support financially sound and viable production.
These sustainability initiatives and stewardship programmes are developed to promote and support the implementation of industry wide better production practices to reduce on-farm environmental impact, whilst supporting the effective management of biodiversity within broad agricultural landscapes. Furthermore, individual landowner stewardship agreements are pursued to protect key priority conservation areas with the globally important Fynbos and Succulent Karoo in the Western Cape. This project aims to provide a key role in this regard by providing added landowner incentive and support through the provision of dedicated advisory support and extension services to producers willing to actively engage in the “Better Beer, Better Barley” pilot initiative.
Terms of Reference:
The senior agricultural stewardship officer will be responsible for providing dedicated extension services for landowners targeted by the initiative. The officer will support growers in the implementation and self-assessment of the “Better Beer, Better Barley” standards, and facilitate regional farmer study groups to refine and pilot the implementation and monitoring of these standards and inform the improvement of these standards and support roll out of the production and conservation stewardship practices based on the concepts of shared learning and continual improvement. Project management and coordination between landowners (farmer study groups), respective industry partners, conservation and agricultural sector engagements will be a core function for the position. Furthermore, this individual will be required to maintain an updated spatial layer of suppliers participating in the project, and produce farm maps and management plans for participating landowners and targeted priority conservation stewardship sites. The position will involve both annual and quarterly project planning and reporting, as well as oversight and coordination of the focused stewardship interventions on priority properties as identified for the region.
The agricultural stewardship officer would focus primarily on:
- Providing extension and advisory support to willing landowners and growers, facilitating the farmer study groups (with a max. of six regional grower study groups) to test and refine the “Better Beer, Better Barley” production standards.
- Furthermore, the role will require the individual to provide strategic guidance and coordination of all project facets including project planning, management and reporting and monitoring, as well as project representation to external stakeholders and partners.
- Farm mapping, spatial data maintenance and development of farm management plans will support the coordination and support of landowner stewardship in the region.
The following qualities and skills will be required:
- Sound understanding of agricultural issues and biodiversity conservation in Southern Africa, with particular reference to the Western Cape and experience in the management of environmental risks (i.e. fire management, invasive alien species control, soil conservation, conservation agriculture) within these production landscapes.
- Basic tertiary qualification or diploma in environmental sciences (ecology, geography, env. management or GIS), agrisciences, (soil sciences, agronomy) or nature conservation.
- GIS spatial mapping, analysis and farm mapping experience would be strongly recommended for this position.
- Strong written and verbal Afrikaans and English communications skills are a pre-requisite
- At least 5 years experience in dealing with agricultural and environmental related issues and working knowledge of stewardship programmes, and
- Strong networks and previous extension work experience in the agricultural sector will be advantageous
- Excellent inter-personal communication skills required
- Strong negotiations skills
- Highly self-motivated and self- driven
- Valid driver’s license
- Willingness to travel extensively within Western Cape as well as nationally.
This individual would work within a small project team and report to the SAB Maltings Agricultural Services Manager in the area, with quarterly oversight and approval from the SAB/WWF Project Steering Committee. This position would offer a two year fixed term employment contract (with no added benefits) through SAB and the position would be based in the Overberg (Caledon).
Suitably qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.
To apply send a curriculum vitae of a maximum of three pages, including the names, current e-mail addresses and telephone / fax numbers of three references to:
Gerhard Greeff Agricultural Services Manager
South African Breweries
Tel: +27 28 214 3218 Fax: +27 86 646 7201
SAB seeks to appoint this individual as soon as possible. Candidates who have not received a response within four weeks of the closing date should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. SAB reserves the right not to fill this position.
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 30 September 2013