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Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development

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Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development

Recruiter : UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

Location : Pretoria, South Africa

Posted : 09 Jun 2022

End of advertisement period : 22 Jun 2022

Ref : 24591

Academic Discipline : Business & Economics, Economics & Econometrics, Life sciences, Agriculture, Food & Forestry

Job Type : Academic Posts, Lecturers / Assistant Professors

Contract Type : Permanent

Hours : Full Time

FACULTY OF NATURAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS, EXTENSION AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
LECTURER

In pursuit of the ideals of excellence and diversity, the University of Pretoria wishes to invite applications for the above vacancy.

The University of Pretoria's commitment to quality makes us one of the top research Universities in the country and gives us a competitive advantage in international science and technology development.

BACKGROUND:

The Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development is embarking on a strategic plan to lead the transformation of African agricultural and food systems through leading influential research and preparing our graduates to play a role in shaping Africa’s economic, social and development pathways as we transition from the Sustainable Development Goals to the next development era post 2030. The Department seeks a Lecturer in Agribusiness to join our dynamic team in this endeavor and build a solid research programme that addresses critical contemporary issues in environmental science in Africa.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The incumbent will be responsible for:

  • Teaching undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the agribusiness programme;
  • Supervising fourth-year, Honours and Masters students in fields relevant to agricultural and development banking, agribusiness management, agricultural commodity trading, agricultural asset management and investments, farm planning, financial management, risk management and value-chain analysis;
  • Conducting research and publishing articles in leading accredited journals in the above fields;
  • Raising funds to support existing research programmes and/or initiate new ones in the above fields;
  • Academic administration.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • A MCom degree or MSc degree in Agricultural Economics with eligible admission to a PhD programme in Agricultural Economics / Agribusiness Management or registered for a PhD in Agricultural Economics / Agribusiness Management;
  • Agricultural Commodity Trading Certification;
  • Experience in agricultural commodity trading or in a banking environment;
  • At least two (2) years’ teaching and/or research experience in fields relevant to the analysis of data related to agricultural and development banking, agribusiness management, agricultural commodity trading, agricultural asset management and investments, farm planning, financial management, risk management and value-chain analysis.

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES (SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND BEHAVIOURAL ATTRIBUTES):

  • Experience in using spreadsheets for farm planning, budgeting and supply chain functions;
  • Able to demonstrate innovation in teaching, experience in blended learning delivery and the use of technology for improving learner throughput;
  • Able to demonstrate innovation and present new ideas on how to expand the research capacity of partner institutions in Africa in the relevant field;
  • Research or practical experience in fields relevant to agricultural and development banking, agribusiness management, agricultural commodity trading, agricultural asset management and investments, farm planning, financial management, risk management and value-chain analysis in Africa;
  • Established linkages with the agricultural or agribusiness sector;
  • Experience in a banking environment.

The annual remuneration package will be commensurate with the incumbent’s level of appointment, as determined by UP policy guidelines. UP subscribes to the BESTMED and UMVUZO medical aid schemes and contributes 50% of the applicable monthly premium.

Applicants are requested to apply online at www.up.ac.za, and follow the link: Careers@UP.

In applying for these posts, please attach:

  • A comprehensive UP format CV;
  • Certified copies of qualifications;
  • Names, e-mail addresses and telephone details of three referees whom we have permission to contact;
  • Names and contact details of three peer reviewers (academic and research);
  • Teaching Portfolio;
  • Self-evaluation.

CLOSING DATE: 22 June 2022

No application will be considered after the closing date, or if it does not comply with at least the minimum requirements.

ENQUIRIES:

Ms A Hlatshwayo, Email: art.hlatshwayo@up.ac.za for application-related enquiries, and Prof SL Hendriks, Tel: (012) 420 3251 for enquiries relating to the post content.

Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by ­­­­­­­­­­­­­31 August 2022, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

The University of Pretoria is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity.

In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference may be given, but is not limited to candidates from under-represented designated groups.

All candidates who comply with the requirements for appointment are invited to apply. All candidates agree to undergo verification of personal credentials.

By applying for this vacancy, the candidates consent to undergo verification of personal credentials and related information including, but not limited to, qualifications, criminal record, credit record, current and historic disciplinary proceedings as part of the selection process.

The University of Pretoria reserves the right to not fill the advertised positions.

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