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Head of Agriculture

The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) currently has an exciting opportunity for a Head of Agriculture to provide effective management for the Agricultural Service of the Natural Resources Department.     The Role

The Head of Agriculture will have operational responsibility for the service unit consisting of a defined group of functions and services, ensuring that the unit operates within the Government’s policies and strategies to achieve the objectives and performance standards set for the unit within the resources allocated.

The service unit oversees the implementation of all Agriculture programmes, including the development and management of the National Stud Flock, Research & Development utilising farmer-based data and inputs and extending initiatives available to Falkland Islands farms to ensure outstanding results and a high level of quality across all Agriculture programmes.

The Person

The successful candidate will develop and implement an innovative and ambitious agriculture strategy and in particular cultivate strong relationships with partner organisations to ensure a one-Government approach to delivering key national objectives.

The individual best suited to this role will have at least 5 years’ demonstrable and effective management experience to lead and manage the team to achieve the objectives outlined in the Department’s Business Plan.

Essential criteria includes a degree in Agricultural Science, Veterinary Science or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution and a minimum of 10 years’ post qualifying experience working in the management of Agricultural Extension (i.e. the application of scientific research and new knowledge to agricultural practices through farmer education) and/or a senior agricultural advisory capacity within a rural environment.

The Package

  • Fixed Term Contract up to 4 years.
  • Starting Salary – £50,771 up to £56,292 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience) rising to £76,209.
  • Eligibility for a 25% Gratuity (taxable).
  • 41 days paid leave, 30 days annual leave and 11 public holidays.
  • Relocation Allowance, to help with moving costs.
  • Flights Package for you and any recognised dependents residing with you at post both at the beginning and end of contract, along with additional annual return flights contingent on the duration of the contract.
  • Government Housing for rent and a starter pack to help you settle in.
  • A stimulating and supportive setting to work in and a unique and beautiful setting to live in.

How to Apply

Interested candidates can download the job description and view further information from our online vacancy page.  For further information regarding the position please contact Andrea Clausen AClausen@naturalresources.gov.fk or by calling +500 27260

To apply, please click on ‘Apply Now’ and complete the form.  Alternatively, download an offline form from the same page and email to kgreenland@sec.gov.fk before the closing date.

Timetable for Recruitment and Selection Process

Closing Date for Applications – 13 August 2021

Shortlisting commencing – 17 August 2021

Interviews commencing – 23 August 2021

Falkland Islands Government (FIG)

The Falkland Islands is a British Overseas Territory, with full internal self-government.

As the largest employer in the Falkland Islands, we offer many unique and fulfilling job opportunities, across the full spectrum of public services. Our responsibilities include those typically managed by central government – taxation, legislation and policy, as well as those usually managed on a local level such as town planning, health and social services, and education. FIG also provides services specific to the needs of the Falkland Islands, such as fisheries research, power generation and the Government Air Service, FIGAS.

The Falkland Islands

Set in the South Atlantic Ocean, around 400 miles east of South America and 8000 miles south-west of the UK, the Falkland Islands are a small, thriving community with a British way of life, benefiting from good local services, a varied social calendar and an absence of traffic jams!

The Falkland Islands’ stunning natural environment provides an unspoiled landscape and amazing wildlife to observe and explore, including penguins, whales and dolphins, all seen from the shore.

For those with a sense of adventure, it provides opportunities which are hard to match anywhere else in the world.