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4157: Qhubeka Development Programme Lecturer (QDP Lecturer)

Job Summary
50% Project Implementation Officer: • Develop relations and work jointly with team members including providing administrative and logistical assistance as required. • Develop relations with, communicate with and train beneficiaries of projects.

Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Department of Sustainable Food Systems and Development
Qhubeka Development Programme Lecturer (QDP Lecturer)
Job ID: 4157

Recognising that diversity is important in achieving excellence in teaching and learning, the University of the Free State encourages South African members from designated groups under the age of 40, with the intention of pursuing an academic career, to apply.

The promising young academic will be appointed in a full time, permanent position at lecturer level on a six year developmental programme. In the first three years of the programme, the appointee is given a reduced workload to allow him/her to complete a doctoral degree, if not yet completed by date of appointment. In addition, the appointee is mentored and supported as s/he is introduced to academic life particularly with regard to his/her teaching, research and engaged scholarship responsibilities.

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy website: Applications submitted through any other platform will not be considered.

Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application. INCOMPLETE OR APPLICATIONS SENT VIA EMAIL WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

  • a detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter;
  • certified copies (not older than 6 months) of all academic records;
  • certified copies (not older than 6 months) of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications);
  • a certified copy (not older than 6 months) of your identity document (ID);
  • Proof of registration with a Professional Body (if applicable);
  • A copy of your driver's license (if applicable);
  • A service record from your current employer/last employer.
Duties and responsibilities:
50% Project Implementation Officer:
  • Develop relations and work jointly with team members including providing administrative and logistical assistance as required.
  • Develop relations with, communicate with and train beneficiaries of projects.
  • Provide technical support on projects as well as to beneficiaries.
  • Mentorship and constant communication with farmer beneficiaries.
  • Manage equipment and livestock used for projects.
  • Liaison with relevant stakeholders.
  • Upon request from the Chief Project Officer provide other support as required.
50% Extension Lecturer:
  • Lecture planning, preparation and research.
  • Contact and teaching time with students, both online and face-to-face.
  • Checking and assessing students' work.
  • Encouraging personal development via tutorial or pastoral work.
  • Practical course work with students.
  • Writing research proposals, papers and other publications.
  • Reading academic journals.
  • Supervising students and research staff.
  • Managing research budgets.
  • Attending and speaking at conferences and seminars.
  • Preparing bids for funding for departmental research projects.
Inherent requirements:
  • A Doctoral degree on NQF level 10 in Sustainable Agriculture or be in the process of completing a Ph.D. degree in Sustainable Agriculture or closely related field.
  • A desire and ability to teach and advise university students, up to master's degree level, as well as farmers in livestock management.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with expertise in agriculture extension.
  • Ideal candidate must possess previous teaching experience.
  • The candidate should demonstrate an excellent knowledge of farmer development projects.
  • The candidate should feel comfortable in working with both commercial as well as small scale farmers - Previous experience in training and mentoring small scale farmers would be advantageous.
Required competencies:
Results oriented:
  • The ability to cope with a frequently changing environment and to adapt to evolving situations.
  • The ability to be reliable, responsible, dependable and to fulfil obligations.
Strategic Thinking:
  • The ability to focus on details, work towards perfection, and approach work in a neat and organised manner.
  • The ability to plan work and to follow plans.
Business acumen:
  • The ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations.
  • Proficient in using MS Office.
  • The ability to lead, take charge of situations, and offer opinions and directions to others.
  • The ability to be cooperative with others, display a good-natured attitude, and encourage people to work together.
Building coalitions:
  • The ability to be self-assured and at ease with people in all types of social situations.
  • The ability to interact with others and establish personal connections with people.

Assumption of duties: As soon as possible.

Closing date: 16 January 2022.

The salary scale is available on request.


For enquiries, please feel free to contact me at 051 401 9857 or email at or Additionally, kindly contact 051 401 9848 /9810 /9003 for assistance.

The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned act and the employee profile of the specific department/ division.

The UFS is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets. Our Employment Equity Plan is available at For this post, we seek particularly to attract black (i.e. African, Coloured and Indian) and disabled South African candidates.

The University processes personal information in line with its obligations under the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) and any personal information provided to the University will be treated as confidential and processed in accordance with the rights provided to data subjects under POPIA.

The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. Applications that are incomplete will not be considered. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.

External candidates can click HERE to apply online.

UFS staff members can log onto PeopleSoft, click on Self Service, then on Recruiting, and then on Careers to apply online.

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