DAP 2015 Agriculture – Biosecurity Policy and Practice

Desired Applicant Profile – Biosecurity Policy and Practice
Target group
  • You are a national of an eligible country.
  • You are a mid- to senior-level professional working as a policy, technical and regulatory professional in an agriculture policy, practice, research or reform role.
  • You are currently employed in government, at the national, regional and Pan-African level or in an agricultural research agency or specialist institution.
  • You have a clear vision of how you will use the knowledge gained through the Short Course to improve agricultural policy, practice, research or reform in your home country.
  • You must meet the age restriction requirements of your country .
  • You must meet the work experience requirements of your country.
  • You must be willing to make a formal commitment to return to your current employment following completion of the Short Course.
  • As this course will be delivered in English, an appropriate level of language proficiency is required, such that Awardees will be able to participate fully and benefit from the course.
  • As part of your work plan on return, applicants are required to identify a specific, priority biosecurity issue that can be worked through with a partner Australian biosecurity agency.
  • You must meet the general minimum eligibility criteria outlined below.
  • Female candidates and people with a disability are encouraged to apply.
Support service options
  • Special needs assistance as deemed appropriate on a case-by-case basis
General eligibility criteria for Africa Fellowship applicants
To be eligible for an Africa Fellowship, applicants must:
  • have citizenship of and currently be living in the country of your nationality.
  • not be married to/or be a de facto of, or engaged to be married to a person who holds or is eligible to hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent resident status;
  • satisfy any specific criteria established by the applicant’s country and/or government of citizenship;
  • satisfy all requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) for a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) student visa;
  • satisfy any specific admission requirements of the institution at which the Short Course is to be undertaken; and
  • hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

Applicants must inform the Australian Government of any connection or relationship to staff employed by the Australian Government or with the managing contractor at the time of application.

Course details
The course will provide participants with skills and knowledge in the following areas:

  • An understanding of the biosecurity issues facing Africa and, in particular, the implications for trade and economic development
  • The development and implementation of action plans for plant pest and disease surveillance
  • Early warning systems and options for emergency plant pest and disease actions
  • Broader leadership and organisational management competencies to include project management, implementing change and public speaking

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