Profession agricultural policy officer

Agricultural policy officers analyse and identify agricultural policy issues and develop plans for improvement and new policy implementation. They write reports and presentations in order to communicate and acquire support for the policies from government officials and the public. They also communicate with professionals in agriculture for research and information purposes and perform administrative duties.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Environmental legislation in agriculture and forestry

    Awareness on enviromental legislation, policies, principles relevant for agriculture and forestry. Awareness of the impact on the enviroment of local agricultural precedures and practices. Means to adjust the production to new enviromental regulations and policies.

  • Government policy implementation

    The procedures involved in the implementation of government policies in national and local governmental organisations.

  • Ecological principles

    The understanding of how an ecosystem functions and its relationship to environmental planning and design.

  • Agronomy

    The study of combining agriculture production and protection and regeneration of natural environment. Includes the principles and methods of critical selection and adequate application methods for sustainability in agriculture.

  • Legislation in agriculture

    Body of regional, national and European laws enacted in the field of agriculture and forestry concerning various issues such as product quality, environmental protection and trade.

Skills

  • Manage government policy implementation

    Manage the operations of the implementation of new government policies or changes in existing policies on a national or regional level as well as the staff involved in the implementation procedure..

  • Promote agricultural policies

    Promote the inclusion of agricultural programmes on a local and national level, in order to acquire support for agricultural development and sustainability awareness.

  • Create solutions to problems

    Solve problems which arise in planning, prioritising, organising, directing/facilitating action and evaluating performance. Use systematic processes of collecting, analysing, and synthesising information to evaluate current practice and generate new understandings about practice.

  • Liaise with local authorities

    Maintain the liaison and exchange of information with regional or local authorities.

  • Maintain relations with local representatives

    Maintain good relations with representatives of the local scientific, economic and civil society.

  • Maintain relationships with government agencies

    Establish and maintain cordial working relationships with peers in different governmental agencies.

  • Develop agricultural policies

    Develop programmes for development of new technologies and methodologies in agriculture, as well as the development and implementation of improved sustainability and environmental awareness in agriculture.

  • Advise on legislative acts

    Advise officials in a legislature on the propositioning of new bills and the consideration of items of legislation.

Optional knowledge and skills

carry out strategic research pollution prevention develop educational resources conduct educational activities oversee quality control keep task records present reports develop professional network conduct public presentations pollution legislation manage government-funded programmes quality standards project management principles scientific research methodology promote environmental awareness prepare government funding dossiers advise on government policy compliance