Department of Research and Administration

The department is in charge of research policy, and the development and operation of the administrative functions of the ministry, including administrative support functions for the political leadership and the Secretary General.

Important duties are to develop research and innovation policies, to discharge the sector's responsibilities for agricultural education at all levels, to facilitate first-rate human resource management and organizational development, and to ensure proficient departmental information management and security. Among other responsibilities, the department is charged with managing the Norwegian Institute for Bioeconomics (NIBIO) and the governance dialogue with the Norwegian Research Council, co-ordinating tasks in several key areas such as the State Budget, managing the sector's State Enterprises, and handling all matters relating to emergency preparedness. In addition, the department is to provide quality administrative support for the political leadership, the Secretary General and all other activities in general.

The Ministry Unit

The Ministry Unit is a secretariat for the political leadership and the Secretary General. The main task is practical organization and coordination of administrative support functions for for the political leadership and the Secretary General. The unit is also responsible for coordinating the Ministry's work on government papers, items for the Council of State, the Minister's participation in Parliament, reporting to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and the Parliament, and scheduling meetings and events participation for the political leadership.

The department consists of the following sections

  • Section for Research, Innovation and Education

    The section is tasked with developing research, innovation and education policy. Key areas include framework conditions and government facilitation. The section is responsible for departmental management of the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomics (NIBIO) and the governance dialogue with the Norwegian Research Council, as well as the contact with "Selskapet for industrivekst SF" (SIVA SF, the Industrial Development Corporation of Norway - State Enterprise). Advancing the government's long-term plan for research and higher education and the development of bioeconomics in Norway is another key area. Furthermore, the department devises institutional policies, works to support the agricultural and food science research community, and is responsible for promoting international research collaboration in agriculture and food. The section also discharges the Ministry's sector responsibility of enrolment to agricultural education at all levels, and competence raising within the sector. The section maintains the dialogue with the Department of Education (KD) and the Department of Trade and Industry (NFD) and other departments on relevant issues.

    Section manager: Deputy Director Kirsti Gustad

  • The Human Resources and Organization Section

    The Human Resources and Organization Section is responsible for developing the organization and co-workers to ensure long-term high-level performance and reaching set targets. This encompasses e.g. recruitment, hiring, professional development, salary negotiations, HSE and counselling the leadership of both the Ministry and subsidiary entities under Ministry management. The section also advises on restructuring, and on labour legislation, the Freedom of Information Act and the Public Administration Act internally and subsidiary entities under Ministry management.

    Section manager: Deputy Director Anna Berg

  • Web, IT and Documentation Section

    Web, IT and Documentation Section is responsible for coordinating emergency cases in the Ministry and acts as a catalyst and coordinator for ICT in the agriculture and food administration. The section bears the main responsibility for security in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, for supervising contracted services by the Ministry of Security and Services (MSS), including ICT services. The section is responsible for the Ministry's archive service, for publishing on and the development of local intranet, and it operates the Ministry's service centre

    Section manager: Deputy Director Kai-Ove Nauen

  • Financial Control and Budgets Section

    Financial Control and Budgets Section is responsible for several major coordinating functions for the Ministry. The most important are to prepare the Ministry's proposals for the annual state budget (Prop 1 S), to aid in effective internal control and operation of the Ministry, and to oversee national audit matters. The section is also responsible for reporting to the National Financial Report, advising Ministries on budgetary and financial matters and managing the Ministry's real estate. The section also assists in the Ministry's management of its subsidiary entities.

    Section manager: Deputy Director Per Eivind Jensen