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Agricultural Trade Officer (SOG/ST 6) – Agricultural Planning and Policy Directorate (International Trade)

Date Posted
16th February 2017
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing, Government & Public Sector
Job Type
Not Vacant
Not Disclosed

Job Summary

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the post of Agricultural Trade Officer – Agricultural Planning and Policy Directorate (International in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisherie

Job Description

Job Purpose

Under the direct supervision of the International Trade Specialist (SOG/ST 9), the Agricultural Trade Officer (SOG/ST 6), is responsible for assisting in the planning, coordinating and execution of all activities related to international trade and the negotiation of trade agreements relevant to the Agricultural Sector.


Key Responsibilities


  • Prepares sector information and data to inform trade negotiations;
  • Assists the ITS in the provision of inputs for the Budget, speeches and technical papers as required;
  • Assists the ITS with the preparation and delivery of presentation to internal and external public during international seminars and meetings;
  • Represents the Ministry at meetings, seminars and workshops locally, regionally and internationally;
  • Negotiates on behalf of the Ministry and stakeholders in the sector;
  • Researches, prepares and provides information to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other international organizations on request.



  • Ensures that trade policies are clearly articulated in the formulation of plans, policies and programmes for the Agricultural Sector;
  • Reviews and analyzes macro-economic indicators and their effects on trade in the Agricultural Sector and submit recommendations for appropriate policy correction where necessary;
  • Conducts analysis the value of the Agricultural Sector and hence the value of de mininis subsidy to which the government can avail itself;
  • Conducts empirical analysis to determine the extent to which particular products can compete in the local and international market place;
  • Monitors and assesses Trade and Economic negotiations assigned by ITS;
  • Tracks, evaluates and reports on major development in the International Trade and Economic environment;
  • Organizes and maintains information, documents, data, etc.;
  • Makes regular notification to the WTO on the Agricultural Sectors’ implementation of its WTO commitments;
  • Collaborates with Public Relations Division to ensure that trade development and events are adequately promoted and publicized.


Required Skills/Competencies


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Managing External Relationships
  • Customer and Quality focus



  • Knowledge of International Trade rules, policies and agreements
  • Knowledge of trade and economic policies of Jamaica/CARICOM countries
  • Knowledge of the operations of Government and specific Regional and International Organizations
  • Proficiency in the use of relevant computer applications


Minimum Required Qualification and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economic/Social Science;
  • At least three (3) years’ work related experience.
  • Postgraduate Certification in International Trade/Economics would be an asset.


Special Condition Associated with the Job

  • Extensive travelling island wide, regionally and internationally.


Salary range $1,361,593 - $1,618,506 per annum and any allowance(s) attached to the post. 


Please note that only short listed applicants will be contacted.


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