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Agricultural Trade Officer (SOG/ST 6) – Agricultural Planning and Policy Directorate (International Trade)
Job SummaryApplications 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
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.
- 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.
- 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.