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Policy Analyst, Science, Energy and Technology (GMG/SEG 2)

Date Posted
11th January 2017
Reference
VAC-24702
Sector
Consulting & Project Management, Government & Public Sector
Job Type
Permanent
Location
Kingston
Salary
Not Disclosed

Job Summary

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidate to fill the post of Policy Analyst, Science, Energy and Technology (GMG/SEG 2) in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology

Job Description

Job Purpose

Under the general direction of the Senior Policy Analyst: Science, Energy and Technology, the Policy Analyst: Science, Energy and Technology is responsible for evaluating and reviewing Science, Energy and Technology policies and programmes in the Ministry and its Agencies and providing technical support to the Ministry and its policy, planning, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes.

 

Key Responsibilities

Administrative/Managerial:

  • Participates in the Division’s policy visioning, development, monitoring and evaluation programmes;
  • Prepares reports for the Senior Policy Analyst as required;
  • Functions as Desk Officer for assigned agencies;
  • Identifies and brings to the attention of the Senior Policy Analyst that are lagging.

 

Technical/Professional:

  • Undertakes research and analysis relevant to the development of the Ministry’s Science, Energy and Technology portfolios;
  • Assists in analyzing the feasibility of proposed and existing policies and their impact to drive the transformation of the Science, Energy and Technology Sectors, and their economic and social impact on government’s priorities;
  • Holds discussions with stakeholders to ensure a clear understanding of the Ministry’s policies, obtain buy-in and solicit feedback;
  • Analyzes and comments on related studies prepared within ministries or agencies and provides information to assist with decision making and/or to determine the advisability of adopting new measures;
  • Provides inputs for developing briefs on Science, Energy and Technology issues and provides options for decision by the Senior Policy Analyst;
  • Co-ordinates the orderly and timely flow of accurate and rigorously analyzed information on portfolio matters for the attention of the Senior Policy Analyst;
  • Co-ordinates the implementation of relevant Cabinet Decisions within the Ministry;
  • Collects and analyzes Quarterly, Annual and Special reports compiled by the Ministry, its Agencies and Departments;
  • Tracks and reports on the implementation of decisions and the status of programmes and projects ensuring that goals and objectives are specific, measureable, realistic and accomplished in accordance with prescribed priorities, time limitation and funding conditions;
  • Monitors the application of the Code of Consultation in the policy development process;
  • Participates in the analysis of relevant policy issues and recommends policy options to the Senior Policy Analyst;
  • Drafts outlines of Cabinet Submissions for review by the Senior Policy Analyst;
  • Maintains excellent communication with private and public sector entities in the Science, Energy and Technology portfolios;
  • Participates in the development of training interventions to relevant staff in the Ministry and its Agencies to create awareness of the procedures involved in policy development and policy analysis;
  • Prepares reports on the implementation of Cabinet Decisions and the current status of programmes and projects in the Science, Energy and Technology portfolios;
  • Assists with monitoring and evaluating the implementation of decisions on inter-sectoral issues and facilitate collaboration among Ministries;
  • Brings inter-sectoral policy issues to the attention of the Senior Policy Analyst and proposes measures by which they can be effectively addressed;
  • Participates in stakeholder consultations to develop policies and to resolve policy conflicts;
  • Prepares policy papers and briefs for the Senior Policy Analyst on matters impacting Science, Energy and Technology and related portfolio matters;
  • Analyzes and comments on studies prepared by the Ministry and its Agencies and provides information to assist with decision making and/or to determine the advisability of adopting new measures;
  • Keeps abreast of trends and changes in planning and policy development and makes recommendations for their adoption where necessary to enhance the Ministry’s planning and policy development functions;
  • Provides technical support to the Ministry’s policy, planning, development and evaluation process.

 

Required Skills/Competencies

Core:

  • Excellent oral communication - public speaking skills
  • Excellent written communication - report writing skills
  • Customer and quality focus
  • Ability to work in a team
  • High level of integrity
  • Compliance
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Change management

 

Functional:

  1. Strategic vision
  2. Analytical thinking
  3. Excellent problem solving and decision making skills
  4. Ability to use initiative
  5. Excellent planning and organizing skills
  6. Goal/result oriented
  7. Managing external relationships
  8. Proficiency in the use of relevant computer applications (Microsoft Office Suite)
  9. Knowledge of the Staff Orders and Public Service Regulations
  10. Knowledge of GOJ Procurement Procedures and Guidelines
  11. Thorough knowledge of policy analysis, monitoring and implementation
  12. Ability to conduct research, analyse data and make logical conclusions
  13. Broad understanding of Science, Energy and Technology issues, and cross-sectoral issues, and programmes
  14. Knowledge of pertinent research and analytical methodologies and ability to apply such techniques to policy issues
  15. Ability to establish and maintain co-operative working relationship with all segments of the Ministry and its Agencies
  16. Ability to work under pressure

 

Minimum Required Qualification and Experience

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration, Technology Management, Policy Analysis, Development Studies, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Telecommunications Development or related fields from an accredited tertiary institution
  • Specialized training in modern approaches to policy research, development and analysis; plus
  • At least three (3) years’ experience in policy development, analysis and monitoring.

 

Special Conditions Associated with the Job

  • Extended hours may be required to meet project deadlines;
  • Ability to travel overseas and locally on work related business;
  • The job is substantially office-based. However, the post holder is required to attend meetings outside the office and visit entities within the energy portfolio. Field visits may expose the incumbent to dust, noise, heat, vibration and other conditions present in energy-related operations.

 

Salary range $1,730,109 – 2,056,555 per annum and any allowance(s) attached to the post;

 

Please note that only short listed applicants will be contacted.

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