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Chief Technical Director (CTD 1)

Date Posted
15th September 2017
Government & Public Sector, Management
Job Type
Not Disclosed

Job Summary

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the post of Chief Technical Director, in the Technical Services Directorate, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, during the period 1st Oct, 2017 - 30th Sept 2019.

Job Description

Job Purpose

The incumbent will direct the operations of the various Divisions within the Technical Services Directorate by ensuring their contribution to the Strategic Objectives of the Ministry and to support the Ministry in its pursuit of Agricultural growth and viability. The incumbent is also required to assist the Permanent Secretary in the overall efficient management of the Ministry.


Key Responsibilities

Management and Administrative:

  • Participates in the development of the strategic direction of the Ministry;
  • Leads the development and implementation of the division’s operational plan and budget;
  • Ensures consistency with the overall strategic objectives and agricultural development policy and programmes of the Ministry;
  • Provides technical advice to the Permanent Secretary and Minister on agricultural issues and other related technical matters and prepares technical papers as required;
  • Performs periodical reviews of existing policies and makes recommendations for policy changes where necessary to maintain currency and relevance to the strategic objectives of the Ministry and international standards;
  • Conducts consistent examinations of local, regional and international trends in agriculture and makes recommendations for policy review/development where necessary to place the local industry in a more advantageous position in relation to relevant locations;
  • Provides technical advice and participates in the development of position papers to articulate Jamaica’s position in dealing with matters including agriculture in international fora;
  • Provides technical advice on matters to protect the health of the population from an agricultural perspective;
  • Leads the development of a framework to guide technical research and development within the Ministry;
  • Develops, implements and maintains policies and procedures to guide the operations of the division including reporting and information management;
  • Oversees and ensures the departments within the span of control operate within the established policies and procedures;
  • Oversees and ensures the effective implementation of the overall national programmes and projects undertaken by the departments within the span of control;
  • Analyses and makes recommendations for changes where necessary to achieve programmes/projects objectives or to align with shifts in national priorities;
  • Assists the Permanent Secretary in the day to day management of the Ministry, providing leadership in the development and implementation of change initiatives, creating and fostering a culture of high performance and customer orientation throughout the Ministry;
  • Represents the Ministry at local and international meetings, conferences and other fora as required;
  • Prepares and submits performance and other reports as required and ensures timely submission of all documents/information requested from the Divisions.


Human Resource:

  • Monitors and evaluates the performance of direct reports, prepares performance appraisals and recommends and/or initiates corrective action where necessary, to improve performance and/or attaining established personal and/or organisational goals;
  • Participates in the recruitment of staff for the Division and recommends transfer, promotion, termination and leave in accordance with established human resource policies and procedures;
  • Collaborates with the Human Resource Department to develop and implement a succession planning programme for the Division, to facilitate continuity and the availability of required skills and competencies to meet the needs of the Division;
  • Provides leadership and guidance to direct reports through effective planning, delegation, communication, training, mentoring and coaching;
  • Ensures the welfare and developmental needs of staff in the Division are clearly identified and addressed;
  • Establishes and maintains a system that fosters a culture of teamwork, employee empowerment and commitment to the Division’s and organization’s goals.



  • Leads/participates in internal and external cross-functional teams to achieve Ministry’s objectives as required;
  • Deputizes for the Permanent Secretary in his absence;
  • Performs any other duties and responsibilities as may be determined from time to time by the Permanent Secretary.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Competencies

  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Good interpersonal and people management skills
  • Knowledge of the operations of Government
  • Ability to analyze and interpret changes in the economic, political and social environment
  • Ability to effectively plan and organize in a complex environment with competing priorities subject to public scrutiny
  • Ability to use Government processes effectively in the achievement of objectives
  • Ability to lead and manage change initiatives
  • Sound technical knowledge
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong customer orientation skills
  • Proficiency in the use of relevant computer applications


Minimum Required Qualification and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Agriculture, Environmental Resource Management, Public Sector Management or related discipline;
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management or related discipline
  • At least ten (10) years related experience in the Private or Public Sector, at least five (5) years of which should be at a Senior Management level.


Salary range $4,887,006 - $5,809,114 per annum and any allowance(s) attached to the post.


Please note that only short listed applicants will be contacted.


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