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Director, Agro Park Development

Date Posted
13th November 2017
Reference
VAC-27400
Sector
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing, Management
Job Type
Permanent
Location
Kingston
Salary
Not Disclosed

Job Summary

Agro-Investment Corporation invites application for the post of Director, Agro Park Development.

Job Description

This post requires a dynamic, persuasive, and results oriented individual who possesses excellent leadership and analytical skills and who will ensure the Corporation successfully delivers on its mandate. 


Job Summary
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Director of Agro Park Development is responsible for providing leadership, direction, and the overall development of all Agro Parks. The incumbent is also responsible for ensuring that all Agro Parks are productive and sustainable to achieve the National Mandate of Vision 2030.


Key Responsibilities Include: 

  • Ensure that all Agro Parks are fully operational and Farmer Groups capacity are strengthened 
  • Manage the planning, development and design of the Agro Park Work Plan 
  • Coordinate/Manage the infrastructural development on new Agro Parks 
  • Contribute integrally to the development of the nation agricultural investment, promotion and market development plan 
  • Prepare budgets based on industry plans 
  • Ensure the necessary feasibility studies are undertaken and monitor all farm activities 
  • Ensure the implementation of specific goals and inputs from the Agro Park Work Plans 
  • Coordinate the gathering and collation of data to ensure the development of selected Agro Industries by liaising/ collaborating with industry stakeholders and relevant private and public sector entities/individuals as well as to determine trends, issues, gaps, opportunities and challenge that will impact and shape development plans 
  • Improve farm planning and technology inputs to effect the required improvements identified along the product value chains 
  • Establish structured marketing arrangements for products produced within the Agro Parks 
  • Ensure cluster development services are enhance and appropriately strengthened 
  • Provide technical assistance, guidance and advice to industry producers, investors and associations aimed at improving the productivity, profitability and sustainability of their agricultural/agro-based business 
  • Ensure workshops/seminars are organized and conducted as required 
  • Promote the flow of information and feedback between various groups in the sector 
  • Perform any other duties assigned from time to time


Required Skills/Competencies 

  • High level of integrity, professionalism and confidentiality 
  • Excellent leadership, team building, networking and relationship-building skills 
  • Solid financial analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills and 
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills 
  • Good organizational and time management skills


Technical Skills 

  • Solid understanding and appreciation for investment, job creation, economic growth, regulatory and development processes in the area of Agriculture 
  • Expert knowledge of strategic planning and budgeting principles and practices 
  • Sound knowledge of the local and international agricultural industries 
  • Working knowledge of public sector management practices and procedures 
  • Expert knowledge of laws and regulations governing the agricultural sector


Minimum Required Qualification and Experience 

  • A Masters in Agricultural Science, Economics or equivalent from an accredited tertiary institution 
  • A First Degree in Agricultural Science or a related field with seven (7) years’ experience 
  • Minimum of five (5) years working experience in a Senior Management position preferable in agricultural production or post-harvest operations 
  • Certification in Project Management is desirable


All applications will be treated in strict confidence. We thank all applicants for their interest in the Agro-Investment Corporation, but regret to advise that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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