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Director, Agro Park Development

Date Posted
1st January 2018
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing, Management
Job Type
Not Disclosed

Job Summary

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

Job Description

Job Summary
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Director of Agro Park Development is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the overall development of all Agro-parks and agro-economic zones to ensure that they contribute optimally to the pertinent development objectives of the Vision 2030 plan.

Key Responsibilities Include: 

  • Ensure that all Agro-parks are fully operational and governance structures established 
  • Manage the planning, development and implementation of the Agro-parks Work Plan 
  • Ensure optimum design, implementation, upgrade and management of Agro-parks and agroeconomic zones infrastructure 
  • Contribute integrally to the development of the agricultural investment, promotion and marketing plans 
  • Coordinate the collection and analysis of data to support public policies and investors' decisions 
  • Improve farm planning, husbandry, technologies and other critical systems to support competitiveness and development of advanced value chains in Jamaica's agricultural sector 
  • Establish structured marketing arrangements for investors in the Agro-parks to support private profitability, export, trade balance and other strategic targets 
  • Ensure cooperative and sharing economy models and services are promoted and strengthened within target agribusiness value chains 
  • Provide technical assistance, guidance and advice to industry producers, investors and associations aimed at improving the productivity, profitability and sustainability of their enterprises 
  • Promote and coordinate the flow of information and support services between the Corporation's stakeholders 
  • Design and implement policies for the effective operation of the Agro-parks and promotion of new production models and technologies 
  • Ensure that Agro-parks resources are optimally allocated/reallocated and efficiently utilized and associated contracts perform to policies and targets 
  • Design, develop and implement quality management and marketing/ distribution systems within the Agro-parks and agro-economic zones 
  • 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 
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills 
  • Good organizational and time management skills

Technical Skills 

  • Solid understanding and appreciation for investment, job creation, economic growth, public regulations, economic development and private profitability 
  • Expert knowledge of strategic planning and budgeting principles and practices 
  • Sound knowledge of local and international food and agricultural industries 
  • Working knowledge of public sector management practices and procedures 
  • Advanced knowledge food safety standards and practices, quality management systems, sanitary/phytosanitary regulations and international agricultural trade

Minimum Required Qualification and Experience 

  • Post Graduate Degree in Agricultural Science, Business, Agribusiness, Economics or equivalent from an accredited tertiary institution 
  • Minimum of five (5) years working experience in a Senior Management position 
  • Advanced 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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