Extension Specialist (SOG/ST 5) - Crop & Plant Protection Unit

Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Contract Type
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing
St. Catherine
Salary & Benefits
Salary range: $1,322,684.00 - $1,572,255.00 per annum
Date Posted
Expiry Date
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is inviting suitably qualified persons to fill the position of Extension Specialist (SOG/ST 5) - Crop & Plant Protection Unit in the Research and Development Division, Bodles, Old Harbour, St. Catherine.

Under the direct supervision of the Operations Manager (SOG/ST 6), the Extension Specialist (SOG/ST 5) is responsible to undertake managing the day-to-day farm operations aimed at facilitating viable research and commercial farming in accordance with the operational plans for the Crop & Plant Protection Units at the Bodles Research Station.


  • Farm plan implemented
  • Crop irrigation needs met in a timely manner
  • Land preparation needs met in a timely manner
  • Crop Production targets met
  • Farm operations in sync with operations manual
  • Farm operations within budget
  • Reports prepared
  • Support Project proposal development and implementation plans developed
  • Support Projects executed
  • Support Project findings documentation
  • Support dissemination of research findings
  • Support development of work plans
  • Supervise on farm Agronomy related activities supervised
  • Competent and productive staff
  • Support establishment of field trial plots


  • Prepares reports
  • Prepares work programmes
  • Prepares reports for projects undertaken
  • Plans and executes projects
  • Plans, organizes and implements field trials to improve the growth and quality of crops
  • Liaises with external research organizations in designing and implementing collaborative projects
  • Disseminates research findings and best agricultural practices to extension staff and farmers
  • Carries out in depth literature review for new technology and improved methods for transfer to farmers

Technical/Professional Responsibilities

  • Implements research activities
  • Develops production practices and methods for different ecological zones
  • Presents research findings
  • Participates in training and field days on and off station
  • Assist in planning the Unit weekly work programmes
  • Write reports

Human Resources Responsibilities

  • Monitors and evaluates the performance of direct reports, prepares performance appraisals and recommend and/or initiates corrective action where necessary to improve performance and/or attaining established personal and/or organizational goals.
  • Participates in the recruitment of staff for the Division/Unit and recommends transfer, promotion, termination and leave in accordance with established human resource policies and procedures.
  • In collaboration with the Human Resource Division, develops and implements a succession planning programme for the Division/Unit 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/Unit 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.

Other responsibilities

  • Acts as rapporteur at meetings as directed
  • Represents the organization at meetings and conferences
  • Performs any other related functions assigned from time to time


  • Comprehensive Reports submitted within established time frame
  • Project proposals produced and implemented within agreed time frames to required standards
  • Research findings documented according to required standards and in agreed time frames
  • Research findings disseminated in agreed time frame
  • Practical and achievable work plans developed in agreed time frames
  • Research field trials established using Good Agricultural Practices (GAD) within agreed timeframes


  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good people management skills
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Strong customer quality focus skills
  • Good problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Good conflict management skills


  • Sound knowledge of agronomy
  • Sound knowledge of plant and soil methodologies
  • Sound knowledge of research procedures
  • Project management/proposal writing skills
  • Knowledge of the operations of Government / Knowledge of the Ministry’s policies and procedures
  • Proficiency in the use of relevant computer applications


  • A.Sc. in Agricultural Science or Plant Science from CASE, UWI or similar institutions
  • Three (3) year experience in Agronomy, Plant Production, Plant Physiology and Protection or related field


  • Exposure to hazardous chemicals


  • Sign off on pay bill
  • Make recommendations to farmers and extension officers

Please note that we thank all for responding, but only short-listed applicants will be contacted.


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