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Post Entry Quarantine Officer (Seed Pathology)
Job SummaryUnder the general direction of the Chief Post Entry Officer, the Post Entry Quarantine Officer – (Seed Pathologist) (SOG/ST 5) screens incoming imported planting material for quarantine pathogens which could pose a threat to the Agricultural Sector.
- Prepares annual budgetary estimates, which contribute to the overall Plant Protection budget;
- Assists in Performance Evaluation of supervised staff and recommends training to improve level of competence;
- Oversees inventory of supplies necessary for the effective conduct of research/diagnostic work and ensures proper use and timely replacement of supplies.
- Plans, organizes, executes and supervises projects in plant protection according to specialist discipline by supervising programmes in field-trial and layout, preparation, application and handling of pesticides, data collection and processing and interpretation and dissemination of results;
- Plans, organizes and executes laboratory and green house research projects to evaluate the efficacy of pesticides;
- Carries out in depth literature review for new technology and improved training method and for any other reason or purpose that the Chief Plant Protection Officer or Senior Research Director, Plant Protection may request;
- Develops Integrated Pest management packages for major pests of economic crops;
- Assists in the preparation of Pest Risk Analysis when required;
- Prepares project proposals detailing the scientific method(s) to be involved in the management of specific pest problems;
- Identifies pests, diagnoses pest problems and makes recommendations for their management for diagnostic work and training purposes;
- Plans and organizes the collection, identification and preservation of specimens of pest species for diagnostic work and training purposes;
- Produces publishable research papers, fact sheets, posters and either technical material for dissemination;
- Transfers technology to extension officers and farmers by way of Open Days, Field Days and reporting seminars;
- Serves as Plant Protection consultant and guest presenter at various training activities for both extension officers and farmers;
- Collaborates with other agencies and institutions within and outside of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agricultural and Fisheries in solving Plant Protection problems;
- Visits farms and other holdings in relation to pest problems;
- Conduct specific Plant Protection Surveys;
- Dispatches unidentified or unconfirmed specimen to overseas organization for identification and confirmation;
- Produces Monthly, Quarterly, Annual and Special Reports;
- Represents the Research and Development Division at selected technical conference and meetings;
- Represents senior officers at meetings;
- Works closely with consultants and contract workers to facilitate the mutual exchange of technical information;
- Keeps abreast of Local and International developments in Plant Protection.
- Determines work programme and supervises two levels of support staff;
- Supervises and trains students from Secondary and Tertiary Institutions on work-study assignments in Plant Protection.
- Performs a wide range of sundry tasks and activities assigned by or through his/her supervisor.
Required knowledge, Skills and Competencies
- Authoritative knowledge of area of specialization
- Extensive knowledge of associated disciplines within and beyond Plant Protection
- Competent in and possess the ability to educate others in laboratory techniques in the identification of pest and diseases
- Excellent presentation, oral and written communication skills
- Proficiency in use of relevant computer applications including database and statistical softwares
- Excellent problem solving skills
- Outstanding leadership qualities and team spirit
- Good interpersonal skills
- Show considerable initiative and a high degree of competence
Minimum Required Qualification and Experience
- Bachelor of Science Degree in a Plant Protection discipline.
Special Conditions Associated with the Job
- Exposure to hazardous pesticides and harmful laboratory reagents;
- Exposure to ultraviolet radiation;
- Exposure to dust, bacterial and fungal spores;
- Work environment includes climate, which is usually hot and humid and sometimes rainy;
- Risks associated with long distance road travel, often off-track in unfamiliar and high-risk areas;
- Occasional long working hours.