Job Information Director, Field Operations (SOG/ST 8) Company Information
Contact Name Office of the Services Commission
Contact Email
Job Information
Job Type Full-time
Category Agriculture / Horticulture
Posted 25-01-2023
Job Status
Start Publishing 25-01-2023
Stop Publishing 04-02-2023
Applications are invited to fill the following posts in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries: Director, Field Operations (SOG/ST 8) – (Not Vacant) – Agricultural Marketing Information Branch, salary range $6,028,127$8,107,161 per annum.
Job Purpose
Under the general direction of the Director, Agricultural Marketing and Information (GMG/SEG 5), the Director, Field Operations (SOG/ST 8), is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and controlling the work of the data collection by designing and implementing systems and procedures aimed at the efficient collection, tabulation, storage, retrieval and dissemination of agro-socio-economic data and information to the various operating Units of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Agricultural Commodity throughout Jamaica in formats and at times which are meaningful to users.
Key Responsibilities
Represents the Ministry at meetings, conferences, seminars locally, regionally and internationally;
Evaluates continually, the performance of the Unit in terms of achievement of its objectives;
Ensures that the objective of the Unit is met in accordance with the overall plan of the Division and the Ministry.
  • Develops objectives, Work Schedules and plans for carrying out various task of the Branch;
  • Scrutinizes incoming data (crops and livestock production, agricultural prices, etc.) for accuracy and consistency and makes recommendations to improve quality of data collected so that conclusion drawn from the information supplied can be statistically sound;
  • Develops and oversees quality assurance systems;
  • Ensures accurate completion of all task;
  • Develops Budget and assures that projects are completed within budget constraints;
  • Prepares reports, papers and conference presentations on topics in the field of survey research;
  • Determines areas in which data collecting functions can be carried out more effectively;
  • Directs staff in proper interviewing techniques and other data collections tasks;
  • Determines the methods of data and information storage most likely to facilitate retrieval use;
  • Designs and conducting Sample Surveys and Censuses;
  • Defines and documents detailed procedures in the form of the Operation Manual of the retrieval, change out, outright dissemination of data and other information;
  • Collects and evaluates Domestic Crop Production data by quarterly crop Revision Meetings with Extension Officers in each parish;
  • Collects and evaluates other production data by collaborating with Boards, Agro-industries, farmers organizations and commercial farms;
  • Prepares reports and publishes findings on crop yield, acreage and production eg. Comparative Estimates of Domestic Crop Production;
  • Procures through the Procurement Unit of the Ministry, equipment and other facilities for storage of data and information;
  • Helps to establish and maintain favourable Public relations with all stakeholders and quality control of action by the Team with support staff;
  • Records detailed field data and summarize and co-ordinate data analysis using various computer programmes and prepare progress reports.
Human Resource:
  • Monitors and evaluates the performance of directs reports, prepares performance appraisals and recommends and/or initiates corrective action, where necessary, to improve performance and/or attain 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;
  • 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 Division’s and organization’s goals;
  • Performs any other related duties assigned by the Director, Agricultural Marketing and Information Branch, from time to time.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Competencies
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good customer and quality focus skills
  • Good management and organizational ability
  • Thorough knowledge and excellent analytical skills
  • Good leadership skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Methodical
  • Confidential
  • Goal-result oriented skills
  • Ability to handle complex situations
  • Good judgment and competency to draw sound conclusions
  • Proficient in the use of the relevant computer software applications
  • Excellent knowledge of data collection techniques and methodologies
  • Good technical skills
  • Good planning and organizing skills
Minimum Required Qualification and Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics or Agricultural Economics with Statistics as the principal subject or Economics with Statistics;
  • Post Graduate Training in Survey Methodology;
  • Three (3) years’ experience in survey design, data collection, quality control procedures, storage, retrieval and analysis of data;
  • One (1) year experience in Personnel Management.
Applications accompanied by résumés should be submitted no later than Friday, 3rd February, 2023 to:
Senior Director
Human Resource Management and Development Division
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Hope Gardens
Kingston 6
Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
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