Job Information Senior Director, Capture Fisheries Planning, Development and Management (Level 9) Company Information
Contact Name Office of the Services Commission
Contact Email
Job Information
Job Type Full-time
Department Executive Agency
Category Management
Posted 28-01-2023
Job Status
Start Publishing 28-01-2023
Stop Publishing 07-02-2023
Applications are invited to fill the following vacant posts in the National Fisheries Authority: Senior Director, Capture Fisheries Planning, Development and Management (Level 9) Capture Fisheries Division/Capture Fisheries Planning, Development and Management Branch, salary range $3,593,869 $4,420,005 per annum and any allowance(s) attached to the post.
Job Purpose
Under the general direction of the Principal Director, Capture Fisheries Division, the Director, Capture Fisheries Planning, Development and Management Branch directs the operations of the Branch.
The incumbent is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of the Fishery Management and Development Plans in line with international best practice. The incumbent also participates in the planning, organization, development and administration of systems, procedures and programmes for the development and management of Capture Fisheries in Jamaica. Accordingly, the incumbent provides technical advice, briefings and support to the Principal Director of the Capture Fisheries Division and other senior officials.
The incumbent is also responsible to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate strategies to ensure proper conservation, protection and management and use of Capture Fisheries (marine and freshwater) resources.
Key Responsibilities
  • Plans, directs and co-ordinates all programmes and activities relating to the operations of the Capture Fishery Development and Programme Management Branch in accordance with the established policies, laws and regulations of the Authority;
  • Monitors and controls the implementation of Corporate and Operational Plans and Budgets to ensure that work is carried out as planned, within Budget and that agreed targets are met;
  • Ensures that all required processes, systems and controls are in place to enable achievement of the Branch’s objectives;
  • Manages the work programme of the Branch by ensuring operational efficiency and cost effectiveness are observed in expenditure and takes corrective action to minimize variances where necessary;
  • Oversees the investigation of complaints from customers and business associates and effects the required corrective measures;
  • Represents the Authority at local, regional and international meetings, conferences, workshops and other fora as required.
  • Ensure the preparation, implementation and monitoring Fishery Management Plans while incorporating the participatory approach to management planning by ensuring that the following elements are in place:
  • An introduction outlining the need and rationale for management of the Fishery and the scope of the Plan
  • Assessment of the historical development and current status of the Fishery, including its biological ecological, social and economical dimensions
  • A stakeholder analysis of the Fishery and clear statements on the roles and responsibilities of the different stakeholders in the management process, including any co-management arrangements
  • The goals and objectives for the Fishery, for each of the biological, ecological, social and economic dimensions, and the relative prioritization between any conflicting objectives
  • The indicators and reference points associated with each objective, to be expressed in quantitative terms and to be used in measuring the performance of management in achieving each objective
  • The management measures that will be used to achieve the objectives, and protect the resources from exploitation
  • The specifications of any use or access rights to be allocated in the Fishery and any conditions attached to them
  • A ‘decision control rule’ framework, that has been pre-agreed with the Fishery stakeholders, stating which management measures (including any levels of fishing effort, fish catches or other controls) shall be adopted depending on the status of the fishery, as measured by the positions of the indicators relative to the reference points 
  • A statement of the current management recommendations for the Fishery, as guided by the decision control rule, based on the estimated current status of the Fishery and allowing for any uncertainties in the assessment and associated risks for achievement of the Fishery goals
  • An agreed process and timetable for monitoring the state of the Fishery and evaluating and reviewing the Management Plan as needed, providing for ongoing consultation with Fishery Stakeholders
  • Develops and implements Management, Conservation and Development programmes and projects related to the National Fisheries Authority (NFA);
  • Develops and implements fisheries conservation strategies, including the management of the Fish Sanctuaries Programme;
  • Develops, manages and monitors User Rights and Quota based Fishery Management Systems;
  • Represents the NFA at Court proceedings on matters relating to contravention of the Fisheries Act; remove – to compliance group;
  • Analyzes and interprets relevant information and makes recommendations to the Principal Director, Capture Fisheries Division;
  • Liaises with the local, regional and international governmental and non-governmental Organizations concerned with the conservation and sustainable utilization of marine species;
  • Participates in workshops and seminars to share technical matters relating to Fisheries Management;
  • Ensures the adaptation of local and international standards through the Organization of workshops, seminars and training courses;
  • Recommends the revision of policy guidelines in order to meet the global changes in the Fishing Industry;
Human Resource Management:
  • Provides leadership and guidance to staff through effective objective setting, effective planning, delegation, communication, training, mentoring and coaching;
  • Identifies the training and developmental needs of staff and ensures that they are adequately addressed ;
  • Participates in the recruitment of staff for the Branch and recommends transfers, promotions termination and leave in accordance with established Human Resource policies and procedures;
  • Ensures that staff are aware of and adhere to the policies, procedures and guidelines governing the operations of the Authority and the Public Service;
  • Recommends/administers disciplinary action in keeping with established Human Resource policies and guidelines;
  • Supports the Principal Director in the establishment and maintenance of a supportive work environment that promotes sound values and positive attitudes, fosters a culture of consultation, teamwork, employee empowerment and commitment, high performance, continuous innovation and ethical behaviour among the staff in general;
  • Monitors and evaluates the performance of direct reports, prepares Performance Appraisals and recommends and/or initiates corrective action where necessary to improve performance and/or attaining established personal and/or organizational goals;
  • Collaborates with the Human Resources Unit to develop and implement a Succession Planning Programme to facilitate continuity and the availability of required skills and competencies to meet the needs of the Branch;
  • Performs any other related duties as assigned by the Principal Director, Capture Fishery.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Competencies
  • Good team building skills
  • Ability to analyze and interpret information for decision-making
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong customer relations skills
  • Good problem-solving and conflict management skills
  • Proficiency in the use of relevant computer applications
  • Good knowledge of the Fisheries Act and related regulations and guidelines
  • Excellent knowledge of management, development and conservatives principles and strategies
  • Sound knowledge of the policies and procedures of the National Fisheries Authority
  • Good knowledge of public sector laws, rules and guidelines and of the Ministry’s policies and procedures 
  • Excellent knowledge of Fisheries protocols and management
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, increase productivity and sustainability of fisheries
  • Working knowledge of research methodologies and investigative techniques
  • Good project management and development skills
Minimum Required Qualification and Experience
  • Master’s Degree in Fisheries or related sciences;
  • Six (6) years related experience with at least three (3) years in a Senior Management capacity.
  • OR
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries or related sciences;
  • Eight (8) years related experience with at least two (2) years in a Senior Management capacity.
Special Condition Associated with the Job
  • Working in offshore and other aquatic environments;
  • Extensive period in the field during terrestrial operations;
  • Remote and sometimes hostile fishing beaches and communities;
  • May be required to work on week-ends and public holidays.
Applications accompanied by résumés should be submitted no later than Monday, 6th February, 2023 to:
Senior Director
Corporate Services Division
National Fisheries Authority
2c Newport East
Kingston 11
Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
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