Senior Plant Breeding Officer (SOG/ST 6) – Research and Development Division | Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries

Senior Plant Breeding Officer (SOG/ST 6) – Research and Development DivisionFarming & Outdoors

Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries

Senior Plant Breeding Officer (SOG/ST 6) Research and Development Division, Bodles, Old Harbour, St. Catherine (Vacant), salary range $1,516,597 - $1,802,757 per annum and any allowance(s) attached to the post.

Job Purpose


Under the direct supervision of the Chief Plant Breeding Officer, the Senior Plant Breeding Officer plays a technical and co-ordinating role in the area of Plant Breeding Research. The Senior Plant Breeder assists the Chief Plant Breeder with the development and implementation of research, training, scientific and technical knowledge dissemination and in the evaluation and implementation of technical co-operation to meet the National Food Security goals.


The incumbent is also a team member in carrying out major phases of complex projects.



Key Responsibilities



         Assists with the preparation of the annual Recurrent and Capital Budgets;

         Produces reports (monthly, quarterly and annually);

         Represents the Ministry/Division/Unit at meetings;

         Develops and manages cost-effectiveness of projects;

         Liaises with other Divisions and Units within the Ministry, Rural Agricultural Development

Authority (RADA) and other clients/stakeholders;

     Participates in seminars, meetings and conferences representing the Division at different fora.



         Identifies and implements Plant Breeding projects;

         Ensures appropriate technologies are developed/adapted or utilized to facilitate Plant

Breeding activities;

         Manages/supervises the development, design and execution of experiments;

         Ensures that research findings are presented;



     Assists  in  on-the-job  training  of  the  Plant  Breeding  Officers  to  describe  cultivars developed and/or improved at the Station;

         Facilitates transfer of knowledge and technologies generated.


Human Resource:

         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 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;

         Collaborates   wit the   Human   Resource   Division develop an implement 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 Divisions and Organizations goals;

         Performs any other related functions assigned from time to time.



Required Knowledge, Skills and Competencies



         Strong leadership and management skills

         Good interpersonal and people management skills

         Excellent oral and written communication skills

         Strong customer relations skills

         Good problem solving and conflict management skills



         Knowledge of research procedures

         Sound knowledge of plant and crop breeding principles and practices

         Sound background in agronomy or plant physiology

         Excellent knowledge of good agricultural practices

         Sound knowledge of crop production

         Knowledge of the operations of Government/knowledge of the Ministrys policies and


         Proficiency in the use of relevant computer applications and software



Minimum Required Qualification and Experience


         Masters of Science Degree in Plant Breeding from a recognized University;

         Two (2) years’ experience in related field and at least two (2) publications.


     Bachelor of Science Degree in Plant Breeding and five (5) years’ experience and at least two (2) publications;

         Project Management and Co-ordination an advantage.



Special Conditions Associated with the Job


         Exposure to sun, rain and hazardous chemicals;

         Rough terrain;

         Ability to lift 22kg;

         May be required to work on weekends and public holidays.

Applications  accompanied  by  résumé shoul be  submitted   no  later  tha Thursday, 21st November, 2019 to:


Senior Director

Human Resource Management and Development Division

Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries HopGardens

Kingston 6




Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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Job Details

  • Location: Old Harbour, St. Catherine

  • Sector: Public Sector

  • Category: Farming & Outdoors

  • Posted On: Nov 9, 2019

  • Deadline: Nov 21, 2019

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