Job Opportunities in RADA

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The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) is Jamaica's principal agricultural extension advisory and rural development agency and is a legislative authority under the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MA&F). Its mandate is carried out by strategically deploying a cadre of managerial, technical, and support employees across its island-wide network of service centers in order to bring the service closer to the farming community. The Authority is seeking qualified persons to fill the following positions:

 

1. Principal Director, Corporate Services (GMG/SEG 6)

2. Senior Director, Finance and Accounts (FMG/PA 4)

 

1. PRINCIPAL DIRECTOR, CORPORATE SERVICES (GMG/SEG 6)

Under the broad direction of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the incumbent is responsible for the management of the Authority’s corporate operations. This involves overseeing the development and implementation of plans and programmes to effectively support the achievement of the Authority’s mission, goals and objectives in the areas of Human Resource Management and Administration, Finance and Accounts, Public Procurement, Communication & Public Relations; and Information Communication and Technology.

KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS

Management/Administrative

  • Provides technical advice to the CEO, Board Chairman, and other members of staff on matters relating to the designated areas of responsibility
  • Coordinates the development and monitors the implementation of the Division’s corporate/operational plans.
  • Develops and manages the Division’s annual budget.
  • Establishes/reviews and implements operational systems and procedures to guide the operations of the Division
  • Represents the Chief Executive Officer at local regional and international conferences; Collaborates with the CEO in the preparation of position papers to be presented at these conferences

 

Technical/Professional

  • Ensures that effective administrative support is provided for all divisions/units of the Authority
  • Monitors and gives guidance to the adherence of GOJ protocols for the procurement and maintenance of office and plant equipment.
  • Reviews recommendations for material and equipment needs to ensure that are in keeping approved plans and budgets and established standards

 

Human Resources Management

  • 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 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 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

 

REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCIES

  • Planning and organizing skills
  • Strategic planning skills
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Good problem solving and conflict management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Knowledge of the operations of Government
  • Knowledge of the Authority’s policies and procedures

 

MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Post-graduate degree in the Social Sciences/Management/Public Administration, or any equivalent education and training that provides the required knowledge
  • Seven (7) or more years of progressively responsible and related experience in a managerial or leadership capacity.
  • Sound knowledge in Human Resource Management, Procurement, Accounts and Information Technology

 

2. SENIOR DIRECTOR, FINANCE AND ACCOUNTS (FMG/PA 4)

The incumbent will be required to effectively perform the management of the finance and accounts functions of RADA in accordance with the following legislative framework and conventions: Financial Administration and Audit (FAA) Act and Regulations, RADA Act 1990, Public Bodies Management and Accountability Act, 2001, Government of Jamaica Procurement Guidelines, International Accounting Standards (IAS) and other relevant Financial Regulations, Legislations and Policies in force from time to time.

Under the direction of the Principal Director, Corporate Services, the Senior Director of the Finance and Accounts is responsible for the management of all financial and accounting administration of RADA in accordance with its strategic objective.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Prepares, documents and implements effective financial, accounting procedures and processes
  • Develops and maintain effective and efficient financial & accounting policies and systems to facilitate timely management decisions
  • Prepares Monthly, Semi-annual and Annual Financial reports
  • Ensures proper control of expenditure on approved budgetary programmes, projects and activities
  • Engages in the successful development of Income Generation and Revenue Earning Activities
  • Fosters the development of highly motivated and skilled staff
  • Efficient management of the investments of RADA’s funds
  • Timely preparations and presentation of audited financial statements
  • Properly monitored projects, loans and other funds
  • Contributes to the development of the strategic plans for RADA in conjunction with the other Senior Management Staff to ensure financial sustainability
  • Leads in developing appropriate work plans and strategies for the efficient operation of the Finance and Accounts Department
  • Oversees the performance assessment systems of all finance, accounting, and payroll personnel

 

REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCIES

  • Excellent knowledge of financial and accounting management
  • Competence in operating a computerized accounting system
  • Good knowledge of information technology and the scope it offers for supporting management and operations
  • Sound personal and professional integrity
  • Excellent leadership and team building skills
  • Excellent analytical and judgement skills
  • Excellent planning, organizing and problem solving skills
  • Excellent presentation and written communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise amongst conflicting demands and make rational decisions based on sound understanding of the situation
  • Ability to cope well under pressured working conditions to meet specific deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills

 

MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • A Master’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or Management Studies with major in Accounting
  • ACCA Level 3 Accreditation along with
  • Appropriate Management Courses from a recognized tertiary institution
  • Knowledge of Government Accounting would be preferred
  • Working experience of at least 5 years at a Senior Management level
  • Knowledge of the Money Market and Investment Policies would be an asset

 

OR

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Finance & Accounts
  • ACCA Level 2
  • At least 10 years at the Senior Management level
  • Knowledge of Government Accounting would be preferred
  • Knowledge of the Money Market and Investment Policies would be an asset

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Please submit your Applications and Resumes by Friday August 19, 2022 to:

Acting Senior Director – Human Resource Management & Administration

Rural Agricultural Development Authority

Hope Gardens

KINGSTON 6

Or email:  jobs@rada.gov.jm

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.