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The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) is a statutory body under the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries (MA&F) and is Jamaica’s chief agricultural extension advisory and rural development agency. It is national in scope and its mandate is executed through the strategic deployment of its cadre of managerial, technical and support personnel across its island -wide network of service centres in order to bring the service closer to the farming community.

The Authority is seeking qualified persons to fill the following positions:

1. Chief Executive Officer (GMG/CTD 1)

2. Senior Director, Human Resource Management & Administration (GMG/SEG 4)

3. Senior Legal Officer (JLG/LO 3)

4. Audio Visual Production Officer (MCG/AVP 5)


The Authority is seeking the services of a dynamic and results-oriented professional to head its operations as Chief Executive Officer, who will be responsible to the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agricultural & Fisheries through a National Board of Directors for the efficient and effective

management of the Authority.


  • The Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for executing the Authority’s mandate and mission in accordance with government policy, the RADA Act and the various policy instruments (Strategic, Corporate and Agricultural Development Plans).

  • Provision of effective leadership, creativity and initiative to support the Authority’s Mission and Vision to become the leader in the drive towards achieving national economic growth and stability through agricultural and rural development.

  • Promote the diversification of agriculture and improve post-harvest handling to increase the value of agriculture to national development. 

  • To maintain a high level of corporate governance accountability and transparency

  • Development and maintenance of a broad range of external relationships with Ministries and Departments of Government and other local,regional and international governmental and non-government entities to facilitate interagency collaboration and to secure financial and logistical support for the entity


  • The individual must possess the undermentioned qualifications, knowledge and skills:
  • Post graduate degreein the Agricultural Sciences, Business Administration, Economics Management Studiesor any Equivalent qualifications from a recognized university.
  • B.Sc degree in Agricultural Sciences from a recognized University.
  • Training in and exposure to business management, public administration, project management, rural development and information and communication technology.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years’ experience at the senior management level within the public and/or private sector.


  • Determined and successful individual who can engage with key stakeholders with absolute credibility.
  • Background of team management and relationship building.
  • Track record of turning ideas into measurable outcomes.
  • Demonstrated leadership and staff management abilities, negotiating and motivational skills.
  • Sound knowledge of government financial, accounting and administrative systems.
  • Demonstrable skill in formulating, interpreting and applying policies and regulations.
  • Mature and responsible with strong analytical skills, initiative and judgment.
  • Ability to create synergies across a wide network of stakeholders.


Applications should be submitted no later than September 24, 2021 to the:

National Board of Directors
Rural Agricultural Development Authority
Hope Gardens, Kingston 6 Or e-mail:




Under the direction of the Principal Director, Corporate Services the Senior Director, Human Resource Management and Administration is responsible for managing the human resources, training, industrial relations and administrative related functions of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority.

The person serves as key advisor to the, Divisional Head, Corporate Services, CEO, Directors and staff of the Authority on matters related to Human Resource Management and Administration.

She/he will also help to ensure that the strategic objectives of the organization are attained by:

  • Developing, implementing and maintaining human resource policies and services which foster optimal staff satisfaction and involvement, and promote business success.
  • Providing Human Resource Management, Training, Industrial Relations functions, which support the achievement of the Authority’s strategic programmes and objectives.
  • Developing, implementing and maintaiing the Authority’s facilities management policy to ensure conformity with relevant government rules and regulations.
  • Establishing and maintaining standard operating procedures to enhance staff comfort, safety/health and productivity.


  • Demonstrated skill in interpreting and applying policy and regulations.
  • Knowledge of Government’s Administrative Audit Act Policy & administrative systems.
  • Ability to identify and analyze HR problems and provide counselling
  • Leadership and negotiating skills
  • Planning & Organizing skills
  • nterpersonal Skills
  • Motivational skills
  • Problem Solving & Analytic skills
  • Proficiency in the use of relevant computer applications with special emphasis on HRMIS


  • M.Sc degree in Human Resource Management/Management Studies/Business Administration with concentration in HR or any other related post graduate studies
  • First degree in Social Sciences (Management Studies, Business Administration or any other related field)At least six (6) years experience in the Human Resource Management at a Senior Management Level.
  • Member of a reputable/affiliated organization


Under the general direction of the Chief Executive Officer, the incumbent is responsible for:

  • Planning and executing the general legal activities of the Authority
  • Providing administrative and legal support to the National Board
  • Maintaining the Official Seal and all official documents such as Acts/Regulations and other Gazetted documents
  • Directs the maintenance of all Minutes of the National Board, Committee meetings and Annual reports.
  • Providing advice on all legal matters and corporate governance
  • Preparation of Legal documents
  • Examines and prepares new Laws and Regulations
  • Prepares Drafts and Submissions for the Authority
  • Corporate governance standards and policies developed and promulgated


  • Excellent knowledge of Government regulations, policies and procedures
  • Good knowledge of the regulations, policies and procedures of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority
  • Working knowledge of International Conventions relevant to the Authority’s activities
  • Sound knowledge of the Laws of Jamaica including Labour Laws
  • Knowledge of Public Sector Management
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer relations skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Good planning and organizational skills
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Proficiency in the use of relevant computer applications


  • Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B.)
  • Certificate in Legal Education
  • Five (5) years experience in private or public sector three (3) of which must be at senior management level


Under the direct supervision of the Senior Director, Technology Training and Technical Information the incumbent is required to:

  • The Visual ProductionOfficer is responsible for the design and production of high quality Artwork for publications. The Design and Mounting of Technical displays in order to support the Authority in the delivery of its mandate through various media.
  • Produces innovative graphics as camera-ready artwork, using computerized equipment and traditional drawing skills, as appropriate;
  • Coordinates work with Type Setter/Designer for the effective production of high quality camera-ready artwork.


  • Good graphics communication skills
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently prepare and implement work plans
  • Intimate working knowledge of high capacity graphics computers and other ICT forms including digital still and video photography technologies and their application to extension documentation
  • Effective time and material management within the context of the Authority’s corporate plan and public sector resource constraints
  • Ability to network with personnel/institutions within the discipline at local, regional and international levels, towards accessing/sharing new knowledge.


  • Certificate from a Technical University/College of the Visual & Performing Arts or related certification
  • 5 years working experience in a related position


Applications to positions 2, 3 and 4 are to be addressed to the undersigned by no later than September 24, 2021.

Principal Director, Corporate Services

Rural Agricultural Development Authority

Hope Gardens, KINGSTON 6 Or emails: or

We appreciate ALL Applications but take note that only Short Listed Candidates will be acknowledged.