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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, Fisheries and Mining. Its mandate is carried out by strategically deploying its 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:

 

ü  Administrative Project Coordinator - Head Office

 

ü  Procurement Clerk Project - Head Office

 

ü  Compliance Officer – Project - Head Office

 

ü  SBDC Centre Coordinator – Project

 

ü  SBDC Junior Advisor – Project

 

 

SBDC Centre Coordinator

 

Job Purpose:

 

To facilitate entrepreneurship and offer business development support to members of the MSME sector support by providing business interventions, consultation, hand-holding , project monitoring and assisting in the coordination training sessions.

 

Key Outputs: 

 

  • A number of Business Plans and Loan Proposals, prepared in collaboration with extension officers and farmers;
  • Manage the updating of the Neoserra System
  • Assist in the development of training programmes for extension officers, their assistants and farmers in business planning, appraisal of business plans and  how to access funding on behalf of farmers and their groups;
  • Manage & assist in the training of farm business practices;
  • Prepare monthly progress reports against targets.

 

Key Responsibility Areas:

 

 

§  Preparation of monthly progress reports and their timely submission

§  Conduct training of Farmers & Farmer Groups

§  Provide Business Coaching & Mentoring to Clients

§  Piloting Business Ideas to actual business

§  Prepare Business Plans for Clients

§  Provide general business advice to existing and prospective clients of the centre and other beneficiaries to improve business efficiency and profitability

§  Identify and research new business opportunities/industries

§  Conduct business  assessments

§  Conduct training evaluations

§  Conduct site visits to assess viability of business 

§  Participate in expos and other events to promote the services of the organization

§  Collate and circulate business information to clients to stimulate and maintain interest in business development activities and provide access to business support resources

§  Assist in the coordination of trade fairs, exhibitions and conferences.

§  Manage the updating Clients information on Neoserra

§  Performing follow up with Clients

§  Accompanying Agricultural Extension Officers on Farm Group visit

§  Assist in organizing training sessions

§  Preparation of monthly progress reports and their timely submission

§  Provide Business Coaching & Mentoring to Clients

§  Piloting Business Ideas to actual business

 

Minimum Required Education and Experience

 

·       B.Sc. in Management Studies

·       Two (2) years relevant work experience.

 

SBDC Junior Advisor

 

Job Purpose:

 

In close collaboration with extension officers, assist farmer groups, individual farmers and 4 H members to prepare business plans and access credit institutions such as the People’s Cooperative Bank for new enterprise development. 

 

Key Outputs: 

 

  • A number of Business Plans and Loan Proposals, prepared in collaboration with extension officers and farmers;
  • Updating of the Neoserra System
  • Assist in the development of training programmes for extension officers, their assistants and farmers in business planning, appraisal of business plans and  how to access funding on behalf of farmers and their groups;
  • Assist in the training of farm business practices;
  • Monthly progress reports against targets.

 

Key Responsibility Areas:

 

 

  • Updating Clients information on Neoserra
  • Performing follow up with Clients
  • Accompanying Agricultural Extension Officers on Farm Group visit
  • Assist in organizing training sessions
  • Preparation of monthly progress reports and their timely submission

 

Required Competencies

 

Core

  • Sound analytical, logical and strategic thinking;
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement;
  • Ability to prioritise amongst conflicting demands and make rational decisions based upon a sound understanding of the facts in limited time;
  • Ability to manage limited resources in order to achieve challenging output targets;
  • Sound personal and professional integrity;
  • Strong customer orientation skills;

 

Technical

 

  • The post-holder must be computer literate,  with a sound practical knowledge of loan appraisal and proposal generation;
  • Good knowledge of information technology and the scope it offers for supporting farmers who want to move towards managing their farms as businesses;
  • Must have good standing with credit institutions,
  • knowledge of budgeting and office procedures essential.

 

 

Minimum Required Education and Experience

 

·       Tertiary Level Education – Business/Agriculture

·       One (1) year relevant work experience.

 

 

 

 

Administrative Project Coordinator

 

Purpose

The Administrative Project Coordinator (APC) is responsible for coordinating project management activities, schedules, resources, equipment and information.  The APC is the person who creates and maintains comprehensive project documentation, records, plans, reports, work-done contracts, TORs etc.

 

 

List of duties/ responsibilities:

·      Coordinate project management activities, schedules,  resources, equipment and information

·      Break projects into doable actions and set timeframes

·      Liaise with Project Team and Contractors and other project stakeholders to identify and define requirements, scope and objectives

·      Assist with ensuring that the project stakeholders needs are met as projects evolve

·      Follow-up with project tasks assigned to internal teams and assist with schedule management

·      Conduct research activities to assist with preparation of project budgets, also acquisition of tools, equipment, materials and other necessary items for projects

·      Act as liaison between the project unit and procurement department; assist with, follow-up and follow through on all initiated project procurement matters to ensure completion on time and in full

·      Monitor project progress and handle any issues that arise (with due consultations with supervisors and/or project leads)

·      Act as the point of contact and communicate project status to all project stakeholders

·      Work with the Project Teams to eliminate blockers and impediments to implementation

·      Use appropriate tools and techniques to monitor project plans, outputs and expenditures

·      Assist with preparation and communication of project monitoring and evaluation schedules to all stakeholders

·      Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation, records, plans, reports, work-done contracts, TORs etc.

·      Ensure standards and requirements are met through conducting quality assurance tests

·      Monitor and ensure that projects comply with all the necessary organiza- tional, Occupational Health and Safety, regulatory, and industry standards and requirements

·      Provide planning and organizational support regarding scheduling, planning for project conferences, seminars and field missions as directed

·      Maintain general office organization (records management, filing, ordering and stocking of office supplies, ensuring conference rooms are client and meeting ready)

·      Serve as liaison between Project Management team and other internal and external project stakeholders 

·      Format and type a variety of correspondences, including creating work plans and tracking projects from initiation through to completion

·      Triage and respond to requests for information and assistance on projects

·      Undertake project planning, conduct researches, prepare progress reports, status meetings, report drafting (including basic statistics, graphs, charts, ).

·      Schedule and attend project meetings and prepare meeting notes, action sheets and follow-ups

·      Manage the department’s correspondences and pool email account (projects@rada.gov.jm). Ensure timely checking, distribution, tracking of responses and follow-up communications with internal and external project stakeholders. 

·      Read and understand  project documents and contracts, prepare introductory PPT presentations

·      Format and assemble reports including summarizing research findings from multiple documents/appendices, spell-checking, create Adobe Acrobat PDF files etc.

·      Maintains routine/confidential records and files as per ISO9001 standards

·      Maintains appointments, schedules and department vacation planner

·      Compile routine correspondences and conduct short surveys

·      Answers/places telephone calls and schedule meetings as required including conference calls/Zoom sessions

Assist with basic procurement research activities (e.g. resource sourcing)

 

Qualifications and Experience

 

      Associate degree in Business Administration or Business-related field

      Project Management Certification is a definite asset

      Prior experience working on projects or in a project management environment

      Strong computer skills, specifically with MS Office Suite (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PPT, MS Projects) Adobe and the internet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Procurement Officer

 

 

Purpose

 

Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the Procurement Officer will be responsible to ensure that the functionalities of the project is in keeping with the guidelines of the Government of Jamaica Procurement Policy.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

·       Prepare tender notices and advertisements;

·       Prepare RFQ for goods, general services and minor works;

·       Obtain quotations/tenders from appropriately qualified suppliers;

·       Represent Procurement Unit at Tender closing and opening exercises as Tender Officer;

·       Maintain Procurement records in good order to facilitated audit and other reviews;

·       Prepare Quarterly Contracts Award (QCA)report to be submitted to The Integrity Commission Office;

·       Maintain a data base of all bonds and insurances and ensure that they are current all times and take responsibility for the safe keeping and return or all relevant documents

·       Prepare Annual Contracts Cost Overruns and Variations Report (ACCOVR)

·       Any other duties assigned by the Procurement Director.

                        

Minimum Required Education and Experience

·       Diploma in Public Administration/Management Studies/Accounting or any other related field;

 

SPECIFIC/ RELEVANT COMPETENCIES/SKILLS

·       Sound negotiating skills

  • Sound knowledge of RADA’s policies
  • Effective business communication practices

·      Good knowledge of the standards and procedures for the procurement of goods and services

 

 

 

Please submit your Applications and Resumes’ by Friday, February 16, 2024 to:

Senior Director – Human Resource Management & Administration

Rural Agricultural Development Authority

Hope Gardens

KINGSTON 6

Or email:  jobs@rada.gov.jm

Kindly indicate in the subject line, the title of the position for which you are applying.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.