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Jobs at RADA

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 candidates to fill the positions of:

  1. Senior Legal Officer / Company Secretary (JLG/LO 3)
  2. Senior Director, Human Resource Management & Administration (GMG/SEG 4)

 

Senior Legal Officer / Company Secretary (JLG/LO 3)

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 secretarial support to the Board, 

·       Maintaining the official seal and all official documents such as Acts/Regulations, Minutes of all Board and Committee meetings and  Annual reports.

·       Providing advice on all legal matters and corporate governance

 

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS

 

Legal Responsibilities

 

  • Prepare, review, amend and interpret Contracts, Memorandum of Understanding, Lease, Policies, Regulations and other legal documents to be entered by RADA.
  • Examines and comments on bills emanating from government ministries which may be related to agricultural production and rural development issues.
  • Coordinates with the office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel and the Attorney General’s Office in the preparation of new laws and regulations relating to the Authority
  • Instructs the Chief Parliamentary Counsel to ensure that the policies of the Authority are represented in Bills
  • Provides legal advice on international conventions relevant to the Authority
  • Prepares all Cabinet Submissions seeking approval for the enactment of laws
  • Drafts necessary amendments to existing laws related to the regulatory framework and administration of the Authority
  • Attends meetings of the legislation committee and sittings of the House of Representative at which Bills relevant to the Authority are being considered
  • Prepare written opinion, correspondences and briefs for meeting and conducts legal review of documentation in support thereof
  • Attend meetings, tribunal, courts for hearing and /or case management
  • Participate in disciplinary matters related to RADA staff.

 

 

Corporate Governance Responsibilities

 

·       Organizes meetings of the Board and committees; prepares notices and agenda, prepares venue and takes care of general housekeeping.

·       Attends meetings of the Board and its committees; records proceedings, prepares resolutions, produces and distributes minutes to board/committee members.

·       Circulate Board decisions which require action and monitors implementation thereof.

·       Keeps Directors abreast of all communications and directives from the Chairman.

·       Coordinates publication of the Authority’s Annual Report and other major reports.

·       Develops and implements an operating manual for the Board of Directors; provides orientation for new directors to the Board and serves as a primary contact for directors.

·       Participates in the development of a performance evaluation framework for Board and Committee members.

·       Develops and promulgates the adoption of corporate governance standards and policies for the Authority to include Board, Committees, Executive Management Functions.

·       Maintains a system for the control and safe custody of all permanent records, documents and reports of the Board as well as specified official company records.

·       Coordinates the disbursement of payments and other benefits to directors and keeps appropriate records.

·       Prepares briefs for the instruction of the Chairman of the Board to enable his effectiveness in addressing various meetings/matters.

·       Provides relevant persons/agencies with information and assistance with respect to Board activities, procedures and its records.

·       Maintains custody and governs use of corporate seals.

 

 

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

  • 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 
  • 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
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Proficiency in the use of relevant computer applications

 

MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • 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.

 

 

Please submit your Applications and Resumes’ by Friday, April 19, 2024 to:

 

Senior Director – Human Resource Management & Administration

 

Rural Agricultural Development Authority

 

Hope Gardens

 

KINGSTON 6

 

Or email:  jobs@rada.gov.jm

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

S/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.

 

REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

·      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

·      Interpersonal Skills

·      Motivational skills

·      Problem Solving & Analytic skills

·      Proficiency in the use of relevant computer applications with special emphasis on HRMIS

 

 

MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE    

           

·      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

 

Please submit your Applications and Resumes’ by Friday, May 3, 2024 to:

 

Senior Director – Human Resource Management & Administration

 

Rural Agricultural Development Authority

 

Hope Gardens

 

KINGSTON 6

 

Or email:  jobs@rada.gov.jm

 

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