Agricultural Officer

Job Summary

Department: Ministry of Agriculture

Salary: $50976- $60480

Grade: R22 - R16

Allowances: N/A

Deadline Date: Wednesday November 14, 2018

Days Left: 2

About the Job


The Government of Montserrat is inviting applications from suitably qualified persons for the post of Agricultural Officer within the Ministry of Agriculture, Trade, Lands, Housing and the Environment.

JOB PURPOSE:       

To liaise directly with crop and livestock farmers in an effort to disseminate relevant information. To gather information which would facilitate planning and management in the Department of Agriculture.


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Giving technical advice to farmers covering agronomy, livestock husbandry, and business planning.


  • Collecting information patterns of agricultural production and liaise with Database Officer on storage, dissemination and utilization of information.


  • Disseminating information relating to choice of crops and markets to farmers and to promote Good Agricultural Practices.


  • Assembling and coordinating task forces to tackle specific issues/problems relating to farmers, using resources from within and outside the Department.


  • Identifying, developing and implementing projects utilizing first hand knowledge of farmers (constraints and opportunities) in conjunction with Principal Agricultural Officer.


  • Maintaining ownership of projects initiated and contribute as appropriate.


  • Assess the training needs of farmers, designing and co-ordinating and delivery of programmes with appropriate involvement.


  • Designing and implementing farm demonstrations and facilitate technology transfer to compliment farmers training.


  • Providing plant quarantine control at the Airport and Seaport by developing systems to have effective surveillance, detection and prevention of entry of plant pests and diseases.


PERSONNEL SPECIFICATIONS

Applicants should:

  • Preferably have a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture (Agronomy, Soil Science, Extension Education Services, Plant Pathology etc.)

OR

have a Tertiary-level Diploma in Agriculture or Associate Degree in Agriculture with at least five (5) years working in an agriculture environment with exposure to crop and livestock production;


  • Have experience in the area of Agricultural Extension and Education services;


  • Have a sound background in Crop Cultivation, Soil Conservation, Pasture Agronomy;


  • Have experience working as a Phyto-sanitary Officer would be an asset


  • Have good interpersonal and communication skills;


  • Be self-motivated with ability to organise work programmes.


  • Be able to initiate projects with the capacity to recognise needed inputs.


Terms of Appointment

Appointment will be made on a permanent or contractual basis. 


Remuneration

The position is graded at R22-16, that is, EC$50,976 - $60,480 per annum – taxable.


HOW TO APPLY


Application forms can be obtained from the Government of Montserrat’s website at www.jobs.gov.ms. (Click on ‘Forms’). Application forms can also be obtained from the Human Resources Management Unit, Brades, Montserrat by e-mail to hrmu@gov.ms or by telephone at 1 (664) 491-2365/2444 or by fax at 1 (664) 491-6234.


Applicants must provide all of the following information:


  • A completed Application Form with a covering letter

    A comprehensive curriculum vitae with full particulars of experience, and copies of relevant academic qualifications. 

    NOTE: Original certificates of qualifications or official notarized copies will be requested from those invited to interview

    A clear statement detailing why in the applicant’s view he/she considers him/herself well qualified for the position

    Two letters of reference with full contact details of the referees

     

    Completed application forms must be returned to the Human Resources Management Unit either by email, or by fax or by ordinary mail. These should be addressed to the Chief Human Resources Officer, Human Resources Management Unit, Government Headquarters, Brades, Montserrat.

     

    SELECTION PROCESS

    Shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in a selection process that involves attending one or more interviews and/or assessment centres.  These interviews are designed to assess the skills, competencies and attitudes of the applicant and may be conducted via SKYPE or in person.  The Interviews and/or Assessment Centres allow the Selection Panel to draw on more evidence about the applicants than can be derived from the written application.

     

    The deadline for the receipt of applications is 4:00 p.m. Wednesday 14th November, 2018.




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