Applications are invited to fill the following post in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries:
Senior Plant Protection Officer (SOG/ST 6) – (Vacant) in the Research and Development Division, salary range $1,592,427 - $1,892,895 per annum and any allowance(s) attached to the post.
Under the direct supervision of the Chief Plant Protection Officer (SOG/ST 7), the Senior Plant Protection Officer (SOG/ST 6) is responsible for planning and coordinating research, pest identification, diagnostic and advisory work in at least one of the major plant protection disciplines, Entomology, Nematology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science.
- Determines specialized research priority at the Unit discipline level in consultation with the
- Chief Plant Protection Officer or Senior Research Director, Plant Protection and in keeping with national priorities;
- Prepares and submits detailed project proposals for the conduct of research in keeping
with the officer’s specialization;
- Plans, organizes and executes long term applied research projects (comprising several short and medium term studies) under laboratory, greenhouse and field conditions as is necessary;
- Collaborates (as discipline specialist) with other researchers to formulate and executes multi-disciplinary research projects of national significance;
- Conducts pest identification, problem diagnosis and advisory work, which involves field visits.
- Dispatches specimens abroad for identification or confirmation of identity;
- Supervises and trains less experienced Plant Protection Officers in the discipline of diagnostics and the achievement and maintenance of high quality laboratory standards;
- Keeps abreast of his/her area of specialization by reviewing scientific literature, attending and making presentations at local and overseas conferences, seminars, workshops and meetings;
- Serves as subject matter specialist contributor to various inter-agency projects and committees requiring plant protection input;
- Serves as technical resource person to the Senior Research Director, Plant Protection, the Deputy Director, Crop and
- Plant Protection Research Director, and the Principal Research Director Research and Development as is necessary;
- Gives technical guidance and supervision in the review of the Plant Protection Officer’s research projects;
- Serves as consultant/guest presenter at various training sessions convened by RADA at both the officer and farmer levels;
- Conducts Pest Risk Analyses (PRA) as it relates to endemic and exotics pests.
- Provides professional advice, guidance and training for Plant Quarantine Officers.
- Monitors and evaluates the performance of direct reports, prepares Performance Appraisals and recommends 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/Unit and recommends transfer, promotion termination and leave in accordance with established Human Resource Policies and Procedures;
collaborates with the Human Resource Division to develops and implement a Succession Planning Programme for the
- Division/Unit to facilitate continuity and 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;
- Ensures the welfare and developmental needs of staff in the Division/Unit are clearly identified and addressed;
- Establishes and maintains a system that fosters a culture of teamwork, employee empowerment and commitment to the Division’s and Organization’s goals.
- Represents the Chief Plant Protection Officer and the Senior Research Director at meetings, which they are unable to attend;
- Oversees the work in other Plant Protection Units in the absence of the equivalent Officer;
- Represents Research and Development at technical conferences and meetings and at workshops, seminars and training sessions;
- Prepares exhibits for and participates in various agricultural shows and scientific expositions;
- Facilitates the work of consultants and contract workers in their area of responsibility;
- Performs other tasks assigned by the Chief Plant Protection Officer or Senior Research Director, Plant Protection from time to time.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Competencies
- Excellent presentation skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Good leadership and interpersonal skills
- Ability to lead and work in teams.
- Very good problem solving skills
- Excellent knowledge of procedures used in the Plant Protection discipline - Entomology, Nematology, Plant Pathology or Weed Science
- Very Good knowledge of pest and disease management strategies as it relates to the Plant Protection discipline
- Very Good knowledge of pests and diseases affecting major crops grown in the island
- Competent in and possess the ability to educate others in laboratory techniques in the identification of pest and diseases
- Proficiency in the use of relevant computer applications
Minimum Required Qualification and Experience
- Masters’ Degree in a Plant Protection discipline or Plant Protection overall; or
- Bachelor of Science Degree in General Agriculture / Biological Sciences and three (3) years’ in-service experience;
- Publications including at least one (1) research paper.
Special Conditions Associated with the Job
- Work environment is usually hot and humid and sometimes rainy;
- Exposure to harmful chemicals;
- Expose to ultraviolet radiation;
- Exposure to dust, bacteria and fungal spores;
- Risks associated with long distance road travel, often off – track in unfamiliar and high risk areas;
- Occasional long working hours.
Applications accompanied by résumés should be submitted no later than Thursday August 12, 2021 to:
Human Resource Management and Development Division
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.