Full Time

Chief Livestock Research Officer (SOG/ST 7)

Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries

Expires May 11, 2021 2 Days


May 3, 2021

Days Remaining

2 Days


May 11, 2021


Farming & Outdoors




Public Sector


Chief Livestock Research Officer (SOG/ST 7), – in the Research and Development Division (Montpelier Research Station, Montego Bay), salary range $2,028,736 –

$2,411,529 per annum and any allowance(s) attached to the post.

Job Summary


Under the direction of the Senior Research Director (SOG/ST 8), the Chief Livestock Research Officer (SOG/ST 7) is responsible for the transfer of the technological outcomes of Livestock Research to Livestock Practitioners aimed at the conservation, development and utilization of local/introduced Animal Genetic Resources; and the utilization of Forage Species for the enhancement and sustainability of the production of milk and meat.




Key Responsibilities


Management/Administrative Responsibilities


     Collaborates with organizations involved in research and development in Livestock to identify priority research projects;

     Collaborates with the Extension Agency in developing and implementing strategies for the dissemination of Research Findings to farmer clients;

         Co-ordinates the daily operations of the Livestock Unit;

     Makes representation concerning the provision of materials and equipment necessary for the effective implementation of Unit’s Research and Development Programmes;

         Prepares  the  Budget  of  the  Unit  for  inclusion  in  the  overall  National  Agricultural

Research and Development Budget;

         Co-ordinates budgetary allocation for each project/programme in the Unit;

     Initiates  and  maintains  an  adequate  and  effective  communication  system  between members of the Unit and Sections of the Division;

         Represents the Ministry/Division at meetings, conferences and seminars.





     Maintains  a  current  awareness  of  the  work  being  undertaken  at  the  frontiers  of knowledge and maintains contact and collaborates with local and regional institutions;

         Ensures the preparation and publication of monographs, Scientific Reports and articles;

         Collates the presentation of research and development projects and programmes and

Animal Reports for dissemination;

     Assists the Senior Research Director in the organization of seminars, and meetings in order to communicate and disseminate research findings;

     Supervises the utilization of computer hardware and software suitable for the storing, collating and analyzing records of performance;

         Reviews and updates the maintenance of the accepted systems of Herd Records;

     Participates in Livestock Appraisals/Administration of the Breeders Societies, advising the National Sire Service Schemes;

         Evaluates the application of models of Biotechnology;

         Acts as liaison in the implementation of collaborative projects with other Agencies.




Human Resource

         Monitors  and  evaluates  the  performance  of  direct  reports,  prepares  Performance

Appraisals and recommends corrective action where necessary;

         Participates in the recruitment of staff for the Division/Unit;

         Provides leadership and guidance to direct reports;

         Ensures the welfare and developmental needs of staff in the Unit are addressed;

         Establishes and maintains a system that fosters a culture of teamwork;

         Assesses and evaluates staff performance;

         Performs any other related duties which may be assigned from time to time




Required Knowledge, Skills and Competencies




         Excellent oral and written communication skills

         Strong leadership skill

         Good interpersonal and people management skills

         Strong customer relations skills





         Excellent knowledge of farm animals and livestock production and management

         Excellent knowledge of livestock research methodologies

         Knowledge of the operations of Government/Ministry’s policies and procedures

         Good problem solving and conflict management skills

         Proficiency in the use of relevant computer applications




Minimum Required Qualification and Experience


         MSc. Degree in Animal Nutrition, Animal Husbandry or related field with at least two (2)

years’ experience


         BSc. Degree in Livestock Production or related field with at least eight (8) years’

experience in the field


Special Conditions Associated with the Job


         Physical interaction with large animals

         Exposure to animals body fluids, liquid and solid excretions

         Exposure to disease conditions

         Prolonged exposure to the vagaries of the environment


Applications  accompanied  by  résumés  should  be  submitted   no  later  than  Tuesday, 11th May, 2021 to:


Senior Director

Human Resource Management and Development Division

Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

Hope Gardens

Kingston 6.


E-mail: [email protected]

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.