Rural Sociologist (SOG/ST 6)
Bureau of Gender Affairs
Salary Range: $1,592,427 – $1,892,895 per annum and any allowances attached to the post
Under the direction of the Director, Community Liaison, the Rural Sociologist conducts critical planning, monitoring and evaluation of activities required in effecting the programmes of the Bureau of Gender Affairs Branch to benefit rural Jamaican women and men.
KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS INCLUDE:
- Participates in the development and implementation of the Unit’s operational plan and annual budget;
- Prepares and submits reports and technical papers as requested;
- Attends meetings and represents the Branch/Ministry at conferences, seminars and other fora as required.
- Participates in research and data analysis of gender related issues impacting rural development nationally;
- Conducts, reviews and analyses beneficiaries’ (rural women and men) needs, capabilities and willingness to adopt to appropriate organisational, information communications technology (ICT) and business practices which will enable them to take advantage of existing and/or create or improve upon new income-earning opportunities;
- Prepares information on sociological considerations for groups and any other areas of need identified;
- Works with rural women’s groups and men's groups to provide the necessary technical support and institutional strengthening in order to enhance skills development and group dynamics;
- Organises and delivers training to beneficiaries as necessary in gender and gender related issues, the role of rural women and men, development of business plans, proposal writing, leadership development, group formation and dynamics.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES
- Sound knowledge of local and International Gender Policies
- Sound knowledge of research and data analysis principles and techniques
- Ability to effectively work with groups of persons at various social and economic backgrounds
- Customer and quality focus
- Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office Suite and other relevant computer applications and systems (SPSS or other similar applications)
MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Undergraduate Degree in Sociology or related field with concentration in community development;
- At least three (3) years’ work experience in a gender analysis, research and policy development environment;
- Minimum of three (3) years’ experience in field research methodology, data collection, compilation and analysis;
- Experience in community based participatory projects/programmes would be an asset.
Director, Human Resource Management and Development
Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport
4-6 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 5
We thank all applicants for their expressions of interest, however only short-listed candidates will be contacted.