Head Cook (LMO/TS 4)

Head Cook (LMO/TS 4)

Bureau of Gender Affairs

Salary Range: $590,720 – $668,304 per annum


Under the supervision of the Shelter Manager, the Head Cook is responsible for planning and preparing economical, healthy meals for all shelter residents and the overall upkeep and maintenance of the shelter kitchen. 



Administrative Responsibilities

  • Participates in the preparation of budgets and monitor expenditures to assure cost of goods and operating expenses are managed according to budget;
  • Assists in managing the approved budget for the Shelter, especially in the area of meal preparation and kitchen maintenance, ensuring that all expenditures are documented and accounted for according to GoJ guidelines.

Technical/Professional Responsibilities

  • Coordinates weekly meal plan and menu for shelter;
  • Prepares all meals as instructed weekly for all adults and child/children shelter residents;
  • Prepares menus along with the Shelter Manager that takes into consideration the varying health and cultural needs of shelter residents;
  • Prepares menus along with the Shelter Manager and gives clear written instructions for preparation and serving of meals on days when not on duty;
  • Utilises donated foods as much as possible and constructs weekly shopping lists, taking food donations into consideration;
  • Maintains a clean and orderly shelter kitchen and pantry area, including regular and thorough cleaning of appliances, walls, cabinets, shelves, etc;
  • Organises shelter food stock, regularly rotating foods for storage to shelter pantry, and stores items in freezers and refrigerators ensuring they are covered and labeled appropriately;

Human Resource Management Responsibilities 

  • Develops and manages the performance of the unit and its staff, including transferring skills, motivating staff through coaching and mentoring, arranging for training, setting performance targets, monitoring performance, providing feedback to staff and initiating corrective action where necessary to improve performance;
  • Participates in the recruitment and selection of staff and recommends movement when appropriate;
  • Recommends vacation leave and approves sick and departmental leave for staff in the unit and participates in the administration of staff benefits in keeping with established human resource policies;
  • Conducts monthly and other ad hoc staff meetings as required.



Functional/Technical Competencies

  • Excellent knowledge of meal plan and preparation 
  • Excellent knowledge of food service quality and safety procedures
  • Excellent knowledge in operating commercial kitchen equipment such as ovens, stove tops, steam tables, etc
  • Ability to prioritise and maintain food inventory and control
  • Customer and quality focus

Core Competencies

  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Planning and organising
  • Team work and cooperation



  • Completed Secondary School Education
  • NCTVET/HEART Certificate in Food Preparations or equivalent from a recognised institution
  • Possesses a valid Food Handlers permit
  • Minimum of three (3) years working experience in commercial meal preparation’s field


Applications accompanied by résumés should be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Friday, February 12, 2021 to:


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. 

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I remain hopeful because of the giftedness of the Jamaican people; their warmth and creativity; their dynamism and indomitable spirit that have resulted in excellence in all sectors.

It is by tapping into the gifts and awakening the spirit of the Jamaican people that we will, by God’s grace, re-group, re-engineer and re-open to a brighter future with Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

Olivia Grange


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Kingston 5

Jamaica, W.I.

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