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The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries invites suitably qualified applicants to submit curriculum vitae to fill the following Consultancies for the Promoting of Community-Based Climate Resilience in the Fisheries Sector Project (Fisheries Division).


Jamaica is an Archipelagic State located in the Caribbean Sea. Sixty percent of the current population (estimated 2.7 million) resides within 2 kilometers of the coast of the mainland and a majority of the country’s GDP is generated in coastal areas. A substantial portion of the population lives in rural areas and relies directly or indirectly on agriculture to sustain their livelihood. The agricultural sector employs a significant part of the work force.

Considering these physical and socio-economic attributes, Jamaica—both the hinterlands and aquatic areas (freshwater and marine)—are extremely vulnerable to climate change and climate variability. The threats include: increases in extreme rainfall events and drought; sea level rise; storm surges; more intense hurricanes; and increased temperatures and ocean acidification.

Some of these events seem to have already been adversely impacting the country. Significant warming of the ocean around Jamaica has been observed. Warming trends in Jamaica were found to be consistent with a warming pattern across the globe.

  • Data from the airport stations indicate historical warming of 0.20 – 0.31 °C per decade, with greatest warming occurring between June and August.
  • This trend is validated by recent analysis of sea surface temperatures (SST) around Jamaica where a statistically significant annual increase of +0.15°C/decade from 1980 to 2015 was observed (CCCCC, 2015).
  • The seasonal trends offer a better indication of the degree to which the waters surrounding Jamaica are warming. The seasonal trends in SST show that warming is occurring at rate of +0.09°C/decade for January SST and +0.17°C /decade for August SST.
  • The annual SST is expected to increase locally by 2°C, which would warm the waters surrounding Jamaica to an annual average of +28°C with summer averages exceeding 29°C (CCCCC, 2015).

It is anticipated that this will lead to large-scale changes to the marine ecosystems with far-reaching consequences for associated livelihood activities as well as for the coastal protection provided by healthy coral reefs. The entire Caribbean region observed extremely warm sea temperatures in 2005 which caused the largest bleaching of coral reefs—an important fish nursery and habitat—in the region to date. This event wiped out as much as 70 percent of the reefs in some countries, causing the substantial decline of reef fisheries which led to appreciable losses to national economies.   It is predicted that the Caribbean waters may experience declines in fish catch potential in the range of 5–50% due to warming of 2°C by 2050 and more frequent bleaching events (Turn Down the Heat III report, World Bank, 2014).  This warming may cause a shift in the species composition of resident wild fish populations and fish species that are cultured.

Therefore, establishing effective measures to protect marine and coastal ecosystems and build resilience to climate change in the fisheries sector would be an important input in sustaining the country’s economic growth and rural livelihoods.

This reality has been highlighted in Jamaica’s National Development Plan, Vision 2030—the country’s long-term sustainable development program. Vision 2030 recognizes the need for a healthy natural environment and has climate change adaptation as a key outcome. Jamaica has developed a Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) as part of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) that will assist in climate-proofing the country’s development. The SPCR is aligned to Vision 2030, and also builds on gaps and challenges identified in Jamaica’s development strategy.

The program was developed with input from stakeholders at the national and local levels, and reflects some of the priority areas identified from consultations. The areas of focus are: water resources; human health; agriculture and food security; tourism; terrestrial resources and biodiversity; coastal resources and human settlements; and financial resources.

In November 2012, the PPCR Sub-Committee agreed to allocate USD 5 million in grants to Jamaica in order to further advance the objectives and implementation of Jamaica’s Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR). This allocation was intended to support the Project “Promoting Community-based Climate Resilience in the Fisheries Sector”, which aims at enhancing community-based climate resilience among targeted fishing and fish farming communities of Jamaica. The key outcomes expected from the Project include:

  1. Strengthened and climate-smart fisheries and aquaculture policy and regulatory framework;
  2. Reduced vulnerability of the targeted fishing and fish farming communities to climate shocks;
  3. Diversified and strengthened livelihoods of targeted artisanal fishers and fish farmers.

The above-mentioned outcomes will be accomplished through:

Component 1: Strengthening the Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Regulatory Framework.

Component 2: Diversification, Alternative Livelihoods and Aquaculture for Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture including: i) Community-based Aquaculture, ii) Coastal Mariculture/Poly-culture, and iii) Artisanal Longline fishery for Pelagic species. And,

Component 3: Capacity Building and Awareness Raising including: i) Training, ii) Support to fishers’ and fish farmers’ organizations, and iii) Awareness building and behavior change.

The proposed Project seeks to build the basis for long-term transformational change, focusing on the climate resilience of vulnerable populations in the fishery sector. This will be achieved by addressing climate-informed regulatory/policy framework to allow for adaptive management of the fisheries and the value chains; building capacity of fisherfolk to sustainably manage the fisheries to build resilience to climate impacts as well as to diversify their livelihoods; and increasing awareness and knowledge on climate impacts on capture and culture fisheries.  

The Promoting Community-Based Climate Resilience in the Fisheries Sector Project is to be executed over a 5-year period by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF). 


To provide secretarial, administrative and logistical  support and services to the Project Implementing Unit (PIU), Consultants and the Project in general thus ensuring the effective and efficient operations of the Unit and the smooth implementation of the Promoting Community-Based Climate Resilience in the Fisheries Sector Project.

3.        SCOPE OF WORK

The Administrative Assistant will be required to undertake activities as outlined below:

  • Provide secretarial and administrative support to the Project Implementation Unit through facilitating communication, document and client management services.  This will include inter alia the receipt, distribution and storage of internal and external communication (electronic and hardcopy) and other project related documents as well as facilitating the reception, management and screening of clients.   
  • Prepare/assist in the compilation of documents (letters, agenda, minutes, project reports, and other documents, using word processing, spreadsheet, database, and/or presentation software.
  • Devise, implement and maintain an electronic and hardcopy system for the recording, registering, storage and management of files and documents developed and used by the Project.
  • Facilitate and co-ordinate office management by , ordering, managing and maintaining office supplies and assisting in the other office administration activities as may be directed by the Project Manager. 
  • Liaising with all project staff, and the Project Steering Committee as necessary
  • Manage and maintain schedules, appointments and travel arrangements for project staff, consultants and activities and where necessary make travel arrangements for project staff and Consultants.
  • Provide necessary logistic support in planning, organising, arranging and implementing meetings, consultations and events by arranging venues, informing attendees, and other related activities;
  • Assist in co-ordinating meetings for the Project Steering Committee, Project Core Team and other related meetings
  • Prepare and disseminate meeting/consultation notes, minutes and other project-related information/documents as required by the Project Manager, other consultants assigned to the project, the Project Core Team and the Project Steering Committee of the MICAF;
  • Assist in liaising with the Project Core Team and Project Steering Committee for the timely review of project outputs and sharing feedback from the Team/Committee to the consultants as appropriate and in a timely manner; 
  • Assists in the preparation of project visibility and other promotional material as directed by the Project Manager
  • Provides support to the Procurement Officer for the procurement of goods and services for the project and the maintenance of inventory records.
  • Provides support to the Finance Officer by assisting in the preparation of budgets related to office operations, financial reports and other required documents.
  • Provides logistical and secretarial support to Project Consultants as instructed by the Project Manager
  • Performs any other project related duties which may be assigned by the Project Manager

The deliverables expected from the Administrative Assistant include inter alia:

  1. Assisting in the preparation for and coordination of Workshops, consultations, missions, site visits, and meetings co-ordinated and convened for the Project. 
  2. Assisting in the preparation (i.e. proof-reading, typing, compiling, binding, etc.) of documents, reports, minutes, consultation notes etc. of the Project
  3. Minutes of the steering committee prepared and maintained.
  4. All files, documents and records managed and maintained.
  5. Monthly performance reports prepared and submitted


    • Effective time management and organizational skills
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Team-oriented with excellent interpersonal skills
    • Confidentiality
    • Excellent administrative and secretarial skills
    • Proficiency in word processing and standard computer applications
    • Speedwriting and Typewriting


    Duration: Five years, subject to satisfactory performance and annual renewal of the contract. 

    Type:  Individual (Full time) consultant.

    Location:  The consultant ill work from an office located at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hope Gardens, Kingston 6.


    The Administrative Assistant will report to the Project Manager and will work closely with the PIU staff, the PPCR Focal Point and, Project Steering Committee of the MICAF.  The Administrative Assistant is also expected to provide support to Consultant’s working with the Project.

    Position Requirements: 

    Minimum Required Qualification and Experience:

    A first degree in Public Administration or relevant field


    a Diploma in Public Administration or an equivalent qualification from a recognized institution. Additionally, s/he should have proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications including Word, Power Point, and Excel. Previous experience of at least 3 years in office administration/management will be an asset. 


    Successful completion of the Administrative Management (Level 4) Course offered at the Management Institute for National Development or other equivalent qualification from a recognized institution; with five (5) years of experience in office administration/management working at an Executive Level and proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications including Word, Power Point, and Excel.


    •          2 or more CXC/GCE O’ Levels (or equivalent) including English Language, Successful completion of the Certified Professional Secretary Course, or Graduate from an accredited school of Secretarial Studies

    •          Successful completion of the prescribed course of study at the Management Institute for National Development (MIND)

    •          Training in the relevant software applications e.g. word processing, database and spreadsheet

    •          8 years general office experience


    Applications accompanied by résumés should be submitted no later than December 31, 2018 to:
    Fisheries Division
    Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries
    2c Newport East
    Kingston 15
    Please note that we thank all for responding, but only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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