Policy Officer (GMG/SEG 2)

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The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information invites applications from suitably qualified individuals to fill the following vacant post:

Policy Officer (GMG/SEG 2) – Information Division


Job Purpose

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Policy Officer, the Policy Officer is required to provide policy advice regarding the broad spectrum of activities of the Division by providing timely focused and thorough research, participating in policy formulation at the Divisional, Agency and Intra/Inter Ministry levels and providing technical advice on all related activities required for compliance with Government planning and reporting.


Key Responsibilities

Provides timely and thorough research to inform evidence-based policy analysis and recommendations, relative to:

-Policy formulation and revision within the remit of the Information Portfolio

-Policy, Agency and Industry performance monitoring (with attention to, inter alia, the characteristics/changing character of the Domestic Information and Communications Sectors in the National Economy)

-International Benchmarking, Impact analysis of the global Information and Communication Economy for purposes of local policy development;

Provides technical input in policy consultations, analysis and formulation at the Divisional, Agency and Intra/Inter Ministry levels as necessary by participating and reviewing Information Policy Framework which will address:

-Regulation of the Electronic Media and Film Industries (Convergence; Emerging Media/technologies; Licencing and fee structures and sanctions inclusive)

Governance of content across diverse platforms (inclusive of emerging media)

Content Management

-Access to Information and “Official Secrets’ regimes

-Content and Technical Standards of Media

-Digital switch over

Ownership quotes

-Industry specific competition matters

-Government Communication Network

-Public Service Broadcasting (Model and funding);

Reviews and makes recommendations with respect to the information processes (and structure) of Government Agencies falling under the Information Portfolio to achieve, among other things:

-Timely and greater access to Government information

-Effective systems for communication between Government and the public

-Streamlined operations of Government’s Media Network

-Maximization of available resources to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of Government’s Media Network

-Currency of Government’s Media Services and infrastructure

-Harmonized delivery of relevant services by regulatory agencies in an effective and efficient manner in the context of a modernized policy framework; rapid changes in Information and Communications Technology and convergence

-Alignment of Government projects and programmes with established policies of Government;

Monitors implementation of Information Agreements between the Government of Jamaica (GoJ) other Governments, regional and international organizations;

Liaises with local, regional and international Information Industries and stakeholders and Policy Makers, Government Officials, Regulators and Agencies in pursuit of carrying out core functions of the Division/Unit;

Represents the Information Division in any local forum as assigned and advances the interest of the Division and the Government;

Contributes to the development of the Budget for the Division’s Operational and Strategic Plans;

Prepares updates/reports (e.g. Cabinet Decisions updates, Policy Register, Operational and Strategic Plans, priority policy programmes and annual Reports) using templates and other indicated format in conformity with Government’s reporting requirements, and submitting for review;

Provides technical support to the process of ensuring that proposals received from the Broadcasting Commission with respect to the grant, renewal, suspension and or revocation of licences are processed and analyzed in keeping with established practices from time to time;

Provides timely technical advice to enable the appointment of Boards and submission of Annual Reports to Parliament within specified timeframes;

Maintains channels of communication with all members of staff of the Division and Agencies as necessary, to ensure that scheduled activities are met and escalating identified problems for resolution;

Performs other related duties assigned from time to time.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Competencies


Excellent research, analytical and problem-solving skills

Excellent planning and organizing skills

Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills

Excellent interpersonal and social skills

Excellent networking and relationship-building skills and ability to function as a team player and works harmoniously with a diverse group of people at various levels externally and internally

Excellent integrity/ethics exercised in the performance of duties

Ability to multi-task

Displays emotional resilience and the ability to withstand pressure on an on-going basis

Sets and maintains high performance standards; pays close attention to detail, accuracy and completeness


Sound knowledge of research methodologies

Understanding of government’s policy processes

Understanding of the information subject and its interface with the Telecommunications Portfolio

Sound knowledge of global influences and trends in the information and Telecommunications environment

Knowledge of Government’s priorities in relation to Information and Telecommunications

Proficient in the use of computer applications especially Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, Projects)


Minimum Required Qualification and Experience

Undergraduate Degree in Mass Communication, Social Policy, Public Administration, Economics, or other related Social Science field from an accredited institution;

Three (3) years’ experience in research/policy development/data analysis in the Public Sector.


Special Conditions Associated with the Job

Required to travel locally/regionally and overseas to attend conferences, seminars and meetings;

Must be the owner of a reliable Motor Vehicle and the holder of a valid Driver’s Licence.