Director, Standards Research & Development (GMG/SEG 3) [Vacant]


To manage standards development and monitor implementation of standards.



  • Standards developed, documented and disseminated for:
  • The registration and re-registration of Health Service delivery institutions
  • Professional conduct & institutional management
  • Accreditation of training programme and institutions
  • Quality audits of Health Service Organisations (public & private) planned and conducted
  • Existing standards for professional conduct & institutional management reviewed
  • Establishment of registration standards for health professionals in collaboration with the Councils



Management/Administrative Responsibilities

  • Plans, organizes, directs, controls and coordinates the work activities of the Standards Research and Development Department.
  • Prepares and monitors the departments work plans and ensures that agreed targets are met.
  • Represents the Ministry at meetings, conferences and other functions as requested.
  • Provides guidance on matters related to standards and quality assurance.


Technical/Professional responsibilities

  • Establishes minimum norms, standards and criteria to provide the basis for registration and re-registration of individuals, entities and institutions
  • Monitors adherence to minimum norms, standards and criteria which will form the basis for the system of accreditation of health related training courses and institutions
  • Collaborates with Health Services Development and Coordination Division in the development of service delivery standards to ensure that services provided to the public are appropriate and cost effective
  • Undertakes research to ensure that all standards which are developed are relevant and conform to international standards
  • Identifies area of Health Service delivery that require standards and regulations and take appropriate action to develop and implement these
  • Assists the Senior Director, Health Standards and Regulations in formulating legislation to guide implementation of standards and regulations in the public and private health sectors and effect adjustments/modifications as and when required
  • Develops and implements a Quality Assurance Programme to ensure the adherence of the health sector to approved standards and procedures
  • Collaborates with other technical units in developing and monitoring the implementation of patient care and service delivery standards as part of the Quality Assurance Programme eg. efficiency targets
  • Interfaces with Councils for setting of standards for professional disciplines
  • Empanels experts to develop optimal standards, monitors the performance of health service agencies and undertakes detailed analysis to ensure currency of standards
  • Implements a process of voluntary accreditation for health service facilities and training institutions involving the regions to avoid insularityRecommends the enactment of pertinent legislation to facilitate the process of voluntary accreditation
  • Performs any other related duties as assigned by the Director, Standards and Regulation


Human Resource Responsibilities

  • Manages the welfare and development of staff in the department through the preparation of performance appraisals and recommendation of required training and development programmes
  • Provides guidance to staff through coaching, mentoring and training, providing assistance and support as needed
  • Participates in the recruitment of staff for the department
  • Ensures that staff is aware of and adheres to the policies, procedures and regulations of the division and the Ministry of Health



  • The development, maintenance & dissemination of Health Standards
  • A high level of performance is demonstrated & consistently maintained
  • Stipulated deadlines are consistently met
  • Confidentiality of information obtained on the job is preserved.



Functional/Technical Competencies Level
Use of technology 2
Sound knowledge of trends in both public and private health sector 3
Knowledge of Laws, regulations and rules governing/impacting on the health sector 3
Knowledge of international regulatory framework and practices 3
Sound knowledge of governments national health policy 3
Broad based knowledge of traditional and non traditional technologies deployed in the health care industry 3


Knowledge of Quality Assurance principles 3


Core Competences Level
Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with a wide range of professional organizations and groups 3
Excellent oral communication skills 3
Excellent written communication skills 3
Excellent planning and organization skills 3
Excellent analytical & forecasting skills 3
Ability to delegate and motivate staff 3



  • in Health related Science/Public Administration/Management studies – plus
  • 5 years experience in the public sector health care system of which 3 years should be in Quality assurance
  • In depth knowledge of research methods and techniques



  • Expected to demonstrate a high level of integrity
  • Numerous critical deadlines
  • May be required to travel overseas



  • To empanel experts to develop standards/norms for respective areas
  • To monitor and audit health facilities and training institutions
  • To recommend the enactment of pertinent legislation

Interested persons may apply by submitting a cover letter and resume via email no later than Tuesday, July 14, 2020 to:

Human Resource Management & Development
Ministry of Health & Wellness
10A Chelsea Avenue
Kingston 10


Please note that responses will be sent to short- listed applicants only.