Jamaica records 10 new COVID-19 cases

Jamaica recorded 10 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of positives for the island to 831.

The newly confirmed cases consist of six (6) females and four (4) males, with ages ranging from 16 to 63 years. The new cases are from addresses in Westmoreland (4), Kingston and St. Andrew (2), St. James (1), St. Ann (1), Clarendon (1), and Hanover

(1). All 10 cases are imported, with nine arriving on flights from the United States and one arriving via cruise ship recently.

At this time, there are 298 imported cases; 247 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 44 local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked, 236 related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine, and six (6) under investigation.

Some 469 or 56% of the confirmed cases are females and 362 or 44% are males, with their ages ranging from 2 months to 87 years.

Of the 831 cases confirmed with COVID-19 to date, 711 or 85.6% have recovered, while 39 or 4.7% have repatriated, and 10 or 1.2% have died. There are 71 or 8.5% active cases currently under observation, two of whom are moderately ill. There are no critically ill cases at this time.

 

Clinical Management Summary as at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 24, 2020

Total Samples Tested 34,660
New Samples tested in the last 24 hours 898
Discharge samples tested in the last 24 hours 86
Results Positive 831
Results Negative 33,765
Results Pending 64
Deceased 10
Recovered 711
Number in Facility Quarantine 3
Number in Home Quarantine 18,058
Number Hospitalised 24
(Including suspected positive COVID-19 cases)  
Persons Moderately Ill 2
Persons Critically Ill 0
Persons in Facility Isolation 1
Persons in Home Isolation 64
Persons in Transitional Facilities 1
Persons Repatriated 39

Health Advisory for Hurricane Preparation

The Ministry of Health & Wellness wishes to advise the public that as you continue to prepare for the impending inclement weather condition/tropical storm/hurricane, the following precautions should be taken regarding food and water safety, persons with chronic illnesses and pregnant women:

 

Food Safety

  • Do not store food items with chemicals such as kerosene, bleach, detergents and insect sprays
  • Do not purchase/use food from tins which have signs of dents, bulges or other damage
  • Keep food items in a dry and cool place
  • Store packages of sugar, flour, rice and crackers in their original package or in tightly closed containers
  • Keep a bag with emergency food supply in the event that you have to evacuate your home. This should include only canned and dry food items.

 

Water Safety

  • Store water in a clean covered container. The lid of the container should fit tightly to prevent mosquito breeding.
  • Do not use containers which have previously stored harmful chemicals
  • Use a clean container, with a handle, to “dip up” water from storage

 

Persons with Chronic Illnesses

  • Persons with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and asthma, are reminded to have adequate supply of medication and if have to evacuate their homes must ensure that they take their medications with them to their place of shelter.
  • They should continue to take their medications as prescribed by the doctor, while away from home.

 

Pregnant Women

  • All pregnant women who are within one month of their delivery date should relocate to family or friends, who are in close proximity to a hospital or delivery centre.
  • Please note that public hospitals will remain open to accept emergency cases.

 

For further information, please contact the Ministry of Health & Wellness’ Emergency Operations Centre at 888-ONE-LOVE (888-663-5683).

COVID-19 Update: Jamaica Records Five New Cases

The number of COVID-19 cases on record for Jamaica increased by five in the last 24 hours. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases now stands at 821. Additionally, one more patient has been numbered among the recovered and released, bringing total recoveries to 711 (86.6% recovery rate).

Four of the newly confirmed cases are classified as imported and the fifth is under investigation. The cases consist of two females and three males, aged 25 to 63 years. Three are non-Jamaicans staying in St. James (2) and St. Ann (1), while two are Jamaicans living in St. Mary (1) and St. Elizabeth (1).

There are now 64 (7.8%) active cases under observation in Jamaica, while 36 cases have been repatriated to their countries of origin. There are two moderately ill patients, but none who are critically ill at this time.

Some 17,869 persons of interest are quarantined at home, while four remain in quarantine at government facilities.

Jamaica now has 288 imported cases; 247 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 44 local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine and six are under investigation.

Some 463 (56%) of all confirmed cases are females and 358 (44%) are males. The ages of all confirmed cases range from 2 months to 87 years.

 

Clinical Management Summary as at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, 2020

Total Samples Tested 33,762
New Samples tested in the last 24 hours 592
Discharge samples tested in the last 24 hours 53
Results Positive 821
Results Negative 32,875
Results Pending 66
Deceased 10
Recovered 711
Persons Repatriated 36
Number in Facility Quarantine 4
Number in Home Quarantine 17,869
Number Hospitalised

(Including suspected positive COVID-19 cases)

26
Persons in Facility Isolation 0
Persons in Home Isolation 58
Persons in Step Down Facilities (Isolation) 1
Persons Moderately Ill 2
Persons Critically Ill 0

COVID-19 Cases Now Total 816 – Six New Cases; One More Recovery

The record of COVID-19 cases for Jamaica now stands at 816. This increase comes as six new cases were confirmed positive in the last 24 hours. Over the same period, Jamaica recorded one more recovery, bringing the total number persons recovered and released from care to 710 (87% recovery rate).

Five imported cases and one import-related case (contact of an imported case) make up the six new cases, which consist of five females and one male, ranging in age from 18 to 60 years. Three are Jamaicans with addresses of residence in Kingston & St. Andrew, Clarendon and Manchester. The other three are non-Jamaicans staying in Kingston & St. Andrew, St. James and St. Ann.

There are now 64 (7.9%) active cases under observation in Jamaica, while 32 cases have been repatriated to their countries of origin. There are two moderately ill patients, but none, who are critically ill at this time.

Some 17,217 persons-of-interest are quarantined at home, while five remain in quarantine at government facilities.

Jamaica’s record of COVID-19 cases now consists of 284 imported cases; 247 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 44 local transmission cases not epidemiologically-linked; 236 related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine and five are under investigation.

Some 461 (56%) of all confirmed cases are females and 355 (44%) are males. The ages of all confirmed cases range from 2 months to 87 years.

 

Clinical Management Summary as at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Total Samples Tested 33,170
New Samples tested in the last 24 hours 618
Discharge samples tested in the last 24 hours 23
Results Positive 816
Results Negative 32,291
Results Pending 63
Deceased 10
Recovered 710
Persons Repatriated 32
Number in Facility Quarantine 5
Number in Home Quarantine 17,217
Number Hospitalised

(Including suspected positive COVID-19 cases)

31
Persons in Facility Isolation 1
Persons in Home Isolation 55
Persons in Step Down Facilities (Isolation) 1
Persons Moderately Ill 2
Persons Critically Ill 0

Chronicle of Activities related to MarketMe Consultancy

Based on the heightened public discourse on the matter of the Ministry’s engagement of the firm Market Me Consulting Limited (hereinafter referred to as “the firm”) the Ministry now provides for the information to the general public the chronicle of activities:

  1. On July 12, 2016 the Firm made presentation of a proposal for the implementation of a Social Marketing campaign to support the Jamaica Moves programme as a Component of the National Non-Communicable Disease Strategic Action Plan 2013 – 2018 to the team at the Ministry of Health;
  2. Based on the conclusion of the negotiations, on November 28, 2016, the Ministry made submission to the National Contracts Commission for the approval of an award to the Firm as an unsolicited Proposal (Appendix 1). Under Volume 2, Section 1.2.1 of the HANDBOOK OF PUBLIC SECTOR PROCUREMENT PROCEDURES “An unsolicited proposal may be considered by a Procuring Entity if it: a. demonstrates a unique and innovative concept, or demonstrates a unique capability of the contractor; b. offers a concept or service not otherwise available to the Government; and c. does not resemble the substance of a recent, current or pending Competitive Tender.
  3. The submission was approved via letter dated December 2, 2016 from the National Contracts Commission (Appendix 2). The approval was for an award of a contract for the amount of Fifteen Million Nine Hundred Thousand and Seven Hundred Dollars (J$15,900,700.00).
  4. In June 2017, the Ministry signed the contract with the Firm for a period of 12 months (Appendix 3). The contract was concluded on March 2018
  5. On July 17, 2018 a new Terms of Reference was developed for the Jamaica Moves Campaign to include Jamaica Moves in Schools, Jamaica Moves in Communities and Jamaica Moves in Workplaces (Appendix 4)
  6. On December 18, 2018, a Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued to the Firm with a deadline for submission of December 28, 2018 that was further extended to January 2, 2019. The submission was made by the Firm on January 2, 2019 at 2:15 pm using the two envelop method where the technical and financial proposals were submitted in separate envelops.
  7. On January 3, 2019, approval was granted by the Permanent Secretary for the Utilization of Direct Contracting under Volume 2, Section 1.1.4(e) of the HANDBOOK OF PUBLIC SECTOR PROCUREMENT PROCEDURES where “follow-on procurement, where a contractor has already provided goods, services or work and additional goods, services or works of a similar nature are required to complete the procurement requirements”. Given the fact that the programme was to continue and similar work was to be done in relation to the delivery of social marketing interventions the approval was granted. (Appendix 5)
  8. An Evaluation Committee was convened on January 8 and 18, 2019 to review the technical proposal. The proposal received an Evaluated score of 65.6 below the threshold score of 70. However, the Evaluation Committee agreed to proceed to open the financial proposal given the fact that the process was a direct contracting assessment. (Appendix 5)
  9. Negotiations were conducted with the Firm on February 5 and 22, 2019. The original in-house estimate for the activity was One Hundred and Sixty-Six Million Three Hundred and twelve Thousand Dollars (J$166,312,500.00) for 24 months. This estimate related to all advertising placement costs, material costs, costs of activations and management/consulting fees. The financial proposal submitted by the firm had a cost of One Hundred and Eighty-Three Million, Three Hundred and Nine Thousand Dollars (J$183,309,000.00). After negotiations it was agreed that the contract would be reduced to a one-year period and placements of advertisements and procurement of items for activations would be undertaken by the Ministry. The total sum of FiftyOne Million, Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars (J$51,350,000.00) was determined as the ceiling. The firm was requested to further revisit the Financial Proposal given the new determinations and a returned financial of Thirty-Eight Million Nine Hundred and thirty-One Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty Dollars (J$38,931,820.00) was submitted. (Appendix 5)
  10. On March 22, 2019, the Ministry made a submission to the Consultancy and General Services SubCommittee with the recommendation for an award of contract to the Firm in the amount of ThirtyEight Million Nine Hundred and thirty-One Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty Dollars (J$38,931,820.00) and the matter was then reviewed by the Public Procurement Commission on May 1, 2020. Appendix 6 details the deliberations between the PPC and the Ministry and the subsequent approval of the award on May 9, 2019.
  11. It is to be noted that at this time the Ministry had been engaged in this process for several months and the risk associated with retendering and restarting the process, which could take upwards of 6 months, was measured.
  12. On July 4, 2019 the contract was signed with the Firm for an amount of Thirty-Eight Million Nine Hundred and thirty-One Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty Dollars (J$38,931,820.00). (Appendix 7) with 10 deliverables as detailed in Annex C of Appendix 7.
  13. On July 17, 2019 the monitoring of the contract was undertaken by a committee that was responsible for the sign off on all technical aspects of the deliverables and the overall contract management. The contract expired in June 2020 with a total disbursement of Twenty-Seven Million Seventeen Thousand Five Hundred and Seventy-One Dollars and Eighty-Nine Cents (J$27,017,571.89).
  14. Finally, during the period March 17, 2017 to July 20, 2020 other payments have been made to the Firm totaling Thirteen Million Three Hundred and Thirty-Four Thousand Six Hundred Fifty Two Dollars (J$13,334,652.00) a total of 49 payments ranging from a low of Ten Thousand Dollars (J$10,000.00) to a high of One Million Four Hundred and Forty-Eight Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Dollars (J$1,448,750.00). Appendix 8 has the listing of all located payments that have been made by the Ministry of Health. The Ministry has also provided the payment documents which can be reviewed with the link https://cloud.moh.gov.jm/s/4o6kBTZFfHP6K8D. If we are able to locate any additional information we will update the listing and provide the information in similar format.

COVID-19 Update: One New Case, Three More Recoveries

One new COVID-19 case was recorded in the island in the last 24 hours.  The total number of COVID-19 cases for Jamaica now stands at 810. Meanwhile, three more patients have recovered and have been released from care. This brings the cumulative number of recoveries to 709 (87.5% recovery rate).

The newly confirmed positive is an imported case of a 20-year-old female, Jamaican-born/US citizen, staying in St Catherine. The case recently returned to the island on a flight from the USA.  

There are now 60 (7.4%) active cases under observation in Jamaica, while 31 cases have been repatriated to their countries of origin. There are two moderately ill patients, but none critically ill at this time.

Five persons-of-interest are in quarantine at government facilities, while some 17,578 are quarantined at home.

Jamaica’s record of COVID-19 cases consists of 279 imported cases; 246 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 44 local transmission cases not epidemiologically-linked; 236 related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine and five are under investigation.

Some 456 (56%) of all confirmed cases are females and 354 (44%) are males. The ages of all confirmed cases range from 2 months to 87 years.

 

Clinical Management Summary as at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Total Samples Tested 32,552
New Samples tested in the last 24 hours 499
Discharge samples tested in the last 24 hours 44
Results Positive 810
Results Negative 31,669
Results Pending 73
Deceased 10
Recovered 709
Persons Repatriated 31
Number in Facility Quarantine 5
Number in Home Quarantine 17,578
Number Hospitalised

(Including suspected positive COVID-19 cases)

39
Persons in Facility Isolation 1
Persons in Home Isolation 51
Persons in Step Down Facilities (Isolation) 1
Persons Moderately Ill 2
Persons Critically Ill 0

19 new COVID-19 cases, 13 more recoveries

Jamaica has recorded 19 new COVID-19 cases and 13 more recoveries in the last 24 hours. The total number of confirmed positives is now 809 while recoveries have moved to 706.

The newly confirmed cases are comprised of 11 females and 8 males, with ages ranging from three (3) to 70 years. They are of addresses in Kingston and St. Andrew (7), St. Catherine (4), St. Mary (2), Trelawny (2), St. Elizabeth (1), St. Ann (1), St. James (1), and Clarendon (1).

Of these new cases, 13 were imported from the United States, five (5) were contacts of confirmed cases and one (1) remains under investigation.

At this time there are 278 imported cases; 246 cases are contacts of confirmed cases; 44 are local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 are related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine; and five (5) are under investigation.

Some 454 or 56% of the confirmed cases are females and 355 or 44% are males, with ages ranging from two (2) months to 87 years.

Of the 809 confirmed cases, in addition to the 706 or 87.3% who have recovered; 30 or 3.7% have repatriated; and 10 or 1.3% have died.

There are now 63 or 7.8% active cases currently under observation, with two persons moderately ill. There are no critically ill cases at this time.

Testing numbers have moved to 32,053, including 31,176 negatives, with 68 pending and the 809 positives.

 

Clinical Management Summary as at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 20, 2020

Total Samples Tested 32,053
New Samples tested in the last 24 hours 1,091
Discharge samples tested in the last 24 hours 22
Results Positive 809
Results Negative 31,176
Results Pending 68
Deceased 10
Recovered 706
Number in Facility Quarantine 5
Number in Home Quarantine 19,150
Number Hospitalised
(Including suspected positive COVID-19 cases)
32
Persons Moderately Ill 2
Persons Critically Ill 0
Persons in Facility Isolation 1
Persons in Home Isolation 66
Persons in Transitional Facilities 1
Persons Repatriated 30

Financial Analyst (FMG/PA 2) [VACANT]

JOB PURPOSE

To determine the financial costs and feasibility of the Ministry’s capital A and B projects.

 

KEY OUTPUTS

  • Cash flow Projections
  • Technical Advice
  • Status Reports

 

KEY RESPONSIBILTY AREAS

  • Participates as a member of the project teams involved in evaluating project ideas and developing and documenting projects for approval by the administrative and political directorate.
  • Analyses capital projects being undertaken by the Ministry of Health and Regional Health Authorities by applying financial indicators and ratios e.g. Cost Benefit Ratio, Internal Rate of Return etc.
  • Carries out “sensitivity analysis” to determine the impact that changes in the value of basic parameters will have on project performance.
  • Prepares cash flow projections for all projects and compares against actual performance in order to determine variances.
  • Undertakes variance analysis and prepares reports for submission to the Director, Project Planning and Implementation.
  • Coordinates the preparation of project submissions and compile the Ministry’s benefit for Capital ‘A’ and ‘B’ programmes.
  • Monitors project performance to ensure that funds are utilized in accordance with project agreements and implementation plans.
  • Prepares statements of achievements and other reports for multi-lateral agencies and specified government agencies.
  • Ensures the preparation of cash status reports for all Capital A and B projects.
  • Provides advice on financial matters to Director, Project Planning and Implementation.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Director, Project Planning and Implementation.

 

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

  • Detailed cash flow projections completed within the acceptable timeframe
  • Observation and adherence to professional standards.
  • Key deliverables are produced within agreed timeframes and budget.
  • Advice given is technically sound.

 

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

Functional Competencies Levels
Knowledge of Financial Ratio Analysis and Applications 4
Highly developed analytical and problem solving skills 4
Ability to use accounting and spreadsheet software applications 4
Knowledge of cost/benefit analysis 4
Ability to produce work within established guidelines 4

 

Core Competencies Levels
Good planning and organizing skills 4
Good oral and written communication skills 3

 

MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • ACCA Level 2 or equivalent qualifications
  • Training in Project Management

Plus

  • Four (4) years experience in Management Accounting, Cost Accounting and Financial Accounting

 

SPECIAL CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE JOB

Typical office environment, no adverse working conditions

 

AUTHORITY

  • To recommend capital projects based on analysis of financial data.
  • To access accounting records.

 

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

Functional Competencies Levels
Knowledge of Financial Ratio Analysis and Applications 4
Highly developed analytical and problem solving skills 4
Ability to use accounting and spreadsheet software applications 4
Knowledge of cost/benefit analysis 4
Ability to produce work within established guidelines 4

 

Core Competencies Levels
Good planning and organizing skills 4
Good oral and written communication skills 3

 

MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • ACCA Level 2 or equivalent qualifications
  • Training in Project Management

Plus

  • Four (4) years experience in Management Accounting, Cost Accounting and Financial Accounting

 

SPECIAL CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE JOB

Typical office environment, no adverse working conditions

 

AUTHORITY

  • To recommend capital projects based on analysis of financial data.
  • To access accounting records.

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Interested persons may apply by submitting a cover letter and resume via email no later than Tuesday, August 4, 2020 to:

Director
Human Resource Management & Development
Ministry of Health & Wellness
10A Chelsea Avenue
Kingston 10
jobs@moh.gov.jm
Please note that responses will be sent to short- listed applicants only

Project Accountant (FMG/PA 1) [VACANT]

JOB PURPOSE

Under the general direction of the Principal Finance Officer, the Project Accountant is responsible for managing the accounts of the Ministry of Health projects, whether financed by the Government of Jamaica or multilateral lending agencies.

 

KEY OUTPUTS

  • Project Accounts maintained:
  • Project cash flow statements prepared;
  • Project bank accounts are maintained;
  • Project fund reimbursement and payments executed;
  • Financial Statements and other reports prepared;
  • Responses to audit queries prepared;
  • Investment options to PFO, investment placed and accounts maintained.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES (Activities, Tasks)

Management/Administrative Responsibilities

  • Participates in the development of the  Operational Plan  for the Division;
  • Participates in the preparation of annual budgets for projects (local and foreign) being undertaken by the Ministry of Health;
  • Participates in the development of the annual Work Plan for the Division;
  • Prepares annual individual Work Plan;
  • Complies and submits monthly reports to the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service for Capital A and B Projects.
  • Prepares and submits monthly/special reports on the management of the Branch to the Principal Finance Officer.

 

Technical/Professional Responsibilities;

  • Ensures that standard accounting procedures consistent with the Financial Administration and Audit Act are adhered to and that the necessary records are maintained to meet the requirements of the Act;
  • Participates in the preparation of project proposals for submission to lending agencies;
  • Assists the Principal Finance Officer and Director of Project Planning and Implementation to seek project funding source;
  • Authorises project payment vouchers, adjusting journal and transactions based on project grant/loan agreement or approved budgets;
  • Ensures that funding is available to meet project expenditure and that bills are paid on a timely basis;
  • Maintains Project Accounts in an appropriate manner in order to track project costs according to activities and source of fund as required by grant/lending agencies;
  • Collaborates with Project Managers in the Regions and Agencies and the Project Planning and Implementation Branch to develop and integrate project performance indicators Ministry wide;
  • Prepares Financial Reports by grant/lending Agency by Region and integrate with project milestones and the Ministry’s strategic plan;
  • Collaborates with the Director of Project Planning and Implementation and Project Managers, prepares and submits quarterly and yearly cash flows for Capital A and B projects for submission to the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service;
  • Prepares financial statements for projects as required in the prescribed formats for presentation to the Auditor General’s Department, the Planning Institute of Jamaica, and the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service;
  • Coordinates project audits and the preparation of response to audit queries;
  • Assists the Director of Project Planning and Implementations and Project Managers, in the preparation of quarterly and yearly cash flows projections for each project to be submitted to the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service;
  • Undertakes analysis of project expenditure against the approved budget and the warrant on a continuous basis and advice the Principal Finance Officer and Project Managers of the negative variances;
  • Assists the Director of Project Planning and Implementation in allocating warrants to the various projects on a monthly basis;
  • Compiles and submits monthly reports to the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service for Capital A and B Projects;
  • Prepares financial statements for all projects operated by the Ministry of Health Head Office and provide such reports to grant/lending agencies, Project Managers, Programme Managers and Director of Project Planning and Implementation;
  • Ensures the timely reimbursement claims to grant/lending agencies and the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service as applicable;
  • Operates and reconciles all project bank accounts on a monthly basis i.e. Special Accounts, Project Bank Accounts and the Capital A and Capital B Project, NHF and CHASE;
  • Maintains the investment portfolio of the Ministry and provides monthly reports to Principal Finance Officer;
  • Recommends investment options to the Principal Finance Officer and implement when authorized;
  • Attends meetings and conferences as directed by the Principal Finance Officer.

 

Human Resource Responsibilities

  • Ensures the development and welfare needs of staff supervised are identified and addressed;
  • Monitors and evaluates the performance of staff supervised and recommends corrective actions where necessary;
  • Provides leadership and guidance to staff supervised through effective planning, delegation, communication, training, mentoring and coaching;
  • Identifies training/development needs of staff supervised and makes recommendations as required;
  • Establishes and maintains a system that fosters a culture of team work, employee empowerment and commitment to the Branch’s goals;
  • Fosters an atmosphere of trust, high ethical and confidential standard;
  • Ensures that staff supervised is aware of and adheres to the policies, procedures and regulations which guides the operations of the Ministry/Division/Branch;
  • Recommends leave for staff supervised in keeping with established Human Resource policies and procedures;
  • Participates in the recruitment of staff for the Branch, recommends promotion;
  • Recommends disciplinary action in keeping with the established Human Resource policies and procedures;
  • Organizes and conducts monthly and other ad hoc unit meetings with direct reports.

 

Other Responsibilities:

  • Other related duties, as assigned by the Principal Finance Officer.

 

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS (How Success Will Be Measured)

  • Project Accounts are up-to-date and maintained in accordance with loan agreements;
  • Project cash flow statements prepared and submitted within given deadline;
  • Project bank accounts are maintained in keeping with the Financial Administration and Audit Act, and the requirements of funding agencies;
  • Project fund reimbursement and payments executed;
  • Financial Statements and other reports are accurate, comprehensive and prepared on a timely basis;
  • Responses to audit queries prepared and submitted in a timely manner;
  • Investment options to PFO, investment placed and accounts maintained in accordance with the Financial Administration and Audit Act (FAA ACT);
  • Requirements of the Financial Administration and Audit Act and external funding agencies are strictly adhered to.

 

INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL CONTACTS

i) Internal

Contact (Title) Purpose of Communication
Permanent Secretary Obtain advice, receive directives and guidance, information regarding portfolio and provide feedback on financial matters
Principal Finance Officer Obtain advice, receive directives and guidance, work assignments information regarding portfolio and provide feedback on financial matters
Chief Medical Officer Matters relating to projects with financial implications, 
Director of Project, Planning and Implementation Seek project funding. Develop performance indicators. To prepare and submit quarterly and yearly cash flow projections.
Other Directors of the Ministry Matters relating to Project payments.
Regional Health Authorities – Regional Directors, Directors, Project Managers Matters relating to allocation, funding and payments of Project
Chief Executive Officer in Departments and Agencies Matters relating to allocation, funding of, projects.
NHF Reconciliation of project bank accounts

ii) External Contact

Contact Purpose of Communication
Ministry of Finance and the Public Service Submission of quarterly and yearly cash flows for Capital A & B projects. Cash  flows projections for each project. Monthly reports, Financial Statements
Auditor General’s Department Audit reports, queries and responses. Financial Statements for Project
Planning Institute of Jamaica Financial Statements for Projects
CHASE Reconciliation of project bank accounts

 

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

     Core

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Excellent leadership skills;
  • Good skills in teamwork and cooperation;
  • Good analytical, critical thinking skills;
  • Good decision-making and problem solving skills;
  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • Good planning, organizing and time management skills;
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and conviction of purpose in unfavourable/unpopular situations;
  • Ability to motivate, persuade and influence others;
  • Ability to prioritise among conflicting demands;
  • Good customer relations skills;
  • Ability to work harmoniously with a diverse group of people at various levels externally and internally;
  • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing sensitive and confidential employee situations;
  • Strong goal/result orientation;
  • Keen listener;
  • Managing external relationships;
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of initiative, professionalism and confidentiality;
  • Excellent integrity/ethics exercised in the performance of duties;
  • Maintains a high level of productivity and self-direction.

 

Technical

  • Knowledge of Management Accounting, Financial Accounting and Cost Accounting;
  • Thorough knowledge of the FAA Act;
  • Knowledge of financial requirements of major funding agencies;
  • Thorough knowledge of fundamental accounting principles and practices;
  • In-depth knowledge of the Public Service Staff Orders and government policies and regulations;
  • Proficiency in the use of relevant computer software including spreadsheet and other computer applications.

 

MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Management Studies with an accounting major from a recognized institution;
  • Successful completion of relevant government accounting and computing courses;
  • At least three (3) years experience at the professional level; 
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

SPECIAL CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH JOB

  • Typical working environment, no adverse working conditions
  • Required to work beyond normal working hours as the need arises;
  • Required to travel locally.

 

AUTHORITY TO:

  • Approve payments within specified limits

 

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Normal office conditions;

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Interested persons may apply by submitting a cover letter and resume via email no later than Tuesday, August 4, 2020 to:

Director
Human Resource Management & Development
Ministry of Health & Wellness
10A Chelsea Avenue
Kingston 10
jobs@moh.gov.jm

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

Project Architect (SOG/ST 7) [VACANT]

JOB PURPOSE

To provide architectural support and advice to the Ministry and the Regional Health Authorities.

 

KEY OUTPUTS

  • Architectural plans and drawings
  • Progress Reports – monthly or as required
  • Technical Advice
  • Preliminary budget estimates

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS

Management and Administrative

  • Participates as a member of multi-disciplinary project teams involved in evaluating project ideas and developing project profiles for approval by senior management.
  • Provides technical advice to the Ministry and its agencies on technical matters relating to architecture
  • Represents the Ministry at meetings and workshops.
  • Submits progress report on a monthly basis or as required by the Director, Civil Works

 

Architectural

  • Designs and draws major structures for capital projects as assigned by the Director, Civil Works.
  • Liaises with Quality Surveyors to ensure preparation of Bills of Quantities for the architectural components of the Ministry’s Capital projects. Prepare preliminary budget estimates.
  • Reviews architectural plans, drawings and submissions from external agencies to ensure that they meet specification. Submits report to the Director, Civil Works.
  • Participates in the preparation and evaluation of Pre-qualification and Tender documents for construction projects being undertaken by the Ministry of Health and Regional Health Authorities.
  • Liaises with Contractors on building sites to ensure that the work is carried out in accordance with specifications and plans.
  • Attends site meetings and carry out on the spot inspections.
  • Collaborates with the Project Management Specialist and Project Engineer to ensure the compliance of contractors with the terms and conditions of their contracts.
  • Provides architectural support for all capital projects being undertaken by the Ministry of Health and Regional Health Authorities.
  • Verifies payment vouchers submitted by contractors and recommends payment for architectural work carried out.
  • Monitors implementation plan to ensure the work is carried out in accordance with agreed schedules. Prepares status reports as required, and submits to the Director, Civil Works.
  • Advises the Director, Project Planning and Implementation and the Director, Civil Works on all technical matters relating to architecture.
  • Carries out inspections of the structure, sitting and use-feasibility of buildings being considered for rent or purchase for health facilities. Makes recommendations on the suitability of premises to the Director, Civil Works.
  • Keeps abreast of developments in the field of architecture and civil works.

 

Other

  • Performs other related functions as assigned by the Director, Civil Works.

 

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

  • All designs meet required specifications and are consistent with Town Planning Code, the National Building Code and other relevant codes.
  • Observation and adherence to professional standards.
  • Project variation orders are properly documented and support with additional drawings, where necessary.
  • Key deliverables are produced within agreed timeframes and budget.
  • Advice given is technically sound.

 

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

Functional/Technical Competencies Levels
In-depth knowledge of building design, construction and maintenance 4
Sound knowledge of Jamaican Building and Electrical Code 4
Sound knowledge of the Town Planning Department’s Code 4
Expertise in the application of project management techniques and tools 4
Ability to design and plan major construction projects 5
Computer literate with working knowledge of Autocad software and/or other computer aided design software 5
In-depth knowledge of Government’s tendering requirements and procedures 4
Working knowledge of quantitative analysis and statistical techniques 4

 

Core Competencies Levels
Good oral and written communications skills 4
Time management skills 4

 

 

MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • A Bachelors Degree in Architecture from an academic institution accredited by the Jamaica Institute of Architects
  • Training in Project Management

PLUS

  • Six (6) years working experience in construction management- or
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience

 

SPECIAL CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE JOB

Required to visit construction sites

 

AUTHORITY

  • To certify payment vouchers from contractors as per contract.
  • To conduct site visits and recommended modifications to civil works, as required.

 

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Interested persons may apply by submitting a cover letter and resume via email no later than Tuesday, August 4, 2020 to:

Director
Human Resource Management & Development
Ministry of Health & Wellness
10A Chelsea Avenue
Kingston 10
jobs@moh.gov.jm

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