WebsiteMinistry of Science, Energy & Technology
The Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology (MSET) invites applications from suitably qualified individuals to fill the following vacant post:
Application Development Specialist (MIS/IT 6)– Information Systems Branch, Corporate Services Division
Under the general direction of the Director, Management Information Systems, the Application Development Specialist provides technical support and advice to users/clients across multiple locations, platforms and technologies in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology (MSET).
Develops and monitors mechanisms to manage the following phases of the application development lifecycle: Design, gather requirements; code and test application; and perform user tests;
Provides management for short and long-term planning sessions to ensure understanding of business goals and direction;
Provides strategic input from a business and ICT perspective;
Leads the assessment of client needs utilizing a structured requirements process (gathering, analyzing, documenting, and managing changes) to prioritize immediate business needs and recommends options, risks, and cost vs. benefits;
Leads development and communicates business requirements and functional specifications for the design and implementation of business solutions;
Analyzes client operations to understand their strengths and weaknesses to determine opportunities for improvements;
Provides recommendations for business process redesign/reengineering and documentation as needed for new technology;
Reviews and approves feasibility studies and draft proposals for evaluation by appropriate users and executive staff members;
Reviews, edits and approves Business Case Test Plans;
Monitors testing process to ensure that business results are adequately tested with minimal risk;
Ensures test strategies involve appropriate integration and process components;
Investigates business problems and develops recommendations for resolution;
Identifies need for technical assistance to help in problem resolution;
Keeps clients informed of problems, issues, and resolutions;
Monitors and analyzes performance metrics to ensure client satisfaction and expectations;
Provides technical advice, guidance, and constructive feedback to guide the decision-making process;
Establishes measurable individual and team objectives that are aligned with business and Ministry goals;
Devises mechanisms to documents and presents performance assessments;
Promotes the usage of International Institute of Business Analysis Framework, Knowledge Areas and Techniques;
Manages the development and implementation of change control processes for the development team to follow;
Manages the development and deployment of new applications, systems software, and/or enhancements to existing applications throughout the Ministry;
Ensures that development projects meet business requirements and goals, fulfill enduser requirements, and identify and resolve systems issues;
Manages the collaboration of analysts, designers, and system owners in the testing of new software programmes and applications;
Designs, develops and installs enhancements and upgrades to systems and application software;
Updates and modifies the technical platforms concerning the management of the Ministry’s web-presence in close collaboration with the Corporate Communications and PR Branch;
Manages and provides direction for the application development team/consultants in support of business operations;
Oversees the review and analyses of existing applications’ effectiveness and efficiency, and develops strategies for improving or leveraging these systems;
Provides research and makes recommendations on software products and services in support of procurement and development efforts;
Provides ad-hoc reporting and decision support required for management decision processes, strong resources and capacity planning experiences;
Generates appropriate communication, process and educational plans for mitigating the disruption of change;
Coaches and transfers knowledge to all team members as required.
Develops Individual Work Plans based on alignment to the overall Plan for the section;
Participates in meetings, seminars, workshops and conferences as required;
Prepares reports and programme documents as required.
Human Resource Responsibilities
Participates in preparation and implementation of presentations on the role of Division/Unit for the orientation/onboarding programme;
Contributes and maintains a harmonious working environment.
Performs all other related duties and functions as may be required from time to time.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Competencies
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Customer and quality focus skills
Teamwork and cooperation skills
Good knowledge of automated software and system management tools
Good knowledge of system and software quality assurance best practices and methodologies
Good knowledge of core software applications, including Oracle JDE/Fusion, marketing tools, Microsoft Office and application development tools
Knowledge of database design and file management techniques
Knowledge of network and operating systems including Window Server and Desktop OS
Knowledge of network hardware, protocols, and standards
Good knowledge of SDLC methodologies such as Waterfall, Lean, and Scrum, etc.
Principles of project estimation and planning
Principles of project management, time management and problem-solving
Ability to monitor and report on programme/project budgets
Demonstrates sound personal and professional integrity, reflecting high ethical and moral values
Advanced IT skills in relation to Word, PowerPoint, Excel and MS Project or another project tool
Minimum Required Qualification and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, ICT, Management Information Systems or a related discipline;
Specialized training in Software Design or Business Analysis;
Four (4) years related experience, with at least two (2) years in an Application Development role.
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