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Daniel Dawes selected as new CEO of USF

Published:Tuesday | January 8, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Daniel Dawes, new chief executive officer of the Universal Service Fund.

Daniel Dawes was yesterday announced as the new chief executive (CEO) officer of the Universal Service Fund (USF). The appointment took effect January 2.

A press release from the USF said the position of CEO was advertised in the Jamaica Observer and The Gleaner on September 5 and 9, 2018. The closing date for applications was September 21.

"Thirty-seven applications were received by the deadline, with seven individuals short-listed for psychometric evaluation, conducted by an independent external firm," said the release.

 

SCREENING PROCESS

 

"Of this number, six candidates were successful in advancing to the second round of evaluation, which included panel interviews conducted over a two-day period."

The release said the four-member panel included experts in information technology and staff engagement, as well as an independent member - a retired civil servant with more than 33 years' experience in human resource management, human resource development and change management.

From the six candidates, the top-three individuals, based on assessment, were further shortlisted.

"Based on the overall scores of each candidate (psychometric testing and interview scores), Dawes emerged as the highest scoring, and as such was recommended to the board by the chairman," the press release noted.

Dawes possesses a master's in public health, a master's in business administration, and years of experience working in the public service.