Kamlesh Prakash

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KAMLESH S. PRAKASH

6/154 – 156 Great Western Highway
Kingswood 2747 Sydney AUSTRALIA

Phone: (47) 367160, Mobile : 0452064829

E-mail :
kprakash54@hotmail.com


Personal Information

Nationality Fiji Citizen / Australian Permanent Resident



Education UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN SYDNEY, Australia
Bachelor of Arts Communication, Honours 1994 – 1995
Class 2 Division 1 (Distinction). Equivalent to Master of Arts Communication


UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN SYDNEY, Australia
Bachelor of Arts Communication,(Specialized in Journalism, Media Production, Public Relations) 1991 – 1993 Graduated May 1994, with Outstanding Achievement Award for Public Relations Specialization

CENTRAL INSTITUTE OF HINDI, New Delhi, India
Diploma in Hindi Language Proficiency with First
Division First Position Pass 1982 – 1983

UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC, Suva – Fiji
Diploma in Tropical Agriculture 1976 – 1978. Graduated with Best Garden Prize and Editor of College’s Silver Jubilee Magazine.



NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE
INSTITUTE OF SYSTEMS SCIENCE
Information Technology in Public Administration 22 March to 2 April 2004.

Other Courses UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE AND VETERINANY MEDICINE, Obihiro, Japan
Specially offered Training Course in Agriculture Related Information Processing, January 17, 2001 – April 10, 2001.

HOKKAIDO INTERNATIONAL CENTRE, Obihiro, Japan
Certificate in General Japanese Language Course January 25, 2001 to March 5, 2001

UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC
INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH EXTENSION AND TRAINING IN AGRICULTURE (IRETA).Tonga
Sub- regional workshop on Production of Extension Materials. July 5 – July 10 2000.

CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION (MASHAV) CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL
AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION (CINADCO), State of Israel
International Workshop on Media Communication System in Agriculture, January 10, February 10, 1996.

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COOMISSION FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC (ESCAP)
Workshop on Farm Rural Video Production in Fiji, June 5 – 23.

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, Suva – Fiji
Office Communication Course 23 June – 27 June, 1980

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, Suva – Fiji
Audio Visual Aids Workshop 24 September – 28 September 1979

Meeting Workshops WORLD ORGANISATION FOR ANIMAL HEALTH and Conference (OIE) REGIONAL REPRESENTATION FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC, TOKYO – JAPAN
OIE Regional Seminar on Communication , Bangkok, Thailand, 30-31 October 2008

UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC
INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH, EXTENSION AND TRAINING IN AGRICULTURE, (IRETA)
Agricultural Liaison Officers Meeting Apia, Samoa, September 21 – 23, 2004.

TECHNICAL CENTRE FOR AGRICULTURE AND RURAL COOPERATION (CTA – ACP – EU)
Wageningen, Netherlands.
Expert Consultation on Communication and Assessment of Agricultural Information Needs in ACP States, August 2004

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS – FIJI
WTO National Workshop on the Agreement on Agriculture, Suva – FIJI, August 24 – 26 2004.

UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC
INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH, EXTENSION AND TRAINING IN AGRICULTURE (IRETA) Agriculture Liaison Officers Meeting Cook Islands August 18 – 21, 2003.

ASIA – PACIFIC ASSOCIATION OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTION FAO REGIONAL OFFICE FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC, Bangkok, Thailand.
Expert Consultation on Strengthening Regional Agricultural Information System: Role of ICT in ARD.
Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok
December 1 – 3, 2003

Meetings UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC INSTITUTION FOR RESEARCH, EXTENSION AND TRAINING IN AGRICULTURE, (IRETA). Apia, Samoa
Agricultural Liaison Officers (ALO) Meeting, 13 August 16 August, 2002

ASIA – PACIFIC ASSOCIATION OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS, FAO REGIONAL OFFICE FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC, Bangkok.
ICT Expert Consultation on the Development of Second Phase of APARIS, 24 October – 25 October, 2002.

TECHNICAL CENTRE FOR AGRICULTURE AND RURAL COOPERATION (CTA-ACP-EU)
Wageningen, Netherlands
Information Communication Technologies – Transforming agricultural extension.
CTAs Observatory on ICTs
6th Consultative Expert Meeting 23 – 25 September 2003

GENEVA PALEXPO, SWITZERLAND
ICT for Development
United Nations World Summit on the Information Society 9 – 13 December 2003

Work Experience MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE ( Information and Communication Section )
1979 - Senior Information Assistant

1995 - Information Officer

1998 - Actg. Senior Information Officer

2000 - Actg. Principal Agriculture Officer, (Information & Communication)

2007 (March) – Appointed to Senior Agriculture Officer (Information & Communication)

2007 (September) – Appointed to Principal Agriculture Officer (Information & Communication)

2010 to August 2011 – Appointed to Director Human Resource , Finance and Communication



Director Human Resource Finance and Communication

The post is primarily focused on ensuring that the principles of good and corporate governance are adhered to and embedded in the systems and processes, including strong support and effective implementation of reform programs.

The post provides effective administrative support and advice to the Permanent Secretary and implements human resource management and development policies and practices efficiently and effectively.

It enhances corporate image of the Ministry through strong and effective information dissemination and communication strategies.

Promote and advise senior management to maintain good public relations.

Facilitate and implement the adoption of Information Technologies and Management Information System of the Ministry.

Co-ordinate the capacity building and compliance to the Performance Management System and the Occupational Health and Safety

Ensures efficient and effective financial management and timely monitoring and reporting.




Principal Agriculture Officer (In formation and Communication) and Head of Department (Information & Communication Section)

Overall management of the Information and Communication Section on effective dissemination of agricultural information via mass media to both internal and external target audience.

Responsibilities include:
• Responsible to the Deputy Permanent Secretary for all policy, management and administration matters relating to the Information and Communication Section.
• The responsibility includes planning, programming and budgeting for all Communication activities, supervision, management and motivation of staff and working closely with other Divisions within the Ministry, other Government Departments, NGOs Regional and International Organizations on Agriculture and other Stakeholders.
• Supervise issue of daily media release productions and features on agriculture.
• Oversee the production of rural agriculture radio programmes, and TV/Video productions.
• Coordinate the production of agricultural scientific publications for internal and external target audience.
• Responsible for the continuous development of the Communication Section in terms of staff development, equipment and efficiency of work.
• Organize Ministry’s publicity/communication campaigns with mass media.
• Represent the Ministry on ad-hoc committees and advice on publicity/communication and public relations matters.
• Provide secretariat services to Ministry’s Executive Management.
• Oversee the overall Human Resource Development component of the Communication Section.
• Review and update policies and plans to meet the communication needs of the Ministry.
• Production of Press Releases, Feature Stories, Coordination of newspaper Supplement, Organization of Press Conference, media visit and writing responses to the print media.
• Production and presentation of radio programmes in English and Hindi Languages conduct radio interviews.
• Production of educational video on agricultural related subjects.
• Coordination and facilitation of agricultural information for Ministry’s website.
• Production of newsletters, brochures, annual reports, posters, farmer’s magazines market information and other agricultural publications.
• Photographic – digital and using single lens cameras
• Video shooting
• Public relations

Senior Information Officer

Principal Accountabilities

Planning and Policy

? Assists in the development of the Section’s Corporate Plan, Annual Work Plan and Budget through effective coordination with the Section staff and appropriate stakeholders
? Coordinates the development and identification of staff training needs through consultation with staff and appropriate stakeholders
? Assists in the daily operation of the Section through effective coordination, planning and monitoring with the Section staff
? Ensures timely production and dissemination of relevant and factually correct agricultural information through the mass media to Ministry stakeholder through coordination and vetting with the appropriate Ministry authorities

Organizing and Operating

Assists in the implementation of the work plan through effective coordination and monitoring.

Coordinates the dissemination of all information by the Section to ensure that they are correct and are verified by the appropriate authority

Personnel and Organisation:

? Coordinates the effective management of the Section’s Human Resource through the implementation of the performance-based system
? Ensures safe and healthy working environment by complying to
Occupational Health Safety Act
? Ensures the development of relevant capacity building of staff through developing of training plan

Controlling, Regulating and Reporting

Ensures that all resources affecting the Information Section programs comply with the financial and human resources policy controls and requirements and correcting where necessary.

Submits returns and reports of all resources by complying with relevant legislation

Information Officer

Planning and Policy

The position is responsible to the SIO for the smooth operation the Press and Publication Unit, ensuring that all programmed press and publication works are released on time to the staff and public.

The position assists the SIO in the development of the Unit facilities through effective planning and supervision.

The position assists in administrative support services in the implementation of plans and procedures in the development of the Section’s Budget Proposals and Annual Work Programs through the development of the Unit’ Proposals and Programs.

Organizing and Operating

The position assists SIO in the organisation of Unit staff movement and delegation of duties through consultation, coordination and planning.

The position assists in the promotion of a positive image of the Ministry through public relations activities using the Press, Media and Publications.

The position supervises the compilation, production and verification of information for dissemination to the news media, farmers. Ministry staff and other stakeholders.


Personnel and Organisation:

The position assists SIO in human resource development through production of a Yearly Unit staff training needs.

In absence of SIO and PAO the position represents the PAO in meeting, workshop, training and in all matters relating to press and publication.

Controlling, Regulating and Reporting

The position also assists SIO in ensuring that the use of Unit equipment/resources complies with financial and Occupational Health and Safety Regulations through effective coordination and monitoring.

The position also ensures that all information released by the Unit comply with the civil service rules and regulations.

Information Assistant ( Press Position)


Planning and Policy

Organizing and Operating

? Ensures timely compilation, production and releases of relevant and factually correct agricultural information to the Newspapers, Radio stations and TV station.
? Assists in the daily monitoring of the Newspapers and submitting copies negative publicity of the Ministry to the Head of the Unit.
? Promotes the Ministry’s vision, mission and image through Press Releases to the Newspapers, Radio & TV through effective coordination and vetting with the Ministry authorities and appropriate stakeholders
? Assists and participates in public relations activities carried out by the Ministry.
• Assists in the implementation of the Unit’s work plan through effective coordination and monitoring.
• Coordinates the compilation and storage for easy accessibility of all information by the Unit to ensure that they are correct and are verified by the proper authority
• Assists in the collating, compiling and packaging of agricultural information including Market Watch, News Today, Fiji Farmer and Newsletter
• Desk Officer for the Central and Eastern Divisions.

Controlling, Regulating and Reporting

? Submits quarterly achievements and performance reports to the Head of Unit

Information Assistant ( Publication Position )

Organizing and Operating

? Assists in the compilation, updating packaging, dissemination and storage of factually correct agricultural information to ensure that they are correct and are verified by the appropriate authority through effective coordination, planning and monitoring with the Unit staff.
? Assists and participates in public relations activities including marketing programs for radio through consultation with the appropriate Ministry authorities.
? Assist in attending departmental meetings to collate relevant information of activities carried out by the Ministry through effective coordination with the Ministry authorities and appropriate stakeholders
• Assists in the production of the Newsletter.
• Responsible for the production of the Market Watch, News today, and Fiji Farmer
• Information Desk Officer for EP&S Division.

Personnel and Organization:

? Assists in ensuring a safe and healthy working environment by complying to Occupational Health Safety Act

Controlling, Regulating and Reporting
• Assists in preparing the Unit’s Annual Budget and progressive reports through effective coordination and monitoring with the appropriate authorities.


Awards/Prizes
Achievements UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN SYDNEY, Australia

Outstanding Achievement Award in the Public Relations strand awarded in 1994.

Distinction for Photo documentation subjects, 4 out of 6 photographs were selected for display at Penrith City Library (Australia) and UWS, Library, 1993

Awarded the highest marks (20/20) for the best Newsletter produced by any student for Media Production subject 1993

Awarded the highest marked for the best Training and best Trainers manual for Adult Education and Training Subjects 1993

Achieved the 2nd highest mark 44/50 (highest 45) in the Internal communication Audit Project for Public Relations 111 subject 1993

First International student to enroll and complete a Honours Degree at the Faculty of Communication and Media at the University 1994

First student to write a thesis using on Video at the University 1994

First student ever to be appointed as a member of the University’s Public Relation Advisory Council 1993 – 1994.Other members included PR Consultants from Sydney and PR lecturers from UWS, Nepean and other Universities.

CENTAL INSTITUTE OF HINDI, New Delhi, India

Book Prize awarded for achieving First Division First Position pass in Diploma in Hindi Language 1982 – 1983

FIJI COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, Fiji

Prize awarded for being the Editor of FCA’s Silver Jubilee Magazine

Prize awarded for the best Garden Project

Professional
Appointments Agricultural Liaison Officer (ALO) for Fiji 2002 – 2003. Appointed by Institute for Research,Extension and Training in Agriculture (IRETA) University of the South Pacific, Apia Samoa.

Goal of ALO: Improved food security and income generation within the context of sustainable and equitable development of the Pacific Island Countries. (PICs)

National Information Nodal Point for Fiji.(2002 – 2010) Appointed by Asia – Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. Bangkok, Thailand.

Media Liaison Officer – 2001 - 2010 (spokesperson) for the Ministry of Agriculture.

Member FCA Academic Board - 2001 – 2011

Member Fiji Ministry of Agriculture Housing Board 2010 – 2011

Member Fiji Agriculture Show Committee

Member Fiji Ministry of Agriculture Staff Board 2010 – 2011

Member Fiji Agriculture Ministry Heads of Department 2001 – 2011

Member Fiji Agriculture Ministry Sports and Social Committee.

Professional
Membership Fiji Institute of Agricultural Science

Fiji Organic Association

Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA). Membership (to be renewed.)

Publications
(papers presented) Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) – Transforming agricultural extension ? a case study of Fiji

Information and Communication Technologies in the Agricultural Research for Development in Fiji.

Information Technology in Public Administration – a Fiji Perspective.

Country Reports – various workshops.

Publications
(other) NewsToday- a daily media monitoring publication with the Fiji Agriculture Ministry.

Market Watch – a fortnightly publication on Fiji agriculture produce marketing news.

Fiji Crop Guide – a farmers’ guide on successful crop production.

Fiji Farmer – a monthly publication on farming in Fiji.

Public relations
International meetings Afrian Carribean Pacific (ACP) Sugar Summit – held in Fiji

Food And Agriculture (FAO) Agriculture Minister’s Meeting – held in Fiji.

Asia Pacific Coconut Community Meeting – held in Fiji





Other FIJI

Public Relations Officer – Fiji Institute of Agricultural Science

Special Skills Computer

Competent in Microsoft Word
Desktop Publishing – Design studio and PageMaker Program
PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, FrontPage (for Web Design)

Photography and Video shooting

Language English, Hindi and Fijian

Hobbies Reading, Photography, Soccer

Reference Lakshman Mudliar
Director
Land and Water Resource Management
Ministry of Agriculture
Private Mail Bag
Raiwaqa
Ph: 3383155 Ext. 303



Dr Niumaia Tabanakawai
High Commissioner
Fiji High Commission
Defence House
Champion Parade
Port Moresby, NCD
PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Dr Hart Cohen
Associate Professor
School of Communication and Media
University of Western Sydney, Nepean
Kingswood 2747 NSW AUSTRALIA
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