Permanent Secretary – Ms. Lydia Jacobs
PROFILE OF MS. LYDIA JACOBS
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, LAND AND FISHERIES
Ms. Lydia Jacobs entered the Public Service of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on August 28, 1979 and commenced acting as a Permanent Secretary on September 14, 2015 in the Ministry of the Attorney General, Legal Affairs and Ministry of National Security. On June 18, 2018, Ms. Jacobs assumed duty as the new Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries.
For over three decades, Ms. Jacobs has worked tirelessly to contribute to the development and transformation of the Public Service through sound human resource practice and strategic leadership.
She was appointed Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health on March 26, 2014 and up until her acting appointment as Permanent Secretary in September 2015, provided leadership support to the Permanent Secretary in planning, organising, directing and co-ordinating the core and administrative support functions of the Ministry of Health.
Prior to her appointment at the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, she served as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security from September 2016 and the Ministry of Public Administration and Communications from April 2016, preceded by her service at the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs.
Permanent Secretary Jacobs has honed and developed expertise in Human Resources, having worked as the Director, Human Resource Services for approximately six (6) years at the Office of the Parliament, and as a Senior Human Resource Officer for six (6) years at the Ministries of Agriculture and Health. By virtue of training and experience, Ms. Jacobs has demonstrated competencies in leadership, interpersonal communications, and analysis for decision making among others.
Her work in Human Resource is coupled with over ten (10) years’ experience in the Accounts Division of the Ministries of Health and National Security, and other roles she played at those Ministries before her several appointments.
Her practical experience is augmented by an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Management (Upper Second Class Honours) from the University of the West Indies as well as a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management (Distinction) from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business. She has also received Certification in Strategic Management for Public Service Organisations and other leadership and HR-related training.
Outside of her working environment, Ms. Jacobs derives strength and guidance from her strong relationship with God and is involved in many church related Ministries involving women and prisons.