Ministry Leads

Mr. Gerard Jean-Jacques
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Chief Development Planner

*PhD in Political Science (Université Laval, Québec, Canada)
  • Areas of specialization: Public Policy and Public Management, governance, political parties, and democracy
  • Areas of research interest: Democracy, theories of the contemporary state, power relations, social network analysis, and public sector governance
*Ed, Education Policy and Management (Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada)

Under the supervision of the Permanent Secretary, the Office of the Chief Development Planner:

  • Establishes performance measures, monitors result and helps evaluate the effectiveness of development program;  
  • The Chief Development Planner undertakes analysis of the domestic situation including aspects of Economic, Social, and Environmental and Socio Political considerations as a basis for National Development Planning;
  • Coordinates the implementation of Government’s National Resilience Development Strategy;
  • Ensures establishment of and compliance with the organization's own fund development and philanthropic principles, policies and procedures.
  • The Chief Development Planner designs and assures implementation of cost-effective fund development programs, employing economy while maintaining an acceptable level of quality and solid return on investment.

The Chief Development Planner has under his supervision:

  • The Social Development Planner
  • The Senior Economist
  • The National Program Cordinator
Mrs. Heslyn Andrew

Senior Economist

*Master’s Degree in Finance (major: Quantitative Finance) - University of London - London, England.

*Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance - University of Birmingham - Burmingham, England.

*Professional level certificate - Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Programme.

Mrs. Andrew has attended numerous workshops, seminars and conferences in areas such as Macroeconomic Management and Fiscal Policy Issues, Macroeconomic Statistics, Financial Programming and Policies, Revenue Modeling and Forecasting, Sovereign Debt and Risk Management, Financial and Contractural Procedures of the European Development Fund among others.

  • Overseeing of the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) Unit. The key mandate of the Unit is to coordinate, monitor and evaluate the planning and implementation of the Government’s capital programmes and projects to ensure that is consistent with the national development agenda.

  • Supervision of the other economist at the Min of Planning. Namely: -Mr. George Maxwell - Economist, Ms. Rhona Tyson - Economist, Ms. Kimara Burton - Economist and Ms Wyeante Fabien - Economist Intern


Mr. Michael Savarin

National Program Coordinator (NPC) - Green Climate Fund (GCF)

The NPC functions within the National Designated Authority (NDA) for the GCF in Dominica, the Ministry of Planning, Economic Development, Climate Resilience, Sustainable Development and Renewable Energy. The NDA has oversight over GCF national programmes and projects, and the NPC leads in the execution of this oversight function, under the guidance of the GCF Focal Point and the Permanent Secretary.

Dominica’s National County Program with the GCF has been approved by the GCF Investment Committee. The Program seeks to leverage GCF financing over three (3) periods; 2020-2023, 2023-2025, 2025-2027 to obtain total financing for paradigm shifting projects leading to the transition to a low carbon climate resilient economy.

Dominica: Country program for GCF .pdf  

Mr. Alvin Bernard

Policy Analyst

Public policy refers to government decisions or action on problems issues and solutions pertaining to the public good. These decisions may be executed through various instruments including but not limited to legislation, incentives or direct programme/project interventions. Policy analysis is the process of informing the selection among available policy response options. The policy analyst provides technical support to enhance the success of policy decisions. Policy decisions also benefit from historical analyses, current and planned policies.

The following are main responsibilities of the Policy Analyst:

  • Application of specialist knowledge to evaluating policies.
  • Determination of the strategic alignment of the National Resilience Development Strategy of Dominica 2030, Dominica Climate Resilience and Recovery Plan 2030 and The Disaster Resilience Strategy with the Medium-Term Public-Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) and other interventions.
  • Engaging with the administrative and technical Units within the Ministry for mutual support and achievement of the goals and objectives of its Strategic Plan.
  • Consulting with stakeholders and the broader policy community.
  • Identification of benefits, disadvantages, and omissions in existing policy frameworks.
  • Ensuring policies meet legal requirements.
  • Reporting on successes, findings and proposing new policies or amendments.
  • Drafting new policies
  • Documenting processes and disseminating information to stakeholders.
  • Evaluating past and current policies for lessons learned.
  • Recording/documenting and classifying policies by sector.
  • Conducting research and prepare policy briefs/notes and evaluate results.


Mrs. Amonia Paul-Rolle

Social Development Planner

*Masters Degree in Sustainable International Development - (Brandeis University Massachusettes, USA)
*Certified Business Continuity Manager - (Institute for Business Continuity Management, British Virgin Islands)
*Social development Competency - (St Francis Xavier University in Canada and Fu Hsing Kang College in Taiwan)
  • Enhanced Country Poverty Assessments
  • Social policy and research
  • Gender responsive programme development and gender mainstreaming
  • Project/programme design, implementation and monitoring
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Business Continuity
  • Disaster risk management
  • Training of trainers
  • Participatory research methods
  • Community development

Under the supervision of the Chief Development Planner, the lead of the Social Planning Unit is responsible for the following:-

  • Coordinate and implement Country Assessment of Living Conditions
  • Initiate social policy instruments and provide social policy advice and guidance.
  • Ensure the adoption and utilization of social sector policies
  • Provide gender-responsive input in the design and implementation of policies, projects and programmes
  • Initiate and ensure alignment of strategies, programs and projects to social policy
  • Undertake social research inform policy and decision-making
  • Coordinate the preparation, implementation and monitoring of Social Development and Poverty Alleviation Programs
  • Produce the Economic and Social Review that is published yearly
  • Conducted training in various disciplines upon requests by Ministries (project implementation and design, stakeholder analysis, effective communication techniques, risk management and disaster preparedness, Gender mainstreaming, etc.)
  • Coordinate the Voluntary National Review of the SDGs