Deputy Programme Manager - Foreign And Community Relations

Organisation
The CARICOM Secretariat
Reference
VAC-48982
Contract Type
Full-Time
Industries
Government & Public Sector
Location
Georgetown
Salary & Benefits
EC$10,471.00 to EC$13,313.00 per month
Date Posted
20/03/2024
Expiry Date
19/04/2024
The Deputy Programme Manager, Foreign and Community Relations, aids in coordinating Member States’ foreign policies, articulating community positions, fostering partnerships, and fulfilling Secretariat mandates.

 

FUNCTIONS OF THE POST

The Deputy Programme Manager, Foreign and Community Relations (FCR) supports the Programme Managers of Foreign and of Community Relations in promoting the coordination of Member States’ foreign policies and assists with efforts to articulate community positions to bilateral partners, regional and international agencies/organisations and civil society to secure Community interests. The incumbent must work to support strong partnerships among Member States of the Community, and between Member States and third countries, regional groupings, and international agencies/organisations in fulfilment of Secretariat mandates, including its good offices and election observer support to Member States. The Deputy Programme Manager shall have specific responsibility for geographic and institutional mandates reflective of Community priorities.

The incumbent will also support the FCR in implementing the Secretariat’s Strategic Plan, the FCR’s strategic objectives, and to this end will contribute to preparations for meetings of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) and its subsidiary bodies, and for reporting on the outcomes of those meetings. 

He/she will assist in the development and implementation of Community Relations activities, including with the execution of a Regional Programme on Diplomatic Training.

The incumbent will have specific responsibility for:

  • Supporting the completion and approval of the FCR Annual Work Programme and resulting project preparation;
  • Monitoring achievement of strategic targets linked to the FCR Work Programme; and
  • Preparation of Reports, including Quarterly Reports.

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Candidates must possess a Master’s Degree in International Relations, Political Science or Social Sciences plus at least five (5) years of relevant experience working in one of the following institutions:  
  • Member State’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Foreign Trade 
  • Diplomatic Assignment
  • Regional or International Agency or Organisation 

In addition, candidates must possess the following technical skills:

  • Fluency in English
  • In-depth knowledge or training in one of the foreign languages of the Community (Dutch, French, and/or Spanish)
  • Diplomacy and knowledge of diplomatic protocol
  • Exposure to negotiations
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Key Result 1: Supporting the Programme Manager, Foreign and Community Relations in promoting the coordination of the foreign policies of Member States. 
    • MONITORS changes in the international political and economic environment which could impact the Region’s interests and relations with Third States and international organisations;
    • MONITORS domestic, geopolitical and economic developments as they impact Member States and inter-relations with Third States;
    • CONTRIBUTES to reports emanating from Meetings of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) and subsidiary bodies;
    • PREPARES drafts of technical papers/reviews for Meetings of the Community’s Organs and technical bodies, in particular the Conference of Heads of Government and the COFCOR, and meetings with Third States/organisations or their representatives;
    • PREPARES papers as required by other Secretariat Programmes as inputs to their planning and project implementation functions;
    • IDENTIFIES activities relative to the Community’s objectives and Work Programmes, and MAKES recommendations on future thrust of the Work Programme in the assigned areas;
    • DELIVERS papers and speeches to articulate and promote Community initiatives and activities relative to FCR mandates;
    • REPRESENTS the Secretariat and Community at various fora as required; 
    • ASSISTS in evaluating and communicating the foreign policy strategy adopted by the Community;
    • ASSISTS with:
      • Work Programme and Project preparation; and Preparation of Reports including Quarterly Reports.
  • Key Result 2: Supporting the Community Relations mandate of FCR including its good offices and election observer support and relations among Member States.
    • SUPPORTS the Programme Manager, Community Relations in organisation and execution of FCR good offices initiatives and election observer missions; 
    • SUPPORTS the Programme Manager, Community Relations in promotion and execution of Diplomatic Training initiatives and relevant fund raising programs; and
    • ANALYSES developments in and relations among Member States to inform FCR decision-making.

In addition to the Activities outlined above, the incumbent is expected to perform other related duties as assigned.

 

EMOLUMENTS AND BENEFITS

This is an S3 post. The salary range for this position is EC$10,471.00 to EC$13,313.00 per month.

 

EDUCATION GRANT

The Officer shall be eligible for the payment of an education grant in respect of children (including step-children and legally-adopted children) who require reasonable education facilities that are not available at the assigned duty station or whose education the Officer would not want to disrupt in relocating to take up this appointment.

The grant shall apply to children under the age of twenty-three (23) years and shall not exceed seventy-five per cent (75%) of the cost of tuition (including textbooks), room and board up to a maximum total of EC$16,200.00 per year per child for a maximum of two (2) children at any one time. The grant is payable for a maximum of five (5) years.

 

SETTLEMENT GRANT

On assumption of duty in Guyana, the Officer shall be paid a settlement grant in respect of the staff member, his or her spouse and each eligible child or other approved dependent.  The number of dependents eligible for Settlement Grant shall not exceed six (6) persons.

 

RECRUITMENT AND APPOINTMENT

Appointment may be on permanent establishment or on secondment from a Public Service or a statutory body of a Member State or approved regional organisation. It will be subject to such staff rules and policies, rules, regulations, orders and instructions as exist and as may be introduced from time to time with respect to service with the Caribbean Community Secretariat.

An Officer recruited from outside the assigned duty station, on first appointment, will be provided economy class air passages by the most direct route for the Officer, spouse and children (provided they are below the age of eighteen (18) years, unmarried and dependent on the Officer) and for such other dependents not exceeding two as may be approved by the    Secretary-General, provided that the number of children and other dependents does not exceed six (6) in all.

In addition to passages, the Officer will be granted the following transportation allowances:

  • ocean freight charges, including insurance, for shipping personal and household effects to Guyana, not exceeding 45.3 cubic meters, plus a motor car (if the Officer already owns one);
  • the cost of transporting baggage, personal and household effects from the home of the Officer to the place of embarkation and from the port of disembarkation to the place of residence in Guyana; and
  • the cost of packing and crating personal and household effects.

 

LEAVE

The officer will be eligible for the grant of vacation leave at the rate of twenty (20) working days a year and a leave grant after every twelve (12) months of service in respect of the officer, spouse and up to two (2) dependent children. 

 

PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES

The officer will be granted the privileges and immunities extended to officials of the Caribbean Community in accordance with Article 8 of the Community’s Headquarters Agreement with the Government of Guyana.

 

GROUP HEALTH AND LIFE AND ACCIDENT INSURANCE

Subject to your acceptance by the Secretariat’s insurance carrier, the Officer will be required to participate in the Secretariat’s group health, life and accident insurance schemes. With respect to the health insurance, the Officer will contribute fifty per cent (50%) of the premium.  The life and accident insurance scheme is non-contributory.

 

SUPERANNUATION

An Officer appointed to this post will be required to participate in the Secretariat’s Defined Contribution Pension Plan and contribute 7 per cent of basic salary per month, while the Secretariat will contribute 13 percent of the Officer’s basic salary to the pension plan. Where the appointment is on secondment, the Secretariat will pay to the Officer’s substantive employer, over the period of secondment, a contribution not exceeding twenty-five per cent (25%) of the pensionable salary normally payable to the Officer by that employer so as to maintain the pensionable status of the Officer in the substantive employment.

 

APPLICATIONS

Applications in English Language with full curriculum vitae details, including the email addresses of three (3) referees (at least two of whom must be familiar with the applicant’s work), should be submitted.

 

The deadline for the submission of applications is 12 April 2024.

 

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