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Closing Date: July 9, 2021

Type of Vacancy: /

Details of the Post

Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified nationals of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States and Associate Members of the Caribbean Community to fill the abovementioned position in the Caribbean Community Secretariat with assigned duty station in Guyana.


Under the supervision of the Programme Manager, Human Resource Development, and the Direction of the Director, Human Development, the incumbent is responsible for developing and implementing strategies and programmes aimed at achieving a coherent education system within the context of the Regional educational policy.

The Deputy Programme Manager (DPM) will have some autonomy for initiative and professional judgment in areas under review. The DPM requires a sound working knowledge of education systems in the CARICOM Region.


Candidates should possess a Master’s in Education or applicable Social Sciences, plus five (5) years of relevant and equivalent level experience in teaching or administration. The experience gained should be working in one or more of the following:

  • A regional organisation
  • An international organisation

Specialised training or good working knowledge in any of the areas below is desirable:

  • Curriculum development
  • Education policy development
  • Education planning
  • Measurement and assessment in Education
  • Teacher Education/ Tertiary Education
  • Instructional Design

In addition, the incumbent should possess:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills


Under the direction of the Programme Manager, the Deputy Programme Manager will be required to:

Key Result 1: Support effective regional education policy formulation and harmonisation.

  1. CONTRIBUTE to thedesignof activities to support policy formulation and implementation by undertaking activities related to development of policy and programme guidelines in the organisation and management of education and curriculum reform;
  1. ASSIST Regional Education authorities and COLLABORATE with Ministries and or Agencies and Institutions to facilitate implementation of educational policies and programmes;
  1. COORDINATE relationships with international development partners to draw up proposals for technical cooperation on Regional Projects wherever such collaboration seems desirable and feasible; and
  1. PLAN, INITIATE and MANAGE studies of Regional educational problems, identified by the Standing Committee of Ministers responsible for Education and ASSIST in setting up and organising educational planning mechanisms in Member States that may request such assistance.

Key Result 2: Promote the design of effective strategies to enable the development of a coherent education system within the context of the Regional educational policy.

  • ORGANISE regional consultation forums to support policy review, development, ownership, and implementation; and
  • MANAGE the establishment of CARICOM Technical Working Groups and Task Forces and SUPPORT the achievement of approved deliverables.

Key Result 3: Support the effective operationalisation of Education Work Programme and the completion of key activities.

3.3       LIAISE on an annual, quarterly, and monthly basis with the Programme Manager, Human Resource Development to determine the “Major Job Objectives” for each aspect of the Component and IDENTIFY and DISCUSS with subordinates the “Key Results Areas” to be used as determinants to their performance results on a quarterly basis;

3.2       PREPARE and COMPLETE the following artefacts in relation to the work programme for approval:

  • Grant funding proposals to support approved strategy implementation
    • Project Budgets
    • Lead Head Reports
    • Presentations for meetings and conferences
    • Quarterly monitoring and review reports 
  • REPRESENT the Human Resource Development Programme in selected projects as assigned by the Programme Manager, Human Resource Development;
  • PREPARE and ASSIST in the presentations of the details included in the quarterly and annual reports, including inter alia, Lead Head Reports, Working Briefs, Reports for Community Organs, and presentations at internal, regional and international meetings; and
  • CONDUCT special assignments as directed by the Programme Manager, Human Resource Development.

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


An attractive remuneration package will be offered.


The Officer shall be eligible for the payment of an education grant in respect of children (including stepchildren 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 years and shall not exceed seventy-five per cent 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 children at any one time. The grant is payable for a maximum of five years.


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.


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 regulations, rules, orders and instructions as exist and as may be introduced from time to time in respect of service with the 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 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:

(i)         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);

(ii)        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.

9.         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 months of service in respect of the Officer, spouse and up to two dependent children.


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.


Subject to your acceptance by the Secretariat’s insurance carrier, Sagicor Life Inc., 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 of the premium.  The life and accident insurance scheme is non-contributory.


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 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.


Interested candidates must create a job profile and apply for the position via the  CARICOM Secretariat’s Employment Portal. The link can be accessed at – .

14.       The deadline for the submission of applications is 9 July 2021.

Notice expires at 11:59pm on Friday July 9th, 2021

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