FREE MOVEMENT AND LABOUR OFFICER CARICOM SINGLE MARKET AND ECONOMY (CSME)

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Closing Date: March 21, 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 above mentioned position in the Caribbean Community Secretariat with assigned duty station in Barbados.

2.         FUNCTIONS OF THE POST

Under the direction of the Senior Technical Coordinator, 11th EDF, CSME Unit, the incumbent provides support in the pursuit of the objectives of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with respect to the full implementation and operation of the CARICOM Single Market agreements with particular emphasis on those relating to Free Movement of Persons/Skills. In particular, this position involves the implementation of projects and provision of technical assistance to Member States under the Contribution Agreement of the 11th EDF Strengthening the Framework for CARICOM Integration and Processes Programme.

3.         QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Candidates should possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Labour Economics or Industrial Relations, plus five (5) years of relevant and equivalent level experience working in one or more of the following:

  • Departments of Government, particularly Ministry of Labour or Ministry with responsibility for the administration of the CSME Regime on Free Movement of Skills
  • Private Sector
  • Universities
  • Consultancy Firm
  • Labour relations/advocacy office/Employer’s Federation or organisation

In addition, candidates must possess specialised training and good working knowledge in:

  • The CARICOM agreements and arrangement for free movement of skills and facilitation of travel;
  • Labour market research methods and analysis;
  • Labour market policy and administration;
  • Labour migration;
  • Social security systems;
  • Project development and implementation; and
  • Technical report writing.

4.         DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the direction of the Senior Technical Coordinator, the Free Movement and Labour Officer will be required to:

4.1       CONDUCT research, as directed, into the implementation, operation and performance of the CSME Regime on Free Movement of Skills including, all of the approved categories, the recognition and certification procedures, documentation, complaints system, immigration, accreditation, transference of social security benefits, free movement data and labour market information management systems;

4.2       ASSIST with or PREPARE 11th EDF Technical papers and policy recommendations in order to develop and deepen the Free Movement of Persons/Skills Regime;

4.3       PROVIDE support to the implementation of the Regional Labour Market Information System;

4.4       PREPARE Terms of References (TORs) and project dossiers for the implementation of the 11th EDF Projects;

4.5       PARTICIPATE in the work of Tender and Project Evaluation Committees for 11th EDF Projects when required;

4.6       IMPLEMENT 11th EDF Projects aimed at capacity building in Member States, including the provision of in-country technical assistance under the 11th EDF to Member States and NGOs relating to the implementation of the Regime for Free Movement of Persons;

4.7       LIAISE with relevant stakeholders at the national, regional and international levels to exchange information on and assists with capacity building in the area of Free Movement of Persons;

4.8       CONDUCT in-house desk research on international and regional approaches to social tripartite arrangements, including social dialogue mechanisms;

4.9       LIAISE with trade unions and employers’ organisations to enable them to play a more integral role in the free movement process;

4.10     ASSIST with the organisational and institutional strengthening of relevant bodies in Member States to advance the full implementation of the free movement regimes;

4.11     REVIEW/EVALUATE the implementation of 11th EDF projects and technical assistance provided to Member States and NGOs;

4.12     ASSESS the feasibility of a regional social security identification mechanism to support the movement of CARICOM nationals under the CSME regimes;

4.13     REPRESENT CARICOM at regional and international meetings on matters under the   11th EDF;

4.14     ASSIST with the preparation of the annual and biennial Work Programme and Budget of the CSME Unit in keeping with the planned activities of the 11th EDF programme;

4.15     PREPARE and SUBMIT Quarterly Work Programme Reports on 11th EDF project activities; and

4.16     CONTRIBUTE to a positive image of the CARICOM Secretariat, at all times, in keeping with its core values.

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

5.         EMOLUMENTS AND BENEFITS

An attractive remuneration package will be offered.

6.         SETTLEMENT GRANT

On assumption of duty in Barbados, the officer shall be paid a settlement grant in respect of self, 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.

7.         RECRUITMENT AND APPOINTMENT

Appointment may be on contract 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 Barbados, 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 Barbados; and

  • the cost of packing and crating personal and household effects.

8.         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.

9.         PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES

The officer will be accorded privileges and immunities that are available to staff members of the Caribbean Community whose assigned duty station is in Barbados.

10.       GROUP HEALTH AND LIFE AND ACCIDENT INSURANCE

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 and group life and accident insurance schemes. With respect to the health scheme, the officer will contribute fifty per cent of the premium.  The life and accident insurance scheme is non-contributory.

11.       SUPERANNUATION

An officer on contract shall, subject to his/her services being satisfactory and having completed at least six (6) months of the contractual term of employment be eligible for the payment of a gratuity. The gratuity shall be at the rate of twenty per cent of the officer’s basic salary, calculated for each day of completed service and shall be payable at the end of the officer’s contractual period (including for this purpose any period of extension or approved leave). 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.

12.       APPLICATIONS

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 – https://caricom.org/opportunities_category/caricom-secretariat-vacancies/.

13.       The deadline for the submission of applications is 21 March 2021.

Notice expires at 11:59pm on Sunday March 21st, 2021

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