MANAGER COMMUNICATIONS

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Closing Date: December 14, 2022

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.

2.         FUNCTIONS OF THE POST

The incumbent manages the delivery of the Secretariat’s Public Education, Public Information and advocacy programmes in keeping with the organisation’s Communication Strategy. He/she supports initiatives to sensitise and mobilise the Community to embrace regional integration and to inform the wider world of the progress of the integration movement. As Manager of the Communications Unit, the incumbent facilitates and supports the formulation of the Secretariat’s communication policy and strategy.

3.         QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

A Master’s Degree in Communications or related field, plus at least seven (7) years of relevant and equivalent level experience working in one or more of the following:

  • A national or regional media organisation
  • A government information service
  • A regional institution
  • A multinational corporation
  • A public relations firm
  • Large regional or international group/organization

The candidate should possess specialized training and good working knowledge in:

  • IT applications for communication, especially social media
  • French, Dutch or Spanish as a second language.
  • Diplomacy
  • Regional integration.

4.         DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Key Result 1: Coordinates the implementation and operationalization of the Secretariat’s Communication Policy

Activities

  1. PARTICIPATES in the Secretariat’s strategic planning process and RECOMMENDS strategies for public information, education, advocacy and outreach in support of the Community’s goals;
  1. CONTRIBUTES to the review and updating of the Secretariat’s Communication Policy  and Procedures;
  1. MANAGES projects falling under the Public Information domain;
  1. REVIEWS and RECOMMENDS qualifications and capacity of organisations and candidates for the provision of communication services to the Secretariat as may be required, including supporting the preparation of the relevant Terms of Reference (TOR) and Requests for Proposal (RFP) documents for the procurement of such services;
  1. SUPPORTS the development and implementation of the Secretariat’s annual Public Education and Information plan and PROVIDES technical assistance to programme areas as required to ensure the most effective impact of the implemented plan;
  1. MANAGES the implementation of strategies to establish and/or maintain the most positive and productive relations with the regional and international media and their professional associations;
  1. ESTABLISHES and MAINTAINS an integrated multi-media approach to the public information and communications strategy and campaigns of the Community;
  1. MANAGES the implementation of media programming utilising the variety of modern and traditional media available, such as social media, as appropriate to the audiences targeted;
  1. MAINTAINS  an open and supportive mechanism for the timely delivery of communications services to the Offices and Directorates of the Secretariat; and
  1. MONITORS and ASSESSES the satisfaction of clients with the type, level and quality of services delivered by the Communications Unit.

Key Result 2:  Effective Management of the Communication’s Work Programme

Activities

2.1       PREPARES the annual work programme and budget for the Communications Unit in collaboration with the staff of the Unit. In so doing, the incumbent, among other things and in conjunction with the leadership of each Office and Directorate, will develop and plan the work programme of the Unit to support the work of all programme areas of the organisation in accordance with the strategic plan and the Community’s goals;

2.2       MANAGES the Staff and work of the Communications Unit to keep the public systematically informed of the Secretariat’s programmes, accomplishments and perspectives; and 

2.3       SETS performance targets for members of staff in accordance with the work programme and approved performance management system and provide oversight, ongoing performance assessment, coaching and developmental opportunities as the need arises.

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

5.         EMOLUMENTS AND BENEFITS

This is an S4 post. The salary range for this position is EC$11,420.00 to EC$16,315.00 per month.

6.         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.

7.         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.

8.         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 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 (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:

(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;

(iii) 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 (2) dependent children.

10.       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.

11.       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, 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.

12.       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.

13.       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/.

14.       The deadline for the submission of applications is 14 December 2022

Notice expires at 11:59pm on Wednesday December 14th, 2022

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