Programme Assistant- International Relations

Closing Date: July 2, 2021

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Details of the Post

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an inter-governmental organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. Under the Treaty of Basseterre (RTB, 1981) and now The Revised RTB (2010), Member States agree to cooperate with each other and promote unity and solidarity, including participation by Protocol Members in an Economic Union.  Read More…

JOB SUMMARY

Under the leadership of the Head of International Relations, the Programme Assistant will provide operational and technical support to matters relating to International Relations at the Commission. The Programme Assistant will contribute to the coordination, research, development and implementation of policies and programmes that further the international relations agenda of the Organisation and its Member States in keeping with the provisions of the Revised Treaty of Basseterre Establishing the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Economic Union

KEY DUTIES 

  1. Provide general administrative support to the International Relations Unit, and administrative oversight to the overseas offices.
  2. Undertake research and analysis, and provide strategic intelligence in support of the OECS Commission’s relationships with third countries, groups of countries, and international organisations and agencies. The officer will be expected to:
    1. Prepare background and other strategic documentation in support of the development of the OECS Commission’s relationships with the above-mentioned third parties;
    1. Contribute to the development of best approaches to establishing contact and development cooperation arrangements with the said third parties;
    1. Coordinate negotiations in respect of memoranda of understanding, financial and technical cooperation agreements, framework agreements and other cooperation arrangements with the said third parties;
  3. Assist with the preparation of background reports, country and project briefs, and other strategic documentation;
  4. Assist with the preparation of political statements, and speeches for delivery by functionaries of the Organisation as may be directed;
  5. Monitor and report on geopolitical developments at the regional and international levels that are of significance to the Organisation and its Member States, and provide recommendations for their consideration.
  6. Contribute to the promotion of the strategic and economic security interests of the Member States and the Organisation in key regional and international fora including CARICOM, ACS, CELAC, OAS, UN, EU and AU.
  7. Liaise actively with OECS overseas offices/missions in furthering the international relations agenda of the Organization and the Member States.
  8. Liaise with groups outside of the Organisation to disseminate information on its operations, or to obtain information in support of its work.
  9. Coordinate meetings or participate in any support capacity as may be required.
  10. Liaise with third parties in the furtherance of the mandate of the Revised Treaty of Basseterre.
  11. Assist the Head of Unit in the design of Annual Work Programmes and prepare periodic reports for the International Relations Unit.
  12. Coordinate the logistics and any other arrangements in support of special events undertaken by the International Relations Unit.
  13. Assist with the design and implementation of programmes geared toward the development of institutional capacity in the conduct of international relations and diplomacy at the national and regional levels.
  14. Carry out other assigned tasks and provide other technical and administrative support as may be required in furtherance of the mandates of the Organisation, as directed by the Head of Unit or the Director General.

EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations or a related field.
  • At least two (2) years minimum experience in a similar role.
  • Good understanding and knowledge of regional and international matters.
  • Sound knowledge in protocol and etiquette
  • Ability to foster relationships with key partners within and outside the Commission.
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment with tight, sometimes conflicting deadlines.
  • Detail-oriented team player at all levels able to collaborate with units and other functional partners.
  • Strong interpersonal skills as duties will entail working with a diverse number of people including leadership, executives, development partners, journalists, political leaders, government officials, students and everyday citizens. 
  • Proficiency in French, Antillean Kwéyol or Spanish is desirable.

CORE COMPETENCIES

  • Drives with Purpose and Vision
  • Build Effective Teams
  • Ensures Accountability
  • Communicates Effectively
  • Demonstrates Decision Quality
  • Creates an Environment of Trust

Job Location

The OECS Commission is headquartered in Castries, Saint Lucia. The position of Programme Assistant- International Relations is open to nationals of OECS Member States and is stationed at the OECS Commission headquarters.

Benefits

The position is on a temporary establishment. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and exempt from income taxes. 

The deadline for all submissions is Friday 2nd July 2021. All future employee must apply through this link.

Only applications under consideration will be acknowledged.

Notice expires at 11:59pm on Friday July 2nd, 2021

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