PROJECT OFFICER ENERGY

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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 abovementioned position in the Caribbean Community Secretariat with assigned duty station in Guyana.

2.         FUNCTIONS OF THE POST

The Project Officer provides project management, analytical and decision support to the Programme Manager, Energy, with the objective of accomplishing effective and timely execution of the Energy Programme, within the Energy Unit, by managing and supervising aspects of the Work programme, conducting research and analysis on issues related to sustainable energy, and proposing improvements to the design and execution of the Programme, so as to enhance its overall effectiveness and efficiency.

As the Project Officer, the Programme Manager relies on you to achieve success in the Programme.

3.         QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Candidates should possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Energy, Engineering, Applied Science, Natural Science or related field from a recognized university or equivalent qualification, plus three (3) years’ experience, working within the Energy Sector. Experience within similar environment in the Caribbean is desirable.

The experience should be gained at one or more of the following types of organizations:

  • International and Regional organisations
  • Public and/or private sectors
  • Energy institutions
  • Academic institutions

In addition, the incumbent should have the following:

  • Deep understanding of, and technical competence in, the field of energy.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Experience in project design, project preparation and project report writing.
  • Good understanding of project and knowledge management issues.
  • Competent IT capability; familiarity with energy information systems and energy planning tools is an asset but is not necessary.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, negotiation, influencing and communication – including public speaking, presentation and writing – skills, with an ability to interact effectively with a range of stakeholders through a variety of media.

4.         DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the direction of the Programme Manager the Project Officerwill be required to:

4.1       COORDINATE and MANAGE the collection and evaluation of information on energy policies, plans and regulations within the Region, especially to, inter alia, identify “inconsistencies” among the policies, plans and regulations and determine their “suitability” to support the countries, in particular, and the Region, in general, in the pursuit of their targets and notional aspirations on sustainable energy and climate change;

4.2       COORDINATE and MANAGE the Energy Data, Energy Information and Knowledge Management aspects of the Energy Programme, to include the timely input from and, where necessary, support for Member States and other key stakeholders;

4.3       COLLABORATE with the competent authorities and institutions to manage the collection and compilation of energy statistics and production of energy information, to include the joint publication and promotion of products and services, to support the Regional energy reporting mechanism for CARICOM;

4.4       CONDUCT independent research and analyses to support the development of concept documents, papers, reports and publications on a diverse set of Regional‑level issues that are relevant for deepening understanding on, and promoting progress in, sustainable energy, in particular, and sustainable development, in general;

4.5       COORDINATE and MANAGE CARICOM Energy Month activities, to include the management of Consultancies and the establishment of indicators for its impact on sustainable energy awareness in the Community, as well as an appropriate review and feedback mechanism for facilitating continuous improvement;

4.6       COORDINATE and MANAGE the development and continuous updating of CARICOM‑appropriate Energy Awareness tools, material and products, to include the CARICOM Energy internet and social media sites, so as to provide accurate and updated resources for the multiple stakeholder groups operating within the CARICOM energy sector;

                 4.7       COORDINATE and MANAGE the design and delivery of training, knowledge exchange and awareness‑building events through, inter alia, workshops, webinars, seminars, conferences, on agreed areas of specializations on energy; and

4.8       COORDINATE and SUPPORT meetings of CARICOM energy stakeholder groups, including Focal Points, Working Groups, and Task Forces, to include the C‑SERMS Platform, which is a knowledge‑sharing mechanism for hosting regular stakeholder discussions.

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.         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 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.

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

An Officer appointed to this post may be required to participate on the CARICOM Secretariat’s Defined Contribution Pension Plan, or 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 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.

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 scheme, the Officer will contribute fifty per cent 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.  An officer appointed 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.

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 21 March 2021.

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

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