Project Officer, Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D), 11th European Development Fund (EDF) Project
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 Guyana.
FUNCTIONS OF THE POST
This professional position plays a major role in providing technical and coordinating support to the Secretariat in the pursuit of the objectives of the Community with respect to the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) agenda under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) Strengthening the Framework for CARICOM Integration and Cooperation Processes Programme (SFCICPP).
Under the direction of the Deputy Programme Manager, Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D), Directorate for Trade and Economic Integration (TEI), the incumbent contributes to the advancement of the implementation of the Integrated Work Plan for the CARICOM Single ICT Space with particular focus on the 11th EDF ICT projects to include the regional ICT Sector Audit, the development and implementation of a Caribbean Digital Agenda Framework, Regional Digital Cooperation Framework and a Knowledge Management Framework. The position involves working closely with other 11th EDF programme staff and other officers in the Secretariat, regional officials and consultants specifically with regard to the ICT initiatives and outputs. The position also requires facilitating the mainstreaming of ICT4D within the Secretariat and through other Organs of the Community.
The job is deemed to be effectively and efficiently done when:
- Technical consultations and other approved activities are regularly monitored and fully completed on time and within budget.
- Approved project funding is utilised in a timely manner.
- Procedures are established that support the ICT4D programme.
- Member States are provided with technical assistance relating to the ICT regional agenda.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Candidates should possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Communication Technology, Computer Science, Electronic Engineering or a related field from a recognized institution, plus three (3) years of relevant and equivalent level experience working in one or more of the following:
- Consultancy firm
- International or Regional organisation
- Non-Governmental Organisation
- Large Information Technology/Engineering/Telecommunications Company
- The Project Execution Unit of a Government Organisation
- The Business Development Division of a major corporation
In addition, candidates must possess specialised training and good working knowledge in:
- Project planning, monitoring and evaluation
- Project proposal writing
- Web/Portal design, development and administration
- Research and social policy development
- Team building and leadership skills
- Networking skills
- Basic Financial Analysis
- Conducting country assessments
- Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Procedures utilised by International Development Partners (IDPs)
- Developing indicators for Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D)
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the direction of the Deputy Programme Manager, ICT4D, the Project Officer will be required to:
- PROVIDE technical support for the implementation of the CARICOM Single ICT Space project activities under the 11th EDF;
- MONITOR project implementation and PROVIDE timely advice on implementation challenges to facilitate speedy resolution;
- DEVELOP/REFINE draft TORs in support of the implementation of the project;
- PARTICIPATE in the process for selection of consultants as required;
- ENGAGE regularly with consultants on projects to ensure smooth execution;
- INITIATE action and LIAISE with the ministries responsible for ICT4D, national, regional and international agencies, NGOs, and other relevant institutions in order to facilitate ownership and ensure involvement of their staff in the implementation and or monitoring of activities as relevant;
- CONSULT with the relevant collaborating/implementing agencies of the wider 11th EDF ICT4D Programme, in particular the ICT Cluster, in order to ensure that the activities are carried out in a coordinated and complementary manner;
- PROVIDE technical input for the development of programmatic interventions and training workshops;
- COORDINATE and DOCUMENT technical issues related to any regional applications developed during the conduct of the 9th, 10th and 11th EDF;
- MONITOR project expenditure payments to ensure they are in keeping with EU and CARICOM Secretariat guidelines and contractual arrangements;
- PREPARE and DISSEMINATE project information as required;
- PREPARE quarterly progress reports on the implementation of projects for the Deputy Programme Manager, ICT4D, for submission to the ICT Cluster, the COTED (ICT), the Project Steering Committee (PSC) and the 11th EDF Programme Coordination Unit;
- COORDINATE and SUPPORT formative and summative evaluations;
- PREPARE the relevant documentation to facilitate the closure of this project; and
- 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.
EMOLUMENTS AND BENEFITS
An attractive remuneration package will be offered.
On assumption of duty in Guyana, 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.
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:
- ocean freight charges, including insurance, for shipping personal and household effects to Guyana, not exceeding 1250 cubic feet, plus a motor car (if the officer already owns one);
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The CARICOM Secretariat is improving its recruitment system. To facilitate this transition, applicants must create a profile by accessing the CARICOM Secretariat’s Employment Portal. The link can be accessed from the CARICOM Secretariat’s Website – www.caricom.org under the "Work With Us" tab.
In addition, applications in English Language with full curriculum vitae details, including nationality, date of birth, work experience, educational qualifications, summary of professional skills and/or expertise, language proficiency, list of professional publications, coordinates (including email addresses) of three referees (at least two of whom must be familiar with the applicant’s work), and other relevant information, should be addressed to:
Human Resource Management
Caribbean Community Secretariat
Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana