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The Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the
Caribbean (BCRC-Caribbean) is a regional institution established under a Framework
Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the
joint secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and provided with
its legal status through Act #2 of 2008 of the Laws of the Republic of Trinidad and
Tobago. The institution assists countries in the Caribbean with the compliance and
implementation of a number of multilateral environmental agreements that deal specifi-
cally with wastes and chemicals management.
The BCRC-Caribbean is in the process of executing a number of regional projects in the
sphere of wastes and chemicals management and is in receipt of international and local
funding from various donor sources, including the Global Environment Facility (GEF)
and the Green Fund Executing Unit (GFEU) of the Ministry of Planning and Development.
These projects include the following:
a) Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Management Mechanism
for Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Caribbean.
b) Development and Implementation of a Waste Lubricating Oil Management
System for Trinidad and Tobago as a Pilot Project for the Caribbean.
c) Assessment of Mercury and Mercury Contaminated Materials Storage and
Disposal Facilities in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname.
d) Conduct of a Mercury Initial Assessment for the Caribbean.
In order to execute these projects simultaneously, the BCRC-Caribbean intends to estab-
lish a Project Management Unit (PMU) which will be staffed with the appropriate man-
agerial, technical and administrative staff to ensure efficient implementation and com-
pliance with international project execution, monitoring, evaluation, auditing and
reporting criteria. In this regard, the BCRC-Caribbean now invites applications for the
following positions within the PMU:
Head, Project Management Unit (1 position)
Reporting directly to the Director of the BCRC-Caribbean, the Head of the PMU will be
responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the work of the staff of the PMU, of the
work of consultants and contractors retained through the PMU and for ensuring that the
components and activities of each of the above captioned projects are efficiently exe-
cuted. The Head of the PMU will be responsible for preparing workplans, budgets and
project execution schedules; sourcing, retaining and supervising the work of consultants,
consulting firms and contractors as required; conducting routine project monitoring and
evaluations, preparing monthly, quarterly and annual reports on project implementa-
tion; and ensuring that project deliverables are completed at a high quality and within
schedule and budget.
• The ideal candidate shall possess at least a post graduate degree in Sanitary
Engineering or Environmental Management or Environmental Engineering with
an emphasis on wastes and chemicals management in a multilateral environ
mental agreements context.
• The ideal candidate should also possess professional qualifications in project
management and preference will be given to a candidate who possess the
Project Management Institute's PMP Certificate or equivalent.
• The ideal candidate will have at least ten years' experience in managing large
multidisciplinary projects within the Caribbean region, particularly those that
are funded by development and donor agencies like the GEF, GEF/SGP, GFEU,
European Union, IDB, CIDA, JICA and CBD.
• The ideal candidate will have training and experience in the use of computer
software tools in project management and other office suite software and must
be able to prepare budgets, forecasts, track expenditure and monitor and evaluate
project implementation using these tools.
• Finally, the ideal candidate must possess excellent verbal and written communication
skills, must be a good team player and have the ability to motivate project teams,
must have a good grasp of international diplomacy, and be able to work with
minimal supervision at a high level of professionalism and integrity.
Senior Project Accountant (1 position)
Reporting directly to the Director of the BCRC-Caribbean, and working closely with the
Head, PMU, the Senior Project Accountant will be responsible for managing and exer-
cising control over all income and expenditure of the PMU and the BCRC-Caribbean
including preparing monthly management reports of income and expenditure on a proj-
ect by project basis and preparing audited financial statements of the BCRC-Caribbean
and the PMU in collaboration with independent auditors. The Senior Project Accountant
shall have fiduciary authorities and accountabilities within the BCRC-
Caribbean and its PMU and shall be responsible for ensuring that all income and expen-
diture conform to proper accounting principles and practices.
• The ideal candidate should possess tertiary level qualifications in accounting
and financial management and preference will be given to candidates who have
completed or are about to complete professional certification in accounting
leading to the designation as a Chartered Accountant.
• The ideal candidate should have at least ten years' experience working in an
accounting practice or auditing firm with specific experience in managing large
multidisciplinary projects. Experience in performing accounting or auditing
functions for projects funded by donor agencies like the GEF, GEF/SGP, GFEU,
European Union, World Bank, CIDA, JICA and CBD would be desirable.
• The ideal candidate should possess superior verbal and written communication
skills and be able to work with minimal supervision at a high level of professionalism
Project Assistant (4 positions)
Reporting to the Head, PMU; the Project Assistants will provide general and specific
technical support to the PMU in the execution of its workplans, project components and
activities. They will be required to conduct research, formulate positions on issues, pre-
pare briefing reports, project reports, PowerPoint presentations, prepare speeches and
provide general assistance in the implementation of the various components of the
above captioned projects.
• The ideal candidates will have postgraduate qualifications in one of the following:
environmental engineering, environmental management, environmental
sciences, environmental policy formulation and analysis, waste management,
environmental education, or industrial/analytical chemistry.
• The ideal candidates should have at least five years post-graduate experience
in a similar position in a project oriented environment. They should have expe
rience in working alongside consultants and contractors and possess experience
in field data collection. Preference will be given to candidates who have previous
experience working in a multilateral environmental agreement setting and with
large multidisciplinary projects.
• The ideal candidates will be expected to work individually or in teams and
should have a demonstrated aptitude for achieving objectives and targets with
in a team oriented environment.
• The ideal candidates should have very good verbal and communication skills
and be adept at using project management and office suite software tools on a
routine basis. Experience in presenting the findings of studies conducted to a
formal audience and to the general public would be a definite advantage.
• Applications with a detailed resume attached must be submitted to:
Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and
Technology Transfer for the Caribbean.
# 8 Alexandra Street, St Clair,
By close of business on October 23rd, 2015.
• Applicants possessing an equivalent combination of training and experience will
be considered and are encouraged to apply.
• Employment will be on a fixed term contract for three years (two years in the
case of the project Assistants), renewable by mutual consent of the parties and
subject to the needs of the BCRC-Caribbean's PMU.
While all applications will be accepted, only those shortlisted will be acknowledged. The
BCRC-Caribbean is an equal opportunity employer and all applications will be held in
the strictest of confidence.
Notice Of Vacancy
Project Execution Staff
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