Employment Practices - Legal Officer

Do you have an interest in civil service law or administrative law and do you want to have a role in the personnel matters of our ambitious organisation? Do you enjoy working with others on complex cases and are you meticulous in your work? Then we would like to receive your application!

HBO/Academic| Bonaire | 39.5 hours | P&O2020_05_002 | Closing date June 3rd, 2020

As Legal Officer you will primarily support the Senior Lawyers in the area of personnel matters. You will also be responsible for providing advice in the process regarding approval of staff appointments of island civil servants.

Job duties

  • Provide legal support to the Employment Practices team and the acting Kingdom Representative in a broad sense
  • Support lawyers in the handling of individual legal cases, for instance in the form of case law or literature research
  • Provide advice on the approval of staff appointments, promotions, suspension and dismissal of island civil servants.  This is a responsibility which rests with the acting Kingdom Representative in accordance with the Public Entities Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba Act (in Dutch: Wet Openbare Lichamen Bonaire, St. Eustatius en Saba)
  • Prepare letters and legal documents;
  • Review the substance of staff decisions
  • Contribute to handbooks, work instructions, process descriptions and suchlike
  • Monitor and explore relevant developments in the focus area

The organisation

The Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland (hereinafter RCN) is the link between the ministries with a presence in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. Each ministry is individually responsible for the content, the introduction and implementation of their policy. For the implementation and support they call on the central service provision of the RCN. The employment of all civil servants employed by the RCN officially falls under the responsibility of the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (in Dutch: Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties, hereinafter BZK).

Officially you will work for the Employment Practices department unit. The RCN Director acts as the employer of all RCN staff on behalf the BZK. In this role they are responsible for drafting employment conditions and personnel policy, ensuring integrity and the (further) development of participation. This role is also referred as the 'official employer'.

In addition, you can be deployed at the office of the acting Kingdom Representative, who, on behalf of the BZK, is engaged in the promotion of collaboration between (Central-Government) civil servants in the islands, promotion of good governance and of safety in cases of fire, emergency or crisis.

Your competencies

  • Cooperation
  • Analytical skills
  • Flexibility
  • Customer orientation
  • Planning and organising
  • Organisation sensitivity

Job requirements

  • Completed HBO (higher vocational education)/ academic training in Law
  • Relevant work experience as a legal officer
  • Knowledge of Civil Service Law and/or Administrative Law
  • A demonstrable affinity with the Caribbean Netherlands
  • An excellent command of Dutch, both verbally and in writing
  • English and Spanish are considered an additional asset

What we offer

  • A salary in line with the market, initial salary scale 9 and job salary scale 10 between a minimum of $2,579.00 and a maximum of $3,927.00 per month based on a work week of 39.5 hours. A pay grade based on knowledge and experience.
  • An end-year bonus (a so-called 13th month) of 8.33% of the remuneration
  • A holiday pay of 8.33% of the remuneration
  • A proper pension plan administered by PCN
  • In-house training opportunities
  • 184 holiday hours (based on a 39.5-hour work week)
  • A temporary appointment of one year with the prospect of a permanent appointment
  • A relocation scheme if the applicant lives abroad

Terms of appointment

  • Submission of a Certificate of Good Conduct (Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag, VOG) and a medical examination is required
  • An assessment may be part of the selection procedure

More information?

For more information on the job vacancy, please contact Charlotte Verpaalen, Employment Lawyer, telephone: +599 715 8321.

Digital applications

You may send your curriculum vitae with cover letter to: vacature@rijksdienstcn.com