Employment Practices Legal Expert

Are you a robust and experienced expert in public service law who wants to play a fundamental role in the personnel-related matters of our ambitious organisation? Do you have the necessary powers of persuasion and are you not afraid of tackling complicated cases? If so, we look forward to receiving your application!

University Education (WO) | Bonaire | 36 hours | P&O2021_011_010 | Closing date: 12 December 2021

Job description

As a senior legal expert your primary focus will be on providing legal advice and on supporting the competent authority in the field of more complex personnel-related matters. You will work both independently and as a member of a team. You will also play an important role in drawing up agreements on employment conditions.

Main duties

  • Providing legal support and advice, in a general sense, to the Good Employment Practices team, in relation to policy development, integrity issues and general matters concerning the RCN director.
  • The development and implementation of personnel policy as well as legislation and regulations. This could include negotiations with trade unions, providing information to managers, HR consultants and participation councils.
  • Advising the competent authority in the context of disciplinary procedures, drafting decisions, preparing court hearings, writing counter memoranda and participating in hearings (speaking on behalf of the Minister during court hearings on personnel-related matters).
  • Processing objection and appeal proceedings.
  • Monitoring and investigating relevant developments within the focal area. Weighing up any legal consequences and advising accordingly.
  • Identifying and designing desired legislation policy, in consultation with the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, with regard to changes in the employment conditions for government personnel in the Caribbean Netherlands.
  • Acting as the secretary of the BES Sectoral Consultation Committee (the Sectoral Consultation Meeting).

The organisation

The National Office for the Caribbean Netherlands [Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland] (RCN) is the link between the ministries present on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. Each ministry is itself responsible, in terms of content, for introducing and implementing its own policies. When doing so they use RCN central services during implementation and for support. The Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK) is formally responsible for good employer practices in relation to all civil servants employed by RCN.

Although you will formally work for the Good Employment Practices division, you will be available to all RCN divisions. The RCN director fulfils the employer role for all RCN employees on behalf of the Minister of BZK. On the basis of this role he is responsible for drawing up employment conditions and personnel policy, for guaranteeing integrity and for the (further) development of co-determination.

Your competencies

  • Good analytical skills.
  • Organisation sensitivity.
  • The power to persuade.
  • The ability to form opinions.
  • Flexibility.
  • Creativity.
  • Good planning and organisational skills.

Job requirements

  • A university-level professional and intellectual ability (a Master's degree, preferably in public service law or employment law).
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and regulations.
  • At least 5 years' experience with management consultancy and legal procedures in the field of public service law.
  • A demonstrable affinity with the Caribbean Netherlands.
  • Knowledge of and insight into government-wide developments in the focal area.
  • An excellent command of both spoken and written Dutch. A command of English and Papiamentu would be preferable.

What are we offering?

  • A job in accordance with the BES Legal Position of Civil Servants Decree [Rechtspositiebesluit ambtenaren BES].
  • A salary in line with the market, in preliminary salary scale 12 and job scale 13 (a gross monthly salary of at least $ 3,960.00 and a maximum of $ 5,728.00) based on a working week of 36 hours (as from 2022). Job scale allocation will take place on the basis of knowledge and experience.
  • Holiday pay (8.33% of your salary).
  • An end-of-year bonus (8.33% of your salary with a gross minimum of $ 1,750.00).
  • A pension scheme with the Caribbean Netherlands Pension Fund [Pensioenfonds Caribisch Nederland] (PCN).
  • 168 holiday hours based on a working week of 36 hours (as from the beginning of 2022).
  • A temporary appointment of a year, with the prospect of a permanent appointment in the event of good performance and a positive assessment result.
  • A relocation scheme for candidates who are not resident on the island.


  • The procedure may include an assessment or case study.

Appointment requirements

  • A Certificate of Good Conduct (VOG).
  • A medical assessment in order to be admitted to the pension fund.
  • Dutch citizenship.

Important information for interested parties outside of the Caribbean Netherlands

  • The salary is in American dollars, which is the official currency in the Caribbean Netherlands.
  • The Caribbean Netherlands has its own tax regulations. Income over and above the tax-free amount ($ 12,575.00 in 2021) is subject to wage tax of 30.4%.
  • Participation in the pension fund is mandatory and includes a personal contribution.
  • You will become a resident of the Caribbean Netherlands.

More information?

For information regarding this vacancy, please contact
Jan Helmond, RCN Director,

telephone number: +599 715 8304

Digital applications

You can submit your curriculum vitae and letter of application by email to: