Employment Practices - Senior Lawyer

Are you a strong and experienced lawyer in civil service law or administrative law who wants to have a fundamental role in the personnel matters of our ambitious organisation? Do you have the necessary power of persuasion and you do not shy away from a complicated case? Then we would like to receive your application!

Academic| Bonaire | 39.5 hours | P&O2020_05_001 | Closing date: June 3rd, 2020

As Senior Lawyer you will primarily be deployed to provide legal advice and support to the competent authority in the area of more complex personnel matters. You will work both independently and in a team environment. In addition, you will play an important role in the realisation of employment conditions agreements.

Job duties

  • Generally provide legal support and advice to the Employment Practices team aimed at policy development, integrity issues and general matters of the RCN Director;
  • Develop and implement personnel policy and civil service laws and regulations. This includes negotiations with trade unions, providing knowledge to superiors, HR Advisers, participation councils and employees;
  • Provide advice to the competent authority in disciplinary processes, write decisions, prepare court hearings, write counter-memorials and representation during hearings (spokesperson on behalf of the Minister during employment court hearings);
  • Handle objection and appeal procedures;
  • Act as a sparring partner for HR advisers;
  • Monitor and explore relevant developments in the focus area; assess the potential legal consequences and provide relevant advice;
  • Identify and draft desired legislative policy regarding developments in employment conditions for public servants in the Caribbean Netherlands, in consultation with the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (in Dutch: Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties, hereinafter BZK).

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 BZK.

Officially you will work for the Employment Practices department unit but you can be deployed in all RCN department units. The RCN Director acts as the employer of all RCN staff on behalf of the Minister of 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'.

Your competencies

  • Organisation sensitivity
  • Power of persuasion
  • Judgement
  • Flexibility
  • Skills to motivate
  • Planning and organising

Job requirements

  • Academic level of working and thinking (completed Master's, preferably in administrative law, civil service law or labour law);
  • Knowledge of relevant laws and regulations;
  • At least three years of experience in management advice and legal procedures;
  • A demonstrable affinity with the Caribbean Netherlands;
  • Knowledge of and insight into Central Government-wide developments in the focus area;
  • 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 12 and job salary scale 13 between a minimum of $3,960.00 and a maximum of $5,728.00 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% 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