Guardianship Council CN Legal Advisor

Are you the legal advisor who will help the Guardianship Council team with a professionalization drive? Do you enjoy the challenge of setting up new processes to improve the organization? Then apply as a legal advisor!

WO (University Degree) | Bonaire | 36 hours a week | Job vacancy number: P&O2023_010_007 | Closing date: 15 of December 2023

Job description

As legal advisor you contribute to the functionality and quality of the primary processes of the Guardianship Council CN. You support the team with legal issues in the field of private and family law as well as juvenile criminal law. A legal advisor has a broad range of responsibilities and works closely with the entire team. The Guardianship Council is a young and ambitious team that is making strenuous efforts to raise the bar of professionalism. The position of legal advisor is still relatively new within Guardianship Council, creating ample space for setting up certain tasks and processes yourself. We are looking for a team player who will embrace the challenge of improving the organization and themselves.


The legal advisor:

  • Provides legal support and advice to investigators and the child support employee in investigations;
  • Processes complaints, complaint cases, objections, and cases in appeal.
  • Ensures the correct legal foundation for the primary processes.
  • Offers support in internal and external projects based on their expertise.
  • Supports and offers advice on internal and external policymaking.
  • Translates laws and regulations in judicial procedures for the Guardianship Council (protocols and the like).
  • Follows developments regarding relevant legislation in the region and the European Netherlands.
  • Is the contact/liaison for the courts and coordinates cooperation.
  • Coordinates and handles all bailiff cases (child supports), is the contact person, makes agreements with bailiffs and provides them with direction, compiling dossiers for transfer to the public prosecutor’s office.
  • Performs tasks on behalf of the Central Authority.
  • Conducts legal procedures before the courts.


  • Analytical skills
  • Result oriented
  • Initiative
  • Organisational sensitivity
  • Flexible
  • Networking
  • Planning and organising
  • Creativity


The Guardianship Council has branch offices on each island, the largest of which is located on Bonaire. The Guardianship Council is part of the Ministry of Justice and Security and is tasked with protecting children (equal to the tasks of the Child Care and Protection Board in the Netherlands). Every child has the right to a healthy and safe environment to grow up in. This is laid down in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). In the first instance this is the responsibility of the parents. Sometimes the parents fail in their responsibility, despite the efforts of social services. If there are serious concerns regarding the child’s development and upbringing, the Guardianship Council may intervene. The Guardianship Council then investigates and advises on the best scenario/ solution for the child. These investigations are within the guidelines laid down by civil and criminal law. In addition, the Guardianship Council is also Office of Halt, the Central Authority and the Guardianship Council has various duties in the area of Child Support.


  • A university degree in law.
  • Command of Dutch and English both written and spoken.
  • Experience within (juvenile) civil- and criminal law within the Caribbean Netherlands is an advantage;
  • Knowledge and an affinity with the BES islands are a plus.

What do we offer?

  • An appointment in accordance with the BES Civil Servants' Position Decree;
  • A salary according to market norms, at preliminary scale 10 and job scale 11 with a minimum of $3,108 and up to $4,672 a month based on a 36-hour working week. Scaling is based on knowledge and experience.
  • A 13th month based on 8.33% of the remuneration with a minimum of $1.750 gross.
  • A holiday allowance based on 8.33% of the remuneration.
  • An pension regulation with Pensioenfonds Caribisch Nederland.
  • Internal development opportunities.
  • 168 hours of annual leave; at a work week of 36 hours per week.
  • A temporary appointment of 1 year with the prospect of a permanent position.
  • A relocation package if you are applying from abroad.


  • This vacancy is open simultaneously internally and externally. In case of equal suitability, internal candidates will be given preference;
  • An assessment or case study may be part of the procedure.

Terms of appointment

  • A certificate of good behaviour
  • A medical examination for the purpose of admission to the pension fund;
  • Dutch citizenship.

More information?

For more information on this job vacancy, you can contact Brigitte van de Ven, Business and policy management advisor,  +599 795 5106.

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