JICN Protestant Chaplain

Judicially incarcerated people should be able to freely profess and practice their religion or belief, individually or in community with others. You will fulfil this social mission as Chaplain at the JICN (as part of the RCN).

WO | Bonaire| 36 hours | Vacancy number P&O2023_09_002 | Closing date: 10th of October 2023

Job description

As a Facilities / Technical Service employee you are responsible for the technical management and maintenance of buildings and technical installations. The Technical Service is responsible for the performance of the day-to-day management tasks, e.g. the supervision of the correct operation of the installations and the regular operation of the building installations. The day-to-day management also includes the repair activities.  

Job responsibilities

As Chaplain, you will support JICN detainees in their religion and beliefs. This can be done by, for example, offering a listening ear, a comforting word, amicable conversation, help with spiritual dilemmas and life questions, and organising church services.

As Chaplain, you offer detainees the tools to properly direct their lives, during and after detention. You do this by conducting intake interviews, individual and group counselling, church services and crisis intervention, among other things. You contribute to the self-reflection and moral development of detainees. You engage in broadening their social perspective and aftercare processes involving (church) volunteers and aftercare organisations. In addition, you fulfil a role in advising management and staff concerning humane detention and ethical issues.

The Protestant Chaplain works in close contact with the Roman Catholic Chaplain.

Part of the Chaplain’s responsibilities also include coordinating tasks on behalf of the institution and the chaplains affiliated with it. These duties include maintaining or establishing contact with the other faith communities which are (or want to become) active within the JICN, and coordinating their volunteers within the institution. Together with all the stakeholders (faith communities, volunteers, chaplaincy team and institution), the coordinator sets out a path to structure and possibly further professionalise their commitment to spiritual care within the JICN.

The employer

The JICN is a judicial institution housed in a modern building at Plantage Aruba. All detainees of the Caribbean Netherlands can be placed here. There are 113 detention places spread over 7 departments, including the young adult department, women's department, youth department and the detention centre. The JICN also cares for detainees with additional clinical care needs.


  • Integrity
  • Empathy
  • Judgement
  • Cooperation
  • Powers of persuasion

Job requirements

  • Academic mindset;
  • You must be a missionary from the Protestant Congregation of Bonaire;
  • Theological training.

Specific knowledge and skills

  • Knowledge of cultural backgrounds and beliefs, legal aspects of imprisonment;
  • General knowledge of psychopathology and drug-related issues;
  • Knowledge of the social map, skill in dealing with the target group within the detention situation and in the institutional context of restraint;
  • Proficiency in Dutch, Papiamentu and/or Spanish. Proficiency in English is an advantage;
  • Resident in Bonaire or willing to relocate there;
  • Possessing a driving licence and own transport.

We offer

  • One FTE fixed-term appointment (1 year) with the prospect of a permanent position;
  • A competitive salary, on entry-level grade 11 and role grade 12 of minimum $3,429 and maximum $5,056 per month for a 36-hour working week;
  • Grading based on knowledge and experience;
  • Holiday pay (8.33% of salary);
  • 13th month (8.33% of salary, at a minimum of $1,750 gross);
  • Pension provision held with Pension Fund Caribbean Netherlands (PCN);
  • 168 annual leave hours for a working week of 36 hours per week;
  • A temporary appointment of one year, with the prospect of a permanent appointment depending on performance and a positive assessment;
  • A relocation scheme for candidates who respond from outside the island.


  • This position is simultaneously open to internal and external candidates. In case of matching suitability, internal candidates are preferred;
  • An assessment or case may be part of the procedure;

Appointment requirements

  • A Certificate of Good Conduct (VOG);
  • A medical examination for admission to the pension funds;
  • Dutch citizenship.

Good to know for those interested outside the Caribbean Netherlands

  • The salary is in US dollars, the official currency in the Caribbean Netherlands;
  • The Caribbean Netherlands has its own tax regulations: income above the tax threshold ($17,352 in 2023) is taxed at a rate of 30.4%;
  • Participation in the pension fund is mandatory, including a personal contribution;
  • You are, or will become, a resident of the Caribbean Netherlands.


Appointment and remuneration take place at local level. The chaplains are employed by Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland (RCN). Management of the chaplains is provided by the chief chaplain and the chief pastor of the Judicial Institutions Service of the European Netherlands. They are also responsible for the professional development of the chaplains (professionalism, continuity and quality). Content management and professional development support are provided from the European Netherlands.

The JICN director has a role in day-to-day functional management in non-substantive areas. The JICN director has a legal duty of care in the area of spiritual care.

More on chaplaincy positions

The full job profile as contained in the organisational structure can be found at: www.functiegebouwrijksoverheid.nl/functiegebouw/functiefamilies/uitvoering/geestelijk-verzorger

For substantive information regarding the vacancy, please contact:

Name: Jan-Gerd Heetderks
Position: Chief Pastor with the Chaplaincy Department of the Ministry of Justice & Security 
E-mail address: j.heetderks@dji.minjus.nl 
Telephone: +31 6 46891062

For information on the procedure:

Name: Wibo de Vries  
Position: Director JICN
Telephone: +599 795 2463

Digital application

Send your C.V. with cover letter tovacature@rijksdienstCN.com