SZW Unit Head

Are you a people-oriented, connecting, and social manager? Then apply for this challenging position!

WO | Bonaire | 36 hours | vacancy number: P&O2022_08_017 | Closing date: 12 October 2022

Job description

Firmly establishing and people-oriented implementation of the labour legislation and national insurance system in the Caribbean Netherlands, that is what you do as head of the SZW Unit of the Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland (RCN- SZW Unit). An interesting challenge because you work on three islands:  Bonaire, (your work location), St. Eustatius, and Saba, each of which has its own culture and challenges. You form the link between the Caribbean Netherlands and the Ministry of SZW.

How do you handle complex processes in situations where the target group is very small? How do you organise the services in such a way that residents are assisted, feel heard, and, where necessary, receive support in filling in forms correctly, for example for a benefit application? Together with your team of approximately 40 employees and four team leaders, you provide for a smooth-running unit and optimal services to the residents of the Caribbean Netherlands.

Together with your team, you work on the optimisation of the business operations of the unit. Together with your employees, you prepare a clear annual plan. In addition to the primary implementation tasks, this will, in any case, focus on the further development of financial control and the modernisation of the ICT.

You are committed to development-oriented human resources management. You recognise what your employees have to offer and ensure that they are given the space they need to use their capacities to the full. In a motivating, inspiring, and connecting way, you give direction to the team.

You take the services to the next level. In doing so, you ensure proper monitoring of the satisfaction with the services, implement improvements, and continuously work on making bureaucratic processes easier and less burdensome.

You put a lot of energy into making connections. As Public Entities, Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba work together with the Central Government to improve the socio-economic context. Within this (sometimes complex) division of responsibilities, you take the right steps towards optimal preconditions for subsistence security on the islands with an open attitude and in cooperation with the Public Entities.

On the islands, you also have coordination with various partners, including the shared service organisation of the RCN, the Tax Office Caribbean Netherlands, and the Public Entities of Bonaire, St Eustatius, and Saba. At the same time, you create opportunities to spar with the Netherlands and the neighbouring islands and to take up projects together.


The SZW Unit of the RCN falls directly under the Ministry in The Hague. As an advanced post of the Ministry, you do not lose sight of coordination with the European part of the Netherlands and you ensure such close ties that we forget the eight thousand kilometres that separate you from The Hague. You report to the core department on relevant developments and consult regularly with colleagues working from The Hague. Together with the department head of the policy department in The Hague and your deputies, you form a collegiate MT for the SZW policy for the Caribbean Netherlands and its implementation.

Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment works to ensure fair, healthy, and safe work in the Netherlands. In doing so, everyone gets the chance to participate and develop, so you can contribute to your own future. When things get tough, we provide a safety net and, when you retire, an income. This is only possible in a country where people are there for each other.

We want to adopt policies that work for everyone. We listen to what is going on in society, work closely with partners, and anticipate new developments at home and abroad. We address questions that are not exactly among the easiest. About social policy, the future of the welfare state, and the affordability of the old-age provision. But also on the issue of ageing and safety at the workplace.

We stimulate compliance with rules. Are there malpractices? Then we take action. As an employer, the Ministry sets the example.

Job requirements

  • You have an academic level of professional and intellectual ability;
  • You have extensive managerial experience at the strategic and tactical level and you have affinity with legal, financial, and administrative tasks of an implementing organisation;
  • You are a networker and a connecting team player who has an eye for what is going on, both in the Caribbean Netherlands and at the department in The Hague;
  • You are able to represent your unit to citizens, businesses, authorities, and other relevant stakeholders in a pragmatic, firm, and at the same time sympathetic way;
  • You have an eye for your employees and give them the space and the confidence to develop in their jobs;
  • You have the resilience and the ability to put things into perspective and accepting them, and you are able to tackle things differently or organise the work differently if that is necessary for effective services;
  • You have command of the Dutch and the English language, and you preferably also speak Papiamento. If this is not the case then you are prepared to master this language;
  • The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment relishes diversity. Different perspectives, backgrounds, and insights increase our brainpower and perspectives for action. This allows us to best meet the needs of society. It does not matter where you were born, what you believe in, or who you love. We are especially interested in your drive for social effect;
  • We expect our (top) managers to change positions regularly. In this respect, we assume an average job duration of four to five years.


  • Organisational sensitivity
  • Governance sensitivity
  • Situational awareness
  • Networking
  • Organisational management
  • Group management
  • Employee development
  • Reflection

What do we offer?

  • An appointment in accordance with the Rechtspositiebesluit ambtenaren BES (Legal Status Decree on Civil Servants BES);
  • A salary in conformity with the market in job scale 15 (gross monthly of at least $ 6.052.00 and at most $ 7383.00) in case of a 36-hour working week. Assignment to a pay scale based on knowledge and experience;
  • Holiday pay (8.33% of remuneration);
  • A thirteenth month (8.33% of the salary, with a gross minimum of $1,750.00);
  • A pension provision placed with Pensioenfonds Caribisch Nederland (PCN);
  • 168 holiday hours for a working week of 36 hours per week;
  • A temporary appointment of one year, with the prospect of a permanent appointment for good performance and a positive assessment result;
  • 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.
  • The interviews take place on Bonaire in week 43.

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 which is the official currency in the Caribbean Netherlands;
  • The Caribbean Netherlands has its own tax regulations. Income above the tax-free allowance ($12,198 in 2022) will be taxed at a rate of 30.4% in payroll tax;
  • Participation in the pension fund is mandatory, including a personal contribution to it;
  • You are or will become a resident of the Caribbean Netherlands.

More information?

For information about this position you can contact:
Araya Sumter, Director Employee Schemes, telephone number: +31 6 15341847, email address secretariat:

Remco Spek, Department Head WSB, Directorate Employee Schemes, telephone number: +31 6 15035197, email address secretariat:

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