ZJCN Policy Officer Care/Services

Higher Professional Education (HBO) | Bonaire | 36 hours per week | Vacancy number: P&O2022_07_002 | Closing date: 17 August 2022

Job description

As policy officer at ZJCN, you will face the challenge of developing, implementing and helping to execute high-quality policy that focuses on the Caribbean region. When doing so, you will take into account developments in the healthcare system in the European Netherlands.

You will share ideas about developments in the sector, potential service improvements for patients, and curative care on the islands. We expect our new colleague to be someone who believes it is important to effectively organise care for the residents of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba as special municipalities of the Netherlands. Your activities will involve sparring with other colleagues in the team, and taking the working environment into account when compiling follow-up steps and prerequisites within which you must work.

It is important to have in-depth knowledge of the developments on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (Caribbean Netherlands (CN)) so that care-related policy can be established. Developments on Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten (CAS islands) must also be taken into account. Due to their small scale, CN and CAS islands very much depend on each other. This is one of the reasons why cooperation with other public entities, boards and ministries lies within the possibilities. The same applies when it comes to cooperation between health insurers on CN and CAS islands, and when it comes to ICT, complaint handling and sport.

In addition, you may also be required to make certain contributions to projects, and address ad hoc activities and lend a helping hand wherever necessary within your domain.


  • You will monitor and develop policy in the field of Care/ ZJCN services, while taking into account laws and regulations, procedures, quality norms, instructions and methods   (investigate, conceive, present, implement within projects);
  • You will work on policy-related projects initiated by the MT;
  • You will ensure content-related coordination, cooperate with external (chain) organisations and explain the policy;
  • You will offer support when preparing for information sessions/consultations within the policy-making process;
  • You will identify trends and risks in due time;
  • You will advise the MT of the ZJCN board - specifically the Head of Care - about issues concerning the various organisational objectives or trends within society/the chain;
  • You must be able to fully and autonomously compile and manage a dossier.

The organisation

Caribbean Netherlands Youth and Care (ZJCN) is part of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) and is responsible for healthcare and youth care in the Caribbean Netherlands. Unlike the European Netherlands, ZJCN (VWS) is also responsible for health insurance and youth care in the Caribbean Netherlands. This means the program directorate of ZJCN is not only responsible for policy and legislation, but also for the execution side of things. The ZJCN program directorate is also the point of contact at VWS for Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten, as well as for other ministries.


  • Administrative sensitivity;
  • Organisational sensitivity;
  • Networking;
  • Situation awareness;
  • Flexible;
  • Collaboration skills;
  • Planning and organizing
  • Creativity.

Job requirements

  • You must have academic qualifications; at least an HBO+ diploma;
  • You must be able to offer insights into complex issues and devise creative solutions;
  • You must have a good understanding of political/administrative matters in the Caribbean and European Netherlands;
  • You must be able to work effectively with parties at various levels within and outside the government;
  • You must be able to effectively build and use a network;
  • You must be able to clearly and convincingly communicate in Dutch, in written and spoken form;
  • You must have an affinity with Caribbean-related issues in an ever changing context;
  • You must have sufficient command of English and Papiamentu, and be open to fully mastering the languages as soon as possible.

We offer

  • Appointment in accordance with the Rechtspositiebesluit ambtenaren BES (BES legal status decree for civil servants);
  • A competitive salary, initial salary scale 10 and job salary scale 11 between a minimum of USD 2,967 and USD 4,460 per month based on a work week of 36 hours. A pay grade based on knowledge, experience and training;
  • Holiday bonus (8.33% of remuneration);
  • A 13th month (8.33% of remuneration, with a minimum gross amount of $ 1,750);
  • A pension scheme with Pensioenfonds Caribisch Nederland (PCN);
  • 168 hours of leave based on a working week of 36 hours;
  • A temporary appointment for 1 or 2 years.


  • The procedure may include an assessment or test.

Appointment requirements

  • A Certificate of Good Conduct (VOG);
  • A medical examination to join the pension scheme;
  • Dutch citizenship.

Good to know for potential candidates outside the Caribbean Netherlands

  • The salary is in American dollars; the official currency of the Caribbean Netherlands;
  • The Caribbean Netherlands has its own tax legislation. Income above the tax-free sum ($ 12,198 in 2022) will be taxed at a payroll tax rate of 30.4%;
  • Participation in the pension scheme is compulsory, including the accompanying personal contribution;
  • You are or will become an inhabitant of the Caribbean Netherlands.

More information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:

Curvin George, Head of Care, telephone number +599 781 0214

Digital applications

You can send your Curriculum Vitae and cover letter to: vacature@rijksdienstCN.com