Working for British High Commission Bridgetown

Working at the British High Commission offers a unique and rewarding opportunity to grow professionally while collaborating with a talented group of individuals.

Eligibility Requirements:

We occasionally have employment opportunities that may appeal to a wide range of qualified candidates of any nationality, with experience and an interest in our work. Candidates must have independent status to work and reside in Barbados.

This either requires the individual to be a citizen, have permanent residence, or to be in possession of a valid work permit. Past opportunities have included roles in administrative areas, trade and investment, and consular services.

Staff recruited locally by the British High Commission in Bridgetown are subject to terms and conditions of service according to local Barbados employment law.

Employee Benefits

Our employee benefits for local staff generally fall between the 40th - 60th percentile of the market. Full medical, dental and vision insurance is provided, along with and established contributory pension plan and other benefits.

Job Applications

Specific opportunities now available are listed below under current vacancies below.

Vacancies will also be advertised from time to time in the local press (Nation & Advocate newspapers). There is open competition for all positions advertised.

Current Vacancies

Vacancy for Part Time Executive Director - British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce

The British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce is seeking a dynamic, entrepreneurial individual with a minimum of three years business experience to become Executive Director of the Caribbean Chamber of Commerce.

The UK is the number one foreign investor in the St Lucia and the main market for St Lucian products overseas. The main purpose of the Executive Director role is support to recruit and retain Chamber members, offer a high quality service to existing members, run frequent events and work with the Chamber’s advisory board on advocacy for the British business community in St Lucia.

The successful candidate will take responsibility for establishing and delivering day to day outreach priorities; creating and managing events and budgets; and building appropriate contacts. A flexible, creative and entrepreneurial approach is essential. The successful candidate will need to utilise the full range of communication channels to deliver messages in support of the Chamber’s members.

Minimum Experience/Qualifications:

  • Three years related experience; sound and in depth knowledge of the business environment in St Lucia;
  • Familiarity with the media, both traditional and web-based;
  • Track record of successful delivery of events through co-ordinating work of diverse teams;
  • Reliable, capable under pressure, an excellent communicator orally and in writing, and with a good understanding of the challenges and sensitivities of working on behalf of foreign investors;
  • Able to demonstrate a track record of contact making and engagement;
  • Able to demonstrate a track record of taking the initiative and problem solving;

Applications should be addressed to the British High Commission, Francis Compton Building, Waterfront, PO Box 227 Castries. Email: britishhcstlucia@gmail.com

Community Liaison Officer

Background

The British High Commission in Barbados is seeking a Community Liaison Officer (CLO) to provide support for UK-based diplomatic staff and their families in Barbados and St. Lucia. The Community Liaison Officer will advocate and provide support to these staff on community issues. Reporting to the Deputy High Commissioner, this position will focus primarily in the areas of information gathering, welfare, and communication, with an emphasis on providing support and information to newcomers before and after arrival at post.

This is a part-time position, working 20 hours per week, on a 12-month contract.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Serve as the first point of contact for UK-based staff, offering support throughout a posting by providing information, pre arrival advice, welcoming officers upon arrival to post and facilitating their integration into the Post community
  • Work closely with Corporate Services colleagues (including Estates) to ensure the smooth transition of families to their new posting.
  • Offer support on a variety of issues, and maintain an open door policy for questions, problems, and difficulties.
  • Gather, maintain, and disseminate information regarding arrival to post, every day amenities and facilities, support services, spouse/partner employment at post, children’s education, and other matters.
  • Advocate on behalf of UK-based staff and dependents by addressing issues of importance (i.e. health & welfare) with post authorities & UK-based services, acting as a representative on various post committees, and acting as the chief link between Post and the DSFA in London.
  • Communicate social & community matters by holding regular face-to-face meetings, updating and monitoring the CLO Bridgetown & Castries Facebook page, creating and sending a community publication, and coordinating various community events (i.e. Sport Relief, Independence Day, Christmas events, charity events, competitions)
  • Provide accurate and timely reporting on a number of issues, including the Post Report and Fact Sheet, Cost of Living Allowances (COLA), Spouse and Partner employment survey, school information sheets, post information on DSFA websites, and domestic float inventory.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Strong listening skills
  • Proficiency in IT applications, including Microsoft Office Suite
  • Comprehensive awareness and understanding of UK culture
  • Previous experience relocating to another country is desired
  • Ability to flex hours for community and operational needs as required

The British High Commission in Barbados offer a competitive benefits package, including generous annual leave, medical coverage, pension scheme, and learning and development opportunities. The target salary for this position is BD $2848 monthly. Salary will be confirmed upon offer of employment. Staff recruited locally by the British High Commission are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law.

Applications will be accepted until 19 April 2015. Click here to apply.