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12 Jun 2019

Vacancy for Head, Human & Social Cluster, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)

Closing Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2019

Apply for job here: https://oecs.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=33


Head, Human & Social Cluster

Human & Social Cluster – Castries, LC

Department Human & Social Cluster

Employment Type Permanent

Minimum Experience Senior Executive


Head, Human & Social Cluster

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an inter-governmental organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance between countries and dependencies in the Eastern Caribbean.



One of the key results of the OECS Commission’s organizational redesign in 2016 was the restructuring of the Social and Sustainable Development Division into an Environment and Sustainable Cluster (ESC) and a Human and Social Cluster (HSC). The ESC assumed responsibilities for matters related to oceans governance, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and sustainable energy, while the core functions of the HSC involved matters related to Education, Health and Social Development. The establishment of the HSC has provided the opportunity for closer collaboration among social sectors and a more holistic approach to the social development of citizens of the OECS.

The core mission of the HSC is to promote and support equity and social inclusion in the OECS.  This is achieved through a comprehensive and integrated work programme that encompasses policy and legislative reform, capacity building, knowledge sharing, and an overall improvement in service delivery.  The work includes: undertaking reviews, updates, amendments to establish laws; strengthening social protection; improving social safety net programmes; reducing child abuse; reforming the juvenile justice system; reducing domestic violence; improving the care for the more vulnerable including the elderly, disabled, poor and the youth; improving access to, and the quality of, services in education and health.


In executing its mandate, the HSC fosters a collaborative approach among key stakeholders in the OECS as well as with those in the wider Caribbean Community.  The work programme receives extensive support from development partners, including bilateral and multi-lateral agencies, through grant and technical assistance support for projects.  As such, a considerable amount of the work effort of the HSC involves resource mobilization, and a high level of collaboration with development partner representatives through the various phases of the project cycle.  Over the last three years, the annual budget of the HSC work programme has averaged over $17 million.



Under the direction of the Director General, the Head, Human & Social Cluster (HSC) will be accountable for developing and leading the Human and Social Development strategy for the Commission. The Cluster consists of Social Development; Educational Development and Health.



Develop and implement a Human & Social Development strategy aligned to the Revised Treaty of Basseterre to support the vision and mission of the Commission;

Build and manage strategic relationships across Member States to drive the priorities of the Commission and Revised Treaty of Basseterre;

Act as a key member of the Commissions Leadership Team to guide and drive the organization strategic priorities;

Recruit and engage talent to successfully deliver the work of the Cluster.

Lead, coach, develop and retain a team of high-performing senior managers with an emphasis on developing management capability, strategic planning and program budgeting;

Facilitate an environment of cooperation and collaboration among unit functions and the staff of the Human and Social Cluster; Create a brand for HSC;

Develop and implement the Clusters annual work-programme ensuring alignment to the overall HSC strategy;

Partner with key internal units and divisions to plan and implement the Clusters work-programme;  

Collaborate with Education, Health and Social Development partners at the national, and sub-regional levels to coordinate and implement strategies and plans for the advancement of development in the OECS Member States;

Assist the Director General with the programming, implementation and coordination of technical cooperation programmes, including project preparation, and preparation for project audits;

Apply results-based management approaches to effectively monitor and evaluate the use of resources within the Cluster;

Partner with HSC’s Leadership team and the Head of Development Cooperation and Resource

Mobilisation to drive efforts at mobilizing resource for the Clusters programme;

Support the delivery of change initiatives within the commission and provide support and encouragement to staff of the Cluster during change processes;

Assist in the development of policies and procedures to more effectively and efficiently deliver on the

Cluster’s mandate;



The ideal candidate should meet the following criteria:


Education and Training

The ideal candidate should have:

At least a Masters in degree in social policy, human development or related areas OR

Equivalent professional qualifications plus 10 years leadership with a proven track record in human and social development work.


Work Experience