HR Manager

Saba is an island in the Caribbean and a special municipality (public entity) of The Netherlands. The island is known for its beautiful scenery and diving. Mount Scenery, at 887 meters high, is the highest point in the Dutch Kingdom. Saba, including Green Island, became a special municipality after the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles on October 10, 2010. The island is fivesquare miles and has approximately 1900 inhabitants. There are four main villages: The Bottom (the capital), Windwardside, St. John’s, and Hell’s Gate.


Organizational profile

The Island Government of Saba is known for its stability. This consists of a good relationship with The Netherlands and ensures that results are achieved in the various domain areas. In the organization employees work together towards the advancement of the island. Our colleagues work in infrastructure (airport, harbor, water management), public works, planning, garbage collection and processing, tourism, social development, public health, agriculture, HRM, ICT, finance, communications, census, legal affairs, and other various policy areas. In total there are 193 employees.

The Island Government of Saba is working towards more self-sufficient and economic development, with a focus on sustainability, accessibility, poverty eradication, and improving the quality of life on the island. In the past the government has worked on projects such as the renovation of the airport, garbage recycling, promoting a healthy lifestyle, improving social services, training and education of civil servants in project management and policy writing.

This is a work in progress, as there is still much to do and achieve. Other projects that are currently being worked on are the following: the building of a new harbor, a school complex, marketing of eco-tourism, nature conservation, agriculture, organizational development, training and coaching of personnel and further development of the organization.


Team profile

The public Entity Saba in growing. The HR Manager provides guidance and leadership to the HR team and works closely with the Island Secretary, legal affairs, finance, and ICT.

Employees are of decisive importance in the continued development of the Saba. This requires leadership, strategic personnel planning, development of talents and the promotion of vitality amongst the civil servants. A manager is sought who will provide leadership to the HRM team and further expands HRM policy. Together with the management of the organization you are responsible for investing in the personnel, talent development, organizational development, keeping the personnel policy up to date and the introduction and execution of new HR methods and instruments. You also negotiate new developments within management and act as a sounding board and discussion partner.


Some important HR assignments for the near future are:

  • Implementing talent management
  • Introduce new steps in learning and development of civil servants, training and education
  • Implementing performance management
  • HR team development
  • Organizational development
  • Digitalization


The function

In the function of HR Manager you need to be flexible between roles. You provide leadership to the team and work along with other departments. You have good communication skills, and easily establish contact and rapport with people from different backgrounds. You have an eye for detail without losing sight of the larger picture. You are industrious, hands-on, communicative and empathetic, decisive, and flexible. You recognize the wants and needs of management and proactively translates these into concrete proposals and advice.



  • You have at minimum a bachelor’s degree in the field of HRM/Personnel and Labor or equivalent;
  • You have least 5 years relevant and progressive experience in the HRM field;
  • Fluent in English and Dutch;
  • Knowledge of labor laws (Ambtenarenwet);
  • Strong conversation skills, coaching and mediation experience;
  • Can be consulted on strategic, tactical, and operational issues;
  • Working knowledge of MS Office, specifically Word, Teams, and Excel;
  • Project management is a plus;
  • Clear knowledge of ‘Rechtspositie ambtenaren BES’/the WMA, is a plus;



In order to perform the job successfully you must possess the following competencies:

  • Independent
  • Coaching skills
  • Communicative
  • Logical thinking
  • Team player
  • Goal-oriented
  • Analytical
  • Organizational focused


Please submit your application letter and CV in English by June 28, 2021.

Openbaar Lichaam Saba
Employment Type
Salary and benefits
Salary range min USD $3.832 - max USD $4.893 p.m.
US$3900 to US$4900 pm
Your Career Level
Early Career
Years Experience
At least Five (5) years'
Your Education Level
Bachelor's Degree|in Human Resources Management
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