The Nature and Environment Policy Plan (NEPP) is a ten-year programme that provides an integrated framework addressing responsibility, policy targets, and legal obligations related to managing the natural environment in the Dutch Caribbean islands of Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius (BES). NEPP aims to create a resilient and healthy natural environment where precious species and ecosystems are conserved. At the same time, socioeconomic development, including sustainable agriculture, should be supported, and the cultural identity of the islands maintained. NEPP lists four overarching strategic goals:
Sint Eustatius has established an implementation agenda where the goals and actions of the NEPP have been defined in a SMART manner. Several goals are identified and milestones must be met and coordinated with stakeholders locally and nationally. Sub-programmes and projects within the implementation plan of NEPP, such as the land restoration integral programme, are also part of the execution.
Within the land restoration programme, there are five pillars that the programme focuses on:
The fifth pillar, food safety and veterinary services, is essential for reaching the overall goals of the land restoration programme as agricultural development, particularly animal husbandry, is dependent on it. Your task as project leader in food safety and veterinary services will be to ensure that the objectives under this pillar are met in 2024. Firstly, the slaughterhouse needs to be renovated. For this renovation, the expected capacity of the slaughterhouse after the professionalisation of animal husbandry must be considered. Secondly, a proposal must be written on how veterinary affairs should be organised within the public service of Sint Eustatius, and based on the decision of the Government of St. Eustatius, this reorganisation must be implemented. Thirdly, protocols must be established on the import and export of animals and animal products, diseases, and zoonoses.
To achieve the objectives of this project, you will be expected to include and work with relevant parties and experts. Knowledge of, or experience in, the agricultural sector - especially animal husbandry - is essential. To understand veterinary affairs, you are expected to work closely with the official veterinarian of the Government of Sint Eustatius. As a project leader, you will be hands-on and have a good sense of organisation and responsibilities. You are expected to work in a structured way, to write and organise the project plans for the renovation of the slaughterhouse, reorganisation of the veterinary services, and the development of protocols.
You report to the Programme Manager, NEPP and the Director of ENI, and the Steering Group, Land and Water Restoration. The Steering Group’s members are representatives of the Government of Sint Eustatius and various ministries from the European Netherlands.
- Accurate, resourceful, proactive, decisive, and hands-on mentality;
Efficient in time management
- Focus on results;
- Connecting leadership;
- Good written and oral skills in English and Dutch.
The position is temporary until 15 January 2025. The Salary is $3,922.38 - $5,784.16 gross per month, at a 39.5-hour work week and is dependent on qualification and experience.
Vac. 23-2022 | 39.5 hour | bachelor’s degree | temporary position until 15 January 2025 |
The deadline for the receipt of applications is Friday 2 June 2023.
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