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February 15, 2019

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – Project Officer

Organization – Office of the National Authorising Officer for the EDF and EPA Implementation
Position – Project Officer
Location – St. Johns, ANTIGUA

About the Office
In 2002, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, supported by the European Commission, established a dedicated Office of the National Authorizing Officer (ONAO) for the implementation of all European Union (EU) projects and programmes.

The ONAO is responsible for ensuring the proper execution of European Development Fund (EDF) projects and programmes in Antigua and Barbuda, through the preparation and submission of project and programme documentation for approval by the EU; launch and finalization of tenders; and the coordination, monitoring and assessment of projects and programmes.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The ONAO is currently mobilizing funding for the 11th EDF National Indicative Programme (NIP) and is seeking to employ a Project Officer on a short-term contractual basis, to assist with the functions as outlined below. The contract of employment will be for 9 (nine) months in the first instance, with an opportunity for renewal based on performance.

Responsibilities of the Project Officer will include the following:
• Monitor the focal sector project including participation in project meetings;
• Provide monthly status reports on the focal sector project;
• Coordinate and monitor all activities under 11th EDF Non-State Actor programme;
• Coordinate and monitor implementation of activities under the Technical Cooperation Facility (TCF);
• Report on activities of the TCF inclusive of expenditure reports;
• Liaise with the Government Ministries and European Union Delegation on matters relating to the implementation of the focal sector project and TCF activities;
• Coordinate national visibility activities for 11th EDF projects and programmes, including the hosting of seminars and related actions;
• Coordinate and monitor specified components of an operating grant for the Office of the NAO;
• Disseminate information on EU calls for proposals to the relevant Government Ministries and civil society organizations and facilitate the application process where necessary;
• Monitor the implementation of the Caribbean Regional Indicative Programme (CRIP) with a view to capitalizing on opportunities for Antigua and Barbuda;
• Provide support to the Regional Authorising Officer for the implementation of projects/programmes of the CRIP implemented at the national level; and
• Participate in CARIFORUM meetings as required.

QUALIFICATIONS
Education and Skills Requirements:
1. Post Graduate degree in Business, Public Administration, International Relations or a related field;
2. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
3. Minimum 3 (three) years of experience in project management;
4. Minimum 6 (six) years of general professional experience after the University degree;
5. Computer literacy and competency in Microsoft productivity tools (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint);
6. Open minded, team oriented, a willingness and capability to learn;
7. Strong analytical and problem-solving capacity as well as a structured communication capability;
8. Proven capacity to work effectively with multiple stakeholders at various levels; and
9. Medically fit to perform the required duties.

The following will be considered an asset:
1. Working knowledge of the public sector landscape;
2. Fluency in French or Spanish, both written and spoken;
3. Experience in public financial management, trade policy, or private sector development; and
4. Experience working with international donor agencies.

Interested and qualified persons should submit an application, including a cover letter and CV, to the National Authorising Officer at nao@candw.ag by Wednesday, 13th March, 2019.

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