The successful applicant will perform all the duties of the Clerk as outlined in the Standing Orders of the House of Assembly and the Constitution of the Virgin Islands to support the achievement of Departmental objectives.
- Co-ordinate all official functions of the House of Assembly including Official Funerals, Friendship Day and the arrangement of programmes for visiting Parliamentarians and the hosting of official guests to ensure the smooth running of each event.
- Serve as Accounting Officer for the Department.
- Prepare and manage the Department’s Annual Budget.
- Ensure the preparation and submission of performance planning and appraisal report for all staff.
- Manage the Office of the House of Assembly including supervising, training and disciplining staff to ensure the well-functioning and efficient use of resources and that Member’s administrative needs are being met by Departmental Staff.
- Oversee the maintenance and upkeep of all Buildings, grounds, equipment and vehicles belonging to the Office of the House of Assembly to ensure a professional appearance and well-functioning work environment.
- Manage and coordinate all arrangements for the holding of Sittings and other meetings and Official Functions, and conduct the House’s business in accordance with the Constitution and Standing Orders.
- Advise the Speaker on matters relating to the interpretation of the Standing Orders and procedure in the House and advise Members on the Speaker’s ruling of the appropriateness of matters submitted for inclusion on the Order Paper to ensure correct procedures are followed and understood by all parties.
- Manage and prepare for each Sitting an Order Paper containing the business for that Sitting and ensure its dispatch along with all relevant documents to Members not less than three (3) clear days before the House meets to ensure meetings are correctly prepared and called and all attendees notified accordingly.
- Advise the Speaker on financial matters relating to the House of Assembly’s budget in accordance with the Public Finance Management Act, 2004 and the Public Finance Management Regulations, 2005, and any other relevant Financial Regulations.
- Record and prepare the Minutes of Proceedings of the House and of the Committees of the whole House, to ensure accurate records are prepared in a professional and timely manner and that Minutes are circulated to the Members within the time specified in the Standing Orders.
- Maintain custody of all votes, records, Bills and other documents laid before the House and present such Bills to the Governor for his Assent. Record all amendments to Bills made during the Committee Stage, process all legislation passed in the House, including verifying accuracy of Bills once returned from the Attorney General’s Chambers, and ensure their timely publication in the British Virgin Islands Official Gazette.
- Serve as Secretary to BVI Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, accompany and advise the Chairman and Members on matters in connection with the Association and serve as Secretary to Select Committees to ensure the policies and procedures outlined in the Standing Orders are followed accordingly.
- Coordinate the deliberations of the annual Standing Finance Committee and ensure the timely presentation of the Report for Budget Debate. Prepare the Department’s annual budget for management information purposes.
- Identify job specific and environmental factors and develop, where applicable, implement and promote the health and safety policies. Mitigate and minimise workplace hazards.
- Perform any other duties that may be assigned by the by Permanent Secretary DGO or the Deputy Governor in order to contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of the Department.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Public Administration or a related field
- Eight (8) years’ experience in a senior administrative capacity
- Certificate in Parliamentary Procedures and Administration
- Expert knowledge of the Government structure, policies and procedures
- Expert knowledge of the Constitution of the British Virgin Islands
- Expert knowledge of the Standing Orders of the House of Assembly, other related legislation and the Erskine May Parliamentary Procedure and Practice
- Sound knowledge of Government’s budget and accounting procedures
- Skilled in taking and recording minutes of meetings
- Sound supervisory and management skills
- Sound oral and written communication skills
- Sound knowledge of the use of standard office equipment and computer applications
- Good interpersonal and organisational skills