Chief Labour Officer in Nevis retires, takes up new post

Gary Liburd
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By Monique Washington 

The Chief Labour Officer in Nevis, Gary Liburd, has officially retired from his post, and has taken up a new role at the St Kitts and Nevis Social Security Board in Nevis as Head Manager.

The Observer understands that Vernal Powell, who served as the Assistant Director of the Nevis Branch of St. Christopher and Nevis Social Security Board since 1992, has retired.

Premier of Nevis Mark Brantley had previously revealed Liburd’s retirement, describing it as “bittersweet”.

“I would like to announce the retirement of Gary Liburd from the post of Chief Labour Officer, effective 30 September. He would have served a long career, dating back to 1992. He will be taking up the reins as Head Manager here at the Social Security Board on the island of Nevis.”

Brantley extended congratulations to Liburd, noting that “it is an excellent opportunity for him as a young individual, and we wish him all the best”.

Meanwhile, the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) has begun seeking qualified persons to fill the role of Chief Labour Officer.

The main duties of the Chief Labour Officer include:

Advise the government regarding the advancement of industrial relations as well as general labour matters;

In consultation with senior officers – Plan, direct and control the administration;

Enforce the provisions of the Law and regulating the safety, health and welfare in places of employment;

Encourage compliance with the provisions of the Laws regulating terms and conditions of employment, and to occupational safety, health and welfare;

Assist in ensuring improving standards of working conditions and best practices; Report on the administration of the Law relating to occupational safety, health and welfare, amongst other duties.

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Public policy, Business Administration,  Human Resource Management, or any other related field.

Applicants should also have a minimum of five years’ experience in a managerial/supervisory role, be confidential, impartial, considerate, dependable and self-directed, and skilled at research, analysis, documentation, recommendation and presentation.

Interested persons should send a letter of interest, résumé and certificates of qualification to Dr Ernie Stapleton,  Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communication et al., NIA Administration Building.

The deadline for application is October 29

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