November 13, 20184997Views

The Department of Disaster Management invites applications for the post of Emergency Communications Officer.

Role Summary

The successful applicant will perform duties under the direction of the Emergency Communications Manager including installation, upgrade and maintenance of all early warning, meteorology, broadcast, seismic and network and communications systems to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of equipment, systems and users.

Main Responsibilities

  1. Be available for 24 hour call during times of disaster to carry out duties, including maintaining radio/weather watch and monitoring primary frequencies on portable radio assigned.
  2. Install, test and carry out restorative and routine maintenance on all early warning, broadcast, weather stations and telecommunications systems at the Department of Disaster Management and at remote locations operated under the Emergency Operations Programme to ensure effectiveness and efficiency.
  3. Maintain and upkeep of earthquake seismic stations in Anegada and Virgin Gorda with support from the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, including working in conjunction with the Puerto Rico Strong Motion Sensor Programme to install Seismic Sensors and provide maintenance to such equipment.
  4. Develop and maintain the standard operational procedures for the emergency response systems and participate in onsite training and demonstrations to ensure highly trained systems users.
  5. Develop and maintain a database of assigned tools, plant and test equipment for the Unit and schedule periodic testing activities to ensure that they are in full working order when required, making suggestions for new equipment as and when needed.
  6. Perform equipment modifications to systems as per upgrades recommended by manufacturers and provide technical assistance to departments/agencies in installing and maintaining equipment, making recommendations for improvements to maximize efficiency.
  7. Obtain feedback on equipment performance by ensuring the promotion of good relations with internal and external clients/customers.
  8. Acquire and distribute communication equipment as requested by the Emergency Communications Manager to ensure continuity of operations.
  9. Serve on the relevant National Disaster Management Council sub-committees.
  10. Instruct Annual VHF Radio Operator Courses as part of the Emergency Operations Programme.
  11. Conduct daily radio checks and monitor local, regional and international telecommunications networks.
  12. In emergency functions, the Communications Officer is under the supervision of the Emergency Communications Manager and will assist with the operations of the Early Warning System and Emergency Communications. Upon activation of the National Emergency Operation Centre, the Emergency Communications Officer becomes the Assistant Communications Officer and is required to perform specific responsibilities.
  13. Perform any other duties as required by the supervisor or senior officer in order to contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of the department.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications Technology/Management, Electronics Engineering or related field
  • Two (2) years’ experience in communications or related area
  • Experience in the field of Emergency Communications, Weather Observations and Weather Systems
  • Sound knowledge of the Government structure, policies and procedures
  • Sound knowledge of the use of standard office equipment and computer applications
  • Sound report writing skills
  • Sound knowledge of disaster management techniques and systems
  • Good interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Sound oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure
Application Deadline
  • 30th November, 2018
All applications for employment to the Public
Service, including applications for transfer
under the Employee Mobility Programme
must be submitted to the address provided
below by the job closing date.
Public Service Commission
c/o Department of Human Resources
Central Administration Complex
Road Town, Tortola VG 1110
British Virgin Islands
Or by email: [email protected]
Applicants should submit the Employment Application (available at:; a
Résumé/Curriculum Vitae of their relevant experience and qualifications; with two personal reference
letters; certified copies of identification, citizenship, and academic certifications/diplomas/licenses,
along with a police certificate from your place of residency.
Applying through the Employee Mobility Programme: Applicants interested in transferring to the
Public Service through the Employee Mobility Programme must submit the standard Employment
Application (see above) along with the Employee Mobility Application (available at: All sections of both forms must be thoroughly completed in order to
prevent delays in processing applications. For more information about the Employee Mobility
Programme, click
Important Notice: Qualified candidates who are considered for potential employment with the
Government of the Virgin Islands may be requested to provide further criminal history record
information. Evidence of a criminal conviction or other relevant information obtained shall not
automatically disqualify an individual from employment with the Government of the Virgin Islands.