Calling all Caribbean Entrepreneurs!

Calling all Caribbean Entrepreneurs and their enablers!
The Secretary of State’s Office of Global Partnerships has partnered with Venture Hive to create a seven-week program focusing on providing support, engaging diaspora mentors and experts. And we need your nominations to help us track down the best and the brightest.
The program will focus on creating a solid foundation to scale, preparing for scaling through expansion or export, development of financing materials and preliminary due diligence documents, and utilizing international relationships and partnership for growth.

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The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) is a statutory body of the Government of Belize mandated to perform functions and duties related to:
1) Trade Development and Promotion
2) Investment Generation and Promotion
3) Enterprise Development and Facilitation
BELTRAIDE operates within the portfolio of the Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development, and Consumer Protection.
BELTRAIDE is seeking the services of a suitably qualified and experienced person for the post of General Manager, Trade & Investment Development Division.
I. Strategic Management
A. Strategic Planning
1. Liaise and collaborate with the other division of the organization and with other government agencies and departments to ensure organizational synergies, maximize resource management, and keep in line with the overall organization direction, vision and mission.
B. Monitoring & Evaluation
1. Annually and quarterly measure and evaluate division’s performance indicators and provide recommendations for continual improvements;
II. Programmatic Management
A. Investment and Trade Development and Promotion
1. Investment Development & Promotion: 1) New Industry Identification: work along with the management team (of both divisions) to identify, assess, and develop new areas of investment attraction; 2) New Investments Generation: work along with management team (of both divisions) to define and execute investment generation schemes;
2. Trade Promotion: Product/Service Promotion: to work along with the management team (of both divisions) to strategically and proactively promote Investment and Trade opportunities domestically and internationally;
III. General Management
A. Division Administration
1. Manage the overall daily division operations, and oversees division operating procedures including internal controls;
2. Continually improve technical policies and procedures to ensure effective and team-focused operations.
B. Division Project Management
1. Oversee the analysis, selection, planning, tracking and documentation, coordination and execution of all division projects from the project writing phase to project termination;
2. Be responsible for Grant Writing: direct and oversee the research of funding opportunities;
Keen knowledge of Belizean private and public sectors, business development process, tax and financial framework, investment and trade promotion and development, international development agencies, project management, time management, quality control management and HR management
Strong skills in leadership, mentoring, forwarding thinking, and problem-solving
The successful applicant must possess:
A minimum of a Master’s degree in Industrial Policy, Development Economics, International Business, Business Administration, Public Administration, or other a related field
Minimum of five (5) years management experience
Previous experience with managing staff, negotiating agreements, financial management, and managing stakeholder relationships
Other required experience include the ability to identify and implement best practices, work independently, think strategically, plan for the long-term success of the organization and effectively delegate tasks
An attractive package, commensurate with qualification and experience, is being offered.
Letters of Application are to be addressed to:
Michael Singh
Executive Chairman
Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE)
#14 Orchid Garden
City of Belmopan
a) Proof of educational qualification (copy of certificate of highest educational qualification to be attached to letter of application)
b) Proof of work experience along with two letters of reference, one of which should be from a most recent employer (to be attached to the Letter of Application)
c) Copy of a valid Belizean driver’s license
The closing date and time for the receipt of applications is 5:00 p.m. on Friday 31st October, 2014.


Vacancy Announcement for Host Family Coordinator (HFC)

United States Peace Corps in Belize

Basic Functions of the Position:

The Host Family Coordinator (HFC) is responsible for the general community outreach and oversight of Peace Corps Belize’s Volunteer home stay program. The Host Family Coordinator is tasked with the recruitment and orientation of safe and appropriate host families for Volunteers assigned in communities throughout Belize.

Qualifications – Education/Experience:

Associate degree and 5-7 years of relevant work experience in education, community outreach and organizing, business administration, tourism management or related field.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes:

  • Must possess strong cultural and geographic knowledge of Belize.
  • Ability to identify and respect differences and similarities between U.S. and local cultures.
  • Must have experience in community outreach.
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills and excellent negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Must have positive attitude and commit to a high standard of ethical and professional conduct.
  • Must be highly reliable, self-motivated, detail oriented and a quick learner.
  • Ability to work well independently and effectively as a member of a team.
  • Excellent logistics and planning skills.
  • Experience in providing orientation and training preferred.
  • Strong ability to communicate verbally and write effectively in English.
  • Must possess strong IT skills and demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office products including ease in using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated skills in database management.
  • Must have knowledge of file management practices and possess exceptional organizational skills.
  • Must possess Spanish fluency; knowledge of indigenous languages preferred.
  • Drive a standard (manual) transmission vehicle.
  • Experience and ease with long-distance driving.
  • Flexibility for overnight stays when required.
  • Knowledge of communities and rural villages throughout Belize.

Position Salary and Position Duration: Salary range is $34,000 to $41,000 and negotiable based on previous experience and qualifications. One-year contract renewable upon satisfactory performance.

Application Process/Deadline:

Must be a Belizean citizen or possess Belizean work visa in order to apply.

  • Submit resume with cover letter and two reference contacts’ information to or mail to P.O. Box 492, 6130 Iguana Avenue, Belmopan
  • The due date for applications is Friday August 3, 2012. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the Contracting Officer.
  • The successful applicant will be required to pass a thorough security background check. For a complete position description please send a request to

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