Director of Public Works

Job Summary

Department: Ministry of Communications, Works and Labour

Salary: $74760- $74760

Grade: R7 - R7

Allowances: Telephone - EC$1,440 (taxable) Entertainment - EC$3,600 (non-taxable) Professional - EC$37,800 (taxable) Transport - EC$9,600 (non-taxable)

Deadline Date: Friday February 22, 2019

Days Left: 6

About the Job

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons to fill the post of Director of Public Works in the Ministry of Communication, Works and Labour in the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat.


The Government of Montserrat is presently leading on a comprehensive redevelopment programme in the North of the island, major projects involving infrastructural development, a major port development, geothermal, renewable energy, road construction and rehabilitation, asphalt production, materials testing laboratory, Plant Hire and Mechanical Services are envisaged.  The Director will play a central role in the realisation of these projects and perform essential leadership and management role to make a major, lasting impact on the island’s future.




The Director of Public Works is the Government of Montserrat’s principal advisor on technical matters relating to infrastructure development, and other projects/programmes (geothermal, renewable energy, road construction and rehabilitation, road maintenance, condition assessments and asset management, plant hire and mechanical services).  As the Technical Head of the Public Works Department, the successful applicant will advise on, plan, coordinate and control activities relating to the development and maintenance of physical infrastructure and other projects/programmes in the geothermal and energy sector, lead and manage the technical and mechanical operations of the Department on Montserrat.



  • As Technical Director, ensures that the Ministry obtains value for money in the use of resources allocated to the Ministry on all civil engineering works undertaken.

  • Advise the Minister and Permanent Secretary on strengthening the regulatory framework and processes for cost-effective infrastructure asset management.

  • Liaise with the Public Sector Reform Programme to develop appropriate career development arrangements for existing and future PWD staff.

  • Advise and assist the Permanent Secretary in restructuring the Ministry in support of Government’s public sector reform agenda.

  • To lead, manage and motivate teams of professional and highly technical staff to include project consultants.

  • To coordinate with GoM, DFID and other stakeholders in the design, funding and construction works required to improve the infrastructure of Montserrat.

  • Devise and implement training and development programmes for the technical staff thus improving the efficiency, effectiveness and competence of the Public Works Department (PWD) work force.

  • Draw up a five (5) year development plan, annual plan and budget, and within the year prioritises and reallocates available resources between work programmes.

  • Identify capital works projects and supervise the preparation of Project Concept Notes and Project Memoranda for submission to funding agencies via Ministry of Finance and Economic Management.

  • Lead on major infrastructure developments e.g. a new port, breakwater and marina, A1 Road project.

  • Advise the Government Minister, Permanent Secretary and client Ministries on technical matters relating to infrastructure development, and on programme and project management.

  • Manage building projects, development applications, plans and related matters ensuring high professional standards.

  • Review maintenance programmes and activities, and introduce cost-effective preventative maintenance regimes.  Oversee the collection of inventory data, condition assessments and develop estimates for backlog maintenance and routine maintenance of the road network, extend asset management principles across all sectors of the ministry.

  • Assume responsibility for road safety in conjunction with the Royal Montserrat Police Force.

  • Review estimates for minor works and produce departmental estimates for inclusion in the annual budget.

  • Participate on Statutory Boards as a technical adviser in addition to representing the Ministry at various meetings.

  • Advise the Minister and Permanent Secretary on implementation of the Ministry’s responsibilities with respect to health and safety, environmental management, and relevant regulations (including axle load controls).

  • Establish and supervise Quality Control procedures for all works.

  • Manage the direct labour organization within PWD, direct the activities of the Plant and Workshop Supervisors (include other main areas) and implement policies for change.

  • Ensure that all goods and services are procured in accordance with government procurement rules.

  • Oversee the selection and monitor the performance of external consultants and contractors engaged the design and/or construction of Ministry projects.




The applicant for the position of Director of PWD should: -


Education and Qualifications

  • Be educated to degree level in a construction related discipline. 

  • Undertaken post-graduate training in Construction or Project Management to a recognised international standard and preferably at the Masters Degree level.

  • It would be an asset if candidates have attained a professional qualification such as Chartered Engineer/Professional Engineer or a professional qualification in a related field.



  • Have at least ten (10) years varied Civil Engineering experience.  Five (5) of which should be in a senior management position and in the management of resources/infrastructural development sector.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the values associated with small communities.

  • Have the ability to work effectively and innovatively in a resource constrained environment.

  • Be able to demonstrate high levels of political awareness and ability to converse with local communities.

  • Be able to demonstrate a high level of computer literacy.

  • Experience in the use of CAD and knowledge of engineering software, project management programmes, Microsoft Word, and Excel.

  • Be able to demonstrate a high level of Project Management & Implementation skills.

  • Have excellent communication skills and analytical skills coupled with motivational competencies especially in team building techniques.

  • Fluent in English.


  • An excellent understanding of financial management and cost control systems.

  • Amply demonstrate the ability to manage change and conform to the highest tenets of leadership.




Basic Salary R7 - EC$74,760 per annum (taxable)


Allowances;   a) Telephone Allowance –   EC$1,440.00 per annum (taxable)

                     b) Entertainment –                  EC $3,600 per annum (non-taxable)

                     c) Professional –                 EC$37,800 per annum (taxable)

                     d) *Transport –                    EC$9,600 per annum (non-taxable) - *payable only if in possession of a motor vehicle.




Shortlisted candidates will be required during the selection process to;


Be interviewed by a Selection panel


Present face to face a written paper on a given technical scenario relating to the responsibilities of the post.


Demonstrate to the selection panel managerial and technical expertise within live/current circumstances.



The successful applicant will be engaged on a permanent or contractual basis.

If employed on a contract, a gratuity of 12.5% on the basic salary upon satisfactory completion of the contract is payable.



Application forms can be obtained from the Government of Montserrat’s website at (click on ‘Find a Government Job’)  or by contacting the Human Resource Management Unit, Brades, Montserrat by e-mail to or by telephone at (+664) 491-2365/2444 or by fax at (+664) 491-6234.  Certified copies of qualifications, as well as the names and letters of two referees must be submitted with your application.


Completed application forms must be returned to the Human Resource Management Unit either by email, or by fax or by ordinary mail. These should be addressed to the Chief Human Resources Officer, Human Resource Management Unit, Government Headquarters, Brades, Montserrat.  The deadline for the receipt of applications is Friday February 22, 2019.

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