11th EDF – Caribbean Regional Indicative Programme –


Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) is one component of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Programme entitled, “Support to CARIFORUM States in Furthering the Implementation of their Economic Partnership Agreement Commitments and in Meaningfully Reaping the Benefits of the Agreement”.

The overall objective of the 11th EDF EPA Programme is to contribute to the integration of the CARIFORUM into the world economy. The Programme’s specific objective is to facilitate the effective operation of the EPA. In line with these programme objectives, the overall objective of the TBT component is to “increase the use of internationally recognised Regional Quality Infrastructure (RQI) by the regional and national quality institutions and by the private sector.”

By utilising the available RQI the expected result is that stakeholders in key economic sectors will have been supported to solve their quality related challenges thereby improving intra and extra-regional trade of CARIFORUM goods. It is also expected that the region’s access to international markets will be increased thereby increasing the international competitiveness and sustainable production of goods and services within CARIFORUM States.

Under the 11th EDF Programme, a dedicated Project Implementation Unit (PIU) has been established which coordinates and administers the implementation of the TBT component of the Programme. Under the programme, funding to support the hiring of a Technical Officer Metrology (TOM) at CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) has been allocated for a remaining contract period of 30 months, with duty station at the CROSQ Secretariat, Barbados.

General Functions

The main responsibility of the TOM will be to coordinate and assure the implementation of the metrology activities of the project. In addition, the TOM will assist in the development and coordination of scientific, legal and industrial metrology, serves as the Technical Officer and Secretariat for CARIMET and develops activities, including regulations and capacity building, that contributes to the project objective.

Specific Functions

  • Supporting CARIMET Committee of CROSQ as technical and secretarial support, in developing the regional strategic plan for Metrology and driving its implementation throughout CARIFORUM.
  • Communicating with Member States and INDOCAL and with industry on behalf of CARIMET to arrive at consensus on metrology specifications.
  • Ensuring appropriate alignment of stakeholder requirements and CROSQ/CARIMET/INDOCAL mandate in the execution of metrology work.
  • Supporting and working closely with projects to ensure that metrology-related needs are captured and retained for future use by CROSQ and INDOCAL.
  • Coordinating the dissemination and promulgation of metrology standards.
  • Monitoring and evaluating developments in metrology internationally and regionally, e.g., new calibration methods, test requirements; and reporting findings on the implications of such developments to the Chief Executive Officer, CARIMET Chair and other parties who may be affected.
  • Support the TIG Metrology in the development of the Technical Annual Operational Plan (Can be independently the CARIMET or a joint Committee thereof depending on the TBT project needs)
  • Implement the activity-based monitoring for the component “Metrology”.
  • Provide monitoring data and regular progress reports on the project component “Metrology” to the Project Coordinator CROSQ.
  • Presenting and representing CROSQ initiatives to industry groups and Member States; participating in awareness-raising activities related to metrology.
  • Representing CROSQ/INDOCAL/region at metrology fora as needed.
  • Serving as the focal point for metrology-related information gathering, storage and dissemination, including uploading of documents on the Group Office.
  • Preparing technical reports, manuals and other related documentation.
  • Submitting monthly reports to the Chief Executive Officer and CARIMET Chair summarizing the status of the metrology activities.
  • Coordinate activities with other Technical Officers as required; and
  • Performing duties related to the project as delegated by the Chief Executive Officer.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements

Education and Experience


  • University degree in Natural Sciences, Applied Sciences, Engineering or similar discipline.
  • Knowledge of relevant international Metrology standards
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in Metrology.
  • Experience in Project Management.

Key Competencies

  • Certification in project management is an asset.
  • Computer literacy, with a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office including MS Project Management.
  • Excellent verbal and written English; working knowledge of another regional language, in particular Spanish, is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Quality Assurance, Standardisation, Conformity Assessment, Certification and Accreditation is an asset.
  • Good organization and priority management skills.
  • Excellent science-based research, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work with direction as well as take initiative to move projects forward.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with groups of diverse individuals.
  • Excellent leadership and conflict resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail in analysis and written reports.

Reporting Relationship: Chief Executive Officer

Positions Supervised: None


An electronic copy of the application for the post of Technical Officer Metrology must be received at the email address below no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday January 11, 2021. The burden of proving receipt of the e-mail will be on the applicant and will not be met solely by a read receipt or sent items report generated by the applicant’s computer. The e-mail containing each submission should include the name and address of the applicant.  The subject line shall be clearly marked “Application – Technical Officer Metrology”.

The CROSQ reserves the right to accept or reject late applications and it will not be bound to inform or assign any reason for not engaging the services of any applicant.


Mr. Terry Hutchinson, MSc, PMP
Project Coordinator, 11th EDF – EPA – TBT Component
CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ)
2nd Floor Baobab Towers
St. Michael | BB22026