Vacancy Notice: Executive Director

Duty Station: Bridgetown,Barbados
Duration: Three years, Contract-based

Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), the regional trade and investment promotion agency, is seeking to fill the position of Executive Director. Headquartered in Barbados, with a sub-regional office in the Dominican Republic, Caribbean Export focuses on building a resilient private sector. It strives to optimise the trade potential of the region by supporting private sector development, attracting foreign investment, and building the capacity of regional business support organisations.

Caribbean Export works in 14 CARICOM countries and the Dominican Republic, and receives funding from its member countries, as well as regional and international donors/partners.


The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and will:

  • provide strategic leadership and direction of the Agency
  • coordinate all activities of the Agency in accordance with its strategic plan
  • build/maintain relationships with governments, international donors and other key stakeholders

In performing the functions above, the Executive Director will enable Caribbean Export to:

  • Enhance competitiveness and promote innovation in the private sector
  • Promote trade, and create export and investment opportunities
  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships for private sector development


The ideal candidate must be a critical thinker, possess exceptional leadership skills and the ability to manage through change. The candidate must have excellent communication and networking skills, be committed to the development of the private sector, and enhance cooperation with the wider Caribbean.


  • At least ten (10) years’ management and leadership experience
  • Substantive knowledge in areas of trade development, export and investment promotion
  • Postgraduate qualifications in Business, Economics, Social Sciences, International Studies or any other relevant area
  • Proven record of building strong partnerships, mobilising resources and delivering results
  • National of a CARIFORUM state
  • Fluent in English, knowledge of Spanish and/or French will be an asset


Interested and qualified candidates should review the detailed job description and submit applications to Caribbean Export via email to: by 11:59 PM (AST) on Thursday 28th March 2024. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted to continue the recruitment process.

Applications must include the following documents, in English:

  • CV (including detailed description of qualifications and work experience, and three references)
  • Motivation letter (maximum one page)
  • Scanned copy of passport biodata page and educational certificates

Note: The Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM), established in 1992, is a subgroup of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States to coordinate policy dialogue, cooperation and regional integration with the European Union. Caribbean Export serves fifteen CARIFORUM States, which include 14 independent CARICOM member countries and the Dominican Republic.

Personal information submitted to Caribbean Export for this recruitment will follow our Personal Data and Protection policy.

Further information on Caribbean Export is available at:

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