We’re Looking for an International Commissioner

To Apply

Written applications, along with a C.V. should be submitted via e-mail to: [email protected]

DEADLINE: April 15, 2022

Role Outline: International Commissioner

The purpose of the role is to lead the Association’s engagement with international and regional partners. The incumbent promotes relationships and experience exchange at both the Interamerican and World levels advancing ScoutsTT’s positions and developing friendships with organisations and their representatives. The position is also responsible for promoting international experiences within the Scout programme among local groups.

Reports to

National Scout Commissioner

Responsible for

International team, Contingent Leaders (as appointed)

Main Contacts

International Commissioners, Regional Committee and Office staff members, District Commissioners, other national level volunteers

Main Responsibilities

  • Serve as the focal point for international affairs within the Association
  • Maintain relationships with staff of the Interamerican Support Centre and members of the Regional Committee
  • Develop and maintain relationships with International Commissioners, Chief Commissioners and other representatives of other National Scout Organisations particularly those of the Caribbean Area.
  • Serve as Primary Point of Contact for visiting scout personnel, foreign international commissioners on scout matters
  • Promote involvement of local scouts in exchanges abroad, participation in international scouting events and other aspects of international Scouting such as KISC and International Camp Staff among members locally
  • Assist in the management of selection processes for representative participation at international events
  • Lead an International Relations team to provide support to all aspects of International Scouting throughout the local movement and recommend volunteers to the NSC for membership of the team.
  • Together with the National Youth Commissioner manage and develop a pool of Youth Representatives capable of representing the Association at international fora when required
  • Oversee the selection process for Contingent Leaders and Contingent Management Teams to provide a recommendation for appointment of such personnel to the NSC.
  • Manage and support appointed contingent leaders
  • Build and maintain relations with embassies and other international agencies with shared interest with the Scout Movement to promote the development of Scouting locally

Appointment Requirements

Must complete the relevant training (NLC and Commissioner Training) within twelve (12) months of taking up the role.

Person Specification

Experience and Knowledge

  • An understanding of the structure of World Scouting (Essential)
  • A degree in International Relations or other relevant qualifications in this or similar fields
  • Track record of managing multiple tasks with strong planning and organisation skills
  • Experience in working with international organisations (Desirable)
  • Proficiency in Spanish or French (Desirable)


  • Ability to build personal relationships among persons of different cultures (Essential)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (Essential)
  • Strong negotiation skills (Desirable)

Personal Qualities

  • Positive and energetic attitude (Essential)
  • Persuasive and future-oriented
  • Flexible attitude in response to organisational change
  • Acceptance of the ideals, values and principles of the Scout Movement and POR of the Association

Role Description

The Role of the International Commissioner is based on three key deliverables:

International Relations

  • Represent the interest of ScoutsTT and World, Regional and Caribbean conferences and events
  • Cultivate contacts among other National Scout Organisations and world level officials
  • Serve as the national Point of Contact with foreign embassies, missions of Trinidad and Tobago abroad and other international organisations not based locally.
  • Work with National Youth Commissioner and HQC (Partnerships) to form and train a pool of Youth Representatives capable of representing the Association at international conferences and other fora.
  • Promote the participation of ScoutsTT volunteers or young people in World or Regional task forces and committees
  • Lead the selection process for Contingent Leaders and serve as line manager for those appointed.

Program Support

  • Provide guidance on inclusion of International Scouting to interested Groups and other subdivisions
  • Assist the Programme Team in the introduction/promotion of World Programmes
  • Promote upcoming Jamboree and Moots among membership
  • Promote international scouting programs such as KISC camp staff, BSA’s International Camp Staff program and any other
  • Promote and facilitate exchanges/twining activities between local and foreign groups
  • Review all requests for camping abroad to ensure any ScoutsTT group/unit travelling abroad is appropriately prepared and all relevant Scouting and other authorities are appropriately notified

Strategic Engagements

  • Build partnerships with international donor agencies, in collaboration with the HQC (Partnerships) to source support for advancing the development of Scouting locally