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THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
MINISTRY OF ENERGY AND ENERGY AFFAIRS
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Communication Agency to support EITI implementation in Trinidad and Tobago
The TTEITI Steering Committee invites suitably quali ed Communication Agencies
to submit proposals to provide communications support over a one year period.
The Agency is required to provide services and play a pivotal role in Trinidad and
Tobago's ongoing EITI implementation in three areas: (a) EITI Report production,
(b) Communications and Public Awareness Campaigns and (c) Outreach Strategies.
All interested agencies are asked to submit their proposals by Friday 22nd May, 2015.
1. Production of a high quality EITI Report;
2. A communications strategy for a one year period;
3. A TTEITI Public Awareness Campaign;
4. Community outreach events in fence line communities and youth outreach events
5. A Social Media Strategy and the creation of appropriate content to be uploaded
on social media sites, including Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter etc;
6. Quarterly TTEITI e-newsletters, aimed at all stakeholders;
7. The publication of EITI related articles at strategic points by media outlets and
engaging these outlets in the publication of articles on the TTEITI's process;
8. Production of articles for publication in the print media or institutional newsletters
(from government and extractive industries);
9. Preparation of speeches and Q&As for TTEITI leadership in preparation for media
interviews (as needed).
1. 5-10 years' experience in the area of Communications including preparation of
2. A dedicated Key Account Manager that will be assigned to oversee TTEITI
3. Experience in managing communication and advocacy projects for not-for-pro t
4. Experience with stakeholder engagement with a range of stakeholders including
Government O cials and civil society organizations/community based organizations
and the general public ;
5. Knowledge and awareness of the EITI and the TTEITI as well as the extractive industries
in Trinidad and Tobago;
6. In-house capacity or demonstrated outsourcing capacity to undertake high volume
publication of reports;
7. Demonstrated capacity to produce high quality, creative and innovative communications
materials on various platforms;
8. Experience of working with (and good contacts with) media organizations and ability to
leverage coverage from those organizations;
All Interested agencies may access the complete Terms of Reference by visiting the
TTEITI website tteiti.org.tt or by contacting the TTEITI Secretariat at email@example.com
or at 623-6708 ext. 2787.
Firm's Quali cations:
Proposals should be addressed to:
Head Trinidad and Tobago EITI Secretariat
Level 15, Tower C International Waterfront Centre # 1 Wrightson Road
Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: +868-623-6708 ext 2787 / Fax: +868-625-0829
www.tteiti.org.tt / firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a sad story about 21-year-
old Wesley So. The youngest Grand-
master in the world has been dis-
qualified after nine rounds of the
US National Chess Championships,
apparently falling victim to a bitter
family dispute that now threatens
to derail his rising career.
The contention centres around
So s apparent decision to abandon
his chess scholarship studies at Web-
ster University, St Louis, to pursue
a full time professional career in the
sport. The number eighth player in
the world rankings, So took this step
after he won the $100,000 first prize
in the inaugural Millionaire Chess
Open in Las Vegas last year.
It seems, however, that the young
Filipino chess star did not bargain
for the fierce quarrel this decision
would ignite between two sections
of his family.
On one side were his mother and
aunt who, together with his siblings,
had migrated to Canada several years
ago. On the other were his foster
parents, Lois Key and her husband,
Renato Kabigting, who
took him into their
home at Minnetonka,
Minnesota, after he
had left Webster Uni-
According to the
apparent scenario, So s
decision to drop out
of Webster only served
to aggravate the diffi-
cult relations he has had with his mother since
As Lois Key tells it, So s mother and aunt came
to St Louis and contacted So minutes after his
arrival at a hotel.
Key said they began, "in strident encounters
over the course of several days to insist that he
return to college or face losing complete contact
with his family including his sisters."
At one point, Key recalled, So s mother and
aunt confronted him outside the chess club after
his game, trying to grab his arm and yelling at
him when he would not go with them to talk.
That scene led to an apology by So to the club
and a request that his mother and aunt be banned
from the tournament site.
The forfeit of So which "rocked the national
championship competition" was extensively
reported by the widely read Minnesota Star Trib-
une and became the subject of endless rumours
and blog postings.
They included a tale of what So s Minnetonka
family called "an ambush by his estranged mother
on the eve of the tournament, an incident that
created stress and distraction that threw him off
"There are personal problems in my family,"
So said after the forfeit. "Trying to fix them during
this tournament caused a lot of stress and tension.
It diverted a lot of energy from the board when
I should be focusing on my game."
DR believes that every serious chess player
would be in sympathy with the "plight" of the
young Grandmaster but the reason for his dis-
qualification from the US National Championships
can hardly be questioned, however unprecedented
it may be.
So was forfeited by arbiter Tony Rich for writing
notes to himself on his scoresheet during his game
with Varuzhan Akopian who complained about
it.Rich reported that So had declined to heed sev-
eral warning about the infringements.
DR is no psychiatrist but he cannot avoid won-
dering whether the family "warfare" swirling
about him was so troubling to the young and
ambitious chess star as to cause such a case of
defiance or disorientation.
The entire affair became even more complicated
with the response of Paul Truong, husband of
GM Susan Polgar whose Institute of Chess Excel-
lence was merged with Webster University in sub-
urban St Louis in 2012.
In reply to attacks in the media by So s foster
mother, Truong pointed out that So did not quit
the college to become a professional.
The truth is, he disclosed, So s chess scholarship
at Webster had been fully revoked last October
"for multiple team rule violations." And So s bio-
logical family had been duly informed about this.
Why then their big fuss over So s "decision"?
Why their insistence that he should return to
Webster? Why all the apparent mental agony on
the young GM s part?
DR believes the mystery of So s conduct, unbe-
coming of the status of a GM, may be solved by
Perhaps the scoresheets would have a clue; four
wins, one draw, three defeats by Nakamura, Sevian
Young GM loses in family storm
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