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ON THE MARGIN---TUNAPUNA, SANDO WEST AND ST JOSEPH
Eastern Regional Health Authority
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The Eastern Regional Health Authority is seeking to recruit suitably quali ed and experienced professionals in the
The General Manager, Legal and Corporate Affairs is responsible for
providing Corporate Secretarial and Legal Services, managing the
provision of Administrative Services and exercising care and diligence in
the performance of all assigned responsibilities with the on-going
observance of the Board's standards, policies and procedures.
Skills and Abilities
The candidate should possess the ability to maintain effective working
relationships with a wide cross section of professional and
semi-professional staff. Additionally, the candidate should possess a
highly developed interpersonal and communication skills set.
- Possession of an LLB and LEC.
- A minimum of eight (8) years experience at the Bar.
- Experience in Contract Law, Industrial Relations Law and Conveyance
- Corporate Secretarial Experience.
- Qualified Attorney at Law, authorized to practice in the Republic of
Occupational Safety & Health O cer
The Occupational Safety & Health Officer is responsible for providing
support in establishing and maintaining the highest standards of
Occupational Safety & Health in accordance with the ERHA's policies,
procedures and legislative requirements.
Minimum Training and Experience
- Degree in Occupational Safety & Health or Environmental
- A minimum of three (3) years experience as a Safety Officer.
- Level 3 National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health
(NEBOSH) / Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
- Any equivalent combination of training and experience.
Applications should be submitted with relevant certificates and two (2) testimonials
by June 01, 2015 to the :
General Manager, Human Resources
Eastern Regional Health Authority
De Freitas Building, Eastern Main Road
Sangre Grande, PO Box 4479
Phone: 691-5521/ 668-1105 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
General Manager-Legal & Corporate A airs
Minimum Training and Experience
Trinidad and Tobago.
Criminologist and principal at the Caribbean
Institute for Security and Public Safety (CISPS) Ian
Ramdhanie is not surprised that people have little
confidence in government s ability to solve crime
He was speaking in response to the findings of a
poll commissioned by Guardian Media Lim-
ited, in the three marginal constituencies
of St Joseph, Tunapuna and San Fernando
West in the lead up to the 2015 general elec-
Based on the findings of the poll done
by Louis Bertrand of H.H.B. & Associates,
crime and corruption were top issues raised
by constituents who felt neither the PNM
nor the PP had the ability to seriously deal
Asked what this says about T&T's political
system and the population, Ramdhanie said
because T&T was a small nation, it was
easier for corruption to flourish.
"The small size of the country contributes
to the problem in solving corruption. Many
people and organizations involved in business
transactions know each other. Corruption
involves a massive web of interconnections
that many persons don't even realise. Very
often, political parties benefit from finances
from the business sector. And, as expected,
they must be repaid for their investments
in political parties. So, the government that
be, has to find ways of giving back to them,"
To stamp out corruption, Ramdhanie said
election campaign financing legislation was
desperately needed. If this is not done,
Ramdhanie said people will continue to lose
confidence in the State institutions and the
" Do we still even wonder why we are
not having campaign finance legislation?
There is the need for the authorities such
as the police, Director of Public Prosecutions,
Financial Intelligent Unit, Central Tenders
Board, Central Authority, and audit com-
mittees in all statutory bodies and ministries
to do what they were hired to do. If they
can't or wouldn't, they should leave or try
to fix the problem," Ramdhanie said.
Asking which political party was willing
to bring whistle blower legislation, Ramd-
hanie said: "Why hasn't a Trini version of
Wikileaks been established here yet? Why
have the NGOs gone silent here?"
With regard to crime, Ramdhanie said
even though it is expected that lower levels
of crime will reduce the fear of crime, this
is not always the case.
"While the statistics may suggest a
decrease in many of the serious crimes, the
nature of the one crime that has been trou-
bling this country for many years, that is,
murder, has contributed to the high fear of
crime by persons across the board.
No faith in corruption fight
One of the long-standing issues contributing
to corruption and the perception of corruption in
T&T has been public procurement, through which
the Government and state-owned enterprises
buy goods and services from companies and
The Public Procurement and Disposal of
Property Bill 2010 and the National Tenders
Board Bill 1997 were laid in Parliament on June
A Joint Select Committee was appointed to
consider and report on legislative proposals to
provide for public procurement and disposal of
public property and on the repeal and
replacement of the Central Tenders Board Act.
The committee completed its mandate over
the course of two (2) years and a final report
comprising recommendations to guide the
drafting of the legislation and the
implementation of policy initiatives for the
reform of the public procurement system in
Trinidad and Tobago was presented to both
houses in June, 2012.
The bill has taken nearly five years to wind its
way through Parliament and was eventually
approved by both house in January. It is awaiting
proclamation by President Anthony Carmona,
according to the Parliament's website.
The legislation is meant to ensure that public
procurement is underaken in accordance with
the principles of good governance, namely
accountability, transparency, integrity and value
It also establishes the Office of Procurement
Regulation, the repeal of the Central Tenders
Board Act, Chap. 71:91 and related matters.
Since the passage of the legislation, a
Procurement Implementation Steering
Committee consisting of representatives of
various Government Ministries has been
working to manage the Act's implementation.
Government also established an oversight
committee comprising representatives from civil
society organisations as well as experts in areas
such as project financing, project management,
engineering and construction and public sector
service to supervise the operations and activities
of the Procurement Implementation Steering
The oversight committee's members are:
• Timothy Hamel Smith (Chairman)
Senior Partner, M. Hamel Smith & Co.
• Victor Hart
Trinidad and Tobago Extractive Industries
• Winston Riley
Private Sector Civil Society Group
• Reynold Cooper
Former Head of the Public Service
• Vishnu Dhanpaul
PS Ministry of Finance and the Economy
• Indrani Rampersad
Former Director of Contracts, Central Tenders
• Omar Daniel
CEO, M&M Insurance Broking Services
Former GM, Trinidad Engineering Limited
• Curtis Williams
• Ravi Suryadevara
• VP & Director, AMCHAM
PERCEPTION OF CORRUPTION
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