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Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training
CONTRACT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
of Tertiary Education and Skills Training.
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DIRECTOR, FUNDING AND GRANTS ADMINISTRATION DIVISION
The Director, Funding and Grants Administration Division reports to the Permanent Secretary. The incumbent is required to
operate at a strategic level in the development and formulation of appropriate objectives, plans, policies and procedures for the
achievement of the Division's mission and vision with respect to the Government's Assistance for Tuition Expenses Programme.
tertiary education via: GATE, HELP, SRLF & USGLF.
Provides advice to the Minister and Permanent Secretary on matters relating to the tertiary level sector and environment; and on
Advises on viability strategies involving public/private sector ventures.
pertaining to the management of funding arrangements for the tertiary education sector.
Formulates and implements strategies relating to the development, operations and maintenance of the Ministry's GATE client base.
Serves as Chairperson of the Credit Committee.
of the participation rate in tertiary education.
Represents the Ministry at fora requiring in-depth knowledge of the Ministry's tertiary education outreach and proposals
Performs any other related duties as determined by the Minister and Permanent Secretary.
Training, Experience, Skills and Abilities:
Postgraduate degree in Business Administration or Education
Relevant specialised training and/or experience in some aspect of Public Sector Management
Extensive experience in strategic planning processes and functions with an appreciation of Public Sector Management issues
Practical knowledge of human resource development/management
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Should possess strong leadership qualities
Ability to network with all relevant stakeholders
Ability to disseminate information in a timely manner
APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED
The names and phone contacts of two (2)
Cover letters of applications should be duly
signed by applicants.
Applications should be documented and received in the
Ministry by Tuesday June 2, 2015 and addressed to:
THE PERMANENT SECRETARY
MINISTRY OF TERTIARY EDUCATION AND SKILLS
LEVELS 16-18, TOWER C
#1A WRIGHTSON ROAD, PORT OF SPAIN
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, W.I.
All applications would be treated
Unsuitable applications would not be
When three British schoolgirls trundled across
the Syrian border, when a pregnant 14-year-old ran
away from her Alpine home for the second time,
when a sheltered girl from the south of France booked
her first trip abroad---they were going to a place of
Only two of the approximately 600 Western girls
and young women who have joined extremists in
Syria are known to have made it out of the war zone.
By comparison, as many as 30 per cent of the male
foreign fighters have left or are on their way out,
according to figures from European governments
that monitor the returns.
In interviews, court documents and public
records, The Associated Press has compiled a
detailed picture of European girls and young women
who join extremists such as the Islamic State
group---a decision that is far more final than most
The girls are married off almost immediately.
With an estimated 20,000 foreign fighters---among
them 5,000 Euro-
peans---in Syria, there
is no shortage of men
looking for wives.
That number is
expected to double by
the end of the year.
Once among the
jihadis, the women
are not permitted to
travel without a male
chaperone or a group
of other women,
according to material
published by Islamic
State and researchers
who follow the group.
Otherwise, they risk
a lashing or worse.
who blog about their
lives under Islamic State tend to be chipper about
the experience, but reading between the lines of
an e-book of travel advice shows a life that will
be radically circumscribed, with limited electricity,
lack of even the most basic medicine, and practically
no autonomy. Women do not fight, researchers
say, despite Hunger Games-like promises.
"The lives of those teenage girls are very much
controlled," said Sara Khan, a British Muslim whose
group Inspire campaigns against the dangers of
The two exceptions to the rule of no return are
perhaps most revealing in the very paucity of
details about their journey---driving home how
murky life is behind the Islamic State curtain.
Sterlina Petalo is a Dutch teenager who converted
to Islam, and came to be known by the name
Aicha. She travelled to Syria in 2014 to marry a
Dutch jihadi fighter there and managed to return
months later--- apparently making her way to the
border with Turkey, where her mother reportedly
picked her up and brought her back to the Nether-
lands. Back home, she was immediately arrested
on suspicion of joining a terror organisation.
Her family, lawyers and prosecutors refuse to
discuss the case. She was released from custody
last November and has not been formally charged.
The second woman known to have made it out
of the grip of Islamic State reconsidered after just
a few weeks. The 25-year-old Briton, whom police
have not named, had taken her toddler son all the
way to Raqqa, the group s stronghold, when she
decided she had made a mistake and called home.
She made her way back into Turkey and her father
met her there. How she was able to travel the 250
kilometers (150 miles) from Raqqa to the Turkish
border city of Gaziantep is not clear. Back in Britain,
she was detained and is now free on bail pending
Without knowing how the two escaped, it is
difficult to say whether other girls and women
could follow their path out of Syria, said Joana
Cook, a researcher at King s College London who
studies the links between women and jihad.
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No exit for female jihadis,
Syria is one-way journey
This undated file image posted on a militant Web site in January, shows fighters
from Islamic State group, marching in Raqqa, Syria. AP PHOTO
European women who
blog about their lives
under Islamic State
tend to be chipper
about the experience,
but reading between
the lines of an e-book
of travel advice shows
a life that will be
with limited electricity,
lack of even the most
basic medicine, and
autonomy. Women do
not fight, researchers
say, despite Hunger
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