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The USAID Mission to the Eastern and Southern Caribbean is seeking an
individual for the position of Acquisition and Assistance Specialist. The
position is based in Bridgetown, Barbados.
The incumbent is expected to perform the full range of procurement duties,
including developing comprehensive procurement planning strategies and
appropriate solicitation documents, conducting analysis, evaluation, and
negotiation of a wide variety of acquisition and assistance documents, and
managing implementation of these awards under the guidance of the
Mission's Executive Office and Regional Contracting Office.
Education: Baccalaureate degree (BA) or its equivalent to a four year formal
Prior Work Experience: The incumbent is required to have a minimum of
three (3) years of progressive experience in the areas of procurement,
acquisition and assistance.
Position is open to eligible nationals under the CARICOM Single Market and
Economy (CSME) Free Movement of University Graduates who possess the
relevant skills certificate from their home state.
Interested candidates may apply to the
Human Resources Office,
P.O. Box 302, Bridgetown Barbados, or via email at
no later than June 26, 2015.
ONLY BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATES WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED.
A public statement by COP leader Prakash
Ramadhar that a potential candidate for San Fer-
nando West, who is not the incumbent, has already
been identified, has raised the ire of the sitting
MP Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan.
Seepersad-Bachan is now asking her leader where
is the transparency and oneness on which the Con-
gress of the People (COP) was founded.
"The process has not even started, nominations
has not even been closed and you have not even
gone forward to talk about a screening process and
you are saying you already have a potential candi-
"So what is happening here now, has the nom-
ination process gone through the window. Are you
telling all those who are going to file nominations
don t worry, we already selected a candidate?
Seepersad-Bachan said no one ever asked her if
she was interested in contesting the seat, yet exec-
utive members were telling people who asked about
her, " we don t think she is going back up.
"He never discussed it with me. No one checked
with me. I and disappointed and very surprised that
is the way he is handling the selection and screening
of candidates," she said in an interview.
Believing there is an attempt to embarrass her,
Seepersad Bachan said over the past months she
has not been invited to participate in COP activities
in the constituency. She said invitations have been
extended to members of her staff at her MP s office
to meetings, but not her.
She said she was still in the process of making
up her mind whether or not to file nominations,
but now she does not see the merit in doing so if
a candidate has already been selected to contest the
Seepersad-Bachan said when she was a deputy
leader in 2007 this was not the way they handled
the screening and selection of candidates.
"The process started and it was open and we
allowed everyone to come forward."
She said: "The COP has to get its act together
and stop this nonsense. They are not looking good
and the confidence of the membership is waning."
in COP says
Political leader of the Congress
of the People (COP) Prakash
Ramadhar says he can understand
the disappointment the party s
founding father, Winston Dooker-
an, has expressed.
Responding to questions from
reporters at Thursday s post-Cabinet
media briefing at the San Fernando
Teaching Hospital, Ramadhar, how-
ever, said Dookeran needed to better
explain his disappointment.
Dookeran announced on Wednes-
day that he will be bowing out of
politics and expressed disappoint-
ment with the party he founded.
He said this during an interview
with the media in Tunapuna after
"I think that Mr Dookeran needs
to explain himself a little better. He
needs to flesh out what he meant,
we certainly are disappointed com-
ing from a position where we con-
tested 41 seats to a position where
we occupy, ten under the present
government," Ramadhar said.
However, Ramadhar said the
party has learned from its past expe-
rience that it cannot stand alone
and it needs the People s Partner-
"So certainly that will be a dis-
appointment to any party going for-
ward, but having learned from our
experience in 2007, that we couldn t
do it alone and we came together
in a very successful coalition part-
nership. But I can understand his
disappointment, because at one
point in time he was presumed to
become the Prime Minster and he
gave that up (for the partnership)."
Ramadhar admitted that the COP
is held back by the current political
"In terms of COP s growth we
are certainly constrained by the
present political environment, but
we have done a tremendous amount
within the limited aspect of our
authority in government. I am very
proud of that, as for the disappoint-
ment, of course all of us wish to
have more and to do better.
"But I take very realistic and prac-
tical approach to the politics and
things that we had dreamt of in
2007 we have achieved under the
Asked whether he thinks Dook-
eran s statement will affect the out-
come of the party s votes in the
September 7 general election,
Ramadhar said: "I hardly imagine
the statement of his disappointment
will really matter when we go to an
election where serious decisions
about the future governance of the
country have to be made."
I understand his disappointment
Prakash on Dookeran quitting politics...
Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Prakash Ramadhar flashes a smile during
Thursday's post-Cabinet briefing at the San Fernando Teaching Hospital, San
Fernando. Looking on is Labour Minister Errol McLeod.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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