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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
The Cocoa Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited
The National Food Action Plan (2012-2015) developed by the Ministry of Food Production has identified cocoa as a strategic crop to be
developed because of its global potential and Trinidad and Tobago's comparative advantage as an exclusive producer of fine or flavour
cocoa beans. The country's reputation for this premium crop has been cemented through its success at the International Cocoa Awards
and the premium price it fetches on the market. The Cocoa Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (CDCTTL) is a special
purpose state company set up under the Companies Act, Chap 81:01 of the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago to provide support for the devel-
opment of the cocoa industry in Trinidad and Tobago. Its goal is to make cocoa production in Trinidad and Tobago a financially viable activ-
ity, contribute to economic diversification by integration and development of the cocoa value chain whilst increasing cocoa production,
maintaining our premium quality. The CDCTTL also functions as an umbrella agency for cocoa by linking with various stakeholders, sup-
port and research agencies to improve R&D and to market Trinidad and Tobago's cocoa beans in international niche markets contributing
significantly to economic development and job creation.
Title: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Reporting to:Board of Directors.
• Building, organizing and leading a team of professionals towards the development of the cocoa industry in Trinidad and Tobago.
• To plan and achieve the goals and objectives of the Company as mandated by the Board of Directors.
• Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization.
• Foster effective team work within the organisation.
• Build relationships with key stakeholders for the purpose of the development of the sector.
• Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• To advise the CDCTTL Board and develop strategies to promote and market Trinidad and Tobago fine or flavour premium quality
credentials under a suitable brand to local and international clients.
• Oversight and responsibility for the development of programmes and projects to increase the production and productivity of
cocoa in Trinidad and Tobago.
• Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operations of the Company.
• Promote a productive work atmosphere that will promote high standards of staff performance.
• Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements to help achieve the goals of the organisation.
• To development and implement an effective quality management and traceability systems to secure favourable niche
marketing opportunities for Trinidad and Tobago cocoa.
• Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues affecting the organization.
• To ensure the development and oversee the implementation of operational plans for each department within the organisation.
• To position the CDCTTL as the entity to provide vision and direction to the sector.
CONTACTS AND/OR RELATIONSHIPS:
• Internal: Members of the Board of Directors, departmental managers and general staff.
• External: Government Ministries, participating stakeholder agencies along the cocoa value chain including farmers and farmers
groups, line Minister, Permanent Secretary, regional and international counterparts in the cocoa sector (buyers, chocolatiers and
KNOWLEDGE, QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
• Must have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, Publisher and PowerPoint).
• Sound comprehension, analytical ability, communicative and interpersonal skills and excellent research skills.
• A highly motivated, solution oriented individual with emotional intelligence.
• A sound understanding of the policy, legal, institutional and operational framework in which the Company operates.
• Strong organizational skills, project management skills and time management.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
• Masters' in Business Administration (MBA) from a recognised University.
• The incumbent should have a minimum of ten (10 years in senior management).
• Experience in the agricultural sector would be a desirable, but not mandatory.
The incumbent will receive an attractive compensation package (in TT dollars) commensurate with his/her qualifications and
level of experience.
SEND APPLICATIONS TO :
Cocoa Development Company of Trinidad & Tobago Limited
17 Yard Street, Chaguanas
Deadline date for submission of application: 14TH AUGUST 2015
Millions of children each year develop a
buildup of thick fluid in the middle ear that can
muffle sound and make them cranky and uncom-
fortable. Now there is new evidence that a simple
do-it-yourself home treatment---which involves
inflating a balloon by blowing out through the
nose---may help clear the fluid without drugs or
Nasal balloon devices have been around for
decades to treat the condition, called otitis media
with effusion, or glue ear. But solid evidence of
their effectiveness has been lacking.
Now a new clinical trial of 320 children aged
four to 11 found that after three months of regular
use, 49.6 per cent of children using the balloon
cleared the fluid, compared with 38.3 per cent of
children in the control group, a statistically sig-
nificant difference in improvement.
Balloon users also were snoring less, sleeping
better, doing better in school and were less irritable
and withdrawn, said Dr Ian Williamson of Britain s
University of Southampton, the first author of
the paper, which was published in The Canadian
Medical Association Journal.
"Right now the only effective treatment for
glue ear is to insert grommets, or ear tubes," Dr
Williamson said. "But otitis media with effusion
is so common ---you can t send them all for surgery.
You really need a nonsurgical intervention."
Antibiotics, antihistamines, decongestants and
steroids are also used to treat the condition, he
said, but they are not effective.
The nasal balloon device is a balloon with a
short, tubelike nozzle; children block one nostril
and blow into the nozzle through the other nostril
to inflate the balloon, and then switch nostrils.
The practice, called autoinflation, opens up the
Eustachian tube that connects the middle ear and
the back of the nose, introducing air into the mid-
dle ear and allowing the fluid to drain better.
The downside is that children have to do the
"treatment" three times a day for at least a month,
though they seemed to enjoy the task and treat
it like a parlour trick, Dr Williamson said.
And children younger than four---who suffer
most frequently from ear infections and glue ear
because of their small Eustachian tubes---weren t
included in the clinical trial because they were
too young to use the balloons properly.
Glue ear usually resolves spontaneously within
a few months, said Dr Richard Rosenfeld, a pedi-
atric otolaryngologist who is lead author of the
American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and
Neck Surgery s guidelines on otitis media with
He noted that the study s findings were fairly
"This is a great option for people who find it
difficult to be patient and do nothing while diseases
go away on their own," Dr Rosenfeld said, adding
that he uses the balloon in his own practice.
"It empowers the patient and puts them at
ease, and is a terrific adjunct to watching and
waiting for parents and clinicians who feel they
must do something."
It is safe, but should not be used if the child
has a cold or upper respiratory infection or any
pain, he said, since it may worsen these condi-
If it works, the device is a bargain; the balloon
sells for less than US$15. (NYT)
A balloon to
treat glue ear
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and advice
The nasal balloon device
is a balloon with a short,
tubelike nozzle; children
block one nostril and blow
into the nozzle through
the other nostril to inflate
the balloon, and then
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