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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
A pregnant woman needs enough nutrients and
energy for her baby to develop and grow properly,
and also to make sure that her body is healthy enough
to deal with all the changes. This involves the right
balance of proteins, carbohydrates and fats, and lots
of vegetables and fruits.
A pregnant woman s calorie intake grows during
pregnancy. However, this does not mean she should
eat for two, ie her calorie consumption does not double,
it just goes up. Weight gain, if the mother is carrying
just one baby, varies considerably. According to the
Institute of Medicine, USA, a woman whose body
mass index (BMI) is between 18.5 and 24.9 should
gain from 25 to 35 pounds (11.4-15.9 kilogrammes)
during the nine months. A woman who is overweight
at the start of pregnancy should gain between 15 to
25 pounds (6.8 to 11.4 kg).
Weight gain recommendations may also vary,
depending on the woman s age, fetal development,
and her current health. Excessive or insufficient weight
gain can undermine the health of both the fetus and
the mother. (Up to the eighth week of pregnancy the
baby is called an embryo, after that, when its major
structures have formed, it is called a fetus).
• Fruit and vegetables: Five portions of fruit and/or
veggies per day. They may be in the form of juice,
dried, canned, frozen, or fresh. Fresh and frozen (if
frozen soon after picking) produce usually have a
higher vitamin and other nutrient content. Eating
fruit is usually better for you than just drinking the
• Starchy carbohydrate: Potatoes, rice, pasta, and
• Protein: Good animal-sourced proteins include
fish, lean meat, chicken and eggs. Vegan mothers can
eat quinoa (known as a "complete protein", it is said
to have all the essential amino acids), tofu and soy
products. Beans, lentils, legumes, nuts, seeds and nut
butters are also good sources of protein. (Beans, lentils
and legumes are also rich in iron)
• Eating seafood reduces anxiety during pregnancy.
British and Brazilian researchers reported in the journal
PLoS ONE (July 2013 issue) that pregnant women
who regularly ate seafood had lower levels of anxiety
compared to their counterparts who did not. Pregnant
mothers who never consumed seafood had a 53 per
cent greater risk of suffering from high levels of anxiety,
the authors wrote.
• Fats: Not more than 30 per cent of a pregnant
woman s daily calories. Researchers from the University
of Illinois reported in the Journal of Physiology that
a high-fat diet may genetically programme the baby
for future diabetes. The typical Western diet, containing
about 45 per cent fat, is the kind that can cause these
changes. According to the University of California,
San Francisco Medical Center: the amount of fat a
woman eats before becoming pregnant depends on
each person, who should receive an individualised
nutritional assessment. For most women, no more
than ten per cent of their daily calorie consumption
should come from saturated fat, less than ten per cent
from polyunsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fat is the
best. Examples of foods high in monounsaturated fats
include olive oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, sesame oil,
canola oil, avocadoes, and many nuts and seeds.
• Fibre: Wholegrain foods, such as whole meal
(wholegrain) bread, wild rice, wholegrain pasta, pulses,
fruit and vegetables are rich in fibre. Eating fibre
reduces constipation (and hemorrhoids) in pregnant
• Calcium: Dairy foods, such as milk, cheese, milk
and yoghurt are rich in calcium. If the mother is vegan,
she can consume calcium-fortified soy milk and juices,
calcium-set tofu, soybeans, bok choy, broccoli, collards,
Chinese cabbage, okra, mustard greens, kale, and
What to eat
• Zinc: A vital trace element. It plays a major role
in normal growth and development, cellular integrity
and several biological functions.
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
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Lots of fruit and
vegetables is good
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