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The National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO) is a Special Purpose State Enterprise
established by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to manage the delivery of assigned infrastructure
projects in drainage and flood control, reclamation, highway and transportation sectors. NIDCO is inviting
applications for the following position:
Summary of Functions
Responsible for maintaining accurate accounting records, preparing the accounting records for periodical
reviews, advising the Vice President Finance on matters pertaining to the planning and accomplishment of
the projects assigned to NIDCO, implementation and maintenance of the accounting systems and the date
therein, development and implementation of procedures and controls and the preparation of monthly
reports and financial statements.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Plans and administers accounting systems and advises on accounting matters.
Develops and implements financial and accounting systems for the organization to provide records of
assets, liabilities and financial transactions.
Advises on matters such as financial policies and investment portfolios.
Manages and effectively conducts all activities pertaining to cash disbursement, purchases, wages and
taxes and ensuring the maintenance of proper accounting records in respect of these transactions.
Monitors expenditure or credit issued on work in progress to ensure compliance with policies
and procedures and relevant Government regulations.
Plans, co-ordinates and conducts audits of records and procedures.
Conducts financial reconciliation activities into use of working capital and deviation from budgets.
Audits accounting and book-keeping records of the company.
Prepares and certifies financial reports and statements to management, Board of Directors or
shareholders of the organization.
Prepares budgets and forecasts.
Maintains all accounting controls and assess the risks associated with the company.
Educational, Qualification and Experience Requirements
Qualified Accountant having ACCA, CPA or CIMA
At least five (5) years practical experience in a computerized accounting environment and at least two
(2) years at a supervisory level.
Good understanding of financial services and accounting systems.
Competency in developing and implementing accounting strategy.
Proficiency and knowledge in the accounting software applications.
Computer literate in spreadsheet related applications and accounting software packages.
Sound knowledge of Trinidad & Tobago Taxation Laws and other statutory requirements (Corporate,
PAYE, NIS and Health Surcharge).
Good analytical skills.
THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
National Infrastructure Development Co. Ltd
No 3 Melbourne Street
Port of Spain
CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT
OF APPLICATIONS IS
AUGUST 17TH, 2015.
Unsuitable applications will not be acknowledged.
pose in the
during a media
tour of the
When Dino Robinson was sent to Philadel-
phia s largest jail to await trial, the tattooed,
29-year-old inmate could hardly have imag-
ined he would wind up in the furniture shop
upholstering a special chair to be presented
to Pope Francis.
Yet that is the task assigned to Robinson,
one of 2,800 inmates at the Curran Fromhold
Correctional Facility, the drab, low-slung jail
on the city s outskirts that the pope will visit
in September during his first tour of the United
With six weeks to go before the pope s
arrival, it is a busy and anxious time for many
of the employees and inmates. Workers are
modifying corridors to accommodate Francis
and his entourage. Inmates are waiting to find
out which of them will be chosen to meet the
At drab Philadelphia jail, anxious times precede papal visit
pope. And staff members are busy checking and dou-
ble-checking security protocols.
"A visit by the pope, it s an extraordinary thing,"
said Lou Giorla, the city s prison commissioner and
the man who is overseeing preparations for the Sep-
tember 27 visit. "It ll be a chance for the world to take
One of 17 stops on the pope s first US tour, the visit
to the inner-city jail is a reminder of the emphasis
the Argentine pontiff has placed on social justice issues
since being named head of the Roman Catholic Church
in March 2013.
The pope s stop at the Philadelphia facility will be
the latest in a series of prison visits by Francis, an
outspoken opponent of the death penalty and lengthy
prison terms. He has counselled teenagers in juvenile
detention in Brazil. In Bolivia, he kissed inmates in
the country s most violent prison.
His visit also comes at a time when a growing num-
ber of Democrats and Republicans are questioning
tough criminal sentencing policies that have left the
United States with the highest incarceration rate in
the developed world. Barack Obama, who last month
became the first sitting US president to tour a federal
penitentiary, has called for legislation overhauling sen-
Advocates for prisoner rights say they are pleased
the pope has decided to put the issue on his agenda
during the US tour, which will include attending a
conference on family life in Philadelphia, plus stops
in Washington and New York.
"It s really going to bring a level of humanity to the
prison world and show that prisoners are people and
deserve to be recognised," said Ann Schwartzman,
policy and program director at the Pennsylvania Prison
Society, an advocacy group.
The Curran Fromhold facility, named after a warden
and deputy warden killed by inmates at another
Philadelphia jail in 1973, opened in 1995. It holds
defendants awaiting trial and convicted criminals serv-
ing sentences of 2-1/2 years or less.
Sitting on a 25-acre lot at the city s northeast edge,
it is one of the newest of the six Philadelphia prison
system facilities. Aside from the barbed wire that tops
its outer walls, it looks like a modern high school from
the outside, where murals painted by inmates stretch
along the walls of the front parking lot.
Inside, the atmosphere is more intimidating.
Guards screen visitors with metal detectors, and
heavy steel doors separate inmates dressed in blue or
bright orange jumpsuits from the world outside. Video
surveillance is constant.
The pope s visit is scheduled to consist of a brief
meeting in a gymnasium with about 100 male and
female inmates and their families. The pope is not
due to tour the jail.
Giorla, who learned in February that the Vatican
was considering one of his jails for a papal visit, said
his staff hoped the pope would use the occasion to
recognise the value of their work, which he said was
mostly overlooked. Still, he expressed certain reser-
"This is an unpredictable environment so you never
know what s going to happen," said Giorla, who started
out as a guard in Philadelphia s prison system 33 years
ago. The entire complex will go on lockdown during
the papal visit, and the US Secret Service is set to
take over security for the pope. City courts will close,
delaying any prisoner transfers.
Prison authorities will have to assure no disruptions
in basic daily routines, including serving 25,000 meals,
giving 10,000 doses of medication and conducting a
count of prisoners three to five times.
In the prison s furniture shop, Robinson and another
inmate, 31-year-old Brandan Hargrose, are getting
ready to do their handiwork on the chair, which is
being carved out of a solid block of walnut at another
prison unit. Its design is in keeping with the simplicity
that has become this pope s hallmark.
Neither man is Catholic but both said they would
want to meet Francis. "I d be glad to see him," said
Robinson, his neck covered in tattoos and his head
shaved. "It gives us hope that somebody still cares."
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