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GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government invites applications from suitably qualified persons to fill the
under-mentioned positions on contract for a period of three (3) years.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT) MANAGER -- ONE (1) POSITION
JOB SUMMARY: The incumbent is required to plan, organize and manage the effective development, operations and maintenance
of the ICT resources and infrastructure of the Ministry and to manage the successful delivery of its ICT projects, under the
direction of the Permanent Secretary or designated officer. Duties include: development and implementation of the Ministry's ICT
policies and strategic plan, development and delivery of software applications and effective IT services to the Ministry.
DISASTER MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATOR -- THIRTEEN (13) POSITIONS
JOB SUMMARY: The successful candidate will be responsible for the establishment and maintenance of a robust disaster
risk reduction programme within the assigned Municipal Corporation. This responsibility includes planning, implementing and
evaluating activities related to all phases of the Disaster Cycle (i.e. Prevention, Mitigation, Preparedness, Early Warning,
Response and Recovery) in collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Disaster Management Co-ordinator, Office of
Disaster Preparedness and Management and other stakeholder organizations.
DIRECTOR, LEGAL SERVICES -- ONE (1) POSITION
JOB SUMMARY: The incumbent is required to manage and direct the activities of the Legal Services Unit of the Ministry and
render legal services. Duties include planning, directing and coordinating the work of professional legal staff and legal
support staff. Duties also include providing legal advice, representing the Ministry in Court, at Tribunals and meetings, drafting
and reviewing legal agreements and other legal documents and participating in negotiations, mediation and arbitration.
SENIOR CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER -- ONE (1) POSITION
JOB SUMMARY: To implement the Ministry's corporate communications strategy and programmes. Duties include assisting
in the development, implementation and evaluation of these strategies and programmes; taking the lead on corporate media
campaigns, public relations and other communications activities.
CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER -- TWO (2) POSITIONS
JOB SUMMARY: To contribute to the achievement of the communications targets of the Ministry and assist in monitoring
their implementation. Duties include coordinating media relations strategies, producing and disseminating materials for com-
municating information about the Ministry and its services.
SPEECH WRITER/RESEARCHER -- ONE (1) POSITION
JOB SUMMARY: To conduct in-depth research and prepare, write and edit executive and other speeches, releases, articles,
letters and other communication documents for use by the Ministry. Duties involve researching material for writing
assignments; submitting assignments within agreed timelines and ensuring relevance and currency of content.
AUDIO/VIDEO TECHNICIAN -- ONE (1) POSITION
JOB SUMMARY: The incumbent is required to operate and maintain equipment used to amplify, record and display sound
and must be able to maintain and repair equipment such as microphones, video recorders, projectors, lighting; record
meetings and presentations with video cameras, operate spotlights, adjust amplifiers, coordinate graphics used in displays
and provide technical support.
Further information on job specifications can be accessed on our website at www.localgov.gov.tt
Applications MUST be submitted with a detailed Curriculum Vitae, two (2) references and copies of
Certificates by, November 20th 2015 to:
The Permanent Secretary
Attention: Director, Human Resources
Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government
Kent House, MARAVAL
UNSUITABLE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACKNOWLEDGED
Humour writer Jenny Lawson has never dealt
with her mental health issues the traditional way.
As a small child, for example, she had a toy box.
When she was feeling anxious, she would take all
the toys out of the box and climb inside it.
"I would close it," Lawson says, "and it was like
a sensory deprivation chamber for poor people."
She saw her first therapist in college, and since
then, Lawson says, she s been diagnosed with depres-
sion, anxiety, mild self-harm issues, avoidant per-
sonality disorder, occasional depersonalisation disorder,
mild OCD and trichotillomania.
Dealing with all that has never been easy, but as
she explains in her new book, Furiously Happy: A
Funny Book About Horrible Things, it helps to have
a sharp sense of the absurd. Humour helps her see
through the dark.
There was the time that Lawson, who battles
chronic insomnia, staged a 2 am rodeo in her living
room with Rory, her dead, stuffed raccoon, riding
atop one of her house cats---Ferris Mewler. And the
time she pulled up to the drive-thru window at her
local drugstore just in time to see the pharmacist
scarf down a handful of broken dog biscuits.
"I never found him again," Lawson writes, "because
I was worried that if I ever asked to see the dog-
food-eating pharmacist, the other pharmacists would
stop giving me drugs."
When she began writing about her own mental
health, Lawson fully expected people to run and hide.
"Instead," she said, "I was shocked at how many
people came out and said, Oh my God, me too! Or,
I thought I was the only one. "
Here are excerpts from an NPR interview with
Lawson on her new book:
Q: How did the idea for furiously happy come
I was in the middle of a very long depression. I
had lost a couple of friends, and I was at a point
where I had no emotions that I could feel except
anger. I thought, I am going to be furiously happy
out of spite as soon as this depression lifts. I thought
it was only fair that, when I come out of it, I say
yes to things that I wouldn t normally say yes to. I d
do ridiculous, fun things---not as a cure for depression,
because it s not---but as a way to have a weapon to
counter depression. So when I would have a depressive
episode, I could think, "But remember the time where
I rented those kangaroos to come to the house, wasn t
that fun? That was fun. I can have fun like that
Whenever I m depressed, I have periods of time
where I cannot do anything, just cannot get out of
bed, cannot fully function.
Why do you want to write about a topic some
still consider taboo?
I ve always written about the stuff that really you re
not supposed to write about. When it comes to
mental illness, on a very selfish level, it is so reassuring
to me to have other people say, "You re not alone."
What does depression feel like from the inside?
For me, a depression is not that I m sad. It s actually
almost the opposite of that. I have absolutely no
emotions. And it seems like that would be a very
easy thing to deal with, and it s not. It s so incredibly
uncomfortable, and you feel inhuman. If it just lasts
for a day or two, I can usually push through and be
fine. I continue to take my medication. I ll see my
therapist. I ll do all the things I m supposed to do.
If it lasts for more than a few days, that s when I
have to really work against self-harm, because when
I have no emotions at all, one of the only things that
I can feel is pain.
What helps you dig out?
Not only having people with me and medications
and all of that, but also just remembering that depres-
sion lies. Because, while I m in the depression, it
absolutely seems so true. Everything that my mind
is telling me---that the world would be better off
without me---seems absolutely reasonable. And I just
have to continue to remind myself that before I went
into this depression, I knew that that wasn t true.
Happy, #1 New
'Ridiculous fun' helps a blogger
survive depression's darkness
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