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The Institute of Marine Affairs is a multi-disciplinary research institution incorporated by
an Act of Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The Institute conducts
research on the marine and related environment of Trinidad & Tobago and the
Caribbean and provides an advisory service to the Government of the Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago. The IMA is undergoing a transformation and repositioning
process and as such, applications are invited from suitable persons to join its profes-
sional team in the positions described hereunder.
Under the direction of the Manager, Accounts, the Finance Officer is responsible for the
preparation, issuance and update of management accounts, financial reports as well
as the maintenance of the company's fixed assets register.
The Minimum Requirements
o ACCA qualified with a minimum of three (3) years' supervisory level working experience
o Working knowledge and experience of Peachtree or similar accounting software,
Microsoft Excel and other MS Office applications
o Knowledge of public sector procurement procedures, policies and regulations, and
experience with the Public Sector Investment Programme would be an asset.
o Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work in a team
o Strong organizational and time management skills.
Research Officer, Geographic Information Systems
The successful applicant would be required to develop and implement sound
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications for research in the marine and
coastal environment. The officer is expected to conceptualise and execute research
activities and produce technical reports and research papers.
The Minimum Requirements
• Masters degree in Geomatics, specifically Geographic Information Systems
• Proven history of successful GIS task completion.
• 3-5 years experience working with Esri ArcGIS (Desktop & Server Products)
• Knowledge of MapInfo
• Be familiar with a variety of the GIS concepts, practices, and procedures
• Must be able to work on several projects simultaneously
• Excellent communication and inter personal skills
Health, Safety and Environment Officer
The successful candidate would be required to develop, implement and oversee Health
and Safety Policies and Procedures and co-ordinate the Institute's OSH Initiatives;
develop and implement Health and Safety Policies and Procedures; identify hazardous
conditions and practices in the workplace and make recommendations on Health and
Safety issues to Senior Management. The incumbent reports to the Director.
The Minimum Requirements
o A post-graduate degree in Occupational Health and Safety.
o NEBOSH Certificate or Occupational Safety and Health Standard (OSHA) for the
General Industry would be an asset
o A minimum of two years' relevant experience and working knowledge of the OSH
Act of 2004 as amended by Act No 3 of 2006
Applications are invited from success-driven, results-oriented individuals and should
include the names and addresses of three (3) referees and should be submitted by
21st June 2013 to:
The Personnel and Industrial Relations Officer
Institute of Marine Affairs
P.O. Box 3160
Unsuitable applications would not be acknowledged.
The Institute of Marine Affairs is an agency of the Ministry of the Environment
and Water Resources.
An environmentalist campaigning
for the protection of endangered sea
turtles in Costa Rica has been found
dead in a suspected killing by smug-
Jairo Mora was reportedly found face
down with his hands tied on Moin
beach, 105 miles east of the capital,
Vanessa Lizano, the owner of the
turtle sanctuary where Mora worked,
said he had been killed because of his
Sea-turtle eggs are considered a del-
icacy in some parts of the world.
Ms Lizano told the BBC: "Jairo went
on patrol with some volunteers and
they were attacked by armed men.
Lizano said that poachers in Costa
Rica can make up to $300 per day
smuggling turtle eggs in the black mar-
ket.She said they had received many
threats over the years because of their
work at the sanctuary.
Didihier Chacon, a spokesperson for
the Widecast, a partner organisation
which runs sea turtle conservation pro-
grammes in Central America, said he
felt "very hurt" by Mora s death. "He
could walk 20km each night to save
nests," Chacon told Efe news agency."
According to Widecast s Web site,
Central America once supported pop-
ulations of sea turtles in their thou-
sands, but they have been in decline,
partly because of widespread poaching
for their meat, eggs and shells.
In addition to national legislation in
Costa Rica, sea turtles are protected
under many international treaties.
Colombian President Juan Manuel
Santos has dismissed as "crazy" alle-
gations that his government is trying
to destabilise neighbouring Venezuela.
He said the latest row, which broke
out this week, was a misunderstanding.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
had accused Santos of "backstabbing"
his country by meeting opposition leader
Henrique Capriles on Tuesday.
Capriles lost Venezuela s presidential
election in April but claims the vote
Speaking in south-western Colombia,
Mr Santos said: "It s crazy to think that
the Colombian government might be
aware, or even worse, backing some
kind of action to destabilize the
He was responding to comments by
Maduro who said on Thursday that he
had information that proved that the
Colombian government wanted to over-
But Santos called it all a "misunder-
standing", which he said should be
The dispute is the latest in years of
tensions between the two neighbours,
due largely to ideological differences.
Capriles visit to Colombia was part
of a tour of Latin American countries
to press his case that the Venezuelan
president fraudulently won last month s
The Venezuelan opposition leader
was defeated by a margin of 1.49 per-
centage points, according to official fig-
ures released by the electoral council.
Colombia says Maduro claims 'crazy'
SAN JOSE---Costa Rican officials say
the currency transfer firm Liberty
Reserve first raised red flags in the
Central American country in 2009
when authorities detected money
Anti-drug Institute Deputy Director
Bernardita Marin says bank officials
reported suspicious activities in 2009
and in 2010 to the government s Finan-
cial Intelligence Unit, which began
The investigation was turned over
to prosecutors in 2011, the same year
the United States informed Costa Rica
about Liberty Reserve s criminal activ-
Marin says that Liberty Reserve
moved about US$100 million through
Costa Rican banks. (AP)
This undated image released by the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation
Network, or Widecast, Friday, shows Jairo Mora Sandoval, centre, an
environmentalist who worked as a Widecast volunteer, speaking to people at an
unknown location in Costa Rica. AP PHOTO
Costa Rica poachers
'kill turtle activist'
Liberty Reserve's money
laundering spotted in 2009
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