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OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
13-15 ST. CLAIR AVENUE, ST. CLAIR
REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Applicants are invited from suitably qualified nationals of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for employment, on contract, for a period of three
(3) years for the position of Facilities Manager in the Office of the Prime Minister.
Directs plans and organises office and operational accommodation, building and equipment acquisition, maintenance projects, grounds operations
and security for facilities utilized by the Office of the Prime Minister.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
o Develops office accommodation strategies for the Office of the Prime Minister.
o Coordinates the approach to planning and acquiring accommodation for the Office of the Prime Minister.
o Ensure that the Ministry's Divisions and Agencies accommodation are consistent with their service delivery needs.
o Develops and monitors budgets for personnel operating and capital outlay expenditures related to the Facilities Management Unit.
o Assesses the existing service delivery methods and whether they will continue to be appropriate to meet the Ministry's corporate objectives by
examining existing work practices and the impact of changes on office space requirements
o Develops and reviews the accommodation strategies and reports on progress made towards the space utilization within the Ministry.
o Develops and implements facilities management policies, standards and procedures in alignment with accommodation standards and
guidelines, health and safety legislation.
o Manages the staff of the Facilities Management Unit as well as internal and external maintenance, operations and planning personnel.
o Manages the development of Request for Proposals related to Facilities Management.
o Provides training and resources for the facilities service staff and office staff in the use of facilities, particularly in relation to health and safety
o Directs the development and manages the implementation of preventative maintenance schedules, upgrades and remodels, relocations and new
construction and related projects.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
o A recognised degree, Technical Diploma or its equivalent in civil or mechanical works, interior design and facilities management or related discipline.
o Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office/MS Project; automated preventive maintenance systems.
o A minimum of ten (10) years experience in:
• Facilities management or property development.
• Supervising major relocations and repairs to office building and construction.
• Developing service and equipment maintenance contract requirements.
• Writing and negotiating contract terms.
• Preparation of equipment maintenance schedules.
• Writing purchased bid specifications.
• Any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills and abilities, qualifications and experience.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
o Thorough working knowledge of modern office layout.
o Excellent ability to develop specifications for construction, maintenance and equipment acquisition.
o Working knowledge of budget preparation, project costing, procurement system in the public service.
o Knowledge of legislation and policy governing the utilization of office and operational accommodation.
o Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
o Sound supervisory skills.
o Proven ability to be proactive in identify general weakness and shortcomings in the operations of building systems and equipment and use initiative
in reliable resolving these problems.
Salary and other terms and conditions of employment are to be negotiated with the
Chief Personnel Officer.
Applicants with supporting Curriculum Vitaé, photocopies of relevant academic qualifications and the names of
two referees should be submitted no later than August 14, 2013 to:
Permanent Secretary to the Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister
13-15 St. Clair Avenue, ST. CLAIR
Unsuitable applications will not be acknowledged
For further information
622-1625 Extension 2137
WASHINGTON---US employers added fewer jobs
in July but the gains were enough to lower the
unemployment rate to a four-and-a-half-year
low of 7.4 per cent, a good sign in an otherwise
The Labour Department said employers added
162,000 jobs, the fewest since March, and that
the unemployment fell from 7.6 per cent in June
as more Americans found jobs.
Still, the economy created 26,000 fewer jobs
in May and June than previously estimated. Amer-
icans worked fewer hours in July, and their pay
dipped. The figures suggest weak economic growth
may be making businesses cautious about hiring.
Job growth for the year still remains solid. The
economy has created 200,000 jobs a month since
January. However, the pace has slowed in the past
three months to 175,000.
"A clearly weaker-than-expected report, but
one should not overstate it---the unemployment
rate continues to trend down and average job
growth of 175,000 will be more than enough to
continue to push it lower," Peter Newland, an
economist at Barclays Capital, said in a note to
Reaction to the employment report on Wall
Street was slightly negative. Stock index futures
gave up early gains and were little changed shortly
after the report came out. The yield on the bench-
mark ten-year Treasury note fell to 2.64 per cent
from 2.71 per cent as investors bought US gov-
The Federal Reserve will pay particularly close
attention to the July employment data as it decides
whether to scale back its $85 billion a month in
bond purchases later this year. Weaker hiring could
make the Fed hold off on tapering at its September
meeting. However, economists noted that the drop
in unemployment, along with steady hiring gains
over the past year, could be enough to convince
the Fed that the job market has made significant
"While July itself was a bit disappointing, the
Fed will be looking at the cumulative improvement,"
said Paul Ashworth, chief US economist at Capital
"On that score, the unemployment rate has
fallen from 8.1 per cent last August, to 7.4 per
cent this July, which is a significant improvement."
Revisions showed employers added fewer jobs
in the previous two months: May's job growth
was downgraded to 176,000, below the 195,000
previously estimated; job gains in June were lowered
to 188,000, from the 195,000 reported last month.
And the job gains in July were mostly in lower-
paying industries, such as retail, hotels and restau-
But some were better-paying positions. Man-
ufacturing added 6,000 jobs, driven by strong
gains at auto plants. Those were the first job gains
at US factories since February. And professional
services such as finance, accounting and infor-
mation technology also increased.
Governments added jobs for the first time since
April, driven by the fifth straight month of hiring
by local government.
The economy grew at a subpar 1.7 per cent
annual rate in April-June quarter, the government
said Wednesday. While that was an improvement
over the previous two quarters, it's still far too
weak to rapidly lower unemployment.
Recent data suggest that the economy could
strengthen in the second half of the year. (AP)
jobs in US
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