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The Manager, Project/Business Planning and Development, reports to the Chief Executive Officer
and is responsible for the administration of all projects and business initiatives executed by the
Corporation to stimulate investment in the agricultural sector. The Manager will also be respon-
sible for directing initiatives to provide support to stimulate competitive agricultural production
and generation of value added food products. He or she will provide overall project management
oversight in the execution of the activities of the Corporation , which will be conducted on a proj-
ect basis using multi-disciplinary teams of professionals.
o Provide overall project management oversight in the execution of projects and activities
of the Corporation
o Collaborate with relevant agencies to provide infrastructure, finance and markets to
o Develop and facilitate strategic alliances with stakeholders and key organisations both
locally and externally.
o Develop and facilitate holistic support and investment programmes along the value chain
for selected clusters.
o Identify location and commodity clusters to improve production, productivity and
o Identify priority areas of focus to improve infrastructure, production, productivity and
o Postgraduate Degree in Economics, Project Management, Agriculture, Engineering or.
o At least five (5) years experience in a similar environment.
o Considerable experience in project management.
o Excellent interpersonal, communications, negotiating, training and presenting skills
o Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Productivity Suite and other relevant software
o Ability to work in a multi - disciplinary team environment
o Good understanding of the agri-food sector and related issues in local, regional and
Almost everywhere one turns in the
Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo region some sort of
construction seems to be taking place.
From Talparo in the east to Couva in the west,
contractors can be seen building box drains and
"They started the work in April," said Talparo
resident Antonia Francis-Charles.
"They are doing drainage and running pipes
for water. We get water already but I think they
are running new lines."
Francis-Charles runs a shop in her community
and had very little complaints regarding her rural
Her home is in a community where butterflies
linger on flowers, unafraid of human presence,
and where large forested areas are occasionally
interrupted by someone s home.
"It s very peaceful here...We don t really have
violence in the village and the young people here
keep busy with sports but there are a lot of poor
people who maybe need more help from the Gov-
ernment so they can change their living situations,"
On Todd s Station Road in Talparo, Ferisha
Narine uses rain water to bathe, drink and wash
her family s clothes.
She is excited, however, as this might soon
come to an end. Pipelines are being run in her
area so water could be distributed to residents.
"I have lived year eight years without water. I
am happy that they are running the lines. I find
that the PNM (People s National Movement) was
in power and they did nothing. The People s Part-
nership in power now and I am going to get water.
There have been improvements that I can see,"
Narine said she had seen several councillors
pass through the area and was a bit disappointed
as she said Independent Liberal Party (ILP) interim
political leader Jack Warner had passed through
the area without stopping to talk to residents.
Driving through Talparo reveals roads that are
freshly paved and smooth but it also reveals some
of the worst roads in the country, where potholes
and sinkholes leaves cars tilted as they carefully
make their way through the community.
In Caparo, another community in the region,
Box drains, road paving in full swing
Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo region comes alive...
the roads are not as bad, but the resent-
ment shown for the Government is
"We feel betrayed by the people we
put in power and we are very disappoint-
ed," said 50-year-old Caparo resident
Bovril s resentment stems from the
fact that he had been a strong supporter
of the People s Partnership coalition Gov-
ernment led by the United National Con-
gress (UNC) in 2010.
Since then, Bovril said, he had seen
shabby work conducted in several areas
of his community that spoke of an
"uncaring, neglectful" Government.
He said the corporation had refurbished
the Caparo recreation ground last year,
something the community should have
been proud of, but a close look at the
grounds quickly revealed Bovril s disap-
The recreation ground showed open
cesspits, a jogging track overrun with
grass, a cricket pitch that was muddy
and seemed to be sinking lower than the
grounds itself and when Bovril attempted
to show a Guardian team the toilet facil-
ities, the metal door fell off of it s hinges,
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