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JThe General Manager, Administration and Support Services will function under the
direction of the Managing Director and provide support to the various Board
The incumbent will provide strategic leadership for the Division and would represent
EMA in building a broad constituency of relevant stakeholders working across institu-
tional and political boundaries toward achieving shared conservation, ecotourism and
community development goals in keeping with approved policies and procedures.
The incumbent will be responsible for the management of the support functions of the
environmental regulatory and non -regulatory technical programs of the Authority. The
incumbent will administer and oversee the work of multiple units viz Human Resources,
Finance and Accounts, Administration and Purchasing.
The General Manager, Administration and Support Services will manage the provision of
Administrative Services, exercise care and diligence in the performance of all assigned respon-
sibilities with the on-going observance of the Board's standards, policies and procedures.
o Post graduate qualification in Business Management with at least five (5) years'
experience at Executive Management level.
o CIMA or ACCA qualified and authorized to practice in the Republic of Trinidad and
Tobago or Human Resources Specialization or Information Technology Specialization
would be an asset.
o Technical experience and knowledge regarding environmental policy and management.
o Experience in services such as Procurement, Finance, Logistics, and Corporate
o Sound comprehension, analytical ability, communicative and interpersonal skills and
excellent research skills.
o A sound understanding of the policy, legal, institutional and operational framework in
which the Authority operates.
o Must have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
o Experience of working with HR and Financial software desirable.
GENERAL MANAGER, ADMINISTRATION & SUPPORT SERVICES
The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) is a statutory body established in June
1995 under the Environmental Management Act Chapter 35:05. The EMA is responsible
for, among other things, developing and implementing policies, laws and programmes for
the effective management of the environment. The Authority is interested in recruiting an
individual who is deeply committed to working towards the protection, conservation and
enhancement of the environment, within the context of sustainable development.
Getting a job in these recessionary times is difficult.
More so, getting the dream job of yours in a coveted
company is even more difficult. Hence, you need to
not only hold the job once you get it but also ensure
that your performance exceeds expectations of your
manager and the organisation.
First, fresh graduates entering the corporate world
have to understand that the college days are over
and hence, they must behave and act in ways that
resemble mature professionals rather than wet behind
the years nerds.
For instance, in the corporate world, there is zero
tolerance towards any violation of the company s
policies unlike in college where students are usually
let off with a warning except in cases of serious mis-
demeanor. However, once you are in a job, you must
be cognisant of the fact that any deviations from the
company s policies are viewed very strictly and might
even lead to termination of your services. This includes
adherence to the code of conduct, ethics policies,
and anti harassment policies.
Next, fresh graduates have to understand that pro-
ductivity and excellence are much valued in the cor-
porate world as well as teamwork and being a team
player. Therefore, unlike in college where individual
brilliance is valued and grades accorded to individual
excellence, the corporate world favors team brilliance
and group performance. Therefore, it is as important
to share and work in a team as it is important to
perform at an individual level.
Third, the corporate world in recent years has
become more of a lateral entry-hiring place where
fresh graduates are taken only in big companies that
have the need for hiring thousands of employees. In
most other companies, they are hiring only those
with at least a couple of years experience and hence,
graduates must do everything possible to bag the
first job that would serve as an entry point into the
Even the big companies have been deferring the
on boarding process of fresh graduates because of
the ongoing recession and this has led to many grad-
uates having to wait for the elusive joining letter. In
these cases, it would be better if these graduates
spend the time acquiring new skills and attributes
that would give them an edge over others once they
join the job.
Fourth, fresh graduates have to remember that
navigating the relationship with one s manager is
very different from navigating the relationship with
one s professors in college.
Therefore, professionalism and a positive attitude
that outgrows the collegiate habits are needed for
success in the corporate world. Apart from this, hang-
ing around in groups from the same college, cracking
jokes that are out of place at the workplace, and gen-
erally behaving as though the workplace is an exten-
sion of college are traits that are not appreciated in
the corporate world.
The fifth aspect has to do with taking care of things
like paying taxes, maintaining financial propriety,
and ensuring proper management of one s finances.
For instance, it is common for many fresh graduates
to not file the income tax returns even after a couple
of years into the first job or the career. This is not
only a violation of the rules but also something,
which goes against the grain of many standards of
ethics and professionalism.
Apart from this, there is a need to be overboard
in claiming benefits and allowances from the company
and fresh graduates have to remember that many
companies are especially monitoring them because
they know that for one, these is the segment that
is unaware of the rules and second, this is the segment
that has the tendency to overstate the claims and
allowances more than the other segments mainly
because of lack of experience but also because of the
temptation to augment one s salary and benefits.
Tips for graduates
Professionalism and a positive attitude that outgrows the
collegiate habits are needed for success in the corporate world.
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