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Applications are invited from suitably qualified nationals of Trinidad
and Tobago for employment, on contract, for a period one (1) year and
six (6) months and three (3) years respectively in the following
positions, Division of Ageing, Ministry of the People and Social
OFFICE OPERATIONS MANAGER
This job requires the incumbent to be responsible for the general
operational functions at the Division of Ageing.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Co-ordinates the procurement of office supplies and services.
• Assists the Director in the preparation of the Estimates for Recurrent
• Advises the Director on personnel matters.
• Liaises with service providers for implementing programmes of the
• Ensures the functioning of equipment and facilities in the Division
• Conducts the annual Performance Appraisals of supervised staff
• Assists the Office Administration Manager in Division's
• Other job related duties as required.
Qualifications And Experience:
• Diploma or Associate Degree in Business Administration or
• Considerable experience (at least four (4) years) in Office
Management and/or Accounting.
The job requires the incumbent to responsibly undertake a range of safety and
health functions at Homes and Care facilities for older persons, including
inspections of operation procedures; investigating complaints; reviewing
reports; providing advice and support to stakeholders; and ensuring compli-
ance with laws and regulations governing standards of care as specified in the
Homes for Older Persons legislation.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Conducts quarterly inspections (and any inspections requested by the
Director, Division of Ageing) and audits of Homes for the Aged, and
submits completed Inspection Forms to Inspector II within timeframes
specified in the legislation on Homes for Older Persons.
• Conducts random and periodic assessments of facilities established by the
Ministry of People and Social Development as components of the
Continuum of Health and Social Support Services for Older Persons.
Qualifications And Experience:
• Diploma, Certificate, or Associate Degree in Social Work, Quality Assurance
or Planning or related Social Science.
• Experience in health and safety related environment.
• Training in mediation and conflict resolution would be an asset.
• A minimum of two (2) years working experience is preferred.
Ministry of the People
and Social Development
NOTICE OF VACANCIES
Submission of Applications
Interested persons must send their application with curriculum vitae,
photocopies of relevant academic qualifications and the names of two (2)
referees, no later than, Thursday 21st, November, 2013
To: The Permanent Secretary
Attention: Director, Human Resources
Ministry of the People and Social Development
CL Financial Building
#39-43 St Vincent Street, Port of Spain.
Unsuitable applications will not be acknowledged.
Division of Ageing
Nelson Mandela s family is no
stranger to the public eye---its suc-
cesses and trials have been aired
for decades in films, books and
the news media.
Granddaughter Zoleka Mandela's
story, perhaps, is the one that no
one saw coming. The 33-year-old
launched a book in South Africa
Tuesday, When Hope Whispers,
that recounts her family's involve-
ment in the fight against South
Africa's white minority regime, her
struggles with alcohol and drug
addiction, the loss of two of her
children and her fight against breast
The book's publication comes as
Nelson Mandela, 95, is in critical
but stable condition, under inten-
sive medical care at his Johannes-
burg home, after being discharged
in September from a lengthy hos-
"There's a social responsibility,
I can't run away from, and instead
I feel I embrace it," Zoleka told The
Associated Press about being a
Mandela. "One of the things I
learned so much about my grand-
parents is that you always have the
power in you to make a difference
in somebody else's life despite your
own challenges, and I think that's
what I'm trying to do."
Through her detailed accounts,
Zoleka said she hopes to inspire
women going through chemother-
apy, addicts looking for silver linings
and parents struggling with the loss
of their children.
Zoleka's childhood was anything
"By the time I was born, on 9
April, 1980, my mother (Zindzi
Mandela) knew how to strip and
assemble an AK-47 in exactly 38
seconds. She was 20 years old,
trained in guerrilla warfare and
already a full-fledged member of
Umkhonto we Sizwe (the armed
wing of the African National Con-
gress)," says the book's opening
line, describing her mother's par-
ticipation in violent struggle against
Before she was a year old, her
grandmother, Winnie Madikizela-
Mandela, had already smuggled her
into Robben Island prison so her
grandfather could see her. Zoleka
recounts a story told by her mother
and grandmother of a time they
said she helped her grandmother
by hiding a hand grenade in her
school bag, where police didn't
look, though she still saw her
Her childhood brashness turned
to teen rebellion when she abused
alcohol and drugs. She writes of
hiding drugs in her bra, smoking
marijuana, drinking too much alco-
hol, doing lines of cocaine daily
and the relationships that fuelled
her drug use and the suicidal
thoughts that haunted her.
The book reveals that Zoleka was
hospitalised after a suicide attempt
in June 2010 when her 13-year-old
daughter Zenani died in a car crash
on the way back from a concert
that opened the World Cup soccer
"I hadn't seen my daughter for
ten days before her passing, and I
hadn't because I chose to use drugs.
That's obviously a reminder that I
chose my addiction over my kids
and I have to live with that for the
rest of my life," she said with a
heavy sigh, her large brown eyes
"I'm sincerely hoping that it's
seen as a cautionary tale to a lot
of other parents," she said. ""I got
myself clean, but it doesn't bring
She lost another child days after
he was born prematurely in 2011.
Zoleka has one son, Zwelami, 10.
Following successful rehab, Zole-
ka now glows in sobriety.
The book also recounts her battle
with breast cancer---she had a bilat-
eral mastectomy and underwent
"For me, what hurt me the most
was I was losing my breasts. And
my breasts was my connection to
my kids," she said.
She finished her chemo early in
2013 and said she wrote the book
and will release video journals to
encourage cancer survivors.
"My childhood wasn't normal,
my childhood wasn't sheltered,"
she said. "I've had these challenges
in my life, these unbearable cir-
cumstances that have happened in
my life and I'm using my own life
experience to help somebody else
that is struggling on their journey."
Mandela's granddaughter bares pain in book
hopes her book is
seen as a
cautionary tale to
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