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The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) is a statutory organization established in
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 individuals who are deeply committed to working
towards the protection, conservation and enhancement of the environment, within the con-
text of sustainable development.
The Procurement Specialist is responsible for coordinating the centralized system for the procurement/purchasing of
supplies and services utilized within the EMA. He/she provides leadership and direction for the unit and supports the
Management team in decision-making to ensure cost-effective, quality oriented purchasing. He/she co-ordinates third
party relationships with Procurement & Contracts suppliers and other members of the supply chain.
o Ensures procurement/purchasing strategies reflect best practices and business needs.
o Plans, organizes, and supervises the procurement of materials, equipment, works, supplies and services in
accordance with the EMA's Procurement and Policies Manual
o Oversees the Authority's tendering and procurement processes to ensure compliance with internal controls:
Procurement and Policies Manual, Financial Policies and Procedures Manual and also in keeping with best practices
o Coordinates the invitation of bids, sourcing of quotations, evaluation of bids, issuing of letters of award and
issuing of procurement contracts in accordance with the Authority's Policies and Procedures
o Works with the Legal Department and others to ensure controls are in place to manage contract risks,
minimize fraud exposure and protect the Authority's interest
o Works with the Management team to register and pre-qualify suppliers and to manage this database through vendor
o Supervises & motivates staff to a high level of performance; administers personnel and disciplinary actions and
o Provides guidance and sensitizes accordingly all relevant stakeholders as to the established company and
departmental policies and procedures and application thereof.
o Establishes key performance indicators and metrics to measure and assess both departmental and staff performance
in accordance with set department and individual deliverables.
o The incumbent is required to have a Bachelor's degree in a related field.
o Must have a Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) professional designation,
o At least five (5) years' experience in supply chain management and at least three (3) years at a supervisory level.
o Completion of a Master's degree is desirable, but not required.
o Knowledge of accepted practices in the purchase of supplies
o Knowledge of regulations relating to procurement/purchasing
o Leadership and teamwork skills
o Technical skills including computer literacy, quality programs, and Procurement & Contracts metrics
o Analytical/cost skills, sound negotiation skills
o Customer service skills, detail orientation, and financial knowledge are also required.
In this February 7 photo, tourists joke as they look at
a cell phone in the lobby of the Capri hotel in Havana,
Cuba. AP PHOTO
HAVANA---In its heyday, Havana s Capri hotel and
casino was the playground of men known as The
Blade and The Fat Butcher.
It was also a pleasure garden for headline stars who
portrayed Mafiosi on the silver screen: George Raft,
known for hoodlum roles such as Guino Rinaldo in
1932 s Scarface, was the casino s celebrity "greeter"
and made his home in the 19th-floor penthouse.
Havana s hedonistic mob-and-movie-star days
came to an end with Fidel Castro s 1959 revolution,
and the hotel drifted into a slow decline. But now
the Capri is back in business after being closed more
than a decade ago. Its rebirth is part of Cuba s latest
bid to trade on its colourful pre-Communist past and
attract tourist dollars to fund its socialist present.
"It s a feeling of that era (at the Capri). I think in
Cuba you feel that in general," said Roberto Escalante,
a 62-year-old Mexican university professor who was
staying in the hotel this month during an academic
conference. "It s very comfortable. It s missing some
services still, but yes, you feel like you re back in those
times---which were good!"
Indeed, details such as the Capri s polished, art-
deco granite floors with their flowery bronze inlays
fit right into a city that still teems with finned Chevrolet
and Cadillac classics. So do the graceful copper-
coloured lobby chandeliers, which like the floors are
The newly-refurbished Capri reopened around New
Year s as a partnership between state-run tourism
company Grupo Caribe, which owns the hotel, and
Spanish hotel chain NH Hoteles SA, which is respon-
sible for administration.
Built in late 1957, the Capri enjoyed a brief but
madcap run as one of the flashiest mob joints of the
time. Charles Tourine (The Blade) managed the night-
club, while Nicholas di Costanzo (The Fat Butcher)
ran the casino. The two were lesser-known henchmen
associated with more notorious bosses like Meyer
Lansky and Santo Trafficante.
Gangsters rubbed elbows with some of Hollywood s
leading lights here. Swashbuckling actor and renowned
playboy Errol Flynn frequented the Salon Rojo club
where cabaret dancers shimmied for tourists.
It wasn t long before the mob s hotels all passed
into the hands of the revolutionary government. Castro
himself set up shop for a time in the nearby Havana
Hilton, later redubbed the Habana Libre.
The Capri operated as a State-run hotel for decades;
but like many buildings, it became run-down from
lack of maintenance, and closed in the early 2000s.
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