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The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) an autonomous Institute funded by Member
Countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) invites applications for the position of Executive Director located at
its Headquarters in Trinidad and Tobago.
The successful candidate will report to the Chairman of the Board and will be responsible for overseeing and implement-
ing the Institute's policy directives from the Board of Governors and Board of Directors and programmes including
resource mobilisation activities. The Executive Director will be required to promote a strong relationship individually and
collegially with all staff of the Institute, and establish and maintain mutually beneficial relationships external to CARDI with
regional and international agricultural research institutions. The incumbent will also be responsible for the Institute's effi-
cient and effective administrative and financial management.
• An M.Sc is mandatory but preferably a PhD Degree in an agricultural science or related discipline with a
minimum of 15 years post -- Masters practical experience.
• A minimum of seven years in a senior executive management position or professional leader in the field of
applied and/or adaptive agricultural research for development in a reputable national, regional or international
Generally, the Executive Director must have significant skills and extensive experience in the following four areas:
technical, financial, administrative and politics/diplomatic. Specifically, the incumbent must have inter alia;
• An acute awareness of the major policies, such as, the Regional Transformation Programme for Agriculture, the
Jagdeo Initiative, the Liliendaal Declarations of Agriculture and Climate Change and the CARICOM Common
• Ability to plan, develop and conduct robust programmes of resource mobilisation from both developmental and
• Ability to plan, execute, monitor and evaluate the Institute's programmes and to collaborate with national,
regional and international research organisations, stakeholders and beneficiaries.
• Ability to use initiative and ingenuity in interpreting policies and trends so as to advise on the Institute's policy
• Sound analytical skills in evaluating projects according to priorities and resource availability.
• Proven ability and skills in leadership, planning, management, diplomacy, technical cooperation, administration,
coordination and networking at the national, regional and international levels.
An attractive salary and benefit package will be negotiated commensurate with qualifications, experience and
achievements of the successful candidate.
For more information please visit our website at www.cardi.org. Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae detailing
education and experience, names, addresses, telephone, fax and email of two referees as well as certified copies of
certificates by 15th April, 2014 to:
Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI)
P O Bag 212, University Campus, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
Unsuitable applications will not be acknowledged.
A Brazilian senate inquiry on US spying in the
country found Brazil "unprepared" to deal with
eavesdropping by foreign agents and proposes a
new law to address its "profound vulnerability,"
according to a copy of a report obtained by Reuters.
The 301-page report, following an inquiry on dis-
closures last year that the US National Security
Agency had spied on the phone calls and e-mails of
Brazilians, including President Dilma Rousseff, says
Brazil s government is "unprepared to contend with
intelligence activity by other governments or organ-
The Senate report, obtained by Reuters through a
source in Brazil s Congress, says Brazil s vulnerabilities
lie in the very choices it made in developing telecom-
munications infrastructure. Most of the undersea
cables that carry international calls from Brazil, for
instance, are routed through Miami---handling 90
per cent of the data sent from Brazil abroad.
The committee that conducted the inquiry sug-
gested new legislation that would "develop protective
mechanisms for cybernetic know-how and security."
Among other defenses, the report suggests a law
requiring court clearance before data of Brazilian
users can be given to foreign authorities.
The wording of the report, which the Senate is
expected to disclose publicly this coming week, sug-
gests Brazil is more prone to foreign eavesdropping
than senior officials so far have let on.
Rousseff, in a speech last year at the United Nations,
said, "Brazil knows how to protect itself."
The speech, in which Rousseff called for a global
agreement against cross-border eavesdropping of
telecommunications data, was part of the fallout in
Brazil after local media, using information leaked by
former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, reported
the extent of US spying in Brazil.
Outraged by the revelations, Rousseff cancelled a
rare state visit to the United States last October and
demanded an apology from US President Barack
Obama. The United States has publicly regretted the
incident but has so far stopped short of issuing a
"We are delivering information to them (the Amer-
icans)," Paulo Pagliusi, a cybersecurity expert who
testified during the inquiry, said in an interview.
The report proposes building submarine cables
that do not pass through US territory and using a
communications satellite strictly under Brazilian gov-
ernment control. The committee also urged Brazil
to ramp up what it says are insufficient investments
in intelligence systems, signals and cryptography.
At present, "there is no interest in investing in
intelligence," Joanisval Brito, a former Brazilian intel-
ligence agent who now advises the Senate, said in
an interview. "We are afraid of intelligence."
The constraints are seen even in the budget and
operational rules for Abin, Brazil s intelligence agency.
The agency, for example, is not allowed to intercept
Of a budget of some US$230 million for 2012, the
agency spent more than US$225 on personnel and
other routine costs. Only US$2 million was set aside
Such are Brazil s limitations that the inquiry was
unable to determine just how, where or when the
United States was able to intercept the telecommu-
nications data. Brazilian police, the report said, would
have a hard time proving whether the NSA had broken
any Brazilian laws. (Reuters)
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