Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 9th 2014 Contents A46
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Section I - Information to Consultants
1. Information on the Teaching Service Commission, its mandate
and the rationale for this proposal is outlined at Section II of
2. The Director of Personnel Administration (Director) is seeking
to invite suitably qualified providers to submit both a technical
and financial proposal for the provision of services as outlined
in Section III of this document.
3. A pre-proposal meeting will be held at 9.30 a.m on May 21,
2014 at a venue to be announced for interested bidders. At this
meeting, the Director will provide bidders with more information
on its processes and policies which will help in preparing the bid.
4. After the pre-proposal meeting, consultants may request clari
fication on any of the RPF documents up to seven days before
the proposal submission date. All requests for clarification after
the pre-proposal meeting are to be sent in writing to the
52-58 Woodford Street, Port of Spain. The
Director will respond via email or facsimile to all such requests,
and will send copies of the query and the Director’s response
to all invited bidders.
5. The Director may, at her discretion, extend the deadline for the
submission of the proposals and will notify all invited bidders in
writing of the new deadline date.
6. At any time before the submission of the proposal, the Director
may on her own initiative, or in response to a clarification
requested by an invited bidder, amend the proposal. Any
amendment to the proposal shall be issued in writing as an
addendum and shall be sent via mail and email to all invited
bidders and will be binding on them.
7. All costs associated with the preparation of the proposal are to
be borne by the bidder.
8. The Director is not bound to select any of the proposals submitted.
Section II – The Teaching Service Commission – its
Mandate and the Rationale for the Proposal Request.
1. The Teaching Service Commission (TSC) was established
under the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
(Section 124) and its mandate is stated in Section 125:
Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, power to
appoint persons to hold or act in public offices in the
Teaching Service established under the Education Act,
including power to make appointments on promotions and
transfer and to confirm appointments, and to remove and
exercise disciplinary control over persons holding or acting
in such offices and to enforce standards of conduct on such
officers shall vest in the Teaching Service Commission.
The members of the Commission are appointed for a three-
year term by the President of the Republic of Trinidad and
Tobago, after consultation with the Prime Minister and
Leader of Opposition.
2. The Secretariat of the Commission is headed by an Executive
Director, Human Resource Management, who represents the
Director at meetings. It provides the administrative and advisory
services that enable the TSC to effectively discharge its mandate.
3. The constitutional mandate of the TSC, as outlined above,
gives the TSC the responsibility for two core human resource
management functions. These are appointments and
discipline. These functions are fragmented and reside in
diverse agencies of the Public Service. In order to effectively
discharge its mandate, the Commission has to build and sustain
good relationships with several stakeholders including the
Ministry of Education (MOE), the Chief Personnel Officer, the
Denominational Boards and the Trinidad and Tobago Unified
4. The Commission has made strides in improving the recruit
ment and selection process for teachers and administrators but
more needs to be dzxxxxxxone to bring this entire process
closer to modern day best practices and with a higher proba
bility of selecting the best fit for a position.
5. The Commission wishes to focus on improving the recruitment,
selection and appointment processes for entry level teachers
into the Primary and Secondary School system including early
childhood and special needs teachers.
6. The existing recruitment and selection process for promotions:
a. Planned vacant offices for the upcoming year, e.g. due to
retirements, are identified by the MOE and verified by the
b. These projected vacant offices, together with vacancies that
occurred as a result of promotions, resignations and other
unplanned events, are advertised in the second and fourth
quarter of each year. Those vacant offices that are advertised
in the last quarter of the year include offices that are currently
vacant and those that would become vacant in the first half of
the next year. Those vacant offices that are advertised in the
second quarter of the year include offices that are currently
vacant and those that would become vacant in the second half
of the current year.
c. Vacant offices are advertised for a one-month period. These
applications are received and reviewed by the MOE, who then
shortlists qualified candidates and make recommendations for
selection to the Commission. The Commission verifies from the
overall listing that this short list is accurate and meets the
requirements of the Job Specifications.
d. The Commission arranges the selection process for suitable
candidates. Currently, the selection process includes a struc
tured interview conducted by a panel of three persons, and in
some cases, a written assessment which is undertaken prior to
the candidate being interviewed.
e. Candidates found suitable for selection are placed on an Order
of Merit List and offered appointments as a vacant office arises.
f. As it becomes necessary, the Commission confers with the
various denominational boards to discuss the suitability of
candidates recommended for placements to the denominational
7. The existing recruitment and selection process for entry level
The recruitment and selection system for entry level Primary School
Teachers is delegated to the MOE. It involves the following:
a. The MOE places advertisements in the newspapers from
CIPRIANI PLAZA, 52-58 WOODFORD STREET, PORT OF SPAIN
PHONE: 623-2991-6 / FAX: 623-5972 / WEBSITE: www.scd.org.tt
The Teaching Service Commission
Request for Proposal (RFP) for Consultancy Services for the Recruitment, Selection
and Appointment Process in the Teaching Service.
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