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GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
MINISTRY OF NATIONAL SECURITY
CCareer Opportunity (Contract)
In keeping with the Government’s multi-faceted crime reduction strategy, the Office of Law
Enforcement Policy is required to provide general policy direction and monitoring the operations
of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and other law enforcement agencies, as well as provide
strategic, technical and administrative support and oversight for a number of social initiatives.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified nationals of Trinidad and Tobago to fill the following
contract position in the Office of Law Enforcement Policy, Ministry of National Security.
Special Projects Assistant
Role: Reporting to the Special Projects Co-ordinator, the Special Projects Assistant is
responsible for assisting with the management of community projects initiated and/or
supported by the Ministry of National Security.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Serves as a community liaison to assist in the coordination of projects initiated/supported by
the Ministry in specified communities.
• Conducts research to determine needs of individuals and groups.
• Assists with the evaluation of projects being considered for implementation in ‘high needs’
• Assists with the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of community projects.
• Assists with the monitoring and evaluation of work undertaken by consultants, contractors
and other external parties associated with projects.
• Assists with the maintenance of records relating to the physical and financial aspects of
• Assists with the preparation of reports on the status of community projects.
• Assists in developing terms of reference, request for proposals and scope of works for projects.
• Assists in developing specifications to assist with the procurement process with respect to
• Performs other related duties.
• A Certificate in Social Work or a related field, or any equivalent combination of experience
• At least three (3) years’ work experience in community social work and the ability to work
efficiently in a multi-tasked environment.
• Considerable knowledge of the socio-cultural dynamics of ‘high needs’ communities.
• Knowledge of procedures and techniques involved in the management of community projects.
• Knowledge of the rules and regulations governing project operations in the public sector.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Ability to work as a team member and independently.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Projects or any other project management related software.
Salary and other terms and conditions of employment are to be negotiated with the Chief Personnel
Applications, including Curriculum Vitae, names and addresses of two referees, and a contact
number, should be sent to the:
The Permanent Secretary
Ministry of National Security
Temple Court I
31-33 Abercromby Street
Port of Spain Trinidad West Indies
Closing date for applications is Monday 12th May, 2014
We thank all interested applicants, but advise that only those who are suitable will be contacted.
Next week at Sapa, over 400 children with vary-
ing disabilities from 16 special schools across the
country are putting on a music festival as part of
an arts and disabilities conference.
Arranged by the Consortium of Disabilities Organ-
isation (CODO) in association with UTT, the concert
has been made possible with funding from First
Citizens Asset Management.
President of CODO Sharma Ramlakhan told the
T&T Guardian that the festival emerged out of an
educational music and arts programme she devel-
oped. The five-module programme includes a music
festival where students of all ages and both intel-
lectual and physical disabilities will perform short
pieces from an exciting programme.
The Goodwill centre performs David Rudder’s
Calypso Music using African drums, tenor pans
and percussion and Lady Hochoy Special School
Gasparillo will perform As Bread That Was Broken
with xylophone, castanets, drums and pan, amongst
UTT’s music students teach the children in their
schools, overseen by Caitlyn Kamminga, who
explained the set-up.
“Through the course that I teach, Residency in
Community Arts, fourth-year music students at
the Academy for the Performing Arts are asked to
identify a need within the community and then
create a residency through a partnership in the
community,” Kamminga says.
“Many of my students have opted to partner
with CODO. Thanks to the First Citizens grant,
CODO is able to offer my students a stipend to
create residencies at special schools throughout
Trinidad. They create lesson plans designed to
coach the special schools for the annual festival.”
This will be the fifth festival. The first took place
in 2010 with a pilot programme focused on parang.
Ramlakhan said, “Parents enjoyed seeing their
children in a productive, creative light. It gives
people with disabilities a chance to recreate, express
themselves and achieve their human rights. This
community, unlike in places like the UK, is voiceless
and it’s going to take a long time to build confidence.
It’s not an overnight thing.
“The festival lets them know they have a stage
to perform on and a safe secure environment where
no one is going to laugh at them.”
Music therapist Jean Raabe, brought in from
Michigan, USA, spent some time with teachers as
well as disabled children and adults and introduced
useful ideas about using music to overcome physical
and mental obstacles and as therapeutic resources
and coping mechanisms.
Raabe feels that steelpan, in particular, is ideally
suited as an instrument for practising therapy.
Kamminga said, “One of the many beautiful out-
comes of the partnership with CODO is that several
of my graduating music students have been able
to identify career paths in music therapy and will
now begin in earnest to prepare to apply for master’s
degree programmes abroad, as this is not currently
offered in Trinidad.”
The Music Festival for Persons with Disabilities
starts at 1 pm on May 13 at Sapa, San Fernando,
and precedes the Arts and Disabilities conference
which takes place on May 16 at Napa, Port-of-
The conference is for all educators from pre-
school up to tertiary education and will help them
build an understanding of the kinds of frameworks
needed to become inclusive for people of all abil-
n More details are available on the CODO Web
Rogen, Efron wage comic war in
Love Movement’s concert to
assist at-risk youth—Page B9
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