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GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
MINISTRY OF NATIONAL SECURITY
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.
These are some of the states bordering Niger Republic
and today they are the hotbeds of the Boko Haram."
Nigeria's energy crisis
The other issue is Nigeria s intensifying energy crisis.
In recent months, the country has faced a fuel crisis partly
due to the government slashing previously high fuel sub-
sidies, contributing to increasing public anger and civil
unrest. But while corruption and ageing infrastructure play
an important role, the end of cheap oil is the real elephant
in the room. One study by two Nigerian scholars concluded
in 2011 that "there is an imminent decline in Nigeria s oil
reserve since peaking could have occurred or just about
to occur; this is shown to be in agreement with previous
studies." According to one senior Shell official in March
this year, crude oil production decline rates are "as high
as 15 to 20 per cent." Replacing this "natural production
decline rate... requires more funds than is currently available."
The same month, the head of Nigeria s petroleum resources
department called for more investment in exploration to
offset rapid decline rates:
"Oil reserves are dropping, our output is dropping too...
We need to do more in this regards to have more reserves.
We have reached the plateau of production in the Niger
Delta and we are already going down." With such domestic
oil production challenges undermining Nigeria s oil export
revenues, the fuel subsidy slash has pushed the brunt of
the crisis onto the population, escalating the poverty and
inequality that is a recruiting sergeant for Islamist terror.
Illiteracy, illness endemic
In northern Nigeria, where Boko Haram hail from, there
is little evidence of an oil boom. With about 70 per cent
of the population subsisting on less than a dollar a day---
some 20 per cent higher than the already dismal rate in
the south, rates of illiteracy and illness are endemic. As
noted by David Francis, one of the first western reporters
to cover Boko Haram. Apart from the fact that the west
has been content to turn a blind eye to these problems
by propping up the corrupt Nigerian government while
accelerating oil and gas deals, there is a further complication.
Abundant evidence shows that al-Qaeda in the Maghreb
(AQIM) have exploited the rise of Boko Haram to gain
increasing control of the Nigerian militant movement.
What we re not being told, however, is that al-Qaeda s
rapid expansion through northwest Africa has occurred
under the rubric of Algerian state intelligence services---
with US, French and British knowledge.
The West's greed for shale gas
access fosters regional terrorism
The relationship with the Algerian military junta, respon-
sible for the massacre of hundreds of thousands of civilians,
is driven by the usual unquenchable thirst to access what
the US energy department estimates are the world s third
largest shale gas reserves. According to Prof Jeremy Keenan,
a leading Algeria expert at the School of Oriental and
African Studies who advises the US State Department,
European Union, and Foreign Office on regional security
issues, AQIM s expansion across north Africa has focused
on oil-rich regions---particularly Algeria, Niger Delta,
Nigeria, and Chad; the latter three precisely where Boko
Haram has reportedly received terrorist training.
Over a decade ago, Keenan reports, these countries
signed a "co-operation agreement on counter-terrorism
that effectively joined the two oil-rich sides of the Sahara
together in a complex of security arrangements whose
architecture is American." The agreement evolved into the
Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Initiative, which was even-
tually absorbed into the US Army s African Command.
Keenan argues that the west s oil and gas greed has caused
our governments to turn a blind eye to the role of oil states
like Algeria in fostering regional terrorism---instead exploiting
the resulting chaos to legitimise efforts to consolidate
access to remaining African energy reserves.If this analysis
is correct, then the hundreds of innocent girls kidnapped
in Nigeria are not just victims of Islamist fanaticism; they
are also victims of failed foreign, economic and security
policies tied to our infernal addiction to black gold.
Dr Nafeez Ahmed is executive director of the Institute
for Policy Research & Development and author of A User's
Guide to the Crisis of Civilisation: And How to Save It among
other books. Follow him on Twitter @nafeezahmed
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Islamist militancy spurred
on by fossil fuel interests
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