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Ministry of Health - Speech Writer / Researcher

Date Posted
26th July 2017
Media & Corporate Communications
Job Type
Port of Spain
Not Disclosed

Job Summary

Applications are invited from suitably qualified nationals of Trinidad and Tobago for the post of Ministry of Health - Speech Writer / Researcher, on contract, for a period of three (3) years, in the Ministry of Health.

Job Description

Job Summary
The incumbent is required to conduct in-depth research and prepare, write and edit executive and other speeches, releases, articles, letters and other communication documents for use by the Ministry/Department. Duties involve researching material for writing assignments; submitting assignments within agreed timelines and ensuring relevance and currency of content.


Reports to:

  • Head – Corporate Communications or designated officer


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Writes, edits and prepares a range of documents including speeches, feature addresses, speaking notes, briefs, messages, letters, releases, PowerPoint presentations, articles and other communications documents.
  • Researches the materials required for the writing and editing of all speeches/communications documents and provide input for the analysis required for the development, implementation, review and evaluation of new and existing policies.
  • Sources information-related issues in reports (local, regional and international), the electronic print and other media at libraries and other archives for reference and record keeping purposes.
  • Submits speeches and other communications documents within timelines given.
  • Reviews speeches and other communications documents to ensure that information is relevant, up to date and addresses national and other issues as required.
  • Maintains indexed archive file of all speeches/communication documents.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Knowledge of New Media.
  • Knowledge of media issues, social marketing theory and practice, communications strategies and behavioural sciences.
  • Knowledge of marketing, public relations, advertising, promotion and other communications methods.
  • Knowledge of modem techniques of news gathering and release.
  • Knowledge of current theories and practices in communication research, planning and strategy, and the role of mass media.
  • Knowledge of Video Production.
  • Knowledge of the Constitution of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Knowledge of the organisational structure of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Knowledge of protocol procedures.

Skills and Abilities

  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers.
  • Skill in conducting research and in conceptual and analytical thinking.
  • Skill in writing and editing, including a strong command of English.
  • Ability to use e-Government technology platforms.
  • Ability to use the internet for research purposes.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize data from a wide variety of sources, and summarize in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Ability to exercise diplomacy and tact in interacting with others.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments simultaneously.
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal/ external partners.


Minimum Experience and Training

  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience in Mass Communications or Public Relations or a related area, with an emphasis on performing writing and editing duties for senior managerial/executive personnel.
  • Training as evidenced by a recognised University Degree in Communications Studies or in a related field or a post graduate Diploma in a related field.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however unsuitable/late applications will not be acknowledged.

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