Pro­cure­ment com­mis­sion re-ad­ver­tises for CEO

Stabroek News - - LETTERS -

The Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Com­mis­sion (PPC) has read­ver­tised for a Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer.

The re-ad­ver­tis­ing comes af­ter the PPC reviewed the pro­posed salary and ben­e­fits for the CEO. The ear­lier pack­age had been re­jected by par­lia­ment’s Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee (PAC).

The ad­ver­tise­ment in yes­ter­day’s Sun­day Stabroek said that can­di­dates should pos­sess a Master’s De­gree in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Fi­nance, Pro­cure­ment, Eco­nom­ics or a re­lated field. They should have at least 10 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in a se­nior ad­min­is­tra­tive manag­ing mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary teams, among other things. The can­di­date should also have demon­strated an un­der­stand­ing of the pub­lic pro­cure­ment sys­tem, chal­lenges and po­ten­tial im­prove­ments to heighten trans­parency and ef­fec­tive­ness.

The clos­ing date for ap­pli­ca­tions is Novem­ber 14 and along with CVs they should be submitted to the Chair­per­son, Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Com­mis­sion, 262 New Garden Street, Queen­stown.

“[As it per­tained to] the CEO, they haven’t ap­proved the pro­posed ben­e­fits, so they have ad­vised that we should go back out and re-ad­ver­tise…in the new month we will be look­ing to re-ad­ver­tise for the CEO,” Chair­per­son of the PPC Carol Corbin told Stabroek News in an in­ter­view in Septem­ber about the PAC’s po­si­tion on the mat­ter.

In June, PAC Chair­man Ir­faan Ali had told this news­pa­per that the com­mit­tee had submitted its rec­om­men­da­tion to the PPC for com­ment but had re­ceived no feed­back.

Stabroek News un­der­stands that among the rec­om­men­da­tions is that the CEO be paid no more than $700,000 a month, while the Head of Cor­po­rate Ser­vices and Head of Op­er­a­tions were to be paid no more than $500,000 a month.

Corbin said in Septem­ber that she did not know the rea­son why the pro­posed re­mu­ner­a­tion and ben­e­fits for the CEO were re­jected but sur­mised that maybe “What we were propos­ing was maybe ex­or­bi­tant.”

Asked if the Com­mis­sion would scale down the ben­e­fits and re­sub­mit a new pro­posal, she replied in the af­fir­ma­tive.

The PPC last year ad­ver­tised the po­si­tions, while stat­ing that it would be un­able to be­gin its work un­til these po­si­tions were filled. The PPC has al­ready ad­dressed sev­eral mat­ters be­fore it in­clud­ing a probe of the pur­chase of $632m worth of drugs by the Ge­orge­town Pub­lic Hospi­tal.

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