Consultancy services for the development of country project completion reports for the basic needs trust fund seventh and eighth projects – Belize

GOVERNMENT OF BELIZE

BASIC NEEDS TRUST FUND SEVENTH AND EIGHTH PROJECTS

CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF COUNTRY PROJECT COMPLETION REPORTS FOR THE BASIC NEEDS TRUST FUND SEVENTH AND EIGHTH PROJECTS – BELIZE

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

The Government of Belize (GOB) has received financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to develop Country Project Completion Reports for the Basic Needs Trust Fund Seventh and Eighth Projects (BNTF 7 and 8), and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds to eligible payments under a contract for which this invitation is issued.  Payments by CDB will be made only at the request of GOB and upon approval by CDB, and will be subject in all respects to the terms and conditions of the Financing Agreement. The Financing Agreement prohibits withdrawal from the financing account for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities, or for any import of goods, if such payment or import, to the knowledge of CDB, is prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations.  No party other than GOB shall derive any rights from the Financing Agreement or have any claim to the proceeds of the Financing.

The BSIF, the Implementing Agency (IA), now wishes to procure consultancy services to undertake this exercise.

The scope of services for the consultancy include but are not limited to:

  1. Reviewing relevant  BNTF  7  and  8  documentation  submitted  at  appraisal  including  sector portfolios, Community Needs and Assets Assessments, Organizational Needs Assessments, Environmental Monitoring Reports, Environmental Performance Reports and Gender Screening Checklists and during sub-project implementation, Progress Reports, Annual Progress Performance Reports, Sub-project Monitoring Reports, Sub-project Completion Reports, Performance Audits, Oversight Entity Minutes and other minutes of meetings.
  2. Reviewing and applying an Assessment Criteria for the assignment developed in 2014 (Strategic and Poverty Relevance; Results – Efficiency, Effectiveness, Sustainability; Cross-cutting issues such as Gender Equality and Environmental Management and Management Factors).
  3. Conducting interviews with staff of the Implementing Agency, the Oversight Entity and other implementing ministries, agencies and sub-project beneficiaries to obtain important Country Project information and their input to the assessment of BNTF 7 and 8.
  4. Reviewing, where available, and drawing on available beneficiary assessments, case studies and videos to complete the Country Project reports.
  5. Analyzing validity and usefulness of report data on outputs, results and lessons learnt to be incorporated into the Country Project Completion Report (CPCR) as appropriate.
  6. f. Based on  (a)  to  (e)  above, providing the evidence of outputs, outcomes and key  findings, conclusions and main recommendations, including the accountability to stakeholders and the performance of the IA.

The assignment will include in-office, virtual working arrangements, and filed visits.  The Consultancy shall be executed over a period of six (6) weeks.

The BSIF now invites interested eligible consultants to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) indicating qualifications and experience required to provide these consultancy services.

Consultants shall be eligible to participate if:

(a)  in the case of the body corporate, it is legally incorporated or otherwise organized in an eligible country, has its principal place of business in an eligible country and is more than 50% beneficially owned by a citizen(s) and/or bona fide resident(s) of an eligible country(ies) or by a body(ies) corporate meeting these requirements;

(b) in the case of unincorporated firms, the persons are citizens or bona fide residents of an eligible country; and

(c)  in all cases, the consultant has no arrangement and undertakes not to make any arrangements, whereby any substantial part of the net profits or other tangible benefits of the contract will accrue or be paid to a person not a citizen or bona fide resident of an eligible country.

Eligible countries are member countries of CDB.   The Member Countries of the CDB can be found at the following web address:  http://www.caribank.org/about-cdb/member-countries

In the assessment of submissions, consideration will be given to qualifications and experience on similar assignments. All information must be submitted in English. Further information may be obtained from the first address below between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, except on Public Holidays.

One (1) original and four (4) hard copies of the Expression of Interest must be received at the first address below no later than 3:00 p.m. (Belize time) on Friday, November 3, 2017 and one (1) hard copy must be sent simultaneously to CDB at the second address below. The sealed envelope containing each submission should include the name and address of the applicant and shall be clearly marked “Expression of Interest

– Consultancy Services for the Development of Country Project Completion Reports for the Basic

Needs Trust Fund Seventh and Eighth Projects – Belize”.

Following the assessment of submissions, the most technically capable and appropriately experienced applicant will be invited to negotiate a contract to provide the consultancy services.  GOB reserves the right to accept or reject late applications or to cancel the present invitation partially or in its entirety.  It will not be bound to assign any reason for not engaging the services of any applicant and will not defray any costs incurred by any applicant in the preparation and submission of Expressions of Interest.