GOVERNMENT OF BELIZE
BELIZE SOCIAL INVESTMENT FUND LOAN III
Gender and social inclusion specialist to enhance the capacity of Belize social investment fund in participatory methods to strengthen inclusion and empowerment of women and vulnerable groups
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
The Government of Belize (GOB) has received financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to enhance the Belize Social Investment Fund’s (BSIF) capacity to apply participatory and action research methods to strengthen the participation of women and youth in community development, 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 Executing Agency, wishes to procure consultancy services to undertake this capacity building exercise.
The scope of services for the consultancy include but are not limited to:
- Review the instruments used by BSIF staff in undertaking participatory and action research in project communities;
- Assess the capacities of BSIF staff in applying participatory and action research methods in community development;
- Based on (a) and (b) above, identify opportunities to broaden inclusion of women and vulnerable groups;
- Conduct a one-week training with BSIF staff in participatory and action research methods for all stages of the project cycle and develop a toolkit for BSSIF staff. The toolkit shall be accompanied by a booklet which outlines methodological steps for the conduct of an enhanced Community Needs Assets Assessment;
- Conduct a gender-sensitization session with BSIF staff; and
- Together with BSIF staff, will apply participatory and action research methods in selected subprojects in the different sectors of health, education, water and sanitation, organizational strengthening, and social services intermittently over a one-year period.
The consultancy team will work intermittently and strategically over a period of one year. The assignment will take 50 days.
The BSIF now invites interested eligible consultants to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the provision of these consultancy services.
Consultants shall be eligible to participate if:
- in the case of a 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 per cent beneficially owned by citizen(s) and/or bona fide resident(s) of eligible country(ies) or by a body(ies) corporate meeting these requirements;
- in the case of individuals and unincorporated firms, the persons or citizens or bona fide resident or residents of an eligible country; and 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
The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of CDB’s Guidelines for the Selection and Engagement of Consultants (2011), setting forth CDB’s policy on conflict of interest. In the assessment of submissions, consideration will be given to technical competence, qualifications and experience, local and regional experience on similar assignments, financial capability and existing commitments. All information must be submitted in English. Further information may be obtained from the first address below between the hours of 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.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. on Friday, September 1, 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
– Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist to Enhance the Capacity of BSIF in Participatory Methods to Strengthen Inclusion and Empowerment of Women and Vulnerable Groups”.
Following the assessment of submissions, a short-list, of not less than three and not more than six applicants will be compiled. Consultants on the short list will be provided with full terms of reference, and invited to submit technical and financial proposals to undertake the assignment. 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 short-listing any applicant and will not defray any costs incurred by any applicant in the preparation and submission of statements.
Envelopes should be addressed to: