Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) – Consultancy Services for Project Manager/Coordinator – BNTF 10, Belmopan, Belize

                                                         GOVERNMENT OF BELIZE

 Basic Needs Trust Fund Tenth Programme (BNTF 10)

CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR PROJECT MANAGER/COORDINATOR – BNTF 10,BELMOPAN, BELIZE

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

The Government of Belize (GOB) has received financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) towards implementing the BNTF10 Country Programme, which aims to increase access to quality education services in various parts of Belize.  The Project comprises small-scale infrastructure works and capacity building for key stakeholders.  The GOB has appointed the Belize Social Investment Fund (BSIF) as the Implementing Agency (IA) for the Project, 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 IA, now wishes to procure Consultancy Services for a suitably qualified and experienced Project Manager/Coordinator to manage and coordinate all the activities of the BNTF Tenth Programme. The individual consultant will be stationed at the SIF Office in Belmopan, Belize.

The Project Manager/Coordinator (PM) will report to the assigned Operations Officer and/or Portfolio Manager at CDB, Barbados, through the Executive Director of the Social Investment Fund (SIF), who is an ex-officio member and Secretary of the Oversight Entity (OE) as well as the head of the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) Implementing Agency (IA). The PM will manage and coordinate all the activities of the BNTF 10th Programme and will report on the day-to-day operations of the IA to the Executive Director of the SIF, who in turn will report to the Chairperson of the OE. The PM will be responsible for establishing and maintaining contact with the relevant government ministries, non- governmental organisations (NGOs), civil society organisations and the private sector and for negotiating integral partnerships. The PM will have responsibility for managing project resources and relevant IA staff and supervising the implementation of all sub-projects under this Programme. The duration of the assignment is expected to be for a period of four (4) years. Contracts will be on a full-time basis for a two-year period and subject to renewable based on satisfactory performance evaluation.

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

Qualifications and Experience:

The PM is expected to have at least a Master’s Degree in project management, development studies, social sciences disciplines, natural sciences or engineering and a minimum of 5 years’ experience or a Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of 10 years’ experience as a project manager. Expertise in the management of rural development projects and proficiency in computer skills are prerequisites. It would be advantageous if the PM has demonstrated competence in managing donor-funded programmes and the ability to effectively communicate with community groups, Government officials, donors, private sector representatives and NGOs. Knowledge of gender analysis and environmental sustainability are also desired. Good written and oral communication skills are required.

Consultants shall be eligible to participate if:

  • the persons are citizens or bona fide 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/aboutcdb/membercountries.

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 qualifications and experience on similar assignments. All information must be submitted in English. Terms of Reference and any additional information may be obtained from the first address below between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, except on Public Holidays.

 

One (1) electronic copy (in .pdf format) of the Expression of Interest (complete with signed cover letter, CV, copies of degrees/certificates and two references must be received (via email) at the email address provided within the first address below no later than 10:00 a.m. (Belize time) on Monday, September 13, 2021 and a copy must be sent simultaneously to CDB at the email address provided within the second address below.  The subject of the email shall read “BNTF 10 – Expression of Interest – Consultancy Services for Project Manager/Coordinator”.

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.

 

 

Address:

1. Senior Procurement Officer

             Belize Social Investment Fund

             3rd Floor 

             #1902 Constitution Drive

             Belmopan

             BELIZE

2. Procurement Officer

             Caribbean Development Bank

             P.O. Box 408              Wildey

             St. Michael

             BARBADOS, W.I. 

             Tel. (501) 822-0239; Fax. (501) 822-0279                  Tel. (246) 431-1600; Fax. (246) 426-7269           

Email: ruby.pascascio@sifbelize.org and                    Email: procurement@caribank.org copy to nellie.trench@sifbelize.org           

 

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