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  • Applications for Pre-qualification for Civil Infrastructure Works - Anchovy Integrated Infrastructure Project, St. James.

    The Jamaica Social Investment Fund invites eligible applicants to submit Applications for Pre-qualification for Civil Infrastructure Works - Anchovy Integrated Infrastructure Project, St. James.Scope:The scope of works involves Installation of approximately 9.8Km of 200mm diameter D.I. pumping transmission main from Shettlewood Springs to Montpelier, and from Montpelier to Mount Carey re-lifts station. The installation of 2.0Km of 150mm diameter D.I pumping transmission main from Mount Carey re-lift station to the existing Nelson storage tank (100,000 gallons) in Comfort Hall. The Nelson Tank is to be refurbished as it is the main storage facility. The access road to the Nelson tank will also be rehabilitated. The scope also includes full reinstatement of the roadway associated with these transmission mains. The scope also includes the supply and installation of 2 pumps at Shettlewood Springs, and also 2 pumps at the Mount Carey Lift Station. The electrical works associated with the installation of these pumps are also included. A motor control center is to be constructed with additional electrical and mechanical work to support the system. Construction period is twelve (12) months.

    Collection Period: 
    Monday, July 6, 2020 - 7:45am to Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 2:00pm
  • Windsor Community Water Supply Rehabilitation—Seaman’s Valley, Portland (#073573)

    The Government of Jamaica (GOJ) has received funding from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in the amount of US$8,948,000 towards the cost of the Basic Needs Trust Fund Ninth Cycle (BNTF 9). The Jamaica Social Investment Fund as the implementing agency intends to apply part of the proceeds of this grant to cover payments under contracts for which this invitation is issued. Payments by CDB will be made only at the request of GOJ 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 GOJ shall derive any rights from the Financing Agreement or have any claim to the proceeds of the Financing.  The Project is being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund.  The Jamaica Social Investment Fund has contracted a Consultant who will provide design and supervision services for the Project activities.   The Jamaica Social Investment Fund, the Executing Agency, now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for - Windsor Community Water Supply Rehabilitation—Seaman’s Valley, Portland (#073573)  The works include, but are not limited to the following: The scope of works involves excavation and earthworks to establish new pipelines and water  infrastructure in varying terrain; installation, cleaning and testing of 2201 M of 75mm (4”) PVC Pipes  with associated fittings and valves in Seaman’s Valley Portland; Installation cleaning and testing of  1662M of 150mm (8’) Galvanized Pipes; Installation of Chlorination System etc. Construction period  is six (6) months.  

    Collection Period: 
    Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 7:30am to Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 12:00pm
  • CANCELLATION OF A WORKS TENDER PROCEDURE TENDER 7

    Lot 1: Adelphi Health Centre ConstructionLot 2: Barrett Town Health Centre Expansion   Lot 3: Flanker Health Centre Expansion and Rehabilitation     Lot 4: Granville Health Centre Expansion and Rehabilitation 

    Collection Period: 
    Monday, June 8, 2020 - 12:15pm to Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 12:15pm
  • CANCELLATION OF A WORKS TENDER PROCEDURE TENDER 5

    Lot 1: Olympic Garden Health Centre Expansion & RehabilitationLot 2: Adelphi Police Station Expansion & Rehabilitation Lot 3: Denham Town Police Station Rehabilitation       Lot 4: Mount Salem Police Station Construction 

    Collection Period: 
    Monday, June 8, 2020 - 12:15pm to Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 12:15pm
  • CANCELLATION OF A WORKS TENDER PROCEDURE TENDER 8

    Lot 1: Frankly Town Police Station ConstructionLot 2: Spanish Town Police Station Expansion and Rehabilitation   Lot 3: Four Paths Police Station Expansion and Rehabilitation       Lot 4: Lionel Town Police Station Expansion and Rehabilitation       Lot 5: Central Village Health Centre Expansion and Rehabilitation 

    Collection Period: 
    Monday, June 8, 2020 - 12:15pm to Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 12:15pm
  • Social Workers Being Trained To Provide Psychosocial Support To At-Risk Children

    Thursday, June 4, 2020
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    Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 12:00pm
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    Thirty social workers from the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) are benefiting from training aimed at equipping them to provide psychosocial support to more than 6,500 at-risk children who are wards of the State.The training in clinical social work is a collaborative effort involving the CPFSA, Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), and The Mico University College and is being carried out at a cost of $2,685,500.It is being facilitated by The Mico and is certified by the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) as a professional development course.Speaking at the virtual launch on Wednesday (June 3), Director of Children and Family Programmes, CPFSA, Audrey Budhi, said that the training is important for social workers, as they are key players in the care and protection of children who are at risk.She said that the course will build the capacity of social workers to respond to a child dealing with trauma, including carrying out psychological assessment and designing an intervention plan in keeping with the child’s particular needs.Ms. Budhi said that equipping social workers in this way will also reduce the burden on the small team of psychologists who serve children in childcare facilities.President of The Mico University College, Dr. Asburn Pinnock, for his part, commended the partners for pressing ahead with the project despite the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and pledged his full support.“This is a worthy cause as we seek to upgrade our social workers and ensure that social intervention in our society, in our school system and in our community is in good hands,” he added.Senior Manager at JSIF, Mona Sue Ho, said the agency is pleased to support the programme.“The training of the CPFSA social workers forms a part of our Youth at Risk project that does not only boost the capacity of social workers in clinical social work but it also increases the capacity of caregivers to provide quality care and support for the nation’s children in private and public homes,” she noted.Ms. Sue Ho said that, overall, the investment will benefit approximately 16,000 children and families.The training course will be taught online on Wednesdays and Fridays from June 5 to September 25, and will include a month-long practicum in October.Areas to be covered include approaches to clinical social work, child psychopathology, conflict management, human sexuality issues, dealing with grief and trauma, ethical and legal issues in social work and clinical counselling skills, and techniques for social workers.

  • Kingston coastline face-lift under way

    Heavy machinery manoeuvres boulders along the Kingston waterfront in the vicinity of the Rae Town fishing village. A multimillion-dollar shoreline protection wall, or stone guard, is being constructed as a buffer against sea surges.
    Friday, May 29, 2020
    Date Published: 
    Friday, May 29, 2020 - 12:00pm
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    Kingston’s coastline, stretching from Rae Town to the Bank of Jamaica along Port Royal Street, is currently undergoing major restoration, made possible through a US$30-million loan from the World Bank.The loan was provided under the multilateral’s Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project.The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) is the lead agency.JSIF Managing Director Omar Sweeney said that the Port Royal Street Coastal Revetment Project alone will cost approximately JMD$950 million. The aim of this and other projects under the programme is to strengthen the country’s resilience to natural disasters.Sweeney told The Gleaner that other portions of the loan have enabled the upgrading of fire stations in Montego Bay, St James; Yallahs, St Thomas; and Port Maria, St Mary. It also covers the overhaul of the Earthquake Unit at The University of the West Indies. All the unit’s equipment was changed from analogue to digital and new monitoring stations built across the island, which will enhance the monitoring centre’s “analysis of earthquake events”.“Now we have turned our attention to the coastal vulnerabilities we have. We are doing studies of around eight coastal areas across the country that are vulnerable,” said Sweeney.A buffer of boulders is being built to cushion heavy surges.“That artery is one that provides an important link from the east to the west. That road provides an important connection point, and it is currently being undermined by wave action,” said the JSIF managing director of the stone guard, which is similar to the one along the Palisadoes road leading to the Norman Manley International Airport.Once the road is lifted, a boardwalk with green spaces will be installed.“It is tied into the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation’s overall plan for the management and development of Kingston and that it also includes vulnerable communities along the corridor,” Sweeeny said.Other coastal areas being targeted by the project are Manchioneal, Portland; Lucea, Hanover; Black River, St Elizabeth; and Hellshire in Portmore, St Catherine.The deadline for implementation of the entire loan is 2023.

  • 93 Persons Trained To Work In Communities As Utility Wardens

    Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Michael Henry (3rd left) presents the most improved trophy to Kenneth Williams (2nd left), during the graduation ceremony for the Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF) Alternative Livelihood Skills Programme (ALSP), held at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on February 25. Looking on (from left) are: Water Audit Specialist/Trainer and Chief Executive Officer, Diaspora AI, Dr. Kala Fleming; Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney; and Social Services Manager at the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Gresford Bennett.
    Thursday, February 27, 2020
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    Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 12:00pm
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    Ninety-three persons from 18 communities across seven parishes have been trained and certified in advanced plumbing, leak detection and repairs under the Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF) Alternative Livelihood Skills Programme (ALSP).They will work in their communities for three months as utility wardens to ensure that residents have access to plumbers with leak detection and water conservation expertise. They will also receive toolkits to support their work.On February 25, the trainees were presented with their Institute of International Recognized Qualification (IRRQ) for Specialised Training in Advanced Water Audit and Treatment, during a ceremony held at the Spanish Court Hotel in New KingstonThe training course also covered areas such as water auditing, soft skills and business development.In his address at the ceremony, Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Michael Henry, urged the graduates to continue learning and to excel in their new profession.He said the training course is critical in light of the effects of climate change, which “(forces) us to manage water in many different forms.”“Training utility wardens is one of the strategies we will use to monitor and manage the availability and delivery of potable water to our citizens… (They) will seek to manage the water availability, delivery…and monitor the quality of delivered product,” he pointed out.Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney, said that the young people will be able to work with the National Water Commission (NWC) to carry out their trade and urged them to learn from the internship.He noted that the ALSP programme is reaching at-risk youth, providing them with training and certification in several key areas.He noted that in the last year, close to 1000 unattached young people were targeted under the initiative.“This is a programme we hope to expand and we hope to see the successful development of the youth,” Mr. Sweeney said.Valedictorian, Denese Austin, expressed gratitude for the training on behalf of her fellow graduates, noting that it will enhance their employability.The training was delivered by Change Makers Limited with support from IIRQ and Industrial Solutions.Two special sessions were conducted by Chief Executive Officer of Diaspora AI, Dr. Kala Fleming, covering topics such as advanced leak detection and the implementation of AI plumbing.The entity uses emerging technologies to improve how water services are delivered across Africa and the Caribbean.Other speakers at the function included Dr. Fleming; Acting Vice President, Divisional Operations Eastern, NWC, Dr. Phillipa Campbell Francis; Managing Director, Change Makers Limited, Samantha Chantrelle; and graduates Tavajay Tennant, Bryan Campbell and Kenton Billings.

  • Inner-City Youth In Central And Western Jamaica Trained In Event Production

    Social Services Manager at Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Gresford Bennett (right) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Main Event Entertainment Group Limited, Solomon Sharpe (left), with Clayon Elliott (second left) and Clevaughn Lee, who were named top male students at the western Event Production Training Programme graduation ceremony, held on Monday (December 16), at Grandiosa Hotel, Montego Bay, St. James.
    Wednesday, December 18, 2019
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    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 12:00pm
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    Thirty-two young persons from inner-city communities in Central and Western Jamaica have been trained and certified in event production, under a partnership between the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and M-Academy.They were presented with their certificates at a graduation ceremony, held on Monday (December 16), at Grandiosa Hotel, Montego Bay, St. James.The participants, drawn from violence-prone communities in St. Ann, Clarendon, St. James and Westmoreland, took part in an intensive 35-day training course, which focused mainly on the technical elements of event production, namely audio, video, lighting and staging.The programme received a $21-million grant from JSIF, through its Integrated Community Development Project, geared at equipping Jamaicans with alternative livelihood skills development and training in event production.Speaking at the ceremony, Social Services Manager at JSIF, Gresford Bennett, described the programme as a tool of empowerment for the 32 graduates, noting that certification can immediately take the participants into contractual, freelance or permanent employment.“The skill for us is not the result we (JSIF) seek. The skill itself is just a tool of social upliftment for you to actually reach the place that you would like to be. For you to be able to care for your babies, for you to fix up the house, for you to buy a car like anybody else and for you to pay your bills,” he told the graduates.For his part, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Main Event Entertainment Group Limited, developer of M-Academy, Solomon Sharpe, urged the graduates to capitalise on their training, as there is a huge demand for personnel in event production.“I want you guys (graduates) to understand that this opportunity that you are getting is real. This is not one of those other training sessions. My job was to provide an opportunity for others out there like you,” he told the graduates.Mr. Sharpe said with the continued growth in the hotel room stock in St. James and other western parishes, the industry is ripe with opportunities, in particular the meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) market within the tourism sector.“The rooms that are being built are not for the traditional tourist. Tourism is now focused on groups that are now coming here for events, who are coming here for weddings, who are coming here for anniversaries. So, you have what is called the MICE market,” he noted.In his remarks, Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis, said the training progromme as timely, noting that western Jamaica is poised for exponential growth in the tourism sector, which will see a demand for workers in event production and entertainment.“I charge you graduates to leave this training programme with your eyes fixed on making a meaningful contribution to the entertainment and event management sector. It is an evolving industry,” he said.Some 106 young people from 18 inner-city communities across Jamaica have now benefited from the event production skills training programme since the start of the initiative in April 2019.

  • $109 Million Contract Signed for New Yallas Fire Station

    Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Mike Henry (left), affixes his signature to the $109.49 million contract for construction of the Yallahs Fire Station in St. Thomas, during the signing ceremony at Jamaica House on Friday (Nov. 22). The other signatories (from second left) are: Managing Director, Alcar Construction and Haulage Company Limited, Junior Leslie; Managing Director, Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeney; and Chairman, JSIF, Dr. Wayne Henry.
    Sunday, November 24, 2019
    Date Published: 
    Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 12:00pm
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    Citizens of Yallahs in St. Thomas will have a new fire station by August next year.This follows the signing of a $109.49 million contract for construction of the facility on Friday (Nov. 22) at Jamaica House. To be located at West Main Drive in Yallahs, the two-storey structure will serve approximately 95,000 residents of the town and surrounding communities.Features of the building include male and female dormitories; two engine bays; kitchen; recreation room; fitness area; control room; bathrooms; rainwater harvesting system; and emergency medical room. The contractor is Alcar Construction and Haulage Company Limited.Construction of the Yallahs Fire Station is being undertaken under the Jamaica Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (JDVRP), which is being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) with funding from the World Bank.JDVRP is aimed at enhancing the country’s resilience against disaster and climate risk. Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, under which JSIF falls, Hon. Mike Henry, said that the Yallahs station is one of three facilities being built under JDVRP.The others are the $534.9 million Barnett Street Fire Station in Montego Bay for which ground was broken in June, and the $217 million state-of-the-art Port Maria Fire Station in St. Mary for which a contract was signed in October.Minister Henry thanked the World Bank for working closely with JSIF in helping the country to reduce disaster and climate vulnerability, by among other things, constructing national priority infrastructure such as fire stations.The new Yallahs Fire Station will be built to withstand natural disasters, particularly storm surges.It will accommodate up to 40 firefighters, with 10 on duty at any given time, and the building will be disabled-friendly.The station will also serve as a venue for conferences and training sessions for the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB). In the meantime, two water tender trucks, which were acquired under the JDVRP, were officially handed over to the brigade during the signing ceremony.They each have an 8,000-litre reinforced coated steel tank, and maximum water pumping capacity of 1,000 litres per minute.The trucks provide for easy maneuverability on hilly terrain and narrow roadways and come equipped with attachments and tools such as fire extinguishers, hydrant hoses and adapters, hydrant key and suction wrenches. 

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