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  • PROCUREMENT OF I.T. EQUIPMENT FOR THE JAMAICA SOCIAL INVESTMENT FUND (JSIF)

    The Government of Jamaica has received a loan from the World Bank towards the cost of the INTEGRATED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (ICDP). The Jamaica Social Investment Fund intends to apply part of the proceeds of this loan to cover payments under the following contracts: PROCUREMENT OF I.T. EQUIPMENT FOR JSIF - Bid No. 8944 Lot 1:    18 Desktops (General staff low)                    Lot 2:    10 Desktops (General staff Mid)                                               Lot 3:    10 Desktops (General staff Gen)Lot 4:    3 Desktops (Developer PCs)Lot 5:    4 Laptops (General staff)Lot 6:    5 Laptops (Management)Lot 7:    1 Laptop (Executive)Lot 8:    6 Tablet PC (Management) NOTE:  BIDDERS MAY BID ON ANY OR ALL LOTS

    Bid Number: 
    8944
    Collection Period: 
    Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 9:00am to Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 12:00pm
  • PROCUREMENT OF I.T. EQUIPMENT FOR THE JAMAICA SOCIAL INVESTMENT FUND (JSIF)

    Collection Period: 
    Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 9:00am to Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 12:00pm
  • PROCUREMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLE

    The Jamaica Social Investment Fund now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for the Procurement of Motor Vehicle. The scope of works involves the supply and delivery on site of: Two (2) 4 x 4 Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) - Current year or latest model. The delivery period is a Maximum of Three (3) months.      All Bidders must be registered with the National Contracts Commission (NCC) at the time of bid opening in the category “Motor Vehicles and Spares” (See www.ocg.gov.jm). 

    Collection Period: 
    Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 8:30am to Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 12:00pm
  • REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR CONSULTANCY FIRM FOR THE UNDERSTANDING RISK – MICROZONATION STUDIES (073611)

    The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) was established in 1996 as a component of the Government of Jamaica’s strategy to reduce poverty.  The Fund promotes, appraises, finances and supervises social and economic infrastructure projects, including schools, roads, agro-processing, water, sanitation, health centres, community centres, homes for children and the elderly, as well as, vocational skills training, counselling, parenting, life skills, education and organizational strengthening.  The Government of Jamaica has received a loan from the World Bank towards the cost of the JAMAICA DISASTER VULNERABILITY REDUCTION PROJECT (JDVRP). The Jamaica Social Investment Fund as the executing agency, intends to apply part of the proceeds of this loan to cover payments under this contract.  The project requires the services of a Consultancy Firm to conduct microzonation studies in eight (8) locations across Jamaica - Port Maria, Manchioneal, Ocho Rios, Morant Bay, Black River, Savanna-la-Mar, Alligator Pond and Portland Cottage.  Please visit the JSIF website, http://www.jsif.org to view the detailed Terms of Reference and the EOI Submission Standard Forms.    Expressions of Interest (EOIs) should be submitted in the formats provided on the  EOI Submission Standard Forms and  must be delivered to the address below or emailed to contracting@jsif.org  before 5:00 p.m. on  Wednesday, January 29, 2020.    

    Collection Period: 
    Monday, January 6, 2020 - 9:30am to Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 5:00pm
  • 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
    Date Published: 
    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 12:00pm
    News Detail: 

    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
    News Detail: 

    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. 

  • Owning their peace - Police, Kingston and St James residents welcome curfew monitoring programme

    A young student walks along Regent Street in Denham Town, West Kingston, as police patrol during a curfew held in the community earlier this year.
    Sunday, November 24, 2019
    Date Published: 
    Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 12:45pm
    News Detail: 

    When 54-year-old Erica Swaby puts on her Curfew Monitor uniform and steps out into her community of Denham Town in West Kingston, she is engulfed by a heady mixture of pride and grief.Six years ago, two of Swaby’s four sons, ages 19 and 17, were killed by cops, following alleged involvement in criminal activities in Denham Town and its West Kingston environs. She said she watched as her third child, Stephen Scott, took his final breaths in a police jeep in 2013.“One dead and me bury him, and within four months time dem (police) kill the next one,” reflected Swaby during a special workshop in St Ann for new curfew monitors. The programme is being funded by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) at approximately $2.5 million.“One dead 12 day before him 20th birthday; and one dead July 11, and him birthday was June the ninth. It affect me wicked, enuh. It affect me until now,” she said.“If me hear two gunshot fire now me just start tremble and start see him (Scott) a throw back inna di jeep ... . All a dat come back pon me when me hear gunshot,” continued Swaby, also recounting how her youngest son, Damar Lewis, pleaded with cops in the background as her friend urged her to “come quick” in a telephone call. Later, he turned up at hospital dead.‘Bad company’Despite her losses, Swaby said she carries no contempt for the police. In fact, she holds a special regard for some, especially those currently at the helm of the West Kingston Division.She regrets, however, that she had not spent more time shielding her sons from “bad company”, which in West Kingston lurks on almost all corners filled with unattached youths.“You have good cops and you have bad cops; and guess what, when you get involved in (bad) things then you know you agguh dead too,” she said. “If this programme was around, maybe my pickney wouldn’t dead. They would be here right next to me.“I love boys and I would like better for the youths in West Kingston. That is why I am a part of the programme and do what I do,” said Swaby, noting that in addition to the stern tongue, children in her community need loving arms and listening ears.JSIF organisers are hoping to extend the initiative into other zones of special operations.Last Friday, Assistant Superintendent Noel Daley, of the Kingston Western Division, told The Sunday Gleaner that the initiative launched in October is part of a six-point community safety plan. Four of the points are aimed at protecting the well-being of children, he said.“It’s a serious issue. I remember in last year November we went to have a meeting in Denham Town and the night before a two-year-old child got shot. If the curfew programme was up and running then, where we were able to get children off the streets, then that child would not be exposed to this level of violence,” said Daley, noting that curfew hours for children are 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 p.m. on weekends.“Like any programme, there are some hiccups because the programme has just started. The majority of the persons are complying. There are some who refuse to comply. Some parents can’t control their children,” he said.“Some of the business places, they are concerned because they are saying that the children are the bulk of their customers, and when they are off the street at a certain time, ‘who will buy from them’, and so on. But they are not looking at the safety of the children, they are looking at their personal gains,” he said, adding that police patrols provide watch over the monitors in the event of any problems.Praise for West KingstonIn the meantime, Daley praised West Kingston, which was declared a ZOSO two years ago, among the most improved in the island in terms of homicides. He said the focus now is to address the social challenges which plague the communities.Last week’s two-day workshop was also aimed at introducing representatives from Mount Salem and Barrett Town in St James to the project. Organisers plan to extend its reach into those areas.“This programme is very important. We need to get the children off the road. It is not a want. We need to get them off the road. But you see the parents of some of the pickney them, you have to be prepared and brace yourself for anything,” said Dawn King, a representative from Mount Salem. 

  • Consultancy Services for the Design and Supervision of Mount Moriah Primary Rehabilitation (St. Ann)

    The Jamaica Social Investment Fund, the Executing Agency, now wishes to procure Consultancy Services for the Design and Supervision of Mount Moriah Primary Rehabilitation - (St. Ann)   The objective of the consultancy is to provide Design Services to include inter alia the preparation of Architectural Designs, Structural Designs, Electrical Designs, Construction Drawings, Technical Specifications, Cost Estimates and Construction Supervision Services.  The duration of the assignment is expected to be for a period of seventeen (17) months. The Jamaica Social Investment Fund now invites interested eligible Consulting Firms to submit Expressions of Interest for the provision of these consultancy services. 

    Collection Period: 
    Friday, November 15, 2019 - 1:30pm to Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 5:00pm
  • Consultancy Services for the Design and Supervision of Grange Hill Primary School (Westmoreland)

    The Jamaica Social Investment Fund, the Executing Agency, now wishes to procure Consultancy Services for the Design and Supervision of Grange Hill Primary Expansion and Rehabilitation - (Westmoreland).   The objective of the consultancy is to provide Design Services to include inter alia the preparation of Architectural Designs, Structural Designs, Electrical Designs, Construction Drawings, Technical Specifications, Cost Estimates and Construction Supervision Services.  The duration of the assignment is expected to be for a period of seventeen (17) months. The Jamaica Social Investment Fund now invites interested eligible Consulting Firms to submit Expressions of Interest for the provision of these consultancy services. 

    Collection Period: 
    Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:30am to Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 5:00pm
  • Denham Town Curfew Monitors

    Denham Town Curfew Monitors at their graduation event joined by Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney (left); Mona Sue-Ho, Social Development Manager (centre); Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Steve McGregor(right) and Senior Superintendent of Police Calvin Small, head of the St. Ann Police Division (back left)
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