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  • Application deadline extended for JSIF Enterprise Development Grant

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020
    Date Published: 
    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 12:00pm
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    The deadline for submission of applications for the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Enterprise Development Grant has been extended to Friday, September 18, at 4:00 p.m.A grant of up to $400,000 is available to eligible entrepreneurs from the communities of Salt Spring and Anchovy in St. James; Treadlight in Clarendon, and August Town, Greenwich Town and Denham Town in Kingston and St. Andrew.The enterprise or business must be based in the community and be operational for at least two years prior to applying for the grant.Application forms and guidelines are available on JSIF’s website at www.jsif.org and should be submitted along with a proposal outlining how the grant will be used.Submissions may be made electronically to feedback@jsif.org or dropped off at JSIF’s office, located at 11 Oxford Road (Entrance on Norwood Avenue), Kingston 5.Hard-copy application forms and proposals are to be placed in a sealed envelope and labelled ‘ICDP II Enterprise Development Grant’.The grant programme is being implemented by JSIF under the second phase of the Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP), being funded by the Government of Jamaica.

  • REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR CONSULTANCY FIRM FOR MYTON GULLY SOCIAL ASSESSMENT AND RESETTLEMENT ACTION FRAMEWORK (073659)

    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 a social assessment of the likely physical and economic effects residents of Myton Gully may encounter during the project implementation. The Consultant will also be required to create a Resettlement Action Framework to inform mitigation strategies.

    Collection Period: 
    Monday, September 14, 2020 - 2:45pm to Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 5:00pm
  • GOJ Community Electrification Project in Kingston & St. Andrew, Western Jamaica, Northern Jamaica and Central Jamaica (#073655)

    INVITATION FOR BIDSThe Government of Jamaica established the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) to assist in its poverty eradication programme. Jamaica Social Investment Fund has entered into a partnership with the Ministry of Science, Energy & Technology for Facilitation of House Wiring Functions. The Jamaica Social Investment Fund intends to use part of the proceeds of this agreement to cover payments under the following contracts:

    1. The Jamaica Social Investment Fund now invites sealed bids from eligible and qualified bidders for the GOJ Community Electrification Project in Kingston & St. Andrew, Western Jamaica, Northern Jamaica and Central Jamaica (#073655)

    The scope of works involves provision of Domestic House Wiring services as per GOJ Communities specified. Basic electrification inclusive of provision of 2 lights/2 plugs and submission for GEI inspection.

    Bid Number: 
    11711
    Collection Period: 
    Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 8:30am to Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 12:00pm
  • PROCUREMENT OF JSIF VIDEO CONFERENCING & CORPORATE COMMUNICATION MULTI-MEDIA SOLUTION

    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 education and organizational strengthening.The Government of Jamaica has received a loan from the World Bank towards the cost of the SECOND RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INTITIATIVE (REDI II) PROJECT. The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) intends to apply part of the proceeds of this loan to cover payments under the following contract:Bid # 11727 - Procurement of Video Conferencing & Corporate Communication Multi-Media Solution for Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) (#73670)

    Bid Number: 
    11727
    Collection Period: 
    Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 9:00am to Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 12:00pm
  • Montego Bay Fire Station 70 Per Cent Complete

    Omar Sweeney, Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), says although the construction work on the headquarters of the Montego Bay Fire Station on Barnett Street in the city is behind by three months, it will be completed within budget.
    Saturday, August 8, 2020
    Date Published: 
    Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 12:00pm
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    Omar Sweeney, managing director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), says although the construction work on the headquarters of the Montego Bay Fire Station on Barnett Street in the city is behind by three months, it will be completed within budget.The project is costing some $550 million."We have about a three-month delay now due to the lock down from the coronavirus crisis. I think, however, that we are on track to finish up about November," Sweeney said while touring the facility with Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday evening."It is our intention to continue to move the project along. As you see, we are about 70 per cent complete right now,” he said.The project, which is being undertaken by JSIF under its Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Programme, commenced last June and was to be completed in about a year.  "We started construction last summer (June 2019) and we anticipated at the time that it would have been completed in June of this year. We are now working on allowed time within the allotted budget, and so far we have no issues," Sweeney added. The fire station  was closed and the building demolished in 2006 after the facility fell into disrepair. It was relocated to Freeport in Montego Bay.Sweeney said, on completion, the Montego Bay Fire Station  will house dormitory facilities to allow for the smooth deployment of fire fighters across various shifts, with adequate administrative facilities and parking bays for five fire trucks and an ambulance.

  • Senior Financial Analyst

    The Jamaica Social Investment Fund seeks to hire a suitably qualified person for the post of: SENIOR FINANCIAL ANALYST/BUDGET OFFICER Reporting to the Senior Manager Finance the incumbent has responsibility for the coordination and preparation of corporate budgets and cash flow forecasts, the overall financial management of project funds and the coordination and preparation of various financial reports and funding applications in accordance with funding agency requirements, statutory regulations, and company policies. Key Responsibilities

    • Coordinate and compile annual corporate budget including project and administrative expense components, finalize budget in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, and monitor and report on actual results on an ongoing basis.
    • Prepare annual consolidated cash flow forecasts covering all bank accounts including local and foreign currency accounts, and update forecasts on monthly or quarterly basis, or as required.
    • Review funding agreements and ensure compliance with all conditions.
    • Coordinate the preparation and submission of expenditure reports and funding applications to funding agencies.
    • Formulate and monitor allocation of overhead expenses across funding agencies and provide information as required to project and executive management.
    • Ensure external inquiries regarding project funding or expenditure from all stakeholders are resolved.
    • Review system of internal controls to ensure that proper controls are maintained and make recommendations to the Senior Manager, Finance regarding improvements to practices and procedures in use.

    Requirements:

    • ACCA, CPA or other equivalent
    • At least 5 years of related experience in management accounting, financial reporting and control, and budget preparation
    • A minimum of 3 years’ experience at the supervisory level
    • Knowledge and application of generally accepted accounting principles and international financial reporting standards (IFRS)
    • Treasury management experience, including familiarity with electronic payment mechanisms and control features would be a distinct advantage.
    • Knowledge of Government of Jamaica accounting policies, procedures and practices and requirements of the Financial Administration and Audit Act
    • Experience with accounting systems software - knowledge of ACCPAC would be a distinct advantage
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel and Word
    • Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
    • Ability to work on own initiative
    • Result oriented - ability to work under pressure and meet stringent deadlines
    • Ability to work independently, in teams or lead a team, both cohesively and efficiently.

     If you meet the requirements, please submit your application by close of business on August 20, 2020 to:General Manager Corporate ServicesJamaica Social Investment Fund11 Oxford Road (Entrance on Norwood Avenue)Kingston 5 Or Email: jobs@jsif.org We thank all interested applicants however only persons short-listed for interviews will be contacted 

  • Project Officer

    The Jamaica Social Investment Fund seeks to hire suitably qualified persons in the fields of tourism or agriculture to fill the posts of PROJECT OFFICER.The Second Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI II), a project of the Government of Jamaica being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), mandate is to enhance market access and climate resilience of micro, small and medium-sized agriculture and community tourism enterprises. The project will have a countrywide approach in areas with good potential growth. REDI II seeks to enhance the production, service capacity and access to market of operators in agriculture and tourism. In the case of agriculture, it involves increasing crops, livestock production and productivity, marketing processing and value addition. In the case of community tourism, it involves increasing the number of visitors to community enterprises and developing more diverse value chain linkages to generate a CTE ecosystem (cluster approach).

  • Business Development Specialist

    The Jamaica Social Investment Fund seeks to hire a suitably qualified person to fill the post of BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST.The Second Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI II), a project of the Government of Jamaica being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), mandate is to enhance market access and climate resilience of micro, small and medium-sized agriculture and community tourism enterprises. The project will have a countrywide approach in areas with good potential growth. REDI II seeks to enhance the production, service capacity and access to market of operators in agriculture and tourism. In the case of agriculture, it involves increasing crops, livestock production and productivity, marketing processing and value addition. In the case of community tourism, it involves increasing the number of visitors to community enterprises and developing more diverse value chain linkages to generate a CTE ecosystem (cluster approach).

  • Grants For Small And Medium-Sized Tourism And Agriculture Enterprises

    Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund, (JSIF), Omar Sweeney.
    July 24, 2020
    Date Published: 
    Friday, July 24, 2020 - 12:00pm
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    Small and medium-sized enterprises in the tourism and agriculture sectors are set to benefit from grants of up to US$500,000, through the second phase of the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI II).Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) is implementing the initiative under a US$40-million loan from the World Bank.Managing Director at JSIF, Omar Sweeney told JIS News that entities will become eligible for these grants on the basis of responding to a call for proposals.“So, we will be sensitising the different parishes through the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) to let persons know the different types of projects and proposals that they can submit,” he said.The call for proposals will outline the standard eligibility and priority criteria.Mr. Sweeney indicated that once the call is issued, persons are expected to submit their applications for evaluation and to also propose the level of funding they would like to receive.“A big focus of the project is promoting the linkages between agriculture and tourism. We want more farmers to participate in the provision of goods and services to the hotel or the hospitality industry, as well as we want the hospitality industry to request those products from our farmers,” Mr. Sweeney said.“We want to build reliability – the assurance that supplies can be consistent and in keeping with international quality standards. And so entities that need the push to get them to that level is what we are specifically targeting. Those are the types of proposals that will be favourable because the idea is to ultimately reduce our food import bill and increase the market share of local producers, growers and manufacturers in the industry,” he added.Entities applying for a grant must be registered with the Department of Co-operatives and Friendly Societies or the Companies Office of Jamaica. If for any reason infrastructure development is required, ownership of the property or at least a 20-year lease is also required.The first phase of the REDI project was successfully concluded in 2017. It benefited more than 19,000 micro and small-scale rural producers as well as providers of tourism products and services.

  • Social Workers Being Trained To Provide Psychosocial Support To At-Risk Children

    Thursday, June 4, 2020
    Date Published: 
    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.

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