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  • TOURISM SPECIALIST

    A key member of the project management team and reporting to the Project Manager, the incumbent works to support the promotion, identification, design, feasibility, and implementation of competitive and climate-resilient investment subprojects established by beneficiary enterprises (such as cooperatives and benevolent societies, or other legally established companies or associations that may be organized as industry value chains). The incumbent shall provide technical advice to buildout investments to improve the competitiveness of the tourism sector and to promote inclusive rural development (based on the agriculture and tourism nexus) and to ensure the sustainability of the rural enterprises and productive partnerships supported by the project. Provide support to the scoping and implementation of initiatives to strengthen the capacity of relevant public sector institutions and associated entities. 

  • REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR CONSULTANCY FIRM FOR GOJ COMMUNITY ELECTRIFICATION – POLE LINE (073686)

    1. BackgroundThe 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 contract for a Consultancy Firm for GOJ COMMUNITY ELECTRIFICATION-Pole Line (73686) 2. Scope of WorkThe project requires the services of an Electrical Engineering Firm to undertake the design and supervision of works to implement pole line extensions in the Communities listed in the TOR. 3. Qualifications and Experience Interested Consultancy Firms should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualification and relevant experience to perform the services.  Bids will be evaluated on the Technical Proposals, Key Professional Staff and Experience. 4. Duration of ConsultancyThe duration of this contract is three (3) months.  5. Selection MethodConsultancy Firm will be selected using the Quality- and Cost-Based Selection (QCBS) method in accordance with the procedures set out in the Government of Jamaica Handbook of Public Sector Procurement Procedures (Revised March 2014), Volume 2 of 4 Procedures for the Procurement of Goods, General Services & Works and the Public Procurement Act 2015 6. Bid CollectionInterested eligible bidders may obtain the Request for Proposal documents on Compact Disc (CD) at the Jamaica Social Investment Fund at the address below from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. commencing Wednesday, October 6, 2021 to Wednesday, November 3, 2021 ALL BIDS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN PRINTED COPY TO OUR OFFICES BY 12:00 NOON ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2021.   ORIGINAL AND COPY OF THE BID MUST BE SUBMITTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH INSTRUCTION TO BIDDERS  Late bids will be rejected. The opening of Technical Proposals will be conducted in the presence of bidders’ representatives who choose to attend at the address below at 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. Procurement ManagerJamaica Social Investment FundGround Floor, The Dorchester11 Oxford Road (Entrance on Norwood Road)Kingston 5, JamaicaTel: (876) 968-4545/ Fax: (876) 929-3784E-mail: contracting@jsif.orgWebsite:  http://www.jsif.org

    Collection Period: 
    Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 8:30am to Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 12:00pm
  • INVITATION FOR BIDS GOJ Community Electrification Project- 073691 in multiple Parishes

    The 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 Local Government and Rural Development 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- 073691 in multiple Parishes.

     

    1.  The works include, but are not limited to the following:

     The scope of works involves provision of Domestic House Wiring services as per GOJ Communities specified in the BQ. Basic electrification inclusive of provision of 2 lights/2 plugs and submission for GEI inspection.  Bid # 15483 – GOJ Community Electrification Project CONSTRUCTION PERIOD IS FOUR (4) MONTHS. 

    1. All Bidders and their named sub-contractors participating in Public Sector procurement opportunities shall include in their bid, proof of being tax compliant by including in their submission a valid Tax Compliance Certificate (TCC) or Tax Compliance Letter (TCL) and validation update from the relevant authority.  (See www.jamaicatax.gov.jm)
    2. All bidders and their named sub-contractors participating in Public Sector procurement opportunities shall include in their bid, proof of being registered with the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) at the time of bid opening in the category Grade 2 or higher in Electrical Works  (See www.integrity.gov.jm).

     5.   Bidding will be conducted through National Competitive Bidding (LCB) procedures specified in the Government of Jamaica Handbook of Public Sector Procurement Procedures (Revised March 2014), Volume 2 of 4 Procedures for the Procurement of Goods, General Services & Works. And the Public Procurement Act 2015       6.    Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from:Procurement Manager Jamaica Social Investment FundGround Floor The Dorchester            11 Oxford Road (Entrance on Norwood Avenue)Kingston 5Phone: 876-968-4545, e-mail: contracting@jsif.org and inspect the Bidding Documents. 7.      Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from and inspect the bidding documents at the Jamaica Social Investment Fund at the address below from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Bid     collection period is Wednesday, September 15 , 2021 to Wednesday, October 13 2021. Acomplete set of bidding documents in English may be purchased by interested bidders on the submission of a             written application to the address below and upon payment of a non-refundable fee of Two Thousand Dollars (J$2,000.00) All bids must be submitted in printed copy. Original and Copy of the bid must be submitted in accordance with Instruction to Bidders. 8.       Bids must be delivered to the address below by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, October 15, 2021.      Late bids will be rejected. Bids will be opened in the presence of bidders’ representatives who     choose to attend at the address below at 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15, 2021.    The Procurement ManagerJamaica Social Investment FundGround Floor, The Dorchester11 Oxford Road (Entrance on Norwood Avenue)Kingston 5

    Bid Number: 
    15483
    Collection Period: 
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 8:30am to Friday, October 15, 2021 - 12:00pm
  • REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR CONSULTANCY FIRM FOR UNDERSTANDING RISK – MICROZONATION STUDIES (073611)

    Loan No. 8581-JM  

    1. Background

     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. 2. Scope of WorkThe consulting firm to provide in-house and in-field training for microzonation surveys and execute fieldwork across two target locations Alligator Pond – Manchester and Port Maria – St Mary to facilitate their use in development decisions, emergency response and hazard risk reduction. 3. Objective of the Project                                           The project objective is to improve risk identification by broadening the scope of hazard information available for decision-makers to use in development and investment decisions in coastal areas. 4. Qualifications and Experience The Consultant must show its capability to complete the works by showing a complement of staff or Consultants with the qualifications and past relevant experience (or previous work) that will provide the caliber of work expected. The team should consist of the following minimum skills and experience as listed in the table below. Position  Minimum QualificationMinimum Experience in Related Work Geologist/ GeophysicistMSc Geophysics/ Geology OR related field10 yearsEngineering SeismologistMSc. Seismic Engineering OR related field10 yearsGeospatial AnalystMSc. Geo-Information Science OR related field8 years 5. Duration of Contract The duration of this contract is twelve (12) months.  6. Selection MethodConsultancy Firm will be selected using the Quality- and Cost-Based Selection (QCBS) method in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank Guidelines for the Selection and Employment of Consultants (Revised October 2017). Attention of Interested Consultancy firm is drawn to the World Bank policy on eligibility; Clause 1.13(b) which states - Government-owned enterprises or institutions of the borrower’s country may participate in the Borrower’s country only if they can establish that they (i) are legally and financially autonomous, (ii) operate under commercial law, and (iii) are not dependent agencies of the Borrower or Sub-BorrowerPlease visit the JSIF website, http://www.jsif.org to view the detailed Terms of Reference.   Expressions of Interest (EOIs) should be submitted to the address below or emailed to contracting@jsif.org  before 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.     Procurement ManagerJamaica Social Investment FundGround Floor, The Dorchester11 Oxford Road (Entrance on Norwood Road)Kingston 5, JamaicaTel: (876) 968-4545/ Fax: (876) 929-3784E-mail: contracting@jsif.orgWebsite:  http://www.jsif.org

    Collection Period: 
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 7:30am to Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 5:00pm
  • Corporate Hands | JCF, JSIF host 100 children at summer camp

    Ricardo Warlock of Salt Spring receives a tablet from Sarah’s Children’s Sonia Clarke Bowen for his act of kindness.
    Date Published: 
    Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 8:30am
    News Detail: 

    The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), St James Division, and the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) hosted approximately 100 children from the Salt Spring community in the parish at a three-week virtual literacy summer camp.
    At the end of the three weeks, outstanding participants were hosted at a hybrid (online) award presentation and closing ceremony at the Montego Freeport Police Station.

  • August Town curfew monitors urged to display fearlessness, lead by example

    POWELL... told monitors to remember they are role models
    Date Published: 
    Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - 12:00pm
    News Detail: 

    ith an aim to return August Town in St Andrew to the status of zero murders for an entire year, which it achieved in 2016, and also to maintain overall peace in the community, 20 volunteers of the police's supervised curfew monitors project were commissioned yesterday to function as role models for the residents, especially the children.The project, funded by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), is a multi-stakeholder initiative which includes the police, community members and church groups. Curfew monitors are trained in several areas, including customer service, child care and protection, effective parenting, leadership, dispute resolution, and mediation. One of the key issues which triggered the project was the idleness of the children who were not attending classes online. Many of them were also staying out late at nights, even during lockdown and curfews. The project is part of a wider strategy of Government to promote safety and security in the community, which is under a zone of special operations (ZOSO). The 20 monitors were selected from five communities in August Town who interact effectively with children and their parents. Assistant commissioner of police in charge of the Community Safety and Security Branch Ealan Powell praised JSIF for funding the programme and implored the volunteers to lead by example as they and other stakeholders work together to rid the community of crime and violence. “I implore monitors to be fearless and to take this challenge seriously. You must remember that you are role models in your community and you cannot just talk. You have to do the action and it must be demonstrated to others that you are a part of change.

  • JSIF approves funding to revise community tourism policy and facilitate demand study

    Chairman, Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Dr. Wayne Henry (left), joins in conversation with Executive Director, Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust, Dr. Suzan Otuokon (centre) and Chief Technical Director, Ministry of Tourism, David Dobson, during the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) II seminar at the AC Hotel by Marriott in St Andrew on July 29.
    Date Published: 
    Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - 12:00pm
    News Detail: 

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — The board of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has approved funding of $50 million for the evaluation and revision of the National Community Tourism Policy as well as the facilitation of a demand study.Approximately $30 million will go to the evaluation and revision of the policy while $20 million will be used for the demand study. Speaking at the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) II seminar at the AC Hotel by Marriott in St Andrew on July 29, Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney, said the undertakings are critical in supporting community tourism development in the country, particularly in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact on the sector. “While the community tourism policy was approved in 2015, we will evaluate that against the current realities, because we are in a new reality now from 2015,” he said. Kemeisha Batchan, Project Manager of REDI II, noted that the demand study will help to better position “ourselves internationally, regionally and, of course, locally based on the trends in demand”. Batchan said that it will also assist in developing the types of products and experiences needed to be able to meet the various tastes of the market. She indicated that following the signing of the necessary contracts, consultants will be engaged for the undertakings.

  • JSIF approves funding to revise community tourism policy and facilitate demand study

    Chairman, Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Dr. Wayne Henry (left), joins in conversation with Executive Director, Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust, Dr. Suzan Otuokon (centre) and Chief Technical Director, Ministry of Tourism, David Dobson, during the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) II seminar at the AC Hotel by Marriott in St Andrew on July 29.
    Date Published: 
    Friday, July 30, 2021 - 8:30am
    News Detail: 

    The board of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has approved funding of $50 million for the evaluation and revision of the National Community Tourism Policy as well as the facilitation of a demand study.Approximately $30 million will go to the evaluation and revision of the policy while $20 million will be used for the demand study. Speaking at the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) II seminar at the AC Hotel by Marriott in St Andrew on July 29, Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney, said the undertakings are critical in supporting community tourism development in the country, particularly in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact on the sector.

  • Mt Salem Primary and Infant School to get $32m upgrade

    Date Published: 
    Friday, July 23, 2021 - 12:00pm
    News Detail: 

    WESTERN BUREAU:Thanks to the legacy benefit that has flowed out of the build phase of the zone of special operations (ZOSO) in Mt Salem, St James, a section of the community’s primary and infant school, which was condemned and was out of use for quite some time, is to be rehabilitated at a cost of $32 million.Omar Sweeney, deputy chairman of the ZOSO’s social intervention committee and managing director at the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), revealed that approximately $32 million will be spent to rehabilitate the section of the school that has fallen into disrepair.“I am pleased to announce that the Mt Salem Primary and Infant School, which is another commitment that was made to the community as part of the zone, will be rehabilitated. We will sign and start the contract for the rehabilitation of the school in August,” said Sweeney.The main building of the school was condemned in 2019 after it was discovered that the flooring on block two, which had started to show signs of deterioration from as far back as 2005, had worsened significantly when the island was impacted by the 7.7 magnitude earthquake, which occurred some 80 miles off the Jamaican coastline, last year.Subsequent to his original announcement, Sweeney told The Gleaner that while it would be good to have the works completed in time for the new school year, which will start in September, it is highly unlikely that it will be completed, given the scope of the work to be done.“We will be taking out that flooring and retrofitting it with new structure and components so that the building can be put back in service. That was the most cost-effective solution,” explained Sweeney. “It’s a rehabilitation-type project and sometimes it’s not until you actually start the work before you discover that the scope of work needs to be altered,” he further explained.While JSIF will maintain a presence in the community until the rehabilitation of the school project is completed, Sweeney said no additional projects will be pursued in the community.“This is the last major aspect of intervention that will be required in Mt Salem from a social intervention, investment standpoint,” said Sweeney.OTHER IMPROVEMENTSSince entering the built phase of the Mt Salem ZOSO, the community has benefited significantly in terms of improvements to its general infrastructure. The community has gotten a new police station, its community centre is currently being upgraded, new concrete walls have replaced old zinc-fencing across the community and the road surface is undergoing major repairs.“I believe ZOSO has done more for Mt Salem in four years that any politicians has done in my lifetime,” said Diana Palmer, a resident of the community. “Mt Salem is steadily becoming the place we would like it to be. I now feel much more comfortable calling this community home.”

  • Mount Salem welcomes new police station

    From left: Major General Antony Anderson, commissioner of police, Heroy Clarke, member of parliament, Central St James, Dr Horace Chang, minister of National Security, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Dr Dwayne Henry, chairman, Jamaica Social Investment Fund and Director General, Planning Institute of Jamaica and Ambassador Marianne Van Steen, head of the European Union Delegation to Jamaica during the handover of the Mount Salem Police Station, St James.
    Date Published: 
    Friday, July 16, 2021 - 8:30am
    News Detail: 

    The new Mount Salem Police Station in Montego Bay, which is a legacy project tied to the zone of special operations (ZOSO), which was declared in the St James community in 2017, was officially handed over by Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Wednesday.
    The new police station, which was funded by the European Union under the poverty reduction programme, was constructed at a cost of $45 million by the social investment fund. It features a reception area, a resource room, an exhibit room, an armoury, an interview room, two offices, a kitchen, and adequate bathroom facilities.

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