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  • Barnett Street Fire Station Almost 90 Per Cent Complete

    The Barnett Street Fire Station in St. James, which is under construction.
    Date Published: 
    Friday, April 30, 2021 - 12:30pm
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    Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeney, says the Barnett Street Fire Station in Montego Bay is close to 90 per cent complete.“We are continuing to work on the finishes and some painting is happening right now,” he told JIS News.“We are cautiously moving towards an end-of-June/early July completion, simply because [with] the magnitude and scale of the facility, there are a lot of minor details that we are trying to ensure are done to the highest standard,” he said, noting that JSIF is working closely with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) on the project.Mr. Sweeney told JIS News that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted the completion schedule, due to delays in the delivery of some of the equipment and furnishings that were being imported.“The global impact of COVID has slowed down a lot of manufacturers and so that has impacted our schedule more than anything else. When you construct something like a fire station, there are a lot of specialised equipment that have to be put in that facility and they are not really locally available. So we have had some challenges with that, but nonetheless, everything that we are physically able to do we have been doing that,” he said.Mr. Sweeney told JIS News that the responses from the firefighters have been positive.“They are involved in the process and that is one of the reasons why we want to ensure that as the users of the facility, it is to their comfort and practicality, so they have been very positive,” he said.Construction of the Barnett Street Fire Station is being undertaken at a cost of $550 million and Mr. Sweeney said that, so far, the project is within budget.“There are some changes in specifications and things like that because things are not available and we have to be looking at alternative specifications, and so once we have pinned down and finalised all those details then we will be able to determine the final cost. But overall, our budget is being maintained,” he said.

  • Residents Welcome Rehabilitation of Adelphi Police Station

    It includes construction of three cell/lock-up areas, an exhibit room, two offices, a guidance office, fencing and a driveway. The main building, barracks area and the kitchen were also upgraded.
    Date Published: 
    Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 12:30pm
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    Residents of Adelphi and its environs in St. James are welcoming the completion of improvement works on the police station in the area.Rehabilitation of the facility, which also serves Lima, Content, Paisley, Chatham, Goodwill, Dumfries, Somerton, Blyeston and Moore Park, was undertaken by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) at a cost of $42.2 million.It includes construction of three cell/lock-up areas, an exhibit room, two offices, a guidance office, fencing and a driveway. The main building, barracks area and the kitchen were also upgraded.Overseer of the Good News Church of God of Jamaica in the community, Ann-Marie Bulgin Graham, told JIS News she is pleased at the work done.“It is indeed very beautiful. This is surely a right step [for] Adelphi and the adjoining communities. I just pray that this effort will also boost the morale of the police, so that they can better carry out their work to ‘serve, protect and reassure’,” she said.Lay preacher, Lora Lewis Hayles, who is from the adjoining community of Content, told JIS News that the rehabilitation project “provides an improvement in the aesthetics of the Adelphi square as a whole”.“It looks very well done and I believe it creates a feeling of stability for the community as a whole in terms of the provision of security for us. So I do hope it will also facilitate improvement in the type of policing that we see in and around Adelphi and the [other] communities it serves,” she says.Ranjil Anderson from Goodwill said that the improvement of the police station was long overdue, as the facility was in need of repairs.“Thank God it has been rebuilt now and I hope the authorities take care of it,” Mr. Anderson said.Dumfries resident and retired soldier, Denton Scott, also expressed pleasure at the work done, adding that he hopes that the police personnel will be equipped with the necessary tools and equipment to perform their duties at a professional level.The Adelphi Police Station is among several police stations that were being rehabilitated by JSIF through some $235 million in grant funding from the European Union (EU).The project forms part of a thrust by the Ministry of National Security to rehabilitate and construct police stations across the island.Among the other stations targeted for improvement are Mount Salem in St. James, Franklyn Town in Kingston, Bogwalk in St. Catherine, and the Lionel and Four Paths police stations in Clarendon.

  • ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The Jamaica Social Investment Fund seeks to hire a suitably qualified person for the following position: ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICERReporting to the Manager, Operation Systems & Environment the incumbent is required to assist in the monitoring and screening of projects, monitoring of contractors/consultants to ensure conformity with established environmental policies and guidelines of the organization and assist in running the environmental management system. Key Responsibilities:

    • Monitor and ensure that JSIF projects, activities and programmes conform to the environmental guidelines
    • Investigate complaints and suspected violation of environmental requirements and submit report
    • Research, develop and implement new approaches to enhance project environmental sustainability 
    • Prepare and conduct environmental training sessions for staff
    • Review and update JSIF’s environmental procedures based on going trends and shift in paradigms
    • Mobilize stakeholders for the implementation of projects
    • Assist in auditing JSIF projects to ensure environmental compliance
    • Monitor and ensure compliance with requirements and proper record keeping for permits, licenses, and applications
    • Report and document non-conformity as outlined in the EMS Procedures Manual.

     Requirements

    • First Degree in Environmental Science or related field
    • Minimum two (2) years’ experience in environmental compliance and regulations
    • Working knowledge of local environmental guidelines, legal and other requirements
    • Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form
    • Sound interpersonal skills
    • Sound knowledge of Environmental Impact, Environmental Assessment techniques
    • Sound statistical, word processing, database and spreadsheet software skills

     Special conditions associated with the job

    • Required to make site visits
    • Exposure to conditions associated with type of terrain visited
    • Willingness to work in inner-city communities
    • Candidates with training and experience in ISO 14001/2015 will have a distinct advantage

     If you meet the requirements outlined above, submit your application and resume to: General Manager Corporate ServicesJamaica Social Investment Fund11 Oxford Road (Entrance on Norwood Avenue)Kingston 5 Email: jobs@jsif.org (state position applying for in subject line)  We thank all interested applicants however only persons short-listed for interviews will be contacted.

  • MONITORING & EVALUATION SPECIALIST

    The Jamaica Social Investment Fund seeks to hire a suitably qualified person for the following position:MONITORING & EVALUATION SPECIALISTReporting to the Project Manager, the Specialist will be responsible to establish the framework to facilitate ex ante and ex post evaluation of all projects within the Project’s portfolio to assess project alignment with development objective, cost benefit analysis, results-based outcome, and output evaluations, and managing the monitoring and evaluation process through the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of sub-projects.

  • Mount Salem Police Station To Be Completed In Three Weeks

    Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeney, inspects a section of the new Mount Salem Police Station, which is under construction in St. James, during a walk-through of the facility on March 19, 2021.
    Date Published: 
    Monday, March 22, 2021 - 10:15am
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    Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeney, says that the Mount Salem Police Station in St. James is slated for completion within the next three weeks.

  • JSIF Provides Update On REDI II Grant Support

    Project Manager for Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI II), at JSIF, Kemeisha Batchan.
    Date Published: 
    Friday, March 19, 2021 - 12:30pm
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    The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) is advising agriculture and community tourism stakeholders who previously submitted business proposals for matching grant support, under phase two of the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI II) Project, that contact is currently being made with those who met the pre-qualification requirements under their initial assessment.Project Manager for REDI II at JSIF, Kemeisha Batchan, told JIS News that JSIF is “working assiduously to advance the eligible applicants through the review and approval process”.She further indicated that in light of the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, changes have been made to how team members interact with stakeholders, as some aspects of operations are now being conducted virtually.Persons who require additional information regarding the status of their application are being asked to send an email to redi@jsif.org.“We express appreciation for your patience whilst we continue to serve you and urge you to stay safe,” Ms. Batchan said.The JSIF-REDI II project is funded by The World Bank, through a loan agreement with the Government of Jamaica (GOJ), and implemented by JSIF.

  • Education sector benefiting from major JSIF programme interventions

    Project manager of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund's (JSIF) Basic Needs Trust Fund Dainty Ann Barrett Smith provides an update on the programme's implementation during a recent Jamaica Information Service think tank.
    Date Published: 
    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 12:00pm
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    THE education sector has been the biggest beneficiary of interventions implemented under the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) Programme. Now in its ninth cycle, the programme (BNTF IX) is financed by the Caribbean Development Bank. It covers five target areas education and human resource development, access and drainage, water and sanitation systems, health, and livelihood enhancement. Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank held at the agency's headquarters in Kingston, JSIF Managing Director Omar Sweeney said the investment in education accounts for the majority of the resources deployed through the BNTF. “Under the portfolio of education, for instance, where more than 50 per cent of the projects have gone, about 58 per cent of the total resources that we received, we've done, more than anything else, classroom spaces,” Sweeney said. He explained that the work involved expanding a number of schools to remove the shift system as well as making sure classrooms have proper ventilation. “You're talking about providing appropriate classroom ratios that is student-to-teacher ratios in terms of the number of students, especially at the early childhood and primary school level, making sure that these ratios are considered best practice,” Sweeney said.

  • Growth & Jobs | JSIF assists with small enterprise recovery

    Dr. Wayne Henry, chairman of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund speaking at the handover ceremony of COVID-19-resilient supplies to operators in the Agriculture and Tourism sectors at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove, Richmond Estate, St Ann, on January 28, 2021.
    Jamaica Gleaner
    Date Published: 
    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 12:30pm
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    Chairman of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Dr Wayne Henry, says the agency, in partnership with the Rural Economic Development Initiative, Phase II (REDI II), has been responding to the recovery efforts of small agricultural and community tourism enterprises left vulnerable by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    At a handover ceremony of COVID-19-resilient supplies to operators in both sectors at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove, Richmond Estate, St Ann, on January 28, the JSIF announced a $52.4-million investment to bring further support to these small community enterprises.

  • Education sector benefiting from major JSIF programme interventions

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    Date Published: 
    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 10:00am
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    THE education sector has been the biggest beneficiary of interventions implemented under the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) Programme.
    Now in its ninth cycle, the programme (BNTF IX) is financed by the Caribbean Development Bank.

  • MoBay mayor charges JSIF recipients to help strengthen their communities

    Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Leeroy Williams (left) observes a hair product from JSIF beneficiary, Sueyen Thompson (right).
    Date Published: 
    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 3:00pm
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    Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Leeroy Williams, recently charged beneficiaries under the Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP II) being spearheaded by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), to hold up their end of the social responsibility bargain by paving the way for their communities.
    The Mayor was speaking at the Handing Over Ceremony of the ICDP II Enterprise Development Project for the Mount Salem and Salt Spring communities in St James on January 22, 2021.

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