Engineering Services for the Conduct of a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment- Jamaica

24 Jul 2017






The Government of Jamaica (GOJ) has received financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) – United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF), in an amount equivalent to £35,515,000 towards the cost of the Essex Valley Agricultural Development Project (EVADP) and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds to eligible payments under a contract 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 Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (MEGJC) through a dedicated Project Execution Unit (PEU), the Executing Agency, now wishes to procure consultancy services for ‘The Conduct of a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and the Design and Construction Supervision of an Irrigation System and Road Network Improvement Programme in Essex Valley’.

The objectives of the consultancy are to:

(a) complete detailed designs for the irrigation system – wells, water storage tanks and associated pumping systems and distribution network; and surface and drainage improvements of approximately 30 kilometers of farm access roads;

(b) conduct a climate change vulnerability assessment for the project area to among other things; assess the risks posed by climate change; identify and recommend adaption measures that could help improve water use efficiencies and improve aquifer production; and provide the Water Resources Authority with the necessary data to guide overall management of the water resource in the project area;

(c) develop design requirements and performance specifications for a
Photovoltaic-Battery System to partially meet the energy needs of the irrigation system under the current legal framework and prepare a tender document acceptable to CDB to procure the system;

(d) assist the MEGJC/PEU in managing the procurement of the contractors for the associated works; and

(e) supervise construction works from inception to certificate of final completion.

The duration of the assignment is expected to be for a period of approximately fifty-four (54) months.

MEGJC now invites interested eligible consulting firms to submit Expressions of Interest for the provision of these consultancy services.

Consultants shall be eligible to participate if:

(a) in the case of a body corporate, it is legally incorporated or otherwise organised in an eligible country, has its principal place of business in an eligible country and is more than 50 per cent beneficially owned by citizen(s) and/or bona fide resident(s) of eligible country(ies) or by a body(ies) corporate meeting these requirements;

(b) in the case of unincorporated firms, the persons are citizens or bona fide residents of an eligible country;

(c) in all cases, the consultant has no arrangement and undertakes not to make any arrangements, whereby any substantial part of the net profits or other tangible benefits of the contract will accrue or be paid to a person not a citizen or bona fide resident of an eligible country, and

(d) in all cases, the consultant is not subject to any restrictions under European Council Regulation No. 2580/2001 of 27 December 2001 or the Terrorism (United Nations Measures) 2009 of the UK with a view to combating terrorism.

Eligible countries are member countries of CDB.

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of CDB’s Guidelines for the Selection and Engagement of Consultants (2011), setting forth CDB’s policy on conflict of interest.

In the assessment of submissions, consideration will be given to technical competence, qualifications and experience, local and regional experience on similar assignments, financial capability and existing commitments. All information must be submitted in English. Interested consulting firms must provide the following information to establish their competence to perform the required services:

(a) general background of the consulting firm;

(b) description of similar projects undertaken in the design and supervision of irrigation projects;

(c) experience as a consulting firm contracted for services for at least the last three (3) years, and specifically, participation as consultant in a role that is similar to the proposed consulting services within the last five (5) years and;

(d) availability of a team with the following appropriate skills/experience:

(i) the ability to successfully manage civil engineering projects of this nature;

(ii) experience in the design, management and operation of hydraulic distribution networks and projects of this nature;

(iii) experience in construction management and the ability to successfully oversee projects of this nature; and

(iv) experience in Quantity Surveying with the ability to develop budgets, bills of quantities and track and control costs.

Further information may be obtained from the first address below between 08:00 and 16:00 hours Monday to Friday.

Two (2) hard copies of the Expressions of Interest must be received at the first address below no later than 12 noon on Friday, September 15, 2017 and one (1) hard copy must be sent simultaneously to CDB at the second address below. The sealed envelope containing each submission should include the name and address of the applicant and shall be clearly marked “Expression of Interest – Consulting Engineering Services for, The Conduct of a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and the Design, and Construction Supervision of an Irrigation System and Road Network Improvement Programme in Essex Valley – Jamaica

Following the assessment of submissions, a short-list of not less than three (3) and not more than six (6) applicants will be provided with full terms of reference and invited to submit technical and financial proposals to undertake the assignment. GOJ reserves the right to accept or reject late applications or to cancel the present invitation partially or in its entirety. It will not be bound to assign any reason for not short-listing any applicant and will not defray any costs incurred by any applicant in the preparation and submission of Expressions of Interest.


The Procurement Manager
National Irrigation Commission Limited
191 Old Hope Road
Kingston 6
Tel: + (876) 482-3212


Procurement Officer
Procurement Policy Unit
Caribbean Development Bank
P.O. Box 408, Wiley
St. Michael
Tel: + (246) 431-1600
Fax: + (246) 426-7269

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