Marine Forecaster Training and Feasibility Study – CIMH

15 Feb 2018

 

CARIBBEAN INSTITUTE FOR METEOROLOGY AND HYDROLOGY

EXPANDED WEATHER AND CLIMATE FORECASTING AND INNOVATIVE PRODUCT AND SERVICE DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY IN THE CARIBBEAN PROJECT

CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR MARINE FORECASTING TRAINING AND FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR A REGIONAL MARINE FORECASTING CENTRE

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) has received financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in an amount equivalent to EUR773,025 towards the cost of Expanded Weather and Climate Forecasting and Innovative Product and Service Development and Delivery in the Caribbean Project and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of this financing to eligible payments under a contract for which this invitation is issued. Payments by CDB will be made only at the request of the CIMH 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 the CIMH shall derive any rights from the Financing Agreement or have any claim to the proceeds of the Financing.

The CIMH, the Implementing Agency, now wishes to procure consultancy services for the delivery of Marine Forecaster training and Feasibility study for a Regional Marine Forecasting Centre.

The objective of the consultancy is to (a) strengthen operational marine forecasting across the region and in particular the member states of CIMH and borrowing member countries of the Caribbean Development Bank, and (b) explore the viability of CIMH to host a marine forecasting centre for the Caribbean. The duration of the assignment is expected to be within one year.

Scope of Work Summary

(i) Building the capacity of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to make and issue local forecasts marine forecasts through the development and delivery of entry and mid-level training course

(ii) Strengthening CIMH’s capacity to develop and deliver face-to-face online training in marine forecasting and to deliver marine forecasting products and services to stakeholders.

Qualifications

The Consulting Firm is required to have recognised credentials (with strong preference being given to candidates with MSc and PhD degrees) in either Meteorology, Marine Science, Oceanography, Remote Sensing or related disciplines.

(i) more than ten years of experience delivering training in area of marine satellite forecasting and the development and delivery of related products for a broad range of stakeholders;

(ii) experience working in Developing and Least Developed Countries including Small Island Developing States (SIDS);

(iii) experience working with satellite operators; and

(iv) experience working with or contributing to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Virtual Laboratory would be an asset;

(v) evaluating and assessing marine forecasting centres or establishing such centres.

The CIMH now invites interested eligible consulting firms to submit Expressions of Interest indicating qualifications and experience required to provide these consultancy services.

Consultants shall be eligible to participate if:

  1. 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;
  2. in the case of unincorporated firms, the persons are citizens or bona fide residents of an eligible country; and
  3. 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.

Eligible countries are outlined in Appendix 1.

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. Further information may be obtained from the first address below between 8:00 and 16:00 hours Monday to Friday.

Submissions in PDF format of the Expressions of Interest must be received at the email address, projects@cimh.edu.bb and copied to procurement@caribank.org, no later than 16:00 AST on Friday, 2nd March, 2018. The email containing each submission should include the name and address of the applicant and shall be clearly marked “Expression of Interest – Consultancy Services for ACT. 2 Marine Forecasting.”

Following the assessment of submissions, a short-list of not less than three and not more than six applicants will be provided with full terms of reference and invited to submit technical and financial proposals to undertake the assignment. The CIMH 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.

1.

Project Officer
Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology
Husbands
St. James BB23006
BARBADOS, W.I.
Tel: + (246) 425-1362/63
Fax: + (246)-424-4733
Email: projects@cimh.edu.bb

2.

Procurement Officer
Procurement Policy Unit
Caribbean Development Bank
P.O. Box 408, Wildey
St. Michael
BARBADOS, W.I.
Tel: + (246) 431-1600
Fax: + (246) 426-7269
Email: procurement@caribank.org

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