The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) dba National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ) has received financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in an amount equivalent to € 157,552 towards the cost to enhance their capacity to offer new certification services in specific food safety management systems that will benefit food exporters from Jamaica and other CARIFORUM countries 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 NCBJ 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 NCBJ shall derive any rights from the Financing Agreement or have any claim to the proceeds of the Financing.
BSJ, the Executing Agency, now wishes to procure consultancy services for a Market Needs Assessment-Food Safety Management System
The objective of this consultancy is to conduct a market needs assessment with local and CARIFORUM food manufacturers/exporters to determine the FSMS required by their target export markets, and to select an FSMS Scheme that would be suitable for the NCBJ to provide certification services to the food manufacturers/exporters.
The duration of the assignment is expected to be for 45 person-days over a period of three calendar months.
BSJ now invites interested eligible individual consultants to submit Expressions of Interest indicating qualifications and experience required to provide these consultancy services.
In the assessment of submissions, consideration will be given to qualifications and experience on similar assignments existing commitments and specifically:
The Individual Consultant shall possess the following qualifications and experience:
- A post-graduate degree in Engineering, Natural Sciences or any other related discipline.
- At least five years’ experience in administering surveys and analysis of survey data including statistical analyses.
- Working knowledge of web-based survey tools.
- Working knowledge of trade and the export sector.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to be tactful and flexible in dealing with personnel at all levels of an organisation.
- Excellent command of written and spoken English. Knowledge of other regional language would be an asset.
All submissions must be in English. Further information if necessary, may be obtained from the first email address below between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.
An electronic copy of the Expressions of Interest must be sent in PDF format to the email in the first address below no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday May 24, 2021 and one electronic copy must be sent simultaneously to CDB at the second email address below. The Expression of Interest will be deemed to have been received at the time that it is received by BSJ at the first email address below. The burden of proving receipt of the e-mail will be on the applicant and will not be met solely by a read receipt or sent items report generated by the Consultant’s computer. The e-mail containing each submission should include the name and address of the applicant. The subject line shall be clearly marked “Expression of Interest – Consultancy Services to conduct Market Needs Assessment for Food Safety Management System (FSMS) – CDB Project”.
Following the assessment of submissions, the most technically capable and appropriately experienced applicant will be invited to negotiate a contract to provide the consultancy services. If this applicant is unsuccessful, the process shall repeat with the next best qualified and experienced applicant. BSJ 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 inform or assign any reason for not engaging the services of any applicant and will not defray any costs incurred by any applicant in the preparation and submission of Expressions of Interest.