MINISTRY OF BUSINESS
TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR COMPONENT COORDINATOR (GNBS)
The Government of Guyana, supported by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), is implementing a program for improving the National Quality Infrastructure in Guyana (NQI), Enhancing the National Quality Infrastructure for Economic Diversification and Trade Promotion.
The program’s main objective is to support economic diversification and exports through the enhancement of the NQI and through a National Export and Investment Promotion Strategy. Specific objectives are: (i) to enhance the capacity of the NQI; (ii) to improve facilities for the NQI; and (iii) to enhance the capability of export and investment promotion.
In order to strengthen the institutional framework to facilitate quality improvements1, activities will be conducted in two fronts (supply and demand related): through the enhancement of the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) and through a National Export and Investment Promotion Strategy. The program will be implemented in three sub components. In particular, the specific components of the intervention are:
Component I. Modernization of the Institutional Framework for the NQI (US$615,000). The component will support the capacity building of the stakeholders of the NQI, in particular the GNBS, by strengthening the areas of technical regulations, compliance, conformity, accreditation and training, and capacity building of public and private stakeholders. The governance structure of the NQI will be streamlined to include the needs of private sector with priority given to non-traditional exporters and a network of laboratories will be created in order to promote the most efficient use of the current facilities. In addition, the network of laboratories under the GNBS will create a monitoring and evaluation system, in which data of the users of the NQI will be collected. This component will finance: (i) activities to support the accreditation process of existing laboratories; (ii) training and capacity building for laboratories in the network and for the GNBS; (iii) creation and operation of a network of laboratories; (iv) capacity building activities on SMEs and standards (v) the development of a strategic plan for the GNBS that aligns with both the regional and national policy framework; and (v) awareness campaigns on the use of standards and quality.
Component II: Improving Laboratory Facilities and Equipment (US$5,794,500). The objective of this component is to improve facilities for the NQI. This component will finance specifically: (i) architecture and engineering designs of the new laboratory facility for the GNBS, including “green building” provisions; (ii) building of the new facility (the facility will house metrology, testing, legal metrology and office and conference facilities); (iii) required equipment for the adequate functioning of the GNBS; (iv) maintenance contracts; (v) specific support to the main laboratories related to the export/import processes under the MoPH and MoB filling specific gaps in those laboratories; and (vi) a sustainability plan (to guarantee the sustainability of the investment, the development of the facilities will be concentrated in the core functions of the GNBS – metrology, calibration and testing – and will provide specific support to the Food and Drug and Agriculture facilities related to export promotion). Additional requirements, derived from quality value chain analysis that will be conducted on selected sectors an
the quality bottlenecks, as part of the activities of Component III will be addressed by this component as
Component III: Implementing the National Export and Investment Strategy (US$1,160,000). In order to
enhance the capability of export and investment promotion, this component will support: (i) technical
assistance to design and implement a trade and investment promotion strategy, including mapping
major value chains; and (ii) technical assistance for the strengthening of Go Invest and its ability to
promote exports and attract foreign direct investment, especially in the sectors that will need the
operation of modern certified lab facilities that are required for accessing international markets.
Program implementation will be the responsibility of The Ministry of Business; it will be managed by a
program executing unit.
II. CONSULTANCY OBJECTIVES
The Component Coordinator (CC), under the supervision and guidance of the GNBS and National Quality
Infrastructure Project (NQI), will be responsible for the co-ordination of the project and production of
the outputs/products, reporting directly to the Executive Director (ED) of GNBS, Project Manager (NQI)
and presenting these outputs/products to the ED, Project Manager (NQI) and copy to the GNBS Project
Steering Committee (PSC).
III. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CONSULTANCY
Type of Consultancy: Individual
Contract Duration: The duration of the Consultancy is 12 months renewable based on
Post of Duty: Guyana National Bureau of Standards.
Qualifications & Experience:
-Bachelors of Science Degree in the Natural Sciences, Project Management or a related field. Master’s
Degree is preferred.
-Training in the areas of Standardisation, Laboratory Management or Quality Management Systems
-Knowledge of National Quality Infrastructure requirements and its components (Standards, Metrology,
Conformity Assessment and Accreditation)
-Training in auditing of management systems including laboratories will be an asset
-Knowledge of the requirements and implementation of the ISO/IEC 17025 standard
-Knowledge in the operations of the National Standards Bodies
-Training in Strategic Planning
-Knowledge of Accreditation and the requirements for the accreditation of conformity assessment bodies.
-Knowledge of international food safety requirements for food and agriculture products will be an asset.
-At least 5 years’ experience working in the fields of Standardisation, Laboratory Management or Quality Management Systems.
-At least 2 years’ working experience in testing laboratories and/or in auditing l laboratories.
-At least 5 years’ experience in the management or supervision of projects financed by International Financial Institutions (IFIs).
-Work experience in the development of laboratory management systems.
-Work experience in the development of laboratory networks.
–Work experience in the development of strategic plans.
-relevant experience in the following areas: programme and project analysis and design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting
Languages: Proficiency in English is required.
Strategic Thinking: Ability to formulate objectives and set priorities and implement plans consistent with the long-term interests of the project, capitalizing on opportunities and managing risks
Results-Orientation: Ability to meet project goals and stakeholder expectation that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analysing problems and calculating risks
Planning and Execution: Capacity to translate strategic goals and priorities into realistic and flexible plans and project, optimizing the use of resources, monitoring implementation of plans to ensure that key results are achieved and delegating effectively
Leading People: Competence to lead people toward meeting the project’s goals
Building Coalitions: Ability to build coalitions internally and with other international organizations, state and local governments, non-profit and private sector organizations to achieve common goals
Software: Microsoft Office Suite
IV. SCOPE OF SERVICES
The CC will have the following key responsibilities:
Prepares annual work plan and budget in collaboration with the Project Execution Unit (PEU) and present to the ED, GNBS and the Steering Committee
Prepares terms of reference for agreed activities and conducts technical supervision and coordination among different stakeholders regarding the consultancies.
Provides day-to-day direction and provides inputs into project planning and implementation processes;
Advises the ED, GNBS on project implementation, including any modification or refinement to achieve the project’s goals;
Conducts field visits, as required, to assist in the verification of project outputs;
Prepares all required reports and other outputs and ensures their timely delivery
Liaises among the IDB, GNBS, PEU and other relevant national partner agencies and stakeholders;
Develops the agenda for the GNBS Steering Committee meetings, prepares all technical background documentation in consultation with other partners;
Acts as Technical Secretary for internal Steering Committee meetings;
Organizes and facilitates component evaluation exercises;
Undertakes any other activity that may be necessary for the effective management of the component; and
Advises potential value chains and specific sectors for closer examination under the Project.
V. REPORTING & PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS
The Consultant will submit monthly performance reports to show satisfactory fulfilment of activities and results as per these terms of reference.
Coordination of day-to-day project activities;
Timely execution of the project components and activities;
Consolidation of project reports, including technical, environmental and financial progress reports;
Ensuring component quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC);
Develop and establish a network for Communications/coordination with the IDB and Project Executing Unit, Executing Agencies;
Develop Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) requirements;
Mid-Term and Terminal Evaluation Reports;
Completed Activity Plans;
Completed Project Action Plan;
Development of Terms of References for various consultants as required under the Enhancement of the National Export and Investment Strategy component of GY-L1059; and
Completed Project Results Matrix for the Component
The consultant will be paid a monthly agreed sum that is within a remuneration range specified in relevant policies approved by the MOF for project staff.
VII. SUPERVISION & REPORTING
The consultant will report directly to the Executive Director (ED) of GNBS and the Project Manager (NQI)
Application should be accompanied by a detailed Curriculum Vitae and names of Two (2) referees with the title of the job applied for clearly marked on the envelope, followed by “ENHANCING THE NATIONAL QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION AND TRADE PROMOTION PROJECT” and should be addressed to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Business, 229 South Road, Lacytown, Georgetown not later than Friday 21st July, 2017 or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org