Vacancy – Supporting Engineer

GUYANA

LOAN #: GY –L 1059

ENHANCING THE NATIONAL QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION AND TRADE PROMOTION

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Supporting Engineer

  1. BACKGROUND
  • 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 improvements[1], 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, chemistry and microbiology, and legal metrology); (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 MoH 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 and the quality bottlenecks, as part of the activities of Component III will be addressed by this component as well.

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.

  1. II. CONSULTANCY OBJECTIVES

2.1 The objective of the consultancy is to provide Pre and Post-Contract engineering services under sub-component 2 of the project. The consultancy services will cover all aspects of the development, design, procurement, construction, fit and commissioning of the works under sub-component 2 of the project.

  • CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CONSULTANCY

 

3.1. Type of consultancy: Individual
3.2. Procurement Method: QCNI
3.3. Duration: 12 months renewable every year based on performance.
3.4. Place of work: Georgetown, Guyana

 

3.5. Qualifications: The Consultant must possess at least a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized and fully accredited tertiary education institution/provider in Civil Engineering; and / or Architecture. A Master’s Degree is preferred.

 

Preferred Specializations:

Specialized training in  project management, contract law, construction management or in other relevant field Knowledge of standards and construction guidelines for laboratories will be considered.

 

General Work Experience

At least eight (8) years of verifiable professional experience in the execution and management of projects of a similar nature, at least two (2) of which must be related experience in an International Financial Institutions’ (IFIs’) projects in the public sector.

 

Preferred Work Experience:

Knowledge of IDB’s rules and procedures or any other international financial institutions’ rules and procedures; or equivalent.

Work experience in design or construction of laboratories and equipment.

 

Software: Be computer literate and be able to work effectively with programs of the MS Office suite with specific reference to Excel, Microsoft Project (07 and up), PowerPoint and AUTOCAD.

 

Competence in oral and written English 

 

 

  1. SCOPE OF SERVICES

The specific tasks of the Supporting Engineer are as listed below:

During pre-construction:

  • To act as the technical lead for the development of the project.
  • To support the Project Manager (PM) as required.
  • To report on a regular and as required basis, on all design and implementation of the civil works aspects of Component 2 of the project.
  • To develop and maintain a Project Master Schedule.
  • To report on a regular, and as required basis, on all scheduled aspects of the civil works including a monthly planned versus actual report.
  • To act as the primary point of contact between the civil works design and supervisory consultants, the contractors and suppliers and the Ministry of Business (MOB).
  • To assist with the procurement of the Design & Supervisory Consultants
  • To direct and coordinate the effort of the civil works Design & Supervisory Consultants in the execution of their duties.
  • To lead meetings with the civil works Design & Supervisory Consultants.
  • To recommend to the PM all payments under Component 2 of the Project.
  • To direct the efforts of civil works Design consultants to ensure that they produce a detailed scope of work based on the requirements of the MOB.
  • To ensure that the information gathered in the internal stakeholder consultations and the survey and review of the existing buildings and sites appropriately informs the design brief.
  • To direct the efforts of civil works Design consultants to ensure that the proposed works can be accommodated within the budgetary constraints and schedule objectives of the Project.
  • To direct the efforts of civil works Design consultants to ensure that the proposed works reflect and resolve building operations and maintenance issues as identified in such existing buildings.
  • To direct the efforts of the civil works Design consultants to ensure that the proposed works are consistent with the future plans and requirements of the MOB and that consideration be given to modular growth as required.
  • To direct the efforts of civil works Design consultants to ensure that the proposed work is designed for best value, sustainability[2], energy efficiency, the creation of optimal environments (to include adherence to international design guidelines for light levels, cooling and ventilation, acoustics, sanitation and waste management (mindful of environmental best practices).
  • To ensure that civil works Environmental Assessment and Management Plan (EAMP) is accurately and consistently adhered to.
  • To direct the efforts of the project’s Design consultants to conduct a disaster vulnerability assessment of the proposed building and factor in results of assessment in the proposed design.
  • To review and report on the conceptual, schematic, and final design development, and construction drawings and documents of the Design consultants and to coordinate the MoB’s approval process at each stage, and assuring that the designs incorporate the requirements of the equipment and testing .
  • To manage the Ministry’s design development approval process and schedule;
  • To direct the efforts of civil works Design consultants to make applications for and obtain all statutory and regulatory approvals.
  • To direct the efforts of civil works Design consultants to prepare bidding documents including plans, specifications and bills of quantity suitable for competitive bidding or as directed by the IADB and
  • To review all bidding documents as prepared by the civil works Design consultants and ensure that they meet the requirements of the Ministry
  • To assist the PM with the administration of the tender process.
  • To assist as required the MOB and NPTAB on contract specifications, evaluations and negotiations.
  • To coordinate with the designs accommodate and incorporate the specifications and requirements of the GNBS equipment.
  • To assure that the building include the technical specifications required for the GNBS laboratory

During construction:

  • To direct the effort of the civil works Supervisory Consultants to ensure that they perform in conformance with their contract.
  • To act as the primary point of contact between the supervisory consultants, the contractors and the MoB.
  • To support the PM in verifying all payments under component 2.
  • To lead (as required) and participate in regular construction meetings, responding to requests for information and other services required for successful construction of the project.
  • To make recommendations to the PM respect to Change Order Approval Process (if required).
  • To assist the MoB as required in the selection of furnishings and moveable equipment
  • To report on a regular and as required basis, on all construction and cost aspects of Component 2.
  • To report on a regular and as required basis, on all schedule aspects of Component 2 of the project including a monthly planned versus actual report.
  • To review and monitor the Risk Management Plan of the Supervisory Consultants and provide all direction as may be required.
  • To review and monitor the Quality Management Plan of the Supervisory Consultants and provide all direction as may be required.
  • To review and monitor the Cost Management Plan of the Supervisory Consultants and provide all direction as may be required.
  • To review and monitor the HSSE Management Plan of the Supervisory Consultants and provide all direction as may be required.
  • To review and monitor the Environmental Assessment and Management Plan and provide all direction as may be required.

During close out:

  • To recommend to the PM, the issuance of the Practical completion Certificate.
  • To direct the efforts of the Design and Supervisory Consultants in managing the Defects Liability Period to the satisfaction of the MoB.
  • To coordinate and direct the efforts of Design and Supervisory Consultants in the internal stakeholder consultation at the completion of the Defects Liability period to hear from the users, their observations and experiences as to the performance of the buildings.
  • To submit a final Completion Report which must include Lessons Learnt.
  1. REPORTING & PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS

5.1.            Key Deliverables are:

  1. Regular Reports and as on a required basis, on all design and implementation of the civil works aspects of Component 2 of the project.
  2. Regular Reports, and as on a required basis, on all scheduled aspects of the civil works including a monthly planned versus actual report.
  3. Report on the conceptual, schematic, and final design development, and construction drawings and documents of the Design consultants.
  4. Regular Reports and as on a required basis, on all construction and cost aspects of Component 2.
  5. Final Completion Report which must include Lessons Learnt.
  1. PAYMENT
  • 1. 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.
  • SUPERVISION & REPORTING

7.1.      The consultant will report directly to the Project Manager of the “Enhancing the National Quality Infrastructure for Economic Diversification and Trade Promotion” project.

[1] The scale of the Project allows financing activities and outputs oriented to enable the improvements of quality but it does not finance the quality enhancements themselves.

[2] Sustainability refers to the specific benefits which includes but is not limited to (a) reduced maintenance / replacement cost over the life of the building; (b) energy conservation; Improved Occupation, health and productivity; Lower cost associated with changing space configuration; and greater design flexibility.