Q&A for Expression of Interest – Consultancy Services for Project Coordinator

Written by CROSQ Secretariat on . Posted in CROSQ Opportunities

In light of queries from interested persons regarding the Procurement and Expressions of Interest (EOI) postings on the website, CROSQ has compiled a list of the questions emailed to us to date, along with the responses to those queries. Please see the below Q&A as it may answer questions you have or help with your own clarity ahead of the deadline for EOI applications.

Question 1

  1. What are the five countries for which national quality polices are to be developed?
  2. Where are two laboratories for accreditation located?
  3. What are the type(s) of accreditation to be pursued for the respective laboratory?
  4. What are the selected CARICOM Member State for the design and implementation of a Quality Infrastructure education and awareness programme?

Answers

  1. The countries where National Quality Policies will be developed will be determined based on pre-established criteria. These are still to be selected.
  2. As it relates to the location of the laboratories to be accredited. The same procedure highlighted above will exist - that laboratories will be selected based on pre-established criteria which will inform the decision of where initiatives will be executed.
  3. Since the laboratories have not been selected as yet the types of accreditation has not been determined as yet.
  4. The information and awareness programme will be executed based on the countries where initiatives will be undertaken.

 

Question 2

Having reviewed the invitation for the position of Project Coordinator at CROSQ, I will submit an Expression of Interest. As such, please forward further details, as mentioned in the invitation advertisement, pertinent to the project.

Answer

  • CDB Procurement Guidelines requests that the response (by potential candidates) to the Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) should be submitted to the implementing agency (CROSQ).  
  • Please refer to the Section titled Selection Criteria to determine the skills and qualifications which are required and indicate interest as guided by the section titled Submission of Expressions of Interest.

 

Question 3

I am in receipt of the call for Interest re the above referenced opportunity but can you please indicate approximately how many positions actually exist and how many (if any) are available at the local level?

I am keenly interested but more so at the local level if such exist.

Answer

  • The Request for Expression of Interest refers specifically to the position of Project Coordinator, a position that is expected to last for 18 months based at the CROSQ headquarters in Barbados.
  • We will be sending out procurement notices for various specialists within the coming months.  Please keep checking the CROSQ and CDB websites in Barbados for these other upcoming opportunities.

 

Question 4

At present I am interested in the following roles:

  1. Technical Consultants for Quality Assurance; and
  2. Information and Awareness Programme Consultants.

Answer

  • The Request for Expression of Interest is specifically for a Project Coordinator.  CDB procurement guidelines request that submissions in response to the request for expression of interest should be in the form of CV. Please refer to sections titled Selection Criteria and Submission of Expression of Interest if you are interested in this position.  

 

  • Requests for Expression of Interest will be posted on the CDB website and CROSQ website for the Information and Awareness Component and Quality Assurance within the next few weeks. Please check the CROSQ and/or CDB websites regularly for these procurement notices

 

Question 5

Grateful if I could receive more information in relation to the project mentioned at subject-caption, especially the role of: Information and Awareness Programme Consultants.

Kindly please find attached as well, for your information, the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of relevant qualifications & references

Grateful for your kind acknowledgement of receipt please

Answer

  • Please note that all documents related to the REOI should be sent via hard copy as detailed in the Request for Expression of Interest under the section entitled: Submission of Expressions of Interest.  
  • The Request for Expression of Interest notice related to the Information and Awareness Programme Consultants will be posted on the CROSQ and CDB websites within the upcoming weeks with the details for the position.

 

Question 6

I am enquiring about the subject at caption regarding the availability of terms of reference for the consultancy. I am interested in submitting a proposal and so would like a copy of the same. Thanks for your kind attention.

Answer

  • CDB Procurement Guidelines request that the response to the Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) should be submitted to the implementing agency (in this case CROSQ) in the form of a cover letter and CV. Selections will be made on the strength of the CV. Please refer to the Sections titled:
  • Selection Criteria to determine the skills and qualifications which are required
  • Submission of Expressions of Interests for the submission procedure of the relevant documents

 

Question 7

I am a strategic marketing communication consultant with regional experience and based in The Bahamas. 

I am writing regarding the Strengthening of Regional Quality Infrastructure Programme. Specifically, about the Information and Awareness Programme Consultants.

Can you currently share any information about the scope of this consultancy? When is the expression of interest for this consultancy expected to be available? 

Answer

  • Request for Expression of Interest for the Information and Awareness component of the Project will be posted within the next few weeks. Please check the website frequently within that time to information related to the Consultancy.

 

Question 8

I am interested in the above mentioned position which I have seen advertised on the CDB website.  I think I fulfil all the required Selection Criteria very well and am in process of producing an Expression of Interest which will show this based on my qualifications and experience.

I note that you are proposing to negotiate a contract with the most technically capable and appropriately experienced candidate based on these Expressions of Interest.  In order that I can most clearly highlight the appropriate details from my CV based on the project and position’s requirements do you have a Terms of Reference, either for the particular role of Project Coordinator or for the Project itself?

Answer

  • CDB’s procurement guidelines indicate that the TOR for the position and the project only be shared with the selected candidate. Therefore CVs should be sent using the section entitled Selection Criteria as a CVs and accompanying cover letters should be sent as highlighted in the section entitled Submission of Expression of Interest.

 

Question 9

Would you be so kind as to please send details about the project mentioned above, and the opportunities to be considered for contract?

Answer

  • The CDB procurement guidelines indicate that the TOR for the position cannot be shared at this time. However your submitted CV should be based on the requirements as detailed in the section entitled Selection Criteria. CVs and cover letters should be submitted as highlighted in the section entitled Submission of Expression of Interests

 

Question 10

I saw the CROSQ opportunities for a new project and from the enterprise group that I’m in charge, we are interested in participating or being applicants for these areas:

  • Information and Awareness Programme Consultants.
  • Design and production of communication materials; and
  • Airfares

Answer

  • We will be posting the Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for the Information and Awareness Component within the next few weeks on the CROSQ and CDB websites. Please visit the sites periodically to look out for these opportunities. Once the REOI has been posted then submission of expression of interest can be sent in to CDB and CROSQ. All the relevant information relating to process for application and selection criteria will be posted in the REOI.

 

Question 11

Further to instructions noted on your website under the general procurement notice to reach out to you to obtain further details on the above subject. I wish to express my interest in obtaining these further details.

Answer

  • The CDB procurement guidelines does not allow us to share the TOR for the position at this time. Please refer to the section entitled Selection Criteria to determine how your CV should be structured. Submissions should be done as highlighted in the section entitled Submission of Expression for Interest.
  • Please feel free to contact me if you have further queries. Additionally general responses will be posted on the CROSQ

 

Question 12

Can you please say where the project coordinator will be based?

Answer

  • The Project position will be based in Barbados at the CROSQ head quarters

 

Question 13

Reference is made to the request that Expressions of Interest be submitted in relation to the captioned consultancy services. I would be grateful for your kind assistance in providing a copy of the Terms of Reference for same.

Answer

  • Thank you for your interest. CDB Procurement guidelines does not allow the TOR to be shared. Please refer to the Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) which is posted on the website as a guide. The sections entitled: Scope of the Consultancy will give an idea of what the Project Coordinator is expected to do Selection Criteria may be useful in assisting you in determining the skills needed for the position.

 

Question 14

I have not been able to source any documentation relating to selection criteria the following 3 categories in which i am interested 

  • Development of National Quality Policies with associated Road Maps;
  • Technical Consultants for Quality Assurance; and
  • Information and Awareness Programme Consultants.

Would appreciate your further guidance. 

Answer

  • The information which is currently on the website is a general notification that these services will be procured in the near future. The Request for Expression of Interest for the positions (listed below) which you are interested in will be posted on the CDB and CROSQ website within the next few weeks. Please check these websites regularly for these postings.
  • Development of National Quality Policies with associated Road Maps;
  • Technical Consultants for Quality Assurance; and
  • Information and Awareness Programme Consultants.

 

Question 15

Can you advise if this position (attached document) would require relocation to Barbados? I currently reside in Trinidad. Also can you let me know if as an individual I can submit my documents or is it for firms only?

Answer

  • Thank you for your interest. The Project Coordinator will be based at the CROSQ headquarters for a period of 18 months. The position is open to individuals.

 

Question 16

I am contacting you regarding the project “Strengthening of Regional Quality Infrastructure Programme” organized by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality and financed by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). We have received the following information regarding this project, however it was been difficult to estimate if the project is directed to consulting companies or individual consultants, that´s why we would like to have access to more information and, specifically, could you please send us the tender dossier?

Answer

  • CDB Procurement procedures does not allow CROSQ to share the TOR at this point. Individuals are invited to submit CVs for the post of Project Coordinator as highlighted in the Request for Expression of Interest. A general procurement notice related to the following has been posted on the websites of CROSQ and CDB. The Request for Expression of Interest detailing the requirements for the following will be posted on the website within the upcoming weeks.
    • Development of National Quality Policies with associated Road Maps;
    • Technical Consultants for Quality Assurance; and
    • Information and Awareness Programme Consultants.

 

Question 17

With respect to the above captioned EOI, I am inquiring whether you could let me know if CROQ intends for the project coordinator to be stationed at its office in Barbados.

Answer

  • The position will be based at the CROSQ headquarters in Barbados.

 

Question 18

Please find attached Expression of Interest for the above named assignment.
I look forward to hearing from you in due course and in the meantime, would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Answer

  • The CDB Procurement guidelines requires that procedures for submission of interest be done according to the Section entitled: Submission of Expression of Interest as highlighted in the Request for Expression of Interested posted on the websites of CDB and CROSQ. We look forward to receiving the hard copies of your CV.

 

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