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SAINT LUCIA HUMAN CAPITAL RESILIENCE PROJECT – P170445
CONSULTANCY SERVICES TO DEVELOP A COMMUNICATION STRATEGY AND IMPLEMENTATION SUPPORT PLAN FOR SOCIAL PROTECTION IN THE MINISTRY OF EQUITY, SOCIAL JUSTICE, LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND EMPOWERMENT
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
The Government of Saint Lucia has received financing from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank to implement the Saint Lucia Human Capital Resilience Project. Through this project, the Government is seeking to strengthen the resilience of its population and to address issues of poverty, vulnerability to shocks and youth unemployment by pursuing a two-pronged strategy focussed on (i) improving the labor market relevance of skills in selected sectors and (ii) increasing the efficiency and coverage of the social protection system in Saint Lucia. Specifically, the project has two main components namely:
- A component on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), which focuses on the promotion of higher quality technical and socio-emotional skills and the transformation of the TVET sector from a supply-driven system to a demand-driven system that responds to a dynamic labour market.
- Strengthening Social Protection Policy Frameworks and improving the implementation of flagship social programs with an emphasis on increasing the efficiency and coverage of the Public Assistance Programme (PAP), Saint Lucia’s main cash transfer programme.
To address such issues of poverty, unemployment and vulnerability to shocks, the Ministry responsible for Social Protection in Saint Lucia has been engaged in social protection reforms for the last decade with the objective of inter alia, improving coordination among agencies, improving delivery mechanisms, strengthening targeting and information management systems, and making social protection systems and programmes adaptive to the impact of climate-related and other types of shocks. To date, the most significant achievements of the reform process include the approval of the National Social Protection Policy in 2015, the drafting of the Social Protection Bill and the update of the proxy means test targeting tool, the SL-NET 3.0 (National Eligibility Test), to identify vulnerable families.
To advance the reform process, the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Local Government and Empowerment (MoEQ) will implement several initiatives under the Human Capital Resilience Project. Under this project, the Government of Saint Lucia is pursuing a two-pronged strategy to support greater human capital and resilience through the provision of more and higher-quality vocational, academic, and socio-emotional skills, particularly for youth, as well as increasing the efficiency and coverage of the Social Protection system.
In support of the project as well as the broader Social Protection reform agenda, the Ministry will facilitate the development of a Communication Strategy which will focus on raising awareness of Social Protection, through targeted messages shared via appropriate communication & information channels. The Ministry believes that a communication strategy is a critical bridge between the current situation and the desired social and behaviour change expected for a successful Social Protection Reform process. Among other things, the strategy will allow for the identification of key actors/stakeholders within the social sector, and the development of pertinent messages to facilitate positive involvement in the process of local and national dialogue towards inclusive and sustainable development.
The duration of the assignment is eight (8) months.
The Terms of Reference is attached as Annex 1.
The Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Local Government and Empowerment now invites interested eligible Individual Consultants to submit Proposals for the provision of consultancy services to DEVELOP A COMMUNICATION STRATEGY AND IMPLEMENTATION SUPPORT PLAN FOR SOCIAL PROTECTION. Proposals should include the consultant’s updated curriculum vitae indicating his/her: (i) academic qualification (ii) personal and technical skills (iii) experience in working with similar projects in developing countries (iv) the names of at least two (2) references with contact information (e-mail address and telephone or fax numbers).
An individual consultant/firm will be selected in accordance with the Open Competitive Selection of Consultants method as detailed in the World Bank – Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers, Procurement in Investment Project Financing – Goods, Works, Non-consulting and Consulting Services dated July 2018. In assessment of submissions, consideration will be given to qualifications, technical competence and experience working on similar assignments in developing countries. All information must be submitted in English.
The Ministry reserves the right to accept or reject late applications or to annul the selection process at any time prior to contract award. Further, the Ministry will not be bound to assign any reason for not engaging the services of any applicant and will not defray any cost incurred by any applicant in the preparation and submission of Proposals.
A hard copy of Proposal must be received at the address provided below no later than 4:30 pm Eastern Caribbean Time on Friday, July 23, 2021. This submission must be received in a sealed envelope and should be clearly marked HUMAN CAPITAL RESILIENCE PROJECT “PROPOSAL TO DEVELOP A COMMUNICATION STRATEGY AND IMPLEMENTATION SUPPORT PLAN FOR SOCIAL PROTECTION. The name and address of the applicant should also be clearly marked on the envelope.
Three (3) hard copies of the Proposal must be received at the third address below no later than 9:00 am Saint Lucia local time on July 23, 2021. The sealed envelope containing each submission should include the name and address of the applicant and shall be clearly marked “Submission of Proposal – HUMAN CAPITAL RESILIENCE PROJECT “POPOSAL TO DEVELOP A COMMUNICATION STRATEGY AND IMPLEMENTATION SUPPORT PLAN FOR SOCIAL PROTECTION.”
Submission of Proposals
Address 1: for clarification on electronic submissions
Project Implementation Unit, HCRP
Address 2 – copy to Human Capital Resilience Project
Procurement Committee, Ministry of Education
Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development
Francis Compton Building, Waterfront, Castries
Telephone: 758 468 5288 / Fax: 758 453 2299
Further information on the project may also be obtained by contacting Mrs. Velda Octave-Joseph via email at email@example.com or telephone number 4685108/4685125 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm Eastern Caribbean time, Monday to Friday.