Engineering Specialist

Organisation
Climate Resilience Execution Agency for Dominica (CREAD)
Reference
VAC-39200
Contract Type
Contract
Industries
Engineering & Architecture
Location
Roseau, Dominica
Salary
Competitive Salary
Date Posted
23/11/2021
Expiry Date
08/12/2021
The Climate Resilience Execution Agency for Dominica (CREAD) invites applications for an Engineering Specialist to serve as a member of the Implementation Support Team (IST) to the World Bank supported projects.
 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

  1. The World Bank portfolio currently consists of eight projects focused on the housing, energy, infrastructure, digital technology, health, agriculture and financial sectors. The portfolio includes three emergency investment projects, that require international implementation support: (i) the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP), which focuses on resilient infrastructure and climate data collection; (ii) the Housing Recovery Project (HRP), which will contribute both to the recovery of housing for households affected by Hurricane Maria and improve the application of resilient building practices in the housing sector; and (iii) the Emergency Agricultural Livelihoods and Climate Resilience Project, which addresses the first phase of agricultural sector’s recovery. Each project has a Project Implementation Unit (PIU), within the respective portfolio Ministry, responsible for project implementation.
  2. The day-to-day technical management of DVRP and the HRP was delegated to Climate Resilience Agency of Dominica (CREAD) to remove bottlenecks and increase the implementation progress. Support for the three emergency projects is provided by a stand-alone Implementation Support Team (IST) under the CREAD which provides specialist procurement, safeguards, and fiduciary support to the respective PIUs. The PIUs will coordinate and work closely with the IST, drawing on the resources and expertise housed within. The IST staff will mentor and train the staff of the PIUs to build capacity within the ministries. This aligns with the GoCD’s directive of strengthening in-house capacity for project implementation and execution.

 

OBJECTIVES

The Engineering Specialist (ES) will provide technical advice and support to the Project Implementation Units of the WB-Supported project portfolio and associated Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica (GoCD) agencies on engineering and environmental aspects of projects during the design and construction phases.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

The ES will perform the following tasks

  • Provide technical guidance and assistance in planning, reviewing, procurement, and in overseeing design and construction of assigned projects;
  • Establish close coordination with the technical officers of each WB project and associated GoCD agencies/institutions;
  • Prepare technical and environmental inputs for assigned projects with appropriate quality assurance and quality control guidelines;
  • Ensure quality control of contractors and consultants work by reviewing related project documents/reports, discussing problem areas, and rendering technical/engineering advice to relevant project stakeholders;
  • Review current practices for construction supervision and put in place necessary quality assurance/ control mechanisms to ensure the quality of construction works.
  • Ensure conformance of all technical and environmental aspects of assigned projects with the designs and with the requirements of the WB and GoCD institutions;
  • Review technical and progress reports as may be required internally and/or as produced by consultants and/or contractors;
  • Monitor the progress and technical/ environmental aspects of the project through all phases of design and construction to ensure compliance with established standards, specifications and quality requirements, and the adherence to contract commitments;
  • Review technical and environmental submissions by the consultants and contractors for conformance to project specifications, and local regulations;
  • Lead technical training and capacity building activities, and the development of design and material standards that enhance project delivery and sustainability for stakeholders;
  • Prepare comprehensive monthly, quarterly, and ad-hoc technical and/or progress reports as required and/or as specified by the WB and associated GoCD agencies.

 

Minimum Required Qualifications and Experience

  1. Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Post graduate qualification in civil or environmental engineering would be an advantage
  2. Minimum seven (7) years’ experience in design and construction.
  3. Internationally or regionally recognized professional engineering registration
  4. Knowledge and experience in contract administration and, FIDIC World Bank or other Multilateral Bank's contract conditions would be an advantage.
  5. Professional Project Management Certification and experience managing large and complex disparate construction portfolios and projects in Dominica or other Eastern Caribbean Islands would be an asset.

 

Required Skills:

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, organization and time management skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in teams within a collaborative mode;
  • Integrity and confidentiality;
  • Advanced computer (PC) skills, especially in Microsoft Office or related software;
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills;
  • Fluency in English Language with excellent written and oral communication and listening skills.

 

TERMS OF ASSIGNMENT

The estimated period of the services will be two (2) years with the possibility of renewal. The contract extension will be done on yearly basis depending on formal performance assessment.

 

DUTY STATION

The Engineering Specialist will be in the Climate Resilience Execution Agency of Dominica office where an adequate space and equipment will be provided to perform his/her work.

 

REPORTING ARRANGEMENTS

This position reports to the Head of the Major Capital Projects Unit of CREAD and/or the CEO of CREAD and will work in close coordination with the PIUs, IST and Ministries in implementing World Bank Projects.

 

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Interested applicants whose qualifications and experience are in line with the Terms of Reference are invited to submit their CV and a letter of motivation/application stating suitability for the role.

 

 

Annex B:

Consultant’s Reporting Obligations

Consultant’s Reporting Obligations

These are quarterly reports that will need to be submitted to the Client’s Coordinator and to the World Bank on a timely basis. The Consultant may also be required to produce and submit additional reports to the Climate Resilience Agency of Dominica for governmental analysis and monitoring.

 

1.         Performance Assessment

1-A. An inception report, including an updated work and implementation plan, within six (6) weeks after beginning of the period of performance, for the purpose of assessment of performance

1-B. A monthly progress report on consultant’s own activity which is to be submitted at the end of each month.

1-C. A general report on own consultants activity, to be submitted at the end of month six (6) and month twelve (12) after commencing the assignment, for the purpose of assessment of performance.

1-D. A contract completion report within one month of the end of the period of performance of the contract containing achievement versus expectations, difficulties encountered, prospects for sustainability, and recommendations on continued assistance and management of the project(s)

 

2.         Project Planning

2-A. Project Plan Updates

 

3.         Project Progress

3-A  Quarterly Project Monitoring Reports

 

Annex C:

Fraud and Corruption

(Text in this Appendix shall not be modified)

 

Guidelines for Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers, dated July 2016, revised November 2017 and August 2018 (“Procurement Regulations”):

 

1.   Purpose

1.1 The Bank’s Anti-Corruption Guidelines and this annex apply with respect to procurement under Bank Investment Project Financing operations.

 

2.   Requirements

2.1 The Bank requires that Borrowers (including beneficiaries of Bank financing); bidders (applicants/proposers), consultants, contractors and suppliers; any sub-contractors, sub-consultants, service providers or suppliers; any agents (whether declared or not); and any of their personnel, observe the highest standard of ethics during the procurement process, selection and contract execution of Bank-financed contracts, and refrain from Fraud and Corruption.

 

2.2 To this end, the Bank:

a.     Defines, for the purposes of this provision, the terms set forth below as follows:

i.     “corrupt practice” is the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting, directly or indirectly, of anything of value to influence improperly the actions of another party;

ii.     “fraudulent practice” is any act or omission, including misrepresentation, that knowingly or recklessly misleads, or attempts to mislead, a party to obtain financial or other benefit or to avoid an obligation;

iii.     “collusive practice” is an arrangement between two or more parties designed to achieve an improper purpose, including to influence improperly the actions of another party;

iv.     “coercive practice” is impairing or harming, or threatening to impair or harm, directly or indirectly, any party or the property of the party to influence improperly the actions of a party;

v.     “obstructive practice” is:

(a)   deliberately destroying, falsifying, altering, or concealing of evidence material to the investigation or making false statements to investigators in order to materially impede a Bank investigation into allegations of a corrupt, fraudulent, coercive, or collusive practice; and/or threatening, harassing, or intimidating any party to prevent it from disclosing its knowledge of matters relevant to the investigation or from pursuing the investigation; or

(b)   acts intended to materially impede the exercise of the Bank’s inspection and audit rights provided for under paragraph 2.2 e. below.

b.     Rejects a proposal for award if the Bank determines that the firm or individual recommended for award, any of its personnel, or its agents, or its sub-consultants, sub-contractors, service providers, suppliers and/ or their employees, has, directly or indirectly, engaged in corrupt, fraudulent, collusive, coercive, or obstructive practices in competing for the contract in question;

c.   In addition to the legal remedies set out in the relevant Legal Agreement, may take other appropriate actions, including declaring misprocurement, if the Bank determines at any time that representatives of the Borrower or of a recipient of any part of the proceeds of the loan engaged in corrupt, fraudulent, collusive, coercive, or obstructive practices during the procurement process, selection and/or execution of the contract in question, without the Borrower having taken timely and appropriate action satisfactory to the Bank to address such practices when they occur, including by failing to inform the Bank in a timely manner at the time they knew of the practices;

d.     Pursuant to the Bank’s Anti- Corruption Guidelines and in accordance with the Bank’s prevailing sanctions policies and procedures, may sanction a firm or individual, either indefinitely or for a stated period of time, including by publicly declaring such firm or individual ineligible (i) to be awarded or otherwise benefit from a Bank-financed contract, financially or in any other manner;1 (ii) to be a nominated2 sub-contractor, consultant, manufacturer or supplier, or service provider of an otherwise eligible firm being awarded a Bank-financed contract; and (iii) to receive the proceeds of any loan made by the Bank or otherwise to participate further in the preparation or implementation of any Bank-financed project;

e.     Requires that a clause be included in bidding/request for proposals documents and in contracts financed by a Bank loan, requiring (i) bidders (applicants/proposers), consultants, contractors, and suppliers, and their sub-contractors, sub-consultants, service providers, suppliers, agents personnel, permit the Bank to inspect3 all accounts, records and other documents relating to the procurement process, selection and/or contract execution,, and to have them audited by auditors appointed by the Bank.

 

1  For the avoidance of doubt, a sanctioned party’s ineligibility to be awarded a contract shall include, without limitation, (i) applying for pre-qualification, expressing interest in a consultancy, and bidding, either directly or as a nominated sub-contractor, nominated consultant, nominated manufacturer or supplier, or nominated service provider, in respect of such contract, and (ii) entering into an addendum or amendment introducing a material modification to any existing contract.

2  A nominated sub-contractor, nominated consultant, nominated manufacturer or supplier, or nominated service provider (different names are used depending on the particular bidding document) is one which has been: (i) included by the bidder in its pre-qualification application or bid because it brings specific and critical experience and know-how that allow the bidder to meet the qualification requirements for the particular bid; or (ii) appointed by the Borrower.

3  Inspections in this context usually are investigative (i.e., forensic) in nature. They involve fact-finding activities undertaken by the Bank or persons appointed by the Bank to address specific matters related to investigations/audits, such as evaluating the veracity of an allegation of possible Fraud and Corruption, through the appropriate mechanisms. Such activity includes but is not limited to: accessing and examining a firm's or individual's financial records and information, and making copies thereof as relevant; accessing and examining any other documents, data and information (whether in hard copy or electronic format) deemed relevant for the investigation/audit, and making copies thereof as relevant; interviewing staff and other relevant individuals; performing physical inspections and site visits; and obtaining third party verification of information. 

 

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