Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment - World Bank OECS Regional Project - P168539

TERMS OF REFERENCE - Hiring of Consultant for preparation of Design and Bills of Quantities for upgrade of 3 Health facilities

Like the rest of the countries participating in the OECS Regional Health Project, Dominica is faced with limited capacity and fiscal space, as well as high levels of exposure to economic and weather shocks. The country has had limited success in adequately preparing for public health emergencies. Recent extreme weather events such as Tropical Storm Erika and Hurricane Maria (2017) and regional outbreaks of Chikungunya (2014), Zika (2016) and more recently COVID-19, have highlighted weaknesses in the preparedness of health systems in the Eastern Caribbean region to manage public health emergencies.

Approved in August 2019, the OECS Regional Health Project aims to improve preparedness of health systems’ capacities for public health emergencies across four countries (Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) and two regional agencies (OECS Commission and the Caribbean Regional Public Health Agency (CARPHA)). Preparedness refers to a range of health and non-health capabilities and operational capacities put in place at various levels (local, national, regional) to ensure prevention, protection, response and recovery from public health emergencies, such as infectious disease outbreaks and extreme weather events. In the Caribbean, preparedness improvement efforts in the health sector have been hampered by limited in-country capacity and a lack of resources. As such, a regional approach is warranted, whereby country level investments in preparedness are harmonized and subsequently complemented at the regional level.

The project finances activities through two main components: (i) improved health facilities and laboratory capacity; and (ii) strengthened public health surveillance and emergency management. Complementary investments at the regional level focus on targeted areas 2 of 11 such as the development of regional training programs and strengthening regional resources, such as the Regional Reference Laboratory.

General Areas of Expertise/Experience of the Consulting Firm:

1. Minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in design and construction of buildings

2. Proven record of at least three (3) completed assignments related to the health sector that demonstrate the quality of works; time of the project; scope of works; ability to conduct structural assessments related to natural hazards; ability to conduct non-structural checks related to government compliance and OECS Building Code 2015; and contract value

3. Proven ability to engage (coordination and working) with national counterparts (including senior government officials at national and state level), partners, stakeholders of Public Health;

4. The Firm shall have a team leader and at least the following team members with the following qualifications: The Team Leader will integrate the work of the various disciplines on the Team and other ad hoc specialists. The team will comprise, but is not limited to, a Civil/Structural Engineer, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) designers, an Architect, a Quantity Surveyor, and an Environmental and Social Officer. The team must consist of a locally certified Civil/Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineer for the approval of all drawings by the Physical Planning Division(PPD)

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Posted: 01/06/2022