Billion-Dollar Allocation for Enhanced Dengue Outbreak Intervention

Minister of Health & Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, MP has announced that there will be a One Billion Dollar expenditure over the next 3 months to enhance the Ministry’s dengue intervention, given the intensity of the current dengue outbreak.

The enhanced intervention includes the establishment of a National Dengue Coordination Committee, as the Ministry seeks to include a multi-sectoral/agency response. The key Ministries, Agencies and Departments will be called into action, including: The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development; The Social Development; The National Solid Waste Management Authority; The Ministry of Education, Youth & Information; The Ministry of Industry Commerce Agriculture and Fisheries and The National Works Agency

Dr. Tufton noted that the enhanced intervention includes the approval of the Emergency Procurement of 35 Vector Control Vehicles and mounted foggers; the planning and execution of a National Mosquito Eradication Day in conjunction with the National Labour Day Secretariat in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport; and the approval for the extension of the 1,000 temporary Vector Control Programme to at least 6 months after the outbreak has been declared at an end.

Again Dr. Tufton made a special appeal to members of the public: “Mr. Speaker, again I make a special appeal to all Jamaicans to partner with the Government by taking action, including searching their surroundings for mosquito breeding sites in and around the home and to visit their doctor or health centre as necessary.”

Speaking in the House of Parliament, Dr. Tufton, also give an update on the state of dengue across the island.

Dengue Cases to Date

As at November 7, 2019, the National Surveillance Unit in the Ministry of Health & Wellness had in its electronic database a total of 12,794 notifications for dengue, received between January 1, 2018 and November 7, 2019 (2,235 in 2018 and 10,559 since 2019).

Of the 12,794 notifications for the period, 7,179 cases, with dates of onset in the period under review, have been classified as suspected, presumed or confirmed (1,065 with dates of onset in 2018 and 6,114 (85%) with dates of onset in 2019).

The majority of the suspected/presumed/confirmed cases were female, with the burden of the number of cases greatest among the 25 to 59 year olds followed by the 5 to 14 year old age cohort. However, the highest rate of dengue cases was among the 5 to 14 year olds, followed by children 1 to 4 years old.

As at November 7, there were 61 suspected/confirmed deaths, of which 17 were in 2018 and 44 in 2019. The age group with the largest number of suspected and confirmed dengue-related deaths was the 5 to 14 years old cohort.

Social Scientist (SOG/ST 6) [Vacant]

JOB PURPOSE

Under the general direction of the Director, of Planning and Evaluation, the incumbent is responsible for researching and identifying the correlation between cultural, psychosocial, environmental, economic and political factors and health care delivery nationally.

 

KEY OUTPUTS

  • Data gathering process guided
  • Health related research conducted
  • Social attitudes and behaviour of health care providers identified
  • Data gathering tools and instruments designed and organized

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS

  • Plans, organizes and execute research activities to gather information on cultural psychosocial, environmental, economic and political factors that impact on health behaviour, health status and health care.
  • Liaises and collaborates with relevant personnel within and external to the Ministry to conduct health related research
  • Determine factors that influence access to health care.
  • Identify the attitudes and behaviours of different social groups with regard to maintaining their own health and use of health services.
  • Identify social attitudes and behaviour of health care providers.
  • Develops approaches for community participation in the health sector
  • Compiles data on the use of traditional/informal health systems and domestic remedies with a view to discouraging harmful practices.
  • Suggests social solutions to health problems, using the intersectoral collaborative approach
  • Utilizes the appropriate research methodologies/techniques to obtain information.
  • Designs and organizes/supervises the testing of data gathering tools and instruments
  • Guides data gathering process
  • Organizes, supervises and participates in the editing and tabulation of data
  • Analyses collected data and makes recommendation to guide the decision-making process
  • Prepares timely reports on all research executed and critiques/recommends other research

 

Performance Standards

  • Assigned tasks and regular duties are effectively carried out in a timely manner.
  • Work executed is of a high standard and organizational principles are adhered to.

 

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

Functional/Technical Competencies Levels
Knowledge in utilizing sociological methods including data collection and analyses  
   
   

               

Core Competencies Levels
Oral communication skills 2
Written communication skills 2
Interpersonal skills 2
Analytical skills 2
Ability to analyse data and prepare reports 2
Analytical and forecasting skills 2

 

MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Master of Science Degree in Sociology, social welfare or social research from an accredited university
  • Minimum of three (3) years full time experience in research work related to the social sector

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Interested persons may apply in writing accompanied by resumes. Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, November 29, 2019 to:

Director
Human Resource Management & Development
Ministry of Health & Wellness
10A Chelsea Avenue
Kingston 10
jobs@moh.gov.jm

Please note that responses will be sent to short- listed applicants only

Assistant Director Personnel (GMG/SEG 1) [Vacant]

JOB PURPOSE

The Assistant Director of Personnel assists the Director, Personnel with administration of personnel functions in accordance with the Public Service Regulations and Human Resource Policies and Procedures.

 

KEY OUTPUTS

  • Human resource policies & procedures implemented
  • Operational Plan developed
  • Job Descriptions reviewed
  • Suitably qualified staff identified and recruited
  • Efficient and productive staff
  • Current data produced

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS

Management/Administrative Responsibilities

  • Assists with the preparation of Unit work plan and ensures that the policies and procedures are consistent with strategic objectives.
  • Assists with the preparation of annual budget
  • Assists in the participation of updating the Human Resource Manual

 

Technical/Professional Responsibilities

  • Interprets and implements human resource management policies and procedures within the Ministry, Agencies and Regional Authorities.
  • Provides technical and professional advice to all senior managers in accordance with the Public Regulations and Human Resource Procedures.
  • Assists in the maintenance of record of staff employed on secondment and coordinates the deployment process both internally and externally.
  • Assists in monitoring Performance Evaluation Reports, analyses data and provide guidance as is necessary.
  • Participates in the recruitment of staff at all levels
  • Assists in coordinating orientation programme for new members of staff
  • Assists in collaboration with Management Services Unit (Cabinet Office) for the job re-design process.
  • Ensures the maintenance of the personnel records to provide accurate and current data.

 

Human Resource Responsibilities

  • Assists in providing leadership to staff through effective goals setting, delegation and communication.
  • Assists in managing the welfare and development of supervisees through the preparation of Performance Evaluation and recommended training and other programmes
  • Provides guidance to the staff through coaching, mentoring and support as is necessary.
  • Conducts interviews for recruitment.
  • Ensures the staff awareness of the policies, procedures and regulations of the Ministry.

 

Other Responsibilities

  • Performs any other related duties that may be assigned from time to time by the Director of Personnel.

 

Performance Standards

  • Efficient human resource practices maintained
  • Staff competent and productive
  • Job descriptions prepared within agreed timeframes
  • Quarterly orientation program for new recruits
  • Operational plan prepared within established timeframe
  • Suitably qualified staff in place
  • Welfare of staff identified and procedures implemented
  • HRM 2000/MyHR+ updated accurately and timely
  • Reports submitted by the deadline
  • Vacancies filled
  • Exit interviews done

 

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

Functional/Technical Competencies  
Good knowledge of regulations governing Ministry of Health  
Excellent counseling/conflict management skills  
Proficiency in the use of relevant computer applications  
Excellent knowledge of the Public Service Regulation, practices and procedures  

 

 

Core Competencies Levels
Good communication skills  
Good leadership skills  
Good interpersonal skills  
Excellent problem solving skills  
Analytical thinking  
Compliance  
Initiative  
Good negotiating skills  

 

MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • BSc. in Human Resource Management/Management Studies/ Business Studies/Public Administration and specialized training in Human Resource Management; and
  • Minimum of five (5) years work experience in Human Resource Management, of which two (2) should be at the managerial level in the Public Sector; or
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience

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Interested persons may apply in writing accompanied by resumes. Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, November 29, 2019 to:

Director
Human Resource Management & Development
Ministry of Health & Wellness
10A Chelsea Avenue
Kingston 10
jobs@moh.gov.jm

Please note that responses will be sent to short- listed applicants only.

Project Management Specialist (GMG/SEG 2) [Vacant]

JOB PURPOSE

To coordinate and monitor all implementation activities of the Ministry’s capital projects to ensure that contracts/specifications are adhered to.

 

KEY OUTPUTS

  • Project and status Reports
  • Technical Advice
  • Date base of Capital Project

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS

Management and Administrative

  • Maintains an information system for the tracking of implementation activities and ensuring   an early warning system for delays/bottlenecks that may arise.
  • Prepares regular reports on the progress of projects and submits to the Director, Project Planning and Implementation.
  • Maintains liaison with the Director, Civil Works, Project Engineer and Project Architect in matters relating to capital projects.

 

Project Management

  • Reviews implementation schedules and monitors on an ongoing basis the progress of work on the Ministry of Health’s projects to ensure completion within the scheduled time frame and technical specifications.
  • Examines project reports, ensures variances are explained, identifies areas for immediate or priority action and updates the Director, Project Planning and Implementation.
  • Prepares/Modifies critical path analysis as a guide to performance and to ensure performance remains on target.
  • Evaluates the level of manpower employed on project sites to ensure their adequacy in completing projects as planned.
  • Monitors expenditure to ensure the efficient scheduling of resources to guard against cost overruns.
  • Obtains reviews and submits reports to funding agencies as per project agreement.
  • Consolidates data received on project performance and prepares reports for submission to Planning Institute of Jamaica, Ministry for Finance, Project Analysis and Monitoring Company and other Agencies, as required.
  • Monitors the performance of Contracts to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of their contracts.
  • Conducts post-implementation evaluation of projects to determine if their objectives have been achieved in a cost effective manner. Prepare evaluation reports.

 

Other

  • Performs other related functions for the efficient implementation of the Ministry’s capital projects.

 

 

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

Functional/Technical Competencies Levels
Expertise in the application of project management principles, techniques and tools.  
Working knowledge of quantitative analysis and statistical techniques.  
Knowledge of cost/benefit analysis.  
Analytical and conceptual skills  
Working knowledge of management accounting  
Ability to use project management software applications in the management of projects.  

 

Core Competencies Levels
Oral Communications skills  
Written Communications Skills  
Time Management  
Problem Solving Skills  
Social Skills  
Interpersonal Skills  

 

MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Sc. In Economics, Management Studies, Engineering, Architecture or equivalent.
  • Training in Project Management PLUS
  • Five (5) years experience in project management

 

AUTHORITY

  • To monitor all contracts/ agreements relating to the Ministry’s capital projects to ensure compliance.
  • To undertake post implementation evaluation of capital projects.
  • To review implementation plans.

 

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Interested persons may apply in writing accompanied by resumes. Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, November 29, 2019 to:

Director
Human Resource Management & Development
Ministry of Health & Wellness
10A Chelsea Avenue
Kingston 10
jobs@moh.gov.jm

Please note that responses will be sent to short- listed applicants only.

Health Ministry, UNICEF reach more than 1,500 youth with suicide prevention tips

More than 1,500 young Jamaicans have now accessed suicide prevention tips via the social messaging tool U-Report, thanks to a joint initiative by the Ministry of Health & Wellness and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  

U-Report, pioneered by UNICEF, is a digital innovation that allows children and youth aged 13-29 years old to send and receive messages on their mobile phones.

The suicide prevention tips were sent to U-Reporters through a messaging bot on Thursday, October 10, to mark World Mental Health Day. The bot is a preprogrammed series of messages that give replies based upon the choices made or information requested by a person who messages it. In this case, the bot provided information on how to detect suicidal behaviour and where to seek help for those considering suicide. 

It is the third time this year that the Ministry of Health & Wellness has partnered with UNICEF to raise awareness about adolescent health in Jamaica.

The overwhelming response to this latest U-Report bot comes against the background of urgent mental health challenges affecting children and youth. Data shows that 42% of attempted suicides treated at hospital are children. A U-Report poll also conducted over messaging last year indicated that 53% of U-Reporters had considered suicide.

Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton said there is no question of the value of the U-Report in the promotion of adolescent mental health.

“The U-Report bot on suicide was a way to educate young people and to support them and others in accessing help,” the minister said.

“It has complemented well our ‘Speak Up, Speak Now’ campaign, which seeks to breakdown stigma that has too often prevented our people from seeking needed treatment for mental illness,” he added.

According to UNICEF health specialist, Novia Condell, “data generated through U-Report polls and from national surveys is telling us that adolescent mental health requires priority attention”. 

“UNICEF is therefore very pleased to work with the Ministry in its drive to offer young people a variety of avenues, including through mobile technology, to learn about mental wellness and access the support they need,” she noted.

All Jamaicans can now contact the Ministry’s new Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Helpline at 888-NEW-LIFE (639-5433) for mental health support.

Jamaicans aged 13-29 can join U-Report and access the suicide prevention tips by messaging the word “HELP” to U-Report via the two messaging services upon which it operates in Jamaica: @ureportjamaica on Facebook Messenger; or 876-838-4897 on SMS (text messages are free for FLOW customers thanks to sponsorship by the mobile network).

Expression of Interest-Provision of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology Services Enhancing Health Services Delivery Project

The Ministry of Health & Wellness will be implementing the Enhancing Health Services Delivery Project, designed to improve access to services provided at public health facilities.  This initiative reaffirms the Government of Jamaica’s commitment to the abolition of user fees in public health facilities and builds on previous efforts to reduce wait times for services and will result in shorter wait times for admissions as well as shorter hospital stays.  The project will be implemented under three components: (i) Diagnostic Radiology services (ii) Elective surgeries (iii) removal of social cases from hospitals.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness requires private firms to provide diagnostic imaging and radiology services to patients registered in public healthcare facilities for a period of two years.

The public health facilities to be served are:

No Regional Authority Hospital Parish
  South East
1   Kingston Public Kingston
2   Spanish Town St. Catherine
3   Linstead St. Catherine
4   Princess Margaret St. Thomas
5   Hope Institute Kingston
6   Sir John Golding Rehab Centre Kingston
7   National Chest Kingston
8   Victoria Jubilee Kingston
9   Bustamante Kingston
  Southern
10   Mandeville Regional Manchester
11   Black River St. Elizabeth
12   Lionel Town Clarendon
13   May Pen Clarendon
14   Percy Junor Manchester
  North East    
15   St. Ann’s Bay St. Ann
16   Annotto Bay St. Mary
17   Port Antonio Portland
18   Port Maria St. Mary
  Western    
19   Cornwall Regional St. James
20   Savanna-La-Mar Westmoreland
21   Falmouth Trelawny
22   Noel Holmes Hanover

The investigations to be conducted include:

(a)        CT Scans

(b)        MRI Scans

(c)        Ultrasounds

(d)        Endoscopy (colonoscopy and urogenital endoscopy)

(e)        Hispathology

(f)         Fluoroscopy

(g)        Mammography

(h)        XRAY (in patients only)

 

Performance Specifications / Standard Operating Procedures

Standard Operating Procedures

  1. Authorized Clinicians/Personnel from any of the participating facilities are able to request testing from service providers.  A list of authorized personnel will be provided by the Ministry of Health and Wellness
  2. The Service Provider shall provide timely reporting of test results:
    • The results from any non-urgent diagnostic image shall be made available to the referring authorized clinician/personnel within one week of the image being taken unless the authorized clinician/personnel requires the results sooner.
    • The results from any urgent diagnostic image shall be made available to the referring authorized clinician/personnel within 24 hours of the image being taken. Verbal reporting may be required and must be facilitated.
  3. All reports must be interpreted and signed by a duly registered Radiologist.
  4. Reports must be returned to the requesting health facility in the agreed format.  Provide reports in the following formats:
    • Electronically to the designated person at the Health Facility; and
    • Hard copy and sealed returned to the medical records department of the Health Facility.  No reports should be given to the Patient. The patient must be directed to the medical records department of the health facility for a copy of the report.
  5. Facilitate the provision of emergency services where required outside of normal business hours.
  6. The Service Provider shall designate a contact person available by phone and email.

 

Performance Specifications

  1. The Services shall be provided in accordance with generally accepted clinical and legal standards, consistent with prevailing medical ethics governing the Service Provider as well as Good Industry Practice.
  2. The Contractor shall employ only competent and satisfactory personnel and shall provide a sufficient number of employees to perform the required services efficiently and in a manner satisfactory to the Client.
  3. The Service Provider and its personnel shall exercise independent professional judgment and shall assume professional responsibility for all services to be provided under this Agreement.
  4. The Service Provider shall be responsible for the quality and quantity of services performed under this Agreement.
  5. The Service Provider shall store, use and maintain all equipment necessary to provide the Services strictly in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and with good practice in relation to infection control.
  6. The Service Provider warrants that any of the Service Provider’s consumables or equipment utilized by the Service Provider are in safe and proper working order and suitable for the purpose, and all equipment is adequately and appropriately insured.
  7. The Service Provider shall have sufficient appropriately registered, qualified and experienced laboratory, medical, and other clinical and non-clinical personnel to ensure that the Services are provided in all respects and at all times in accordance with this Agreement.
  8. The Service Provider’s personnel shall:
    • if applicable, be registered with the appropriate professional regulatory body;
    • possess the appropriate qualifications, experience, skills and competencies to perform the duties required of them and be appropriately supervised managerially and professionally; and
    • be covered by adequate indemnity insurance for the provision of the Services
  9. The Ministry of Health and Wellness retains the right to monitor the quality of services furnished by the Service Provider.
  10. The Service Provider shall maintain as confidential all medical records of patients in accordance with medical ethics and the law. The Service Provider shall counsel its personnel, and subcontractors on their obligation to ensure that such information remains confidential. 
  11. The Service Provider shall:
    • Ensure that the services are performed in a safe and effective manner;
    • Ensure confidentiality of results
    • Have in place and maintain a Quality Management System acceptable to the Ministry of Health;
    • Be certified in accordance with applicable laws and regulations and should possess current licenses and permits to operate
    • Ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations; and
    • Make available to the Ministry of Health a copy of its Standard Operating Procedures.
  1. The Service Provider shall ensure that it has in place documented risk management plans that will include, but not limited to:
  2. Incident reporting, investigation, resolution and audit to inform learning and service development.
  3. Prevention of healthcare acquired infections.
  4. Safe and effective acquisition, use and disposal of devices including decontamination.
  5. Safe and effective storage and transport of confidential information

 

Low Dependence on lab diagnosis for Dengue; Early Treatment is Key

The Ministry of Health and Wellness is aware that there have been several statements concerning the shortage of Dengue Rapid test kits in the country. The Ministry would like to advise the public that this shortage does not affect the testing by the Ministry of samples that are sent to the National Public Health Laboratory.  These samples are tested either at the National Public Health Laboratory in Jamaica or at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) using the World Health Organization/ Pan American Health Organization (WHO/PAHO) recommended methods of testing.

Chief Medical Officer for Jamaica, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie notes, “The Dengue test kits that are being used in the private sector must be interpreted with caution as the timing of Dengue tests are key to the detection of the virus or the immune response caused by Dengue. The Ministry has not utilized these rapid test kits for testing as there is considerable variability in the sensitivity and specificity of the kits.”

The Ministry further advises that the treatment of Dengue Fever is not dependent on a positive or negative test. “All persons who display symptoms of Dengue are to be treated and managed according to the symptoms that are present. All precautions are to be taken and patients and their caregivers should be advised appropriately to look for warning signs of severe dengue and take action as necessary,” Dr. Bisasor McKenzie, further cautioned.  

The Ministry wishes to remind persons that there is no specific cure for Dengue. Additionally, the laboratory diagnosis is not needed for treatment.  Treatment is determined based on symptoms and signs that are present.

Laboratory testing during an outbreak is done periodically to determine the type of dengue virus that is circulating and to detect if a new virus is also causing the disease. “Early treatment of Dengue is key. This is not dependent on a laboratory diagnosis. Members of the public are to visit their doctor or health centre and health care workers must focus on the symptoms to make the diagnosis and treat accordingly.” Dr. Bisasor McKenzie added.

Terms of Reference – Senior Software Developer/Engineer

Support For The Health System Strengthening For The Prevention And Care Management Of Non-communicable Disease Programme

 

Engagement Type:  Individual
Duration: 24 months

 

Background to Project:

Ministry of Health and Wellness, Government of Jamaica (MOHW/GOJ) is planning and executing an investment loan from Inter-American Development Bank (IDB; JA-L1049). The programme objective is to improve the health of Jamaica’s population by strengthening comprehensive policies for the prevention of NCDs risk factors and for the implementation of a chronic care model with an improved access to strengthened and integrated primary and hospital services networks, that provide more efficient and higher quality care.

The policy-based operation of this Hybrid Programme is the first operation of a PBP series which will be made up of two contractually independent and technically linked loans. The policies in the Programmatic Series will consolidate regulatory measures to address the preventable causes of NCDs and to reorient health systems to address prevention and control of NCDs through a people-centred primary health chronic care model. The investment component, in turn, will finance activities to consolidate integrated health networks and improve the management, quality and efficiency of health services. While the PBP will benefit the Jamaican population at-large, the Investment Loan will have approximately 800,000 potential direct beneficiaries who reside in the catchment areas of the health services networks that will receive investments.

The Investment Programme being implemented by the Ministry of Health (MOH) has two (2) major   components and an allocation to support programme administration and evaluation.

 

Component 1 – Organization and consolidation of integrated health services networks

This component will finance the purchase of medical equipment and the improvement of infrastructure for primary health care services in the catchment areas of three priority hospitals to increase their capacity in health promotion and disease prevention, especially regarding chronic, non-communicable diseases. The investments will focus on strengthening the diagnostic and screening capability as well as the clinical and resolutive capacity of health clinics. This Component will further finance the upgrading and or expansion of three (3) hospitals selected on criteria relating to strategic role in the national hospital network, supply-demand gap analyses, and physical needs assessment. The hospitals will benefit from infrastructure upgrading and or expansion as well as modernization. 

 

Sub-Component 1.1 – Strengthening Primary Care

1.1       The purpose of this subcomponent is to increase the physical capacity for service provision at the primary care level in three (3) priority geographical areas. Approximately ten (10) health centres have been identified to receive investments in medical equipment and infrastructure refurbishment and expansion. The subcomponent will finance: (i) the preparation of building designs for the construction of new infrastructure on the sites of existing facilities (three centres), expansion of existing structures (four centres), and refurbishing (three centres); (ii) the physical works required for infrastructure improvement; (iii) the purchase of medical equipment including essential diagnostic and treatment items for NCDs, such as sphygmomanometers, electrocardiogram machines, pulse oximeters, defibrillators, computerized chemistry machines, etc.); (iv) engineering services for construction supervision; and (v) corrective and preventive maintenance of medical equipment

 

Sub-Component 1.2 – Increasing the Capacity and Efficiency of Hospital Services

This subcomponent will address urgent needs to enhance patient safety and services in three (3) hospitals whose catchment areas contain the health centres identified in subcomponent 1.1. Financing from this subcomponent will be allocated to:

(i)         the building and engineering designs for the infrastructure improvement and expansion;

(ii)        the construction in three hospitals according to contracted plans and designs;

(iii)       the purchase of medical equipment to raise clinical capacity to partially account for existing  demand;

 (iv)      the purchase of imaging equipment, including computerized tomography machines;

 (v)       purchase of industrial style laundry machines;

(vi)       construction supervision services; and

(vii)      the design and implementation of a corrective and preventive equipment maintenance programme.

 

Component 2 – Improvement of Management, Quality and Efficiency of Health Services

This component will provide technical assistance to design and implement the Chronic Care Model (CCM) in the participating health services networks; to review and develop care pathways and protocols; and to prepare change management, continuous quality improvement and social media marketing for behaviour change strategies. It will also finance the implementation of the fourth Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey. This component will further support:

  • the creation of a strong foundation for a digital health ecosystem, including the adoption of standards for interoperability, system architecture, updated governance structure, and other key elements;
  • the design and implementation of a sustainable Electronic Health Record (EHR) platform focusing on digitalization of key processes within the improved CCM;
  • the strengthening of telehealth/telemedicine/telementoring capacity to include chronic care management, and the establishment of norms and processes for its institutionalization.
  • the strengthening of telehealth/telemedicine capacity through the expansion of the ECHO model, the inclusion of chronic care in the platform, and the establishment of norms and processes for its institutionalization.

 

Background to Consultancy:

Information systems for health are critical to primary health care and the CCM, as well as complex care. The WHO recognizes the need for information systems for health as part of the Package of Essential Noncommunicable (PEN) Disease Interventions for Primary Health Care in Low-Resource Settings.  Additionally, research shows that digital tools can make important contributions to the provision of chronic care when patients and providers are connected to share information, compare this information to knowledge found in evidence-based standards, and monitor results through regular feedback and interaction. Adoption of health information technology has produced mortality rate reductions for complex patients whose diagnoses require cross‐specialty care coordination and extensive clinical information management in hospital settings  and improvements in resource allocation efficiency . Health information systems, along with information sharing, have the potential to improve clinical practice by reducing staff errors, improving automated harm detection, monitoring infections more effectively, and enhancing the continuity of care during physician handoffs. A significant number of opportunities exist for the Hospital Information Management System (HIMS) to contribute to savings for both the health system and the Jamaican economy.[1]

The Electronic Patient Administration System (ePAS) is the core component of a national electronic health record system. Commencing in October 2014, the ePAS has been deployed to ten (10) health facilities to date. It provides a secure and shared patient health record that will enable universal access to patient data across the network of public hospitals and health centres.  GNU Health, a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) built upon Tryton, an Enterprise Resource Planning platform, forms the basis of the ePAS. GNU Health is developed on FOSS technologies and utilizes mainly Python programming language and PostgreSQL, a free and open-source relational database management system emphasizing extensibility and technical standards compliance. A Senior Software Developer/ Engineer  is required to develop and enhance the EHR ePAS.

 

Objective of Consultancy:

The primary function of the Senior Software Engineer /Developer is to be the leader and manager of the developing and enhancement of the EHR ePASS.  The successful individual will work with the Project Execution Unit (PEU) of the MOHW/GOJ and collaboratively with other leaders from across the Ministry of Health, Regional Health Authorities, and the private health sector, as well as with other ministries and international partners

 

Scope of Work:

Key responsibilities include:

  • Develop detailed design and specifications for the component in alignment with the national EHR architecture;
  • Develop, test, and implement components;
  • Implementing proof of concept, prototypes, and production-grade software as appropriate;
  • Working with internal and external stakeholders to troubleshoot software issues;
  • Writing clean, maintainable code that is suitable for continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD), following best practices and established guidelines;
  • Collaborates with other developers, Systems Analyst, Project Manager and support personnel to ensure smooth deployment, continual operation, improvements and support of quality software;

 

Education and Experience :

  • Education:
  • A MSC degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or equivalent qualification
  • Project Management Certification (Agile or Waterfall methodology)

 

Experience:

  • With at least five (5) years of experience in designing and writing cutting edge software on Linux platform, particularly using Python or Ruby
  • Five (.5) Years’ experience in leading an application development team
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience designing, developing deploying and testing software solutions, experience in an application development team.
  • Experience in development in database environment such as Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, Oracle RDBMS or any other object-oriented database application.

 

Required Competencies

  • Solid knowledge of and object oriented software design patterns.
  • Proficient in software development in Python, PHP programming language
  • Proficient with using and creating APIs
  • Proficient with using O/S containers (e.g. Docker, LXC)
  • Familiar with Agile software development methodologies
  • Experience writing unit / functional / integration tests
  • Experience developing on a Linux platform
  • Experience working with enterprise class databases including PostgreSQL.
  • Experience with Open Source Enterprise Resource Planning systems such as Tryton or OpenERP/Odoo would be an asset.
  • Good working knowledge of Internet and operating system security fundamentals.
  • Solid knowledge on distributed, highly available and massively scalable system design.
  • Experience with working in open source communities: collaboration using mailing lists, IRC and other distributed communications systems

 

Opportunity Summary:   

  • Length of contract: 24 months 
  • Starting date: TBD
  • Location:  Jamaica
  • Reporting to: IS4H Project Lead, MOHW/GOJ
  • Requirements: You must be a citizen of one of the IDB’s 48 member countries
  • Type of Contract:  Deliverable Based Lump-Sum
  • Payment Schedule : Payments made in equal monthly instalments based on the  delivery of monthly reports.

 

 

THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST/CVS
SENIOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPER/ ENGINEER
JAMAICA

Support for the Health Systems Strengthening for the Prevention and Care Management of Non-Communicable Diseases Programme

Loan No: JA-L1049

The Government of Jamaica has received financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) towards the cost of the Support for the Health Systems Strengthening for the Prevention and Care Management of Non- Communicable Diseases Programme and intends to apply part of the proceeds for the selection of a Senior Software Developer/ Engineer.

 

OBJECTIVES

The primary function of the Senior Software Engineer /Developer is to be the leader and manager of the developing and enhancement of the Electronic Health Record Electronic Patient Administration System. The contract duration is for two (2) years.

 

QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • A Master’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or equivalent qualification.
  • Project Management Certification (Agile or Waterfall methodology).
  • At least five (5) years of experience in designing and writing cutting edge software on Linux platform, particularly using Python or Ruby.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience designing, developing deploying and testing software solutions, experience in an application development team.

 

The Ministry of Health and Wellness now invites eligible individuals to indicate their interest in providing the Services.

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to 1.9 of the IDB`s: Policies for the Selection and Contracting of Consultants financed by the Inter-American Development Bank GN-2350-9, March 2011, setting forth the IDB`s policy on conflict of interest. The Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Selection of Individual Consultants method set out in the IDB`s Policies.

Expressions of interest in the form of an application letter and Curriculum Vitae must be delivered to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by Monday, November 11, 2019.

 

The detailed Terms of Reference is available on the website of the Ministry of Health and Wellness at www.moh.gov.jm.

The Procurement Management Specialist
Support for the Health Systems Strengthening for the Prevention and Care
Management of Non-Communicable Diseases Programme
Ministry of Health and Wellness
IBM Building 3rd Floor,
229-231 Knutsford Boulevard,
Kingston 5, Jamaica W.I
Tel: (876) 633-7934
E-mail:hsspproject@moh.gov.jm
Website: moh.gov.jm

 

We thank all applicants; however, please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

[1]     Conservative estimates suggest if the United States healthcare system were interoperable, at least US$77 billion would be saved annually [37].

Terms of Reference – Programmer/Developer

SUPPORT FOR THE HEALTH SYSTEM STRENGTHENING FOR THE PREVENTION AND CARE MANAGEMENT OF NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASE PROGRAMME

Engagement Type: Individual
Duration: 24 months

 

Background to Project:

Ministry of Health and Wellness, Government of Jamaica (MOHW/GOJ) is planning and executing an investment loan from Inter-American Development Bank (IDB; JA-L1049). The programme objective is to improve the health of Jamaica’s population by strengthening comprehensive policies for the prevention of NCDs risk factors and for the implementation of a chronic care model with an improved access to strengthened and integrated primary and hospital services networks, that provide more efficient and higher quality care.

The policy-based operation of this Hybrid Programme is the first operation of a PBP series which will be made up of two contractually independent and technically linked loans. The policies in the Programmatic Series will consolidate regulatory measures to address the preventable causes of NCDs and to reorient health systems to address prevention and control of NCDs through a people-centred primary health chronic care model. The investment component, in turn, will finance activities to consolidate integrated health networks and improve the management, quality and efficiency of health services. While the PBP will benefit the Jamaican population at-large, the Investment Loan will have approximately 800,000 potential direct beneficiaries who reside in the catchment areas of the health services networks that will receive investments.

The Investment Programme being implemented by the Ministry of Health (MOH) has two (2) major   components and an allocation to support programme administration and evaluation.

 

Component 1 – Organization and consolidation of integrated health services networks

This component will finance the purchase of medical equipment and the improvement of infrastructure for primary health care services in the catchment areas of three priority hospitals to increase their capacity in health promotion and disease prevention, especially regarding chronic, non-communicable diseases. The investments will focus on strengthening the diagnostic and screening capability as well as the clinical and resolutive capacity of health clinics. This Component will further finance the upgrading and or expansion of three (3) hospitals selected on criteria relating to strategic role in the national hospital network, supply-demand gap analyses, and physical needs assessment. The hospitals will benefit from infrastructure upgrading and or expansion as well as modernization. 

 

Sub-Component 1.1 – Strengthening Primary Care

1.1       The purpose of this subcomponent is to increase the physical capacity for service provision at the primary care level in three (3) priority geographical areas. Approximately ten (10) health centres have been identified to receive investments in medical equipment and infrastructure refurbishment and expansion. The subcomponent will finance: (i) the preparation of building designs for the construction of new infrastructure on the sites of existing facilities (three centres), expansion of existing structures (four centres), and refurbishing (three centres); (ii) the physical works required for infrastructure improvement; (iii) the purchase of medical equipment including essential diagnostic and treatment items for NCDs, such as sphygmomanometers, electrocardiogram machines, pulse oximeters, defibrillators, computerized chemistry machines, etc.); (iv) engineering services for construction supervision; and (v) corrective and preventive maintenance of medical equipment.

 

Sub-Component 1.2 – Increasing the Capacity and Efficiency of Hospital Services

This subcomponent will address urgent needs to enhance patient safety and services in three (3) hospitals whose catchment areas contain the health centres identified in subcomponent 1.1. Financing from this subcomponent will be allocated to:

(i)         the building and engineering designs for the infrastructure improvement and expansion;

(ii)        the construction in three hospitals according to contracted plans and designs;

(iii)       the purchase of medical equipment to raise clinical capacity to partially account for existing demand;

 (iv)      the purchase of imaging equipment, including computerized tomography machines;

 (v)       purchase of industrial style laundry machines;

(vi)       construction supervision services; and

(vii)      the design and implementation of a corrective and preventive equipment maintenance programme.

 

Component 2 – Improvement of Management, Quality and Efficiency of Health Services

This component will provide technical assistance to design and implement the Chronic Care Model (CCM) in the participating health services networks; to review and develop care pathways and protocols; and to prepare change management, continuous quality improvement and social media marketing for behaviour change strategies. It will also finance the implementation of the fourth Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey. This component will further support:

  • the creation of a strong foundation for a digital health ecosystem, including the adoption of standards for interoperability, system architecture, updated governance structure, and other key elements;
  • the design and implementation of a sustainable Electronic Health Record (EHR) platform focusing on digitalization of key processes within the improved CCM;
  • the strengthening of telehealth/telemedicine/telementoring capacity to include chronic care management, and the establishment of norms and processes for its institutionalization.
  • the strengthening of telehealth/telemedicine capacity through the expansion of the ECHO model, the inclusion of chronic care in the platform, and the establishment of norms and processes for its institutionalization.

 

Background to Consultancy:

Information systems for health are critical to primary health care and the CCM, as well as complex care. The WHO recognizes the need for information systems for health as part of the Package of Essential Noncommunicable (PEN) Disease Interventions for Primary Health Care in Low-Resource Settings.  Additionally, research shows that digital tools can make important contributions to the provision of chronic care when patients and providers are connected to share information, compare this information to knowledge found in evidence-based standards, and monitor results through regular feedback and interaction. Adoption of health information technology has produced mortality rate reductions for complex patients whose diagnoses require cross‐specialty care coordination and extensive clinical information management in hospital settings and improvements in resource allocation efficiency . Health information systems, along with information sharing, have the potential to improve clinical practice by reducing staff errors, improving automated harm detection, monitoring infections more effectively, and enhancing the continuity of care during physician handoffs. A significant number of opportunities exist for the Hospital Information Management System (HIMS) to contribute to savings for both the health system and the Jamaican economy.[1]

The Electronic Patient Administration System (ePAS) is the core component of a national electronic health record system. Commencing in October 2014, the ePAS has been deployed to ten (10) health facilities to date. It provides a secure and shared patient health record that will enable universal access to patient data across the network of public hospitals and health centres.  GNU Health, a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) built upon Tryton, an Enterprise Resource Planning platform, forms the basis of the ePAS. GNU Health is developed on FOSS technologies and utilizes mainly Python programming language and PostgreSQL, a free and open-source relational database management system emphasizing extensibility and technical standards compliance. A Senior Software Developer/ Engineer is required to develop and enhance the EHR ePAS.

 

Objective of Consultancy:

The primary function of this consultant is to assist in the development and enhancement of the EHR for primary care.  The Individual will work with the Project Execution Unit (PEU) of the MOHW/GOJ as well as experts from Jamaica and the international community.  The successful individual under the supervision of the Senior Software Engineer/ Developer and other Developers and will work collaboratively with other leaders from across the Ministry of Health, Regional Health Authorities, and the private health sector, as well as with other ministries and international partners.

 

Scope of Work:

Key responsibilities include:

  • Develop detailed design and specifications for the component in alignment with the national EHR architecture;
  • Develop, test, and implement components;
  • Implementing proof of concept, prototypes, and production-grade software as appropriate;
  • Working with internal and external stakeholders to troubleshoot software issues;
  • Writing clean, maintainable code that is suitable for continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD), following best practices and established guidelines;
  • Collaborates with other developers, Systems Analyst, Project Manager and support personnel to ensure smooth deployment, continual operation, improvements and support of quality software;

 

Education and Experience:

Education: A BSc in Computer Science, Information Technology or equivalent qualification.

 

Experience:

  • With at least 2 years of experience in designing and writing cutting edge software
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience designing, developing deploying and testing software solutions, experience in an application development team.

 

Required Competencies:

  • Solid knowledge of and object oriented software design patterns.
  • Proficient in software development in Python, PHP programming language
  • Proficient with using and creating APIs
  • Proficient with using O/S containers (e.g. Docker, LXC)
  • Familiar with Agile software development methodologies
  • Experience writing unit / functional / integration tests
  • Experience developing on a Linux platform
  • Experience working with enterprise class databases including PostgreSQL.
  • Experience with Open Source Enterprise Resource Planning systems such as Tryton or OpenERP/Odoo would be an asset.
  • Good working knowledge of Internet and operating system security fundamentals.
  • Solid knowledge on distributed, highly available and massively scalable system design.
  • Experience with working in open source communities: collaboration using mailing lists, IRC and other distributed communications systems
  • Advanced writing, communication, and presentation skills in English
  • Experience in development in database environment such as Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, Oracle RDBMS or any other object-oriented database application.

 

 

Opportunity Summary:   

  • Length of contract: 24 months 
  • Starting date: TBD
  • Location:  Jamaica
  • Reporting to:  directly to Senior Developer, and indirectly to IS4H Project Lead, MOHW/GOJ
  • Requirements: You must be a citizen of one of the IDB’s 48 member countries
  • Type of Contract: Deliverable Based Lump-Sum
  • Payment Schedule: Payments made in equal monthly instalments based on the delivery of monthly reports

 

THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST/CVS
PROGRAMMER/ DEVELOPER
JAMAICA

Support for the Health Systems Strengthening for the Prevention and Care Management of Non-Communicable Diseases Programme

Loan No: JA-L1049

The Government of Jamaica has received financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) towards the cost of the Support for the Health Systems Strengthening for the Prevention and Care Management of Non- Communicable Diseases Programme and intends to apply part of the proceeds for the selection of a Programmer/Developer.

 

OBJECTIVES

The primary function of this consultant is to assist in the development and enhancement of the Electronic Health Record for primary care.  The contract duration is for two (2) years.

 

QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • A BSc in Computer Science, Information Technology or equivalent qualification.
  • At least 2 years’ experience in designing and writing cutting edge software.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience designing, developing deploying and testing software solutions, experience in an application development team.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness now invites eligible individuals to indicate their interest in providing the Services.

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to 1.9 of the IDB`s: Policies for the Selection and Contracting of Consultants financed by the Inter-American Development Bank GN-2350-9, March 2011, setting forth the IDB`s policy on conflict of interest. The Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Selection of Individual Consultants method set out in the IDB`s Policies.

Expressions of interest in the form of an application letter and Curriculum Vitae must be delivered to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by Monday, November 11, 2019.

 

The detailed Terms of Reference is available on the website of the Ministry of Health and Wellness at www.moh.gov.jm.

The Procurement Management Specialist
Support for the Health Systems Strengthening for the Prevention and Care
Management of Non-Communicable Diseases Programme
Ministry of Health and Wellness
IBM Building 3rd Floor,
229-231 Knutsford Boulevard,
Kingston 5, Jamaica W.I
Tel: (876) 633-7934
E-mail:hsspproject@moh.gov.jm
Website: moh.gov.jm

 

We thank all applicants; however, please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

[1]     Conservative estimates suggest if the United States healthcare system were interoperable, at least US$77 billion would be saved annually [37].

Terms of Reference – Construction Site Superintendent/Site Manager

SUPPORT FOR THE HEALTH SYSTEM STRENGTHENING FOR THE PREVENTION AND CARE MANAGEMENT OF NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASE PROGRAMME

 

  1. BACKGROUND

The Ministry of Health has received a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank to support the Health Systems Strengthening for the Prevention & Care Management of Non- Communicable Diseases (NCD) Programme.

The programme objective is to improve the health of Jamaica’s population by strengthening comprehensive policies for the prevention of Non-Communicable (Chronic) Diseases (NCDs) risk factors and improved access to an upgraded and integrated primary and secondary health network in prioritized areas with an emphasis on chronic disease management, that provide more efficient and higher quality care.

This is a hybrid programme with a policy-based operation – a programmatic policy-based loan series (PBP) and an investment loan that will invest in the physical infrastructure and equipment of Jamaica’s health sector.

The Policy-Based Loan will look at policies that will consolidate regulatory measures to address the preventable causes of NCDs and to reorient health systems to address prevention and control of NCDs through a people-centred primary health chronic care model.

The Investment Loan, in turn, will finance activities to consolidate integrated health networks and improve the management, quality and efficiency of health services.  The Policy Based Loan will benefit the Jamaican population at-large, while the Investment Loan will have approximately 800,000 potential direct beneficiaries who reside in the catchment areas of the health services networks that will receive investments.

The Investment Programme being implemented by the Ministry of Health (MOH) has two (2) major components and an allocation to support programme administration and evaluation:

two (2) components and an allocation to support programme administration and evaluation:

 

Component 1 – Organization and consolidation of integrated health services networks

This component will finance the purchase of medical equipment and the improvement of infrastructure for primary health care services in the catchment areas of three priority hospitals to increase their capacity in health promotion and disease prevention, especially regarding chronic, non-communicable diseases.

The investments will focus on strengthening the diagnostic and screening capability as well as the clinical and resolute capacity of health clinics.

This Component will further finance the upgrading and or expansion of three (3) hospitals selected on criteria relating to strategic role in the national hospital network, supply-demand gap analyses, and physical needs assessment. The hospitals will benefit from infrastructure upgrading and or expansion as well as modernization. 

 

Sub-Component 1.1 – Strengthening Primary Care

1.1       The purpose of this subcomponent is to increase the physical capacity for service provision at the primary care level in three (3) priority geographical areas. Approximately ten (10) health centres have been identified to receive investments in medical equipment and infrastructure refurbishment and expansion. The subcomponent will finance: (I) the preparation of building designs for the construction of new infrastructure on the sites of existing facilities (three centres), expansion of existing structures (four centres), and refurbishing (three centres); (ii) the physical works required for infrastructure improvement; (iii) the purchase of medical equipment including essential diagnostic and treatment items for NCDs, such as sphygmomanometers, electrocardiogram machines, pulse oximeters, defibrillators, computerized chemistry machines, etc.); (iv) engineering services for construction supervision; and (v) corrective and preventive maintenance of medical equipment.

 

Sub-Component 1.2 – Increasing the Capacity and Efficiency of Hospital Services

This subcomponent will address urgent needs to enhance patient safety and services in three (3) hospitals whose catchment areas contain the health centres identified in subcomponent

1.1. financing from this subcomponent will be allocated to:

(i)        the building and engineering designs for the infrastructure improvement and expansion;

(ii)       the construction in three hospitals according to contracted plans and designs;

(iii)      the purchase of medical equipment to raise clinical capacity to partially account for existing demand;

(iv)      the purchase of imaging equipment, including computerized tomography machines;

(v)       purchase of industrial style laundry machines;

(vi)      construction supervision services; and

(viI)     the design and implementation of a corrective and preventive equipment maintenance programme.

 

Component 2 – Improvement of Management, Quality and Efficiency of Health Services

This component will provide technical assistance to design and implement the Chronic Care Model (CCM) in the participating health services networks; to review and develop care pathways and protocols; and to prepare change management, continuous quality improvement and social media marketing for behaviour change strategies. It will also finance the implementation of the fourth Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey. This component will further support:

(i)        the creation of a strong foundation for a digital health ecosystem, including the        adoption of standards for interoperability, system architecture, updated governance        structure, and other key elements;

(ii)       the design and implementation of a sustainable Electronic Health Record (EHR)       platform focusing on digitalization of key processes within the improved CCM; and

(iii)      the strengthening of telehealth/telemedicine/telementoring capacity to include        chronic care management, and the establishment of norms and processes for its institutionalization.

(iii)      the strengthening of telehealth/telemedicine capacity through the expansion of the ECHO model, the inclusion of chronic care in the platform, and the establishment of norms and processes for its institutionalization.

 

Programme Administration and Evaluation

This allocation will support the MOH in terms of strengthening its institutional capacity for project implementation. It will finance, inter alia, the consultants of the Project Execution Unit (PEU), specialized technical services, independent auditing, as well as surveys and studies regarding the implementation of the programme and evaluation of its impact. The PEU is structured to provide additional capability in the areas of project management, procurement, financial management, infrastructure upgrading, medical equipment specification, and health information technology. Technical and fiduciary staff from the MOH will work closely with the PEU specialists so that the MOH benefits from knowledge transfer and capacity strengthening.

 

  1. OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY

In keeping with Component 1 “Organization and consolidation of integrated health services    networks’’, the Programme aims to improve health services delivery in three (3) hospitals and ten (10) Health centres namely:

Hospitals:

1)        Spanish Town Hospital
2)        St. Ann’s Bay Hospital
3)        May Pen Hospital

 

Health Centres:

4)        St Jago Park
5)        Old Harbour
6)        Greater Portmore
7)        St Ann’s Bay
8)        Ocho Rios
9)        Brown’s Town
10)      Chapelton
11)      May Pen, Main Street
12)      May Pen West
13)      Mocho

 

The present work area in health centres and/or hospitals is sometimes inadequate to meet   the needs of the population and/or Ministry of health plans especially in regards to NCDs and consequently the project will be upgrading, expanding and renovating the health facilities.

The main objective of the TOR is to engage highly experienced and relevant consultants who will be able to fill the position of Construction Site Superintendent/Site Manager on each of three parishes slated for future upgrade/expansion works by the MOHW PEU under the HSSP project. 

 

  1. DETAILED SCOPE OF WORK (SOW) AND DELIVERABLES

The Consultant selected will be solely responsible for the project site to which assigned and the scope of work will include:

 

3.1   Operational Management

  • Assist in managing daily activities on site along with MOHW PEU and Contractor and respective sub-contractors and relative consultants
  • Adhere and ensure that works are done in accordance to design specifications with respect to the Government of Jamaica Municipal Corporations regulations, (IBC) International Building Code (2009), (JBS) Jamaica Bureau of Standards and other relative local and international standards.
  • Assist in material staging, handling and storage
  • Assist in managing all the security related concerns to the project and ensure the safety of all (personnel, equipment and material) resources on site
  • Provide assistance with technical management of construction related personnel and serves as liaison to the MOHW, MOHW consultants in the PEU Civil Engineer and Project Manager’s absence.
  • Act as liaison between local interest and projects stakeholders
  • Facilitate and coordinate inspections with (NEPA) National Environmental and Planning Agency and other local municipal authorities.
  • Prepare, coordinate, and facilitate site visits for all internal and external stakeholders such as MOHW PEU, MOHW, IDB, and other Government of Jamaica officials and notable visitors
  • Assist in obtaining any and all applicable permits to allow for smooth project implementation.
  • Confirm receipt of inventory and segregate all materials in accordance with procurement documents (e.g. purchase orders)
  • Assist in the verification of RFI’s, quotations, invoices, receipts, change orders, variations, certificate of payments for contractor and submit to PEU Civil Engineer and Project Manager for processing and approval.
  • Inspect all work and ensure compliance in accordance with quality assurance and quality control plans/procedures as required by design details and specifications
  • Identify and communicate all discrepancies, problems or issues to the PEU Civil Engineer and Project Manager
  • Assist with estimating, scope of work, planning and all activities needed for a timely and cost-efficient project completion
  • Represent the MOHW PEU at meetings as required by PEU Civil Engineer or Project Manager.
  • Assist in leading and coordinating daily and weekly tailgates (site meetings) including safety talks with MOHW PEU Environmental Health and Safety Specialist and contractor team while ensuring operators and certified trades match their assigned construction activities
  • Redline drawings, specifications and other supporting design documents during construction and submit findings, issues
  • Maintain (1) set of complete, up-to-date drawings, including RFIs, etc., on jobsite for MOHW-PEU Project Manager/Civil Engineer to use at architect/client meetings.

 

 

3.2    Reporting

  • To perform detailed monthly reports for submission to MOHW PEU as stipulated by the MOHW PEU Civil Engineer and Project Manager.
  • Document and journal all meetings with proper minutes as specified by PEU,
  • Document and journal all construction activities with photos and videos, with detailed documentation of problems or issues
  • Maintain daily log of activities and resources (equipment, personnel, etc.), daily weather conditions
  • Perform other duties as determined by the PEU Civil Engineer or Project Manager.

 

Key Task and Responsibilities

  • Oversee all daily field operations to ensure proper site safety, construction, progress, quality control, housekeeping, and record daily log of all activities;
  • Provide guidance, leadership and direct supervision of site staff, including site supervisors, security team and other construction related personnel;
  • Updating of schedule, including assisting weekly preparation of 3-4-week look ahead;
  • Ensure assigned MOHW job site operations are in compliance with design/specifications, completion on schedule, within budget and to quality standards;
  • Demonstrate and maintain effective and open dialogue with the project team regarding changes in work, job conditions, contractor/subcontractor relations and any deviation in the direction of the project;
  • Work in partnership with project management team and the project stakeholders to maintain an updated and accurate project schedule that reflects the changes in project status.
  • Assist in conducting and attending weekly meetings, including PEU MOHW and contractor meetings;
  • Collect and assist in verification of RFI’s, and all other projects transmittals submittals, documents for review and approval
  • Continuously promote positive relations by dealing professionally and fairly with all project stakeholders
  • Inspect and oversee the activities of the contractor for safety regulation compliance and completion of their contractual requirements
  • Supervise receipt of supplies and all other onsite labor for safety, quality, accuracy, and workmanship via Site Supervisor/Clerk of Works
  • Prepare and communicate RFIs with PEU Civil Engineer and Project Manager
  • Maintain and review punch list process to ensure all are addressed and executed in a timely manner;
  • Manage close out process and warranty responses with PEU Civil Engineer and Project Manager

 

  1. Reporting/ Supervision

The Construction Site Superintendent/Site Manager will be supervised by the MOHW PEU Civil Construction Specialist /Engineer and will frequently liaise with:

Internally: All relevant members of staff of the MOHW as indicated by the Project Manager (Permanent Secretary, Administration, Procurement, Financial and Technical Officers)

Externally: IDB team and Funding Agencies representatives, Technical Officers, Contractors, Consultants, Suppliers, External Auditors, Representatives of the various beneficiary ministries and agencies.

 

  1. Implementation Arrangement s/ Opportunity Summary

6.1       The Consultancy Services will be implemented for a period of (2) two years with the possibility for extension or where otherwise determined under the relevant clause of the contract.

6.2       The MOH and PEU will provide physical space and necessary tools for the development and execution of the consultant’s activities.

6.3       The contract’s amount will be distributed in (24) twenty-four monthly payments that will be dependent on satisfactory implementation of activities and delivery of required products, as agreed between the MOH/PEU and the consultant.

6.4       The Ministry of Health through the PEU will be the executing agency and main recipient  for the Consultancy Services with the Project offices as focal point in implementing the services.      

6.5       Coordination meetings will be conducted between the PEU/Ministry of Health and the Consultant for the duration of the project, as may be needed.

6.6       The PEU Civil Engineer/Construction Specialist and Project Manager will provide the Consultant with the necessary documents/support to enable the performance of the activities.

 

  1. Cost of Consultancy Services

7.1 The contract for this consultancy is a fixed price contract, inclusive of professional fees; taxes and expenses  

7.3       Incidental expenses – which would include costs for investigations and processing,

support personnel/staff and other out-of-pocket expenses (e.g., supplies and materials, equipment, transportation/fuel, communication and coordination meetings shall be borne by the PEU

 

  1. Reporting/Deliverables and Payment Schedule

8.1.     

ITEM DELIVERABLES FREQUENCY DELIVERY DATE SUPERVISION
1.0 24 Status reports on the consultant’s above mentioned activities. Monthly No later than 5 calendar days after the end of the reporting month Civil Engineer/Construction Specialist / PM
2.0 Detailed Site Report on all activities conducted as above mentioned on related Health Facilities As required As required   Civil Engineer/Construction Specialist / PM
3.0 Reports as requested by the PEU and the Bank concerning the project’s progress. As required As required  Civil Engineer/Construction Specialist / PM

 

 8.2       The deliverables shall be submitted by the Consultant in two (2) hard copies and electronic/soft copy in Microsoft Word    Software or PDF to the

PEU/Ministry of Health for review. 

 

  1. Qualifications of Consultant
  • College Diploma/Certificate in Construction or Project Management
  • 30-Hour OSHA Construction Safety and Health Certification preferred

 

  1. Experience and Competencies
  • At least five years of relevant experience as a Superintendent, preferably in interior/ ground up, commercial / healthcare related projects
  • Must have a proven record of managing complex projects in occupied spaces
  • Capable of managing/coordinating multiple quick turnaround projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrate proficiency in reading and understanding commercial construction plans and specifications
  • Experience using Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), Microsoft Project, Estimating and quantity take-off, Autodesk AutoCAD version 2010 and newer
  • Knowledge of public safety and security issues and regulations
  • Strong understanding and expression of written and verbal English
  • Driver’s license in good standing,
  • Own a reliable motor vehicle
  • Knowledge in construction methods, practices, schedules, logistics and budgets
  • Adept knowledge of civil, architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical works

 

THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST/CVS
CONSTRUCTION SITE SUPERINTENDENT/SITE MANAGER
JAMAICA

Support for the Health Systems Strengthening for the Prevention and Care Management of Non-Communicable Diseases Programme

Loan No: JA-L1049

The Government of Jamaica has received financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) towards the cost of the Support for the Health Systems Strengthening for the Prevention and Care Management of Non- Communicable Diseases Programme and intends to apply part of the proceeds for the selection of three (3) Construction Site Superintendent/Site Managers.

 

OBJECTIVES

The Consultants selected will be solely responsible for the project site to which assigned in three parishes (St Catherine, St Ann and Clarendon) slated for future upgrade/expansion works by the Ministry of Health and Wellness Project Executing Unit under the Health System Support Project. All contracts duration are for two (2) years.

 

QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • College Diploma/Certificate in Construction or Project Management
  • 30-Hour OSHA Construction Safety and Health Certification preferred

The Ministry of Health and Wellness now invites eligible individuals to indicate their interest in providing the Services.

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to 1.9 of the IDB`s: Policies for the Selection and Contracting of Consultants financed by the Inter-American Development Bank GN-2350-9, March 2011, setting forth the IDB`s policy on conflict of interest. The Consultant will be selected under the Selection of Individual Consultants method set out in the IDB`s Policies.

Expressions of interest in the form of an application letter and Curriculum Vitae must be delivered to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

 

The detailed Terms of Reference is available on the website of the Ministry of Health and Wellness at www.moh.gov.jm.

The Procurement Management Specialist
Support for the Health Systems Strengthening for the Prevention and Care
Management of Non-Communicable Diseases Programme
Ministry of Health and Wellness
IBM Building 3rd Floor,
229-231 Knutsford Boulevard,
Kingston 5, Jamaica W.I
Tel: (876) 633-7934
E-mail:hsspproject@moh.gov.jm
Website: moh.gov.jm

We thank all applicants; however, please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.