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Call for Proposals – PACT CIS 2022/23 Transition Plan

Call for Proposals

PACT CIS 2022/23 Transition Plan

The Protected Areas Conservation Trust has developed a CIS 2022/23 Transition Plan which will guide PACT through its transition from its current Conservation Investment Strategy cycle to the next, in areas where it is expected to have a positive, measurable environmental impact and at the same time leverage finances for the Belize National Protected Areas System (BNPAS). The plan identifies PACT’s strategic direction in financing activities that will develop independent streams of funding to support natural resource management. Furthermore, it is expected that activities under this investment portfolio will contribute to the COVID recovery phase of PA management so that it may rebound sustainably and continue to support biodiversity conservation and socio-economic development.

PACT hereby invites eligible organizations to submit proposal applications for the CIS 2022/23 Transition Plan. Viable proposals should aim at achieving the following outcomes as laid out in the CIS 2022/23 Transition Plan:

  1. Increased Management Effectiveness by 3%
  2. Strengthened PA Governance
  3. Increased Financial Leveraging Capacity into the BNPAS

Some identified outputs for achieving these goals include (but are not limited to):

  1. Strengthened PA Institutional Framework/Policies/Procedures
  2. Engagement of qualified personnel to manage PA(s)
  3. Engagement of qualified personnel for efficient business operations
  4. Establishing a robust Financial Management System
  5. Creating an enabling environment for business operations
  6. Increased adaptive capacity to respond to economic shocks
  7. Diversification of income streams (aside from entrance fees)

Only projects related to the conservation and management of a legally established protected area will be considered for funding.

All application packages should be accompanied by letter of endorsement from the relevant government agency and submitted through PACT’s Information Management System at ims.pactbelize.org. This call for proposals will be open up to October 26, 2022 or until all funds have been exhausted. All proposals are subject to the established screening procedures.

Any inquiries can be addressed to:

Conservation Investment Manager
cimanager@pactbelize.org
With copies to progofficer@pactbelize.org
Re: CIS 2022/23 Transition Plan

Call for Applications: Conservation Programme Officer

Background:

The Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) is a statutory organization established in 1996 as a Trust Fund under the Protected Areas Conservation Trust Act, No.15 of 1995. PACT contributes to the financing, sourced nationally and internationally, of the Belize National Protected Areas System – a system that is managed by Government Agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Community Based Organizations.

Position Description:

The Conservation Programme Officer is responsible for the promotion, development, and management of PACT’s portfolio of PACT-funded and external third party funded projects as assigned. The incumbent is responsible for liaising with potential and existing grantee organizations, the initial technical reviews of proposals, expressions of interest (EOIs) and concept papers, providing technical recommendations for project design improvements, undertaking regular project monitoring to ensure project implementation success, and executing and coordinating internal and external project evaluations.

Core Competency Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources Management or Biological Sciences
  • 5 or more years of related work experience in conservation or natural resources management/ project management
  • Strong Knowledge of protected areas policy and management regimes and
  • Strong Knowledge of project design and management principles and practices

Remuneration:

Compensation package commensurate with qualification and experience within a designated salary scale.

The full job description is available upon request. Packages must be submitted electronically and must include signed application letter, resume, certified copies of academic certificates, current police record (receipt can be submitted initially) and a list of two professional references (names and contact information only) no later than Tuesday, May 10th, 2022. Only complete packages will be processed. Packages should be addressed to:

 

Executive Director
ed@pactbelize.org with copy to hramanager@pactbelize.org
Re: Conservation Programme Officer Vacancy

 
PACT is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against protected characteristics (gender, age, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, disability). PACT is not liable for any costs incurred by applicants in submission of their application.

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Call for Applications: Accountant

Background:

The Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) is a statutory organization established in 1996 as a Trust Fund under the Protected Areas Conservation Trust Act, No.15 of 1995. PACT contributes to the financing, sourced nationally and internationally, of the Belize National Protected Areas System – a system that is managed by Government Agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Community Based Organizations.

Position Description:

The Accountant is responsible for applying the principles of accounting by recording all financial transactions, analyzing accounting data and preparing applicable financial reports by compiling information, preparing profit and loss statements, assist in audit and statutory reporting and utilizing appropriate accounting control procedures in the Finance and Accounting Department of PACT. The position is also responsible for supporting the budget preparation and monitoring processes and to provide direct oversight for the collection and tracking of revenues.

Core Competency Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting (Minimum)
  • QuickBooks certification is required
  • Relevant qualification and certification are an asset – Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) (Preferred)
  • 7 or more years of working experience in accounting is required
  • Previous experience in auditing is required

Remuneration: Compensation package commensurate with qualification and experience within a designated salary scale.

The full job description is available upon request. Packages must be submitted electronically and must include signed application letter, resume, certified copies of academic certificates, current police record (receipt can be submitted initially) and a list of two professional references (names and contact information only) no later than Wednesday, April 27th 2022. Only complete packages will be processed. Packages should be addressed to:

Executive Director
ed@pactbelize.org with copy to hramanager@pactbelize.org
Re: Accountant Vacancy

PACT is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against protected characteristics (gender, age, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, disability).
PACT is not liable for any costs incurred by applicants in submission of their application.

Call for Expression of Interest – Audit Service for the BNCF

Audit Service:

To conduct a General End of Year Audit of the Belize Nature Conservation Foundation Account and General Assessment of all operations and procedures in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) on Auditing.

Background:

The Belize Nature Conservation Foundation (BNCF) was established in April 2013 under and by virtue of the Companies Act, Chapter 250 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2011. As provided for in its Memorandum of Association, the Foundation is a non-profit company whose objectives are, inter alia, to raise funds and to receive gifts and donations to promote conservation and management, for the sustainable use of natural and cultural resources of Belize. The Foundation also offers small grants to eligible organizations for conservation-based projects in or around terrestrial protected areas.

Objectives of the Audit Services:

  1. To Conduct General End of Year Audit of the BNCF Account based on the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) on Auditing;
  2. To Conduct a General Assessment of all operations and procedures to ensure that BNCF is in compliance with the General Accepted Accounting Principles and IFRS;
  3. Express an opinion on the financial statements of BNCF based on the audit;
  4. Prepare a financial audit report.

The services will include but not be limited to the following activities:

  1. Plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement.
  2. Audit the accompanying statements of the financial position of BNCF as at 31 March 2022, 31 March 2023 and 31 March 2024;
  3. Audit the related statement of the financial statements inclusive of the comprehensive income, statements of changes in equity, and statements of cash flows as at 31 March 2022, 31 March 2023 and 31 March 2024;
  4. Examine, on a test basis, the evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements.
  5. Assess the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management; and
  6. Evaluate the overall financial statement presentation.

Tasks of the Auditor:

The Auditor, under the guidance of the Accounting Manager of PACT, will conduct a General End of Year Audit of the BNCF Account and General Assessment of all operations and procedures in accordance with the IFRS on Auditing.

Specifically, the Auditor will:

  1. Conduct a situational analysis to identify the scope of work, timeline, and resources required for the Service;
  2. Prepare a proposal including a work plan and budget incorporating the results from (1.)
  3. Conduct the audit exercise as per the work plan agreed to;
  4. Liaise closely with PACT’s Accounting Team and report on the progress of the work as per the work schedule;
  5. Prepare a managerial report with findings and recommendations and present same to PACT’s management.
  6. Prepare a final audit report.

Expected Outputs/Deliverables:

The expected outputs from the Services are:

  1. A proposal including a work plan and budget outlining the program of work of this Service;
  2. A Managerial Report;
  3. An Audit Report in accordance to IFRS.

Applicants Must Submit an Expression of Interest including:

  1. A Company profile and proof of legal certificates and affiliations
  2. Resume/CV of Partner(s) in Charge and Senior Auditor to be assigned to the Audit

Tenure:

The tenure of the audit services will be for a period of two (2) years; May 2022 – May 2024.

Eligibility:

  • The tender is open to all Audit firms legally authorized to operate in Belize.
  • All applicants must be a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Belize.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted no later than 11th April 2022 to:

Mr. Radin Santos
Procurement Officer
Protected Areas Conservation Trust

Soft Copies should be sent via Email to:
procurementofficer@pactbelize.org and ed@pactbelize.org

Packages are to be labelled as
“Expression of Interest Re: BNCF Audit Services”

Request for Expression of Interest – Project Manager for Green Climate Fund Readiness Project – Enhancing Access for Climate Finance Opportunities

Background

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a unique global platform to respond to climate change by investing in low-emission and climate-resilient development. GCF was established to limit or reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in developing countries, and to help vulnerable societies adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change. Given the urgency and seriousness of this challenge, the Fund is mandated to make an ambitious contribution to the united global response to climate change.
This project will allow Belize to tackle climate resiliency by strengthening the capacity of national agencies across sectors to access, manage and monitor climate financed project/programs. It will also provide further technical support to the Belize National Protected Areas System (BNPAS) Entities. Belize will be able to further strengthen national capacities in climate finance projects, thereby enabling the country to achieve the goals sets in the Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy (GSDS), the Belize Nationally Determine Contributions (NDC) and the National Climate Change Policy Strategy and Action Plan (NCCPSAP).

Position Description

The Project Manager (PM) is primarily responsible for the execution of activities within the work plan of the project. The incumbent will be responsible for submitting timely and accurate reporting packages and to manage assigned complimentary activities of PACT’s Climate Finance Portfolio.

Core Competencies

  • Possess a Master’s Degree (preferred) or Bachelor’s Degree in Project Management or relevant field; and/or
  • Industry recognized Certification in Project Management
  • A minimum of 3 years’ professional experience in managing medium-large internationally funded projects

The full Job Description is available at www.pactbelize.org. Packages must be submitted electronically and must include signed application letter, curriculum vitae, copies of academic certificates, current police record and a list of two professional references (names and contact information only) no later than Friday, March 25, 2022, at 5:00 pm. Only complete packages will be processed. Packages should be addressed to:

procurementofficer@pactbelize.org with copy to ed@pactbelize.org
Re: Project Manager


PACT is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against protected characteristics (gender,
age, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, disability).
PACT is not liable for any costs incurred by applicants in submission of their application.

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Call for Applications – Administrative Assistant

Background:

The Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) is a statutory organization established in 1996 as a Trust Fund under the Protected Areas Conservation Trust Act, No.15 of 1995. PACT contributes to the financing, sourced nationally and internationally, of the Belize National Protected Areas System – a system that is managed by Government Agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Community Based Organizations.

Position Description:

The Administrative Assistant is to undertake and provide effective administrative and operational support services including office management tasks, logistics, secretarial/clerical services, meeting support and administrative support for all transactional human resources management and development areas and activities.

Core Competency Requirements:

  • Associate Degree in Business Administration or Management
  • At least five (5) years of related work experience in administrative and/or operations support
  • Basic knowledge of office administration (particularly office procedures and practices);
  • Basic Knowledge of main transactional HR management areas including maintaining basic employee data and information, payroll administration, entitlement information and performance management; and
  • General familiarity with labour laws of Belize

The full job description is available at www.pactbelize.org. Packages must be submitted electronically and must include signed application letter, resume, certified copies of academic certificates, social security card, current police record (receipt can be submitted initially) and a list of two professional references (names and contact information only) no later than Wednesday, March 2nd 2022. Only complete packages will be processed. Packages should be addressed to:

Executive Director
ed@pactbelize.org with copy to hramanager@pactbelize.org
Re: Administrative Assistant

PACT is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against protected characteristics (gender, age, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, disability).
PACT is not liable for any costs incurred by applicants in submission of their application.

 

Find full Call for Applications and Job Description below:

Service Contract Award Notice: Consultancy Service for Capacity Building Activities for PACT and Stakeholders in areas related to ESG Safeguards for project development and implementation

SERVICE CONTRACT AWARD NOTICE

Consultancy Service for Capacity Building Activities for PACT and Stakeholders in areas related to ESG Safeguards for project development and implementation

 

  1. Publication Reference

Green Climate Fund – RS-BLZ-003/Ser/003

 

  1. Publication Date of Request for Proposal

16th August 2021

 

  1. Contract sign Date

23rd December 2021

 

  1. Consultancy Title

Green Climate Fund – Capacity Building Activities for PACT and Stakeholders in areas related to Environmental, Social, and Gender Safeguards for project development and implementation

 

  1. Procedure

Consultants’ Qualification Selection (CQS)

 

  1. Number and Name of Applications received

Five (5)

  1. University of the West Indies
  2. E Co.
  3. Environmental Governance Consulting
  4. Asesoramiento Ambiental Estrategico
  5. Centre for Applied Development Studies

 

  1. Name of Firm (awarded)

E Co.

 

  1. Price Offered

Not to exceed BZD$70,000.00

 

  1. Scope of the contract awarded

Design and Conduct Capacity Building Activities for PACT and PACT Stakeholders in the following areas for project development and implementation:

 

  • Project Management
  • Environmental Gender and Social Safeguards
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation

 

Duration of Contract: 5months

 

  1. Reasons for Rejecting Other Applicants

Applicants were not considered to satisfy the required professional/technical capacity criterion to perform the service.

 

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Call for Applications: Procurement Officer

Call for Applications!

Procurement Officer

Background:

The Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) is a statutory organization established in 1996 as a Trust Fund under the Protected Areas Conservation Trust Act, No.15 of 1995. PACT contributes to the financing, sourced nationally and internationally, of the Belize National Protected Areas System – a system that is managed by Government Agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Community Based Organizations. 

Position Description:

The Procurement Officer (PO) is primarily responsible to execute the procurement functions of PACT to support the achievement of PACT’s strategic goals and objectives. The incumbent will be responsible for conducting operational procurement for PACT; project procurement for PACT’s Fiduciary Management and Climate Finance Portfolios; and PACT Conservation Investment Program Compliance Monitoring; all in adherence to PACT’s and Project-Specific Procurement Policies and Procedures.

Core Competency Requirements:

  • Possess a Masters (preferred) or Bachelors’ degree in Economics, Finance, Law and/or
  • Industry recognized certification in procurement
  • A minimum of 5 years related professional experience and
  • Previous procurement management is required
  • Strong knowledge of procurement principles, policies and practices
  • Knowledge of contract development and management, fiscal management, and project management

 

The full job description is available at www.pactbelize.org. Packages must be submitted electronically and must include signed application letter, resume, certified copies of academic certificates, current police record (receipt can be submitted initially) and a list of two professional references (names and contact information only) no later than Tuesday, January 18th 2022. Only complete packages will be processed. Packages should be addressed to:

Executive Director

ed@pactbelize.org with copy to hramanager@pactbelize.org

Re: Procurement Officer

 

PACT is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against protected characteristics (gender, age, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, disability).

PACT is not liable for any costs incurred by applicants in submission of their application.

Tender Notice: Consultancy for Services to Review and Update the National Integrated Water Resources Management Policy, Strategy, and Action Plan of Belize

 

   

 

 

 

TENDER NOTICE

Activity Title: Consultancy for Services to Review and Update the National Integrated Water Resources Management Policy, Strategy, and Action Plan of Belize
Funded by: Project “Ridge to Reef Management of the Mesoamerican Reef Ecoregion” (DOE/PACT/MAR2R)
Contract Ref: MAR2R/SER/002/2021
Basic Concept: The project aims to strengthen the integrated management of water resources in Belize, through the design of policies and instruments for water planning in the Belize River and New River watershed, under the ridge to reef approach.

1.0 OBJECTIVE

Review and update the National Integrated Water Resources Management Policy, and Strategy and Action Plan for Belize, inclusive of the existing National Integrated Water Resources Management Policy (including Climate Change) for Belize, 2008, and the National Adaptation Strategy to address Climate Change in the Water Sector in Belize: Strategy and Action Plan, 2009. The aforementioned documents herein after referred to as the National Integrated Water Resources Management Policy, Strategy and Action Plan.

2.0 SCOPE OF WORKS

  • Inception meeting and preparation of a work plan and Stakeholder Inception Meeting
  • Literature Review
  • Consultation with Stakeholders to develop 1st Draft of the Updated National Integrated Water Resources Management Policy and the updated National Integrated Water Resources Management Strategy and Action Plan.
  • Produce 1st Draft of the Updated National Integrated Water Resources Management Policy, and a National Integrated Water Resources Management Strategy and Action Plan.
  • Disseminate 1st Draft with Stakeholders and conduct Stakeholder Workshop to present, review and obtain feed on the Draft Updated IWRM Policy and Updated IWRM Strategy and Action Plan
  • Validation Workshop for the Updated National Water Policy, Strategy and Action Plan
  • Submission of Validated draft to Project Management Team for submission to Cabinet.
  • Submission of Final Consultancy Report

3.0 DELIVERABLES AND TIMEFRAME

Draft and finalized copies of all documents are to be provided to the Project Management Team, Department of the Environment, and the National Hydrological Service. The allotted time for the consultancy is approximately 5 months and all documentation submitted must be in English.

The following documents are to be provided by the consultant:

  1. An Inception Report within three (3) weeks of signing of the contract. This report will detail the scope of the work, outline the methodology to be used, timelines in the form of a Gantt Chart and milestones of the Consultancy including Stakeholders’ engagement.
  2. A Report outlining findings of the Literature Review.
  3. A Report outlining the proceedings of the Stakeholder Workshop on the 1st Draft of the documents.
  4. The 1st Draft version of the Updated National Water Policy, Strategy and Action Plan 2021 no later than twelve (12) weeks after signing the contract.
  5. A Report on the Validation workshop incorporating the comments from stakeholders.
  6. The Validated Final version of the Updated National Integrated Water Resources Management Policy, and the Updated National Integrated Water Resources Management Strategy and Action Plan capturing feedback from Validation workshop and that of the Project Management Team no later than sixteen (16) weeks after signing the contract;
  7. The Final Consultancy Report no later than sixteen (16) weeks after signing the contract. This report must detail the activities undertaken during the assignment- individuals/groups consulted, lessons learned, etc.
  8. A balance scorecard indicating the progress with the task highlighting any challenges faced in achieving objectives.

4.0 REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

The consultancy firm/team shall have at minimum two consultants, with lead consultant having extensive experience in environmental policy and water resource management and another technical consultant with hydrological expertise.

The Policy Consultant must possess training in Policy development, preferably environmental policy, water resources management, regional/national policy development. Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Water Resources Management, or Biological Science, or Environmental Management or related field. Graduate degree in Policy associated with one of the above disciplines would be an asset. Must possess a minimum of five (5) years working experience in similar undertakings.

The hydrology expert must possess minimum a Bachelor’s Degree in Water Resources Management and/or Hydrology. Minimum of 5 years of experience in IWRM or a field directly related to the assignment at a senior advisory or management position; experience in climate change adaptation; experience in comprehensive water sector reform, policy and institutional support, and engagement with the private sector and civil society in IWRM issues; proven and demonstrable experience in implementing IWRM measures; and proven and demonstrable ability to work as part of a team.

Members in the consulting team should also have the following:

  • Knowledge and understanding of institutional and policy issues in Belize and the Caribbean pertaining to water resources management and climate change;
  • Fluency in oral and written English;
  • Fluency in Spanish would be an asset; Prior experience preparing reports and studies, preferably on law and policy related issues would be an asset; and,
  • The Consultant Team should also have a demonstrated familiarity/experience with Integrated Water Resources Management and related issues.

5.0 REPORTING

Consultant will report and submit all documents (digital and hard copy) to The National Hydrological Service (NHS) and The Department of the Environment (DOE) who forms part of the Project Management Team.

6.0 PAYMENTS AND DELIVERABLES

10% upon signing of contract, 10% upon approval of inception report, 40% submission and approval of Draft version of the Updated Water Resources Policy, Strategy and Action Plan., 20% submission and approval of Final version of the Updated Water Resources Policy, Strategy and Action Plan, 20% upon submission and approval of final consultancy report

Please note that the consultant/s will be expected to make their own arrangements for any one–on-one meeting with stakeholders but at least two group consultations/workshops are expected to be conducted.

7.0 DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

Selection will be based on the Consultants’ Qualification Selection where technical soundness, knowledge and experience and financial cost are considered.

  1. Interested applicants are asked to submit a detailed technical proposal for the deliverables in Microsoft word format. The technical proposal should include methodology, work schedule, quality control and quality assurance. The technical proposal shall also describe the composition of the team and relevant years of experience.
  2. A financial proposal shall also be submitted on a sealed package. It should be addressed to Mr. Samuel Benavidez, Accounts Clerk and the front should have the following in the package “CONFIDENTIAL, DO NOT OPEN, MAR2R PROJECT PROPOSAL- REVIEW AND UPDATE OF THE NATIONAL INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT POLICY OF BELIZE.”
  3. They must also provide most recent CVs of all members of the Consulting team.
  4. Letter of Interest highlighting the experience on the topics included in this Terms of Reference.

8.0 SUBMISSION AND CONTACT

Those interested should present the technical offer and budget proposal that responds to the contents of the Terms of Reference no later than 4 p.m 17th December 2021. The proposal should be addressed to:

Protected Areas Conservation Trust
Hummingbird Highway
Belmopan City
Attn: Mr. Samuel Benavidez (accountsclerk2@gobmail.gov.bz)

NOTE: This Notice has been amended.

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Service Contract Award Notice – Consultancy Service to prepare an Institutional Report Card and to Develop a Five-Year Strategic Plan for PACT

SERVICE CONTRACT AWARD NOTICE

Consultancy Service to prepare an Institutional Report Card and to Develop a Five-Year Strategic Plan for PACT

1. Publication Reference

Request for Expression of Interest

2. Publication Date of Request for Proposal

23rd August 2021

3. Contract sign Date

01st October 2021

4. Consultancy Title

Consultancy to Prepare an Institutional Report Card and to Develop a Five-Year Strategic Plan for PACT

5. Procedure

Consultants’ Qualification Selection (CQS)

6. Number and Name of Applications received

Four (4)
1. Praxi5 Advisory Group Ltd.
2. Agricones
3. ID&M Consultants Ltd.
4. PPF Capital Belize Ltd.

7. Name of Firm (awarded)

Praxi5 Advisory Group Ltd.

8. Price Offered

Not to exceed BZD$99,997.36

9. Scope of the contract awarded

Preparation of an Institutional Report Card based on PACT’s 2017 Institutional Assessment Report, the 2017-2021 PACT Strategic Plan, and the 2017-2021 Action Plan.Development of a Five-Year Strategic Plan for PACT based on the process for preparing the Institutional Report Card and on standard strategic planning processes.
Duration of Contract: 15 weeks

10. Reasons for Rejecting Other Applicants

Applicants were not considered to satisfy the required professional/technical capacity criterion to perform the service.