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Call for Proposals: Consultancy Services for Support for the Comprehensive Review of the Labour Act for Belize

Posted: Saturday, June 3, 2023. 9:25 pm CST.

Contributed by the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government:

Call for Proposals

Consultancy Services for Support for the Comprehensive Review of the Labour Act in Belize

PURPOSE:

The Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government is launching a call for proposals from interested legal professionals to support the review of the Labour Chapter 297, Revised Edition 2020 with the objective of the enactment of a modernized Act.

OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY:

The main objective of the Consultancy is to provide support and technical expertise to the primary consultant of the project for the research, analysis and preparation of key recommendations and the legislative drafting required for a comprehensive review and modernization of the Labour Act,

Chapter 297, Revised Edition 2020 and to support the consultations thereon.

MAIN ACTIVITIES:

(i) Work plan/schedule:

The consultant will, at the outset, prepare and submit a work plan (schedule of tasks and activities) based on the agreed date of commencement of the consultancy.

(ii) Situational and policy analysis report:

The situational and policy analysis report will be based on consultations, interviews and a thorough desk review of key documentation, national and international legislative records and any other relevant materials obtained through independent research using quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

(iii) Consultation with stakeholders:

The consultant, in coordination with the Labour Advisory Board, the designated Ministry officials and representatives of the ILO, will support consultations with social partners and national stakeholders. The consultant will prepare an updated situational and policy analysis report incorporating feedback and recommendations of the stakeholders, and a summary report of the consultations. The consultant will also provide support for consultations on the draft legislation.

(iv) Provide input and assist with the drafting of the legislation, and prepare a white

paper:

▪ Provide support and input with respect to the preparation of various drafts of

the new Labour Act, as well as the consultations held on the drafts

▪ Prepare a White Paper in the format required by the Ministry of the Attorney

General for submission to Cabinet and ultimately the National Assembly.

QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES:

Candidates seeking to undertake this consultancy should possess the following:

  • LLB degree with at least ten (10) years post qualification experience of

practicing law in Belize including experience of advising on employment law

matters in Belize.

  • A member in good standing with Belize Bar Association.
  • Knowledge of and experience in legislation drafting, Rule of Law, legal

framework and CARICOM Model Laws.

  • Practical knowledge of government processes, social dialogue and industrial

relations.

  • Knowledge of ILO Conventions, Recommendations and Protocols and ILO

supervisory system.

  • Ability to interpret, simplify and translate complex legal issues and conduct

qualitative and quantitative research.

  • Highly skilled in business judgment, law, analytics, communication, and research.
  • Has strong computer skills, fluency in English, and can work both as a team and

independently.

  • Adaptable to diverse cultures, genders, religions, ethnicities, ages, and can produce

high-quality output within budget and on time.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS AND SELECTION PROCESS:

Each proposal should consist of:

  1. A short cover letter (2 pages maximum) summarizing references to the consultant’s

experience with similar undertakings.

  1. The proposal will specify in detail: (i) experience with practicing law in Belize including

experience of advising on employment law matters in Belize; (ii) Experience in of

legislation drafting, Rule of Law, legal framework and CARICOM Model Law and

practical knowledge of government processes, social dialogue and industrial relations and

(iii) Knowledge of ILO Conventions, Recommendations and Protocols and ILO supervisory

system;

  1. Relevant samples of work and/or hyperlinks to published material;
  2. Tentative calendar for carrying out the various phases of the process (see section VI, paragraphs (i) to (iv) of the Terms of Reference). With regards to the calendar of activities,

please note:

  1. The consultant is expected to start working during the month of June 2023 and

conclude the exercise at least, by June 2024.

  1. The full stakeholders’ consultation schedule and modality will be jointly

determined after selection of the candidates in line with the stakeholders’

availability, and available resources.

  1. Curriculum vitae and current affiliation of consultant;
  2. A price proposal that includes all consultant fees and related expenses. Meetings and

workshop costs will be covered by the Ministry.

  1. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.
  2. The full Terms of Reference may be requested from [email protected]

Proposals must be submitted to:

Mrs. Rissela Dominguez-Patt

Labour Commissioner

Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government

5163 University Boulevard

Belmopan City, CAYO

All submissions must be made by June 16th, 2023 at 4:00pm

 

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