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Project Management & Research

The Research & Project Management arm was est. 2004 to respond to developmental needs & prepare industry information for businesses within the MSME sector.

In recent times, the mandate of the Department has shifted to respond to local, regional and global needs of large, medium-sized, small and micro enterprises in the areas of research development and project management.  The Department is staffed by a team of highly qualified professionals with collective field experience spanning over 50 years to serve our enhanced mandate.

Mission

To offer state of the art project management and research solutions that are undergirded by data integrity, process quality and consistent efficiency to our internal and external stakeholders.

Objectives

  • Develop and process reliable and valid data sources that will lead to decisive action by our existing and potential clients
  • Be a wholesaler of project management and research information, techniques and applications in response to the growing needs of businesses, companies, institutions and individuals that subscribe to our services
  • Be the Consultant of Choice to large, medium-sized, small and micro enterprises with a perpetual guarantee for service quality and process efficiency
  • Provide affordable project management and research solutions for investment opportunities

 

Services

  • Research Consultancy
  • Research-process Outsourcing
  • Feasibility studies (planning and execution)
  • Market research (consumer and client surveys)
  • Employee satisfaction and engagement surveys
  • Impact assessment and evaluation
  • Needs Assessment
  • Tracer studies
  • Baseline surveys and needs assessment
  • Focus Group Design and Administration
  • Online questionnaire (survey) hosting, fielding and sampling
  • Data entry and analysis

 

Project Management

 

Training

  • Project Management
  • Proposal Writing
  • Resource Mobilization
  • Survey design and questionnaire construction
  • Focus group planning and administration
  • Administering in-depth interviews
  • Participatory Learning and Action Technique (PLA)
  • Conducting Participatory Social and Institutional Assessments
  • Analysis of Quantitative and Qualitative data

 

Some of Our Clients

  • Research
    • Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ)
    • Women Entrepreneurs Network of the Caribbean (WEN Caribbean)Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce (MIIC)
    • Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ)
  • Training
    • HEART Trust NTA
    • National Housing Trust
    • E-Gov
    • Mico University College
    • Lannaman & Morris Shipping
    • National Integrity and Action
    • UWI Consultancy
    • AMG Packaging
    • Jamaica Money Market Brokers Ltd.
    • Jamaica National Building Society
    • Leahcim T. Semaj & Co. Ltd.
    • Sports Development Foundation
    • Ministry of Industry, Investment & Commerce
    • Victoria Mutual Building Society
    • Jamaica Standards Product Co. Ltd.
    • Lasco Manufacturing Co.
    • Goddard Catering Group
    • Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation
    • Micro Investment Development Agency
    • Jamaica Cooperative Credit Union League
    • National Education Fund
    • PSEARCH Associates Co. Ltd.
    • Ash C. Simon & Co.
    • NMIA Ltd.
    • Alliance Francaise De La Jamaique
    • Greater Portmore Baptist Church
    • Coral Cuisine
    • Joan
    • Joan Duncan Foundation
    • Wigton Windfarm Ltd.
    • Jamaica Schools for Social Entrepreneur
    • National Crime Prevention Fund
    • Environmental Foundation of Jamaica
    • Environmental Health Foundation
    • Life Long Skills Publishing & Company Consultancy Services
    • Bar John Industrial Supplies
  • Project Management
    • Jamaica Social Investment Fund
    • Development Bank of Jamaica
    • Inter-American Development Bank
    • European Union
    • United Nations Development Program
    • United States Agency for International Development
    • Bureau of Standards Jamaica
    • Rural Agricultural Development Agency

 

Project Management & Research Team

The PMRD Team consists of the following 5 professionals operating at the top of their games:
Manager – Project Management and Research, Assistant Manager – Project Management & Research, Senior Project Officer – Data Analysis, Project Officer – M&E and an Administrative Assistant. 

 

Academic Qualifications
Our highly qualified Team of Researchers and Project Managers possess the following qualifications:

  • Masters Degrees: Sociology of Development ● Statistics ● Finance & Accounting ● Marine Administration
  • Bachelors Degrees: Sociology ● Psychology ● Demography ● Marketing ● Banking & Finance ● Language & Communication

 

Experience
Together, the Team has over 50 years’ experience that covers the following areas:

  • Business management, market, social, financial and economic research
  • Social, industrial, commercial and maritime development 
  • Project management and administration with local and international development partners
  • Consultancy on several research and project management initiatives in Jamaica and across the Region

 

Special Skills and Competencies
The Team’s expressive CV boasts the following skills:

  • Research - Quantitative and qualitative research methods (data collection, analysis and data-processing software such as IBM SPSS and Nvivo), sampling, institutional assessment, technical writing, communication and facilitation.
  • Project Management – Management, administration and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, proposal writing and procurement.
  • Other – Business assessment, bilingual (Spanish and French) and institutional capacity building.

 

Consultants’ Registry

We utilize the services of several highly qualified Associates to assist in the research and project management aspects of the Department.  Our Registry of Professionals includes the following:

  • Project Management Professionals
  • Specialists and Experts:
    • Research, Marketing, Communication, Business Development, Information Technology, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Statisticians
  • Interviewers and other field workers
  • Field Supervisors
  • Data Entry Officers
  • Administrative Personnel

 

JBDC’s Track Record

Training

  • Tapping into Donor Funds: “A Proposal Writing Workshop Series” – This workshop was designed and developed using a practical results-based approach and hosted for the first time in Jamaica in November 2013.  The workshop equips candidates with the practical know-how of writing winning project proposals, empowers them to develop solid proposal documents and to strategically identify targeted donors.  Within 5 months of hosting the first workshop, over $17 Million in grant funding was awarded to workshop participants.  To date, over 90 private, public and civil society organizations have been exposed to over 3000 hours of training in proposal writing.
  • Research Coaching for HR Practitioners: “A Focus on Employee Engagement & Satisfaction” - First developed in 2014, this workshop represents Jamaica’s first exclusive research workshop targeting HR Practitioners with a focus on employee engagement and satisfaction.  The event is designed using JBDC’s results-based knowledge transfer approach in which established stalwarts in the area of research and employee engagement, Employers of Choice and those seeking knowledge enhancement are brought together.  The workshop continues to be a part of JBDC’s main training agenda.

Research Consultancy

The following represents a list of studies implemented by the Jamaica Business Development Corporation:

  • Caribbean Needs Assessment of Women-owned Enterprises (2014 - 2015) – JBDC was contracted to design and implement a remote needs assessment survey in 8 Caribbean countries involving a sample of 600 women-headed enterprises.  This is an exploratory study that aims to ascertain the developmental needs of businesses in the survey countries with the end result being an expansion of services offered by the Women Entrepreneurship Network of the Caribbean (WENC).
  • MSME Needs Assessment Study (2014) – This study’s methodology was designed and implemented by the JBDC through its Project Management Research Department.  It included the participation 1,500 corporations that were randomly selected across the Island of Jamaica.  The study focused on both financial and non-financial business development needs of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).  The results of the study were used to guide the successful launch of the Mobile Business Clinic Initiative that is currently in operation and to direct strategic pathways of all public and private sector entities that are involved in the business of strengthening the capacity of Jamaican MSME’s.
  • MSME Profile Study (2013) – A pilot project was initiated by the JBDC through which research was conducted to prepare a profile of 300 MSMEs across the Island of Jamaica.  The results of this study were used to guide policy and program development.
  • Falmouth Business Opportunity Needs Assessment (2014) - The purpose of this needs assessment survey was to ascertain the needs of the business community in Falmouth, Jamaica in order to create a business development opportunity geared towards growing the local economy in the region by integrating MSMEs in the supply chain. The research included a mapping of businesses in Falmouth to determine among other things location, demographics and development needs.  Results of the assessment were used to inform and develop the “Jamaica Rhythms” Tourist Attraction Project that integrates MSMEs in the tourism supply chain in Falmouth Jamaica.
  • Animation Industry Research Consultancy - This Research was commissioned by the Development Bank of Jamaica and sought to examine the state of the animation industry in Jamaica. Information gathered included the size of the industry, major players, development needs and recommendations geared towards strengthening the Animation Industry for it to become on par with other countries in the region.  The results of the research were used to inform policy and project planning for interventions related to the Animation Industry.  The DBJ is currently in the process of using the results to seek funding for a major project that is underway.
  • High Growth Industry Research - This research was commissioned by the DBJ and sought to determine the sectors or industries within the Jamaican economy that have historically created a high number of jobs (2011- 2014), sectors that are expected to generate high numbers of jobs for Jamaicans up to 2020/ 2030, an assessment of local conditions alongside global trends and industries that are expected to grow most significantly on an international scale in the near future.  Results used to foster strategic planning around job creation in Jamaica.

 

Project Management

North Coast Craft Revitalization Project
The North Coast Craft Revitalization Project (NCCRP) is a collaborative effort between the Jamaica Business Development Corporation and the Tourism Enhancement Fund. The Project is aimed at improving the competitiveness and income generating capabilities of craft producers in the North Coast Region of the Island and specifically in the parishes of St. Ann, St. James and Trelawny.
The project is expected to address the following issues faced by the Craft Industry:

  • The need for improvements in product quality, finishing and designs
  • The need for use of appropriate technologies and equipment
  • The need for appropriate business development skills and practices
  • The need for improvement and upgrading of traditional product development skills
  • The need for improved and diversified product ranges

 

Craft Biz Facility
The Craft Biz Facility Project was designed to increase access to appropriate financial and non-financial assistance in order to ensure the growth and success of targeted Craft Entities. The Project has targeted 30 producers of craft and fashion accessories and is providing assistance in the form of business and product development support, training and marketing

 

Energy Conservation and Efficiency Project
The Energy Conservation and Efficiency Project was designed to promote energy conservation management as a means of strengthening the growth and development of MSMEs. The project will assist enterprises through the provision of information and technical support to adopt energy management practices in an effort to lower operational costs and increase productivity.

 

Small Business Growth and Distribution Linkages Project
The Small Business Growth and Distribution Linkages Project is a business assistance programme designed to assist enterprises which possess strong growth potential but which lack the required resources to take full advantage of market opportunities.

 

Productive Integration of Micro-Enterprises in Jamaica
The project aim was to improve the Competitiveness of 14 Micro-Enterprise groups in the Craft and Agri-Processing Subsector (9 Craft and 5 Agri-processing) with a Special focus on Fermented, Dehydrated and Confectionery Products. Project beneficiaries were mainly rural areas such as Portland, St. Mary, St. Thomas, Trelawny and St. Elizabeth as well as rural St. Andrew.

 

Kingston Urban Renewal Project (KURP)
The overall objective of the project was to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life in the Parade Gardens communities (namely Tel Aviv and Southside) through the design and implementation of strategies for the regeneration of poor communities.  Components of the project included: business training and development, environmental upgrading and youth development.

 

JSIF-REDI
The aim of the consultancy was to develop business plans for 22 Community Groups from the Parishes of Manchester, St. Elizabeth, Trelawny and Portland who were seeking to apply for JSIF REDI Grants.

 

Jamaica Furniture and Wooden Products Project
The project action plan was geared to assist the industry to achieve a more meaningful and visible contribution to industrial and economic development by increasing its competitiveness.