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AG COMMERCIALIZATION PROJECT - P132652

AED PMU | Published May 13, 2016  -  Deadline May 31, 2016
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Curriculum Modernization ? Tajikistan Agrarian University And Vocational Agricultural Colleges REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Republic of Tajikistan Agriculture Commercialization Project Grant No: H9640-TJ Project ID: Number P132652 AssignmentTitle: CurriculumModernization ? TajikistanAgrarian University and Vocational Agricultural Colleges Reference No: AED/PMU/CQS/2016-04 The Republic of Tajikistan has received financing from the WorldBank to support commercialization of agriculture by strengthening the ability of the new generationofsmall-scale, private farmers to engage in commercialization activities with the agribusiness sector and gain access to markets,andintends to apply part of the proceeds forconsulting services. The consulting services will be supporting the AED PMU in implementation of Sub Component 3.1: Supportto theEducational Establishments in the Agriculture Sector. The university(s) and agricultural college will work with their Tajik counterpartsto: develop a medium-term programto modernize their curricula, trainselected staff and faculty to implement this modernization program, train staff and faculty tounderstand and deliver new course material, guide the university in decisions on the acquisition of new teaching material andequipment, implement a staff exchange program for selectedTajik staff and faculty, and guide expansion and modernization of currentcorrespondence learning programs. An input of at least 6 person months is envisaged for support to the Tajik Agrarian University and atleast 4 person months is envisaged forsupport to the two vocational agricultural college. These inputs willbe spread over2 years. It is planned tostart the assignment in July 15, 2016 to July 15, 2018. The Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic ofTajikistan/Agriculture Commercialization Project now invites eligible university and vocational agricultural colleges to indicatetheir interest in providing the services, preferably as a single entity. Interested university and vocational agricultural collegeassociationsshould provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description ofsimilar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.). The shortlisting criteriafor the university(s) and vocationalcollege are: ·         University(s) general experience (core business and years in business) ? 20 points; ·         University(s) experience in the field of the assignment (numberof years in the sector and similar assignments implementedin the 10 years) ? 20points; ·         Thepartner university will be an agricultural university, an agricultural faculty within a larger university or a consortium ofuniversities. It will be located in a modern, market economy, have international standing and have demonstrated experience incollaborating and working with universities in developing countries in Central Asia or the countries of the former CIS-20 points; ·         Anagricultural university(s) of international standing, located in a modern, market economy; with demonstrated competence in thedisciplines taught by the Tajik Agrarian University (Agronomy, Animal Science, Veterinary Science, Irrigation and Water Management,Agricultural Mechanization, Economics, Accounting and Finance, Horticulture and Biotechnology, Agri-Business) -20 points; ·         Theagricultural university(s) will have full national accreditation in their country of origin for the granting of Bachelors, Mastersand Phds' in agriculture; and the vocational agricultural college will have full national accreditation in its country of originfor the granting of vocational diplomas in agriculture -10 points; ·         Theuniversity will have demonstrated experience in working with similar institutions in Central Asia or the countries of the formerCommonwealth of Independent States-10points; ·         Theuniversity should be able to provide faculty and staff witha good knowledge of Russian and English. The attention of interestedConsultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits& Grants byWorld Bank Borrowers, January 2011 ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflictof interest. Consultants may submit their REOI as an individualuniversity or form an association involving a university(s)and a vocational college. All members of any such association shall bejointly and severally liable for the entire assignment. However, theexperience of sub-consultant will not be considered whileshort-listing. A Consultant will be selected based on the Consultants'Qualifications in accordance with the Guideline dated January2011, revised July 2014. The best qualified and experienced firm shall be selected and only this one selected firm shall beasked to submit a combined technical and financial proposal. Interested consultants mayobtain further information at the address below during office hours: 08-00 to 17-00 hours. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to theaddress below (in person, or by mail,or by fax, or by e-mail) by May 31, 2016. AgriculturalEntrepreneurship Development Project Management Unit Attn: Mr. Sadullaev H.-AED PMU Director Address: Republic of Tajikistan, Dushanbe,Avenue Rudaki 44, Ministry of Agriculture of RT «AED PMU» Tel: + 9922215113 Fax: +9922210413 E-mail: pmutacp@mail.ru

AG COMMERCIALIZATION PROJECT - P132652

AED PMU | Published August 24, 2015  -  Deadline September 15, 2015
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International Value Chain Consultant REPUBLIC OF TAJIKISTAN AGRICULTURE COMMERCIALIZATION PROJECT REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (CONSULTANT SERVICES) Republic of Tajikistan Agriculture Commercialization Project Grant No H964-TJ Project ID Number P132652 The Republic of Tajikistan has received financingfrom the World Bank to support commercialization of agriculture by strengthening theability of the new generation of small-scale, private farmers to engage in commercialization activities with the agribusinesssector and gain access to markets, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consultingservices. The Value Chain Development andTraining/Advisory Service Provider (VCDTA-SP) should be specialized in value chain development of agricultural commodities, as wellas training and advisory services to private sector operators: farmers, agribusinesses and traders to improve their operationalperformance and financial results. The consulting services will be supporting theAED PMU in implementation of Sub Component 1.1: Value Chain/Productive Partnership Development, Sub Component 1.2: Training andAdvisory Services, as well as in relevant activities of Sub Component 2.2: Commercialization Grants. TheVCDTA-SP will be a chartered international consulting company with a track record of at least five yearsin successful Value Chain Developmentoperations/projects and private sector development, including in Transition Countries, and,preferably, in Central Asia. Thecompany's curriculum will need to show its ability in capacity building of national homologues, as it will be expected tocollaborate with and train the national consulting industry. The VCDTA-SP will provide a Lead Consultant(Team Leader), 5-6 Value Chain international technical specialists - one for each of the value chains promoted by the project, - aswell as expertise in training of farmers and provision of advisory services (sales and marketing specialists, agronomists,financial managers, cooperation specialists, food safety and quality specialistsand other relevant expertise) to agribusinesses. The Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Tajikistan now invites eligible consulting companiesto indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested consulting companies must provide information indicating that theyare qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions,availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.). The shortlisting criteria are: ·        Extensive and demonstrated professional experience in the areasofagribusiness, food technology, food quality and safety, value chain development and other relevant areas, including in developingand transition countries, and in Central Asia; ·        Demonstrated experience in implementing similar assignments,supporting private sector commercialization activities, advising agribusinesses, developing farmer cooperation and connectingfarmers to value chains; ·        Demonstrated experience managing complex programs and technicalstaff; ·        Demonstrated experience in capacity building of national staffandcompanies; ·        Staff with working knowledge of English, and at least limitedknowledge of Russian; ·        Working experience in Tajikistan and CIS will be considered anasset. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraphs 1.9 and 1.11of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans andIDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers dated January 2011, setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict ofinterest and eligibility. Consultants may submit their REOI as an individual firm or in association in the form of a jointventure or sub-consultancy. All the members of the joint venture shall be jointly and severallyliable for the entireassignment.  However, the experience of sub-consultant will not be considered whileshort-listing. A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality and Cost-based Selection method set out in theConsultant Guidelines.  Interested consultants mayobtain furtherinformation at the address below during office hours: 0900 to 1800hours. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or bymail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by September 15, 2015. Agricultural Entrepreneurship Development Project Management Unit Attn: Mr.Sadullaev H.-AED PMUDirector Address:Republic of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, ave. Rudaki 44, Ministry of Agriculture of RT «AED PMU» Tel: + 992 2215113 Fax: +992 2210413 E-mail: pmutacp@mail.ru

AG COMMERCIALIZATION PROJECT - P132652

Agricultural Entrepreneurship Development Project Management Unit | Published May 21, 2015
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General Procurement Notice GENERAL PROCUREMENT NOTICE Tajikistan Agriculture Commercialization Project GENERAL PROCUREMENTNOTICE Grant No.9640-TJ(International Development Association) Project IDNo.P132652 The Republic of Tajikistan has received financing in the amount of US$ 22.0 millionequivalent from the World Bank toward the cost of the Agriculture Commercialization Project, and it intends to apply part ofthe proceeds to payments for goods, works, related services and consulting services to be procured under this project. The project will include the followingcomponents: Component I: Improvement of Technical Knowledge and Skills inSupport of Commercialization. Component II: Access toFinance for Agri-Business Enterprises andSmall-Scale Commercial Farms. Component III: Institutional Capacity Building and ProjectManagement. Consulting services to be procured under this project would include International Value Chain DevelopmentService Provider, National VCD-SP, andTechnical Advisory Services Service Provider. Procurement of contracts financed by the World Bank will be conductedthrough the procedures as specified in the World Bank's Guidelines "Procurement of Goods,Works, and Non-Consulting Services under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers" (January2011), and is open to all eligible bidders as defined in the guidelines. Consulting services will be selected inaccordance with the World Bank's "Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDACredits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers" (January 2011). Specific procurement notices for contracts to be bid under the WorldBank's internationalcompetitive bidding (ICB) procedures and for contracts for consultancy services will be announced, as theybecome available, in UNDevelopment Business and publication in local newspaper. Agricultural Entrepreneurship Development Project Management Unit (AED PMU) Ministry of Agriculture's building (1stfloor) 44 Rudaki Avenue, 734025 Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan Attn: Mr. Sadullaev Habibulo, Director of AED PMU Tel: +992 (372) 2215113 Fax: +992 (372)2210413 E-Mail: pmutacp@mail.ru

LAND REGIS & CADASTRE - P089566

 | Published February 3, 2015
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Joint Company "Trimble Germany GmbH"
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Equipment For Establishment Of The Network Of The Continuously -operating Gps Reference Stations ICB Contract Award Notice Tajikistan Project: P089566 - Land Registration & Cadastre System for Sustainable Agriculture Project (LRCSP) Bid/Contract Reference No: LRCSP\ICB G-8 Scope of Contract: Equipment for establishment of the network of the continuously -operating GPS reference stations Duration of Contract: 5Month(s) Contract Signature Date: Evaluation Currency: USD-United States Dollars Awarded Bidder(s): Name: Joint Company "Trimble Germany GmbH" Address: Meerheide 45, 5521 DZ Eersel, The Netherlands Country: Netherlands Bid Price at Opening:USD 329,995.57 Evaluated Bid Price: USD329,995.57 Contract Price: USD329,995.57 Evaluated Bidder(s): Name : Joint Company "Trimble Germany GmbH" Address :Meerheide 45, 5521 DZ Eersel, The Netherlands. Country: Netherlands Bid Price at Opening:USD 329,995.57 Evaluated Bid Price: USD329,995.57 Evaluated Bidder(s): Name : LLC "Partner" Address :93/1, Rudaki ave, 734001, Dushanbe, Tajikistan Country: Tajikistan Bid Price at Opening:USD 376,084.00 Evaluated Bid Price: USD376,084.00 Evaluated Bidder(s): Name : Joint Company "Leica Geo Pro" Address :Heinrich-Wild-Strasse, CH-9435 Heerburgg, Switzerland Country: Switzerland Bid Price at Opening:USD 410,521.00 Evaluated Bid Price: USD410,521.00 Rejected Bidder(s): Name: "LLC PARTNER" Address: 93/1, Rudaki ave, 734001, Dushanbe, Tajikistan Country: Tajikistan Bid Price at Opening:USD 376,084.00 Reason for Rejection: Does not meet Eligibility Requirements Rejected Bidder(s): Name: Joint Company "Leica Geo Pro" Address: Heinrich-Wild-Strasse, CH-9435 Heerburgg, Switzerland. Country: Switzerland Bid Price at Opening:USD 410,521.00 Reason for Rejection: Non Responsive

PAMP II - P133327

Project Management Unit | Published November 24, 2015  -  Deadline December 15, 2015
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Consulting Services On Institutional Strengthening For Integrated Water Resources Management (package-b-implementation Of Iwrm Strategy And Water Resources Database) Republic ofTajikistan second PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT FORSUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND WATER resources MANAGEMENT PROJECT (PAMP II) GAFSP GRANT NUMBERTF013997 IDAGRANT NUMBER H823-TJ REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OFINTEREST Tajikistan The State Institution "Project Management Unit FerghanaValley Water Resources Management" (SI PMU «FVWRMP») The Second Public Employment for Sustainable Agriculture and Water Resources ManagementProject GAFSP Grant No.: TF013997 IDA Grant No.: H823-TJ Assignment Title: Consulting services on Institutional Strengthening for IntegratedWater Resources Management (Package-B-Implementation of IWRM Strategy and Water Resources Database) Reference No.:PAMPII-QCBS-010 The Government of the Republic of Tajikistan has received financing from the World Banktoward the cost of Second Public Employment for Sustainable Agriculture and Water Resources Management Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services. The consulting services ("theServices") include Institutional Strengthening for Integrated Water Resources Management (Package-B-Implementation of IWRM Strategyand Water Resources Database), which will run till December 2017. The Consultant will carryout, but not limited to, the main tasks as follows: 1.    Review the outputs from Package A ? Legal and InstitutionalSupports, Water Laws, and the IWRM Strategy; 2.    Reviewthe outputs from the ScopingStudy of the Tajikistan Integrated WaterResources Management Information Services System; 3.    Reviewthe outputs from the irrigationinfrastructure inventory and mapping project; 4.    Formulate the design of the WaterInformation Center; 5.    Formulate the design of the WaterInformation System for the implementation of the IWRM Strategy including hydroinformatics database and information system at thenational and river basin levels; 6.    Provide detail design of thecomponents, both hardware and software, of the Water Information System and the hydroinformatics database and information system atthe national level; 7.    Provide detail design of thecomponents, both hardware and software, of the Water Information System and the hydroinformatics database and information systemfor the pilot river basin; 8.    Formulate capacity buildingrequirements for the IWRM institutions at the national and pilot river basin Lower Kofarnihon River Basin, 9.    Establish the IWRM institutions at thenational and river basin levels with Kofarnihon River Basin as the pilot river basin; and 10.  Provide integrationand training for the creation of the IWRM Unit and thePilot River Basin Organization of Lower Kofarnihon River Basin. SI PMU «FVWRMP»now invites eligibleconsulting firms ("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultantsshould provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform theServices. The shortlisting criteria are: 1.    Firm Experience under the  tasks ofToR 1.1. Total number of contracts under tasks of ToR,including in the Central Asia and in Tajikistan 1.2. Cost of the carried out contracts under thetask of ToR 1.3. Numberof years of work of firm under the tasksof ToR 1.4. Presence of the key personnel under the tasksof ToR 2. Qualification and experience of key firm personnel underthe tasks ofToR 2.1. Education under the tasks ofToR 2.2. Total number of contracts under the tasks ofToR, including in the Central Asia and in Tajikistan 2.3. Numberof years of work under the tasks of  ToR The Consultant Team will consist of a Team Leader/Facilitator whoshall have the following professional profileand experience: ·        A senior consultant with a minimum of15 years of work experience in design of integrated water resources management, hydroinformatics system, or relatedareas. ·        Academic degree in water resourcesmanagement, engineering, information technology or related subjects. ·        International experience in integratedwater resources management projects at transboundary, national or river basin level in developing countriesis required.  Experience of working in the Former Soviet Union and / or Eastern Europe would beanadvantage. ·         Fluency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of Russian and/or Tajik wouldbe an advantagebut is not required. It is expected that the team will consist of, but not limited to,the following technical experts: ·        Integrated Water Resources ManagementSpecialist ·        HydroinformaticsSpecialist ·        Information ArchitectureExpert ·        Database ArchitectureSpecialist ·        Software Engineer with web-based GISapplications Technical experts are required to have a minimum of 10 years ofrelevant experience. It is allowed to form Consortiums with international and / or national consultant firms. The attention of interestedConsultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers"dated January 2011 ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest. Consultants may associatewith other firms in theform of a joint venture or a subconsultancy to enhance their qualifications. A Consultant will be selectedin accordance with the Quality- and Cost-BasedSelection (QCBS) method set out in the ConsultantGuidelines. Further information can beobtained at the address below during office hours from 09:00 to 17:00 hoursDushanbe time. Expressions of interest mustbe delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by December 15,2015. Attn. Mr. Safar Karimov Director Project Management Unit 5/1 Shamsi str., 734054, Dushanbe, Tajikistan Tel/Fax No. (992 372) 2366208; 992 93 583 58 18 E-mail: fvwrmp@mail.ru

AG COMMERCIALIZATION PROJECT - P132652

Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Tajikistan | Published February 1, 2016  -  Deadline February 18, 2016
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International Bank Training Consulting Firm REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (CONSULTING SERVICES ? FIRMS SELECTION) Country: Republic ofTajikistan Project name: AgricultureCommercialization Project Loan No./Credit No./ Grant No.: ?964-TJ Assignment Title:International Bank Training Consulting Firm Reference No. (as perProcurement Plan): MOF/PMU/CQS/2015-01 The Government of the Republic of Tajikistan hasreceived a Grant in the amount of 22 million from the World Bank to implement the Agriculture Commercialization Project. Theobjective of the project is to improve the commercialization of the farm products and agro-industrial production, by increasing theefficiency of the selected value chains and fruitful cooperation, through easier access to finance and capacity building of thebeneficiaries of the project. The consulting services ("the Services") includeinternational bank training for PFI employees. Project Implementation Unit (PIU) under theAgriculture Commercialization Project now invites eligible consulting firms ("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providingthe Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications andrelevant experience to perform the Services. The shortlisting criteria are: ·        Company's experience in the commercial bank consulting and training business at least 7 years; ·        Prior experience in similar assignments is required, at least three similar assignments,; ·        (Individual) consultants to be made available under the assignment are expected to hold a degree from a leading universityin the country of education in the areas of banking/finance, business administration or other relevanteducation; ·        Professional experience in banking of the (individual) consultants to be made available under the assignment of not lessthan 5 years; ·        The(individual) consultants available under the assignment have skills and/or knowledge in lending, appraisal of loan proposals,financial analysis of value chain financing instruments; ·        The(individual)consultants available under the assignment should have prior experience in training staff of financialinstitutions. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn toparagraphs 1.9 and1.11 of the World Bank's "Guidelines for Selection and Employment ofConsultants under IBRD Loans & IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers ", January 2011, revised in July of 2014.("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest and eligibility.  In addition, please refer to the following specific information on conflict of interestrelated to this assignment (information on conflict of interest related to the assignment asper paragraph 1.9 ofConsultant Guidelines). Consultants may submit their REOI as an individualfirm or in association  in the form of a joint venture or  subconsultancy.  All the members of the joint venture shall bejointly and severally liable for the entire assignment.  However, the experience ofsub-consultant will not be considered while short-listing. A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the CQS method set outin the Consultant Guidelines.  Based on the Consultants' Qualifications Selection (CQS)method, the best qualified and experienced firm shall be selected and onlythis one selected firm shall be asked to submit acombined technical and financial proposal. Further information can be obtained at the address below duringoffice hours from 08:00 until 17:00 (local time) Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form tothe address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by February 18,2016. Ministry of Finance of the Republic ofTajikistan 3 A. RajabovsAvenue, Dushanbe Project Implementation Unit Attn: Parviz Negmatov, ProcurementSpecialist Tel.: +992 37 221-02-34 Fax:  +99237 227-67-87 E-mail: p.negmatov@greenfinance.tj

Env Land Mgt and Rural Livelihoods-GEF - P122694

Implementation Group of Committee for EnvironmentalProtection | Published February 19, 2015  -  Deadline March 6, 2015
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Facilitating Organization (ngo) For Participatory Planning, Community Mobilization, And Implementation Support Forvillage-level Rural Production Investments In Baljuvon And Khovaling Districts REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (REOI) Country:                                  Republic of Tajikistan Project name:                          "EnvironmentalLand Management and Rural Livelihoods Project" Grant No:                               Grant No. TF014521and TF014523 Task name:                              Facilitating Organization (NGO) forParticipatory Planning, Community Mobilization, and Implementation Support for Village-level Rural Production Investments inBaljuvon and Khovaling Districts (selected jamoats). Reference No.:                       ELMRLP.QCBS.03-2015 The Republic of Tajikistan has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Environmental Land Management and RuralLivelihoods Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services. The consulting services include provisionof facilitation support to rural populations tomobilize, plan, implement and manage rural production investments in farmproductivity, land resource management and small-scale rural infrastructure that increase their productive assets in ways thatimprove natural resource management and resilience to climate change. The contracted NGO would: a) inform stakeholders at district and sub-district levels of the project and proposed activities; b)facilitate participatory climate change adaptation, environmental, and socio-economic appraisals at jamoat and village levels; c)facilitate participatory planning of community action plans that identify appropriate rural production investments and mobilizecommon interest groups of households and ensure inclusion of vulnerable and marginal groups; d) assist common interest groups todesign, implement and monitor rural production investments; e) provide training and assistance to build the organizational andtechnical capacities of beneficiaries. The contracted NGO would coordinatewith other stakeholders including local government, NGOs,and donor supported projects to provide these services as needed. The Project Implementation Group of Committee for Environmental Protection of the Republic of Tajikistan (CEP RT) now inviteseligible NGOs ("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provideinformation demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the services. The shortlisting criteria are: Consultants qualification and experience Experience in managing assignments/projects using community based and participatory developmentapproaches,Experience in similar assignments/projects in agriculture and/or natural resource managementAvailability of appropriate qualifications and skills among staff to perform the assignment (noindividual CVs to be submitted at this time)Applicants may include district or national-level Tajik NGOs or international NGOs withcurrent operations and offices in Tajikistanand a presence for at least the past three years The attention of interestedConsultants is drawn to paragraphs 1.9 and 1.11 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRDLoans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers" dated January, 2011 ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the WorldBank's policy on conflict of interest and eligibility.  Consultants may submit their REOI as anindividual organization or in association in the form of a joint venture or sub consultancy to enhance theirqualifications.  All the members of the joint venture shall be jointly and severallyliable for the entire assignment. A Consultantwill be selected in accordance with the Quality and Cost-Based Selection method(QCBS) set out in the World Bank's ConsultantGuidelines. Consultantsmust provide all information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures,description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriateskills among staff, etc.) Further informationcan be obtained at the address below during officehours from. 09:00am till 17:00pm. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form with thesubject Expression of Interest: Facilitating Organization (NGO) for Participatory Planning, Community Mobilization, andImplementation Support for Village-level Rural Production Investments in Baljuvon and Khovaling Districts (selected jamoats),to the address below (in person or by e-mail) by March 6, 2015,17:00. Address: Implementation Group of Committee for Environmental  Protection of the Republicof Tajikistan (CEP RT ),. Attn: Mr. KhayrulloIbodzoda., Head of  CEP RT 5/1 Shamsi street,Dushanbe city, Tajikistan,734025 Tel:+992446401517 Web-site: elmarlcep_procure@yahoo.com

Enhanced Competitiveness of Tajik Agribusiness Programme (ECTAP) - Independent Verification Consultant

 | Published December 14, 2016  -  Deadline January 9, 2017
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Project Description: The European Union has established the Enhanced Competitiveness of Tajik Agribusiness Programme (“ECTAP” or the “Programme”) to enhance the development of Tajik agri-food value chains, the competitiveness of agri-food enterprises and the quality of marketing of their products.


The Programme consists of three Windows:

Window 1: EU grants for a risk-sharing facility with the EBRD, which will support at least EUR 20 million of EBRD financing to Tajik agribusiness SMEs.
Window 2: EU funding for investment grants to the beneficiaries of the Programme to be channelled through: (i) the EBRD’s lending programme with Tajik MFIs/banks for on-lending to beneficiaries where the EBRD ensures a mechanism for the EU funds to be passed to the eligible end borrowers.
Window 3: EU technical assistance grants to support agribusiness SMEs in implementing their capital investment projects through EBRD direct financing in Windows 1 and 2.


As part of the Programme, the European Union seeks to mobilise higher levels of financing to support capital investment in the Tajik agricultural and agribusiness sector by providing grants that will be blended with financing from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ( “EBRD” or the “Bank”). The Programme has been conceived, to a large extent, as a follow-up of the Tajik Agricultural Finance Framework (“TAFF”) which was completed in February 2013.


It has been determined that equipment currently in place are either (i) obsolete machinery, or (ii) has low level of local product quality, productivity with limited standardisation and quality control.


In order to improve the commercial viability to invest in upgrading equipment that otherwise would not be financed, a grant mechanism in the form of incentive payments to sub-borrowers has been developed. Eligible sub-borrowers will receive a grant incentive payment as a percentage of the sub-loan amount provided by Partner Financial Institutions (PFIs) for the sole purpose of investing in the eligible agri-machinery and equipment - pre-identified and approved agriculture machinery and equipment (based on a List of Eligible Materials and Equipment or LEME) with the aim of supporting the upgrading currently obsolete agri fleet and equipment prevalent in the country. The Programme aims at strengthening specific agri sectors along efficient value-chains.


The the beneficiaries of the the Programme are intended to be micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) along the agribusiness value-added chains, including farmers and their associations, while local consulting service providers to the agriculture sector will also benefit indirectly.


Assignment Description: The Bank now wishes to engage a locally-based Independent Verification Consultant ("IVC" or “Independent Verification Consultant”) to assist the Bank in the implementation of Windows 1 and 2 in close cooperation with the EU Project Consultant and the EBRD Senior Grants Officer. The IVC will be expected to verify the technical implementation of the investments by the sub-borrowers before the incentive payment is released to the relevant SME.


The objectives of the IVC are to:


- ensure that the use of proceeds of each sub-loan has met the eligibility criteria and that funded investments have been completed substantially in line with defined procedures. The IVC shall verify eligibility of the sub-borrower to receive incentive payment by checking that the equipment /machinery has been purchased from the LEME (List of Eligible Machinery and Equipment), and is being used;
- ensure that incentive payments due to sub-borrowers, on completion of eligible investments, are submitted for release by the EBRD only when a sub-project is validated as compliant with the investment plans, and that no recommendation on release of incentive fees will be given where such validation was not possible.

The IVC is expected to conduct one or a combination of the following verification methods for each sub-project when it has been substantially completed:

- Desk-based verification

- Random on-site verification

- On-site verification.


Specifically, the IVC will udnertake the following tasks.


Window 1- Agribusiness - Direct Facility programme:


The IVC will check and confirm that each project that is eligible for payment of a Financial Incentive has successfully met all defined eligibility criteria and has been successfully completed in accordance with the original investment plan prepared by the PC.


The borrower is responsible for implementing the project and shall notify the PC when the project has been implemented or is complete. The borrower will advise the PC of the disbursed amount of the loan. On notification from the PC that a project has been completed, the IVC should conduct the verification. The verification should be completed and the relevant confirmation of compliance provided to the EBRD SGO no later than one month following notification of the IVC, unless otherwise requested by the Bank.


The IVC shall conduct an On-site verification of each project:

- Visit the site of each project when the project has been substantially completed (equipment from LEME list was purchased, commissioned and is being used).
- Validate, against the investment plan and a Completion Validation Review (“CVR”) checklist prepared by the Project Consultant to ensure that the project has been completed substantially on the basis of the investment plan and check-list.

The borrower shall provide to the IVC all supporting documents and invoices from installers/suppliers as well as proof of payment by the borrower.
The IVC will assess the successful implementation and completion of the projects and will review a copy of the completion certificate and/or other certificate provided by the borrower. Where commissioning tests have been performed, the IVC will also review a copy of the commissioning tests and provide to the EBRD an opinion whether the project has been completed substantially in line with the investment plan and the eligibility criteria.

Window 2 – FI- On-lending Facility to agri MSMEs:


The IVC will assess, verify and confirm that a sub-borrower eligible for receipt of the Financial Incentive, has successfully met all defined eligibility criteria and the sub-projects to be verified are in compliance with the sub-project criteria under FI-ECTAP. The eligibility criteria for the sub-borrower and the sub-project under the FI-ECTAP Facility are defined in the Policy Statement annexed to a loan agreement between EBRD and respective PFI.


The IVC is expected to conduct one or a combination of the following verification methods with respect to the sub-projects funded under the FI-ECTAP Facility:

1. Desk-based verification:

conducted on any MSE sub-project with a value of up to USD 20,000 equivalent;
conducted based on the supporting documentation (including, but not limited to, confirmation of the EBRD-FI ECTAP sub-loan fund disbursement, invoices from the suppliers and/or installers, proof of payment by the sub-borrower) submitted by the respective PFI via EBRD SGO.


2. Random on-site verification:

IVC shall conduct random on-site verifications of at least 50% sub-projects falling under the ‘Desk-based verification’ method.

3. On-site verification:
- conducted on any MSME sub-project with a value of equal to and/or above USD 20,000 equivalent;
- conducted based on the supporting documentation (including, but not limited to, confirmation of the EBRD-FI ECTAP sub-loan fund disbursement, invoices from the suppliers and/or installers, proof of payment by the sub-borrower) submitted by the respective PFI via EBRD SGO;
- validation included of each sub-project against the investment plan and a Completion Validation Review (“CVR”) checklist prepared by the EU Project Consultant to ensure that the sub-project has been completed substantially on the basis of the investment plan and check-list.

Status of Selection Process: Interested consultants (individual consultants or firms nominating an individual expert) are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.


Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in early 2017 and has an estimated overall duration of 32 months. Subject to the availability of funding, Project requirements and satisfactory performance of the Consultant the assignment duration may be extended.


Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 288,510 (exclusive of VAT).

The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.


Funding Source: The Assignment will be funded by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Tajikistan.


Eligibility: There are no consultant nationality eligibility restrictions.


Consultant Profile: Individual services are required. The Consultant shall be an individual expert (independent expert or an expert nominated by a firm) with previous professional experience in:


i) project work relevant to the assignment, including:

- validating sub-projects against set criteria;

- experience of working on MSME investments through commercial banks in transition economies (preferably with IFIs or similar institutions);

- ensuring compliance with relevant EU Directives and Regulations;

ii) project experience in comparable assignments in the Central Asia region.


Submission Requirements:


Interested consultants are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest. In order to determine the qualifications and competence of individuals seeking to be shortlisted (firms may propose services of individual experts), the information submitted should include the following:

- Cover letter (maximum 2 pages) summarising how he/she satisfies the requirements as defined above under Consultant Profile;

- CV which should be detailed and include full descriptions of roles responsibilities carried out;

- Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc

The complete expression of interest (EoI)should be submitted, in English electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of Individuals submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded (4MB), the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.


Bank Contact Person:

Elena Kolodiy

Principal Advisor

Technical Co-operation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

One Exchange Square

London EC2A 2JN

Tel: + 44 20 7338 6765

e-mail:kolodiyo@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)


Notes:

1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.

2. The evaluation criteria are:

i) previous project experience in validating projects against set criteria (20%);
ii) previous project experience in MSME investments through commercial banks in transition economies, with IFIs or similar institutions, experience working with EU Directives and Regulations (40%);
iii) Previous project experience in comparable assignments in the Central Asia region (40%).

Bank Eskhata - Support with SME Leasing Development

 | Published November 11, 2016  -  Deadline December 9, 2016
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Executing Agency (Client): Bank Eskhata
The Client Contact Person: Daler Sadikov
Head of International Relations Department
Tel: + 992-3422-6-74-10
E-mail: d.sadikov@eskhata.tj

Project Description: Bank Eskhata (the “Company”), fifth largest (by assets) and a leading MSME focused bank in Tajikistan, is interested in developing financial leasing business. Eskhata Bank has been one of the most active and successful partner financial institutions of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD” or the Bank”) in Tajikistan, where EBRD is a shareholder since 2005. In the course of the past 12 years EBRD and Bank Eskhata have successfully cooperated on a number of projects: MSME, agriculture and resource efficiency credit lines (TMSEFF, TAFF, Climadapt), trade finance business under the Trade Finance Programme (TFP) as well as joint SME co-financing facilities. Bank Eskhata has 22 branches and over 262 centres of service and 139 sales points across the country, serving over 61,000 loan and 110,000 deposit clients.

Assignment Description:
The Company now intends to engage a consultant (the “Consultant”) to help develop and introduce financial leasing products to its SME clients and deliver a specialised training programme to loan officers (the “Assignment”).  Upon completion of the Assignment the expected outcome is that Bank Eskhata will have the capacity to design, structure, underwrite and monitor simple financial leasing products.

The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:

1. Analysis of the operating environment
(a) Undertake generic and broad assessment of the operating   environment to identify key existing constraints and opportunities for development of leasing products, including different barriers faced by women-led SMEs where such assessment is possible.

2. Development of leasing products and initial marketing
(a) Develop financial leasing product (products), taking into account internal and external constraints and market potential and opportunities identified during the analysis of the operating environment. Where feasible, the Consultant will assist the Company in developing solutions and remedies to identified constraints to facilitate development of leasing for the overall market, and women-led SMEs in particular.
(b) Provide guidance for marketing of leasing products.

3. Development of leasing underwriting procedures and leasing operations manual
(a) Develop simple leasing operation procedures for the Company to adopt.
(b) Develop a leasing operations manual.

4. Design and delivery of training programme
Design and deliver a training programme to loan officers involved in SME leasing:
(a) Specialised training:
- Structuring and underwriting leasing products;
- preliminary screening of applications;
- risk assessment and development of risk mitigating measures (within the risk appetite of Bank Eskhata); and
- Guidance on monitoring of leasing projects.

(b) Train-the-trainer:
- Coaching senior loan officers of Bank Eskhata who will be nominated to take responsibility for future training of loan officers; and
- Design and develop a standardised training module, covering all aforementioned aspects of the leasing operations, which nominated trainers can use for future trainings.}

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in January 2017 and has an estimated overall duration of 16 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 74,000; (exclusive of VAT).
The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund and Bank Eskhata. Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding and signing of related project financing agreement between EBRD and Bank Eskhata.

Status of Selection Process: Interested individual consultants are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Individual services are required. The Consultant shall be an expert (individual expert or an expert nominated by a firm), preferably with previous professional experience in the following areas:

  • developing leasing business in banks or non-bank leasing companies, which includes and is not limited to leasing product design, leasing project assessment and underwriting, leasing project monitoring and completion.
  • developing procedures and manuals for leasing operations;
  • providing on-job training to junior staff
  • fluent in spoken and written Russian language, with good command of written English, adequate to produce project activity reports for EBRD.
  • Previous experience in the region and knowledge of the local banking sector and the economy would be considered an advantage


Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of consultants, the information submitted should include the following:

(a) Cover letter (max. 2 pages) summarising why the expert believes s/he satisfies the requirements as defined in the above section Consultant Profile;

b) CV (not exceeding 4 pages) detailing qualifications, professional and academic background, full descriptions of responsibilities carried out on similar assignments (not just job title), particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years. The CV should include information  on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives and achievements.

(c)  Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available via the link below: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Contact Sheet, Declaration Form) are to be submitted in English and Russian by email, preferably as one file (pdf or Word), clearly labelled “Expression of Interest for Bank Eskhata – Support with SME Leasing Development”, shall be submitted to the Executing Agency’s contact person not later than the due date. One additional copy shall be sent by email to the EBRD's contact person by the same due date. The Client reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if any limitation on the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

EBRD Contact Person:
James Yoo
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 207 338 6369
Email: YooJ@ebrd.com

Notes:

  1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification. Consultants will not be asked to submit a technical or financial proposal as part of this expression of interest. The highest ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and invited to negotiate the contract subject to availability of funding.
  2. Consulting firms (proposing individuals) and individuals may apply. Consulting firms nominating an individual expert shall submit one complete individual application for each expert. Single applications for a number of experts containing various CVs may result in rejection of such application and all concerned experts
  3.  The shortlist criteria and weightings are:  
    a) Expert’s previous professional experience in developing leasing business in banks or non-bank leasing companies (including but not limited to leasing product design, leasing project assessment and underwriting, leasing project monitoring and completion) (35%).
    b) Expert’s previous professional experience developing procedures and manuals for leasing operations (25%)
    c) Expert’s previous coaching and training experience in the relevant field (20%)
    d) Expert’s previous experience and knowledge of the local banking sector (10%)
    e) Russian language skills (10%)
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