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Support for the National Reform Council (NRC) of Ukraine

 | Published March 31, 2015  -  Deadline April 7, 2015
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THE FOLLOWING NOTICE IS CURRENTLY PUBLISHED BY THE PRESS OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE AND IS COPIED HERE ON THE EBRD WEBSITE. CLOSING DATE FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST IS 7 APRIL 2015. THE PROCESS OF SELECTIN IS BEING MANAGED BY THE NRC AND RESPONSES MUST BE SENT TO THE EMAIL ADDRESS QUOTED BELOW Project management office for development and implementation of reforms (PMO) and Reforms Executive Committee under the Memorandum of Understanding between the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Reforms Executive Committee start selection procedure for the Project managers. National Reform Council (NRC) was established by a Presidential decree in July 2014. To support the activities of the NRC, a Reform Executive Council (REC) and a Project Management Office have been established as part of the reforms infrastructure. The main function of the PMO is to coordinate the Reform Task Forces which are set up to design and implement reforms in different spheres, and monitor and report on the process of reform implementation. Assignment is expected to start in April 2015 and last for a period of 12 months with the possibility of an extension of a further 12 months, depending on the availability of further funding and satisfactory performance. Project manager: Coordinates work of Reform Task Force, Together with Reform Task Force develops, monitors and controls over implementation of reform, Provides regular progress reports on the reform plan implementation to the head of PMO and to the public, The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate the following: At least 3 years of relevant experience is of managing various projects in different industries required Successful experience in change management At least Master’s degree or equivalent Fluency in oral and written English and Ukrainian In addition, the successful candidate should have the following personal characteristics: Good understanding of priority reforms in Ukraine, Strong communication, negotiation and consensus building skills, Outstanding ability to prioritize and coordinate, Strong analytical and problem solving skills. We seek project managers for the following directions: Constitutional Reform Elections Legislation Reform Public Procurement Reform Anti-Corruption Reforms and Lustration Judicial Reform Public Administration Reform Decentralization Deregulation and Entrepreneurship Development Law Enforcement System Reform 10. National Security and Defense Systems Reform 11. Health Care Reform 12. Tax Reform 13. Energy Independence Program and Energy Sector Reform (including reform of Naftogas) 14. Financial Sector Reform 15. Education Reform 16. State Property Management Reform 17. Agriculture Reform 18. Ukraine Global Promotion Program CVs and cover letters (maximum 1 page) in Ukrainian or English indicating in the subject line of a letter which direction of reform you want to join as a project manager shall be sent to pmo@apu.gov.ua. Selected candidates will be invited to interview as part of the evaluation process

UKRAINE: Facilitating FDI in Ukraine's Inland Grain Storage Infrastructure

 | Published July 13, 2016  -  Deadline August 12, 2016
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Update: This procurement notice, initially published on 13 July 2016, has been re-published on 1st August 2016 (due to a technical issue with the eSelection system). The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest is extended until 12 August 2016 23:59 pm (London time).


Project Description

Ukraine is the world’s third largest global exporter of total grains as of 2015, with grains being one of Ukraine’s main export commodities. Ukraine’s total grain exports have been increasing throughout the last 5 years, while agribusiness is the main pillar of the economy. For this growth to continue, it is necessary for the sector to improve its existing grain storage infrastructure.

The existing inland grain infrastructure in Ukraine is increasingly outdated and obsolete, and constitutes a significant bottleneck to increased production and exports of grain produced. Further investments are needed to ensure that grain is handled at maximum capacity with minimum losses and according to international best practice. This need is echoed by investors and Ukraine’s government, while private sector companies have confirmed their readiness to invest in inland grain infrastructure.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank), aims to facilitate the development of Ukraine’s grain storage infrastructure, by providing a technical analysis and evaluation of inland grain storage capacities. This will be accomplished through an analysis and evaluation of the logistics and infrastructure in select regions, as well as through the provision of recommendations on future investment opportunities. The EBRD has a key role to play in increasing market development and transparency by leveraging its links with the private sector in Ukraine.


Assignment Description

The Bank now intends to engage a consulting company (the Consultant) to provide a technical analysis of select grain storage facilities (the Assignment).

The Assignment will contribute to the development of grain production and exports, through a technical analysis and evaluation of grain storage facilities in select regions of Ukraine, providing insight into the existing bottlenecks as well as expansion potential.

A technical analysis of select grain storage facilities will provide information for further investment opportunities.

The Assignment will involve the following components:


A. Grain storage desk review
to analyse available data on Ukraine’s grain market and provide necessary information for potential investors to better target future activities. This will cover:

- Logistics, infrastructure and services related to existing inland grain storage facilities in select regions in Ukraine;

- Grain storage capacity of existing inland grain storage facilities;

- Evaluation of available performance indicators of select inland grain storage facilities and opportunities for investment;

- Analysis of major foreign/domestic players in the inland grain storage facilities;

- Current trends and grain storage development potential per region;

- Proposed list of 8-10 grain facilities with a high investment potential.


B. Technical evaluation of specific grain storage facilities
(8-10 facilities, as proposed under A.) through desk research and site visits, to cover:

- Site history, current operations and risks;

- Site location and neighbourhood;

- Site description and specifics (general area and built up area, configuration, geological and hydrological conditions);

- On-site buildings, structures and their condition (incl. railways, roads/parking, power/gas/water supply and storm water/sewage networks);

- Process facilities and their designed capacities (incl. road/rail intake, labs, flat/silo storage, cleaning/drying units, loading);

- Permitted limits of these utilities (power/gas/water supply and storm water/sewage networks);

- Development possibilities of the site and correlated risks of investments.


C. Specific recommendations for investments in evaluated locations
, to include:

- Recommendations for any other necessary analysis, including engineering, environmental or any other technical analysis that would be required to further inform private investments.

- A note on general investment attractiveness of specific regions and locations, highlighting the areas where foreign direct investment (FDI) would be most needed. This note will be shared with local stakeholders including the Ukrainian Grain Association.


Status of Selection Process:
Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest (EoI).


Assignment Start Date and Duration:
The Assignment is expected to start in August / September 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 12 months.


Cost Estimate for the Assignment:
EUR 100,000 (exclusive of VAT). No extension is envisaged to this Assignment.

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 Republic of Korea. Please note that selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.


Eligibility:
There are no eligibility restrictions.


Consultant Profile:
The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms preferably with previous project experience related to:

· Ukraine's agriculture sector with particular expertise in both conducting technical evaluations of the grain sector and grain storage facilities, as well as current trends in grain infrastructure development and investments in Ukraine.

· Previous experience in working with the EBRD and/or other international financial institutions, including providing recommendations for the areas where potential FDI would be needed, will be considered an advantage.

The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows:

a. Key Expert No 1 (Team Leader) with:

o Preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in conducting technical evaluations of the grain sector and grain storage facilities

b. Key Experts No 2-4 (Grain logistics and infrastructure experts) with:

o Analytical/research background in Ukraine’s grain market;

o Preferably 5-7 years of previous professional experience in developing grain infrastructure, storage facilities in Ukraine and in highlighting potential investment opportunities related to specific grain storage facilities as well as providing information to potential investors; and

o Written and oral fluency in English. Fluency in Ukrainian will be considered an advantage.


Submission Requirements
. In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be shortlisted for this Assignment, the information submitted should include the following:

· Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).

· Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration), main activities, objectives.

· CVs of Key Experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.

· 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 above information should not exceed 10 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet.

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) 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 firms 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:

Julie Michel (Ms)

Associate Advisor

Technical Co-operation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

One Exchange Square

London EC2A 2JN

Tel: + 44 20 7338 7556

e-mail: michelj@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 shortlist criteria are:

- Firm’s previous project experience in Ukraine's agriculture sector with particular expertise in both conducting technical evaluations of the grain sector and grain storage facilities, as well as current trends in grain infrastructure development and investments in Ukraine (60%)

- CVs of Key Experts No 1 (15%)

- CVs of Key Experts No 2-4 (25%)


Project Preparation Support Programme for Agribusiness Projects in Ukraine: Pillar III - Programme Manager

 | Published October 29, 2015  -  Deadline December 22, 2015
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Background:

The agribusiness sector has proven to be one of the main pillars of the Ukrainian economy, even when it is in crisis mode. It is the only sector that increased exports (estimated MY 2014/15 7% higher compared to the previous year) and registered growth in 2014, contributing to approximately 16% of the country’s GDP. This growth can continue, but is subject to an improved business environment and increased investment for the further development of the sector. There are immediate needs to scale up international financing, as the crisis in Ukraine has had a profound impact on the availability of finance for the corporate sector.

In this context, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD”, the “Bank”) is well placed, additional, and able to provide access to financing to corporates facing on-going difficulties. In 2014 the Bank invested €251 million through 14 new projects in the agribusiness sector alone (record year), which was more than 20% of the EBRD’s total investment in Ukraine. In addition, over the past 5 years EBRD financing attracted an estimated additional €100 million from commercial lenders. In 2015, the Bank continued to invest strongly and aims to achieve a business plan with a similar level of investment. The EBRD’s active portfolio in Ukraine’s agribusiness sector amounts to €700 million and includes operations in food production, crop farming and commodity trading.

The EBRD, with the support of the Japan - EBRD Technical Co-operation Fund, is dedicating technical cooperation (TC) resources to assist on-going and future EBRD agribusiness operations, and help pave the way for new investments in the country. The pre-investment due diligence costs for the EBRD’s projects are a significant financial burden to companies, particularly to small- and medium-sized enterprises, who cannot afford this additional cost and therefore face a significant barrier in accessing EBRD finance. For larger companies, with more complicated corporate structures, the legal restructuring implies higher additional costs before they can approach the Bank for financing. Meeting these costs became particularly difficult for the private sector in the context of the on-going crisis.

To this end, the EBRD intends to appoint law firms and environmental consultants under framework agreements (the “Framework Agreements”) to provide Project Preparation Support for Agribusiness Projects in Ukraine (the “Programme”) over a three-year period. The Bank now wishes to engage a Programme Manager (the “Programme Manager”, the “Consultant”) to manage the Framework Agreements and coordinate all activities under the Programme, based in the EBRD's HQ in London (the “Assignment”).

Assignment Description:

The primary responsibility of the Programme Manager will be to manage the Programme’s day-to-day activities at the EBRD's HQ in London, as follows:

· Coordinating the implementation of all Programme activities, including monitoring the work of international consultants hired for each due diligence;

· Administrating each project under the Programme and liaising regularly with each EBRD Operation Leader (OL) of the banking operation;

· Reporting on all outcomes of the Programme;

· Carrying out all planned visibility and communications activities for the Programme;

· Capturing and disseminating all lessons learned and achievements.

The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:

Programme execution and monitoring

· Assist the Agribusiness department in identifying and screening potential investment operations;

· Review the background and profile of the prospective clients to determine the suitability for the Bank’s subsequent financing;

· Identify assistance needs/objectives of potential clients for due diligence and defining the initial scope for the proposed project, in close collaboration with the Agribusiness department bankers;

· Manage due diligence project flow through all stages, including identification, implementation, monitoring and evaluation according to the EBRD’s banking procedures and in line with the project cycles;

· Establish and manage the individual projects budget, including careful tracking of committed and disbursed funds per project and the programme as a whole, ensuring cost-share is paid by each participating company;

· Ensure a coordinated approach between the client, consultants, and EBRD Agribusiness department bankers both in London and in Kiev.

Monitoring of consultants

· Assist the Agribusiness department in selecting international consultants hired for each due diligence, in accordance with the individual banking operation’s needs;

· Monitor the framework consultants’ performance to ensure appropriate level of service is provided throughout the project;

· Process, review and distribute visit reports/minutes prepared by the framework consultants, as well as the final due diligence reports submitted to the banking department;

· Ensure that the projects are carried out in a timely manner and that the required data, inputs and analysis have been delivered.

Programme administration, visibility and communication

· Liaise between the client companies, the donor and Agribusiness bankers as required;

· Provide regular associated reporting to the donors;

· Organize all visibility activities and communication planned under the Programme including 2 events in Kiev and 2 videos about the Programme (TBC);

· Receive, review and forward consultants’ invoices;

· Assist with the necessary logistical arrangements for visiting consultants, including travel arrangements and on-the-ground logistical support; and

· Carry out other tasks related to the implementation of the Programme, as requested.

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

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in February 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 36 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 170,850 over three years (exclusive of VAT). Additional budget for travel as required by the Assignment will be provided. No extension is envisaged to this Assignment.

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: This Programme is expected to be funded by the Japan – EBRD Technical Co-operation Fund (JECF). Please note that selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: The Programme Manager must be a Japanese citizen.

Consultant Profile: Individual services are required. The Consultant shall be an expert preferably with 2-4 years of previous professional experience in:

1. Project management and administration, including budgetary administration, of programmes and projects in international development;

2. Management and hiring of consultants and sub-contractors, including monitoring deadlines and work schedules;

3. Dealing with private sector companies and/or the Government of Japan, including international development and donor agencies.

Native level of the Japanese language as well as professional fluency in English, and in particular English written proficiency, are essential.

Previous working experience and knowledge of the banking sector as well as basic understanding of project finance will be considered an advantage. Working experience and the knowledge of the agriculture/agribusiness sector will be also considered an advantage.

Submission Requirements:

In order to determine the capability and experience of experts seeking to be selected for this Assignment, the information submitted should include the following:

1. Cover letter (maximum 1 page) summarising why the expert believes they satisfy the requirements as defined in the Consultant Profile;

2. CV (maximum 2 pages) which should include full descriptions of responsibilities carried out, not just a job title, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration), main activities, objectives;

3. 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.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted in English electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. The complete expression of interest (including cover letter, CV, declaration and contact sheet etc.) shall be one file (pdf) to be uploaded to eSelection. The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of experts submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size (4 MB) is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

Bank Contact Person:

Georgia Vasiliadis

Technical Co-operation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

One Exchange Square

London EC2A 2JN

Tel: + 44 20 7338 7750

e-mail: VasiliaG@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. Expressions of interest will be evaluated by the Evaluation Committee and a shortlist of candidates will be established.

2. The Evaluation Committee intends to interview the shortlisted candidates as part of the selection process. It is expected that interviews will be held in January 2016 at the Bank’s HQ in London, or via video-conference / Skype. Invitations will be issued to interviewees at least 10 calendar days prior to these dates. Candidates not selected for interview will not be considered further.

3. Candidates selected for interview will also be asked to complete a short written test to establish their proficiency in written English.

4. The highest-ranked Consultant after interview will be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.

5. The role of the Programme Manager will be based in the EBRD's HQ in London for the three-year duration of the Assignment. A willingness to relocate to London is therefore essential.

6 The shortlist criteria are:

  • Previous professional experience in management of consultants/sub-contractors – 25%
  • Proven project management skills – 25%
  • A degree from a leading university in the fields of international relations, international development, economics and/or finance – 15%
  • Interview and completed written test, assessing the candidate’s proficiency in English and suitability for the role – 35%
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