Irrigated Agriculture Improvement - P130014
Central Project Office | Published October 13, 2014 - Deadline October 28, 2014
Monitoring & Evaluation Consulting Services For The
Irrigated Agriculture Improvement Project
The Government of Vietnam has received a Credit from the World Bank for the Vietnam Irrigated AgricultureImprovement Project (VIAIP), and intends to apply part of the proceeds of this Credit to eligible payments under the contract"Monitoring and evaluation consultancy service". Description of the project and consulting services are providedbelow:
The project development objective is to improve the sustainability of irrigated agriculture production systemsin seven provincesof the central coastal and northern mountainous regions of Vietnam, namely Ha Giang, Phu Tho, Hoa Binh, ThanhHoa, Ha Tinh, Quang Tri, and Quang Nam. The project's activities incorporate four main components with a total investment cost ofUS$210 million, in which, US$180 million will be funded from IDA and GOVN will provide US$30 million of counterpart funds. Theproject components are as follows:
Component 1: Improved Water Management (US$9.5 million). This component will improve institutional capacity for modern, efficient,and accountable irrigation and drainage service delivery. The establishment of a financially self-reliant and transparent waterservices sector will enable reductions in recurring government expenditure on operation and maintenance of irrigation systems inall project provinces and at Ministry level.
Component 2: Irrigation and Drainage Scheme Level Improvements(US$170.5 million). Thiscomponent represents the bulk of infrastructure investments in the project areas (83,400 ha). It will improve bulk water deliveryto irrigation systems, service delivery and management in the selected irrigation and drainage schemes through: (i) physicalimprovement of selected existing large, medium and small scale irrigation and drainage infrastructuresuch as canals, pumps, weirs,pipes, and control structures; (ii) improvement and protection works for existing dams; (iii) rehabilitation and construction ofsmall multi-purpose water village ponds; and (iv) construction of measuring devices.
Component 3: Support Services for Climate Smart Agricultural Practices(US$23 million). Thiscomponent will build on the improved irrigation infrastructure and water delivery activities realized under Component 2 to improvethe productivity and quality of agriculture, increase farmers' incomes, and reduce their vulnerability to adverse climatic events.including : (i) enhancing on-farm systems for crop intensification and diversification; (ii) provision of laser land levelingservices; (iii) provision of advisory services to facilitate shifts into feed and horticultural crop production; (iv)identification and implementation of measures to reducethe water and environmental footprints of cropping systems; (v)supportfor Project beneficiaries, including WUAs, for the implementation of climate-smart agricultural plans; (vi) stimulatingmodernization by promoting the use of sprinkler and drip irrigation systems; and (vii) application of remote sensing imagery forthe monitoring of cropperformance.
Component 4: Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation (US$7 million). This component supports the operational costs forthe implementing agencies including MARD andthe seven provinces to manage the project. The activity would finance: (i) IncrementalOperating Costs; (ii) equipment and vehicles purchase; (iii) monitoring and evaluation, including third-party monitoring; (iv)staff training; (v) internal and external audits; and (vi) various consultancies for the design, construction supervision, qualitycontrol support, gender action plan and safeguards compliance.
The objective of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is to annuallymonitor the project implementation and evaluate independently the project results to meet itsdevelopment objective indicators.The M&E Consultant's assignment includes: (i) Establish a M&E system for the project based on the ProjectResult Framework, with required information, necessary inputs, and tools to collect and analyze data; (ii) Survey and collectinformation, initial indicators as the basis for assessment; and (iii) Deploy operation of M&E system, including monitoring,updating project indicators, and assessing implementation process, including annual reports, mid-term report and Project completionreport. The consultancy is expectedto be executed over the period 2015-2020.
The Central Project Office (CPO) under Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development (MARD) now inviteseligible consultants toindicate their interest in providing services for the above contracts. Interested consultants must provideinformation indicating they are qualified to perform the services by providing a description of the firm, competence relevant tothe assignment, references of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, and availability of appropriate skills amongstaff. Consultants may associate to enhance their qualifications, but should specify in their Expression of Interest whether theproposed form of association is a joint venture or sub-contract.
State-owned enterprises or institutions in Vietnam may participate only if they can establish that they:i) are legally andfinancially autonomous, ii) operate under commercial law; and iii) are not dependent agency of MARD or a project province(excluding Specialized Institutions defined in the Finance Agreement).
Consultants will be selected in accordance with the selection procedures set out in the WorldBank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers January 2011. Interestedconsultants may obtain further information at the address below from 09:00 ? 16:00 hours. Expressions of interest and above-mentioned information must be delivered to the address below by 16:00, 28 October 2014.
Mr. Vu Dinh Hung
Deputy Director General, Central Projects Office (CPO)
Ministry of Agriculture and RuralDevelopment
Add: No. 23 Hang Tre Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: 844 8 262 857
Fax: 844 8 242 372