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Pristina Urban Transport Project - Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

 | Published May 7, 2015  -  Deadline June 4, 2015

Assignement Description: 
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) has been approached by the Municipality of Pristina (the “Municipality” or the “City”) to assist with the financing of the acquisition of 51 buses for the public transport operator, Trafiku Urban (“TU” or the “Company”) and the refurbishment of the Company’s maintenance depot (the “Project”). The total Project costs amount to EUR 13.2 million, including VAT, which will be funded by the Municipality and the EBRD. The EBRD loan will only finance the acquisition of buses while the contribution from the Municipality will cover the VAT and the refurbishment of the maintenance depot. The transaction will be supported by a Public Service Contract (“PSC”) between the Company and the Municipality.
The proceeds of EBRD's loan (EUR 10 million) will be used for the acquisition of 51 low-entry EURO-VI buses. The buses will be delivered in two batches, the first batch of 30 buses in 2015 and the second batch of 21 buses in 2016. The Project will allow TU to replace its existing bus fleet, which is outdated with an average age of over 10 years, and requires renewal. The modernisation of the bus fleet will improve the reliability and quality of public transport services for bus users, as well as improve air quality through reduced carbon emissions and better fuel efficiency.
TU is the public transport operator for Pristina, wholly owned by the Municipality. It owns 10 buses and provides services in the urban and suburban area of Pristina and the neighbouring municipalities. The Company was established in 1976 and currently employs 118 staff. It currently operates Line 4, which is one of 37 bus routes within the total urban network, which is the trunk route of 8.5 kilometres long running through the city centre. The Company also operates a sizable bus depot with a spacious workshop, parking lot and service facility.
The Project will benefit from a comprehensive Technical Assistance package that aims to: support project implementation; to assist the Company and the Municipality in the preparation of a PSC; assist the Municipality in the preparation of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan; and assist the Company in improving its operations, both financial and operational.
The City is now seeking a consultant (the “Consultant”) to assist in developing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (the “Plan” or “SUMP”) to ensure best-practice urban transport planning and to identify opportunities for divestiture of commercial activities with potential for private sector participation. The SUMP will be implemented by the City.
The main objective of this assignment is the development of the SUMP that will assist the City to manage mobility to be compatible with European environmental requirements.
The Consultant will undertake the following tasks and fulfil the following objectives, inter alia:
  1. To prepare a Plan for the transport urban sector in Pristina, which would determine future priority investments in the sector;
  2. To prepare a transport model to use as the basis for the assessment of the entire mobility plan;
  3. To ensure the accessibility offered by the transport system is available to all, such that urban public facilities, including public transport, can provide services on an inclusive basis;
  4. To improve safety and security in all modes of transport and to reduce the number of accidents;
  5. To reduce air and noise pollution, greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions and energy consumption;
  6. To improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the transport of persons, including defined sources of underlying funding and financing for such activities. This is understood to include both TU and private transport providers;
  7. To elaborate a general and specific set of indicators, regarding the mobility, socio-economic and urban development of the City, which will be monitored in evaluating the effectiveness of the Plan associated with the established objectives;
  8. To develop non-motorised modes and intermodal transport networks;
  9. Propose recommendations on Private Sector Participation (“PSP”) opportunities in the provision of urban transport services in Pristina. 
Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or group of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.
Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in Q3 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 9 months.
Maximum Budget available for the Assignment: EUR 275,000 (exclusive of VAT).
The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed.
Funding Source: Czech Republic ODA TC Fund.
Eligibility: Participation is restricted to firms registered in the Czech Republic and experts being either Czech nationals or permanent employees of the firm. Up to a maximum of 35% of the total contract amount may be used to finance services of local experts who are nationals of Kosovo or consultancy firms registered in Kosovo.
Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with extensive experience in the urban transport sector and in implementing the key areas of this assignment. The Consultant should also have experience in the region and in Kosovo specifically, on similar projects and undertaking similar tasks. It is expected that the Consultant’s team of key experts will at least consist of the following areas of expertise (any expert proposed by the Consultant may take charge of another of the required specialties if he can provide sufficient references in similar projects):
•           Team Leader/Transport Planner
•           Urban Planner / Architect
•           Transport Operations Specialist
•           Traffic Engineer
•           Urban Transport modelling Expert
•           Parking Policy Specialist
•           Transport Economist
•           Financial Expert
•           Legal Expert specialised in Public Transport
•           Marketing and communication Expert
•           Environmental and social Expert
•           Urban Transport Young Professionals (“UTYPs”) (2)
•           Local Social/gender and transport expert
All experts, with the exception of the UTYPs and where detailed below, should have preferably 5 years’ experience in similar positions.
The Team Leader should have:
  • A background in Engineering and/or Transport Planning/Transport Economics with preferably ten years of experience in consultancy in Europe in urban development projects.
  • Experience on the planning of public transport networks.
  • Experience on leading a consultant team on one or several projects in the transport and urban mobility planning field.
The Urban Planner/Architect should have:
  • Experience on leading a consultant team on one or several projects in the urban planning field, with sustainable urban mobility planning components.
The Urban Traffic Modelling Expert should have:
  • Preferably ten years’ experience in operating four-step traffic model software in an urban environment. 
The Financial Expert should have:
  • Preferably ten years’ experience.
The Legal Expert should have:
  • Preferably ten years’ experience as a lawyer, including five years in public/private partnership in the public transport field in Europe.
The Marketing Expert should have:
  • Preferably five years’ experience in publicity, marketing and communication in the public transport area in Europe.
  • Experience with developing and implementing a Stakeholder Engagement Plan.
The Environment and social Expert should have:
  • Preferably five years’ experience in social and environmental assessment in Europe, in particular referring to Strategic Environmental Assessment, assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment (Directive 2001/42/EC) and Environmental Impact Assessment (Directive 85/337/CEE as amended).
The Urban Transport Young Professionals (2):
  • Should be Kosovan nationals and recent graduates with at least a 4 year university degree in engineering, planning, or other equivalent technical field related to the transport sector. Recent is to be understood as having graduated within the last 3 years from university. 
  • Are intended to be hired by the consulting firm, and incorporated fully into the production of the SUMP.  The objective is for deep knowledge transfer to occur between experienced professional consultants and the UTYPs, with the objective of passing at the end of the SUMP preparation project over to the beneficiary municipality for a period of 2 years as a municipal staff. 
  • Are provided an opportunity to start their career in the transport sector with a very solid real- world experience, while also committing to work in exchange for the municipal public sector for at least two years.
  • Will be selected on a competitive basis by the Consultant.
Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected, the information submitted should include the following:
(a) brief overview of the firm/group of firms including company profile, organisation and staffing;
(b) details of similar experience of firm or group of firms and related assignments 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, assignment budget, percentage carried out by consultant in case of association of firms or subcontracting, main activities, objectives;
(c) 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.
(d) Completed Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:
The expression of interest shall not exceed 25 pages (excluding CVs and contact sheet).
One original and one copy of the expression of interest, in English, shall be submitted to the Client in an envelope marked “EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for Pristina Urban Transport Project - Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning”, to reach Client not later than 4 June 2015 at 14:00 hours (local Pristina time).
One further electronic copy should be submitted to the EBRD’s contact person by the same due date.
Executing Agency (Client):
“Pristina Public Transport” (“Trafiku Urban”, “TU” or the “Company”)
The Client Contact Person:
Dardan Sejdiu
The Municipality of Pristina
Rr.UÇK-2-10000, Prishtinë, Kosovë
Tel: +381 234 944 ext. 1011
The EBRD Contact Person:
Olesya Kerridge
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6895
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
Important 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. Evaluation criteria and respective weightings are:
  1. CV of the Team Leader (30%)
  2. CVs of the other key experts (25%)
  3. Firms experience in similar assignments for similar projects (30%)
  4. Firms relevant experience in the region including the Kosovo (15%)
  1. This procurement notice is published in parallel with one other procurement notice for Pristina Urban Transport Project – Financial and Operational Performance Improvement and Corporate Development Programme (TCS 46600). Interested consultants may apply for both assignments; however, they will be awarded only one contract.
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