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WATER RESOURCES AND IRRIGATION - P121186

Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration | Published December 12, 2014  -  Deadline January 19, 2015
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Training Services For Drainage Boards (dbs) REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (CONSULTANT SERVICES) ALBANIA WATER RESOURCES AND IRRIGATION PROJECT Project ID No. P121186 Loan No.: IBRD 82110 Training Services for Drainage Boards (DBs) MAFCP/CS/009 This request for expressions of interest is a revision of therequest for expression of interest that appeared in Development Business online on 13 October 2014. This request for expressions ofinterest follows the General Procurement Notice forthis project thatappeared in Development Business online No. May 25, 2010 and the GPN Update published on December 20, 2012, DBReference No. WB5260-12/12. The Government of Albania has received financing in the amount of EUR 31 million equivalent from the WorldBank toward the costof the Water Resources and Irrigation Project, and it intends to apply part of the proceeds to consulting services forthe Trainingof Drainage Boards (DBs). The services include capacity strengthening for organizations that provide irrigation services, organization oftraining programs for irrigation institutions, such as Ministry of Agriculture, RuralDevelopment and Water Administration (MARDWA), Drainage Boards (DBs), LocalGovernments (LGs) and Water User Organizations (WUOs), and private operators aimed at enhancing their operational efficiency andparticipatory governance. The assignment is expected to be completed within 3 years starting May 2015. The training will includethe following topics: (i) Financial revenue & expenditure management and accounting; (ii) Infrastructure operation andmaintenance; (iii) Dam and Flood Protection Works operation and maintenance; (iv) Pumping stations operation and maintenance; (v)Legislation issues; (vi) Management and administration; (vii) Water distribution management and recording; (viii) Participatorytraining techniques. The Ministry ofAgriculture, Rural Development and WaterAdministration (MARDWA) now invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interestedconsultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similarassignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.). Consultants may associate toenhance their qualifications. Minimum qualification requirements are: Documentsdefining the constitution or legal status, place of registration and principal place of business of the Consultant (Core business and years in business);Consultants'organization and capacities (technical and managerial organization of the firm);Experience insimilar projects (for every listed project please submit the following information: name of the project, donator/investors,contract value, realization data andcontact info from donor/investor side) Otherdocuments (brochures, description of similar assignments, letters of recommendations, etc.). Assignment is estimated to commence in May2015. A consultant will be selected in accordance with the Least CostSelection Procedure set out in the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment ofConsultants by World Bank Borrowers edition ofJanuary 2011. Interested consultants may obtain further information at theaddress below during office hours 08:00 a.m. to 16:30 p.m.: Ilirjan Lame Project Manager Water Resources and IrrigationProject Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development andWater Administration Adr: Blv. "Dëshmorët e Kombit", Nr. 2, kp. 1001 Tiranë, Shqipëri Tel: + 355 4 2226243 - 75191 E-mail: ilirjan.lame@bujqesia.gov.al Expressions of interest must be delivered to the address below nolater than Monday, January 19th, 2014 at 12.00 noon(local time): The expressions ofinterest (EOIs) already submitted shall remain valid and the consultants do notneed to send them again. Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration (Protocol Office) Blv . "Deshmoret e Kombit", Nr.2 ,kp.1001 Tiranë, Shqipëri Attn: Mr. Vojo Bregu General Secretary

WATER RESOURCES AND IRRIGATION - P121186

Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration | Published December 2, 2015  -  Deadline December 23, 2015
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Supervisory Services For Irrigation And Drainage Works REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (CONSULTING SERVICES ? FIRMS SELECTION) ALBANIA WATER RESOURCESAND IRRIGATION PROJECT ProjectID No. P121186 Loan No.: IBRD 82110 AssignmentTitle: Supervisory Services forIrrigationand Drainage Works Reference No. (asper Procurement Plan): MAFCP/CS/005 This request for expressions of interest follows the General Procurement Notice forthis project that appeared in Development Business online on May 25, 2010 and the GPN Update published on December 20, 2012, DBReference No. WB5260-12/12. The Government of Albaniahas received financing in the amountof EUR 31 million equivalents from the World Bank toward the cost of the Water Resources and Irrigation Project, and intends toapply part of the proceeds for consulting services. Theconsulting services ("the Services") include the supervision of the Civil Works Contract for the rehabilitation of Irrigationschemes that cover a designated command area not less than 20.000 ha (to be determined  subject to the ongoing feasibility study and engineering designs) includingreviewing, monitoring, inspection, and reporting activities of standard construction supervision. The supervision contractimplementation period is estimated tobe during the period September 2016 - June 2017. The Ministryof Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration (MARDWA) now invites eligible consulting firms ("Consultants") toindicate their interest in providing theServices. Interested consultants should provide information demonstrating that they havethe required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The short listing criteria are: Documents defining the constitution or legal status, place of registration and principal place of  business of the Consultant;- 5 pointsGeneral qualifications (Core business, years inbusiness, number of key staff); - 20 pointsConsultants' organization andcapacities (technical and managerial organization of the firm); - 30 pointsQualifications in the field of the assignment;Experience in similar projects: supervision and design (for every listed project please submit the following information:name of the project, donator/investors, contract value, realization data and contact info from donor/investor side); - 40 pointsExperience in similar projects inregion ? 5 points The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of theWorld Bank'sGuidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World BankBorrowers edition of January 2011 ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest. Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub consultancyto enhance their qualifications. AConsultant will be selected in accordance with the Qualityand Cost-Based Selection (QCBS) method set out in the Consultant Guidelines. Further information can be obtained at the address below during office 08:00 a.m. to 16:30p.m. Expressions of interestmust be delivered to the address below no later than Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015. Ministry ofAgriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration "Skenderbeg" Square, No.2 Tirana, Albania Attn: Mr. VojoBregu General Secretary Attn: Mr. Ilirjan Lame ProjectManager E-mail: ilirjan.lame@bujqesia.gov.al Tel/fax:00355 4 2226243 - 75191

MDTF 2 FOR IPS 2 - P129332

Central Finance and Contracting Unit (CFCU) | Published May 4, 2015  -  Deadline May 19, 2015
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Improving Deregulation And Fiscal Efficiency In Albania Request for Expressions of Interest SecondMulti-Donor Trust Fund for CapacityBuilding Support to the Implementation of the Integrated Planning System (IPS2) Consultant Services For Improving Deregulation and Fiscal Efficiency in Albania COUNTRY: Albania NAME OF PROJECT: Capacity Building and Supportto Implement the Integrated Planning System (IPS 2) in Albania Grant No.: TF013972 Assignment Title: Improving Deregulation and Fiscal Efficiency inAlbania Reference No.: AL-IPS2-P129332-CQ-CS-15-01.04 The Government ofAlbaniahas received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of "Capacity Building and Supportto Implement the Integrated Planning System (IPS 2) in Albania"and intends to applypart of the proceeds forconsultant services. The objective of this assignment is to improve Business and Investment Climate, in line withthe objectives of the Government, towards trade facilitation, deregulation, improvement and easing of procedural and bureaucraticissues. The delivery of government services towards enterprises will be improved, and as well, will be increased the formalitythroughout sectors, and payment of taxes, through the ease and elimination of proceduralbottlenecks. The following tasks are expected to be carried out by the Consultant: -          Conductassessment of the current situation to identify the regulatory framework and environment creating impediments for economicgrowth; -          Developrecommendations on improving business enabling environment and develop an action plan and roadmap forreforms; -          Support theGoA in drafting terms of references for international development programs in EconomicDevelopment and Business EnablingEnvironment -          Conductassessment of the institutional framework, assessment of the system and develop gap analysis referred to tax and customAdministration; Provide recommendations and roadmap of reforms. -          Providepolicy advice to theEconomic Development and Fiscal Departments Reform, with focus on Taxand CustomsReform -          Conductassessment of the legal and institutional framework and develop the general roadmap for the reforms to support the formation of OneStop Shop for the public services, in particular for the National Registration Center (NRC) and National Licensing Center(NLC) Theassignment is expected to start in July 2015. The activities described are expected to be completed within a period of 8 months,following the signing of the consultancy contract. The complete Terms of Reference is posted on the website of Central Finance and Contracting Unit(implementing directory inthe Ministry of Finance of Albania):  http://cfcu.minfin.gov.al/. The Central Finance and Contracting Unit in the Ministry of Finance ofAlbania invite eligible Consulting Companies ("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing the Services. InterestedConsultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to performthe Services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skillsamong staff, etc.). The Consultants team will be composed of at least 3 key project team members, withnecessary qualifications and experience to run and manage the assigned project. The following input isdesired: -          Team Leader ? 55 man/days -          RegulatoryExpert -  30 man/days -          Pool of Sector Experts - 60man/days -          Local expert -60 man/days The short-listing criteria are: Not less than5 years of practicalexperience in Policy Advising, Institutional Building and Capacity Development activities in the field of business enablingenvironment, including tax and customs policy andadministration. At least 1 successfully carried out contract in supporting business enabling environment within the lastthree years with certificates of satisfaction issued by the employers.Proven track record ofproviding complex technical advice on design and implementation of Public Financial Management (PFM) reform for the Ministries of Financeintransitional or developing economies. At least 3 key project team member, with necessary qualifications and experience to run and manage the assignedproject. Consultants may associate to enhance their qualifications. The "association" may take the form of a Joint Venture or a subconsultancy. In case of a Joint Venture (JV), all members of the JV will be evaluated jointly for the purpose of short listing andshall be jointly and severallyliable for the assignment and shall sign the contract in case of award is made to that JV group.Interested consultants should clearly indicate the structure of their "association" and the duties of the partners and subconsultants in their application. Unclear expression of interests in terms of "in association with" and/or "in affiliation with"and etc. may not be considered for short listing. Keeping one expression of interest per firm as principle, a consultant firm maydecide whether it wishes to participate as a sub consultant or as an individual consultant or as a partner in a joint venture.Please note that a firmshall submit only one EOI in the same selection process either individually as a consultant or as a partnerin a joint venture. No firm canbe a sub consultant while submitting an EOI individually or as a partner of a joint venture in thesame selection process. A firm, if acting in the capacity of sub consultant in any consultant or JV, may participate in more thanone consultant, but only in the capacity of a sub consultant. Aconsultant will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDACredits and Grants by World Bank Borrowers, dated January 2011 (ConsultantsGuidelines), under Consultant's Qualification Selection Method. Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address belowduring office hours 8.00A.M to 16.00 PM, Mondays to Thursdays, and from 8.00 A.M to 14 P.M onFridays. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (inperson, by mail or by email) by May 19th 2015 , 14:00 local time. Enkelejda Kokthi Acting Director Central Finance and Contracting Unit (CFCU) Ministry of Finance Blvd: Deshmoret e Kombit, No. 3, Tirana, Albania E-mail: enkeleda.kokthi@financa.gov.al

Citizen-centered public services - P151972

Central Finance and Contracting Unit (CFCU) | Published October 23, 2015  -  Deadline November 6, 2015
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Individual Consultant For Re-engineering Process REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT) ALBANIA CITIZEN ? CENTERED PUBLIC SERVICESPROJECT Project Preparation Advance Project ID  P.472 Assignment Title: Individual Consultant for Re-engineering Process Ref. No. : AL-PPA/P.472/CS/IC/1.01.01 The Government of Albania has received financing in the amount of US$ 2 million, equivalent from the World Bank toward the cost of the Citizen ? CenteredPublic Services Project, and it intends to apply part of the proceeds to payments for consulting services for the project's"Re-engineering Expert". The consulting services aims re-engineering and simplification of processes, digitization of archives and design anddevelopment of IT systems and platforms and separation of front and back office. The re-engineering component that is now at a very crucial phase following the thorough baseline information collection on363 on-scope services provided by ten (10) central government institutions, which entails: information on the processes, the legalbase and IT systems. Moreover, business process model and notation schemes have been completed to provide visual information of theprocess workflow. The Central Finance and Contracting Unit of Ministry of Finance (CFCU) now inviteseligible "Individual 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 selectioncriteria are: Specific ProfessionalExperience University degree in economics, business administration, public administration and policy orsimilar. A Master's degree is preferable;at least 8 years of experience in the publicsector, as a consultant or as a public officer,dealing with reforms,public service delivery and improvement, business analysis, performance and procedure improvement,etc.;documentary evidence on experience in the successful implementation of public servicereengineering reforms, with an important IT component;experience in a public service re-engineering reform, implemented in a developing country inrecent years, is preferable.excellent command of English language (both spoken and written) isessential; The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of theWorld Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDACredits & Grants by World BankBorrowers (January 2011 edition, revised July 2014) ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forththe World Bank's policy on conflict of interest. The Consultant will be selected in accordance with Individual Consultant(IC) method set out in the Consultant Guidelines. Further information can be obtained at the addressbelow during office hours from 08:00 to 16:00,Mondays to Thursdays, and from 08:00 to 14:00 on Fridays The complete Terms of Reference is posted on the website of CFCU: http://cfcu.minfin.gov.al,and that of the Agency for the Delivery of Integrated Services in Albania: www.adisa.gov.al. Expressions of interest (CV, Cover letter and documentary evidence for fulfilling the qualifications) mustbe delivered in awritten form to the address below in person, or by mail, or by e-mail by November 6th 2015 local time14:00. Central Finance andContracting Unit(CFCU) Ministry of Finance Blvd: Dëshmorët e Kombit, No. 4,Tirana, Albania Tel: +355 4 24 51177 E-mail: enkeleda.kokthi@financa.gov.al

Albania-Enhan.Quality Fin. Reporting - P152567

 | Published May 30, 2016
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Institute for Modeling in Business
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Small Contracts Award (dir,cqs,indv,sss) Small Contract Award Notice Albania Project: P152567 - Albania-Enhancing Quality of FinancialReporting (EQ-FINREP) Report Period: 02-Mar-2016 - 30-May-2016 Awarded Firm/Indv. : Individual Consultant Country:Ireland Contract Signature Date:16-May-2016 Method of Procurement: INDV- Individual Price: USD 58,600.00 Duration: 14 Month(s) SummaryScopeof Contract: International Strategic Consultant-Provide strategic advice to the Albanian counterparties in shaping and articulatingtheir needs as per activities under various components Awarded Firm/Indv. :Institute for Modeling in Business Address: RR.Gjergj Fishta Pall 4 Shk.8 Tirana Albania Contract Signature Date: 26-May-2016 Method ofProcurement: DIR- Direct Contracting Price: EUR 13,000.00 Duration: 6 Month(s) Summary Scope of Contract: ProjectAccounting software application to support and facilitate World Bank funded projects during all their phases.

Secretariat to the Investment Council in Albania - Economic Expert

 | Published February 10, 2015  -  Deadline February 24, 2015
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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s (“EBRD” or the “Bank”) strategy for Albania is focused on the sustainable development of the private sector. The Bank’s private-sector oriented operational framework is believed to play a pivotal role in promoting greater vertical integration, innovation, competitiveness and improved corporate governance, including reduction of the administrative burden faced by businesses. Effective public/private dialogue and communication is therefore of great importance for private sector development, as it can steer and encourage needed reforms by the government, whilst providing government in turn with support from the private sector. The Bank has launched the “Investment Climate and Governance Initiative” (“ICGI”) to revitalise economic transition in a number of countries, including Albania. Within the framework of the ICGI, the Bank has developed a number of instruments which seek to improve policy dialogue between the public and private sectors with the ultimate goal of strengthening the investment climate, reducing informality, enhancing dispute resolution mechanisms, improving the relevant legal framework and enhancing good governance within the private sector. The Bank has prioritised the establishment of Investment Councils (the “Councils”) to facilitate dialogue on investment climate between the private sector and governments. In February 2014 the Bank and the Government of Albania signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” (“MoU”) to support investment climate and governance reform, which details the actions and responsibilities for implementation. The first outcome of the ICGI is the establishment of an Investment Council which will work closely with, and support, the National Economic Council (“NEC”), established by the Government of Albania. The Investment Council in Albania is being established as an independent body to assist NEC in reaching its objectives through a structured and effective dialogue between the private sector and the Albanian authorities. The Investment Council will ensure that NEC is made aware of the problems investors are facing in Albania, as well as providing constant and vigilant follow up at the NEC level and through the NEC Secretariat. In order to establish a mechanism for undertaking dialogue amongst the stakeholders (the Bank, government, business community and donors) including the NEC, a Secretariat (the “Secretariat”) for the Investment Council is being established. The EBRD has recently engaged a Head of Secretariat and now requires the services of other professionals to form part of a team. Specifically, the EBRD is seeking to engage an economic expert (the “Economic Expert”) for the Secretariat (the assignment”). Currently the Bank envisages supporting the operations of the Secretariat for 3 years. The Bank will closely review the progress in the country and will make adjustments, where possible, in order to ensure the effective functioning of the Investment Council. The Economic Expert will work under the direct supervision of the Head of Secretariat. The tasks of the Economic Expert will include, inter alia, the following: Review economic and business implications of the current legislation in the area of private sector and make practical recommendations (based on private sector concerns) in terms of regulations, institutional improvement, and/or structures to be created and/or reinforced aimed to improve the business climate in general and fostering investment (foreign and domestic) Identify key players from both the public and private sector to be proposed as members of the Investment Council in consultation with the Head of Secretariat and EBRD’s Head of Resident Office in Albania (“RO”) Identify key impediments to investment by local and foreign enterprises, main drivers and agents, for consideration by the Investment Council Maintain consultation with the Bank and seek the feedback of relevant authorities/bodies, the private sector, as well as international financial institutions and other donor organisations Review claims presented by the private sectors and provide analysis to the Investment Council’s members for possible referral to the NEC; In collaboration with Investment Council’s members, suggest and assist in preparing the agenda, including ensuring that appropriate topics and documentation is provided, to be discussed at Investment Council’s meetings and its working groups Following instructions from the Investment Council, make sure that reports and analysis are prepared in time, including recommendations to be submitted to the NEC Assist in preparing minutes of Investment Council meetings And, based on the recommendation of the Investment Council, identify areas to be addressed and create working group for these areas Make a presentation of conclusions and recommendations of the Investment Council and/or its working groups to relevant government bodies, private sector representatives and the Bank Assist in steering the process and managing the day-to-day operations of Investment Council starting from inception to the end of the assignment period Help in summarising the achievements of the Secretariat in annual reports to the Bank copied to the relevant government bodies and private sector involved in the process. Assignment Start Date and Duration: The assignment is expected to start around on the beginning of March and last for one year with a possible extension of up to a further 2 years, subject to satisfactory performance of the consultant and business needs. Note that this is a full time-role and the Consultant is expected to be resident in the country. Value Added Tax (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 Bank’s special status as an International Financial Institution and state this to the Bank in their response to this notification. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (eg 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 treated as a reimbursable expense. Funding Source: The contract will be financed through Bilateral donor and/or EBRD Shareholder Special Fund. Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions Consultant Profile: An individual is sought. Firms may propose candidates but the evaluation will be based on the skills and experience of the individual and not the firm. Candidates should have the following qualifications and expertise: Background in business, economics, or related field, with preferably at least one postgraduate degree in one of these subjects Ideally at least 3 years of relevant work experience at senior level, preferably both in the public and private sectors Fluency in written and spoken Albanian and fluency in English will be considered an advantage Experience of working with government organisations. In addition, the successful candidate should have the following personal characteristics: good understanding of the process of economic reform in Albania analytical skills, with the ability to interpret and report on complex issues ability to interact effectively with senior officials in government and the business community ability to work effectively in a team ability to prioritise and work under the pressure of deadlines. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of candidates seeking to be selected for this assignment, the information submitted should include the following: 1. Cover letter (maximum 2 pages) summarising how he/she satisfies the requirements as defined above under Consultant Profile; 2. CV which should be detailed and include full descriptions of roles responsibilities carried out; 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 Responses to the notification are to be submitted in English, by email to the contact person given below no later than the closing date. Please title your email "Economic Expert" Up to 6 candidates will be invited to interview in the Republic of Albania before an evaluation committee envisaged to comprise two representatives from the EBRD and the Head of Secretariat. The EBRD’s Contact Person: Angela Levitsky Technical Cooperation European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Tel: + 44 20 7338 6363 E-mail: levitska@ebrd.com Note: Selection and contracting will normally be made from responses to this notification. The Consultant will be selected from a shortlist, subject to availability f funding.

Investment Climate and Governance Expert for Albania

 | Published December 23, 2015  -  Deadline January 12, 2016
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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("EBRD", or the "Bank") is seeking to select and engage an "Investment Climate and Governance Expert for Albania" (the "Consultant") to support the effective implementation of the Bank’s Investment Climate and Governance Initiative ("ICGI") programme in Albania and to assist with the coordination of the international donor community’s policy reform work on business environment and investment (the "assignment").

The Consultant will be engaged on a two-year consultancy contract from early-2016 and will be based in the Bank’s Tirana Resident Office ("RO"). The Consultant will work closely with the ICGI team situated in the Bank’s London Headquarters and the EBRD’s Banking staff based within the Tirana RO. The Consultant will also be expected to liaise closely with the EBRD-supported Investment Council of Albania, particularly its Secretariat, currently staffed by 5 professionals.

EBRD’s Investment Climate and Governance Initiative for Albania

The EBRD and the Government of Albania ("GoA") signed a Memorandum of Understanding ("MoU") in support of the ICGI for Albania in February 2014. The ICGI MoU committed the EBRD to support the implementation of a number of projects in the area of investment climate and governance reform, in close collaboration with the GoA and other key stakeholders.

To-date the EBRD has launched a number of investment climate and governance reform projects in Albania, including: establishing, and working closely with, the Investment Council of Albania; supporting the Government’s anti-corruption programme through the enhancement of civil society’s capacity to monitor and report on corruption-related issues; and enhancing corporate governance in the banking sector.

The MoU also committed the EBRD to "work closely with the Government in defining other areas where the EBRD can apply its experience and expertise to support the Government’s efforts to stimulate the development of the private sector and of the business climate in general in Albania".

The EBRD’s ICGI team has identified a number of areas in which EBRD involvement and donor funding could be deployed to further strengthen the GoA’s on-going efforts to improve the investment climate and enhance governance in Albania. Projects under consideration include areas such as enhancing transparency in the financial sector by establishing a consumer credit bureau; enhancing investor grievance mechanisms; strengthening alternative dispute resolution mechanisms (commercial mediation and arbitration); building judicial capacity through training for judges in commercial law; enhancing public procurement practices; and supporting regional economic integration through regional information platforms.

One of the Bank’s priorities is to implement projects that reinforce and complement the work of the Investment Council of Albania, in order to enhance its impact in the area of investment climate reform. Shaping EBRD’s policy engagement in Albania to reinforce the work of the Investment Council will be a key responsibility of the Investment Climate and Governance Expert.

Integrated Policy Management Group on Business Environment and Investment

In September 2015 the Prime Minister of Albania issued an Order establishing a number of thematic inter-ministerial working groups ("Integrated Policy Management Groups" or "IPMGs") to coordinate the reform agenda necessary for Albania’s integration with and eventual accession to the European Union. Each IPMG is underpinned by thematic sub-groups bringing together the GoA with the major multilateral and bilateral development partners in Albania, coordinated by a ‘Lead Donor’.

EBRD has agreed to serve as a Lead Donor for the thematic sub-group on "Business Environment and Investment" under the IPMG for "Competitiveness and Innovation," in collaboration with the Government of Italy. The purpose of the thematic sub-group is to enhance donor coordination and mobilise donor support for the GoA from the broad array of development partners active in this area in Albania.

By taking on this coordinating and information-sharing role, the EBRD can assist the GoA to deliver concrete improvements in the area of investment climate and governance reforms – a priority reform area for the GoA as well as its development partners.

The tasks of the Investment Climate and Governance Expert will include, inter alia, the following:

1. Be responsible for developing and implementing the ongoing and planned policy reform interventions outlined above, taking day-to-day responsibility for liaising with key stakeholders – from the government, private sector, donor community and civil society – and advocating effectively for the successful delivery of reform outcomes.

2. When appropriate, and with due consideration for the EBRD’s resource constraints, propose new policy reform projects where EBRD can leverage its comparative advantage, particularly at the interface between the private sector and the Albanian state, to improve the investment climate and economic governance in Albania.

3. Develop monitoring tools and results frameworks, and report to the Investment Climate and Governance team and the RO on the effectiveness and impact of the Bank’s policy reform work in Albania, with recommendations for ‘mid-course corrections’ should individual interventions be seen not to deliver.

4. Establish contacts with and draw on the EBRD’s experts across the various areas of investment climate reform and facilitate their engagement in Albania, through project origination, design and implementation.

5. Work closely with the Investment Council Secretariat to establish areas in which EBRD support on specific reform priorities can enhance the Secretariat’s impact.

6. Serve as the key focal point and coordinator of the IPMG thematic sub-group on business environment and investment, establishing a platform for the regular collection and sharing of information about development partners’ activities in the area of business environment reform, and coordinating the policy messages from the donor community as far as practicable and consistent with the mandate and objectives of the different development partners.

The Consultant will be expected to spend 25 working days at EBRD Headquarters in London over the two year contract period. At the start of the assignment, the Consultant will spend 10 working days at EBRD Headquarters in order to gain an understanding of the working methods and mandate of the ICGI team, and to establish relationships with the thematic and sector experts from across the Bank. The Consultant will then be expected to travel to London once every four months (a further two trips in 2016, and three in 2017) to coordinate with the ICG team and relevant EBRD specialists on the various elements of the work programme.

Assignment Start Date and Duration:

the assignment is expected to start around February/March 2016 and last for two years. The assignment may be extended subject to successful delivery, continued operational need and the availability of further donor funds.

Value Added Tax (VAT): Value Added Tax (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 Bank’s special status as an International Financial Institution and state this to the Bank in their response to this notification. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (eg 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 treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source:

The contract will be financed through the EBRD Shareholders Special Fund (SSF).

Eligibility:

There are no eligibility restrictions

Consultant Profile:

An individual is sought. Candidates should have the following qualifications, experience and expertise:

  • Background in business, economics, law or related field, with preferably at least one postgraduate degree in one of these subjects
  • Deep understanding of the investment climate and governance challenges in Albania and experience working to address them
  • Ideally at least 10 years of relevant work experience, including at least five years at senior level, preferably both in the public and private sectors
  • Excellent project management skills and a proven track record of delivery of complex and politically sensitive reform projects
  • Good knowledge and experience of working with government organisations

In addition the successful candidate should have the following personal characteristics:

  • Ability to interact effectively with senior officials in government, the business community and civil society
  • Strong leadership and persuasion skills

  • Ability to work effectively in a team

  • Ability to prioritise and work under the pressure of deadlines

  • Fluency in written and spoken Albanian and English

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 (max. 2 pages) summarising why the expert believes to satisfy the requirements as defined in the above section Consultant Profile;

2. CV (not exceeding 4 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 and should include cover letter, CV, declaration and contact sheet

Bank Contact Person:

Angela Levitsky
Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6363
Email: LevitskA@ebrd.com

Notes:

1. Following evaluation of the submissions, up to 6 of the highest rated consultants will be invited to attend interview as part of the selection process.

2. Individual services are sought. Consulting firms proposing individuals may apply but the evaluation will be based on the experience and expertise of the individual and not of the firm. Consulting firms nominating more than one individual expert shall submit one complete individual application for each expert via eSelection.

3. The shortlist criteria are:

a. Background in business, economics, law or related field, with preferably at least one postgraduate degree in one of these subjects - 15%
b. Deep understanding of the investment climate and governance challenges in Albania and experience working to address them - 15%
c. Ideally at least 10 years of relevant work experience, including at least five years at senior level, preferably both in the public and private sectors - 15%
d. Excellent project management skills and a proven track record of delivery of complex and politically sensitive reform projects - 15%
e. Good knowledge and experience of working with government organisations - 15%

f. Personal qualities to be assessed at interview - 25%
Ability to interact effectively with senior officials in government, the business community and civil society; strong leadership and persuasion skills; ability to work effectively in a team; ability to prioritise and work under the pressure of deadlines; fluency in written and spoken Albanian and English

WATER RESOURCES AND IRRIGATION - P121186

 | Published November 26, 2014
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Supervisory Services For The Rehabilitation Of Dams Contract Awarded by QCBS, QBS, FBS, and LCS Project Name:             WaterResources andIrrigation Project Country:                     Albania Project Number:          P.121186 Loan Number:             8211-AL Bid/Contract Reference No:          MAFCP/CS/002b Scope of Contract:     Supervisory Services for the Rehabilitation of Dams Method of Selection:              Quality and CostBased Selection Duration of Contract:                         24 months Contract Signature Date:   November 24th,2014 Evaluation Currency:              ALL ? AlbanianLek AwardedConsultant(s)/Firm Name:                   JointVenture GAUFF Power International GmbH & Co Kg (leader) (Germany) & GR Albania Planning & Environmental (member)(Albania) & Abkons A&B Business Consulting (member) (Albania) Address:                                Address: Passauer Str. 7, 90480 Nuremberg, Germany Technicalscore:   97.20 Financialscore:    100 Finalevaluation price(in evaluation currency):            45,989,589.22ALL Finalscore:           98.04 Finalranking:       1 Finalnegotiated price(in evaluation currency):            45,989,589.22ALL EvaluatedConsultant(s)/Firm Name:      Joint Venture Su Yapi Engineering& Consulting inc& ICE Illyrian Consulting Engineers Address:                                Mustafa Kemal MAH. 2128 Sokak nr.6 06510 Çankaya, Ankara/Turkey Technicalscore:   87.54 Financialscore:    95.64 Finalevaluation price(in evaluation currency):            48,086,149.00ALL Final score:          89.97 Finalranking:  2 Rejected Consultant(s)/Firm Name:    Joint Venture EGIS EAU & TEMELSUInternational Engineering Services Inc. Address:                                78, allee John Napier ? 34965 ? Montpellier cedex 2, France Technicalscore: Financialscore: Finalevaluation price(in evaluation currency): Final score: Reason forRejection:        Breach of Sub Clause 14.1.1; Clause 14Preparation of Proposals ? Specific Considerations of RFP. The JV proposal is not considered for further evaluation, the financialproposal returned opened.

RRMSP - P132982

Albania Road Authority (ARA) | Published October 4, 2015  -  Deadline October 30, 2015
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Monitoring Consultant Of Four Output And Performance-based Maintenance Contracts For The Albania National Road Network REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST ALBANIA Results-BasedRoad Maintenance and Safety Project (RRMSP) Loan No: 8489-AL Project ID No.: P 132982 Assignment Title:MonitoringConsultant of Four Contracts of Output andPerformance-based Maintenance Contracts for AlbaniaNational Road Network Reference No. (as per Procurement Plan): CS.1 The Government of the Republic of Albania has receivedfinancingfrom the World Bank toward the cost of the Results-Based Road Maintenance and Safety Project, and intends to apply part ofthe proceeds forthe related consulting services. The assignment objectives shall be thefollowing: - to assist the Client (Albanian Road Authority) tocarry out the duties assigned to him during the implementation of the Project , and - to provide a staff of suitably qualified engineers andother professionals, being competent to carry out all of supervision duties, according to the responsibilities and authorities thatmight be delegated by the Client. The consulting services ("the Services") include: (i)administration of four Output and Performance-based Maintenance works contracts;(ii) monitoring that the Contractors are achievingthe service levelsdefined in the maintenance contracts, calculate any penalties that may be applicable if service levels are notbeing met and certify payments; (iii) provision of an initial road safety audit; and (iv) arranging periodic iRAP safety auditsthat will be conducted to monitor improvements on road safety, which will assist to identify any black-spots that need attentionunder change-orders in the maintenance contracts; and (v) developing the Social Transparency System (STS), which will be acomprehensive two-way virtual data platform whereby citizens can submit feedback on the road network, and also receive informationon roadconditions. The Albanian Roads Authority now invites eligibleconsulting firms ("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. Theshortlisting criteria are: -Past experience of the firm in similar assignments -Firms organization and staffing -Core business and years in business The attention of interested Consultants is drawn toparagraph 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 and revised in July 2014 ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the WorldBank's policy on conflict of interest. Consultants may associate with other firms in the formof a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications. A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS) methodset out in the Consultant Guidelines. Further information can be obtained at the ARA in theaddress below, during office hours 0800 to1600. Expressions of interest must bedelivered in a written form to theARA address (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) not later than October 30th, 2015. Albanian Road Authority (ARA), Attn: Mr. Vladimir Bisha, Deputy Director ofARA, Rr. Sami Frasheri No. 33, Tirana,Albania Fifthfloor Tel/Fax: (+355-4) 2223600 E-mail: vladimir.bisha@arrsh.gov.al

Secretariat to the Investment Council - Legal Expert

 | Published February 11, 2015  -  Deadline February 25, 2015
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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s (“EBRD” or the “Bank”) strategy for Albania is focused on the sustainable development of the private sector. The Bank’s private-sector oriented operational framework is believed to play a pivotal role in promoting greater vertical integration, innovation, competitiveness and improved corporate governance, including reduction of the administrative burden faced by businesses. Effective public/private dialogue and communication is therefore of great importance for private sector development, as it can steer and encourage needed reforms by the government, whilst providing government in turn with support from the private sector. The Bank has launched the “Investment Climate and Governance Initiative” (“ICGI”) to revitalise economic transition in a number of countries, including Albania. Within the framework of the ICGI, the Bank has developed a number of instruments which seek to improve policy dialogue between the public and private sectors with the ultimate goal of strengthening the investment climate, reducing informality, enhancing dispute resolution mechanisms, improving the relevant legal framework and enhancing good governance within the private sector. The Bank has prioritised the establishment of Investment Councils (the “Councils”) to facilitate dialogue on investment climate between the private sector and governments. In February 2014 the Bank and the Government of Albania signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” (“MoU”) to support investment climate and governance reform, which details the actions and responsibilities for implementation. The first outcome of the ICGI is the establishment of an Investment Council which will work closely with, and support, the National Economic Council (“NEC”), established by the Government of Albania. The Investment Council in Albania is being established as an independent body to assist NEC in reaching its objectives through a structured and effective dialogue between the private sector and the Albanian authorities. The Investment Council will ensure that NEC is made aware of the problems investors are facing in Albania, as well as providing constant and vigilant follow up at the NEC level and through the NEC Secretariat. In order to establish a mechanism for undertaking dialogue amongst the stakeholders (the Bank, government, business community and donors) including the NEC, a Secretariat (the “Secretariat”) for the Investment Council is being established. The EBRD has recently engaged a Head of Secretariat and now requires the services of other professionals to form part of a team. Specifically, the EBRD is seeking to engage a legal expert (the “Legal Expert”) for the Secretariat (the assignment”). Currently the Bank envisages supporting the operations of the Secretariat for 3 years. The Bank will closely review the progress in the country and will make adjustments, where possible, in order to ensure the effective functioning of the Investment Council. The Legal Expert will work under the direct supervision of the Head of Secretariat. The tasks of the Legal Expert will include, inter alia, the following: Review the current legislation in the area of private sector and make practical recommendations (based on private sector concerns) in terms of regulations, institutional improvement, and/or structures to be created and/or reinforced aimed to improve the business climate in general and fostering investment (foreign and domestic) Identify key players from both the public and private sector to be proposed as members of the Investment Council in consultation with the Head of Secretariat and EBRD’s Head of Resident Office in Albania (“RO”) Identify key impediments to investment by local and foreign enterprises, main drivers and agents, for consideration by the Investment Council Maintain consultation with the Bank and seek the feedback of relevant authorities/bodies, the private sector, as well as international financial institutions and other donor organisations Review claims presented by the private sectors and provide analysis to the Investment Council’s members for possible referral to the NEC; In collaboration with Investment Council’s members, suggest and assist in preparing the agenda, including ensuring that appropriate topics and documentation is provided, to be discussed at Investment Council’s meetings and its working groups Following instructions from the Investment Council, make sure that reports and analysis are prepared in time, including recommendations to be submitted to the NEC Assist in preparing minutes of Investment Council meetings and, based on the recommendation of the Investment Council, identify areas to be addressed and create working group for these areas Make a presentation of conclusions and recommendations of the Investment Council and/or its working groups to relevant government bodies, private sector representatives and the Bank Assist in steering the process and managing the day-to-day operations of Investment Council starting from inception to the end of the assignment period Help in summarising the achievements of the Secretariat in annual reports to the Bank copied to the relevant government bodies and private sector involved in the process. Assignment Start Date and Duration: The assignment is expected to start around on the beginning of March and last for one year with a possible extension of up to a further 2 years, subject to satisfactory performance of the consultant and business needs. Note that this is a full time-role and the Consultant is expected to be resident in the country. Value Added Tax (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 Bank’s special status as an International Financial Institution and state this to the Bank in their response to this notification. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (eg 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 treated as a reimbursable expense. Funding Source: The contract will be financed through Bilateral donor and/or EBRD Shareholder Special Fund. Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions Consultant Profile: An individual is sought. Firms may propose candidates but the evaluation will be based on the skills and experience of the individual and not the firm. Candidates should have the following qualifications and expertise: A law degree or equivalent legal qualification Ideally at least 3 years of relevant work experience at senior level, preferably both in the public and private sectors Fluency in written and spoken Albanian and fluency in English will be considered an advantage Experience of working with government organisations. In addition, the successful candidate should have the following personal characteristics: good understanding of the process of legal reform in Albania analytical skills, with the ability to interpret and report on complex issues ability to interact effectively with senior officials in government and the business community ability to work effectively in a team ability to prioritise and work under the pressure of deadlines. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of candidates seeking to be selected for this assignment, the information submitted should include the following: 1. Cover letter (maximum 2 pages) summarising how he/she satisfies the requirements as defined above under Consultant Profile; 2. CV which should be detailed and include full descriptions of roles responsibilities carried out; 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 Responses to the notification are to be submitted in English, by email to the contact person given below no later than the closing date. Please title your email "Legal Expert" Up to 6 candidates will be invited to interview in the Republic of Albania before an evaluation committee envisaged to comprise two representatives from the EBRD and the Head of Secretariat. EBRD's Contact Person: Angela Levitsky Technical Cooperation European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Tel: + 44 20 7338 6363 E-mail: levitska@ebrd.com Note: Selection and contracting will normally be made from responses to this notification. The Consultant will be selected from a shortlist, subject to availability of funding.

Citizen-centered public services - P151972

 | Published January 27, 2016
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Idra Research and Consulting
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Small Contracts Award (dir,cqs,indv,sss) Small Contract Award Notice Albania Project: P151972 - Citizen-centered publicservices Report Period:02-Nov-2015 - 27-Jan-2016 Awarded Firm/Indv. : Individual Consultant Country: Albania Contract Signature Date:01-Dec-2015 Method of Procurement: INDV- Individual Price: EUR 18,000.00 Duration: 1 Year(s) Summary Scopeof Contract: Citizen feedback mecahnism: Ensure that feedback is solicited from identified beneficiaries through proactivelylogging their experience at targeted public service facilities. Awarded Firm/Indv. :Individual Consultant Country: Albania Contract Signature Date: 23-Dec-2015 Method of Procurement: INDV- Individual Price: USD 20,880.00 Duration: 1 Year(s) Summary Scope of Contract: DigitizationManager: Support the digitization activities in terms ofactivities coordination, analysis and document validation and interaction with stakeholders and third parties. Awarded Firm/Indv. : Individual Consultant Country:Albania Contract Signature Date:05-Jan-2016 Method of Procurement: INDV- Individual Price: USD 14,400.00 Duration: 1 Year(s) Summary Scopeof Contract: Business Analyst:Support the activities of the re-engineering component, in terms of activities coordination, contentvalidation, and interaction with stakeholders and third parties. Awarded Firm/Indv. :Individual Consultant Country: Albania Contract Signature Date: 07-Jan-2016 Method of Procurement: INDV- Individual Price: USD 16,800.00 Duration: 1 Year(s) Summary Scope of Contract: Information System Local Expert: Support ADISA in addressing IT needs duringthe FO/BO separation process. Awarded Firm/Indv. :Idra Research and Consulting Address: "Siri Kodra", Pall.94, Shk.5, Ap. 49 Contract Signature Date: 27-Jan-2016 Method ofProcurement: CQS- Selection Based On Consultant's Qualification Price: USD 164,450.00 Duration: 5 Month(s) Summary Scope of Contract: Baseline Assesment: Conduct a baseline assessment to cover nationally representative household surveyand representative assessment of service delivery for users

SECO Albania TF for AFSA - P153211

Ministry of Finance of Albania | Published December 15, 2015
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General Procurement Notice GENERAL PROCUREMENT NOTICE ALBANIA STRENGTHENING SUPERVISORY CAPACITIES GENERALPROCUREMENT NOTICE Grant No.TF018931 Project ID No.P153211 The Government of Albania  has received financing in the amount of US$ 1,583,720.81equivalent from the World Bank toward the cost of the Project "Strengthening Supervisory Capacities" , and it intends to apply part of the proceeds topayments for goods, works, related services and consulting services to be procured under this project. The project will include the followingcomponents: Carrying out a performance assessment of AFSA's supervisory needs with regard to the rapidly developinginvestment fundssector and preparing a detailed time bound road map for developing AFSA's relevant capacity. Developing the supervision methodology for the investment funds sector, the relevant manuals andtools. Developing AFSA's human resources and professionalcapacity including on Project management and issuanceof municipal and corporate bonds. Reviewing the current corporate and municipal bonds regulatory and supervision framework and providingrecommendations for improving said framework. Consultants are planned to be hired through Consultant Qualification (CQ)and Fixed Budget (FB) selection methodsunder these components. Procurement of contracts financed by the World Bankwill be conducted through the procedures as specified in the World Bank's Guidelines: Procurement underIBRD Loans and IDACredits (current edition), and is open to all eligible bidders  asdefined in the guidelines.Consulting services will be selected in accordance with the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (current edition). Specific procurement notices for contracts to be bidunder the World Bank's international competitive bidding (ICB) procedures and for contracts for consultancy services will beannounced, as they become available, in UN Development Business  and in local newspapers. Interested eligible bidders who wish to be included on the mailing list receiving an invitation to bid in response toGeneral or Specific Procurement Notice,  and interested consultants who wish to receivea copy of the advertisement requesting expressions of interest should  contact theaddress below: Ministry of Finance ofAlbania Central Finance andContracting Unit (CFCU) Attention to: Mr. Manol Simo,General Director Address: Blvd "Deshmoret eKombit", No. 1, Tirana, Albania Tel/Fax: +355 42 451180 E-mail:manol.simo@financa.gov.al

Albania Agribusiness Support Facility - PFIs Capacity Building

 | Published July 6, 2016  -  Deadline July 29, 2016
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Assignment Description:

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) has recently launched the Albania Agribusiness Support Facility ("AASF" or the "Facility") a framework operation of up to EUR 100 million.

AASF is a comprehensive programme that includes the following components: (i) Agribusiness Credit Lines; (ii) Agribusiness Risk-Sharing Facilities; (iii) First Loss Risk Cover ("FLRC") through grant funds provided by the Albanian Government, and (iv) a Technical Assistance programme ("TA" or the "Programme"), which will consist of two components:
(1) PFI Capacity Building TA – to support PFIs developing and enhancing their internal capacities to lend to the agribusiness sector; and
(2) Agribusiness sector-specific TA, comprising a comprehensive assessment of potential sector bottlenecks hindering access to finance (led by the Agribusiness team) and advisory services to PFIs’ sub-borrowers and potential sub-borrowers (led by the EBRD’s Advice for Small Businesses (ASB).

Through the Facility, the Bank aims to enhance access to finance for local agribusinesses by combining funding and/or risk-sharing support to Albanian banks and microfinance institutions (collectively the “Participating Financial Institutions” or “PFIs”) to increase lending to the agribusiness sector on one hand, with support for agribusiness entities with business advice and know-how on the other. As the Facility is rolled out, the Bank will engage with the Government, investors and other donors on the development of a roadmap for future sector interventions.


The Bank is now seeking to retain the services of a Project Consultant to implement Component A) above. PFIs will benefit from specific tailor-made assistance to address the challenges they face in financing the sector, including, among others: development of new products or enhancement of existing agribusiness products, enhancement of underwriting policies and procedures for agribusiness lending, staff training, potential operational/organisational changes to accommodate new focus on agribusiness lending, introduction of innovative financing schemes and delivery channels, processing, monitoring and reporting systems, as well as general Facility implementation support. The TC will be customised and tailored to the needs and requirements of each PFI.


Context:


Agriculture is a key economic sector in Albania generating c.20% of GDP (vs. 2% average in the EU) and is the main source of employment in rural areas, counting for about 48% of the employed population (vs. 3% in the EU). The key challenge remains transforming agriculture from a subsistence-oriented production into a modern, commercial and competitive sector.

Despite the favourable climate and soil composition which offer advantageous conditions for the development of agriculture in Albania, the sector is characterised by low productivity and underdeveloped rural areas which is due to several structural and legal issues as well as very limited access to finance. Reasons for such low levels of financing are rooted to both supply and demand factors.

On the supply side, local financial institutions have been conservative with agriculture lending. Financing of this sector carries higher risks which require specific skills to manage and high operational costs. As a result, banks have not generally invested in products and technical know-how to build effective agro-lending capacities.

On the demand side, agribusinesses often do not meet the necessary requirements to access financing. Lack of collateral, absence of licences and business plans and overall high level of informality in the sector are serious barriers for obtaining financing. In this context of market failure, an integrated mechanism to connect sources of funding with businesses in need of funding would appear to be critical in closing the gap between demand and supply and contribute to the overall Albanian agribusiness sector growth by providing both dedicated financing and advisory services to these businesses.

The selected Project Consultant is expected to provide, among others, consultancy services as follows:

1) Review existing agribusiness lending processes and product(s) as well as map the target client base, including identifying gaps and analysing rejection rates.
2) Help improve PFIs’ understanding of enterprises operating in the agribusiness sector, their business and cash-flow cycles, inherent risk factors differentiated by sub-sectors and patterns of use of financial services and products; help compile (if not already existing) analysis of historical performance of agribusiness portfolio by sub-sector in each PFI.
3) Develop sustainable credit mechanisms as appropriate to enable PFIs to develop and deliver financial products and services tailored to Agribusiness SMEs – Institutional capacity building.
4) Optimise existing agribusiness lending product(s), where applicable, based on the analysis of competitiveness and market potential. Assess the potential to improve collateral mix requirements at each PFI and support PFIs in implementing the necessary changes.

5) Develop, test and roll out new product(s), if and as necessary, tailored to the target group, and tailored for each PFI, taking into account specific barriers faced by agribusinesses to access finance as identified by the initial review (see point 1) above).

6) Product development and introduction of other credit delivery solutions should be supported with adequate IT/MIS infrastructure. Introduce or enhance, as the case may be in each PFI, agribusiness loan underwriting policies and procedures, taking into account existing experience, network structure and staff capacity; provide staff training - including training of trainers.
7) Optimise business processes and organisational structure for agribusiness lending, aiming at increasing efficiency while maintaining adequate risk taking levels and provide bank staff training to specifically address the target group needs. If necessary, design and develop appropriate operational changes in organisational structures, business models and strategies, and procedures to assist the PFIs to efficiently start or continue and expand lending to the target agribusiness group.
8) Assist PFIs in marketing and outreach to the target group;
9) Provide general Programme management support functions including risk sharing claims and administration functions.


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

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

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 2,000,000; exclusive of VAT. An initial contract of 1.5 years will be for up to €944,000 with a possibility of extension by up to €1,056,000 for a further 1.5 years subject to project needs, the Consultant’s satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.

Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the project, the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope.
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 Project will be financed using funds made available through the Bank's Donor funded Technical Co-operation Programme.


Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant should be a firm or a consortium of firms with:
• Proven, substantial and a strong track record in the development and implementation of agribusiness lending;
• Ability to implement multi-faceted TC projects of similar size, complexity and duration;
• Experience in the design and marketing of tailored agribusiness loan products;
• Experience in delivering training courses for loan officers in agri-lending;
• Experience in development/use of credit scoring as a decision-making tool;
• Access to technical agronomic expertise;
• Relevant experience in Albania and other emerging markets or similar operating environments.
• Expertise in value chain finance, including experience in identifying value chains and developing value chain finance, will be an advantage.
Certain tasks (e.g., surveys) may be outsourced (sub-contracted) to other firms. However, the Consultant will remain ultimately responsible for all activities and outputs under the Assignment.

The Consultant team should include, but not be limited to:
• a Project Manager/Team Leader with proven track record in successfully managing the implementation of agribusiness lending schemes, including product development, at commercial banks in emerging markets and similar operating environments, including in managing multi-bank/complex programmes; excellent communication, training, presentation and linguistic skills; proven experience in negotiating with third parties including banks, associations, ministries, regulatory authorities and other stakeholders on behalf of International Financial Institutions;
Agribusiness Financing Expert(s): Proven track record as agribusiness lending specialist (preferably in Albania or similar operating environments), in particular in agricultural lending capacity building in the financial sector/commercial banks. It is envisaged that the agribusiness specialist(s) will advise on the analysis and design of specific products to agribusinesses; Extensive knowledge on the challenges for agribusiness in obtaining access to finance in Albania and/or similar operating environments; proven skills in qualitative research and analysis of the agribusiness sector; analytical, facilitation and communications skills; relevant language skills will constitute an advantage;
International and local agronomist(s)and sub-sector specialists with experience in various agribusiness sub-sectors and proven track record in working with commercial banks advising on business cycles, inherent risks, market characteristics and opportunities related to each relevant agribusiness sub-sector, contributing in product development;
IT/MIS Specialist with practical experience in helping commercial banks in emerging markets and similar operating environments in implementing SME/ agribusiness lending schemes, including in multi country/complex programmes; project work involving agribusiness lending would constitute and advantage; analytical, facilitation and communications skills; relevant language skills will constitute an advantage;
Training Specialist with experience and proven track record in organizing and delivering professional bank training programmes and development of curricula and training materials;
Marketing Specialist with knowledge of the agribusiness sector in Albania and relevant experience working with commercial banks active in SME/agribusiness lending operations, with good knowledge of key agri-lending risks, marketing to and credit assessment of agribusinesses and understanding of commercial banks’ loan allocation processes.


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

a) Brief overview of the firm/group of firms including company profile, organization and staffing.
b) Details of required 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 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 20 pages, excluding CVs and Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet.

The complete expression of interest (including CVs and Contact Sheet) shall be one file (pdf or Word), not exceeding 4MB, to be uploaded to eSelection. The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

Expressions of interest shall be submitted in English through eSelection and not directly to the contact person given below, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date for submissions indicated above.

Bank Contact Person:
Maria Haugh
Principal Advisor, Technical Cooperation Team
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: +44 20 7338 7185Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
E-mail: haughm@ebrd.com

Submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)

Notes:
1. Following this invitation for Expression of Interest, a short list of qualified consultants will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.
2. Evaluation of the Expressions of Interest will be based on the following criteria and their respective weightings:
a) Firm’s experience in successfully managing the implementation of Agricultural and SME lending schemes at commercial banks in emerging markets and similar operating environments, including in managing multi country/complex programmes and the development and marketing of financial products 25%
b) Firm’s experience in emerging markets and similar operating environments of agricultural lending institutional development in the financial sector/commercial banks and product development that addresses market needs in terms of agribusinesses access to products/services – 25%
c) Firm’s experience working in Albania or similar environments – 10%
d) CVs of key experts with relevant experience as per the key expert descriptions give above. Language skills will constitute an advantage – 40%

MDTF 2 FOR IPS 2 - P129332

Ministry of Finance | Published December 14, 2015  -  Deadline January 26, 2016
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Supply And Installation Ofalbanian Financial Management Information System (afmis) ? Lot 1 Andsupply And Installation Of An Integrated Planning System Information System (ipsis) ? Lot 2 Invitation for Bids(IFB) Invitation for Bids (IFB) - First Stage Albania Supply and Installation ofAlbanian Financial ManagementInformation System (AFMIS) ? LOT 1 And Supply and Installationof an Integrated Planning System Information System (IPSIS) ? LOT 2 Grant Number:TF013972 Ref. No AL-IPS2-P129332-ICB-15-03.02 1.          This Invitation for Bids (IFB) follows the General Procurement Notice (GPN) forthis project that appeared inDevelopment Business, issue no. May 1, 2013. The Albanian Government has received a grant from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank)toward the cost of "Second Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Capacity Building Support to the Implementation of the IntegratedPlanning System (IPS 2)", and it intends to apply part of the proceeds of this grant to payments under the agreement(s) resultingfrom this IFB: Supply and Installation of Albanian Financial Management Information System(AFMIS); LOT 1 Supply and Installation of an Integrated Planning System Information System (IPSIS;) LOT2 Ref.No.AL-IPS2-P129332-ICB-15-03.02 2.          The Central Finance and Contracting Unit (CFCU) serves as the implementing agency for the project and now invites sealed bids fromeligible Bidders for implementation of AFMIS and IPSIS, in the specification as required in these biddingdocuments. 3.           LOT1: 3.1.       The main objective of the AFMIS[subject of Lot 1] is to improve decision-making, policy analysis and reporting on the implementation of theAlbanianIntegrated Planning System IPS. 3.2.       The development or supply of applicationsoftware, installation and configuration, integration, testing, deployment (including training and establishment of the supportstructure), commissioning and support of a web-based, integrated AFMIS, and related hardware, networking and support services areincluded in Lot 1. Section VI of this bidding document includes the details of AFMIS functionaland technical requirements. 3.3.       Authorised users within the MoF organization, the Ministries,the Budget Institutions(BIs), and other government entities across Albania will be the users of AFMIS. Integrated AFMIS platform will be installed in the Ministry of Finance Main DataCentre (MDC). NAIS Data Centre will be used as the Disaster Recovery Centre (DRC)/Business Continuity Centre (BCC). 3.4.       AFMIS shall provide the followingfunctionality: a)        The AFMIS will be a web-based system,integrating the budget execution functions supported by the existing Albanian Treasury System (AGFIS) with additional functionalmodules to support budget preparation, including Medium Term Budget Planning, Public Investment Management, and related monitoringand reporting needs. AFMIS platform shall also include the web portal, and data warehouse solutions, and be integrated withexisting government systems. b)        Required system functionality shall be provided through an integrated platformcombining commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software modules (with minimal or no customization) and locally developed software (LDSW)modules (Open Source software can also be proposed as a part of the integrated platform modules). Web-Portal will provideaccess to authorizedinternal and external users to perform various functions. The Biddersshall to provide the most efficientsolution to provide AFMIS functional capabilities as a combination of COTS and LDSW, benefiting from existing Open Source solutionsas much as possible, based on their analysis of existing systems vis-à-vis the expected functionalities, and inline with thetechnical requirements presented in Section VI of this bidding document. The Bidders should clearly explain the details of proposed AFMIS modules, technicalarchitecture, and integration model in their proposals. c)        The AFMIS will combine and integrate the following functionalmodules: ·        Medium-term budget planning and monitoring (MTBP)(new) ·        Public investment management (PIM)(new) ·        Budget project portfolio monitoring (BPPM) (new)including the data warehouse solution, which will support web publishing, and decision support needs as well. ·        Budget execution and treasury (AGFIS) (integrationwith existing system) ·        Web Portal (new) d)        The AFMIS shall also include a number ofinterfaces with the following systems to improve information exchange and web publishing: ·        Human resources management information system(HRMIS)interface for payroll data and electronic payments ·        Integrated Planning Systems information system(IPSIS) interface for monitoring strategic plans and results ·        External Assistance management information system(EAMIS) interface for donor funded project details ·        Debt management (DMFAS) to AGFIS interface for publicdebt management and cash management information needs ·        Public procurement system interface to exchange dataon public procurement processes and contractual information ·        Improvement of existing AGFIS interfaces with othersystems (e.g. Tax/Customs). e)         Additional services including the supplyand installation of hardware, networking, and other ICT components for the Data Centers: ·        Servers, data storage units, network equipment andother ICTcomponents of the MoF's Main Data Centre (MDC) for access to AFMIS integrated platform. ·        Servers, data storage units, network equipment andother ICTcomponents of the Business Continuity Centre (BCC) located at the NAIS Data Centre. ·        Technical assistance to the MoF IT Department formanaging the new AFMIS platform in the MDC and BCC effectively. ·        Delivering the necessary training for AFMIS systemusers andtechnical specialists. 3.5.       Key business priorities ofAFMIS are: ·         Linking strategic planningandbudgeting, ·         Improving the medium-term planning andbudget preparation process, ·         Strengthening programmebudgeting, ·         Improving selection, planning, funding and management ofpublic investments, ·         Monitoring performance of programmes andinvestment projects according to financial and non-financial indicators, ·         Evaluating projects' efficiency andeffectiveness, ·         Sharing of budget and project informationamong all stakeholders, ·         Introducing a flexible multi-dimensionalreporting system with analytical tools, and ·         Based on this improved access to data,institutions implementing the projects shall be assigned with more responsibility for the whole project implementation process -from identification to execution and monitoring. 3.6.       Additionally, AFMIS will provide the following information: ·         On payroll data from the Human Resourcesmanagement (HRMIS), ·         On donor funded projects from theExternal Assistance management (EAMIS), ·         On public debt management to the cashmanagement process (from DFMAS to AGFIS), and ·         On available appropriationto the publicprocurement process (from AGFIS to the e-procurement system of the Public Procurement Agency). 4.           LOT2: 4.1.       The main objective of IPSIS[subject of Lot 2] is to support policy development,analysis, planning, reporting, monitoring and evaluation, in a consultative process, within functioning of the Albanian Integrated Planning System IPS. 4.2.       The development or supply of applicationsoftware, installation and configuration, integration, testing, deployment (including training and establishment of the supportstructure), commissioning and support of a web-based, integrated IPSIS solution is included in Lot 2. Related hardware, networkingand support services arealso included in Lot2 (basic hardware requirements are included to guide the Bidders for the inclusion ofdetailed specifications for necessary servers and data storage units as a part of their bids). 4.3.      Authorized users within the Government particularly the DDPFFA (attached to the PMO),Ministry of Finance (MoF), Ministry of European Integration (MEI), the Department of Public Administration (DOPA), INSTAT (AlbanianStatistical Institute), line ministries and other budget institutions (BIs) across Albania, as well as the donor community will bethe users of IPSIS. 4.4.      IPSIS shall provide the following functionality: ·         Preparation of the NSDI, sectorstrategies and crosscutting strategies. ·         An inter-institutional consulting processfor strategic planning. ·         Monitoring of the NSDI, sector strategiesand crosscutting strategies using the Performance Assessment Monitoring (PAM) methodology. ·         Reporting on different levels ofaggregation on achievements and progress. ·         Scheduling and other secretariat supportto the Department of Development Programming, Financingand Foreign Aid (DDPFFA) ? attached to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) ?and to different committees. 4.5.       Section VI of this bidding document presents the detailed IPSIS functional andreportingrequirements. 4.6.       Key business priorities of IPSIS are: ·         Accommodating the requirements forevidence base policy-making. ·         Further improvement of thelinkage betweenstrategic policy planning and budget planning, by applying a Sector Wide Approach and better aligning sectoral and cross-sectoralstrategies with the MTBP. ·         Strengthening performance orientation andresults monitoring at the levels of the NSDI, sectoral/cross-sectoral strategies and budget programmes ? in particular bysupporting line ministries in producing annual Performance Assessment Matrix (PAM) reports for theirstrategies. ·         Analytical and advisory support to theGovernment by increasing its effectiveness in tracking the implementation status of policies and strategies through resultsindicators at strategy and programme levels, supported by data collectionand reporting mechanisms ·         Ensure integrated information withmonitoring and other strategic planning processes, as the 300-day plans of Line Ministries, the 6 cross-Government priorities, the56 ministerial priorities, the National Plan for European Integration and annual legislative plans of the line ministries,etc. ·         Introduction of Open GovernmentData/Partnership (publication of reports, analysis, strategies, etc.) e.g. linked with IPSIS with aninterface. 5.           Bidding is conducted using the two-stage International Competitive Bidding (ICB) procedures specified inthe World Bank's Guidelines: Procurement under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits (January 2011) and is open to all Bidders from eligiblesource countries as defined in the Guidelines that meet the following minimum qualificationcriteria: 6.           Lot-1 QualificationRequirements: 6.1.       Bidder (an individual firm or jointventure - JV) must have been in operation in all the following fields: database application software, managementinformation system,Web-Portals for public finance, e-government applications for a period of minimum five (5) years (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and2014). The leader of the JV should have been active in each of those fields. 6.2.       During the past five (5) years (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and2014) the Bidder (an individual firm submitting the bid or jointlywithin the joint venture) must have completed at least two (2) successful contracts involving in each of those contracts all of thefollowing activities:supply, development, installation and post-sales support for anintegratedsystem for a client, which was agovernment entity.These successful contracts should have been implemented in the fields specified in the paragraph (a) above ofLot-1 qualification requirements. Those reference systems should be fully operational at the date of issuing these biddingdocuments. In case of a JV, the leader should have completed at least one of those contracts. 6.3.       Bidder (an individual firm or jointly the joint venture) shall demonstrate average annual turnoverof at least Euro 2,400,000 in last three (3) calendar years (2012, 2013, and 2014). Lead partner must demonstrate a minimum of 50%of the average annual turnover within that period while each member of a joint venture shall demonstrate a minimum average annualturnover of 15% of the overall required average annual turnover. 6.4.       Bidder shall demonstrate availability of liquid assets of at least 300,000 Euro at the date of issuing these bidding documents. 6.5.       Bidder shall propose a Project Team with qualified members experienced in the design andimplementation of web-based Financial Management Information Systemsincluding the development of web portals and datawarehouse/business intelligence solutions. Planning of the work of the Team members should foresee their presence at the site, atmaximum length ? especially during the periods important for establishment, development andtesting of the system. The Team shouldbe composed of at least the following members,possessingat least the qualifications/experiences summarizedbelow: ·        ProjectManager - University Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Economy, Informatics Economy or related discipline.10 years ofexperience in managing large value projects, with at least two [2] successfully completed Management Information System[MIS]projects (mainly public financial management and strategic budget planning / performance monitoring applications)of minimum450,000Euroeach, in the role of a project manager/team leader. ·        TechnicalManager?University Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Informatics Economy or related discipline.8 years of experience inimplementation of Management Information Systems, with at least two [2] the Management Information Systems implemented for thepublic-sector clients (mainly public financial management and strategic budget planning / performance monitoring applications).Her/his role will be to ensure that the project is technically coherent and meets the desired technical requirements and qualitystandards. ·        Public FinanceExperts?University Degree in Finance, Economy, or related discipline.12 years of experience in the development of public financemanagement systems. ·        SystemProgrammers ?University Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Informatics Economy or related discipline.5 years of experience inimplementation of the web-based MIS, with at least two [2] Management Information Systems realized for the public-sector clientsincluding web portal development. ·        ProcessExperts - University Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Informatics Economy, Economy or related discipline.5 years ofexperience in implementation of the MIS, with at least two [2] MIS implementedfor the public-sector clients. ·        Data WarehouseExpert - University Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Informatics Economy or related discipline.5 years of experience inimplementation of data warehouses / business intelligence tools in at least three [3] Management Information Systems. ·        Security andAuthorizations Expert - University Degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related discipline.5 years of experience inimplementation of information security and authorization technologies in atleast three [3] MISsolutions. ·        ChangeManagement Consultant - University Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Informatics Economy, Economy or related discipline.5years of experience in implementation of at least two [2] Management Information Systems to the public-sector clients. ·        Testing Expert-University Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Informatics Economy, Economy or related discipline.4 years of experienceintesting new MIS. ·         TrainingExpert - University Degree in Social Science, or related discipline.4 years of experience in planning, developmentand provision oftrainings on newly implemented Management Information Systems to at least two [2] public-sector clients receiving those MIS. 7.           Lot-2 QualificationRequirements: 7.1.       Bidder (an individual firm or jointventure - JV) must have been in operation in all the following fields: database application software, managementinformationsystems, Web-Portals, e-government applications for a period of minimum three (3) years (2012, 2013 and 2014). The leader of the JVshould have been active in each of those fields. 7.2.       During the past five (5) years(2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014), the Bidder (an individual firm submitting the bid or jointly within the joint venture) musthave completed at least two (2) successful contracts involving in each of those contracts all of the following activities: supply,development, installation and post-sales support for an integrated system for a government entity. These successful contractsshould have been implemented in the fields specified in the paragraph (a) above ofLot-2 qualification requirements. Those referencesystems should be fully operational at the date of issuing these bidding documents. In case of a JV, the leader should havecompleted at least one of those contracts. 7.3.       Bidder (an individual firm orjointly the joint venture) shall demonstrate average annual turnover of at least Euro 720,000in last three (3) calendar years. Leadpartner must demonstrate a minimum of 50% of the averageannual turnover within that period while each member of a joint ventureshall demonstrate a minimum average annual turnover of 15% of the overall required average annualturnover. 7.4.       Bidder shall demonstrateavailability of liquid assets of at least 90,000 Euro at the dateof issuing these bidding documents. 7.5.       Bidder shall propose a Project Teamwith qualified members experienced in the design and implementation of web-based Management Information Systems including thedevelopment of web portals and data warehouse/business intelligence solutions. Planning of the work of the Team membersshouldforesee their presence at the site, at maximum length ? especially during the periods important for establishment,development and testing of the system. The Team should be composed of at least the following members, possessing at least thequalifications/experiences summarized below: ·         Project Manager - University Degree inComputer Science, Engineering, Economy, Informatics Economy or related discipline. 7 years of experience in managing large valueprojects, with at least two [2] successfully completed Management Information System [MIS] projects (mainly strategic planning /performance monitoring applications in public finance domain) of minimum 150,000Euro each, in the role of a project manager/teamleader. ·         Technical Manager ? University Degree inComputer Science, Engineering, Informatics Economy or related discipline.5 years of experience in implementation of ManagementInformation Systems, with at least two [2] the Management Information Systems implemented for the public-sector clients (mainlystrategic planning / performance monitoring applications). Her/his role will be to ensure that the project is technically coherentand meets the desired technical requirements and quality standards. ·         System Programmers ? University Degree inComputer Science, Engineering, Informatics Economy or related discipline.4 years of experience in implementation of the web-basedMIS, with at least two [2] Management Information Systems realized for the public-sector clients including web portal development. ·         Process Expert - University Degree inComputer Science, Engineering, Informatics Economy, Economy or related discipline.4 years of experience in implementation oftheMIS, with at least two [2] MIS implemented for the public-sector clients. ·         Testing Expert - University Degree inComputer Science, Engineering, Informatics Economy, Economy or related discipline. 3 years of experience in testing newMIS. ·         Training Expert - University Degree inSocial Science, or related discipline.3 years of experience in planning, development and provision of trainings on newlyimplemented Management Information Systems to at least two [2] public-sectorclients receiving those MIS. 8.          A complete set of bidding documents in English are available free of charge from CFCU. Interested Bidders are requested tosend the CFCU an email, letter or fax to registertheir interest to participate in this bidding procedure. A complete set of thebidding documents will be sent upon receipt of that written or email application. Only the bids from these registered Bidderswillbe eligible for submission. Website publication of bid documents willbe available in PDF format on Ministry of Financewebsite http://financa.gov.al/  and CFCU website http://cfcu.minfin.gov.al  for all interested visitors. 9.          A two-stage bidding process will be used for each of the two Lots, as explainedbelow: 9.1.       The first stage bid will consist ofa technical bid only, without any reference to prices, but including a list of any deviations to the technical and commercialconditions set forth in the bidding documents and/or adding any alternative technical solutions a Bidder wishes to offer, and ajustification therefore; always provided that such deviations or alternative solutions do not change the essential requirementsspecified in the bidding documents.  Following the evaluation of first stage bids, aBidder that adequately meets the minimum acceptable qualification criteria and has submitted a sufficiently technically responsivebid may be invited to attend aclarification meeting(s), during which the Bidder's bid will be reviewed.  Qualified bidders shall also demonstrate keyfunctionality of various modules and proposed integration model through live software demonstrations of currentlyfunctioningsystems, as a part of the first stage evaluation process. Any required bid-specific changes,additions, deletions and other adjustments will be noted and recorded in a memorandum, or, if amendments are of a general nature,will be promulgated via an addendum to the bidding documents. Bidders may not be invited to submit second stage bids, e.g. if theirfirst stage bids contain departures fromthe requirements in such numbers or of such nature that making the bids fully responsive inthe remaining time for the two-stage process cannot reasonably be expected. The decision on inviting a specified Bidder remainssolely with the Purchaser. All suitably qualified and eligible Bidders, however, shall receive invitations to submit secondstagebids. 9.2.       The second stage bid will consistof: a)         The updated technicalbid incorporating all changes required as recorded in the bidder-specific memorandum, and/or as necessary to reflect any Addenda tothe bidding documents issued subsequent to the firstbidding-stage; and b)        The commercialbid. 10.       First stage bids for both lots must be delivered to the address below by or before:26January 2016, 14:00local time. Latebids will be rejected. First stage bids will be opened in the presence of the Bidders' representatives, who choose to attend at theaddress below at: 26 January 2016, 15:00 localtime. Contacts of the Implementing Agency: Mr. Manol Simo, General Director Central Finance and Contracting Unit, Ministry of Finance, Albania Bulevardi Deshmoret e Kombit, Nr. 3, Tirana, Albania Phone: +355 42 451 180; Email: manol.simo@financa.gov.al 11.      There will be an opportunity for all Bidders to take part in aPre-Bid questionand answer session, one for each Lot on the following dates:- 11.1.   LOT 1: Pre-bid meeting will be held at 12:00 local time on 28 December 2015 at the premises of Ministry of Finance of Albania. Address: Blv, Deshmorete Kombit, No. 3, Tirana, Albania 11.2.   LOT 2: Pre-bid meeting will be held at 12:00 local time on  29 December2015 at the premisesof Prime minister office  of Albania. Address:Blv, Deshmoret e Kombit, No. 1, Tirana, Albania.

Support to EITI Compliance Process - P158380

Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative Secretariat (EITI Albania) | Published June 6, 2016  -  Deadline June 17, 2016
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Selection Of A Firm For Legal And Regulatory Review Of The Albanian National Legislative Framework REPUBLIC OF ALBANIA MINISTRY OF ENERGY ANDINDUSTRY EITI Extractive Industry Transparency InitiativeSECRETARIAT REQUEST FOREXPRESSIONSOF INTEREST (CONSULTINGSERVICES? FIRMS SELECTION) Republic of Albania Ministry of Energy andIndustry ALBEITI-Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative Secretariat Grant No.  TF0A1769 Assignment Title:      Selection of a Firm for Legal and Regulatory Review of the Albanian national legislative framework ReferenceNo.:          ALBEITI/CQ/002 This request for expressions of interest follows the General Procurement Notice forthis project that appeared in Development Business online No. WB 2414-05/16 of May 27, 2016. The Republic of Albania hasreceived financing from the WorldBank toward the cost of the Extractive Industry Transparency InitiativeSecretariat(EITI Albania), and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services. The consulting services("the Services") include selection of a firm to carry out the Legal and Regulatory Review of the Albanian national legislative framework to identifyimpediment/slowing data collection from State Agencies and Operatorsin the EITI processes and Preparation of the EITI reports andto support the Government's efforts in establishing a sound framework for thesustainable implementation of Transparency Initiativeson the implementation of EITI in the country. Theimplementation period will beapproximately one year from contract signing. The Ministry of Energy and Industry now invites eligible consulting firms ("Consultants") to indicate their interest inproviding the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualificationsand relevant experience to perform the Services. The shortlisting criteria are: General qualifications of the Consultant (10 points), Description of similarassignments, experience in similar conditions (60 points); and Availability of appropriate skills among staff (30 points). The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment ofConsultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers dated January 2011 ("ConsultantGuidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest. Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub--consultancy toenhance their qualifications. A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the CQ method set out in the ConsultantGuidelines. Further information canbe obtained at the address belowduring office hours 08.00 to 16.30 hours from Mondayto Thursday and 08.30 to 14.00 on Friday. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or bye-mail) until June 17, 2016at 14:00. Ministry of Energy and Industry Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative Secretariat (EITIAlbania) Attn: Mrs. Dorina Çinari, Head ofEITI Albania Secretariat Address: Blv. Zhan D'Ark,Godina 3, mbrapaMinistrisë së Punëve tëJashtme, Kati V, Zyra Nr. 406, Tirana, Albania E-mail: Dorina.Cinari@albeiti.gov.al

Water Sector Investment Project - P102733

General Directorate for Water Supply and Sanitation | Published May 1, 2015  -  Deadline May 18, 2015
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Design And Supervision Of Durrës Sewerage Intervention REPUBLIC OF ALBANIA MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE GENERAL DIRECTORATE FOR WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (CONSULTING SERVICES? FIRMS SELECTION) Republic of Albania Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure General Directorate for Water Supply and Sanitation Water Sector Investment Project Loan No.  IBRD-83230 Assignment Title: Design and Supervision of Durrës SewerageIntervention Reference No.: CsD3 Thisrequest for expressions of interest followsthe General Procurement Notice for this project that appeared in Development Business online No. WB 183-01/13 of January 14,2013. The Republic ofAlbania has received a loan fromthe World Bank toward the cost of the Albania Water Sector Investment Project (AWSIP), and intends to apply part of the proceeds of the Loan for consultingservices for the Design andSupervision of Durrës Sewerage Intervention. The consulting services ("the Services") includepreparation of Final Detailed Designs, Bidding Documents and technical specifications and supervision forthe following activities: ·        rehabilitation/construction sewage collector from Museum to PumpingStation no. 8, Durrës city; ·        rehabilitation/construction main sewage collector from PumpingStation no. 8 to Pumping Station no. 7, Durrës city; ·        construction main sewage collector from Pumping Station no. 7 to Pumping Station no. 9, Durrës city. The implementation period will be approximately 12months from the Contract signing. The Ministry ofTransport and Infrastructure nowinvites eligible consulting firms ("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing theServices. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevantexperience to perform the Services. The shortlisting criteria are: (i)                 general qualifications of the Consultant (10 points), (ii)               description of similarassignments, experience in similar conditions (60 points); and (iii)              availability ofappropriate skills among staff (30 points). The attention ofinterested Consultants is drawnto paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selectionand 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 mayassociate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub consultancy to enhance theirqualifications. A Consultant will beselected in accordance withthe QCBS method set out in the Consultant Guidelines. Further informationcan be obtained at the address below during office hours 08.30 to 16.30 hours from Monday to Thursday and 08.30 to 14.00 onFriday. Expressions ofinterest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, orby e-mail) until May 18,2015. GeneralDirectorate for Water Supply and Sanitation Attn:Mr. Ardian Alushi, General Director Address: Lagja 4, Rruga "Sami Frashëri" Tirana, Albania Tel:+355 4 2256091 Fax:+355 4 2256091 E-mail: ardian.alushi@hotmail.com

Citizen-centered public services - P151972

Central Finance and Contracting Unit (CFCU), Ministry of Finance | Published January 26, 2016  -  Deadline February 10, 2016
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Front Office Operations Expertise REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST CONSULTING SERVICES? FIRMS SELECTION Project Preparation Advance CITIZEN ? CENTERED PUBLIC SERVICESPROJECT Consulting Service For Front Office OperationsExpertise ALBANIA Project: Project Preparation Advance, CITIZEN ? CENTERED PUBLIC SERVICESPROJECT Project ID:P472 Assignment Title:  Front Office OperationsExpertise Ref. No.:  AL-PPA/P. 472/CS/CQ/03.04 The Government of Albania has received financing in the amount of US$ 2 million, equivalent from the World Bank toward the costof the Citizen ? Centered Public Services Project, and it intends to apply part of the proceeds to payments for consulting servicesfor 'Front Office Operations Expertise". Under the Innovative Good Governance priority, launched in April 2014,the Program "Innovation against Corruption: Building a Citizen Centric Service Delivery Model in Albania" (ISDA), led by theMinister of State of Innovation and Public Administration (MIPA), entails a multilayered reform that focuses on key administrativecentral government public services to reduce the time and burden for citizens and businesses and improve servicedelivery quality,transparency and efficiency by using innovative solutions and ICT. Its key pillars are i) the establishment and management of anintegrated nationwide model of service delivery whereby, the front office is focused on the relation with the public and isseparated from back office processing, including the implementation of the one-stop-shop and in-one-place approach of the CitizenService Center; (ii) service provision standardization, simplification through business process re-engineering and digitization,with a focus on online services; iii) citizen feedback and performance monitoring on service delivery for ongoing improvement. The Consulting Company (the Consultant) to beengaged under this assignment will to support ADISA and MIPA with the systems, processes and instruments for successful establishment andoperation of an institutional and centralised front office (FO). Both the institutional and centralised FO concepts should payparticular attention to the needs of the poor and vulnerable and consider geographical aspects, in order to preserve and enhancetheir access to administrative services. The Consultant willprovide ADISA with a setof guidelines and operational documents, as described in the Key Tasks and Activities, for operation of acitizen interface in both scenarios: institutional FOs and in the CSC. The Central Finance and Contracting Unit in the Ministry of Finance ofAlbania invite eligibleConsulting Companies ("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 (brochures,description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff,etc.). The short listing criteria are: ·        The consulting company should have at least 10 (ten) years of professional experience dealing with the systems,processes and instruments for establishment and operation of an institutional andcentralised front office Such experiences ininternational environment will be an asset. Availability of staff for a total input of 160man-day's to be engaged on this assignment that should possess the following qualifications: -Post graduatedegree in public administration, sociology, social sciences, business management, political science, financial management or otherrelevant field -At least 8 (eight)years of professional experience in conceptualizing and leading initiatives to set up andimplement service deliveryfacilities. -Previousexperience in FO quality management, work systems and technology. The attention of interestedConsultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection andEmployment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011 edition, revised July2014) ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest. Consultants may associate withother firms in the formof a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications. A Consultant will be selected inaccordance with the Consultant's Qualifications Selection (CQ) method set out in the Consultant Guidelines. Further information can be obtained at the address belowduring office hours from 08:00 to 16:00, Mondays to Thursdays, and from 08:00 to 14:00 on Fridays. The complete Terms of Reference is posted on the websiteof CFCU: http://cfcu.minfin.gov.al, and that ofthe ADISA- Agency for the Delivery of Integrated Services in Albania: www.adisa.gov.al. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below inperson, or by mail, or by e-mail by February 10, 2016,  16.00 o'clock. ManolSimo, General Director Central Finance and Contracting Unit (CFCU) Ministry of Finance Blvd: Dëshmorët e Kombit, No. 3, Tirana,Albania Tel: +355 4 24 51 180 E-mail:manol.simo@financa.gov.al

Water Sector Investment Project - P102733

General Directorate for Water Supply and Sanitation | Published June 9, 2015  -  Deadline June 26, 2015
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Consultancy Services For Water Supply Network Optimization REPUBLIC OF ALBANIA MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE GENERAL DIRECTORATE FOR WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (CONSULTING SERVICES? FIRMS SELECTION) Republic of Albania Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure General Directorate for Water Supply and Sanitation Water Sector Investment Project Loan No.  IBRD-83230 Assignment Title: Consultancy Services for Water Supply Network Optimization Reference No.: CsD1 This request for expressions of interest followsthe General Procurement Notice for this project that appeared in Development Business online No. WB 183-01/13 of January 14,2013. The Republic of Albaniahas received a loan from the World Bank toward the cost of the Albania Water Sector Investment Project (AWSIP), and intends to apply part of the proceeds of the Loan for consulting services for the Water SupplyNetwork Optimization in Durrës. Theobjective of this consultancy is to support Durrës Water Utility (DWU) in defining a set of intervention on the network which,together with the new water production system, will contribute to the greatest possible overall improvement of service quality inthe Durrës study area according with the targets defined in DWU´s Business Plan as well as help DWU improve its capacity to managethe network in the future. Theengineering services considered in the scope of works include: ·        Collect and check available DWU data on existing water distributionnetwork infrastructure within the study area. ·        Perform a field testing plan required to accurately assesstransmission mains and existing supply zones hydraulic capacity to identify deficiencies in the system which may requirerehabilitation or mitigation. ·        Perform a water loss audit with data validation using the IWAframework and design a strategy for the next 5 years for NRW reduction. ·        Develop a water demand management model for the Durrës city anddesign a strategy for end-user demand management for the next 5 years. ·        Update and calibrate the Durrës city Water GEMS computer simulationmodel. ·        Perform a system analysis using the computer model and water lossaudit in order to determine the rehabilitation and hydraulic optimizationprojects that could improve the quality of service, andspecially continuity of service. ·        Integrate all developed previous programs (NRW Strategy, Demand ManagementStrategy, Rehabilitation/Optimization of Hydraulic Network) in one Action Plan that shall have the major positive impact in thequality of service (pressure, continuity and quality of water) with the least costthrough optimization with a budget restrictionestimated at five million Euro once all these programs will beapproved by DWU. ·        Develop detailed design of all activities included in the ActionPlan ·        Prepare bidding documents for all activities included in the ActionPlan. ·        Provide a management plan for the implementation of the ActionPlan. The implementation period will be approximately 240working days from the Contract signing. The Ministry ofTransport and Infrastructure now invites eligible consulting firms ("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing theServices. Interested Consultants should provideinformation demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevantexperience to perform the Services. The shortlisting criteria are: (i)                 general qualifications of the Consultant (10 points), (ii)               description of similarassignments, experience in similar conditions (60 points); and (iii)              availability ofappropriate skills among staff (30 points). The attention ofinterested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selectionand Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers dated January2011("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest. Consultants mayassociate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub consultancy to enhance theirqualifications. A Consultant will beselected in accordance with the QCBS method set out in the Consultant Guidelines. Further information canbe obtained at the addressbelow during office hours 08.00 to 16.30 hours from Monday to Thursday and 08.30 to 14.00 on Friday. Expressions of interestmust be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) until June 26, 2015. GeneralDirectorate for Water Supplyand Sanitation Attn: Mr.Ardian Alushi, General Director Address:Lagja 4, Rruga "Sami Frashëri" Tirana, Albania Tel:+355 4 2256091 Fax:+355 4 2256091 E-mail:ardian.alushi@hotmail.com

WATER RESOURCES AND IRRIGATION - P121186

Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration | Published March 17, 2015  -  Deadline April 9, 2015
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Dam Portfolio Risk Management Expert WATER RESOURCES ANDIRRIGATION PROJECT Project IDNo.P121186 Loan No. 8211-AL REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST for individual consultancy services of "Panelof Experts" Dam Portfolio RiskManagement Expert Proc. Ref. MAFCP/CS/008a(International Consultant) This request for expressions of interest follows the General ProcurementNotice for this projectthat appeared in Development Business online on May 25, 2010 and the GPN Update published on December 20,2012, DB Reference No. WB5260-12/12. The Government of Albania has received financing in the amount of EUR 31million equivalent fromthe World Bank toward the cost of the Water Resources and Irrigation Project, and it intends to apply partof the proceeds for payment of individual consultancy services under this Project. The MARDWA, needs to engage one International Individual Expert. Objective of theAssignment The Water Resources and Irrigation Project contracted the works forrehabilitation of 11 irrigation dams. A Dam SafetyReview Panel (DSRP) will be appointed byMARDWA to undertake periodic, comprehensive and independent reviews of design andconstruction/ rehabilitation works. The primary purpose of the Panel is to review and advise the borrower on matters relative todam safety and other critical aspects of the dam. The DSRP will be composed of 5 members, 3 of them alreadycontracted. Scope of work The DSRP will review construction drawings, their compliance to the original design, the integrity and safety standards ofthe dam design, review/amend and finalize the general technical procedure and methodology adopted in the dam design, constructionsupervision and quality assurance arrangements, monitoring and instrumentation provisions. The DSRP will organize work sites visits; address MARDWA questions on specific issues; review progress of portfolio riskmanagement; review O&M Plans and Emergency preparedness Plans. QualificationRequirements Dam Portfolio Risk Management expert will have a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering with aminimum 20 years professional experience, including minimum 5 years in preparing Portfolio Risk Assessment. He must be capable ofmaking sound judgments based onthe available information, relevant experience, and case histories. The facilitator should beskilled in leading a DSRP Team, overseeing risk assessment aspects of the project, and advising on the integration of dam safetyrisk issues with business risk considerations in dam design and construction. Reporting  and Duration The DSRP experts are expected to deliver a Progress Reports during different phasesof construction status and a Final Report upon accomplishment of works. All deliverables will be submitted in three copies inEnglish and threecopies in Albanian both in hard copy and electronicfiles. The attention ofinterested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRDLoans and IDA Creditsand Grants by World Bank Borrowers" dated January 2011 ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the WorldBank's policy on conflict of interest. In addition, please refer to the following specific information on conflict of interestrelated to this assignment: Bank policy requires that consultants provide professional, objective, and impartial advice and at alltimes hold the client's interests paramount, without any consideration for future work, and that in providing advice they avoidconflicts with other assignments and their own corporate interests.Consultants shall not be hired for any assignment that would bein conflict with their prior or current obligations to other clients, or that may place them in a position of being unable to carryout the assignment in the best interest of the Borrower. The individual consultant will be selected in accordancewith the procedures for the selection of individual consultants set out in the World Bank's Guidelines:Selection andEmployment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011). Interested consultants may obtain further informationregarding the Terms of Reference at the website of MARDWA www.bujqesia.gov.al or at the address below, Monday-Friday, from 08:00 to 16:30 hours. Ilirjan Lame Project Manager Water Resources and Irrigation Project Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and WaterAdministration Adr: Blv. "Dëshmorët e Kombit", Nr.2, kp. 1001 Tiranë, Shqipëri Tel: +355 4 2226243 - 75191 E-mail: ilirjan.lame@bujqesia.gov.al Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form (in person, or by mail)to the below address: Ministry ofAgriculture, Rural Developmentand Water Administration Blv . "Deshmoret e Kombit", Nr.2 ,kp.1001 Tiranë, Shqipëri Attn: Mr. Vojo Bregu General Secretary The right corner of the envelope must indicate the relevantposition of interest. The deadline for receipt of submission is April, 9th, 2015 at 12.00 noon (local time).

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES - P128412

 | Published October 3, 2016
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National Forest Inventory Capacity Building Contract Reference No: ESP-CS-QCBS-01 Evaluation Currency: EUR Name ofContract: National Forest Inventory CapacityBuilding MinimumQualifying Technical Score: 75 Consultants'names JV: Federal Researchand Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape & Diava Consulting JV: Centre forEcological Research (CREAF) & Water, Environment and Business for Development (WE& B) &Albaforest JV: P.A.N.G.E.A.Societa Cooperativa Consortile (PANGEA) (&  RDM Progetti & Natural EconomicResources Efficiency Institute & Geo Consulting & SFM Consultants JV: SwedishAgruculture University/Faculty of Forest Sciences, Department of Forest Resources Management (SLU)  & Swedish Forest Agency (SFA) JV: OIKON &INDUFOR OY Country Austria Spain Italy Sweden Croatia Status: Evaluated  Consultant Evaluated Consultant Evaluated Consultant Awarded Consultant Evaluated Consultant TechnicalScore 69.14 63.21 65.88 73.54 68.25 FinancialScore 20 19.16 19.66 18.76 19.27 Combined Score 89.14 82.37 85.54 92.30 87.52 Rank 2 5 4 1 3 CRITERIA (i) Specific experience 9.80 7.80 7.80 10.00 9.54 (ii) Methodology and workplan 29.45 27.75 29.80 32.60 30.39 iii) Key staff 35.97 36.06 34.74 39.33 35.94 (iv) Transfer of knowledge 9.30 7.40 8.04 10.00 9.10 (v) Nationals among keystaff 1.90 0.00 1.96 0.00 0.34 Technical proposal total score 86.43 79.01 82.35 91.93 85.31 Price as readout EUR 378,040 EUR 395,533.26 EUR 384,606 SEK 3,783,150 EUR 392,260.50 Final EvaluationPrice EUR 378,040 EUR 395,533.26 EUR 384,606 EUR 403,032.09 EUR 392,260.50 Final Negotiated/awardedPrice SEK 3,783,150 Ø  Name of succesful consultant: JV: Swedish Agruculture University/Faculty of Forest Sciences, Department of Forest Resources Management(SLU)  & Swedish Forest Agency(SFA)  - Sweden Ø  Contract price:  SEK 3,783,150 (plus VAT of SEK765,630) Ø  Contract duration: Thirty-six (36) months Ø  Scope of services: o   Build Ministry of Environment (MoE)/National Environment Agency (NEA) capacities to design and implement a National Forestand Pastures Monitoring System that will provide the required information on forest condition, cover and dynamics while at the sametime generating new relevant data on parameter such as forest carbon and biodiversity; o   Improve capacity of MoE on GIS and remote sensing analysis for mapping; monitoring and improving estimations, in ordertodetect kind, type and amount of changes occurred in land cover andforest resources in a systematic and continues way.  The years for the evaluation will be 1992, 2003 and2015; o   Propose the necessary organizational structure and technical capability to carry out and execute forest and pastureresources assessments and monitoring programs in Albania; o   Strengthen MoE capacities on data processing and information dissemination and utilization for cross-sectoral policycoordination and decision making.