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Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) Consultancy for Development of a business model for the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Programme (TVET)

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East | Published March 13, 2016
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Request for Expression of Interest(EOI) Consultancy for Development of a business model for the  Technical and Vocational Education and Training Programme (TVET)

Emergency Employment Project (3x6 Approach)/Customized Business Support & Mentorship Service (Phase III: Sustainability)

United Nations Development Programme | Published January 17, 2016  -  Deadline February 7, 2016
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~~The Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Jordan is requesting proposals for Emergency Employment Project (3x6 Approach)/Customized Business Support & Mentorship Service (Phase III: Sustainability). Pre-bid Meeting : 24/01/2016 @ 10:00 am Venue: UNDP Jordan Offices The deadline for receiving your Quotations, in a sealed envelope, marked RFP 2016/3 is 7/2/2016 at 12:00 pm At our address: United Nations Development Programme Ishaq AlEdwan St. Building no. 16. Opposite the Shmeisani Police Station, Amman-Jordan Tel: +962 6 5100420+962 6 5100420 Fax: +962 6 5100430 Attn. Operations Unit – Hosting Project (NO Proposals will Be Accepted After the Deadline).

Request for Proposal (RFP) for services to improve the socio-economic well-being of vulnerable Jordanian women in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa governorates.

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women | Published September 15, 2015  -  Deadline October 15, 2015
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~~Dear Sir/Madam, Subject: Request for Proposal (RFP) for services to improve the socio-economic well-being of vulnerable Jordanian women in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa governorates. 1. The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) plans to procure services to improve the socio-economic well-being of vulnerable Jordanian women in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa governorates as described in this Request for Proposal and its related annexes. UN Women now invites sealed proposals from qualified proposers for providing the requirements as defined in these documents. 2. In order to prepare a responsive proposal you must carefully review and understand the contents of the following documents: i. This letter and Proposal Instruction Sheet (PIS) including ii. Instructions to Proposers (Annex I)   available from this link http://www.unwomen.org/~/media/commoncontent/procurement/rfp-instructions-en.pdf iii. Terms of Reference (TOR) (Annex II) iv. Evaluation Methodology and Criteria (Annex III) v. Format of Technical Proposal (Annex IV) vi. Format of Financial Proposal (Annex V) vii. Proposal Submission Form (Annex VI) viii. Voluntary Agreement for Promoting Gender Equality in the Workplace (Annex VII) ix. Proposed Model Form of  Contract (Annex VIII) x. General Conditions of Contract (Annex IX) xi. Joint Venture/Consortium/Association Information Form (Annex X) xii. Submission Checklist (Annex XI) 3. The Proposal Instruction Sheet (PIS), below, provides the requisite information (with cross reference numbers) which is further detailed in the Instructions to Proposers (Annex-I – see above link). ============ ~~Annex II Terms of Reference UN Women Country Office for Jordan INTRODUCTION UN Women is grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, the empowerment of women, and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. UN Women Jordan currently supports projects that promote the economic participation of Jordanian women and works to improve access and effective participation of marginalized Jordanian women in economic and public life by addressing the barriers that have led to their exclusion. BACKGRUND/PROBLEM ANALAYSIS As outlined in the Jordan Response Plan (JRP) 2015, the influx of Syrian refugees into Jordan has exacerbated existing social vulnerabilities. According to the National Aid Fund (NAF), which targets vulnerable Jordanians, the indirect and direct impact of the Syria crisis has resulted in an additional 20,000 Jordanian families enrolled in their cash assistance programmes, at a cost of an additional US$4.23 million annually. Those at particular risk are poor households, female-headed households, survivors of violence, children deprived of parental care, children in conflict with the law, children engaged in child labour, and persons with disabilities. Violence against childrenin schools is high for boys and girls, and women are reporting increasing levels of violence at home’.  Moreover, the JRP 2015 highlights challenges related to unemployment: ‘the influx of Syrian refugees has resulted in availability constraints in jobs and income generating opportunities, particularly in the governorates of Mafraq, Irbid and Amman. From 2012 to 2013, the unemployment rate increased in Mafraq (10.7 to 14.5 per cent) and Irbid (11.7 to 13 per cent), settling above the national level (12.6 per cent in 2013). In 2013, the unemployment rate for women was about twice that of men and for youth between the ages of 15-24 it stood above 30 per cent.’ Access to safe and decent economic recovery activities can mitigate protection threats, including through diminishing individuals’ and families’ reliance on negative coping mechanisms to meet their basic needs. For example, global data shows that when women have access to employment opportunities, household economies benefit and household spending on health care and education increase, both key social dividends for human resilience. In line with this and with the overall guidance of the Jordan National Resilience Plan 2014-16, and specifically the JRP 2015, and through a resilience and social cohesion framework, UN Women is launching its project, improving the socio-economic well-being of vulnerable Jordanian women in host communities. The main objective of this project is to improve the socio-economic well-being of vulnerable Jordanian women living in Irbid and Zarqa governorates. More specifically, the project is aligned with the following elements of the JRP 2015: Livelihoods and Food Security sector – To protect food security to save lives, and enable livelihoods to cope with and recover from the impact of the Syria crisis, as well as strengthen the capacity to adapt to future shocks. Resilience Strategic Objective 1: More and better job opportunities created for vulnerable women, and young men and women. The project strongly integrates the JRP’s cross-cutting priorities of youth, gender equality, social cohesion, environmental sustainability and capacity development. PURPOSE UN Women is seeking innovative and impact-oriented initiatives. This fund seeks to support the promotion of gender equality in Irbid and Zarqa governorates through linking women to income generation and employment opportunities, while enhancing key life skills and linking them to decision-making structures. The project has three main components: a) Enhance Jordanian women’s economic empowerment through access to decent employment; b) Support women’s political representation and engagement in local level decision-making; c) Enhance women’s access to life skills and other key skills areas; Applicants are expected to articulate clearly how they will achieve tangible results in these areas: - Income generation and self-reliance interventions: Supporting women’s engagement in the labour market will focus on providing vocational and business skills training and creating income generation opportunities for Jordanian women living in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa governorates. The focus will be on, where possible, entry into the formal labour market. Applicants are expected to present innovative employment models. The emphasis should be on identifying entry points for women’s sustainable employment in particular in areas with high unemployment and high numbers of refugees in order to support the building of social cohesion. - Strengthen capacities for inclusive and effective women’s and girls’ participation in decision-making processes at the local level on issues affecting their lives: This should focus on supporting women living in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa governorates to be active decision-makers in their communities by providing trainings and support related to rights, confidence and business skills. Support should also be given to link women to decision-making forums at the community level, including creating or maintaining/supporting mechanisms that link women to elected leaders, allowing them to articulate their priorities and call for these to be addressed in local initiatives, plans and budgets. Please be aware that the fund prioritizes proposals that reflect the following four key aspects: - Contribute to social cohesion between Jordanians and Syrian refugees. - Are undertaken through strong national leadership. - Link livelihoods to environmental sustainability and natural resource management. - Has measures in place to mitigate anticipated risk of gender-based violence related to the project’s activities throughout the project cycle. TIMEFRAME The fund is for ten months. GUIDANCE FOR PROPOSALS Proposals should reflect the following sections to be considered: Section Description/Guidance Executive Summary An overview of the project and its aims. Project Duration and Geographical Focus Projects should be ten months in duration and target both Irbid and Zarqa governorates. Context and Justification Please include information on the operating context, including information related to the challenges that your project is seeking to address, taking into consideration the specific needs of women, girls, boys and men. Organisational Profile Please describe your organization history, registration details and relevant experiences working on issues relevant to women’s socio-economic empowerment. Expected Results  Please describe the outputs and the outcomes of your proposal. Please also describe clearly the strategies as well as the activities intended to address the main objectives/components of this project as outlined in this TOR. Logical Framework  This should include: goal, outcome, outputs, activities, indicators, means of verification and targets/baselines (sex disaggregated where applicable) for each indicator. The logical framework should be based on the one provided below. Workplan  Please indicate responsibilities and timeframes for each of your activities. Partnerships Please list any organizations you are planning to partner with to carry out your proposal (this could include other civil society organizations, international NGOs, and private sector or government entities if relevant). Management Plan Please outline the personnel that will be implementing this project. Monitoring and Evaluation This section should detail the plan for the monitoring of the project, and whether an external evaluation will be undertaken (and when). This should also include information on reporting to UN Women – frequency and type of reports submitted (e.g. progress or final). Budget The budget proposal should include details of budget allocation, i.e.  the amount required to achieve each output. SUMMARY SHEET Deliverables Key deliverables over a 10 month period: 1. Employment opportunities provided to at least 150 women living in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa. 2. Vocational and business skills training provided to women living in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa. 3. Life skills, business skills and training sessions provided to women benefiting from employment opportunities. 4. Communication plan and knowledge product on supporting women’s employment in Jordan’s host communities (outline, draft and final report to be approved by UN Women). 5. A final narrative and financial report. To achieve the above deliverables applicants are expected to articulate clearly how they will achieve tangible results in the following areas: Income generation and self-reliance interventions: Supporting women’s engagement in the labour market should focus on generating providing vocational and business skills training and creating income generation opportunities for Jordanian women living in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa governorates. The focus will be on, where possible, entry into the formal labour market. Applicants are expected to present innovative employment models. The emphasis should be on identifying entry points for women’s sustainable employment, in particular in areas with high unemployment and high numbers of refugees in order to support the building of social cohesion. Strengthen capacities for inclusive and effective women’s and girls’ participation in decision-making processes at the local level on issues affecting their lives: This should focus on supporting women living in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa governorates to be active decision-makers in their communities by providing trainings and support related to rights, confidence and business skills. Support should also be given to link women to decision-making forums at the community level, including creating or maintaining/supporting mechanisms that link women to elected leaders, allowing them to articulate their priorities and call for these to be addressed in local initiatives, plans and budgets. Payment will be based on a schedule of deliverables, with payment conditional upon the satisfactory acceptance of deliverables by UN Women. Activities/ Tasks Activities include, but are not limited to, the following: • The provision of employment opportunities for vulnerable women living in Irbid and Zarqa. In doing this the contractor will need to use a formula to assess vulnerability and identify from that group those willing and skilled to undertake employment opportunities. The vulnerability criteria will be developed in consultation with and approved by UN Women. As much as possible employment should build skills and link women to public spaces and the formal economy. • The provision of business skills training provided to women living in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa. Where relevant, and linked to the above, the contractor will provide women with key businesses skills, including conducting training in financial book-keeping, management, marketing, etc. • The provision of the following to women benefiting from employment opportunities: i) life skills for enhancing engagement in decision-making processes at the local level on issues affecting their lives, and ii) business skills. This will include identifying the needs among the project participants, and from this building or bringing on those equipped to provide life skills. • Applying a gender-based violence early warning system to ensure that supporting gender equality results does not result in backlash, and ensuring the linking of any protection cases to service providers in the area. • The production of a communication strategy and knowledge product on supporting women’s economic empowerment in Jordan’s hosting communities. Personnel / Qualifications At a minimum it is expected that the following personnel will be needed to undertake this work: Project Manager: Providing project oversight, quality assurance; Project Assistant: Undertaking the support work of the project; Finance Officer; Life Skills Trainer. Roles and responsibilities of the parties The contractor will be responsible for delivering the above results. UN Women will join the contractor for key events and will work with the contractor to ensure that necessary visibility is provided to UN Women and its donors. Timeframe and location  Projects should be ten months in duration and target both Irbid and Zarqa governorates. Payment will be based on the following schedule of deliverables, with payment conditional upon the satisfactory acceptance of deliverables by UN Women. Deliverable Payment (as % of awarded budget) Full workplan and communication strategy 10% Procurement of key livelihood infrastructure (as set out in the proposal) 20% Beneficiary list: Names and details of all participants to be provided with employment opportunities 10% Delivery of training and employment opportunities for a duration of at least 8 months 20% Life skills and business provided to women benefiting from employment opportunities through training sessions 10% Knowledge product on supporting women’s employment in host communities (outline, draft and final report to be approved by UN Women) 10% Upon project completion: final narrative and financial report 20% Communication and reporting obligations The contractor will be to develop and implement a communication strategy in line with UN Women’s contractor rules and regulation, and approved by UN Women. The contractor will be asked to submit quarterly reports to the UN Women Recovery Specialist on progress and results. The reports may cover such aspects as progress made in the provision of the services, identification of unforeseen issues or areas of concern, delays in the provision of the services, causes of such delays and proposed measures to correct such causes.  To receive payment for a deliverable the contractor will be required to submit an invoice with proof of the deliverable. A final financial and narrative report will be submitted upon complete delivery of the services procured. This should be delivered within 3 months of the closing of the project. Upon satisfactory receipt of the reports, final payment will be provided.

Abdali District Heating and Cooling - Lender's Supervisor

 | Published February 24, 2015  -  Deadline March 17, 2015
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The EBRD has provided a USD 30 million loan to finance the establishment of Jordan's first district energy plant, which will be the exclusive provider of cooling and heating energy, and as such, is a cornerstone in the success of high profile Abdali Urban Regeneration (AUR) development in Amman, the capital of Jordan. This private sector development aims to attract much needed foreign direct investment (FDI) into Jordan, and is expected to raise Jordan's business profile significantly by establishing, for the first time, a professional business district in the heart of Amman. This business district is expected to host large and international banking corporations and organisations, as well as other organisations in health care tourism and retail. The loan will finance the construction of a new permanent plant, which will assume the current limited capacity of an existing temporary plant and will consequently have a total of 30,000 tonnes of cooling output and approximately 50,000 kw of heating output (the "Project"). More importantly, the Project is setting a benchmark for the efficient use of energy in the development of large projects in Jordan. The Project is expected to create around 41 per cent savings in annual energy consumption for cooling and heating as compared with the use of common practice decentralised energy provision. In light of the above, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("EBRD" or the "Bank") is seeking the support of an experienced team of experts (the "Consultant") to undertake the lenders supervisory role (the "assignment"). The Consultant will provide the services of the lender's supervisor and will review the implementation arrangements in place to ensure that they are sufficient to support the Project implementation. To this end, the Consultant will observe, assess and report on: (i) the overall performance of the borrower, the Project management team and site staff, commenting on the effectiveness of co-ordination between and performance of all Project parties, including consultants, contractors, suppliers and other parties involved in the implementation of the investments, commenting on compliance with their respective obligations and duties; (ii) the Project implementation arrangements including the Project organisation, staffing, Project management systems, arrangements for construction, identification and management, and contract management; (iii) quality control/assurance systems, confirming that there is no evidence of any material problems with current or expected future quality and that the investments are likely to meet the specified technical performance requirements at the date of operation. Assignment Start Date and Duration: The assignment is expected to start in mid May 2015 and last for 24 months. Maximum Cost Estimate available for the Assignment: EUR 150,000.00; Exclusive of VAT. The consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank's special status 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 Bank's own resources Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or group of experts with experience in providing services as international financial institution (IFI) lender's monitor/supervisor in complex infrastructure projects. Experience in the district heating/cooling sector is of the utmost importance, as well as a technical understanding of the sector. The Consultant should have experience in the region, preferably in Jordan. Submission Requirements: Interested firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest. In order to determine the capability and experience of consulting firms seeking to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following: (a) brief overview of the firm/group of firms including company profile, organisation and staffing; (b) details of similar experience of firm or group of firms and related assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, percentage carried out by consultant in case of association of firms or subcontracting, main activities, objectives; (c) CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives. (d) Completed Contact Sheet and Declaration, 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 shall be submitted, in English, electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the date and time quoted above (London time). EBRD Contact: Angela Levitsky European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Tel: + 44 20 7338 63263 E-mail: levitska@ebrd.com Important Notes: 1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding. 2. Shortlisting criteria and respective weightings are: a) Firm's experience performing a similar role in the region 25% b) Technical qualifications and experience of the experts in the sector 65% c) Procurement experience/qualifications within the Consultant's team is considered an advantage 10%

Amman Street Lighting Project - PPP Advisory

 | Published July 17, 2015  -  Deadline August 14, 2015
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Executing Agency (Client):
Greater Amman Municipality (GAM, the Client or the City)
Greater Amman Municipality
City Hall, Ras -Al Ein
Omar Matar Street
P.O.Box 132 Amman
Jordan

The Client Contact Person:
Eng. Ebtihal Aldayyat, Head of International Tenders Branch
City Hall, Ras -Al Ein
Omar Matar Street
P.O.Box 132 Amman
Jordan
Email: ibtehal.aldayyat@ammancity.gov.jo

EBRD Contact Person:
James Yoo
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6369
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
E-mail: YooJ@ebrd.com


Project Description:
GAM has approached the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “Bank” or the “EBRD”) with a request to assess the possibility of financing an energy efficient street lighting modernisation programme along the major street network under a Public Private Partnership (“PPP”) structure (the “Project”). The Project is expected to be structured based on an ESCO business model, likely in the form of a shared savings energy performance contract (“EPC”). Given the innovation and scalability of the Project, it will be carried out in a phased approach.

This Assignment will concentrate on Phase 1 of the Project, which includes the upgrading of around 25,000 light fixtures consisting of mostly 250W HPS lamps, and the implementation of associated operation, maintenance, and control systems. All light fixtures of Phase 1 are directly under GAM's control. The Project is envisaged to decrease the electricity consumption by up to 50 per cent, and subsequently lower the electricity costs of currently JOD 9 million per annum. In addition, GAM may implement solar panels as part of the system in certain areas.

The Project will be assessed and further scoped during external technical and financial due diligence, carried out in parallel to this Assignment.

The Project’s tender process has been launched and expressions of interest (“EOI”) were received end of March 2015. Subsequently, the evaluation of the received EOIs and shortlisting of pre-qualified bidders is expected to be finalised by fall-2015. Given that PPPs - and especially ESCO models - are not widely common in Jordan, GAM is seeking a consultant (the “Consultant”) to provide support throughout the tender process (the “Assignment”). The tender process of concessions will be led by GAM (the “Tendering Authority”).

Assignment Description:
The Client now intends to engage a Consultant to provide technical assistance to the Tendering Authority for the elaboration of all tender documentation for the Project, and support the City throughout the tender process, including negotiation and award of a PPP Agreement, preferably structured as an ESCO/ EPC business model. The tender process should foster competition and result in a well-balanced PPP contract / EPC. The Consultants will assist the City to secure the PPP option that will result with the optimal financial benefits for the City. 

The tasks to be carried out for the Assignment will involve discussions with the City and relevant government units responsible for PPP and other related parties, elaboration of documentation, and dialogue and promotion of the PPP/EPC/ESCO tender process. The Consultant will provide a full and complete package of advice concerning legal, financial and technical aspects of the Project. This comprises tender design, and bidding support through to financial close, including and without limitation the following tasks:

• Review Technical Report on Public Lighting Activities and Financial and Economic Report;
• Proposed set-up of the legal structures of the new street lighting solution, based on legislation of PPPs in Jordan, Technical Report on Public Lighting Activities, Financial and Economic Report, and discussions with the bidders;
• Preparation of the PPP/EPC/ESCO full tender documentation and draft contract;
• Assist GAM in the approval process as per Law Number 31 of 2014;
• Assist along the whole tender process in close collaboration with the Bank funded procurement consultant;
• Assistance with financial closure.

The above tasks will include discussions with the Tendering Authority, the Council (as needed), and other relevant stakeholders, such as other consultants, service users, JEPCO, and Public Private Partnership Unit (“PPP Unit”) in coordination with GAM. A skilful use of communications to both internal and external stakeholders will be needed, in order to prepare an acceptable tender, and promote the PPP tender process.

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

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in Q1 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 12 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 400,000 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Client the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope.

The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed.

Funding Source: The contract will be financed by the EU Neighbourhood Investment Facility.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant should be a firm or group of firms preferably with previous project experience related to ESCO business models, EPCs and street lighting projects as well as other municipal infrastructure PPP projects in the past five years, and should be well-versed in planning and regulatory approaches in the public infrastructure and energy sector.  Additionally, the Consultant will have an excellent knowledge of the public infrastructure and energy industry internationally in the Middle East region, the legal framework in Jordan for infrastructure services, and an understanding of PPP, ESCO and EPC contracting and risk assessment for both the public and private sector.

The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include the following key experts:

Key Expert No 1: PPP, EPC, ESCO, and infrastructure concessions expert
Key Expert No 2: Street lighting expert;
Key Expert No 3: Electrical engineering expert;
Key Expert No 4: PPP/EPC Procurement Expert;
Key Expert(s) No 5: Infrastructure insurance advisors (or access to such advisors);
Key Expert No 6: Legal experts with specific understanding of the international and Jordanian PPP legal framework, as well as demonstrated experience with international infrastructure concession contracts. 

All experts shall have demonstrated design and project management experience preferably in Jordan. The Consultant will preferably include experts in the project team with good Arabic language skills.

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

1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).
2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives.
3. 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.
4. 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 expression of interest shall not exceed 25 pages (excluding CVs Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet). 

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English via email (pdf) to the Client’s contact person, to reach the Client not later than the closing date. One additional copy shall reach the Bank’s contact person by the same due date. The Expression of Interest shall be one file (pdf). The Client reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if any limitation on the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

Important Notes:

1. Following this invitation for expressions of interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.

2. The shortlist criteria are as follows:(a) Firm’s previous project experience in ESCO business models, EPCs and street lighting projects as well as other PPP projects in the past five years (35%)
(b) Firm’s previous project experience in the region and with municipal counterparts (25%)
(c) CVs of Key Expert No’s 1-6 in accordance with the Consultant Profile (30%)
(d) Arabic language skills (10%)


 

 

 

Establishment of a Custodian Company in Jordan: Feasibility Study Support

 | Published April 1, 2016  -  Deadline April 18, 2016
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Assignment Description: The availability of professional, well-managed custodian services is one of the building blocks of capital markets. A custodian service, which can be provided by a bank or a special independent company, typically holds customers' securities for safekeeping so as to minimize the risk of their theft or loss, and can also provide a range of services and products, further enhancing the capacity of the local market. This has been a weak aspect of the Jordanian market for some time.

For many years, Jordan’s securities market was served primarily by one foreign bank acting as a local custodian, namely HSBC Jordan. Although the Jordan Securities Commission had granted around 14 custody licenses to local commercial banks, most of these were not active as local banks shied away from offering custody services to international investors. This was mainly due to the fact that the local banks lacked custody expertise needed to attract sophisticated international institutional investors which are active in the Jordanian securities market. As a result, HSBC had a de facto monopoly in offering local custody services.

The reliance on HSBC was highlighted when in 2014 HSBC took a sudden and unexpected decision to exit Jordan (among other Arab countries) and decided to sell its local commercial banking operations to a local Jordanian bank. The suddenness of the exit decision took everyone by surprise, including global custodians who were using its local custody services in Jordan to service their international clients.

The four Jordanian banks have engaged a local consultant to prepare a feasibility study for the establishment of a Jordanian custody company to offer custody services in the Jordanian securities market as well as in some of the other securities markets in the Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) region. Due to unexpected local developments the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) has now an opportunity to contribute to the development of such services by supporting the preparation of the feasibility study.

The EBRD now wishes to engage an individual international custody business expert (the “Consultant”) to review the feasibility study, define the business model, propose services and products and ensure that international best practices are applied (the “Assignment”).

The provided services will complement the work of the local consultant carrying out the feasibility study. The Bank will provide an international perspective and best practice in the field of custodian services. Depending on the outcome of the Study, the Bank might further support this important development via a possible investment into the newly established Custodian Company.

Status of Selection Process: Interested individual experts or firms interested in nominating an expert are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in May 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 2 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 20,000.00; exclusive of VAT.

The consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank's special status as an international financial institution (IFI), and state this in their response to this 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 (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 be treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source: It is anticipated that the contract will be financed through the EBRD's Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) cooperation funds account.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions. However, consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.

Consultant Profile: The Consultant will be an individual expert with:
 Preferably 10 years’ experience at a custodian bank, with experience of operating a custodian service, the post-trade operations and international best practices;
 Preferably 3 years’ experience working as a consultant on similar custodian bank assignments;
 Excellent knowledge of international standards in developed markets related to the delivery of custodian services;
 Experience in the design of business models and operations on custodian bank level;
 Knowledge of the securities market in Jordan, the Levant or the Middle East would be an advantage;
 Proficiency in written and spoken English language.

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

1. Cover letter (max. 2 pages) summarising why the expert believes they satisfy the requirements as defined in the 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 From and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available at: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc

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

The EBRD's Contact Person:
Georgia Vasiliadis (Ms)
Principal Advisor, Technical Cooperation Team
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: +44 207 338 7750
Email: vasiliag@ebrd.com
(Submission should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this e-mail address)

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

2. Consulting firms (proposing individuals) and individuals may apply. Consulting Firms nominating an individual expert shall submit one complete individual application for each expert via eSelection. Single applications for a number of experts containing various CVs may result in rejection of such application and all concerned experts.

3. The evaluation criteria are as follows:
- Expert’s previous experience at a custodian bank, with the practical knowledge in the development and operation of a custodian service, including post-trade operations and international best practices (80%)
- Expert’s knowledge of international standards in developed markets related to the delivery of custodian services (20%)

FINCA Jordan – Strengthening of Institutional Capacities for Micro and Small Enterprises Lending

 | Published February 6, 2015  -  Deadline February 27, 2015
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The Executing Agency: FINCA Jordan
 
Assignment Description: FINCA Jordan (“FJ”) intends to engage a consultant (the "Consultant") to support a leading microfinance institution in the country, with strengthening its institutional capacities for efficient MSE lending (the "Assignment"). 
 
The microfinance industry remains an important provider of financing to smaller sized companies and individual entrepreneurs and the Bank is committed to support local microfinance institutions by providing long-term financing and technical assistance to improve their lending methodologies and increase their outreach.
 
Jordan depends heavily on micro and small businesses to drive its economy: 98% of Jordanian businesses are classified as micro, small and medium sized enterprises (“MSME”) and account for 70% of new jobs created in Jordan. Yet in terms of access to finance they remain vastly underserved.
 
FJ has traditionally focused on group lending, but now plans to lend to micro and small enterprises (“MSE”). This is a natural extension from their successful micro and group lending. The proposed assignment will help FJ strengthen their lending methodology, risk management and overall institutional capacities.
 
The Consultant will:
  1. Define and develop an end to end lending methodology for MSE loans distinct from its existing micro credit lending process;
  2. Train and coach specialized bank staff in MSE lending based on the new lending methodology;
  3. Bolster FJ’s internal control procedures  with increased management buy-in;
  4. Enhance performance measurement and reporting to maintain quality management discussions as FJ’s micro lending business grows and expands.
Assignment Duration: The assignment is expected to start in April 2015 and have an estimated overall duration of twelve (12) months.
 
Maximum budget Available for the Assignment: EUR 120,000; exclusive of VAT
The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed.
 
Funding Source: It is anticipated that the contract will be financed through the EBRD’s donor funded Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Multi-Donor Account.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions; however, consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.
 
Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required.
The consultant will be a firm or consortium of firms providing experts with relevant experience and professional qualifications in commercial banking and microfinance in transition or preferably Middle Eastern countries. The firm should have extensive relevant experience in developing MSE lending operations in banks and microfinance institutions (“MFI”), as well as experience in conducting training courses for bank or MFI staff, and have previous experience with similar projects.
The Consultant should have a solid functional experience in all areas set out in the scope of the assignment (MSE lending methodology and implementation, training, internal control, performance measurement) and a track record in the practical implementation of respective tasks. Knowledge of the Jordanian financial sector and the MSME finance situation will be an advantage.
The consultant’s team is expected to comprise at a minimum of the following types of experts:
  • Key Expert No. 1: Project Manager (PM) with proven track record in successfully leading the development and implementation of MSME strategy, MSME lending methodologies and business processes (including MIS).  The PM should have significant professional experience (10 years or more) in managing similar assignments in transition or preferably Middle Eastern countries; Excellent communication, training, and presentation skills.
  • Key Expert No. 2: Senior MSME Lending Expert with project experience related to MSME lending; Significant professional experience in MSME lending in a non-bank microfinance  and/or a consultancy firm in a similar region; Excellent management skills, experience in hiring and training of staff.
  • Key Expert No. 3: Risk Management Expert with a proven track record in making recommendations to non-bank microfinance institutions in the areas of risk management, internal control and credit scoring and helping non-bank microfinance institutions implement them.
All experts should ideally have approximately five (5) or more years of practical experience in the field of their expertise, unless specified differently. All experts must be fluent in English, bi-lingual (Arabic/English) experts may be required for specific tasks.
 
Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of consulting firm, 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 previous project 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 at: 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, Contact Sheet, Declaration Form) are to be submitted in English, by e-mail, preferable as one file (pdf or Word), not exceeding 2MB, clearly labelled “Expression of Interest for FINCA Jordan: Strengthening of Institutional Capacities for Micro and Small Enterprises Lending”, to the Executing Agency’s contact person given below with a copy to EBRD no later than the closing date.
 
Executing Agency: FINCA Jordan
The Executing Agency’s Contact Person: John Yancura, Chief Executive Officer
Address:  Al-Farid Building, 3rd Floor, Al-Abdali, Amman, P.O. Box 926939, Amman 11190, Jordan
Tel: +962-6-5664627    
E-mail: john.yancura@finca.org

The EBRD's Contact Person:
Larissa Gosling
Address: One Exchange Square, London, EC2A 2JN
Tel: +44 207 338 6338
Email: goslingL@ebrd.com   
Important Notes:
1. Consultant selection will normally be made from responses to this notification. Only the highest-ranked consultant selected from a shortlist of qualified consultant will be invited to prepare a proposal and negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.
2. The evaluation criteria are as follows:
- Consultancy firm(s)’ previous experience in the field of assisting banks with development of MSME business and marketing strategies, strengthening credit and risk management (30%)
- Firm(s)’ experience in the developed and emerging markets (20%)
- CVs of key experts (50%)
 

Request for Proposal (RFP) for services to support gender equality and youth employment through social entrepreneurship in Al-Mafraq, Irbid and Zarqa governorates.

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women | Published September 15, 2015  -  Deadline October 15, 2015
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~~Dear Sir/Madam, Subject: Request for Proposal (RFP) for services to support gender equality and youth employment through social entrepreneurship in Al-Mafraq, Irbid and Zarqa governorates. 1. The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) plans to procure services to support gender equality and youth employment through social entrepreneurship in Al Mafraq, Irbid and Zarqa governorates as described in this Request for Proposal and its related annexes. UN Women now invites sealed proposals from qualified proposers for providing the requirements as defined in these documents. 2. In order to prepare a responsive proposal you must carefully review and understand the contents of the following documents: i. This letter and Proposal Instruction Sheet (PIS) including ii. Instructions to Proposers (Annex I)   available from this link http://www.unwomen.org/~/media/commoncontent/procurement/rfp-instructions-en.pdf iii. Terms of Reference (TOR) (Annex II) iv. Evaluation Methodology and Criteria (Annex III) v. Format of Technical Proposal (Annex IV) vi. Format of Financial Proposal (Annex V) vii. Proposal Submission Form (Annex VI) viii. Voluntary Agreement for Promoting Gender Equality in the Workplace (Annex VII) ix. Proposed Model Form of  Contract (Annex VIII) x. General Conditions of Contract (Annex IX) xi. Joint Venture/Consortium/Association Information Form (Annex X) xii. Submission Checklist (Annex XI) 3. The Proposal Instruction Sheet (PIS), below, provides the requisite information (with cross reference numbers) which is further detailed in the Instructions to Proposers (Annex-I – see above link). ============= ~~Annex II Terms of Reference UN Women Country Office for Jordan INTRODUCTION UN Women is grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, the empowerment of women, and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. UN Women Jordan currently supports projects that promote the economic participation of Jordanian women, and works to improve access and effective participation of marginalized Jordanian women in economic and public life by addressing the barriers that have led to their exclusion. BACKGRUND/PROBLEM ANALAYSIS The Arab Spring has had important social and economic impacts on the Arab World.  Economic injustice played a central role in the uprisings across the region. The high expectations of youth, women’s economic inequality and the broader economic crises brought to the fore the dire structural challenges facing the region.  In 2010, the employment-to-population ratio for North Africa and the Middle East were 46.6 and 45.4 per cent respectively (compared to the global average of 61.1 per cent), meaning that less than half of those able to work were participating in the labour force.   Female labour force participation rates in the region at 26 per cent (compared to 52 per cent globally) were among the lowest in the world, and are indicative of the significant barriers to women’s meaningful participation in socio-economic and public life, including lack of economic opportunities.  In the years following the Arab Spring the expected gains failed to materialize and increased unrest, violence and political instability ensued in many countries. Across the region, economies have also been negatively affected, unemployment rates have risen, female labour force participation rates remain low and there has been decreases in foreign investment and tourism, and interruptions in exports. Youth unemployment rates are particularly high: at 27.2 per cent (22.9 per cent for males and 43.9 per cent for females) in the Middle East and 29.4 per cent (23.2 per cent for males and 45.0 per cent for females) in North Africa, they are more than double the global average. In Jordan civil unrest in 2011 was met with a number of political and socio-economic reforms and the country has remained stable. However, the crisis in neighbouring Syria has severely impacted Jordan, which is hosting more than 630,000 Syrian refugees.  With some 85 per cent of refugees living outside of the official camps, Jordanians in host communities, in particular in the northern governorates, have been affected by the increased competition for and pressures on wages, public services, housing and limited natural resources. Mafraq, Zarqa and Irbid governorates host – with Amman - the highest concentrations of Syrian refugees and contain within them numerous pockets of poverty that pre-existed the Syria crisis. In Zarqa 21.9% of all households are deemed to be vulnerable, with 26.7% classified as vulnerable in Irbid.  Across Jordan in Q1 2015 the male unemployment rate was 11.0% while female unemployment was more than twice this rate at 22.1%. Youth unemployment was even higher at 35.8 % for those aged 15-19 and 30.4 % for the 20-24 age group.   In Zarqa and Irbid governorates, women’s employment stood at 10% and 11.9%, respectively, in 2012. Global data shows the positive impact women’s engagement in the labour market can have on national economies. Therefore finding meaningful ways to integrate women into the Jordanian economy is a key strategy for addressing household and community poverty, while also promoting issues of gender equality. Social Entreprenuership As the Arab region works to address challenges within its boundaries, it has witnessed an increase in community spirit, with a growing awareness of the need for citizens to actively participate in bringing about social change and community development. Moreover, the central role that women played in the Arab Spring has created a new momentum for meaningful citizenship and empowerment in a region that has the lowest levels of political and labour force participation rates among women globally. One manifestation of this has been the increase in the recognition of social enterprises – defined as entities that aim to “fulfill a social mission while following a business model that helps [to] achieve financial viability, sustainability and scale”  – as a means for responding to some of the challenges facing the region. A survey conducted by Standford University among more than 12,000 citizens of 18 Arab countries found that despite the many obstacles social entrepreneurs face, there is a strong potential for social entrepreneurship in the region.  Respondents of the survey demonstrated: i) a strong interest in volunteerism; ii) a preference to be self-employed or own a business over other forms of employment; iii) familiarity with the term entrepreneurship (around 50 per cent of respondents); iv) interest in entrepreneurship as a profession; v) and a belief that young people are more interested in improving their communities  – all indicating a positive environment for the role and potential of social entrepreneurship in the region. In Jordan, the notion of social entrepreneurship is being introduced as a way to combat unemployment, barriers to employment and to engage citizens in improving their local communities. As such, social enterprises present an option in responding to Jordanians’ socio-economic needs. Organizations are moving towards utilising social entrepreneurship to address persistent problems of poverty and inequality by harnessing the potential of this model to fuel equitable and inclusive economic growth with positive social outcomes. While social entrepreneurship is still a relatively new concept in Jordan, there is evidence of its arrival through international programmes and organizations supporting entrepreneurs in both business and social sectors. UN Women aims to use employment-focused social enterprises to advance gender equality and support youth unemployment in Mafraq, Irbid and Zarqa governorates. Specifically, the goal is to help women, in particular young women, break the cycle of poverty and unemployment by supporting those who are most vulnerable and face the most significant barriers to employment and economic engagement.The project will utilize and build upon the existing capacities of young entrepreneurs in Jordan and raise their awareness of social entrepreneurship and how it can be successful in introducing new reforms and models that could ultimately lead to achieving social outcomes. Rather than maximizing financial profit, the primary goal is to achieve a positive social impact, while at the same time generating employment opportunities. As such, UN Women aims to generate knowledge on the value and potential of social entrepreneurship in addressing community and development challenges. It further aims to support a limited number of social entrepreneurship initatives to address issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment, focusing in particular on women’s access to the labour market, using business principles and non-conventional approaches. The project is aligned with the following sectoral objective in the Jordan Response Plan to the Syria Crisis 2015; Livelihoods and Food Security Sector – To protect food security to save lives, and enable livelihoods to cope with and recover from the impact of the Syria crisis, as well as strengthen the capacity to adapt to future shocks. Resilience Strategic Objective 1: More and better job opportunities created for vulnerable women, and young men and women. PURPOSE This project seeks to support the promotion of gender equality and youth employment through social entreprenership in one or more of the following areas: Al Mafraq, Irbid and Zarqa governorates. UN Women is seeking innovative and impact-oriented initiatives to support women’s access to the labour market and gender equality through social entrepreneurship in Jordan with the aim of addressing challenges exacerbated by the Syrian crisis. TIMEFRAME The duration of the project is 9 months – ending August 2016. The ceiling for this work is $250,000. GUIDANCE FOR PROPOSALS Proposals should reflect the following sections to be considered: Section Description/Guidance Executive Summary An overview of the project and its aims. Project Duration and Geographical focus The project must close in August 2016 and target at least one of the following governorates: Mafraq, Irbid and Zarqa. Context and Justification Please include information on the operating context, including information related to the challenges that your project is seeking to address. Organisational Profile Please describe your organization history, registration details and relevant experiences working on relevant issues to women socio-economic empowerment and social entrepreneurship. Expected results  Please describe the outputs and the outcomes of your proposal. Please also describe clearly the strategies as well as the activities intended to address the main objective of this project as outlined in this TOR Logical Framework  This should include: goal, outcome, outputs, activities, indicators, means of verification and targets/baselines for each indicator. The logical framework should be based on the logical framework provided below. Workplan  Please indicate activities, responsibilities and timeframe for each of your activities. Partnerships Please list any organizations you are planning to partner with to carry out your proposal (this could include other civil society organizations, international NGOs, and private sector or government entities if relevant). Management Plan Please outline the personnel that will be implementing this project. Monitoring and Evaluation This section should detail the plan for the monitoring of the project, and whether an external evaluation will be undertaken (and when). This should also include information on reporting to UN Women – including the frequency and type of reports to be submitted (e.g. progress or final). Budget Budget proposal should include details of budget allocation, i.e.  Amount to achieve each output. Communications Plan The communication plan should include details of the audience, purpose, messages, communication channels and reources. The final plan will be in line with UN Women’s contractor rules and regulation, and approved by UN Women. SUMMARY SHEET Deliverables Key deliverables over the project duration: 1. Social entrepreneurship interventions implemented in Jordan’s host communities (one or more of Mafraq, Irbid and Zarqa governorates), reaching at least 250 young Jordanian men and women; 2. Policy paper on promoting women’s social entrepreneurship; 3. Library of success stories; 4. Media campaign promoting social entrepreneurship; 5. A final narrative and financial report. To achieve the above deliverable applicants are expected to articulate clearly how they will achieve tangible results in one or more of the following areas, Al Mafraq, Irbid and Zarqa governorates; Social and economic empowerment through social entrepreneurship: This initiative focuses on supporting gender equality and empowering young female social entrepreneurs living in Jordan’s host communities through engagement in social entrepreneurship interventions. Applicants are expected to present innovative models and tools to improve the competenceies of young Jordanians that will allow them to engage meaningfully in social entrepreneurship to achieve social outcomes relating to gender equality and youth employment. The focus should be on areas with high unemployment and high numbers of refugees. Sustainable models such as the One Village, One Prodoct model are encouraged. Payment will be based on a schedule of deliverables, with payment conditional upon the satisfactory acceptance of deliverables by UN Women. Activities/ Tasks Activities could include, but are not limited to the following: • The development of a model to support gender equality in jordan through social entrepreneruership interventions. • The identification of project beneficiaries • Concrete support to project beneficiaries iniatives that could include the formation of a cooperation, the identiifcaiton of marketable products, means for providing back to communities through entrepreneurship and skills building. • The production of a policy paper on policy paper on social entrepreneurship, youth employment and gender equality, including best practices on interventions that can scale up social entrepreneurship in Jordan as a model for employment and gender equality. • The production of a library of "success stories" – including images. • A concrete communiation and social media strategy that include the production of images and stories throughout the project duration. Personnel / Qualifications At a minimum it is expected that the following personnel will be needed to undertake this work: Project Coordinator Project Assistant Finance Officer (part time) Roles and responsibilities of the parties The contractor will be responsible for delivering the above results. UN Women will join the contractor for key events and will work with the contractor to ensure that necessary visibility is provided to UN Women and its donors. Timeframe and location  The project will end in June 2016 and target one or more of the following governorates: Mafraq, Irbid and Zarqa. Payment will be based on the following schedule of deliverables, with payment conditional upon the satisfactory acceptance of deliverables by UN Women. Deliverable Payment (as % of awarded budget) Full Workplan and communications strategy 30% Delivery of social entrepreneurship interventions, reaching at least 250 young Jordanians. 30% Policy paper Library of success stories  20% Final narrative and financial report 20% Communication and reporting obligations The contractor will be asked to submit quarterly reports to the UN Women Recovery Specialist on progress and results The report may cover such aspects as progress made in the provision of the services, identification of unforeseen issues or areas of concern, delays in the provision of the services, causes of such delays and proposed measures to correct such causes.  To receive payment for a deliverable the contractor will be required to submit an invoice with proof of the deliverable(s). A final financial and narrative report will be submitted upon completed delivery of the services procured. This should be delivered within 3 months of the closing of the project. Upon satisfactory receipt of the reports, final payment will be provided.

SUPPORT TO BUILDING ACTIVE LABOR MARKET - P145241

 | Published May 3, 2016
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Basic Employability Training Services /awarded To Asas For Training And Skills Development (dale Carnegie Training Franchisee In Jordan). With An Amount 500,000 Jordanian Dinars. CONTRACT FOR Services for Basic Employability Training Services SMALL ASSIGNMENTS LUMP-SUM PAYMENTS (IBRD/IDA FINANCED) CONTRACT No. [FC010] (i)                            THIS CONTRACT ("Contract") is entered into this [1ST OF February 2016], by and between  [the EMPLOYMENT-TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING FUND (E-TVETFUND) ] ("the Client") having its principal place of business at [Jordan Amman- 8th circle Buildingno. 380], and Asas for Training and Skills Development (Dale Carnegie Training Franchisee in Jordan) ] ("the Consultant") having its principal office located at 502 Zahran Plaza Building, Zahran Street , 7th circle, Amman 11814,Jordan. Tel: 06/5855 360]. WHEREAS, the Client wishes to have theConsultant perform the services hereinafter referred to, and WHEREAS, the Consultant is willing to performthese services, NOW THEREFORE THE PARTIES hereby agree asfollows: 1.   Services (i)        The Consultant shall perform theservices specified in Annex A, "Terms of Reference and Scope of Services," which is made an integral part of this Contract ("theServices"). (ii)       The Consultant shall provide the personnellisted in Annex B, "Consultant's Personnel," to perform the Services. (iii)      The Consultant shall submit to the Client the reports in the formand within the time periods specified in AnnexC, "Consultant's Reporting Obligations." 2.   Term The Consultant shallperform the Services during the period commencing [1st of March 2016] and continuing through [10 ofSept.2016], or any other period as may be subsequently agreed by the parties inwriting. 3.   Payment A.       Ceiling For Services rendered pursuantto Annex A, the Client shall pay the Consultant anamount (250 JD Per Participant) inclusive all taxes. This amount has beenestablished based on the understanding that it includes all of the Consultant's costs and profits as well as any tax obligationthat may be imposed on the Consultant. B.       Schedule ofPayments The service provider willbe paid a down paymentequivalent to 20% of the contract value up signing the contract; against an advanced payment guarantee with the sameamount, afterthat, payment for training services will be done on a bi-weekly basis upon successful implementation of basic employability skillstraining services where the payment will be per head for certified trainees only (who completed a minimum of 80% of the 75-hourtraining). Youth who drop out (attend less than 80% of training) from training, without a reasonable and logicaljustification, will not be considered as beneficiaries and accordingly training provider will not be compensated for them. .The client is entitled/obliged to provide the consultant with at least 25 participants in each groupto start with, as stated in the financial proposal. .The training provider (the consultant) holds up the right of not to run any training session that isunder-enrolled; where a minimum of 25 participants is attending. C.        Payment Conditions Payment shall be made in [Jordanian Dinars],no later than 30 calendar daysfollowing submission by the Consultantof invoices in duplicate to the Coordinator designated in paragraph4.The service provider should provide us with a bank guarantee equivalent to theadvance payment.The bank guarantee shall be released upon completion the training of 400trainees. All payments shall be made after submitting the financial claims from the serviceprovider equipped with all supporting documents. The consultant holds up the right of not starting any training program/s to newgroups unless the payments for previously invoiced groups are settled within the payment period identified above. Payments shall be made toConsultant's bank. Consultant's bank details: Bank Name: JordanKuwait Bank Branch:Swiefiyah JO32JKBA2160004336620013002000 4.   ProjectAdministration A.       Coordinator. The Clientdesignates Mr./Ms. [Lara Abu Salim / Technical officer] as Client's Coordinator;the Coordinator will be responsible for the coordination of activities under this Contract, for acceptance and approval of thereports and of other deliverables by the Client and for receiving and approving invoices for the payment. B.       Reports. The reportslisted in Annex C,"Consultant's Reporting Obligations," shall be submitted in the course of the assignment, and will constitute the basis for thepayments to be made under paragraph 3. 5.   PerformanceStandards 6. Inspections and Auditing TheConsultant undertakes to perform the Services with the highest standards of professional and ethical competence and integrity.  The Consultant shall promptly replace any employees assigned under this Contract that theClient considers unsatisfactory. TheConsultant shall permit, and shallcause its Sub-Consultants to permit, the Bank and/or persons or auditors appointed by the Bank toinspect and/or audit its accounts and records and other documents relating to the submission of the Proposal toprovide the Servicesand performance of the Contract. Any failure to comply with this obligation may constitute a prohibited practice subject tocontract termination and/or the imposition of sanctions by the Bank (including without limitation s determination of ineligibility)inaccordance with prevailing Bank's sanctions procedures. 7.  Confidentiality The Consultants shall not, during the term ofthis Contract and within two years after its expiration, disclose any proprietary or confidential information relating to theServices, this Contract or the Client's business or operations without the prior written consent of theClient. 8.   Ownership ofMaterial Any studies reports or other material, graphic,software or otherwise, prepared by the Consultant for the Client under the Contract shall belong to and remain the property of theClient.  The Consultant may retain a copy of such documents and software[1]. 9.   Consultant Not to be Engaged inCertain Activities The Consultant agrees that, during the term ofthis Contract and after its termination, the Consultants and any entity affiliated with theConsultant, shall be disqualified fromproviding goods, works or services (other than consulting services that would not give rise to a conflict of interest) resultingfrom or closely related to the ConsultingServices for the preparation or implementation of theProject 10. Insurance The Consultant will be responsible for takingout any appropriate insurance coverage. 11. Assignment The Consultant shall not assign this Contract orsub-contract any portion of it without the Client's prior written consent. 12. Law Governing Contract and Language The Contract shall be governed by the laws of [The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan], and thelanguage of the Contract shall be [English] 13. Dispute Resolution Any dispute arising out of the Contract, whichcannot be amicably settled between the parties, shall be referred to adjudication/arbitration in accordance with the laws of theClient's country. 14. Termination The Client may terminate thisContract with at least ten (10) working days prior written notice to the Consultant after the occurrence of any of the eventsspecified in paragraphs (a) through (d) of this Clause: (a)     If the Consultant does not remedy a failure inthe performance of its obligations under the Contract within seven (7) working days after being notified, or within any furtherperiod as the Client may have subsequently approved in writing; (b)     If the Consultant becomes insolvent orbankrupt; (c)     If the Consultant, in the judgment of theClient or the Bank, has engaged in corrupt, fraudulent, collusive, coercive, or obstructive practices (as defined in the prevailingBank's sanctions procedures) in competing foror in performing the Contract. . FOR THECLIENT                                        FOR THECONSULTANT Signed by___________________                 Signed by___________________ Title:______________________                   Title:________________________

Jordan: Demand Response Pilot Implementation Study

 | Published December 22, 2014  -  Deadline January 19, 2015
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22/12/2014 Clarification: Please note that the Response Due Date for this Procurement Notice is the 19 January 2015.

Assignment Description:

The National Electric Power Company ("NEPCO") in Jordan owns and operates the Jordanian transmission network which comprises 924 km of 400 kV transmission lines, 3,522 km of 132kV lines and 11,484 MVA of substation capacity. It is 100% state owned and is responsible for purchasing all grid-connected power and supplying it to high voltage industrial consumers and the three distribution companies. The three distribution companies together serve 1.7 million consumers. Residential customers account for approximately 43% of consumption by volume, commercial 17%, industrial 24%, water pumping 14% and street lighting 2%. Losses in the distribution network are at reasonably low levels of c.13%.

The Jordanian power sector operates on a single buyer model in which NEPCO purchases all power and sells it to high voltage consumers and the three distribution companies. Power distribution is divided regionally between three distribution companies ("DISCO"); the Jordanian Electric Power Company limited ("JEPCO"), the Electricity Distribution Company ("EDCO") and the Irbid District Electricity Company ("IDECO"). JEPCO contributes to 60% of the NEPCO peak, EDCO and IDECO 18% each.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") now intends to engage a consulting company (the "Consultant") to carry out a market wide study for the Jordanian power market, quantifying the demand response potential by electricity distribution companies and identifying pilot demand response programmes which can be financed by the Bank (the "Assignment").

Demand response ("DR") is the capacity to change electricity usage by end-use consumers from their normal consumption patterns in response to market signals such as time variable electricity prices or incentive payments which are linked to the consumer’s ability to sell demand reduction/ increase at a price. Current market regulations were developed to manage large reliable load from predominately thermal generation and are less well suited to the management of intermittent generation or to facilitate flexible demand. Demand response programmes are increasingly common in North American and European markets as they have the potential to provide significant and multiple benefits to grid operators and end consumers. These are to enhance network security, to aid industrial competitiveness, to minimise and defer the need for investment in the grid network, and importantly to benefit end consumers through lower prices.

The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:
(i) state clearly the business case for implementing demand response for both NEPCO and the distribution companies, including estimating the potential financial benefits;
(ii) identify the role that demand response would play in scheduling and operations of NEPCO and the distribution companies, including the daily and monthly price duration and price shape curve;
(iii) determine which LV/ MV consumers would benefit most from their participation in a demand response programme, the "Target Group";
(iv) quantify the technical potential for DR for each DISCO and specifically for the "Target Group";
(v) identify appropriate technology and a programme implementation model;
(vi) establish an implementation plan for the rollout of a pilot programme for the "Target group" with each of the DISCOs; and
(vii) define the regulatory arrangements necessary for DR to participate/ compete alongside other forms of flexible capacity (generation, storage, interconnection) on a level playing field.

Specifically, this would include the following tasks:
• Review and analysis of the market and regulatory framework;
• Technology assessment;
• Establish the business Case for DR including the potential financial benefits;
• Determine the market potential for DR for each DISCO and design appropriate incentive mechanisms;
• Structure pilot DR programmes.

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

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in February 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 6 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 250,000 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Bank 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: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by the EBRD Technical Cooperation funds. Contracting will be subject to availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with previous project experience in:
• Identifying and structuring investments in the Power sector preferably with experience in DR investments;
• Power transmission and distribution projects, preferably for International Finance Institutions (IFIs) and in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region (Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt).

It is expected that at least the following key experts/specialists are to be included in the team of the Consultants:
• Team leader with preferably 10 years relevant commercial expertise in leading the implementation of energy transmission and distribution projects, including expertise in demand response programmes;
• Technical expert with preferably 5 years relevant expertise in the implementation of demand response programmes;
• Power market expert with preferably 5 years relevant expertise and in particular experience in the Jordanian market.

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected for this Assignment, the information submitted should include the following:
1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages);
2. Details of previous project experience or similar 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 (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives;
3. CVs of key experts who could be available to work on the Assignment with details of the experts’ professional experience;
4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc .

The above information should not exceed 10 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet.
The complete expression of interest (including CVs and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English, electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date and time (19 January 2015, 23:59 London time). The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf or Word). The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded (4MB), the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

Bank Contact Person:
Sophie Medert
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 7371
e-mail: MEDERTS@EBRD.COM
(submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)

Notes:

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

2. The evaluation criteria are as follows:
• Experience of consultants in identifying and structuring investments in the Power sector preferably with experience in DR investments (40%);
• Power transmission and distribution projects, preferably for International Finance Institutions (IFIs) and in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region (20%)
• Calibre of Experts (40%)

Pre-Feasibility Study for Jordanian Airports PPP Project

 | Published July 15, 2015  -  Deadline August 6, 2015
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The Government of Jordan (the GoJ) through the Ministry of Transport (the MoT) has expressed its interest in obtaining the support of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD or the Bank) for the preparation and financing of three airports (North Shouneh Airport, Amman Civil Airport and King Hussein Airport, the Airports) to be tendered under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) as part of a major upgrade programme to improve Jordan’s airport network.

Further to this request EBRD requires a consultant, (the Consultant) to prepare a pre-feasibility study to further scope the Bank’s possible options regarding the Airports (the Assignment). In order to deliver the Assignment the Consultant will undertake the following tasks:
(1) Assess the merits and business case for grouping two or more Airports as opposed to tendering the Airports’ upgrade and operations on a standalone basis;
(2) Prepare a basic preliminary economic assessment the of the preferred alternative to inform the decision-making of the authorities concerning further project preparation; and
(3) Prepare an estimate of the capex required for the planned upgrade of the Airports as proposed by the Jordanian authorities.

Further details on each of the Airports can be found below:

North Shouneh Airport:
The project involves the construction of the North Shouneh Airport. With an estimated cost of USD 170 million the project encompasses the construction of a runway and aprons as well as hangars for cargo and a passenger terminal. The airport will serve as a hub connecting mainly agricultural products from the areas of the Jordan Valley to world markets, in addition to passengers as well. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2020.

Amman Civil Airport:
The project consists of the development, expansion and rehabilitation of the Amman Civil Airport in Marka. With an estimated cost of USD 60 million the project consists of the rehabilitation of runways and aprons, development of new facilities and additional parking, upgrading of the communication infrastructure and electronic systems and the establishment of a private handling unit. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

King Hussein Airport:
The project involves the development, expansion, and rehabilitation of the King Hussein Airport in Aqaba. The project is expected to be implemented in two phases. Phase I has an estimated cost of USD 28 million and consists of the rehabilitation of the runway, expansion of departure hall and construction of a new arrival hall.

Phase II has an estimated cost of USD 57 million and includes the construction of new air traffic control tower as well as civil defence, administrative buildings and security services. Phases I and II are scheduled to be completed by end of 2017 and 2030, respectively, when the airport is projected to reach a capacity of up to 2.0 million passengers.

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

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 71,000 (exclusive of VAT).

The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed.

Funding Source: European Union – Neighbourhood Investment Facility

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate Services are required. The Consultant will be a firm, or group of firms, with prior experience in the delivery of feasibility studies related to PPP projects in the transport sector, preferably for airports, and in reviewing airport related infrastructure upgrade requirements.

The Consultant’s team is expected to include the following disciplines:

(i) Airport transport expert, preferably with 15 years of experience in airport management.
(ii) Civil engineer expert, with demonstrated relevant experience in airport infrastructure
(iii) PPP Framework expert with relevant experience in the fields of PPP structuring and tendering as well as proven knowledge of project finance principles.
(iv) Engineer expert preferably with demonstrated experience in the Jordanian infrastructure construction sector in order to evaluate, review and quantify the capex required to upgrade all three airports.

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

(a) Company/group of firm’s profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages);
(b) Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration), assignment budget, percentage carried out by consultant in case of association of firms or subcontracting, main activities, objectives, etc;
(c) CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.
(d) Completed Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc

The expression of interest shall not exceed 20 pages excluding CVs and contact/declaration sheet.

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

Bank Contact Person:

Sarah Platt-Smyth
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 73388518
E-mail: plattsms@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)

Important Notes:

Note 1

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

Note 2

The evaluation criteria are as follows:
1. Firms experience in delivering similar assignments focused on PPPs related to the airport sector – 25%
2. Firm’s experience in reviewing airport related infrastructure upgrade requirements - 25%
3. CV of the proposed Airport transport expert –10%
4. CV of the proposed Civil engineer – 10%
5. CV of the proposed PPP Framework expert – 15%
6. CV of the proposed Engineer Expert – 15%

Al Rajef Wind Farm Jordan - Lender's Engineer

 | Published March 23, 2016  -  Deadline April 6, 2016
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Project Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") and other potential Lenders are considering financing the construction, commissioning and operation of the 82MW Al Rajef Wind Farm located near the town of Al Rajef in Ma’an Governorate, 200km south of Amman, Jordan (the Project). The Project involves the installation of 41 x Gamesa G114 2.0 MW wind turbine generators (WTGs) and will be constructed under a full scope EPC contract with the turbine supplier.

Assignment Description: EBRD intends to engage a consultant to provide the Lenders with a technical assessment of various aspects and risks of the Project to enable the Lenders to make a critical assessment of the Project, and if required, to monitor the Project construction activities and commercial operations from financial close.

Please see detailed Terms of Reference for the Assignment.


Assignment Duration:
Phase 1 Technical Due Diligence is expected to last up to 9 months; Phase 2 Construction monitoring is expected to last 24 months; and Phase 3 shall comprise of semi-annual visits during the first year of operation and one annual visit following the second year of operation.


Cost Estimate for the Assignment for all three Phases: EUR 200,000; exclusive of VAT.
The consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank's special status 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: EBRD budget.


Eligibility: There are no consultant nationality eligibility restrictions.


Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with knowledge of the wind power sector and experience in similar projects in Jordan and/or the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region.

The Consultant’s team is expected to include the following Key experts, both internationals and locals:

i) Senior Engineer/Team Leader with an engineering degree, with approximately 10 years’ experience in design of wind farm, and with in-depth knowledge of windfarms project schedule and management;

ii) Technical Expert with an engineering degree and with approximately 10 years’ experience in wind farm and with in-depth knowledge of wind turbines / wind farms design, costs and O&M procedures;

iii) Technical Expert with an engineering degree and with approximately 5 years’ experience in wind farm and wind energy yield assessment;

iv) Technical Expert with an engineering degree and with approximately 5 years’ experience in wind farm and grid connection requirements and electrical design for wind farm;

v) Technical Expert with an engineering degree and with approximately 5 years’ experience in foundation and civil works design for wind farm;

vi) Technical Expert with an engineering degree and with approximately 5 years’ experience in planning and permitting for wind farm project;

vii) Procurement Expert with approximately 10 years’ experience in wind turbines / wind farms contracts and Business Plan and good understanding of the wind farm and the financing requirements of EBRD or other international financial institutions; and

viii) Local Experts with an engineering degree, with approximately 10 years’ experience in design of wind farms and wind energy estimate, with in-depth knowledge of local technical and environmental regulations.

International experts will be fluent in English, written and spoken, and Local experts will be fluent in English and Arabic.

Submission Requirements: Interested consultants are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.


In order to determine the qualifications and competence of consulting firms the information submitted should include the following:

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

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

3. Proposed work plan and methodology.

4. 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.

4. 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 the Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet.

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

Bank Contact Person:

Larissa Gosling

Technical Co-operation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

One Exchange Square

London EC2A 2JN

Tel: + 44 20 7338 6338

e-mail: goslingl@ebrd.com

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


Notes:

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

2. The evaluation criteria are:

a) Consultants' Experience in similar assignments (30%)

b) Consultants' experience in Jordan and/or the region (20%)

c) Proposed Work Plan and Methodology (20%)

d) Qualification and experience of Key experts proposed (30%).


Jordan: Shobak Wind Farm - Lender's Engineer, Technical Due Diligence

 | Published May 22, 2017  -  Deadline June 5, 2017
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Clarification issued 23 May 2017: the desirable level of experience for key experts (i) and (ii) is as follows: (i) Senior Engineer / Team Leader - 15 years, (ii) Technical Expert - 10 years.

 

Project Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and other potential lenders (together, the Lenders) are considering entering into a financing agreement with Shobak Wind Energy PSC (the Project Company) incorporated in Jordan for the sole purpose of constructing and operating a greenfield wind power plant with a capacity of 45 MW, located in Shobak municipality, approximately 46 km northwest of Ma’an, and 210 km south of Amman, in southern Jordan (the Project). The Project involves the installation of thirteen (13) Vestas V136 wind turbine generators (WTGs), each rated at 3.45 MW, giving a total Project capacity of 45 MW, and will be constructed under a full scope EPC contract.

 

Assignment Description: EBRD intends to engage a consultant (the Consultant) to provide the Lenders with a technical assessment of various aspects and risks of the Project to enable the Lenders to make a critical assessment of the Project, and if required, to monitor the Project construction activities and commercial operations from financial close.

 

Please see detailed Terms of Reference for the Assignment.


Assignment Duration: Phase 1 Technical Due Diligence is expected to last up to 12 months; Phase 2 Construction monitoring is expected to last 24 months; and Phase 3 shall comprise of two semi-annual visits during the first year of operation and one annual visit following the second year of operation.


Cost Estimate for the Assignment for all three Phases: EUR 250,000; inclusive of any contingency and exclusive of VAT. The consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank's special status 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: EBRD budget.


Eligibility: There are no consultant nationality eligibility restrictions.


Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with:

(i)              Experience in wind power projects of >25 MW capacity in Jordan and/or the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region, where the Consultants has:

a. Acted in the capacity of Lenders’ Technical Adviser

b. Performed a full package of the analysis similar to the scope of work (e.g. review of all project-related contracts, rather than performing only parts of the similar scope of work)

(ii)            Experience of acting as a Lenders’ Technical Adviser to EBRD or other International Financial Institution

(iii)      Experience of performing an energy yield assessment

(iv)      Preferably, experience of working on wind power projects utilising Vestas wind turbines.

(v)          The Consultant’s demonstrated project experience should refer only to projects performed within the last five years.

 

The Consultant’s team is expected to include the following key experts, both internationals and locals:

(i)      Senior Engineer/Team Leader with an engineering degree, with approximately 15 years’ experience in design, engineering, construction and operation of wind farms, and with in-depth knowledge of windfarm project schedules and management;

(ii)         Technical Expert with an engineering degree and with approximately 10 years’ experience in design, engineering, construction and operation of wind turbines / wind farms, and with in-depth knowledge of wind turbine / wind farm design, costs and O&M procedures;

(iii)        Technical Expert with an engineering degree and with approximately 8 years’ experience in wind farms and wind energy yield assessment;

(iv)       Technical Expert with an engineering degree and with approximately 5 years’ experience in wind farms, grid connection requirements and electrical design for wind farm;

(v)        Technical Expert with an engineering degree and with approximately 5 years’ experience in foundations and civil works design for wind farms;

(vi)       Technical Expert with an engineering degree and with approximately 5 years’ experience in planning and permitting for wind farm projects;

(vii)      Procurement Expert with approximately 10 years’ experience in wind turbine / wind farm contracts and business plans, and good understanding of the wind farm financing requirements of EBRD or other international financial institutions; and

(viii)   Local Experts with an engineering degree, with approximately 5 years’ experience in design, engineering, construction and operation of wind farms and wind energy estimation, with in-depth knowledge of local technical and environmental regulations.

 

          International experts will be fluent in English, written and spoken, and local experts will be fluent in English and Arabic.

 

 

Submission Requirements: Interested consultants are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.


In order to determine the qualifications and competence of consulting firms the information submitted should include the following:

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

2. Details of previous project experience or similar 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 (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives.

3. Proposed work plan and methodology.

4. 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.

5. Completed financial proposal broken into three phases.

6. 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 the Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet.

 

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

 

Bank Contact Person:

Larissa Gosling

Technical Co-operation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

One Exchange Square

London EC2A 2JN

Tel: + 44 20 7338 6338

e-mail: goslingl@ebrd.com

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


Notes:

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

2. The evaluation criteria are:

a) Consultants' Experience in similar assignments (30%)

b) Consultants' experience in Jordan and/or the region (20%)

c) Proposed Work Plan and Methodology (20%)

d) Qualifications and experience of key experts proposed (30%).

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