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ECSEE APL 5DAM SAFETY - P110481

 | Published December 12, 2014
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Preafeasibility Study, Feasibility Study, Preparation Of Tender Design And Technical Specifications For Providing Safe Flo Od Managment Of Drin River Cascade Hpps Scope of Contract and duration: Prefeasibility Study, Feasibility Study,Preparation of TSand Tender Design for Providing Safe Flood Management of Drin River Cascade HPPs. 24 Months Minimum Qualifying TechnicalScore: 75 Consultants' names Fichtner JV of TEF and CNR JV of Lahmeyer and ACE AF Consult Sweco International AB Mott MacDonald NA City/Country Status: AwardedConsultant Evaluated Consultant Evaluated Consultant Evaluated Consultant Evaluated Consultant Evaluated Consultant Rejected Consultant Not Evaluated Reason TechnicalScore 93.91 90.90 90.25 87.44 86.19 85.04 FinancialScore NA NA NA NA NA NA Combined Score NA NA NA NA NA NA Criteria SpecificExperience 5 5 5 5 4.9 4.89 Work Plan & Methodology 37.65 36.95 34.47 33.45 33.60 33.6 Key Experts 51.26 48.96 50.78 48.99 47.69 46.55 Priceas read out 1,967,757.35 EUR FinalEvaluation Price 1,967,757.35 EUR FinalNegotiated Price 1,973,358.50 Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6

Citizen-centered public services - P151972

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

Compliance Monitoring and Transparency - P153167

 | Published April 29, 2016
Winner
Individual Consultant
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Small Contracts Award (dir,cqs,indv,sss) Small Contract Award Notice Albania Project: P153167 - Albania: Procurement PerformanceEnhancement Project Report Period: 05-Jan-2016 - 05-Apr-2016 Awarded Firm/Indv. : Individual Consultant Country:Estonia Contract SignatureDate:16-Mar-2016 Method of Procurement: INDV- Individual Price: EUR 40,441.00 Duration: 5 Month(s) Summary ScopeofContract: Provide the PPA with a Procurement Performance Indicators manual in order to measure the performance of the Governmentinstitutions, procurement officers and of the procurement system. Awarded Firm/Indv. :Individual Consultant Country: Albania Contract Signature Date: 16-Mar-2016 Method of Procurement: INDV- Individual Price: USD 16,750.00 Duration: 3 Month(s) Summary Scope of Contract: Train the PPA staff to collect as much data as possible for an extensiveassessment of the procurement performance Awarded Firm/Indv. :Individual Consultant Country: Albania Contract Signature Date: 21-Mar-2016 Method of Procurement: INDV-Individual Price: USD 13,500.00 Duration:4 Month(s) Summary Scope of Contract: Provide the PPA with a clear understanding on how to handle with electronic archivedprocedures dated back to five or more years or even the more recent ones

WATER RESOURCES AND IRRIGATION - P121186

 | Published June 22, 2015
Winner
Individual Consultant
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Small Contracts Award (dir,cqs,indv,sss) Small Contract Award Notice Albania Project: P121186 - Water Resources and IrrigationProject Report Period: 08-Apr-2015 - 22-Jun-2015 Awarded Firm/Indv. : Individual Consultant Country:Albania Contract Signature Date:21-May-2015 Method of Procurement: INDV- Individual Price: EUR 5,328.00 Duration: 15 Month(s) Summary Scopeof Contract: DamEngineering/ Hydro technique Expert Dam Safety Review Panel

Albania-Enhan.Quality Fin. Reporting - P152567

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

Albania Health System Improvement - P144688

 | Published May 12, 2016
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Individual Consultant
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Small Contracts Award (dir,cqs,indv,sss) Small Contract Award Notice Albania Project: P144688 - Health System ImprovementProject Report Period: 12-May-2016 - 12-May-2016 Awarded Firm/Indv. : Individual Consultant Country:Nicaragua Contract SignatureDate: 12-May-2016 Method of Procurement: INDV- Individual Price: USD 38,035.00 Duration: 2.00 Month(s) Summary Scope of Contract: QSUT management assessment and preparation of ToR-s for the internationalmanagement team. Consultants name: Mr. Roberto Benito Gutierrez-Ortega

Secretariat to the Investment Council in Albania - Economic Expert

 | Published February 10, 2015  -  Deadline February 24, 2015
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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s (“EBRD” or the “Bank”) strategy for Albania is focused on the sustainable development of the private sector. The Bank’s private-sector oriented operational framework is believed to play a pivotal role in promoting greater vertical integration, innovation, competitiveness and improved corporate governance, including reduction of the administrative burden faced by businesses. Effective public/private dialogue and communication is therefore of great importance for private sector development, as it can steer and encourage needed reforms by the government, whilst providing government in turn with support from the private sector. The Bank has launched the “Investment Climate and Governance Initiative” (“ICGI”) to revitalise economic transition in a number of countries, including Albania. Within the framework of the ICGI, the Bank has developed a number of instruments which seek to improve policy dialogue between the public and private sectors with the ultimate goal of strengthening the investment climate, reducing informality, enhancing dispute resolution mechanisms, improving the relevant legal framework and enhancing good governance within the private sector. The Bank has prioritised the establishment of Investment Councils (the “Councils”) to facilitate dialogue on investment climate between the private sector and governments. In February 2014 the Bank and the Government of Albania signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” (“MoU”) to support investment climate and governance reform, which details the actions and responsibilities for implementation. The first outcome of the ICGI is the establishment of an Investment Council which will work closely with, and support, the National Economic Council (“NEC”), established by the Government of Albania. The Investment Council in Albania is being established as an independent body to assist NEC in reaching its objectives through a structured and effective dialogue between the private sector and the Albanian authorities. The Investment Council will ensure that NEC is made aware of the problems investors are facing in Albania, as well as providing constant and vigilant follow up at the NEC level and through the NEC Secretariat. In order to establish a mechanism for undertaking dialogue amongst the stakeholders (the Bank, government, business community and donors) including the NEC, a Secretariat (the “Secretariat”) for the Investment Council is being established. The EBRD has recently engaged a Head of Secretariat and now requires the services of other professionals to form part of a team. Specifically, the EBRD is seeking to engage an economic expert (the “Economic Expert”) for the Secretariat (the assignment”). Currently the Bank envisages supporting the operations of the Secretariat for 3 years. The Bank will closely review the progress in the country and will make adjustments, where possible, in order to ensure the effective functioning of the Investment Council. The Economic Expert will work under the direct supervision of the Head of Secretariat. The tasks of the Economic Expert will include, inter alia, the following: Review economic and business implications of the current legislation in the area of private sector and make practical recommendations (based on private sector concerns) in terms of regulations, institutional improvement, and/or structures to be created and/or reinforced aimed to improve the business climate in general and fostering investment (foreign and domestic) Identify key players from both the public and private sector to be proposed as members of the Investment Council in consultation with the Head of Secretariat and EBRD’s Head of Resident Office in Albania (“RO”) Identify key impediments to investment by local and foreign enterprises, main drivers and agents, for consideration by the Investment Council Maintain consultation with the Bank and seek the feedback of relevant authorities/bodies, the private sector, as well as international financial institutions and other donor organisations Review claims presented by the private sectors and provide analysis to the Investment Council’s members for possible referral to the NEC; In collaboration with Investment Council’s members, suggest and assist in preparing the agenda, including ensuring that appropriate topics and documentation is provided, to be discussed at Investment Council’s meetings and its working groups Following instructions from the Investment Council, make sure that reports and analysis are prepared in time, including recommendations to be submitted to the NEC Assist in preparing minutes of Investment Council meetings And, based on the recommendation of the Investment Council, identify areas to be addressed and create working group for these areas Make a presentation of conclusions and recommendations of the Investment Council and/or its working groups to relevant government bodies, private sector representatives and the Bank Assist in steering the process and managing the day-to-day operations of Investment Council starting from inception to the end of the assignment period Help in summarising the achievements of the Secretariat in annual reports to the Bank copied to the relevant government bodies and private sector involved in the process. Assignment Start Date and Duration: The assignment is expected to start around on the beginning of March and last for one year with a possible extension of up to a further 2 years, subject to satisfactory performance of the consultant and business needs. Note that this is a full time-role and the Consultant is expected to be resident in the country. Value Added Tax (VAT): The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank’s special status as an International Financial Institution and state this to the Bank in their response to this notification. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (eg VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the Consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the Consultant of such expenses shall treated as a reimbursable expense. Funding Source: The contract will be financed through Bilateral donor and/or EBRD Shareholder Special Fund. Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions Consultant Profile: An individual is sought. Firms may propose candidates but the evaluation will be based on the skills and experience of the individual and not the firm. Candidates should have the following qualifications and expertise: Background in business, economics, or related field, with preferably at least one postgraduate degree in one of these subjects Ideally at least 3 years of relevant work experience at senior level, preferably both in the public and private sectors Fluency in written and spoken Albanian and fluency in English will be considered an advantage Experience of working with government organisations. In addition, the successful candidate should have the following personal characteristics: good understanding of the process of economic reform in Albania analytical skills, with the ability to interpret and report on complex issues ability to interact effectively with senior officials in government and the business community ability to work effectively in a team ability to prioritise and work under the pressure of deadlines. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of candidates seeking to be selected for this assignment, the information submitted should include the following: 1. Cover letter (maximum 2 pages) summarising how he/she satisfies the requirements as defined above under Consultant Profile; 2. CV which should be detailed and include full descriptions of roles responsibilities carried out; 3. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc Responses to the notification are to be submitted in English, by email to the contact person given below no later than the closing date. Please title your email "Economic Expert" Up to 6 candidates will be invited to interview in the Republic of Albania before an evaluation committee envisaged to comprise two representatives from the EBRD and the Head of Secretariat. The EBRD’s Contact Person: Angela Levitsky Technical Cooperation European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Tel: + 44 20 7338 6363 E-mail: levitska@ebrd.com Note: Selection and contracting will normally be made from responses to this notification. The Consultant will be selected from a shortlist, subject to availability f funding.

Secretariat to the Investment Council - Legal Expert

 | Published February 11, 2015  -  Deadline February 25, 2015
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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s (“EBRD” or the “Bank”) strategy for Albania is focused on the sustainable development of the private sector. The Bank’s private-sector oriented operational framework is believed to play a pivotal role in promoting greater vertical integration, innovation, competitiveness and improved corporate governance, including reduction of the administrative burden faced by businesses. Effective public/private dialogue and communication is therefore of great importance for private sector development, as it can steer and encourage needed reforms by the government, whilst providing government in turn with support from the private sector. The Bank has launched the “Investment Climate and Governance Initiative” (“ICGI”) to revitalise economic transition in a number of countries, including Albania. Within the framework of the ICGI, the Bank has developed a number of instruments which seek to improve policy dialogue between the public and private sectors with the ultimate goal of strengthening the investment climate, reducing informality, enhancing dispute resolution mechanisms, improving the relevant legal framework and enhancing good governance within the private sector. The Bank has prioritised the establishment of Investment Councils (the “Councils”) to facilitate dialogue on investment climate between the private sector and governments. In February 2014 the Bank and the Government of Albania signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” (“MoU”) to support investment climate and governance reform, which details the actions and responsibilities for implementation. The first outcome of the ICGI is the establishment of an Investment Council which will work closely with, and support, the National Economic Council (“NEC”), established by the Government of Albania. The Investment Council in Albania is being established as an independent body to assist NEC in reaching its objectives through a structured and effective dialogue between the private sector and the Albanian authorities. The Investment Council will ensure that NEC is made aware of the problems investors are facing in Albania, as well as providing constant and vigilant follow up at the NEC level and through the NEC Secretariat. In order to establish a mechanism for undertaking dialogue amongst the stakeholders (the Bank, government, business community and donors) including the NEC, a Secretariat (the “Secretariat”) for the Investment Council is being established. The EBRD has recently engaged a Head of Secretariat and now requires the services of other professionals to form part of a team. Specifically, the EBRD is seeking to engage a legal expert (the “Legal Expert”) for the Secretariat (the assignment”). Currently the Bank envisages supporting the operations of the Secretariat for 3 years. The Bank will closely review the progress in the country and will make adjustments, where possible, in order to ensure the effective functioning of the Investment Council. The Legal Expert will work under the direct supervision of the Head of Secretariat. The tasks of the Legal Expert will include, inter alia, the following: Review the current legislation in the area of private sector and make practical recommendations (based on private sector concerns) in terms of regulations, institutional improvement, and/or structures to be created and/or reinforced aimed to improve the business climate in general and fostering investment (foreign and domestic) Identify key players from both the public and private sector to be proposed as members of the Investment Council in consultation with the Head of Secretariat and EBRD’s Head of Resident Office in Albania (“RO”) Identify key impediments to investment by local and foreign enterprises, main drivers and agents, for consideration by the Investment Council Maintain consultation with the Bank and seek the feedback of relevant authorities/bodies, the private sector, as well as international financial institutions and other donor organisations Review claims presented by the private sectors and provide analysis to the Investment Council’s members for possible referral to the NEC; In collaboration with Investment Council’s members, suggest and assist in preparing the agenda, including ensuring that appropriate topics and documentation is provided, to be discussed at Investment Council’s meetings and its working groups Following instructions from the Investment Council, make sure that reports and analysis are prepared in time, including recommendations to be submitted to the NEC Assist in preparing minutes of Investment Council meetings and, based on the recommendation of the Investment Council, identify areas to be addressed and create working group for these areas Make a presentation of conclusions and recommendations of the Investment Council and/or its working groups to relevant government bodies, private sector representatives and the Bank Assist in steering the process and managing the day-to-day operations of Investment Council starting from inception to the end of the assignment period Help in summarising the achievements of the Secretariat in annual reports to the Bank copied to the relevant government bodies and private sector involved in the process. Assignment Start Date and Duration: The assignment is expected to start around on the beginning of March and last for one year with a possible extension of up to a further 2 years, subject to satisfactory performance of the consultant and business needs. Note that this is a full time-role and the Consultant is expected to be resident in the country. Value Added Tax (VAT): The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank’s special status as an International Financial Institution and state this to the Bank in their response to this notification. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (eg VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the Consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the Consultant of such expenses shall treated as a reimbursable expense. Funding Source: The contract will be financed through Bilateral donor and/or EBRD Shareholder Special Fund. Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions Consultant Profile: An individual is sought. Firms may propose candidates but the evaluation will be based on the skills and experience of the individual and not the firm. Candidates should have the following qualifications and expertise: A law degree or equivalent legal qualification Ideally at least 3 years of relevant work experience at senior level, preferably both in the public and private sectors Fluency in written and spoken Albanian and fluency in English will be considered an advantage Experience of working with government organisations. In addition, the successful candidate should have the following personal characteristics: good understanding of the process of legal reform in Albania analytical skills, with the ability to interpret and report on complex issues ability to interact effectively with senior officials in government and the business community ability to work effectively in a team ability to prioritise and work under the pressure of deadlines. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of candidates seeking to be selected for this assignment, the information submitted should include the following: 1. Cover letter (maximum 2 pages) summarising how he/she satisfies the requirements as defined above under Consultant Profile; 2. CV which should be detailed and include full descriptions of roles responsibilities carried out; 3. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc Responses to the notification are to be submitted in English, by email to the contact person given below no later than the closing date. Please title your email "Legal Expert" Up to 6 candidates will be invited to interview in the Republic of Albania before an evaluation committee envisaged to comprise two representatives from the EBRD and the Head of Secretariat. EBRD's Contact Person: Angela Levitsky Technical Cooperation European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Tel: + 44 20 7338 6363 E-mail: levitska@ebrd.com Note: Selection and contracting will normally be made from responses to this notification. The Consultant will be selected from a shortlist, subject to availability of funding.

Albania Agribusiness Support Facility - PFIs Capacity Building

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

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

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

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


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


Context:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the project, the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope.
The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source: The Project will be financed using funds made available through the Bank's Donor funded Technical Co-operation Programme.


Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

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

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


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

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

The above information should not exceed 20 pages, excluding CVs and Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet.

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

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

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

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

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

Water Sector Investment Project - P102733

 | Published April 12, 2016
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Consultancy Services For Water Supply Network Optimization REPUBLIC OFALBANIA MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT ANDINFRASTRUCTURE GENERAL DIRECTORATE FOR WATERSUPPLY AND SANITATION QCBS Contract Award Notice Scope ofContract: Albania ?Durrës Water Supply NetworkOptimization. Ref. no. CsD1 MinimumQualifying Technical Score: 75 points Consultants'names Hydea S.p.A (Italy) (Lead Partner) in JV with SWS Srl (Italy) (Partner) and IDRAGEST Srl (Italy) (Partner) FCG International Ltd (Finland) (Lead Partner) in JV with MVV Decon GmbH (Germany) (Partner) and HGH Engineeringshpk (Albania) (Sub-consultant) Lotti Ingegneria S.p.A (Italy) Kocks Consult GmbH (Germany) (Lead Partner) in JV with Sachsen Wasser GmbH (Germany) (Partner) and Plan-Consultshpk (Albania) (Partner) Hydroplan Ingenieur-Gesellschaft mbH (Germany) City/Country Italy Finland Italy Germany Germany Status: EvaluatedConsultant/Firm EvaluatedConsultant/Firm Awarded Consultant/Firm EvaluatedConsultant/Firm EvaluatedConsultant/Firm TechnicalScore 86.24 92.49 95.90 85.87 78.47 FinancialScore 100.00 83.14 92.36 83.76 83.98 CombinedScore 89.68 90.16 95.02 85.34 79.85 Criteria SpecificExperience 10.00 10.00 10.00 10.00 10.00 Work Plan& Methodology 37.50 44.00 44.50 39.50 28.50 KeyExperts 38.74 38.49 41.40 38.37 39.97 Training 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Localinput 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Price as readout EUR 461,190.00 Excludingtaxes EUR554,696.00 Excludingtaxes EUR499,330.00 Excludingtaxes EUR 398,946.50and ALL20,928,831.00 Excludingtaxes EUR 549,140.00 Excludingtaxes Final EvaluationPrice EUR 461,190.00 EUR554,696.00 EUR499,330.00 EUR 398,946.50and ALL20,928,831.00 EUR 549,140.00 Final NegotiatedPrice EUR499,330.00 Local taxes: EUR99,866.00 Rank 3 2 1 4 5

Investment Climate and Governance Expert for Albania

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

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

EBRD’s Investment Climate and Governance Initiative for Albania

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

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

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

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

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

Integrated Policy Management Group on Business Environment and Investment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Assignment Start Date and Duration:

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

Value Added Tax (VAT): Value Added Tax (VAT):

The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank’s special status as an International Financial Institution and state this to the Bank in their response to this notification. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (eg VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the Consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the Consultant of such expenses shall treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source:

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

Eligibility:

There are no eligibility restrictions

Consultant Profile:

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

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

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

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

  • Ability to work effectively in a team

  • Ability to prioritise and work under the pressure of deadlines

  • Fluency in written and spoken Albanian and English

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

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

2. CV (not exceeding 4 pages) which should include full descriptions of responsibilities carried out, not just a job title, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives.

3. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:

http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted in English electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date and should include cover letter, CV, declaration and contact sheet

Bank Contact Person:

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

Notes:

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

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

3. The shortlist criteria are:

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

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

Social Assistance Modernization Project - P122233

 | Published December 3, 2014
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Design And Implementation Of Process Evaluation For Pilot Phase For Ne Reforms Contract Award Procurement Reference: Ref. no.SAMP/CS/QCBS/03-2013 Description of the assignment : Design and Implementation of Process Evaluation forPilot Phase for NE reforms" Consultant's Name : JV- "Euro Partners Development (EPD) & IBFInternational Consulting" Consultant's Address : Rr. IsmailQemali Pallati 2K, Nr. 25 /B Tirana,Albania tel  +355 42234482 mob.+355692052966 em: europartners@europartners.al web  www.europartners.al Att: Mrs. JolandaTrebicka Date of Contract Signature: December 1,2014 Contract price: ? 107,735 (one hundred seven thousands seven hundredthirty five EUR) inclusive all local indirecttaxes. The amount of such taxes is:  ?27,692 (twenty seven thousand six hundred ninety two) Period of the assignment  : December 1, 2014 -  June 1, 2015 DetailInformation for eachConsultant Shortlisted Consultants whosubmitted proposals (technical &financial) Overall technical scores and scoresassigned for each criterion and sub-criterion The prices offered by eachconsultant as read out The prices offered by eachconsultant as they are evaluated and converted in the evaluation currency The final combinedscores Ranking JV- "EuroPartners Development  (EPD) & IBF International Consulting 1. Specific experience of the Consultant (as a firm) relevant to theAssignment. 4.58 108, 738  EUR  (Tax inclusive) Remuneration: 97, 360EUR Reimbursable: 11, 375EUR 91,630.83 EUR 95.18 1 2. Adequacy and quality of the proposed methodology and work plan in responding to the Terms ofReference (TORs). 38 3.Key Experts qualifications and competence for theAssignment 46.74 4.Transfer of knowledge (training) program (relevance of approach andmethodology 4.25 TOTAL 93.57 ECORYS 1. Specific experience of the Consultant (as a firm) relevant to theAssignment. 4.67 79,831.81 EUR + 4,761,286.05 ALL Excluding all indirect taxes 113,939.11 EUR 89.64 2 2. Adequacy and quality of the proposed methodology and work plan in responding to the Terms ofReference (TORs). 36.67 This amount is composed by: Remuneration: 73,491.81 EUR +     2,918,886.5 ALL Reimbursable: 6, 340 EUR +   1,842,400 ALL 3.Key Experts qualifications and competence for theAssignment 46.8 4.Transfer of knowledge (training) program (relevance of approach andmethodology 4.50 TOTAL 92.71 JV- "EEO GROUP&"COMPORT Rejected Reason N#1:Social Expert proposed by theconsultant, has been Deputy Minister of MOLSAOE and the leader official of SAMP Project. He has been involved direct in thedesignation, preparation and implementation of SAMP and its activities until to September 2013. Two clauses ofconsultant'sguidelines are applied in this case: Eligibility: paragraph 1.11, 1.13 (d) (ii) "Government officials and civil servants of the Borrower's country may only be hired underconsulting contracts in theBorrower's country, either as individualsor as members of the team of experts proposed by a consulting firm, provided that suchhiring does not conflict with any employment or other laws or regulations, or policies of the Borrower's country and if they (i)are on leave of absence without pay, or have resigned or retired; (ii) are not being hiredbythe agency they were working for before going on leave of absence without pay, resigning, or retiring11; and (iii) their hiringwould not create a conflict of interest (see paragraph 1.9). Due to this issue, EC has decided to reject the whole proposal since this consultant is considered non eligible and inconflict of interest to perform this assignment. JV- "INSTITUTO DE FORMACIÓN INTEGRAL S.L.U &Edburghconsultants & Italbbel Dynamic's sh.p.k." Rejected Reason N#1: Pursue to RFP\ Section2. Instruction to Consultant and data sheet/ provision 17. Submission, sealing and Marking ofProposals/ paragraph 17.2.1, "A Proposal submitted by a Joint Venture shall be signed by all members so as tobe legally binding onall members, or by an authorized representativewho has a written power of attorney signed by each member's authorizedrepresentative." The letter of intent/ powers of attorney for appointment of leading member of JV signed and sealed  by eachmember' authorized representative of JV are submitted as a copy version only, initialed bythe representative of IFI firm, who isactually authorized from thesefirms to represent them. On the other site, Authorized official letter issued from IFI (leader of JV)for appointment of Mr. Fernando de laPinta Herediaas ( the persons who has initialed all pages of technical proposal) ismissing.  These deviations are not accepted by the evaluation committee, since eachmember of JV should submit the original authorized letter for appointment of the leader of JV and the person who will act on behalfof JV. Reason N# 2 andN# 3:Pursue to RFP\Section2. Instruction to Consultant and data sheet/ provision 17. Submission, sealing and Marking of Proposals/ paragraph 17.2.1,"A Proposal submitted by a Joint Venture shall be signed by allmembers so as to be legally binding on all members, or by anauthorized representative who has a written power of attorney signed by each member's authorized representative." Individual powers of attorney issued by each member' authorized representative of JV aresubmitted as copy version, initialed by the representative of IFI firm, who is actually not authorized specificallyfrom IFI as arepresentative, is authorized (copy letters only) from these firms to represent them. These deficiencies are consider as majorlegal deviation and the hole proposal is considered not acceptable from the evaluation committee, since each of JV members should submit the original power of attorney for appointment of the authorizedrepresentative of JV. Reason N# 4. Technical Proposal Submission Form is signed by Mr. Fernando de la Pinta Herediaas. He has not submitted anauthorized letter/ power of attorney letter from IFI firm to appoint him as the authorized person to represent this firm as theleading partner of JV and to have the rights to sign the technical and financial proposal respectively. Technical Proposal Submission Form is not sealed from the IFI firm,authorized from other member of JV to represent them. This deviation is consider major legal deviation and is not acceptedby the evaluation committee.

Assistance to the Bank of Albania on selected Corporate Governance Issues

 | Published January 8, 2016  -  Deadline February 1, 2016
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Project Description:

The Bank of Albania has requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) to provide technical assistance for strengthening its regulatory framework and supervisory functions and align them with the legislation and practices in place in the EU (the Project).

Assignment Description:

The Bank now intends to engage a firm or association of firms (the Consultant) with demonstrable detailed knowledge of the EU framework regulating corporate governance of banks, EU supervisory practices (and ideally the ECB SSM Supervisory Manual) and with local legal expertise having demonstrable knowledge of the Albanian banking framework and supervisory practices in order to implement the Project (the Assignment).

The expected outcome of the Assignment is to improve the capacity of the Bank of Albania to assess the corporate governance of banks.

The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:

a. Review the Albanian legislation on corporate governance of banks.

b. Review the Bank of Albania’s supervisory framework, methodology and on-site and off-site supervisory practices inspection objectives, expected controls and inspection techniques on Credit Risk and Counterparty Risk; Internal Governance and Risk Management; Internal Governance and Remuneration; Risk Control Function; Compliance Function and Internal Audit Function.

c. Illustrate and advise the Bank of Albania on the practices in place by selected EU banking supervisors

d. Assist the Bank of Albania in developing and in drafting a new supervisory methodology (the Methodology) on the issues mentioned above. In addition, and during the first 6 months following implementation of the Methodology, the Consultant shall assist the Bank of Albania with ad-hoc advice (up to a maximum of 2 man/days) related to the adoption and implementation of the Methodology.

e. Design and provide training to the Bank of Albania.

Consultants should refer to the Terms of Reference ('ToR') for a more detailed description of service requirements.

Status of Selection Process:

Interested firms or group of firms are hereby invited to send submissions.

Assignment Start Date and Duration:

The Assignment is expected to start in late February 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 18 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment:

EUR 242,000 (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 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 Government of Luxembourg through the Luxembourg - ODA Technical Co-operation Fund. Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the 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 preferably with previous project experience related to:

1. corporate governance of banks in EU, in particular, but not limited to credit risk and counterparty risk, risk control function, compliance function, internal audit function, internal governance and risk management and remuneration;

2. EU legislation on corporate governance of banks; and

3. EU bank supervisory practices.

The Consultant’s team should include the following Key Experts:

a. Key Expert No 1 (Team Leader) with preferably 15 years or more of previous professional experience in corporate governance of banks in the EU and banking supervisory practices including the ECB SSM Supervisory Manual;

b. Key Expert No 2 (Senior International Consultant) with preferably 12 years or more of previous professional experience in corporate governance of banks in the EU and risk management in banks including the ECB SSM Supervisory Manual; and

c. Key Expert No 3 (Local Legal Advisor) with preferably 10 years or more of previous professional experience in Albania as a legal or corporate governance consultant, with extensive experience in Albanian banking legislation, corporate governance of banks and supervisory practices by the Bank, as well as being fluent in English and Albanian.

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:

A Technical Proposal

A1. 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.


A2. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).


A3. Details of previous project experience in 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 (max. 10 pages).


A4.
CVs of Key Experts proposed for 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.

A5.
Technical Approach and Methodology explaining the understanding of the objectives of the assignment as outlined in the ToR, the technical approach, the methodology for implementing the tasks to deliver the expected output(s), the degree of detail of such output, a work plan for the implementation of the main activities/tasks and milestones, and a Team Input (in the format included in Annex 1 to the ToR) indicating the number of working days allocated to the Assignment by each Key Expert (max. 20 pages).

The above information should not exceed 30 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet.

B. Financial Proposal (in the format included in Annex 2 to the ToR) not exceeding the cost estimate provided in this procurement notice.

Submission format:

The Technical Proposal shall be submitted, in English, electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. The complete Technical Proposal (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 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. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded (4MB), the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

Consultants are reminded that the Technical Proposal MUST NOT contain the financial proposal (the instructions for which are listed below).

The Financial Proposal shall be submitted in English separately by email only to the Bank Contact Person (haughm@ebrd.com) as it will not be opened with the Technical Proposal. The Financial Proposal shall be emailed as one file (pdf), to reach the Bank Contact Person not later than the closing date.

In summary, Technical Proposals should be submitted through eSelection while Financial Proposals should be sent to the Bank Contact Person email address only.

Bank Contact Person:

Maria Haugh

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

One Exchange Square

London EC2A 2JN

Tel: + 44 20 7338 7185

e-mail: haughm@ebrd.com

Notes:

1. This is a Selection from Shortlist procedure as envisaged in the EBRD’s Procurement Policies and Rules. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. The highest-ranked Consultant will be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.

2. The required proposal validity period is 90 days from the deadline date for receipt of submissions. During this period, the Consultant shall maintain its original Proposal without any change, including the availability of the Experts, the proposed rates and the total price.

3. The award criteria and weightings will be as follows:

a) Firm’s previous project experience in similar assignments, including corporate governance of banks in EU, EU legislation on corporate governance of banks and EU bank supervisory practices (inc. ECB SSM Supervisory Manual) – 10%;

b) CVs of the Key Experts proposed - 50%;

c) Technical Approach and Methodology - 25%; and

d) Interviews – 15%.

4. Interviews: All firms with a combined score of 70% or more of the total marks available for criteria 3a - 3c inclusive will be invited to interview. The interviews must be attended by Key expert 1, Key expert 2 and Key expert 3 and may be conducted via video-link, etc. Please note that costs associated with attendance to interviews are not reimbursable.

5. Combined Technical and Financial Proposals:

After completion of the technical evaluation (criteria 3a – 3d inclusive), only those submissions which score 70% or more overall will be eligible to have their financial proposals evaluated.

The evaluated Financial Proposal will be converted to a final score (points) in the following manner:

FSa = LP¸ EPa x 100

where: a = the proposal being evaluated

FSa = evaluated financial score for proposal a

LP = the lowest evaluated financial proposal

EPa = the evaluated financial proposal for proposal a.

In combining the Financial Score with the Technical Score, the Financial Score shall be given a weight of 10%.

The Technical score and the Financial score shall be combined in the following manner:

CSa = TSa [(100-W) ¸ 100] + FSa (W ¸ 100)

where: a = the proposal being evaluated

CSa = combined evaluated score of proposal a

TSa = technical score for proposal a (where TS max = 100)

FSa = financial score for proposal a (where FS max = 100)

W = the weight given the financial score

Green City Action Plan in Tirana

 | Published August 4, 2016  -  Deadline September 16, 2016
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Project Description:

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “Bank”) has launched the development of the Green Cities Initiative as a response to address multiple urban issues in a more systematic way in the Bank’s countries of operation (“EBRD COOs”). As a core part of this Initiative, the Bank worked with the the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives to prepare a methodology (the Methodology) for the development of Green City Action Plans (“GCAP”). The Methodology is designed to guide a City through 5 main steps of the development and implementation of a GCAP – from establishing a Green City Baseline, developing a vision, preparing the GCAP, implementing the actions and reviewing progress.


Assignment Description:
The EBRD intends to engage a consultancy firm (the “Consultant”) to assist the City of Tirana to develop a Green City Action Plan that will comprehensively assess the priorities for the City’s sustainable development in the short- and medium- term, encompassing all sectors under the EBRD’s Green Economy Transition approach, while proposing concrete actions, plans and roadmap that will lead to effectively achieving measurable results. The main objective of the TC project is to assist the City of Tirana in developing and approving a Green City Action Plan.

The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:

- Assist the City in becoming familiar with the Methodology and to establish the necessary leadership team for applying the Methodology;

- Support the City in identification of the key stakeholders for the assignment, including main contact points of each entity, responsible for contributing to the development of GCAP;

- Support the City in their stakeholder engagement;

- Assist the City in understanding the external conditions that need to be considered in the development of the GCAP;

- Gather data and calculate selected indicators and prepare an indicators database;

- Map the existing policy framework that will have an impact on the development of the GCAP;

- Prepare a technical analysis of indicators against established benchmarks and submit it as a technical report;

- Assist the City in conducting broad stakeholder consultations (including both bilateral meetings and consultation group meetings, depending on the need) to complement the indicators analysis;

- Assist the City in selecting the priority issues for action;

- Assist the City in setting strategic objectives for the priority areas;

- Support the City in determining the key programmes that will address the priority areas;

- Assist the City in identifying the most appropriate responsible entities for each action/programme/measure;

- Assist the City in reviewing existing policies and selecting new policy measures;

- Work with the City to prepare an indicative investment plan;

- Prepare a draft Green City Action Plan and presentation;

- Prepare a draft monitoring plan for the City; and

- Prepare a final report summarising lessons from the process.

Consultants should refer to the Terms of Reference ('ToR') for a more detailed description of service requirements. It should be noted that the ToR is subject to change before contracting or commencement of the services in line with the needs of the underlying project.


Status of Selection Process:
Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit proposals in line with sections A and B of the Submission Requirements of this procurement notice.


Assignment Start Date and Duration:
The Assignment is expected to start in Q4 2016 and have an estimated overall duration of 15 months. It is important that the Consultant can start work as soon as possible after the appointment.


Cost Estimate for the Assignment:
EUR 295,000 (exclusive of VAT), subject to availability of funding.

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 Request for Proposal 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:
Delivering Resource Efficiency Investments in the Western Balkans and Turkey (DRIVE) Programme


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:

a) management of similar assignments;

b) measurement of environmental performance and improvements and development of sustainability plans for cities; urban planning, climate change and environmental policies and regulations; applied cost-benefit analysis and/or related multi-criteria analysis; private and public financing on related green-/ and brownfield projects; incorporation of environmental, economic, social and gender aspects in the development of green/sustainable city agendas;

c) working with municipalities in EBRD countries of operations (preferably in Albania) in connection with urban sustainability and both national and local municipal regulations.


The Consultant’s experts team is expected to include:

- Key Expert(s) No. 1: Technical Expert(s) with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in energy and resource efficiency (covering energy, transport, roads, industries, buildings, district-heating, lighting, municipal services, solid waste, water & wastewater and land-use sectors), climate mitigation (incl. GHG emissions accounting), climate adaptation (risks analysis), environmental sustainability (incl. biodiversity), climate and urban technologies, and monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV).

- Key Expert(s) No. 2: Policy Expert(s) with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience, with expertise in policy advisory to national and local government bodies/agencies and business and civil communities, including on the subjects of low-carbon growth, urban planning and municipal infrastructure & services, energy & resource efficiency policy, climate mitigation and adaptation, governance & institutional capacity building, environmental and social policy, technology & innovation, stakeholder and civil engagements, business and government policy, MRV policy and best practices and regulatory reforms.

- Key Expert(s) No. 3: Economics & Financial Expert(s), with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience, with expertise in financial analysis and modelling/forecasting, (public) budgeting, (international) project financing, municipal infrastructure and transport investments, economic growth & employment analysis, carbon finance and behavioural economics.

- Key Expert(s) No. 4: Legal Expert(s) with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience, with expertise in municipal laws and regulations (incl. on urban development, energy, waste, water etc), energy and environmental laws and regulations, public procurements, related EU Directives and regulations, social welfare and MRV regulations.

- Key Experts(s) No.5: Environmental & Social Expert(s) with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in air pollution, biodiversity, urban green space & land-use, public health, urban and social services, gender, civil engagement, behaviour and awareness raising and social resilience.

- Key Expert(s) No.5: Local Expert(s) with preferably more than 5 years of previous professional experience, with expertise in policy advisory to municipalities on subjects of green cities/sustainable development/city resilience, excellent knowledge of the municipal laws/regulations in relation to the national laws/regulations, strong technical and financial understanding, project finance, stakeholders engagement, capacity training & awareness raising, and excellent communications and presentation skills both in English and Albanian.


Submission Requirements
: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected for this Assignment, the Expression of Interest should include the following:


A.
Technical Part:

A1. 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.

A2. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).

A3. Details of previous project experience in similar technical 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 (max. 10 pages).

A4. 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.

A5. Technical approach explaining the understanding of the objectives of the assignment as outlined in the ToR, activity/staffing/outputs schedule (see Annex 2 to the TOR), expert input (see Annex 3 to the TOR), the methodology for implementing the tasks to deliver the expected output(s)(max. 10 pages).


B.
Financial Part:

Proposed budget and breakdown of costs in the format specified in Annexes 4-5 to the ToR within the limits of the cost estimate provided in this procurement notice.


Submission format:

The complete Expressions of Interest, including technical and financial parts (see Submission Requirements (A) and (B) above), shall 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:

Olesya Kerridge

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

One Exchange Square

London EC2A 2JN

Tel: + 44 20 7338 6895

e-mail: kerridgo@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 any additional proposals. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.

2. The shortlist criteria are as follows:

a. Firm’s previous project experience as set out in the Consultant Profile sections (a) and (b) - 20%;

b. Firm’s previous project experience as set out in the Consultant Profile section (c) - 10%;

c. Qualifications of the Key Experts (CV) - 40%;

d. Firm’s technical approach, methodology, activity/staffing/outputs schedule and expert input - 20%;

e. Value for money (based on the firm’s proposed budget) - 10%.

Power Recovery Project - P144029

 | Published March 25, 2016
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Small Contracts Award (dir,cqs,indv,sss) Small Contract Award Notice Albania Project: P144029 - Power Recovery Project Report Period: 01-Mar-2016 - 25-Mar-2016 Awarded Firm/Indv. : JV. "Economic and Social Analytics- ESA Consulting" and "European Movement Albania" (EMA) Address:Street Nikolla Tupe, Nr. 5 Contract Signature Date: 15-Mar-2016 Method of Procurement: CQS- Selection Based On Consultant's Qualification Price: USD 175,930.00 Duration: 12.00Month(s) Summary Scope of Contract: Assist the Ministry of Energy and Industry indesigning and implementing a social outreach programand awareness raising campaign

Secondary and Local Roads Project

 | Published September 23, 2014  -  Deadline September 23, 2015
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GENERAL PROCUREMENT NOTICE This General Procurement Notice PN updates the previous notice(s) published in ‘Procurement Opportunities’ on 17 February with a reference number 6590-GPN-40153. The Government of Albania intends to apply for financing in the amount of € 100 million Euro equivalent from the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and European Investment Bank (EIB) toward the cost of the Secondary and Local Roads Project, and it intends to apply part of the proceeds to payments for goods, works, related services and consulting services to be procured under this project. This project will be jointly financed by the EBRD/EIB and Government of Albania. The Project Development Objective is to improve access to essential services and economic markets, via the provision of all weather roads, for the resident population in the hinterland of the project roads. The project proposes to achieve this objective through the (i) the improvement of priority sections of the secondary (regional) road network across Albania; (ii) the improvement of priority sections of the local road network across Albania; (iii) the introduction of the private sector in the maintenance of the secondary and local road network; and (iv) strengthening of the management of the secondary and local road network. The project will include the following components: Component 1 - The civil works associated with the improvement of priority sections of the regional and commune road network. The interventions under this component are expected to be either rehabilitation or reconstruction. Under reconstruction, the whole pavement will be rebuilt with new asphalt and the necessary sub-layers. For rehabilitation, the works will constitute the construction of a new base and the provision of a new asphalt surface, where necessary road safety infrastructure will be included as well. Component 2 – Implementation and Institutional Support. The component will finance consultants to provide technical assistance to ADF, supervision services and other technical and management services to be identified. Contracts to be financed with the proceeds of the EBRD and EIB loans will be subject to EBRD's Procurement Policies and Rules (May 2010) and will be open to firms from any country. The proceeds of the Bank's loan will not be used for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities, of for any import of goods, if such payment or import is prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations or under a law of official regulation of the Purchaser's country. Tender for the last contract of Component 1 has commenced in the third quarter of 2014. Interested suppliers, contractors and consultants should contact:

Port of Durres Project

 | Published September 16, 2015  -  Deadline September 15, 2016
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GENERAL PROCUREMENT NOTICE This General Procurement Notice (GPN) updates the latest which was published 10 June 2008, with reference 5757-GPN-35862. The Port of Durres Authority has received a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the Bank) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) and intends using part of the proceeds of the loan for the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Quays 7 & 8 at the Port of Durres. The proposed project, which has an overall total estimated cost of EUR 40 million, excluding taxes, will require the procurement of the following works: • Rehabilitation / Reconstruction of Quays No. 7 & 8; The contract will be awarded by open tender. Tendering for the above contract is expected to begin in the last quarter of 2015. It should be noted that the contract for the Passenger Ferry Terminal referred to in the original GPN, and which also forms a part of this project (and therefore the overall total estimated cost of the project), has now been awarded. Contracts to be financed with the proceeds of a loan from the Bank will be subject to the Bank's Procurement Policies and Rules and will be open to firms from any country. The proceeds of the Bank's loan will not be used for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities, of for any import of goods, if such payment or import is prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations or under a law of official regulation of the Purchaser's country. Interested suppliers, contractors and consultants should contact: Xheladin Toro, Project Implementation Unit Director Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Durres Port Authority Project Implementation Unit Address: L.1, Rr “Tregtare” Durres, ALBANIA Email: xh.toro@apdurres.com.al Tel: (+355) 52 293432 Fax: (+355) 52 223115
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