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WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION - P101190

 | Published March 1, 2016
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Preparation Of Feasibility Study For Further Development Of The Design And Bidding Documents For Reconstruction /development Of Water Supply And Sanitation System Facilities (collection, Drainage And Contract AwardNotice Project: WaterSupply and Sanitation Project. Additional Financing Country:Belarus Project Number:P146493 Scope of Contract: Preparationof feasibility study for further development of the design and bidding documents for reconstruction /development of water supplyand sanitation system facilities (collection, drainage and wastewater treatment) Minimum Qualifying TechnicalScore: 80,00 Consultants' names HOLINGER International Consultants and Sub-consultantKVAZAR-Techno LLC JV: BT ? Engineering Ltd (lead partner), Enviroplan S.A.,Waterengineering Ltd and Aquapartner Ltd. and Sub-Consultants: OOO "KVAZAR-TECHNO", CLUB "ECONOMICA 2000" JV: HYDRO INGENIEURE Umwelttechnik GmbH (lead partner), AQUAPRO, KOMMUNALKREDIT Public Consulting GmbH and UNITER Investment company and the Sub-Consultant SUEBRESTKOMMUNPROJEKT JV: IRD Engineering S.r.L(lead partner) with SWS ConsultingEngineering S.r.L. JV: Posh & Partners Consulting Engineers (lead partner),Grontmij A/S and the Sub-Consultant CJSC «DiArKlass» City/Country Switzerland / Belarus Bulgaria / Greece / Bulgaria / Bulgaria / Belarus / Bulgaria Austria/ Austria/ Austria/ Belarus/ Belarus Italy Austria/ Denmark/ Belarus Status: Awarded Consultant/Firm Evaluated Consultant/Firm Evaluated Consultant/Firm Evaluated Consultant/Firm Evaluated Consultant/Firm Technical Score 88,05 87,72 77,01 77,36 84,10 Financial Score 91,72 91,72 TheFinancial Proposal of the Consultant will be returned sealed as its Technical scores are below the required minimum of 80points TheFinancial Proposal of the Consultant will be returned sealed as its Technical scores are below the required minimum of 80points 100,00 CombinedScore 88,784 88,520 - - 87,280 Criteria SpecificExperience 9 7 10 9 10 Work Plan & Methodology 33,50 31,5 34 24,5 24,50 Key Experts 43,25 47,92 33,01 39,66 46,25 K-1 ProjectManager 6,74 9,40 9,90 8,20 9,90 K-2 WaterSpecialist 4,37 4,60 4,95 3,60 4,38 K-3 WaterSpecialist 3,52 5,00 4,50 3,84 4,85 K-4 ConstructionSpecialist 3,16 4,00 0,00 3,68 3,02 K-5 Civil WorksSpecialist 4,00 3,60 0,00 3,12 3,28 K-6 Power SupplySpecialist 3,80 3,60 3,96 3,96 3,76 K-7 OperationSpecialist 5,00 4,95 4,75 2,25 4,54 K-8 FinancialSpecialist 5,00 4,85 4,95 3,76 5,00 K-9 EnvironmentSpecialist 4,89 4,95 0,00 4,49 4,71 K-10 ProcurementSpecialist 2,76 2,97 0,00 2,76 2,82 Local input 2,30 1,3 0,00 4,2 3,35 Priceas read out USD947'160,00 USD947'232,40 - - EUR775'205,00 FinalEvaluation Price * BYR16'529'836'320 * BYR16'531'099'844,8 - - * BYR15'161'459'390 FinalNegotiated Price USD947'160,00 USD947'232,40 - - EUR775'205,00 Rank 1 2 Other ShortlistedConsultant(s)/Firm(s): Consultants' names Fichtner Water & Transportation GmbH and theSub-Consultant engineering consulting company ENECA City/Country GERMANY / BELARUS Proposal Submitted: No

Transit Corridor Improvement Project - P149697

 | Published September 8, 2016
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Consultancy Services To Develop The Framework For Traffic And Road Safety Coordination Center (trscc). Project Name: Transit Corridor ImprovementProject Country: the Republic of Belarus Project Number: P149697 Contract Reference No: CS2-1-1 Scopeof Contract: Consulting Services to Develop the Framework for Traffic Road Safety CoordinationCenter Method of Selection:QCBS Duration of Contract: 3years Contract Signature Date:September 6, 2016 Evaluation Currency:BYN Awarded Consultant(s)/Firm Name: TEKIA Ingenieros S.A. Address: Madrid, Spain Technical score: 84.89 Financial score: 100 Final evaluation price (in evaluation currency): 1 436 697.82 BYN Final score: 87.91 Final ranking: 1 Final negotiated price (in evaluation currency): 1 436 697.82 BYN Evaluated Consultant(s)/Firm Name: JV Egis International (Leader), Egis France(Partner), SPUE BAES (Sub Consultant) Address: Paris, France Technical score: 76.25 Financial score: 91.31 Final evaluation price (in evaluation currency): 1 575 152.26 BYN Final score: 79.24 Final ranking: 2 Evaluated Consultant(s)/Firm Name: JV LLC AECOM (Leader), ????? Ltd UK(Partner), AECOM Technical Services, Inc. (Partner) Address: Moscow, Russia Technical score: 76.25 Financial score: 13.73 Final evaluation price (in evaluation currency): 10 307 703.6 BYN Final score: 63.79 Final ranking: 3 Rejected Consultant(s)/Firm Name: JV Dornier Consulting GmbH (Leader), A+S Consult GmbH (Partner), A+S Transprojekt (Partner) Address: Berlin, Germany Technical score: 64.25 Financial score: - Final evaluation price (in evaluation currency): - Final score: - Reason for Rejection: The technical score does not meet the minimum qualifying score (75). Rejected Consultant(s)/Firm Name: IDOM Address: Bilbao ,Spain Technical score: 58.00 Final evaluation price (in evaluation currency): - Final score: - Reason for Rejection: The technical score does not meet the minimum qualifying score (75). Rejected Consultant(s)/Firm Name: JV IRD Engineering S.r.l. (Leader) and DBA Group S.r.l. (Partner) Address: Rome, Italy Technical score: 58.00 Final evaluation price (in evaluation currency): - Final score: - Reason for Rejection: The technical score does not meet the minimum qualifying score (75).

Puhovichi Solid Waste Project -Supplementary Technical Study

 | Published May 1, 2015  -  Deadline May 21, 2015
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Background:

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) is considering a sovereign loan to finance a solid waste management project for the Puhovichy and Cherven districts in Belarus (the “Project”). The main components of the Project include: (i) the construction of an EU compliant regional sanitary landfill, (ii) a sorting facility, (iii) a composting facility, and (iv) vehicles and equipment for improvement of the waste collection system.

The solid waste management in the Puhovichy and Cherven districts are managed by the Puhovichy Housing and Communal Service Company (“HCSC”) and Cherven HCSC respectively, serving a total population of 110,000 people. Puhovichy HCSC is the bigger company of the two and in addition to waste management services, it also operates services such as central heating, technical services for housing and other public utilities. Cherven HCSC has a similar profile and is responsible for managing solid waste, as well as providing hot water, central heating and technical services for households.

A feasibility study on the construction of a municipal solid waste landfill and a transfer station in order to increase the effectiveness of waste management in the Puhovichy district was carried out in 2013-2014. The study recommended to establish a regional waste management system, including a landfill disposal and transfer station for the districts of Puhovichy and Cherven. Another key recommendation from the study was to establish a new common landfill at the old sand quarry near the Municipality of Rovchak for the safe disposal of municipal solid waste from the above districts and rural communities.

Since the completion of the feasibility study, the EBRD has had discussions with the Ministry for Housing and Communal Services about the proposal of including additional regions and districts in the original catchment area. The total population to be covered by the Project would increase from the original 110,000 people to be serviced to 230,000 people by 2030 by the development of a new satellite town near Rudensk. Following detailed discussions and site visits to potential locations for the new landfill site to cater for the extended region , the Bank is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified consultant (the “Consultant”) to carry out an additional study to clarify a number of technical and cost aspects related to the extension of the project, in accordance with the requirements as set out below (the “Assignment”).

The Consultant shall assist the Bank to carry out a technical review including without limitation an investment plan for the planned extension of the Project area.

Specifically, the Consultant shall provide services as follows:
• Assess current waste management system conditions, identify existing equipment, infrastructure, company structures, companies set-up, local institutional set-up, existing collection contract regimes (if any), private sector involvement, assets ownership; provide a detailed analysis on current number of customers, collection methods, solid waste disposal, billing, collection of payment; update a forecast model on waste quantities, composition, distribution; and assess future logistics requirements.
• Prepare an update estimate of the forecast of waste quantities
• Develop a detailed technical and environmental comparison between the two alternatives, including groundwater analysis and site investigations
• Verify the sanitary protection zone (“SPZ”) distances
• Review of transportation routes and pedestrian/road safety arrangements
• Assess the requirement of Transfer Station with enlarged project area and any additional land acquisition this may involve;
• Assess the closure of the existing landfills in Puhovichy and Cherven districts;
• Assess waste pickers
• Confirm project cost estimations.
Once the preferred site is identified, confirmed and approved by the Client and the Bank, the Consultant should complete:
• Assess the technical consequences for the proposed landfill and prepare a revised plan for the stepwise extension of the landfill and an estimate of the total active landfill lifetime.
• Estimate additional investments
• Assess the possibility of landfill gas extraction and energy production based on the expanded catchment area.
• Identify any institutional restrictions and prepare solutions
• Update the existing financial model and Economic Rate of Return calculation.
• Carry out a greenhouse gas (“GHG”) assessment of the project,
• Prepare a summary table for the Bank including project benefits expected in line with Bank monitoring indicators;
• Based on the findings from the above, recommend actions to be taken by the Bank.
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 June 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of three months.

Maximum Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 200,000 (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: Czech Republic ODA TC Fund.
Eligibility: Participation is restricted to firms registered in the Czech Republic and experts being either Czech nationals or permanent employees of the firm registered in Czech Republic. Up to a maximum of 35% of the total contract amount may be used to finance services of local experts who are nationals of Belarus or consultancy firms registered in Belarus.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with previous experience related to solid waste management projects, including without limitation experience in developing waste management projects, waste management practices, the financial and technical issues of the sector, investment and operating costs and practices, and the relevant Regional and European Union environmental laws and standards.
Subject to the above referenced eligibility criteria, it is essential that the Consultant’s team has local experts who can demonstrate experience in the areas of the Assignment.

The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows:

• International Team Leader/Landfill Expert;
• International Environmental / Social Experts;
• International Solid Waste Management Expert;
• Financial and cost expert;
• National Institutional Expert;
• Local hydrogeology experts; and
• Local support experts
All experts should be fluent in English. The Consultant’s team should contain experts who are fluent in Russian.

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 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.

Failure to provide the duly completed and signed Consultant Declaration may result in the applicant being disqualified from the selection process.

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

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) shall be submitted, in English, electronically through e-Selection (NOT to the EBRD’s contact person below), to reach the Bank not later than the above referenced 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.

EBRD Contact Person:

Olesya Kerridge
Advisor
Technical Co-operation
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 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:

a) Firm’s experience related to solid waste management projects, including without limitation experience in developing waste management projects, waste management practices, the financial and technical issues of the sector, investment and operating costs and practices, and the relevant Regional and European Union environmental laws and standards - 35%

b) Firm’s experience in former CIS countries, preferably Belarus - 15%

c) CVs of key experts - 50%

Belarus Water Sector Framework (BWSF) – Polotsk Wastewater Project - PIU Support Including Engineering, Design And Contracts Supervision

 | Published October 28, 2015  -  Deadline November 13, 2015
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Executing Agency (Client):  Unitary Enterprise Polotskvodokanal

Project Description: The Unitary Enterprise Polotskvodokanal (the Client) has requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) to provide technical assistance for the construction of new wastewater treatment facilities in the city of Polotsk including aeration tanks, sedimentation tanks, sludge pumps, air blowers, etc., to ensure compliance with the national and EU standards and HELCOM recommendations for effluent quality treatment (the Project).

Assignment Description: The Client now intends to retain a consulting company (the Consultant) to support the Company and the Company’s Project Implementation Unit (PIU) in all aspects of Project implementation, including preparation of design, technical specifications, tender documentation, assistance with tendering, tender evaluation and contract finalisation, administration and supervision of the contract implementation including the implementation of the Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP), as well as set up of the disbursement system (the Assignment).

The overall objective of the Assignment is to facilitate the timely and effective implementation of the Project by rendering assistance to the Company in the implementation of the Project, including design, all aspects of procurement and disbursement, and environmental and social (E&S) requirements.

With the involvement of the Consultant the Company will have access to the best practice in the implementation of the Project and procurement of works, as well as advice on specific technical issues including E&S requirements. The Consultant will provide assistance in procurement of works and goods completely in accordance with the procedures, specifications and documentation of the Bank and pursuant to all other agreements stipulated in the Loan Agreement signed between the Company and EBRD.

The Consultant shall perform the following main tasks:

  1. Overall project management support as required.
  2. Design the works and prepare technical specifications for goods.
  3. Arrangement of preparation of the prequalification, if any, and tender documents for procurement of works and goods;
  4. Arrangement of the tendering procedure for works and goods, including evaluation of tenders and drafting tender evaluation reports.
  5. Administration of contract implementation including, where appropriate, works supervision or assisting  with works supervision.,
  6. Arrangement of timely disbursements under the contracts.

The work of the Consultant refers to the whole Project and not only to the portion financed by EBRD. The Project is expected to finance the priority investments as defined in the Feasibility Study prepared by Posch and Partner in 2015.

The Project is expected to finance the following investment components:

  • Construction of new main wastewater (sewer) collector from pumping station #9 to Polotsk Wastewater Treatment Plant (”WWTP”) (7,055 metres)
  • Rehabilitation of pumping station #9; and
  • Completion of modernisation of Polotsk WWTP including discharge facilities.

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 36 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 750,000 (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: Austrian Fund for Municipal Infrastructure. Selection and contracting is subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: Consultancy firms shall be entities registered in Austria and all experts proposed by the entity to work on the assignment must be either Austrian nationals or permanent residents of Austria. However, up to a maximum of 25% of the maximum contract amount may be used to finance services of local experts who are nationals of Belarus or consultancy firms of Belarus.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with preferably previous project experience in administrative management, procurement, design and supervision of similar construction works and acquiring of equipment for water and wastewater rehabilitation projects in comparable climatic and geological conditions.

It is anticipated that the Consultant’s team shall include the following Key Experts listed below, with short-term support as required in other disciplines:

  • Project Manager;
  • IFI Procurement and Contracts Specialist;
  • Water and Wastewater Engineers (Design);
  • Finance/Disbursement Specialist;
  • Engineers (Construction Supervision);
  • Environmental and social specialist.

All experts shall have approximately 5 years or more of experience of the activity, which they are proposed for in a similar position including:

  • design and project management experience gained in countries with climatic conditions similar to the project sites;
  • construction and supply experience gained in countries with climatic conditions similar to the project sites;
  • experience in design of water supply and wastewater projects;
  • knowledge and practical experience of FIDIC and/or World Bank/EBRD Supply and Installation and Works contractual arrangements;
  • experience in (i) planning and design activities; (ii) assistance with planning and design activities; (iii) project management; (iv) project management assistance; (v) engineering; (vi) procurement of goods, works and services;
  • good knowledge of procedures and rules of procurement of international financial institutions, such as the World Bank, ADB or EBRD;
  • knowledge and understanding of EBRD’s environmental and social requirements and past experience of assistance in their successful implementation; 
  • knowledge of requirements of Belarusian legislation concerning construction, financial, accounting and disbursement issues.

Non-key experts are expected to include local experts.

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking 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.

5. A copy of the Consultant's valid company registration certificate confirming that the firm is registered in Austria.

The expression of interest shall not exceed 20 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 and Russian 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.

The Client Contact Person:
Felisov Aleksandr Anatolievich
Director of UP Polotskvodokanal
Kostetskoy Street 25а, Polotsk, Belarus 211410
vdk1928@gmail.com

+375 214 43-16-78 (landline)
+375 44 788 7776 (mobile)

http://www.polotskvodokanal.by/

The EBRD Contact Person:
Larissa Gosling
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6338
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
E-mail: GoslingL@ebrd.com

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 administrative management, procurement, design and supervision of similar construction works and acquiring of equipment for water and wastewater rehabilitation projects in comparable climatic and geological conditions (35%)

(b) Firm’s previous experience in working with IFIs (15%)

(c) CVs of Key Experts (50%).

Belarus Water Sector Framework - Orsha Wastewater Subproject - Feasibility Study

 | Published March 20, 2015  -  Deadline April 13, 2015
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Amendment: The closing date for receipt of expressions of interest is changed to Monday 13 April at 14:00 London time. Project Description: The Unitary Enterprise Orshavodokanal (the “Company”) supported by the Government of Belarus (the “Government”) and the administration of the Orsha City (the “City”) approached the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD”, or the “Bank”) with a request to finance the priority investments in reconstruction and modernisation of the existing wastewater treatment facilities (the “PIP” or the ”Project”) to ensure compliance with the national and EU standards for effluent quality treatment. The Company, a water distribution and wastewater treatment company, is 100% owned by the City. The Project is one of the first three subprojects (together with Polotsk and Lida) under the EUR 40 million Belarus Water Sector Framework (the “Framework”). The current Framework aims mainly at reducing pollution of the Baltic Sea basin, and to some extent also to the Black Sea basin. It follows the first wave of projects signed by the Bank in 2012 to rehabilitate the wastewater treatment facilities in Vitebsk, Slonim and Baranovichi that are now being implemented. The Company annually provides circa 7 million m3 of water to the population (133,000 people) and commercial clients in the City and adjacent areas and collects 9 million m3 of wastewater annually. The water is pumped from 38 artesian wells. Removal of iron plays an important role in the water treatment process due to the specific qualities of the locally pumped water. In late 2000 the Company put in operation several iron removal units, which largely improved the quality of water supplied to the local population. The water is supplied via a 326 km network. The wastewater is collected and transported over a 214 km network boosted by the 13 wastewater pumping stations. The existing wastewater treatment facilities have installed capacity of 57,000 m3 per day of which about 60-70 per cent is utilised. On this basis, the Bank is looking to engage a suitably qualified consultant (the “Consultant”) to prepare a feasibility study, which shall include inter alia: a) identification and a detailed assessment of the PIP that will cover the period of 13 years, (i.e. the financing period) and evaluate its benefits, including assessing its environmental and social feasibility; b) detailed financial analysis of the Company, as well as; c) preparation of overall procurement and project implementation plans. The Feasibility Study will determine the priority investments for the Project, which will be financed by the EBRD loan and will form the basis for project appraisal and approval by the EBRD and the Government. The Feasibility Study will provide detailed calculations of financial Internal Rate of Return (“IRR”) and Economic IRR (“EIRR”) for the Project. The overall objective of the assignment is to prepare a feasibility study for the Company and the City, which the Bank can use to appraise the Project and take a decision on the prospective financing. The feasibility study shall be in line with international requirements for such studies. Specific objectives of the assignment shall include, inter alia: - Development of an affordable, least cost and cost effective bankable investment programme for the Company; - Financial analysis of the Company and preparation of financial projections. The projections shall be fully consistent with the proposed PIP, strategic development plan and be based on prudent assumptions on the Company’s revenues and expenditures. Financial projections shall include annual balance sheets, income and cash flow statements; - Determination of an efficient implementation strategy for the PIP; - Once the Project/PIP has been confirmed, screen the project against the EBRD’s Environmental and Social Policy (2014, ESP) and associated Performance Requirements (PRs) to determine the project category (A or B) and the environmental and social due diligence required; - If the project is categorised as B, and once agreed with the EBRD, carry out the Environmental and Social Assessment (E&S Due Diligence – ESDD) of the proposed project to identify its environmental and social risks, impacts and benefits and to. structure the project to comply with the ESP and PRs. If the Project is categorised as A, this ToR will be revised by the EBRD; - Identify potential energy saving and materials efficiency measures (i.e. adequate sludge management / disposal solutions). The feasibility study will provide an overview of the Company’s procedures and technical, operational, environmental, social, and financial performance, and should form the basis for agreeing on the Company’s restructuring objectives in the loan document (e.g. reduction in water losses, improvements in tariff collections, standards of treatment, etc.). 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 May 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 3 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 through the EBRD's Technical Cooperation Programme. 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 with previous project experience related to water and wastewater management. The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows: - Project Manager/Team Leader with a university degree or equivalent qualification with approximately 15 years professional experience in the field of water supply and wastewater management, with comprehensive experience of similar assignments in Eastern Europe or the CIS, as well as in institutional and commercial management of water/wastewater Company. He/she should demonstrate management and administration experience, including experience with procedures of international financing agencies (preferably EBRD procedures). The large number of different tasks and the complexity of administrational procedures require a permanent presence of the Project Manager in the Country during the project period of intensive work on preparation of the Feasibility Study; - Financial specialists with knowledge of the public financing and modelling; - Technical specialists and water and wastewater engineers; - Environmental and Social experts with experience in ESIAs and E and S due diligence, health and safety, stakeholder engagement, public consultation and disclosure in the local context, gender and inclusion expertise, and/or resettlement expertise, in water/wastewater sector with experience of similar assignments and with recent track record in the region (minimum 3 years of work on similar assignments); - Institutional expert with experience of similar assignments; - Legal expert with relevant experience in the areas of natural monopolies regulation and knowledge of Belarusian tariff legislation; - Local experts with good communication skills and evidence technical knowledge of water supply and wastewater. 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 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 above information should not exceed 20 pages excluding CVs 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, subject to availability of funding. 2. The evaluation criteria are as follows: a) Firm’s experience in similar assignments with IFIs, preferably in the water and wastewater sector - 35% b) Firm’s experience of working in the CIS region - 15% c) CVs of the team leader and key experts with relevant experience as per above - 50%. 3. This procurement notice is published in parallel with two other procurement notices for Feasibility Studies under the Belarus Water Sector Framework (for the Cities of Polotsk and Lida). Interested consultants may apply for any or all three assignments.

Belarus Water Sector Framework - Lida Wastewater Subproject - Feasibility Study

 | Published March 20, 2015  -  Deadline April 13, 2015
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AMENDMENT: The Closing Date for receipt of Expressions of Interest is changed to Monday 13 April 2015 at 14:00 London time. Project Description: The Unitary Enterprise Lida GUP JKH (the “Company”) supported by the Government of Belarus (the “Government”) and the administration of the Lida City (the “City”) approached the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD”, or the “Bank”) with a request to finance the priority investments aimed at reconstruction and modernisation of the wastewater treatment facilities (the “PIP” or the ”Project”) to ensure compliance with the national and EU standards and HELCOM recommendations for effluent quality treatment. The Company’s operations include water supply and wastewater treatment, district heating and other socially important services in the City. The water supply and wastewater treatment services constitute around 20-25 per cent of the Company’s revenues. The Company is 100% owned by the City. The Project is one of the first three subprojects (together with Polotsk and Orsha) under the EUR 40 million Belarus Water Sector Framework (the “Framework”). The current Framework aims mainly at reducing pollution of the Baltic Sea basin, and to some extent also to the Black Sea basin. It follows the first wave of projects signed by the Bank in 2012 to rehabilitate the wastewater treatment facilities in Vitebsk, Slonim and Baranovichi that are now being implemented. The Company annually provides more than 8 million m3 of water to the population (circa 98,000 people) and commercial clients in the City and the adjacent areas and collects about the same volume of wastewater annually. The households account for 56 percent of the wastewater revenues with the remaining 44 per cent attributable to the commercial and budgetary organisations. The Company pumps water from 3 wells. The artesian water does not comply with sanitary norms of Belarus for iron and therefore requires iron removal. The sewage networks consist of 150 km pipes depreciated by about 62 per cent with 27 km of sewage networks requiring an immediate replacement. The wastewater treatment plant is operating close to its design capacity of 44,000 m3/day. The wastewater treatment plant was built in 1971 and consists of two separate biological activated sludge trains preceded by two mechanical screens and four sand removal tanks. In 2002 a second bio-sorption train without mechanical sedimentation was commissioned in operation. On this basis, the Bank is looking to engage a suitably qualified consultant (the “Consultant”) to prepare a feasibility study, which shall include inter alia: a) identification and a detailed assessment of the PIP that will cover the period of 13 years, (i.e. the financing period) and evaluate its benefits, including assessing its environmental and social feasibility; b) detailed financial analysis of the Company, as well as; c) preparation of overall procurement and project implementation plans. The Feasibility Study will determine the priority investments for the Project, which will be financed by the EBRD loan and will form the basis for project appraisal and approval by the EBRD and the Government. The Feasibility Study will provide detailed calculations of financial Internal Rate of Return (“IRR”) and Economic IRR (“EIRR”) for the Project. The overall objective of the assignment is to prepare a feasibility study for the Company and the City, which the Bank can use to appraise the Project and take a decision on the prospective financing. The feasibility study shall be in line with international requirements for such studies. Specific objectives of the assignment shall include, inter alia: - Development of an affordable, least cost and cost effective bankable investment programme for the Company; - Financial analysis of the Company and preparation of financial projections. The projections shall be fully consistent with the proposed PIP, strategic development plan and be based on prudent assumptions on the Company’s revenues and expenditures. Financial projections shall include annual balance sheets, income and cash flow statements; • Determination of an efficient implementation strategy for the PIP; - Once the Project/PIP has been confirmed, screen the project against the EBRD’s Environmental and Social Policy (2014, ESP) and associated Performance Requirements (PRs) to determine the project category (A or B) and the environmental and social due diligence required; - If the project is categorised as B, and once agreed with the EBRD, carry out the Environmental and Social Assessment (E and S Due Diligence – ESDD) of the proposed project to identify its environmental and social risks, impacts and benefits and to. structure the project to comply with the ESP and PRs. If the Project is categorised as A, this ToR will be revised by the EBRD; - Identify potential energy saving and materials efficiency measures (i.e. adequate sludge management / disposal solutions). The feasibility study will provide an overview of the Company’s procedures and technical, operational, environmental, social, and financial performance, and should form the basis for agreeing on the Company’s restructuring objectives in the loan document (e.g. reduction in water losses, improvements in tariff collections, standards of treatment, etc.). 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 May 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 3 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 through the EBRD Technical Assistance Programme. 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 with previous project experience related to water and wastewater management. The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows: - Project Manager/Team Leader with a university degree or equivalent qualification with a minimum of 15 years professional experience in the field of water supply and wastewater management, with comprehensive experience of similar assignments in Eastern Europe or the CIS, as well as in institutional and commercial management of water/wastewater Company. He/she should demonstrate management and administration experience, including experience with procedures of international financing agencies (preferably EBRD procedures). The large number of different tasks and the complexity of administrational procedures require a permanent presence of the Project Manager in the Country during the project period of intensive work on preparation of the Feasibility Study; - Financial specialists with knowledge of the public financing and modelling; - Technical specialists and water and wastewater engineers; - Environmental and Social experts with experience in ESIAs and E&S due diligence, health & safety, stakeholder engagement, public consultation and disclosure in the local context, gender and inclusion expertise, and/or resettlement expertise, in water/wastewater sector with experience of similar assignments and with recent track record in the region (minimum 3 years of work on similar assignments); - Institutional expert with experience of similar assignments; - Legal expert with relevant experience in the areas of natural monopolies regulation and knowledge of Belarusian tariff legislation; - Local experts with good communication skills and evidence technical knowledge of water supply and wastewater. 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 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 above information should not exceed 20 pages excluding CVs 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, subject to availability of funding. 2. The evaluation criteria are as follows: a) Firm’s experience in similar assignments with IFIs, preferably in the water and wastewater sector - 35% b) Firm’s experience of working in the CIS region - 15% c) CVs of the team leader and key experts with relevant experience as per above - 50%. 3. This procurement notice is published in parallel with two other procurement notices for Feasibility Studies under the Belarus Water Sector Framework (for the Cities of Polotsk and Orsha). Interested consultants may apply for any or all three assignments

Belinvestbank - Institution Building Programme

 | Published April 8, 2016  -  Deadline May 9, 2016
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Assignment Description:
Belinvestbank (“BIB”) is a state-owned universal commercial bank operating in Belarus and focused on providing credit and other financial services to local clients. BIB is one of the five largest banks in the country and has a wide network of regional branches and points of sale. BIB offers a full range of services to large enterprises, medium and small size companies as well as individual clients.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) has agreed to provide the assistance on pre-privatisation programme to BIB. This will include several components, one of which is the development and implementation of an Institution Building Programme (“IBP”).

The EBRD intends to engage a consultant (the “Consultant”) to provide advisory services aimed at aimed at increasing the commerciality of BIB`s operations, strengthening its corporate governance standards, and enhancing its attractiveness to potential strategic investors.

The main achievement indicators expected to be attained as a result of the implementation of the proposed assignment are as follows:
• Ensuring that BIB operates on a commercial basis, free from political influence or control other than within the normal framework of publicly disclosed laws and regulations generally applicable to all banks in Belarus regardless of ownership, and is subject to bankruptcy or insolvency law and regulations;
• Strengthening BIB’s internal capacity to increase its competitive position in the local market and to contribute to growth in competition in the financial sector in Belarus;
• Resolving BIB’s current operating inefficiency among others by disposal of non-core assets and re-establishing its participation under state lending programmes strictly on a commercial basis;
• Increasing the commerciality of BIB`s operations by strengthening underwriting procedures and efficiency of banking operations and business product development;
• Supporting BIB’s institutional development by improving quality and ensuring autonomy of its risk management, internal audit and strategic planning;
• Increasing investment attractiveness of BIB by converting it into a more efficiently run and transparent business operation.

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 July 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 30 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: Total project amount is EUR 1,210,000.00 (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 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 donor funds. Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: The consultant will be a firm or group of firms with experience and expertise in preferably:
• carrying out institutional development at a financial institution in the past five years;
• implementing two IBPs in the banking sector of an emerging economy;
• strengthening corporate governance in a commercial bank;
• assisting banks with re-organisation, including streamlining of business lines supervision, separation of front and back offices, optimisation of regional branch network and disposal of non-core assets;
• introducing strategic business planning in a financial institution including setting key performance indicators (“KPIs”) for all business/supporting segments and key employees;
• development of successful retail lending, including lending policy, product development and promotion; and retail deposits attraction;
• improving efficiency of corporate business lending including CRM introduction, development and promotion of new products and cross –selling;
• developing an internal audit and internal control function in line with international standards;
• developing a Human Resources Strategy and remuneration policy including KPIs;
• dealing effectively in cross-cultural environments; and
• carrying out diagnostics and improvement in IT and management information system.

It is important that the firm has experience in one of the countries of the former Soviet Union, with experience in “hands-on” knowledge transfer.

It is expected that the Consultant's team will comprise the following key experts:

Key Expert 1: Long-Term Advisor / Project Director with preferably:
- 10 years’ experience in banking and finance, preferably in the financial sector of emerging markets;
- Experience in managing the implementation of major bank restructuring and change management programmes at a senior level;
- Experience in dealing with complex situations in difficult environments;
- Significant senior management experience in banks, preferably in senior executive/decision-making positions as well as advisory roles;
- Experience of working with banks in the CIS region, and preferably in Russia, Ukraine, or Belarus;
- Experience of team leadership and senior client interaction;
- Knowledge of Russian language or a track record in working effectively with an interpreter.

The Long-Term Advisor / Project Director will be responsible for supervising the implementation of IBP, coordinating work of other experts, and for the overall outcome of the assignment. The Long-Term Advisor will work closely (and report to), on a day-to-day basis, with the Working Group and BIB’s management, advising on major strategic and managerial decisions. He/she will ensure that the measures envisaged in the IBP are duly implemented. The Long-Term Advisor will also liaise with the EBRD team.

Key Expert 2: IT Project Manager with preferably:
- 10 years’ experience in international banking and finance in major IT role;
- Experience in implementation of digital banking solutions in a commercial banks;
- Experience in managing the implementation of major bank restructuring in IT area;
- Experience of working with banks in the CIS region and preferably in Russia, Ukraine or Belarus;
- Effective negotiation skills over sensitive issues and projects and the ability to resolve conflict.

IT Project Manager is responsible for supporting implementation of the IT component in line with the ToR. The IT Project Manager will report to Project Director and liaise with the EBRD team.

Key Experts 3: Pool of Specialised Mid/ Short-Term Advisors as follows:
- Expert in the area of organizational structure and operational efficiency in banks;
- Corporate Governance Expert ;
- Strategic Planning Expert;
- Retail Banking Expert;
- Risk Management Expert, including all risks relevant to banks` operations;
- Human Resources Management Expert

These individuals will have preferably 5 years’ experience in their particular area of expertise as follows:
- Experience in restructuring and/or implementing internal policies and procedures in their respective areas in banks, preferably in CIS countries;
- Knowledge of best international practices, recent developments as well as ability to deliver relevant training in their respective areas;
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills, ability to deal with all levels of bank’s staff, from senior managers to most junior officers;
- Knowledge of Russian would be considered an advantage.

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

a) 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:
Ms Georgia Vasiliadis
Principal Advisor, Technical Cooperation Team
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: +44 20 7338 7750
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
E-mail: vasiliag@ebrd.com
(Submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)

Notes:
1. Following this invitation for Expressions of Interest, a shortlist 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) Specific experience and capability of the firm / group of firms - 30%;
c) CVs of the key experts - 70%.

Belarus Water Sector Framework - Polotsk Water Subproject - Polotsk WW - Feasibility Study

 | Published March 20, 2015  -  Deadline April 13, 2015
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AMENDMENT: The Closing Date for receipt of Expressions of Interest is changed to Monday 13 April 2015 at 14:00 London time. Project Description: The Unitary Enterprise Polotskvodokanal (the "Company") supported by the Government of Belarus (the "Government") and the administration of the City of Polotsk (the "City") approached the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD", or the "Bank") with a request to finance the priority investments in construction of the new wastewater treatment facilities in the City including aeration tanks, sedimentation tanks, sludge pumps, air blowers, etc. (the "PIP" or the "Project") to ensure compliance with the national and EU standards and recommendations by the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission – Helsinki Commission ("HELCOM") for effluent quality treatment. The Company, a water distribution and wastewater treatment company, is 100 per cent owned by the City. The Project is one of the first three subprojects (together with subprojects in Orsha and Lida) under the Belarus Water Sector Framework (the "Framework" or "BWSF"). The current Framework aims mainly at reducing pollution of the Baltic Sea basin, and to some extent also to the Black Sea basin. It follows the first wave of projects signed by the Bank in 2012 to rehabilitate the wastewater treatment facilities in Vitebsk, Slonim and Baranovichi which are now being implemented. The City does not have its own wastewater treatment plant and would like to construct one that would serve the entire population of 85,000 people and commercial customers in Polotsk. The construction of the wastewater treatment plant in Polotsk commenced in 2008 aimed at commissioning the plant into operation in 2010. During 2008-2010 the construction was financed from the Republican and Oblast budgets. It is estimated that approximately 20 per cent of the works had been completed before the works stopped in 2011 due to the lack of financing. On this basis, the Bank is looking to engage a suitably qualified consultant (the "Consultant") to prepare a feasibility study, which shall include inter alia: a) identification and a detailed assessment of the PIP that will cover the period of 13 years, (i.e. the financing period) and evaluate its benefits, including assessing its environmental and social feasibility; b) detailed financial analysis of the Company, as well as; c) preparation of overall procurement and project implementation plans. The Feasibility Study will determine the priority investments for the Project, which will be financed by the EBRD loan and will form the basis for project appraisal and approval by the EBRD and the Government. The Feasibility Study will provide detailed calculations of financial Internal Rate of Return ("IRR") and Economic IRR ("EIRR") for the Project. The overall objective of the assignment is to prepare a feasibility study for the Company and the City, which the Bank can use to appraise the Project and take a decision on the prospective financing. The feasibility study shall be in line with international requirements for such studies. Specific objectives of the assignment shall include, inter alia: - Development of an affordable, least cost and cost effective bankable investment programme for the Company; - Financial analysis of the Company and preparation of financial projections. The projections shall be fully consistent with the proposed PIP, strategic development plan and be based on prudent assumptions on the Company's revenues and expenditures. Financial projections shall include annual balance sheets, income and cash flow statements; - Determination of an efficient implementation strategy for the PIP; - Once the Project/PIP has been confirmed, screen the project against the EBRD’s Environmental and Social Policy (2014, “ESP”) and associated Performance Requirements ("PRs") to determine the project category (A or B) and the environmental and social due diligence required; - If the project is categorised as B, and once agreed with the EBRD, carry out the Environmental and Social Assessment (E and S Due Diligence – “ESDD”) of the proposed project to identify its environmental and social risks, impacts and benefits and to structure the Project to comply with the ESP and PRs. If the Project is categorised as A, this ToR will be revised by the EBRD; - Identify potential energy saving and materials efficiency measures (i.e. adequate sludge management / disposal solutions). The Feasibility Study will provide an overview of the Company’s procedures and technical, operational, environmental, social, and financial performance, and should form the basis for agreeing on the Company’s restructuring objectives in the loan document (e.g. reduction in water losses, improvements in tariff collections, standards of treatment, etc.).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 May 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 3 months. Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 280,000 (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 through the EBRD Technical Cooperation Programme. 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 with previous project experience related to water and wastewater management. The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows: - Project Manager/Team Leader with a university degree or equivalent qualification with a approximately 15 years professional experience in the field of water supply and wastewater management, with comprehensive experience of similar assignments in Eastern Europe or the CIS, as well as in institutional and commercial management of water/wastewater Company. He/she should demonstrate management and administration experience, including experience with procedures of international financing agencies (preferably EBRD procedures). The large number of different tasks and the complexity of administrational procedures require a permanent presence of the Project Manager in the Country during the project period of intensive work on preparation of the Feasibility Study; - Financial specialists with knowledge of the public financing and modelling; - Technical specialists and water and wastewater engineers; - Environmental and Social experts with experience in ESIAs and E and S due diligence, health and safety, stakeholder engagement, public consultation and disclosure in the local context, gender and inclusion expertise, and/or resettlement expertise, in water/wastewater sector with experience of similar assignments and with recent track record in the region (approximately 3 years of work on similar assignments); - Institutional expert with experience of similar assignments; - Legal expert with relevant experience in the areas of natural monopolies regulation and knowledge of Belarusian tariff legislation; - Local experts with good communication skills and evidence technical knowledge of water supply and wastewater. 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 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 above information should not exceed 20 pages excluding CVs 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, subject to availability of funding. 2. The evaluation criteria are as follows: a) Firm’s experience in similar assignments with IFIs, preferably in the water and wastewater sector - 35% b) Firm’s experience of working in the CIS region - 15% c) CVs of the team leader and key experts with relevant experience as per above - 50%. 3. This procurement notice is published in parallel with two other procurement notices for Feasibility Studies under the Belarus Water Sector Framework (for the Cities of Orsha and Lida). Interested consultants may apply for any or all three assignments.

Belarus Water Sector Framework (BWSF) – Polotsk Wastewater Project – Corporate Development Programme

 | Published November 3, 2015  -  Deadline November 17, 2015
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Executing Agency (Client): Unitary Enterprise Polotskvodokanal

Project Description:

The Unitary Enterprise Polotskvodokanal (the Client) has requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) to provide financing for the construction of new wastewater treatment facilities in the city of Polotsk including aeration tanks, sedimentation tanks, sludge pumps, air blowers, etc., to ensure compliance with the national and EU standards and HELCOM recommendations for effluent quality treatment (the Project).

The Project is expected to finance the following investment components:

  • Construction of new main wastewater (sewer) collector from pumping station #9 to Polotsk Wastewater Treatment Plant (”WWTP”) (7,055 metres)
  • Rehabilitation of pumping station #9; and
  • Completion of modernisation of Polotsk WWTP including discharge facilities.

The Project objective is to build a new wastewater treatment plant to achieve full compliance of the wastewater services with the national and EU standards and HELCOM recommendations.

Affordability among the population is a severe constraint and the Bank is working with bilateral and international donors to arrange relatively high grant co-financing amounts to facilitate the implementation of urgent upgrades without imposing hardship on the population.

Assignment Description:  The Company is seeking to engage a firm or consortium (the "Consultant") to provide assistance to the Company in the form of a Corporate Development Programme and a Social Support Programme as outlined below.

The assignment consists of two main Parts:

Part I: Corporate Development Programme for the Company

The Consultant shall assist the Company to improve its commercial standing, service and environmental performance by supporting the identification and implementation where necessary establishment of the corporate, financial, operational and environmental management required to become financially and operationally sustainable and also to meet the related covenants included in the EBRD financing documents. The Consultant’s main task is to assist the Company to develop a short-medium term focused corporate development plan and to improve the corporate planning capacity to assist ongoing transition towards becoming a self-sustaining entity with commercially sustainable operations, as well as implementing the Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) developed for the Company.

Part II: Social Support Programme

The second objective is to assess the existing social support mechanism for the low income customers and assess how the Company makes use of it in terms of knowledge of its vulnerable customer base and its financial support needs. Following this assessment the Consultant will recommend improvements and actions for improved implementation by the Company. Belarus has a welfare system with subsidies to vulnerable groups, including subsidised utility services, which will bridge the affordability gap. The State and local authorities have not provided direct subsidies to the low income families instead subsidies are provided to the Company to keep the tariff level low. In addition, cross-subsidisation between commercial and residential clients exist. Detailed mechanism needs to be developed and agreed between the local authorities and the Company and reflected in the Public Service Agreement to be signed by the Company.

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 36 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 350,000 (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 Czech Republic ODA TC Fund.  Selection and contracting is subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility:  Consultancy firms shall be registered in the Czech Republic and all experts proposed must be either Czech nationals or permanent residents of the Czech Republic. However, up to a maximum of 35% of the maximum contract amount may be used to finance services of other nationalities including experts who are nationals of the country in which the assignment is being conducted and firms which are registered in these countries. Selection and the final contracting of consultants will be subject to the availability of funding from the Donor.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant should ensure that the appropriately qualified experts are available, as required, for each of the different tasks outlined above. It is expected that the assignment will be led by an appropriately qualified project manager with experience in the water and wastewater sectors and in implementing the key areas of this assignment, accompanied by both key and supporting experts. It is expected that short time input by key international experts be combined with local/regional expert input. The local/regional experts would secure presence in the field and continuity. The team should include the following Key experts:

  • Project Manager/Technical expert;
  • Local project Manager/Technical expert;
  • Finance expert;
  • Local finance expert;
  • Environmental expert;
  • Social expert;
  • Pool of local experts

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking 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 20 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 and Russian 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.

The Client Contact Person:
Felisov Aleksandr Anatolievich
Director of UP Polotskvodokanal
Kostetskoy Street 25а, Polotsk, Belarus 211410
http://www.polotskvodokanal.by/
Tel: +375 214 43-16-78
E-mail: vdk1928@gmail.com

The EBRD Contact Person:
Larissa Gosling
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6338
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
E-mail: GoslingL@ebrd.com

 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 corporate development and social support programmes in the water and wastewater sector in comparable climatic and geological conditions (35%)

(b) Firm’s previous experience in working with IFIs (15%)

(c) CVs of the Key experts as above (50%).

 

Vitebsk Solid Waste Project

 | Published August 21, 2015  -  Deadline September 14, 2015
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Project description: The City of Vitebsk (the “City”) (population 370,000) is currently developing a solid waste management system for the City in line with national guidelines. The existing landfill is almost full and the construction of a new landfill in compliance with relevant EU directives is being planned. Vitebsk is seeking to finance the new landfill with budgetary funds, which will be additional to the project to be financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “Bank” or the “EBRD”).

In parallel to constructing a new landfill, the City is aiming to improve its solid waste management system, in particular by increasing waste sorting at source and recycling, and thereby minimising waste disposed at the landfill. One of the key components of this strategy is to construct a sorting facility that will enhance the capacity of the City to recycle and reuse materials. This approach will extend the lifespan for the new landfill by reducing the volume of disposed waste.

Vitebsk has studied other similar recycling facilities, including a World Bank (“WB”) funded waste sorting facility in the city of Grodno currently under construction, and has expressed interest in a similar facility to improve its solid waste management operations.

In light of the above, the City has approached the Bank with a request to assess the possibility of financing a project for the construction of a waste sorting and processing facility in the City (the “Project”). The project is envisaged to comprise of the following components: i) an automatic sorting facility, ii) a digester for biodegradable fractions, and iii) a plant for production of RDF or similar material.

The total value of the investment is estimated at EUR 20 million, to which the Bank would contribute with a loan of up to EUR 15 million. This will however have to be confirmed during the due diligence process for the Project, of which the preparation of this feasibility study is an important part.

In preparing the transaction, the Bank will work with the City owned company Vitebsk State Enterprise “Spetsavtobaza of Vitebsk City” (the “Company”). The Company owns and operates vehicles for collection and transportation of municipal and industrial waste. The company also operates the landfill in Vitebsk and employs roughly 300 staff.

Assignment description: The Bank requires the services of an independent consultant (the Consultant) to review the detailed requirements, verify whether a bankable project meeting the below objectives is feasibile, and prepare such a project. This Project will be based on an effective least-cost investment programme. The investment plan will be justified on the basis of thorough technical, legislative, financial, and economic analysis. Furthermore, the Consultant will develop an efficient Project Implementation Plan, including procurement schedule, and carry out an assessment of the resource efficiency opportunities (including energy efficiency and renewable energy potential and the impact on GHG emissions) and environmental and social impacts of the investment programme.

Specific objectives of the assignment shall include, inter alia:

• Review the needs of the Company and the City, including definition and establishment of the area to be covered by the investment.
• Review the specific needs (i.e. the needs of all relevant stakeholders, presenting any differentiated needs and priorities according to gender and age) for solid waste management in the area.
• Review the applicable legislation at local and national level in place regarding waste (e.g. targets on material and energy production from waste), and assess the implications on the Project.
• Review and analyse the current system of solid waste separation, collection and reprocessing for recycling and, if appropriate, make recommendations on how this could be improved, taking into consideration international best practices in waste management (eg BREFs) and following the EU waste hierarchy options at the maximum extent. Identify potential industrial users of separated materials and barriers existing to the development of a market for such products.
• Review and analyse the current situation of the waste treatment/separation/ recycling/landfilling in the area in terms of condition of major equipment and facilities, recent past years performances, operation and maintenance (“O&M”) practices, capacity of the City to manage and address all relevant environmental and social risks and impacts, compliance with national laws and regulations and any liability issues.
• Once the waste management option and site selection has been confirmed, screen the project against the EBRD’s Environmental and Social Policy (2014, “ESP”) and associated Performance Requirements (“PRs”) to propose, and agree with the EBRD, the project category (A or B) and confirm the environmental and social due diligence required.
• If the Project is categorised as B (once agreed with the EBRD) carry out an Environmental and Social Assessment (E&S Due Diligence, “ESDD”) of the proposed Project to identify its environmental and social risks, impacts and benefits and to structure the Project to comply with the ESP and PRs. If the Project is categorised as A, this ToR will be revised by the EBRD.
• Based on the results of the above, draw up a detailed priority investment programme (“PIP”) for a waste sorting and processing facility in Vitebsk, including but not limited to i) an automatic sorting facility, ii) digester for biodegradable fractions, iii) a plant for the production of Refuse Derived Fuel (“RDF”) or similar material for production of energy from waste refuse. This should also include a recommendation on where this new facility should be situated.
• Make necessary recommendations for institutional changes (organisation of solid waste management, changes in law or institutional, including human resources, changes) regarding solid waste management in the City.
• Conduct a financial analysis of the new waste sorting and processing facility as well as the old and new landfills (and if appropriate, recycling opportunities) and waste management operations. Create a business plan over the lifetime of the loan with detailed calculations of realistic capital expenditure (“CAPEX”), revenues, expenses, debt service coverage ratio and Internal Rates of Return (“IRR”) (both economic and financial). To prepare financial projections for the selected waste management facilities; the projections shall be fully consistent with the proposed Project, strategic development plan and be based on prudent assumptions on the Company revenues and expenditures. Financial projections shall include annual balance sheets, income and cash flow statements.
• Design a general timetable of the implementation of the Project for each potential scenario.
• Review the potential for private sector participation (“PSP”) in waste collection and disposal (and if appropriate, recycling) (e.g. design-build-operate for any part of the Project, privatisation of collection in parts of the City, operation of the landfill, etc.).Support discussions on the Project proposal between the EBRD and the relevant stakeholders as necessary.
• Calculate the Bank’s standard measuring indicators and SRI impact indicators.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in November 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 16 weeks.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 280,000 (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: This assignment will be funded by the Czech Republic ODA TC Fund.

Eligibility: Consultancy firms shall be registered in the Czech Republic and the individual experts proposed must be citizens or permanent residents of the Czech Republic. Up to a maximum of 35% of the total contract amount may be used to finance services of local experts who are nationals of Belarus or consultancy firms registered in Belarus.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with previous international project experience in:
a) developing feasibility studies in the solid waste sector for international financial institutions (IFIs) or equivalent organisations and a good knowledge of IFI (or equivalent) procedures and rules on public procurement and disbursement policies;
(b) handling institutional and legal framework aspects, environmental and social requirements, local financial management standards, as well as knowledge of international and regional professional standards for technical competence in the solid waste sector.

It is expected that the Assignment will be led by an appropriately qualified team leader/solid waste specialist, accompanied by both key and supporting experts. Based on the fields of expertise and the tasks mentioned above, it is proposed that the team of the Consultant should include the following expatriate and local key experts:

• Project Manager/Team Leader with a university degree or equivalent qualification and preferably with 15 years or more of professional experience in the field of solid waste management. The Project Manager/Team Leader will have a comprehensive experience of similar assignments in Belarus or other CIS countries, as well as in institutional and commercial management of solid waste companies. He/she should demonstrate management and administration experience, including experience with procedures of international financing agencies (preferably EBRD procedures). The large number of different tasks and the complexity of administrational procedures require a permanent presence of the Project Manager in the country during the project period of intensive work on preparation of the FS.
• Financial specialist(s) with knowledge of the public financing and modelling.
• Technical specialist(s) and solid waste engineer(s).
• Environmental and Social expert(s) with experience in ESIAs and E&S due diligence, health & safety, stakeholder engagement, public consultation and disclosure in the local context, gender and inclusion expertise, and/or resettlement expertise, in solid waste management sector with experience of similar assignments and with recent track record in the region.
• Resource efficiency expert with experience in waste management.
• Institutional expert with experience of similar assignments.
• Legal expert with relevant experience in the areas of natural monopolies regulation and knowledge of Belarus’ tariff legislation.
• Subject to the eligibility criteria set out above, local experts with good communication skills and evidenced technical knowledge of solid waste sector planning, design, implementation and operations.

Submission Requirements: Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest. 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 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 above information should not exceed 25 pages excluding CVs 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:

Olesya Kerridge
Technical Co-operation
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 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 shortlist criteria are:

(a) Firm’s previous project experience in developing feasibility studies in the solid waste sector for IFIs or equivalent institutions and a good knowledge of IFI (or equivalent) procedures and rules on public procurement and disbursement policies (10%);
(b) Firm’s international project experience in the solid waste sector, specifically with its institutional and legal framework aspects, environmental and social requirements, local financial management standards, regional and international professional standards of technical knowledge (30%);
(c) Qualifications and competence of the consultant's team of international and local experts (60%).

Belinvestbank - Strengthening Capacities for MSME Lending

 | Published March 3, 2016  -  Deadline March 21, 2016
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Assignment Description:

Belinvestbank (“BIB”) is a state-owned universal commercial bank operating in Belarus and focused on providing credit and other financial services to local clients. BIB is one of the five largest banks in the country and has a wide network of regional branches and points of sale. BIB offers a full range of services to large enterprises, medium and small size companies as well as individual clients.

In 2015 the EBRD signed a Loan Agreement with BIB for a EUR 20 million credit line for on-lending to local MSMEs. The credit line is expected to support BIB in expanding the scope, and enhancing the quality, of its products to private sector, thereby improving the access of micro, small and medium enterprises (“MSMEs”) to longer-term finance through BIB’s nationwide network, in a challenging operating environment.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) intends to engage a consultant (the “Consultant”) to support BIB with strengthening institutional capacities for efficient lending to MSMEs (the “Assignment”).


The objective of the Assignment is to increase BIB’s efficiency and competitiveness in providing MSME loans in Belarus on a sustainable basis. This will be ensured through identification of gaps, impediments and risks in the current MSME lending system and implementation of institutional capacity-building measures.

The Consultant will focus on the following aspects of MSME lending:

* reviewing and adapting MSME lending methodology, procedures and processes

* MSME underwriting technics;

* credit risk management, including environmental and social aspects;

* staff selection and training;

* marketing/customer service;

* new product development;

* portfolio quality management;

* arrears management.

 

Terms of reference for the Assignment are attached via this link.


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 April 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 30 months. No extension to this Assignment is envisaged.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 275,000.00 (exclusive of VAT), subject to availability of donor funds.

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 donor funds. Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile:

The Consultant will be a firm or group of firms with experience and expertise in:

(a) assisting commercial banks with developing MSME business and marketing strategies, strengthening credit and risk management;

(b) standardization, optimization and automation of business processes, proven ability to help banks with monitoring and work-out functions;

(c) track record in increasing market share of loans and/or other credit products;

(d) proven ability to help banks with devising and implementing lending policies;

(e) understand, recommend and implement appropriate training programs for staff;

(f) ability to deal with difficult issues in a sensitive but firm manner;

(g)experience in completing at least one MSME project in emerging countries; experience in one of the former Soviet Union countries;

It is expected that the Consultant's team will comprise the following key experts:

Key Expert 1: Project Manager/Senior MSME Lending Expert (“PM”) with preferably:
*
10 years’ experience in leading development and implementation of MSME strategy in commercial banks with active MSME function;
* 10
years’ expertise in development of MSME lending and risk assessment methodologies and establishing relevant business processes; and
*
10 years’ professional experience in managing similar assignments in the Commonwealth of Independent States (“CIS”) region and/or other countries in the EBRD’s countries of operation (“ EBRD CoO”).

Key Expert(s) 2: SME Lending Expert with preferably:
*
5 years’ experience in credit risk assessment of SMEs;
*
5 years’ experience in the underwriting procedures of SME lending, including marketing, client negotiation, collateral, loan structuring and monitoring;
* 5 years’ experience in SME lending in commercial banks in the CIS region and/or other countries in the EBRD CoO;
*
2 years’ experience in hiring and training of staff; and
*
fluency in Russian and English is essential.

Key Expert(s) 3: Micro Lending Expert with preferably:
*
5 years’ experience in credit risk assessment of micro borrowers;
*
5 years’ experience in the underwriting procedures of micro lending including marketing, client negotiation, collateral, loan structuring and monitoring;
*
5 years’ experience in micro lending in commercial banks in the CIS region and/or other countries in the EBRD CoO;
*
2 years’ experience in hiring and training of staff; and

* fluency in Russian and English is essential.


Key Expert 4: Work-out expert with preferably:
*
5 years’ experience in establishing/improving performance of work out function in MSME segment of commercial banks;
*
preferably 5 years’ working experience with problem loans including early monitoring and recovery stages;
*
preferably 5 years’ experience in commercial banks in the CIS region and/or other countries in the EBRD CoO; and
*
fluency in Russian and English is essential.

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of consulting firms, the information submitted should include the following:
a) 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) A description of the Consultant’s understanding of, and approach to, the Assignment, including methodology and workplan (up to three pages).

d) 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.
e) 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:
Ms Georgia Vasiliadis
Principal Advisor, Technical Cooperation Team
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: +44 20 7338 7750
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
E-mail:
vasiliag@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 shortlist criteria and weightings are as follows:

a) Specific experience and capability of the consultant firm(s) related to the Assignment - 30%:

b) Adequacy of the proposed work plan and methodology in responding to the TOR - 30%;

c) CVs of the key experts – 40%

 

BY Privatization - P125389

 | Published February 2, 2016
Winner
"Ernst and Young Legal Services" LLC
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Small Contracts Award (dir,cqs,indv,sss) Small Contract Award Notice Belarus Project: P125389 - Belarus Privatization Report Period: 01-Jul-2015 - 29-Jan-2016 Awarded Firm/Indv. : "Ernst and Young Legal Services" LLC Address: K. Tsetkin str, 51A, 15-th floor, Contract Signature Date:22-Dec-2015 Method of Procurement: CQS- Selection Based On Consultant's Qualification Price: USD 55,600.00 Duration: 8.00 Month(s) Summary Scope of Contract: Providing legal services and advice to the Agency for the implementationof the Project starting from selection of reputable Financial Advisors and later during the attraction of the strategic investo

PFM TA - P147073

 | Published July 23, 2015
Winner
Consortium ofWYG International Ltd (leader) SIA Corporate &Public Management Consulting Group and DADA6
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Small Contracts Award (dir,cqs,indv,sss) Small Contract Award Notice Belarus Project: P147073 - Improving Efficiency and Transparency ofPublic Finance Management Report Period: 01-Jan-2015 -01-Jul-2015 Awarded Firm/Indv. : Consortium ofWYG International Ltd (leader) SIA Corporate &Public Management Consulting Group and DADA6 Address: Contract Signature Date:26-Jun-2015 Method of Procurement: CQS- Selection Based On Consultant's Qualification Price: USD 241,680.00 Duration: 10.00 Month(s) Summary Scope of Contract: Consulting services for drafting a Concept and a detailed plan forconvergence of national public sector accounting and reporting system with the International Public Sector Accounting Standards

BELARUS ENVIRONMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE FACILITY – GRODNO (WWTP) PROJECT

 | Published November 20, 2014  -  Deadline November 20, 2015
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GENERAL PROCUREMENT NOTICE Grodnovodokanal (“GVK”) intends using the proceeds of loan from the Nordic Investment Bank (“the Bank”) and grants from the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (“NDEP”) and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) for the reconstruction of the wastewater treatment plant in the City of Grodno. The implementation of the Grodno project is administered by the Nordic Investment Bank as part of the Belarus Municipal Environmental Infrastructure Framework Facility that NIB is pursuing together with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD”). The planned investments will reduce pollution to the River Neman and further to the Baltic Sea. After completion of the planned investments the effluent fulfils the recommendation set by the Helsinki Commission and the European Commission. The proposed project, which has a total estimated cost of EUR 17 million, will require the procurement of the following goods, works and services: Modernisation of the wastewater treatment plant (“WWTP”) including: Detail design of the planned investments Construction and reconstruction of concrete structures and buildings Supply and installation of mechanical, electrical and automation equipment Construction of a collector Tendering for the above goods, works and services is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015. Contracts to be financed with the proceeds of the loans from the Bank and grants from the NDEP and the SIDA will be subject to the EBRD Procurement Policies and Rules and will be open to firms from any country, with the exception of the contracts financed by NDEP where NDEP eligibility restrictions will apply. The proceeds of the NIB loan and grants from SIDA and NDEP will not be used for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities, or 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 or under a sanction or debarment by EU and/or the project’s financiers. Interested suppliers, contractors and consultants should contact:

Baranovichi Biogas Project

 | Published December 1, 2014  -  Deadline December 1, 2015
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Baranovichsky Communal Unitary Industrial Enterprise of Water Supply and Sewer Services “Vodokanal” intends using the proceeds of a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and a grant from the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) for the construction of a biogas plant and auxiliary facilities at the wastewater treatment plant in the City of Baranovichi. The planned investments are aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emission, improving energy efficiency, as well as providing substitution of electricity consumption due to utilising biogas for electricity generation. The project also includes a new boiler station. The proposed project, will require the procurement of the following goods, works and services:
 
Installation of biogas plant and auxiliary facilities, including:
  • Detail design of the planned investments
  • Construction and reconstruction of concrete structures and buildings
  • Supply and installation of mechanical, electrical and automation equipment
  • Commissioning of biogas plant and auxiliary facilities
 
The total capacity of the digestion plant shall be 246 m3/day of sludge with 3-5% DS (dry solids content) and shall be based on anaerobic mesophilic digestion.
 
Tendering for the above goods, works and services is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015.
 
Contracts to be financed with the proceeds of the loans from the Bank and grant from Sida will be subject to the EBRD Procurement Policies and Rules and will be open to firms from any country.
 
The proceeds of the EBRD loan and grant from Sida will not be used for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities, or 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:
 
Baranovichi Vodokanal
55 Komsomolskaya Street
Baranovichi
Republic of Belarus
Attention: Dmitry Tihno (+375 29 8217080), Alena Maisejchyk (+375 33 6746454). Irina Bovkalova (+375 29 7284215)
Fax: +375 0163 423763
email: tihno@veda.by,  psb@veda.by,  bovkalova@veda.by
 
 

Slonim Biogas Project

 | Published December 1, 2014  -  Deadline December 1, 2015
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SLONIM BIOGAS PROJECT
 
GENERAL PROCUREMENT NOTICE
 
Open Joint Stock Company “Slonimsky Vodokanal” intends using the proceeds of a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and a grant from the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) for the construction of a biogas plant and auxiliary facilities at the wastewater treatment plant in the City of Slonim. The planned investments are aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emission, improving energy efficiency, as well as providing substitution of electricity consumption due to utilising biogas for electricity generation. The proposed project will require the procurement of the following goods, works and services:
 
Installation of biogas plant and auxiliary facilities, including:
  • Detail design of the planned investments
  • Construction and reconstruction of concrete structures and buildings
  • Supply and installation of mechanical, electrical and automation equipment
  • Commissioning of biogas plant and auxiliary facilities
 
The total capacity of the digestion plant shall be 115 m3/day of sludge with 6,100 kg DS (dry solids content) and shall be based on anaerobic mesophilic digestion.
 
Tendering for the above goods, works and services is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015.
 
Contracts to be financed with the proceeds of the loans from the Bank and grant from Sida will be subject to the EBRD Procurement Policies and Rules and will be open to firms from any country.
 
The proceeds of the EBRD loan and grant from Sida will not be used for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities, or 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:
 
OJSC «Slonimski Vodokanal»
Pushkina Str, 120
231800 Slonim
Republic of Belarus
To: Aleh Konon, Taras Shkodau
Phone: +375 29 620 30 46
Fax: +375 1562 23429
E-mail:v_canal@tut.by
 

BELARUS ENVIRONMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE FACILITY – BREST (WWTP) PROJECT

 | Published June 23, 2015  -  Deadline June 23, 2016
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BELARUS ENVIRONMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE FACILITY – BREST (WWTP) PROJECT

 

GENERAL PROCUREMENT NOTICE

 

Brestvodokanal (BVK) intends using the proceeds of loan from the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and grants from the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP) and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA; approved, pending finalization of grant agreement) for the reconstruction of the wastewater treatment plant in the City of Brest. The implementation of the Brest project is administered by the Nordic Investment Bank as part of the Belarus Municipal Environmental Infrastructure Framework Facility that NIB is pursuing together with European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The planned investments will reduce pollution to the River Bug and further to the Baltic Sea. After completion of the planned investments the effluent fulfills the recommendation set by the Helsinki Commission and the European Commission. The proposed project, which has a total estimated cost of EUR 18.2 million, will require the procurement of the following goods, works and services:

 

Modernisation of the wastewater treatment plant including:

  • Detail design of the planned investments
  • Construction and reconstruction of concrete structures and buildings
  • Supply and installation of mechanical, electrical and automation equipment

 

Tendering for the above goods, works and services is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2015.

 

Contracts to be financed with the proceeds of the loans from the Bank and grants from the NDEP and the SIDA will be subject to the EBRD Procurement Policies and Rules and will be open to firms from any country, with the exception of the contracts financed by NDEP where NDEP eligibility restrictions will apply.

 

The proceeds of the NIB loan and grants from SIDA and NDEP will not be used for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities, or 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 or under a sanction or debarment by EU and/or the Project's/Activity's financiers.

 

Interested suppliers, contractors and consultants should contact:

 

Brestvodokanal

Krasnogvardeyskaya Str. 125

224024 Brest

Republic of Belarus

Attention: Mr Alexander Kalishuk, Head of Project Implementation Unit

Telephone: +375 162 45 22 03

email: bpvkh@tut.by

 

Disclaimer

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Vitebsk Wastewater Project

 | Published March 16, 2015  -  Deadline March 16, 2016
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VITEBSK WASTEWATER PROJECT
GENERAL PROCUREMENT NOTICE
 
Vitebsk City Unitary Industrial Enterprise of Water Supply and Sewer Services “Vitebskvodokanal” intends using the proceeds of a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), grant from Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP) and a grant from the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) to improve the quality of wastewater treatment in Vitebsk in line with international requirements, such as Helsinki Commission, efficient operation and maintaining of wastewater city network, and, also improving public health.  The proposed project, which has a total estimated budget of EUR 17 million, will require the procurement of the following goods, works and services:
 
  1. Modernization of the biological treatment process at the wastewater treatment plant serving approximately 330 000 residents of Vitebsk and industries, including:
  • Detail design of the planned investments;
  • Construction and reconstruction of concrete and steel structures, and pipes;
  • Supply and installation of mechanical, electrical and automation equipment;
  • Commissioning of completed project.
 
  1. Purchase of combined suction and flushing vehicle with recycling system for cleaning wastewater pipes having inside diameter from 100 to 1100 mm.
 
  1. Purchase of closed-circuit television system for inspection of wastewater system with inside diameter from 50 to 1500mm.
 
Tendering for the above goods, works and services is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2015.
 
Contracts to be financed with the proceeds of the loans from the EBRD and grants from Sida and NDEP will be subject to the EBRD Procurement Policies and Rules and will be open to firms from any country, with the exception of the contracts financed by NDEP where NDEP eligibility restrictions will apply.
 
The proceeds of the EBRD loan and grants from Sida and NDEP will not be used for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities, or 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:
 
Vitebsk Municipal Unitary Manufacturing Enterprise Vodokanal
37, Mira Street
210033 Vitebsk
Republic of Belarus
Tel. +375-212-54-89-14
E-mail: vvk@vitebsk.by
Contact person: Mr Leanid Lemesh
 
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