This project (the “Project”) Project aims at assisting the judges in Egypt to deal more effectively, efficiently and independently with cases involving certain commercial law matters. Specifically, the Project scope will include judicial capacity building on such matters as intellectual property law, competition law, commercial mediation, the enforcement of arbitral awards, as well as the training of trainers. The Project follows the request of the National Centre for Judicial Studies of Egypt (the NCJS) to provide technical assistance for training judges on commercial law matters.
The Bank now intends to engage a consulting company (the “Consultant”) to develop and deliver practical, vocationally-oriented modules of judicial capacity building for judges in Egypt, so as to enable them to deal more effectively and independently with the identified commercial law matters (the “Assignment”).
The expected outcome of the Assignment is the enhanced knowledge of selected Egyptian judges on relevant commercial law matters.
The selected Consultant is expected to provide training on the following components:
Component 1 – Training on Intellectual Property Law
Component 2 – Enforcement of Arbitral Awards
Component 3 - Out-of-court Mediation
Component 4 – Competition Law Training
Component 5 – Training of Trainers
Components 1-4 will include the following activities:
1. Activity 1: Preparation of training modules
The Consultant will design a module of judicial capacity building on, respectively, intellectual property law, enforcement of arbitral awards, out-of-court mediation and competition law training.
2. Activity 2: Delivery of training
The Consultant will deliver a two-day module in workshop format to one or several classes of up to 25 judges. The training may be implemented in multiple cities, including Cairo, Alexandria and Luxor.
Prior to, and upon delivering each of the training modules, the Consultant will carry out a written test of participants’ knowledge on the subject matter of the training module and will provide the participants’ knowledge improvement rate.
3. Activity 3: Training evaluation and on-going mentoring
The Consultant will design and implement a vigorous impact assessment framework, to be agreed with NCJS and EBRD.
The Consultant will make themselves available to provide reasonable on-going advice and coaching to the training participants in relation to any subsequent judicial capacity building for a period of 12 months from the completion of the training. This will include a survey confirming the application of knowledge received during the training by the participating judges.
4. Activity 4: Training module in e-learning format
The Consultant, in close collaboration with NCJS, will develop an e-learning module and supervise its implementation, including all necessary IT support and educational expertise necessary to have the module uploaded on the e-learning system and operated in the most effective manner.
Component 5 will include the following activities:
1. Activity 1: Preparatory activities
(i) Preparation of training of trainers modules with local trainers
The Consultant will design a unique Training of Trainers (ToT) seminar covering substantive matters as well as including an adult training methodology module to help the trainees acquire the necessary teaching skills.
Further to this, the Consultant will prepare ToT handbooks.
(ii) Selection of trainers to train judges
The Consultant will develop fair selection criteria for trainers based on international standards, including specific professional, academic and ethical requirements, as well as a prerequisite of completing the ToT course. The Consultant will then develop an unbiased trainer selection procedure. Both the selection criteria and procedure will be approved by NCJS. The Consultant will then select the trainers from among the trainees that underwent the training courses under the Project as well as NCJS staff. A separate trainer selection committee may also be established.
(iii) Arrangements to encourage trainers’ participation in future training programmes run independently by NCJS
If it is necessary to address the issue of trainers’ participation in future training programmes, the Consultant will facilitate the execution of an agreement between each trainer and NCJS, to ensure there is a contractual obligation to that effect with the trainers.
2. Activity 2: Training delivery
The Consultant will deliver a two-step interactive ToT course to up to 20 participants.
The ToT will include:
The Consultant will supervise the preparation of the training modules by each of the ToT participants.
Prior to and upon the delivery of each of the training modules, to assess the ToT effectiveness, the Consultant will carry out a written test of participants’ knowledge on the subject matter of the training module and will provide the participants’ knowledge improvement rate.
3. Activity 3: Training evaluation and on-going mentoring
The Consultant will design and implement a vigorous impact assessment framework, to be agreed by NCJS and EBRD.
The Consultant will make themselves available to provide reasonable on-going advice and coaching to local trainers in relation to any subsequent judicial capacity building for a period of 12 months from the completion of the training. This will include a survey confirming the application of knowledge received during the training by participating judges.
The complete Terms of Reference for the Assignment can be found via the following link: http://www.ebrd.com/documents/technical-cooporation/commercial-law-judicial-training-in-egypt.doc
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 as soon as the Consultant is contracted and has an estimated overall duration of 18 months.
Maximum Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 230,000 (exclusive of VAT).
The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.
Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund and SEMED Multi Donor Account. 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 practical experience and expertise in:
1. Judicial capacity building and analysis and design of professional legal training programmes and adult learning programmes, including experience in reform and capacity building of the judiciary in the SEMED region, preferably in Egypt, including e-learning arrangements.
2. The implementation of intellectual property law, enforcement of arbitral awards, commercial mediation, competition law in Egypt.
3. Training of trainers.
The Consultant's team will include both international and local national experts.
The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows:
a Key Expert No 1 - team leader with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in developing and implementing judicial capacity building; previous project experience in Egypt and other SEMED region countries as well as experience in developing and delivering training of trainers will be an advantage.
b Key Experts No 2 - international legal experts on intellectual property law, commercial arbitration, commercial mediation and competition law, with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in the implementation and enforcement of the above-referenced areas of law and alternative dispute resolution methods.
c.Key Experts No 3 - local legal experts on intellectual property law, commercial arbitration, commercial mediation and competition law), with preferably 7 years of previous professional experience in the implementation and enforcement of the above-referenced areas of law and alternative dispute resolution methods.
All key experts should be fluent in English. Local key experts should be fluent in English and Arabic.
Non-key experts may include IT experts and logistics coordinators.
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. Methodology for implementing the above tasks and ii) a Proposed Work Plan outlining the plan for the implementation of the main tasks of the Assignment, their duration plus milestones and (max. 4 pages);
4. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.
5. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:
6. Financial Proposal in the format set out in the Terms of Reference provided via the above referenced link.
The above information should not exceed 30 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:
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6577
e-mail: MatushiM@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)
1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.
2. The expressions of interest shall be scored according to the following technical criteria:
(a) Firm’s previous project experience in judicial capacity building and experience and expertise in the analysis and design of professional legal and, specifically, judicial training programmes and adult learning programmes, developing and delivering training of trainers, including experience in reform and capacity building of the judiciary in the SEMED region, preferably in Egypt, including e-learning arrangements – 30 points
(b) Firm’s previous project experience the implementation of intellectual property law, enforcement of arbitral awards, out-of-court mediation, competition law in Egypt – 30 points
(c) CV of Key Experts – 40 points
Following the above referenced technical evaluation an additional 25 points will be allocated to the firm’s financial proposal submitted as part of the firm’s expression of interest.
The methodology for calculating scores for financial proposals is as follows: The lowest evaluated Financial Proposal (Fm) is given the maximum financial score of 25 points. The formula for determining the financial scores of all other Proposals (Sf) is calculated as follows: Sf = 25 x Fm/ F, in which "Sf" is the financial score, "FM" is the lowest price, and "F" the price of the proposal under consideration.