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Procurement of Specialised Equipment for the SESA in the East Nile Region – Client’s Procurement Consultant

 | Published May 28, 2015  -  Deadline June 11, 2015
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Project Description: The New and Renewable Energy Authority of Egypt (the Client, NREA) has requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) to provide technical assistance for a Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) of the East Nile Region (the Project). Assignment Description: Under a separate procurement notice (ID 47474), the Client intends to retain a consulting company to carry out a Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment of the East Nile Region (the Assignment). In order for this consultant to carry out the SESA (the SESA Consultant), the Client must provide access to the following specialised equipment: 10 (ten) Combined RE (wind-solar) met-masts; 5 (five) Laser Binoculars or LiDAR (light detection and ranging); and 3 (three) integrated GIS platforms (both hardware and software). The Client therefore wishes to engage a consultant (the “Client’s Procurement Consultant”) to assist its staff in the procurement of the above-mentioned specialised equipment in accordance with the EBRD’s Procurement Policies and Rules (PP&R) (the Assignment). The expected outcome of the Assignment is that the specialised equipment is procured in accordance with the EBRD’s PP&R in time for the SESA Consultant to use it while carrying out their assignment. The selected Client’s Procurement Consultant is expected to provide the following services in accordance with the Bank’s PP&R: recommend a suitable procurement strategy; define the equipment requirements based on international standards; prepare the tender documents and procurement plan; assist the Client during the tender; and assist the Client during the award and negotiations phase 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 July 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 6 months. Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 125,000.00 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Client the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope. The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed. Funding Source: It is anticipated that the contract will be financed by the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund. Selection and contracting is 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 preferably previous project experience related to: 1. IFI procurement processes; 2. Working knowledge of RE projects, mainly wind and solar industries internationally, and in the MENA region; 3. Legal framework in Egypt for RE projects; and 4. Risk assessment for procurement in Egypt’s public sector. The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows: Key Expert No 1: Project Manager - Expert in procurement of goods and associated services for infrastructure energy projects (Overall responsibility for managing the Assignment, managing the relationship with the EBRD, and for the technical outputs of the Assignment with NREA as the Tendering Authority) with preferably: University degree (or equivalent) in Engineering, Law or any other relevant discipline. Good command of spoken and written English is essential; Arabic language skills would be an advantage. 10 years’ work experience in designing and implementing procurement plans for supply of goods and associated services for infrastructure and/or energy projects and in accordance with IFI procurement policies and regulations, preferably EBRD. 5 years of working with interaction between IFIs and Governmental Clients, in particular for designing and implementing for the supply of goods and associated services including associated installation and technical and vocational training. Key Expert No 2: Expert in procurement of IT goods, software and services for infrastructure energy projects with preferably: University degree (or equivalent) in Engineering, Law or any other relevant discipline). Good command of spoken and written English is essential; Arabic language skills would be an advantage. 10 years’ work experience in designing and implementing bidding documents for the supply of IT goods, software and associated for infrastructure and/or energy projects and in accordance with IFI procurement policies and regulations, preferably EBRD. 5 years’ working with interaction between IFIs and Governmental Clients, in particular for the supply of IT goods, software and associated services for infrastructure and/or energy projects including associated installation and technical and vocational training. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected, 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 and the Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet). The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English via email (pdf) to the Client’s contact person, to reach the Client not later than the closing date. One additional copy shall reach the Bank’s contact person by the same due date. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The Client reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if any limitation on the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files. Executing Agency (Client): New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) Full Address: Dr. Ibrahim Aboulnaga St. – Extension of Abbas El Akkad St. Nasr City Cairo Arab Republic of Egypt The Client Contact Person: Dr Mohamed Salah El Sobky Title: Executive Chairman of NREA Name of Entity: New and Renewable Energy Authority Full Address: Dr. Ibrahim Aboulnaga St. – Extension of Abbas El Akkad St. Nasr City Cairo Arab Republic of Egypt Email: chairperson@nrea.gov.eg Phone: +202-22-717-176 Fax: +202-22-717-173 The EBRD Contact Person: Georgia Vasiliadis (Ms) Title: Principal Advisor Full Address: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square London EC2A 2JN United Kingdom Tel: + 44 20 7338 7750 Fax: +44 20 7338 7451 E-mail: vasiliag@ebrd.com Important Notes: 1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding. 2. The shortlist criteria are as follows: (a) Firm’s experience of working with IFI procurement processes (25%) (b) Firm’s knowledge/experience of RE projects, and the legal framework for these in Egypt (25%) (c) CVs of Key Experts (50%)

SEMED SEFF - Phase 2: EgyptSEFF Project Consultant - Assistance with Implementation

 | Published March 4, 2016  -  Deadline March 29, 2016
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Assignment Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") as lead institution is, together with its partners Agence Francaise de Developpement ("AFD") and the European Investment Bank ("EIB") (collectively the “Development Finance Institutions” or the “DFIs”) in the process of developing the second phase of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (“SEMED SEFF” or the “Facility”). While the first phase has been successfully launched in Morocco and could be extended into Jordan, the second phase will consist of credit lines of up to EUR 140 million to be provided to Participating Financial Intermediaries ("PFIs") in Egypt for on-lending to private sector borrowers (including SMEs and households). This Facility will also be based on lessons learnt from development and implementation of a pilot EgyptSEFF project with the National Bank of Egypt ("NBE") for USD 30 million, financed solely from the EBRD funds (see www.egyptseff.org).

The purpose of the Facility is to demonstrate the benefits of sustainable energy (SE) by promoting the expansion of renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) bankable investments in Egypt using the financial intermediation model already being used by the DFIs in other countries.

Egypt faces several major challenges in its energy sector. Egypt is a net importer of oil and gas despite the presence of domestic sources. Although there have been recent large increases in gas and electricity prices to industrial consumers, energy prices in Egypt are low in comparison with those in the region. Historically low prices for energy and energy subsidies have led to the development of energy and carbon intensive industries in Egypt, with Egypt's economy the third most energy intensive in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The Facility is seeking to address Egypt's energy and resource intensity by encouraging investments in EE and RE projects

The Facility will be supported by:
(1)
A grant of up to EUR 20.3 million to be provided by the EU Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF). The grant will be used for incentives to sub-borrowers and PFIs; and
(2)
Technical assistance (“TA”) totalling up to EUR 6.3 million. The TA will consist of two consultancy assignments: Project Consultant (PC) and a Verification Consultant (VC).

The EBRD now wishes to engage a Project Consultant (the “PC”), to provide capacity-building to PFIs to institutionalise the know-how required to support these types of investment, as well as providing support to PFIs to build a pipeline of eligible Sub-projects for financing and helping Sub-borrowers to develop and prepare their Sub-projects for financing by PFIs as well as providing visibility to the Facility and donors. In order to build capacity amongst professionals in the local market to ensure there is support for PFIs in implementing their own green lending products in the future, the PC will also provide training for local experts, to help them develop necessary skills and technical expertise for identification and preparation of technically feasible and financially viable projects for EE and RE investments.

A Verification Consultant (the “VC”), whose appointment will be the subject of a separate procurement notice, will ensure that the objectives of the Facility are met by checking and confirming that Sub-projects have been completed in accordance with the relevant investment plans, as prepared by the PC, and are on track to achieve the planned performance. This will be done through the physical assessment of the successful implementation and completion of all large-scale investments and up to 20% of randomly selected small-scale investments, to verify proper implementation; the remaining small-scale investments will be subject to a desk-based document review. On the basis of their assessment, the VC will determine the amount of incentives payable for each investment.

The PC Assignment will address barriers to investing in EE and RE projects within financial institutions as well as at the sub-borrower level. Low levels of energy tariffs and high levels of government subsidy provide a challenge to the implementation of EE projects. There is a lack of knowledge and know-how in how to implement EE and RE projects in Egypt, despite a huge potential market for EE and RE measures within industry, service and residential sectors, driven by fluctuating energy supplies and interruptions which could lead to operational losses. The Assignment will build skills within PFIs in assessing and financing EE and RE projects, and provide assistance to sub-borrowers in structuring and developing projects appropriate to their company needs.

Assignment Duration: The PC Assignment is expected to start by September 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 48 months. There is a possibility for contract extension in time and money subject to project needs, satisfactory performance of the Consultant and availability of funding.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 5,600,000; exclusive of VAT.

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

Funding Source: It is anticipated that the contract will be funded in part by the EU NIF - Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) Regional Sustainable Energy Finance Facility: Phase II – Egypt, and in part by other donor funds to be confirmed.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions. It is anticipated that the contract will be financed through the EBRD's donor-funded Technical Cooperation Funds Programme. However, consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding from an appropriate donor.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Project Consultant will be a firm or group of firms with substantial locally-based capacity. Participation of local experts is essential: the Project Consultant should make extensive use of (accredited where appropriate) qualified locally based experts, as most tasks will be carried out in the field. The PC will have demonstrable capacity to access, and mobilise at short notice, experts with the necessary skills and qualification to support the Facility implementation.

The Project Consultant will have extensive experience in:
(1)
Project management of similar assignments in the region (in size and subject)
2)
Engineering experts with extensive technical experience in industrial and building EE and RE project assessment and development
(3)
Demonstrated experience of conducting energy audits and making appraisal of investment projects
(4)
Marketing sustainable energy finance projects in a business-to-business context
(5)
Developing training programmes on sustainable energy for financial institutions, engineers and businesses.

The Project Consultant will have recent experience of carrying out similar assignments in Egypt and/or the wider SEMED region.

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

a. Project Manager, with preferably: 15 years’ experience in project management; international technical experience in industrial EE and or RE including related to EE and RE financing schemes; expertise in project implementation planning; languages (fluent spoken and written English is essential; knowledge of Arabic would be an advantage).

b. Lead Engineer, with preferably: 15 years’ international experience, including overseeing the work of a team of engineers; previous experience of explaining engineering measures in financial terms; language skills (fluent spoken and written English is essential; knowledge of Arabic would be an advantage).

c. Pool of Local Engineers: with knowledge of industrial processes and expertise with in industrial operations and building operation, e.g., process upgrade, heat recovery, modernisation/optimisation of energy supply systems (power distribution, compressed air, refrigeration, etc.), improved monitoring and control, on-site CHP generation, rehabilitation of commercial buildings, and renewable energy projects (SWHs, PV plants, small wind energy, CSP for heat, etc.); proven experience in development of sustainable energy projects, including: (i) conducting energy audits and validation of renewable energy resources, (ii) assessment of project investment plan including its risks and mitigation strategy, (iii) commercially based sustainable energy projects financing, and (iv) calculation of energy savings and greenhouse gas emission reduction for such projects; (fluent Arabic essential, fluent spoken and written English would be an advantage).

d. Communications and Marketing Experts, with preferably: 10 years’ experience in developing marketing strategy and marketing tools; a track record of successful marketing projects in a business-to-business marketing context; proven experience in working with corporate clients and/or banks on marketing their products; and language skills (fluent Arabic essential, fluent spoken and written English would be an advantage).).
e. Financial/Economic Expert(s), with preferably: 10 years’ experience as corporate finance expert, bank loan officer or economist with specialisation in financial analysis (including capital investment appraisal); proven expertise in financial structuring of cash-flow-based lending projects; fluent Arabic essential, fluent spoken and written English would be an advantage;

f. Environmental Expert, with preferably: 10 years’ experience of conducting environmental due diligence and environmental impact assessments for a variety of sustainable energy projects; fluent Arabic essential, fluent spoken and written English would be an advantage.

Submission Requirements: Interested consultants are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest. In order to determine the qualifications and competence of consulting firms seeking to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following:

  1. Company profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages);
  2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives;

  3. A table printed in landscape listing the proposed experts, their proposed role in the project team (using expert position as listed above), indicating the years of relevant professional experience, nationality, language skills, and a short summary of knowledge and experiences in relation to the requested position;
  4. CVs of key experts who could be available to work on the Assignment;
  5. Completed Consultant’s Declaration and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:
    http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc

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

The complete expression of interest (including CVs and Consultant’s Declaration 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 and CVs into two files.

Please note that eSelection should be accessed via Internet Explorer.


One electronic copy of the Expression of Interest shall be submitted, in English, electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. No hard copies of the expressions of interest are required.

Bank Contact Person:
Ms Georgia Vasiliadis (Principal Advisor)
Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 7750
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 the availability of funding.
2. Shortlist criteria and weightings are as follows:
(a) Firm's relevant experience, including in implementation of financial programmes and sustainable energy projects (25%);
(b) Firm's relevant experience in Egypt / South-Eastern Mediterranean region (25%); and
(c) Experts' CVs: International Project Manager; International and Local Engineers; Communications, Marketing and IT Experts; Assistant Project Manager(s); Financial/Economic Experts (50%)

Egypt Sustainable Energy Finance Facility (SEFF) Pilot Project - National Bank of Egypt Credit Line: Verification Consultant

 | Published January 5, 2015  -  Deadline February 10, 2015
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Assignment Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD or the Bank) is considering a loan of USD 30 million to the National Bank of Egypt (NBE) for on-lending to private sub-borrowers for energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy projects (the Project). The credit line for NBE is proposed as a pilot project prior to rolling out a country-wide facility under the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (SEFF).


Egypt faces several major challenges in its energy sector. Egypt is a net importer of oil and gas despite the presence of domestic sources. Although there have been recent large increases in gas and electricity prices to industrial consumers, energy prices in Egypt are low in comparison with those in the region. Historically low prices for energy and energy subsidies have led to the development of energy and carbon intensive industries in Egypt, with Egypt's economy the third most energy intensive in the MENA region. EBRD is seeking to address Egypt's energy intensity by encouraging investments in EE and renewable energy projects by providing a credit line of USD 30 million to the NBE to on-lend to private enterprises.

The Facility will be supported by a comprehensive technical assistance programme (TC). The TC funds will be used for two consultancy assignments: Project Consultant (PC) and Verification Consultant (VC).

  1. The Project Consultant (or the PC), which has been separately procured, will assist with the design, launch and successful operation of the Facility, be responsible for the marketing of the Facility, define technical eligibility criteria, design procedures, appraise sub-projects against a set of criteria, monitor implementation of financed sub-projects and verify implementation of some sub-projects.
  2. The Verification Consultant (or the VC), subject to this call for Expressions of Interest, will ensure that the implemented investments meet the expectations of the customers and the Project Consultant, by checking and confirming, on a sample basis (and on demand from customers) that Sub-projects have been completed in accordance with the relevant investment plans and are on track to achieve the planned energy savings.

The main tasks of the VC shall be to:

  • Prepare a verification report (Completion Validation Review or CVR) on the implementation of Sub-project in the categories 2 and 3 as specified below, including the relevant energy savings indicator and an assessment on how the recommendations in the Project Assessment Report, or any other document as relevant, have been fulfilled;
  • Provide EBRD with a monthly work plan outlining planned activities for the next month and a final report providing a summary of activities undertaken throughout the assignment.
  • Prepare and submit to the Bank other deliverables as may reasonably be requested;
  • Ensure that all reports and documentation has clear references to the support of the donors, the form of such references to be agreed with the EBRD;

There will be two different approaches to the selection, preparation, processing and verification of the investment projects following the following 3 categories of potential sub-projects:

  1. Small (LEME) investments: based on the LEME/LESI approach. The List of Eligible Materials and Equipment (LEME) and the List of Eligible Suppliers and Installers (LESI) will be prepared by the Project Consultant and applied by with support provided by the PC as required. The VC will conduct site visits on a sample of up to 20% of randomly selected LEME investments to verify proper implementation. LEME investments which are not selected for site visits to verify completion will be verified on the basis of a desk-based document review.
  2. For buildings, Verification will include an assessment on how the recommendations included in Project Assessment Report by the Project Consultant have been fulfilled. If this is not the case, justification of the differences and evaluation of consequences.
  3. For Assisted Investments, Verification will include evaluation on the completion and commissioning of the Sub-Project, confirming its compliance with the initial plans contained in the Sub-Project PRoject Assessment Report. In case of deviation from those plans, justification of the differences and evaluation of consequences.

Assignment Duration: The Assignment has an estimated overall duration of 24 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 150,000; exclusive of VAT.

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

Funding Source: It is anticipated that the contract will be financed through the EBRD's donor funded Technical Cooperation Funds Programme. However, consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding from an appropriate donor.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required.

The consultant shall be a consulting firm or a group of firms with a strong locally based capacity as the bulk of the assignment will be conducted in the field. The Consultant should have relevant experience in all areas needed for the performance of the assignment as described above, including relevant sector and regional experience. The VC’s team will be composed of professionals with relevant technical background in order to ensure compliance with Egyptian legislation as relevant. The VC must have proven experience in administration of similar or relevant projects with at least two experts who will be qualified engineers with particular experience in industrial energy efficiency, buildings energy efficiency design and standards, knowledge of Egyptian renewable energy and building regulations and relevant standards in relation to energy consumption and performance. Engineers should ideally be chartered and licensed enabling them to provide qualified services in compliance with the Egyptian legislation.

Experts will be capable of and experienced in validating sub-projects against set criteria. The proposed experts shall also demonstrate a capacity to carry out the assignment.


Participation of local experts is essential: the Consultant should make extensive use of (accredited where appropriate) qualified locally based experts.

The key expert positions are the following:
1. Project Manager with a) with extensive experience of project management, b) expertise in project implementation planning, including experience related to energy management, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, d) experience of working in EBRD countries of operation, including Egypt, will be an advantage e) language skills (fluent spoken and written English would be an advantage).
2. Engineer(s) (international and/or local) with significant relevant professional experience with: a) knowledge of industrial processes and expertise with energy efficiency in industrial operations, e.g., process upgrade, heat recovery, modernisation/optimisation of energy supply systems (power distribution, compressed air, refrigeration, etc.), improved monitoring and control, on-site CHP generation, rehabilitation of commercial buildings, b) knowledge of renewable energy projects (SWHs, PV plants, small wind energy, CSP for heat, etc.); c) knowledge of Egyptian renewable energy and building regulations and relevant standards in relation to energy consumption and performance, d) language skills (fluent Arabic essential, spoken and written English would be an advantage)

Evaluation of the Expressions of Interest will be based on the following criteria and their respective weightings:

Experience in similar assignments in Egypt or similar locations 15.0
Specific expertise in project coordination, monitoring and reporting 15.0
Relevant experience in areas needed for the performance of the assignment: verification of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects 35.0
Calibre of the available experts: qualifications, experience, seniority specific to the assignment/tasks, local experience 25.0
Participation/presence of qualified local experts 10.0

Submission Requirements: Interested consultants are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest. In order to determine the qualifications and competence of consulting firms seeking to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following:

  1. Company profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages);
  2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration), main activities, objectives;
  3. A table printed in landscape listing the proposed experts, their proposed role in the project team (using expert position as listed above), indicating the years of relevant professional experience, nationality, language skills, a short qualification in relation to the requested position, knowledge and experiences;
  4. CVs of key experts who could be available to work on the Assignment;

  5. Completed Consultant's Declaration and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:
    http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc

The above information should not exceed 40 pages excluding CVs.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted, in English, electronically through eSelection. Consultants are advised to access eSelection via Internet Explorer, as eSelection is not compatible with other browsers.

The complete expression of interest (including CVs and Consultant's Declaration 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.

Note: Selection and contracting will normally be made from responses to this notification. The consultant will be selected from a shortlist, subject to availability of funding (from an appropriate donor - dependent on whether or not donor has approved funding). The Consultant that has been awarded the contract for the PC assignment, and their consortium members (if any) and sub-contractors (if any) are ineligible to be awarded the contract for the VC assignment.

SEMED SEFF - Phase 2: EgyptSEFF Verification Consultant - Assistance with Implementation

 | Published October 21, 2016  -  Deadline November 21, 2016
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Project Description:

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) as lead institution, together with its partners Agence Francaise de Developpement (“AFD”) and the European Investment Bank (“EIB”) (collectively the “Development Finance Institutions” or the “DFIs”), is in the process of developing the second phase of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (“SEMED SEFF”). While the first phase has been successfully launched in Morocco, the second phase (“EgyptSEFF” or the “Facility”) will consist of credit lines of up to EUR 140 million to be provided to Participating Financial Intermediaries (“PFI”), including banks and leasing companies, in Egypt for on-lending to private sector sub borrowers for investments in Energy Efficiency (EE) and Renewable Energy (RE) projects. This Facility also incorporates the lessons learnt during a pilot EgyptSEFF project with the National Bank of Egypt (NBE), financed solely from EBRD funds. This pilot project has shown positive results within a short time frame and confirmed there is a significant potential to finance EE and RE projects in Egypt (see www.egyptseff.org).

Assignment Description

Egypt faces several major challenges in its energy sector. Egypt is a net importer of oil and gas despite the presence of domestic sources. Although there have been recent large increases in gas and electricity prices to industrial consumers, energy prices in Egypt are low in comparison with those in the region. Historically low prices for energy and energy subsidies have led to the development of energy- and carbon-intensive industries in Egypt, with Egypt's economy the third most energy intensive in the MENA region.

The purpose of the Facility is to demonstrate the benefits of energy conservation and promote the expansion of RE and EE investments in Egypt using the financial intermediation model already being used by EBRD in other countries. Each PFI loan will be co-financed by either EIB or AFD in the form of parallel loans, through a common terms agreement (CTA).

The Facility may provide financing for the following categories of eligible Sub-loans

1. Industrial EE and RE investments;

2. Stand-alone small scale RE investments;

3. Commercial buildings sector - EE and/or RE investments in commercial buildings (production and administrative buildings of Beneficiaries);

The Facility will be supported by:

· grant funds of up to EUR 20.3 million provided by the EU Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF).

· technical assistance (TC) totaling EUR 6.3 million, provided by the EU Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF) in the amount of EUR 3 million and potentially the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund in the amount of EUR 3.3 million.

The TC funds will be used for two consultancy assignments: Project Consultant (PC) and an ex-post Verification Consultant (VC).

The Project Consultant (or the PC), subject to a separate procurement process, will assist with the design, launch and successful operation of the Facility, be responsible for the marketing of the Facility, define technical eligibility criteria and appraise sub-projects against a set of criteria. In the appraisal of sub-projects the PC will use two approaches:

· Automatic eligibility process: Automatic Sub-project eligibility shall be based on the Technology Selector developed by the PC Sub-loans for Technology Selector based items can be approved by the PFI without further need for an Assessment by the PC. The PC is responsible for maintaining and updating the Technology Selector (including contact details and categories of eligible technologies supplied) and ensuring that it is publicly available via the Facility website. Any doubts about whether a Sub-project is automatically eligible shall be clarified through an approved eligibility process. Based on the PFI’s request, Sub-loans for Technology Selector based items may also be assessed under assisted eligibility process as per the next section.

· Assisted eligibility process: In cases where the scope of a larger and more complex investment is clearly defined and the Sub-project is adequately specified and presented in the Sub-loan application, the PC will prepare the Preliminary Assessment Report and will recommend a further more detailed assessment of the Sub-project proposal in order to verify and approve its eligibility. For this purpose the PC shall perform either a Simplified Assessment or a Full Assessment of the Sub-project depending on the Sub-project requirements and prepare a Simplified Assessment Report – SAR or a Full Assessment Report - FAR. The SAR/PAR may be complemented by additional information available to the PC in support of the results presented in the report. It will be the responsibility of the PC to confirm the technical eligibility (or otherwise) of Sub-projects to the Participating Financial Institutions.

The ex-post Verification Consultant (the “VC”), subject to this call for Expression of Interest, will ensure that the implemented investments meet the expectations of the customers and the PFI by checking and confirming that all Sub-projects have been completed in accordance with the relevant investment plans described in SAR or FAR (as prepared and/or reviewed by the PC) and are on track to achieve the planned energy savings.

More specifically, the Verification Consultant is expected to:

a) Prepare a verification report on the implementation of Sub-projects and an assessment on how the recommendations in the Project Assessment Report, or any other document as relevant, have been fulfilled;

b) Provide EBRD with a monthly work plan outlining planned activities for the next month;

c) Prepare a monthly verifications report detailing the sub-projects verified in the previous month and the Investment Incentives payable by EBRD;

d) Prepare a final report providing a summary of activities undertaken throughout the assignment;

e) Prepare and submit to the Bank other deliverables as may reasonably be requested.

Ensure that all reports and documentation have clear references to the support of the donors, the form of such references to be agreed with the EBRD.

There will be two different approaches to the selection, preparation, processing and verification of the investment:

(i) For Assessed Sub-projects the VC will physically determine the successful implementation and completion on site. The VC will verify project completion through a site visit within one month from the date of notification of project completion and receipt of supporting documentation.

(ii) For Sub-project investments in Pre-approved Technology the Verification Consultant will physically determine the successful implementation and completion of not less than 10% of randomly selected sub-projects through on-site spot checks (including those Sub-projects with suspiciously high costs per energy savings). The VC will verify the successful implementation and completion of the balance of Pre-Approved Technology investments on the basis of a desk-based document review. Spot checks will be completed and Sub-projects verified within one month from the date of notification of project completion and receipt of supporting documentation. Desk-based verification will be completed within 10 business days from the date of notification of project completion and receipt of supporting documentation.

On the basis of the assessment, the VC will determine the amount of incentives payable for each investment.

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 early in 2017 and has an estimated overall duration of 48 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 700,000.00 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Bank the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope.

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

Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by the European Union Neighbourhood Investment Facility (EU NIF) and the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund (subject to funding approvals). 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 shall be a firm or a group of firms with a strong locally-based support capacity. The Consultant should have relevant experience in all areas needed for the performance of the assignment as described above, including relevant sector and regional experience. The firm and its proposed experts shall have a wide and balanced experience in industrial energy efficiency, energy efficiency in buildings and renewable energy systems. Experts will be capable of and experienced in validating sub-projects against set criteria. An extensive use of qualified locally-based personnel is envisaged as the bulk of the assignment will be conducted in the field.

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

1. Team Leader or Project Manager with preferably 15 years of previous professional experience in:

a) project management

b) project implementation planning, including experience related to energy management, RE and EE projects,

c) the South-Eastern Mediterranean or North African regions, including Egypt

e) fluent spoken and written English is essential; knowledge of Arabic would be an advantage.

2. Engineer(s) (international and/or local) with significant relevant professional experience and knowledge of:

· industrial processes and expertise with EE in industrial operations, e.g., process upgrade, heat recovery, modernisation/optimisation of energy supply systems (power distribution, compressed air, refrigeration, etc.), improved monitoring and control, on-site CHP generation, rehabilitation of commercial buildings,

· knowledge of RE projects (SWHs, PV plants, small wind energy, CSP for heat, etc.);

· knowledge of Egyptian RE and building regulations and relevant standards in relation to energy consumption and performance

· fluent written and spoken Arabic is essential; fluent spoken and written English would be an advantage)

Participation of local experts from Egypt and/or the wider SEMED region is essential. The Consultant's team should be able to communicate effectively in English and Arabic.

The Consultant should have relevant experience in all areas needed for the performance of the assignment as described above, including relevant sector and regional experience. The firm and its proposed experts shall have a wide and balanced experience in industrial EE, EE in buildings and RE systems. Experts will be capable of and experienced in validating sub-projects against set criteria.

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be shortlisted 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. A table printed in landscape listing the proposed experts, their proposed role in the project team (using expert position as listed above), indicating the years of relevant professional experience, nationality, language skills, a short qualification in relation to the requested position, knowledge and experiences;

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:

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

The above information should not exceed 15 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 (e.g. Expression of Interest in one file and CVs in one file).

Bank Contact Person:

Ms Georgia Vasiliadis

Technical Co-operation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

One Exchange Square

London EC2A 2JN

Tel: + 44 20 7338 7750

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 firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.

2. The shortlist criteria and weightings are as follows:

(a) Firm’s previous project experience, including in implementation of financial programmes and sustainable energy projects (25%)

(b) Firm’s relevant experience in Egypt/South-Eastern Mediterranean/North African region (25%)

(c) Experts’ CVs: (50%)

Individual Consultant to develop technical specifications for a central treatment facility for healthcare waste using non-incarnation technology (autoclaving)

UNDP Country Office - EGYPT | Published March 22, 2017  -  Deadline April 12, 2017
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Terms of ReferencesConsultancy service to develop specifications ofa central treatment facility for healthcare wasteusing non-incineration technology (Autoclaving)1. BackgroundThe Government of Egypt (GoE), represented by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs(MoFA) and the technical support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has succeeded in obtaining a new package of grants from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to implement a five years project entitled ”Protect human health and the environment from unintentional releases of POPs originating from incineration and open burning of health care- and electronic waste”.The project objective is to prevent and reduce health and environmental risks related to POPs and harmful chemicals through their release reduction achieved by provision of an integrated institutional and regulatory framework covering environmentally sound Health Care Waste and E-waste management. The project will reduce emissions of UPOPs as well as other hazardous releases (e.g. mercury, lead, etc.) resulting from the unsound management, disposal and recycling of a) Health-Care Waste (HCW), in particular due to substandard incineration practice and open burning of HCW; and, b) Electronic Waste (EW), in particular due to the practice of unsound collection and recycling activities and open burning of electronic waste.The project will achieve this by i) determining the baseline for releases of UPOPs and other hazardous substances (e.g. mercury, lead) resulting from unsound HCW and E-waste practices; ii) conducting facility assessments; iii) building capacity among key stakeholders; iv) implementing BEP at selected model hospitals, health-care facilities (HCFs) and a central treatment facility (CTF); v) introducing BAT and BEP to formal and informal E-waste processors; vi) preparing health care facilities for the use/maintenance of non-mercury devices followed by introduction of mercury-free devices; vii) evaluating facilities to ensure that they have successfully implemented BEP; viii) installing and evaluating BAT technology(ies) at one Central Treatment Facility based on a defined evaluation criteria; and, xi) enhancing national HCWM training opportunities to reach out to additional hospitals/HCFs.2. Objective of the assignment The project is seeking the service of International Consultant (IC) to develop the tendering documents including technical specifications and support procurement of a central treatment facility that will have sufficient capacity to treat 50% of the infectious HCW produced in the governorate of Gharbia – Egypt (~ 2,500 kg/day, 420 kg/hr according to 2014 Assessment Study of Healthcare Waste in Egypt).The CTF must utilize the best available non-incineration technology, which might include two large autoclaves, shredder and compactor.The location of the CTF as well as the proposed treatment technology will be determined in coordination with the Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP). (Note: Land and Infrastructure requirements for the establishment of both CTF, such as roads/pavement, water and electricity supply, will be provided by the GoE as a co-financing contribution – the CTF can be placed in two separate hospitals). However, the design of such infrastructure and its implementation follow up will be among the project responsibilities.The IC shall be required to prepare the tendering documents and support procurement and installation of the non-incineration system for CFT including:Preparation of the technical specifications for different components of CTFConceptual design of the infrastructure requirements such as construction of storage areas, loading docks, water and electricity supply, etc.)The consultant will be supported by one national field consultant to assist and facilitate work of the international consultant in designing the infrastructure needs according to the Egyptian code and to follow up implementation plans, progress in site activities and final acceptance of the site. 3. Scope of work:Visit the proposed CTF(s) location(s) in the governorate of Gharbia – Egypt to inspect the location and confirm its suitability for the proposed activity.Support identification and selection of the national field consultant to assist in designing the CTF(s) sites and site supervision activities.Provide the best design that utilizes the available resources for establishing the CTF(s) in coordination with the national consultant.Provide detailed specification and conceptual design for the infrastructural needs (e.g. storage areas, loading docks, water and electricity supply, etc.). National consultant will participate in bidder evaluation and will be responsible for the field follow up of the contracted activities and final acceptance of the site.Advise MOHP & CUH on the best available non-incineration technologies that can be used in Egypt..Prepare tendering documents for purchasing CTF(s) that use non-incineration technology for HCW;Assess the technical offers of the bidders and responding to any inquiry during the bid evaluation process.Participate in inspection, testing, startup and receiving of the newly installed CTF(s). 4. Products expected from the assignmentThe main product of the consultant is expected to be, but not limited to, the following:A technical report on the best available non-incineration technologies that can be used in Egypt. The report should include a comparative study on the available options regarding its advantages, constraints, operational requirements and cost, routine and major maintenance requirements, etc.ToR including required qualifications for contracting a national field consultant to assist the IC in designing the CTF(s) sites according to the Egyptian code of practice..Conceptual design of the CTF(s) premises including but not limited to layout, dimensions, specifications of storage areas before and after treatment, loading docks, waste transportation routes, facility accessibility, containers cleaning system with its associated waste containing mechanism, facility energy sources, contaminated wastewater collection system, etc.Complete set of tendering documents for procurement and installation of the needed items to fulfill the proposed CTF(s) premises design. The tendering documents will include technical specifications for the different components and accessories of the CTF.as well as a layout for the infrastructure and civil works.CTF(s) site acceptance report that demonstrate the accomplished activities and any deviation from the planed design.Evaluation report for CTF technical proposals.Report on testing, commissioning and acceptance of the newly installed CTF(s). 5. Implementation arrangementsThe project will contract the consultants and will be responsible for set up stakeholder meetings, arrange field visits, coordinate with the authorities.The international consultant will work very closely with, and provide guidance to, the national consultant on the exact information needed for the project development purposes under direct supervision of the Project Manager. The international consultant will assume overall responsibility for the timely completion of deliverables by the national consultant. Throughout his assignment, the IC is expected to CTF site twice. 6. Duration of the assignmentThe consultancy shall not exceed 60 working days over a period of one year. 7. QualificationsAdvanced university degree in engineering or a science related discipline.At least ten years of work experience in the areas of healthcare waste management and treatment.Substantial, relevant and practical working experience in developing countries in the design and implementation of central treatment facilities for healthcare waste.Previous work experience in Middle East and North African region is an asset.Proven work experience on similar GEF/UNDP projects.Excellent English communication skills.8. Terms of Payment

TVET NATIONAL CONSULTANT

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Published October 20, 2015  -  Deadline October 28, 2015
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UNESCO places great emphasis on ensuring that the objectives of the work assignment, as described in the Terms of Reference, are met. Accordingly, in evaluating the proposals for the assignment, attention will focus first and foremost on the technical elements. From those proposals deemed suitable in terms of the criteria in the Terms of Reference, UNESCO shall select the proposal that offers the Organisation best value for money.

EOI – Egypt - Individual Consultant - Governance and Institutional Expert – 11 2015

 | Published November 30, 2015
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International consultant for a GEF project Terminal Evaluation

UNDP Country Office - EGYPT | Published September 22, 2016  -  Deadline October 8, 2016
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In accordance with UNDP and GEF M&E policies and procedures, all full and medium-sized UNDP support GEF financed projects are required to undergo a terminal evaluation upon completion of implementation. These terms of reference (TOR) sets out the expectations for a Terminal Evaluation (TE) of the Bioenergy for Sustainable Rural Development (PIMS# 2284)Objective and Scope The project was designed to facilitate and accelerate the market development for new bioenergy technologies (BET) in Egypt, thereby promoting sustainable socio-economic development of the rural communities in Egypt and reducing the negative global and local environmental impacts associated with the use of fossil fuels and the environmentally not sound management of the agricultural waste. The objective of the project is to remove the technical, institutional, information, financial, and market barriers to developing the BET market in Egypt by (i) testing the feasibility and building the public confidence on BET systems and on the new business and financing models to facilitate their broader adoption, and on the basis of those models showing success, developing further the financial, institutional and market strategies for their large-scale replication; (ii) supporting the development and adoption of an enabling policy framework to implement and leverage financing for the recommended strategies; iii) building the capacity of the supply side to do marketing, finance and deliver rural bioenergy services; and iv) institutionalizing the support provided by the project to facilitate sustainable growth of the market after the end of the project.In order to facilitate sustainable market transformation, there is a need for parallel, mutually supportive measures that can create a sustainable demand through an enabling policy framework and other promotional measures, which are building the confidence of the market on the new technologies, and on the other side meeting this demand by building the capacity of commercially oriented and professional supply chain able to offer high quality products and services, combined with the access to affordable and sustainable financing mechanisms. Through the implementation of the planned investments projects, the project is going to monitor and collect experiences from the different type and size of bioenergy applications, including family, community and farm scale, thereby exploring further the opportunities also for semi-industrial or industrial plants. For this purpose and in line with the recommendations coming out from the GEF Council review, more advanced technologies also from other countries will be evaluated in addition to the proposed lower costs technologies from China and India. The TE will be conducted according to the guidance, rules and procedures established by UNDP and GEF as reflected in the UNDP Evaluation Guidance for GEF Financed Projects. The objectives of the evaluation are to assess the achievement of project results, and to draw lessons that can both improve the sustainability of benefits from this project, and aid in the overall enhancement of UNDP programming. The scope of the evaluation is expected to cover the following: Review of the status of the project activities and the possibility of achieving all the outcomes in the given timeframe, taking into consideration the speed, at which the project is proceeding. Review of the effectiveness of the project implementation and the use of its financial resources, including adaptive management applied for the revision of the project implementation mechanisms and other actions to overcome the obstacles identified during the implementation of the project,Review the current monitoring procedures and methodologies in place,Assessment of co-financing and leveraged resourcesProvide recommendations for actions necessary for the long term sustainability and replicability of the achievementsProvide recommendations on any changes needed, including the finalization of a concrete action plan to address the eventual pending needs or possible corrective action; Project concept and designThe evaluators will assess the project design. He/she should review the problem addressed by the project and the project strategy, encompassing an assessment of the appropriateness of the objectives, outcomes, outputs, planned activities and inputs as compared to cost-effective alternatives. The executing modality and managerial arrangements should also be judged. The evaluator will assess the achievement of indicators and review the work plan, planned duration and budget of the project. ImplementationThe evaluation will assess the implementation of the project in terms of quality and timeliness of inputs and efficiency and effectiveness of activities carried out. Also, the effectiveness of management as well as the quality and timeliness of monitoring and backstopping by all parties to the project should be assessed. In particular the evaluation is to assess the Project team’s use of adaptive management in project implementation. Project outputs, outcomes and impactThe evaluation will assess the outputs, outcomes and impact achieved by the project as well as the likely sustainability of project results. This should encompass the following: Attainment of objectives and planned results:Evaluate how, and to what extent, the stated project objectives are being achieved; taking into account the “achievement indicators”. In addition, the team will assess the indicators matrix as to its utility for determining sustainability and replicability impact. Achievement of outputs and activities:Assess the scope, quality and usefulness of the project outputs produced so far in relation to its expected results.Assess the feasibility and effectiveness of the work plan in implementing the components of the project.Assess the quality, appropriateness and timeliness of the project concepts, project proposals, progress reports with regard to: In addition to a descriptive assessment, all criteria should be rated using the following divisions: Highly Satisfactory, Satisfactory, Marginally Satisfactory, AND UN-satisfactory with an explanation of the rating. Evaluation approach and methodAn overall approach and method[1] for conducting project terminal evaluations of UNDP supported GEF financed projects has developed over time. The evaluator is expected to frame the evaluation effort using the criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and impact, as defined and explained in the UNDP Guidance for Conducting Terminal Evaluations of UNDP-supported, GEF-financed Projects. A set of questions covering each of these criteria have been drafted and are included with this TOR (fill in Annex C) The evaluator is expected to amend, complete and submit this matrix as part of an evaluation inception report, and shall include it as an annex to the final report. The evaluation must provide evidence‐based information that is credible, reliable and useful. The evaluator is expected to follow a participatory and consultative approach ensuring close engagement with government counterparts, in particular the GEF operational focal point, UNDP Country Office, project team, UNDP GEF Technical Adviser based in the region and key stakeholders. 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Local Consultant for DPG knowledge management platform design and implementation

United Nations Development Programme | Published August 19, 2015  -  Deadline August 29, 2015
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EOI – Egypt - Individual Consultant - Private Sector and Investment Climate expert – 11 2015

 | Published November 30, 2015
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Egyptian Electricity Holding Company - IFRS Adoption

 | Published November 24, 2014  -  Deadline December 19, 2014
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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("EBRD") has signed a sovereign loan of USD 190 million to the Arab Republic of Egypt, to be on-lent to the state-owned Egyptian Electricity Holding Company ("EEHC") and East Delta Electricity Production Company ("EDEPC"), an electricity generation company incorporated in Egypt and a wholly owned subsidiary of EEHC. The proceeds of the loan will be used to fund the conversion of EDEPC's two existing open cycle power plants to combined cycle gas turbines ("CCGTs"): (i) the 500 MW Damietta West plant and (ii) the 1,000 MW El Shabab plant (the "Project"). EEHC and its subsidiaries (jointly, the "EEHC Group") currently prepare their audited financial accounts in accordance with Egyptian GAAP on an unconsolidated basis. They are audited by the Egyptian Central Auditing Organisation ("CAO"), the state body responsible for auditing state-owned companies. In connection with the Project, EEHC now intends to engage a consultant (the "Consultant") to start preparing its consolidated, audited financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") (the "Assignment"). The main objectives of the Assignment shall be: - to identify and resolve the structural and organisational challenges posed by the adoption of IFRS and the move from unconsolidated to consolidated reporting; and - to restate the accounts of the EEHC Group in accordance with IFRS for the two fiscal years preceding the fiscal year in which IFRS is adopted, including preparing detailed notes. The Assignment will consist of the following key tasks: - Task 1 – review and analysis: The Consultant shall prepare a diagnostic study analysing (a) the differences between Egyptian accounting standards currently applied in the financial statements of the EEHC Group and IFRS standards; and (b) the EEHC Group's current arrangements for financial reporting - Task 2 – roadmap: based on the diagnostic study, the Consultant will prepare a comprehensive set of recommendations setting out a roadmap for the EEHC Group to adopt IFRS standards on a consolidated basis, covering both technical and operational aspects - Task 3 – training: following approval by EEHC of the IFRS roadmap, the Consultant will prepare a comprehensive training package describing the elements of the roadmap, explaining IFRS and the key differences from Egyptian GAAP and detailing how to implement IFRS -Task 4 – technical support: the Consultant shall provide ongoing technical support to the EEHC Group in implementing consolidated IFRS accounting, including the preparation of such annual statements for the first time and the restatement of the EEHC Group's accounts in accordance with IFRS for the preceding two years. Furthermore, an independent team within the corporate structure of the Consultant shall review EEHC's annual consolidated financial statements for financial year 2014 and financial year 2015 and confirm, for quality assurances purposes, that these accounts have been restated (including detailed notes) in accordance with IFRS. Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment will have a total duration of 36 months and is expected to commence on 1 June 2015. Cost Estimate for the Assignment: USD 2,000,000; Exclusive of VAT. The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such determination in the response to the Notice. 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 from the following funding sources: USD 1.4 million from the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund and USD 0.6 million from Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Multi Donor Fund. Contracting will be subject to the availability of funding. Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions. Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant shall be a full member of the International Federation of Accountants ("IFAC") Forum of Firms (including their affiliates): either as lead firm, consortium member or sub-contractor. Consultants not meeting this requirement will not be considered further. The Consultant will be a firm or group of firms with preferably: a) previous project experience in corporate IFRS audit; b) previous experience in IFRS related training; c) previous experience of the Egyptian corporate environment, preferably involving the power sector. The Consultant's team should include the following experts: (a) Project Manager with experience in IFRS audit and IFRS training; (b) Accounting expert(s) for audit related tasks with experience in IFRS audit; (c) Training expert(s) for IFRS training and IT/accounting systems related tasks with relevant experience in training and IT. All members of the Consultant’s team shall be fluent in English. Fluency in Arabic will be considered an advantage. It is recommended that a part of the consultancy input is carried out by local consultants. Submission Requirements: Interested firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest. In order to determine the capability and experience of consulting firms seeking to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following: - company profile, organisation and staffing; - details of experience or similar assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including their locations; - CVs of staff who could be available to work on the assignment. The expression of interest must be accompanied by a completed Contact Sheet and Consultant Declaration, 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, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet. The expression of interest, in English, shall be submitted to the EBRD's client EEHC by email marked "EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for EEHC IFRS Adoption", to reach EEHC not later than the closing date and time set out above. One further electronic copy in English should be submitted to the EBRD’s contact person by the same due date. Note 1: Following this Invitation for Expression of Interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Shortlisting and selection will be subject to the availability of funding. Note 2: The Consultant shall note the minimum application criteria as set out in section Consultant Profile. The Consultant shall be a full member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Forum of Firms (including their affiliates): either as lead firm, consortium member or sub-contractor. Consultants not meeting this requirement will not be considered further. Note 3: The evaluation criteria are as follows: - previous project experience in corporate IFRS audit (30%) - previous experience in IFRS related training (20%) - previous experience of the Egyptian corporate environment, preferably involving the power sector (20%) - experience of the key experts: (Project Manager (10%): Accounting expert(s) (10%): Training expert(s) (10%)

Downtown Cairo Regeneration

 | Published November 3, 2015  -  Deadline November 17, 2015
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Background and Project Description: Home to the emblematic Tahrir Square, the Egyptian Museum, Egypt’s Belle Epoque’s architectural legacy as well international hotels based around the Nile, Downtown Cairo comes as a unique location given its significant importance within the history of greater Cairo. During the period between the late 1860 and 1940, Downtown Cairo witnessed a major building boom that gave birth to a unique architecture combining European styles with local influences and materials. However, the introduction of new property laws in the mid 1950’s and 1960’s triggered a change to the setup in Downtown Cairo. These laws resulted in minimal returns for owners who lost interest in their properties and gave little attention to the upkeep of their buildings which caused a major deterioration of the area’s building conditions.

The Government of Egypt has manifested its intent to redevelop the Downtown Cairo area since 2008 through a number of major plans such as the Strategic Development Plan for Greater Cairo Region 2050, and subsequent Urban Plan for Downtown Cairo (completed in May 2010) and the declaration of the area as an Urban Protectorate under the Urban Harmonization Authority in 2008. A number of additional studies were also carried out on Downtown area as focus studies or as part of Greater Cairo, such as by JICA, the World Bank, and the Institute for International Urban Development.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD” or the “Bank”) is considering financing the refurbishment of a number of real estate assets located in Downtown Cairo intended primarily for commercial use.

Assignment Description: The Bank now intends to engage a consulting company (the “Consultant”) to support an integrated and sustainable regeneration of Downtown Cairo (the “Assignment”). The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:

Task 1: Develop a clear implementation plan for an integrated and sustainable regeneration of Downtown Cairo. Under this task the Consultant is to conduct a comprehensive review of all masterplans or urban plan studies developed by the Government of Egypt, Cairo Governorate, and various other stakeholders on the regeneration of Downtown Cairo. The review is expected to combine desk research and field research that includes stakeholder consultation and interviews. Accordingly, the Consultant is expected to develop an implementation plan with a clear set of recommendations for the sustainable regeneration of Downtown Cairo.

Task 2: Conduct energy and resource efficiency audits, suggesting appropriate cost-effective technical measures/recommendations. The Consultant is also to propose a set of recommendations to improve building standards and concrete measures and steps to codify these in law and/or regulations.

Task 3: Conduct national policy dialogue engaging public and private stakeholders to promote improved sustainability standards of built environment and urban regeneration.

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

Assignment Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in Q1 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 12 months. Task 1 is expected to be delivered by the 8th month of the project duration.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 600,000; exclusive of VAT.

Funding Source: Austrian Technical Assistance Co-operation Fund.

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.

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 40% of the maximum contract amount may be used to finance services of local experts who are nationals of Egypt or consultancy firms registered in Egypt.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. Subject to the eligibility criteria as described above, the Consultant shall be a firm or a group of firms preferably with previous project experience related to complex urban master planning, energy efficiency audit and policy engagement of similar complexity and capable of integrating multiple strands of work using procurement rules of international financial institutions (“IFIs”) such as EBRD, World Bank, ADB or equivalent procedures of other IFIs and implementing projects in Egypt and/or the SEMED region.

The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows with some members of the team being fluent in Arabic. Experience in Egypt and/or SEMED region would be considered an advantage:

Team Leader: Qualified urban planning, regeneration and real estate development practitioner with preferably 15 years’ experience of complex urban development and regeneration projects;

Masterplanner/Urban Designer: Demonstration of expertise and project experience in urban planning and urban regeneration, including social aspects of urban planning;

Energy and Water Efficiency Audit Specialist: Demonstration of expertise and project experience in conducting energy and water efficiency auditing with preferably 15 years’ relevant experience in the energy and water efficiency sector;

Policy Engagement Expert: Demonstration of expertise and project experience in national policy engagement and policy advocacy on building energy efficiency standards with preferably 10 years relevant experience in policy advisory or reform of building energy/water efficiency standards with evidence of policy network in Egypt.

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be shortlisted 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 ten 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 above information should not exceed 30 pages excluding CVs and Consultant Declaration 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:
Viv Headlam
Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6885
e-mail: lewishev@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 firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.

2. The shortlist criteria are:
(a) Consultant’s previous project experience in sustainable urban master planning, energy efficiency audit, and policy engagement with similar complexity and value of the Project undertaken preferably within the last 10 years: 30%
(b) Consultant’s experience in preparing similar projects using procurement rules of International Financial Institutions, such as the EBRD, World Bank or ADB or equivalent procedures of other IFIs: 20%
(c) Consultant’s previous experience in implementing projects in Egypt and/or SEMED region: 20%
(d) CVs of key experts: 30%

Egypt: Legal and Regulatory Framework For Short Term Debt Instruments

 | Published October 25, 2016  -  Deadline November 14, 2016
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Assignment Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("EBRD" or the "Bank") is supporting the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA) and relevant stakeholders in the development of a legal and regulatory framework for the issuance of short term debt instruments by Egyptian corporates both in Egypt and abroad, thereby contributing to the development of money markets in Egypt, opening up a new market-based financing route for corporates and creating a new debt asset class for Egyptian investors.
Short term debt instruments are widely issued in more advanced markets by companies with good credit standing to finance working capital. Financial services companies such as leasing, factoring and micro finance companies as well as financial institutions are further prospective issuers. The current Egyptian regulatory framework defines a minimum maturity for bonds and securitizations at 13 months.

The ability to issue short term financial instruments would bring multiple benefits to corporates in Egypt, as such instrument:

i. Constitute a cost efficient alternative to bank financing for working capital, including for the important SME sector;
ii. Gives access to a large and steady investor demand;
iii. Broadens the investor base, i.e. diversifies companies’ sources of funding;
iv. Frees up lending capacity with banks.

From an investor point of view, such short term debt instruments will allow for risk diversification towards corporate credit risk and will support the development of fixed income funds.

From a capital market development perspective, these instruments are key for the development of local money markets, with important secondary benefits for the evolution of the fixed income market and instruments generally. A further benefit is that Egyptian investors become more familiar with corporate credit investing, and on the other hand help Egyptian issuers become familiar with market-based finance.

The Bank now intends to engage a consultant (the “Consultant”) to assist the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA) and relevant stakeholders in the development of a legal and regulatory framework for the issuance of short term debt instruments by Egyptian corporates both in Egypt and abroad

The expected outcome of the Assignment is that EFSA is provided with all the required information and inputs to develop an appropriate legal and regulatory framework for the issuance of short term debt instruments in Egypt.

The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:
2.1. Presenting legal and regulatory solutions (and reasons for adopting them) adopted by countries with well-developed markets for short term debt instruments (the Example Markets). Example Markets should include France, Germany, UK and the US, and cover the STEP initiative, Eurocommercial Paper, and also include promissory notes and euro-private placement;
2.2. Presenting practical experiences, successes and problems that investors and issuers operating in the Example Markets experience, and that can be directly traced to the adopted legal and regulatory solutions;
2.3. In cooperation with a local legal expert, advising on legal and regulatory approaches that would best address the local market conditions to achieve a regulatory framework for short term debt instruments in Egypt that is aligned with international best practices;

2.4. Cooperating with the local legal consultant and EFSA as well as local stakeholders as relevant, by helping them to draft concept papers and other legal and regulatory documents.

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 December 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 6 months. No extension to this Assignment is currently envisaged.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 70,000; exclusive of VAT.
The consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank's special status as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purhcased 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 EBRD’s donor funded Technical Cooperation Funds 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 consortium of firm(s) with previous project experience in advising regulatory authorities on capital market related legal reform projects.

The Consultant is expected to propose a team of highly specialised legal experts who will carry out the assignment. The provided expertise should cover all areas as defined in the tasks above:

Team Leader/Project Manager:
- Preferably 8 years of professional experience as a legal and regulatory expert in markets that extensively use short term debt instruments as a funding source for corporates;
- Must have undertaken at least two (2) similar assignments as a consultant working on legal and regulatory reforms, preferably with a focus on securities markets;
- In-depth understanding of international best practices as they relate to such frameworks, both in terms of the legal and regulatory system and supervisory structure;
- Excellent proficiency in written and spoken English. Working knowledge of Arabic language would be an advantage.

Legal Expert:
- Preferably 5 years of professional experience as a legal and regulatory expert in markets that extensively use short term debt instruments as a funding source for corporates;
- Preferably undertaken two (2) similar assignments as a consultant working on legal and regulatory reforms, preferably with a focus on securities markets;
- In-depth understanding of international best practices as they relate to such frameworks, both in terms of the legal and regulatory system and supervisory structure;
- Excellent proficiency in written and spoken English. Working knowledge of Arabic language would be 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 Jenny Scheffel
Principal Advisor, Technical Cooperation Team
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: +44 20 7338 7088
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
E-mail: scheffej@ebrd.com
(Submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)

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

2. The shortlist criteria and weightings are as follows:
a) Firm's previous project experience in advising regulatory authorities on capital market related legal reform projects - 40%;
b) CVs of the key experts - 60%.

Cairo Metro - Advanced Procurement Training and Support

 | Published June 17, 2015  -  Deadline July 7, 2015
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Project Description

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) intends to provide a loan to the Egyptian Ministry of International Co-operation (“MOiC”) to finance procurement of rolling stock for Cairo Metro, in particular to to procure up to thirteen metro trains (the “Project”).

The National Authority for Tunnels (“NAT”,) and the Bank have agreed that the assistance of experienced procurement consultancy firm (the “Consultant”) is required in order to ensure the procurement is carried out in line with best international practice.

The procurement of the rolling stock will be made through open tendering procedures in accordance with EBRD’s Procurement Policies and Rules (“PP&R”). The format of the final tender documents will be based on EBRD’s standard tender documents. The Consultant’s services are required to train and assist NAT by providing inputs to prepare the tender documents, assisting during tendering and with the evaluation of tenders in order to ensure they are executed in line with the EBRD’s PP&R.

Assignment Description

The Bank now intends to engage the Consultant to facilitate timely and effective procurement by training and rendering assistance to NAT in the preparation of tender documents, including technical specifications, tender implementation, evaluation of tenders and contracting (the “Assignment”).

The Consultant will provide assistance in the procurement of the metro trains in a detailed manner in accordance with the best international practice, agreed procurement strategy with NAT and the Bank and procedures, specifications and documentation of the Bank and pursuant to all other agreements stipulated in the Loan Agreement signed between the MOiC and EBRD.

In order to meet the above objectives the Consultant shall, inter alia:

(a) advise on procurement strategy in the light of the beneficiary requirements;
(b) assist with establishing appropriate qualification criteria;
(c) advise the client and prepare technical specifications;
(d) assist to prepare tender documents, clarifications/explanations and other relevant information to facilitate preparation of the tender documents;
(e) assist with preparation of full maintenance contract, including both technical and commercial requirements;
(f) assist with clarifications and amendments to the tender documents, during tendering process;
(g) assist during tenders opening session and draft the tender opening minutes;
(h) assist with the evaluation of tenders and prepare evaluation report;
(i) assist with notification of contract award and notices to unsuccessful tenderers;
(j) support NAT in resolving complaints, if any;
(k) support the client in contract finalization

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 August/September 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 7 months.

Maximum Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 270,000 (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 EC SEMED Project Preparation Framework – NIF Funded. The 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 should have extensive project experience in similar assignments, including without limitation: (i) professional expertise and technical knowledge with regards to metro trains, their manufacturing sector and maintenance contracts for metro trains, preferably in Egypt or other countries of the region of the Assignment; and (ii) good knowledge of and preferably 10 years of practical experience in the procurement rules and procedures of international financial institutions, preferably World Bank or the EBRD .

Previous project experience in Egypt would be an advantage.

The Consultant team should include the following key experts (the “Key Experts”):

1) Key Expert 1: Procurement Specialist/Project Manager who should preferably have 10 years experience in the IFIs (or equivalent) procurement assignments (EBRD or the World Bank funded projects will be an advantage), preferably in the region of the Assignment, as well as other relevant knowledge and experience enabling to successfully:
- lead the assignment and oversee all aspects of preparation of technical specification and tender documents, providing support during the procurement process and contract finalisation, evaluation of tenders and providing of procurement training;
- provide assistance to NAT during the whole procurement process;
- develop and implement the required documents and insure they are prepared in accordance with the international standards and EBRD’s PP&R;
- conduct a procurement workshop;.

2) Key Expert 2: Technical Specialist (Engineer) who should preferably have 10 year experience in metro trains, preferably in the region of the Assignment, as well as other relevant knowledge and experience enabling to successfully:
- work closely with NAT to make sure all technical requirements of the Client are met and acceptable for the Bank’s financing;
- be responsible for preparation of technical specification and requirements in the tender documents and other required documents during the procurement process, technical evaluation of tenders and contract finalisation (technical part) in accordance with the international standards and EBRD’s Procurement Policies and Rules;
- develop a training programme, acceptable for the Bank, for the Client’s staff and conduct procurement workshops within the contract duration.

3) Key Expert 3: Maintenance Specialist who should preferably have 5 years experience in metro trains maintenance, preferably in the region of the Assignment, as well as other relevant knowledge and experience enabling to successfully:
- work closely with NAT/ECM to prepare requirements for maintenance contract reflecting best international practice and acceptable for the Bank;
- be responsible for preparation of draft maintenance contract to include in the tender documents;
- assist NAT to negotiate maintenance contract with the winning tenderer.
All experts of the Consultant’s team should be fluent in English.

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 25 pages excluding CVs, Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet.

Failure to provide the completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet may result in disqualification of the applicant from the selection process.

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 indicated above. 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:

Marina Matushina
Advisor
Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6577
E-mail: matushim@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 similar assignments (40 %)
(b) Firm’s previous project experience in Egypt or other countries of the region of the Assignment(15 %)
(c) CV of the Key Experts in accordance with the corresponding requirements listed above (45 %)


Egypt: Improving Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Guidance for the Gas Sector in Egypt

 | Published October 20, 2015  -  Deadline November 10, 2015
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Assignment Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD or the Bank) is actively involved in the exploration and development of oil and gas in Egypt, together with the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) and its sister company the Egyptian General Petroleum Company (EGPC) (together the Companies). EGPC’s and EGAS’s corporate procedures include the occupational, health and safety standards and procedures applied in exploration and development of oil and gas. In addition environmental regulations and standards are developed by the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), which is part of the Ministry of Environment of Egypt, but responsibility for their enforcement lies with EGPC and EGAS in the oil and gas sectors, respectively. There are a number of issues regarding the assessment, avoidance and mitigation and monitoring of environmental and health and safety (EHS) risks common to all companies operating in the oil and gas sector in Egypt. These issues could be addressed through investment in EHS improvements. In general, investment in EHS improvements is often either not required by the respective authorities or not sufficiently pursued by the oil and gas companies, as their immediate benefits are not obvious and/or insufficient information is available about existing technical and engineering techniques available to control such risks at the outset. The EBRD now wishes to engage a consultant (the Consultant) to identify the benefits of improving EHS standards and procedures, and to develop recommendations for improving the implementation and enforcement of EHS provisions in the oil and gas sectors in Egypt (the Assignment). The Assignment will cover both natural gas extraction operations under EGAS's supervision and oil extraction operations under EGPC's supervision, so the Consultant will work with both Companies in parallel. The Assignment will not include reviewing the environmental regulation and standards under the authority of the EEAA, which will be developed under a separate assignment to be developed by the EBRD. The Assignment will comprise two phases as follows: Phase 1 will involve an analysis of the Companies’ current EHS management structure, review of their current EHS standards and practices, together with recommendations for their improvement, implementation and enforcement. Phase 2 will involve training state officials and oil and gas company managers on the recommended changes accepted by the Companies. 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 Q4 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 24 months. Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 280,000 (exclusive of VAT). The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank's status as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the Consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the Consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense. Funding Source: This Assignment is funded by the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund. Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding. Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions. Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or group of firms with experience and a strong track record in: · the international environmental, health and safety regulations and standards applied in the oil and gas sectors; · knowledge of the environmental and social standards of International Financial Institutions; · expertise in developing and delivering training modules and/or providing advisory services in implementing international good practice initiatives in the oil and gas sector, including environmental, health and safety standards developed by the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (“IPIECA”), Society of Petroleum Engineers (“SPE”), American Petroleum Institute, etc; · experience in the region (North Africa, Middle East); and · availability of a local partner and/or Arabic speaking personnel. The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include the following key experts: · Project Manager with preferably at least 15 years of relevant project experience in managing environmental, health and safety issues for major international oil companies; · Senior EHS Expert with preferably at least 10 years of relevant project experience in developing and implementing EHS management systems and procedures for upstream oil and gas companies. · Senior EHS Trainer with preferably at least 10 years of relevant project experience in developing and delivering EHS training to the oil and gas sector. 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 profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages); 2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives; 3. CVs of key experts who could be available to work on the Assignment; 4. Completed consultant’s declaration and contact sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc The above information should not exceed 20 pages excluding CVs 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, electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. Bank Contact Person: James Yoo European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square London EC2A 2JN Tel: 44 20 73386369 Email: YooJ@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent via eSelection and NOT to this email address) Notes: 1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding. 2. The evaluation criteria are as follows: · Experience of the Consultant in international environmental, health and safety standards in the hydrocarbons industry, environmental and social requirements of IFIs, and developing training and advisory services on international good practice for the hydrocarbons industry – 40% · Experience of proposed expert team in relation to tasks specified in the procurement notice, and practical implementation experience – 40% · Experience in the region – 10% § Fluency of individual experts in English and Arabic - 10%

Cairo Solid Waste Management - Pre-Feasibility Study

 | Published August 4, 2015  -  Deadline August 17, 2015
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Project Description:
Cairo Governorate (the “Governorate” or “Client”) is the largest Governorate in Egypt, with a population of about 10 million people at the heart of Greater Cairo Metropolitan Area of more than 18 million. Cairo Governorate faces significant municipal solid waste management (“MSWM”) challenges, many of which are exacerbated by the density of areas and narrow streets. The waste management system in Cairo is currently subpar with municipal solid waste (“MSW”) collection rates at roughly 65 per cent of the total solid waste generated in the Governorate.

The MSWM strategies vary across the Governorate due to the system that divides Cairo into four service region categories, each of which has a different collection arrangement overseen by Cairo Cleaning and Beautification Authority (“CCBA”). In the northern, eastern and western zones of the Governorate, waste management, including collection, has been contracted out to international private firms since 2002. However, the overall experience of international private sector participation in MSWM has been mixed.

The Ministry of State for Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements of the Arab Republic of Egypt (hereafter, “MURIS” or the “Ministry”), is responsible for setting of the national municipal waste management strategy, drawing related policies and supporting the governorates in its implementation. It is also mandated with establishing comprehensive national plans to upgrade informal settlements and works on ensuring the solid waste management services across the Arab Republic of Egypt are provided in the most environmentally friendly, safe, responsible and reliable manner through optimised sorting, recovery and recycling. It has been extensively working on incorporating the informal collectors into the sector through licensing them and creating SMEs and NGOs.

Current waste management contracts with international companies expire in 2017, and it is crucial that steps be taken now to establish new policy, contract and system arrangements that would result in increased coverage, environmental compliance, higher economic value attached and balanced contractual relations.

Recognising the need to improve the waste management practices further, the MURIS and the Governorate are seeking to develop a comprehensive MSWM programme which would provide for a new contractual framework, new efficient services and enhance the overall solid waste management service quality, including through maximisation of municipal waste collection, waste sorting, recycling, recovery and reduction of waste going to landfills moving gradually to minimum waste, and safeguarding the socio-economic needs of citizens and improving the quality of life and public health in the solid waste sector of Cairo. It is important to ensure that the new service provider(s), who will be responsible for the waste services, will work closely with the current waste collectors to put in place appropriate arrangements to warrant better collection, maintain or increase currently high recovery and recycling rates and improve overall quality of services.

In light of the above, the Governorate of Cairo has approached the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “Bank” or the “EBRD”) with a request to assess the possibility of financing the Study phase of the Project as well as the Project related investments to be identified following a more detailed due diligence to be undertaken separately.

The Bank wishes to engage a suitably qualified consultant (the “Consultant”) to prepare a high level feasibility study (the “FS”) to determine the best option(s) going forward in terms of the institutional, operational, technical, contractual and financial arrangements which should take into account the lessons learned of the past, develop an indicative priority investment programme (the “PIP”) and evaluate its benefits (the “Assignment”).

Assignment Description:
The objective of the Assignment is to review the current MSWM set-up in Cairo, determine key issues, including the issues which led to the private sector’s failure to deliver the services under the existing contractual arrangements and prepare a set of recommendations regarding the best option(s) forward in terms of the MSWM and improving the overall quality of services through maximisation of collection coverage, recycling and recovery and engagement with the formal and informal waste collectors.

The Consultant will review all available studies (the “Studies”), including technical and financial due diligence, as and if appropriate.

The Consultant will also identify approximate investment needs and components for the solid waste programme, review key risks and requirements (institutional, legal, contractual, environmental and social) and verify a series of bankable projects meeting the objectives below that can be prepared. This Project will be based on an effective least-cost and best value for money investment programme. The investment plan will be justified on the basis of technical, legislative, financial and economic as well as environmental and social analysis. Furthermore, the Consultant will carry out an assessment of the resource efficiency opportunities (including energy efficiency and the impact on GHG emissions).

Under the Assignment the Consultant will, inter alia:
• Review the needs of the Governorate including definition and establishment of the area to be covered by the investment.
• Review the specific needs for municipal solid waste management in the area.
• Review the applicable legislation at local and national level in place regarding waste (e.g. targets on material recovery, employment generation, SMEs and value chain aspects of the waste hierarchy), 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 (e.g. 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 social development aspects, value chain SME status equipment and facilities, recent past years’ performances, operation and maintenance (“O&M”) practices, capacity of the Governorate to manage and/or monitor and address all relevant environmental and social risks and impacts, compliance with national laws and regulations and any liability issues.
• Review and analyse the current informal waste collection processes, including key activities undertaken by the Zabblaeen and other wastepickers, materials traders, junk shop dealers and others; review of previous program and identifying key issues which caused the failure of the initial private sector project; and recommendations of how such impacts can be avoided in future projects.
• Carry out a detailed analysis to select the best municipal waste management options: collection system, source segregation options, transfer stations, processing sites and technologies, financing possibilities, contracting options, institutional setup, monitoring systems, and identify initial potential site location(s) for treatment and disposal (and where appropriate, separation and recycling), including existing and new locations, taking into consideration international best practices in waste management. The Consultant will produce a multi-criteria analysis justifying the selected option and summarise it in tabular form.
• Estimate potential reductions in greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions arising from the possible closure of any old landfills, as well as assess possible utilisation of biogas from existing and planned landfill sites, and the impact on climate change mitigation.
• Based on the results of the above, draw up a priority indicative investment programme (“PIP”), including but not limited to collection vehicles, recycling stations, wells, piping, and in case future use of the exiting dumpsite is not recommended, closure of the existing landfills and opening of a new sanitary landfill.
• Make necessary recommendations for institutional changes (organisation of solid waste management, changes in laws or institutions, financing schemes, including human resources, changes) regarding solid waste management in Cairo.
• Review the potential for private sector participation (“PSP”) in waste collection and disposal while closely examining current SME private sector operations at the local levels in collection, transport, recovery, recycling, manufacturing and value chain operations – both formal and informal and if appropriate, recycling) (e.g. design-build-operate for any part of the Project, privatisation to both SME and large companies, of collection in parts of the City, operation of the landfill, 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 August 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 4 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 74,500 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Bank the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope.

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

Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by EU Neighbourhood Investment Facility. 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 have a previous background in municipal waste management in low and middle income countries and/or in the MENA region, a broad knowledge of international best practices in the sector, and of a variety of institutional, contractual, operational, technical and financial options. 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 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 consist at least of the following expatriate and local experts:

• Project Manager/Team Leader with a university degree or equivalent qualification with preferably 15 years’ professional experience in the field of solid waste management, with comprehensive experience of similar assignments in Egypt and other countries in the region, 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).
• Financial specialists with knowledge of the public financing and modelling.
• Technical specialists and solid waste engineers.
• Institutional expert with experience of similar assignments.
• Environment expert with preferably 10 years’ experience in waste management and familiar with EBRD PRs.
• Social expert with preferably 10 years’ experience in waste management and familiar with EBRD PRs.
• Local expert with good communication skills and evidenced technical knowledge of solid waste sector planning, design, implementation and operations.
• Contract Administration Expert

The Consultant should integrate local professional skills/cooperate with local consultants. The Consultant shall engage Arabic-speaking staff on their team or arrange for translation/interpreting when necessary. All experts must be independent and free from conflicts of interest in the responsibilities accorded to them.

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 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:

Julie Michel
Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 7556
e-mail: MichelJ@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)

Notes:

1. 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:
(i) Firm has preferably 10 years’ practical experience in developing feasibility studies for IFIs and a good knowledge of IFI procedures and rules on public procurement and disbursement policies (10%)
(ii) Firm has preferably 10 years’ knowledge of the solid waste sector, with international experience in countries in the MENA region (30%)
(iii) Qualifications and competence of the consultant's team of experts to include: Project manager, technical specialists, environmental and social experts; and local experts (60%)

Egypt: Cairo Metro - Financial and Operational Performance Improvement and Corporate Development Programme (FOPIP)

 | Published February 16, 2017  -  Deadline March 16, 2017
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Executing Agency (Client):
Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operations (“ECM”), Cairo. 

Client Contact Person:
Khalid Mohammed Sabra
Managing Director for Maintenance & Operation
Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operations (ECM)
Ramsis Complex Ramsis Square
Cairo 11522, Egypt
Tel: +201200009870
Email: khalid.sabra@cairometro.gov.eg

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

Project Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) has provided a loan to the National Authority for Tunnels (“NAT” or the “Client”) to assist with the financing of the acquisition of 13 trainsets (the “Project”).

The Project will allow NAT to secure financing required to address Cairo’s urgent infrastructure needs, improve the metro’s level of services and contribute to decreasing the carbon emission profile of the sector. Designed to include gender and inclusion elements, it will create a more amenable mobility environment where the accessibility of women to jobs and services can be greatly improved and on-site training opportunities for unemployed young people expanded.

The Metro network in Cairo is owned by NAT and operated by the Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operations (“ECM”). The Greater Cairo Transport Regulatory Authority (“GCTRA”) was established in 2012 with responsibility for planning and operation of all public transport modes within the Greater Cairo region to follow demand and urban planning goals, and to determine fare policy and subsidies in line with government overall policy. The GCTRA is housed under the Ministry of Transport and guided by representatives of the three governorates of Greater Cairo, MHUUD, the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Local development. Its staffing is currently being expanded.

The ECM is a joint stock company established in 1997 with the purpose of management and operation, and maintenance of Metro lines including its buildings, rolling stock assets, and associated equipment and machines or related workshops, central controlling stations as well as power stations.

Previous agreements with Egyptian National Railway provided for an annual concession annual fee of LE 32 million, later amended in 2009 to 25% of metro operating annual income. However, the allocation of the concession fee was stopped since the opening of Line 3 metro due to the increased operating costs without commensurate revenue income.

Following the transfer of metro lines assets & liabilities to NAT, there is a need to define the operation arrangement with ECM in the form of a public service contract to provide for the sustainable future operation of Cairo Metro.

A diagnosis of technical, financial, management, institutional conditions of ECM has been performed in the Strategic Business Plan and Financial Modelling Study for Cairo Metro Company performed in 2014 under funding from the AfD and which inform initial diagnosis tasks under this assignment.

Assignment Description: The overall objectives of the assignment are to:

-Provide assistance to the Company in developing and implementing a comprehensive Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programme (“FOPIP”) focusing on:

  • Providing sound and detailed diagnosis of the technical, financial, management and institutional operating conditions of the Company;
  • Developing compensation formulae and indexes, which balance the need to cover operating costs and maintain level of service whilst providing incentive for improved cost efficiency and accountability;
  • Improving the cost efficiency of the Company;
  • Ensuring suitable provision for periodic review of the contract terms and conditions, based on improved data performance and evolving operating conditions, fleet and systems characteristics and network extensions;
  • Identify staffing and associated training needs of the Company for the expected increased operations and assist them in the recruitment process,

- Develop a medium to long term (5 year) Corporate Development Plan (“CDP”), including capital budgets, tariff projections and Staffing Plan,
- Review the potential for private sector participation in the Company’s non-core activities, such as cleaning and security services,
- Ensuring the required operating and accounting systems are established to allow for proper monitoring and evaluation of performance indicators under the PSC. In that respect, the Consultant will cooperate with the consultant hired under the PSC preparation technical assistance assignment in respect of all of the above.

Please check the TERMS OF REFERENCE for further details.

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 Q2 2017 and has an estimated overall duration of 18 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 250,000 (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: EBRD Shareholder Special Fund.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant should have extensive previous project experience in providing services for similar assignments, in particular Financial and Operational Performance Improvement and Corporate Development Programmes in the public transport sector and with relevant experience in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region or in similar environments. 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 manager with experience in the urban transport sector and in implementing the key areas of this assignment, accompanied by both key and supporting experts.

The Consultant must set up clear communication lines with the beneficiaries, so that they are able to draw on the support of the Consultant as required. The Consultant is required to provide the beneficiaries with independent, impartial, technical, cost, strategic, management and financial advice, and as such will not be permitted to have a commercial interest in any other contracts or agreements for the Project.

The Consultant's Team would likely comprise the following Key experts and some individuals may fulfil more than one role:

1. Project manager;
2. Technical experts in metros, fleet management systems and metro depot rehabilitation and related services;
3. Financial and Operational Specialist(s);
4. Environmental and Social Specialist(s);
5. Local support staff.

It is anticipated that the Consultant’s team shall include the following expertise:

a) Preferably 7 years of professional experience in similar positions as the ones nominated in the contract,
b) Chartered accountant or similar certification,
c) Good knowledge of the Egyptian accounting and finance legislation,
d) Arabic speaking support staff would be required. 
e) The needed IT skills to enable them to perform the proposed role.

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

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

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

3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.

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

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

The expression of interest shall not exceed 25 pages (excluding CVs Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet).

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

Important Notes:

1. 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 as follows:

(a) Firm’s previous project experience in delivering similar services to Financial and Operational Performance Improvement and Corporate Development Programmes in the public transport sector (40%);
(b) Firm’s relevant experience in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region or in similar environments (20%);
(c) CV of Project Manager (20%);
(d) CVs of the other Key Experts proposed (20%).

3. It is expected that the following procurement opportunities in relation to EBRD investment in Cairo Metro will be published:
• TCS ID 49562 Scoping Study, Sustainable Urban Transport for the Ministry of Transport of Egypt
• TCS ID 49555  Institutional Strengthening for Greater Cairo Transport Authority

Interested Consultants may apply for all assignments but can be awarded only one contract in relation to the EBRD investment in Cairo Metro.

Consultants who wubmitted proposals for the following procurement opportunity may apply but will be awarded only one Project in relation to the EBRD investment in Cairo Metro.
• TCS ID 49554 Environmental, Health & Safety and Social Capacity Building for Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operations

 

Cairo Metro - New Tariff Structure and Policy Measures

 | Published November 23, 2015  -  Deadline December 14, 2015
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Executing Agency (Client): Ministry of Transport of Egypt. Project Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) has been approached by the National Authority for Tunnels (“NAT” or the “Client”) to assist with the financing of the acquisition of 13 trainsets (the “Project”). The proposed Project will allow NAT to secure financing required to address Cairo’s urgent infrastructure needs, improve the metro’s level of services and contribute to decreasing the carbon emission profile of the sector. Designed to include gender and inclusion elements, it will create a more amenable mobility environment where the accessibility of women to jobs and services can be greatly improved and on-site training opportunities for unemployed young people expanded. The Project will also improve regulation in the sector through the introduction of the first public service contract (“PSC”) in Cairo. The PSC will be signed between NAT and the Egyptian Company for Metro Operations (“ECM”) defining the relationship between both entities and setting clear roles and responsibilities for each. In addition, the investment will promote greater sustainability and efficiency of the metro services as well as increased PSP in urban transport sector through outsourcing of the associated maintenance contract to the private sector, introduction of the price per kilometre payments, and the Bank’s broader sector efforts on the tariff policy. The operating position of Cairo metro is now at a critical stage as operating costs have now surpassed revenues with ECM facing the significant additional costs of an expanded network, notably Line 3, without commensurate increase of revenue and fares having not been increased since at least 2010 despite an inflation rate over the period of 5-12 per cent. The Ministry of Transport recognises that this financial situation is no longer sustainable for the metro and a new tariff structure is necessary. Initial discussions with NAT indicate that the intention is to change the current flat rate system for a zonal fare structure with increased fare levels to bring revenues closer to those required to cover operational costs. A consultant (the “Consultant”) is required to assist the Ministry of Transport to develop a new tariff structure and implement policy measures aimed at improved sustainability of the Cairo metro system (the “Assignment”). Assignment’s Objectives: The objectives of this Assignment are to support Ministry of Transport, through its principle agencies governing the Cairo metro, namely NAT and the Greater Cairo Transport Regulatory Authority (“GCTRA”), to recommend suitable tariff structure and policy measures for improved financial sustainability of the Cairo metro system. The Assignment shall take due consideration of planned integration with other modes of transport and outline the steps required to ensure its successful implementation. It shall also take full consideration of anticipated system developments and extensions over the analysis period and compatibility of new zonal system with such an emerging system. Assignment Description: The Assignment will be conducted in two phases. The Consultant’s tasks will include, inter alia: Phase 1: New Zonal Tariff Structure for Cairo Metro Review of current revenues and operating costs and forecast for next 5-10 years Review of historic and current tariff structures with Cairo public transport system Benchmarking with similar metro systems including applicable policies and regulations Review of the current ticketing system and changes required for new tariff structure Legal review including institutional set-up to establish ECM as operator, NAT as implementing agency for contract enforcement; GCTRA as oversight body with regulatory function. Proposal for a solid legislative framework and outline of required primary or secondary legislation, if any, including mechanism for tariff setting and revisions Affordability review Consultations with stakeholders (MoT, NAT, ECM, user groups) Proposal for a new zonal tariff structure Phase 1 Workshop conducted under auspices of GCTRA (meeting of governing body) to approve Phase 1 report for new tariff structure Phase 2: Policy Paper and Roadmap for New Tariff System The policy paper shall aim to provide the necessary justification for adoption of the new tariff policy under national legislative procedures. The Consultant shall: provide policy paper for proposed new tariff structure, detailing purpose of new tariff structure, impact on populations, alleviating measures define legislative measures required (or preferred) for implementation prepare marketing/communication strategy for introduction of new scheme, esp to fee-paying users prepare roadmap for introduction of new scheme and associated measures, outlining further actions and projects to be pursued by NAT-GCTRA and/or others provide necessary documentation to support the legislative process Conduct a Phase 2 Workshop held under auspices of GCTRA (meeting of governing body) to validate new tariff policy and roadmap (and any changes required to Phase 1- tariff structure) Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or group of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest. Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in Q1 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 12 months. Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 245,000 (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: Technical Cooperation Fund of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Eligibility: The Consultants recruited and financed by the resources of the Fund shall be citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany or employees of consulting firms registered in the Federal Republic of Germany. Local consultants from EBRD countries of operations, either individual or through a firm may be sub-contracted by eligible German Consultants. The amount used for the financing of such local consultants shall not exceed 20% of the total Contract amount. Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will ensure that appropriately qualified experts are available for each of the areas outlined above. It is expected that the assignment will be led by an appropriately qualified professional with extensive experience in urban public transport and in implementing corporate development plans and project development activities, accompanied by supporting experts. The Company and the Consultant must set-out and agree clear communication lines so that the Company is able to draw on the support of the Consultant as required. The Consultant is expected to provide the following key expertise: project manager - transport planner deputy project manager (local) transport economist metro specialist (operations and maintenance) AFC/ticketing specialist transport modeller/surveyor financial specialist legal specialist sociologist local-based support experts in related disciplines Experts (i) to (iv) need to have previous experience in urban transport regulation, operation and planning, including tariff studies, benchmarking and ridership/revenue assessments. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected, the information submitted should include the following: 1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages). 2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives. 3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives. 4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc. The expression of interest shall not exceed 25 pages (excluding CVs Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet). The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English via email (pdf) to the Client’s contact person, to reach the Client not later than the closing date. One additional copy shall reach the Bank’s contact person by email 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: Mahmoud Gamal El Din Ministry of Transport, Advisor to the Minister Ministry of Transport Building Nasr Road, Nasr City, Cairo Egypt, Fax: 22610510 E-mail: mgamal@mot.gov.eg 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. 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 as follows: (a) Firm’s previous project experience in delivering similar studies in urban transport planning and tariff studies (30%) (b) Firm’s previous project experience in the region working with the public sector (30%) (c) CV of Key Experts (40%)

Egypt Commercial Law Judicial Training

 | Published April 13, 2017  -  Deadline May 5, 2017
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Project Description:

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.

Assignment Description

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:

  • formal classroom ToT delivery, as a result of which each ToT participant will be assigned a training module to prepare using the skills acquired during ToT and to deliver training to other ToT participants; and
  • presentation of relevant training modules by each of the ToT participants to fellow ToT participants and experts, in which they demonstrate their new skills to the ToT trainers.

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:

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

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:

Marina Matushina

Advisor

Technical Co-operation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

One Exchange Square

London EC2A 2JN

Tel: + 44 20 7338 6577

e-mail: MatushiM@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. 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.

Egypt: Cairo Metro Line 1 Modernisation Phase 1

 | Published October 6, 2016  -  Deadline November 3, 2016
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Project Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") aims at providing finance of up to EUR 200 million to the Ministry of Transport represented by National Authority for Tunnels ("NAT" or the "Client") for the planned upgrade of Cairo Metro Line 1 works, including electromechanical, telecommunications, signalling, centralised control, track and civil works (the "Project").

Assignment Description: The Bank now intends to engage a consulting company (the "Consultant") to conduct the due diligence of the technical, economic, environmental and social aspects of the Project (the "Assignment").

The expected outcome of the Assignment is a due diligence on the basis of which the Bank has sufficient information to decide on the proposed investment and 1) to prepare a comprehensive due diligence of the proposed investment and procurement strategy, including review of any design gaps as needed, 2) review of maintenance requirements and asset management practices for Line 1, 3) prepare an economic and financial appraisal of the project according to a recognised international standard; and 4) identify and assess the potentially significant existing and future adverse environmental and social impacts associated with the Client’s current operations and the proposed Project, assess compliance with applicable laws and the EBRD ESP and PRs, determine the measures needed to prevent or minimise and mitigate the adverse impacts, and identify potential environmental and social opportunities, including those that would improve the environmental and social sustainability of the Project and/or the associated current operations.

The selected Consultant will provide the following tasks:

1) Technical / economic due diligence
The Consultant will provide support to the Bank during the due diligence. This support will include:
• prepare the business case for the project (rationale and benefits), including review of cost estimates;
• review design and tender documents to ensure compatibility with relevant design standards and operational requirements; identify any possible needed additionalities for project design and/or works contract scoping;
• perform an economic and financial assessment (Internal Rate of Return (IRR)) for the Project, including the definition of a 'do nothing' scenario and preparation of a proper financial model;
• perform an emissions benefit assessment (including modal shift benefits) and an energy audit to determine energy efficiency savings as a result of the project;
• review existing asset management practices for Line 1 and recommend possible improvements.

2) Environmental and social analysis
The assessment process will be commensurate with, and proportional to, the potential impacts and issues of the Project and the Client’s existing operations. The assessment will cover, in an integrated way, all relevant direct and indirect environmental and social impacts and issues of the Client’s operations, the Project and the relevant stages of the project cycle (e.g. pre-construction, construction, operation, and decommissioning or closure and reinstatement).

The Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) will also determine whether further studies are required, focusing on specific risks and impacts, such as climate change, human rights and / or gender.

The Environmental and Social Audit is required to assess the Client’s current operations in terms of compliance with national legislation, national or local permitting requirements, the relevant provisions of the EBRD Environmental and Social Policy and Performance Requirements (2014) and pertinent EU environmental standards. Further, the audit must review possible historical environmental and social issues, such as potential contamination of soil and/or groundwater or land acquisition disputes.

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

Assignment Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in Q4, 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 3 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 225,000; exclusive of VAT.
The consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank's special status as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by the EBRD's Shareholder Special Fund. Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms preferably with 10 years or more previous project experience related to:
- Construction and rehabilitation of rail-based systems (rail, metro and Light Rail Transit); and
- Urban metro schemes.
The Consultant shall further have previous project experience in Egypt and the MENA region.
The Consultant's expert team is expected to include key experts as follows: (key team members, to be complemented as appropriate):

• Team Leader - Project Management specialist, with technical or transport planner background;
• Technical Experts for Metro Infrastructure, Systems and Operations, experts with preferably 12 years of sector experience, of which 5 years in similar position and extensive knowledge of metro design and construction, contracting procedures and standards (e.g. EPC, DBOM contracts) and integration/interface issues (power, communication, signalling, Monitoring & Evaluation systems, permanent way, automated fare collection, rolling stock etc.). Consultants should present several experts to achieve full coverage of all required areas (we could expect around 4 experts - including civils; power; systems-communication; rolling stock);
• Transport Planner/Economist, expert with preferably 12 years of experience, in particular in urban transport demand forecast and economic assessment;
• Management accountant, with experience in corporate accounting (for asset management assessment);
• Environmental and Social (E&S) Project manager: a consultant with experience in managing ESIAs and E&S due diligence audits in the EBRD’s countries of operations, with excellent communication skills;
• Environmental specialist with experience in ESIAs and Environmental and Social due diligence audits in the transport industry;
• Health and safety specialist with experience in the transport industry;
• Social specialist(s) with experience in the host country, including public consultation in the local context, gender expertise, and/or resettlement expertise, as required.

The team shall include sufficient local-based staff in key and/or support positions to ensure local responsiveness and language ability.

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be shortlisted 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). EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file.

Bank Contact Person:
James Yoo
Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6369
E-mail: yooj@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)

Important Notes: This is a "Selection from Shortlist" process in accordance with the EBRD Procurement Policies and Rules. 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 construction and rehabilitation of rail-based systems (rail, metro and LRT) preferably over the past 10 years (20%);
b) Firm's previous project experience in urban metro schemes preferably over the past 10 years (15%);
c) Firm's previous project experience in Egypt and the region (15%);
d) CV of Key Experts (50%).