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SUPPORT TO BUILDING ACTIVE LABOR MARKET - P145241

 | Published February 26, 2015
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Services For Job Employers Needs Assessment. Consultant Name: Dajani Consulting .contract Amount: 36621 Jod CONTRACT SMALL ASSIGNMENTS LUMP-SUM PAYMENTS (IBRD/IDA FINANCED) CONTRACT No. [FC014] (i)                            THIS CONTRACT ("Contract") is entered into this [              ], by and between  [the EMPLOYMENT-TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING FUND (E-TVETFUND) ] ("the Client") havingits principal place of business at [Jordan Amman- 8th circle Building no. 380], and [Dajani Consulting Management and Economic Consultants] ("the Consultant") having its principal office located at [Amman-106 Wadi Saqra St.- City Plaza ? 2nd floor, tel: 064616106 [1]]. WHEREAS, the Client wishes to have theConsultant perform the services hereinafter referred to, and WHEREAS, the Consultant is willing to performthese services, NOW THEREFORE THE PARTIES hereby agree asfollows: 1.   Services (i)        The Consultant shall perform theservices specified in Annex A, "Terms of Reference and Scope of Services," which is made an integral part of this Contract ("theServices"). (ii)       The Consultant shall provide the personnellisted in Annex B, "Consultant's Personnel," to perform the Services. (iii)      The Consultant shall submit to the Client the reports in the formand within the time periods specified in AnnexC, "Consultant's Reporting Obligations." 2.   Term The Consultant shallperform the Services during the period commencing [       15/1/2015        ] and continuing through [30/2/2015       ], or any other period as may besubsequently agreed by the parties in writing. 3.   Payment A.       Ceiling For Services rendered pursuantto Annex A, the Client shall pay the Consultant anamount not to exceed [36621JOD].  This amount hasbeen established based on the understanding that it includes all of the Consultant's costs and profits as well as any taxobligation that may be imposed on the Consultant. B.       Schedule ofPayments PaymentPercentage Deliverables/  Due Dates 1 20% Translation, Pilot and Adaptation of the Survey 2 40% Implementation of the Survey in the three governorates 3 40% Uponacceptance of final report C.        Payment Conditions Payment shall be made in [Jordanian Dinar], no later than 30 days following submission by the Consultant of invoicesin duplicate to the Coordinator designated in paragraph 4. Payments shall be made to Consultant's bank account Account name: Dajani Consulting Bank Name:  Jordan Kuwait bank Bank Branch: Jubaiha Account no.:JKBA2140001742500012000000 Swift code:  JKBAJOAM IBAN: JO72JKBA2140001742500012000000 4.   ProjectAdministration A.       Coordinator. The Clientdesignates Mr./Ms. [Lara abu Salim] as Client's Coordinator; the Coordinator willbe responsible for the coordination of activities under this Contract, for acceptance and approval of the reports and of otherdeliverables by the Client and for receiving and approving invoices for the payment. B.       Reports. The reportslisted in Annex C,"Consultant's Reporting Obligations," shall be submitted in the course of the assignment, and will constitute the basis for thepayments to be made under paragraph 3. 5.   PerformanceStandards 6. Inspections and Auditing TheConsultant undertakes to perform the Services with the highest standards of professional and ethical competence and integrity.  The Consultant shall promptly replace any employees assigned under this Contract that theClient considers unsatisfactory. TheConsultant shall permit, and shallcause its Sub-Consultants to permit, the Bank and/or persons or auditors appointed by the Bank toinspect and/or audit its accounts and records and other documents relating to the submission of the Proposal toprovide the Servicesand performance of the Contract. Any failure to comply with this obligation may constitute a prohibited practice subject tocontract termination and/or the imposition of sanctions by the Bank (including without limitation s determination of ineligibility)inaccordance with prevailing Bank's sanctions procedures. 7.  Confidentiality The Consultants shall not, during the term ofthis Contract and within two years after its expiration, disclose any proprietary or confidential information relating to theServices, this Contract or the Client's business or operations without the prior written consent of theClient. 8.   Ownership ofMaterial Any studies reports or other material, graphic,software or otherwise, prepared by the Consultant for the Client under the Contract shall belong to and remain the property of theClient.  The Consultant may retain a copy of such documents and software[2]. 9.   Consultant Not to be Engaged inCertain Activities The Consultant agrees that, during the term ofthis Contract and after its termination, the Consultants and any entity affiliated with theConsultant, shall be disqualified fromproviding goods, works or services (other than consulting services that would not give rise to a conflict of interest) resultingfrom or closely related to the ConsultingServices for the preparation or implementation of theProject 10. Insurance The Consultant will be responsible for takingout any appropriate insurance coverage. 11. Assignment The Consultant shall not assign this Contract orsub-contract any portion of it without the Client's prior written consent. 12. Law Governing Contract and Language The Contract shall be governed by the laws of [insert government], and the language of the Contract shall be[3] [insertlanguage] 13. Dispute Resolution[4] Any dispute arising out of the Contract, whichcannot be amicably settled between the parties, shall be referred to adjudication/arbitration in accordance with the laws of theClient's country. 14. Termination The Client may terminate thisContract with at least ten (10) working days prior written notice to the Consultant after the occurrence of any of the eventsspecified in paragraphs (a) through (d) of this Clause: (a)     If the Consultant does not remedy a failure inthe performance of its obligations under the Contract within seven (7) working days after being notified, or within any furtherperiod as the Client may have subsequently approved in writing; (b)     If the Consultant becomes insolvent orbankrupt; (c)     If the Consultant, in the judgment of theClient or the Bank, has engaged in corrupt, fraudulent, collusive, coercive, or obstructive practices (as defined in the prevailingBank's sanctions procedures) in competing foror in performing the Contract. (d)      If the Client, in its sole discretion and for any reason whatsoever, decides to terminate thisContract. [1] Avoid use of "P.O. Box"address [2] Restrictions about thefuture use of these documents and software, if any, shall be specified at the end of paragraph8. [3] The law selected by the Client is usually the law of its country. However, the Bank does not object if the Client and the Consultant agree on another law.  The language shall be English, French, or Spanish, unlessthe Contract is entered into with a domestic firm, in which case it can be the local language. [4] In caseof a Contract entered into with a foreign Consultant, the following provision may be substituted for paragraph 13:"Any dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this Contract or the breach, termination or invalidity thereof,shall be settled by arbitration in accordance with the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules as at present inforce."

Abdali District Heating and Cooling - Lender's Supervisor

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

Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) Solid Waste Project - Environmental and Social Implementation Support and Supervision

 | Published May 3, 2016  -  Deadline June 6, 2016
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Clarification 04/05/2016: The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest has been extended to 06/06/2016 at 12:00 Amman time.

Executing Agency (Client):
Greater Amman Municipality (GAM)

The Client Contact Person:
Eng. Ebtihal Aldayyat, Head of International Tenders Branch
Greater Amman Municipality
Tendering and Procurement Directorate (T &PD)
2nd floor/Employees building
City Hall/Ras –Al Ein /Omar Matar st. P.O. Box 132
Amman
Jordan

Tel: +962-6-4603970/4636111-2480
Fax: +962-6-4610231 / 4621086
Email: gam.tenders@ammancity.gov.jo


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


Project Description:
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) will provide a sovereign guaranteed loan of up to USD 18 million to the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM), a capital municipality of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The EBRD is supporting a project originally started by the World Bank. The project is designed to finance the landfill gas system (the LFG) for cells 1 & 3 at Al Ghabawi landfill, associated leachate management, generators and connection to the grid (the Project).

The original project was designed to finance:

  • a new cell for the disposal of municipal solid waste at the Al Ghabawi landfill and upgrading the leachate treatment facilities at the landfill (GAM financed);
  • two solid waste transfer stations (GAM financed); and
  • LFG system at the said landfill under a design, build, and operate (DBO) contract (the WB loan).

EBRD’s due diligence identified a number of critical areas where GAM requires substantial change, management support and better supervision, and these include establishing overall single management authority over the solid waste management operations at the landfill and environmental, health and safety and social (EHSS) management and monitoring.

A comprehensive Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) has been prepared for GAM and agreed for implementation during the Project.

GAM now intends to engage a consultant (the “Consultant”) to provide hands-on advisory services and supervision of EHSS matters during implementation stage, and ESAP implementation for which the GAM will be the main project implementation partner.  In addition to supporting the implementation of the Project, the Consultant will play a role in helping to raise implementation capacity within GAM alongside a separately funded Corporate Development consultant (collectively, the “Assignment”).

Assignment Description:
The overall objective of the Assignment is to facilitate the timely and effective implementation of the Project’s environmental and social (E&S) commitments by rendering assistance to the GAM in the implementation of the environmental and social (E&S) requirements, and health and safety issues management and timely ESAP implementation to ensure compliance with EBRD requirements.

The Consultant is expected to undertake the following main tasks for the Assignment:

  • Supervise the design, and all environmental, health and safety and social aspects for the construction of LFG systems for cells 1&3;
  • Provide hands-on EHSS advice, management and support to GAM during project implementation, including implementation of the Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP), environmental monitoring, Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) and preparation of annual environmental and social reports to the Bank;
  • Coordinate EHSS-related work with other parties involved, including but not limited to the technical Design-Build engineer/consultant, Corporate Development consultant, and LRP preparation consultant.

The envisaged work of the Consultant refers to the whole Project in addition to generators and connection to the grid, overall worker health and safety, and waste pickers working at the Al Ghabawi landfill, on the basis that there is no physical separation between their activities and those associated with the Project.

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 mid-2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 36 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: USD 300,000 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Client the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope. The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed.

Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment 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 shall be a firm or group of firms with previous project experience in delivering environmental and social implementation support and supervision of similar solid waste projects in comparable climatic and geological conditions. The Consultant should also demonstrate previous project experience in working with public sector entities in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region (Egypt, Morocco, Jordan and Tunisia).

The Consultant’s team should include a number of management and Environmental, health and safety and social (EHSS) Advisors as key experts with landfill management expertise (International and Local experts).

All experts shall have preferably 5 years’ experience in a similar position including experience in project management and implementation assistance, a good knowledge of E&S requirements of International Financial Institutions, such as the EBRD or World Bank.

In addition, EHSS Advisors must have preferably 10 years of relevant experience in landfill management/supervision, preferably in SEMED region or similar, and a proven track record of successful implementation and management of EHSS matters in solid waste sector.

It is expected that the Consultant will engage a sufficient number of local experts to support the international consultants in EHSS supervision of multiple construction/works contracts.

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

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

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

3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment (in accordance with the Consultant Profile) 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 electronic and Hard copies to be addressed to Amman Municipality – Tendering and Procurement Department at the address noted above no later than 12:00 Noon (Amman Local Time) on Monday 6 June 2016. Expressions of Interest should be submitted in English to reach the Client not later than the closing date.

One electronic copy of the Expression of Interest shall also be submitted to the Bank’s contact person by email by the same due date.

The Expression of Interest (electronic copy) shall be one file (pdf). The Client reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if any limitation on the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

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

2. The shortlist criteria are as follows:
(a) Firm’s previous project experience in environmental and social implementation support and supervision of similar solid waste projects in comparable climatic and geological conditions (30%)
(b) Firm’s previous project experience working with public sector entities in the SEMED region (30%)
(c) CVs of Key Experts (40%)


 

 



 

 



 

 



 

Jordan: As-Samra Wastewater Treatment Plant -The Second Expansion - Due Diligence

 | Published February 18, 2015  -  Deadline March 19, 2015
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Assignment Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) is currently working together with the Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ) on the Second Expansion of the As-Samra Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The Bank is considering providing assistance in preparing, financing and implementing a project, which would result in the increase of wastewater treatment capacity at the As-Samra WWTP (the Project or the Second Expansion), as part of a build-operate-transfer (BOT) arrangement with a private sector contractor (the Concessionaire).

The First Expansion, which is currently on-going, aims at expanding the WWTP treatment capacity by 97,800 m3 per day (an increase of more than one-third). These improvements were intended to meet the region’s wastewater treatment needs through 2025; however, due to certain external factors, this is no longer the case. The proposed Second Expansion would increase the capacity of the plant by an additional 100,000 - 145,000 m3 per day, and increase energy production on-site through the utilisation of treated sludge and bio-solids.

Therefore, the EBRD is seeking a consultant (the Consultant) to perform a technical, financial, legal and environmental and social due diligence in order to assess the feasibility of the Project and determine all key risks to its successful implementation.

The overall objective of the Consultant is to develop a Feasibility Study and the Minimum Technical Requirements (MTR) for the Second Expansion for the Bank’s review.
The Consultant shall perform a Technical, Financial, Legal Feasibility Study (FS) and an Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) of the Second Expansion, to review and confirm the main technical, economic and cost assumptions as well as analysing Environmental and Social (E&S) matters and taking into consideration, inter alia, the following:

- Government of Jordan’s public policy objectives;
- The Sponsors’ financial objectives; and
- The requirements of new and existing lenders and possible grantors in relation to the Second Expansion.

The Consultant shall also highlight all main benefits and risks, associated with the project development and operation against the EBRD’s Environmental and Social Performance (ESP) 2014 and related performance requirements, to the Project’s successful implementation, in order to enable the Bank to assess its feasibility.

If the Project is deemed feasible, the Consultant will have to develop a set of MTR which would form a basis for the Second Expansion evaluation and will provide a complete due diligence that will include technical, financial, legal and environmental and social aspects. The Consultant will ensure compliance of all project documentation with the Jordanian law, EU and other applicable standards, including relevant environmental, water, and public health standards. The Consultant will also provide support on all technical aspects of the Project as necessary during negotiation stage of the Project that will conclude at financial close (the Financial Close).

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The assignment is expected to start in mid-2015 and last for 15 months.

Maximum Budget available for the Assignment: EUR 500,000; 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.

CLARIFICATION ON THE ASSIGNMENT SCOPE AND THE BUDGET: Within the proposed Maximum Budget the Consultant will be expected to provide technical support for the preparation of the Project, including the full feasibility study and specific transaction advisory support to financial close on technical matters only‎. The winning Consultant and its proposed experts will NOT be eligible to bid for or engage in any subsequent work on or in connection with or arising out of the Project as defined in this Procurement Notice, including but not limited to subsequent financial, legal, and procurement assignments‎ without the prior written consent of the Bank.

Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by the EBRD Technical Cooperation funds. Contracting will be subject to availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions; however, consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding from an appropriate donor.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with previous project experience in 1) preparation of feasibility studies for wastewater treatment projects; 2) preparation of contract specifications for wastewater treatment projects, which address, inter alia, contractual and financial issues concerning the structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical, automation and instrumentation, geotechnical, and environmental aspects of these facilities.

The Consultant shall provide an interdisciplinary team of experts with the necessary education, skill, and experience (as indicated by their submitted CVs) required for all aspects of the assignment. The team should have a strong background in the preparation of contract specifications for wastewater treatment projects, including demonstrated experience addressing contractual and financial issues concerning the structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical, automation and instrumentation, geotechnical, and environmental aspects of these facilities. The Consultant’s proposed team should include the following key experts:

• Team Leader (to be designated from the following list of experts or may be a separate person)
• Process engineer
• Cost estimator
• Financial modeller with experience in BOTs
• PPP and/or infrastructure concessions expert
• WWTP expert
• Environmental and social expert with experience in management of projects similar to the proposed assignment
• PPP procurement expert
• Legal experts (with substantial collective experience in complex international project finance transactions, including BOT transactions, engineering, procurement and construction (“EPC”) contracts, and other public or private contracts). Experience within the water sector and with transactions in Jordan will be regarded as beneficial but not essential. Experience in project finance within the region is strongly preferred).

It is recommended that a part of the consultancy input will be carried out by local sub-consultants and/or individual experts with previous project experience in similar assignments preferably in the last five years locally or regionally.

Status: 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:

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

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


The above information should not exceed 25 pages excluding CVs.

The complete Expressions of Interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) shall be submitted, in English, electronically through e-Selection (NOT to the EBRD Contact Person), to reach the Bank not later than the Closing Date (see 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:
Olesya Kerridge
TC Team Advisor
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6895
e-mail: kerridgo@ebrd.com

Notes:

1. Following this Invitation for Expression of Interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant shortlisting and selection is subject to availability of funding.
2. The evaluation criteria are as follows:
a) Firm’s or group of firms’ previous project experience in preparing feasibility studies for wastewater treatment projects (20%) and contract specifications for wastewater treatment projects (20%);
b) CV of the Team Leader (30%);
c) CVs of other key experts as specified in the notice (30%).

Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) Solid Waste Project - Preparation of a Livelihood Restoration Plan

 | Published June 16, 2015  -  Deadline July 7, 2015
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Project Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) is considering a sovereign guaranteed loan of up to USD 20 million to the Greater Amman Municipality (the GAM, the City or the Client), a capital municipality of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The Bank’s loan, supplemented by the Green Energy Special Fund (GESF) loan and co-financed by GAM, will finance a landfill gas recovery (LFG) system at the Al Ghabawi solid waste facility (landfill). The project has been categorised B under the Banks Environmental and Social Policy (2008) (ESP). Project activities only take place on a small portion of the overall landfill site (no additional land acquisition is required). However, as there is no physical separation between the GAM operations and the Project activities, as far as health & safety is concerned, the overall health and safety of workers and waste pickers working at the landfill have also been assessed as part of the Project planning. Environmental and Social due diligence indicates that 30-50 informal waste pickers are currently working on site. EBRD’s Performance Requirement 5 (PR5) is therefore triggered through the implementation of project activities designed to improve on site H&S (eg improved security, reduction in non authorised people on site), and to bring work practices in line with good international practice (eg coverage of waste). This will have the effect of limiting waste pickers access to waste and therefore reducing their income. A Livelihood Restoration Framework (LRF) has been prepared for the site by independent consultants in March 2015, and agreed by GAM. This includes a brief profile of the waste pickers on site, and identifies high level entitlement measures aimed at restoring livelihoods. Assignment Description: The Bank now wishes to engage a consultant (the Consultant) to prepare a full Livelihood Restoration Plan (LRP or Plan) for the Project in compliance with PR5 (the Assignment). The expected outcome of the Assignment is a final livelihood restoration plan compliant with national law and EBRD's PR5. The Consultant will support the Client in developing and implementing a LRP in line with EBRD’s ESP (2008), elaborating on the principles and procedures for livelihood restoration, institutional arrangements, responsibilities and entitlements outlined in the LRF. The overarching objective of the Plan is to ensure that the livelihood of waste pickers currently operating on the site is restored, at a minimum, to pre project levels. The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services: • Prepare an analytical summary of waste pickers currently working on site by gender, age, ethnicity, dependency on waste picking at Ghabawi landfill, and any other condition or situation that may increase men and women’s vulnerability. This will be based on the implementation of a census and socio economic survey, which the Consultant will prepare a methodology for and implement respectively; • Identify specific gaps between EBRD’s ESP and national local laws, including applicable methodologies and provisions for livelihood restoration; • Holding consultations with key stakeholders on livelihood restoration programs for waste pickers; • Deliver training and provide oversight support to the Client for the implementation of the census, including provision of information, use of survey tools and approaching waste pickers; • Identify institutional arrangements and responsibilities, as well recommendations to increase the capacity of institutions who will be involved in development and implementation of a LRP; • Prepare a full LRP which documents the results of the desktop review, site surveys, and consultations. The Plan would include a livelihood restoration specific Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) and detailed grievance mechanism to be managed by the Client. As necessary, the Consultant would enhance the eligibility and entitlements matrix in the LRF which reflects the requirements of the EBRD’s PR5, and agree this with stakeholders; • Prepare a monitoring and evaluation plan identifying responsibilities, timeframe and key indicators; • Prepare an implementation schedule and estimated budget; and • Agree the LRP with the Client. 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 July 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 8 months. Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 50,000 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Bank the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope. The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense. Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded through the EBRD donor funds programme. Please note that 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 firm preferably with previous project experience related to livelihood restoration and developing livelihood restoration plans, preferably in the waste sector and working with waste pickers. The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows: • Livelihood Restoration Expert(s) with previous experience on similar assignments, namely in developing LRPs in compliance with EBRD and/or international standards • Previous project experience in addressing the issues associated with restoring informal livelihoods, and particularly waste pickers • Previous project experience preferably in Jordan and/or Middle East. The Consultant should engage (local) Arabic speaking staff in its team or arrange for translation/interpreting as necessary. 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: James Yoo 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) 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: • Firm’s previous experience in livelihood restoration to EBRD/IFC standards - 30% • Firm’s previous experience working in the waste sector/waste pickers in Jordan/Middle East - 30% • Expert CVs – 30% • Arabic language skills – 10%

Irbid Municipality Street Lighting and Solar PV Project - Feasibility Study

 | Published August 24, 2015  -  Deadline September 21, 2015
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Project Description: The Greater Irbid Municipality will launch a tender for the upgrade of its street lighting system (“LED Investment”) and the construction and operation of a solar power plant to produce electricity for its own needs under a long-term concession type of arrangement (“PV Investment”), collectively, the “Project”. The Municipality is also interested in assessing and evaluating options to generate renewable energy as a means to reduce the cost of electricity which is currently paid by the Municipality. It is currently expected that this will be achieved through the construction and operation of a 16MW photovoltaic plant (the “PV Plant”) which will generate electricity exclusively for the City’s own needs, including, but not limited to, for the street lighting of Irbid. In light of the above, the Greater Irbid Municipality has approached the USAID’s Jordan Competitiveness Program (“JCP”) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “Bank” or the “EBRD”) with a request to assist it with the preparation of an energy efficient street lighting modernisation programme along the major street network, as well as with the construction and operation of the 16MW photovoltaic power plant. The Bank is seeking to hire a consultant (the “Consultant”) to perform a Technical and Financial Due Diligence and an Environmental and Social Analysis of the Project, aiming at reviewing and confirming its main technical and commercial elements and highlighting all the main risks to its successful implementation. Assignment Description: The selected Consultant will be expected to provide a clear external analysis and recommendations concerning the Project from a technical, financial, institutional, environmental, and gender perspective with a view towards financing the Project to produce a modern energy efficient street lighting system and the PV Plant for the Municipality while also achieving improved efficiencies. The Consultant will be expected to produce a cost-benefit analysis and recommend the optimal balance between the LED Investment and the PV Investment. Consultant should refer to the Terms of Reference (“ToR”) for a more detailed description of the Assignment : http://www.ebrd.com/documents/technical-cooporation/ptor48019.pdf. 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 4 months. Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 250,000 (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 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 be a firm or a group of firms preferably with previous project experience related to: 1. Urban transport; 2. Energy efficient street lighting engineering; 3. Photovoltaics (PV) and renewable energy; 4. Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) and Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) contracts and other forms of public or private contracts; 5. Cost estimation and environmental management; 6. Preparation of contract specifications for energy efficient street lighting projects and PV projects 7. Addressing contractual issues concerning the structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical, automation and instrumentation, geotechnical, and environmental aspects of these facilities. It is expected that the Assignment will be conducted by both key and supporting Experts, including local Experts. The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key Experts as follows: - Key Expert No 1: Team Leader / Qualified Project Manager with relevant experience - Key Experts No 2 : Pool of Additional Experts including International and Local Experts covering the following disciplines: - Urban transport; - Civil/traffic engineering expertise; - Public lighting expertise; - PV/renewable energy expertise; - Electric engineer/ lighting expertise, - Environmental and social expertise, with particular experience in gender and Municipal and environmental infrastructure - Financial analysis and modelling expertise; - Accounting knowledge, including IFRS and local GAAP; - Economic expertise 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 (21 September 2015). 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 Advisor 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. 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 Feasibility Studies the field of urban transport and energy efficient street lighting engineering, PV and renewable energy, EPC, BOT, and other forms of public or private contracts, cost estimation, and environmental management (30%) (b) Firm’s previous experience in the preparation of contract specifications for energy efficient street lighting projects and PV projects (30%) (c) CV of Key Experts (the Team Project Manager and the Pool of Additional Experts) (40%)

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

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

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions; however, consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.
 
Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required.
The consultant will be a firm or consortium of firms providing experts with relevant experience and professional qualifications in commercial banking and microfinance in transition or preferably Middle Eastern countries. The firm should have extensive relevant experience in developing MSE lending operations in banks and microfinance institutions (“MFI”), as well as experience in conducting training courses for bank or MFI staff, and have previous experience with similar projects.
The Consultant should have a solid functional experience in all areas set out in the scope of the assignment (MSE lending methodology and implementation, training, internal control, performance measurement) and a track record in the practical implementation of respective tasks. Knowledge of the Jordanian financial sector and the MSME finance situation will be an advantage.
The consultant’s team is expected to comprise at a minimum of the following types of experts:
  • Key Expert No. 1: Project Manager (PM) with proven track record in successfully leading the development and implementation of MSME strategy, MSME lending methodologies and business processes (including MIS).  The PM should have significant professional experience (10 years or more) in managing similar assignments in transition or preferably Middle Eastern countries; Excellent communication, training, and presentation skills.
  • Key Expert No. 2: Senior MSME Lending Expert with project experience related to MSME lending; Significant professional experience in MSME lending in a non-bank microfinance  and/or a consultancy firm in a similar region; Excellent management skills, experience in hiring and training of staff.
  • Key Expert No. 3: Risk Management Expert with a proven track record in making recommendations to non-bank microfinance institutions in the areas of risk management, internal control and credit scoring and helping non-bank microfinance institutions implement them.
All experts should ideally have approximately five (5) or more years of practical experience in the field of their expertise, unless specified differently. All experts must be fluent in English, bi-lingual (Arabic/English) experts may be required for specific tasks.
 
Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of consulting firm, the information submitted should include the following:

a) Brief overview of the firm/group of firms including company profile, organization and staffing;
b) Details of previous project experience of firm or group of firms and related assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided , assignment budget, percentage carried out by consultant in case of association of firms or subcontracting, main activities, objectives;
c) CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments (particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years), including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives;
d) Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available at: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc .
The above information should not exceed 20 pages, excluding CVs and Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet.

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Contact Sheet, Declaration Form) are to be submitted in English, by e-mail, preferable as one file (pdf or Word), not exceeding 2MB, clearly labelled “Expression of Interest for FINCA Jordan: Strengthening of Institutional Capacities for Micro and Small Enterprises Lending”, to the Executing Agency’s contact person given below with a copy to EBRD no later than the closing date.
 
Executing Agency: FINCA Jordan
The Executing Agency’s Contact Person: John Yancura, Chief Executive Officer
Address:  Al-Farid Building, 3rd Floor, Al-Abdali, Amman, P.O. Box 926939, Amman 11190, Jordan
Tel: +962-6-5664627    
E-mail: john.yancura@finca.org

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

Establishment of a Custodian Company in Jordan: Feasibility Study Support

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. Completed Consultant Declaration From and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available at: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc

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

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

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

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

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

Amman Street Lighting Project - PPP Advisory

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Notes:

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

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


 

 

 

Pre-Feasibility Study for Jordanian Airports PPP Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funding Source: European Union – Neighbourhood Investment Facility

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bank Contact Person:

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

Important Notes:

Note 1

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

Note 2

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

Amman Queen Alia Light Rail Project - Pre-Feasibility Study

 | Published June 5, 2015  -  Deadline June 29, 2015
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Project Description: The Ministry of Transport (the “Ministry”) of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has expressed an interest in obtaining support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) for the preparation of a modernised and enhanced system of Light Rail Transit (“LRT”) operations between El-Mahatta in Amman (the “City”) and the Queen Alia International Airport (the “Project”).

The Ministry has requested the Bank’s assistance in establishing structured public transport services across the country through various interventions, including this Project. Through these interventions the Ministry would like to reduce traffic and congestions on roads, improve health and safety of the public as well as reduce pollution. The Project will be designed to address the lack of public transportation, especially from/to the airport by improving transport links with the airport and introducing institutional reform in the sector and introduction of public service contracts and a private sector operator, as feasible.

The Project aims to utilise the existing rail corridor from Amman central station at El-Mahatta to Jeeza, a 35 km length single track narrow-gauge railway passing through Um El Heran and Elubbeh stations (with passing lines) and including 1 tunnel, 1 bridge, 3 road underpasses and 21 at-grade road crossings, of which 5 major (2x2 road). Connection to Queen Alia International Airport would require additional 2 km branch line and airport terminal.

In order to identify EBRD’s potential involvement in the Project, the Bank is seeking a consultant (the “Consultant”) to provide an initial assessment of project rationale and outline feasibility, including an expert analysis of various technical considerations, route analysis and connectivity, investment requirements (rolling stock and infrastructure) and potential private sector involvement in the operation of the future LRT system.

Assignment Description: The Consultant shall carry out the following tasks:

(i) determine project rationale within existing urban and transport planning frameworks of the project corridor, including Greater Amman Area, Queen Alia International Airport and national rail network;
(ii) review proposed LRT corridor and station/terminal locations, with respect to land availability, urban integration issues and transport interconnectivity;
(iii) review current traffic flows, notably public transport services (airport buses etc) along the El-Mahatta, Amman – Queen Alia Airport corridor (routes, frequencies, ridership);
(iv) identification of project options considering inter-alia rail gauge, train type (tram, tram-train or train), line capacity (single-double track, signalling etc), alignment/nodal connectivity and level of service. The proposed LRT options shall integrate urban and transport-level planning and the potential for suburban rail services along the airport link.
(v) determine an initial ridership demand forecast for each project option, based notably on level of service and interconnectivity and using local and international benchmarking where appropriate;
(vi) identify system requirements capable of meeting forecast demands in the City, analyse project barriers and risks, such as construction risk for the LRT rail infrastructure;
(vii) identify implementation options (including public and PPP) with related public sector, prepare initial cost/revenue flows for LRT operation; and,
(viii) define an action plan including further studies and implementation arrangements.


Below you will find a link to the full Terms of Reference for this Assignment.

http://www.ebrd.com/documents/procurement/jordan-queen-alia-airport-lrt-prefs-study.pdf


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 July 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 3 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: European Commission - Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF). Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

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

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or group of firms with:
1) extensive project experience in LRT planning, operation and maintenance;
2) track record of carrying out similar assignments;
3) project experience in the region, preferably in Jordan.

The team tasked with the Assignment shall include the following key experts:

• Urban Transport Specialist: preferably with 15 years’ experience in planning and preparation of LRT systems in major cities, design and implementation train procurement, operations and maintenance;
• LRT expert: preferably with 15 years’ experience in procurement, operations and maintenance of public transport railway systems including LRT;
• Transport economist: preferably with 10 years’ experience, familiar with public transport railway systems;
• Legal specialist: preferably with 10 years’ experience in commercial law practice, including PPP, transport and/or regulatory sectors.

The Consultant’s team will also comprise other experts (including local experts) as required by project needs.

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. Brief overview of the firm/group of firms including company profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).

2. Details of similar previous project experience and related 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. A proposed approach for implementing the Assignment (including a workplan) and team allocation schedule (max 5-10 pages).

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 35 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet.


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


Bank Contact Person:

Olesya Kerridge
Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6895
e-mail: kerridgo@ebrd.com


Notes: 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.

The evaluation criteria are as follows:

(a) Firm’s project experience of LRT planning, operation and maintenance (20%)
(b) Firm’s track record of carrying out similar assignments (15%)
(c) Firm’s demonstrated experience in the region, preferably in Jordan (15%)
(d) CVs of the proposed experts (50%)

Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) Waste-to-Energy Project - Feasibility Study

 | Published July 24, 2015  -  Deadline August 6, 2015
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Project Description

The Greater Amman Municipality (“GAM”) has requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) to provide technical assistance for the improvement of the Ghabawi Landfill (cells 4 and beyond) and the accompanying project components (the “Project”).

GAM is responsible for MSW collection, transfer and disposal within the 22 districts of Amman and five additional neighbouring districts of the metropolitan area of Amman combined with the street sweeping services. GAM is responsible for solid waste management in Amman and is allowed to grant concessions/licenses to other operators. It has its own budget, funded mainly by public money, including a significant proportion from direct taxation of businesses and households, building permits and property development. GAM also receives a budget from the Central Government, which is agreed each year between the City Council and Council of Ministers.

In March 2015, GAM issued Tender No. (32/1/2015) requesting proposals from qualified companies interested in a PPP (Design-Build-Operate-Transfer contract (“DBOT contract”) for the MSW waste-to-energy facility for the Greater Amman Municipality (the “WtE RFP”). The DBOT contract aims to decrease the amount of waste destined for landfilling by the recovery of recyclable materials and by producing renewable energy in the form of fuel and/or electricity. The scope of services covers design, permit application, financing, constructing, operating, maintenance and transfer to GAM. The Service Contract period shall be 15-30 years. The plant is to be located at Al Shaer Transfer Station or Ghabawi Landfill. The WtR RFP encourages bidders to submit proposals for both sites, or for the one they find more suitable for their proposed solution.

Assignment Description

The Bank now intends to engage a consulting company (the “Consultant”) to prepare a comprehensive feasibility study (“FS”) to determine a priority investment programme (the “PIP”) that meet the WtE RFP requirements and evaluate its benefits, including assessing its environmental and social feasibility (the “Assignment”).

The Consultant will review the WtE RFP requirements, previous reports regarding the MSW strategy of Amman and verify whether a bankable project meeting the City’s objectives below can be delivered.

This Project will be based on an effective least-cost investment programme that meets GAM objectives for MSW. The investment plan will be justified on the basis of thorough technical, legislative, environmental and social, financial and economic analysis.

Furthermore, the Consultant will develop an efficient Project Implementation Plan, including procurement schedule considering the current WtE RFP, and carry out an assessment of the resource efficiency opportunities (including energy efficiency and renewable energy potential and the impact on GHG emissions) and environmental and social impacts of the investment programme.

Please click here to access the full Terms of Reference for this assignment.

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 have an estimated overall duration of 4 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 special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by the EBRD Technical Cooperation Funds Programme. 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 will be a firm or a group of firms with previous project experience as follows:

1. experience in developing feasibility studies for IFIs and a good knowledge of IFI procedures (preferably 10 years of experience);
2. knowledge of the solid waste sector, in particular preferably with 10 years of international experience, specifically institutional and legal framework aspects, environmental and social requirements; local financial management standards, professional standards of technical knowledge internationally as well as in the region;
3. experience in Jordan or related region.

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

a Key Expert No 1 Project Manager/Team Leader with preferably 15 years of previous professional experience in the field of solid waste management, with comprehensive experience of similar assignments 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). The large number of different tasks and the complexity of administrational procedures require a permanent presence of the Project Manager in the country during the project period of intensive work on preparation of the Feasibility Study

b. Key Experts No 2 Financial specialists with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in the relevant field and with knowledge of the public financing and modelling.

c. Key Experts No 3 Technical specialists and solid waste engineers with the skills and experience enabling them to successfully complete the Assignment.

Non-key experts are expected to include:
• Environmental and Social experts with experience in ESIAs and E&S due diligence, health & safety, stakeholder engagement, public consultation and disclosure in the local context, gender and inclusion expertise, and/or resettlement expertise, in solid waste management sector with experience of similar assignments and with recent track record in the region.
• Resource efficiency expert with experience in waste management.
• Institutional expert with experience of similar assignments.
• Legal expert with relevant experience in the areas of natural monopolies regulation and knowledge of Jordan’s tariff legislation.
• Local experts with good communication skills and evidenced technical knowledge of solid waste sector planning, design, implementation and operations.

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. Suggested methodology for the Assignment.
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.

Failure to submit the completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet may result in disqualification of the applicant from the selection process for this Assignment.
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 which should not exceed 4MB (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:
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)

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:

• Firm’s experience in developing feasibility studies for IFIs and a good knowledge of IFI procedures -10%
• Firm’s knowledge of the solid waste sector, in particular preferably 10 years of international experience, specifically institutional and legal framework aspects, environmental and social requirements; local financial management standards, professional standards of technical knowledge internationally as well as in the region- 20%

•Firm's suggested methodology for the Assignment -10%

• CVs of key experts with skills and knowledge described above - 60%

As-Samra Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Second Expansion - Financial and Legal PPP Advisory

 | Published May 3, 2016  -  Deadline June 1, 2016
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Project Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) is currently working together with the Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ) on the Third Phase (Second Expansion) of the As-Samra Wastewater Treatment Plant (“WWTP”). The Bank is considering providing assistance in preparing, financing and implementing a project, which would result in the increase of wastewater treatment capacity at the As-Samra WWTP (the Project or the Second Expansion), as part of a build-operate-transfer (BOT) arrangement with a private sector contractor (the Concessionaire).

The First Expansion, which was commercially operated in October, 2015, aimed at expanding the WWTP treatment capacity by 97,800 m3 per day (an increase by more than one-third). These improvements were intended to meet the region’s wastewater treatment needs through 2025; however, due to certain external factors, this is no longer the case. The proposed Second Expansion would increase the capacity of the plant by an additional 100,000 - 145,000 m3 per day, and increase energy production on-site through the utilisation of treated sludge and bio-solids.

A separate team of consultants is currently carrying out technical, financial and legal feasibility study (the FS) and an Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) of the Second Expansion, to review and confirm the main technical, economic and cost assumptions as well as analyse environmental and social matters. The FS consultant (the FS Consultant) will be available for consultation for technical matters through to financial close of the Project.

Assignment Description: Therefore, the Bank is seeking a consultant (the Consultant) to provide financial and legal support to WAJ throughout the Project preparation and negotiation process, including detailed financial forecast and planning as well as in-depth review of existing legal documentation and preparation of all new legal documents (other than the financing agreements to be entered into between the SPC, the Sponsors and the existing and new lenders (the Financing Agreements)) in connection with the Project in line with local and international laws and regulations, as applicable, and based on international best practice standards, negotiation and signing of BOT/PPP agreements (the Assignment).

The Consultant must ensure that all reports take into account and are consistent with the Jordanian Law, EU and other applicable standards, including relevant environmental, water, and public health standards. The Consultant will review the existing legal documentation, prepare the project documentation to which WAJ will be a party, including the amendments to the Restated Project Agreement, and review other project documentation for the benefit of WAJ, and provide assistance on, including but not limited to the procurement matters, as required, in order to support and advise the Bank and WAJ during the Project preparation. The Consultant will also carry out the financial due diligence of the Sponsor’s proposal for the Project, prepare financial forecasts and all other related data and information required to assess the financial feasibility of the Project as well as will provide financial advice to WAJ during negotiations and until Financial Close.

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 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 12 months. It is of the utmost importance that the consultant’s team be available to mobilise in this timeframe.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: The cost estimate is between EUR 0.4 million and EUR 0.5 million (exclusive of VAT). The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed.


Funding Source: It is anticipated that the contract will be financed by the EBRD Donor Programme. Contract signing will be subject to the availability of funding.


Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions. However, in order to avoid any potential conflict of interest the FS Consultant, its sub-contractors and the experts engaged under the Technical Due Diligence assignment will not be eligible to compete for this Assignment.


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

1. Previous project experience with project finance within the region and preferably in Jordan;

2. Experience with infrastructure transactions that involved private financing in Jordan; and

3. Experience within the water sector to be regarded as beneficial but not essential.

The Consultant team should be experienced in BOT and PPP structures, and should also be well-versed in planning and regulatory approaches in the water and wastewater and public infrastructure sector projects.

The Consultant will need to be highly experienced and skilled at the above detailed tasks, which will require excellent knowledge of project finance, public procurement of PPPs internationally and in the region, legal framework in Jordan for infrastructure services, and PPP, BOT and EPC contracting for both the public and private sector.


The following key experts are required:

  • Key Expert 1: Team Leader experienced in managing similar scale projects. The Team Leader can double as any of the below experts;
  • Key Expert 2: PPP, EPC, BOT, and infrastructure concessions expert;
  • Key Expert 3: Legal experts, consisting of a team of attorneys that, collectively, have substantial experience (as indicated by their submitted CVs) in complex international project finance transactions, including BOT transactions and specifically in Jordan. Legal experts with specific understanding of the international and Jordanian PPP legal framework, as well as demonstrated experience with international infrastructure concession contracts in the region. Previous experience of working with WAJ (subject to eligibility requirements) and/or IFIs will be an asset;
  • Key Expert 4: Financial experts, consisting of a team of financial consultants with substantial experience in complex international project finance transactions, including BOT transactions;
  • Key Expert 5: Infrastructure insurance expert(s) with experience in Jordan or the region;
  • Key Expert 6: Environmental and Social expert.

All experts should preferably have experience in the water or wastewater sector and demonstrate experience in the region. Experience of project financing within the region is strongly preferred.


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

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

2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous ten 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.

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

The complete expression of interest in English (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted via eSelection to reach EBRD not later than the closing date. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The Bank 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.

EBRD Contact Person
Olesya Kerridge
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6895
E-mail: kerridgo@ebrd.com

Important Notes:

1. The shortlist criteria are as follows:

(a) Firm’s previous project finance experience within the region, preferably in Jordan (25%)

(b) Firm’s experience with infrastructure transactions that involved private financing in Jordan (15%)

(c) Firm’s experience within the water sector (10%)

(d) CV of Team Leader (30%)

(e) CV of other key experts (20%)

2. 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.

Jordan: Demand Response Pilot Implementation Study

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

Assignment Description:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 250,000 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Bank the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope.
The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by the EBRD Technical Cooperation funds. Contracting will be subject to availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

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

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

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

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

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

Notes:

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

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

Jordan: East Zarqa Wastewater Project: Construction Supervision Services and Support to WAJ

 | Published February 25, 2016  -  Deadline March 27, 2016
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Executing Agency (Client):
Water Authority Jordan (WAJ)
Jaber Bin Hayyan St 5,
Amman 11181
Jordan

The Client Contact Person:
Eng. Asma Al-Whadneh
Head of Tendering Department
Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ)
Jaber Bin Hayyan St 5
Amman 11181
Jordan
Email: Asma_Whadneh@mwi.gov.jo

EBRD Contact Person:
Jenny Scheffel
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
United Kingdom
Tel: + 44 20 7338 7088
E-mail: ScheffeJ@ebrd.com

Clarification 09/03/2016: Please disregard the previously uploaded link of the Terms of Reference of the Assignment. The updated link can be found here: Terms of Reference 49375 .

Clarifications 07/03/2016:

Question No. 1: In the shortlist criteria 15% was given to the Consultant’s experience (Page 4 of the Procurement Notice). Do you mean the 15% will be provided to the similar experiences in the MENA Region?

Response: A firm’s previous project experience in the region will be given 15% weighting as per the shortlist criteria contained in the Procurement Notice.

Question No. 2: Does the Consultant’s previous similar projects in Jordan have weight in the evaluation other than that in the experiences in the region? If the answer is yes, what is the weight?

Response: A firm’s previous project experience in Jordan will be considered as part of the previous project experience in the region, which has 15% weighting as per the shortlist criteria contained in the Procurement Notice.


Project Description:

Jordan is one of the driest countries in the world. Water shortages are exacerbated by climate change. The influx of Syrian refugees (1.4 million which equals almost 20 per cent of Jordan’s total population) is putting further strain on basic water and wastewater services. As a response, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("EBRD" or the "Bank") is providing a loan of up to US$ 14 million and a grant of US$ 5.5 million to the Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ) to construct a wastewater pipeline and carry out an urgently needed upgrade of the sewerage network in order to increase its capacity to cope with the additional demands (the “Project”).

The Project has 2 phases:

Phase 1: Construction of a new Force Main (DN 900 mm, 9 km) from East Zarqa Pumping Station to As-Samra Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP); and

Phase 2: Refurbishment of the existing Force Main (DN 500 mm, 7.4 km, from East Zarqa Pumping Station to As-Samra Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP).

The objective of the overall Project is to ensure a cost-efficient and improved sanitation services for the population in the programme areas with the overall goal to contribute to an efficient and sustainable management of the scarce water resources in Jordan. The focus of this tender is in the field of wastewater.

Assignment Description: The Client now intends to engage a consulting company (the “Consultant”) to assist with Project implementation and the construction supervision of works (the “Assignment” or “supervision of works”).

As the Project is phased, the construction supervision of works is also phased. The first phase for the supervision of the construction of the new force main will consist of the tasks listed below and described in the full TOR, link below.

The Consultant will:

  • Apply its authority, competences and role in the Project to ensure that the works are implemented on time, according to specifications and within the budget from the works contracts, Jordan laws and regulations and as agreed with the financiers;
  • Act as the Engineer under the FIDIC works contracts, supervise construction of the new force main (including provisional acceptance of construction works and supplies);
  • Provide regular progress reports to WAJ and the Bank.

Phase 2, which may form an extension to the contract currently being procured, is likely to include:

•     Preparation of a study, detailed designs and tender documents on the refurbishment of the existing force main (DN 500 mm, 7.4 km) from East Zarqa Pumping Station to As-Samra Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP).

•     Construction supervision of the refurbishment of the existing force main (including provisional acceptance of construction works and supplies);

•     Reporting.

The Terms of Reference for Phase 1 can be found here (link), and is only intended solely for the purpose of information to interested consulting firms at this stage.

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

  • International independent consulting firms who satisfy the requirements; or
  • Internationally experienced Jordanian Consulting “classified as Grade A in Water and Wastewater” as per the Ministry of Public Works and Housing classification system, or
  • An association of local and international consulting firms both satisfying the requirements.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment (Phase 1) is expected to start in May 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 12 months. It is of the utmost importance that the consultant’s team be available to mobilise in this timeframe.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: The estimated cost for both phases of the assignment is between EUR 400,000 and EUR 450,000 (exclusive of VAT). The cost estimate for Phase 1 is up to a maximum of EUR 250,000. Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant, the specific needs of the Client and an updated technical and financial proposal of the selected Consultant, the Assignment is expected to be extended for supervision services related to Phase 2.

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 SEMED Multi Donor Account.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

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

1. Previous project experience in supervising works of a similar scope in constructing water and wastewater pipelines;

2 Previous project experience in Jordan.

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

Team Leader/ Project Manager (Site Supervision/Pipelines Engineer) with a university degree in Civil Engineering; preferably 15 years of professional experience in similar projects, in particular in construction supervision of water and wastewater construction works; sound professional experience in project management of a team composed of international and local experts, professional experience in the region will be an advantage and in the administration of FIDIC based (Red Book) conditions of contracts, as well as  good knowledge of the English language;

Sewerage / Design Engineer;
Resident Engineer / Deputy Team Leader (DTL);
Electrical Engineer;
Mechanical Engineer;
Environmental Expert;
Social Expert.

This has to be understood as a minimum list of experts, however, the Consultant shall feel free to add extra and / or multi-skilled staff as deemed necessary and appropriate to accomplish the task based on their professional judgement.

All key experts should have a university degree in engineering (where relevant), preferably 10 years of professional experience in similar projects, in particular in construction supervision of water and wastewater construction works, professional experience in technical related matters and experience in working in the region would be an advantage and a good knowledge of the English language is essential.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English via one original hard copy and two hard copies to the Client contact person and a soft copy in Word and PDF to the EBRD’s contact person, to reach EBRD not later than the closing date and time. The delivery of the expression of interest to the Client at the address specified will be decisive regarding timely delivery of proposals as per the closing date.  The Client reserves the right to reject applications of firms (not applicable to sub-contractors) submitting more than one expression of interest.

Important Notes:

1. The shortlist criteria are as follows:

(a) Firm’s previous project experience in similar assignments (supervision services for construction of water and / or wastewater pipelines) (25%);

(b) Firm’s previous project experience in the region (15%);

(c) CV of Team Leader (40%);

(d) CV of other key experts (20%).

2. The number of shortlisted firms shall not be more than six, the highest ranking six.

3. 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.

Al Rajef Wind Farm Jordan - Lender's Engineer

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

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

Please see detailed Terms of Reference for the Assignment.


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


Cost Estimate for the Assignment for all three Phases: EUR 200,000; exclusive of VAT.
The consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank's special status as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.


Funding Source: EBRD budget.


Eligibility: There are no consultant nationality eligibility restrictions.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

3. Proposed work plan and methodology.

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

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

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

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

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

Bank Contact Person:

Larissa Gosling

Technical Co-operation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

One Exchange Square

London EC2A 2JN

Tel: + 44 20 7338 6338

e-mail: goslingl@ebrd.com

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


Notes:

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

2. The evaluation criteria are:

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

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

c) Proposed Work Plan and Methodology (20%)

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


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Please see detailed Terms of Reference for the Assignment.


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


Cost Estimate for the Assignment for all three Phases: EUR 250,000; inclusive of any contingency and exclusive of VAT. The consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank's special status as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.


Funding Source: EBRD budget.


Eligibility: There are no consultant nationality eligibility restrictions.


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

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

a. Acted in the capacity of Lenders’ Technical Adviser

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

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

(iii)      Experience of performing an energy yield assessment

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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


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

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

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

3. Proposed work plan and methodology.

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

5. Completed financial proposal broken into three phases.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Bank Contact Person:

Larissa Gosling

Technical Co-operation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

One Exchange Square

London EC2A 2JN

Tel: + 44 20 7338 6338

e-mail: goslingl@ebrd.com

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


Notes:

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

2. The evaluation criteria are:

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

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

c) Proposed Work Plan and Methodology (20%)

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

Implementation Roadmap for Capital Markets Development in Jordan

 | Published October 9, 2015  -  Deadline October 29, 2015
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Project Description:

This project will develop a sequence of measures to improve the functioning of capital markets in Jordan in a planned timeframe (the “Project”).


The Jordanian Securities Commission (“JSC” or the “Client”) has officially requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”)’s technical assistance and expertise to assist in preparing a 5-year implementation roadmap with a view to further reform the local capital markets. The JSC has approved the Technical Cooperation (“TC”) in August 2015 whereby the Ministry of International Cooperation requested the EBRD to proceed with the project in September 2015.

Previous joint IFIs missions, led by EBRD and the Arab Monetary Fund (AMF) under the Deauville Partnership umbrella, took place in Amman in September 2012. These assessments provided a holistic overview of the current state of capital markets in Jordan, identified key bottlenecks for the markets’ development and made specific recommendations to resolve these bottlenecks. Follow-up workshops were organised in June 2013, November 2013 and March 2014 to agree a final set of recommendations. Findings cover all capital market instruments (debt, equity, listed and non-listed), capital market infrastructure as well as rules and regulations. All background material will be provided to the successful candidate.

Assignment Description:

EBRD now seeks to retain the services of a consulting company (the “Consultant”) to deliver the implementation roadmap (the “Assignment”). The findings of previous missions will be reviewed and validated by the Consultant to ensure that they are still relevant and fit to purpose. These action points will be included in a comprehensive and sequenced 5-year Implementation Roadmap for capital markets development.

The expected outcome of the Assignment is to assist the Client in its capital markets development.

The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:

  • Activity 1: Identification of barriers to the development of capital markets in Jordan:

(a) Carry out a diagnostic review of capital markets in Jordan, analyse the current capital market environment in Jordan, and identify the impediments that limit its development;

(b) Assess access to capital markets for both Jordanian and non-Jordanian investors, including individual investors, and for investors based either in Jordan or accessing Jordan markets from abroad;

(c) interview market participants based on an interview list agreed with the JSC;

(d) identify barriers to further development and;

A specific definition of market participant cannot be applied to this work. Any entity relevant to capital market development should be engaged. Such market participants will include inter alia: Amman Stock Exchange (ASE), Securities Depository Center (SDC), relevant Ministries, Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ), regulators, banks, brokers, and asset managers including pension, private equity and venture capital funds. A specific number of interviews cannot be prescribed at this stage.

  • Activity 2: Identification of improvement levers and provision of recommendations:

(a) The Consultant will provide the rationale, justifications and a clear set of arguments for improvement levers and recommendation;

(b) Write a report titled “Recommendations and required actions for the further development of the Jordanian capital markets”;

(c) Prepare a set of presentation slides that help understand the retained recommendations and actions, and the impact of the recommended measures, and which can be used by JSC and;

(d) Conduct a workshop with JSC and the various stakeholders, to discuss the findings of Activity 2.

  • Activity 3: Drafting of the Implementation Roadmap:

(a) The Consultant will prepare the comprehensive 5-year step-by-step implementation roadmap for capital markets reforms in Jordan based on Activities 1 and 2. The timeline/planning for actions will be on a consolidated basis and per stakeholder.

(b) Organise a roundtable with stakeholders to present the results of the assignment

(c) Prepare the final report and slides to present the findings.

Once this Assignment is complete, it is envisaged that EBRD will coordinate further with JSC to support the phased implementation in separate assignments. Any such follow up assignments undertaken by EBRD would follow the EBRD Procurement Policies & Rules.

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 November 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of six months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: The maximum budget available for the Assignment is EUR 146,000, exclusive of VAT. Budget includes: fees, per diem allowance (UN rates), reimbursable expenses (may include indirect taxes, such as VAT, not otherwise recoverable by the Consultant), air travel, local travel, contingencies (if requested) and miscellaneous (visa, printing, etc). For the avoidance of doubt a detailed budget is not expected when submitting expressions of interests.

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

Funding Source: The Assignment will be funded by the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund (SFF) and SEMED Multi-Donor Account (MDA). Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions and consulting firms from any country may apply, however Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms specialised in capital market development preferably with previous project experience working with market participants and authorities on similar consulting assignments.

The Consultant will form a project team of experts to carry out the assignment. The provided expertise should cover all areas as defined in the scope of work. The Consultant may associate to enhance their qualifications.

It is expected that the Consultant’s team of key experts should consist of:

Key Expert No. 1: Team Leader and Capital Markets expert

a. Preferably 10 years of consultancy experience in the field of capital markets development

b. Preferably 5 years of project management experience including acting as team leader on similar assignments

c. Excellent knowledge of international standards and EU directives related to / impacting the capital markets

d. Experience working on a minimum of two similar projects, at least one of them should be in Western Europe or North America

e. Excellent proficiency in written and spoken English

Key Expert No. 2: Capital Market Infrastructure expert

a. Preferably 5 years of consultancy experience in the field of securities, money markets, derivatives or structured finance with focus on capital markets development

b. Good understanding of the role and IT functionalities of capital market institutions such as; exchanges, Central Securities Depositories (CSDs), Central Counterparties (CCPs), payment systems and settlement banks. Experience in trading, clearing and settlement is a plus

c. Proven track record of working with market participants and authorities or on similar consultancy assignments

d. High proficiency in written and spoken English

Key Expert No. 3: Legal and Regulatory expert

a. Preferably 5 years of experience as a legal and regulatory expert with focus on capital markets development

b. Preferably minimum a Master degree or equivalent in legal studies

c. Acted as a legal/regulatory expert on at least one capital market development project

d. Excellent knowledge of international standards related to / impacting capital markets

e. Knowledge of local legal and regulatory environment is a plus

f. Proficiency in written and spoken Arabic and English

There is no minimum or maximum criteria applied to the number of days expected to be spent onsite at this stage. The candidates may express a view in their methodology as part of their expression of interest. At the next stage, the highest ranked consultant should propose an allocation of on-site / home days for each expert that would fit best with the scope of work.

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

· Brief overview of the firm/group of firms including company profile, organisation and staffing (2-4 pages);

· 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, assignment budget, percentage carried out by consultant in case of association of firms or subcontracting, main activities, objectives;

· 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.

· Brief description of the Assignment’s methodology and approach, limited to 3 pages. This should address the following questions:

o How do you envisage undertaking the proposed three activities?

o What are the main challenges you identify in this Assignment and how will you envisage overcoming them?

o Which measures will you take to ensure a good coordination between the experts?

o How will the Consultant bridge the gap between their international experience and knowledge of the local markets and culture?

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

The expression of interest shall not exceed 20 pages (excluding CVs and Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet).

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, brief description of the Assignment’s methodology and approach, 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.

An Evaluation Committee will be established as per standard EBRD Procurement Policies and Rules. The tender process is a one stage procedure. The highest-ranked firm from an evaluation of the expression of interests submitted will be invited to; provide further details on the proposed approach and methodology, to submit a workplan (including proposed service start/end dates), to confirm the experts and their availability and to prepare a detailed budget.

The EBRD Contact Person:

Ms. Julie Michel

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

One Exchange Square

London EC2A 2JN

E-mail: Michelj@ebrd.com

Tel.: +44 (0) 2073387556 (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 evaluation criteria and respective weightings are:

a) Firm/group of firms’ previous project experience in delivering consultancy projects related to capital market development and in working with market participants and authorities on similar consulting assignments including the 3 types of activities listed above (15%)

b) Description of the Assignment’s methodology and approach (30%) addressing the following questions:

o How do you envisage undertaking the proposed three activities?

o What are the main challenges you identify in this Assignment and how will you envisage overcoming them?

o Which measures will you take to ensure a good coordination between the experts?

o How will the Consultant bridge the gap between their international experience and knowledge of the local markets and culture?

c) CV of the Key Expert No. 1 (Team Leader & Capital Market expert) (25%)

d) CV of the Key Expert No. 2 (Capital Market Infrastructure) (20%)

e) CV of the Key Expert No. 3 (Legal and Regulatory Expert) (10%)


Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) Solid Waste Project - Corporate Development and Governance Assistance

 | Published May 3, 2016  -  Deadline June 6, 2016
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Clarification 04/05/2016: The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest has been extended to 06/06/2016 at 12:00 Amman time.

Executing Agency:
Greater Amman Municipality (GAM)

Client Contact Person:
Eng. Ebtihal Aldayyat, Head of International Tenders Branch
Greater Amman Municipality
Tendering and Procurement Directorate (T &PD)
2nd floor/Employees building
City Hall, Ras -Al Ein
Omar Matar Street
P.O.Box 132 Amman
Jordan

Tel: +962-6-4603970/4636111-2480
Fax: +962-6-4610231 / 4621086
E-mail:  gam.tenders@ammancity.gov.jo

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

Project Description: 
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) is providing a sovereign guaranteed loan of USD 18 million to the Greater Amman Municipality (the “GAM” or “City”), a capital municipality of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (the "Project").  The Project was originally prepared and co-financed by a World Bank (“WB”) loan signed in 2009 with procurement under the WB Procurement Guidelines and the EBRD will now provide   USD 18 million to complete the project.

The Bank’s loan will finance the works remaining under the contract, which include the landfill gas system (the “LFG”) for cells 1 & 3 at Al Ghabawi landfill, associated leachate management, generators and connection to the grid.

The WB loan was designed to co-finance an investment programme consisting of:

  • a new cell for the disposal of municipal solid waste at the Al Ghabawi landfill and upgrading the leachate treatment facilities at the landfill (GAM financed);
  • two solid waste transfer stations (GAM financed); and
  • LFG system at the said landfill under a design, build, and operate (“DBO”) contract (the WB loan).

Assignment Description:
As part of the Bank’s project preparation a series of potential operational improvement measures were identified. One of the key observations found that the current institutional set-up for GAM in relation to its solid waste management operations does not offer the most efficient institutional nor operational set-up. In addition, EBRD’s due diligence identified a number of critical areas where GAM requires substantial change, management support and better supervision, and these include establishing overall single management authority over the solid waste management operations at the landfill and environmental, health and safety and social (EHSS) management and monitoring.

Therefore, all tasks related to solid waste operations will be reassigned from the existing solid waste management operations and to a new and independent solid waste management company (the “Company”) to be fully owned by the GAM, which   should be responsible for GAM solid waste management operations. An instrument will be required to define and describe roles and responsibilities between the newly set Company and GAM, and thus a Public Service Contract (“PSC”) will be developed and signed by all relevant parties.

The GAM intends to engage a consultant (the “Consultant”) to provide technical assistance to both GAM and the Company to implement the CGAPs, which will aim to make the current corporate structure more efficient and transparent as well as ensure best international practice is applied at both entities, including on EHSS matters (the “Assignment”).

The selected Consultant will be required to undertake the following key activities:

  • Review of GAM’s Current Waste Management Set-up. This would include a documentation review of institutional set up and related legal documentation.
  • Assessment, analysis of Waste Management set-up prior to and after their separation and formulation of detailed recommended actions and plans for the creation of the new Company. The recommendations shall be assessed and analysed for compliance with the existing local legislation, and shall advise on necessary legislative amendments, if any. The Consultant shall also assess the impact of the recommendations on GAM’s existing institutional structure and employees operating within GAM’s existing solid waste management department. Once this activity is completed, actions are identified, recommendations drafted and support provided on the strategy and path required for separation of the services and establishment of the solid waste company, the Consultant should develop a PSC which would officialise the relationship between client and beneficiary and set up service levels, rights and obligations.
  • Prepare an individual PSC between the City and the newly created Company, which would specify the rights and responsibilities of each party.  The PSC should include, but not be limited to: (i) measurable performance indicators with clear timetable for their achievements evidencing improvements of the company’s operational, including EHSS, and financial efficiency and levels of services rendered to its consumers, including but not limited to the financial ratios that would be set forth in the loan documentation; (ii) automatic tariff adjustment formula and tariff policies (e.g. full cost recovery, elimination of cross-subsidies between consumer groups; not exceed the affordability thresholds etc.), etc.

The Consultant should provide support for the year after the PSC is in place to ensure Supervision and oversight of PSC implementation and training.

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 Q3 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 24 months.

Maximum Budget available for the Assignment: USD 950,000 (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: This Assignment will be co-funded by the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Multi-Donor Account (supported by Australia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taipei China and UK) and the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.  

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant shall be a firm or group of firms with preferably 15 years' previous project experience in technical and financial consultancy services for waste management projects with a focus on institutional and corporate development, governance and regulatory issues. Additionally, the Consultant's previous project experience should preferably be in Jordan and/or the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region (Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan).

The Consultant's expert team should include municipal waste engineers, technical, and financial experts with strong waste management expertise as part of its proposed team of experts for the Assignment. As such t
he Consultant's team would likely comprise the following expertise and some individuals may fulfil more than one role:

  • Key Expert 1: Project Manager/Solid Waste Management Operations Expert
  • Key Expert 2: Solid Waste Management Institutional and Regulatory Expert
  • Key Expert 3: Solid Waste Management Finance Expert
  • Key Expert 4: Environmental, Health and Safety and Social (EHSS) Specialist/Advisor with solid waste sector and SEMED experience
  • Key Expert  5: Solid Waste Management Regulation and Enforcement Expert
  • Key Expert 6: Institutional training expert
  • Key Expert 7: Legal Expert
  • Key Expert 8: SPP and communication Expert
  • Local Experts within all the above listed areas


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

(a) brief overview of the firm/group of firms including company profile, organisation and staffing;

(b) details of similar experience of firm or group of firms and related assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, percentage carried out by consultant in case of association of firms or subcontracting, main activities, objectives;

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

(d) Completed Contact Sheet, 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 and contact sheet).

One original and 1 copy of the Expression of Interest, in English, shall be submitted to the Client Contact Person at the above address in an envelope marked “EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for GAM SOLID WASTE - CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT AND GOVERNANCE ASSISTANCE”, to reach Client not later than Monday 6 June, 2016 at 12:00 noon (Amman time).

One Electronic copy in English of the Expression of Interest should be submitted to the EBRD’s contact person by email by the same due date.

Important Notes:
1. The shortlist criteria are as follows:
(a) Firm’s previous project experience in technical and financial consultancy services for waste management projects with a focus on institutional and corporate development, governance and regulatory issues (25%)
(b) Firm’s previous project experience in the municipal waste sector in the SEMED region (15%)
(c) CV of Key Expert 1 - Project Manager (35%)
(d) CVs of Key Experts 2-8 (25%)

2. 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.



    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

Jordan (TCS 48810): Mapping Study for Establishing the National Center for Innovation (NCI)

 | Published August 6, 2015  -  Deadline August 20, 2015
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Jordan (TCS 48810): Mapping Study for Establishing the National Center for Innovation (NCI) and Transition to Full Operational Functionality

Project Description:

Jordan has an active but highly complex and fragmented innovation ecosystem with a multitude of public and private stakeholders, which suffers from a lack of effective stakeholder coordination, inadequate collection and analysis of information, unclear channels and linkages, limited cooperation and inefficient financial management. In addition, Jordan is characterised by a substantial skills mis-match resulting from the education system’s insufficient capacity to equip young people with the know-how and skills that are required by employers.

The Jordanian Government (GoJ) - via the Higher Council for Science and Technology (the Client or HCST) - has approached the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) to seek assistance for the implementation of the project "Jordan: Start-up Financing for the Establishment of the National Center for Innovation ("NCI") and Transition to Full Operational Functionality" (the Project). By becoming a national hub for all matters related to innovation, both public and private, the NCI's key role will be to advise the GoJ on further enhancing its policies and programmes fostering an innovation-based economy through better coordination, information and monitoring of all innovation related activities. Specifically, the NCI is expected to:

(1) help ensure that national and international administrative, financial and technical services that nurture and support innovation (government, private sector "nd IFI initiatives etc.), are complementary rather than duplicative and help eliminate inefficiencies in funding and support to the private sector;

(2) create economies of scale in bringing together and effectively coordinating stakeholder activities (government ministries and agencies, donor-funded programmes, scientific and research bodies, universities, regional and local incubators, training providers, technology-related programmes, start-ups and entrepreneurs);

(3) improve the direct engagement between the private sector and public sector innovation stakeholders, such as businesses, industrial companies, start-ups, financiers ,educational institutions and research centres;

(4) collect innovation related information and provide vital national statistics on the impact of innovation initiatives for monitoring progress and articulating areas of success and those that need improvement, enabling the GoJ to further assess measures for enhancing the development of an innovation based society.

The NCI is expected to have four key units as follows:

(a) Information Unit coordinating all innovation activities and cooperation among its stakeholders, collecting and processing information, and feeding proposals back to public/private sector via NCI’s coordination role etc.

(b) Monitoring & Evaluation Unit tracking key performance indicators for national innovation strategies aiming at the development of an innovation-based economy.

(c) Referral Unit providing a platform to enable the matching of research, extension services and other innovation services with the needs of the private sector, assisting innovators and researchers to find funding and support for their projects and promoting cooperation between innovation service providers;

(d) Legal and Policy unit advising on related legal and regulatory matters. Identifying regulatory impediments to innovative activity in the private sector and proposing policy and regulatory reforms to unblock such impediments

The Center will act as the technical implementing arm of the already existing National Council on Competitiveness and Innovation (NCCI), which is chaired by the Prime Minister.

The Project’s purpose is to provide support to the NCI’s transition to full functionality within 2 years. Funding provided by the EBRD - Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Transition Fund and the Government of Jordan is primarily supposed to finance:

(i) NCI staff (director, managers, administrative assistants, vocational training specialists, legal/regulatory, referral, M&E, communication, IT etc.)
(ii) Operational expenses (computers, stationery, travel, and other administrative expenditures)
(iii) Consultancy services (this mapping study, other consultancy services including audit, legal, M&E, surveys, baseline studies, support to SMEs, support to sector skills councils, identifying the mis-match between the university /vocational curricula and the needs of the market).
(iv) Public relations, raising awareness and information sharing (conferences, workshops etc.)
(v) Design, procurement and maintenance of a web-based IT platform for enabling coordination and providing statistics, enabling an online exchange of information for all innovation stakeholders (SMEs, entrepreneurs, financiers, researchers, government support services, etc.), tracking of progress against Project KPIs and other targets etc.
(vi) Awards for awarding and promoting innovation projects etc.

Assignment Description

To further develop the Project the Client now intends to engage a an individual expert (the "Consultant") to carry out a mapping study with key tasks as described below (the "Assignment"). The purpose of the mapping study is to set the priorities of the NCI based on international best practice for effective national co-ordinating/advisory bodies in the context of the Jordanian innovation landscape. The mapping study should assist in identifying and articulating the NCI’s overall objective, main tasks, detailed responsibilities, accountabilities, and procedures, as well as staff requirements (including job descriptions) and any necessary training.

The expected outcome of the Assignment is a clear set of documents and steps to be taken going forward to realise the full implementation of the Project.

Generally, the Consultant is expected to:

- based on international best practice, fully map out the NCI mandate, governance framework, key units’ terms of reference, detailed tasks, responsibilities, and procedures, identify and set out staff and IT system requirements, and the need for consultancy support.
- based on international best practice, explore different funding models that will focus on the financial sustainability of the Centre beyond the initial 4 year period. Develop a longer term strategic plan (after year 4) for the Centre.
- review and revise the proposed results framework for the Project
- develop a 4 year Project work plan and budget defining annual priority, areas for intervention and if necessary amendments to the NCI mandate responsibility that will ensure the Project remains focused on tangible deliverables.
- develop for the first of four detailed annual action plans covering all NCI activities and the Project budget for year 1.

The Consultant shall complete the following key tasks, inter alia:

- Coordinate and manage the kick off meeting, to include confirmation of the scope and objectives of this Assignment, establish reporting lines and "Assignment governance structure", client responsibilities etc.
- Mapping the innovation sector: identify relevant models of international best practice that could be adapted to the Jordanian context, including in particular opportunities for revenue generating activities, taking into account the NCI’s primary objective of being an advisory body to the government based on data and information gathered from the innovation stakeholders.
- Help to define NCI mandate, governance framework, organisation and results framework; Based on the results framework, propose a project road map for where the NCI aspires to be in the coming 4 years, stating its vision, mission, objectives and intended achievements and expected deliverables.
- Structuring the NCI institutional environment and terms of reference.
- Revise the overall Project work plan and a budget (key tasks for years 1 to 4) in addition to planning for longer term financial strategy (beyond the current 4 year funding horizon).
- Draft the annual action plans and budgets for years 1 and 2.

Status of Selection Process: Interested individual experts or firms interested to nominate an expert (see note 2) are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in September 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 2 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: To be determined during negotiations (exclusive of VAT).

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

Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Transition Fund, hereinafter the Donor. Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions. Individuals or consulting firms interested in nominating an expert from any country may apply (see note 2).

Consultant Profile: Individual services are required. The Consultant shall be an expert (individual expert or an expert nominated by a firm, see note 2) preferably with 10 years previous professional experience:

1. In similar innovation initiatives, preferably also for public entities fostering innovation through enhancing coordination among innovation landscape stakeholders and improving related policy advice to senior government stakeholders.
2. Institution building and change management, preferably for public entities, including defining mission, governance and results frameworks, structure/organisation, annual budgets, terms of reference for key units, job requirements for key staff, training need assessments etc.
3. Working in the region (preferably Jordan but also the surrounding region) Fluency in both English and Arabic is considered an advantage


Submission Requirements:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bank Contact Person:

Angela Levitsky
Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6363
e-mail: levitska@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)

From 10 August 2015 the Bank's Contact Person will be Martin Ehrenberg: tel: +44 20 7338 7657, e-mail ehrenbem@ebrd.com

Important Notes:

1. This is a Selection from Shortlist in line 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 Client has requested the EBRD to manage the first part of the selection process. The EBRD will evaluate expressions of interest in line with the shortlist criteria (a) to (c) as below and establish a shortlist of up to 4 candidates. The Client will then conduct interviews with shortlisted candidates (in English) at the Client’s premises or via videolink to be organised via EBRD HQ or its Resident Offices. All expenses related to attending the interviews shall be borne by the Consultant. After the interviews the highest ranked candidate will be selected from the shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding. The selected candidate will be contracted by the Client on the basis of the Donor’s grant managed by the EBRD.

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

3. The shortlisting criteria are:

a. Previous professional experience in similar innovation initiatives, preferably also for public entities fostering innovation through enhancing coordination among innovation landscape stakeholders and improving related policy advice to senior government stakeholders ( (45%)

b. Previous professional experience in institution building and change management, preferably for public entities, including defining mission, governance and results frameworks, structure/organisation, annual budgets, terms of reference for key units, job requirements for key staff, training need assessments etc. (35%)

c. Previous professional experience in the region (preferably Jordan but also the surrounding region) Fluency in both English and Arabic is considered an advantage (20%)