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EBRD - Selection of Design Consultant

Republican State Enterprise "Kazvodkhoz", Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan | Published May 23, 2017  -  Deadline June 20, 2017
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EBRD - Selection of Design Consultant

Kyzylorda Electricity Distribution Project - Consultant for the Corporate Development Program

 | Published July 3, 2015  -  Deadline July 31, 2015
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Executing Agency (Client): JSC Kyzylorda Regional Electricity Company Sultan Beybarys str, Kyzylorda Kazakhstan The Client Contact Person: Nurlybek Tulegenov, Chairman of the Management Board JSC Kyzylorda Regional Electricity Company Tel: +7 /724-2/ 90 22 05 email: tulegenov_n@krek.kz The EBRD Contact Person: Yvonne Wilkinson European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square London EC2A 2JN Tel: + 44 20 7338 7123 Fax: +44 20 7338 7451 E-mail: WilkinsY@ebrd.com Project Description: The Joint Stock Company Kyzylorda Regional Electricity Company ("KREC” or the “Client”) has requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) to provide technical assistance to implement the Kyzylorda Electricity Distribution Project. The EBRD is providing finance to rehabilitate and modernise the low and medium voltage distribution networks in the Kyzylorda Oblast (the “Project”), including the installation of modern electricity meters and automatic control systems, strengthening the capacity and efficiency of transformers, and distribution lines aimed at reducing distribution network losses and increase in energy efficiency. The expected technical and commercial losses reduction will have significant reduction of related carbon emissions as the power generation sector of Kazakhstan is of high carbon intensity. The Project consists of the following components: • Rehabilitation of the 0.4-110 kV low and medium voltage network, including lines and substations, which were originally constructed about forty years ago. Consequently it is a high priority to improve the quality and reliability of electricity supply to the end consumers. • Installation of new Critical Infrastructure Protection (“CIP”) intended to adequately protect and secure electrical substations. • Installation of new network meters and automated system of electricity accounting and control system (“ASKUE”) as well as a number of new “smart meters” for consumers, and related hardware and software systems. International experience shows that rehabilitating distribution networks and improving metering arrangements is one of the fastest and most cost-effective methods of reducing losses and improving collection rates. These measures in turn stimulate energy efficiency levels. Further improvement in bill collection (presently at around 80%) will also be permitted due to firm implementation of payment discipline and remote disconnection features. Assignment Description: The Bank’s investments will be procured in accordance with EBRD Procurement Policies and Rules for Public Sector Projects. The Company and the Kyzylorda Oblast Akimat require a firm or group of firms (the “Consultant”) to assist the Company to improve the Company’s commercial standing, service and environmental and social performance (the “Assignment”). The Consultant will identify and implement the necessary corporate, financial and operational improvements required to meet the related covenants included in the EBRD finance documents. This will be achieved via the following major institutional development actions: • Development and implementation of a Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programme (“FOPIP”) in close co-operation with the Company. The FOPIP will focus on ensuring that the Company meets the covenants set forth in the financing documentation with EBRD. It is expected that the FOPIP will include both corporate development actions and financial and operational improvements: o Control over assets and service agreement; o Organisation related to the current corporate status, management structure, internal and external reporting lines, decision making bodies, and staff employed; o Management Information Systems; o Financial Performance Improvements; o Accounting, Budgeting and Cash Management; o Revenue Collection Procedures; o Operational Efficiency; o Environmental and social issues management; and o Public and customer relations. • In close co-operation with the Company, development and adoption of a medium-term Corporate Development Plan for the Company and to improve its corporate planning capacity to assist its ongoing transition towards a self-sustaining entity and commercial operations, as well as implementing the Environmental and Social Action Plan developed for the Company. The Consultant will assist the Company to develop procedures and systems to build a corporate planning process into the existing budget and business planning processes. The Consultant will also identify other areas of management, finance and operations that should be considered in future corporate development plans, depending upon the progress made by the Company. • In close co-operation with the Company, development and introduction of a Management Information System. • Develop a methodology, standards and monitoring systems for annual publication of energy use and key energy efficiency indicators on the Company web site. The Consultant will co-operate closely with the Company and with the Kyzylorda Oblast Akimat to implement the covenants stipulated under the signed Project Support Agreement. The expected outcome of the Assignment is that the Company effectively implements the set of recommendations and/or targets or standards agreed in the FOPIP, corporate development plan and PSA and meets the related covenants included in the EBRD finance documents. 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 36 months. Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 300,000.00 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding, the excellent performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Client the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope and time line. 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 funded by the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund. Selection and contracting is subject to the availability of funding Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions. Consultant Profile: The Consultant should have preferably 10 years of practical experience in developing similar assignments and a good knowledge of International Financial Institutions’ procedures and rules. In addition, the Consultant should have deep knowledge of electricity distribution sector with international experience of not less than 10 years. The Consultant must set out clear communication lines with the beneficiaries, so that they are able to draw on the support of the Consultant as required. It is envisaged that this will be best supplied through a combination of long-term and short-term expertise. The Consultant Team would likely comprise the following expertise and some individuals may fulfil more than one role: Team Leader / Electricity Network Operations Expert with preferably: 10 years relevant professional experience working on similar assignments in the electricity distribution sector in Central Asia and/or other EBRD countries of operation; proven experience of leading a team of experts; and excellent knowledge of English and Russian language for coordination and report writing purposes Electricity Institutional and Regulatory Expert with preferably: 10 years relevant professional experience in the electricity distribution sector; and knowledge of Russian and English languages; Financial/Accounting Expert with preferably: 10 years of relevant professional experience; with knowledge of the public financing, IFRS and modelling; and knowledge of Russian and English languages; IT/MIS Expert with preferably: 10 years of relevant professional experience; and knowledge of Russian and English languages; Environmental and HSE Management Systems Expert with preferably: 10 years of relevant professional experience, including experience in ESIAs and E&S due diligence, health& safety, gender and inclusion expertise in electricity distribution; and knowledge of Russian and English languages; Local Legal Expert with relevant experience in the areas of natural monopolies regulation and knowledge of Kazakhstan tariff legislation; Local Experts with good communication skills and evidenced technical knowledge of electricity distribution. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants 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, 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; (c) CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives. (d) Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc. The expression of interest shall not exceed 20 pages (excluding CVs Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet). The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English via email (pdf) to the Client’s contact person, to reach the Client not later than the closing date. The expression of interest will be submitted as one file attachment (pdf) not exceeding 4MB. Consultant’s Declaration Sheet may be submitted as a separate file. Marketing materials and brochures are not required and will be disregarded. The Client reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. One additional copy shall reach the Bank’s contact person by the same due date. 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 (including international) in developing similar assignments, including specific experience in electricity distribution sector – 30% (b) Firm’s experience in procedures and rules of International Financial Institutions (or similar) preferably in the region 20% (c) CV of Team Leader with preferably 10 years’ experience in electricity distribution similar assignments in Central Asia and/or other EBRD’s countries of operation – 30% (d) CVs of other experts – 20%.

Kyzylorda Electricity Distribution Project - Consultant for the Project Implementation Unit

 | Published January 9, 2017  -  Deadline February 1, 2017
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Procurement Notice Amended on 11 January 2017 as follows:

Consultants to note that Expressions of Interest for this assignment should be submitted in English and Russian. 

Kyzylorda Electricity Distribution Project - PIU Support

Executing Agency (Client):
JSC Kyzylorda Regional Electricity Company
Sultan Beybarys str,
Kyzylorda

The Client Contact Person:
Ainur Zhanaliyeva
Deputy chairman of the Board on economy and accounting policies
JSC Kyzylorda Regional Electricity Company
Tel: +7 /724-2/ 90 22 04
email: zhanalieva_a@krek.kz

The EBRD Contact Person:
Yvonne Wilkinson
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 7123
E-mail: WilkinsY@ebrd.com

Project Description:The Joint Stock Company Kyzylorda Regional Electricity Company ("KREC” or “the Client”) has requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) to provide technical assistance to implement the Kyzylorda Electricity Distribution Project.

The EBRD is providing finance to rehabilitate and modernise the low and medium voltage distribution networks in the Oblast (the Project), including the installation of modern electricity meters and automatic control systems, strengthening the capacity and efficiency of transformers, and distribution lines aimed at reducing distribution network losses and increase in energy efficiency.  The expected technical and commercial losses reduction will have significant reduction of related carbon emissions as the power generation sector of Kazakhstan is of high carbon intensity.The Project to be financed by the Bank consists of the following components:

•           Rehabilitation of the 0.4-110 kV low and medium voltage network, including lines and substations, which were originally constructed about forty years ago. Consequently it is a high priority to improve the quality and reliability of electricity supply to the end consumers.

•           Supply and Installation of an automated system for protection of distribution network and substations.

•          Installation of new network meters and SCADA as well as a number of new    consumers “smart meters” and related hardware and software systems. International experience shows that rehabilitating distribution networks and improving metering arrangements is one of the fastest and most cost-effective methods of reducing losses and improving collection rates.  These measures in turn stimulate energy efficiency levels. Further improvement in bill collection (presently at around 80%) will also be permitted due to firm implementation of payment discipline and remote disconnection features.

Assignment Description: The Client now intends to create a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) and engage a consulting firm (the Consultant) to provide organisational and technical assistance to the Client to ensure the successful completion of the Project in accordance with the Project Implementation Plan (PIP) and with all EBRD requirements stipulated in the Loan Agreement (the Assignment).

The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:

1. Project Preparation Phase

  • Assist the Client with preparing, reviewing and updating the Project Implementation Plan (PIP) as required during the Project implementation.
  • Prepare a Project schedule identifying all relevant milestones and their respective timeframes for all parties to adhere to.
  • Provide guidance and recommendations for quality assurance in respect of the operations of the PIU and to the work to be undertaken by the contractors.
  • Provide comprehensive support to the PIU in relation to procurement of goods and works contracts under the Project, including review and preparation of technical specifications, preparation of tender documents, assistance during all stages of procurement processes and subsequent contract finalisation.

2. Project Implementation Phase

  • Assistance with Project implementation, including supervision, monitoring of progress of the supply and installation contracts under the project.
  • Support to the Client with regard to all aspects of Project reporting. 
  • Assistance with Testing, Commissioning and Operational Acceptance, as required by the Client.
  • Support in ensuring compliance with the Loan Agreement, including monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the Environmental and Social Action Plan.
  • Assistance in preparation of disbursement requests and management of Project Accounts as required by the Client.
  • Providing on-the-job training to ensure knowledge transfer to the Client on all aspects of oversight and management of project implementation.
  • At the end of the Project the Consultant will prepare a Project completion report, which shall include the following:
    • A summary of technical improvements achieved by the Project;
    • Assessment of the implementation of Environment and Social Action Plan.

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 Q 2 2017 and has an estimated overall duration of approximately 36 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 500,000 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding, excellent performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Client the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope and time line.

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's donor funded Technical Cooperation Funds Programme, however consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding from an appropriate donor.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with previous project experience related to preparing and implementing engineering works for power distribution projects of similar nature i.e. rehabilitation of low and medium voltage network including installation of network meters and SCADA.

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

a. Team Leader (Engineer) preferably with 10 years’ experience in construction or rehabilitation of medium and low voltage distribution systems including substation and lines. The TL should have proven experience of leading a team of experts and implementing similar projects. The TL will have excellent knowledge of English and Russian language for coordination and report writing purposes.

b. Power Distribution Expert preferably with 10 years of experience in planning, design and construction of Medium Voltage Lines and substations. 

c. Electricity Meters Expert preferably with 10 years of experience in the development of specifications and installation of modern electronic and “smart meters” for low voltage customers.  

d. Procurement Expert preferably with 10 years of procurement experience in power projects including transmission and distribution lines improvement projects as well as good knowledge of procedures and rules of procurement of international financial institutions, such as the EBRD, World Bank or other IFIs, knowledge of FIDIC and preferably EBRD Supply and Installation contractual arrangements.

Non-key experts are expected to include:

Short Term Experts preferably with 10 years’ experience in the following areas of work:

  • Construction and rehabilitation of substations and distribution lines;
  • Factory acceptance tests and commissioning for similar assets;
  • Protection and control measures;
  • Civil Works in the field of substation and tower foundations construction;
  • Environmental and social measures

Local Experts (as required) with preferably 5 years’ proven experience in:

  • OHL engineering and Substation Engineering;
  • Factory acceptance tests and commissioning for similar assets;
  • Protection and Control Measures;
  • Civil Works in the field of substation and tower foundations construction;
  • Environmental and social measures.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English and Russian via email (pdf) to the Client’s contact person, to reach the Client not later than the closing date.

The expression of interest in each language will be submitted as one electronic file attachment (pdf) in not exceeding 4MB. Consultant’s Declaration Sheet may be submitted as a separate file. Marketing materials and brochures are not required and will be disregarded. The Client reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file.

An electronic copy of the full EOI should be submitted to the Bank’s contact person by the same due date.

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:

  1. Firm’s previous project experience in administration, management, procurement, design and supervision of projects of a comparable nature, scale and complexity (50%)
  2. CV of Key Expert Team Leader (20%)
  3. CV of Key Expert Power Distribution Expert (10%)
  4. CV of Key Expert Electricity Meters Expert (10%)
  5. CV of Key Expert Procurement Expert (10%)

International Consultant for terminal project evaluation

UNDP Country Office - KAZAKHSTAN | Published March 17, 2017  -  Deadline March 30, 2017
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The United Nations Development Programme in the Republic of Kazakhstan (UNDP) is announcing a vacancy for the position of “International Consultant for terminal project evaluation” in the frames of UNDP-GEF “City of Almaty Sustainable Transport” (CAST) Project.For detailed information on the position, please refer to the attached Terms of Reference.Duty station: home-based, with a trip to Kazakhstan;The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):Signed UNDP P11 form (the template attached) or detailed CV (up to 10 pages); Offeror’s letter to UNDP confirming interest and availability for the individual contractor (IC) assignment, including breakdown of costs in USD (the template attached; please kindly use template A & B for preparation of financial proposal).Interested candidates are requested to submit their application using the following link: https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=71156 as per the instruction in the notice and using templates provided.The following documents needed to be sent to nessibeli.abdirova@undp.org not later than 30 March 2017:Cover letter to UNDP with description of similar consultancy assignments and other relevant information related to proposed methodology of work;Two recommendation letters from similar projects within last 3 years

International Consultant for Project Terminal Evaluation

Home-based with 1 mission to Kazakhstan - KAZAKHSTAN | Published June 28, 2017  -  Deadline July 11, 2017
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​Overview:The United Nations Development Programme in the Republic of Kazakhstan (UNDP) is announcing a vacancy for the position of an International Consultant for Project Terminal Evaluation.Place of work: home-based with a trip to Kazakhstan (Astana and Almaty).For detailed information on the position, please refer to the attached procurement Notice and Terms of Reference.All the applications (max.10 MB) including: Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;CV and a Personal History Form (P11 form);Brief description of approach to work/technical proposal of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a proposed methodology on how they will approach and complete the assignment; (max 1 page)Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price and all other travel related costs (such as flight ticket, per diem, etc), supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template attached to the Letter of Confirmation of Interest template;3 recommendations from previous customersshall be sent to procurement.kz@undp.org, indicating Ref.2017-0041 in the Subject line not later than 11 July, 2017.

Ref.2017-0037_Project Inception Phase International Consultant

Home-based with one mission to Astana, Kazakhstan - KAZAKHSTAN | Published June 13, 2017  -  Deadline June 25, 2017
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Overview :The United Nations Development Programme in the Republic of Kazakhstan (UNDP) is announcing a vacancy for the position of INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT FOR PROJECT INCEPTION PHASE.For detailed information on the position, the scope of work and the evaluation criteria please refer to the attached Terms of Reference and IC Procurement Notice.Duty station: home-based with one trip to Astana (4 days);Excellent English writing and communication skills. Proficiency in Russian is a significant advantage.All applications (max.10 MB) including:Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided. If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP. Interested candidates are requested to submit their application by email to: procurement.kz@undp.org with the indication of Ref.2017-0037 in the subject line not later than June 25, 2017

Project Monitoring Consultant for Water and Wastewater and District Heating Framework (47735)

 | Published October 8, 2015  -  Deadline October 29, 2015
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Project Monitoring Consultant for Water and Wastewater and District Heating Framework - Water and Wastewater Sector Engineer

Project Description: The Government of Kazakhstan ("GoK") signed the Enhanced Partnership Framework Arrangement ("EPFA") with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") to provide grant co-financing for projects where the Bank will provide loans with the aim to: (i) facilitate the implementation of urgent upgrades of facilities; (ii) provide incentives for the cities to undertake their investment programmes, whilst avoiding the perverse incentive of grant allocations without the need for reforms (the "Project").

In line with this, the EBRD approved two investment frameworks to provide financing for the modernisation of water and wastewater and district heating infrastructure in the Republic of Kazakhstan as follows:

(i) The Water and Waste Water Infrastructure Modernisation Framework (the "EPFA Water Framework") will consist of loans benefitting an estimated 10-12 private and municipal water and wastewater utilities in Kazakhstan in the total amount of up to EUR 150 million.
(ii) The District Heating Infrastructure Modernisation Sector Framework (the "EPFA District Heating Framework") will consist of loans benefiting 7 – 10 district heating utilities in Kazakhstan in the total amount of EUR 200 million.

Assignment Description: To oversee the implementation of the EPFA Water Framework and the EFPA District Heating Framework (together the "EFPA Frameworks"), the Bank now intends to engage three individuals, to act as Project Monitoring Consultants who will work in close co-operation with the EBRD and with the respective Project Implementation and Corporate Development consultants under each sub-project and carry out the scope of services as set out below (the "Assignment"). The Project Monitoring Consultants would include a Project Manager (the "Project Manager"), who would also have the lead role and coordinating function between the individuals, plus two Sector Engineers (each specialising in one of the two focus sectors) (the "Sector Engineers") (together, the "Experts").

The expected outcome of the Assignment is to assist the EBRD to monitor implementation of the sub-projects under the EPFA Frameworks; to ensure that investments are implemented on time and within budget, and in accordance with the sub-project investment plans.

This invitation for expressions of interest is for the Water and Wastewater Sector Engineer. Please see corresponding procurement notices for the roles of the Project Manager and the District Heating Sector Engineer. The Experts will be expected to coordinate and work together fully to achieve the aims of the Assignment.

The Water and Wastewater Sector Engineer is expected to provide the following services:

1. Monitor sub-project implementation under the EPFA Frameworks:

The Project Manager, together with the Sector Engineer, will review the implementation arrangements in place to ensure that they are sufficient to support successful implementation. To this end, the they will observe, assess and report on the:

a) sub-project implementation arrangements including the sub-project organisation, staffing, sub-project management systems, arrangements for construction, identification and management, and contract management for signed EPFA sub-projects;
b) 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, environmental and social performance requirements at the date of operation.

2. Progress and costs against schedule and budget:

The Project Manager, together with the Sector Engineer, will review, evaluate and comment on progress and costs against schedule and budget for the EPFA sub-projects. To this end, the following tasks will be undertaken:

a) monitor and report on sub-project progress including in design, procurement and construction. Verify and confirm that an adequate progress control system is in place and functioning properly. Report on actual progress versus the original plan.
b) monitor and report on sub-project costs. Confirm that adequate cost control systems are in place and working properly. Present a cost report showing the original budget, revised outcome estimate and variance for each budget item, highlight any actual or expected variance in the overall subproject cost and confirm whether or not the sub-project is likely to become operational within the given budget.

3. The review and comment on all relevant sub-project documentation and reports:

The Project Manager, together with the Sector Engineer, shall:

a) review procurement documentation for contracts placed and tenders issued. Monitor payments for works, goods and services, and review cost certifications related to EBRD-financed contracts;
b) confirm that all relevant sub-project documents, including “as built” drawings, manuals, etc., have been properly assembled, collated, indexed and handed over;
c) review payment certificates and disbursements and confirm that they are in compliance with the Loan Agreements and Implementation Agreements(eg used for the purposes for which they were intended, proportion between Loan and state funds are respected);
d) review on a sample basis, payment certificates, test results, and other relevant sub-project documentation. Compare the sub-project documentation with the actual works carried out on site, as necessary.

4. Matters of material interest:

The Project Manager, together with the Sector Engineer, will alert the EBRD to any emerging problems, be they of a contractual, technical, environmental, social or financial nature, which have the potential to jeopardise the achievement of the sub-project objectives and advise the EBRD on timely appropriate corrective action.

Status of Selection Process: Interested individuals are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in fourth quarter of 2015 – first quarter of 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 36 months.

Cost Estimate for the Project: EUR 600,000 (exclusive of VAT).

Funding Source: Austrian Fund for Municipal Infrastructure

Eligibility restrictions applicable for the overall Project: 70 per cent of the total funding available will be used to finance two experts of Austrian nationality. The remaining 30 per cent will be used to finance the services of a local expert who can be a national of the following countries: Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Armenia or Kygyz Republic.

Cost Estimate of the Assignment: EUR 210,000 (exclusive of VAT).

The Assignment may be extended subject to the performance of the selected Water and Wastewater Sector Engineer, availability of further funding and the specific needs of the Bank.


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 (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.

Assignment Eligibility: Individuals or consultancy firms proposing individuals must be registered in Austria and the individuals proposed must be citizens of Austria.

Consultant Profile: Individual services are required. The Water and Wastewater Sector Engineer shall be an expert preferably with extensive previous professional experience in:

1. the municipal services sector and in particular in water and wastewater;
2. technically monitoring the implementation of water and/or wastewater projects including aspects such as procurement, design and supervision of construction works for projects in comparable climatic and geological conditions;
3. project cost control and disbursements;
4. monitoring EBRD, or similar international financial institution (“IFI”) environmental and social policies;
5. working with IFIs.

The Water and Wastewater Sector Engineer must possess :

a) preferably a minimum of 7 years of professional experience in the water and wastewater sector including project monitoring roles.
b) relevant a university degree and the necessary professional qualifications for the role.
c) relevant environmental and social expertise.
d) fluency in English, both written and spoken. Russian/Kazakh language skills would also be 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.

4. Proof of registration in Austria and proof of Austrian nationality.

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

Bank Contact Person:

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

Notes:

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

3. The shortlist criteria are:

(a) experience in technical monitoring of water/wastewater projects including in the areas of procurement, design and supervision of similar construction works for projects in comparable climatic and geological conditions (50%)
(b) relevant experience in working with IFIs (30%)

(c) experience related to project cost control and disbursements (10%)
(d) experience in monitoring of environmental and social issues in EBRD (or similar IFI) projects (10%)

Project Monitoring Consultant for Water and Wastewater and District Heating Framework (49632)

 | Published October 8, 2015  -  Deadline October 29, 2015
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Project Monitoring Consultant for Water and Wastewater and District Heating Framework - District Heating Sector Engineer

Project Description: The Government of Kazakhstan ("GoK") signed the Enhanced Partnership Framework Arrangement ("EPFA") with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") to provide grant co-financing for projects where the Bank will provide loans with the aim to: (i) facilitate the implementation of urgent upgrades of facilities; (ii) provide incentives for the cities to undertake their investment programmes, whilst avoiding the perverse incentive of grant allocations without the need for reforms (the "Project").

In line with this, the EBRD approved two investment frameworks to provide financing for the modernisation of water and wastewater and district heating infrastructure in the Republic of Kazakhstan as follows:

(i) The Water and Waste Water Infrastructure Modernisation Framework (the "EPFA Water Framework") will consist of loans benefitting an estimated 10-12 private and municipal water and wastewater utilities in Kazakhstan in the total amount of up to EUR 150 million.
(ii) The District Heating Infrastructure Modernisation Sector Framework (the "EPFA District Heating Framework") will consist of loans benefiting 7 – 10 district heating utilities in Kazakhstan in the total amount of EUR 200 million.

Assignment Description: To oversee the implementation of the EPFA Water Framework and the EFPA District Heating Framework (together the "EFPA Frameworks"), the Bank now intends to engage three individuals, to act as Project Monitoring Consultants who will work in close co-operation with the EBRD and with the respective Project Implementation and Corporate Development consultants under each sub-project and carry out the scope of services as set out below (the "Assignment"). The Project Monitoring Consultants would include a Project Manager (the "Project Manager"), who would also have the lead role and coordinating function between the individuals, plus two Sector Engineers (each specialising in one of the two focus sectors) (the "Sector Engineers") (together, the "Experts").

The expected outcome of the Assignment is to assist the EBRD to monitor implementation of the sub-projects under the EPFA Frameworks; to ensure that investments are implemented on time and within budget, and in accordance with the sub-project investment plans.

This invitation for expressions of interest is for the District Heating Sector Engineer. Please see corresponding procurement notices for the roles of the Project Manager and the Water and Wastewater Sector Engineer. The Experts will be expected to coordinate and work together fully to achieve the aims of the Assignment.

The District Heating Sector Engineer is expected to provide the following services:

1. Monitor sub-project implementation under the EPFA Frameworks:

The Project Manager, together with the Sector Engineer, will review the implementation arrangements in place to ensure that they are sufficient to support successful implementation. To this end, the they will observe, assess and report on the:

a) sub-project implementation arrangements including the sub-project organisation, staffing, sub-project management systems, arrangements for construction, identification and management, and contract management for signed EPFA sub-projects;
b) 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, environmental and social performance requirements at the date of operation.

2. Progress and costs against schedule and budget:

The Project Manager, together with the Sector Engineer, will review, evaluate and comment on progress and costs against schedule and budget for the EPFA sub-projects. To this end, the following tasks will be undertaken:

a) monitor and report on sub-project progress including in design, procurement and construction. Verify and confirm that an adequate progress control system is in place and functioning properly. Report on actual progress versus the original plan.
b) monitor and report on sub-project costs. Confirm that adequate cost control systems are in place and working properly. Present a cost report showing the original budget, revised outcome estimate and variance for each budget item, highlight any actual or expected variance in the overall subproject cost and confirm whether or not the sub-project is likely to become operational within the given budget.

3. The review and comment on all relevant sub-project documentation and reports:

The Project Manager, together with the Sector Engineer, shall:

a) review procurement documentation for contracts placed and tenders issued. Monitor payments for works, goods and services, and review cost certifications related to EBRD-financed contracts;
b) confirm that all relevant sub-project documents, including “as built” drawings, manuals, etc., have been properly assembled, collated, indexed and handed over;
c) review payment certificates and disbursements and confirm that they are in compliance with the Loan Agreements and Implementation Agreements(eg used for the purposes for which they were intended, proportion between Loan and state funds are respected);
d) review on a sample basis, payment certificates, test results, and other relevant sub-project documentation. Compare the sub-project documentation with the actual works carried out on site, as necessary.

4. Matters of material interest:

The Project Manager, together with the Sector Engineer, will alert the EBRD to any emerging problems, be they of a contractual, technical, environmental, social or financial nature, which have the potential to jeopardise the achievement of the sub-project objectives and advise the EBRD on timely appropriate corrective action.

Status of Selection Process: Interested individuals are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in fourth quarter of 2015 – first quarter of 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 36 months.

Cost Estimate for the Project: EUR 600,000 (exclusive of VAT).

Funding Source: Austrian Fund for Municipal Infrastructure

Eligibility restrictions applicable for the overall Project: 70 per cent of the total funding available will be used to finance two experts of Austrian nationality. The remaining 30 per cent will be used to finance the services of a local expert who can be a national of the following countries: Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Armenia or Kygyz Republic.

Cost Estimate of the Assignment: EUR 210,000 (exclusive of VAT).

The Assignment may be extended subject to the performance of the selected Water and Wastewater Sector Engineer, availability of further funding and the specific needs of the Bank.


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 (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.

Assignment Eligibility: Individuals or consultancy firms proposing individuals must be registered in Austria and the individuals proposed must be citizens of Austria.

Consultant Profile: Individual services are required. The District Heating Sector Engineer shall be an expert preferably with extensive previous professional experience in:

1. the municipal services sector and in particular in district heating;
2. technically monitoring the implementation of district heating projects including aspects such as procurement, design and supervision of construction works for projects in comparable climatic and geological conditions;
3. project cost control and disbursements;
4. monitoring EBRD, or similar international financial institution (“IFI”) environmental and social policies;
5. working with IFIs.

The District Heating Sector Engineer must possess:

a) preferably a minimum of 7 years of professional experience in the district heating sector including project monitoring roles.
b) relevant a university degree and the necessary professional qualifications for the role.
c) relevant environmental and social expertise.
d) fluency in English, both written and spoken. Russian/Kazakh language skills would also be 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.

4. Proof of registration in Austria and proof of Austrian nationality.

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

Bank Contact Person:

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

Notes:

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

3. The shortlist criteria are:

(a) experience in technical monitoring of district heating projects including in the areas of procurement, design and supervision of similar construction works for projects in comparable climatic and geological conditions (50%)
(b) relevant experience in working with IFIs (30%)

(c) experience related to project cost control and disbursements (10%)
(d) experience in monitoring of environmental and social issues in EBRD (or similar IFI) projects (10%)

Project Monitoring Consultant for Water and Wastewater and District Heating Sector Frameworks (49633)

 | Published October 8, 2015  -  Deadline October 29, 2015
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Project Monitoring Consultant for Water and Wastewater and District Heating Framework - Project Manager

Project Description: The Government of Kazakhstan ("GoK") signed the Enhanced Partnership Framework Arrangement ("EPFA") with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") to provide grant co-financing for projects where the Bank will provide loans with the aim to: (i) facilitate the implementation of urgent upgrades of facilities; (ii) provide incentives for the cities to undertake their investment programmes, whilst avoiding the perverse incentive of grant allocations without the need for reforms (the "Project").

In line with this, the EBRD approved two investment frameworks to provide financing for the modernisation of water and wastewater and district heating infrastructure in the Republic of Kazakhstan as follows:

(i) The Water and Waste Water Infrastructure Modernisation Framework (the "EPFA Water Framework") will consist of loans benefitting an estimated 10-12 private and municipal water and wastewater utilities in Kazakhstan in the total amount of up to EUR 150 million.
(ii) The District Heating Infrastructure Modernisation Sector Framework (the "EPFA District Heating Framework") will consist of loans benefiting 7 – 10 district heating utilities in Kazakhstan in the total amount of EUR 200 million.

Assignment Description: To oversee the implementation of the EPFA Water Framework and the EFPA District Heating Framework (together the "EFPA Frameworks"), the Bank now intends to engage three individuals, to act as Project Monitoring Consultants who will work in close co-operation with the EBRD and with the respective Project Implementation and Corporate Development consultants under each sub-project and carry out the scope of services as set out below (the "Assignment"). The Project Monitoring Consultants would include a Project Manager (the "Project Manager"), who would also have the lead role and coordinating function between the individuals, plus two Sector Engineers (each specialising in one of the two focus sectors) (the "Sector Engineers") (together, the "Experts").

The expected outcome of the Assignment is to assist the EBRD to monitor implementation of the sub-projects under the EPFA Frameworks; to ensure that investments are implemented on time and within budget, and in accordance with the sub-project investment plans.

This invitation for expressions of interest is for the Project Manager. Please see corresponding procurement notices for the roles of the Water and Wastewater Sector Engineer and the District Heating Sector Engineer. The Experts will be expected to coordinate and work together fully to achieve the aims of the Assignment.

The Project Manager is expected to provide the following services:

1. Coordination of Experts under the Assignment:

The Project Manager will be responsible for coordination of the support provided under the Assignment, including that of the two Sector Engineers to ensure that, as necessary, their support is provided to the Bank in a timely manner and to the benefit of the sub-projects.

2. Monitor sub-project implementation under the EPFA Frameworks:

The Project Manager, together with the relevant Sector Engineer, will review the sub-project implementation arrangements in place to ensure that they are sufficient to support successful implementation. To this end, they will observe, assess and report on the:

a) sub-project implementation arrangements including the sub-project organisation, staffing, sub-project management systems, arrangements for construction, identification and management, and contract management for signed EPFA sub-projects;
b) 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, environmental and social performance requirements at the date of operation.

3. Progress and costs against schedule and budget:

The Project Manager, together with the relevant Sector Engineer will review, evaluate and comment on progress and costs against schedule and budget for the EPFA sub-projects. To this end, the following tasks will be undertaken:

a) monitor and report on sub-project progress including in design, procurement and construction. Verify and confirm that an adequate progress control system is in place and functioning properly. Report on actual progress versus the original plan.
b) monitor and report on sub-project costs. Confirm that adequate cost control systems are in place and working properly. Present a cost report showing the original budget, revised outcome estimate and variance for each budget item, highlight any actual or expected variance in the overall subproject cost and confirm whether or not the sub-project is likely to become operational within the given budget.

4. The review and comment on all relevant sub-project documentation and reports:

The Project Manager, together with the relevant Sector Engineer, shall:

a) review procurement documentation for contracts placed and tenders issued. Monitor payments for works, goods and services, and review cost certifications related to EBRD-financed contracts;
b) confirm that all relevant sub-project documents, including "as built" drawings, manuals, etc, have been properly assembled, collated, indexed and handed over;
c) review payment certificates and disbursements and confirm that they are in compliance with the loan agreements and implementation agreements(eg used for the purposes for which they were intended, proportion between Loan and state funds are respected);
d) review on a sample basis, payment certificates, test results, and other relevant sub-project documentation. Compare the sub-project documentation with the actual works carried out on site, as necessary.

5. Review Project account records:

The Project Manager will review records of the Project account of the companies where the GoK funds will be kept and provide reports on utilisation of these funds, including compliance with provisions of Implementation Agreement.

6. Matters of material interest:

The Project Manager, together with the relevant Sector Engineer will alert the EBRD to any emerging problems, be they of a contractual, technical, environmental, social or financial nature, which have the potential to jeopardise the achievement of the sub-project objectives and advise the EBRD on timely appropriate corrective action.

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

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in fourth quarter of 2015 – first quarter of 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 36 months.

Cost Estimate for the Project: EUR 600,000 (exclusive of VAT).

Funding Source: Austrian Fund for Municipal Infrastructure

Eligibility restrictions applicable for the overall Project: 70 per cent of the total funding available will be used to finance two experts of Austrian nationality. The remaining 30 per cent will be used to finance the services of a local expert who can be a national of the following countries: Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Armenia or Kygyz Republic.

Cost Estimate of the Assignment: EUR 180,000 (exclusive of VAT).

The Assignment may be extended subject to the performance of the selected Project Manager, availability of further funding and the specific needs of the Bank.

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 (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.

Assignment Eligibility: Individuals or consultancy firms proposing individuals must be citizens or permanent residents of Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Armenia or Kyrgyz Republic.

Consultant Profile: Individual services are required. The Project Manager shall be an expert preferably with extensive previous professional experience in:

1. project management in the municipal services sector;
2. monitoring the implementation of projects including aspects such as procurement, design and supervision of construction works for projects in comparable climatic and geological conditions;
3. project cost control and disbursements;
4. working with international financial institutions ("IFIs2).

The Project Manager must possess :

(a) preferably a minimum of 7 years of previous professional experience in range of multi-disciplinary project management roles such that he/she can respond to issues as they arise and address them appropriately.
(b) relevant university degree and the necessary professional qualifications for the role.
(e) Fluency in English and Russian/Kazakh – both written and spoken.

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.

4. Proof of registration in an eligible country and nationality.

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

Bank Contact Person:

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

Notes:

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

3. The shortlist criteria are:

(a) experience in project management of similar water, wastewater and district heating projects in the former Commonwealth of Independent States (50%)
(b) experience related to project cost control and disbursements (15%)
(d) relevant experience of working with IFIs (35%)

Provision of services of international technical consultant for design and feasibility study BRT Corridor 1 in Almaty.

United Nations Development Programme | Published September 15, 2014  -  Deadline October 10, 2014
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The United Nations Development Programme in the Republic of Kazakhstan (UNDP) in the frames of the project “City of Almaty Sustainable Transport” is announcing a competitive bidding for provision of services of international technical consultant for design and feasibility study BRT Corridor 1 in Almaty. Detailed information is given in the attached Request for Proposals. Instructions: Proposals should be submitted in sealed envelope to the Office 26, Bukeikhan Street, Astana, 010000, Republic of Kazakhstan addressed to Yerzhan Temirgaliyev, Procurement Associate, not later than 18:00 Astana time October 10, 2014. For any questions on this tender please contact Mr. Yerzhan Temirgaliyev, UNDP Procurement Associate, +7 (7172) 696 550, email: yerzhan.temirgaliyev@undp.org. Proposals should be duly signed and stamped. Late quotations will be disqualified automatically.

Kazakhstan: Corporate Development Programme Consultancy Framework

 | Published December 28, 2015  -  Deadline January 14, 2016
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The Enhanced Partnership Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Modernisation Framework and the District Heating Modernisation Framework (the "Frameworks") are an integral part of the Enhanced Partnership Framework Arrangement ("EPFA") signed between the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") and the Government of Kazakhstan ("GoK").

The EBRD and the GoK are now considering the possibility to arrange for a packaged Technical Cooperation ("TC") approach that would support all EPFA co-financed sub-projects in Kazakhstan and to launch a Corporate Development Programme ("CDP") Framework (the "CDP Framework") which is one of the key elements of technical cooperation under any investment to support commercialisation.

The beneficiaries of the CDP Framework are expected to be up to 7 municipal water/wastewater or district heating enterprises (each, the "Company" or the "Beneficiary"), wholly owned by the respective city or region (each, the "City").

Each Beneficiary under the CDP Framework will be at differing stages of corporate development and will require a variety of types of support to continue to improve their capacity.

Assignment Description:
In the above context, the EBRD is now seeking to pre-qualify a panel of up to five experienced consultancy firms (the "Consultants") to support the Beneficiaries in implementing individual Corporate Development Programmes over the 2016-2019 period under the CDP Framework (the "Framework Assignment").

The general scope of services to be carried out by the Consultants is described in the terms of reference, which is accessible through the following link http://www.ebrd.com/documents/technical-cooporation/ppn-50803-terms-of-reference-kazak-cdp.docx

Selection of consultant and contract award for individual assignments (Call-Offs notices):

The EBRD intends to initiate a pre-qualification process whereby up to 5 Consultants will be selected through an evaluation of proposals process and be provided with a panel engagement letter (the

"Engagement Letter") by the EBRD. The Engagement Letter will establish, in advance, fee rates for experts, contract terms and conditions, and procedures that will govern the individual assignments that are required to implement the CDP Framework. Under these Engagement Letters, the Bank and the Beneficiaries will have the option, but not the obligation, to place individual assignments with the selected Consultants.

For each individual assignment, a secondary competition will be launched, whereby the Company will select and engage the consultant.

Consultants will be selected for the individual assignments in accordance with EBRD’s Procurement Policies and Rules "(PP&R"). The Bank, on behalf of the Beneficiary, may send to the Consultant(s) terms of reference for the individual assignment. The terms of reference will include a description of the tasks to be performed, time-schedules and reporting instructions. The Consultant(s) will respond by sending to the Bank a technical and financial proposal for the individual assignment together with details of the expert(s) proposed to carry out the work. The Company will then assess the response(s) and – subject to successful negotiations – the Bank will issue a call-off notice for the individual assignment to the selected Consultant.

The first such Call-Off assignment will be a pilot for the city of Petropavlovsk and the selected consultant will be required to develop a general set of programme templates to be used for subsequent CDP assignments. These templates will need to be approved by EBRD before use in subsequent assignments.

Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.
Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Framework Assignment is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2016 and last for up to 4 years. The duration may be extended, subject to business needs, the performance of the Consultant and availability of funding.
Cost Estimate for the Assignment Framework: up to EUR 1,700,000.00 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding.
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 Framework Assignment will be funded through the EBRD's Technical Cooperation Funds Programme
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 a group of firms preferably with previous project experience related to:
1. Development and implementation of corporate development programmes of comparable nature, scale, and complexity to the CDP.
2. Development and implementation of Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programmes in organisations comparable to the municipal entities in Kazakhstan.
3. Drafting and implementing Public Service Contract in countries with comparable conditions to Kazakhstan.
The Consultant's team is expected to contain the following key experts:
Key Senior Experts No 1: International and Local Project Manager / Water/Wastewater or District Heating Expert with at least 10 years of previous professional experience in providing of consultancy support in the municipal water and wastewater sector in countries with comparable conditions similar to Kazakhstan.
Key Senior Expert No 2: International Water, Wastewater and District Heating Institutional and Regulatory Expert with preferably 10 years of practical experience in Institutional and regulatory consultancy to public utilities and knowledge of the specific needs and requirements for regulation in the water, wastewater and district heating sectors;

Key Expert No 3: International Financial Expert with preferably 10 years of practical experience in providing of financial consultancy to public utilities;

Key Senior Expert No 4: International Legal Expertise with at least 10 years knowledge of local legislation, experience of developing Public Service Contracts, and possibly policy and legal drafting and advisory expertise in working with countries from the region;

Key Senior Expert No 5: Environmental Expert and Social Experts with preferably 10 years or more of previous professional experience in the successful implementation of comparable assignments and with demonstrated knowledge of the environmental and social standards of the EBRD or other comparable institutions.

Key Senior Expert No 6: Local Legal Experts with preferably 10 years of practical knowledge of the relevant legislation.

Key Senior Expert No7: Local Accounting Experts with practical experience in working with Public Utilities and City Administrations.

The pool of other key experts will consist of local training experts with practical knowledge of the similar assignments.
Non-key experts are expected to include Office Manager/ Translator/Secretary.
All key experts shall be fluent in written and spoken English. It is essential that the Consultant’s team contains some experts fluent in Russian.

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be shortlisted for this Assignment, the information submitted should include the following:
1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).
2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives.
3. CVs of key senior 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 should ideally be in one file (pdf) not to exceed 4MB.

EBRD 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

Notes:
1. Following this invitation for expressions of interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.
2. The shortlist criteria are:
(a) Firm’s previous project experience in design and implementation of corporate development programmes of comparable nature, scale, and complexity to the CDP Assignment – 30%
(b) Firm’s previous project experience in development and implementation of Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programmes in organisations comparable to the municipal entities in Kazakhstan – 30%
c) Firm’s previous project experience in drafting and implementation of Public Service Contract in countries with comparable conditions to Kazakhstan –30%
d) Fluency in Russian by the Consultant’s team – 10%


Kazakhstan: Astana Bus Project - Independent Pre-Shipment Inspection of Buses

 | Published October 7, 2015  -  Deadline November 4, 2015
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Executing Agency (Client): “Astana LRT” LLP The Client Contact Person: Mr. Yerlan Alibayev Procurement Specialist Astana LRT LLP 34, Turan avenue, Astana Tel: +7 7172 577103; +7 701 8327854; +7 707 691 0671 Email: office@astanalrt.com The EBRD Contact Person: Sarah Platt-Smyth Advisor, Technical Co-operation European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square London EC2A 2JN Tel: + 44 20 7338 8518 Email: plattsms@ebrd.com Project Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) has been approached by the authorities of Astana (the “City” or the “Akimat”) with request to support reforms in its urban public transport sector. The EBRD is considering providing a loan for the purchase of standard capacity low floor diesel urban buses alongside some depot equipment (the “Project”). The financing is envisaged to be provided to a limited liability public transport company “Astana LRT” (the “Company” or the “Client”), fully owned by the City. The buses will be leased out to municipal and private operators on a competitive basis under Public Service Contracts (“PSC”) to be signed between the City, the operators, and/or the Company. Assignment Description: The Client now intends to retain a consulting company (the “Consultant”) to have support in the examination of the tender documents, the winning tenderer’s proposal and the Contract for Supply of buses (the “Contract”), including delivery schedule (the “Assignment”). The expected outcome of the Assignment is the full compliance of the buses financed from the proceeds of EBRD loan to the contract technical specifications and relevant international standards. The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services, including but not limited to: - It is expected that 200 buses will be delivered in 8-10 shipments during 6-10 months from the first delivery date. Based on the book of orders and the available capacity at the bus assembly plant the Consultant will comment on the delivery schedule of the Contract; - The Consultant will develop and agree with the Client a methodology for pre-shipment inspection of buses to be carried out in accordance with the agreed delivery schedule stipulated in the Contract; - The Consultant will visit the manufacturer’s bus assembly plant and report to the Company, with a copy to the Bank, on the manufacturer’s capacity to produce buses in accordance with tender requirements and the Contract. This will include assessment of practices and methods used to assemble chassis, construct body frame, mount and install all major components, electrical equipment and installation, etc. The Consultant will assess and report on compatibility of the actual assembly and installation works with maintenance and repair manuals, and spare part catalogues; - The Consultant will collect all relevant certificates and confirm their validity for all components used in assembly of the buses under the Contract, including quality of steel, plywood, plastics and other materials used for body frame, compliance with EURO 5 standards, flooring, passenger seats, internal and external panels, wiring, etc. The Consultant will also confirm and record compliance with the technical specifications, relevant international standards and certificates as required in the tender documents and the Contract; - The Consultant will report on any systematic deviations, deficiencies or practices used in the assembly of the buses that will have or may have a negative effect on quality of the buses and their maintenance in the future; - The Consultant will visit the assembly plant at a very early start of assembly of the buses and assess the quality of works and the compliance of the assembled buses to the technical and functional specifications as stipulated in the tender documents and the Contract; - The Consultant will inspect each bus separately prior to shipment and will provide the Company with a detailed report on its compliance to the tender documents and the Contract; - The Consultant will inform the Company within two working days in writing about any deviation, deficiency or incompliance of the buses. As required, the Consultant will also draft a letter to be sent to the manufacturer stipulating precise deficiencies to be remedied and repaired before a second inspection; - The Consultant will also draft a letter to be sent by the City to the manufacturer regarding the acceptance of the buses for shipment. 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 4Q 2015/1Q 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 12 months. Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 100,000 (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 anticipated that the contract will be financed by EBRD's Donor Funded Technical Cooperation Funds Programme. However consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding from an appropriate donor. Eligibility: There are no eligibility criteria Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with preferably previous project experience related to: 1. Provision of independent pre-shipment inspection for the supply of public transport vehicles, preferably city buses. 2. Projects including procurement services on the basis of procurement policies and rules of international financial institutions (such as the EBRD, World Bank or equivalent). The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows: - Bus Mechanic Experts with preferably 5 years’ experience in latest bus technologies and conducting pre-shipment inspection of the public transport vehicles including buses. All Key Experts shall be fluent in written and spoken English. It is essential that the Consultant’s team contains some experts fluent in Russian. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected, the information submitted should include the following: 1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages). 2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives. 3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives. 4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc. The expression of interest shall not exceed 25 pages (excluding CVs Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet). The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English and Russian via email (pdf) to the Client’s contact person, to reach the Client not later than the closing date and time (04/11/2015 at 4 pm Astana time). One additional soft copy shall reach the Bank’s contact person by the same due date and time. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). No hard copies are required. 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: 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 shortlist criteria are as follows: a) Firm’s previous project experience in provision of successful services of independent pre-shipment inspection for the supply of public transport vehicles, preferably city buses – 50% b) Firm’s previous experience in projects involving the procurement policies and rules of international financial institutions (such as the EBRD, World Bank or equivalent) – 30%; c) CV of Key Experts – 15 %; d) Fluency in Russian by the Consultant’s team – 5%. Note 3: Please note that the consultants implementing the Astana Bus Implementation and Tender Support assignments are not eligible to participate in the selection process for this Assignment.

Kazakhstan: Astana Airport Rehabilitation - Procurement assistance

 | Published May 15, 2015  -  Deadline June 5, 2015
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Assignment Description:

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (”EBRD” or the “Bank”) intends to provide a loan to Astana International Airport (“AIA” or “the Company” or “the Client”) to finance the works, goods and services required to rehabilitate the runway, taxiways, apron and lighting navigational facilities (the “Project”).

The Bank requires a consultant (the “Consultant”) to ensure that the Bank’s Procurement Policies and Rules (“PPRs”) are followed in the procurement by AIA of the project as per the Project Procurement Plan, and assist the client in the best way to achieve the execution of the project by December 2016 (the “Assignment”). The execution of the Project on time is crucial as it shall be complete by Astana Expo 2017.

The Consultant shall undertake the following tasks:

• Advise on the optimal procurement and contracting strategy for the Project. Current plan is to follow open tendering procedures with post-qualification for the works component with the contract based on FIDIC Pink Book (MDB Harmonised, 2010) and competitive selection for the Supervision engineer component;
• Ensure that the tender documents are prepared based on the EBRD Harmonised Standard Tender Documents for Procurement of Works and for the Consultancy Services; and in accordance with the Bank’s PPRs. The tender documents to be prepared should meet the Bank’s requirements for “no objection”;
• Ensure that the tendering process is conducted in compliance with the requirements of the Bank’s PPRs in terms of organisation of the pre-tender meetings (if applicable), preparation of clarifications in response to requests of the tenderers in respect of the Tender Documents, conducting tender opening ceremony and preparation of the minutes, evaluation of the Tenders and the contract award process;
• Ensure that the tender evaluation report (“TER”) is prepared using the Bank’s template and is acceptable in order to achieve the EBRD's ‘no objection’ to the award recommendation contained in the TERs and draft contracts with the selected tenderer/consultant is in line with the Bank’s PPRs.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: It is envisaged that the Assignment will start in late June and will be completed in Q1 of 2016.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: USD 84,000; 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's budget.

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

Consultant Profile: Individual services are required. Firms may apply proposing services of an individual expert. The Consultant should have the following experience and expertise:

• Procurement expertise;

• Experience in project procurement support, in particular in the transport sector;

• Experience in project procurement following the procurement rules of the international financial institutions;

• Experience in drafting the Employer's requirements (technical specfications, bills of quantities and drawings etc);

• Experience in procurement of work under FIDIC contracts;

• Russian language skills are essential.

The Consultant is expected to have approximately 10 years of experience in 3 similar projects.

Submission Requirements:

In order to determine the capability and experience of candidates seeking to be selected for this assignment, the information submitted should include the following:
1. Cover letter (maximum 2 pages) summarising how he/she satisfies the requirements as defined above under Consultant Profile;
2. CV which should be detailed and include full descriptions of roles responsibilities carried out;
3. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc

Responses to the notification are to be submitted in English, through eselection no later than the closing date.

EBRD's Contact Person:
Julie Michel
Technical Cooperation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Tel: + 44 20 7338 7556
E-mail: michelj@ebrd.com

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 a complete individual application for each expert via eSelection.

3. The evaluation criteria are as follows:

• Experience in project procurement support, in particular in the transport sector - 30%

• Experience in project procurement following the procurement rules of the international financial institutions including drafting the Employer's requirements - 40%

• Experience in procurement of work under FIDIC contracts - 30%.

HLTH SEC TECH (JERP) - P101928

Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development | Published March 28, 2016  -  Deadline April 4, 2016
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Consultant On Implementing Disease Management Programs In Pilot Regions REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST KAZAKHSTAN HEALTH SECTOR TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND INSTITUTIONALREFORM PROJECT Human Development CONSULTINGSERVICES Loan No. 4883-KZ Project ID No. P101928 Name of the assignment: Contract ? KHSTTIRP-G/IC-43,Consultant on implementing disease management programsin pilotregions. The Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan withinthe Kazakhstan Health Sector Technology Transferand Institutional Reform Project announces a vacancy of Consultant on implementing disease management programs in pilot regions. Consultant will provide technical assistanceto the MHSD in the implementation of DMP in 7 pilot regions (Almaty, Astana, Karaganda, Kostanai, Uralsk, Pavlodar, Petropavlovsk)and training of specialists in DMP implementing. Estimated period of the Assignment 6 (six) months with possible extension oftimeframe. Scope ofServices: It is expectedthat within 6 months the Consultant will performthe following scope of work: Task 1: Disease management programs implementation in pilot regions (Almaty, Astana, Karaganda, Kostanai, Uralsk, Pavlodar,Petropavlovsk). Task 2: Capacity building of specialists in DMPimplementing. Qualificationrequirements: -          At least a master'sdegree inthe field of medicine; Specificrequirements -          At least 10 years ofexperience on the disease management programs implementation at the national level, including at least 5 years of experience in thetransfer of knowledge on the introduction of clinical guidelines, disease management programs; -          Practical experiencein creation of institutional framework for the development/revision of clinical practice guidelines, the implementation of diseasemanagement programs, proven experience in the transfer of knowledge and technology at the international level for at least threeyears; -          Excellent analyticaland communication skills; -          Available successfulexperience in this field in Kazakhstan will be an advantage; Languages -          English languageproficiency; -          Knowledge of theRussian language is desirable. A consultant will be selected under selection of individualconsultants method in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank's Guidelines: Selectionand Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (May 2004edition). The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of these Guidelines settingforth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interests. All interested consultants may submit their expressions ofinterest with their attached CV marked as "For selection of Consultant onimplementingdisease management programs in pilot regions" by e-mail: kazhealth.procurement@gmail.com, fax: +7 7172 787 247 or hand it in at the following address no later thanMonday, April 4, 2016. Attn:Mr. BolatTokezhanov National Project Coordinator Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of the Republic ofKazakhstan 010000 Astana, Kazakhstan, Business Center "Alma-Ata", 19 Imanov Str., Office 306D Foradditional questions, pleasecontact the PIST by e-mail: kazhealth.procurement@gmail.com or phone: +7 7172 787 235

KAZAKHSTAN ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECT - P130013

 | Published October 21, 2015
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Small Contracts Award (dir,cqs,indv,sss) Small Contract Award Notice Kazakhstan Project: P130013 -Kazakhstan Energy EfficiencyProject Report Period: 01-Jul-2015 - 30-Sep-2015 Awarded Firm/Indv. : Individual Consultant Country: Kazakhstan Contract Signature Date:28-Aug-2015 Method of Procurement: INDV- Individual Price: KZT 9,371,000.00 Duration: 22.00 Month(s) SummaryScope of Contract: CONTRACT No. KZEEP/PIU/IC-05 PIU Senior Technical Energy Efficiency Specialist Awarded Firm/Indv. : Individual Consultant Country: Serbia Contract Signature Date: 04-Sep-2015 Method ofProcurement: INDV- Individual Price: USD 39,950.00 Duration: 18.00 Month(s) Summary Scope of Contract: CONTRACTNo. KZEEP/CS/IC-07 «Technical Adviser with International Experience» Awarded Firm/Indv. : Individual Consultant Country: United States Contract Signature Date: 08-Sep-2015 Method of Procurement: INDV - Individual Price: USD 102,684.00 Duration: 8.00 Month(s) Summary Scope of Contract: Contract No. KZEEP/CS/IC-08«International EEExpert for Design and Development of an Energy Efficiency Fund in Kazakhstann»

KAZAKHSTAN ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECT - P130013

Electric Power and Energy Saving Development Institute (Kazakhenergyexpertise) | Published August 4, 2015  -  Deadline August 18, 2015
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Kzeep/cs/ic ? 08- International Ee Expert For Design And Development Of An Energy Efficiency Fund In Kazakhstan REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Country: KAZAKHSTAN Project: KAZAKHSTAN Energy Efficiency Project TF Grant No.014185 Project ID: 130013 Contract No. KZEEP/CS/IC ? 08 International EE Expert for Design and Development of an EnergyEfficiency Fund in Kazakhstan The Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan hasreceived financing from the World Bankacting as Administrator ofthe Single Donor Trust Fund for the Energy Efficiency and Youth CorpsPrograms (Trust Fund), towards thecost of the Kazakhstan Energy Efficiency Project (KEEP) executed by the "Electric Power and Energy Saving Development Institute(Kazakhenergyexpertise)" JSC (EEDI) and intendsto apply part of the proceeds for consulting services of anInternational EE Expert for Design and Development of an Energy Efficiency Fund in Kazakhstan ('the Consultant'), supported by a local consultantcompany. The key objective of the Assignment is to support the Governmentin developing the detailed design of an EE Fund targeting in a first stage the public and industrial sectors. This will includenecessary legal documents, institutional arrangements, operational documents and procedures to allow the Government to establishand implement the EE Fund by 2016. The Consultant will be supported by a local consultant company who is responsible for conductingmarket research, identifying legal and regulatory requirements needed to establish and operationalize the EE Fund, and coordinatingstakeholder consultations. The scopeof work for this assignment includes: Task 1 ? Inception Mission and initialconsultants with stakeholders The Consultant will review existing material to gain an in-depthunderstanding of the local context for EE in Kazakhstan. As part of this task, the Consultant will also conduct an inceptionmission to meet with key stakeholdersand collect data/relevant information. Task 2 ? In-depth assessment of key issues relevant for establishing an EE Fund As part of this task, the Consultant is expected toconduct an in-depth assessment of the technical, financial, economic, organizational, policy and legislative/regulatory frameworkrelevant forthe establishing and designing the EE fund that serves the needs to its target markets. The findings and results ofthis task are expected to help the Consultant identify the key local market considerations and barriers to take into account whendesigning and implementing an EE Fund in Kazakhstan. Task 3 ? Develop and design EE Fund for the public and industrial sectors. Based on the outcomes of the stakeholder consultationsand the decision of the MID (Ministry for Investments and Development) /EEDI, the Consultant is expected to provide specificrecommendations on the design of the EE Fund, including: Task 3.1 ? Specific options/recommendations for structuringthe EE Fund; Task 3.2 ? Organizational structure of the EE Fund; Task 3.3 ?Legal and operational documents for the selected financing mechanisms. The Consultant is expected to guide and supervise thework of the local consultant company. Both the consultant and the local firm will report to EEDI. EEDIand MID will facilitateaccess to data, Government's documents and materials and support additional data requests by theConsultant. The expected duration of the assignment is 7 months. "Electric Power and Energy Saving Development Institute (Kazakhenergyexpertise)"JSC now invites eligible Consultants to indicatetheir interest in providing the Services.InterestedConsultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to performthese Services. The short-listing criteriaare: ·Master's degree or higher in economics, engineering or related field; · At least 15 years of relevant international work experience in the EE area; ·  International experience with developing and designing EE financing mechanisms targetingpublic and industrial sectors. · Specific experience indesigning EE Funds is considered a significant advantage. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank'sGuidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants [under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits&Grants] by World Bank Borrowers(January 2011) ("ConsultantGuidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest. AConsultant will be selected in accordance with Individual Consultants Selection (IC) method set out in the Consultant Guidelines. Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours (9.00 to 18.30), Monday -Friday. Expressions of interest mustbedelivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by e-mail) by COB (6 pm) on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. "Electric Power and Energy Saving Development Institute (Kazakhenergyexpertise)"JSC Attn: Mr. Rassul Amerguzhin, Project Manager 11th Floor, "7 th ?Continent" Business Centre, 40, Kenessary str., 010000Astana, Kazakhstan Tel: +7 7172 96 8618 Mob: +7 701 918 00 79 E-mail:srop@mail.ru, 1050@kazee.kz

Astana Water Modernisation - Feasibility Study

 | Published July 16, 2015  -  Deadline August 6, 2015
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Project Description: The State Communal Enterprise "Astana Su Arnasy" (the "Company") supported by the Akimat of Astana (the "Akimat") approached the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("EBRD" or the "Bank") with a request to finance the priority investments in rehabilitation and modernisation of its water supply and wastewater management facilities resulting in enhanced operations efficiency, reduction in losses and improvements in environmental standards.

The Company is the only entity providing potable water supply services to the residents of the city of Astana (the "City"), around 850,000 inhabitants, including individual, commercial and public sector customers.

The Project's priority investment programme (the "PIP") is estimated at around KZT 6 billion (about EUR 30 million) and the final amount of the PIP will be finalised as a result of the Project Feasibility Study findings, however the preliminary assessment suggests the following investment components to be part of the PIP: (i) modernisation of the wastewater pumping stations; (ii) modernisation of the water intake facilities, (iii) partial rehabilitation of the water and wastewater networks, (iv) procurement and installation of individual and bulk water meters and associated equipment, (v) development and procurement of alternative sludge treatment and disposal, and (v) development and procurement of alternative sludge treatment and disposal.

Assignment Description: The Bank wishes to commission a suitably qualified consultant (the "Consultant") to prepare a comprehensive feasibility study ("FS") to determine the PIP developed from a long-term investment strategy, and evaluate its benefits, including assessing its environmental and social feasibility.

In order to meet the objectives of the FS, the Consultant shall undertake the following tasks:

- Baseline Study;
- Technical Assessment;
- Long term investment strategy;
- Priority Investment Programme;

- Financial analysis;
- Environmental and social assessment ("ESA").

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in Q3 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 16 weeks.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 270,000 (exclusive of VAT).
The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

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

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The consultant will be a firm or consortium of firms with extensive experience in technical, financial, environmental, social and institutional due diligence of water projects and of working on similar assignments in the region and in working with International Financial Institutions (IFIs).

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

- Project Manager/Team Leader with a university degree or equivalent qualification with preferably15 years professional experience in the field of water supply and wastewater management, with comprehensive experience of similar assignments in EBRD region (CIS experience is a plus), as well as in institutional and commercial management of water/wastewater Company. He/she should demonstrate management and administration experience, including experience with procedures of international financing agencies (preferably EBRD procedures). The large number of different tasks and the complexity of administrational procedures require a permanent presence of the Project Manager in the Country during the project period of intensive work on preparation of the FS.
- Financial specialists with knowledge of the public financing and modelling.
- Technical specialists and water and wastewater engineers.
- Environmental and Social experts with experience in ESIAs and E&S due diligence, health & safety, stakeholder engagement, public consultation and disclosure in the local context, gender and inclusion expertise, and/or resettlement expertise, in water/wastewater sector with experience of similar assignments and with recent track record in the region.
- Institutional expert with experience of similar assignments.
- Resource efficiency expert with experience in water and waste water treatment.

- Legal expert with relevant experience in the areas of natural monopolies regulation and knowledge of Kazakhstan tariff legislation.
- Local experts with good communication skills and evidenced technical knowledge of water supply and wastewater.

The Consultant should integrate local professional skills/cooperate with local consulting companies, in order to provide national experience. The Consultant shall engage Russian/Kazakh speaking staff on their team or arrange for translation/interpreting when necessary. All experts must be independent and free from conflicts of interest in the responsibilities accorded to them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The above information should not exceed 25 pages excluding CVs and the Consultant Declaraation / 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:
Elena Kolodiy
Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6765
e-mail: kolodiyo@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 from an appropriate donor.

2. The shortlist selection criteria are:

- Consultant's experience in developing feasibility studies for IFIs and a good knowledge of IFI procedures and rules on public procurement and disbursement policies - 10%

- Consultant's experience in and knowledge of the water/wastewater sector, with international experience of preferably 10 years, 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 - 30%

- Qualifications and competence of the consultant's team as described in the Consultant Profile Section - 60%.

Terms of reference are available through the following link:

http://www.ebrd.com/documents/technical-cooporation/astana-water-fs-tor.pdf

Kyzylorda District Heating - Corporate Development Programme

 | Published January 27, 2015  -  Deadline March 5, 2015
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Executing Agency (Client): The State Communal Enterprise Kyzylordateploelektrotsentr, (the “Company”). Assignment Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) has developed a project (the “Project”) together with the State Communal Enterprise Kyzylordateploelektrotsentr (the “Company”) and the Akimat of the City of Kyzylorda (the “Akimat”) to upgrade the district heating (“DH”) system in the City of Kyzylorda (“Kyzylorda” or the “City”) in the Republic of Kazakhstan. District Heating (DH) is a major component in Kazakhstan’s energy balance, particularly given the recent history of rapid demand growth due to rapid urbanisation in major metropolitan and industrial centres. DH remains the most cost-effective way of supplying heat to the majority of people in post-Soviet cities with lower-middle income urban residents in high-density apartment buildings as main beneficiaries. Kazakhstan’s DH sector is characterised by a history of underinvestment over the last 20 years. This has resulted in a stock of ageing and inefficient assets with poor environmental performance that struggle to meet demand reliably. The centralised heat supply networks in Kazakhstan are depreciated by 80 per cent on average and are under particular strain. As a result, average technical losses that qualify to be passed through the heat distribution tariff are about 26 per cent. The Company is 100 per cent owned by the City Akimat. The Company operates a combined heat and power plant (“CHP”), boiler houses and a district heating network in the City. Most of the electricity and heat generation facilities as well as network are significantly deteriorated. Due to limited financial sources, the Company’s investments into the DH system have been minimal and were aimed only to keep the current system’s operations from collapsing. Investment is mainly relying on the limited state budget allocations. The level of the plant, transmission and distribution network deterioration is about 70-75 per cent. The Project will enable the Company to address the above outlined issues and improve its DH services by financing priority investments for the rehabilitation and modernisation of its infrastructure. The Project will result in increased energy efficiency, a reduction in heat and hot water losses, and improvements in environmental standards, including a reduction of CO2 emissions. This will stimulate the process of commercialisation of DH operations in general, thus supporting the sector reforms and having a significant demonstration effect in the country. In parallel with the hardware investments, the Project will contribute to the development and institutional strengthening of the Company in respect of procurement, corporatisation, creditworthiness enhancement and an improvement of the environmental situation in the City. The Company and the Akimat, and a future Management company, (to be selected during the Project implementation period) operating under the terms of the Public Service Management Contract (“PSMC”) (the “Manager”), require a firm or group of firms (the “Consultant”) to assist the Company to improve its commercial standing, service and environmental and social performance. The Company now intends to retain a firm or group of firms (the "Consultant") to identify and implement the necessary corporate, financial and operational improvements necessary to meet the related covenants included in the EBRD finance documents (the "Assignment"). This will be achieved via the following major institutional development actions divided in two-staged process: Stage I (before PSMC is in place). The Consultant will provide support to the Company and the City: Review and introduction, including tender preparation, evaluation of tenders and contracting of a performance based PSMC between the Company, the Akimat and a Manager with the aim to advance the management performance for more cost effective services with less energy waste. The draft PSMC has been developed by the Project Feasibility Study consultant and will be available to the Consultant upon signing of the consultancy services contract. Initial preparation and start of the development of a Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programme (“FOPIP”). First development of a medium-term focused Corporate Development Plan and Strategic Business Plan for the Company, including a detailed market study of the electricity generation component. Initial steps towards improvement of the company’s corporate planning capacity to assist its ongoing transition towards a self-sustaining entity and commercial operations, as well as implementing the Environmental and Social Action Plan (“ESAP”) developed for the Company. Development and start of an introduction of a Management Information System (“MIS”). Stage II (after PSMC is in place). The Consultant will provide support to the Manager, the City and to a lesser extent to the Company: Finalisation and full implementation of a FOPIP. Finalisation and adoption of a medium-term focused Corporate Development Plan and Strategic Business Plan for the Company. Improvement of its corporate planning capacity to assist its ongoing transition towards a self-sustaining entity and commercial operations, as well as continuing implementing the ESAP. Full development and introduction of a Management Information System (“MIS”). Development and implementation of the Stakeholder Participation Programme (“SPP”) aimed at increasing public participation in the provision of DH services (service quality, rehabilitation activities, tariffs integrating poverty and social issues) and raising public awareness on issues related to the project implementation. The Consultant will closely co-operate with the City and Oblast Akimats to implement the covenants stipulated under the signed Project Support Agreement (“PSA”). Additionally, the Consultant shall assist the Company and/or the Manager in the analysis of the baseline social situation of the vulnerable section of the population and the impact of the project on these groups, and in connection to this assess any impact of the project on the equality between men and women. The Consultant is required to provide the beneficiaries with independent, impartial technical, cost, strategic, management, financial and advice, and as such will not be permitted to have a commercial interest in any other contracts or agreements for the Project. Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in 1Q 2015 and have a duration of 36 months. Maximum Budget available for the Assignment: EUR 490,000; 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: Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy Technical Cooperation Fund. Eligibility: Firms shall be registered in Finland. Experts shall be either Finnish nationals or non-Finnish nationals who are permanent employees of the firm. Up to a maximum of 25% of the total contract amount may be used to finance services of local experts who are nationals of Kazakhstan or consultancy firms registered in Kazakhstan. Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant should have similar project experience in the DH sector in Kazakhstan and/or CIS countries in the previous ten years and preferably for working with IFIs (or equivalent). The Consultant should ensure that the appropriately qualified experts are available, as required, for each of the different tasks outlined in the procurement notice, including in institutional procurement (PSMC tendering), corporate development, financial and operational performance, management information systems and stakeholder participation. The Consultant should also demonstrate experience in implementation of similar projects in CIS, preferably in Kazakhstan. It is expected, that the Assignment will be led by an appropriately qualified project manager with experience in the DH sector and in implementing the key areas of this assignment, accompanied by both key and supporting experts. Ability to communicate with the Client in Russian language is considered essential. The Consultant Team of key experts should comprise the following expertise and some individuals may fulfil more than one role: Team Leader/ DH Operations Expert; DH/Electricity Engineer; DH Institutional and Regulatory Expert with expertise in PSMC development and implementation; Institutional Procurement Expert for PSMC tendering; Financial Expert; Economist; Environmental and Social/Labour Experts; Legal Expert; Local Experts. 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 and Russian, shall be submitted to the Client in an envelope marked “EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for “Kyzylorda District Heating - Corporate Development Programme”, to reach Client not later than 5 March 2015 at 17:00 Kyzylorda time. One further electronic copy should be submitted to the EBRD’s contact person by the same due date. Important Notes: 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. Shortlisting criteria and respective weightings are: Firm’s experience in the management of DH projects for CHPs, including institutional procurement (PSMC tendering), corporate development, financial and operational performance, management information systems and stakeholder participation – 20% Firm’s experience in implementation of similar projects in CIS, preferably in Kazakhstan – 20% Experience of key experts as per the Consultant Profile – 60% (Project Manager (Team Leader) – 20%; other key experts – 40%. Fluency in Russian language will be considered a significant advantage). The Client Contact Person: Name Mr. Askar Bekpaganbetov 1, Maral Ishana street, (Karatogay b/n), Kyzylorda, 120009, Kazakhstan Phone: +7 7242 25 00 70 Fax: +7 7242 25 01 21 E-mail: gkpktezzakup@mail.ru EBRD Contact Person: Marina Matushina Advisor, Technical Cooperation European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square London EC2A 2JN Tel: + 44 20 7338 6577 ; Fax: +44 20 7338 7451 e-mail: MatushiM@ebrd.com

The Enhanced Partnership - Regional Infrastructure Modernisation Programme Framework: CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME - PANEL OF PRE-QUALIFIED CONSULTANTS

 | Published November 14, 2016  -  Deadline December 2, 2016
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The Enhanced Partnership Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Modernisation Framework and the District Heating Modernisation Framework: CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME PANEL OF PRE-QUALIFIED CONSULTANTS

 

The Enhanced Partnership Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Modernisation Framework and the District Heating Modernisation Framework (the "Frameworks") are an integral part of the Enhanced Partnership Framework Arrangement ("EPFA") signed between the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") and the Government of Kazakhstan ("GoK").

 

The EBRD and the GoK have agreed to a packaged Technical Cooperation ("TC") approach that would support all EPFA co-financed sub-projects in Kazakhstan and in 2016 launched a Corporate Development Programme ("CDP") Framework (the "CDP Framework") aimed to support commercialisation of the Bank’s clients.

 

The beneficiaries of the CDP Framework are municipal water/wastewater or district heating enterprises (each, the "Company" or the "Beneficiary"), wholly owned by the respective city or region (each, the "City").

 

Each Beneficiary under the CDP Framework is at differing stages of corporate development and will require a variety of types of support to continue to improve their capacity.

Assignment Description: The EBRD is now seeking to expand the list of consultancy firms prequalified for the CDP assignments under the Framework (the "Consultants") by pre-shortlisting up to eight firms as Preferred Suppliers. The firms pre-shortlisted by the EBRD will be eligible for participation in the next stage of consultant selection – evaluation of proposals for specific assignments - to be managed by EBRD respective clients. The selected Consultants will support the Beneficiaries in implementing individual Corporate Development Programmes over the 2016-2019 period. The Preferred Suppliers shortlist would be refreshed every 1-2 years depending on demand to ensure a competitive approach is maintained.

 

The general scope of services required is described in the terms of reference, which is accessible through this link.

For each individual CDP assignment, a secondary competition will be launched by the Beneficiaries, whereby the EBRD clients will select and engage the Consultants following evaluation of proposals received from the pre-selected Preferred Suppliers.

 

Consultants will be engaged for the individual assignments in accordance with the EBRD’s Procurement Policies and Rules (“PP&Rs”). The Bank, on behalf of the Beneficiary, may send to some or all consultant(s) from the Preferred Suppliers list terms of reference for the individual assignments. Terms of reference will include a description of the tasks to be performed, time-schedules and reporting instructions. The Consultant(s) will respond by sending to the Bank’s Client a technical and financial proposal for the specific assignment together with details of the expert(s) proposed to carry out the work. The Bank’s Client will then assess the response(s) and – subject to successful negotiations – the Bank will issue a contract for the individual assignment for signatures by the Client and the selected Consultant.

Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest to be included into preferred suppliers list.

 

Secondary Competition: The secondary competition is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2017 and run until 2018.


Cost Estimate for an individual CDP for one Client: up to EUR 230,000.00 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding.

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 individual assignments will be funded through the EBRD's Technical Cooperation Funds Programme.

 

Eligibility: There are no consultant nationality eligibility restrictions. 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 preferably with previous project experience related to:
1. Development and implementation of corporate development programmes of comparable nature, scale, and complexity to the CDP.
2. Development and implementation of Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programmes in organisations comparable to the municipal entities in Kazakhstan.
3. Drafting and implementing Public Service Contract in countries with comparable conditions to Kazakhstan.


The Consultant's team is expected to contain the following key experts:

 

Category

Qualification requirements

1. Key Senior Water and Wastewater Engineering Experts

Expert with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in providing of consultancy support in the municipal water and wastewater sector in countries with comparable conditions to Kazakhstan. Knowledge of KPI for water/waste water utilities is essential.

2. Key Senior District Heating Engineering Expert

Expert with preferably10 years of previous professional experience in providing of consultancy support in the municipal district heating sector in countries with comparable conditions to Kazakhstan. Knowledge of KPI for district heating utilities is essential.

3. Key Senior Business Development, Accounting and Financial Expert

Expert with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in providing business development, accounting and financial advisory services, including to public utilities, in countries with comparable conditions to Kazakhstan.

4. Team Leader

Team leader with preferably 10 years of international and local previous professional experience in providing consultancy support in complex assignment of the similar nature and scale. Team Leader is expected to be involved in all secondary assignment.

5. Key Senior Regulatory and Tariff Expert

Expert with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in tariff regulation in water/waste water and district heating sectors in countries with comparable conditions to Kazakhstan.

6. Key Senior Environmental and Social Expert

Expert with preferably 10 years or more of previous professional experience in the successful implementation of comparable assignments and with demonstrated knowledge of the environmental and social standards of the EBRD or other comparable institutions.

7. Key Senior Legal Expert

Expert with preferably 10 years knowledge of local legislation, experience of developing Public Service Contracts, and possibly policy and legal drafting and advisory expertise in working with countries from the region; Understanding of Kazakh legislation is essential. CV shall demonstrate experience with Public Service Contracts, Performance Based Management Contracts drafting and implementation.

 

Only one expert per category shall be included and will be evaluated. This expert will lead and implement respective scope of work on all secondary assignments. Other experts will be evaluated under criteria “Availability of local/junior experts”.

The pool of local/junior experts shall be available to support Key Experts and shall include technical, accounting, legal experts.

All key experts shall be fluent in written and spoken English. It is essential that the Consultant’s team contains Key Experts fluent in Russian. If some of key experts are not fluent in Russian consultant shall demonstrate that high quality translation will be arranged.

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be shortlisted for this Assignment, the information submitted should include the following:
1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).
2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives.

3. Approach and Methodology for CDP assignment, including CVs of key senior 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. Experts’ fee rates to be proposed for the CDP assignments .
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 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 should ideally be in one file (pdf) not to exceed 4MB.

EBRD Contact Person:
Larissa Gosling
Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 73386338
e-mail: GoslingL@ebrd.com

 

Notes:
1. Pre-qualified consultants will be considered for shortlisting for specific CDP assignments by the EBRD clients .
2. The criteria for pre-qualification:
(i) Specific experience and capability of the consultant firm(s) related to the assignment: 20%

(ii) Approach and methodology: 20%

(iii) Qualifications of Key Experts: 50%

(iv) Availability of local/junior staff and knowledge of Russian: 10%

 

Kazakhstan: Kostanay District Heating - Feasibility Study

 | Published May 22, 2015  -  Deadline June 22, 2015
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Project Description: The GKP "Kostanay Heat and Power Company" (the "Company") has requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("EBRD" or the "Bank") to provide technical assistance for supporting the rehabilitation and modernisation of the district heating (the "DH"), power generation and distribution utility in the city of Kostanay (the "City"). The Company is wholly owned by the Akimat of Kostanay City (the "City Akimat"). The EBRD aims at providing a senior loan to the Company (the "Project"). The Project envisages the modernisation of the City’s DH system through a Priority Investment Programme ("PIP") comprising of the following major components: (i) rehabilitation/modernisation of the City’s existing heat generation plants ("HOBs") and combined heat and power plant ("CHP") inclusive potential conversion to alternative fuels as waste energy, renewables, etc., if possible or construction of new plants; (ii) reconstruction of the DH transmission and distribution infrastructure, including networks and pumping stations; (iii) other energy efficiency measures, focusing on the increased energy efficiency, reduced losses, improved reliability of heat services, and improved environmental standards. The operational condition of the heating infrastructure in the City has been rapidly deteriorating as the result of chronical underinvestment. Depreciation of the assets operated by the Company accounts to 75% on average with certain assets being fully deteriorated. Around 3 per cent out of 233.5 km of the entire heating network operated by the Company is in need of urgent replacement, further investments in the networks are required in order to maintain secure and reliable operations and reduce heat losses, number of pipe breaks and emergency repairs. Efficiency of the CHP and boiler houses operated by the Company is poor and there are more than 50 accidental stoppages of boilers p.a. causing increased maintenance costs. Modernisation of the DH network, the CHP and boiler houses of the Company is required to improve efficiency, optimise operating costs and reduce CO2 emissions Assignment Description: The Bank wishes to engage a consulting firm (the "Consultant") to prepare a comprehensive Feasibility Study ("FS") to determine a PIP for rehabilitation and upgrade of the entire DH system inclusive CHP in the City, developed from a long-term investment strategy, and evaluate its benefits, including assessing its environmental and social feasibility as well as assessment of the implementation capacity of the Company and recommendations development for optimisation of the Company’s organisational structure and operational performance during the Project implementation period, as well as structuring and drafting of a new performance based Public Service Contract (the "PSC") to be signed between the City and the Company during the project implementation period (the “Assignment”) The Feasibility Study will form the basis for project appraisal and approval by EBRD and the local regulator, the Committee for Regulation of Natural Monopolies ("CREM"), with the purpose of approval of long-term tariffs for the Company. Specific Consultant’s tasks under the assignment will include, inter alia: Task 1. Baseline study, including the review of the present status of the DH services and CHP performance in the City. This analysis shall allow the Company, the Oblast, the City and the Bank to better understand the present situation in technical, institutional, legal and financial aspects. The following areas shall, inter alia, be analysed in depths: • Socio-economic data • Organisational, Institutional and Legal Analysis • District heating and power generation technical assessment • Company’s performance Task 2. Definition of the Project. The Consultant will describe and assess the key attributes of the current service and the service development over the last 3 years, including inter alia: • Overall strategy • Structure and draft a new performance based PSC for the Company Task 3. Long-term Investment Strategy. The Consultant will outline long-term investment strategy for the Company, which would lead to least cost improvement of DH services within existing financial constraints. Task 4. Priority Investment Programme (PIP). The Consultant should justify and develop in more technical detail the PIPs for the Company for the period of 2016-2018, including inter alia: • Present and Justify the PIPs • Detailed Programme Description and Cost Estimates • Procurement and Implementation Strategy • Tariff Calculation and Subsidy Payment Policy Development • Affordability Analysis Task 5. Financial and Economic Analysis. The Consultant will conduct financial analysis to obtain new data or verify the existing data, whenever necessary, for the Company, including inter alia: • Financial Analysis of the Company • Financial Model and Economic Analysis of the Project and the Company Task 6. Potential for Carbon Trade. Task 7. Environmental and Social Assessment. The Consultant should undertake an Environmental and Social ("E&S") due diligence for the Company, comprising of the following components: • Identify existing and Project-related environmental and social impacts and risks; • Describe and characterise a relevant environmental and social baseline commensurate with the risks posed by the current site operations and the Project; • Carry out E&S Assessment and Audit and develop a draft E&S Assessment report in accordance with the Bank’s requirements as defined in the E&S Policy, including a Compliance Summary table with the Bank’s PRs; • Prepare a draft Stakeholder Engagement Plan ("SEP"), draft Environmental and Social Action Plan ("ESAP") and draft Non-Technical Summary ("NTS"); • Identify if any additional studies will be required to cover relevant aspects in greater detail (e.g. resettlement, retrenchment, etc.). Any such work will be commissioned under separate Terms of Reference; and, • Finalise all documentation further to the EBRD, other lenders' (if involved) and Client’s comments. Task 8. Requirement for the State Expertise Approval. The Consultant should identify, assess and elaborate local requirements necessary for obtaining the approval of the Feasibility Study from the State Expertise for each sub-project. Status of Selection Process: Interested firms are hereby invited to submit Expression of Interest. Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in July 2015 and last for up to 16 weeks. Maximum Budget available for the Assignment: EUR 295, 000; Exclusive of VAT. The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank's special status as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense. Funding Source: It is expected that the contract will be financed through the EBRD’s donor funded Technical Cooperation Funds Programme. 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 shall preferably have 10 years of previous project experience in the following areas: • Development of feasibility studies for International Financial Institutions ("IFIs") or equivalent, including EBRD, ADB, or World Bank and IFIs procedures and rules on public procurement and disbursement policies; • District heating sector, specifically in 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 of CIS countries. The Consultant’s team should include the following key experts: • Project Manager; • Technical specialists and DH engineers; • Financial analysts; • Environmental and social experts; • Climate change expert; • Institutional expert; • Legal expert; • Local experts. Ability to communicate with the Client in the Russian language is considered as essential (the Consultant shall engage Russian speaking staff on their team or arrange for translation/interpreting when necessary). Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of firms seeking to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following: • Company’s profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages); • 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. • 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. • 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.docThe above information should not exceed 30 pages excluding CVs. The complete Expression of Interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) shall be submitted in English electronically and in one file through eSelection. The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file (pdf). Only if the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the Expression of Interest into further files. EBRD Contact Person: Julie Michel European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square London EC2A 2JN Tel: + 44 20 7338 7556 Fax: +44 20 7338 7556 E-mail: MichelJ@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address). Important Notes: Note 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 from an appropriate donor. Note 2 The Expressions of Interest will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria: • Firm demonstrates preferably 10 years of previous project experience in developing feasibility studies for IFIs or equivalent and IFIs procedures and rules on public procurement and disbursement policies – 10% • Firm demonstrates preferably 10 years of previous project experience in the DH sector, specifically in 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 – 30% • CVs of key experts – 60%