The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) is committed to helping its countries of operations develop forest management systems that are efficient, safe and environmentally and socially sustainable. In recent years the Bank has financed investments in forest industry companies in Central and Eastern Europe, and is currently considering new projects in this sector. The predictable availability of sustainable long-term wood supply, ideally certified against international wood procurement standards such as Forest Stewardship Council or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification , is a key prerequisite for these investments for both sponsors and financiers.
The Bank ensures that the highest environmental and social standards are applied to its investments. There are a number of challenges associated with forest management, such as sustainable harvesting, regeneration, afforestation of suitable land, watershed management, biodiversity, and land use change, among others. To address these issues the EBRD requires its Clients to adhere to strict environmental and social standards and practices.
In order to deepen the transition impact and environmental and social benefits of its investments in the forestry industry, the Bank wishes to engage a consultant (the Consultant) to undertake a Sector Study aimed at identifying the main issues facing existing and potential local and international investors in the Montenegro forestry and bioenergy sectors, including forest resources base, wood supply and procurement, forest management practices, transportation of wood, primary wood processing industries, as well as export of roundwood and other products (the Assignment)
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will act as the Consultant’s Montenegro Counterparty and final Beneficiary of this study. The Montenegro Counterpart will provide all available information to the Consultant.
The overall objective of the Sector Study is to review the Strategy for Forestry Development 2014-2023 and to formulate recommendations further development of the Strategy and for the development of sustainable forestry and forest-based industries in Montenegro. The ultimate goal is to promote and trigger viable investments in the forest industries in Montenegro by addressing wood supply and associated issues, and identifying options for improvements in forest management, harvesting, transportation, and trading, taking into account both the economic and social benefits and environmental sustainability. The study will include an analysis of the roles and responsibilities of the Forest Administration of Montenegro. Additionally, the aim is to identify potential obstacles associated with administrative, legal, or regulatory Montenegro specifics to investments in forestry and the forest bioenergy industry sectors.
The Sector Study will cover forest policy, forest management, its environmental aspects, and harvesting of wood, as well as industrial transformation including:
- saw mills and related activities
- wood-based panel plants
- primary wood furniture manufacturing
- wood for energy production and biomass energy.
The Consultant undertaking this assignment will be required to coordinate activities with other ongoing or recently finished relevant studies and other development work in the sector.
The Study will consist of four phases: 1) review of forest policy and analysis of the Forest Administration 2) analysis of forestry resource base, including sustainable forestry management, 3) analysis of forest industry and identification of potential investment projects, and 4) investment promotion workshop. Tasks in each phase are described below; however, the following is the list of priority topics to be covered by the Study:
- forest policy
- legal and institutional framework,
- Forest Administration
- roundwood trade from state forests
- forest resource base (volume, species, quality)
- forest management practices and their international certification (FSC, PEFC)
- forest fire prevention and rehabilitation after fire
- current and future Annual Allowable Cut (AAC)
- current and future demand/supply balance of industrial roundwood and fuel wood for bio-energy
- existing harvesting and transport operations and their management
- logistic infrastructure (roads, railways, utilities, esp. energy)
- the current and projected production and wood consumption of the industries
- export of roundwood
- current and projected demand/supply balance of relevant forest industry products
- identification of specific investment projects/ opportunities, and/or illustrative projects that may be suitable for targeted investment promotion activities
- pre-feasibility of identified investment projects/opportunities (up to 4)
- outline of recommendations for further development of forest industry strategy and policy
- investment promotion workshop.
Assignment Start Date and Duration: The assignment is expected to start in Q1 2015 and last for 5 months.
Maximum Budget available for the Assignment: EUR 210,000; 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: Austrian Technical Assistance Co-Operation Fund
Eligibility: Consultancy firms shall be entities registered in Austria and all experts proposed by the entity to work on the assignment must be either Austrian nationals or permanent residents of Austria. However, up to a maximum of 25% of the maximum contract amount may be used to finance services of local experts who are nationals of Montenegro or consultancy firms of Montenegro.
Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or consortium of firms with extensive experience in forestry sector in SEE countries. The Consultant is expected to have experience with IFI loan funded investment projects in the region.
It is expected that the Consultant’s Team will consist of at least the following key experts:
• Team Leader with comprehensive experience in similar assignments in CEE and in working with IFIs;
• Technical specialists in forestry and forest industry sector;
• Institutional and regulatory issues specialists / lawyer;
• Environmental specialists.
It is recommended that a part of the consultancy input will be carried out by local sub-consultants.
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. 2-3 pages)
2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration), main activities, objectives
3. CVs of experts who could be available to work on the Assignment
4. Completed contact sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:
5. A copy of the Consultant's valid company registration certificate confirming that the firm is registered in Austria.
6. A Cost Estimate
The above information should not exceed 20 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet.
The complete expression of interest (including CVs and Contact Sheet) shall be one file (pdf or Word) to be uploaded to eSelection. The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.
Expressions of Interest should be submitted, in English, electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date mentioned above. Do not send expressions of interest to the EBRD's contact person.
Nicola Di Pietro
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6329 Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.
The evaluation criteria are as follows:
1)A firm with proven experience in forestry sector in South East Europe countries - 20%
2) Experience with IFI loan funded investment projects in the region /business environments – 10%
3) Team Leader with comprehensive experience in similar assignments in CEE and in working with IFIs - 20%
4) Technical specialists in forestry and forest industry sector; – 10%
5) Institutional and regulatory issues specialists / lawyer; – 10%
6) Environmental specialists– 5%
7) Cost Estimate – 25%; equivalent score = (Lowest Cost Estimate/ Cost Estimate)*25
13/10/2015: The procurement notice has been updated. Please refer to the revised description of the Legal Expert.
In 2008, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD or Bank) provided a EUR 18 million sovereign loan to the Montenegrin regional water supply company, Regionalni Vodovod Crnogorsko Primorje, (PEW) for the rehabilitation and construction of the Regional Water Supply System (RWSS) to provide potable water from Lake Skadar to the municipalities along the Montenegrin coast. The RWSS was designed based on the assumption that in the near to middle-term future, the majority of the Coastal Region would be connected to the main distribution pipeline, which is the situation now. However, in 2014 only 16 per cent of the distribution capacity had been utilised.
It is understood that in the case of full utilisation of the regional infrastructure recently completed, the majority of the above problems will be reduced or disappear. Therefore, in order for the optimal solution to materialise, be implemented and have the buy-in from all stakeholders, a detailed review of the regional institutional set-up is required. Furthermore, a well-designed regional strategic policy should be designed to ensure long term sustainability of the system.
In parallel, the Bank has now been approached by PEW and the six local public water companies that operate in the coastal area of Montenegro (Ulcinj, Bar, Budva, Kotor, Tivat and Herceg Novi) (ViKs), to assist with the financing of identified investments in order to rehabilitate and upgrade their infrastructure (the Project). The total Project cost amounts to approximately EUR 20 million, which will be fully funded by EBRD.
Taking into account the current status in relation to the utilisation of the RWSS and the proposed new Project, the Bank now intends to engage a consulting company (Consultant) to assist with the preparation and implementation of the reform and reorganization of coastal water sector by developing a plan for the assessment and reorganization of the water sector on the Montenegrin Coast (Plan or Assignment).
The expected outcome of the Assignment is for the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism (MSDT) to have a plan with sufficient information to decide on a reform of the water sector on the Montenegrin Coast.
The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:
1. Prepare a draft Plan for the reorganization of the water supply sector on the Montenegrin Coast.
2. The draft Plan should be presented to the key stakeholders involved in the water sector: including a minimum of ViKs, PEW, municipalities, MSDT and the Government of Macedonia.
3. The Consultant shall, together with PEW's project implementation team, prepare a document that will include a: i), detailed legal framework, ii) next steps for the implementation of the new institutional set up, iii) analysis of ViKs' and PEW's activities, iv) detailed structural and functional schemes of Viks and PEW, v) and a staff rationalization plan.
4. The Consultant shall prepare the ViKs for the implementation phases of the Plan, including any staff reorganisation.
The Consultant will be responsible for the development of the Plan and for obtaining, where possible, approval of the Plan by the relevant stakeholders. The Consultant is not responsible for the GoM approval of the Plan, nor the implementation. The MSDT will be responsible for obtaining GoM approval of the Plan and for its implementation.
Status of Selection Process:
Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.
Assignment Start Date and Duration:
The Assignment is expected to start in mid-November 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 4 months.
Cost Estimate for the Assignment:
EUR 70,000 (exclusive of VAT).
The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the 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.
It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs via the Central European Initiative Fund. Please note that selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.
Participation of consultants is restricted to individual experts of Italian nationality and consultancy firms or entities registered in Italy (using their employees of any nationality and/or non-employees of Italian nationality).
Eligible consulting firms however, can subcontract, associate with or join forces with external experts or consulting firms from other CEI Member Countries (Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Ukraine) up to a maximum of 30% of the budget for the Assignment.
Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms preferably with previous project experience related to:
1. water sector reform in comparable markets/countries; and
2. working with multiple stakeholders and in policy/organisation reform.
The Consultant's expert team is expected to include key experts as follows:
a) Water Sector Institutional Specialist with
- a recognised civil engineering professional qualification;
- preferably 10 years or more of previous professional experience in the planning and management of water sector management activities at a regional level;
- experience with water sector reforms;
- proven ability for training and knowledge transfer; and
- good proficiency in written and spoken English.
b) Legal Specialist with
- a recognised professional qualification in law;
- preferably 10 years or more of previous professional experience of drafting public sector legislation, preferably legislation in the water sector; and
- good proficiency in written and spoken English.
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:
The above information should not exceed 25 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet.
The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded (4MB), the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.
Bank Contact Person:
Senior Advisor, Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction & Development
One Exchange Square | London| EC2A 2JN
Tel. +44 (0) 20 7338 7589
E-mail: AlegriaP@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)
1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.
2. The shortlist criteria and weightings are:
a) Firm's previous project experience in water sector reform in comparable markets/countries (20%)
b) Firm's previous project experience in working with multiple stakeholders and in policy/organisation reform (20%); and
c) CVs of the Key Experts proposed (60%)
Capacity of the Company
The Invitation for Expressions of Interest follows the General Procurement Notice for this project published in Procurement Opportunities, on the EBRD website on 2nd February 2015.
Railways of Montenegro ‘Željeznicka Infrastruktura Crne Gore AD (ZICG)” intends using part of the proceeds of a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“the Bank”) towards the cost of a project to undertake emergency rehabilitation of the railway infrastructure where the services of the Construction Supervision Consultant are required. The project is subject to the EBRD Procurement Policies and Rules.
The Employer now invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified firms who are interested in providing assistance to the Employer to facilitate the timely and effective implementation of the Project by advising the Employer on the administration of the EBRD-funded contract with due diligence and by carrying out the duties of the Engineer assigned to him in the contract which is a re-measurement unit rate contract based on FIDIC Conditions of Contract for Construction, Red Book, 1999, as modified through Particular Conditions. The Consultant shall exercise the authority attributable to the Engineer, as specified in or necessarily implied from the contract, to ensure timely, satisfactory completion of the Works in accordance with the contract. The consulting services (“the Services”) include Supervision of one Civil Works Contract for:
The assignment is expected to start immediately after selection of Consultant and respective consultancy contract signature (which is expected by end of May 2016) with estimated total duration of 45 (forty five) months (about 18 months for Civil Works execution, 24 months for Defects Notification Period and 3 months for post DNP period for Performance Certificate issuance and other closing activities).
Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm, or consortium of firms, and is expected to have appropriate experience in the supervision of projects in the rail sector in similar business environments and in accordance with FIDIC conditions of contract.
The Consultant’s team is expected to include the following key experts:
One of Key Expert has to be certified for work on electrified line for line closure organisation.
The Consultants should have certificates/licenses/permits or similar confirmation of the qualifications as required by Montenegrin legislation. A foreign company requesting to issue an equivalent of a license for foreign national needs to submit: company registration in Montenegro document, certified translations of the original licenses and those of the company registration documents in their home country. A foreign individual requesting to issue equivalent of a license needs to submit: certified translations of their passport, diploma and the original license. For full details see the Chamber of Engineers website (in Montenegrin): http://www.ingkomora.me/ikcg_sajt/site_cg/public/index.php/index/artikli?id=683.
Such documents, if cannot be provided with the expression of interest will have to be provided at a contract signature stage.
Eligibility: Procurement will be open for all the Consultants except those restricted in the EBRD’s list of ineligible entities. The proceeds of the loan shall not be used for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities or for any import of goods, if such payment or import is prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations and the Client’s Country prohibitions.
Procurement of the consultancy services will be conducted in accordance with the EBRD’s Procurement Policies and Rules. The consultants will be selected following the shortlisting procedures. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will NOT be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding. The consultancy contract will be based on the EBRD’s HARMONIZED STANDARD FORM OF CONTRACT, Time-Based.
If the Consultant has been found by a judicial process or other official enquiry to have engaged in corrupt or fraudulent practices, details of the basis for the outcome of such process or enquiry shall be provided with the expression of interest.
The Employer reserves the right not to shortlist consulting firms that have been found to have engaged in corrupt or fraudulent practices regardless of the results of technical evaluation of the expressions of interest.
In order to determine the qualifications and competence of consulting firms seeking to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following:
The above information should not exceed 20 pages (excluding CVs and contact/declaration sheet). The complete expression of interest (including CVs), original, 2 copies and one electronic copy in PDF format, should be submitted in English to the address specified below in an envelope marked "Expression of Interest for the Supervision Services of Tunnel Rehabilitation no. 187; 190 and 193 along railway line Vrbnica – Bar in Montenegro", and shall be delivered to the client not later than May 5, 2015, 12 pm (Podgorica time).
Failure to provide the completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet may result in disqualification of the applicant from the selection process. Expressions of interest received after this time and date shall not be considered and will be returned unopened. Consultants should be aware that distance and customs formalities may require longer than expected delivery time.
The shortlist selection criteria are:
1. Applicant’s experience in supervision of similar projects in the rail sector - 30 %
2. Applicant’s previous project experience in Montenegro or other countries in the region with similar legislative framework and similar climate conditions (15 %)
3. CV of the Key Experts in accordance with the corresponding requirements listed above (55 %)
Further information may be obtained from:
Lucija Filipović, Project Implementation Unit
Željeznicka Infrastruktura Crne Gore AD (ZICG)
Trg Golootočkih žrtava 13
81000 Podgorica, Montenegro
Fax: +382 20 441 240