Project Description: The Bank of Slovenia has requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) to provide technical assistance for developing guidelines to be implemented by Slovenian banks in defining effective risk appetite frameworks, as well as developing a new approach for assessing adequacy of risk appetite frameworks, in accordance with the best supervisory practices in the European Union (EU).
Assignment Description: The Bank now intends to engage a consulting company (the Consultant) to enhance the regulation of Slovenian banks' risk appetite and the capacity of banks to implement it (the Assignment).
The expected outcome of the Assignment is improved capacity of the Bank of Slovenia to assess risk appetite of Slovenian banks and upgraded knowledge of Slovenian banks’ staff on best risk appetite practices in the European Union (EU).
The selected Consultant is expected to assist the Bank of Slovenia in order to reach the outcome of the Project. In particular, the Consultant is expected to provide the following services:
1. Perform a review of:
a. the Bank of Slovenia’s methodologies, procedures and processes with particular reference to the assessment of risk appetite frameworks of banks;
b. the practices of Slovenian banks regarding development and implementation of risk appetite frameworks.
2. Provide to the Bank of Slovenia staff greater insight into the EU best practices in developing and implementing risk appetite frameworks and preparing risk appetite statements. To this end, the Consultant shall organise a study visit at a selected supervisory authority– to be agreed with the EBRD - that implements innovative methodologies for assessing banks’ risk appetite frameworks.
3. Draft a report drawing from the above reviews and illustrating best supervisory practices in the EU related to scrutinizing and assessing risk appetite frameworks for banks, as well as best risk appetite practices in EU credit institutions in place to support risk management (the Report).
Based on the Report, assist the Bank of Slovenia in developing Guidelines on risk appetite practices for banks (the Guidelines), and advise the Bank of Slovenia on its approach to monitoring their implementation and assessing and scrutinizing risk appetite practices in the context of on-going supervision and the supervisory dialogue.
4. Provide training to the Bank of Slovenia to illustrate how to effectively supervise the implementation of the Guidelines (one seminar intended for the Bank of Slovenia supervisory staff) and to Slovenian banks on how they should implement them (two seminars in total, one for bank board representatives and senior management, one for expert level staff).
5. In addition to the above, remain available to provide assistance and ad-hoc advice to the Bank of Slovenia for the adoption and implementation of the Guidelines up to a maximum of 2 man/days during the first 6 months after the implementation thereof.
Please find the draft Terms of Reference following this link.
Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.
Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in February 2017 and has an estimated overall duration of 12 months.
Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 150,000 (exclusive of VAT).
The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.
Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by the European Union under an arrangement with the EU's Structural Reforms Support Service (SRSS). Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.
Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.
Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms preferably with proven detailed knowledge of the EU banking and corporate governance frameworks and practices, as well as of the EU system of banking supervision, and previous project experience related to:
1. developing, managing and implementing complex projects related to corporate governance and risk management of banks in the EU (previous experience in issues related to banking and corporate governance of banks in Slovenia will be considered an advantage); and
2. advising regulators on the analysis and review of risk management/appetite and corporate governance practices, processes and policies of EU banks and in developing recommendations for their improvement as well as putting in place methodologies for the implementation.
The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows:
a Key Expert No 1 (Team Leader) with preferably 12 years of relevant "hands-on" experience in corporate governance of banks in EU, with extensive and in depth knowledge of issues being dealt by the Project (including but not limited to: structure, functions and responsibilities of the board, and board committees, board nomination process and policies, remuneration policies and processes, board evaluation practices) and experience in advising banks and/or banking regulators on these issues, available for frequent missions in the country; and
b Key Expert No 2 (Senior Corporate Governance Advisor) with preferably 10 years of experience in risk management of banks in EU and extensive and in depth knowledge on the issues being tackled by the Project (including but not limited to banks’ risk appetite, risk management processes, internal capital adequacy assessment process and internal control framework in banks) and experience in advising banks and/or banking regulators on these issues, available for frequent missions in the country.
English language capabilities would be required for all key experts.
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 ten years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration), assignment budget, percentage carried out by consultant in case of association of firms or subcontracting, main activities, objectives, etc;
3. A Methodology for implementing the tasks to deliver the expected outcome and outputs, and the degree of details of such output(s) and ii) a Proposed Work Plan outlining the plan for the implementation of the main activities/tasks of the Assignment, their duration plus milestones and (max. 4 pages);
4. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.
5. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:
6. Financial Proposal in the format provided.
The above information should not exceed 30 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet.
The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded (4MB), the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.
Bank Contact Person:
Jenny Scheffel, Principal Advisor
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN, United Kingdom
Tel: + 44 20 7338 7088
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (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 are:
(a) Firm's previous project experience in i) developing, managing and implementing complex projects related to corporate governance and risk management of banks in the EU (previous experience in issues related to banking and corporate governance of banks in Slovenia will be considered an advantage); and ii) advising regulators on the analysis and review of risk management/appetite and corporate governance practices, processes and policies of EU banks and in developing recommendations for their improvement as well as putting in place methodologies for the implementation.
(b) CV of Key Experts (30%);
(c) Proposed Methodology and Work Plan (15%);
(d) Interviews (15%).
(e) Financial Proposal (20%)
The methodology for calculating scores for financial proposals is as follows: The lowest evaluated Financial Proposal (Fm) is given the maximum financial score of 20. The formula for determining the financial scores of all other Proposals (Sf) is calculated as follows: Sf = 10 x Fm/ F, in which "Sf" is the financial score, "FM" is the lowest price, and "F" the price of the proposal under consideration.
All firms with a combined score of 70% or more of the total marks available for criteria 2(a) – 2(c) inclusive will be invited to interview (criterion 2(d)).
EBRD will advise the Consultants regarding the format (e.g. skype call, meeting in person, conference call, etc.) and date of the interviews at the time of the invitation. The interviews shall be attended by the two Key Experts nominated by the Consultant.
Please note that all and any costs incurred by the Consultant in connection with attendance to interviews shall be borne by the Consultant.