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Tajikistan: Khujand International Airport: Lender's Monitoring Consultant

 | Published November 8, 2016  -  Deadline November 29, 2016
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Project Description:
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("EBRD" or the "Bank") is providing a senior loan of USD 3.9 million (EUR 3.54 million equivalent) to Khujand International Airport ("KHIA", the "Company" or the "Client"). KHIA is located in northern Tajikistan, southeast of Khujand city between Gafurov and Chkalov towns. The Company’s management developed a modernisation programme in 2007 which incorporated four separate phases of investments over 10 years. KHIA intends to use the EBRD loan for part of its programme.

The Khujand International Airport project (the "Project") will include emergency runway rehabilitation, reconstruction of aerodrome resurfacing, the installation of high intensity lights and the modernisation of radio and ground control safety equipment (radio beacons) and installation of Instrument Landing System ("ILS"). The total costs of the Project are expected to be USD 7.1 million (EUR 6.46 million equivalent), with the remaining amount being financed by the client.

The Project will include installation of a fence around the perimeter of the works and airport, construction of drainage and a canal, runway rehabilitation, rehabilitation of runway shoulders, design, procurement and assembly of distance measuring equipment ("DME") and tune up of the airports microwave landing systems ("MLS").

EBRD financing will be used towards the following Project components:
• Procurement of bitumen to be used for runway emergency rehabilitation and extension to both sides (translocation of thresholds), construction of jet flow protection plates, taxiways’ rehabilitation and apron widening as well as other works as described in the Development Plan (Annex to Loan Agreement);
• Installation of the DME and High Intensity Light (HIL) equipment;
• Installation of ILS.

Assignment Description:
In order to monitor the performance of the works implemented by the Company and of the EBRD funded contracts, the Bank seeks to hire a Lender’s Monitoring Consultant (the "Consultant"). The Bank is currently also considering airport terminal modernisation part of the Project. The Consultant will be engaged to provide technical advice on this component.

The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:
(a) monitor and audit the performance of the PIU and the Company;
(b) assist the Bank to monitor the implementation of the Project contracts;
(c) monitor the implementation of the works being executed by the Airport itself as specified in the Development Plan; and
(d) identify any key problems which may threaten the successful implementation of the Project so that corrective action can be taken. This is to ensure that the Project is implemented in a manner that will secure successful operation of the upgraded runway and DME, HIL and ILS equipment on time, within budget and to an acceptable quality.

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 commence in Q1 2017 with an estimated overall duration of twenty-four (24) months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 60,000 (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 by the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund. Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile:
The Consultant will be an individual, a firm or a group of firms preferably with previous project experience related to the design and construction of the airports rehabilitation works including runway rehabilitation, introduction of DME, HIL and ILS equipment and the airport terminals modernisations.

The Consultant is expected to include at least one key expert as follows:
- Civil Engineer with preferably 10 years or more of professional experience in design and construction of the airports rehabilitation works including runway rehabilitation, introduction of DME, HIL and ILS equipment and the airport terminals modernisations. Knowledge of both English and Russian languages is necessary.

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

1. Individual/ 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. CV(s) 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 10 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet.

The complete expression of interest (including CV(s), 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.

The EBRD Contact Person:
Sophie Medert
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 7371
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
E-mail: MedertS@ebrd.com

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

2. The shortlist criteria are as follows:
(a) Previous project experience in design and construction of the airports rehabilitation works including runway rehabilitation, introduction of DME, HIL and ILS equipment and the airport terminals modernisations (50 %)
(b) CV of Key Expert No 1 (50%)

Enhanced Competitiveness of Tajik Agribusiness Programme (ECTAP) - Independent Verification Consultant

 | Published December 14, 2016  -  Deadline January 9, 2017
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Project Description: The European Union has established the Enhanced Competitiveness of Tajik Agribusiness Programme (“ECTAP” or the “Programme”) to enhance the development of Tajik agri-food value chains, the competitiveness of agri-food enterprises and the quality of marketing of their products.


The Programme consists of three Windows:

Window 1: EU grants for a risk-sharing facility with the EBRD, which will support at least EUR 20 million of EBRD financing to Tajik agribusiness SMEs.
Window 2: EU funding for investment grants to the beneficiaries of the Programme to be channelled through: (i) the EBRD’s lending programme with Tajik MFIs/banks for on-lending to beneficiaries where the EBRD ensures a mechanism for the EU funds to be passed to the eligible end borrowers.
Window 3: EU technical assistance grants to support agribusiness SMEs in implementing their capital investment projects through EBRD direct financing in Windows 1 and 2.


As part of the Programme, the European Union seeks to mobilise higher levels of financing to support capital investment in the Tajik agricultural and agribusiness sector by providing grants that will be blended with financing from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ( “EBRD” or the “Bank”). The Programme has been conceived, to a large extent, as a follow-up of the Tajik Agricultural Finance Framework (“TAFF”) which was completed in February 2013.


It has been determined that equipment currently in place are either (i) obsolete machinery, or (ii) has low level of local product quality, productivity with limited standardisation and quality control.


In order to improve the commercial viability to invest in upgrading equipment that otherwise would not be financed, a grant mechanism in the form of incentive payments to sub-borrowers has been developed. Eligible sub-borrowers will receive a grant incentive payment as a percentage of the sub-loan amount provided by Partner Financial Institutions (PFIs) for the sole purpose of investing in the eligible agri-machinery and equipment - pre-identified and approved agriculture machinery and equipment (based on a List of Eligible Materials and Equipment or LEME) with the aim of supporting the upgrading currently obsolete agri fleet and equipment prevalent in the country. The Programme aims at strengthening specific agri sectors along efficient value-chains.


The the beneficiaries of the the Programme are intended to be micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) along the agribusiness value-added chains, including farmers and their associations, while local consulting service providers to the agriculture sector will also benefit indirectly.


Assignment Description: The Bank now wishes to engage a locally-based Independent Verification Consultant ("IVC" or “Independent Verification Consultant”) to assist the Bank in the implementation of Windows 1 and 2 in close cooperation with the EU Project Consultant and the EBRD Senior Grants Officer. The IVC will be expected to verify the technical implementation of the investments by the sub-borrowers before the incentive payment is released to the relevant SME.


The objectives of the IVC are to:


- ensure that the use of proceeds of each sub-loan has met the eligibility criteria and that funded investments have been completed substantially in line with defined procedures. The IVC shall verify eligibility of the sub-borrower to receive incentive payment by checking that the equipment /machinery has been purchased from the LEME (List of Eligible Machinery and Equipment), and is being used;
- ensure that incentive payments due to sub-borrowers, on completion of eligible investments, are submitted for release by the EBRD only when a sub-project is validated as compliant with the investment plans, and that no recommendation on release of incentive fees will be given where such validation was not possible.

The IVC is expected to conduct one or a combination of the following verification methods for each sub-project when it has been substantially completed:

- Desk-based verification

- Random on-site verification

- On-site verification.


Specifically, the IVC will udnertake the following tasks.


Window 1- Agribusiness - Direct Facility programme:


The IVC will check and confirm that each project that is eligible for payment of a Financial Incentive has successfully met all defined eligibility criteria and has been successfully completed in accordance with the original investment plan prepared by the PC.


The borrower is responsible for implementing the project and shall notify the PC when the project has been implemented or is complete. The borrower will advise the PC of the disbursed amount of the loan. On notification from the PC that a project has been completed, the IVC should conduct the verification. The verification should be completed and the relevant confirmation of compliance provided to the EBRD SGO no later than one month following notification of the IVC, unless otherwise requested by the Bank.


The IVC shall conduct an On-site verification of each project:

- Visit the site of each project when the project has been substantially completed (equipment from LEME list was purchased, commissioned and is being used).
- Validate, against the investment plan and a Completion Validation Review (“CVR”) checklist prepared by the Project Consultant to ensure that the project has been completed substantially on the basis of the investment plan and check-list.

The borrower shall provide to the IVC all supporting documents and invoices from installers/suppliers as well as proof of payment by the borrower.
The IVC will assess the successful implementation and completion of the projects and will review a copy of the completion certificate and/or other certificate provided by the borrower. Where commissioning tests have been performed, the IVC will also review a copy of the commissioning tests and provide to the EBRD an opinion whether the project has been completed substantially in line with the investment plan and the eligibility criteria.

Window 2 – FI- On-lending Facility to agri MSMEs:


The IVC will assess, verify and confirm that a sub-borrower eligible for receipt of the Financial Incentive, has successfully met all defined eligibility criteria and the sub-projects to be verified are in compliance with the sub-project criteria under FI-ECTAP. The eligibility criteria for the sub-borrower and the sub-project under the FI-ECTAP Facility are defined in the Policy Statement annexed to a loan agreement between EBRD and respective PFI.


The IVC is expected to conduct one or a combination of the following verification methods with respect to the sub-projects funded under the FI-ECTAP Facility:

1. Desk-based verification:

conducted on any MSE sub-project with a value of up to USD 20,000 equivalent;
conducted based on the supporting documentation (including, but not limited to, confirmation of the EBRD-FI ECTAP sub-loan fund disbursement, invoices from the suppliers and/or installers, proof of payment by the sub-borrower) submitted by the respective PFI via EBRD SGO.


2. Random on-site verification:

IVC shall conduct random on-site verifications of at least 50% sub-projects falling under the ‘Desk-based verification’ method.

3. On-site verification:
- conducted on any MSME sub-project with a value of equal to and/or above USD 20,000 equivalent;
- conducted based on the supporting documentation (including, but not limited to, confirmation of the EBRD-FI ECTAP sub-loan fund disbursement, invoices from the suppliers and/or installers, proof of payment by the sub-borrower) submitted by the respective PFI via EBRD SGO;
- validation included of each sub-project against the investment plan and a Completion Validation Review (“CVR”) checklist prepared by the EU Project Consultant to ensure that the sub-project has been completed substantially on the basis of the investment plan and check-list.

Status of Selection Process: Interested consultants (individual consultants or firms nominating an individual expert) are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.


Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in early 2017 and has an estimated overall duration of 32 months. Subject to the availability of funding, Project requirements and satisfactory performance of the Consultant the assignment duration may be extended.


Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 288,510 (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: The Assignment will be funded by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Tajikistan.


Eligibility: There are no consultant nationality eligibility restrictions.


Consultant Profile: Individual services are required. The Consultant shall be an individual expert (independent expert or an expert nominated by a firm) with previous professional experience in:


i) project work relevant to the assignment, including:

- validating sub-projects against set criteria;

- experience of working on MSME investments through commercial banks in transition economies (preferably with IFIs or similar institutions);

- ensuring compliance with relevant EU Directives and Regulations;

ii) project experience in comparable assignments in the Central Asia region.


Submission Requirements:


Interested consultants are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest. In order to determine the qualifications and competence of individuals seeking to be shortlisted (firms may propose services of individual experts), the information submitted should include the following:

- Cover letter (maximum 2 pages) summarising how he/she satisfies the requirements as defined above under Consultant Profile;

- CV which should be detailed and include full descriptions of roles responsibilities carried out;

- 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 complete expression of interest (EoI)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 Individuals 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

Principal Advisor

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.

2. The evaluation criteria are:

i) previous project experience in validating projects against set criteria (20%);
ii) previous project experience in MSME investments through commercial banks in transition economies, with IFIs or similar institutions, experience working with EU Directives and Regulations (40%);
iii) Previous project experience in comparable assignments in the Central Asia region (40%).

Sugd Energy Loss Reduction Project Extension - Project Implementation Unit Consultant

 | Published November 14, 2016  -  Deadline December 12, 2016
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AMENDMENT ISSUED 24/11/2016:

  1. CONSULTANTS ARE REQUESTED TO SUBMIT HARD COPIES OF PROPOSALS TO THE ADDRESSES SPECIFIED IN THE PROCUREMENT NOTICE.  
  2. THE DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS IS CHANGED TO  12 DECEMBER 20016

Project Description: The Open Stock Holding Company Barki Tojik (BT or the Client) is a 100% state-owned vertically integrated power utility responsible for generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in Tajikistan. The Government of Tajikistan requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) collectively the Lenders and the European Union’s Investment Facility for Central Asia (EU IFCA) collectively the Co-Financiers to finance the Sugd Energy Loss Reduction Project (SUGD). 

The first part of SUGD is at its final stage and includes (i) Lot 1. Supply and Installation of Smart Meters, Meter Reading System Equipment, Auditable Billing System in Khujand and Surrounding Municipalities, and (ii) Lot 2 Rehabilitation of Khujand Electrical System.

The SUGD Extension Project (the Project) includes the construction of a new substation (Temurmalik) 110/10 kV in the southern part of Kamoli Khujandi Park.  It will also include the connection by a 2.5 km /110 kV OHL Double Circuit to another substation and ancillary equipment.

Assignment Description: BT intends engaging a consulting firm (the PIU 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 Consultant needs to ensure close coordination of activities with the PIU Consultant engaged for SUGD ongoing project. BT expects both consultancy teams to coordinate their activities in a professional and open manner with the common target to successfully implement the Project.

Please see detailed consultant-tors.docx">Terms of Reference for the Assignment.

Assignment Duration: 30 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 300,000; exclusive of VAT.

Funding Source: EBRD Shareholder Special Fund.

Eligibility: There are no consultant nationality eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms experience in supporting Clients in similar types of assignments in the hydropower sector.

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

  1. Team Leader/Substation Engineer preferably with 12 years of experience in planning, design and implementation of substation construction projects including Project Management and Contract Supervision experience;
  2. Overhead Lines Engineer - preferably with 10 years of proven experience in construction or designing of MV and HV OHL. The Expert should demonstrate hands-on experience in similar nature of assignments and complexity (design and construction of MV and HV OHL);
  3. Procurement Expert preferably with 10 years of proven procurement experience in power sector projects especially electricity distribution with relevant IFI’s experience;
  4. Construction Engineer preferably with 10 years of proven experience in construction. The Expert should demonstrate hands-on experience in similar nature of assignments and complexity (design and construction of substation and outgoing lines);
  5. Engineer Designer preferably with 10 years of proven experience design of energy facilities. The Expert should demonstrate hands-on experience in similar nature of assignments and complexity;
  6. Pool of short term experts including
  • Local medium voltage installation expert with full engagement;
  • Relay Protection Engineer
  • Environment and Social expert

All experts are required to be fluent in English, both written and spoken, speaking knowledge of Russian language is preferable.

Submission Requirements: Interested consultants are hereby invited to submit proposals.

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

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

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

3. Proposed work plan and methodology.

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

5. Financial Proposal (in a separate sealed envelope shall be clearly marked "FINANCIAL PROPOSAL DO NOT  OPEN UNTIL COMPLETION OF TECHNICAL EVALUATION").

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

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

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

The Consultant must submit two separate envelopes:

(a) Technical Proposal: one (1) original in English, two (2) copies in Russian and one (1) CD-ROM including English and Russian versions of Technical Proposal only;

(b) Financial Proposal: one (1) original in English and (1) copy in Russian in a separate envelope.

The Proposals must be submitted no later than:

Date: 12 December 2016
Time: 15:00 (Dushanbe local time)

The Proposal submission address is: State Committee on Investment and State Property Management of Republic of Tajikistan.
Address: 27, Shotemur Str., Tender Box No.1, Dushanbe, Republic Tajikistan

The opening shall take place at:
State Committee on Investment and State Property Management of Republic of Tajikistan.
Address: 27, Shotemur Str., room #9
Date: on the same date as proposals’ submission
Time: 15:05 (Dushanbe Local Time)

The Executing Agency’s Contact Details:
Habibov Ubaidullo
Head of PIU “Energy Loss Reduction”
OSHC “Barqi Tojik”
734026, Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan
E-mail: elrpbt@gmail.com

In addition, one copy of the proposal in English and one copy of the proposal in Russian shall be sent to EBRD’s contact person below:

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

Important Notes:

1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. The highest-ranked consultant will be invited to negotiate the contract.

2. The evaluation criteria are:

a) Consultants' Experience in similar assignments (25%)
b) Consultants' experience in Tajikistan and Central Asia (15%)
c) Proposed Work Plan and Methodology (20%)
d) Qualification and experience of Key experts proposed (30%)
e) Transfer of knowledge(10%) 

The minimum technical score (St) required to pass is:  70.       

Please note that only the Financial Proposals from Consultants passing the minimum technical score (St) will be opened.

The lowest evaluated Financial Proposal (Fm) is given the maximum financial score (Sf) of 100.

The formula for determining the financial scores (Sf) of all other Proposals is calculated as following:

Sf = 100 x Fm/ F, in which “Sf” is the financial score, “Fm” is the lowest price, and “F” the price of the proposal under consideration.

The weights given to the Technical (T) and Financial (P) Proposals are:
T = 85 and
P = 15

Proposals are ranked according to their combined technical (St) and financial (Sf) scores using the weights (T = the weight given to the Technical Proposal; P = the weight given to the Financial Proposal; T + P = 1) as following:  S = St x T% + Sf x P%.

Secretariat to the Consultative Council on Investment Climate - Analyst on Private Sector Development

 | Published March 28, 2017  -  Deadline April 24, 2017
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Project Description:
The Consultative Council on Improvement of Investment Climate under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan (the 'Investment Council') is the leading forum in Tajikistan for public-private sector dialogue. Created in 2007, the Investment Council has established itself as a well-known body for the raising of issues of concern to domestic and foreign private sector investors with the government in order to identify measures to address and resolve such issues. The Investment Council is supported by a Secretariat (the 'Secretariat') staffed with a Head of Secretariat, a Senior Adviser, Business and Private Sector Development and economic and legal experts who liaise with the President's Office, the Prime Minister's Office, other government agencies and the State Committee on Investment and State Property Management, the head of which acts as Executive Secretary of the Investment Council. The Secretariat also liaises with representatives of the private sector and with international development agencies.

The task of the Secretariat is to support the Investment Council's activities, especially the facilitation of an open dialogue between the government and the private sector with the intention of improving the business environment and fostering reforms directed towards the achievement of a fully-functioning market economy.

Since its launch, the Council has been actively supported by donor funds provided through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ('EBRD' or the 'Bank'), which currently continues to fund the Secretariat.

Assignment Description:
The EBRD now intends to engage an individual expert (the 'Consultant') who will work closely with the Secretariat' Senior Adviser, Business and Private Sector Development to provide research and analysis on a range of issues relating to the areas of concern to the Investment Council and who should have an understanding of the process of economic reform and issues that might affect the working environment for companies and public entities in the Republic of Tajikistan (the 'Assignment').

The Consultant will form part of the team of staff working within the Secretariat, and will be directed in his duties primarily by the Head of Secretariat in order to support his efforts to facilitate engagement with the private sector.

The tasks of the Consultant, inter alia, are to:
• provide research and analysis to the Secretariat. Requests may range from very technical financial issues to more qualitative and communications-related issues;
• provide research and evaluate national and international reports of significance to the operations of the Secretariat
• under the direction of the Head of Secretariat, promote information sharing among the relevant donor community and, private and public sectors by initiating consultative meetings, round tables, preparing briefings on local/ regional development progress and activities;
• develop and document economic analysis and models, including preparation of reports on benchmarks from other countries;
• assist in the preparation of briefing notes, research summaries, economic reports and presentation materials;
• develop and maintain databases and other related tools for decision making;
• assist in preparing a set of customised, sector-specific reports which will be used to inform and influence decision makers to change the policy towards favourable business environment; and
• provide general administrative support or any other ad hoc duties as may be appropriately requested by Secretariat management.

Interested applicants are invited to read the Terms of Reference for additional information on the scope of services required: http://www.ebrd.com/documents/procurement/68122-tor.pdf.

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

Assignment Start Date and Duration:
The Assignment is expected to start in May 2017 and last for 12 months with possible extension, subject to business needs, satisfactory performance of the Consultant, and the availability of further funding. This is full-time role and the Consultant is expected to be resident in Tajikistan.

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

Funding Source:
The contract will be financed through the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund. Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility:
There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile:
Individual services are required. The Consultant shall be an expert (individual expert or an expert nominated by a firm) preferably with preferably the following qualifications, experience and personal qualities:
• Bachelor's degree or higher in Economics or Finance;
• at least one year's experience of conducting research, providing analysis and reporting;
• experience of working in the public sector will be an asset;
• strong analytical skills;
• ability to work in a methodical and systematic manner;
• good communication skills and ability to work well in a team or on own initiative; and
• excellent written and spoken Tajik and Russian. Good knowledge of English will be 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 (maximum 2 pages) summarising how the expert believes he/she satisfies the requirements as defined above under Consultant Profile;

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

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

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

Bank Contact Person:
Paula Alegria
Deputy Head TC Operations
European Bank for Reconstruction and 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)

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

2. The shortlist criteria and weightings are:

(a) Qualifications in Economics or Finance 10%
(b) Experience of conducting research, providing analysis and reporting 15%
(c) Experience of working in the public sector 20%
(d) Analytical skills 10%
(e) Ability to work in a methodical and systematic manner 10%
(f) Language skills (Tajik, Russian and English) 10%
(g) Interview 25%

Interviews
Following the evaluation of expressions of interest received, up to the 6 highest-ranked consultants will be invited to attend an interview.

The Bank will consult with the consultant regarding the format (e.g. Skype call, meeting, conference call, etc.) and date of the interview at the time of the invitation. Please note that all and any costs incurred by the Consultant in connection with attendance to interviews will not reimbursed by the Bank.

3. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.

Central Asia Road Links - Tajikistan - P145634

Ministry of Transport | Published September 29, 2016  -  Deadline October 17, 2016
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International Individual Consultant To Support Development Of Road Assets Management Systems (rams) Request of Expressions of Interest Republic ofTajikistan Second Phase of the Central Asia Road Links Program (CARs-2) Transportsector CONSULTINGSERVICES Grant No. D030-TJ Expressionsof interest The Republic of Tajikistan has received  financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Second Phase of the Central Asia Road Links Program (CARs-2), and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consultant services.Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Tajikistan isseeking to recruit an:  International Individual Consultant to Support Development ofRoad AssetsManagement Systems (RAMS) Themain objectives of the Consultant: (i) Provide guidance to MOT on strengthening the MOT RAMS unit; (ii) Detail a roadmap for theintroduction of RAMS; (iii) Assist in the procuring of the RAMS hardware and software, ifneeded and (iv) Evaluate the availableroad network data. During the execution of assignment the international consultant will work jointlywith staff of the Ministry ofTransport and the PIG of MOT. # The consultants should meet the following qualifications 1 Higher education in road sector of the transport sphere 2 Atleast 10 years of experience as a consultant in the transport sector on projects of the World Bank or other internationalorganizations on the preparation of RAMS 3 Excellent skills and knowledge of international practice for RAMS 4 Goodknowledge of regulatory and other strategic documents in the sector of transport; 5 Computer skills with software MS Windows, MS Word, MS Excel, Power point, internet, availability of e-mail and possibilityof official correspondence The ministry of transport now inviteseligible consultants to indicate theirinterest in providing the services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to performthe services (CV with description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skillsamong staff, etc.). A consultant will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in theWorld Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (currentedition). Interested consultants may obtainfurther information at the addressbelow during office hours from 0900 to 1700 hours local time. Expressions of interest (CV) must be delivered to the e-mail address below by17 October 2016 Second Phase of theCentral Asia Road LinksProgram (CARs-2) Attn: Abdulloev F.  /Procurement Consultant Project Implementation Group Ayni street 14, 3rd floor room 308 Dushanbe Tajikistan Tel: +992 98 765 5050 Fax:  +992 37 221 2003 E-mail: pigprojectprocure@gmail.com Web site: www.mintrans.tj

Tajikistan: Khujand Public Transport Project – Procurement, Implementation Support and Contract Supervision

 | Published December 18, 2015  -  Deadline January 15, 2016
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Executing Agency (Client): Communal State Unitary Enterprise Trolleybus of Khujand Sulton Umarov 1, Khujand, Republic of Tajikistan The Client Contact Person: Dododjon Gafurdjonov, Head of Transport Department City Administration of Khujand R.Nabiev Avenue 39, Khujand, Republic of Tajikistan Email: dadazhanov63@mail.ru Phone: +992 3422 60244 Fax: +992 3422 67428 The EBRD Contact Person: Olesya Kerridge Advisor, Technical Co-operation European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square London EC2A 2JN Tel: + 44 20 7338 6895 Email: kerridgo@ebrd.com Project Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “Bank” or “EBRD”) is considering a loan of up to USD 17.5 million to the Communal State Unitary Enterprise “Trolleybus of Khujand” (the “Company”) a public transport company in the City of Khujand (the “City”). A further USD 8.5 million grant to co-finance the Project is envisaged from an international donor. The Project will finance the purchase of buses and modernization of depot facilities. In addition, the Project will provide support for the introduction of formal ticketing system in the City. The purpose of the Project is to establish a reliable passenger transportation service and create a basic public transport network in the City. In addition a new formal ticketing system based on new tariffs will be implemented. It will put emphasis on cheaper and more attractive monthly passes with a goal to reduce fare revenue leakages and offer passengers the option of changing routes without double paying. It is expected that the Project will finance the following investments: Acquisition of buses and on-board computers for buses; Modernisation of depot facilities; and Implementation of ticketing system. The Project will also assist the Company and the City to enter into Public Service Contract (the “PSC”). Assignment Description: The Client now intends to retain a consulting company (the “Consultant”) to support the Company in timely and effective implementation of the Project’s procurement processes, including review of designs, all aspects of procurement, contract administration and disbursement. The expected outcome of the Assignment is technical specifications and all aspects of tendering process are accepted by the City, the Company and the EBRD; all related goods and works are procured following the EBRD’s Procurement Policies & Rules (PP&Rs). The Consultant is expected to provide the following services, including but not limited to: Monitoring of procurement. The Consultant will oversee all activities and ensure that all procurement is carried out in accordance with EBRD PP&R. Preparation of Procurement Documentation. The Consultant shall prepare technical specifications for the goods, services and works to be procured under the loan and the grant in order to meet the requirements for an open and transparent tender process. The Consultant shall review and incorporate the technical specifications and prepare the complete tender documents taking into account any reasonable requirements of the Company and the Bank, and shall ensure that documents are no-objected by the Bank prior to being issued. Support during the procurement process. The Consultant will provide support to the Company throughout the procurement process, i.e. draft and ensure that all procurement notices are placed in a timely manner in accordance with the PP&R; prepare draft tender documents, etc. Evaluation of tenders. The Consultant will provide support in the organisation and management of the evaluation processes. Support during contract finalisation. The Consultant will provide support to the Company during contract finalisations. Administration of the Contracts. The Consultant will assist the Company to administer the contracts. The Consultant will perform the duties of the Engineer/the Project Manager or equivalent, as these may be attributable to, specified and/or implied by the contract, in accordance with the laws, technical standards and construction norms and rules. Arrangement of timely disbursement under the contracts. The Consultant will prepare or sum up cash flow forecast for the contract and the Project in a whole; assist with financial planning; verify the invoices and payment documents for all contracts; prepare disbursement applications according to EBRD requirements; assist with opening letters of credit, where appropriate. Coordination of Third Parties. The Consultant will support the PIU to coordinate the work of CDP and other consultants involved in the project. Support in ensuring compliance with the Finance Documents and other agreements. The Consultant shall support the PIU to discharge the Conditions Precedent/effectiveness to the availability of funds and other 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 1Q 2016 and have an estimated overall duration of 24 months. Cost Estimate for the Assignment: USD 350,000 (exclusive of VAT). The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed. Funding Source: It is anticipated that the contract will be financed by ETCF. Selection and contracting is subject to loan signing and availability of donor funding. Eligibility: There are no eligibility criteria Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with previous project experience related to: Working on similar assignments in Tajikistan or regions with conditions comparable to Tajikistan. 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: Key Expert 1 - Project Manager preferably with 5 years’ experience in project management, procurement, and administration of similar contracts under IFI procurement rules; Key Expert 2 - Public Transport Engineer (buses) preferably with 5 years’ experience in technical evaluation of the buses and a good knowledge of manufacturing sector; Key Expert 3 - Engineers (Construction Supervision) preferably with 5 years’ experience in technical evaluation of the buses and a good knowledge of manufacturing sector Key Expert 4 - Environmental and Social Specialist preferably with 5 years’ experience of working in similar assignments. Key Expert 5 - IFI Procurement and Contract Specialist preferably with 5 years’ experience in the IFIs procurement assignments (EBRD and the World Bank funded projects will be considered an advantage) and preferably in Tajikistan or the region; Key Expert 6 - Local Designers preferably with 5 years’ experience of working in similar assignments. Non-key experts - local administrative staff. All Key Experts shall be fluent in written and spoken English. It is essential that the Consultant’s team includes experts fluent in Russian. 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 preferably 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 (14 January 2015 at 4 pm Dushanbe time). One additional copy shall reach the Bank’s contact person by the same due date and time. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The Client reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if any limitation on the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files. Important Notes: Note 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. Note 2. The shortlist criteria are as follows: Firm’s previous project experience in similar assignments in Tajikistan or regions with conditions comparable to Tajikistan – 25%; Firm’s previous experience in projects involving procurement policies and rules of international financial institutions (such as the EBRD, World Bank or equivalent) – 25%; CV of Key Experts 1-6 – 50 %. Note 3. Consultants may submit expressions of interest and, if selected, be shortlisted for both Tajikistan: Khujand Public Transport Project – Procurement, Implementation Support and Contract Supervision (procurement reference 48878) and Tajikistan: Khujand Public Transport Project – Corporate Development Programme, Including Development of a City Transport Strategy (procurement reference 48876). However, a consultant will be awarded only one contract.

Central Asia Road Links - Tajikistan - P145634

Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Tajikistan | Published July 19, 2016  -  Deadline July 29, 2016
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International Individual Consultant For Development Of Detailed Plan On Weight And Dimensional Control Request ofExpressions of Interest Republic ofTajikistan Second Phase of the Central Asia Road Links Program (CARs-2) Transportsector CONSULTINGSERVICES Grant No.D030-TJ Expressions ofinterest The Republic of Tajikistan has received  financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Second Phase of the Central Asia Road Links Program (CARs-2), and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consultant services.Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Tajikistan isseeking to recruit an:  International Individual Consultant for Development of Detailed Plan onWeight and Dimensional Control The main objectivesof the Consultant: (i) assess the vehicle axle overloading problem in Tajikistan, which includes assisting MOT in conducting sampleaxle load surveysto provide updated data on the scale of overloading on the road network, analyzing the causes of axle overloading,and recommending on how to address the problem; and (ii) develop of detailed plan for weight and dimension monitoring and controlin the Sughd Oblast, including preparation of specifications for purchasing and installing of weight anddimensional controlequipment, as well as providing advice on the bidding process.During execution of assignment the international consultant will work jointly with staff of the Ministry of Transport and the PIGofMOT. # The consultants should meetthe following qualifications 1 Higher education intransportsphere, road transport 2 Not less than 5 signedcontracts on preparation of axle load studies or specifications for required axle load controlequipment. 3 Excellent skills andknowledgeof international practice on axle load studies and required equipment 4 Skills onorganization of trainings 5 Good knowledge oflanguages and communicability. Skills in Tajik and Russian languages are appreciated. 6 Computer skills withsoftware MS Windows, MS Word, MS Excel, Power point, internet, availability of e-mail and possibility of official correspondence The ministry of transport now invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest inproviding the services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that theyare qualified to perform the services(CV with description of similarassignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff,etc.). A consultant will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers(current edition). Interested consultants may obtain furtherinformation at the address below during office hours from 0900 to 1700 hours local time. Expressions of interest (CV) must be delivered to the e-mail address below by 29 July2016 Second Phase of theCentral Asia Road LinksProgram (CARs-2) Attn: Abdulloev F.  / Procurement Consultant Project Implementation Group Ayni street 14, 3rd floor room308 Dushanbe Tajikistan Tel: +992 98 765 50 50 Fax:  +99237 221 20 03 E-mail: pigprojectprocure@gmail.com Web site: www.mintrans.tj

Env Land Mgt and Rural Livelihoods-GEF - P122694

 | Published March 24, 2015
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Facilitating Organization (ngo) For Participatory Community Development And Investments, And Participatory Capacity-building For Community Development (tavildara District And Selected Jamoats In Jirga QUALITY AND COST BASEDSELECTION CONTRACT AWARD NOTICE Project Name: COMMITTEE FORENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION UNDER GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TAJIKISTAN (CEPRT)ENVIRONMENTAL LAND MANAGEMENT AND RURAL LIVELIHOODS PROJECT ELMRLP. CS.QCBS.02-2013 GRANT No:  TF014521 andTF014523 Title of Consulting Services: FacilitatingOrganization (NGO) for Participatory Community Development andInvestments, and Participatory Capacity-building for CommunityDevelopment (Tavildara district and selected jamoats in Jirgatol district). Duration:   30 months (2 years and6 months) Minimum Qualifying technical Score: 80 The weights given tothe Technical andFinancial Proposals are: T = 80 points(0.8) P = 20 points(0.2) Contract signature date:January 09, 2015 Disclosure Report for Contract Awarded by QCBS-02 Consultants'names REC CA"CAREC" NGO"Azal" LTD"Ean Tech Services", (China), injoint venture withAL MAR Consulting Ltd. PO"Latif" sub-consultancy MSDSP (AKF) Address of the consultant City/Country 5/1Shamsi str., Dushanbe, Tajikistan 124Makhsum str., Dushanbe, Tajikistan 30/1 Giprozem 130, str. Dushanbe, Tajikistan.(China) 14Zarafshan, str. Dushanbe, Tajikistan. (Geneva) Status: Awarded Consultant/Firm Awarded Consultant/Firm Awarded Consultant/Firm Awarded Consultant/Firm Technical Score 81,48 69,17 78,93 88,07 Financial Score 100 - - 81.18 Combined Score 85.18 - - 86.70 Criteria Specific Experience 6,90 6,7 6,80 8,4 Work Plan & Methodology 33,80 33 34,80 37,40 Key Experts 37,18 25,87 33,33 37,77 Training 3,60 3,60 4,00 4,50 Local input Price as read out USD690,000.00 N/A N/A USD850,000.00 Final Evaluation Price USD690,000.00 N/A N/A USD850,000.00 Final Negotiated Price N/A N/A N/A USD 970,300.00* Rank 2 - - 1 Note * The companies includedtax.

Implementation e-Procurement - P148997

Agency for Public Procurement | Published October 30, 2015  -  Deadline November 16, 2015
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Enhancement Of The Agency On Public Procurement Information Portal And E-quotation System REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST TAJIKISTAN Implementation and Capacity Building ofe-Procurement IDF Grant No. TF016491-TJ Assignment Title: Enhancement of the Agency for Public Procurement (APP) Information Portal and e-QuotationSystem The Republic of Tajikistan has received financing from the World Banktoward the cost of the Institutional Development Fund (IDF) Grant for Implementation and Capacity Building of e-Procurement, andintends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services. The consulting services ("the Services")include design, development, test of functions for the enhancement of the existing APP portal, enhancement of e-Quotation System,Developing e-bidding with unlimited participation module, development of training module, and capacity building for bidders, procuring entities andAPP. The APP, implementing agency for the Grant, now invites eligible consulting firms("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide informationdemonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The shortlisting criteriaare: -        At least 5 years of working experience with public sector in ICT and procurement relatedapplications development/customization, along with evidence of establishment of quality process in softwaredevelopment; -        Developed and implemented at least one e-Quotation/bidding system for a public sectororganization or central government. The attention of interested Consultants isdrawn to paragraphs1.9 and 1.11 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment ofConsultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers dated January 2011and revised in July 2014("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest and eligibility. Consultants may submit theirREoI as an individual firm or in association inthe form of a joint venture or subconsultancy. Terms of Reference provides for a nominated sub-consultant to build their capacityto maintain the system after the consultant exists. All the members of the joint venture shall be jointly and severally liable forthe entire assignment.  However, the experience of sub-consultant will not beconsidered while short-listing. A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality and Cost-Based Selection method setoutin the Consultant Guidelines. Further information can be obtained at the address below during officehours, i.e. from 09.00 to 17.00 hours. Expressions of interest mustbe delivered in person, or by mail, or by fax,or by e-mail to the address below by November 16, 2015, 17:00 (Dushanbe time) Agency for Public Procurement Attn: Mr. B.Sirojiddinzoda,Director 22 Shota Rustaveli str, Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan ?.: +(992 37) 2214703 ?.: + (992 918) 689644 F.: + (992 37) 2276604 E.: b.sirojiddinzoda@gmail.com, copy: ravkor@mail.ru W.: http://zakupki.gov.tj/

Dushanbe Public Transport – Procurement, Implementation and Contract Supervision – Phase I

 | Published August 20, 2015  -  Deadline September 21, 2015
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10/09/2015 CLARIFICATION: The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest has been extended to 21 September at 16:00 Dushanbe time. Executing Agency (Client): State Communal Unitary Enterprise Trolleybus 262 Rohi Nav Street Dushanbe, Tajikistan The Client Contact Person: Mr. Aliev Abdulkhair Director of Project Implementation Unit State Communal Unitary Enterprise Trolleybus 262 Rohi Nav Street Dushanbe, Tajikistan Tel: +992 37 233 95 19, +992 37 233 96 58 E-mail: AbdulhairA@mail.ru The EBRD Contact Person: James Yoo European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square London EC2A 2JN Tel: + 44 20 7338 6369 Fax: +44 20 7338 7451 E-mail: YooJ@ebrd.com Project Description: The State Communal Unitary Enterprise Trolleybus (the Client) has requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) to provide technical assistance for Dushanbe Public Transport Project (the Project). Assignment Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development EBRD has extended a senior loan of up to USD 3.6 million to the Dushanbe State Unitary Communal Enterprise, SUCE Trolleybus (the Company) in order to improve the condition of electric public transport and air quality in the City of Dushanbe (the City or Dushanbe), towards the cost of implementing the Project. Dushanbe, with a population of around 782,000, is the capital and largest city in Tajikistan. SUCE Trolleybus is solely owned by the City of Dushanbe. The Company owns two trolleybus depots with a total capacity of 175 standard vehicles and an energy supply service department, which operates and maintains a set of electrical substations to power the Company’s fleet. As of January 1, 2014 the fleet totalled 164 units, of which 75 are in service daily on 9 routes. The infrastructure was originally created to provide the trolleybus services on a far more extensive grid of 14 routes covering the whole area of Dushanbe (stretching for 256 km). The Company has 12 power substations, of which 9 are currently operational. The total nominal capacity of the stations is 21,3164kW. However, due to a shortage of financing trolleybus services were gradually consolidated to the current nine routes. As a result, the Company operates at about 50 per cent of potential capacity. The Project will involve rehabilitating up to 12 kilometres of trolleybus power distribution infrastructure and up to three traction power substations. The Bank has mobilised consultancy services to assess the electrical trolleybus infrastructure, review the Company's investment proposals, as well as to identify any essential complementary investments or actions required to gain full benefit from the proposed investment and update a specification compatible with the remaining equipment. A separate consultant was mobilised to review and incorporate the technical specifications and prepare the complete set of tender documents taking into account any reasonable requirements of the Client and the Bank, and shall ensure that documents are no-objected by the Bank prior to being issued. The Company now seeks to engage a consultant (the Consultant) to assist with procurement, implementation support and contract supervision of the Bank’s loan financing (the Assignment). The investment will finance further renewal of up to 20 km of trolleybus on-street power supply infrastructure, including poles and other spare parts. In addition up to four power substations will be rehabilitated, and related feeder cables will be replaced. The overall objective of this Assignment is to assist the Company in the timely and effective implementation of the Project’s procurement processes, including all aspects of procurement, contract administration and disbursement as follows: The selected consultant will carry out the following activities under Phase 1 of the Assignment: 1. Monitoring of Procurement The Consultant will oversee all activities and ensure that all procurement is carried out in accordance with the EBRD’s Procurement Policies and Rules (PP&R). 2. Support during the Procurement Process The Consultant will support the Company throughout the procurement process, by: (i) ensuring that all approvals and no-objections are applied for in a timely manner; (ii) carrying out the administration of the tender processes, ensure that appropriate records are kept, documentation is properly stored, recorded and managed, and confidentiality is maintained; (iii) preparing draft responses to tender clarification enquiries, arrange for approval and issue and record the same; (iv) preparing any amendments to tender documents as may be required and obtain no-objection prior to issue; (v) arranging any pre-tender meetings and record same; (vi) advising the Company’s tender committees of the rules and procedure for tender opening; and (vii) arranging public tender openings and preparing minutes. 3. Evaluation of tenders The Consultant will provide support in the organization and management of the evaluation processes. 4. Support during contract finalisation The Consultant will provide support to the Company during contract finalisations, by: (i) preparing a brief for the Company indicating all the items to be resolved in the clarifications pre-contract, if any; (ii) attending pre-contract discussions, if any, and document the discussions, updating the contract documents necessary and seeking all necessary approvals. 5. Administration of the Contracts The Consultant will assist the Company in administrating contracts. The Consultant will perform the duties of the Engineer/the Project Manager or equivalent, as these may be attributable to, specified and/or implied by the contract, in accordance with the laws, technical standards and construction norms and rules. The Consultant will advise the Company with respect to all aspects which, in the Consultant’s professional judgment, may jeopardize the Project’s successful implementation and/or constitute violation of the contract conditions. If requested, the Consultant will be obliged to help the Company to provide the Bank with data, advice and information in relation to the contracts which shall be impartial and take due regard of industry best practices. It is expected that the Consultant will provide, the Company with access to the best international practice and support throughout the Project procurement and advice on specific technical issues as they arise. It should be noted that the Assignment will have two phases. This procurement notice covers Phase 1 of the Assignment, and the Consultant selected for Phase 1 will also, subject to their satisfactory performance, acceptable financial proposal, and the availability of funding, carry out Phase 2. • Phase 2 is a continuation of the assignment, which requires same type of expertise and scope of works for a different tenders under the procurement plan. It is expected that Phase 2 will be launched straight after completion of the Phase I. Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or group of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest. Assignment Start Date and Duration: Phase I is expected to start in Q4 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 15 months. Subject to the Consultant’s satisfactory performance, acceptable financial proposal, and the availability of funding, the Consultant will be engaged to carry out Phase 2 of the Assignment. Cost Estimate for the Assignment: USD 280,500 (exclusive of VAT) for Phase 1. The budget for Phase 2 will be determined by the Client following the completion of Phase 1. The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed. Funding Source: It is anticipated that the contract will be financed by the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund and Early Transition Countries Fund. Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions. Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with preferably previous project experience related to: - The provision of project implementation support, engineering design services and contract supervision services, including specific experience in the public transport sector; and - a good knowledge of the procurement and disbursement rules and procedures of international financial institutions, such as the World Bank or EBRD; and previous project experience in Tajikistan or Central Asia would be an advantage. The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows: a) Key Expert No 1 (Team Leader) with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in implementation and project management in the municipal public transport sector in countries with comparable conditions to Tajikistan. Fluency in Russian would be an advantage. b) Key Expert No 2 (IFI Procurement and Contract Specialist) with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in implementation and project management in the municipal public transport sector in countries with comparable conditions to Tajikistan. Fluency in Russian would be an advantage. c) Key Expert No 3 (Expert for trolleybus traction power infrastructure - grid and substations) with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in implementation and project management in the municipal public transport sector in countries with comparable conditions to Tajikistan. Fluency in Russian would be an advantage. d) Key Experts No 4 (Pool of Additional Experts) consisting of design engineers and engineers for local certification and/or works supervision support. These experts must have local knowledge and expertise in design engineering, engineering and or works supervision support, as well as the local certifications necessary for them to carry out their tasks. Non-key experts are expected to include Office Manager, Translator and a Secretary. 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 25 pages (excluding CVs Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet). One original in English and Russian and three copies in Russian of the expression of interest, should be submitted to the Client in an envelope marked “EXPESSION OF INTEREST for TITLE OF ASSIGNMENT INCLUDING TCS NUMBER”, to reach Client not later than 10 September 2015 at 16:00 (Dushanbe time) on the closing date. One further electronic copy should be submitted to the EBRD’s contact person by email 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 Consultant will be selected by the Client. 3. The shortlist criteria are as follows: a) Firm has preferably 5 years practical experience in procurement support and project supervision of similar projects for IFIs and a good knowledge of IFI procedures and rules on public procurement and disbursement policies – 10 % (b) Firm has deep knowledge of the public transport sector, with preferably 5 years’ international experience in the CIS and/or Central Asia region – 30%; (c) Key experts’ CVs: Project manager, IFI procurement and contract specialist(s), expert(s) for trolleybus traction power infrastructure (grid and substations) and engineers for design and local certification and/or work supervision support (local engineer(s)) – 60% 4. A consultant has been engaged to provide the client with interim procurement support. This interim consultant will not be eligible to carry out this Assignment.

Tajikistan Review of Road Standards and Road Sector Institutional Reform

 | Published January 23, 2015  -  Deadline February 20, 2015
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Executing Agency (Client): Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Tajikistan (MoT) Assignment Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD”, the “Bank”) is providing a loan to the Republic of Tajikistan to support the Dushanbe to Uzbek Border Road Improvement Project (the “Project”). The loan will be used to fund the improvement of a 4.6 km long section within Dushanbe city from the Avicenna Monument to the West Gate. This section is part of the M41 road, an important international road for Tajikistan and the broader Central Asian region, and is therefore an infrastructure priority (the road is part of the CAREC highway network). Responsibility for the implementation of the Project, and for the planning, management, construction, maintenance and financing of the whole national roads network rests with the Ministry of Transport (“MoT”) The Ministry of Transport now requires the services of a consultant (the “Consultant”) to review and propose revisions to the design, construction, and maintenance standards (including specifications, decrees and implementation procedures), which govern the road sector in Tajikistan (the “Assignment”). The Assignment will be undertaken in three phases. Phase 1: Review of Existing Standards: The Consultant shall provide an overview of: an agreed set of key standards/specifications which regulate the road sector in Tajikistan; the degree to which current standards and specifications are actually used in design and construction and maintenance (e.g., are standards/ specifications available at works sites, works offices and engineers can demonstrate that they know the standards, etc); and the institutions which are involved in setting and enforcing standards. Phase 2: Detailed Review and Revision of Standards: The Consultant will undertake a detailed review of the most significant road design, construction, maintenance and other standards which were agreed with MoT as one of the key outputs of Phase 1. Working closely with MoT they will develop new standards which meet the criteria established during Phase 1 of the study. The Consultant will additionally develop associated guidelines and manuals which explain and elucidate the standards, and the way it is envisaged that they will adopted and enforced. Special attention should be given to setting out the philosophies and rules that will lead to needed works being actioned at the right time and that appropriate treatments are used The Consultant will also review the legal and institutional environment in which road sector standards are currently applied and enforced in Tajikistan; assess the effectiveness of this regime and, where justified, propose changes designed to optimise the future revision, adoption and implementation of new road standards in response to the changing needs and circumstances in the country. The Road Safety aspects shall be given due consideration in the proposed revisions (road safety audits, inspections, introduction specific road safety measures for all road users including where drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, cattle, etc). In addition, the Consultant will also address the question of how works should be supervised and managed to achieve higher work quality. Phase 3: Road Sector Institutional Reform Strategy and Action Plan: The adoption of modified and new road design standards offers an opportunity to consider new approaches to the management of the road network. In Phase 3 the Consultant will make proposals to: establish a sustainable institutional framework for road maintenance; and introduce more commercial approaches to the management of the road network, identifying where possible opportunities for greater private sector participation in routine road maintenance in the expected road funding environment. Also identify what level of routine maintenance funding and other incentives will be required to attract the interest of the private sector in routine maintenance. 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 the second quarter of 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 12 months. Maximum Budget available for the Assignment: EUR 500,000 (exclusive of VAT) for all three phases. The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed. Funding Source: The contract will be funded by EBRD Shareholder Special Fund. Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions. Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or consortium of firms with previous experience in delivering similar assignments with emphasis on road sector reform, including the ability to provide expert guidance on the review and updating of road sector standards. Previous experience of working in the road sector in Central Asia or CIS countries, and an ability on the part of the Consultants’ team to communicate in Russian, will also be viewed as beneficial. The Consultant’s team shall include an experienced Project Manager, Highway Engineer and Transport Economist/Institutional Expert with extensive, including regulatory, experience in similar assignments in comparable locations/markets. 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 Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc The expression of interest should not exceed 20 pages (excluding CVs and contact/declaration sheet). One original in English and one original in Russian of the expression of interest, shall be submitted to the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Tajikistan (MoT), in an envelope marked “Expression of Interest for Assignment 37039 – Review of Road Standards and Road Sector Institutional Reform”, to reach the company not later than the deadline mentioned above. One electronic copy in English and one electronic copy in Russian also should be submitted to the MoT’s contact person by email by the same due date. One electronic copy (by email), in English, should be submitted to the EBRD’s contact person by the same due date. Important Notes: Note 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. Note 2 The evaluation criteria are as follows: Firm’s experience in implementing similar assignments, including specific experience in the road sector – 45% Skills and experience of the proposed Project Manager – 20% Skills and experience of the proposed Highway Engineer – 20% Skills, experience and composition of additional experts, including transport economist/institutional expert(s) – 15% The Client Contact Person: Ismonkul Shokulov, Executive Director Project Implementation Unit for Roads Rehabilitation 734046, 14 Ayni Street, Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan Tel: +992 37 222-2076 Fax: +992 37 222-2073 Email: piurr@tojikiston.com The EBRD Contact Person: Larissa Gosling European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN Tel: +44 20 73386338 Email: goslingl@ebrd.com

Tajikistan: Yavan Solid Waste Sub-project - Feasibility Study

 | Published July 23, 2015  -  Deadline August 14, 2015
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Project Description:
Yavan (the "City") has approached the European Bank for Reconstruction and Developments (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") with a request to provide financing for the rehabilitation of its solid waste operations (the "Project"). The City would like to create a new municipally-owned enterprise responsible for street cleaning and solid waste services only. This new enterprise (the "Company") will be the borrower of record.

The City has a population of 32,000, is located 59 km southeast of Dushanbe and is considered one of the developing industrial centres in Tajikistan.

The Bank is considering a transaction consisting of a loan of USD 2 million from the Bank and a capital expenditure grant of USD 2 million from an international donor, to finance a priority investment programme in solid waste operations in the City.

Assignment Description:
The Bank is seeking to hire a consultant (the "Consultant") to prepare a Feasibility Study to identify a technically and economically feasible (i.e. bankable) priority investment programme for solid waste operations in the City (the "Assignment").

The Consultant will be required to perform the following tasks:
• Task 1: Baseline study of the solid waste sector;
• Task 2: Project proposal;
• Task 3: Environmental and social appraisal;
• Task 4: Institutional reform proposal; and
• Task 5: Financial and economic analysis.

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 Q3 2015 and has an estimated duration of 4 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 280,000 (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: Czech Republic ODA TC fund

Eligibility: Consultancy firms shall be registered in the Czech Republic and the individual experts proposed must be citizens or permanent residents of the Czech Republic. However, up to a maximum of 35% of the maximum contract amount may be used to finance services of local experts who are nationals of Tajikistan or consultancy firms of Tajikistan.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms preferably with previous project experience related to:
• Implementing feasibility studies, preferably for international financial institutions ("IFIs") or similar, with good knowledge of IFI (or similar) procedures and rules on public procurement and disbursement policies.
• Conducting solid waste sector assignments, with excellent level of international experience, specifically institutional and legal framework aspects, local financial management standards, professional standards of technical knowledge internationally as well as in the region.

The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows:
• Team Leader with extensive experience from working with solid waste projects in the region, as well as from working with IFIs or similar.
• Waste management experts with experience in Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA)
• Financial experts
• Institutional experts
• Environmental experts
• Social and gender experts
• Private Sector Participation expert
• Legal and regulatory experts

The experts should have experience in developing waste management projects, waste management practices, the financial and technical issues of the sector, investment and operating costs and practices, and the relevant Republic of Tajikistan and European Union environmental laws and standards.

The Consultant is expected to include local and international non-key experts as required.

A key element of the success for this assignment will be partnering/collaborating with the local consultants/experts, subject to the eligibility restrictions referred to above.

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

The above information should not exceed 25 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet.

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

EBRD Contact Person:
Sophie Medert
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
United Kingdom
Tel: + 44 20 7338 7371
E-mail: mederts@ebrd.com submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address.

Important Notes:
1. Selection and contracting will normally be made from responses to this notification. The consultant will be selected from a shortlist, subject to availability of funding.
2. The Terms of Reference for the Assignment can be downloaded here: http://www.ebrd.com/documents/technical-cooporation/terms-of-reference-yavan-solid-waste-subproject-feasibility-study.docx
3. The evaluation criteria are as follows:
• Firm’s previous project experience (preferably within the last 5 years) in developing feasibility studies for international financial institutions ("IFIs") (or similar) and a good knowledge of IFI (or similar) procedures and rules on public procurement and disbursement policies – 20%
• Firm previous project experience (preferably within the last 5 years) in the solid waste sector, with excellent level of international experience, specifically institutional and legal framework aspects, local financial management standards, professional standards of technical knowledge internationally as well as in the region – 20%
• CVs of Key experts – 40%
• Involvement of local consultants/ experts and ability of consultant's team members to communicate in Russian – 20%

PVT SECTR COMP - P130091

State Committee on Investments and State Property Management | Published March 24, 2015  -  Deadline April 16, 2015
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It Consultant To Support The National Bank Of Tajikistan In Replacing The Real Time Gross Settlement System With An Automated Transfer System And Central Securities Depository. REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST For International IT Consultant to support the National Bank of Tajikistan in replacingthe Real Time Gross Settlement System with an Automated Transfer System and Central SecuritiesDepository Republic of Tajikistan State Committee for Investment and State Property management ofRT Private Sector Competitiveness Project Grant No. IDA H7710 Assignment Title: IT Consultant to support the National Bank ofTajikistan in replacing the Real Time GrossSettlement System with anAutomated Transfer System and Central Securities Depository. Reference No.: PSC.IC.6 The Republic of Tajikistan has received Grant for financing in the amount of US$ 10 Million equivalentfrom the World Bank toward thecost of the Private Sector Competitiveness Project, and it intends toapply part of the proceeds topayments for consulting services. The services include support to the National Bank of Tajikistan (NBT) in replacing the Real TimeGross Settlement System with an Automated Transfer System (ATS) and Central Securities Depository (CSD). This will contribute tothe development of the financial infrastructure in the Republic of Tajikistan by: (i) improving efficiency and reducing systemicrisks in large value interbank payments; and (ii) supporting the development of the Government securitiesmarket. The International IT Consultant will assist the NBT in preparation of Bidding Documents for the ATS andCSD; evaluating bids; conducting contractual negotiations with the successful bidder; and the launching of thesystem. The State Committee for Investments and State Property Management (SCISPM) now invites eligibleconsultants to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested consultants must provide information demonstratingthat they are qualified to perform the Services. Requirements: ·         Practical experience(not less than 5 years) in the implementation ofRTGS, ATS and CSD systems; ·         Knowledge of therelevant World Bank procedures; ·         Experiencesuccessfully completing at least 2 projects in the implementation of RTGS, ATS and/or CSD; ·         Experience working inless developed and/or transition countries; ·         Knowledge in the areasof payment-settlement systems, remittances, and risk management related to suppliers working in the area of payment, settlement andremittances. ·         Experience working inthe international environment, especially whenit concerns confidential information. ·         Excellent knowledge ofEnglish language. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraphs 1.9 and 1.11 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and EmploymentofConsultants [under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants] by World Bank Borrowers published in January 2011.("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth theWorld Bank's policy on conflict of interest and eligibility. A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the selection of Individual Consultants (IC) method setout in the Consultant Guidelines. Further information can be obtained at the address below duringoffice hours from 09-00 to 17-00hours. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, by fax, or bye-mail) by April 16, 2015 (up to 17:00Dushanbe time). State Committee for Investments and State Property Management (SCISPM) Private Sector Competitiveness Project Attn: Mr. Faizullozoda L.N., First Deputy Chairman of SCISPM RT, Head of PMU 27, Shotemur Street, Dushanbe city, Tajikistan, 734025 Tel: +992 48 7015754, 48 70157 56. Fax: +9927015756 E-mail: pscp-tj@mail.ru Web site: www.gki.tj

Tajikistan: Nurek Solid Waste Sub Project - Corporate Development, Social Support and Stakeholder Participation Programme

 | Published July 23, 2015  -  Deadline August 21, 2015
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Clarification: Please kindly note that the submission requirements (languages and due date) for the Expressions of Interest have been amended as follows: One original and 1 copy of the expression of interest, in English and 1 original and 3 copies in Russian, should be submitted to the Client in an envelope marked: Expression of Interest for "Nurek Solid Waste Sub Project - Corporate Development, Social Support and Stakeholder Participation Programme", to reach the Client no later than 21/08/2015 at 4 pm (Nurek time). One further electronic copy should be submitted by email to the EBRD's contact person by the same due date and time. Executing Agency (Client): State Unitary Enterprise (“SUE”) Zhilishno Kommunalnoe Predpriyatie (“ZKP”, the “Company” or the “Client”) of the Nurek city. The Client Contact Person: Dilshod Asoev, Deputy Chairman of Nurek City 21A Rudaki Ave, Nurek Municipality Email: Dilshod-asoev@mail.ru +992 918 65 6453 +992 93 990 2525 The EBRD Contact Person: Sophie Medert European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square London EC2A 2JN Tel: + 44 20 7338 7371 Fax: +44 20 7338 6964 E-mail: mederts@ebrd.com Project Description: The City of Nurek (the “City”) has approached the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) requesting an assistance to finance a priority investment program in solid waste management (“PIP”) (the “Project”). Total investment is expected to be USD 4 million, consisting of a loan of up to USD 2 million from the Bank and a capital expenditure grant of up to USD 2 million from an international donor. The City is located 65km south of Dushanbe and has 57,300 residents. Currently the solid waste management (including landfill management) falls under the responsibility of Zhilishno Kommunalnoe Predpriyatie (“ZKP”, the “Company” or the “Client”) — a municipality owned State Unitary Enterprise. In addition to solid waste services, ZKP is also responsible for other municipal services such as: landscaping, maintenance of roads and street lighting. Starting from 2015 ZKP is expected to be reorganized and become only responsible for solid waste services (including landfill management) and street cleaning. ZKP will be the borrower of the EBRD loan. The quality of solid waste management services in Nurek city are low due to lack of funding for large capital expenditures required to restore fully functional solid waste management services. As a result, solid waste management companies operate with old equipment, incur high cost of maintenance. The lack of properly-equipped collection points and modern equipment, leads to inefficient operations manifesting itself in unreliable collections and disposal of waste. The Project is aiming to improve the City’s waste collection and waste disposal systems through investments in (i) acquisition of new collection equipment and expansion of collection point networks; (ii) construction of a new landfill; and (iii) improving the Company’s operation facilities. Assignment Description: The Client now intends to retain a consulting company (the “Consultant”) to implement the Corporate Development, Social Support, and Stakeholder Participation Programme assignment (the “Assignment”), which is the subject of this notice, will be implemented in two main parts: Part I: Corporate Development Programme for the Company Part II: Stakeholders Participation and City Support Programme for the City Specifically, the Consultant is expected to provide the following services: Part I: Corporate Development Programme for the Company The Consultant shall assist the Company in improving its commercial standing, service and environmental and social performance by helping to 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 development and implementation of a Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Plan (“FOPIP”). The Consultant shall also assist the Company to develop a medium-term focused corporate development plan, to improve its corporate planning capacity to assist its ongoing transition towards a self-sustaining entity, and to develop its commercial operations. Part II: Stakeholders Participation and City Support Programme for the City The Consultant shall assist the City with the implementation of the Public Service Contract (“PSC”), which will be a key component of the financial structure for the proposed projects. A related objective of the City Support Programme is to raise institutional capacity within Nurek to assist the City in managing the Project in an effective manner as well as to raise financial planning capacity and thereby improve its creditworthiness. One important component will be the establishment of efficient monitoring structures which enable the City to monitor / control the performance of the Company. The work of the Consultant refers to the whole Project and not only to the portion financed by EBRD. The procurement plan for the Project will be provided to the Consultant in the Request for Proposals. 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 Q4 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 24 months. Cost Estimate for the Assignment: USD 440,000 (exclusive of VAT). The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed. Funding Source: It is anticipated that the contract will be financed by Early Transition Countries Funds (ETCF). Selection and contracting is subject to the availability of funding. Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions. Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with preferably previous project experience related to: implementing corporate development assignments, preferably on the municipality level and solid waste management related. Relevant project experience in the region would be considered an advantage. implementing stakeholder participation programmes, preferably in the region. 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. The Consultant should ensure that the appropriately qualified experts are available, as required, for each of the different tasks outlined above. It is expected that the assignment will be led by an appropriately qualified project manager with experience in the solid waste sector and in implementing the key areas of this assignment, accompanied by both key and supporting experts. The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows: Project Manager/ Solid Waste and Landfill Management Operations Expert preferably with over 10 years of practical international experience in providing Consultancy support services in the area. International Solid Waste Management Institutional and Regulatory Expert preferably with over 10 years of practical experience in Institutional and Regulatory Consultancy to Communal Enterprises preferably Waste Management Enterprises and knowledge of the specific needs and requirements for regulation in waste management sector. International Financial Specialist with practical experience in Financial Consultancy to Communal Enterprises preferably Waste Management Enterprises. International Legal Expert. Environmental and social experts with past experience working on projects financed by International Financial Institutions (IFIs) or similar. Local Legal Expert with practical knowledge of the waste relevant legislation in Tajikistan. Local Accounting Expert with practical experience in working with Communal Enterprises and City Administrations. Local Training Expert Stakeholder Participation Expert 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. 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 25 pages (excluding CVs and contact sheet). One original and 1 copy of the expression of interest, in English and 1 original and 3 copies in Russian, should be submitted to the Client in an envelope marked: Expression of Interest for "Nurek Solid Waste Sub Project - Corporate Development, Social Support and Stakeholder Participation Programme", to reach the Client no later than 21/08/2015 at 4 pm (Nurek time). One further electronic copy should be submitted by email to the EBRD's contact person by the same due date and time. 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: Firm’s experience in implementing corporate development assignments on the municipality level and solid waste management related, preferably in the region. – 35% Firm’s experience in implementing stakeholder participation programmes, preferably in the region. – 25% CVs of key experts with relevant experience as per above - 40%. 3. Please note that the Client is currently in the process of selecting a Consultant for the assignment: Nurek Solid Waste Sub Project – Project Implementation Support, Engineering Design Services and Contracts Supervision (TCS 45935). The Consultant selected for that assignment is not eligible to be awarded the contract for the CDP assignment (TCS 45934) which is subject to this procurement notice.

Reforms on access to judicial decisions

 | Published April 2, 2015  -  Deadline April 22, 2015
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Assignment Description: The Supreme Economic Court (the "Client") has requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") to provide technical assistance to develop and pilot a database of judicial decisions for the use of judges, lawyers and the general public in Tajikistan (the "Assignment").

It is currently very difficult for judges and customers of justice to search for and obtain copies of judgements in previous cases. Although Tajikistan has no doctrine of precedent, previous case law is highly relevant to the judicial functions, as the logic applied in analogous cases assists judges in formulating their own reasoning to present cases.

The lack of a comprehensive database of judicial decisions is on one level a technical and organisation failing, however it is also the product of a legislative deficiency, namely the apparent legal limitations that are placed on public access to judicial decisions.

The principal objective of the Assignment is to establish open access to judicial decisions in accordance with international standards, and to create a database of decisions so as to facilitate an improvement in the quality and transparency of judicial decision-making in Tajikistan. The database would initially contain decisions of economic courts; subject to success it would be extended to all courts in the country.

The Bank intends to engage a consultant (the “Consultant”) to assist the Client in carrying out the Assignment.

The selected Consultant is expected to carry out the following tasks under each output:

Output 1
- Assist the Tajik stakeholders to review and amend legislation and regulations on public access to judicial decisions

Output 2
- Design a website and database
- Enhance the technical capacity of the Supreme Economic Court
- Appoint, manage and coach a system administrative and database clerk
- Trial the database in the Supreme Economic Court

Output 3
- Implement the database in the regional economic courts and incorporate backlog cases
- Communications and quality management
- Evaluation and Recommendations on extension to other courts

Approximately EUR 10,000 of the cost estimate for the Assignment will be used to finance the procurement of hardware necessary for the Assignment’s functionality.

Assignment Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in May 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 18 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 155,700.00 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Bank the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope.

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

Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded through the EBRD's donor funded Technical Cooperation Funds Programme. Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with previous project experience related to:

- Legislative reform in the justice sector and in piloting and implementing e-justice projects in early transition countries with the capacity to work in Tajikistan

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

a. International Substantive Legal Experts with previous project experience of preferably 10 years in legislative reform in the justice sector and in piloting and implementing e-justice projects in early transition countries.
b. International IT Expert with preferably 10 years of previous project experience in designing websites, developing databases and implementing e-justice projects in early transition countries.
c.Local legal experts with preferably 10 years of relevant experience in the justice sector.
d. Local IT experts with relevant experience in data-management.

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

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

1. Company/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 10 pages excluding CVs Contact Declaration and Contact Sheet.

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

EBRD Contact Person:
Vivianne Headlam
Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6885
e-mail: lewishev@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)

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

2. The evaluation criteria are as follows:
(a) Firms or group of firms' previous project experience in Legislative reform in the justice sector and in piloting and implementing e-justice projects in early transition countries with the capacity to work in Tajikistan (40%)
(b) Firm or group of firms' relevant previous experience in Tajikistan or Central Asia (30%)
(c) CVs of key experts (30%)

Khatlon Public Transport Project - Technical Due Diligence

 | Published July 23, 2015  -  Deadline August 20, 2015
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The Deadline for submissions has been extended until 20 August 2015.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") is considering a transaction consisting of a loan co-financed with a grant to the Khatlon Province ("Khatlon") to develop a public transport service connecting the City of Kurgan-Tyube (the "City") to the international airport (9km) and to the nearby Sarband city (13km) (the "Project").

The Project is expected to include:

a) Introduction of mid-size and/or large buses or trolleybuses;
b) Creation of a depot and procurement of depot equipment;
c) Transport infrastructure (charging stations, overhead lines if required);
d) Competitive leasing of assets once certain operating, legal and financing key performance indicators (KPIs) are met;
e) Introduction of an integrated ticketing system; and
f) Corporate Development to build operational and financial capacity of the Company;

The Project will introduce a route strategy to service Kurgan-Tyube and Sarband efficiently. Buses will be used on the main routes where traffic and passenger flow warrant such use. Private operators are expected to operate inter-regional routes and feeder routes.

The Bank now intends to engage a consultant (the “Consultant”) to conduct a legal, institutional, technical, financial, environmental and social due diligence of the Project (the "assignment").

More specifically, the Consultant will carry out the following main tasks, as outlined below:
- Task 1. Analysis of the current situation
- Task 2. Definition of route network
- Task 3. Technical parameters for buses
- Task 4. Depot facilities
- Task 5. Fare revenue collection system design
- Task 6. Financial model and EIRR
- Task 7. Environmental and social analysis

Assignment Duration: The assignment is expected to start in the third quarter of 2015 and last for up to 20 weeks.

Maximum Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 280,000; exclusive of VAT.

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

Funding Source: Czech Republic ODA TC fund

Eligibility: Consultancy firms shall be registered in the Czech Republic and the individual experts proposed must be citizens or permanent residents of the Czech Republic. However, up to a maximum of 35% of the maximum contract amount may be used to finance services of local experts who are nationals of Tajikistan or consultancy firms of Tajikistan.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or group of firms with extensive experience of working on similar due diligence assignments, in Tajikistan or similar environment, and in particular in the transport sector. Specifically, the Consultant should have experience and expertise in the following:

- developing feasibility studies for international financial institutions or similar and familiarity with IFI procedures and rules on public procuremen5t and disbursement policies

- designing depot facilities, route selection and a fare and revenue collection system.

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

- Transport planner, bus operations

- Transport economist and finance expert

- Public service contract and transport authority expert

- Bus technical expert

- Architect

- Local lawyer

- Environmental expert

- Social expert (familiarity and expertise with addressing and promoting gender equality issues preferred)

It is considered important that the Consultant should be partnering or collaborating with local experts/consultants for all aspects of this assignment.

The team should include a resident team leader, who will spend sufficient time on site and experts who can communicate in Russian.

Submission Requirements: Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest. The information to be submitted should include the following:

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

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

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

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

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

The above information should not exceed 25 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet.
The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. The expression of interest shall ideally be in one file (pdf) of no more than 4MB.

Bank Contact Person:

Angela Levitsky
Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6363
E-mail: 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. The shortlist criteria are:

(a) Firm demonstrates previous transport sector project experience in developing feasibility studies for IFIs or equivalent and familiarity with IFIs procedures and rules on public procurement and disbursement policies (20%)
(b) Firm demonstrates previous project experience in the financial and economic analysis in the transport sector in Tajikistan or other CIS country (20%)
(c) CVs of the experts proposed (60%)


Tajikistan: Nurek Water and Wastewater Project - Feasibility Study

 | Published April 23, 2015  -  Deadline May 11, 2015
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Clarification: Please kindly note that the deadline for the submission of Expressions of Interest is 11 May 2015, 5pm London time.

Assignment Description: The City of Nurek, with support from the Government of Tajikistan, has approached the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") to request financing for a priority investment program to improve water and wastewater services in the Nurek City (the "City"). The City is located 70 km south east of Dushanbe with a total population of 57,300.

SUE "Obhoi nushoki va korrezi" of the city of Nurek (the "Company" or the "Client") was established on 26 July 2014 and as of August 2014 the Company started to operate as an independent business entity. The Company is the only entity providing water supply and wastewater treatment services to the population, organizations and enterprises in the City.

EBRD is considering a transaction consisting of a loan of USD 2.5 million from the Bank and a capital expenditure grant of USD 2.5 million from an international donor to finance a priority investment programme in water and wastewater operations (the "Project") in the City. The Project objectives are the following: (i) rehabilitate the water supply system and where applicable selected wastewater improvements; (ii) improve billing and collection efficiency; (iii) improve financial and operational management.

The Bank now seeks to engage a qualified consulting company (the "Consultant") to prepare a comprehensive Feasibility Study to determine a priority investment programme and evaluate its benefits, including assessing its environmental and social feasibility in waste and wastewater operations (the "Assignment")

The overall objective of the Assignment is to prepare a feasibility study for the Company and the City, which the Bank can use to appraise the Project and take a decision on the prospective financing.

In order to meet the objective above the Consultant shall undertake the following tasks:

Task 1: Baseline study. This task involves the review of the present management practices of the Company and status of the water and wastewater services in the City so as to identify and assess any risks that are associated with the Company and their existing operations. This review shall allow the Bank to better understand the present situation in institutional, legal and financial, as well as technical and environmental and social terms. The Study shall also identify respective needs and concerns of different disadvantaged groups and/or those with less voice, such as women, to be addressed in the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of the project.

Task 2: Technical assessment. The Consultant shall describe and assess the key attributes of the current service and the service development over the last 3 years in (i) water supply services; (ii) water supply system; (iii) water treatment; (iv) wastewater services; (iv) wastewater system; (v) Wastewater Treatment, Sludge Management and Disposal.

Task 3: Long-term investment strategy. One of the primary objectives of this feasibility study is to ensure that the proposed immediate investments do not steer system improvements and expansions into directions contrary to the long-term development needs of the system. The objective of this task is, therefore, to outline a longer-term investment strategy, which would lead to least cost improvement of water and wastewater services within existing financial constraints, taking into account the anticipated impacts of climate change.

Task 4: Priority investment programme (PIP). Working from a draft outline strategic long-term investment programme identified above and other information available, the Consultant shall present, justify and develop in more technical detail the PIP for the period of 3 years, i.e. the period of 2016-2018.

Task 5: Financial analysis. The Consultant shall conduct its own financial analysis to obtain new data or verify the existing data, whenever necessary.

Task 6: Environmental and social assessment. Prior to undertaking the Environmental and Social Assessment, the Consultant is required to confirm the scope of PIP and screen the Project proposal against the EBRD’s Environmental and Social Policy (ESP) (2014) and associated Performance Requirements (PRs) to determine the project category (A or B). It is also required, that the Consultant will: identify existing and Project-related environmental and social impacts and risks carry out E&S Assessment and Audit and develop a draft E&S Assessment report; prepare a draft Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP), draft Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) and draft Non-Technical Summary (NTS).

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 2Q 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 4 months.

Maximum Budget available for the Assignment: EUR 280,000 (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 Fund for Municipal Infrastructure.

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 35% of the maximum contract amount may be used to finance services of local experts who are nationals of Tajikistan or consultancy firms of Tajikistan.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with previous project experience in:
1) implementing feasibility studies preferably for the water and wastewater sector;
2) the water and wastewater sector, preferably in the region.

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

• Project Manager/Team Leader with a university degree or equivalent qualification and preferably with 8 years professional experience in the field of water supply and wastewater management, preferably with comprehensive experience of similar assignments in CA or the CIS, 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 Feasibility Study;
• Financial specialist with knowledge of the public financing and modelling;
• Technical specialist and water and wastewater engineers;
• Environmental and Social expert 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 Climate Change Expert with extensive experience in evaluation in climate change;
• Institutional expert with experience of similar assignments;
• Procurement expert with experience of similar assignments;
• Legal expert with relevant experience in the areas of natural monopolies regulation and knowledge of Tajikistan tariff legislation;
• Local experts with good communication skills and evidence technical knowledge of water supply and wastewater and environmental aspects.

The integration of local professional skills/cooperation with local consulting companies, in order to provide national experience, is encouraged – subject to eligibility restrictions as highlighted above. The Consultant shall arrange for translation/interpreting when necessary.

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

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

The above information should not exceed 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 and time. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded (4MB), the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

EBRD Contact:
Sarah Platt-Smyth
Technical Cooperation Team
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 8518
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
e-mail: plattsms@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)

Notes:
1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.
2. The evaluation criteria are as follows:
(a) Firm’s experience in implementing feasibility studies preferably for the water and wastewater sector (40%)
(b) Firm’s previous experience in the water and wastewater sector, preferably in the region (30%)
(c) CVs of key experts (30%)

Assistance to the National Bank of Tajikistan in Undertaking an Assessment of Financial Institutions Corporate Governance

 | Published May 9, 2016  -  Deadline May 30, 2016
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Assignment Description: The National Bank of Tajikistan (NBT) has approached the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("EBRD" or the "Bank") to seek support in strengthening corporate governance of financial institutions in Tajikistan. The Bank now intends to engage a consulting company (the "Consultant") to assist NBT in, undertaking a review of the corporate governance legislation and practices of financial institutions and develop an action plan, indicating key actions to be undertaken to improve the legislative framework, the supervisory processes and the practices of financial institutions (the "Assignment").

Since 2008, it has become clear that weaknesses in corporate governance, including inadequate oversight by the board in a number of banks, together with loose supervision from regulators, have contributed to excessive and imprudent risk-taking in the banking sector which has led in turn to the failure of individual banks and systemic problems. This is particularly critical for Tajikistan, as the financial sector is dominated by banks and microfinance institutions.

The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:
a. Review the relevant legislation related to corporate governance of financial institutions in Tajikistan and benchmark it with best practices, identifying weaknesses and proposing recommendations on how to tackle them.
b. Review the corporate governance practices in place at selected financial institutions in the country, through review of relevant corporate documentation, disclosure by financial institutions and interviews with key function holders.
c. Review the NBT's organisational structure and modus operandi, with reference to corporate governance monitoring and enforcement.
d. Draft a report drawing from all the reviews above mentioned and articulating the key actions that are considered necessary to tackle each action, with clear indications of the risks that the current practices are posing (the "Report").
e. Present and discuss the Report with the EBRD, the NBT and other stakeholders, and incorporate comments.
f. On the basis of the Report, prepare an action plan to be implemented by the NBT in order to improve the existing legal framework and the National Bank supervisory capacity.

Consultants should refer to the Terms of Reference ("ToR") for a more detailed description of service requirements. It should be noted that the ToR are provided for information purposes and might be subject to change before the contracting and commence of the services.

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

Assignment Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in June 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 6 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 160,000; exclusive of VAT. Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Bank the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope.
The consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank's special status as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purhcased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by the Early Transition Countries (ETC) Fund. Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with extensive knowledge of best practices and standards related to corporate governance of financial institutions and supervisory practices and previous project experience:

1. in reviewing corporate governance of financial institutions and supervisory practices, preferably in Central Asia;
2. able to demonstrate detailed knowledge of the international and preferably Tajik corporate governance frameworks and standards and the framework governing the financial institutions' decision making process, management structure, corporate bodies’ functions and responsibilities, reporting and accountability lines, internal control structure (including evaluation of risk management, compliance and internal audit);
3. in reviewing and assessing legislative and regulatory frameworks and drafting legislative and regulatory amendments related to corporate governance of financial institutions, in line with regulatory best practices.

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

a Key Expert No 1: Team Leader/Corporate Governance Expert with preferably 15 years of previous professional experience in corporate governance of financial institutions and banking supervisory practices and in reviewing and assessing legislative and regulatory frameworks on corporate governance of financial institutions;
b Key Expert No 2: Team member with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in Tajikistan as a legal or corporate governance consultant, with detailed knowledge of the Tajik banking legislation, corporate governance of banks and supervisory practices by the National Bank, as well as being fluent in English, Russian and Tajik languages.

All Key Experts shall be fluent in written and spoken English. It is essential that the Consultant's team contains some experts fluent in Tajik/Russian. Fluency in Russian by all team members will be considered a distinct advantage.

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. 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.

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

3. 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;

4. CVs of key experts who could be available to work on 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. A Work Plan outlining the plan for the implementation of the main activities/tasks of the Assignment, their content and duration, phasing and interrelations, milestones (including interim approvals by the Client), and tentative delivery dates of the reports.

6. Team Input Table indicating the number of working days allocated to the Assignment by each Key Expert.

7. Short Technical Approach and Methodology explaining the understanding of the objectives of the assignment as outlined in the ToR, the technical approach, the methodology for implementing the tasks to deliver the expected output(s), and the degree of detail of such output (max. 10 pages).

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.

Expressions of Interest shall be submitted, in English, electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date and time indicated above.

Bank Contact Person:
Jenny Scheffel
Principal Advisor, Technical Cooperation Team
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN, United Kingdom
Tel: + 44 20 7338 7088
e-mail: scheffej@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)

Notes:
1. This is a "Selection from Shortlist" in accordance with the EBRD Procurement Policies and Rules. The selection will be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a financial proposal as part of the expression of interest. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.

2. The shortlist criteria and weightings are as follows:
(a) Firm's or group of firms' previous experience in similar projects on corporate governance of financial institutions and supervisory practices (15%);
(b) Firm's or group of firms' previous experience in projects on corporate governance of financial institutions in central Asia and preferably in Tajikistan (10%);
(c) Firm's or group of firms' previous project experience in reviewing and assessing the legislative and regulatory financial institutions’ corporate governance frameworks and drafting legislative and regulatory amendments, in line with best practices (15%);
(d) CV of proposed key experts (30%).
(e) Quality of the Consultant's proposal for assignment implementation in accordance with the ToR including Work Plan, Team Input Table and Short Technical Approach and Methodology as per above Submission Requirements (20%).
(f) Interviews (10%).

3. Interviews:
All firms with a combined score of 70% or more of the total marks available for criteria 2(a) – 2(e) inclusive will be invited to interview (criterion 2(f)).
EBRD will consult with 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 will be attended by all members of the Evaluation Committee and all Key Experts nominated by the Consultant.
Please note that all and any costs incurred by the Consultant in connection with attendance to interviews will not reimbursed by the Bank.

Isfara Solid Waste sub-project - Feasibility Study

 | Published August 19, 2015  -  Deadline September 11, 2015
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Project Description: The Bank is considering a transaction consisting of a loan of USD 2 million from the Bank and a capital expenditure grant of USD 2 million from an international donor, to finance a priority investment programme in solid waste operations in the City of Isfara (the Project). The Project was initiated at the request of the mayor of the City of Isfara (the City) to help rehabilitate its solid waste operations. The proposed Project will finance the acquisition and rehabilitation of solid waste equipment and infrastructure in the City.

Assignment Description: The Bank is seeking to hire a consultant (the “Consultant”) to prepare a Feasibility Study to identify a technically and economically feasible (i.e. bankable) priority investment programme for solid waste operations in the City.

The Consultant will be required to perform the following tasks:

Task 1: Baseline study of the solid waste sector;
Task 2: Project proposal;
Task 3: Environmental and social appraisal;
Task 4: Institutional reform proposal; and,
Task 5: Financial and economic analysis.

For a detailed Consultant’s tasks description, please refer to the Term of Reference available here.

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

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in Q4 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 4 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 280,000 (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: Austrian Fund for Municipal Infrastructure.

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 35% of the maximum contract amount may be used to finance services of local experts who are nationals of Tajikistan or consultancy firms of Tajikistan.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant shall be a firm or a group of firms able to demonstrate the following:

• Previous project experience in developing feasibility studies in the solid waste sector for international financial institutions (“IFIs”) or equivalent institutions and a good knowledge of IFI (or equivalent) procedures and rules on public procurement and disbursement policies – 20%;
• International and CIS project experience in the solid waste sector, specifically in institutional and legal framework aspects, as well as knowledge of the local financial management standards, and international and regional professional technical standards – 30%.

Based on the fields of expertise and the tasks mentioned above, it is proposed that the Consultant's expert team should include the following expatriate and local experts:

Key expert 1: Team Leader with a university degree or an equivalent qualification, preferably with 5 years or more of professional experience in the field of solid waste management, and a comprehensive experience of similar assignments in CIS. He/she should have demonstrable experience of working with international financial institutions or equivalent organisations.
Key expert 2: Waste management expert(s) with ESIA experience.
Key expert 3: Financial analyst(s) with experience of due diligence of CIS companies and extensive financial modelling experience;
Key expert 4: Environmental expert(s) preferably with at least 5 years of solid waste project experience as well as experience in addressing the EBRD’s environmental and social requirements in municipal infrastructure and other similar projects,
Key expert 5: Social and gender expert(s) with a recent project track record in the region and preferably 3 years or more of work experience in similar assignments),
Key expert 6: Private Sector Participation expert with a recent project track record in the CIS;
Key expert 7: Institutional expert(s) with a recent poject track record in CIS; and
Key expert 8: Legal and regulatory expert(s) preferably with 5 years or more of work experience in similar assignments.

The key experts are expected to have experience in developing waste management projects and practices, as well as in tackling financial and technical issues of the sector. The experts are also expected to have project-based understanding of investment and operating costs and practices, and the relevant environmental laws and standards of the Republic of Tajikistan and the European Union.

Subject to the eligibility requirements listed above, teaming up with local consultants/experts will be considered an advantage. Ability of the Consultant’s team to communicate in Russian will be considered an additional advantage.

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) as well as a copy of the Consultant's valid company registration certificate confirming that the firm is registered in Austria.

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

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

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

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


The above information should not exceed 25 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet.

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

Bank Contact Person:

Olesya Kerridge
Technical Co-operation Team
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6895
e-mail: kerridgo@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)

Notes:

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

2. The shortlist criteria are:

• Firm’s previous project experience in developing feasibility studies in the solid waste sector for international financial institutions (“IFIs”) or equivalent institutions and a good knowledge of IFI (or equivalent) procedures and rules on public procurement and disbursement policies – 20%;
• Firm’s international and CIS project experience in the solid waste sector, specifically in institutional and legal framework aspects, as well as knowledge of the local financial management standards, and international and regional professional technical standards – 30%;
• CVs of key experts (CVs of local experts complying with eligibility criteria above will be considered an advantage)– 40%;
• Ability of consultant's team to communicate in Russian – 10%.

AccessBank Tajikistan (ABTJ): Feasibility study and Action Plan for Card Business Development

 | Published April 22, 2015  -  Deadline May 14, 2015
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Assignment Background: AccessBank Tajikistan (ABTJ or the “bank”) is a joint venture of Access-Holding (http://accessholding.com) and three of its partners with long-standing experience in the sector: the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and KfW Development Bank (KfW). ABTJ was inaugurated on 29 March 2010 and has its head office and four branches in the capital Dushanbe as well as four regional branches in Khujand, the second-largest city of Tajikistan, (located in the northern Sughd region), Tursunzoda (located in the central Region of Republican Subordination), Kurgan-Tyube (located in the Khatlon Region) and Istaravshan (located in the northern Sughd region). In the end of 2014 ABTJ opened two centres of banking services in Sughd and Khatlon Region. At the end of December 2014, ABTJ controlled an outstanding loan portfolio of over USD 50 million with more than 10,000 clients; the same time deposit portfolio reached a volume of almost USD 5 million. ABTJs portfolio of non-credit products is still limited, as for regulatory reasons account and deposit services for retail customers started only in late 2012. Having passed the start-up phase and reached a ‘critical mass’ as a solid financial institution (operational profitability, broad customer base and market share, established staff and organizational infrastructure) it is important that ABTJ does not lose its momentum in growth and regional expansion, and successfully transforms from an essentially “lending plus cash” institution to a full scale commercial bank with a strong deposit base and adequate range of retail products. ABTJ wishes to explore the options for establishing a successful card business in order to foster the development of the non-credit banking business, attract deposits and strengthen the image of a bank as a fully-fledged service provider and serious market player. In pursuit of this goal, ABTJ will be supported by the Competency Centre of LFS Financial Systems GmbH (LFS), the bank’s technical partner and Management Company. Against this background, ABTJ requires the services of an independent consultant (the “Consultant”) to explore the options of establishing a successful card business (the “Assignment”). Assignment Objectives: ABTJ expects to start with debit cards for learning and organizational reasons. The outcome of this assignment should cover debit card implementation within the proposed business plan and could have recommendations for an implementation of credit cards and business card applications. In detail this can be broken down to: Become familiar with the internal organization of the bank on a Head Office and branch level; Gain an overview of the Banking Service department organization, processes and workflows; Gain in-depth knowledge of the local banking market and regulations with regards to card business; Develop a business case for the card business, which covers potential market, assesses necessary investment and infrastructure and evaluates potential partners, service providers on the local and international market (correspondent banks, switches / processing centre, card suppliers, card personalization companies); Develop a business plan for the card business, which covers intended products, services, implementation plan (including setting up necessary internal structures, a formal evaluation and negotiation with partners) and P&L projections. Develop card implementation and maintenance plan; Draft ABTJ internal structures related to card business including an organizational chart for the card department with the position and job descriptions of each position, additional responsibilities of branch staff, and workflows for all card related processes in head office and branches; internal organizations of the bank on a head office and branch level; Involve local management during all activities to ensure long-term sustainability. Assignment Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in July 2015 and have an estimated overall duration of 3 months. Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 75,000; exclusive of VAT. The consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank's special status as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense. Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by the EBRD Technical Cooperation funds. Selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding. Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions; however, consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding from an appropriate donor. Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a consortium/ group of firms with previous project experience of 1) developing and implementing business case and business plan for card business projects; and 2) working in banking/financial sector and knowledge of operating environments in Central Asia or similar region. The proposed experts’ CVs shall demonstrate expertise and previous project experience in 1) card business development and implementation in banks in emerging markets; 2) application of Assignment specific local legal regulations; and 3) collaborative approach to training clients. Proficiency in English and Russian will be required. Tajikistan-specific experience, such as knowledge of local operating environment and financial/banking sector will be considered an advantage. Submission Requirements: Interested Consultants are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest. In order to determine the capability and experience of consulting firms, the information submitted should include the following: (a) Brief overview of the firm/group of firms including company profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages); (b) Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, percentage carried out by consultant in case of association of firms or subcontracting, main activities, objectives; (c) CVs of key experts available to carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives; (d) Brief description of the approach and a draft work plan for implementation of this assignment. (max. 5 pages); (e) Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc. The above information should not exceed 20 pages, excluding CVs and Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet. Expressions of interest, including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet, should be submitted in electronic format (email) in English to the contact persons at AccessBank Tajikistan and EBRD given below by the closing date for submissions. 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. AccessBank Contact Person: Katharina Schachtner, General Manager AccessBank Tajikistan 61/1 Firdavsi str. Dushanbe, 734061, Republic of Tajikistan E-mail: katharina.schachtner@accessbank.tj EBRD Contact Person: Olesya Kerridge, Technical Cooperation European Bank for Reconstruction and Development London EC2A 2JN, United Kingdom Tel: +44 20 7657 6895 E-mail: kerridgo@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. The evaluation criteria are as follows: Firm’s proven track record of working/implementing projects in card business development in emerging markets - 20%; Firm’s experience in banking/financial sector and knowledge of operating environments in Central Asia or similar region - 15%; Expert CVs corresponding to the requirements of this procurement notice, including proficiency in English and Russian - 35%; Expert’s Tajikistan-specific experience, such as knowledge of local operating environment and financial/banking sector - 10%; Brief description of the approach and draft plan are clear and correspond to the assignment objectives and to the regional specifics - 20%.