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Ukraine Public Sector Energy Efficiency Framework: Project Support Unit - Implementation Consultant

 | Published November 25, 2015  -  Deadline January 5, 2016
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Assignment Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("EBRD" or the "Bank") has made energy efficiency investments in the public building sector a priority. The Bank intends to support the Energy Performance Contracts ("EnPC") market development in Ukraine by testing and establishing the recently improved legislative framework for EnPC by implementing financing framework for energy efficiency in public buildings. The Bank is developing a Public Sector Energy Efficiency Financing Framework in Ukraine (the "Framework"), aiming to provide development support and debt finance to the EnPC projects which meet required commercial, technical and environmental standards, as well as to encourage and support private financing of the energy service companies ("ESCOs") in Ukraine. The EBRD intends to engage a consultancy firm (the "Consultant") to provide support to the Bank in launching an implementing of the Framework, as well as supporting participating cities to prepare and tender EnPCs and for development of guidelines and for application of newly adopted ESCO laws and by-laws (the "Consultancy Services"). The Consultant will be responsible for running the Project Support Unit ("PIU") to support each municipality participating in the Framework. The Consultancy Services will include a comprehensive support covering (i) business development and marketing; (ii) regulatory issues; (iii) capacity building and project support. The EBRD intends to select one Consultant and award to them a framework contract (“Framework Contract”). The Framework Contract will provide for the general scope of work, and will establish, in advance, fee rates for experts, contract terms, agreements and procedures that will govern individual assignments ("Assignments" or "Call-off Notices") to be issued under the Framework Contract each time when specific tasks are required to be undertaken by the Consultant. The Consultant will be required to undertake the following tasks: - Market the Framework and ensure that the widest range of stakeholders are informed about the Framework and its benefits, in order to ensure a prompt uptake of the financing and the related benefits; - Provide capacity building and training support to Ukrainian municipalities, developers, advisory firms, private ESCOs, and banks; - Ensure effective screening of projects to identify and support those that are technically and commercially viable and to screen out those projects which are not; - Support potential borrowers in identifying appropriate investment opportunities and developing proposals for financing under the Framework; - Ensure that borrowers proposing projects are, in all respects, compliant with national and applicable EU, environmental, health, safety and labour standards; - Prepare, support implementation, and provide monitoring and verification for up to ten EnPC projects, or up until the Framework is fully committed; - Establish an efficient tracking, monitoring and reporting system to ensure the availability of accurate data for the utilisation of the Framework. Consultancy Services Start Date and Duration: The Framework Contract is expected to start in May 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 40 months. Cost Estimate for the Consultancy Services: EUR 4,000,000 (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 Consultancy Services will be financed through the EBRD's donor funded Technical Cooperation Funds Programme. However, the Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding from an appropriate donor. Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions. Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with previous project experience in international EnPC projects procurement and implementation, and in construction and energy modernisation works and services, preferably in the region (Eastern Europe (incl. Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine) and Caucasus). The Consultant’s team should include the following experts: - Project Manager with preferably 10 years of previous experience in municipal energy efficiency and IFI energy efficiency projects in EBRD countries of operation; - EnPC International Experts with preferably 10 years of previous experience in EnPC contracts implementation and ESCO market development; - IFI Procurement and Contract Specialist with preferably 10 years of previous experience in IFI municipal and corporate projects in EBRD countries of operation; - Financial Expert with preferably 10 years of previous experience in municipal finance in EBRD countries of operation; - Local Municipal Budget Expert with preferably 7 years of previous experience in municipal investment projects; - Local Legal Expert with preferably 7 years of previous experience in PPP, municipal finance, and energy efficiency projects; - Marketing and Capacity Building Expert with preferably 7 years of previous experience in marketing and capacity building projects for IFIs; - Local EnPC experts with preferably 5 years of previous experience in energy efficiency projects in buildings; Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of consultants seeking to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following: - Company/group of firms' profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages); - Details of previous project experience or similar assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives; - CVs of key experts who could be available to work on the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly preferably undertaken in the previous ten years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), experts months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives; - Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc. The above information should not exceed 20 pages, excluding CVs and the Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet. The complete expression of interest (including CVs and the Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet) shall be one file (PDF or Word), not exceeding 4MB, to be uploaded to eSelection. The EBRD reserves right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files. Expressions of Interest shall be submitted, in English, electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. Bank Contact Persons: Elena Kolodiy 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. 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 the availability of funding. 2. As part of the Investment Framework, energy service companies (ESCOs) are envisaged to be selected by the Ukrainian public authorities for their energy efficiency projects, at the same time the current Consultancy Services require a local expertise that is likely to be provided by the local ESCOs. As participation of a given ESCO in both energy efficiency projects and in these Consultancy Services would constitute a conflict of interest, interested ESCOs should decide in which of the two projects they choose to participate. 3. Also, for reason that there are only a few energy efficiency specialists in the region in the required sector, in order not to restrict competition, the local experts can choose to participate in the proposals as subcontractors (rather than as consortium members). This, in accordance with section 5.5(b) of the EBRD Procurement Policies and Rules would allow the same consultant to participate in more than one tender – but only as subcontractors. 4.The evaluation criteria are as follows: - Consultant’s experience in international EnPC projects procurement and implementation - 30% - Calibre of Experts as listed in the Consultant Profile Section above - 40% - Experience of Consultant in construction and energy modernisation works and services, preferably in the region (Eastern Europe (incl. Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine) and Caucasus) - 30%

Project Consultant - Assistance with the implementation of the Ukraine Residential Energy Efficiency Finance Facility (UREEFF)

 | Published April 13, 2015  -  Deadline May 11, 2015
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Assignment Description: By consuming 32% of Ukraine’s total energy production, the residential sector is the second largest energy consumer. More than 80% of Ukraine’s multi-family apartment buildings have deteriorated to the extent that they constitute a risk to the lives and well-being of their inhabitants. According to estimates, technical energy saving potential is 50% of the actual baseline. Recent events have already affected the energy prices for industrial and residential consumers with serious implications on businesses’ competitiveness and households’ disposable income. The Ukrainian Government increased natural gas prices for the population by 50% in May 2014 and by a further 3.5 times as of April 2015, as agreed with the International Monetary Fund. With energy prices rising, an increasing number of people face difficulties paying their bills. Despite large potential, many residential energy efficiency ("EE") projects remain unfinanced and unimplemented as they are hampered by a number of market barriers such as inter-alia: inadequate public awareness of the benefits of EE projects and perceived technical and/or financial risk and insufficient capacity for evaluating specific EE projects among banks; significant regulatory barriers preventing commercial financing of residential EE, in particular up until recently the legislation did not provide for establishing of a legally viable homeowner client base; national banking regulations were extremely unfavourable towards home owners associations as borrowers and the secondary regulatory basis was insufficient for introduction of market-based financial instruments for EE; and last but not least, the existing social safety net for low income households still has a number of drawbacks which translates into the homeowners associations not being able to reach consensus among homeowners or having to proceed with some low-income families excluded from the refurbishment, meaning that the poor and vulnerable groups do not have equal opportunity to participate in the comprehensive renovation of their building. Some of the above barriers are being addressed by the EBRD (and by other IFIs) through extensive Policy Dialogue activities that have recently resulted in significant improvement in developing enabling conditions for investments. In particular, it is worthy to note that the Bank’s active engagement with the authorities in Ukraine over the past few years resulted in the adoption of regulations to support Ukraine’s transposition of the EU Directive on Energy Performance of Buildings. Following on the Policy Dialogue engagement, with a view to address the poor condition of the residential building stock and the rapidly increasing energy tariffs, the EBRD is envisaging a residential Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (‘Ukrainian Residential Energy Efficiency Financing Facility, ‘UREEFF’ or ‘the Facility’). By bundling technical assistance, funding and risk participation and financial incentives to end-users into a ‘one-stop-shop’ structure, UREEFF would be the first dedicated instrument to support investments in residential EE in the country. In line with the classic EBRD SEFF model, it is envisaged that the Bank would make available up to USD 100 million to qualifying Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs) in Ukraine (including new and existing clients of the Bank) for on-lending to eligible private sector sub-borrowers for sustainable energy investments in the residential sector. It is intended that the Facility will be structured along the Bulgarian REECL (www.reecl.org) and Moldovan MoREEFF (http://moreeff.info/en/) model to target private housing including multi-storey apartment buildings. Based on the preliminary discussions and understanding of the Ukrainian EE market and financial sector, as well as taking into account EBRD experience in residential sector in other countries, the following indicative incentive mechanisms are anticipated: Technical Assistance, that will facilitate transfer of skills to banks and sub-borrowers, awareness raising among wide group of stakeholders and demonstration of the financial benefits of rational energy utilisation; Investment Incentives, of up to 20% of the related sub-loan amount for individual sub-borrowers and up to 35% of the related sub-loan amount for housing collectives, depending on the nature and performance of sub-projects; Guarantees and risk sharing elements; The final structure, level and mechanism of incentives to be determined are subject to EBRD internal approvals and funding being made available by Donors (various funding applications are currently under consideration by bilateral and multilateral Donors). The EBRD now intends to engage a consulting company or consortium for five years to perform the role of Project Consultant (“PC”, the “Consultant”) to support the implementation and administration of UREEFF (the “Assignment”). The Consultant will maintain an operational base in Kiev and at least one regional front office in one of the oblast centres (to be determined), which will be equipped and staffed to provide all necessary facilities, services (secretarial support, interpretation, translation) throughout the duration of the Assignment. The Consultant is required to demonstrate good knowledge of the local market and the ability to cover wider geographical reach and mobilise experts quickly. The experts should be able to communicate effectively in the English and Ukrainian languages. Long-term experts shall spend minimum 75% of their time in Ukraine. Any home-based activities shall require justification. It is envisaged that at least 50% of expert input shall be provided by local experts who are professionally based and operating in Ukraine. The Consultant’s objective will be to assist in the preparation, successful implementation, and verification of eligible projects under UREEFF by providing the following services: Preparatory phase: to establish the Facility the PC will develop all technical operational tools, templates and forms; maintain and update the dedicated web-site; Implementation phase: further services will include marketing and general awareness raising; support with pipeline development; capacity building for PFIs and housing collectives; sub-projects preparation including energy audits, conceptual design of residential building-level projects, legal advice on housing regulations for Housing Associations/Condominiums and identification of optimal investment plans; administration and monitoring of the Facility and verification (desk-based and spot-checks) of correct implementation and confirmation of the correct level of incentives for which each sub-project qualifies, including general monitoring, reporting and verification activities for climate finance. Involvement of other consultants contracted by EBRD In order to facilitate the preparation of UREEFF, EBRD hired a Project Preparation Consultant who has already defined the technical eligibility criteria and energy performance requirements for types of eligible individual measures and packaged solutions and will list them on a publicly available List of Eligible Materials and Equipment (or "LEME") website expected to be finalised in the second half of 2015. Eligible Measures are envisaged to include: Energy efficient windows and glazing of permanently occupied areas; Additional glazing of balconies and loggias or windows/glazing of common areas in multi-storey apartment buildings (staircases, basements, technical rooms, etc); Thermal insulation of walls and roof - not applicable for individual apartments in multi-storey apartment buildings; Thermal insulation of floor; Energy efficient biomass stoves/boilers with or without associated controls, space heating and domestic hot water (DHW) storage systems; Specific household appliances (e.g. refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, boilers, heat pumps); Solar water heaters with or without associated space heating and DHW systems; Energy efficient gas boilers with or without associated controls, space heating and DHW storage systems; Electricity-driven heat pumps including air-to-air, ground-to-water or water-to-water installations; Roof-top integrated grid and off-grid application of solar photovoltaic installations up to 2.0 kWp; Balanced mechanical ventilation with heat recovery for permanently occupied premises; Up-grade of building-level central space heating installation including building-level heat exchanger stations with associated controls, pipes, machinery and emitters as well as hydraulic balancing of entire installation. The detailed LEME and the associated list of eligible suppliers and installers will be made available to all shortlisted consultants at the time of the RFP. Contracting Authority: EBRD Status of Selection Process: Interested firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest. Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in August 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 5 years. The contract may be extended subject to satisfactory performance of the consultant, the needs of the Bank and availability of donor funds. Maximum Budget Available for the Assignment: EUR 4,500,000; exclusive of VAT. The consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the 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 source of funding is to be determined. 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 shall be a firm or consortium of firms and shall have relevant previous project experience and staff as follows: 1. Experience of Firm/Consortium: The firm/consortium must have (a) a proven project experience in the previous implementation of similar facilities or assignments related to residential buildings energy management, residential buildings energy efficiency design and standards, knowledge of EU, international and local (Ukrainian) building regulations and relevant standards in relation to energy consumption and performance, as well as marketing skills to promote the Facility; and (b) strong project management, IT and database experience are essential to make the tracking/reporting and control of the monitoring process as efficient as possible. 2. CVs/Experts nominated by Consultant: The Consultant's team will be composed of professionals with relevant technical, marketing and economic background supported by engineers and architects in order to ensure compliance of conceptual designs with Ukraine legislation. The Consultant is expected to nominate a team of experts (good mix of skills, level of experience and language skills) capable of carrying out the Assignment. The key expert positions are: (a) Pool of Chartered Engineers and Architects: At least four experts including chartered civil engineers, chartered architects and chartered mechanical engineers with particular experience in residential buildings energy management, residential buildings energy efficiency design and standards, knowledge of EU, international and local (Ukrainian) building regulations and relevant standards in relation to energy consumption and performance, as well as marketing skills to promote the Facility. (b) Pool of Additional Experts: The key expert team shall further be composed of additional professionals with relevant technical, marketing and economic background and strong project management/administration, IT and database experience. (c) Implementation capacity: The Consultant should be able to assist, monitor, verify and provide specialised assistance to over 75,000 small-size sub-projects; 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 profile, organisation and staffing (max. 4 pages); 2. Details of firm's previous experience or similar 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 (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives; 3. CVs of key experts who could be available to work on the Assignment; 4. 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 above information should not exceed 40 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet. The complete expression of interest (including CVs and Contact Sheet) shall be one file (pdf or Word) to be uploaded to eSelection (only if the permissible file size is exceeded, 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. Bank Contact Person: Steve Gillard Head TC Operations, Technical Cooperation European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square London EC2A 2JN Tel: + 44 20 7338 7834 e-mail: GillardS@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address) Notes: Following this invitation for expressions of interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding. The launch and implementation of the Facility may be affected by the political and macroeconomic situation in Ukraine. The EBRD may suspend, postpone, or re-structure the Assignment and the Facility to reflect changing market circumstances.

Decommissioning Consultant for Nuclear Power Plant Safety Upgrade Program

 | Published September 7, 2016  -  Deadline September 28, 2016
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Background: Ukraine relies heavily on nuclear power for energy supply with nuclear energy supplying 57.7% of its total electricity production of 82,6 billion kWh in 2015. All operating Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) are under the authority of the National Nuclear Energy Generating Company ”Energoatom” (“EA”), the country's state-owned nuclear power utility, subordinated to the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, in charge of the policy in the nuclear sector. The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspection of Ukraine (SNRIU) is the Regulatory Authority for Nuclear Safety in Ukraine.

There are currently 15 nuclear power units in operation in Ukraine at four NPPs of the following design: VVER-440/V-213 (Rivne-1,2), VVER-1000/V-302 and 338 (South Ukraine -1 and 2 respectively), VVER-1000/V-320 (11 power units on the sites of NPPs at Zaporozhe, Rivne, Khmeltnitsky, South Ukraine). The total installed electric power capacity of NPPs is 13,835 MW or 25,3% of the total installed national capacity.

The majority of the units were built in Soviet times and most of the units have been in operation for more than 20 years. After the final shutdown of these power units, there will be the need to dismantle the equipment, decontaminate and demolish these nuclear facilities as well as to undertake processing, conditioning and disposal of radioactive waste and to manage spent fuel (“Decommissioning”). It is of paramount importance that the funding of these decommissioning activities will be adequate and available when needed in order to avoid negatively affecting the safety and security of all stakeholders. EA is expected to accumulate all the necessary financial resources in the Decommissioning Fund (“the Fund”) during the operating life of the nuclear facilities.

Assignment Description: State Enterprise "National Nuclear Energy Generating Company "Energoatom" (SE NNEGC "Energoatom" or the Client) intends to engage a consultant to provide support to the Ukrainian National Body in how it reviews analyses and quantifies required contributions to the Decommissioning Fund to cover the liabilities associated with the decommissioning of EA’s nuclear installations. The National Body is the end user of work results, independent as regards the contributors to the Fund, responsible for assessment of costs of Decommissioning, the amounts to be contributed to the Decommissioning Fund and its management.

The Consultant will, inter alia, provide a critical assessment of the following:
I.
Decommissioning of Nuclear Installations
II.
Institutional and Procedural Aspects
III. Decommissioning Fund
IV. Estimation of Decommissioning Costs
V. Use of Decommissioning Fund Means

The objective of this consultancy assignment is to provide support to a Ukrainian National Body in how it reviews analyses and quantifies required contributions to the Decommissioning Fund to cover the liabilities associated with the decommissioning of Energoatom's nuclear installations.

The Consultant will perform the following tasks:

I. Decommissioning of Nuclear Installations

1) Review Ukrainian National Decommissioning Strategy and provide recommendations on factors that may impact the strategy, i.e. available waste management routes, stakeholder values, technical complexity and risks, operation history of each reactor, including life extension beyond the term foreseen by the initial design, available skills and experience, local community involvement, legal and regulatory framework, etc.

2) Review Ukrainian Waste Management Strategy and provide recommendations on its management, i.e., exposure to personnel and public, established national, European and international norms and conventions.

3) Review the cost issues associated with spent fuel, particularly in relation to evacuation from the site and interim storages and treatment and/or disposal.

4) Establish a clear picture as to how the issues of operational spent fuel, the last core, and interim storage and disposal of spent fuel are to be addressed and provide recommendations on all aspects of spent fuel management and liability.

5) Review EA's involvement in the financing of the management of spent fuel in line with the "polluter pays principle".

6) Review the schedule of decommissioning expenses and opine whether the accumulation of funds reflects the schedule in line with the underlying decommissioning strategy and plan.

7) Identify for each nuclear facility the binding individual responsibilities eg. who contributes to the Fund, who manages the Fund and what are their corresponding rights and duties.

8) Review available financial resources and opine whether they cover all aspects of decommissioning activities, from technical decommissioning of the installation to waste management (waste management costs are also to be considered as part of the decommissioning activities as are the spent fuel costs, including maintenance of disposal storages).

II. Institutional and Procedural Aspects

1) Review EA’ plans to make investments in a nuclear facility (new facility, or significant change in an existing facility) and verify that these plans include decommissioning investments.

2) Establish whether the National Body possesses both technical and financial expertise to perform its functions. In the case of a missing expertise, the National Body should hire this from outside (ex. advice on fund management from banking or accountancy sector).

3) Establish whether the National Body is fully independent of the contributor to, and the manager of the Fund.

4) Examine how the National Body reviews the accumulated financial resources and the decommissioning cost estimates. Propose mechanisms on how the shortfall between the cost estimates and accumulated resources should be addressed in good time.

5) The review of financial resources should be performed against: a) cost assessment, prepared considering a defined decommissioning strategy and plan; b) trajectory for the constitution of the assets of the Fund, defined to match the expected full cost of decommissioning (eg: payments collected during a certain period of time, or assets constituted when the plan is put in operation).

6) Identify how the National Body reviews the trajectory for the constitution of assets considering its ability to match the identified full cost when needed. It should consider the underlying assumptions of inflation or discounting rates, and the anticipated rate-of-return from the Fund.

7) Propose corrective measures in case of a shortfall (additional payments, update of the trajectory e.g. by raising the fees…), which should be implemented in the short-term, especially in the case of a substantial shortfall (e.g.: a rise in the estimated decommissioning cost, contrary to a temporary loss on the markets a long time before the schedule of decommissioning, for which a period of time of a few year could be tolerated to regularise the situation).

8) If a shortfall appears concerning waste/spent fuel management operations, best practice (the polluter pays principle) would suggest that the operator should fund the shortfall. Propose provisions that must be foreseen in case when such a solution is not possible.

9) Review the arrangements for payments to the Fund and responsibilities for the fund management.

10) Propose an over-coverage margin structure to buffer normal market fluctuations in the value of the Fund; alternatively additional payments could be considered in case of insufficiency.

III. Decommissioning Fund

1) Define clearly the parties responsible for the build-up of the Fund assets. The time frame for this build-up could extend over the entire expected exploitation period. Shorter periods are however not excluded and are in fact a means of safeguarding against unforeseen cases such as early closure of a nuclear facility.

2) Establish contingencies for the cases of early closure and plant life extension should be considered in the planning of the fund.

3) Propose the reassessment/readjustment of the assets’ build-up trajectory in case when a decision is taken to reduce the exploitation period of the nuclear facility.

4) Review the mechanisms for the protection of the Fund; the establishment of a "segregated" fund may not in itself constitute sufficient protection. Identify additional legally binding protective measures which should be put in place to protect the Fund against such cases as the bankruptcy of EA.

5) Prudent management should aim to achieve a fully adequate financial value for the Fund at the time when the funds are required. Propose a secure risk profile in the investment of the fund’s assets, ensuring that a positive return is achieved over any given period of time: a) low-risk assets should be eligible; b) high-risk assets could also be permissible with constraints on their prudent risk exposure and their level of diversification.

IV. Estimation of Decommissioning Costs

1) Provide an assessment of whether all costs (decommissioning and waste related inventories, services of outside organizations, labour payment etc.) are covered either as operational costs or under the Fund and if this issue is controlled by the National Body.

2) Review the decommissioning funding plan (DFP) and establish what inventories are to be covered by the Fund and which should fall under the EA's operational responsibilities.

3) Provide an assessment of whether the full decommissioning costs include the long-run management costs (e.g. the issue of “disposal” in the scope for radioactive waste and spent fuel should be addressed).

4) Review the costing methodology and detailed costs of decommissioning applied by the National Body and make specific recommendations based on the NEA-EC-IAEA joint publication "International Structure for Decommissioning Costing (ISDC) of Nuclear Installations”.

5) When reviewing the costing methodology and its related assumptions, propose a "site specific" detailed cost breakdown while the costs for multiple nuclear unit sites should be broken down to the unit level.

6) Propose corrective measures in cases when the costs of decommissioning increase during the operational life of the facility and EA shall be held responsible for these increased costs and should make a correction to the Fund to cover the full liability.

7) Identify events such as the change of the operator during the operational lifetime and the end of service as significant events in the life of the Fund which demand a full reassessment of its adequacy.

V. Use of Decommissioning Fund

1) Make recommendations in line with the concept that financial resources should be used only for the purpose for which they have been accumulated. In this context, due consideration should be given to transparency. All commercially non-sensitive information should be publicly available.

2) The term "purpose for which they have been accumulated" should be understood as

"Decommissioning". Furthermore, decommissioning funds may only be used for the detailed purpose for which they have been accumulated as defined in the final decommissioning plan and not for any other purpose.

3) Identify the role of the National Body in respect of the issue of transparency during the decommissioning phase in monitoring and reviewing that the funds are used correctly.

4) Advise that the Fund's asset build-up strategy should take into account reasonable assumptions regarding inflation and the anticipated rate of return.

5) Identify the role of the National Body in the financial risk assessment to verify that it conforms to the concept of a secure risk profile.

6) Propose a mechanism under which the value of the investments should be guaranteed by the State in order to ensure that adequate funds are available when required, even if a nominal loss is made by the independent manager of the invested amounts by the time these financial resources are to be used.

General

The Consultant will alert the Client, the EBRD and the Decommissioning National Body to any emerging problems and risks which will be discovered during the course of the review of items I to V, be they of a technical, regulatory, or financial nature which have the potential to jeopardise the accumulation of funds to cover the liabilities related to the decommissioning of nuclear installations of EA. This review should be conducted by fully independent experts with proven experience in assignments of a similar nature.

The review should be made as of the end of the penultimate quarter preceding the date of signing the Contract.


Assignment Duration: The assignment is expected to start in October 2016 and to be completed by the end of 2016.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 74,900; exclusive of VAT.

The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed.
Funding Source: It is anticipated that the contract will be financed through EBRD Shareholder Special Fund.

Eligibility: There are no nationality eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: The consultant will be a firm or consortium and shall have relevant experience The consultant will be a consulting nuclear engineering firm or a consortium of firms providing experts with relevant experience and professional qualifications in nuclear industry, preferably in the Bank’s countries of operation or similar environments. The team of experts will include the following the minimum experience and expertise:

· A Senior Nuclear Engineer with a technical degree and minimum of 10 years of experience in nuclear power industry and with in-depth knowledge of the nuclear power plant decommissioning and management;

· A Nuclear Engineer with a technical degree, experience in the nuclear power industry and knowledge of the Ukrainian nuclear regulatory environment, particularly as it is related to the decommissioning of nuclear installations; and

· A Financial Decommissioning Expert with a minimum of 10 years of experience in nuclear industry and good understanding of the decommissioning costing methodologies of nuclear installations.


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

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

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

3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.
4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:

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

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

Expressions of Interest should be submitted, in English, electronically through eSelection.

The EBRD 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. Selection and contracting will normally be made from responses to this notification. Shortlisted consultants will not be invited to submit proposals. The consultant will be selected from a shortlist of qualified consultants and invited to contract negotiations.

2. The evaluation criteria and weightings are as follows:

(a) Firm's previous project experience in nuclear industry in assignments of a comparable nature, scale and complexity [30%];
(b) Firm's previous project experience in Ukraine and other EBRD countries of operations [20%];
(d) CVs of Experts proposed for the Assignment [50%].

Second Urban Infrastructure Proj (UIP2) - P132386

 | Published January 12, 2016
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Pre-contract Services And Technical Supervision For Construction Of Municipal Solid Waste Treatment Facility Including System Of Landfill Gas Collection And Power Generation Contract Award NoticeKHW-SWM-QCBS-03 Scope of Contract: Pre-contract services and technical supervision for construction of municipal solid wastetreatment facility including system of landfill gas collection and powergeneration Minimum Qualifying TechnicalScore: 75 Consultants' names Kocks Consult GmbH RAMBOLLFINLANDOY Egis Structures and Environment EPTISA IPZ UNIPROJEKT TERRA Ltd. City/Country Koblenz, Germany Espoo,Finland Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France Madrid,Spain Zagreb,Croatia Status: Awarded Consultant/Firm Evaluated Consultant/Firm Evaluated Consultant/Firm Evaluated Consultant/Firm Evaluated Consultant/Firm Technical Score 93.67 88.82 80.36 79.55 75.15 Financial Score 100.00 82.65 79.50 86.33 62.03 CombinedScore 94.94 87.59 80.19 80.91 72.58 Criteria SpecificExperience 10.0 9.0 9.0 10.0 7.0 Work Plan & Methodology 25.0 22.50 17.50 17.50 22.50 Key Experts 51.98 51.82 48.28 45.73 40.55 Training 4.50 4.50 3.50 4.50 3.50 Local input 2.19 1.0 2.08 1.82 1.60 Priceas read out 1,588,910.00 USD 1,764,339.00 EUR 1,834,220.00 EUR 1,840,512.00 USD 2,350,920.00 EUR FinalEvaluation Price 33,443,738.36 UAH 40,463,611.75 UAH 42,066,272.95 UAH 38,739,522.37 UAH 53,916,347.22 UAH FinalNegotiated Price 1,588,910.00 USD - - - - Rank 1 2 3 4 5 Other ShortlistedConsultant(s)/Firm(s) (these will be all that "Proposal submitted=no") Consultants' names FICHTNER GMBH&CO.KG City/Country Stuttgart, Germany Proposal Submitted: No

Ukraine: The Deposit Guarantee Fund Diagnostic Assessment and Recommendations

 | Published November 24, 2014  -  Deadline December 14, 2014
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Ukraine: The Deposit Guarantee Fund Diagnostic Assessment and Recommendations The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("EBRD" or the "Bank") intends to engage a consultant (the "Consultant") to support the Deposit Guarantee Fund of Ukraine ("DGF" or the "Fund") in the execution of its legal mandate through the provision of advice, access to expertise and administrative support (the"assignment"). The assignment is a response to the challenges that DGF is facing in implementing the 2012 extension to its legal mandate. The extension to its role added bank resolution, including provisional bank administration, liquidation of insolvent banks, and potentially the establishment of a 'good' and 'bad' bank to what, prior to 2012, was a simple pay-box type deposit insurance model. The complexity of this extended range of activities presents DGF with a significant operational challenge. Likewise, managing the assets of failed banks and, in particular their non-performing assets, is also a challenge following the increase in bank failures in the past year in the Ukraine. The Consultant is expected to carry out the following 4 main tasks: 1) Review existing bank resolution framework: - review problem bank and bad assets resolution legal framework in Ukraine, with a focus on the legal mandate of DGF - assess the special purpose vehicle (SPV) to be established by the DGF for handling of problem banks, bad assets and other bank assets that can fall under the administration of DGF - assess the current institutional capacity of DGF with particular focus on the Fund's ability to carry out its mandate under bank resolution 2) Develop a financial model. Working closely with the management of DGF to assess the required funding scope and structure. 3) Support the practical work of DGF for addressing current priority tasks necessary to progress with problem bank resolution and handling of problem bank assets. The tasks to be undertaken will be refined based on task 1 above. 4) Assist EBRD and DGF in preparing the Phase 2 of the EBRD engagement with DGF. The EBRD envisages follow-on work with DGF in order to address high priority needs that are identified by the Consultant during this assignment, together with the creation of a long-term institutional development plan for the Fund. Monitoring and managing the integrity and reputation-related risks are key concerns for DGF, in particular in relation to the management of problem banks and their assets. Appropriate management of such risks will constitute an integral part of every recommendation to be developed by the Consultant for this assignment and when advising on the tasks and scope of further work for the Stage 2. Assignment Duration: The assignment is expected to start in January 2015 and have an estimated overall duration of 6 months. Maximum budget Available for the Assignment: EUR 285,000; 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 international financial institution (IFI), and state this in their response to this Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (eg VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense. Funding Source: It is anticipated that the contract will be financed through the EBRD's donor funded Technical Cooperation Funds Programme. Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions. However, consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding. Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm with a proven track record in the field of bank resolution and problem asset workout in emerging markets and familiar with different models deposit insurance systems. The Consultant should ensure that the appropriately qualified experts are available, as required, for each of the different tasks outlined above. The Consultant's team is expected to comprise at a minimum the following types of expert: - expert (s) in establishing and managing problem bank administration institution, including methodology development, staffing, organisational structure and task outsourcing - financial modelling expert(s ) - bad asset valuation and administration expert (s) - legal expert (s) - support from local experts is considered to be beneficial for the successful implementation of this assignment. All experts should ideally have at least 5 years of experience in the field of their expertise. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of consultants seeking to be selected, the information submitted should include the following: - company/group of firms' profile, organisation and staffing; - details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration), main activities, objectives; - CVs of key experts who could carry out the assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives; - Completed Consultant Declaration From and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available at: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc Expressions of Interest should be submitted, in English, electronically through eSelection, and reach the Bank not later than the closing date set out above. The EBRD's Contact Person: Angela Levitsky Tel: +44 207 338 6363 Email: levitska@ebrd.com Important Notes: Consultants will NOT be asked to submit a proposal, and selection will be made from responses to this notification only. The highest-ranked consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to funding availability from appropriate donor. The evaluation criteria are as follows: - Previous experience of the firm/firms in the field of bank resolution and problem asset workout in developed and emerging markets and familiar with different models deposit insurance systems (30%) - Firm/firms' experience in the developed and emerging markets (20%) - CVs of key experts (50%) Note: 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

Advice on Regulatory Improvements in Ukraine's Pharmaceutical Sector

 | Published February 10, 2016  -  Deadline February 29, 2016
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Project Description Ukraine’s pharmaceutical market is one of the fastest growing in the country, having posted solid 5Y CAGR of 14% in 2008-13. Despite rapid growth levels, the market is not yet saturated, as per capita expenditures for pharmaceutical products in Ukraine remained at EUR 79 at its historical peak in 2013, 23% of that in the EU-25 in 2012, according to OECD Health data. Local pharma producers are very robust to the economic downturns, as at times of falling purchasing power, population turns to Ukraine-made cheap generics. Having signed the Association Agreement with the EU, Ukraine committed itself to “achieving economic integration, inter alia …. through extensive regulatory approximation”. This includes, among others, gradual adjustment of regulatory environment at Ukraine’s pharmaceutical market with the EU Directives. Although Ukraine have made significant steps towards the harmonisation of the drug registration process with EU, there are still areas for improvement. The Ministry of Health (MoH) has requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) to launch a policy dialogue effort in close cooperation with the industry, European Medicines Agency (EMA) and World Health Organisation (WHO), the EU Delegation in Kyiv, the American Chamber of Commerce (ACC), European Business Association (EBA) and the relevant governmental bodies aiming to improve pharmaceutical registration procedures to bring them in compliance with the EU standards (the “Project”). Assignment Description The EBRD intends to engage a consultant to assist the Ministry of Health of Ukraine to review the pharmaceutical registration procedures in Ukraine in order to identify and implement potential improvements and to bring registration process in compliance with the EU standards (the “Assignment”). The assignment will be conducted in four phases as described in the Terms of Reference. 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 March 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 19 months. Maximum Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 295,000.00 (exclusive of VAT). The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the 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 from Technical Cooperation funds managed by EBRD. Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions. Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with proven experience in development and implementation of efficient drug registration process, as well as knowledge of the EU and Ukrainian pharmaceutical legislation. The Consultant’s team of experts is expected to include the following key experts: a) Key Expert No 1 Team Leader with knowledge of pharmaceutical industry, knowledge of the EU registration practice and regulations, and experience in managing policy dialogue projects; b) Key Expert No 2 International policy expert with proven experience in development and implementation of regulatory reforms in post-Soviet countries specialized in pharmaceutical industry and knowledge of the EU registration practice and regulations; c) Key Expert No 3 Local expert with extensive knowledge of Ukrainian regulatory policy and having record and understanding of the pharmaceutical sector and regulations development. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected for this Assignment, the information submitted should include the following: 1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages). 2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives. 3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives. 4. Suggested methodology for this Assignment, including approach to its implementation. 5. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc. Failure to submit the signed Consultant Declaration may result in disqualification of the candidate from the selection for this Assignment. The above information should not exceed 25 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet. The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date referred to above. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded (4MB), the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files. Bank Contact Person: Larissa Gosling Technical Co-operation European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square London EC2A 2JN Tel: + 44 207 338 6338 e-mail: goslingl@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address) Notes: 1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding. 2. The shortlist criteria are: (a) Firm’s international experience in development and implementation of efficient drug registration process, and demonstrable knowledge of the EU pharmaceutical legislation - 40% (b) Firm’s proposed methodology and approach to the assignment - 20% (c) CVs of Key Experts as per requirements indicated above - 40%

Supporting Investments in Sustainable Municipal Solid Waste Management and Recycling in Ukraine

 | Published November 25, 2014  -  Deadline December 16, 2014
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Supporting Investments in Sustainable Municipal Solid Waste Management and Recycling in Ukraine Assignment Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") intends to engage a consulting company (the "Consultant") to conduct a market assessment of municipal solid waste (MSW) management in Ukraine. The primary aim of the Assignment is to assist the EBRD to identify investment opportunities and barriers related to MSW management, waste minimisation and recycling in Ukraine, consistent with the Bank's focus on supporting waste minimisation under the Sustainable Resource Initiative (SRI). Ukraine faces many challenging waste-related issues. According to the Ministry of Regional Development of Ukraine annual production in Ukraine amounts to about 13 million tons of municipal solid waste (2014), and this amount is growing by an average of 3-5% per year. The level of processing of solid municipal wastes in Ukraine is extremely low. Significant quantities of waste are dumped at illegal sites, and the existing capacity of legal landfills is not sufficient to handle the growing quantities of waste. According to the official data existing infrastructure (available wastes processing plants and sorting lines) is not even close to be sufficient to deal with the volume of produced wastes. The Ukrainian government recognizes the importance and urgency of the problem of municipal solid waste management and treatment in Ukraine and is currently implementing a number of initiatives at the national level, including implementation of legislative reforms and harmonization of domestic standards with the relevant EU directives. The overall objectives of the Assignment are to: (i) assess the scope of current market for MSW investments in Ukraine, covering wastes collection, sorting, disposal, re-use and recycling; (ii) identify priority areas for EBRD policy dialogue intervention that will address critical policy barriers to waste management investments; (iiI) identify 5 MSW management and/or recycling investment projects in Ukraine and develop pre-Feasibility studies satisfactory to the Bank; (iv) draft legal documents that will help to develop the enabling regulatory framework necessary for market based waste management system. The assignment will be conducted in two phases. During the first phase the selected Consultant will carry out market assessment icluding data collection and analysis of the MSW sector in Ukraine, as well as review current legal, regulatory and fiscal framework for waste management in Ukraine. Depending on the results of Phase 1 the EBRD will decide whether to proceed with Phase 2. During the second phase of the assignment the Consultant will assist the EBRD with investment preparation. 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 April 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 18 months. Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 500,000 (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. The budget breakdown for Phases is estimated to be as follows: Phase 1 - up to EUR 150,00; Phase 2 - EUR 350,000. 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: EBRD-Ukraine Stabilisation and Sustainable Growth Multi-Donor Account Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions. Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with preferably similar previous project experience related to identifying and structuring investments, and financing mechanisms in municipal waste management sector. Previous project experience in EBRD countries of operations would be considered an advantage. It is expected that at least the following key experts/specialists are to be included in the team of the Consultants: - International Project Manager: Preferably ten years' experience of managing complex assignments in municipal waste management sector or other related sectors, including: detailed understanding of relevant waste management and waste minimisation issues; experience in at least some of the countries of EBRD region; experience on identifying and structuring investments and financing mechanisms in the waste management sector; - International Finance Expert: Preferably ten years' experience of designing and appraising investments in the municipal waste management sector, including familiarity with EBRD's use of intermediated financing facilities for energy efficiency and other relevant purposes; experience of working in the EBRD region will be an advantage; - International Engineer: Preferably ten years' experience of designing and implementing waste management investment projects, specifically including: in depth understanding of international best practices and technologies (both established and emerging) related to municipal waste management and waste minimisation; - International Policy/Legal Expert: Preferably ten years' experience in developing and implementing municipal waste management policies and strategies; with in-depth knowledge and experience in transposing relevant EU Directives (including EU Waste Framework Directive, EU Hazardous Waste Directive, etc.); experience of working in the EBRD region will be an advantage; - Senior Local Finance Expert with experience in designing and appraising of municipal/ public-private/waste management investment projects in Ukraine; - Senior Local Engineer with experience in designing and implementing waste management projects in Ukraine; - Senior Local Policy/Legal Expert with experience in designing and implementing municipal waste management regulations and policies in Ukraine. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected for this Assignment, the information submitted should include the following: 1. Company/group of firms' profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages). 2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives. 3. CVs of key experts who could be available to work on the Assignment. 4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc. The above information should not exceed 10 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet. The complete expression of interest (including CVs and Contact Sheet) shall be one file (pdf or Word), not exceeding 4MB, to be uploaded to eSelection. The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files. Expressions of Interest shall be submitted, in English, electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. Bank Contact Person: Larissa Gosling European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN Tel: + 44 20 7338 6338 e-mail: GoslingL@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address) Notes: 1. Following the invitations for Expressions of interest, a shortlist of qualifies consultants will be invited to submit proposals. 2. The evaluation criteria for shortlisting will be as follows: - Experience of consultant specific to the assignment - 40% - Calibre of Experts - 40% - Experience of Consultant specific to the location (country/region) - 20%

Vinnytsia Automated Fare Collection - Regulatory Framework

 | Published August 25, 2015  -  Deadline September 21, 2015
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Executing Agency (Client): City of Vinnytsia (the “City”) The Client Contact Person: Ms. Katerina Babina, Director Vinnytsia Card Services 64 Soborna Str., Vinnytsia, Ukraine, 21050 Email: vincardservice@gmail.com Phone +38 093 108 13 56 The EBRD Contact Person: Julie Michel European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square London EC2A 2JN Tel: + 44 20 7338 7556 Fax: +44 20 7338 7451 E-mail: michelj@ebrd.com Project Description: The European Bank for Development and Reconstruction (the “EBRD”) is working with the City of Vinnytsia (the “City” or the “Client”) to finance an Automated Fare Collection (“AFC”) system, and as part of it, an Automated Vehicle Location (“AVL”) system, for the City. A new special purpose municipally-owned company called Municipal Enterprise Vinnytsia Card Service (“VCS”) was established on 12 December 2014 to implement the AFC system. The Project is called Vinnytsia Card at the City level. The system will include an AVL sub-system to track public transport vehicles and offer modern dispatch services for the City and transport operators. It is planned to have an AFC system where users are issued with contactless smart cards (“e-cards”) carrying information with stored value or purchased tickets and other products. It is planned that the e-card will be able to carry equivalents of money, various public transport tickets and be suitable for other dedicated applications including access to City services, parking or potentially bicycle rental. AVL sub-system will be used for real time passenger information as well as for monitoring transport operators’ performance in order to adjust municipal payments in line with operators’ actually delivered services. It should improve service quality by facilitating greater focus on the reliability of services by transport operators, but also providing real time information to users on the expected arrival of vehicles at bus stops. The bulk of the public transport supply (circa 75 per cent) is provided by Vinnytsia Transport Company (“VTC”) formerly “Vinnytske Tramvaino – Trolleybusne Upravlinnya” (“TTU”), whose tram, trolleybus and bus fleet will be the basis to introduce AFC system. However the City intends to implement the new system on all public transport services, including private operators (i.e. 200 minibuses). Assignment Description: The overall objective of this assignment is to support the City with strengthening their public transport regulatory framework, including assisting in the preparing of a Public Transport Strategy, an Agreement on the Implementation of the AFC system, Public Service Contracts between the city and operators, Fare Revenue Collection Service Contracts between VCS and operators and a new set of rules regarding passenger and luggage carriage (the “Assignment”). The Assignment will also assist the City in preparing a route tender documentation package. The contracting entity will be the City. The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services: TASK 1. Assistance in Drafting the City’s Public Transport which should include: an assessment of public transport system’s and Key Performance Indicators (“KPIs”) of main public transport service providers; identify city’s transport sector issues and problems; stipulate main principles for new strategy; establish a vision and goals; set out measures and timeline to for achieving these goals, as well as resources required. TASK 2. Drafting an Agreement between the City and VCS for the Implementation and Operation of an AFC/AVL system The Consultant will formalise/stipulate the City’s objectives of the AFC system implementation and discuss the envisaged principles to serve as the basis of the agreement. The Consultant will support the City in drafting the agreement between VCS and VCC to enable the implementation and operation of the AFC and AVL system. This shall include, inter alia, the governance mechanism for oversight of VCS’s operations by VCC and relevant transport operators. TASK 3. Preparation of a Public Service Contract between the City and VTC The Consultant will prepare a PSC between the City and transport operators and supporting financial model. TASK 4. Preparation of Fare Revenue Collection Service Contracts between VCS and transport operators Taking into consideration the envisaged contractual structure of the system and final principles of the AFC system, as well as main terms and conditions of the Contract between the VCS and operators for Implementation and Operation of an AFC/AVL systems. The Consultant will outline goals, main principles, and terms and conditions for Fare Revenue Collection Contract between the VCS and transport operators in a separate paper before drafting the Contract. The Contract will set out terms and conditions for installation, access and maintenance of AFC equipment on operators’ vehicles, rules for notification of equipment failures, payment formulae, incentive mechanisms, etc. The Contract will include a separate section dedicated to AVL system and its deployment on operators fleet. TASK 5. Preparation of Vinnytsia New Passenger and Luggage Carriage Rules The Consultant will review national and local legislation regulating transportation of passengers and carriage of luggage and will propose amendments necessary for implementation of AFC system to be approved by the City Council. TASK 6. Development of Tender Documentation Package for Transport The Consultant will review the current bus and minibus route tendering document package, relevant laws and point out main limitations and restrictions and will draft a new tender documentation package to include a description of the tender procedure, recommended bidders qualification criteria and proposal evaluation criteria, minimum requirement to the services, template for operational plan, potentially template business plan with a basic template financial model. Based on the PSC developed for VTC the Consultant will draft an adopted PSC for private bus and minibus operations taking into account additional risks and particularities of the market. Consultant should refer to the Terms of Reference (“ToR”) for a more detailed description of the Assignment. 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 January 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 2 years. Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 288,750 (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: EU Neighbourhood Investment Facility Eligibility: There are no eligibility criteria. Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with proven previous project experience related to: (a) Urban transport sector; (b) Project management, projects, legal analysis and contract preparation, procurement of public transport services and financial modelling. The Consultant’s experts team is expected to include key Experts as follows (with short-term support as required): Key Experts No. 1: Pool of local legal experts (both junior and senior levels); Key Expert No. 2: Transport planner; Key Expert No. 3: Transport economist with expertise in fares; Key Expert No. 4: Financial adviser; Key Expert No. 5: AFC/AVL specialist to support the performance contract between the City and VCS and between VCS and Transport Operators; Key Expert No. 6: Local Procurement and Contract Specialist. All key Experts should preferably have 7 years of experience of the activity for which they are proposed or from a similar position including: ability to work in local language is considered essential; and previous project experience in the country would be an advantage. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected, the information submitted should include the following: 1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages). 2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives. 3. CVs of key Experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives. 4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet The 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 Ukrainian via email (pdf) titled “EXPESSION OF INTEREST for UKRAINE: Vinnytsia Automated Fare Collection - Regulatory Framework, TCS No. 48408 to the Client’s contact person and should reach the Client not later than the closing date. One additional copy shall reach the Bank’s contact person by the same due date. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The Client reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if any limitation on the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files. Important Notes: 1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding. 2. The shortlist criteria and weightings are as follows: (a) Firm’s previous project experience in project management, legal analysis and contract preparation, procurement of public transport services and financial modelling. (20%) (b) Firm has preferably 10 years’ knowledge of the urban transport sector, with international experience in countries in Central Europe (20%) (c) CV of key Experts : legal experts, transport planner, transport economist with expertise in fares, financial advisor AFC/AVL specialists and local procurement and contracting specialist (60%) 3. Consultants are authorised to send Expression of interest for this Assignment but as well for the Project Implementation Support TCS No. 48406, subject to their capabilities.

SECOND ROAD & SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROJ. - P127156

 | Published September 30, 2015
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Small Contracts Award (dir,cqs,indv,sss) Small Contract Award Notice Ukraine Project: P127156 - SECOND ROAD AND SAFETY IMPROVEMENTPROJECT Report Period: 29-Sep-2015 - 29-Sep-2015 Awarded Firm/Indv. : IRD Engineering Srl (Italy) Address: Contract SignatureDate:29-Sep-2015 Method of Procurement: CQS- Selection Based On Consultant's Qualification Price: USD 294,420.00 Duration: 3.00 Month(s) Summary Scope of Contract: The Consultant shall develop the set of design and estimate documentationas well as Bidding Documents for Road Safety Improvement (reconstruction and capital repair) following EuroRAP recommendations

Capacity Building of Ukrainian Anti-Monopoly Committee - Competition Capacity Building

 | Published October 28, 2015  -  Deadline November 11, 2015
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Clarification 29/10/2015: Please note that the deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest is 11/11/2015 at 17:00 London time. Assignment Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) is supporting the Anti-Monopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU or the Anti-monopoly Committee) to harmonise national competition legislative and regulatory frameworks and enhance the AMCU’s capacity to manage the application of competition policy. Anti-monopoly policy, legislation and regulation are taking centre stage in the ongoing reform efforts in Ukraine. Legislation has been introduced to break up gas monopolies and increase energy sector competition. In addition, more transparent and better regulated competition is mandated by the Association Agreement signed in 2014 between the European Union and its Member States on one side,, and Ukraine on the other which put forward recommendations to improve the functionality of the AMCU, now captured in the new draft law: On changes in legislative acts safeguarding transparency of Anti-Monopoly Committee of Ukraine. Hence the AMCU has been under immense pressure to undergo structural, personnel and regulatory reforms, which would lead to creating a platform for effective competition. The Bank now intends to engage a consulting company (the Consultant) to assist with the implementation of these activities (the Assignment). The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services: 1. Prepare legal instruments that would help unify competition practice in Ukraine a. Prepare a substantive commentary on the Law of Ukraine: On the Protection of Economic Competition; and On the Protection against Unfair Competition; b. Develop new tools to enable the AMCU fulfil the requirements of the European Commission Regulations, as requested by the government; and c. Prepare an analysis of relevant judicial practice. 2. Provide high quality professionally-relevant training to members of the AMCU a. Design a skill-based curriculum; b. Carry out the training; and c. Carry out an evaluation of the training. 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 December 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 24 months. 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. Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 150,000.00; 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 Assignment will be financed from the Ukraine Multi-Donor Account. 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 previous project experience in the field of competition, EU competition policy, capacity building for competition authorities and comparative expertise in Eastern Europe and Ukraine specifically. The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows: · International Competition Expert with preferably 10-15 years’ experience in EU Competition policy; · International Competition Expert with preferably 10-15 years of previous project experience of developing comprehensive, practical legal commentaries and preferably relevant experience in competition law in Ukraine and/or CIS countries. · International Competition Technical Expert with preferably 10-15 years of previous project experience of designing and implementing capacity building competition framework-related training for competition authorities and relevant project experience in competition law in Ukraine and/or CIS countries. · Local Competition Legal Expert, familiar with local laws and context, with preferably 10-15 years of relevant experience. 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 profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages); 2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives; 3. CVs of key experts who could be available to work on the Assignment; 4. Completed contact sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc The above information should not exceed 10 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet. The complete expression of interest (including CVs and Contact Sheet) shall be one file (pdf or Word), not exceeding 4MB, to be uploaded to eSelection. The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files. Expressions of Interest shall be submitted, in English, electronically through eSelection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. Bank Contact Person: James Yoo European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange SquareLondon EC2A 2JN Tel: + 44 20 7338 6369 email: YooJ@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)Notes: 1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding. 2. The evaluation criteria are as follows: (a) Consultant’s previous project experience in the field of competition and EU competition policy and comparative expertise in Eastern Europe and Ukraine (30%); (b) Consultant’s previous project experience in developing comprehensive, practical legal commentaries (20%); (c) Consultant’s previous project experience in designing and implementing training programmes for competition authorities (20%); (d) CVs of key experts (30%).

Policy, Regulatory and Capacity Building Technical Cooperation in the Context of Government Procurement Agreement Accession

 | Published January 20, 2016  -  Deadline February 29, 2016
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THE END DATE OF THE PROCUREMENT NOTICE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 29 FEBRUARY 2016 AT 23:59 HOURS (LONDON TIME). THE CONSULTANT PROFILE SECTION AND SHORTLIST CRITERIA HAS ALSO BEEN REVISED.

Project Description: The Government of Ukraine has requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") to provide technical assistance with a view to enhancing its public procurement system, in particular, the electronic procurement system under development (the Prozorro Project) in light of the requirements resulting from accession of Ukraine to the Agreement on Government Procurement of the World Trade Organization (WTO GPA).

Since 2010 the EBRD has been actively supporting countries pursuing accession to the WTO GPA. The EBRD GPA Technical Cooperation Facility (the EBRD GPA TC Facility), launched in 2014, provides policy advice and assistance in negotiating GPA accession and reforming procurement systems in line with GPA standards.

In Ukraine, the law on public procurement was adopted in 2014 and revised in September 2015. Next, a new law regarding electronic procurement procedures was approved by the Parliament in December 2015 and is awaiting Presidential signature to enter into force in April 2016. This law stipulates mandatory electronic procedures to all public procurement in the country. To ensure electronic procedures are implemented in practice in line with the GPA requirements the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade requested assistance with developing the Prozorro Project in the context of the GPA accession.

Assignment Description: The EBRD now intends to retain a consultant (the "Consultant") to carry out the tasks under this assignment (the "Assignment").

The main objective of the Assignment is to work with the Prozorro Project team and develop procedures compliant with new legislative framework and legal and institutional requirements of the WTO GPA accession, including public procurement review and remedies procedures. The Consultant is also expected to contribute to technical cooperation of the EBRD with Transparency International Ukraine.

The expected outcome of the Assignment is introducing all the changes necessary to implement the WTO GPA standards into electronic procedures and ensuring accurate reporting on public procurement in Ukraine covered by the GPA obligations.

The full scope of activities under the Assignment is to be developed during inception mission with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, provisionally scheduled for March 2016; however the following activities are envisaged to implement the Assignment objectives thus far:

a) Legal compliance diagnostics. This will involve assessment of the legislation adopted in the context of the WTO GPA accession to take stock of what has been achieved and identify any remaining areas for improvement;
b) Assessment of GPA implementation in electronic procedures. This will entail assessing the extent of existing procedures in the GPA context and identifying any impediments to implementing obligations arising from the GPA;
c) Further reform agenda development. On the basis of the needs assessment, a work plan for further reform will be developed, to include (i) policy, (ii) regulatory, (iii) institutional and (iv) capacity building components;
d) Collaboration with Transparency International Ukraine and local stakeholders. This will entail contributing to the Transparency International Ukraine work on monitoring electronic public procurement procedures and ensuring GPA requirements are taken into consideration in implementing new monitoring procedures for public procurement in Ukraine.

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

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

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 100,000 (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: The contract will be financed by the EBRD-Ukraine Stabilisation and Sustainable Growth Multi-Donor Account. Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the authorities the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: The Consultant will be a firm or group of firms preferably with previous experience related to:
1.Developing and implementing national public procurement reform projects, including public procurement policy development and legal drafting for implementing electronic public procurement in practice;
2.Demonstrated eProcurement experience in designing and implementing eProcurement projects on a national level in the EBRD countries in order to conduct public sector procurement.
3.Policy advice and legal drafting in Russian speaking countries, working in Ukrainian is an advantage.
The Consultant's expert team is expected to include key experts as follows:
a. Key Expert – eProcurement: expert with preferably 15 years of experience in public procurement policy and drafting and designing and implementing eProcurement projects, with specific experience related to implementing public procurement reform in Ukraine.
b. Key Expert – Policy/Legal Adviser: a legal expert with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in drafting public procurement legal documents (including primary, secondary and tertiary legislation) and specific experience related to implementing public procurement reform in Ukraine.

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

1. Company/group of firms' profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).
2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives.
3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.
4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:
http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.
The expression of interest shall not exceed 20 pages (excluding CVs Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet).

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English 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:

Viv Headlam
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6885
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
E-mail: LewisheV@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)

Important Notes:

1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.
2. The shortlist criteria are as follows:
(a) Firm's or expert's previous experience in developing and implementing national public procurement reform projects, including public procurement policy development and legal drafting for implementing electronic public procurement in practice (30%).
(b) Firm's or expert's demonstrated previous eProcurement experience in designing and implementing eProcurement projects on a national level in EBRD countries in order to conduct public sector procurement (30%)
(c) Policy advice and legal drafting in Russian speaking countries, working in Ukrainian is considered an advantage (10%)
(d) CVs of Key Experts (30%).

Project Preparation Support Programme for Agribusiness Projects in Ukraine: Pillar II: Environmental Due Diligence

 | Published October 28, 2015  -  Deadline November 18, 2015
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Background: The agribusiness sector has proven to be one of the main pillars of the Ukrainian economy, even when it is in crisis mode. It is the only sector that increased exports (estimated MY 2014/15 7% higher compared to the previous year) and registered growth in 2014, contributing to approximately 16% of the country’s GDP. This growth can continue, but is subject to an improved business environment and increased investment for the further development of the sector. There are immediate needs to scale up international financing, as the crisis in Ukraine has had a profound impact on the availability of finance for the corporate sector. In this context, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD”, the “Bank”) is well placed, additional, and able to provide access to financing to corporates facing on-oing difficulties. In 2014 the Bank invested €251 million through 14 new projects in the agribusiness sector alone (record year), which was more than 20% of the EBRD’s total investment in Ukraine. In addition, over the past 5 years EBRD financing attracted an estimated additional €100 million from commercial lenders. In 2015, the Bank continued to invest strongly and aims to achieve a business plan with a similar level of investment. The EBRD’s active portfolio in Ukraine’s agribusiness sector amounts to €700 million and includes operations in food production, crop farming and commodity trading. The EBRD, with the support of the Japan - EBRD Technical Co-operation Fund, is dedicating technical cooperation (TC) resources to assist on-going and future EBRD agribusiness operations, and help pave the way for new investments in the country. The pre-investment due diligence costs for the EBRD’s projects are a significant financial burden to companies, particularly to small- and medium-sized enterprises, who cannot afford this additional cost and therefore face a significant barrier in accessing EBRD finance. For larger companies, with more complicated corporate structures, the legal restructuring implies higher additional costs before they can approach the Bank for financing. Meeting these costs became particularly difficult for the private sector in the context of the on-oing crisis. To this end, the EBRD intends to appoint up to 3 consultants under framework agreements (the “Framework Agreements”) to carry out environmental due diligence on agribusiness projects in Ukraine (“Project Preparation Support for Agribusinesses” Programme) over a three-year period (the “Assignment”). Framework Agreements for the Programme The Bank intends to enter into Framework Agreements with up to 3 consultants (Framework Consultant or Consultant) to enable the Bank to call upon a shortlist of pre-qualified firms from which it can quickly and efficiently obtain reliable services. The Framework Agreements will establish, in advance, fee rates for experts, contract terms and agreements, and procedures that will govern individual assignments (Assignments) to be required to implement the Programme. Under these Framework Agreements, the Bank will have the option, but not the obligation, to place individual Assignments with the selected Framework Consultants. Framework Consultants will be selected for individual Assignments in accordance with the EBRD’s Procurement Policies and Rules (PP&R). The Bank may send to the Framework Consultant(s) specific Terms of Reference for the Assignment (Specific ToR). The Specific ToR will include a description of the tasks to be performed, time-schedules and reporting instructions. The Framework Consultant(s) should respond by sending to the Bank a technical and financial proposal for the Assignment together with details of the Expert(s) proposed to carry out the work. The Bank will then assess the response(s) and – subject to successful negotiations - issue a call-off notice (Call-Off Notice) for the individual Assignment to the selected Framework Consultant. Description of individual Assignments (Call-offs) The Consultant will assess each banking operation to determine the way in which potential environmental, social, health and safety, and animal welfare impacts and associated financial, legal and reputational risks should be addressed in project planning, implementation and operation (Environmental and Social due diligence, E&S due diligence). Key is to ensure that projects are structured to meet the requirements of the Bank’s 2014 Environmental and Social Policy and the Bank’s Performance Requirements (“PRs”). Consultancy services for individual Assignments are expected to include all, or selected elements, of the following: 1. Review of corporate policies and practices: E&S due diligence will include a corporate level assessment of the Company’s management capacity and the existing systems in place to manage environmental issues and to implement the EBRD’s PRs which will comprise management interviews and document review. The document review should include a review of any previous due diligence studies undertaken and an assessment of how the Borrower has complied with any commitments with regard to corporate level management of E&S issues. 2. Review of project-related impacts: The Consultant will: · Where the project is categorised A undertake an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment in accordance with EBRD and EU requirements. This may either be undertaken from new or build on existing documentation prepared for national permitting purposes; · Where the project is categorised B undertake an appropriate E&S Assessment; · Prepare a non-technical summary (“NTS”) for the investment programme, and an environmental and social action plans as necessary; · Assist the Borrower, as required, in releasing the NTS to locally affected communities in accordance with the requirements of EBRD’s Public Disclosure Policy and PR10. 3. Environmental audit of existing facilities: The environmental audit will include a site visit to assess the current operating performance of the Borrower against the EBRD’s PRs and will include management discussions, document review and site observations. Key issues to be covered in accordance with the PRs include organizational capacity and commitment for the management of key environmental issues, pollution prevention, facility impact on local communities, impacts on biodiversity, and current stakeholder engagement activities. The Consultant will provide an opinion as to how the current operations and the proposed capacity expansions will comply with good international practices in terms of: · The design of Borrower’s facilities; · The policies and procedures adopted by the Borrower; · Training provided to staff to ensure that those policies and procedures are adhered to; and · Monitoring the implementation of those policies and procedures to ensure on-going compliance with good practice. 4. Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP): Based on the findings of the environmental audit and assessment, the Consultant will develop an ESAP to determine the needs and priorities for future environmental and social mitigation measures and improvements to ensure compliance with the Bank’s PRs. 5. Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP): As part of the environmental due diligence, the Consultant will review the Borrower’s current stakeholder engagement activities and, where necessary, prepare a SEP in compliance with EBRD’s PR10. The review should include identification of the various individuals or groups that may be affected by the Project and the ways in which the Borrower currently communicates with those identified stakeholders. The Borrower will advise the Company on the requirements of EBRD’s information disclosure and PR10. Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest. Programme Start Date and Duration: The Programme is expected to start in February 2016. The selected Framework Consultants will be engaged via Framework Agreements with a validity period of up to 3 years. Cost Estimate for the Programme and Assignments: EUR 360,000 (exclusive of VAT). The cost estimate for individual Assignments will vary depending on their specific scope, but individual budgets are expected to be up to 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: This Programme is expected to be funded by the Japan - EBRD Technical Co-operation Fund (JECF). Please note that selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding. Eligibility: Firms eligible for this assignment are firms registered in Japan; or firms registered elsewhere that employ Japanese citizen(s) who will perform the relevant tasks under the assignment. 40% of each assignment budget must be utilised on Japanese experts or non-Japanese experts who are employed by a firm registered in Japan. Framework Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms preferably with previous project experience related to: 1. Environmental assessment of private sector companies in the agribusiness sector, in line with the scope of required services outlined above and (preferably) the EBRD’s Environmental and Social Policy, including reviews of corporate policies and practices and project related impacts; 2. Drafting of action plans that identify needs and priorities for future environmental and social mitigation measures and improvements at company level; Project experience in the EBRD’s countries of operations (COOs) will be considered an advantage. The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows: a. Key Expert No 1: Environmental/Social Specialist, Team Leader, with preferably 5-7 years of previous professional experience within the above-mentioned scope of services; b. Key Experts No 2-5: Environmental/Social Specialist with preferably 2-3 years of previous professional experience within the above-mentioned scope of services. c. Key Experts No 6: Ukrainian Environmental/Social Specialists with previous professional experience within the above-mentioned scope of services. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be shortlisted for the Programme, 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 Assignments detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives. 4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc. The above information should not exceed 20 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet. 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: Georgia Vasiliadis Technical Co-operation European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square London EC2A 2JN Tel: + 44 20 7338 7750 e-mail: VasiliaG@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address) Notes: 1. Following this invitation for expressions of interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding. 2. The shortlist criteria are: a. Firm’s professional experience in conducting environmental and social assessments of private-sector companies - 25% b. Firm’s professional experience in designing action plans for companies with environmental and social mitigation measures and improvements – 25% c. Firm’s experience in the Bank’s countries of operation – 10% d. CVs of key experts - 40%

Advice for Agribusiness - Coordinator

 | Published January 30, 2015  -  Deadline February 20, 2015
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Background:

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is the largest financial investor in Ukraine, having invested €1.2 billion through 36 projects in 2014. The Bank is continually stepping up its support for the agribusiness sector, which includes technical cooperation (TC) and business advisory projects. These projects are crucial in the preparation of future investments in Ukraine and the region where the EBRD invests.

The EBRD’s Agribusiness and Small Business Support (SBS) teams launched Advice for Agribusiness in 2012, a TC programme focused on building the Bank’s investment potential. The programme is designed to enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), who are also the EBRD’s prospective investment clients, to benefit from improvements in technological know-how, management and operational best practices, and financial and corporate governance standards. In 2014 the programme was expanded to include agribusinesses in Ukraine.

Advice for Agribusiness introduces international best practices to potential investment clients by engaging highly experienced senior executives from the agribusiness sector with “hands-on” experience, as well as industry experts as advisors to work directly with the management of the assisted SMEs. Likewise, it provides expertise from local experts for improvements in areas such as financial reporting.


Assignment Description:

The role of the Consultant is to support the advisory work being undertaken in Ukraine by SBS in the Agribusiness sector by focusing on clients that have a high probability of becoming recipients of EBRD’s financing after completion of the relevant advisory projects. This additional focus is needed in the current challenging local environment where SMEs require focused technical cooperation support to improve their access to finance, by enhancing their bankability and developing financial and business skills.

The Consultant will be a part of the SBS team based in Kiev, Ukraine. The Consultant will be supervised by the Head of Agribusiness SMEs, Technical Cooperation and Advisory Services based in London with dual reporting to the Head of Regional Programme in Ukraine. The 3-year consultancy role is financed by the EBRD-Ukraine Stabilisation and Sustainable Growth Multi-Donor Fund.

The Consultant’s primary responsibility will be to develop a pipeline of SMEs to be involved in the Advice for Agribusiness programme in Ukraine. The Consultant will be partnered up with an SBS International Advisory Local Manager, and he/she will be the Consultant’s first port of call in planning and preparing of Advice for Agribusiness projects. The Consultant’s deliverables will be feeding into targets set by SBS for its Country Programme in Ukraine. In addition, the Consultant will be working closely with Agribusiness bankers based in Kiev and London while selecting potential advisory clients.

Once trained by the SBS team in Kiev, the Consultant is expected to execute the relevant advisory projects in compliance with the norms set out in SBS operations manual. This will include but will not be limited to:

Project identification, execution and monitoring

• Assisting the Agribusiness team in identifying and screening for potential Advice for Agribusiness projects;
• Reviewing the background and profile of the prospective clients to determine the suitability for the Bank’s subsequent financing;
• In close collaboration with the SBS team, identifying technical assistance needs/objectives of potential clients and defining the initial scope for the proposed technical assistance; in close collaboration with the Agribusiness team bankers, considering possible investment needs with potential clients;
• Managing project flow through all stages, including identification, implementation, monitoring and evaluation according to SBS Procedures and Rules;
• Establishing and managing the individual projects budget, including careful tracking of committed and disbursed funds per project and the programme as a whole, ensuring cost-share is paid by each participating company;
• Regular associated reporting to the donors;
• Assisting Agribusiness team bankers in due-diligence and preparation of internal project documentation for the follow-up banking transactions with the relevant clients of Advice of Agribusiness Programme;
• Ensuring a coordinated approach between the client, advisor/consultants, EBRD Agribusiness bankers in Ukraine as well as close liaison with SBS and Agribusiness management in London and Kiev.

Selection and monitoring of advisors

• Selecting industry advisor(s), experts/specialists and/or local consultants for the projects, in accordance with the individual company’s needs;
• Training the advisory team on the programme methodology;
• Monitoring of the advisory team’s performance to ensure appropriate level of service is provided throughout the project;
• Processing, reviewing and distributing visit reports/minutes prepared by the advisors, as well as the final project “hand-book” to the company;
• Ensuring that the projects are carried out in a timely manner and that the required data, inputs and analysis has been made in the Bank’s Management Information System (MIS) by all team members including the advisors.

Programme administration, marketing and travel support

• Organizing necessary logistical arrangements for visiting project teams;
• Liaising between the client companies, donors and Agribusiness bankers as required;
• Organizing relevant visibility activities in conjunction with the SBS and Agribusiness teams;
• Receiving, reviewing and forwarding advisors’ invoices;
• Assisting with advisors’ travel arrangements and on-the-ground logistical support.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in Q1 2015, and have an estimated duration of 3 years.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 75,000 (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 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: This Assignment is funded by the Technical Cooperation Programme managed by the EBRD Please note that selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

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

Consultant profile:

The Consultant will be an individual expert with the following skills, experience and qualifications:

• Strong academic background with relevant degree from a leading university in the country of education (business administration, international relations, economics or finance);
• 3+ years of private-sector experience gained within banking, finance, business development or auditing/financial consulting firm;
• Previous experience in the Agribusiness sector is preferred;
• Specific experience with project management will be considered an advantage;
• Credit analysis skills, with the ability to interpret accounts, understanding local and international accounting principles and practice of credit analysis;
• Excellent computer literacy, written and oral communication skills in English and Ukrainian; other languages from EBRD countries of operation will be considered an advantage.

In addition, the prospective Consultant should demonstrate the following personal competencies and attributes:

• Communication Skills – the ability to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information in written and verbal formats, to the right audience at the right time;
• Reporting Skills through the Banks’s MIS.
• Concern for Accuracy and Detail – the capacity to ensure and maintain a high degree of accuracy and quality in work delivered during pressure periods;
• Problem Solving – judgement and initiative in decision making process. Ability to tackle issues and problems in a logical, step-by-step way and proposes practical and realistic solutions;
• Planning and Organising – operating independently and taking responsibility for decisions within own area, as well as the ability to autonomously manage a high volume of tasks using initiative to assist the decision-making process;
• Team-working – building effective communication and relationships both within and outside the team. Sharing knowledge, information and best practices with others;
• Customer Focus – the ability to listen to the views of all stakeholders, to be sensitive and understand cultural differences, transition success factors and the complexity of political constraints; provide optimal solutions and manage expectations;
• Results Orientated – following up and following through to ensure goals are achieved and exceeded.

Submission Requirements: Interested individual Experts are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest containing the following information:
1. a cover letter including full contact details, inclusive of address of the individual, phone and fax numbers, and email address;
2. CV detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.
3. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.

The above information must not exceed 10 pages, including the CV.

The complete expression of interest (including CVs and Contact Sheet) shall be one file (pdf or Word), not exceeding 4MB, to be uploaded to eSelection. The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

Expressions of interest shall be submitted in English through eSelection and not directly to the contact person given below, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date for submissions indicated above.


Bank Contact Person:
Mr Nicola Di Pietro
Advisor, Technical Cooperation Team
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: +44 20 7338 6329
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
E-mail: Pietron@ebrd.com
Submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)


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 from appropriate donors.
2. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews, before the completion of the selection process.
3. Evaluation of the Expressions of Interest will be based on the following criteria and their respective weightings:
a) CVs of the Expert - 60%;
b) Knowledge of Ukrainian/ Russian – 20%;
c) Expert interview (if shortlisted) – 20%.

Ukraine: Ukrainian State Air Traffic Service Enterprise (UkSATSE) - Assistance to the Project Implementation Unit (PIU)

 | Published September 18, 2015  -  Deadline October 16, 2015
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Project Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) is in the process of providing a loan to the Air Navigation Service Provider (“ANSP”) of Ukraine (“UkSATSE” or the “Client”) in order to finance the time critical upgrading of hardware and software essential for efficient Air Traffic Management functioning in Ukraine in line with the harmonisation programme with Single European Sky (“SES”) programme (the “Project”).

UkSATSE will establish a Project Implementation Unit (“PIU”) charged with the responsibility to manage, co-ordinate, supervise and monitor the implementation of the Project in liaison with the Bank. The Client now intends to engage a consultant (the “Consultant”) to assist the PIU with the Project implementation and reporting to the Lender (the “Assignment”).

Assignment Description: The overall objective of the Assignment is to facilitate the timely and effective implementation of the Project through preparation of the tender documents based on the technical information provided by the client assistance and advice on the tender evaluation with the preparation of the evaluation report in the EBRD format, contracting and contracts implementation and administration, monitor the working conditions, reporting to the Bank and general support including the planning of training and transition to the new systems. Particular attention shall be paid to the harmonization, interfacing and time linkages between the different contracts.

The Assignment shall be carried out in two phases with the commencement of Phase 2 dependent on UkSATSE’s and the Bank’s satisfaction with the performance of the Consultant during Phase 1 and subject to the EBRD’s loan being signed and declared effective.

PHASE 1

Task 1: Preparation of the Tender Documents and provision of technical and operational support for the works, goods and services to be procured

In order to meet the above objectives, the Consultant shall, inter alia:

  • review and suggest amendments to the procurement plan of the Project and assist in optimizing the tendering strategy;
  • assist UkSATSE with establishing appropriate qualification criteria and drafting of the prequalification documents, if needed;
  • prepare the tender documents in compliance with EBRD Procurement Policies and Rules;
  • review the technical information provided by the client for compliance with SES legislation and the ICAO/Eurocontrol Projects requirements applicable to Ukraine;
  • support UkSATSE to obtain the EBRD’s “no objection” on Tender Documents;
  • ensure compliance of the tender documents with the requirements of the environmental covenants as stipulated in the EBRD’s loan documentation;
  • assist UkSATSE in drafting of the necessary technical and tender/contractual documents needed to outsource the production of the preliminary and detailed design, if applicable (note that this task does not cover the production of the preliminary and detailed design).

Note that at the time the Assignment begins the technical documentation will be substantially completed. The development of the documentation is being done by UkSATSE.

Task 2: Organization and Management of the Tendering Process for the works, goods and services to be procured

The Consultant shall assist the PIU with the organization and management of the tendering process for each contract, including the following:

  • assistance in the preparation of clarifications and amendments to the tender documents if required during the tender process;
  • assistance in the preparation for evaluation and evaluation of the tenders, tender clarification meetings in case of two-stage tendering;
  • assistance in preparation of the draft tender evaluation report using the EBRD standard forms;
  • assistance in achieving the Bank´s ”no objection”;
  • assistance in the finalisation of the contract with the winning tenderer, notification of contract award and notices to the unsuccessful tenderers;
  • support UkSATSE in resolving complaints, if any.
  • to ensure that all procedures and documents (contracts) are in compliance with:
    1. applicable international (commercial) laws and international agreements, 
    2. EBRD procurement policies and rules and any other covenants in the loan and between UkSATSE and the Bank,
    3. Good business and industrial practice.
  • assist in bringing all the Project documents and procedures in accordance with International Quality Assurance Standards.

PHASE 2

Subject to UkSATSE’s and the Bank’s satisfaction with the performance of the Consultant during Phase 1 and subject to the EBRD’s loan being signed and declared effective, the Consultant shall undertake Phase 2 of the Assignment and shall carry out the following tasks:

Task 3: Contract Implementation and Administration.

The Consultant’s role will be limited to providing assistance and advice to UkSATSE’s PIU and Project Manager/s.

The Consultant shall:

  • assist UkSATSE and if necessary participate in progress meetings between UkSATSE and suppliers (progress review and ”go-no go” decisions);
  • review interface between the different contracts;
  • assess requests for modifications submitted by the contractors, and advise UkSATSE on whether or not to accept the modifications;
  • assist UkSATSE in resolving claims from the contractor(s) and arranging for counterclaims, if justified and consistent with the contract;
  • monitor the physical progress of implementation against the timetable, bringing to the immediate attention of the PIU any significant variations, the reasons for such variations, their impact on completion of the project and recommending remedial action, if necessary;
  • monitor Project costs against cost estimates, bringing to the immediate attention of PIU and the Bank any significant variations, the reasons for such variations, their impact on completion of the project and recommending remedial action, if necessary.
  • monitor that the working conditions are in compliance with national labour laws and health and safety regulations and international good practice in these areas.

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 commence in Q4 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of twenty-four months.

Maximum Budget available for the Assignment: EUR 295,000 (exclusive of VAT).

The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such in the response to the Notification. If any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable from the Consultant, they are paid by the Consultant. If any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable from the Client, they are paid by the Client.

Funding Source: Austrian Technical Assistance Co-operation Fund.

Eligibility: Consultancy firms shall be entities registered in Austria and all experts proposed by the entity to work on the assignment must be either Austrian nationals or permanent residents of Austria However, up to a maximum of 25% of the maximum contract amount may be used to finance services of local experts who are nationals of Ukraine or consultancy firms of Ukraine.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant shall be a firm or a group of firms with significant prior experience in delivering similar assignments using procurement rules of international financial institutions (“IFIs”) such as EBRD, World Bank, ADB or equivalent procedures of other IFIs. 

The Consultant shall be responsible for mobilisation of qualified procurement and technical specialists and other professional staff with the proven hands-on experience in the procurement, implementation and administration of similar projects in comparable legal and regulatory environment and under IFI procurement rules. Where staff do not speak the local language, interpretation and translation will be the responsibility of the Consultant.

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

  1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max/. 2-4 pages)
  2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments, 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, 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 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

  1. A copy of the Consultant's valid company registration certificate confirming that the firm is registered in Austria.

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

One original and four copies in both English and Russian (or Ukrainian) should be submitted to the Client in an envelope marked “Expression of Interest for “Ukraine: Ukrainian State Air Traffic Service Enterprise (UkSATSE) – Assistance to the Project Implementation Unit (PIU)”, to reach the Client not later than the date stated above.  One further electronic copy in English should be submitted to the EBRD’s contact person by the same due date.

Important Notes:

  1. Following this invitation for expressions of interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.
  1. Shortlisting criteria and respective weightings are as follows:
  1. Capacity of the Firm: size, financial capacity and qualification of potential staff – 10%;
  2. General qualification: Firm’s experience in the successful delivery of Project Implementation Support assignments linked to the Air Navigation Services and/or Aviation sector/s of similar complexity and value preferably undertaken within the last 10 years - 20%;
  3. Firm’s Specific Experience:
    1. experience with the projects of similar complexity in Air Navigation Services area preferably undertaken within the last 15 years – 30%;
    2. experience in preparing similar projects using procurement rules of International Financial Institutions, such as the EBRD, World Bank or ADB or equivalent procedures of other IFIs - 30%;
    3. Firm’s experience in implementing projects in Ukraine and/or CIS countries or countries with similar conditions (e.g. language, technical standards, design and construction laws and regulations) – 10%.

 

Client Contact Person:
Igor Blinov, Nataliia Kravchuk
Ukrainian State Air Traffic Service Enterprise (UkSATSE)
Airport Boryspil, Kyiv region, Ukraine, 08307
Email: blinov_is@uksatse.aero, kravchuk_ny@uksatse.aero
Tel: +38044 351 59 43, +38 044 351 58 66
 

EBRD Contact Person:
Viv Lewis-Headlam
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Email: lewishev@ebrd.com
Tel: +44 20 7338 6885
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
 

Ukraine: Assistance in Implementing Revised Agreement on Government Procurement of the WTO in Public Procurement Legislation

 | Published November 25, 2014  -  Deadline December 9, 2014
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Ukraine: Assistance in Implementing Revised Agreement on Government Procurement of the WTO in Public Procurement Legislation Assignment Description: The World Trade Organization (the WTO) establishes international agreements to facilitate international trade and remove trade barriers; however, public contracts funded from state budgets were traditionally a privilege of domestic suppliers and inaccessible to international bidders. This approach changed in 1994 with the adoption of the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA). During the last three years the Legal Transition Programme of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD, the Bank) has assisted countries negotiating accession to the WTO GPA on a case-by-case basis. To date support in GPA negotiations has been provided to the governments of Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia. New countries joining the WTO, and adoption of the revised text of the GPA in 2012, created new interest in opening negotiations in the Western Balkans, Middle East and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region. This created demand for structured, on-going cooperation between the EBRD and the WTO GPA Secretariat, as a result of which the EBRD GPA Technical Cooperation Facility was launched. Under the EBRD GPA Technical Cooperation Facility several country projects will be developed, including a technical cooperation project with the Government of Ukraine. The Government of Ukraine initiated the process of accession in 2011 and worked on the GPA negotiations supported by the EBRD project: Ukraine: Policy Advice for Public Procurement Reform. Ukraine's initial offer was submitted in December 2012 and comments from GPA parties were received in 2013. Presently, while GPA negotiation process continues, there is a need for addressing recent political changes and revisions in legislation on public procurement adopted by the Government of Ukraine in April 2014 as well as for on-going assistance with the last round of negotiations in Geneva and preparation of the final GPA offer. The GPA negotiation session is scheduled for 2015 and will focus on preparation of the final GPA offer. The final offer may be further revised, if requested by key negotiating parties (the European Union and the United States). The project will support the GPA negotiation team at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine in: (a) developing the revised and final WTO GPA offers; (b) assisting in bilateral negotiations with GPA parties; (c) advising during GPA ratification and implementation process; (d) assisting in promoting procurement standards of the WTO GPA to local business in Ukraine. The Bank now wishes to engage a consultant (the Consultant) to provide support to the authorities in Ukraine in preparing for and conducting the 2012 WTO GPA negotiations. The Consultant will also provide policy advice in order to achieve the compliance of the public procurement legislation in Ukraine with the revised standards of the 2012 WTO GPA (the Assignment). Assignment Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in December 2014 and has an estimated overall duration of 36 months. No extension is envisaged. Maximum Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 110,000; exclusive of VAT. The consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank's special status as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purhcased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense. Funding Source: This Assignment is funded by the EBRD-Ukraine Stabilisation and Sustainable Growth Multi-Donor Account. Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding. Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions. Consultant Profile: The Consultant is expected to be a firm with experience in: - public procurement legislative drafting and policy development; - international trade agreements negotiations; - the WTO GPA negotiations; - policy work based on the 2011 UNCITRAL Model Law on Public Procurement; - international procurement legal standards, specifically in the WTO GPA. Successful completion of the Assignment will require the cooperation of an international public procurement expert and a local legal expert, preferably with public procurement expertise. There is no budget allocated for legal translation and interpretation, so the international expert shall be fluent in English and Russian, and the local expert shall be fluent in the local language and English. 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 profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2 pages); 2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments undertaken in the previous two 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 the individual international expert and local expert who could be available to work on the Assignment;; 4. Completed Consultant's 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 above information should not exceed 10 pages excluding CVs and Contact Sheet. The complete expression of interest (including CVs and Contact Sheet) shall be one file (pdf or Word), not exceeding 4MB, to be uploaded to eSelection. The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files. Expressions of Interest shall be submitted, in English, electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. Bank Contact Person: Georgia Vasiliadis (Ms) Principal Advisor European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square London EC2A 2JN Tel: + 44 20 7338 7750 e-mail: vasiliag@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address) Notes: 1. Selection, shortlisting and contracting will normally be made from responses to this notification. 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 expertise and experience in public procurement policy and international procurement legal standards, specifically in the WTO GPA, and in international trade agreement negotiations (40%); (b) International expert's relevant experience and skills, including English and Russian language fluency, familiarity with the revised 2014 EU Directives on Public Procurement, and experience in negotiating the WTO GPA, preferably gained in the last two years (40%); (c) Local expert's relevant legal (and preferably public procurement) experience and skills, including fluency in English and the local language. (20%).

Single Donor/Hybrid Trust Fund - Ukraine - P151927

 | Published May 30, 2016
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Procurement And Project Management Consultant Services - Project Reconstruction, Capital Repairs And Technical Re-equippin G Of The Main Gas Pipeline Urengoy - Pomary - Uzhgorod QCBS  Contract Award Notice Scope of Contract: The technical assistance to PJSC "Ukrtransgaz"in the timely and effective implementation of the Emergency Project "Reconstruction, capital repairs and technical re-equipping ofthe main gas pipeline Urengoy ? Pomary? Uzhgorod" through supporting the Project Implementation Unit of PJSC"Ukrtransgaz" in theiractions toward the project preparation and implementation including design and all issues related to environment andsocial,procurement, financial and accounting management and disbursement according to the applicable EBRD and EIB rules for projectimplementation. Minimum Qualifying Technical Score: 75 Consultants' names Su-YapiEngineering and Consulting Inc. IRD EngineeringSrl ILF BeratendeIngenieure GmbH FichtnerGmbH&Co.KG Ernst&Young LLC City/Country Turkey Italy Germany Germany Ukraine Status: AwardedConsultant/Firm EvaluatedConsultant/Firm EvaluatedConsultant/Firm EvaluatedConsultant/Firm EvaluatedConsultant/Firm TechnicalScore 89.38 82.23 84.17 83.36 82.86 FinancialScore 20.00 14.93 13.25 13.78 13.18 CombinedScore 91.50 80.71 80.59 80.47 79.47 Criteria SpecificExperience 9,17 8,48 8,86 8,56 8,33 Work Plan &Methodology 28,6 24,87 26,72 26,85 23,9 KeyExperts 40,99 39,85 39,56 39,32 39,38 Training 8,95 7,7 8,13 8,13 8,28 Localinput 1,67 1,33 0,9 0,5 2,97 Price as read out 860.000,00 USD 1.060.160,00 Euro 1.194.245,00 Euro 790.900,00 Euro 867.438,00 Euro Final EvaluationPrice 860.000,00 USD 1.060.160,00 Euro 1.194.318,40 Euro 1.147.900,00 Euro 1.200.628,00Euro Final NegotiatedPrice 851.350,00 USD Rank 1 2 3 4 5 Other Shortlisted Consultant(s)/Firm(s) (these will be all that "Proposal submitted=no") Consultants' names Tractebel EngineeringS.A., City/Country Belgium Proposal Submitted: No Note : Any consultant who wish to ascertain the grounds on which itsproposal was not selected may write to head ofinvestment project department Oksana Mashchenko mashchenko-on@utg.ua

Technical Cooperation for the Deposit Guarantee Fund - Stage 2 Assistance

 | Published November 10, 2015  -  Deadline December 2, 2015
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The Deposit Guarantee Fund ("DGF" or the "Fund") in Ukraine faces a number of operational challenges as a result of the deepening economic crisis, as well as continuously changing legal environment resulting in the Fund’s expanding mandate. The Fund was established in 1998 with its key function being the pay-out of guaranteed deposits. In 2012, the Ukrainian Parliament approved amendments to the law establishing the Deposit Guarantee Fund (the "Law") and extended its mandate towards the field of bank resolution, including provisional administration and liquidation of insolvent banks, and the establishment of 'good' and 'bad' banks. The Law was further materially amended in 2015 with the support of the World Bank to incorporate additional authorisation and time limits for providing insured depositors access to their funds in the event of a bank failure. In the light of these changes to the Law, the DGF's function has widened beyond a 'pay-box' model and the Fund is now required to perform a wide range of activities, the complexity of which stands as a significant operational challenge to the institution. This situation is exacerbated by the magnitude of the on-going crisis in Ukraine with more than 60 banks (as of 1 November 2015 there were 64 banks in provisional administration or liquidation) transferred to the DGF during 2014-2015 with total assets of over UAH 380 billion. Handling of failed banks, including asset valuation (mostly non-performing by the time of the transfer) and disposal, are key areas, where the DGF needs assistance, as well as in accounting with respect to receiverships. In 2014 at the request of the DGF, consultants were selected and engaged by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD"), to assist in preparing a diagnostic assessment of the DGF's current tasks, regulations and capacity, hereafter referred to as (Stage 1). A consortium, developed a set of recommendations designed to address the issues relating to the overall DGF operational framework and internal challenges that were hampering its capacity for the swift and efficient performance under its mandate (the findings of this work and recommendations are presented in the final report and will be made available to the shortlisted firms for this assignment). The DGF now intends to select and engage a consultant (the "Consultant") to carry out Stage 2 (the "Assignment") in order to: (i) upgrade the DGF's organisational capacities and procedures, particularly in the accounting and MIS areas, including the conversion of DGF's accounting system to IFRS, (ii) develop appropriate tools with regard to quality assessment, valuation and disposal of assets, (iii) support the legal work stream aimed at developing and implementing recommendations proposed during Stage 1 and those to be identified during Stage 2 and (iv) enhance the Human Resources ("HR") function. It should be noted that other international financial institutions ("IFIs") and bilateral organisations are continuing to provide support to the DGF and assist towards the strengthening of the banking sector as a whole in Ukraine. The Consultant selected for this Assignment shall need to closely coordinate with these organisations during the Assignment to not only avoid potential overlap but also to maximise the use of these consultancy resources being made available to the DGF. The Consultant will be required to provide the following services to the DGF. 1. Assist with the conversion of DGF's accounting system to international financial reporting standards ("IFRS") and any other appropriate international accounting and reporting standards and establish a management reporting system ("MIS"), supported by a proper IT function covering both DGF’s corporate and liquidation/receivership capacities. 2. Build DGF's internal capacity in relation to problem asset valuation and disposal. 3. Enhance DGF's HR function to adapt to the new mandate. 4. Provide the DGF with the legal support to accommodate regulatory changes as well as providing recommendations on the other work-streams. Assignment Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in around February or March 2016 and have an estimated overall duration of twenty four (24) months. Maximum Cost Estimate Available for the Assignment: EUR 2,000,000.00; 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 EBRD’s Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed. Funding Source: EBRD’s donor-funded Technical Cooperation Funds Programme (yet to be determined) Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions; however, consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding. Consultant Profile: Corporate services are sought. The Consultant is expected to be a firm or consortium of firms providing experts with a proven track record in : accounting and auditing, finance and investment, HR and general administration, IT services, legal, organisation and management, training. The Consultant’s team is expected to comprise at a minimum of the following key experts: Key Expert No 1: Project Manager ("PM") with proven track record in successfully leading large consulting projects with multiple work-streams and stakeholders involved preferably with the similar public entities. The PM should have significant professional experience (ideally more than 10 years) in managing similar assignments in the Commonwealth of Independent States ("CIS") region and/or other countries and relevant qualifications; excellent communication, training, and presentation skills. Key Expert No 2: IFRS accounting and reporting and MIS Manager with a proven track record (ideally more than 10 years) in developing and implementing IFRS accounting and management reporting systems in Ukraine and/or CIS countries in the banking sector. Key Expert No 3: Information Technologies (IT) Manager with a proven track record in developing and implementing IT systems for similar bad banks resolution entities and/or commercial banks in developed and emerging markets. Key Expert No 4: Asset Valuation Manager with a proven track record in establishing and managing asset valuation, bad assets workout and collection function in commercial banks, collection companies, and other relevant market participants in developed and emerging markets. Key Expert No 5: HR Manager with a proven track record (ideally more than 10 years) in supervising and development of the HR function. The expert should be able to demonstrate successful examples of: (i) dealing with the large increase in the number of professional, qualified staff over a short period of time; (ii) developing and implementing recruiting policies and procedures, performance appraisal system; (iii) establishing training capacity for various professional levels and areas of expertise. Key Expert No. 6: Legal Manager with a proven track record (ideally more than 10 years) in dealing with Ukrainian corporate and banking law. The key experts are expected to be supported by the pools of professionals with the relevant experience in: - IFRS accounting and reporting - MIS and IT - Problem bank resolution - Non-performing asset valuation and sale - Ukrainian corporate and banking law - HR. All experts (including experts from the pools) should ideally have at least five (5) years (unless stated otherwise) of practical experience in the field of their expertise, unless specified differently. The Consultant is required to demonstrate good knowledge of the local market and mobilise experts quickly. The experts should be able to communicate effectively in English and Russian/Ukrainian languages. Long-term experts shall be based full-time in Ukraine. A good mix of international and local experts is required. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of consulting firm, the information submitted should include the following: a) Brief overview of the firm/group of firms including company profile, organization and staffing; b) Details of previous project experience of firm or group of firms and related assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided , assignment budget, percentage carried out by consultant in case of association of firms or subcontracting, main activities, objectives; c) CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments (particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years), including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives; d) Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available at: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc The above information should not exceed 20 pages, excluding CVs and Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet. The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Contact Sheet, Declaration Form) are to be submitted in English and Russian, by e-mail, preferably as one file (pdf or Word), clearly labelled "Expression of Interest for Ukraine: The Deposit Guarantee Fund, Stage 2 Assistance", shall be submitted to the Executing Agency’s contact person given below with a copy to EBRD no later than the closing date/time. Executing Agency: Deposit Guarantee Fund Dmitriy Sandrovskiy Tel: +38 044 3333567E -mail: Sandrovskiy@fg.gov.ua The EBRD's Contact Person: Angela Levitsky Tel: +44 207 338 6363 Email: LevitskA@ebrd.com Notes: 1. Following this invitation for Expression of Interest, a short list of qualified consultants will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding. 2. Evaluation of the Expressions of Interest will be based on the following criteria and their respective weightings: Profile of firm - structure of the firm/group of firms (consortium), organization and staffing (15%) Previous experience of the firm/consortium of firms in the field of accounting and auditing, finance and investment, HR and general administration, IT services, legal, organisation and management, training in developed and emerging markets and familiar with different models of deposit insurance systems, detailing objectives and their accomplishments for the relevant assignments (35%); CVs of key experts with relevant experience as per the key expert descriptions give above (50%).

Ukraine: Awareness Raising on Environmental and Social Benefits in District Heating Projects

 | Published January 28, 2015  -  Deadline March 6, 2015
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Assignment Description:
Ukraine is 3-times more energy and carbon intensive compared with the OECD average with most of the Ukraine's primary energy consumption by natural gas (about 40%), supply of which is heavily dependent on import from Russian Federation (approximately 63%).

In light of the recent events in the country, the gas price has been almost doubled and achieved a level of USD485 in April 2014 followed in May by 50% rise of the gas price and heating tariffs for the population. Tariffs are also expected to rise by 40% in 2015 and by 20% in 2016 and 2017.

Over the last few years the EBRD has launched several District Heating ("DH") projects in Ukraine which will provide significant energy savings in the municipal sector. These projects usually include: installation of Individual Heating Substations in residential buildings connected to the district heating system; introduction of new boilers; replacement of the obsolete pipes in the distribution network to modern pre-insulated pipes; modernization of Boiler Houses and Central Heating Substation; replacement of obsolete small boilers with modern high efficiency gas boilers; decommissioning of basement boilers and installation of monitoring and dispatching ("SCADA") systems.
At this time several EBRD DH projects have been launched and developed up to the different implementation stages in the following cities: Lviv, Zhytomyr, Ivano Frankivsk, Lutsk, Cherkassy, Poltava, Ternopil, Kiev, Lugansk, Donetsk.

While the DH projects will provide significant energy savings once implemented, awareness raising activities and enhanced dialogue with the communities are required to address potential significant social and affordability risks and concerns related to the significant tariffs increase and potential reductions or instability in municipal services supply.

Now EBRD seeks to select and engage a consultant (the "Consultant") to raise awareness of the population to promote related social and environmental benefits of the DH projects (the "Assignment").

The main objective of the Assignment is to raise awareness of the population to promote related social and environmental benefits and also address potential social concerns associated with the implementation of district heating projects and affordability issues in the content of the tariffs increase in Ukraine by means of various public relations methods.

The Assignment is focused to work together with the municipalities and DH supply companies to raise awareness of the population ("Beneficiaries") in the number of selected cities in order to enhance their understanding of the DH projects and their environmental and social benefits and also to address potential concerns related to the DH projects implementation and affordability issues in the content of the tariffs increase.
The Assignment will be carried out ensuring active collaboration with other international donors and agencies working in the similar topic in Ukraine.

The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:

A. Inception Phase

A.1 Identification of targeted groups of the Beneficiaries and assessment of the existing capacities and needs for awareness raising activities
The Consultants should establish contacts and should work with Municipalities and DH supply companies in the selected cities to identify relevant targeted and most vulnerable groups of the Beneficiaries. A concise social impact study from tariff increase is required for this purpose. This study should also include a quick baseline study on the awareness level among the households to be exposed to the DH project in the selected 3 cities. The Consultant will also conduct a brief assessment on existing capacities in the selected cities for the awareness raising activities and should assess what should be enhanced/reinforced to address the identified needs and social concerns.

A.2 Overview of the available informational materials, case-studies, guidance, toolkits and media campaigns
The Consultant will conduct an overview of the available informational and public awareness materials, case-studies, guidance, toolkits and media campaigns in Ukraine, and particularly in the selected cities, on awareness raising in DH projects and is required to use all available studies and informational materials for the Project implementation so to optimise resources and avoid duplication.

B. Implementation Phase
Based on the findings of the inception phase and in close cooperation with the representatives of the Municipalities and DH supply companies, the Consultant should develop an effective and practical Awareness Raising Programme for every selected city, detailed implementation logics and mechanism, and their relevance to the DH projects implementation stages in the proposed three cities. These programmes should include relevant informational material and should identify most effective public communication methods to address the identified needs.
In addition the following tasks should be implemented on the city and country level:
- Launch official PR campaign in every of the selected cities (3 in total) in close consultation with the Ministry of Social Protection, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing Services, representatives from municipalities and DH supply companies, the EBRD country team and the E5P and SIDA representatives. The events are to include a presentation of DH projects, a press conference and site visits by the officials with photo opportunities.
- Organise minimum 1 follow up event in each location (minimum 3 in total) to present the results and update on the project implementation progress.
- Design and set up an awareness raising webpage in Ukrainian, which is either placed into the existing websites of the Municipalities and DH supply companies, or as a stand-alone website, to be maintained throughout the duration of the assignment. The website should include, among others, information on tariffs in respective regions, a FAQs link on tariff increase and other related issues. The website should be an effective tool to raise the awareness of the population on the impact of the DH projects and should be promoted under the proposed PR-campaign and media coverage. After the project completion, this website can be transferred to the national regulator or regional administrations and this option should be checked and figured out by the consultant.
- Set up and maintain an information campaign in social media on the project (Facebook, Twitter). The social media campaign will be administered by the Consultant and supervised by the Bank throughout the assignment. The number of people accessing social media on the project will be recorded by the Consultant.
- Design a Project Media plan for every location (regular media interviews in industry publications, where the Bank can talk about projects achievements and benefits to date).
- Carry out a public information campaign among inhabitants of the every selected city on the benefits of the projects and also addressing potential social issues and concerns. This campaign may include the use of bigboards and lightboxes at public places and buildings, but should be considered as optional depending on the suggested media plan, suggested approaches and budget.
- Promote importance and increasing necessity of energy efficiency to solve problems of gas consumption, national energy security, environmental pollution and CO2-emissions.
- Organise a large “lessons learnt/results achieved” event in Kiev with the participation of the Ministry of Social Protection, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing Service, representatives from municipalities and DH supply companies, the EBRD Country Director and the E5P and SIDA representatives. Other invitees may include representatives from other cities, relevant community groups, including resident and housing associations, condominiums, private sector companies, NGOs, academic and professional institutions, etc.

C. Follow-up Phase and Reporting
At each stage of delivery and/or every month/quarter, the Consultant will submit a short report electronically in English, outlining the achievements to date, outputs and benefits of each stage/activity. The report shall also suggest possible follow-up actions such as additional events, studies, workshops, which have been identified as priority issues to enhance project objectives.

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 Q2 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 15 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 143,000 (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: This Assignment is funded by EBRD Special Stakeholder 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 previous project experience:
- in awareness raising campaigns in the municipal infrastructure sector, preferably in district heating, including experience in promotion of social and environmental benefits and addressing potential social concerns and affordability issues in the content of the tariffs increase.
- organising similar awareness raising event, preferably in the region. Experience implementing these events for IFIs (or equivalent), Governmental Departments, state or municipal companies or Agencies would be considered an advantage.

The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows:
-Team Manager
- Creative and Media expert
- Technical DH and Energy Efficient expert
- Social and Tariff Specialist.

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

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

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

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

Notes:
1. 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. Shortlisting criteria and respective weightings are:
a) Firm’s experience in awareness raising campaigns in the Municipal Infrastructure Sector, preferably in district heating, including experience in promotion of social and environmental benefits and addressing potential social concerns and affordability issues in the content of the tariffs increase – 35%
b) Firm’s experience in organising similar awareness raising events in the region, preferably for IFIs (or equivalent), Governmental Departments, state of municipal companies or Agencies – 35%
c) CVs of key experts with relevant experience as per above - 30%.

Ukraine Lviv Wastewater Biogas Project – CDP

 | Published February 16, 2016  -  Deadline March 15, 2016
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Executing Agency (Client):

LVIV CITY COMMUNAL ENTERPRISE "LVIVVODOKANAL"

The Client Contact Person:

Dmytro Vankovych
Deputy Director of Economic Affairs
79017, Ukraine, Lviv, Lviv Region , office at 64 Zelena Street

Email: vanjkovych@lvk.lviv.ua
Tel
:  +38(032)45-34-39
Mobile:+38(050)317-45-12
Fax: +38(032)76-74-07

EBRD Contact Person:

James Yoo
Associate, Technical Cooperation Advisor
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
United Kingdom

E-mail: yooj@ebrd.com
Tel
: + 44 20 7338 6369
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451

Project Description: Lviv Communal Enterprise “Lvivvodokanal” (the “Client”), a municipally owned water and wastewater utility in the City of Lviv, has approached the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD” or the “Bank”) to provide technical assistance for its energy efficiency priority investment programme (“PIP”) aimed at producing additional electricity and heat from biogas to be collected from sludge processed by the existing wastewater treatment plants (“WWTPs”) (the “Project”). 

The overall objectives of the Project are (i) to achieve significant energy savings through use of biogas received as a result of sludge digestion process for combined production of electricity and heat; (ii) improve sustainability of the Company operations; (iii) achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions; (iv) reduce volume of sludge with corresponding positive effect on the environment; and (v) improve quality of wastewater going through Poland to the Baltic Sea basin.

Assignment Description: As part of the Project, The Client intends to engage a consulting company (the “Consultant”) to improve its corporate governance and financial and operational performance, maintain financial ratios and other covenants, and ensure that tariffs are reviewed periodically in order to ensure full cost recovery (the “Assignment”). The Company will also sign a Public Service Agreement with the City, which will clarify the responsibilities of the City, the Company and the customers regarding the provision of water supply and sewerage services. In fulfilment of its tasks, the Consultant will closely cooperate with other consultants (including auditors and PIU consultant) working with the Company throughout the duration of the assignment.

The overall objective of this Assignment is to improve the commercial standing of the Company and enable it to implement the Project, as well as ensure that the services are equitably provided to the end-consumers and are of a high quality. To this end the Consultant is expected to provide the following services:

  • identify, discuss with the Company and with the City, and implement the necessary corporate, financial and operational improvements 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 Programme (“FOPIP”);
  • develop, negotiate with the City and adopt a Public Service Contract (“PSC”);
  • assist the Company with regular water and wastewater tariff calculations and submissions to the Regulator; help the Company submit investment programmes adjustments to the Regulator; 
  • develop and implement a medium to long term Corporate Development Plan (“CDP”) and corporate planning process, so it may continue its transition towards an entirely commercial entity;
  • analyse the impact of planned tariff increases on the end-consumers, with a particular focus on vulnerable groups, and develop guidelines for the municipality for the mitigation of any negative impacts;
  • Prepare a training needs analysis in collaboration with the Client and design and deliver a training programme to improve the capacity of client staff in key areas; and
  • Develop a Stakeholder Engagement Plan including a communication strategy tailored to different groups of end consumers.

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

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in Q2 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 24 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 230,000 (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 the Sida-EBRD Ukraine Energy Efficiency and Environment Consultant Cooperation Fund (SWUK). 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 in corporate development programmes (including financial and operational development programmes) preferably in the municipal water and wastewater sector and in biogas projects similar in scope, nature and complexity in Ukraine and/or other CIS countries.

The budget for the Assignment is limited and although it is anticipated that the Consultant’s team shall include the following expertise with short-term support as required in other disciplines, the Consultant will need to provide the optimum work schedule for its staff to ensure sufficient resources are in place on site to manage the contracts. For this reason office backstopping should be kept to a minimum. The Consultant’s team should consist of at least the following key experts:

  • Key Expert No 1: Team Leader/Water and Wastewater Expert with preferably 10 years of professional experience in the municipal water and wastewater sector for the design and management of corporate development programmes;
  • Key Expert No 2: Water and Wastewater Institutional and Regulatory Expert with preferably 5 years professional experience in regulation preferably in the municipal water and wastewater projects and expertise in biogas;
  • Key Expert No 3: Financial Specialist with preferably 5 years professional experience or more in finance, preparing and implementing FOPIPs and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) reporting;
  • Key Expert No 4: Environmental and Social Specialist with preferably 5 years professional experience or more in gender and expertise in environmental and social standards for municipal wastewater projects;
  • Key Expert No 5: Legal Expert with preferably five years of relevant professional experience in Ukrainian legislation concerning financial and accounting issues;
  • Key Expert No 6: Local Experts (including, inter alia, an expert with experience in local tariff regulation in the water and wastewater sector) with preferably 5 years of relevant professional experience and fluency in Ukrainian.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An electronic copy of the expression of interest, in English and Ukrainian, should be submitted to the Client by email marked “EXPESSION OF INTEREST for Lviv Wastewater Biogas Project – Corporate Development Support Programme”, to reach Client not later than at 10:00 (Ukrainian time) on the above mentioned due date. One further electronic copy of the Expression of Interest should be submitted to the EBRD’s contact person by email and by the same due date.

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) Firm’s previous project experience in corporate development programmes (including financial and operational development programmes)  in the municipal wastewater sector and in biogas projects similar in scope, nature and complexity (35%);

(b) Firm’s previous project experience in Ukraine and/or CIS countries (15%);

(c) CV of Key Experts (Project Manager, Institutional and Regulatory Expert, Financial expert, Environmental and Social Expert, Legal Expert) (50%).

Support for Ukraine's National Reform Council (NRC)

 | Published January 27, 2015  -  Deadline February 9, 2015
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Background and objectives Currently Ukraine faces substantial institutional and structural challenges. To consolidate and coordinate the country’s reform efforts, a National Reform Council (NRC) was established by a Presidential decree in August 2014. To support the activities of the NRC, a Reform Executive Council and a Project Management Office (PMO) were established as part of the reform infrastructure. The main function of the PMO is to coordinate the Reform Task Forces which are set up to design and implement reforms in different spheres, and monitor and report on the process of reform implementation. The PMO is operationally and legally independent from the government and President’s administration, and will report to the Co-Chairs of the Reforms Executive Committee. The PMO will be staffed with regular and short-term experts, including the Head of PMO, project managers, administrative assistants, communications and IT personnel. PMO project managers are expected to co-lead the Reform Task Forces, together with other nominees by the REC. In this context, PMO needs to have a skillset allowing it to deal with conceptual, analytical, negotiations and project management matters. The role of the PMO is to: coordinate and facilitate the work of the Reform Task Forces; monitor and control timely execution of implementation plans, which include adoption of laws, drafting and adoption of other normative documents, change processes, engagement of staff and training, etc; publicly communicate the progress of the implementation in similar manner as communication of the development of reforms plans. Once the laws are passed, the PMO will ensure that all laws and legal provisions are adopted and used in all relevant public bodies on national, regional and local levels. The PMO will continue to monitor the process and communicate progress to the public which it is hoped will create the necessary pressure for timely and appropriate implementation. The work of the PMO will entail liaison with: Project managers and other consultants working within the PMO Co-heads of Reform Task Forces, relevant ministers, representatives of relevant parliamentary committees, representatives of donors, international organizations, civil society and business, external consultants and experts. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is assisting with the financing of the staff of the PMO and is now assisting with the selection and engagement of a Head of PMO (the “Consultant”) who will be required to carry out the following scope of services: Coordinate and facilitate efforts on initiating and development of reforms, monitor and control implementation of reforms in different spheres according to priorities defined by the Reforms Executive Committee; Ensure transparency of the reforms development and implementation processes; Maintain regular communication with to the Co-Chairs of the Reforms Executive Committee to ensure that reports and analyses are prepared and are of appropriate quality; Oversee work progress in Reform Task Forces ensuring that delivery of the activities are within the agreed timescale and budget; Raise issues and red flags within reform development and implementation processes to Reforms Executive Committee ; Support the set-up, development, management, budget and control activities of the PMO; Define, develop and implement project management practices, governance standards, business processes and performance metrics; Build and manage a team: - Oversee the work of the project managers - Effectively manage the PMO team including project managers, other consultants, external consultants and short-term experts - Develop and implement a performance assessment system for the staff of the PMO Provide weekly reporting to the Co-Chairs of the Reform Executive Committee, and twice-yearly reports to the EBRD. The successful candidate will be expected to ensure effective communication and partnership with national and international counterparts, donors and civil society, ensure high quality information and visibility of the PMO activities to the mass media and stakeholders, align various the various stakeholders within the reform development and implementation activities. It is envisaged that although initially the Head of the PMO will be engaged by the EBRD as a consultant, once the PMO is fully established, the Head will become engaged by the PMO directly. Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in February 2015 and last for 12 months with the possibility of an extension to the contract for a further 12 months, depending on availability of funding, satisfactory performance and business needa. Cost Estimate for the Assignment: to be negotiated with the successful consultant. 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 Notification of Assignment. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense. Funding Source: EBRD's Ukraine Multi-Donor Account Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions Consultant Profile: Individual services are sought. Firms may propose candidates but the evaluation will be based on the individual and not the firm. Candidates should have the following qualifications and experience: Preferably at least Master’s degree or equivalent Fluency in oral and written English and Ukrainian Ideally at least 7 years of relevant work experience is required – specifically within a role/s that combines strategic and managerial responsibility Proven work experience of leading, or managing at senior level, complex projects in different industry sectors Proven work experience in coordinating and supporting the formulation and development of policies,procedures and guidance, requiring effective facilitation and consensus-building skills, Fluency in oral and written English and Ukrainian In addition, the successful candidate should have the following personal characteristics: Good understanding of the process of reform in Ukraine Strong leadership and persuasion skills Ability to interact effectively with senior officials in the government, international organisations, civil society, business community, consultants and experts Outstanding ability to prioritise, coordinate and communicate Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of candidates seeking to be selected for this assignment, the information to be submitted and sent to the contact person below should include the following documents - in English (and optionally in Ukrainian): Cover letter (maximum 2 pages) summarising how the candidate satisfies the requirements as defined above CV which should be detailed and include a full description of roles and responsibilities carried out Completed consultant declaration form and contract sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc Up to 6 candidates will be invited to interview in Kyiv as part of the evaluation process which will be conducted by an evaluation committee comprised of representatives of the EBRD and the NRC. EBRD’s contact person: Angela Levitsky European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square London EC2A 2JN United Kingdom Tel: + 44 20 7338 6363 Fax: +44 20 7338 7451 E-mail: LevitskA@ebrd.com Note: 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.