Request for Expression of Interest(EOI) Consultancy for Development of a business model for the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Programme (TVET)
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts,UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors. UN Women is also increasing its engagement in humanitarian response through interagency collaboration.
UN Women works at multiple levels to respond to the specific needs of Syrian women refugees and communities. In Za’atari refugee camp it implements a multi-sectoral protection and support programme safe spaces for women and girls, one of which is run in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP). The overall goal of the project is to empower vulnerable Syrian women refugees through increased access to self-reliance opportunities and meaningful engagement in community life to put in place the foundational cornerstones for increased self-reliance and durable solutions for the ‘day after’ in Syria. This work seeks to: a) Create and sustain access to self-reliance opportunities for Syrian women refugees through cash for work activities b) Build a conducive environment for increasing Syrian women refugees’ active participation in decision-making processes in the camp including meaningful engagement in community mobilizations efforts; c) Increase awareness on women rights and responsibilities for an inclusive, equitable and peaceful society through training, enhancement of life skills and other social cohesion approaches; this includes addressing prevention and response to gender based violence though awareness raising, trainings, and referrals to service providers of psychosocial, health, and legal services as appropriate.
To this end UN Women manages three safe spaces for women and girls – Oasis’s – across Za’atari refugee camp, one managed with the WFP. These host on average of 16,000 visitors per year for services covering incentive-based volunteering, protection referral services, adult basic skills services, after-school learning support, day care services, leadership training, awareness raising and social recreation such as dance classes. UN Women and WFP are in the process of rolling out this package of services in Azraq camp –through one centre with services tailored to the specifics of Azraq camp.
Assignment Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) is currently working together with the Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ) on the Second Expansion of the As-Samra Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The Bank is considering providing assistance in preparing, financing and implementing a project, which would result in the increase of wastewater treatment capacity at the As-Samra WWTP (the Project or the Second Expansion), as part of a build-operate-transfer (BOT) arrangement with a private sector contractor (the Concessionaire).
The First Expansion, which is currently on-going, aims at expanding the WWTP treatment capacity by 97,800 m3 per day (an increase of more than one-third). These improvements were intended to meet the region’s wastewater treatment needs through 2025; however, due to certain external factors, this is no longer the case. The proposed Second Expansion would increase the capacity of the plant by an additional 100,000 - 145,000 m3 per day, and increase energy production on-site through the utilisation of treated sludge and bio-solids.
Therefore, the EBRD is seeking a consultant (the Consultant) to perform a technical, financial, legal and environmental and social due diligence in order to assess the feasibility of the Project and determine all key risks to its successful implementation.
The overall objective of the Consultant is to develop a Feasibility Study and the Minimum Technical Requirements (MTR) for the Second Expansion for the Bank’s review.
The Consultant shall perform a Technical, Financial, Legal Feasibility Study (FS) and an Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) of the Second Expansion, to review and confirm the main technical, economic and cost assumptions as well as analysing Environmental and Social (E&S) matters and taking into consideration, inter alia, the following:
- Government of Jordan’s public policy objectives;
- The Sponsors’ financial objectives; and
- The requirements of new and existing lenders and possible grantors in relation to the Second Expansion.
The Consultant shall also highlight all main benefits and risks, associated with the project development and operation against the EBRD’s Environmental and Social Performance (ESP) 2014 and related performance requirements, to the Project’s successful implementation, in order to enable the Bank to assess its feasibility.
If the Project is deemed feasible, the Consultant will have to develop a set of MTR which would form a basis for the Second Expansion evaluation and will provide a complete due diligence that will include technical, financial, legal and environmental and social aspects. The Consultant will ensure compliance of all project documentation with the Jordanian law, EU and other applicable standards, including relevant environmental, water, and public health standards. The Consultant will also provide support on all technical aspects of the Project as necessary during negotiation stage of the Project that will conclude at financial close (the Financial Close).
Assignment Start Date and Duration: The assignment is expected to start in mid-2015 and last for 15 months.
Maximum Budget available for the Assignment: EUR 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 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.
CLARIFICATION ON THE ASSIGNMENT SCOPE AND THE BUDGET: Within the proposed Maximum Budget the Consultant will be expected to provide technical support for the preparation of the Project, including the full feasibility study and specific transaction advisory support to financial close on technical matters only. The winning Consultant and its proposed experts will NOT be eligible to bid for or engage in any subsequent work on or in connection with or arising out of the Project as defined in this Procurement Notice, including but not limited to subsequent financial, legal, and procurement assignments without the prior written consent of the Bank.
Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by the EBRD Technical Cooperation funds. Contracting will be subject to availability of funding.
Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions; however, consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding from an appropriate donor.
Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with previous project experience in 1) preparation of feasibility studies for wastewater treatment projects; 2) preparation of contract specifications for wastewater treatment projects, which address, inter alia, contractual and financial issues concerning the structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical, automation and instrumentation, geotechnical, and environmental aspects of these facilities.
The Consultant shall provide an interdisciplinary team of experts with the necessary education, skill, and experience (as indicated by their submitted CVs) required for all aspects of the assignment. The team should have a strong background in the preparation of contract specifications for wastewater treatment projects, including demonstrated experience addressing contractual and financial issues concerning the structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical, automation and instrumentation, geotechnical, and environmental aspects of these facilities. The Consultant’s proposed team should include the following key experts:
• Team Leader (to be designated from the following list of experts or may be a separate person)
• Process engineer
• Cost estimator
• Financial modeller with experience in BOTs
• PPP and/or infrastructure concessions expert
• WWTP expert
• Environmental and social expert with experience in management of projects similar to the proposed assignment
• PPP procurement expert
• Legal experts (with substantial collective experience in complex international project finance transactions, including BOT transactions, engineering, procurement and construction (“EPC”) contracts, and other public or private contracts). Experience within the water sector and with transactions in Jordan will be regarded as beneficial but not essential. Experience in project finance within the region is strongly preferred).
It is recommended that a part of the consultancy input will be carried out by local sub-consultants and/or individual experts with previous project experience in similar assignments preferably in the last five years locally or regionally.
Status: Interested firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.
In order to determine the capability and experience of consulting firms seeking to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following:
1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).
2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration), main activities, objectives. CVs of key experts available to carry out the assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.
3. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:
The above information should not exceed 25 pages excluding CVs.
The complete Expressions of Interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) shall be submitted, in English, electronically through e-Selection (NOT to the EBRD Contact Person), to reach the Bank not later than the Closing Date (see 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.
TC Team Advisor
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
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1. Following this Invitation for Expression of Interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant shortlisting and selection is subject to availability of funding.
2. The evaluation criteria are as follows:
a) Firm’s or group of firms’ previous project experience in preparing feasibility studies for wastewater treatment projects (20%) and contract specifications for wastewater treatment projects (20%);
b) CV of the Team Leader (30%);
c) CVs of other key experts as specified in the notice (30%).
The study aims at assessing the magnitude, incidence and consequences of various types of violence against children at homes, schools and care and justice systems, workplaces and the community. Violence against children includes emotional and physical abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, sexual exploitation and abuse, bullying and online bullying and sexual exploitation. The study will propose clear recommendations for the improvement of legislation, policy and programmes relating to the prevention and responses to violence against children.
The objectives of the assignment are to conduct a national quantitative and qualitative study on the extent of violence against children at homes, schools and care and justice systems, workplaces and the community to provide a detailed picture of the nature, extent, causes of violence against children in the Jordanian society and associated risk and protective factors.
The study will propose clear recommendations for action to prevent and respond to it that could be translated into comprehensive and sustainable behavior change communication social mobilization, communication; and advocacy long and short terms strategies and programmes.
The study will also review the causes of violence and associated risk and protective factors. The Study will seek the active involvement of children in the study through participatory assessment tools and will provide useful inputs on the perceptions of children and adults regarding violence. The study will document consequences of violence against children and its impact on their life. Gender and discrimination issues of will be considered as overarching concerns.
The study should compare the findings of this study with the 2007 national study on violence against children, taking into consideration the contributing factors and triggers.
The study will also support the response plan of UNICEF and the government of Jordan with strategic and result oriented interventions to end violence against children in different settings in Jordan, including recommendations for the improvement of legislation, policy and innovative programmes for the prevention and response to VAC.
Main Study questions
The study should use a nationally representative sample that examines violence against children of all nationalities living in Jordan, including representation of Syrian and Palestinian children, with a focus on the areas with a high concentration of Syrian refugees and camps.
. The study needs to cover boys and girls; children living in urban/rural settings and camps; children at homes, schools, care and justice systems, workplaces and the community in all governorates in Jordan.
The participatory approach should be central in the study approach, ensuring the voices and views of children (girls and boys) is an integral part of the study. Special participatory tools should be developed to enable children aged 6-18 to express their views freely and safely on violence. The study should be informed by UNICEF’s Manual for the Measurement of Indicators of Violence against Children of 2006.
The study methodology should consists of qualitative and quantitative techniques;
The consultant is requested to
Develop an inception plan for the study, to include:
Consider various assessment designs:
A specific and detailed assessment design should be presented to UNICEF by the team based on the following mixed methods of information gathering:
Contractor needs to adhere to the ethical consideration of doing research on children and the study should be approved by ERB in Jordan.
All deliverables are to be submitted in Arabic and English
Consultants’ team will report to UNICEF Chief of Child Protection at UNICEF Jordan Country Office and to the PM&E Chief.
The Study Review Group (SRG) will comprise the representatives of the major stakeholders including study managers, programme specialist from UNICEF CP & M&E sections, and a representative from the Ministry of Education, NCFA in addition to the Jordan Department of Statistics, MoSD, FPD, JRF, MoH, NCHR, MoL, Forensic medicine, HPC, experts, etc.. Regional Monitoring and Evaluation advisor will also provide a quality assurance of ToR, inception report, draft and final study report and participate at SRG meetings as necessary. The SRG will:
 Please refer to relevant parts of UNICEF Adapted UNEG Evaluation Report Standards (http://www.unicef.org/evaluation/files/UNICEF-Adapted_UNEG_EvaluationReportsStandards_2010.pdf)