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Tajikistan Women in Business ¿ Technical Co-operation Programme

 | Published January 16, 2017  -  Deadline February 6, 2017
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Project Description:
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the 'EBRD' or the 'Bank') is launching the Tajikistan Women in Business Programme ('Tajikistan WiB Programme' or the 'Programme'). The ultimate goal of the Programme is to:

• Support women-led Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (Women-led MSMEs) in accessing finance for their sustainable growth;
• Develop sustainable credit mechanisms targeted to women-led MSMEs through technical assistance to Partner Financial Intermediaries ('PFIs') in Tajikistan;
• Support Women-led SMEs in accessing know-how, non-financial business development services and networking opportunities.
The Programme includes three components: (i) Financing (ii) Technical Cooperation ('TC') and (iii) the Advice for Small Businesses (ASB). With the first component, EBRD will make financing available to eligible women-led MSMEs through Participating Financial Institutions (“PFIs”) for on-lending to sub-borrowers. The Technical Cooperation component will consist of PFI Support including capacity-building, product development, marketing and programme support, which will ensure overall project management across different PFIs. The Advice for Small Business (ASB) component is intended to facilitate increased access to know-how and non-financial development services for women-led enterprises, as well as access to markets through networking opportunities.
Assignment Description:
The Bank wishes to engage a consulting company (the 'Consultant') to act as Project Consultant for the implementation of the Technical Cooperation Component of the Programme to strengthen PFIs' capacities to effectively reach out to women-led MSMEs through new or improved products and processes; ensuring synergies between each component of the programme and supporting management functions, including monitoring, marketing, visibility and reporting (the 'Assignment').

The expected outcome of the Assignment is the improvement of access to finance by women-led MSMEs in Tajikistan.
The contracting entity shall be the Bank.
The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:
(a) Baseline Assessments at the PFI level including portfolio, product, process, business model and organizational reviews. Both supply and demand factors influencing women-led SMEs' access to finance should be analysed and aimed at providing recommendations how PFIs can improve their delivery of financial and non-financial products and services to women-led SMEs. Programme impact will be monitored and measured against these baselines.

(b) Capacity Building of PFIs to include institutional strengthening, product development, marketing and outreach aspects to enable development and delivery financial products and services tailored to women-led SMEs. This will include training to bank staff to specifically address the target group need; developing, testing and delivering products tailored the target group and assisting the PFIs in marketing and outreach to the target group

(c) Programme Support to include reporting management, coordination with other programme stakeholders, designing and implementing a visibility plan for the programme as well as assisting with impact assessment to allow regular measuring and tracking of key indicators set at PFIs and women-led MSME level.

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 2017 and has an estimated overall duration of 36 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment:
EUR 1,000,000 (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 special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

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

Eligibility:
There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile:
Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms preferably with previous project experience in:
• Implementing large-scale multi-faceted MSME lending schemes at commercial banks in emerging markets with the ability to upscale and downscale the level of engagement in the field depending on project needs;
• Designing and implementing institutional strengthening and product development initiatives that address women's access to financial products/services at commercial banks in emerging markets; and
• Banking and MSME sectors in Tajikistan will constitute an advantage.

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

Key Expert 1: Team Leader preferably with experience in
o Successfully managing the implementation of SME lending schemes at commercial banks in emerging markets and similar operating environments, including in managing multi country/complex programmes;
o Negotiating with third parties including banks, associations, ministries, regulatory authorities and other stakeholders on behalf of International Financial Institutions;
o Women entrepreneurship and women's access to finance; and
o Fluency in English is essential. Command of Russian or Tajik is desirable.

Key Expert 2: Senior Women in Business Financing Expert preferably with experience in
o Working as a gender specialist in emerging markets and in similar operating environments, in particular in gender institutional development in the financial sector/commercial banks;
o Conducting gender analysis of banks' portfolio, institutional strategies, business models and delivery mechanisms to reach out to women-led MSMEs;
o Conducting qualitative research and gender institutional analysis;
o Negotiating with a wide range of stakeholders, including associations, ministries, regulatory authorities and other stakeholders; and
o Fluency in English is essential. Command of Russian or Tajik is desirable.

Key Expert 3: Senior Communications and Marketing Manager(s) preferably with experience in
o Implementing marketing and sales initiatives in commercial banks;
o Advising commercial banks on the factors contributing to successful product development or refinement based on market forces and strategic goals;
o Facilitation of meetings and workshops; and
o Fluency in English is essential. Command of Russian or Tajik is desirable.

Key Expert 4: Senior Banking Experts preferably with experience in
o Implementing SME lending schemes at commercial banks in emerging markets and similar operating environments, including in implementing multi country/complex programmes;
o Liaising with Bank staff and management on ongoing basis
o Fluency in English is essential. Command of Russian or Tajik is desirable.

Key Expert 5: Senior IT Expert & MIS Specialist with experience in
o Assisting commercial banks in emerging markets and similar operating environments in implementing IT and MIS Systems in relation to SME lending;
o Previous project work involving women's access to finance related tasks would constitute an advantage; and
o Fluency in English is essential. Command of Russian or Tajik is desirable.

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

1. Company/group of firms' profile, organisation and staffing (max 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. Consultants shall identify in which capacity from the list of key experts each CV is presented.

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.

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

Bank Contact Person:
Sevi Simavi
Deputy Head, Technical Co-operation Department
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
e-mail: SimaviS@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 consultants will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.

2. The shortlist criteria and weightings are:

a) Firm's previous project experience in successfully managing the implementation of large-scale multi-faceted MSME lending schemes at commercial banks in emerging markets with the ability to upscale and downscale the level of engagement in the field depending on project needs - 25%;

b) Firm's previous project experience in designing and implementing institutional strengthening and product development initiatives that address women's access to financial products/services
at commercial banks in emerging markets – 25%;

c) Firm's previous project experience in the Banking and/or MSME sectors in Tajikistan or countries with similar environments – 10%; and

d) Qualifications and competence of key experts proposed – 40%.

Tajikistan: Gender-Responsive Investment Climate Reform

 | Published December 9, 2016  -  Deadline January 16, 2017
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Project Description:
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the 'EBRD' or the 'Bank'), in line with the priorities set out in the Country Strategy for Tajikistan, has an ongoing programme to support private sector development and strengthen the investment climate in Tajikistan through its support to the Tajikistan Investment Council. In addition, and in line with its Gender Strategy, the EBRD has also supported the Tajik Government to improve the gender impact of its economic policy and private sector development strategies through a number of activities including a Symposium on Central Asian Business Women, targeted analytical work, and technical assistance to the Taskforce to Support Women Entrepreneurs.

Women entrepreneurs in Tajikistan face multiple challenges in setting up and running their businesses and tend to be hit harder by the existing investment climate. While there is limited capacity among policy making bodies in Tajikistan to systematically identify opportunities to address the needs of women entrepreneurs and/or or to assess the impact of proposed reforms on women-led businesses, the Tajikistan Investment Council and the Taskforce to Support Women Entrepreneurship are well-placed to undertake an advisory role in this area. Improving the capacity of these institutions to undertake gender-responsive policy analysis can contribute to reforms that improve the investment climate for both, men and women entrepreneurs in Tajikistan.

Assignment Description:
The Bank wishes to engage a consulting company (the 'Consultant') to conduct a gender responsive investment climate assessment in Tajikistan; and use the findings to train strategic actors and policy makers and support the EBRD in conducting policy dialogue. ( the 'Assignment').

The expected outcome of the assignment is to increase the capacity for
gender responsive investment climate policy making in Tajikistan.

The contracting entity shall be the Bank.

The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:

(a) Gender responsive Investment Climate Assessment to identify the legal, regulatory and policy obstacles that female and male entrepreneurs face in establishing, formalising and operating their businesses. This information will be elicited through a legal and policy review; a survey of male and female-led MSMEs; focus group discussions with business women; interviews with key stakeholders and political economy analysis.

(b) Gender Responsive Investment Climate Capacity Building Toolkit and Training Materials to conduct ex-ante gender impact analysis of investment climate reforms, and other relevant operational tools to support policy makers in gender-responsive investment climate policy analysis and formulation. The Toolkit is meant to be used for the training of Tajik policy makers but also for capacity building events in other EBRD promoted Investment Councils in EBRD Countries of Operations.

(c) Training for Tajik policy-makers on gender responsive investment climate analysis. The Consultant shall design and deliver a one day training event on the topic of gender responsive investment climate analysis in Tajikistan for critical stakeholders in policy making in Tajikistan, as identified during the assessment. The training will build on the findings of the assessment, the toolkit and international best practices.

(d) Roadmap for Investment Climate Reforms. Consultants are expected to identify the top three highest impact reforms and detailed roadmaps to achieve them for EBRD's follow up.

(e) Policy workshop. The consultant will organize a policy workshop on policies to promote and support women's entrepreneurship in Tajikistan, targeting policy makers (MPs and members of the Government), donors, and the private sector.

(f) Lessons learned note and presentation at EBRD HQ. The consultant will produce a knowledge product documenting results and lessons from the project and will present this at EBRD HQ.

Additional information on the scope of services required is available from the attached Terms of Reference (“TOR”) http://www.ebrd.com/documents/procurement/dpdf-67298.pdf

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 2017 and has an estimated overall duration of 24 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment:
EUR 149,600 (exclusive of VAT).
The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source:
It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by the EBRD's Special Shareholders Fund for Central Asia. Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility:
There are no eligibility restrictions.

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

1. Conducting quantitative and qualitative research in the area of gender analysis of business regulations / investment climate reform and support to women entrepreneurship; and
2. Designing and delivering training to policy makers on gender analysis of business regulations / investment climate reform.

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

Team Leader (Key Expert 1)
o University degree (Masters or PhD level preferred);
o Preferably more than 7 years of experience in conducting gender analysis of investment climate reform, or policy formulation to support women entrepreneurship in transition and/or developing countries;
o Experience conducting political economy and institutional analysis at the country level;
o Experience designing and delivering training on gender;
o Strong qualitative skills and experience using gender analysis tools and research methods (focus group discussions, key informant interviews, surveys etc.);
o Previous experience of working with various stakeholders, including government officials, business representatives, civil society etc.
o Fluency in English is essential. Command of Russian or Tajik is desirable.

Senior Social Scientist (Key Expert 2)
o Social scientist preferably with 7 years or more experience;
o Good understanding of Tajik business environment, legislation on entrepreneurship, gender issues and the justice system;
o Previous experience of working with various stakeholders, including government officials, business representatives, civil society etc.
o Fluency in English, and Russian and/or Tajik is essential.

Pool of local survey experts (Key Expert 3)
o University degree holder in economics, statistics, mathematics or any other relevant discipline (ideally Masters or PhD level);
o Preferably 7 years professional experience in designing and carrying out surveys;
o Fluency in English, and Russian and/or Tajik is essential.

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 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. Consultants shall identify in which capacity from the list of key experts each CV is presented.

4. Brief technical proposal explaining the proposed approach, methodology and work plan with milestones, and a number of working days allocated to the Assignment by each Key Expert.

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.

The above information should not exceed 20 pages excluding CVs, project references and contact sheet.

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

Bank Contact Person:
Sevi Simavi
Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 73388409
e-mail: simavis@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. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract (including a financial proposal), subject to availability of funding.

2. The shortlist criteria and weightings are:

(a) Firm's previous project experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative research in the area of gender analysis of business regulations / investment climate reform and designing and delivering training to policy makers (20%);
(b) Quality of the Consultant's proposal, approach and methodology (30%);
(c) Qualifications and Competence of Team Leader (Key Expert No 1) (30%);
(d) Qualifications and Competence of Senior Social Scientist (Key Expert No 2) (10%); and
(e) Qualifications and competence of local survey experts (Key Expert No 3) (10%).

Bank Eskhata - Support with SME Leasing Development

 | Published November 11, 2016  -  Deadline December 9, 2016
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Executing Agency (Client): Bank Eskhata
The Client Contact Person: Daler Sadikov
Head of International Relations Department
Tel: + 992-3422-6-74-10
E-mail: d.sadikov@eskhata.tj

Project Description: Bank Eskhata (the “Company”), fifth largest (by assets) and a leading MSME focused bank in Tajikistan, is interested in developing financial leasing business. Eskhata Bank has been one of the most active and successful partner financial institutions of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD” or the Bank”) in Tajikistan, where EBRD is a shareholder since 2005. In the course of the past 12 years EBRD and Bank Eskhata have successfully cooperated on a number of projects: MSME, agriculture and resource efficiency credit lines (TMSEFF, TAFF, Climadapt), trade finance business under the Trade Finance Programme (TFP) as well as joint SME co-financing facilities. Bank Eskhata has 22 branches and over 262 centres of service and 139 sales points across the country, serving over 61,000 loan and 110,000 deposit clients.

Assignment Description:
The Company now intends to engage a consultant (the “Consultant”) to help develop and introduce financial leasing products to its SME clients and deliver a specialised training programme to loan officers (the “Assignment”).  Upon completion of the Assignment the expected outcome is that Bank Eskhata will have the capacity to design, structure, underwrite and monitor simple financial leasing products.

The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:

1. Analysis of the operating environment
(a) Undertake generic and broad assessment of the operating   environment to identify key existing constraints and opportunities for development of leasing products, including different barriers faced by women-led SMEs where such assessment is possible.

2. Development of leasing products and initial marketing
(a) Develop financial leasing product (products), taking into account internal and external constraints and market potential and opportunities identified during the analysis of the operating environment. Where feasible, the Consultant will assist the Company in developing solutions and remedies to identified constraints to facilitate development of leasing for the overall market, and women-led SMEs in particular.
(b) Provide guidance for marketing of leasing products.

3. Development of leasing underwriting procedures and leasing operations manual
(a) Develop simple leasing operation procedures for the Company to adopt.
(b) Develop a leasing operations manual.

4. Design and delivery of training programme
Design and deliver a training programme to loan officers involved in SME leasing:
(a) Specialised training:
- Structuring and underwriting leasing products;
- preliminary screening of applications;
- risk assessment and development of risk mitigating measures (within the risk appetite of Bank Eskhata); and
- Guidance on monitoring of leasing projects.

(b) Train-the-trainer:
- Coaching senior loan officers of Bank Eskhata who will be nominated to take responsibility for future training of loan officers; and
- Design and develop a standardised training module, covering all aforementioned aspects of the leasing operations, which nominated trainers can use for future trainings.}

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in January 2017 and has an estimated overall duration of 16 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 74,000; (exclusive of VAT).
The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund and Bank Eskhata. Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding and signing of related project financing agreement between EBRD and Bank Eskhata.

Status of Selection Process: Interested individual consultants are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

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

  • developing leasing business in banks or non-bank leasing companies, which includes and is not limited to leasing product design, leasing project assessment and underwriting, leasing project monitoring and completion.
  • developing procedures and manuals for leasing operations;
  • providing on-job training to junior staff
  • fluent in spoken and written Russian language, with good command of written English, adequate to produce project activity reports for EBRD.
  • Previous experience in the region and knowledge of the local banking sector and the economy would be considered an advantage


Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of consultants, the information submitted should include the following:

(a) Cover letter (max. 2 pages) summarising why the expert believes s/he satisfies the requirements as defined in the above section Consultant Profile;

b) CV (not exceeding 4 pages) detailing qualifications, professional and academic background, full descriptions of responsibilities carried out on similar assignments (not just job title), particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years. The CV should include information  on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives and achievements.

(c)  Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available via the link below: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Contact Sheet, Declaration Form) are to be submitted in English and Russian by email, preferably as one file (pdf or Word), clearly labelled “Expression of Interest for Bank Eskhata – Support with SME Leasing Development”, shall be submitted to the Executing Agency’s contact person not later than the due date. One additional copy shall be sent by email to the EBRD's contact person by the same due date. 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.

EBRD Contact Person:
James Yoo
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 207 338 6369
Email: YooJ@ebrd.com

Notes:

  1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification. Consultants will not be asked to submit a technical or financial proposal as part of this expression of interest. The highest ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and invited to negotiate the contract subject to availability of funding.
  2. Consulting firms (proposing individuals) and individuals may apply. Consulting firms nominating an individual expert shall submit one complete individual application for each expert. Single applications for a number of experts containing various CVs may result in rejection of such application and all concerned experts
  3.  The shortlist criteria and weightings are:  
    a) Expert’s previous professional experience in developing leasing business in banks or non-bank leasing companies (including but not limited to leasing product design, leasing project assessment and underwriting, leasing project monitoring and completion) (35%).
    b) Expert’s previous professional experience developing procedures and manuals for leasing operations (25%)
    c) Expert’s previous coaching and training experience in the relevant field (20%)
    d) Expert’s previous experience and knowledge of the local banking sector (10%)
    e) Russian language skills (10%)

Tajik Water II - Khorog Project - Corporate Development Programme

 | Published July 24, 2015  -  Deadline August 24, 2015
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Executing Agency (Client): Khorog Regional Water Company (the “Company”) and the State Unitary Enterprise “KMK” (SUE “KMK”) as a co-borrower. Assignment Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) signed the North Tajik Water Rehabilitation project in November 2010. The project covered seven cities, including Khorog, and is scheduled to be completed in 2015. To date implementation has resulted in significant improvements in water loss reduction and collection rates. To build on the achievements under the North Tajik Rehabilitation project, the Bank prepared Phase II investments in Khorog to further improve water supply and wastewater management. Supported by the Bank’s Integrated Approach to water projects in Tajikistan, the Tajik water sector is presently undergoing structural changes. Small water utilities are merged into regional structures - Regional Water Companies (“RWC”). Under this regional structure, Khorog will fall under the GBAO RWC. Technical Cooperation support for the North RWC is separate from this assignment. The North Tajik Water Rehabilitation project rehabilitated water supply infrastructure for 30 per cent of the population of Khorog and introduced water metering to part of the population. Implementation is in progress and resulting in significant improvements in water loss reduction and collection rates. Under Phase II investment, the proceeds of the loan and capex grant will be used for the rehabilitation of other portion of water supply and also will include rehabilitation of wastewater infrastructure in the city of Khorog (the “Project”). Assignment Description: The City of Khorog now intends to retain a consulting company (the “Consultant”) to assist to improve its institutional development by means of a Corporate Development Programme, Social Support Programme, and Stakeholder Participation Programme. The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services, divided in three components Part I: Continued Corporate Development Programme for Khorog Water Company The Consultant shall assist the Company to further improve its commercial standing, service and environmental performance by supporting the ongoing identification and implementation of the necessary corporate, financial and operational improvements required to meet the related covenants included in the EBRD finance documents for Phase II. With the adoption of best practices, the Company shall become more efficient and in a better position to supply sustainable and reliable services to end-users. This task should build on the progress made in previous Phase and ensure that the Company is equipped to deal effectively with the additional loan financing. Part II: Stakeholder Participation Programme The second objective is to implement the Stakeholders Participation Programme (“SPP”), aimed at enhancing public ownership by encouraging water conservation, increasing public participation in the provision of water and wastewater services (service quality, rehabilitation activities, tariffs integrating poverty and social issues) and raising public awareness on issues related to the project implementation and water use. Furthermore, the SPP will integrate poverty and social issues into the proposed tariff reforms and thereby assist the Company to improve its corporate governance. The counterparts of Part II are the Company with close consultation with the City. Part III: Continued City Support Programme for the City of Khorog The Consultant shall assist the City to update, sign and implement the Project Support Agreement, including the revised tariff methodology as developed under Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programme (“FOPIP”) component of previous Phase and as updated under Phase II. Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or group of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest. Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in Q4 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 2.5 years. Maximum Budget available for the Assignment: USD 500,000 (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: EBRD - SECO Tajik Water Phase II Technical Cooperation Account Eligibility: There are no consultant nationality eligibility restrictions. Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant should ensure that the appropriately qualified experts are available, as required, for each of the different tasks outlined above. It is expected that the assignment will be led by an appropriately qualified project manager with experience in the water and wastewater sector and in implementing the key areas of this assignment, accompanied by both key and supporting experts. It is expected that short time input by key international experts be combined with local/regional expert input. The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows: Key Experts No 1 and 2 Project Manager Team Leader/ Technical Expert and Local project Manager/Technical Expert; with preferably 5 years of previous professional experience in project management municipal water and wastewater sector in countries with conditions similar to Tajikistan. Key Expert No 3 Finance expert with preferably 5 years of previous professional experience in a similar projects. Key Experts No 4 (Pool of Additional Experts) consisting Environmental and Social Specialist; Local Legal Expert; SPP and Communication Experts (international and local); Pool of local experts within all the above listed areas. Non-key experts are expected to include Office Manager/ Translator/Secretary. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following: (a) brief overview of the firm/group of firms including company profile, organisation and staffing; (b) details of similar experience of firm or group of firms and related assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, percentage carried out by consultant in case of association of firms or subcontracting, main activities, objectives; (c) CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives. (d) Completed Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc The expression of interest shall not exceed 25 pages (excluding CVs and contact sheet). One original of the expression of interest, in English, and three copies in Russian, shall be submitted to the Client in an envelope marked “EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for Tajik Water II - Khorog Project – Corporate Development Programme ”, to reach Client not later than closing date for submissions specified above. One further electronic copy of expressions of interest in English and Russian should be submitted to the EBRD’s contact person by the same due date. The Client Contact Person: SUE Khojagii Manziliyu Kommunali (KMK) Mr. R. Dadabaev Head of Project Implementation Unit 56, N. Karaboev Street, Dushanbe, 734018, Republic of Tajikistan Phone: +992 (37) 221 0691 Fax: +992 (37) 221 77 98, 233 60 14 E-mail: ravdad@mail.ru The EBRD Contact Person: Larissa Gosling Technical Cooperation European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square London EC2A 2JN Tel: + 44 20 7338 6338 Fax: +44 20 7338 6964 E-mail: GoslingL@ebrd.com Important 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 shortlisting criteria will be as follows: (a) Consultancy firm(s)’ experience in Corporate Development Programmes, including specific experience in the water and wastewater sector - 40% (b) Firm’s experience in implementation of Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programmes (“FOPIP”) - 15 (%); (c) Firm’s experience in drafting, procuring and implementation of Public Service Contracts – 15 (%); (d) CV of Key Expert No 1 and 2 (Project Manager and Local Project Manager) with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in municipal water and wastewater sector in similar assignments in the EBRD’s countries of operation – 20 (%); (e) CV of Key Expert No 3 and 4 - Other technical and financial experts with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in municipal water and wastewater sector and with relevant experiences as described in section Consultant Profile – 20 (%).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. A Work Plan outlining the plan for the implementation of the main activities/tasks of the Assignment, their content and duration, phasing and interrelations, milestones (including interim approvals by the Client), and tentative delivery dates of the reports.

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

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

The above information should not exceed 30 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet.

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

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

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

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

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

3. Interviews:
All firms with a combined score of 70% or more of the total marks available for criteria 2(a) – 2(e) inclusive will be invited to interview (criterion 2(f)).
EBRD will consult with the Consultants regarding the format (e.g. skype call, meeting in person, conference call, etc.) and date of the interviews at the time of the invitation. The interviews will be attended by all members of the Evaluation Committee and all Key Experts nominated by the Consultant.
Please note that all and any costs incurred by the Consultant in connection with attendance to interviews will not reimbursed by the Bank.

Kurgan-Tyube Solid Waste Management - Corporate Development, Stakeholders Participation and City Support Programme

 | Published July 21, 2015  -  Deadline August 18, 2015
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Executing Agency (Client):
SUE “Khojagii Manziliyu Kommunali”

The Client Contact Person:
Musoev Abdulqosim
Director
SUE “Khojagii Manziliyu Kommunali”
28 Muminov Street
Kurgan-Tyube
Khatlon Province
Tajikistan
Tel.: +992 3222 22915
Email: musoev_abdulkosim@mail.ru

The EBRD Contact Person:
Elena Kolodiy
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6765
E-mail: kolodiyo@ebrd.com

Assignment Description:
The European Bank for reconstruction and Development (“EBRD” or the “Bank”) has established an agreement with Waste Management Enterprise “Khojagii Manziliy Kommunali” (“KMK”
or the “Company”)  which foresees the provision of funds in the total amount of USD 4 million which consists of a loan of USD 2 million from the Bank and a capital expenditure grant of USD 2 million from an international donor to finance a priority investment program (“PIP”) which shall improve the quality of solid waste management services in the City Kurgan Tyube (the “City” or “Kurgan-Tyube”) and the surrounding areas
(the “Project”).

The City, located 96 km south of Dushanbe, has a population of 75,400, making it the fourth largest city in Tajikistan. The City is surrounded by settlements in the direct neighbourhood which will be most probably included in the City Area in the near
future.

KMK is currently responsible for solid waste disposal, street cleaning and watering of the main roads during summertime. The service area is the current City area. Currently the activities of KMK are financed through tariffs by customers and remuneration from the City for road cleaning services. Solid waste is currently being disposed to a landfill outside of the City which was established in 1978 (the “Sarband landfill”).

The solid waste management services are being organized at a rather low standard due to the notorious lack of budget funds which result in a lack of equipment, almost no maintenance and repair of trucks for waste collection and disposal and no qualified staff for operation.

Based on this Baseline Situation a Long-term Waste Management Strategy has been elaborated for the City which has been the base for the definition of priority measures.

The proposed EBRD transaction will focus on financing priority capital investments to improve solid waste collection in Kurgan-Tyube., as well as to upgrade and modernise the Sarband landfill. The investment will result in the improved service at waste collection and disposal levels, partial introduction of waste recycling and significant improvement of the environmental situation in the City.

In parallel with the equipment investments, the Project will contribute to the development and institutional strengthening of the Company and the City in respect of procurement, corporatisation, creditworthiness enhancement and the improvement of the environmental situation in the City. This activity will focus on operational and financial support to secure the sustainability of the Company’s operations; implementing a Stakeholders Participation Programme (“SPP”) in Kurgan-Tyube; and developing and introducing a Public Service Contract (“PSC”)
between the Company and the City (based on the drafts as elaborated in the Feasibility Study).

The Company and the City require a firm or group of experts (the “Consultant”) to assist the Company and the City to implement the Assignment which consist of two main parts:

Part I: Corporate Development Programme for the Company

The Consultant shall assist the Company to improve its commercial standing, service and environmental and social performance by helping to identify, and implement the necessary corporate, financial and operational improvements required to meet the related covenants included in the EBRD finance documents. This will be achieved via the development and implementation of a Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Plan (“FOPIP”). The Consultant shall also assist the Company to develop a medium-term focused corporate development plan, to improve its corporate planning capacity to assist its ongoing transition towards a self-sustaining entity, and to develop its commercial operations.

Part II: Stakeholders Participation and City Support
Programme for the City of Kurgan-Tyube

The Consultant shall assist the City with implementing the PSA, which will be a key component of the financial structure for the proposed projects. A related objective of the City Support Programme is to raise institutional capacity within Kurgan-Tyube to assist the City in managing the Project in an effective manner
as well as to raise financial planning capacity and thereby improve its creditworthiness. One important component will be the establishment of efficient monitoring structures which enable the City to monitor / control the performance of the KMK.

Additionally, the Consultant shall assist the City in the analysis of the baseline social situation of the vulnerable section of the population and the impact of the Project on these groups, and in connection to this assess any impact of the Project on the equality between men and women.

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

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is
expected to start in Q4 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 36 months.

Maximum Budget available for the Assignment: Maximum
budget available for the assignment: EUR 330,000 (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: Early Transition Countries Fund

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The
Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with substantial project
experience in solid waste management.

The Consultant should ensure that the appropriately qualified experts are available, as required, for each of the different tasks outlined above.

It is expected that the assignment will be led by an appropriately qualified project manager with experience in the solid waste sector and in implementing the key areas of this assignment, accompanied by both key and supporting experts.

Thus, it is expected that the consultant’s team will
include at least:

  • Team Leader/ Solid Waste Management Operations Expert with practical international experience in providing Consultancy support services in Operation Management of Communal Enterprises preferably Waste Management Enterprises
  • International Solid Waste Management Institutional and Regulatory Expert with practical experience in Institutional and Regulatory Consultancy to Communal Enterprises preferably Waste Management Enterprises and knowledge of the specific needs and requirements for regulation in waste management sector
  • International Financial Specialist with practical experience in Financial Consultancy to Communal Enterprises preferably Waste Management Enterprises
  • International Legal Expert
  • Environmental and Social Experts with past experience of IFI projects
  •  Local Legal Expert with practical knowledge of the waste relevant legislation in Tajikistan
  • Local Accounting Expert with practical experience in working with Communal Enterprises and City Administrations
  • Local Training Expert

One essential component of the project is to provide support and advice to the City and the Company over a time of 3 years which means that the Consultant shall fulfil the role of a “Professional Coach” which is ready to monitor the progress carefully and also to react flexible on all developments and mainly to be always prepared to react on questions and problems of the City and the Company which may arise during project implementation. At least the Team Leader or the Institutional Expert shall have practical and proven experience of  preferably 10 years in fulfilling this
position and will be the main counterpart for the City and the Enterprise. In his work he shall be supported by the other experts, which will assist in elaboration of deliverables and monitoring activities.

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

(a) brief overview of the firm/group of firms including company profile, organisation and staffing;

(b) details of similar experience of firm or group of firms and
related assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, percentage carried out by consultant in case of association of firms or
subcontracting, main activities, objectives;

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

(d) Completed Contact Sheet, the template for which is available
from the following web-link:

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

The expression of interest shall not exceed 25 pages (excluding CVs and contact sheet).

The expression of interest, in English and Russian, shall be submitted to the Client by email to reach Client not later than 18 August 2015 at 15:00 (local time).

One further electronic copy, in both English and Russian, 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.
  2. he evaluation criteria is as follows:
  • Consultant’s experience in solid waste management – 30%
  • Team Leader’s expertise and experience – 30%
  • Calibre of the consultant’s experts team – 40%

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

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

Tajikistan: Buston Solid Waste Project - Feasibility Study

 | Published January 26, 2017  -  Deadline February 17, 2017
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Project Description: The City of Buston, previously known as Chkalovsk (the "City"), with support from the Government of Tajikistan, has approached the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") to request assistance to improve the solid waste management situation in the City by financing a priority investment program ("PIP") (the "Project").

The solid waste operations in the City are currently carried out by a Buston Solid Waste Company (the "Company"), a municipally-owned State Unitary Enterprise.

The Project objectives are the following:
•Renovate the existing landfill to reduce its environmental impact and augment its sanitary/operating standards or construction of a new sanitary landfill if closure of old landfill required as per performed analysis.
•Assess the municipal waste-to-energy (WtE) potential and in particular the feasibility of a landfill gas recovery system; if proven feasible and economically viable, the landfill renovation will include the necessary infrastructure in preparation for a second investment programme to utilise landfill gas for energy production.
•Procure the equipment (waste collection bins, trucks etc.) needed to improve the operating efficiency and technical capacity of the landfill as well as the waste collection/transportation services.
•Introduce institutional and strategic changes in waste management aimed to boost commercialisation and achieve full cost recovery.
•Provide funding for proper clean-up and closure of the old landfill located inside the residential area of the City.

Assignment Description: The Bank now wishes to engage a suitably qualified consultant (the "Consultant") to prepare a comprehensive feasibility study ("FS") to determine a priority investment programme (the "PIP") developed from a long-term investment strategy, and evaluate its benefits, including assessing its environmental and social feasibility (the "Assignment").

The expected outcome of the Assignment is to review the detailed requirements, verify whether a bankable project meeting the objectives below can be prepared, and prepare such a project to achieve these objectives. This Project will be based on an effective least-cost investment programme. The investment plan will be justified on the basis of thorough technical, legislative, financial and economic analysis. Furthermore, the Consultant will develop an efficient Project Implementation Plan, including procurement schedule, and carry out an assessment of the resource efficiency opportunities (including energy efficiency and renewable energy potential and the impact on GHG emissions) and environmental, social and gender impacts of the investment programme.

Specific tasks of the assignment will include:
•Review the needs of the Client and/or Beneficiary, including definition and establishment of the area to be covered by the investment.
•Review the specific needs for solid waste management in the area.
•Review the applicable legislation at local and national level in place regarding waste (e.g. targets on material and energy production from waste), and assess the implications on the Project.
•Review and analyse the current system of solid waste separation, collection and reprocessing for recycling and, if appropriate, make recommendations on how this could be improved, taking into consideration international best practices in waste management (e.g. BREFs) and following the EU waste hierarchy options at the maximum extent. Identify potential industrial users of separated materials and barriers existing to the development of a market for such products.
•Review and analyse the current situation of the waste treatment/separation/ recycling/landfilling in the area in terms of condition of major equipment and facilities, recent past years performances, operation and maintenance (OandM") practices, capacity of the City to manage and address all relevant environmental, social and gender risks and impacts, compliance with national laws and regulations and any liability issues.
•Carry out a detailed analysis to select the best waste management option and site location for disposal (and where appropriate, separation and recycling), including existing and new locations, taking into consideration international best practices in waste management. The Consultant will produce a multi-criteria analysis justifying the selected option and summarise it in tabular form.
•Once the waste management option and site selection has been confirmed, screen the project against the EBRD’s Environmental and Social Policy (2014, "ESP") and associated Performance Requirements ("PRs") to propose, and agree with the EBRD, the project category (A or B) and confirm the environmental and social due diligence required.
•If the project is categorised as B (once agreed with the EBRD) carry out an Environmental and Social Assessment (E and S Due Diligence, "ESDD") of the proposed Project to identify its environmental, social and gender risks, impacts and benefits and to structure the Project to comply with the ESP and PRs. If the Project is categorised as A, the Terms of Reference for this assignment will be revised by the EBRD.
•Estimate potential reductions in greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions arising from the possible closure of any old landfills, as well as assess possible utilisation of biogas from existing and planned landfill sites, and the impact on climate change mitigation.
•Based on the results of the above, draw up a detailed priority investment programme ("PIP"), including but not limited to collection vehicles, recycling stations, wells, piping, and in case future use of the exiting dumpsite is not recommended, closure of the existing landfill and opening of a new sanitary landfill.
•Make necessary recommendations for institutional changes (organisation of solid waste management, changes in law or institutional, including human resources, changes) regarding solid waste management in the City.
•Provide recommendations on strengthening the capacity of the City and Company for gender mainstreaming both in terms of solid waste management services delivery and Human Resources (HR) management.
•Prepare a strategic and operational plan to enable improvements in the collection (and if appropriate, recycling) service, including route optimisation, and attain maximum service coverage in the City and allow the Company to extend services into the surrounding residential areas, according to expressed priorities and needs of the population.
•Conduct a financial analysis of the landfill (and if appropriate, recycling opportunities) and waste management operations. Create a business plan over the lifetime of the loan with detailed calculations of realistic capital expenditure ("CAPEX"), revenues, expenses, debt service coverage ratio and Internal Rates of Return ("IRR") (both economic and financial).
•To prepare financial projections for selected waste treatment (and if appropriate, recycling) facilities; the projections shall be fully consistent with the proposed Project, strategic development plan and be based on prudent assumptions on the Company revenues and expenditures. Financial projections shall include annual balance sheets, income and cash flow statements.
•Design a general timetable of the implementation of the Project for each potential scenario.
•Support discussions on the Project proposal between the EBRD and the relevant stakeholders as necessary.
•Calculation of the Bank’s standard measuring indicators and SRI impact indicators.

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 Q1 2017 and has an estimated overall duration of 4 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 190,000 (exclusive of VAT).
The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by EBRD’s Shareholder Special Fund for Central Asia. Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms preferably with previous project experience related to:
•Developing feasibility studies/due diligences for IFIs (or similar) preferably in conditions similar to those of Tajikistan;
•In-depth knowledge of the municipal solid waste sector, specifically institutional and legal framework aspects, environmental and social requirements; gender, local financial management standards, professional standards of technical knowledge internationally as well as in the region.

The Consultant should ensure that the appropriately qualified experts are available, as required, for each of the different tasks outlined above. It is expected that the assignment will be led by an appropriately qualified team leader/solid waste engineer, accompanied by both key and supporting experts.

The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows:
Key Expert No 1 (Team Leader): with a university degree or equivalent qualification with preferably 15 years professional experience in the field of solid waste management, with comprehensive experience of similar assignments in CA and CIS, as well as in institutional and commercial management of solid waste companies. He/she should demonstrate management and administration experience, including experience with procedures of international financing agencies (preferably EBRD procedures). The large number of different tasks and the complexity of administrational procedures require a permanent presence of the Project Manager in the country during the project period of intensive work on preparation of the FS.
Key Expert No 2: Financial specialist with knowledge of the public financing and procurement procedures.
Key Experts No 3: Technical specialist and solid waste engineer.
Key Experts No 4: Environmental and Social expert with experience in ESIAs and E&S due diligence, health & safety, gender, stakeholder engagement, public consultation and disclosure in the local context, gender and inclusion expertise, and/or resettlement expertise, in solid waste management sector with experience of similar assignments and with recent track record in the region.
Key Expert No 5: Resource efficiency expert with experience in waste management.
Key Expert No 6: Institutional expert with experience of similar assignments.
Key Expert No 7: Legal expert with relevant experience in the areas of natural monopolies regulation and knowledge of Tajikistan’s tariff legislation.
Key Expert No 8: Local expert(s) with good communication skills and evidenced technical knowledge of solid waste sector planning, design, implementation and operations.

The Consultant should integrate local professional skills/cooperate with local consulting companies, in order to provide national experience. The Consultant shall engage local host country language speaking staff on their team or arrange for translation/interpreting when necessary. All experts must be independent and free from conflicts of interest in the responsibilities accorded to them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. 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:
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. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.
2. The shortlist criteria are:
(a) Firm’s previous project experience in developing feasibility studies/due diligences for IFIs preferably in the conditions similar to those of Tajikistan (15%);
(b) Firm’s previous experience in the municipal solid waste sector, specifically institutional and legal framework aspects, environmental and social requirements; gender, local financial management standards, professional standards of technical knowledge internationally as well as in the region (35%);
(c) CVs of the Key Expert 1 (15%);
(d) CVs of Key Expert 2 – 8 (35%).

Tajikistan: Vahdat Solid Waste Project - Feasibility Study

 | Published January 26, 2017  -  Deadline February 17, 2017
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Project Description: The City of Vahdat (the "City"), with support from the Government of Tajikistan, has approached the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") to request assistance to improve the solid waste management situation in the City by financing a priority investment programme ("PIP") (the "Project").

The solid waste operations in the City are currently carried out by a Vahdat Solid Waste Company (the "Company"), a municipally owned State Unitary Enterprise.

The Project objectives are the following:
•Renovate the existing landfill to reduce its environmental impact and augment its sanitary/operating standards or construction of a new sanitary landfill if closure of old landfill required as per performed analysis.
•Assess the municipal waste-to-energy (WtE) potential and in particular the feasibility of a landfill gas recovery system; if proven feasible and economically viable, the landfill renovation will include the necessary infrastructure in preparation for a second investment programme to utilise landfill gas for energy production.
•Procure the equipment (waste collection bins, trucks etc.) needed to improve the operating efficiency and technical capacity of the landfill as well as the waste collection/transportation services.
•Introduce institutional and strategic changes in waste management aimed to boost commercialisation and achieve full cost recovery.
•Provide funding for proper clean-up and closure of the old landfill located inside the residential area of the City.

Assignment Description: The Bank now wishes to engage a suitably qualified consultant (the "Consultant") to prepare a comprehensive feasibility study ("FS") to determine a priority investment programme (the "PIP") developed from a long-term investment strategy, and evaluate its benefits, including assessing its environmental and social feasibility (the "Assignment").

The expected outcome of the Assignment is to review the detailed requirements, verify whether a bankable project meeting the objectives below can be prepared, and prepare such a project to achieve these objectives. This Project will be based on an effective least-cost investment programme. The investment plan will be justified on the basis of thorough technical, legislative, financial and economic analysis. Furthermore, the Consultant will develop an efficient Project Implementation Plan, including procurement schedule, and carry out an assessment of the resource efficiency opportunities (including energy efficiency and renewable energy potential and the impact on GHG emissions) and environmental , social and gender impacts of the investment programme.

Specific tasks of the assignment will include:
•Review the needs of the Client and/or Beneficiary, including definition and establishment of the area to be covered by the investment.
•Review the specific needs for solid waste management in the area.
•Review the applicable legislation at local and national level in place regarding waste (e.g. targets on material and energy production from waste), and assess the implications on the Project.
•Review and analyse the current system of solid waste separation, collection and reprocessing for recycling and, if appropriate, make recommendations on how this could be improved, taking into consideration international best practices in waste management (e.g. BREFs) and following the EU waste hierarchy options at the maximum extent. Identify potential industrial users of separated materials and barriers existing to the development of a market for such products.
•Review and analyse the current situation of the waste treatment/separation/ recycling/landfilling in the area in terms of condition of major equipment and facilities, recent past years performances, operation and maintenance ("OandM") practices, capacity of the City to manage and address all relevant environmental and social risks and impacts, compliance with national laws and regulations and any liability issues.
•Carry out a detailed analysis to select the best waste management option and site location for disposal (and where appropriate, separation and recycling), including existing and new locations, taking into consideration international best practices in waste management. The Consultant will produce a multi-criteria analysis justifying the selected option and summarise it in tabular form.
•Once the waste management option and site selection has been confirmed, screen the project against the EBRD’s Environmental and Social Policy (2014, "ESP") and associated Performance Requirements ("PRs") to propose, and agree with the EBRD, the project category (A or B) and confirm the environmental and social due diligence required.
•If the project is categorised as B (once agreed with the EBRD) carry out an Environmental and Social Assessment (ES Due Diligence, "ESDD") of the proposed Project to identify its environmental and social risks, impacts and benefits and to structure the Project to comply with the ESP and PRs. If the Project is categorised as A, the Terms of Reference for this assignment will be revised by the EBRD.
•Estimate potential reductions in greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions arising from the possible closure of any old landfills, as well as assess possible utilisation of biogas from existing and planned landfill sites, and the impact on climate change mitigation.
•Based on the results of the above, draw up a detailed priority investment programme ("PIP"), including but not limited to collection vehicles, recycling stations, wells, piping, and in case future use of the exiting dumpsite is not recommended, closure of the existing landfill and opening of a new sanitary landfill.
•Make necessary recommendations for institutional changes (organisation of solid waste management, changes in law or institutional, including human resources, changes) regarding solid waste management in the City.
•Provide recommendations on strengthening the capacity of the City and the Company for gender mainstreaming both in terms of solid waste management services delivery and Human Resources (HR) management.
•Prepare a strategic and operational plan to enable improvements in the collection (and if appropriate, recycling) service, including route optimisation, and attain maximum service coverage in the City and allow the Company to extend services into the surrounding residential areas, according to expressed priorities and needs of the population.
•Conduct a financial analysis of the landfill (and if appropriate, recycling opportunities) and waste management operations. Create a business plan over the lifetime of the loan with detailed calculations of realistic capital expenditure ("CAPEX"), revenues, expenses, debt service coverage ratio and Internal Rates of Return ("IRR") (both economic and financial).
•To prepare financial projections for selected waste treatment (and if appropriate, recycling) facilities; the projections shall be fully consistent with the proposed Project, strategic development plan and be based on prudent assumptions on the Company revenues and expenditures. Financial projections shall include annual balance sheets, income and cash flow statements.
•Design a general timetable of the implementation of the Project for each potential scenario.
•Support discussions on the Project proposal between the EBRD and the relevant stakeholders as necessary.
•Calculation of the Bank’s standard measuring indicators and SRI impact indicators.

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 Q1 2017 and has an estimated overall duration of 4 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 190,000 (exclusive of VAT).
The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by the EBRD’s Shareholder Special Fund for Central Asia. Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms preferably with previous project experience related to:
•Developing feasibility studies/due diligences for IFIs (or similar) preferably in conditions similar to those of Tajikistan;
•In-depth knowledge of the municipal solid waste sector, specifically institutional and legal framework aspects, environmental and social requirements, gender, local financial management standards, professional standards of technical knowledge internationally as well as in the region.

The Consultant should ensure that the appropriately qualified experts are available, as required, for each of the different tasks outlined above. It is expected that the assignment will be led by an appropriately qualified team leader/solid waste engineer, accompanied by both key and supporting experts.

The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows:
Key Expert No 1 (Team Leader): with a university degree or equivalent qualification with preferably 15 years professional experience in the field of solid waste management, with comprehensive experience of similar assignments in Central Asia and CIS, as well as in institutional and commercial management of solid waste companies. He/she should demonstrate management and administration experience, including experience with procedures of international financing agencies (preferably EBRD procedures). The large number of different tasks and the complexity of administrational procedures require a permanent presence of the Project Manager in the country during the project period of intensive work on preparation of the FS.
Key Expert No 2: Financial specialist with knowledge of the public financing and procurement procedures.
Key Experts No 3: Technical specialist and solid waste engineer.
Key Experts No 4: Environmental and Social expert with experience in ESIAs and E&S due diligence, health & safety, gender, stakeholder engagement, public consultation and disclosure in the local context, gender and inclusion expertise, and/or resettlement expertise, in solid waste management sector with experience of similar assignments and with recent track record in the region.
Key Expert No 5: Resource efficiency expert with experience in waste management.
Key Expert No 6: Institutional expert with experience of similar assignments.
Key Expert No 7: Legal expert with relevant experience in the areas of natural monopolies regulation and knowledge of Tajikistan’s tariff legislation.
Key Expert No 8: Local expert(s) with good communication skills and evidenced technical knowledge of solid waste sector planning, design, implementation and operations.

The Consultant should integrate local professional skills/cooperate with local consulting companies, in order to provide national experience. The Consultant shall engage local host country language speaking staff on their team or arrange for translation/interpreting when necessary. All experts must be independent and free from conflicts of interest in the responsibilities accorded to them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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:
a) Firm’s previous project experience in developing feasibility studies/due diligences for IFIs preferably in the conditions similar to those of Tajikistan (15%);
(b) Firm’s previous experience in the municipal solid waste sector, specifically institutional and legal framework aspects, environmental and social requirements; gender, local financial management standards, professional standards of technical knowledge internationally as well as in the region (35%);
(c) CVs of the Key Expert 1 (15%);
(d) CVs of Key Expert 2 – 8 (35%).

Tajikistan: Khujand Solid Waste Sub-Project, Phase II - Feasibility Study

 | Published June 22, 2015  -  Deadline July 6, 2015
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Assignment Description:
Based on the successful implementation of the Phase I of Khujand Solid Waste Management Project, aimed at basic improvements of the solid waste management sector in the City, the City administration, with support of the Government of Tajikistan, has requested the Bank to continue the support and finance a Phase II of the project to further improve solid waste management services in the City and the surrounding area.
The Bank considers the Project to be implemented under the Tajikistan Solid Waste Framework (the “Framework”) based on the achievements of the previous phase.

The Project’s proposed priority investment programme (the “PIP”) is estimated at around USD 5 million where the Bank is planning to provide a senior sovereign guaranteed loan of up to USD 2.5 million to the State Unitary Enterprise Khizmatrasonii Naqliyoti Sanitari (the “Company”), a solid waste management utility in Khujand, wholly owned by the Khujand City (the “City”), co-financed by a capital grant of up to USD 2.5 million.

The investment proceeds will be used for the: (i) construction of a modern integrated solid waste treatment facility (the “Facility”), (ii) further improvements at the City’s landfill, (iii) rehabilitation of the remaining waste collection points in Khujand, and (iv) procurement of waste collection containers and machinery and equipment.

The Bank is looking to engage a suitably qualified consultant (the “Consultant”) to prepare a Project due diligence, which shall include inter alia: financial, technical and environmental and social due diligence aimed at improving waste collection services which shall include the gender needs of both men and women of different socioeconomic and demographic groups in the proposal for collection and transportation, and establishment of the Facility and the landfill management.

The Consultant will:
Update the situation with solid waste management in the City on the basis of the existing reports prepared by the Company under the implementation of Phase I..
• Assess the technical and economic feasibility of the future Facility’s operation including introduction of the planned waste management infrastructure (e.g. waste separation and recycling equipment and machinery, gas extraction wells at the landfill, gas header pipes, anaerobic digesters).
• Based on the results of the above, design a detailed PIP, including but not limited to the Facility establishment, procurement of the waste collection vehicles, modernisation of the collection points, and purchase of waste containers.
• Update the existing strategic and operational plan of the Company to enable improvements in the collection service, including route optimisation, and attain maximum service coverage in the City and allow the Company to extend services into the surrounding residential areas, according to expressed priorities and needs of the population.
• Conduct financial analysis of the Company’s existing and future operations including development of financial model and projections. Provide suggestions to the Company’s Business Plan over the lifetime of the Project with detailed calculations of realistic capex, revenues, expenses, debt service coverage ratio and Internal Rates of Return (“IRR”) (both economic and financial).
• Prepare the Project’s PIP implementation schedule and design.
• Assess the potential for private sector participation (“PSP”) in the billing system and waste collection and disposal (e.g. design-build-operate for any part of the Project, privatisation of collection in parts of the City, operation of the landfill, etc.).
• Support discussions on the Project proposal between the EBRD and the relevant stakeholders as necessary, including the City and Oblast authorities.

The Assignment will cover the following:

TASK 1. Baseline study, which shall include information on: (i) waste generation; (ii) source separation; (iii) hazardous waste; (iv) recycling; (v) waste collection and transportation; (vi) waste treatment and the existing dumpsite; (vii) bio gas emissions and utilisation; (viii) paying for and financing of waste management; (ix) current quality and efficiency of waste management.

TASK 2. Project Proposal, based on the findings of the Baseline Study, the Consultant will develop a Project Proposal covering the following elements: (i) Waste Collection; (ii) Collection trucks (iii) Further improvements at Landfill; (iv) Equipment; (v) international Standards applicable to solid waste management.

TASK 3. Environmental and Social Due Diligence, to include (i) the Environmental and Social Assessment (E&S) to be carried out in accordance with applicable local, national and regional requirements, including those related with environmental and social impact assessments / EIAs and associated public disclosure and consultation requirements; (ii) Review of Available Data and Site Visit; (iii) the Consultant will prepare a description of the Project including details of any alternatives considered for the project and information on neighbouring operations and activities; (iv) Analysis of Legal Requirements; (v) Baseline Conditions (in accordance with the E&S guidance pack); (vi) Project Assessment; (vii) Management of Impacts and Issues; (viii) EBRD PR Compliance Assessment; (ix) Environmental and Social Audit; (x) Reporting; (xi) Update of Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP); (xi) Update Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP); (xii) Prepare Non-Technical Summary (NTS).

TASK 4. Proposed Project Implementation Plan. The Consultant will detail the tasks required for Project implementation and a likely timetable. As part of the Implementation Plan, the Consultant shall propose a procurement strategy and draft a preliminary Procurement Plan in the format acceptable to the Bank.

TASK 5. Institutional Reform Update. The Consultant will: (i) propose recommendations to existing Business Plan of the Company for solid waste operations; (ii) review the potential for Private Sector Participation in waste collection

TASK 6. Financial and Economic Analysis. The Consultant will (i) carry out the historical financial analysis of solid waste operations under Phase I; (ii) calculate the economic IRR of the Bank’s investment and will provide accompanying clarification and justification; (iii) assess Current tariff methodology of waste collection in relation to cost recovery, and determine to what extent all recurrent costs shall be included; (iv) analyse the budget of the City for the last 3 years.

Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.
Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in Q3 2015 and last for up to 16 weeks.


Maximum Budget available for the Assignment: EUR 150,000; Exclusive of VAT.
The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.


Funding Source: It is expected that this assignment will be financed from Technical Cooperation Programme managed by EBRD.


Eligibility: There are no nationality eligibility restrictions.


Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant should ensure that the appropriately qualified experts are available, as required, for each of the different tasks outlined above. It is expected that the Assignment will be led the following experts:

• Project Manager/Team Leader with a university degree or equivalent qualification with a minimum of 15 years professional experience in the field of solid waste management, with comprehensive experience of similar assignments in Eastern Europe or the CIS. He/she should demonstrate management and administration experience, including experience with procedures of international financing agencies (preferably EBRD procedures). The large number of different tasks and the complexity of administrational procedures require a permanent presence of the Project Manager in the Country during the project period of intensive work on preparation of the Project due diligence;
• Financial specialists with knowledge of the public financing and modelling;
• Technical specialists and solid waste management engineers;
• Environmental and Social experts with experience in ESIAs and E&S due diligence, health & safety, stakeholder engagement, public consultation and disclosure in the local context, gender and inclusion expertise, and/or resettlement expertise, in solid waste management sector with experience of similar assignments and with recent track record in the region.
• Institutional expert with experience of similar assignments;
• Local experts with good communication skills and evidence technical knowledge of the solid waste management sector.

The Consultant should integrate local professional skills/cooperate with local consulting companies, in order to provide national experience. The Consultant shall engage Russian/Tajik speaking staff on their team or arrange for translation/interpreting when necessary. All experts must be independent and free from conflicts of interest in the responsibilities accorded to them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EBRD Contact Person:
Larissa Gosling
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
United Kingdom
Tel: + 44 20 7338 85 6338
E-mail: GoslingL@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address.

Important Notes:
1. Selection and contracting will normally be made from responses to this notification. The consultant will be selected from a shortlist, subject to availability of funding.
2. The evaluation criteria will be as follows:
• Firm’s previous project experience in preparing Feasibility Studies for IFIs in the solid waste sector for IFIs in the previous five years – 20%;
• Firm’s previous project experience in waste management and developing waste management practices and reforms - 30%;
• Firm’s experience in financial and economic analysis, preferably in the waste management sector – 20%;
• Calibre of experts proposed and the inclusion of local experts – 30%.

Khorog Solid Waste – Corporate Development, Stakeholders Participation and City Support Programme

 | Published April 10, 2015  -  Deadline May 13, 2015
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Clarification:
 
Please kindly note that the Client's Contact Person for this Assignment is:
The Client Contact Person: 
SUE Khojagii Manziliy Kommunali (KMK)
Mr. R. Dadabaev
Head of Project Implementation Unit
56, N. Karaboev Street, Dushanbe,
734018, Republic of Tajikistan
Phone: +992 (37) 221 77 98
Fax: +992 (37) 221 77 98, 233 60 14
 
Please kindly note that the Bank's Contact Person for this Assignment is:
 
The EBRD Contact Person:
Sophie Medert
Advisor, Technical Cooperation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 7371
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Executing Agency (the "Client"): State Unitary Communal Enterprise Khojagii Manziliy Kommunali in Khorog city
 
Assignment Description:
The City of Khorog (the “City”) has approached the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) to request assistance to improve the solid waste management situation in the City by financing a priority investment program (“PIP”) (the “Project”). Total investments are expected to be approximately USD 4 million; consisting of a loan of up to USD 2 million from the Bank and a capital expenditure grant of up to USD 2 million is expected to be provided by Switzerland to co-finance the project.
 
The City is located 517 km south east of Dushanbe and has a population of 28,343 inhabitants. Home to approximately 206,000 people, Gorno-Badakhshan Province (the “Province”) is the least populated province in Tajikistan.
 
Solid waste management in the City currently falls under the responsibility of the Khorog City State Unitary Communal Enterprise Khojagii Manziliy Kommunali (the “Company”, “KMK” or the “Client”), a division of the central governmental agency responsible for the delivery of basic municipal services in Tajikistan. Currently, the activities of KMK are financed through tariffs and budgetary transfers from the Central Government.
 
The quality of solid waste management services are low due to a lack of budget funds for large capital expenditure resulting in old equipment, high cost of maintenance and repair of trucks for waste collection and disposal, and no qualified staff for operation. The main constraints in waste collection are related to the reduced number of containers and working trucks, which leads to waste not being collected frequently enough and/or openly tipped at numerous places around the City.
 
The Project in Khorog will make use of the experience gained from previous projects in the solid waste sector of Tajikistan and will help to improve solid waste management services by investing in and supporting the reorganisation of the solid waste management system. Within this project, two different assignments will be given: Consultancy Services for (a) “Project Implementation Support, Engineering Design Services and Contract Supervision” and Consultancy Services for (b) “Corporate Development, Stakeholder Participation and City Support Programme”. This invitation only concerns (b): During the implementation of the Project the Company will receive corporate development support to commercialise the operations and enhance the financial and operational sustainability of the business. The Corporate Development Programme, City Support Programme and Stakeholder Participation Programme will support the City and the Company to develop institutional capacity by: (i) improving operations and planning; (ii) introducing Public Service Contracts; and (iii) raising public awareness of the importance of correct waste disposal and of cost recovery tariffs for the long-term sustainability of waste management services. Combining modern equipment with strong institutional support, the Project strives to create streamlined solid waste management services that are economically efficient and financially affordable. The coordination between the two Consultancies of the Solid Waste Project (a+b) will be important in order to ensure correct alignment and timing of the activities by each of the consultants.
 
As part of the Project the Company wishes to engage the services of a consultant (the “Consultant”) to provide support for the preparation of a Corporate Development Programme, City Support Programme and Stakeholder Participation Programme (the “Assignment”).  The overall objective of the Assignment is to support the City and the Company to develop institutional capacity by:
  1. improving operations and planning;
  2. introducing Public Service Contracts; and
  3.  raising public awareness of the importance of correct waste disposal and of cost recovery tariffs for the long-term sustainability of waste management services.
Combining modern equipment with strong institutional support, the Project strives to create streamlined solid waste management services that are economically efficient and financially affordable. The coordination between the two Consultancies of the Solid Waste Project (a+b) will be important in order to ensure correct alignment and timing of the activities by each of the consultants.
 
The Assignment consists of two main Parts and the Consultant is expected to perform the following tasks:
 
Part I: Corporate Development Programme for the Company
 
The Consultant shall assist the Company in improving its commercial standing, service and environmental and social performance by helping to identify, and implement the necessary corporate, financial and operational improvements required to meet the related covenants included in the EBRD finance documents. This will be achieved via the development and implementation of a Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Plan (“FOPIP”). The Consultant shall also assist the Company to develop a medium-term focused corporate development plan, to improve its corporate planning capacity to assist its ongoing transition towards a self-sustaining entity, and to develop its commercial operations.
 
Part II: Stakeholders Participation and City Support Programme for the City
 
Part II of the Assignment would be implemented in two phases:
1. First phase: Project Implementation Support
- Focus on assisting the City to implement the Public Service Contract (“PSC”), which will be a key component of the financial structure for the proposed projects;
 
2. Second phase: Financial Reporting / Training
- General assistance to the City in financial planning, budgeting (both operating and capital) and Project reporting. One important component will be the establishment of efficient monitoring structures which enable the City to monitor / control the performance of the Company.
 
Additionally, the Consultant shall assist the City in the analysis of the baseline social situation of the vulnerable section of the population and the impact of the Project on these groups, and in connection to this assess any impact of the Project on the equality between men and women.
 
Throughout the Assignment the responsibility for day-to-day operations will rest with the Company, but the Consultant’s contractual counterparty will be the City.
 
One essential component of the project is to provide support and advice to the City and the Company over a time of 3 years which means that the Consultant shall fulfil the role of a “Professional Coach” which is ready to monitor the progress carefully and also to react flexible on all developments and mainly to be always prepared to react on questions and problems of the City and the Company which may arise during project implementation.
 
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 3Q 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 3 years. 
 
Maximum Budget available for the Assignment: USD 350,000 (exclusive of VAT).
The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed.
 
Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded through the EBRD's donor funded Technical Cooperation Funds Programme. Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.
 
Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.
 
Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with previous project experience in the management of solid waste projects, including in the areas of corporate development, stakeholder participation, financial reporting/planning, budgeting and reporting; and experience in implementation of similar projects in CIS, preferably in Central Asia.
 
The Consultant team of key experts should comprise the following expertise:
  • Team Leader/Solid Waste and Landfill Management Operations Expert with relevant international project experience in corporate development.
  • International Solid Waste Management Institutional and Regulatory Expert with relevant project experience in Institutional and Regulatory Consultancy to Communal Enterprises preferably Waste Management Enterprises and knowledge of the specific needs and requirements for regulation in waste management sector;
  • International Financial Specialist with practical experience in Financial Consultancy to Communal Enterprises preferably Waste Management Enterprises;
  • International Legal Expert;
  • Environmental and social experts with relevant experience of similar IFI projects;
  • Local Legal Expert preferably with relevant knowledge of the waste relevant legislation in Tajikistan;
  • Local Accounting Expert with practical experience in working with Communal Enterprises and City Administrations;
  • Local Training Expert.
 
The Team Leader and/or the Institutional Expert should have relevant project experience of preferably 10 years and will be the main counterpart for the City and the Enterprise. In his/her work he/she shall be supported by the other experts, which will assist in elaboration of deliverables and monitoring activities
 
The Consultant should ensure that the appropriately qualified experts are available, as required, for each of the different tasks outlined above. It is expected that the assignment will be led by an appropriately qualified project manager with experience in the solid waste sector and in implementing the key areas of this assignment, accompanied by both key and supporting experts.
 
The Consultant is required to provide the beneficiaries with independent, impartial technical, cost, strategic, management, financial and advice, and as such will not be permitted to have a commercial interest in any other contracts or agreements for the Project.
 
The Consultant must set out clear communication lines with the beneficiaries, so that they are able to draw on the support of the Consultant as required. It is envisaged that this will be best supplied through a combination of long-term and short-term expertise. It is envisaged that local experts will spend considerable time in Khorog to provide continuous support to the beneficiary, supported by shorter term input from international experts.
 
Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following:
 
(a) brief overview of the firm/group of firms including company profile, organisation and staffing;
 
(b) details of similar experience of firm or group of firms and related assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, percentage carried out by consultant in case of association of firms or subcontracting, main activities, objectives;
 
(c) CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.
 
(d) Completed Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:
 
The expression of interest shall not exceed 25 pages (excluding CVs and contact sheet).
 
One original of the expression of interest in English and Russian, shall be submitted to the Client in an envelope marked “EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for  Khorog Solid Waste – Corporate Development, Stakeholders Participation and City Support Programme ”, to reach the Client not later than 13 May 2015 at 11:00am (Dushanbe time).
 
One further electronic copy should be submitted to the Client and 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.
  2. The Expressions of Interest will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:
  •  Firm’s experience in the management of solid waste projects, including in the areas of corporate development, stakeholder participation, financial reporting/planning, budgeting and reporting– 20%
  •  Firm’s experience in implementation of similar projects in CIS, preferably in Central Asia – 20%
  •  Experience of key experts as per the Consultant Profile – 60% (Project Manager (Team Leader) – 20%; other key experts – 40%. Fluency in Russian language will be considered a significant advantage.
 3. Firms are permitted to participate in both the Project Implementation Support, Engineering Design Services and Contract Supervision as well as the Corporate Development Plan, Stakeholders Participation and City Support Programme assignments. However, firms will only be eligible to be awarded one of the assignments.  
 
 
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