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R2CF Valcea Water - Implementation Support for Green Energy Component

 | Published June 5, 2015  -  Deadline July 14, 2015
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Executing Agency (Client): SC Apavil SA Ramnicu Valcea The Client Contact Person: Mr Mihai Pradatu Sef Departament Tehnic Dezvoltare SC Apavil SA Valcea str. Carol 3-5, 240539, Ramnicu Valcea, Romania Phone: +40 756 207 543 Fax: +40 250 738 903 Email: mihai.pradatu@apavil.ro The EBRD Contact Person: Olesya Kerridge European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square London EC2A 2JN Tel: + 44 20 7338 6895 E-mail: kerridgo@ebrd.com Assignment Description: In October 2012, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) signed the R2CF Valcea Water Project (the “Project”) with SC Apavil SA Ramnicu Valcea (the “Company”). The Bank’s loan of EUR 13.85 million to the Company is to co-fund an EU approved investment programmeof EUR 104.25 million designed to improve water and wastewater services in the county of Valcea in line with relevant EU directives, which is expected to result in significantly reduced water losses, optimised operating costs and expanded water supply and wastewater collection and treatment services. The loan comprises a tranche from the Bank, and a tranche funded by the Green Energy Special Fund (“GESF”) administered by the Bank. The key objective of the Project is to develop a sustainable water and wastewater system in the county of Valcea by improving the quality of the existing services and reducing the negative impact of wastewater discharges in line with EU standards. Energy efficiency components of the Project are expected to substantially improve the production efficiency of the Company by cutting energy costs and its environmental sustainability by reducing carbon emission by at least 6,000 tonnes/year. The objective of the GESF sub-component of the Project (the “GESF Sub-project”) is to improve the energy efficiency of Valcea water and wastewater operations. The Client intends to engage a consultant (the “Consultant”)to facilitate the timely and effective implementation of the GESF Sub-project by ensuring the GESF-funded components are well-prepared technically and tendered and contracted effectively. This will include support to the Company with design, procurement and disbursement, and environmental and social (E&S) requirements. In addition, the Consultant shall prepare a Feasibility Study which shall assess the economic viability for the development, implementation, and operation of a biogas based electricity generation facility based on the sludge and similar waste managed by the Company. The Consultant shall undertake the following tasks, inter alia: Provide support to the PIU of the Company for contract procurement, award and administration; Design and preparation of Technical Specifications; Oversee all activities and ensure that all procurement is carried out in accordance with EBRD Procurement Policies and Rules; Prepare the Feasibility Study for the development, implementation, and operation of biogas based electricity generation; Provide contract administration support; Supervise the works contracts and administration of the supply of goods contracts; Arrange timely disbursement under the contracts; Develop an exit strategy. You can access the full Terms of Reference for this Assignment here. 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 mid 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 16 months. Maximum Cost Estimate for the Assignment: USD 298,955 (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. Eligibility: Eligibility is restricted to firms registered in Taiwan and the experts proposed must be of Taiwanese nationality. However, up to 30% of the total funds available for the assignment may be used to finance the services of other international and/or local experts. Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant should have previous project experience in design, administration and supervision of and procurement for similar HPPs, as well as in preparation of feasibility studies for the development, implementation, and operation of biogas based electricity generation. . Consultant’s team should include the following key experts (whose expertise can be supplemented by ad hoc/short-term support of experts in other disciplines as required) : “GESF Project” Manager; Hydroelectric Power Plants Design Engineer (Design); Biogas Power Plant Design Engineer; Financial Specialist; IFI Procurement and Contracts Specialist; Construction Supervision/FIDIC Engineer(s); Local Environmental and Social Specialist. The Consultant’s team will also include Administrative Assistant (s)/Translator(s). It is expected that the Consultant will engage a sufficient number of local engineers to support the international consultants (if applicable) in engineering supervision of multiple construction/works contracts. All experts should preferably have 7 years of experience of the activity for which they are proposed, including without limitation: have design and “GESF Project” management experience gained in countries with climatic conditions similar to the “GESF Project” sites; have construction and supply experience gained in countries with climatic conditions similar to the “GESF Project” sites; have experience in design of Micro Hydroelectric Power Plants and Biogas Power Plants; have experience in: (i) planning and design activities; (ii) assistance with planning and design activities; (iii) project management; (iv) project management assistance; (v) engineering; (vi) procurement of goods, works and services; have a good knowledge of procedures and rules of procurement of international financial institutions (or equivalent), such as the World Bank, or EBRD, and in FIDIC and/or World Bank/EBRD contractual arrangements; have a good knowledge of requirements of Romania legislation concerning construction, environment, health and safety, civil law applicable to the and public finance issues; good knowledge of the Romanian incentive schemes for renewable energy production and CO2 emissions. All members of the Consultant’s team should be fluent in English. The Consultant’s team should include experts fluent in Romanian. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected, the information submitted shall 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, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet). Failure to provide the duly completed and signed Consultant Declaration may result in the applicant being disqualified from the selection process One original and one copy of the expression of interest, in English and in Romanian, shall be submitted to the Client in an envelope marked “EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for R2CF VALCEA WATER - IMPLEMENTATION SUPPORT FOR GREEN ENERGY COMPONENT”, to reach Client not later than the Closing Date specified in this notice. One further electronic copy in English and Romanian should be submitted to the EBRD’s contact person by the same due date. Important Notes: 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. Shortlisting criteria and respective weightings are: Firm’s previous project experience in design, administration and supervision of similar HPPs (30%) Firm’s previous project experience in preparation of feasibility studies for the development, implementation, and operation of biogas based electricity generation (10%) Firm’s previous project experience in procurement for similar HPPs (20%) CVs of key staff: GESF Project Manager, HPP Design Engineer, Biogas Power Plant Design Engineer, Procurement Expert, Financial Expert (40%)

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Technical Designs of 50 types of blocks of flats, services acquisition Project: Improving Energy Efficiency in Low-Income Households and Communities in Romania

United Nations Development Programme | Published April 17, 2015  -  Deadline May 7, 2015
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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hereby invites you to submit a Proposal to this Request for Proposal (RFP) for the above-referenced subject. This RFP includes the following documents: Section 1 – This Letter of Invitation Section 2 – Instructions to Proposers (including Data Sheet) Section 3 – Terms of Reference Section 4 – Proposal Submission Form Section 5 – Documents Establishing the Eligibility and Qualifications of the Proposer Section 6 – Technical Proposal Form Section 7 – Financial Proposal Form Section 8 – Templates for Contract for Long Term Agreement and Professional Services Contract, including General Terms and Conditions Your offer, comprising of a Technical and Financial Proposal, in separate sealed envelopes, must be submitted in accordance with Section 2. The deadline for submission of Proposals is May 7th, 2015, 18:00 PM Bucharest local time via Electronic Submission or Courier/Hand Delivery to: procurement.ro@undp.org  OR UN House - Primaverii Blvd. 48A,Bucharest, Sector 1 You are kindly requested to submit an acknowledgment letter to UNDP to the following address: United Nations Development Programme procurement.ro@undp.org Attention: Procurement Department The letter should be received by UNDP no later than 24.04.2015. The same letter should advise whether your company intends to submit a Proposal. If that is not the case, UNDP would appreciate your indicating the reason, for our records. If you have received this RFP through a direct invitation by UNDP, transferring this invitation to another firm requires your written notification to UNDP of such transfer and the name of the company to whom the invitation was forwarded. Should you require further clarifications, kindly communicate with the contact person identified in the attached Data Sheet as the focal point for queries on this RFP. UNDP looks forward to receiving your Proposal and thanks you in advance for your interest in UNDP procurement opportunities.

Implementation of a Green Economy Financing Facility in Romania, focusing on the residential sector

 | Published December 30, 2016  -  Deadline January 23, 2017
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Project Description:

The European Bank Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) is scaling up its operations of Green Economy Financing Facilities in Romania. In 2007 the EBRD launched its first the Energy Efficiency Finance Facility (“EEFF”), and the Romania SME Sustainable Energy Finance Facility (“RoSEFF”) in 2011.

 

Building on the experience and lessons learnt from EEFF, RoSEFF and other EBRD financing facilities for the residential sector, the EBRD is launching the a new Green Economy Financing Facility in Romania, focusing on the residential sector (the "Facility").

 

With energy intensity almost three times higher than the EU-28 average, Romania remains one of the most energy and carbon-intensive economies in the EU. The residential sector has the highest final energy consumption of all sectors in the country with about 90% of the building stock in need of modernisation.

 

Romania has adopted a national target to reduce primary energy consumption by 19% (approximately 10 Mtoe) by 2020 and the residential sector has an important part to play in meeting this target. A study commissioned by the Romanian Energy Regulator and overseen by the EBRD, estimated that energy efficiency upgrades in the residential sector could make the largest sectoral contribution towards achieving the national target. The study also found that the energy saving potential from thermal insulation of multi-family apartment blocks was approximately 40%.

 

The EBRD is planning to launch a Romania Green Economy Financing Facility to support the investment needs of the residential sector. Through the Facility, the EBRD aims to on-lend up to EUR 70 million through Participating Financial Institutions ("PFIs") to eligible Sub-borrowers (the "Sub-borrowers"). It will be the first dedicated EBRD operation in Romania targeting investment in the residential sector, covering energy efficiency, building-integrated renewable energy and water efficiency measures.

 

Assignment Description:

 

The implementation of the Facility will be supported by a dedicated technical cooperation (“TC”) package for a period of up to three years to support both PFIs and Sub-borrowers (including service providers and intermediaries).

 

The Bank now intends to engage a consulting company (the “Consultant”) to support the implementation of the Facility by carrying out a number of key tasks to establish and maintain an infrastructure to implement the Facility; undertake coordination work; and monitor and report on the proposed investments (the “Assignment”).

The support delivered through the Assignment will be essential for the implementation of the Facility by raising awareness among PFIs and their clients of best available technologies and benefits of resource saving investments. The Assignment will therefore play an important role in developing and maintaining a necessary infrastructure that enables the PFIs and ultimate beneficiaries to quickly identify eligible opportunities. The Assignment shall enable the EBRD to record and report on the impact achieved by the investments financed under the Facility.

 

The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:

(a) Establish an operational base in Bucharest and develop, maintain and update the Facility’s operational tools, web-based tools, legal advisory tools, documents, reports as required;

(b) Develop, maintain and further populate a Technology Selector (database of eligible materials, equipment and suppliers and installers) that includes pre-defined categories of technologies with specific minimum technical and environmental characteristics proven to result in fundamental and straightforward efficiency improvements;

(c) Prepare a communication plan and promote the Facility through communication activities including via a Facility website;

(d) Develop and implement a capacity building plan, which will target PFIs, Sub-borrowers and local experts;

(e) Organise the Facility Launch Event and an Award Ceremony with the objective to promote and encourage uptake of the Facility;

(f) Ensure that the technical eligibility criteria of the Facility are adhered to, including via desk-based appraisal and a sample selection of on-site visits;

(g) Assist perspective Sub-borrowers in identifying financing opportunities by assessing the technical and economic feasibility of the Sub-projects including carrying out project assessments as necessary, in the format provided by the EBRD. Sub-projects at the building-level shall require an assessment.

(h) Liaise with the EBRD as necessary to monitor and report on the implementation of the Facility;

(i) Prepare case studies and a database of lessons learned;

(j) Prepare a market survey at the end of the assignment. The market survey will reflect the market penetration of high-performing building technologies and will assess the overall impact of the Facility (e.g. changes in market size, number of suppliers of eligible measures, capacity and awareness rates).

 

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 36 months. It is envisaged that the Consultant will be contracted initially for 18 months with a contract extension for further 18 months subject to the successful uptake of the Facility, satisfactory performance of the Consultant and availability of Donor funding. The Facility may be extended further than the originally envisaged three years subject to the EBRD requirements, satisfactory performance of the Consultant and availability of Donor funding.

 

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: The initial budget is up to EUR 900,000 (for the first 18 months of the Facility implementation) with the possibility of extension up to EUR 3,000,000 (exclusive of VAT).

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

 

Funding Source: The Assignment is expected to be funded by 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: The Project Consultant will be a firm or a consortium of firms, whose experts will be required to perform the assignment across Romania on a full-time basis and preferably with 15 years of previous project experience related to:

1. Implementation of similar facilities or assignments related to energy efficiency management projects;

2. Marketing and capacity building experience ideally with a financial services and financial products focus;

3. Energy and resource efficiency financing (lending) expertise and good knowledge of the market for energy efficiency technologies for buildings, preferably in Romania.

4. The key expert team will be composed of professionals with relevant resource efficiency, technical, marketing and financial/economic background supported by engineers and architects in order to ensure compliance of conceptual designs with relevant legislation across Romania.

The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include Key Experts as follows:

Key Expert 1: Project Manager with preferably more than 10 years previous project experience in

- energy efficiency project management;

- project implementation planning including experience related to energy management, energy efficiency financing schemes; water efficiency and waste use minimisation and management;

- experience in public outreach and marketing;

- experience of working with banks in developing countries;

- language skills: Fluent in spoken and written English. Romanian language skills are an advantage;

The Project Manager should demonstrate a good knowledge of the local market and the ability to cover wider geographical reach and capacity to mobilise experts quickly.

Key Expert 2: Lead Engineer with preferably more than 10 years previous project experience in residential building energy management, residential building resource efficiency design and standards, knowledge of EU, international and local building regulations and relevant standards in relation to energy consumption and performance.

Key Expert 3: PFI Relationship Manager with significant experience in financial analysis and capital investment appraisal preferably in the field of energy/energy efficiency; knowledge of commercial banks’ procedures for project assessment and approval; knowledge of retail loan products and strong client relationship skills;

Key Expert 4: Communications Manager with significant experience in print and internet based communications, with a focus on financial products in cooperation with financial institutions and/or technology vendors; strong spoken and written English and Romanian language skills.

Key experts shall spend a minimum of 75% of their working time in Romania. Any home-based activities shall require justification and the prior approval of EBRD.

 

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

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

2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous 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 30 pages excluding CVs, Contact Sheet and Consultant's Declaration.

 

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:

Larissa Gosling

Technical Co-operation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

One Exchange Square

London EC2A 2JN

Tel: + 44 20 7338 7088

e-mail: GoslingL@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)

 

Notes:

1. Following this invitation for expressions of interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding (from an appropriate donor - dependent on whether or not donor has approved funding).

2. The shortlisting criteria are:

i) firm's previous project experience in implementation of similar facilities or assignments related to the origination and financing of energy efficiency improvement programmes in the building sector (50%);

ii) firm's previous project experience in marketing and capacity building within financial services sector (20%);

iii) firm's previous project experience in energy and resource efficiency financing (lending) especially knowledge in the market of energy efficiency technologies for buildings, preferably in Romania (20%);

iv) CVs of Key Experts (10%).

 

Request for Quotation (RFQ) for the “Provision of IT Hardware equipments and software licenses”

United Nations Development Programme | Published September 29, 2015  -  Deadline October 12, 2015
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~~The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Romania hereby invites interested bidders to submit a Quotation to this Request for Quotation (RFQ) for the “Provision of IT Hardware equipments and software licenses” for the UNDP GEF Project 77064 “Improving Energy Efficiency in Low-Income Households and Communities in Romania” Please be guided by the documents attached hereto, in preparing your Quotation. Quotations may be submitted on or before Monday, October 12, 2015 16:00 (Bucharest local time), via courier mail, to the address below: United Nations Development Programme UN House, 48A Primaverii Blvd., 011975 Bucharest, Romania Contact Person for Inquiries (Written inquiries only): Ramona LIPARA, Operations Associate, ramona.lipara@undp.org Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to the e-mail indicated above. UNDP will respond in writing and post the response on www.ungm.org, www.undp.org, www.undp.ro,  and via e-mail, including an explanation of the query, without identifying the source of inquiry, to be available to all potential bidders. Incomplete proposals and/ or proposals received after the deadline shall not be taken into consideration. Proposals that are received through any other means than the one mentioned above shall not be taken into account.

Water Co-fiancing Framework (R2CF) Valcea Sub-project

 | Published October 14, 2015  -  Deadline October 14, 2016
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S.C. SC Apavil SA Ramnicu Valcea, intends using the proceeds of a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development [the Bank] for a project to improve the energy efficiency of the company by investing in Construction of four Hydro Power Plants. This is a reactivation of a previous General Procurement Notice that was published on February 12 2013 on the Bank website, and concerns only the second tranche of the loan, the one funded by the GESF administered by the Bank.

The proposed project, which has a total estimated cost of EUR 5.30 million equivalent, will require the procurement of the following works: Construction of Stan Valley, Vladesti Valley and Ramicul Valcea Hydro Power Plants (4 units).

Tendering for the above contracts is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2015.

 

Contracts to be financed with the proceeds of a loan from the Bank will be subject to the Bank's Procurement Policies and Rules and will be open to firms from any country. The proceeds of the Bank's loan will not be used for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities, of for any import of goods, if such payment or import is prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations or under a law of official regulation of the Purchaser's country.

 

Interested suppliers, contractors and consultants should contact:

 

 

S.C. SC Apavil SA Ramnicu Valcea

Name: Mr.Nicolae Darie

Address: str.Carol nr.3-5, Ramnicu Valcea, 240539, Romania

 

Acquisition of external thermal insulation composite systems for thermal insulation of public buildings (walls, window recesses and plinth course)

United Nations Development Programme | Published April 28, 2015  -  Deadline May 18, 2015
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Letter of Invitation Invitation to Bid (ITB) Acquisition of external thermal insulation composite systems for thermal insulation of public buildings (walls, window recesses and plinth course) UNDP-GEF project “Improving Energy Efficiency in Low-Income Households and Communities in Romania” Reference: UNDP_ITB_Thermal Insulation System_2015 Dear Sir/ Dear Madam The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hereby invites you to submit a Bid to this Invitation to Bid (ITB) for the above-referenced subject. This ITB includes the following documents: Section 1 – This Letter of Invitation Section 2 – Instructions to Bidders (including Data Sheet) Section 3 – Schedule of Requirements and Technical Specifications Section 4 – Bid Submission Form Section 5 – Documents Establishing the Eligibility and Qualifications of the Bidder Section 6 – Technical Bid Form Section 7 – Price Schedule Form Section 8 – Form for Bid Security Section 9 – Form for Performance Security Section 10 – Form for Advanced Payment Guarantee Section 11 – Contracts to be Signed, including General Terms and Conditions Your offer, comprising of a Technical Bid and Price Schedule, together in a sealed envelope, should be submitted in accordance with Section 2. You are kindly requested to submit an acknowledgment letter to UNDP to the following address: United Nations Development Programme: UN House, 48A Primaverii Blvd., Bucharest, Romania or procurement.ro@undp.org Procurement Department The letter should be received by UNDP no later than the 6th of May, 2015. The same letter should advise whether your company intends to submit a Bid. If that is not the case, UNDP would appreciate your indicating the reason, for our records. Bids must be received by UNDP on or before 18 May 2015 at 10.00 a.m. Bucharest local time at the addresses specified in the Instructions to Bidders - Data Sheet. If you have received this ITB through a direct invitation by UNDP, transferring this invitation to another firm requires notifying UNDP accordingly. Should you require any clarification, kindly communicate with the contact person identified in the attached Data Sheet as the focal point for queries on this ITB. UNDP looks forward to receiving your Bid and thanks you in advance for your interest in UNDP procurement opportunities. Yours sincerely, Andrei Oprea, Head of Office, UNDP Romania

GPN - Mozambique - Upgrading of a portion of road that connects Mueda to Negomano

 | Published November 22, 2016
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INTEG NUTRIENT POLLUTION CONTROL - P093775

Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests | Published June 27, 2016  -  Deadline July 11, 2016
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Consultancy Services For Design And Implementation Of A Program For Dissemination Of Biogas Technology Using Animal Waste REQUEST FOREXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST ROMANIA INTEGRATEDNUTRIENT POLLUTION CONTROL PROJECT Consultancy Services for Design and Implementation of a Program for Dissemination of BiogasTechnologyusing animal waste Loan No.4873-RO TF No.058040-RO Project ID No. P093775 Reference no. 36/CQ/2016 TheGovernment of Romania has received financing from the World Bank toward thecost of the Integrated Nutrient Pollution Control Project (INPCP). The overalldevelopment objective of the Project is to support the Government of Romania tomeet the EU Nitrates Directive requirements by reducing nutrient discharges towater bodies, promoting behavioral change at the communal level andstrengthening institutional and regulatory capacity. Partof the proceeds of the Project will be allocated to finance consultancy services for designing and implementing adissemination programon the use of manure waste for producingbiogas and energy, centered on the recentlybuilt pilot biogas facility inSeini. The Consultant is required to design, set upand carry outa program fordissemination of biogas technology through information and applicative trainingactivities, based on the pilot biogas plant in Seini, with the main purpose todemonstrate the feasibility of biogas production and energy cogeneration usingmanure as substrate. In order to achieve the above mentionedobjective, the Consultant shall be responsible for the following phased tasks: PhaseI ?Preparation: design of dissemination program, preparation of the information,training and related support activities. PhaseII-Implementation of dissemination program. PhaseIII ? Closure. The duration of the assignment isestimated to 8 months: 1 month for accomplishing phase I of the consultingservices; 6,5 months for phase II and 0,5 months for phase III. Interestedconsultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to performthe services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience insimilar conditions, general qualifications and number of key staff, and soforth). TheConsultantshould be aspecialized firm, an education institution, a research and developmentinstitute, university, NGO or association of such firms. The consultant should haveproven training experience in the field of environment protection andbiogastechnologies areas. TheConsultant should demonstrate a relevant general professional experience of atleast 5 years, and a proven experience of at least two similar types ofassignments involving theoretical and practical training activities regardingenvironmental protection and biogas technologies areas. It is recommended thattheConsultant provide key personnel with proven practical experience as detailedbelow. Team leader/project manager havinguniversity degree, relevanttraining undertaken in Project Management, at least 5 years of trainingexperience, previous experience as Team Leader/Project Manager in at least twosimilar projects, good reporting skills, good written and oral communicationskills in Romanian, experience in similar assignments related to biogastechnologies/plants being considered a plus. Two experts in development and implementationof training programs having university degree, relevant training oftrainers course undertaken, at least 3 years of experience in designing andconducting training programs, previousexperience in at least two similar projects, goodwritten and oral communication skills inRomanian. Onebiogas experthaving university degree,3 years of relevant experience in the field of design/construction/operation ofthe biogas facilities, sound knowledge on anaerobic digestionarea;experience in orknowledge of thecurrent Romanianenvironmental legislation and procedures as well as of the international, EUenvironmental policies in the particular field, sound knowledge on practicalaspects on green certificatesobtaining and trading, good written and oral communication skills. One expert in events management having at least3 years experience indeveloping, managing, organizing and supervising nationwide events, previousexperience in at least twosimilar projects, good written and oral communication skills. One expert in communication activities (graphicdesigner) having at least 3 years experience in creating graphics primarily for published,printed and/or electronic media, such as brochures and advertising, ability towork with multiple software programs, previousexperience in at least two similar projects, goodwritten and oralcommunication skills. TheMinistry of Environment, Water and Forests now invites eligible consultants toindicate their interest in providing services related to Consultancy services forDesign and Implementation of aProgram for Dissemination of BiogasTechnology using animal waste. The Expressions of Interest mustprovide information indicating that the Consulting firm is qualified to performthe above-mentioned services, respectively: generalinformation: core business andyears in business, address, contacts, number and country of registration;presentation of services provided, references - 25 pct; specific information: description ofprevious similar projects  proving the experiencein similar types of assignments, involving: training experience in the field ofenvironment protection and  biogastechnologies areas; relevant general professional experience of at least 5years, and a proven experience of at least two similar types of assignmentsinvolving theoretical and practical training activities regarding environmentalprotection and/biogas technologies areas-40 pct; information regarding the availabilityof appropriate specialized staff for the assignment: description of the teamproposed to carry out the assignment, qualifications and expertise ofkeystaff, years of professional expertise - 35 pct. Consultants may associateto enhance their qualifications. The "association" may take the form of a JointVenture or a sub-consultancy. In case of a Joint Venture (JV), all members ofthe JV will be evaluated jointly for the purpose of short listing andshall bejointly and severally liable for the assignment and shall sign the contract incase of award is made to that JV group. Interested consultants shouldclearly indicate the structure of their "association" and the duties of thepartners and sub-consultants in their application. Unclear expressionofinterests in terms of "in association with" and/or "in affiliation with" etc.may not be considered for short listing. Keeping one expression of interest perfirm as principle, a consultant firm may decide whether it wishes toparticipate as a sub-consultant or as an individual consultant or as a partnerin a joint venture. Please note that a firm shall submit only one Expression ofInterest in the same selection process either individually as a consultant oras a partner in a joint venture. No firm can be a sub-consultant whilesubmitting an EOI individually or as a partner of a joint venture in the sameselection process. A firm, if acting in the capacity of sub consultant in anyconsultant or JV, may participate in more than one consultant, but only in thecapacity of a sub consultant." The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.11of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants byWorld Bank Borrowers,  edition May 2004 ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policyon eligibility. TheConsulting firm will be selected using CQS method (Selection Based onConsultant Qualifications) in accordance with the procedures set out in theWorld Bank's Guidelines: Selection andEmployment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers May2004. Interestedconsultants may obtain further information at the address below during officehours, from Monday to Thursday - 900to 1600 hours and Friday ? 900 to 1400hours. Expressionsof interest have to be delivered to the address below, in English or Romanian,by July 11, 2016, 1000 hours, localtime. Expressions of Interestreceived by e-mail address are accepted. Ministry of Environment, Water andForests Integrated Nutrient PollutionControl Project Management Unit Attn: Mrs. NaianaMILEA, PMUDirector Mrs. C?t?lina Criveanu,Senior procurement specialist Mrs.Mihaela Ilina, Procurementspecialist 12, Libertatii Blvd., Sector 5, 2nd Floor, Room304B City:Bucharest ZIP Code: 040129 Country:Romania Phone: + 40-21-408-95-65. Fax: +40-21-317-04-03 E-mail: catalina.criveanu@mmediu.ro, mihaela.ilina@mmediu.ro

Romania: CET Govora Biomass PPP Project

 | Published October 3, 2014  -  Deadline October 31, 2014
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CET Govora Biomass PPP Project Assignment Description: CET Govora (CET or the Client), the district heating operator in Ramnicu Valcea, has expressed interest in obtaining the support of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) for the co-financing of a biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant. To this end, CET seeks to develop a public-private partnership (PPP) through a special purpose vehicle (the SPV) established by the winner of an open international public tender (the Sponsor). The selected private operator will be in charge of financing, building, and operating the CHP, selling (i) hot water to CET, (ii) electricity and (iii) green certificates (GCs) on the open markets (the electricity produced through biomass benefitting from GCs). CET intends to engage a consultant (the Consultant), with financial, legal, and technical expertise to prepare the tender documents, draft the PPP contract, and provide assistance during the tender process until contract signature(the Assignment). The main objective of the Assignment is for the Consultant to enable CET to successfully tender out the financing, construction and operation of the CHP, as a PPP, in compliance with the Bank’s requirements. The Consultant will provide a full and complete package of advice concerning legal and technical advice related to PPP project and tender design, and bidding support through to financial close. The Assignment will be structured in two phases: - Phase 1: Prepare a Feasibility Study to ensure the technical, financial and economic viability of the Project; and -Phase 2: Prepare the Biomass CHP Plant PPP Full Tender Documentation, draft PPP Contract and support the tendering process till successful signing of the PPP. The purpose of this structure is to confirm that the CHP is the least-costly option in this context. Phase 1 will focus on technical, financial and economic viability. This will be investigated through the preparation of a Feasibility Study, including and without limitation to the following tasks: - Task 1.1: Provide a questionnaire and a list of required information to be discussed during the visit; - Task 1.2: Review and evaluate existing feasibility studies; - Task 1.3: Assess the demand for heat and the general status of existing CET systems, in order to determine the CHP plant’s technical and operational performance and efficiency; - Task 1.4: Develop a sustainable and affordable, least cost strategic investment programme for the entire district heating infrastructure in the County in a long-term perspective (15–20 years); - Task 1.5: Identify and propose a detailed short-term priority investment programme (PIP). - Task 1.6: Clarify and confirm that the proposed investment programme. - Task 1.7: Analyse the estimates of the PIP components, - Task 1.8: Assess the environmental benefits and potential for carbon credits following implementation of the PIP; - Task 1.9: Structure the Project along international best-practice standards and identify feasible PPP structures. - Task 1.10: Perform a risk assessment of the PPP and propose the most appropriate risk assignment between the public and private sectors. In particular, assess the financial and legal scope for the County to pay availability fees to a future concessionaire over the long-term duration of a typical heat generation and supply concession agreement. - Task 1.12: Describe the institutional arrangements necessary in the County (??) Administration to supervise and monitor properly any future concession agreement based on a PPP structure; - Task 1.13: Prepare a Due Diligence which can be used by the Bank to assess the Project and justify involvement, including a two-three page summary section on the conclusion and proposed recommendations; and - Task 1.14: Prepare an environmental and social due diligence - Task 1.15: Arrange a meeting (conference call) with potential private operators working actively in Romania to confirm their interest of participating in the bidding process for the PPP project. Once CHP has been confirmed as the least-cost option, the Consultant may proceed with Phase 2, including and without limitation to the following tasks: - Task 2.1: Review key technical, economic and financial aspects; - Task 2.2: Propose the legal structures of the new CHP; - Task 2.3: Prepare the CHP Biomass PPP Full Tender Documentation and Draft PPP Contract; - Task 2.4: Plan, implement, and monitor the tender process; and - Task 2.5: Assist with the financial close. The tasks will involve a mixture of discussions with CET and other relevant stakeholders, such as service users, County officials, existing public DH operators (public and private), the regulators, the representatives of users, and the NGO community. A skilful use of communications to both internal and external stakeholders will be needed, in order to prepare an acceptable tender, and promote the PPP tender process. Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in Q4 2014 and has an estimated overall duration of 9 months. Maximum Budget available for the Assignment: EUR 290,000 for Phase 1 and 2 (exclusive of VAT). Maximum Budget available is EUR 90,000 for Phase 1, and EUR 200,000 for Phase 2. Phase 2 will be carried out only if the Project is considered feasible at the end of Phase 1 and upon approval of the Client and the EBRD. 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: financed by the EBRD’s TC Programme (TBC) 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 (1) similar project experience related to district heating PPP projects, including specific experience on preferably at least two district heating PPP projects preferably within the last 10 years, and should also be well-versed in planning and regulatory approaches in the district heating sector; (2) previous project experience in district heating industry internationally and in Romania, knowledge of the legal framework in Romania for electricity and power services, and a thorough understanding of PPP contracting and risk assessment for both the public and private sectors. It is expected that the Consultant’s team of key experts will consist of: - PPP and/or infrastructure concessions expert, - District heating expert, with demonstrated design and project management experience in Romania - Energy expert, - Civil engineering expert, with experience in Romania, - Financial expert, with demonstrated experience with international infrastructure concession contracts, - Legal expert with understanding of international and Romanian PPP law, - Environmental expert, and - PPP procurement expert with demonstrated experience with international infrastructure concession contracts. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected, 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 ten 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 and Declaration, 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 2 copies of the expression of interest, in English and Romanian, shall be submitted to the Client in an envelope marked EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for CET Govora Biomass PPP Project Tender Preparation, to reach Client not later than the deadline mentioned above. The expression of interest should be submitted electronically as well. One further electronic copy by email or CD-Rom (both in English and Romanian) should be submitted to the EBRD’s contact person by the same due date. Important Notes: Note1 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. Note 2 The evaluation criteria are as follows: 1) Firm’s experience in district heating PPP projects, including specific experience on preferably at least two district heating PPP projects preferably within the last 10 years, - 30% 2) A firm with experience in district heating industry internationally and in Romania, proofing knowledge of the legal framework in Romania for electricity and power services, and of PPP contracts in both public and private sectors, - 20% 3) Individual experts with relevant experience in the sector - 50%, fluency in Romanian and previous project experience in the country would be an advantage.

Romania: Galati Urban Transport Rehabilitation Project – Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan

 | Published October 16, 2014  -  Deadline November 13, 2014
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Executing Agency (Client): The City of Galati Assignment Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") intends to provide a loan to the City of Galati to fund the key investments in the urban transport sector and related infrastructure (the "Project"). The Project is financed by an up to EUR 22.6 million loan from the EBRD to the City. Galati, with a population of 250,000, is a significant commercial and industrial centre in southeast Romania, with the local economy related to steel processing (Mittal), ship manufacturing (Damen Shipyards) and adjacent industries. Galati has about 345 kilometres of streets in total. It is noted that the City has already completed the first phase of the urban infrastructure upgrade with a total amount of about EUR 14 million and has one project for Intelligent Traffic Management with a total value of EUR 4 million in implementation, -, co-financed from the European Regional Development Fund; however, there are still investment needs in the urban transport sector and related infrastructure. The Project consists of the following three components: a) Street and Water rehabilitation: b) Acquisition of 14 trolley buses; and c) Implementation of an Automated Ticketing System. The Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, inclusive and sustainable growth highlighted the importance of a modernised and sustainable European transport system for the future development of the Union and stressed the need to address the urban dimension of transport. A Communication from the Commission "Together towards competitive and resource-efficient urban mobility" was issued in December 2013 and sent to the European institutions aiming to encourage the Member States to take more decisive and better coordinated actions. The Annex to the COM (2013) 913 presents a concept for Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans ("SUMPs"). In January 2014, Guidelines for the development and implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans were published in order to provide local authorities with concrete suggestions on how to implement strategies for urban mobility that build on a thorough analysis of the current situation, as well as a clear vision for the sustainable development of their urban area. The Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan concept considers the functional urban area and proposes that action on urban mobility is embedded into a wider urban and territorial strategy. Therefore, these Plans should be developed in cooperation across different policy areas and sectors (transport, land-use and spatial planning, environment, economic development, social policy, health, road safety, etc.); across different levels of government and administration; as well as with authorities in neighbouring areas – both urban and rural. The Romanian legislation (Law 350/2001 updated in December 2013 – on spatial and territorial planning and the related implementing norms) has included provisions on preparation of the mobility plans and approval system. The EU Regional Operational Programme -draft- 2014-2020, coordinated by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (“MRDPA”) includes a consistent component of urban development aiming to finance, among others, transport infrastructure, rolling stock, transport management systems. Nevertheless, the funds needed for improving the quality of urban areas and urban transport are about ten times more than the allocated budget for the programme. The SUMPs are a pre-requisite for applying/receiving UT EU funds during 2014-2020. In order to support the implementation of European requirements, under the MoU framework, EBRD is supporting the elaboration of 8 SUMPs for the main cities and their surrounding areas, namely: Bucharest-Ilfov, Iasi, Constanta, Brasov, Ploiesti, Craiova, Cluj si Timisoara. The 8 SUMPs are going to be finalised by July 2015. The EBRD are being consistent with the EU’s approach regarding urban transport and mobility, but also in view of ensuring correlation between sources of financing, the EBRD is supporting the City in the elaboration of its own SUMP. The planned purchase of 14 new trolley buses will improve the reliability and quality of public transport services for users and improve air quality through consistent reduction of carbon emissions. In order to accommodate the new trolley buses under the framework of the transport system for the City, a consultant (the "Consultant") is required to assist the City in developing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for Galati (the "Plan") to ensure best-practice urban transport planning and to identify opportunities for the diversification of business activities with potential for private sector participation. The main objective of this assignment is to develop the SUMP that will enable the City to manage mobility to be compatible with European and national requirements and identify the future priority investments in the sector. The SUMP will be based on an Urban Transport Model (GIS support) using a software platform. The Plan aims to create sustainable urban transport system by addressing, at a minimum, the following objectives: Ensuring that the transport system is available and accessible to all, such that urban public facilities including public transport can provide services on an inclusive basis; Improving safety and security in all modes of transport and reducing the number of accidents; Reducing air and noise pollution, greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions and energy consumption; Improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the transportation of persons, including defined sources of underlying funding and financing for such activities. This is understood to include both municipal and private transport providers; Contributing to enhancing the attractiveness and quality of the urban environment and urban design; Elaborate a general and specific set of indicators, regarding the mobility, socio-economic and urban development of the City, which will be monitored in evaluating the effectiveness of the Plan associated to the established objectives; Developing non-motorised modes and intermodal transport networks; Propose recommendations on Private Sector Participation ("PSP") opportunities in the provision of urban transport services in Galati municipality. A successful outcome of the assignment would be a Plan for Galati municipality, setting the context for phased investments for the period 2016-2030, agreed with regional and national authorities. The Consultant will support the approval of the plan by the local authorities. It is expected that the municipality will appoint a Counterpart Team aiming to develop and monitor the implementation of the 2016-2030 Plan on sustainable mobility and will seek to encourage the use of intermodal transport, as well as cycling and walking, discouraging private car use, especially for journeys to and from work. The Counterpart Team will assist the Consultant in data collection and will ensure the coordination of the Plan with other strategic documents, including the territorial planning documents, as requested by the Law 350/2001 updated in 2013 on territorial planning. The Counterpart Team will also support the Consultant in discussing the Plan with the experts in the field as well as with the civil society. Finally, the Plan has to be approved by the Technical Commission for territorial planning and the Commission for traffic and safety organised at the level of municipality, which will be mainly the responsibility of the Counterpart Team. Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in Q4 2014 and has an estimated overall duration of 6 months. Maximum Budget available for the Assignment: EUR 200,000 (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: Shareholder Special 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 proven experience in the urban transport sector The Consultant Team will include: Team Leader/Transport Planner Urban Planner / architect Transport Operations Specialist /Traffic Engineer Transport Modelling Expert Parking Policy Specialist Transport Economist /Financial Expert Legal Expert specialised in Public Transport Marketing Expert Environmental Expert Any expert proposed by the Consultant may take charge of more than one expert position listed above if he/she processes the relevant expertise and can provide sufficient references in similar projects. The following provides a list of preferred requirements. The Team Leader/Transport Planner should have: a background in Engineering and/or Transport Planning/Transport Economics with a minimum of ten years of experience in consultancy, preferably in Europe, in urban development projects. experience on the planning of public transport networks, including electricity powered rail based systems. already led a consultant team on one or several projects in the transport and urban mobility planning field. The Urban planner/architect should have: a minimum of five years’ experience in urban planning at local and metropolitan level. already led a consultant team on one or several projects in the urban planning field, with sustainable urban mobility planning components. The Transport Operation Specialist/Traffic Engineer should have: a minimum of five years’ experience in a public transport company and/or consultancy assignments in the public transport field and experience in traffic engineering, traffic management and traffic control, particularly in an urban environment. The Transport Modelling Expert should have: a minimum of ten years’ experience in operating four-step traffic model software in an urban environment. The Parking Policy Specialist should have: a minimum of five years’ experience in managing the parking policy in cities and/or in a consultancy firm. The Transport Economist/ Financial Expert should have: a minimum of five years’ experience in his field, preferably in Europe. The Legal Expert specialised in Public Transport should have: a minimum of ten years’ experience as a lawyer, including a minimum of five years in public/private partnership in the public transport field, in national and EU public transport legislation The Marketing Expert should have a: a minimum of five years’ experience in publicity, marketing and communication, preferably in the public transport area and in Europe. The Environmental Expert should have a: minimum of five years’ experience in environmental assessment, preferably in Europe, in particular referring to Strategic Environmental Assessment, assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment (Directive 2001/42/EC) and Environmental Impact Assessment (Directive 85/337/CEE as amended) All experts should have good reporting skills in English (knowledge of Romanian language will be considered an advantage, particularly for the Team leader, the Legal Expert and the Environmental Expert) and be computer literate. At least 80% of the Consultant’s time should be spent in the beneficiary city. The Consultant shall be responsible for translating any document provided in Romanian language for the purpose of this study. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected, 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 20 pages (excluding CVs and contact sheet). One original and one copy of the expression of interest, in English, and two copies in Romanian, shall be submitted to the Client in an envelope marked “EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for Galati Urban Transport Rehabilitation Project – Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan”, to reach the Client not later than 13 November 2014 at 15:00 (Romanian time). The expression of interest should be submitted electronically by e-mail to the Client and to the EBRD Contact Person as well. One further electronic copy should be submitted to the EBRD’s contact person by the same due date. Important Notes: 1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding. 2.The evaluation criteria are as follows: 1) Firm’s experience in urban transport projects, including specific experience sustainable urban mobility plans, preferably within the last 10 years - 30% 2) A firm with experience in urban transport internationally and in Romania - 20% 3) Experts’ CVs including relevant experience in the sector and team composition - 50%, fluency in Romanian and previous project experience in the country would be an advantage.
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