SAPP-Program 4 Acceler. Transf. En. Proj - P126661
Southern African Power Pool | Published June 4, 2015 - Deadline June 19, 2015
Development Of An Environmental And Social Management
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
(CONSULTING SERVICES ? FIRMSSELECTION)
COUNTRY: Southern African Power Pool region
NAME OF PROJECT: Southern African Power Pool Program for Accelerating Transformational Energy Projects
Assignment Title: Development of an Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF)
Reference No. (as per Procurement Plan): SAPP/C/08/2014)
The World Bank is preparing a Program with the Southern Africa Power Pool(SAPP) to help accelerate preparation of priority regional power generation and transmission projects in the region of the SouthernAfrican Power Pool. The Program Development Objective is "to facilitate the preparation of priority regional energy projects in theSouthern African Power Pool region".
Scope ofProgram: The Programwill support preparation activities of large complex regional energy projects (including technical, economic and financialfeasibility studies, environmental assessments, legal documentation and financial transaction advisory work) throughout theSouthern Africa Power Pool member countries. The TA project will not finance any infrastructure or physical activities, which couldcause adverse environmental or social impacts and effects. However, the TA project will finance detailed studies for potential newgeneration and transmission projects that might have future environmental or social impacts, if and when these investmentsmaterialize. The projects to be supported have notyet been selected.
To provide technical guidance for environmental and social assessment and management a key instrument will be anESMF. This instrument (as opposed to an ESIA ? Environmental and Social Impact Assessment) is chosen because the specific portfolioof projects is not yet known, the locations, dimensions and designs for the larger investments (e.g. thermal or hydropower plants,transmission lines) and their specific locations are not yet defined, and a detailed assessment of potential environmental andsocial impacts is thus not feasible at this time. The ESMF will be prepared in line with international good practice and theWorldBank's environmental and social operational policies ("safeguards policies") and take into consideration national environmentallegislation, as far as applicable.
Objectives of consultancy assignment
The main objective of this assignment is to develop an environmental and social management framework(ESMF), including the collection of all required data, information and materials. This shall provide clear, comprehensive andpractical guidance to the Client (the SAPP) on integrating an environmental/social due diligence process into the TA Programimplementation.
The ESMF will at a minimum (i) identify allrelevant potential environmental risks andsocial concerns that may arise as a result of the proposed Program and the projects that it willsupport; (ii) specify appropriateroles and responsibilities of involved actors and parties; (iii) develop a screening and assessment methodology for potentialprojects, that will allow an environmental / social risk classification and the identification of appropriate safeguardsinstruments; (iv) develop environmental and social criteria for screening and prioritization within a portfolio of potentialprojects and activities; (v) outline the required procedures for managing and monitoring environmental risks and social concernsrelated to the projects,and develop the TOR for appropriate safeguards instruments (such as ESIAs, SEMPs, RPFs, RAPs, IPPs, and /or strategic, sectoral or regional studies) as appropriate and required; (vi) determine the training, capacity building andtechnical assistance needed to successfully and effectively develop and implement the required safeguards instruments forinvestments planned during the TA Program; (vii) establish the funding required to implement the ESMF requirements; and (viii)provide practical information resources for implementing the ESMF.
After the completion of the assignment the Client should be knowledgeable onthe key due diligence issues to be expected within the project portfolio identified under the TA Program, and have the capabilitiesand capacity to manage them in line with international good practice.
Required Qualificationsand Experience
This Consultancy will be executed by a firm with a proven track record inenvironmental assessment and management projects, as well as sector-specific experience in the energy sector. The firm should beable to field multinational teams, covering at a minimum areas such as: terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity, hydrology andhydrogeology; pollution management; strategic/ cumulative impact assessment; environmental and social assessment and management oflarge energy and infrastructure projects; social impacts assessment, resettlement and compensation planning; physical culturalresources; indigenous peoples management; trans-boundary impacts; operational modelling and optimization (of hydropowerfacilities); andpollution management technology (for thermal power plants). The team needs to be capable of speaking and writingEnglish with high level ofproficiency and firm command of technical and scientific terminology.
The TeamLeader should have anacademic degree in a relevant field (environmental sciences, biology, geology, environmental engineering etc.) and at least fifteenyears of relevant professional experience in conducting environmental assessment and managing assignments in the energy sector,orclosely related sectors (e.g. infrastructure, industrial pollution management). Furthermore the Consultant Firm will have ademonstrable experience and knowledge of applying the World Bank's environmental and social safeguards and working with localcommunities on land, resettlement and livelihoods issues. Knowledge of, and previous regional experience in the geographic,socio-economic and environmental context of the SAPP region would be an important advantage.
The SAPP now invites eligible consulting firms("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide informationdemonstrating that they have the requiredqualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The shortlisting criteriaare:
Years inbusiness with relevant sectoral experienceNumber ofqualified staffNumber ofrelevant projects in the sectoral context, Number ofrelevant projects in the Southern African regional contextNumber ofprojects with similar size / volume and complexity
Consultants may associate with other firms in theform of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications.
A Consultant will be selected in accordance withthe QCBS method setout in the Consultant Guidelines.
Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hoursfrom Monday to Friday [0800 to 1630 hours].
Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax,or by e-mail) by 19June, 2015 at 15:00 hours Central African time and mention "Expression of Interest for ConsultancyServices for the Development of anEnvironmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) "
Southern African PowerPool
Attention: Dr. LawrenceMusaba, SAPP Coordination Centre Manager
24 Golden Stairs Road
P.O. Box EH 52
Fax: 263 4 307023
Email Address: email@example.com