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Azerbaijan Railways Closed Joint Stock Company | Published February 15, 2016  -  Deadline March 10, 2016

Consulting Services For Preparation Of Pre-feasibility Of A Rail Corridor Through Iran-azerbaijan-russia REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Republic ofAzerbaijan Rail Trade and TransportFacilitation Project Loans No 7509-AZ /8282-AZ Project ID: P083108 AssignmentTitle:  Consulting Services for Preparation of Pre-Feasibility of a RailCorridor through Iran-Azerbaijan-Russia Reference No.AZRTTFP-S15 The Republic of Azerbaijan has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Rail Tradeand Transport Facilitation Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services: Preparation ofPre-Feasibility of a Rail Corridor through Iran-Azerbaijan-Russia The consulting services ("the Services") are expected to provide toprepare a strategic options document which addresses: 1) Assessment of thecurrent status of the North South Iran-Azerbaijan-Russiarailway corridor; 2) Describe main rail sector context and issues related to proposed Corridor; 3) Government strategies andregulation that relate to the proposed corridor; 4) Corridor alignment and options; 5) Safeguardsissues; 6) Traffic Forecasts; 7)Construction and Operation Costs; 8)Pre-feasibility level economic evaluation; 9) Potential benefits and job creation potential ofa rail corridor. Period of implementation ofthe services is 8 months. The "Azerbaijan Railways" Closed Joint Stock Company, animplementing agency of the Borrower now invites eligible consulting firms ("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providingthe Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications andrelevant experience to perform the Services. The short-listing criteria are: i) Only firms will be eligible for being awarded thisconsultancy assignment; ii) Firms should have a proven track record and successfully completed similar assignments; iii) Theconsultant will demonstrate availability of qualified personnel in the field of railway transport economics, financial analysis,railway electrification and signaling engineering, trade and logistics, environment and social impactassessment. Theattention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment ofConsultants under IBRD Loansand IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the WorldBank's policy on conflict of interest. Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhancetheir qualifications. A Consultant will beselected in accordance with the Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS) method set outin the Consultant Guidelines. Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours from09:00  to 17:00 hours Baku time, Azerbaijan. Expressions of interest mustbe delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail) by March 10, 2016. "AzerbaijanRailways" Closed Joint Stock Company Attn: Mr. JavidGurbanov, the Chairman Contact person: Mr. Seymur Gahramanov,Director of Rail Trade and Transport Facilitation Project ImplementationUnit Address: D.Aliyeva str., 230 AZ1010-Baku city,Azerbaijan Tel: (+99412) 4996395 Fax:(+99412)4996397 E-mail:


Real Estate Registration project of Azerbaijan Republic | Published May 26, 2015  -  Deadline June 9, 2015

Selection Of Individual International Consultantto Prepare Borrower?s Draft Completion Report For The Realestate Registration Project Republic of Azerbaijan State Committee for PropertyIssues State Service for the Registration ofReal Estate RealEstate Registration Project7435-AZ Selection of individual international consultant to Prepare Borrower's Draft Completion Report forthe Real Estate Registration Project Reference No.:RERP/CS/IC/PP#59D5/BCR The Government of Azerbaijan has received financing from the World Banktoward the cost of the Real EstateRegistration Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds of this loan for consultantservices. One of the ultimate objectives under this project is to ensure thatAzerbaijan has a reliable, transparent and efficient real estate registration system supporting the real property markets andsuitable systems for the management and use of state-owned real property. To implement this task The Project ManagementUnit of the Real EstateRegistration Project now invites eligible international individual consultants ("Consultant") to indicate their interest inproviding the Services with relevant experience. The consultant will be hired to provide technical assistance to the State Committee on PropertyIssues (SCPI) (the Client) in drafting the Borrower's Completion Report (BCR). The project assessment includes evaluating projectin terms of its performance against expected outcomes and results. The assessment will identifyexisting challenges; lessons learnedand will provide recommendationsthat could improve the design and implementation of other WB Projectsin the field of real estateregistration reform and sustainable land management. The International Consultant will provide technical assistance to the SCPI inthe assessment of the Project working in close collaboration with relevant specialists of SCPI, Contract manager, ProjectManagement Unit (PMU) Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) specialist. The consultant will provide the overall assessment of theproject impacts. Interested Consultants should provideinformation demonstrating that the consultant has mandatory requirements such as: ? Advanced university degree in social sciences (e.g., sociology, communications), land tenure, cadaster andgeodesy, law, economics, agriculture, or other similar subjects is required; ? Proven capacity in data analysis, producing clearly written and well-presented outputs, and communicatingresults to partners, stakeholders. ? Experience with internationally-supported development projects related to landreform, rural livelihoods including agriculture, environmental management and other topics of relevance to the assignment isrequired; ? Computer skills including statistical software, fluency inwritten and spoken Englishlanguage; Desirable requirements such as: Experience in Azerbaijan, with proven record of carrying assignmentssuccessfully in that challenging environment in related areas such as assessing land reform processes and impacts, is highlydesirable; ? Willingness to carry out on-site visits for at least 7-10 days, the ability to interact effectively withvarious stakeholders, especially beneficiaries, local authorities, NGOs. The task will have to be implemented within 3 (three) months after the Contract is signed withthe Consultant. The duration of the services to be delivered is in total 35 business days with 3 missions to Azerbaijan. The attention of interestedConsultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers   dated May 2004, revised October 2006and May 2010 ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflictof interest. Individual consultant will beselected in accordance with procedures set out in Section V (Selection of Individual Consultants) of the World Bank's Guidelines ?Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers, dated May 2004, revised October 2006 and May 2010 ("ConsultantGuidelines") Further information can beobtained at the address below during office hours, i.e. from 09:00 to17:00hours: Real Estate Registration Project, Project Management Unit, NigarHuseynova, Procurement Assistant, State Service for Registration of Real Estate building, 31, Huseyn Javid avenue, 6th floor, room#612, AZ1073, Baku, Azerbaijan. Email:  or  Tel.: (+99412) 510 91 45 (ext. 7227). Expressions of interest must bedelivered in a written form to the address below in person, or by mail by 17:00 pm., June 9, 2015. Real Estate Registration Project Project Management Unit Nigar Huseynova, Procurement Assistant, State Service for Registration of Real Estatebuilding, 31, Huseyn Javid Avenue, 6th floor, room#612 AZ1073, Baku, Azerbaijan. Email:  or Tel.: (+994 12) 510 91 45 (ext. 7227) Fax: (+994 12) 510 91 47


Azerbaijan Railways CJSC | Published January 9, 2015  -  Deadline February 10, 2015

Preparation Of Business Plan For Azerbaijan Railways Closed Joint Stock Company (ady) AZRTTFP-S13:  Preparation of Business Plan forAzerbaijan Railways Closed Joint Stock Company (ADY) Country:Azerbaijan Project Name: Rail Tradeand Transport Facilitation Project Sector: Transport(Railway) Loans No.: 7509-AZ / 8282-AZ Project ID No.: P083108 Request for Expressions of Interest This request forexpressions of interest follows the General Procurement Notice for this project that appeared in dgMarket and UNDB online dated 29April, 2009. "Azerbaijan Railways" Closed Joint Stock Company (hereinafter-ADY) has beenestablished based on the Decree No. 383, dated 20 July, 2009 issued by the President of Azerbaijan Republic through reorganizationof Azerbaijan State Railways. ADY is a state owned company. As stipulated in its charter, the main purpose of ADY is to ensure the demand ofeconomy of Azerbaijan Republic, physical and legal persons on the railway traffic and other railway services, develop and upgraderailways, as well as railway transport infrastructure, to ensurethe management of traffic on the railways, to modernize railtransport facility fleet and material-technical basis, efficient maintenance and training of specialists on this field. ADY's mission is"to meet the transport needs and support the development of the population and economy of Azerbaijan in a financially sustainablefashion." Its objectives are to (a) improve services and increase traffic, (b) increase efficiency and reduce costs, and (c)improve the condition of assets, while (d)becoming financially self-sustaining. In 2010, the President of Azerbaijan approved the Government programme on "Improvingrailway transportation system in Azerbaijan 2010-2014". The main objectives of the Program are to satisfy the increasingdemand fromthe population and the economy in railway transportation services, satisfy the security demands of the state, increase the transitpotential of the country, improve the quality of railway services,support social and economic development of the country bydecreasing the costs of passengers and cargo transportation while progressively attaining financialself-sustainability. The objective of this consultancy is to help ADY prepare a five year business plan tofulfill its mission and achieve its business objectives.  This assignment is to becarried out within the Rail Trade and Transport Facilitation Project jointly financed by the World Bank and the government ofAzerbaijan. Within the scope of assignment, the consultant shall prepare a Business Plan for ADYthat articulates its strategy for fulfilling its mission and achieving its business objectives. The Business Plan shouldbe carriedout in close cooperation with ADY management to ensure that they understand the plan, are committed to implementing the strategy,and are able to update the plan on an annual basis. It should incorporate and build upon the existing ADY strategy and developmentplan (the Government Program). The Action Plan should take into considerationthe implementation schedule of these programs. The Business Plan shall contain the following sections: ·         Analysis of External Environment (Economic, policy, regulatory, governance, and other importantfactors);·         Market Analysis & Strategy (For passenger and freight services);·         Organization Structure Analysis & Strategy (The structure of legal entities within ADY and the management organization of thecore railway functions of ADY);·         Operations Analysis & Strategy;(Asset management, operations, environmental practices, safety, costs);·         Human Resources Analysis & Strategy;·         Financial Analysis & Model;·         Integrated Strategy, Action Plan and Targets(Integratethe financingactions, Marketing, Organization, Operational and Human Resources strategies into an Integrated Five Year BusinessPlan) Qualificationrequirements: The firm should have prior experience in the preparation ofbusiness plans, having successfully prepared at least such a plan with quality satisfactory to the client. Preference will be givento firms with experience inAzerbaijan and firms with experience preparing business plans for railways in the former Soviet Union.Key staff should consist of the following specialists: Market Analyst, Financial Analyst, Railway Operations/Asset ManagementSpecialist(s), and Human Resources Specialist. The duration of theassignment is 7 months. The ProjectImplementation Unit (PIU), established at the "Azerbaijan Railways" Closed Joint Stock Company now invites eligible consulting firms to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interestedconsultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similarassignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.). Consultants mayassociate to enhance their competence as a Joint Venture (JV) partners jointly and severally liable for the entire assignment orsub-consultancy. In case of JV the companies should provide their letter of intent to form a joint venture if awarded the contractand expertise of each partner will be evaluated. A consultant will beselected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection andEmployment of Consultants by World BankBorrowers (May 2004,revised October 2006 and May 2010). The selection method to be used is Quality-and-Cost BasedSelection (QCBS). Interested consultants may obtain further information at theaddress below. Expressions of interest must be delivered to the address below on or before 5.00 p.m. (local Baku time) on February10, 2015. Rail Trade and Transport Facilitation Project Project Implementation Unit at the "Azerbaijan  Railways" Closed Joint Stock Company Attn: Mr. Farruh Heybatov, ProjectManager 230, Dilara Aliyeva  str., Baku,AZ1010, E-mails:

Azeri Agricultural Finance Facility (AzAFF): Technical Co-operation Program

 | Published January 30, 2015  -  Deadline February 27, 2015

Assignment Background: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) is launching the Azerbaijan Agricultural Finance Facility (AzAFF) or the Facility) to support the current drive to develop agriculture in the country. This is in line with its strategy to help promote market-driven economic diversification, including a special emphasis on the agricultural sector and support to local banks in developing their capacity to increase agrilending. In 2014, the Bank commissioned a diagnostic study on the Azerbaijan agricultural sector and assessment of the opportunities for increasing micro, small and medium-sized enterprises’ (MSMEs’) access to finance. Despite various persisting bottlenecks and issues, a promising combination of factors has the potential to make agriculture a strong backbone of the national economy. In absolute terms, the agricultural sector in Azerbaijan has grown at an average annual rate of 13.1% from 2005 to 2013. Despite this growth, the relative share of agriculture in the overall economy has continued to decline, mainly due to faster growth observed in the oil and gas sector. The Bank will provide credit lines up to a maximum of USD 40 million in total to eligible Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs) for on-lending to farmers and other entities in the agricultural sector. It is envisaged that the Facility will be combined with a portfolio-based, risk-sharing mechanism and a capacity building technical cooperation (TC) programme for PFIs, with links to the EBRD’s Small Business Support (SBS) programme, to increase the direct impact of the Facility. It is expected that ca. 6 banks will participate in the Facility. Assignment Scope: The Bank wishes to engage a Consultant to provide specialist consultancy services in various aspects of agrilending to eligible PFIs and selected entities with agriculture as a focus. This will include the design of robust credit products tailored to agricultural seasonal finance as well as a general upgrading of skills across the sector. The components of the TC assignment shall include: PFIs: Tailored TC interventions aimed at sustainable credit mechanisms to enable PFIs to develop and deliver financial products and services tailored to farmers and other entities with agriculture as a focus – Institutional capacity building. Services shall include: (i) Develop and implement comprehensive organisational capacity building measures and agricultural lending skills, procedures and strategies tailored to the needs of PFIs; (ii) Develop, test and deliver new agrilending products specifically tailored to the target group and optimize existing products; (iii) Introduce innovative financing schemes and delivery channels; (iv) Provide training and coaching (including train-the-trainer) to specifically address the target group needs and with a view to ensuring the sustainability of the training process; (v) Assist PFIs in marketing and outreach to the target group. Sub-borrowers: Training and advisory services will be provided as follows: (i) Financial literacy training to farmers concentrated in the regions with the highest agricultural potential; (ii) Workshops to introduce advanced farming techniques and international best practices in selected sub-sectors in regions with specialization in those sub-sectors; (iii) Specific technical assistance to selected eligible recipients of agricultural loans above AZN 300k. The Consultant will also be expected to: (i) Facilitate activities between PFIs and SBS during which referral services will be provided to farmers and other entities and implement other measures to ensure synergies between stakeholders; (ii) Provide general Programme management support functions, including risk sharing claims and administration functions, visibility measures and consolidated reporting. Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest. Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in April 2015, and have an estimated duration of 36 months. Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 1,600,000 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Bank, the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope. The consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank's special status as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense. Funding Source: The expected source of funding for the Assignment is the European Neighbourhood Investment Facility (EU NIF). The Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope subject to the availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Bank. Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions. Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant should be a firm or a consortium of firms with: - Proven, substantial and a strong track record in the development and implementation of agricultural lending; - Ability to implement multi-faceted TC projects of similar size, complexity and duration; - Demonstrable skills and abilities to work particularly with farmers and other agricultural entities through banks and directly; - Experience in the design and marketing of tailored agricultural loan products; - Experience in delivering training courses in agrilending; - Experience in use of credit scoring as a decision-making tool; - Experience of developing value chains and value chain finance; - Access to technical agronomic expertise; - Experience of cooperative and other group type lending; - Relevant experience in implementation of agricultural lending in emerging markets and similar operating environments; - Team members’ fluency in Russian and/or Azeri. An office presence in Azerbaijan will be required for the whole duration of the Assignment. It is expected that the Consultant’s team of key experts will consist of the following key experts: Key Expert 1: Project Manager: Proven track record (at least 10 years) in successfully managing the implementation of Agricultural MSME lending schemes at commercial banks and microfinance institutions, including in managing multi country/complex programmes; excellent communication , training, presentation and linguistic skills; Proven experience in negotiating with third parties including banks, associations, ministries, regulatory authorities and other stakeholders on behalf of International Financial Institutions; proven track record in agricultural lending product development that addresses the gaps in terms of access to products/services; relevant language skills will constitute an advantage. Key Expert 2: International and Local Agrilending Expert(s) – Comprehensive experience in supporting the design and implementation of efficient and sustainable agricultural lending operations; ability to deliver intensive training and coaching programmes for local experts, loan officers and other banks staff in agricultural lending methodologies with a view to ensuring the sustainability of the training processes; Experience in designing a range of loan products tailored to various agricultural output and to different sizes of borrowers taking into consideration seasonality; experience in value chain finance; possession of analytical, facilitation and communications skills; relevant language skills will constitute an advantage. It is envisaged that the expert(s) will be directly liaising with PFIs on an ongoing basis. Key Expert 3: Agronomist(s) – Successful experience in implementation of modern agronomic techniques aimed at improving the efficiency and quality of the produce in the region; hands on international experience as an agronomist with a proven track record in successfully providing agronomic consultancy services and ability to provide a clear perspective for agricultural reform/diversification; This may include experience in training local agronomists; fostering contacts between research institutes, government departments and private farmers and other agricultural entities; rebuilding and restructuring of linkages (value chains) between agro-businesses and farmers, identifying potential Extension Service; conducting farm analysis, updating/developing technical cards (crop budgets), reviews of production mechanisms, as well as extension activities at service provider level. Key Expert 4: Senior IT & MIS Specialist - Practical experience in helping commercial banks in emerging markets. All experts should have at least five years’ experience in providing consultancy services to commercial banks in emerging markets and similar operating environments and in implementing Agricultural MSME lending schemes. Experts will be expected to be fluent in English. Local language skills will constitute a significant advantage. Any recent experience in the Azeri agricultural sector and/or in the region will constitute an advantage. Other sub sector specialists may form part of the assignment. Certain tasks may be outsourced (sub-contracted) to other firms/ specialists (specifically in regards to technical assistance to selected eligible recipients of large agricultural loans), but the lead firm shall remain the overall responsible party. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of consulting firms, 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 required experience of firm or group of firms and related assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, percentage carried out by consultant in case of association of firms or subcontracting, main activities, objectives; c) CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives. d) Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: The above information should not exceed 20 pages, excluding CVs and Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet. The complete expression of interest (including CVs and Contact Sheet) shall be one file (pdf or Word), not exceeding 4MB, to be uploaded to eSelection. The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files. Expressions of interest shall be submitted in English through eSelection and not directly to the contact person given below, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date for submissions indicated above. Bank Contact Person: Mr Nicola Di Pietro Principal Advisor, Technical Cooperation Team European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square London EC2A 2JN Tel: +44 20 7338 6329 Fax: +44 20 7338 7451 E-mail: Submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address) Note: 1. Following this invitation for Expression of Interest, a short list of qualified consultants will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding. 2. Evaluation of the Expressions of Interest will be based on the following criteria and their respective weightings: a) Firm’s experience in successfully managing the implementation of Agricultural lending schemes at commercial banks, including in managing multi country/complex programmes and the development and marketing of financial products 25%; b) Firm’s experience in developing tailored agricultural loan products that addresses gaps in access to access to finance and services for farmers and other entities – 25%; c) Firm’s experience working in in emerging markets and similar operating environments. Experience in Azerbaijan/ Caucasus will constitute an advantage – 10%; d) CVs of key experts with relevant experience in agricultural lending as well as primary agriculture with successful implementation of modern techniques/ technologies aimed at improving productivity as well as quality of the produce. Local language skills will constitute an advantage – 40%.
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