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RFP for Development of methodology for the transfer of functions of state bodies to the competitive environment and the mechanisms of its implementation

United Nations Development Programme | Published March 25, 2016
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The United Nations Development Programme in the Republic of Kazakhstan (UNDP) is announcing the Request for Proposals (RFP) process in order to implement a project titled: “Development of methodology for the transfer of functions of state bodies to the competitive environment and the mechanisms of its implementation.

Detailed information is given in the attached Request for Proposals package.

Instructions: Proposals should be submitted in a sealed envelope to the UNDP Office situated at 14 Bokeikhan Street, Astana, 010000, Kazakhstan and it should be addressed to Yerzhan Temirgaliyev, Procurement Associate.

Proposals submitted ELECTRONICALLY should be sent to the official address for e-submission: procurement.kz@undp.org.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, 11 April 2016, 13:00 hours Astana time.

In case you have any questions on this tender, please contact Mr. Yerzhan Temirgaliyev, UNDP Procurement Associate, by telephone at +7 (7172) 696544, and/or by email at: yerzhan.temirgaliyev@undp.org

Proposals submitted after the deadline will automatically be disqualified. Proposals should be duly signed and stamped.

ITB for two lots: Lot 1:Procurement of small autoclaves for the treatment of infectious healthcare waste, Lot: Procurement of shredders for grinding decontaminated healthcare waste

United Nations Development Programme | Published May 24, 2016
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The “NIP update, integration of POPs into national planning and promoting sound healthcare waste management in Kazakhstan” Project objective is to reduce the releases of unintentionally produced persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and other globally harmful pollutants into the environment by promoting sound healthcare waste management in Kazakhstan; and to assist the country in implementing its relevant obligations under the Stockholm Convention.

National capacities on POPs monitoring is a key condition for the development initial plan on mercury reduction and promoting sound healthcare waste management.

Uncontrolled incineration of medical waste is a significant source of dioxin and furan releases. The existing Kazakhstan’s legal system regulating healthcare waste was established by the introduction of sanitary requirements by the Ministry of Public Health in 2004, 2007, and 2012. These acts provided for prohibition of infectious waste disposal on sanitary landfills and contributed to the construction of waste incinerators in the provinces.

The changes, which were introduced into the healthcare legislation were not, though, coordinated with relevant environmental regulatory measures. One current example is that sanitary requirements do not fill regulatory gaps concerning imposition of hazardous healthcare waste’s transportation rules according to the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, and ADR agreement of which Kazakhstan is a party, and control of waste treatment operations, including emission standard for waste incineration.

Legislation of Kazakhstan does not set emission standards for waste incineration or any other technical requirements for the given process. However, waste incinerator, as any other object of waste disposal, is to be assessed in terms of its environmental impact and has to obtain a permit for waste utilization before it sets to work. The given permit includes requirements on release of some pollutants, with the exception of uPOPs and heavy metals, with the follow up payment of relevant environmental duties. However, in reality pollution test checks are not performed; the volume of incinerator emissions is estimated theoretically in the process of getting a permit for its operation and later is to be adjusted and monitored by its owner. Thus, monitoring and control over emissions resulting from waste incineration is practically inexistent. Considerable deterioration of environmental situation is observed during incineration of infectious wastes, which according to generally accepted practice, undergo bromine chlorine disinfection prior to incineration, which leads to still  greater release of dioxins and furans; chlorine compounds are released in disposal fields as well. Additional environmental problem is due to formal classification of fallouts following incineration of domestic wastes and utilization of these fallouts in disposal fields that not meant for that

SME Competitiveness Project - P147705

Ministry of National Economy | Published June 27, 2016  -  Deadline July 12, 2016
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Kz/smec/qcbs-05-capacity Building Of Jsc ?kazakhstan Industry Development Institute? On Cluster Policy Deployment. REQUEST FOREXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN SMALL ANDMEDIUMENTERPRISES COMPETITIVENESS PROJECT LoanNo.8477-KZ Contract ref. ?: KZ/SMEC/QCBS-05 Assignment Title: Trainingservices to build capacity of "Kazakhstan Industry Development Institute" JSC onCluster Policy Deployment. ReferenceNo.:KZ/SMEC/QCBS-05 The Republic of Kazakhstan has received financing fromthe World Bank toward the cost of the Small and Medium EnterprisesCompetitiveness Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consultingservices. The consulting services ("the Services") include Trainingservices to build capacity of "Kazakhstan Industry Development Institute" JSC onCluster Policy Deployment. Period ? 1 yearfrom the moment of contract signing. The objective of activities is to develop a specializedtraining programme with separation by the relevant modules on development ofvalue chains and improvement of clusters for KIDI JSC specialists, study of theglobal experience and training in accordance with this programme of KIDI JSCspecialists and other parties concerned. The training will use the "case study method" whichinvolves the instructors and is based on discussion. This method has beenintroduced in the Harvard Business School. The training programme shall be based on a curriculum andmethodology developed within the framework of the European Cluster ExcellenceInitiative (ECEI). The program mainly relies upon the case study materialsdeveloped by the World Bank and following academic institutions in the field:Harvard Business School (HBS), INSEAD (INS), IESE Business School, EuropeanFoundation for Cluster Excellence (FCE), RegX-University of Southern Denmark(RGX), Innovation Norway (INN). This judicious mix of the cases from the wholeworld will help to study the key concepts as part of the methodological approach,which then will be applied to the selected clusters in Kazakhstan. The training programme includes a core of at least sixintegrated modules. A place of training is the academic institutions (whichwill enable implementing the training programme in an environment favorable forteaching and training) in the regions of location of territorial clusters thatsucceeded in competitive selection. The Ministry of National Economyof the Republic ofKazakhstan now invites eligible consulting firms ("Consultants") to indicatetheir interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provideinformation demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevantexperience to perform the Services (brochures, training workshops,presentations, description of similar assignments, experience in similarconditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.). The shortlisting criteria are: -        Specialized consulting company and hasat least 5-year experience in the field of cluster policy with an experience indoing business in different industries at different positions, with adequateresources and experience in provision of services; -       similar implemented projects withpositive opinions (feedback), reference lists from previous clients/customers; -       leading positions in internationalratings; In addition to the English version, the interestedconsultants are encouraged to submit their Expressions of Interest intheRussian language (at least the basic information on the firm's experience insimilar projects, and staff qualification), for the purpose of facilitating theevaluation. However, non-submission of the Russian translation will not affectthe selection process. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn toparagraphs 1.9 and 1.11 of the World Bank's Guidelines:Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits &Grants by World Bank Borrowers dated January 2011, revised July 2014("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict ofinterest and eligibility. Consultants may associate with other firms in the form ofa joint venture or a subconsultancy to enhance their qualifications. A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the QCBS (quality andcost based selection) method set out in the Consultant Guidelines. Further information can be obtained at the address below during officehours (9:00 am ? 5:00 pm). Expressions of interest must be delivered to the address below by 4:00pm on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Project Implementation Unit of the Ministry of NationalEconomy Attn.: Mr. Sarsen Kartbayev, ProcurementSpecialist Business Center "Pekin Palace", 27, Syganak Str.010000, Astana Tel: +7(7172)954694 / 954696 E-mail: smec-piu@mail.ru

Kurty-Burylbaital Road Reconstruction Project

 | Published June 28, 2016  -  Deadline July 29, 2016
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CONSULTANCY SERVICES
INVITATION FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
FOR INTRODUCTION OF NEW METHODS OF FINANCING OF ROAD SECTOR AND CAPACITY BUILDING OF JSC “NC “KAZAUTOZHOL”

The Invitation for Expressions of Interest follows the General Procurement Notice for this project published in Procurement Opportunities, on the EBRD website on 15th July 2015.

JSC NC “KazAutoZhol” (the Employer, the client) intends using the proceeds of the loan towards the cost of “Kurty-Burylbaital” Road Reconstruction Project under “Center-South” Corridor where the Services of Consultants are required to develop new methods of financing of road sector and capacity building of JSC NC “KazAutoZhol” (the Services).

The Employer invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified firms who are interested in providing assistance to the Employer through the delivery of the Services.

The Consultant will have to prepare an action plan for introduction of new methods of financing of the road sector, action plan for the collection of fees for transit of heavy vehicles and buses, as well as prepare and assist the client with the adoption of a long-term strategic development plan of the Employer no later than Q3 2017.

The assignment is expected to start in the end of 2016 and last about 15 months.

In order to successfully implement the assignment, it is envisaged that the consultant’s team will consist of the following key experts:

•           1 (one) Project Manager
•           1 (one) Specialist for strategic planning and diversification of sources of financing in the road sector;
•           1 (one) Financial Management Specialist;
•           1 (one) Corporate Governance and Risk Management Specialist;

 

Also, the Consultant shall envisage the following non-key staff:

•           1 (one) Lawyer Translator (Specialist for legal issues and translation business).


Eligibility:

Procurement will be open for all the Consultants except those restricted in the EBRD’s list of ineligible entities. The proceeds of the loan shall not be used for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities or 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 and the Client’s Country prohibitions.

Procurement of the consultancy services will be conducted in accordance with the EBRD’s Procurement Policies and Rules. The consultants will be selected under Quality-and Cost-Based Selection (QCBS).

The shortlist of qualified firms will be prepared on the response to this invitation, after which short-listed firms will be invited to submit their proposals.

If the Consultant has been found by a judicial process or other official enquiry to have engaged in corrupt or fraudulent practices, details of the basis for the outcome of such process or enquiry shall be provided with the expression of interest.

The Employer reserves the right not to shortlist consulting firms that have been found to have engaged in corrupt or fraudulent practices regardless of the results of technical evaluation of the expressions of interest.

The Consultant will be a firm or group of firms with extensive experience in the development of the strategies for the state and/or national companies / operators of roads, in accordance with international best practices. The Consultant should have experience in the road sector including in the international business environment in the countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), as well as in the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

The Consultants should meet the following requirements:

- Successful completion of a minimum of 5 similar projects over the past 10 years, participation in at least 3 similar projects in the past 5 years:
- proven experience in the development of corporate strategies, strategic planning, strategic initiatives, building of relationships with stakeholders, risk management, corporate and financial management, development of EVA model, development of the efficiency tree, optimization of business processes and other areas in creation of project-oriented companies;
- experience in the field of road infrastructure projects at all stages of the life-cycle, such as feasibility studies, design, construction, operation and maintenance;
- experience in the area of the road safety, the environment and sustainability, public transport, civil engineering, logistics, anti-corruption is required;
- experience in managing infrastructure development and major infrastructure projects, including projects of transformation of the transport industry, government agencies or large infrastructure operators;
- experience of at least 2 similar projects in implementation of new ways of financing of transport industry and development of corporate strategy for highway operator.


In order to determine the capability and experience of consulting firms seeking to be shortlisted, the information submitted shall include the following:

  • Company profile, organisation and staffing;
  • Details of experience on similar assignments undertaken in the previous ten years. The information submitted shall include for each project, as a minimum, the following:

- project title, location, objectives and brief narrative description of the project
- contractual role of the firm;
- the presence of any affiliate or parent companies and their respective roles;
- start and completion dates;
- value;
- name of the Client and funding source;
- functions and tasks carried out, including applicable national and/or international standards and certification, if any; and

  • CVs of staff available to work on the assignment

The above information should not exceed 50 pages.
Evaluation criteria of Expressions of Interest:

Criteria

• Sub criteria

Weighting

Company Profile

10%

• core business and years of experience

                  5%

• technical and administrative capacity

                  5%

Experience

90%

• Experience of consultant specific to the assignment

                  60%

• Experience of consultant specific to the region

                  30%

 

2 copies of the above information in English and 1 copy in Russian should be submitted to the address below in an envelope marked "Expression of Interest for the consultancy services for the development of new ways of financing of road sector and capacity building of JSC “NC “KazAutoZhol” for delivery not later than 29 July 2016, 3 pm (Astana time).

Expressions of interest received after this time and date shall not be considered and will be returned unopened. Consultants should be aware that distance and customs formalities may require longer than expected delivery time.

Further information may be obtained from:

JSC NC “KazAvtoZhol”
Ms. A.Bralina,
Head of Department of procurements coordination and monitoring
JSC NC “KazAvtoZhol”
8 Amman Street, 4th floor, office 404
index 010000, Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan
Tel: +7 (7172) 57-11-05, +7 (7172) 72-94-72
E-mail: bralina.a@kazautozhol.kz, baimagambetov.d@kazautozhol.kz
Web-site: www.kazautozhol.kz

 

KTZ Balance Sheet Restructuring Railway Infrastructure Tariff Reform Economic Analysis

 | Published August 23, 2016  -  Deadline September 22, 2016
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Project Description:

JSC National Company "Kazakhstan Temir Zholy" ("KTZ", "KTZ Group", the "Client") is a national railway operator in the Republic of Kazakhstan. KTZ is a vertically integrated holding company that manages railway infrastructure and operates freight and passenger train services. KTZ plays a key role in the Kazakh national transport sector, handling 47 per cent of rail freight in Kazakhstan. In addition, KTZ is the only company in Kazakhstan, which renders services of a trunk railway network to carriers and services associated with the use of the a trunk railway network for passage and traffic of trains (hereinafter referred to as TRN). KTZ has requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) to provide technical assistance to undertake an economic analysis of the adjustment of rates of the trunk railway network and develop an updated methodology for formation of rates for the services of the trunk railway network (the Project).

Assignment Description

The Bank now intends to engage a consulting company (the Consultant) with previous project experience in similar assignment in order to implement the Project (the Assignment).


The expected outcome of the Assignment is development of a new TRN services rates formation methodology and analysis of impact on TRN services as a result of changes in the rates according to the new methodology, and ultimately, formation of the optimum model of the TRN services rate regulation.


The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services, which are envisaged to be achieved in five stages:


Stage I. Development of the TRN services rates formation methodology, including the rate list;

Stage II. Analysis of impact in TRN services as a result of changes in the rates according to the new methodology;

Stage III. Development of the action plan for implementation of recommendations for improvement of the TRN services rates formation and regulation system and implementation of the new TRN services rates formation methodology;


Stage IV. Evaluation of feasibility of implementation of pilot testing of the new TRN services rates formation methodology;

Stage V. Support of KTZ in the approval of the development results with concerned state authorities, the national chamber of entrepreneurs, KTZ and representatives of shippers for making decisions on rate regulation.


The results of Consultant’s work for each stage will be subject to discussion/consulting with the relevant state authorities, the national chamber of entrepreneurs, KTZ and large/ main shippers. The Consultant will proceed with next stage of assignment on receipt of instruction from EBRD.

It is expected that implementation of the assignment will include both study and interviews with KTZ management and relevant competent authorities in Astana, Kazakhstan, as well as the national chamber of entrepreneurs and main shippers of Kazakhstan.


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 Q4 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of eighteen months.


Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 1,200,000.00 (exclusive of VAT).


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


Funding Source: It is anticipated that the Assignment will be funded by the Kazakhstan TC Fund. Selection and contracting is subject to the availability of funding.


Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions


Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms preferably with previous project experience related to (i) the development of the tariff regulations, reforms and tariff methodologies in the railway sector, encompassing trunk railway networks to carriers and services associated with the use of the a trunk railway network for passage and traffic of trains; (ii) implementing similar assignments in Kazakhstan or locations with comparable business environment.


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


Key Expert 1 (Project Manager) – with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in the railway tariff regulation and reforms, having experience in development of tariff methodologies for railway companies in developed and emerging markets, day-to-day coordination and implementation of the project (English speaking capability is a must, Russian is desirable but not mandatory);


Key Expert 2 (Railway sector tariff economist) – with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in railway sector regulatory issues in Kazakhstan and internationally, having experience in (i) tariff reforms related to the railway sector, (ii) development of tariff methodologies for railway companies in developed and emerging markets, (iii) developing an optimal regulatory framework models to ensure long-term balance of interests of all market participants, eg. railway service providers and cargo shippers (English speaking capability is a must, Russian is desirable but not mandatory);


Key Expert 3 (Senior international expert) - with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in (i) reforming railway sector tariff regulatory framework, (ii) in development of tariff methodologies for railway companies in developed and emerging markets, (iii) implementing various regulatory methodology models, including Regulated Asset Base, and demonstrable knowledge of railway sector issues in Kazakhstan (English speaking capability is a must, Russian is desirable but not mandatory);

Key Expert 4 (Senior local expert) - with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in (i) the railway sector tariff framework in Kazakhstan, (ii) implementing various regulatory methodology models, including Regulated Asset Base methodology (Russian and English speaking capability is a must);


Key Expert 5 (Railway sector legal expert) - with preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in tariff regulation and assisting with drafting of amendments to the legislation (Russian and English speaking capability is a must).

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 25 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet.


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


Bank Contact Person:


Maria Haugh

Technical Co-operation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

One Exchange Square

London EC2A 2JN

Tel: + 44 20 7338 7185

e-mail: haughm@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.


2. The shortlist criteria are:


(i) Firm's previous project experience in development of the tariff regulations, reforms and tariff methodologies in the railway sector, encompassing trunk railway networks to carriers and services associated with the use of the a trunk railway network for passage and traffic of trains - 25%

(ii) Firm's previous project experience in implementing similar assignments in Kazakhstan or locations with comparable business environment - 35%

(iii) CVs of Key Experts proposed in line with the procurement notice - 40%

Capacity Building for Pub Sector Account - P151527

Ministry of Finance | Published February 17, 2015  -  Deadline March 5, 2015
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Kzsafe/cq-1/2015 - Strengthening Methodology Of Accounting And Financial Reporting Of Public Sector In Kazakhstan REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONSOF INTEREST (CONSULTING SERVICES ?FIRMS SELECTION) Country:                   KAZAKHSTAN Project Name:           Capacity Building for Public SectorAccounting GrantNo.:                TF 017724 Assignment Title:     Strengthening Methodology of Accounting and FinancialReporting of Public Sector in Kazakhstan Reference No.            KZSAFE/CQ-1/2015 The Republic ofKazakhstan represented by the Ministry of Finance hasreceived a grant from the World Bank, acting as the Administrator of the Grantunder the Trust Fund for  Strengthening Accounting and Fiduciary Environment(«SAFE»),to review the progress achieved and familiarizing with international experience in implementing International PublicSector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and accrual method-based accounting and reporting in public sectorthrough: ·          Review of the progress made with implementation of IPSAS and recommendations on improvement of the currentstandards and methodology considering the implementation practicalities; ·         Organize a study tour for policy makers in acountry with advanced implementation of IPSAS to learn on the next steps to finalize the implementation process including onconsolidation of government financial statements; ·         Develop a concept note for certification ofpublic sector accountants. The Consultant is requested to provide Technical Assistance (TA) to the Ministryof Finance toachieve the above mentioned objectives, in particular: ü Undertake a gap analysison IPSAS implementation to identify areas that require further work, especially in: i.             Application of the accrual concept for revenue recognition including reviewing and providingrecommendations on the draft accrual based revenue accounting standard developed based on IPSAS 23 "Revenues from non-exchange transactions (taxes and transfers)"; ii.            determination ofownership and valuation of significant Government assets (e.g., land, property, investments); iii.            determination andvaluation of liabilities of the Government (e.g., pension liabilities); iv.            rules and policies forconsolidating government accounts, also covering consolidation of the financial reporting of the public sector with thequasi-public sector and Republican Budget and Municipal Budget; and v.            rationalization of accountingsystems for generating IPSAS reports, comparing the current content of the National Standards applied in the public entities withthe IPSAS for identification of the potential improvements required, with recommendations on improvementof the content of theNational Standards compliant with the IPSAS. ü  Develop a roadmap to improve and complete the IPSAS rolloutbased on the elements listed above, with a time-bound action plan identifying and prioritizing the work required. ü  Develop aConcept Paper for certification of public sector accountants in the Republic of Kazakhstan. ü  Conduct practicalworkshops on implementation of the IPSAS through a Study Visit to a country to be identified by the Consultant, which hassuccessfully implemented all components of the accrual methodISPAS. The Study Tour will aim to strengthen the staffing capacityofthe Ministry of Finance, particularly those in charge of leading implementation of the accrual methodIPSAS. Theexpected duration of the Assignment is less than 1 year. The Ministry of Finance now invites eligible consulting firms("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide informationdemonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The shortlisting criteriaare: ·         At least five years of experience in successfulimplementation of IPSAS on a country level ·         Experience in diagnostics of IPSASimplementation and development of national strategies and roadmapson a country level with advanced level of IPSAS implementation inSouth East Europe, Baltic States and CIS countries Experience with development of a concept note and/or implementation of acertification system for public sector accountants in a similar country context In addition, theConsultant should be able to organize a Study Visit into a country, which has successfully implemented transition to the accrualmethod as per IPSAS. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of theWorld Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants [under IBRD Loans and IDACredits & Grants] by World Bank Borrowers (January, 2011 as amended in July, 2014) ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the WorldBank's policy on conflict of interest. Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint ventureor a subconsultancy toenhance their qualifications. A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the "Consultant Qualifications" method set out in the ConsultantGuidelines. Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours, 09:00 to 17:00 hours (Astana time). Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or byregular pouch, or by e-mail) by 17:00 o'clock (Astana time) on Thursday, March 05,2015. Ministry ofFinance of the Republic of Kazakhstan Attn: Ms. Dametken Zhaskenova, ChiefExpert 11 ZhenisAve. 010000 Astana,Kazakhstan Tel: +7 7172 71 71 45 E-mail: d.zhaskenova@minfin.gov.kz

District Heating Meters Installation Programme - Development of the Programme for IHS Installation

 | Published November 3, 2016  -  Deadline December 1, 2016
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Executing Agency (Client):
JSC "Fond Razvitiya ZHKH"
Turan Ave, 65, Astana, Kazakhstan

The Client Contact Person:
Alibek Raipov
JSC "Fond Razvitiya ZHKH"
Turan Ave, 65, Astana, Kazakhstan
Email: alibekraipov@gmail.com
Phone: +7 (7172) 49-56-94

The EBRD Contact Person:
Sophie Medert
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 7371
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
E-mail: MedertS@ebrd.com

Project Description:
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) is considering lending to JSC “Fund for Housing Development” (the “Fund”, the "Company" or the “Borrower”), wholly owned by the Government of Kazakhstan (the “GOK”) to co-finance  the National programme for installation of heat and hot water metering devices in district heating facilities in Kazakhstan (the “Programme”).

The second direction of the Fund's activity is a programme for Individual Heat Sub-stations (“IHS") installation ("IHS Programme"). The Fund plans to implement pilot installations of IHSs in 5-7 cities in Kazakhstan.

The Fund is also considering installation of automated meter reading and control systems for electricity (“ASKUE”) in several cities.

Assignment Description:
The Fund now intends to retain a consulting company (the “Consultant”) to develop the programme for IHS installation including the assessment of the Programme's adequacy vis-à-vis best international standards and practices as applicable (the “Assignment”).

The expected outcome of the Assignment is that the IHS and ASKUE programmes are developed for the Fund.

The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:
• Economic and financial viability assessment of IHS installation in multi-flat houses in Kazakhstan;
• Assessment of potential water and energy savings from IHS installation for residents and heat suppliers;
• Review of institutional arrangements between heat supply utilities and residential consumers in relation to IHS installation;
• Legal assessment and drafting of documents necessary for the Programme implementation.
• Development of the eligibility criteria for the clients applying for participation in IHS Programme;
• Development of pilot IHS programme for several cities and assistance to the Fund in its implementation
• Development of the  IHS Installation Programme for the Fund  for installation of his in 5-7 cities taking into account results of pilot IHS Programme;
• Preparation of technical specifications for IHS components and installation;
• Development and update of the Environmental and Social Procedures for the Fund to ensure IHS Programme and installation is carried out with due consideration to the environment, health and safety, labour and social matters in line with EBRD requirements.

The Consultant shall also provide recommendations for implementation of the ASKUE pilot project for 1-2 cities if requested by the Fund along the same lines as above.

The Terms of Reference for the Assignment can be accessed 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 Q1 2017 and has an estimated overall duration of 6 months.

Cost Estimate 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: It is anticipated that the Assignment will be funded by EBRD Shareholder Special Fund. Please note that selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility criteria.

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

1. development and implementation of IHS installation projects of a comparable nature, scale and complexity to the Assignment in Eastern Europe and/or former CIS countries and with similar climatic conditions;
2. implementing assignments in accordance with the procedures and rules of International Financial Institutions (or similar), such as the World Bank or EBRD.

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

a Key Expert No 1 Team Leader with preferably 10 years of professional experience in comparable assignments in the district heating sector in in Eastern Europe and/or the CIS countries and with similar climatic conditions; and experience of working with IFIs (or similar); 

b Key Expert No 2 Senior District heating, IHS and ASKUE engineer with preferably 5 years professional experience in comparable assignments in the district heating sector in Eastern Europe and/or the CIS countries and with similar climatic conditions;

c. Key Expert No 3 District heating, IHS and ASKUE engineer with previous professional experience in the successful implementation of similar assignments preferably in Kazakhstan.

c. Key Expert No 4 Senior Lawyer with preferably 5 years of professional experience and good knowledge of Kazakhstan legislation, preferably in the housing and utilities sector;

d. Key Expert No 5 Institutional and regulatory Expert with preferably 5 years of professional experience and good knowledge of local legal environment related to housing and communal services and tariff regulation issues in Kazakhstan;

e. Key Expert No 6 Environmental, health and safety and Social expert with preferably 5 years of previous professional experience in the successful implementation of comparable assignments and with demonstrated knowledge of the environmental and social standards of the EBRD or other comparable institutions;

f. Key Expert No 7 Procurement Expert with preferably 5 years of professional experience and good knowledge of IFI (or similar) procurement rules;

All key experts shall be fluent in written and spoken English. Knowledge of Russian language by key experts is essential. If some of experts do not speak Russian, the consultant should demonstrate that they arranged for high quality translation.

Non-key experts are expected to include junior technical, legal and environmental experts.

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected 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. Proposed approach, work plan and methodology.

4. 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.

5. Financial proposal presented in the breakdown of costs format using the template via the following link.

6. 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 shall not exceed 25 pages (excluding CVs, Consultant Declaration, Contact Sheet and Financial Proposals).

The expression of interest (including Section 1 – 4 and 6 of the Submission Requirements above) WITHOUT THE FINANCIAL PROPOSAL should be submitted, in English and Russian via clearly named email (pdf) to the Client’s contact person, to reach the Client not later than the closing date and time. One additional copy shall reach the Bank’s contact person by the same due date. The document shall be one file (pdf). The Client reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if any limitation on the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

In a separate email, the Financial Proposals should be submitted, in English and Russian via clearly named email (pdf) to the Bank’s contact person only, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date and time.

Please note that a breach of this submission procedure may lead to exclusion of the selection process.

Important Notes:
1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.

2. The evaluation criteria for the technical proposals are as follows:

(a)Firm’s previous project experience in development and implementation of IHS installation projects of a comparable nature, scale and complexity to the Assignment in Eastern Europe and/or Central Asia and with similar climatic conditions – 15 %

(b) Firm’s previous project experience in implementing assignments in accordance with the procedures and rules of International Financial Institutions, such as the World Bank or EBRD (or similar) – 15%

(c) Proposed approach to the assignment, work plan and methodology – 20%

(d) Proposed team of key experts – 40%

(e) Availability of junior staff, knowledge of Russian and offices in Kazakhstan or video-link facilities – 10%

The minimum technical score (St) required to pass is:  80.        

Please note that only the Financial Proposals from Consultants passing the minimum technical score (St) will be opened.

The lowest evaluated Financial Proposal (Fm) is given the maximum financial score (Sf) of 100.

The formula for determining the financial scores (Sf) of all other Proposals is calculated as following:

Sf = 100 x Fm/ F, in which “Sf” is the financial score, “Fm” is the lowest price, and “F” the price of the proposal under consideration.

The weights given to the Technical (T) and Financial (P) Proposals are:
T = 85 and
P = 15

Proposals are ranked according to their combined technical (St) and financial (Sf) scores using the weights (T = the weight given to the Technical Proposal; P = the weight given to the Financial Proposal; T + P = 1) as following:  S = St x T% + Sf x P%.

Green Financial System for Kazakhstan

 | Published June 20, 2016  -  Deadline July 18, 2016
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Assignment Description: The Republic of Kazakhstan has made substantial progress in regulatory reform in support of its Green Economy Concept, including developing the Kazakh Emissions Trading Scheme (K-ETS), energy efficiency and renewable energy policies.

The Astana Financial Centre (AFC) has requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD or the Bank) to provide technical assistance in relation to the conceptualisation and development of a Green Financial System (GFS) (the "Assignment"). The GFS would provide further support for the investments in Kazakh’s Green Economy.
The Bank now wishes to select a consultant (the "Consultant") to scope, conceptualise and where possible initiate the development of GFS with the Astana Financial Centre. The GFS approach would in turn leverage the financial sectors, both Kazakh and international, in providing financial instruments, trading products and services for the Green Economy development of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Assignment is to lead to a robust analytical model and report that would provide scenarios for the development of a GF S in Kazakhstan under a number of projections and options for the government to consider depending on the results of the consultative process.

The Consultant will gather data, modelling scenarios, and assessing policy and regulatory interactions by:
(a) Assessing the demand for green investments based on the (Intended) Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), the Green Economy Concept and related national climate and environmental policies and regulations (such as, in the field of renewable energy, energy efficiency and Kazakh Emissions Trading Scheme and Kazakh national programmes in the field of water, wastewater and waste infrastructure, urban transport, industrial emissions, etc.);
(b) Identification of green financing market and regulatory gaps and barriers by reviewing current financial, trading and market regulations and institutional arrangements, and comparing against international best practices, and make recommendations, where necessary;
(c) Identify and recommend green and climate finance monitoring, reporting and verification and tracking systems anticipating the Paris Agreement transparency and NDC requirements.
(d) Introduction of green financing standards, such as the Equator Principles for financial intermediaries and carbon footprint disclosure for investments made by financial investors. The review is to include EBRD environmental and social risk management system for its Financial Intermediary (FI) clients, which have been already adopted by the Bank’s FI clients in Kazakhstan;
(e) Development of the domestic and international markets for Kazakh green bonds, structured green financial instruments and green investment funds, including their specific legal, and institutional environment;
(f) The development of the carbon market services by financial intermediaries in the Kazakh Emissions Trading Scheme and international carbon market.
(g) To consider the demand and structural need for public co-financing.

The complete Terms of Reference of the Assignment can be downloaded here. It should be noted that the ToR are provided for information purposes and might be subject to change before the contracting and commence of the services.

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

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in September 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 12 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 297,850 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding.
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 financed by the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy Technical Cooperation Fund.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms preferably with previous project experience related to:
- implementation of green financing and services capacity building projects of a comparable nature, scale and complexity to this Assignment including; policy work with governments, business and financial sectors in green economy, climate change mitigation and adaptation, in particular proven knowledge in energy efficiency, renewable energy and emissions trading;
- capacity building in economies in transition on energy, industrial and financial policies and regulations, and in Kazakhstan in particular;
- track record in a) investment and services market demand modelling and b) market research consultancy
- legal advisory track record in international and Kazakh financial regulations and green regulation
- marketing and productising green financial instruments and/or services into the market place.
- climate finance tracking, including the Joint-MDB Approach and the MRV application.
- organising consultations at high international level, including under the UNFCCC and OECD.
The Consultant's Expert Team is expected to include key experts as follows:
(a) A Team Leader with:
- Relevant university degree;
- Preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in leading green financial policy and regulatory projects;
- Strong previous professional experience in marketing and product management, with demonstrated launch of new green financing products;
- Strong project management skills;
- Previously worked in Kazakhstan or other countries with comparable conditions;
- Fluent spoken and written English, Russian would be considered an advantage;
(b) Senior International Technology Policy Expert(s) with:
- Preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in green environment, energy efficiency, renewable energy and emissions trading technologies and services;
- Strong previous professional experience in technology, policy mapping and prioritisation;
- Fluent spoken and written English, Russian would be considered an advantage;
(c) Senior International Economist(s) with:
- Relevant university degree;
- Preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in green financing policies and regulations;
- Previous professional experience in financial modelling and test market demand for green financing;
- Fluent spoken and written English, Russian would be considered an advantage;
(d) A Senior International Legal Expert with
- Relevant university degree;
- Preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in financial regulations and the interplay with green economic development;
- Fluent spoken and written English, Russian would be considered an advantage;
(e) Senior Carbon Market Expert with
- Relevant university degree;
- Preferably 10 years or more of previous professional experience relating to carbon market services by the financial sector;
- Fluent spoken and written English, Russian would be considered an advantage;
(f) Local Technical Green Economy (Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Emissions Trading) Experts with
- Relevant university degree
- Preferably 5 years or more of previous professional experience in the development and implementation of green and climate policies/projects in Kazakhstan;
-Language skills: Kazakh and Russian, fluently spoken and written English;
(g) Local Legal and Fiscal Policy and Regulations Expert
- Relevant university degree;
- Preferably 5 years or more of previous professional experience in the field of Kazakh green economy law, financial and fiscal policies and regulations;
- Language skills: Kazakh and Russian, fluent spoken and written English;
(h) Marketing and communication expert
- Preferably 5 years or more of previous professional experience in the organisation of capacity building and consultation events;
- Proven ability to procure and maintain a dedicated website for the duration of the Assignment;
- Strong writing skills in English, Kazakh and Russian, enabling good communications between parties;
- Fluent spoken and written English, Kazakh and Russian.

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected for this Assignment, the information submitted should include the following:
1) Company/group of firms' profile, organisation and staffing (max. 1-2 page);
2) Details of previous project experience or similar assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives (max. 3 pages);
3) Summaries of CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment outlining qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly preferably undertaken preferably in the previous ten years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), experts months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives (max. 3 pages);
4) Short proposal for assignment implementation, including understanding of the objectives, the proposed approach and methodology to a successful delivery of the Assignment, a work plan with milestones, and a Team Input summary indicating the number of working days allocated to the Assignment by each Key Expert.
5) Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.

The above information should not exceed 20 pages.

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

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

2. The shortlist criteria and weightings are as follows:
(a) Firm's previous project experience in the successful implementation of green financing and services capacity building projects of a comparable nature, scale and complexity to this Assignment (20%);
(b) Firm's previous project experience in the provision of capacity building in economies in transition on energy, industrial and financial policies and regulations, and in Kazakhstan in (20%);
(c) CVs of the Key Experts proposed (30%);
(d) Quality of the Consultant's proposal for assignment implementation, including time allocation for key experts, in accordance with the ToR (30%).

3. Although no extensions are foreseen at this stage, please be advised that the Consultant selected for this assignment (including sub-consultants and experts engaged) shall not be eligible to be awarded any follow on assignment.

Shymkent-Tashkent Road Reconstruction

 | Published May 13, 2016  -  Deadline June 13, 2016
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The Invitation for Expressions of Interest follows the General Procurement Notice for this project published in Procurement Opportunities, on the EBRD website: on 15 August 2012 under Procurement reference number 6760-GPN-43271 and up-dated on 16/09/2014.

 

The Committee for Roads of the Republic of Kazakhstan (the Employer) intends using the proceeds of the loan towards the cost of Shymkent-Tashkent Road Reconstruction Project where the services of consultants are required

 

The Employer invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified firms who are interested in providing assistance to the Employer to facilitate reforms in road sector administration.

 

The main objectives of the assignment shall be:

 

  • Strengthening procurement functions of KazAutoZhol on construction, repair, maintenance and development of detailed design of roads.
  • Development of Actions Plan on increasing efficiency through new technologies and materials introduction.
  • Increasing efficiency of administering road sector via transition to market-based mechanism of roads administration.
  • Development of state norms of pricing of engineering services in construction and operation of roads.

 

 

The assignment is expected to start in September 2016 and last about 18 months.

 

Eligibility: Procurement will be open to all consultants except those restricted in the EBRD’s list of ineligible entities. The proceeds of the loan shall not be used for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities or 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 and the Client’s Country prohibitions.

           

Procurement of the consultancy services will be conducted in accordance with the EBRD’s Procurement Policies and Rules. The consultants will be selected under Quality-and Cost-Based Selection (QCBS).

           

The shortlist of qualified firms will be prepared on the response to this invitation, after which short-listed firms will be invited to submit their proposals.

           

If the Consultant has been found by a judicial process or other official enquiry to have engaged in corrupt or fraudulent practices, details of the basis for the outcome of such process or enquiry shall be provided with the expression of interest.

           

The Employer reserves the right not to shortlist consulting firms that have been found to have engaged in corrupt or fraudulent or other prohibited practices regardless of the results of the evaluation results of the expressions of interest.

 

In order to determine the capability and experience of consulting firms seeking to be shortlisted, the information submitted shall include the following:

 

        Company profile, organisation and staffing;

        Details of experience or similar assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including their locations and outcomes (e.g. were recommendations adopted, which efficiencies gained etc) ;

 

The assignment requires a good understanding of the country’s legislation and working environment, thus, association with competent and qualified firms from the region and the beneficiary country is encouraged.

 

The above information should not exceed 25 pages.

 

Evaluation criteria of Expressions of Interest:

 

 

Criteria

• Sub criteria

Weighting

Company profile, organization and staffing

30%

• Quality Control and Assurance

10%

• Project Management Coordination

10%

• Approach and Methodology

10%

Details of experience or similar assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including their locations

70%

• Experience of consultant specific to the assignment

                  50%

• Experience of consultant specific to the region

                  20%

 

 

An original of the expression of interest in English language, one copy in English and one copy in Russian language should be submitted to the address below in an envelope marked "Expression of Interest for ‘’Shymkent-Tashkent” Road Reconstruction Project, Consultancy Services for Reform of the Road Sector Administration”, and be delivered not later than 15.00 on 13 June 2016.

 

Expressions of interest received after this time and date shall not be considered and will be returned unopened. Consultants should be aware that distance and customs formalities may require longer than expected delivery time.

 

Further information may be obtained from:

 

Mr. Kanat Utepbergenov
Senior Expert of Division for Investment Projects Preparation 
Committee for Roads Ministry for Investment and Development

of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Astana, 010000, Republic of Kazakhstan  

Left Embankment, 32/1, Kabanbay Batyr ave., Transport Tower, room 612

Tel: +7 (7172) 75-46-40

e-mail: a.karimbaev@mid.gov.kz, k.utepbergenov@mid.gov.kz

 

 

 

 

Kyzylorda Water - Corporate Development Programme

 | Published November 18, 2014  -  Deadline December 19, 2014
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Corporate Development Programme Assignment Description: the drinking water supply and wastewater management sectors in Kazakhstan have suffered from severe under-investment for more than 20 years. Water supply operations are currently characterised by severely deteriorated water and wastewater assets; high operations and maintenance costs; unreliable water supply service; and, low institutional capacity. Kyzylorda, with a population of more than 250,000 inhabitants, has 541 km of water supply network that includes water mains, district distributions and yard distributions. About 69 per cent of the City’s population is connected to the system. The water supply network’s average depreciation ratio is currently about 70 per cent—the national average is 64 per cent. This is a major factor causing a high level of technical losses, which are currently 27 per cent. In general, the current water supply system is characterised by the low efficiency of the pumping equipment, overflowing of wells, high power consumption and frequent leakages in the transmission and distribution network. The sewerage network of 308 km is connected to a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) with a daily capacity of 70,000 m3. Unlike the water supply network, it covers only about 53 per cent of the City population, as a significant number of private residential houses are not connected. At present, only up to 43 per cent of the nominal capacity of the WWTP is utilised. The sewerage system is characterised by heavy power consumption, inefficient pumping equipment, absence of metering and a lack of pre-treatment facilities at industrial facilities. No major investments have been made in the system over the last decades, which results in high clogging rates, network failures and inadequate wastewater treatment (4 breakdowns per km of the network in 2013), hence posing a risk to the environment and the population. As part of the effort to tackle the above outlined issues, the State Communal Enterprise Kyzylorda Su Zhuyesi (the Company or the Client) approached the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the Bank or the EBRD) with a request to finance the priority investments in rehabilitation and modernisation of its water supply and wastewater management facilities resulting in enhanced operations efficiency, reduction in losses and improvements in environmental standards (the Project). The Project will enable the Company to address the above outlined issues and improve its water and wastewater services by financing priority investments for the rehabilitation and modernisation of the water supply and wastewater management infrastructure. The Project will also result in increased energy efficiency, a reduction in losses, and improvements in environmental standards. This will stimulate the process of commercialisation of water and wastewater operations in general, thus supporting the sector reforms and having a significant demonstration effect in the country. In parallel with the hardware investments, the Project will contribute to the development and institutional strengthening of the Company in respect of procurement, corporatisation, credit worthiness enhancement and an improvement of the environmental situation in the City. The Company intends to engage a firm or a group of firms (the Consultant), to assist the Company and later the private management company (the Manager) (to be selected during the Project implementation period) operating under the terms of the Public Service Management Contract (the PSMC) to improve the Company’s commercial standing, service and environmental and social performance.The Consultant will identify and implement the necessary corporate, financial and operational improvements required to meet the related covenants included in the EBRD finance documents (the Assignment). This will be achieved via the following major institutional development actions: - Review and introduction, including tender preparation, evaluation of tenders and contracting of a performance based PSMC between the Company, the Akimat and a private operator with the aim to advance the management performance for more cost effective services with less energy waste. The draft PSMC has been developed by the Project Feasibility Study consultant and will be available to the Consultant upon signing the consultancy services contract. - Development and implementation of a Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programme for the Company in a close co-operation with the Manager. - In a close co-operation with the Manager, development and adoption of a medium-term focused Corporate Development Plan for the Company and to improve its corporate planning capacity to assist its ongoing transition towards a self-sustaining entity and commercial operations, as well as implementing the Environmental and Social Action Plan developed for the Company. - In a close co-operation with the Manager, development and introduction of a Management Information System. - In a close co-operation with the Manager, development and implementation of the Stakeholder Participation Programme aimed at increasing public participation in the provision of water and wastewater services (service quality, rehabilitation activities, tariffs integrating poverty and social issues) and raising public awareness on issues related to the project implementation. The Consultant will co-operate closely with the Manager and with the City’s and Oblast’s Akimats (the Mayors) to implement the covenants stipulated under the signed Project Support Agreement. Additionally, the Consultant shall assist the Company in the analysis of the baseline social situation of the vulnerable section of the population and the impact of the project on these groups, and in connection to this assess any impact of the project on the equality between men and women. Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or group of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest. Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in first quarter of 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 3 years. Maximum Budget available for the Assignment: EUR 400,000 (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: EUs Infrastructure Facility for Central Asia (IFCA) Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions. Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant are required to have previous experience in similar assignments and preferably in the EBRD’s countries of operation.The Consultant should ensure that the appropriately qualified experts are available, as required, for each of the different tasks outlined above. It is expected that the assignment will be led by an appropriately qualified project manager with experience in the water and wastewater sector and in implementing the key areas of this assignment, accompanied by both key and supporting experts. The Consultant Team would likely comprise the following expertise and some individuals may fulfil more than one role: - Team Leader/ Water and Wastewater Management Operations Expert; - Water and Wastewater Management Institutional and Regulatory Expert with expertise in PSMC development and implementation; - Institutional Procurement Expert for PSMC tendering; - Financial Expert; - Economist; - Environmental and Social/Labour Experts; - Legal Expert; - Local Experts. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following: (a) brief overview of the firm/group of firms including company profile, organisation and staffing; (b) details of similar experience of firm or group of firms and related assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, percentage carried out by consultant in case of association of firms or subcontracting, main activities, objectives; (c) CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives. (d) Completed Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc The expression of interest shall not exceed 25 pages (excluding CVs and contact sheet). One original (in English) and 3 copies of the expression of interest, in Russian, shall be submitted to the Client in an envelope marked EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for Kyzylorda Water – Corporate Development Project, to reach Client not later than the deadline mentioned above. One further electronic copy by email (both in English and Russian) should be submitted to the EBRD’s contact person by the same due date. Important Notes: Note 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. Note 2 The evaluation criteria are as follows: 1) Firm’s experience in Corporate Development Project, including specific experience on CDP in the water and wastewater sector - 15% 2) Firm’s experience in implementation of a Financial and Operational Performance Improvement Programme (“FOPIP”) - 10% 3) Firm’s experience in drafting, procuring and implementing Public Service Management Contract - 15% 4) Team Leader/ Water and Wastewater Management Operations Expert with relevant experience in similar assignments and preferably in the EBRD’s countries of operation , - 20% 5) Other Individual experts with relevant experience in the sector - 30%, 6) Fluency in Russian for local experts and previous project experience in the country – 10%

Kyzylorda Electricity Distribution Project - Consultant for the Project Implementation Unit

 | Published January 9, 2017  -  Deadline February 1, 2017
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Procurement Notice Amended on 11 January 2017 as follows:

Consultants to note that Expressions of Interest for this assignment should be submitted in English and Russian. 

Kyzylorda Electricity Distribution Project - PIU Support

Executing Agency (Client):
JSC Kyzylorda Regional Electricity Company
Sultan Beybarys str,
Kyzylorda

The Client Contact Person:
Ainur Zhanaliyeva
Deputy chairman of the Board on economy and accounting policies
JSC Kyzylorda Regional Electricity Company
Tel: +7 /724-2/ 90 22 04
email: zhanalieva_a@krek.kz

The EBRD Contact Person:
Yvonne Wilkinson
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 7123
E-mail: WilkinsY@ebrd.com

Project Description:The Joint Stock Company Kyzylorda Regional Electricity Company ("KREC” or “the Client”) has requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) to provide technical assistance to implement the Kyzylorda Electricity Distribution Project.

The EBRD is providing finance to rehabilitate and modernise the low and medium voltage distribution networks in the Oblast (the Project), including the installation of modern electricity meters and automatic control systems, strengthening the capacity and efficiency of transformers, and distribution lines aimed at reducing distribution network losses and increase in energy efficiency.  The expected technical and commercial losses reduction will have significant reduction of related carbon emissions as the power generation sector of Kazakhstan is of high carbon intensity.The Project to be financed by the Bank consists of the following components:

•           Rehabilitation of the 0.4-110 kV low and medium voltage network, including lines and substations, which were originally constructed about forty years ago. Consequently it is a high priority to improve the quality and reliability of electricity supply to the end consumers.

•           Supply and Installation of an automated system for protection of distribution network and substations.

•          Installation of new network meters and SCADA as well as a number of new    consumers “smart meters” and related hardware and software systems. International experience shows that rehabilitating distribution networks and improving metering arrangements is one of the fastest and most cost-effective methods of reducing losses and improving collection rates.  These measures in turn stimulate energy efficiency levels. Further improvement in bill collection (presently at around 80%) will also be permitted due to firm implementation of payment discipline and remote disconnection features.

Assignment Description: The Client now intends to create a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) and engage a consulting firm (the Consultant) to provide organisational and technical assistance to the Client to ensure the successful completion of the Project in accordance with the Project Implementation Plan (PIP) and with all EBRD requirements stipulated in the Loan Agreement (the Assignment).

The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:

1. Project Preparation Phase

  • Assist the Client with preparing, reviewing and updating the Project Implementation Plan (PIP) as required during the Project implementation.
  • Prepare a Project schedule identifying all relevant milestones and their respective timeframes for all parties to adhere to.
  • Provide guidance and recommendations for quality assurance in respect of the operations of the PIU and to the work to be undertaken by the contractors.
  • Provide comprehensive support to the PIU in relation to procurement of goods and works contracts under the Project, including review and preparation of technical specifications, preparation of tender documents, assistance during all stages of procurement processes and subsequent contract finalisation.

2. Project Implementation Phase

  • Assistance with Project implementation, including supervision, monitoring of progress of the supply and installation contracts under the project.
  • Support to the Client with regard to all aspects of Project reporting. 
  • Assistance with Testing, Commissioning and Operational Acceptance, as required by the Client.
  • Support in ensuring compliance with the Loan Agreement, including monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the Environmental and Social Action Plan.
  • Assistance in preparation of disbursement requests and management of Project Accounts as required by the Client.
  • Providing on-the-job training to ensure knowledge transfer to the Client on all aspects of oversight and management of project implementation.
  • At the end of the Project the Consultant will prepare a Project completion report, which shall include the following:
    • A summary of technical improvements achieved by the Project;
    • Assessment of the implementation of Environment and Social Action Plan.

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 Q 2 2017 and has an estimated overall duration of approximately 36 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 500,000 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding, excellent performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Client the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope and time line.

The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed.

Funding Source: It is anticipated that the contract will be financed by the EBRD's donor funded Technical Cooperation Funds Programme, however consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding from an appropriate donor.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with previous project experience related to preparing and implementing engineering works for power distribution projects of similar nature i.e. rehabilitation of low and medium voltage network including installation of network meters and SCADA.

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

a. Team Leader (Engineer) preferably with 10 years’ experience in construction or rehabilitation of medium and low voltage distribution systems including substation and lines. The TL should have proven experience of leading a team of experts and implementing similar projects. The TL will have excellent knowledge of English and Russian language for coordination and report writing purposes.

b. Power Distribution Expert preferably with 10 years of experience in planning, design and construction of Medium Voltage Lines and substations. 

c. Electricity Meters Expert preferably with 10 years of experience in the development of specifications and installation of modern electronic and “smart meters” for low voltage customers.  

d. Procurement Expert preferably with 10 years of procurement experience in power projects including transmission and distribution lines improvement projects as well as good knowledge of procedures and rules of procurement of international financial institutions, such as the EBRD, World Bank or other IFIs, knowledge of FIDIC and preferably EBRD Supply and Installation contractual arrangements.

Non-key experts are expected to include:

Short Term Experts preferably with 10 years’ experience in the following areas of work:

  • Construction and rehabilitation of substations and distribution lines;
  • Factory acceptance tests and commissioning for similar assets;
  • Protection and control measures;
  • Civil Works in the field of substation and tower foundations construction;
  • Environmental and social measures

Local Experts (as required) with preferably 5 years’ proven experience in:

  • OHL engineering and Substation Engineering;
  • Factory acceptance tests and commissioning for similar assets;
  • Protection and Control Measures;
  • Civil Works in the field of substation and tower foundations construction;
  • Environmental and social measures.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The expression of interest shall not exceed 20 pages (excluding CVs Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet).

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English and Russian via email (pdf) to the Client’s contact person, to reach the Client not later than the closing date.

The expression of interest in each language will be submitted as one electronic file attachment (pdf) in not exceeding 4MB. Consultant’s Declaration Sheet may be submitted as a separate file. Marketing materials and brochures are not required and will be disregarded. The Client reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file.

An electronic copy of the full EOI should be submitted to the Bank’s contact person by the same due date.

Important Notes:

1. Following this invitation for expressions of interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.

2. The shortlist criteria are as follows:

  1. Firm’s previous project experience in administration, management, procurement, design and supervision of projects of a comparable nature, scale and complexity (50%)
  2. CV of Key Expert Team Leader (20%)
  3. CV of Key Expert Power Distribution Expert (10%)
  4. CV of Key Expert Electricity Meters Expert (10%)
  5. CV of Key Expert Procurement Expert (10%)

Kyzylorda Electricity Distribution Project - PIU Support

 | Published June 18, 2015  -  Deadline July 23, 2015
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Project Description: The Joint Stock Company Kyzylorda Regional Electricity Company (KREC or the Client) has requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) to provide technical assistance to implement the Kyzylorda Electricity Distribution Project. The EBRD is providing finance to rehabilitate and modernise the low and medium voltage distribution networks in the Oblast (the Project), including the installation of modern electricity meters and automatic control systems, strengthening the capacity and efficiency of transformers, and distribution lines aimed at reducing distribution network losses and increase in energy efficiency. The expected technical and commercial losses reduction will have significant reduction of related carbon emissions as the power generation sector of Kazakhstan is of high carbon intensity. The Project to be financed by the Bank consists of the following components: Rehabilitation of the 0.4-110 kV low and medium voltage network, including lines and substations, which were originally constructed about forty years ago. Consequently it is a high priority to improve the quality and reliability of electricity supply to the end consumers Installation of new CIP (Critical Infrastructure Protection) intended to adequately protect and secure electrical substations. Installation of new network meters and SCADA as well as a number of new consumers “smart meters” and related hardware and software systems. International experience shows that rehabilitating distribution networks and improving metering arrangements is one of the fastest and most cost-effective methods of reducing losses and improving collection rates. These measures in turn stimulate energy efficiency levels. Further improvement in bill collection (presently at around 80%) will also be permitted due to firm implementation of payment discipline and remote disconnection features. Assignment Description: The Client now intends to create a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) and engage a consulting firm (the Consultant) to provide organisational and technical assistance to the Client to ensure the successful completion of the Project in accordance with the Project Implementation Plan (PIP) and with all EBRD requirements stipulated in the Loan Agreement (the Assignment). The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services: 1. Project Preparation Phase Assist the Client with preparing, reviewing and updating the Project Implementation Plan (PIP) as required during the Project implementation. Prepare a Project schedule identifying all relevant milestones and their respective timeframes for all parties to adhere to. Provide guidance and recommendations for quality assurance in respect of the operations of the PIU and to the work to be undertaken by the contractors. Provide comprehensive support to the PIU in relation to procurement of goods and works contracts under the Project, including review and preparation of technical specifications, preparation of tender documents, assistance during all stages of procurement processes and subsequent contract finalisation., . 2. Project Implementation Phase Assistance with Project implementation, including supervision, monitoring of progress of the supply and installation contracts under the project. Support to the Client with regard to all aspects of Project reporting. Assistance with Testing, Commissioning and Operational Acceptance, as required by the Client. Support in ensuring compliance with the Loan Agreement, including monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the Environmental and Social Action Plan. Assistance in preparation of disbursement requests and management of Project Accounts as required by the Client. Providing on-the-job training to ensure knowledge transfer to the Client on all aspects of oversight and management of project implementation. At the end of the Project the Consultant will prepare a Project completion report, which shall include the following: A summary of technical improvements achieved by the Project; Assessment of the implementation of Environment and Social Action Plan. Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or group of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest. Executing Agency (Client): JSC Kyzylorda Regional Electricity Company Sultan Beybarys str, Kyzylorda The Client Contact Person: Nurlybek Tulegenov Chairman of the Management Board JSC Kyzylorda Regional Electricity Company Tel: +7 /724-2/ 90 22 05 email: tulegenov_n@krek.kz Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in November 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 36 months. Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 1,000,000 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding, excellent performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Client the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope and time line. The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed. Funding Source: It is anticipated that the contract will be financed by the Japan-SEI (Sustainable Energy Initiative) TC Fund. Selection and contracting is subject to the availability of funding. Eligibility: Consultancy firms or organisations registered in any country may apply. However, contracting is subject to the following eligibility condition: At least 50% of the total budget shall be used to finance services by (partner or lead) firms/organisations which are registered in Japan or experts who are either citizens or permanent residents of Japan. Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with previous project experience related to preparing and implementing engineering works for power distribution projects of similar nature i.e. rehabilitation of low and medium voltage network including installation of network meters and SCADA. The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows: Team Leader (Engineer) preferably with 10 years’ experience in construction or rehabilitation of medium and low voltage distribution systems including substation and lines. The TL should have proven experience of leading a team of experts and implementing similar projects .The TL will have excellent knowledge of English and Russian language for coordination and report writing purposes. Power Distribution Expert preferably with 10 years of experience in planning, design and construction of Medium Voltage Lines and substations. Electricity Meters Expert preferably with 10 years of experience in the development of specifications and installation of modern electronic and “smart meters” for low voltage customers. Procurement Expert preferably with 10 years of procurement experience in power projects including transmission and distribution lines improvement projects as well as good knowledge of procedures and rules of procurement of international financial institutions, such as the EBRD, World Bank or other IFIs, knowledge of FIDIC and preferably EBRD Supply and Installation contractual arrangements. Non-key experts are expected to include the following: Short Term Experts preferably with 10 years’ experience in the following areas of work: a) Construction and rehabilitation of substations and distribution lines; b) Factory acceptance tests and commissioning for similar assets; c) Protection and Control Measures; e) Civil Works in the field of substation and tower foundations construction; f) Environmental and social measures. Local Experts (as required) with preferably 5 years’ proven experience in a) OHL engineering and Substation Engineering; b) Factory acceptance tests and Commissioning for similar assets; c) Protection and Control Measures; e) Civil Works in the field of substation and tower foundations construction; f) Environmental and social measures. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following: 1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages). 2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives. 3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives. 4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc. The expression of interest shall not exceed 20 pages (excluding CVs Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet). The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English via email (pdf) to the Client’s contact person, to reach the Client not later than the closing date. The expression of interest will be submitted as one file attachment (pdf) not exceeding 4MB. Consultant’s Declaration Sheet may be submitted as a separate file. Marketing materials and brochures are not required and will be disregarded. The Client reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. One additional copy shall reach the Bank’s contact person by the same due date. The EBRD Contact Person: Yvonne Wilkinson European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square London EC2A 2JN Tel: + 44 20 7338 7123 E-mail: Wilkinsy@ebrd.com Important Notes: 1. Following this invitation for expressions of interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding. 2. The shortlisting criteria are as follows: Firm’s previous project experience in administration, management, procurement, design and supervision of projects of a comparable nature, scale and complexity (50%) CV of Key Expert: Team Leader (20%) CV of Key Expert: Power Distribution Expert (10%) CV of Key Expert: Electricity Meters Expert 10%) CV of Key Expert: Procurement Expert (10%)

Aktau Waste Management Project

 | Published February 2, 2015  -  Deadline March 19, 2015
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CONSTRUCTION OF A MBT FACILITY AND SUPPLY OF SPECIALISED EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY FOR MBT. This Invitation for Tenders follows the General Procurement Notice No. 7271-GPN-41578 for this project which was published at February 6, 2014 in Procurement Opportunities of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development - website www.ebrd.com. The State Communal Enterprise KOKTEM hereinafter referred to as the Employer, intends using part of the proceeds of a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the Bank) towards the cost of Aktau Waste Management Project. The Employer now invites sealed tenders from contractors for the following contract to be funded from part of the proceeds of the loan and local budget: AWMP-01 Construction of a MBT facility and supply of specialised equipment and machinery for MBT. The Project is implemented on the territory of Aktau City of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Contract works includes development of detailed design documents, construction of a modern waste treatment plant for sorting, processing, recycling and disposal of remaining inert waste to the landfill. The function of the plant - sorting of secondary raw materials, packing for easy transportation, production of biogas and energy from biowaste and sludge (around 30,000 t/year) from WWTP The annual capacity of a waste treatment plant is 120 - 140 thousand tons/year or 360 - 380 thousand m3/year . The expected service life of the plant is minimum 20 years. The estimated completion time under the contract is 840 days. To qualify for award of the Contract, the Tenderer shall meet the following qualifying requirements: a) the tenderer has the financial, technical, personnel and production capability and capacity necessary to perform the Contract and shall have at least KZT 6,000,000,000 (or equivalent) annual turnover in average for last 3 years; b) the tenderer shall have successful experience in the execution of at least 2 (two) projects of a nature and complexity comparable to the proposed contract – design and construction of a Mechanical - Biological Treatment Facility (MBT) within the last 5 (five) years from which at least one contract was for the design and construction of the MBT of 100 000 tons per year of mixed Solid Waste. The projects used as examples should have been operational for an uninterrupted period of at least 12 months; c) the tenderer shall have successful experience in the execution of at least 2 (two) projects for generation of biogas and electricity from solid waste and sludge within the last 5 (five) years from which at least one contract was for electricity generation not less than 1.2 KW; d) the tenderer shall demonstrate that it has access to, or has available, liquid assets, unencumbered real assets, lines of credit, and other financial sources sufficient to bear costs associated with the execution of the contract for a period of 4 (four) months, estimated as not less than KZT 1,000,000,000 (one billion) equivalent, taking into account the Tenderer's commitments to other contracts; e) the tenderer shall submit balance sheets audited or supported by relevant documents issued by tax authorities of the tenderer’s country of origin for the last five (5) years to demonstrate the soundness of the Tenderer's financial position, showing long-term profitability; f) the tenderer or its nominated subcontractors shall have or shall to obtain prior the commencement of works under Contract, if awarded a contract, required the following licenses, certificates and permissions provided for by legislation of Republic of Kazakhstan: - license for performance of the works and services in the scope in environment protection. - license for survey works. - license for design, manufacturing, installation, repair of power equipment, explosion-protected electrotechnical equipment. - license provided for by legislation of Republic of Kazakhstan for building and construction works and design and survey works of I (high) level of responsibility. The Tenderers shall demonstrate that all required licenses, permissions are received or will be received before the Commencement Date. The above mentioned licenses, certificates and permissions shall have nominated subcontractors; g) the tenderer shall be registered or, in case of the contract award, shall register with the tax authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan within 1 (one) month from the date of the contract signing; h) the tenderer shall provide accurate information on any current or past litigation or arbitration resulting from contracts completed or under execution by him over the last three years. A consistent history of historical non-performance and/or litigation awards against the tenderer or any partner of a joint venture may result in the rejection of the tender; i) the tenderer shall be certified for quality standard ISO 9001 (or equivalent management quality assurance plan) and ISO 14001 (or equivalent environmental management plan) if required, to demonstrate quality assurance procedures, which shall be applied for the execution of works under the Contract. JVCA must satisfy the following minimum qualification requirements: The JVCA must satisfy collectively all the above mentioned qualification criteria, for which purpose the relevant figures for each of the partners shall be added to arrive at the joint venture's total capacity. The lead partner shall meet not less than 50 percent of all the qualifying criteria for general experience and financial position specified above. Each partner shall meet not less than 20 percent of all the qualifying criteria for the turnover and the availability of the financial means as per the criteria specified under general experience and financial position above. The lead partner of the JVCA shall demonstrate that he acted as a main contractor/ supplier on project(s) of similar magnitude. Each partner shall satisfy the requirements with regard to the soundness of the financial position and non-performance history, specified above. Tendering for contracts to be financed with the proceeds of a loan from the Bank is open to firms from all countries. The proceeds of the Bank’s loan will not be used for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities, or 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. The tender documents may be obtained from the address below upon written request and payment of a non-refundable fee of KZT 100,000 (One hundred thousand) (VAT including) or equivalent in convertible currency. In convertible currency payment shall be made by direct bank transfer to: Beneficiary: State Communal Enterprise KOKTEM Beneficiary’s Bank: Branch of the DB AO “SBERBANK” in Aktau City, st. mkr. 7 h.6 30a Republic of Kazakhstan 130000 Account No: KZ69914840413BC03004 USD BIN: 070541003634 BIK: SABRKZKA OKPO: 281098330843 Payment in KZT shall be made by by direct bank transfer to: Beneficiary: State Communal Enterprise KOKTEM Beneficiary’s Bank: Branch of the DB AO “SBERBANK” in Aktau City, st. mkr. 14 h.61 Republic of Kazakhstan 130000 Account No: KZ20914398413BC01542 BIN: 070541003634 BIK: SABRKZKA OKPO: 281098330843 Upon the written request and confirmation of payment of a non-refundable fee the tender documents may be collected from the office at the address given below or the documents will be promptly dispatched by e-mail to the address, indicated in the written request, but no liability can be accepted for loss or late delivery. A two stage tender procedure will be adopted and will proceed as follows: (a) the First Stage tender will consist of a technical proposal only, without any reference to prices, and a list of any deviations to the technical and commercial conditions set forth in the tender documents or any alternative technical solutions a tenderer wishes to offer, and a justification therefor, provided always that such deviations or alternative solutions do not change the basic objectives of the project. Following evaluation by the Employer of the First Stage tenders, the Employer may invite each tenderer who meets the qualification criteria and who has submitted a technically responsive tender to a clarification meeting. The proposals of all such tenderers will be reviewed at the meeting and all required amendments, additions, deletions and other adjustments will be noted and recorded in a Memorandum. Only qualified tenderers submitting a technically responsive and acceptable First Stage tender will be invited to submit a Second Stage tender. (b) the Second Stage tender will consist of an updated technical tender incorporating all changes required by the Employer as recorded in the Memorandum to the clarification meeting or as necessary to reflect any amendments to the tender documents issued subsequent to submission of the First Stage tender; and the commercial tender. First Stage tenders must be delivered to the address below on or before 19 March 2015, 15.00 hours, local time, at which time they will be opened in the presence of the tenderers’ representatives who wish to attend. All Second Stage tenders must be accompanied by Tender in the amount of not less than KZT 47,000,000 (forty seven million) or equivalent in convertible currency and must be delivered to the address below on or before the time and date of the submission deadline specified in the Letter of Invitation to submit Second Stage tenders, at which time they will be opened in the presence of the tenderers’ representatives who wish to attend. Prospective tenderers may obtain further information from, and inspect and acquire the tender documents at the following office: State Communal Enterprise KOKTEM, Contact person: M. Junbasov, Director 27 mcr. District, City of Aktau, 130000 Mangystau Oblast, Kazakhstan Tel: +7 (7292) 41-42-40; 30-31-19 Fax: +7 (7292) 41-68-11 E-mail: grp.koktem@gmail.com

Kyzylorda Water - Project Implementation Support, Engineering Design Services and Contract Supervision

 | Published November 18, 2014  -  Deadline December 19, 2014
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Project Implementation Support, Engineering Design Services and Contract Supervision Assignment Description: the drinking water supply and wastewater management sectors in Kazakhstan have suffered from severe under-investment for more than 20 years. Water supply operations are currently characterised by severely deteriorated water and wastewater assets; high operations and maintenance costs; unreliable water supply service; and, low institutional capacity. Kyzylorda, with a population of more than 250,000 inhabitants, has 541 km of water supply network that includes water mains, district distributions and yard distributions. About 69 per cent of the City’s population is connected to the system. The water supply network’s average depreciation ratio is currently about 70 per cent—the national average is 64 per cent. This is a major factor causing a high level of technical losses, which are currently 27 per cent. In general, the current water supply system is characterised by the low efficiency of the pumping equipment, overflowing of wells, high power consumption and frequent leakages in the transmission and distribution network. The sewerage network of 308 km is connected to a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) with a daily capacity of 70,000 m3. Unlike the water supply network, it covers only about 53 per cent of the City population, as a significant number of private residential houses are not connected. At present, only up to 43 per cent of the nominal capacity of the WWTP is utilised. The sewerage system is characterised by heavy power consumption, inefficient pumping equipment, absence of metering and a lack of pre-treatment facilities at industrial facilities. No major investments have been made in the system over the last decades, which results in high clogging rates, network failures and inadequate wastewater treatment (4 breakdowns per km of the network in 2013), hence posing a risk to the environment and the population. As part of the effort to tackle the above outlined issues, the State Communal Enterprise Kyzylorda Su Zhuyesi (the Company or the Client) approached the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the Bank or the EBRD) with a request to finance the priority investments in rehabilitation and modernisation of its water supply and wastewater management facilities resulting in enhanced operations efficiency, reduction in losses and improvements in environmental standards (the Project). The Project will enable the Company to improve its water and wastewater services by financing priority investments for the rehabilitation and modernisation of the water supply and wastewater management infrastructure, which includes the following: - Installation of hydraulic modelling, GIS, and SCADA systems. - Procurement and installation of bulk water flow meters, water pressure control equipment, and borehole pumps. - Construction of water purification facility. - Rehabilitation of sewer. - Wastewater pumping stations modernisation. - Construction of main interception of the wastewater pumping stations. - Procurement of the operation, maintenance and water quality control equipment. The Bank’s investments will be procured in accordance with EBRD Procurement Policies and Rules for Public Sector Projects. A Project Implementation Unit (PIU) will be formed in the Company, with representatives from the City, which will manage all procurement, as well as installation, construction and implementation of the investments. The Company intends to engage a consultancy firm or consortium of consultancy firms ( the Consultant) to support the Company in all aspects of the Project implementation. The overall objective of the Consultant is to facilitate the timely and effective implementation of the Project by providing assistance to the Company, as the ultimate assets owner, in the implementation of the Project, including design, all aspects of procurement and disbursement and environmental and social requirements (the Assignment). The Consultant shall perform, inter alia, the following main tasks: - Review and make recommendations concerning organisation chart of the Company. - Review and make recommendations to the Project Procurement Plan, including updating of initial cost estimates and setting priorities between the Project components. - Review the existing designs and/or prepare missing designs for network rehabilitation in accordance with Kazakh construction norms and requirements for procurement of Works. Prepare Reference/preliminary design for Supply and Installation of plant and equipment. - Assist the Company in developing tender documents (including, but not limited to, design, requirements and technical specifications, EHSS requirements for contractors), carrying out tender procedure, preparing evaluation report and contract, and submit the necessary documents to the Company and EBRD for their concurrence and no-objection. - Provide Project management support to the Company to co-ordinate, supervise, manage, monitor and evaluate all aspects of the Project, including implementation, contract and financial administration, and ESAP implementation. - Ensure that the Company will arrange payments to the contractor, to whom payment has been certified, to ensure that all such payments are made in due time, and that appropriate control and record systems are in place to ensure compliance with financiers and the country reporting requirements. - Provide support for the supervision of works and administration of contracts. - Support the arrangement of timely disbursements under the contracts. - Ensure that all reports required by the EBRD for the implementation of the Project and the loan are submitted on schedule. - Prepare an integrated time schedule for progress meetings with the various parties; attend meetings together with the Company to support the implementation of the overall programme as a whole, seek response to reports, and discuss any issues on a regular basis with the Company and other key people; prepare and circulate minutes of the meetings, including follow-up actions required to ensure progress. 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 the first quarter of 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 3 years. Maximum Budget available for the Assignment: EUR 500,000 (exclusive of VAT). The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed. Funding Source: EUs Infrastructure Facility for Central Asia (IFCA) Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions. Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be required to have previous experience in Project Implementation Support, Engineering Design Services and Contract Supervision. The Consultant shall be responsible for mobilisation of qualified engineers, technicians and other professional staff with the proven experience in the administrative management, procurement, design and supervision of similar construction works and acquiring the equipment for the projects in comparable climatic and geological conditions. It is anticipated that the Consultant’s team shall include the following expertise with short-term support as required in other disciplines: - Project Manager; - IFI Procurement, Contracts Specialist; - IFI Financial and Disbursement Specialist; - International and Local Municipal Water and Wastewater Engineers; - International and Local Municipal Water and Wastewater Designers; - Environmental and Social Experts; - Supervision Engineers; - Office Manager/ Translator/Secretary. All technical and financial experts shall have experience in municipal water and wastewater sector, which they are proposed for in a similar position including: - design and project management experience in similar projects gained in countries with conditions similar to Kazakhstan. - experience in supervision of construction and supply and installation of the equipment in similar projects gained in countries with conditions similar to Kazakhstan. - experience in design of municipal water and wastewater projects, including modern water and wastewater management technologies. - 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. - good knowledge of procedures and rules of procurement of international financial institutions, such as the EBRD, World Bank or ADB, knowledge of FIDIC and/or World Bank/EBRD Supply and Installation contractual arrangements. - good knowledge and understanding of EBRD’s environmental and social requirements and past experience of assistance in their successful implementation. - good knowledge of requirements of Kazakhstan legislation concerning construction, financial, accounting and disbursement issues. Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following: (a) brief overview of the firm/group of firms including company profile, organisation and staffing; (b) details of similar experience of firm or group of firms and related assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, percentage carried out by consultant in case of association of firms or subcontracting, main activities, objectives; (c) CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives. (d) Completed Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc The expression of interest shall not exceed 25 pages (excluding CVs and contact sheet). One original in English and 3 copies in Russian of the expression of interest, , shall be submitted to the Client in an envelope marked EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for Kyzylorda Water - Project Implementation Support, Engineering Design Services and Contract Supervision, to reach Client not later than the deadline mentioned above. One further electronic copy by email (both in English and Russian) should be submitted to the EBRD’s contact person by the same due date. Important Notes: Note 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. Note 2 The evaluation criteria are as follows: 1) Firm’s experience in Project Implementation Support, Engineering Design Services and Contract Supervision, including specific experience in the water and wastewater sector - 35% 2) Firm’s experience in project with procurement of international financial institutions, such as the EBRD, World Bank or ADB, knowledge of FIDIC and/or World Bank/EBRD Supply and Installation contractual arrangements – 10% 3) Project Manager with a minimum of ten years’ experience in municipal water and wastewater sector in similar assignments of procurement, design and supervision of construction works and acquiring the equipment for the projects in comparable climatic and geological conditions - 20% preferably in the EBRD’s countries of operation 4) Other technical and financial experts with a minimum of five years’ experience in municipal water and wastewater sector and with relevant experiences as described in section Consultant Profile - 25%, 5) Fluency in Russian for local experts (10%).

Kazakhstan: Vostochniy Project - Project Implementation Support, Engineering Services and Contract Supervision

 | Published September 15, 2017  -  Deadline October 9, 2017
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Executing Agency (Client):

"Zhetysu-OblGaz" LLP

The Client Contact Person:
Mr Vladimir Tukhtasunov, General Director
“Zhetysu-OblGaz” LLP
Taldykorgan City
Almaty Oblast
Tel.: +7 7282 404043
Email: jetisuoblgas@mail.ru

The EBRD Contact Person:

Maria Haugh, TC Advisor
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 7185
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
E-mail: haughm@ebrd.com

Project Description:
The city of Taldykorgan (the Client), the capital of the Almaty Oblast in the Republic of Kazakhstan, has requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) to provide assistance to build a municipal gas distribution network in the city of Taldykorgan (the Project). The EBRD has developed a project together with TOO “Zhetysu-OblGas” (the “Company”) and the Akimat of Almaty Oblast (“Oblast Akimat”).

The total cost of the project is estimated at KZT 20.5 billion(ca. EUR 53.9 million) and will include (i) high pressure networks and submain networks with total cost of KZT 13.9 billion in 2017 - 2019; and (ii) related equipment (pressure reduction units, connection cabinets) in the amount of KZT 6.4 billion.  The Project is to be implemented in 4 phases: the Oblast Akimat has secured funding for phases 1-3 for a total of KZT 16 billion while phase 4 will be funded by the EBRD loan of KZT 4.5 billion (ca. EUR 11.8 million).

It is expected that the project will be implemented by the Company that was established by the Oblast Akimat in 2013 to carry out municipal gasification programme in the Almaty Oblast and consequently operate its gas distribution network.

Assignment Description:
For the purpose of project implementation, the Company will set up a Project Implementation Unit ("PIU"). The Company intends to hire a reputable consultancy firm or consortium of consultancy firms (hereinafter the "Consultant") to support the Company to set up and oversee the PIU in all aspects of Project implementation, including preparation of technical specifications, requirements, tender documentation, assistance with tendering, tender evaluation and contract finalisation, administration and supervision of the contract implementation, as well as set up of the disbursement system (the Assignment).  The Company will be the major beneficiary of the services rendered by the Consultant and will have overall responsibility for the project.

The Company will also benefit from the parallel corporate development programme ("CDP") which will focus on areas such as institutional restructuring, strategic development and business planning, technical and operational management, tariff calculation methodology setting and financial management. Both consultants are expected to liaise with each other as needed, to benefit from the shared information and save resources.

The expected outcome of the Assignment is timely and effective implementation of the project, including design, all aspects of procurement and disbursement and environmental and social ("E&S") requirements.

The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:

  1. Review and make recommendations or updates (when necessary) to the Project Procurement Plan, including updating the initial cost estimates and setting priorities between the Project components.
  2. Review the existing designs and/or prepare missing designs for the water transmission/distribution networks rehabilitation in accordance with Kazakh construction norms and requirements for procurement of Works.
  3. Assist the Company in developing tender documents (including, but not limited to,  requirements and technical specifications, EHSS requirements for contractors), carrying out tender procedure, preparing evaluation report and contract, and submit the necessary documents to the Company and EBRD for their concurrence and “no-objection”.
  4. Provide overall project management support to the Company to co-ordinate, manage, monitor and evaluate all aspects of the Project.
  5. Ensure that the Company will arrange payments to the contractor, to whom payment has been certified, to ensure that all such payments are made in due time, and that appropriate control and record systems are in place to ensure compliance with financiers and the country reporting requirements.
  6. Provide support for the supervision of works and administration of contracts.
  7. Support the arrangement of timely disbursements under the contracts.

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

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in Q4 2017 and has an estimated overall duration of 36 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 550,000 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Client the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope.

The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed.

Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded from Technical Cooperation funds managed by EBRD (to be confirmed). Selection and contracting is subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with practical experience related to:

  1. The provision of project implementation support, engineering design services and contract supervision services, including specific experience in gasification sector gas distribution networks, preferably in Central Asia, and have a good knowledge of the procedures and policies of the International Financial Institutions, such as the World Bank or EBRD.
  2. Projects involving the procurement policies and rules of international financial institutions (such as the EBRD, World Bank or others) as applicable construction works and acquiring the equipment for the projects in comparable climatic and geological conditions.

The Consultant Team is expected to include key experts as follows, and some individuals may fulfil more than one role:

  1. Key expert No1 Project Manager/Team Leader engineer with preferably 10 years or more of professional experience, including at least five years in gas distribution in similar environments. The expert should have previous project management experience in Central Asia or the CIS region. Knowledge of Russian is considered an advantage.
  2. Key expert No2 IFI Procurement, Contracts Specialist preferably with eight years or more of professional experience in procurement, including at least five years of practical experience with IFI procurement. The expert should possess a good knowledge of the procurement procedures and rules of international financial institutions, such as the World Bank, ADB or EBRD and have a good knowledge and understanding of EBRD’s environmental and social requirements. Familiarity with local conditions in Central Asia or the CIS region would be an advantage. Knowledge of Russian is considered an advantage.
  1. Key expert No3 IFI Financial and Disbursement Specialist preferably with five years or more of professional experience in finance, preferably in the context of public procurement. The expert should have a good knowledge of the requirements of international standards concerning construction, financial, accounting and disbursement issues. Knowledge of the procedures of EBRD, World Bank, ADB or other IFIs is essential. Familiarity with local conditions in Central Asia or the CIS region would be an advantage. Knowledge of Russian is considered an advantage.
  2. Key expert No4 International Gas distribution Engineers & Designers, engineers with preferably 10 years or more of professional experience with gas distribution networks (including design) in similar environment. Familiarity with local conditions in Central Asia or the CIS region would be an advantage.
  3. Key expert No5 Local Gas distribution Engineers & Designers, engineers with preferably five years or more of professional experience with gas distribution networks (including design) in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  4. Key expert No6 Environmental Experts, preferably with eight years or more of professional experience in working on environmental matters in a similar context (such as drafting Environmental Impact Assessments or Action Plans and/or following up on their implementation). Familiarity with local conditions Central Asia or the CIS region would be an advantage. Knowledge of Russian is considered an advantage.
  5. Key expert No7 Social Experts preferably with 8 years of relevant professional experience in working on social issues, such as drafting Social Impact Assessments and Social Action Plans. The Expert should have a thorough understanding of social issues of particular relevance to the Republic of Kazakhstan and/or the wider Central Asia or CIS region. Knowledge of Russian is considered an advantage.
  6. Key expert No8 Supervision Engineers engineer with preferably eight years or more of professional experience in construction supervision/oversight. Familiarity with local conditions in the Republic of Kazakhstan would be an advantage.  Knowledge of Russian is considered an advantage.

Non-key experts are expected to include Pool of Local Experts (Office Manager/Translator/Secretary) with relevant professional experience in administration/management in Kazakhstan. Knowledge of Russian and English is essential.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The expression of interest shall not exceed 25 pages (excluding CVs Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet).

An electronic copy of the expession of interest, in English and in Russian, should be submitted to the Client clearly marked “EXPESSION OF INTEREST for VOSTOCHNIY PROJECT PROCUREMENT REF. 70664”, to reach Client not later than 9 October 2017 at 16:00 (Kazakhstan time). An electronic copy of the complete expression of interest should be also submitted to the EBRD’s contact person by the same due date.

Important Notes:

1. Following this invitation for expressions of interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.

2. The shortlist criteria are as follows:

  1. Firm experience in provision of project implementation support, engineering design services and contract supervision services, including specific experience in gasification sector gas distribution networks, preferably in Central Asia, and have a good knowledge of the procedures and policies of the International Financial Institutions, such as the World Bank or EBRD – 25%
  1. Firm experience in projects involving the procurement policies and rules of international financial institutions (such as the EBRD, World Bank or others) as applicable construction works and acquiring the equipment for the projects in comparable climatic and geological conditions – 20%  
  1. CV of Key Expert No 1 (20%)
  1. CV of Key Expert No 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 (35%)

 

Semey and Oskemen Bus Projects - Technical, Financial, Environmental & Social Due Diligence

 | Published January 27, 2017  -  Deadline February 13, 2017
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Project Description:

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) was approached by the Eastern Kazakhstan Oblast (the “Oblast”) to assist the City of Semey and the City of Oskemen (the “Cities”) in improving the quality of the public transport services in these cities by improving regulatory framework and addressing existing market failures and development needs.

The Bank is considering to provide senior loans to “Centr Upravlenia Passagirskimi Perevozkami Goroda Semey” LLP and to “Centr Upravlenia Passagirskimi Perevozkami Goroda Ust-Kamenogorsk” LLP (the “Companies”), state owned public transport enterprises in the Cities wholly owned by relevant City Akimats. The proceeds of the loans will be used to co-finance, jointly with the Oblast and the Cities separately in each City: (i) procurement of new modern buses for the relevant Company to be leased to the private public transport operators on the terms acceptable to the Bank in order to improve the public transport services in the Cities; (ii) modernisation of the relevant Company’s dispatch and control centres, procurement of associated route planning software, GPS monitoring system and urban transport model; (iii) procurement and installation of formal or e-ticketing system in a relevant City (the “Projects”).

The Bank is contributing to the development of the public transport in the Cities via: (i) promoting fair and transparent competition between the public transport operators; and (ii) the introduction of a long-term gross cost Public Service Contract (“PSC”) between the public transport operators and Cities.

An open tender for servicing the selected bus routes under the PSC along with the operating lease of the buses, in a form satisfactory to the Bank, will be conducted by each City. Among other benefits, the PSCs should allow the Cities to gain full control over the quality of bus services, including proper maintenance of the bus fleet and will facilitate transparent collection and distribution of fare revenues via a formal (potentially electronic) ticketing system. This will allow the Cities to gradually optimise the public transport network via fair distribution of revenues among the operators in order to cover the costs of the non-profitable routes.

Assignment Description

The objective of this assignment (the “Assignment”) is to assist the Bank with the preparation of the Projects by conducting a comprehensive due diligence. The Bank now intends to retain a consultancy firm (the “Consultant”) or group of firms to assess whether the proposed investment has a strong justification in terms of preferred technology, scope, sufficient public transportation demand and improvement of service levels, environmental and social soundness. The tasks of the Assignment also include an assessment of the necessity of constructing Companies-owned depots for the new buses, or the possibility of structuring the projects with existing depots of the winning private operators.

As part of the Assignment the Consultant is required to identify and assess the potentially significant existing and future adverse environmental and social impacts associated with each Company’s current operations and the proposed Projects, assess compliance with applicable laws and the EBRD Environmental and Social Policy (“ESP”) and Performance Requirements (“PRs”), determine the measures needed to prevent or minimise and mitigate the adverse impacts, and identify potential environmental and social opportunities, including those that would improve the environmental and social sustainability of the Projects and/or the associated current operations.

The expected outcome of the Assignment is a preparation of the comprehensive due diligence to be used by the Bank to appraise the Projects and take a decision on the prospective financing.

The selected Consultant is expected to implement the following tasks:

  • Task 1: Technical review of the proposed bus operations to establish the route structure, demand, revenue and operational cost projections;
  • Task 2: Advice on the Depot;
  • Task 3: Advice on a new to-be-constructed Depot Design;
  • Task 4: Review and advice on technical and functional specifications of the new buses;
  • Task 5: Development and introduction of electronic ticketing system;
  • Task 6: Financial review of the proposed investments, including confirmation of cost estimates and operational assumptions;
  • Task 7: Projects Environmental and Social Due Diligence.

During Projects’ due diligence there will be also a separate consultant hired to do a legal due diligence and confirm the envisaged Project structure is based on a balanced contractual framework. Such consultant is expected to update the existing working samples of PSC for the Projects and conduct the legal due diligence on the envisaged structure with a focus on tendering of bus routes together with lease arrangements for buses under the PSC. The Consultant under this assignment and such legal consultant are expected to closely cooperate during the due diligence to achieve synergies in their outputs.

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

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in Q1 2017 and has an estimated overall duration of 20 weeks.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: €195,000 (exclusive of VAT).

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

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

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required.

The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with experience related to:

a) Feasibility studies for international financial institutions (“IFIs”) (or equivalent) following IFI procedures and rules on public procurement and disbursement policies;

(b) Similar assignments in the public transport sector, particularly in urban transport architecture and planning as well as economics and finance, operations and equipment, in Central Asia or countries with comparable conditions to Kazakhstan such as in the former CIS countries;

(c) Similar assignments in the public transport sector with sophisticated technical, institutional and legal framework aspects, environmental and social requirements, local and international financial management standards internationally as well as in the region.

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

a. Key Expert No 1 Project Leader / Technical and Transport Authority Expert with extensive experience in the public transport sector internationally as well as in the former CIS countries;

b. Key Expert No 2 Urban Transport Planning, Bus Operations Expert with technical knowledge of the urban transport planning, operations and equipment sector internationally as well as in the region of CIS countries;

c. Key Expert No 3 Bus and Equipment Technical Expert with technical knowledge of the urban transport planning, operations and equipment sector internationally as well as in the region of CIS countries;

d. Key Expert No 4 Transport Economics and Finance Expert with practical experience in public financing and modelling;

e. Key Expert No 5 Expert on Architecture and Planning with good expertise in urban transport architecture and planning;

f. Key Expert No 6 Environmental and Social Expert with good knowledge and understanding of EBRD’s environmental and social requirements and past experience of assistance in their successful implementation on similar projects;

g. Key Expert No 7 IFI Procurement Expert with good knowledge and experience in IFIs procedures and rules on public procurement and disbursement policies, understanding of institutional and legal framework aspects in the public transport sector, international and local (regional) financial management standards.

The language of communication between the Consultant's experts and the Companies' representatives will be Russian/Kazakh. Experts' fluency in at least one of these languages will be an advantage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bank Contact Person:

Georgia Vasiliadis

Technical Co-operation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

One Exchange Square

London EC2A 2JN

Tel: + 44 20 7338 7750

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

Notes:

1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.

2. A parallel assignment will be launched for Legal Due Diligence & Public Service Contract on the Semey & Oskemen Bus Project: (#67948). Firms may apply and be selected for both assignments.

3. The shortlist criteria are:

(a) Firm’s experience in successful developing feasibility studies for international financial institutions (“IFIs”) following IFI procedures and rules on public procurement and disbursement policies – 15%;

(b) Firm’s experience of similar assignments in the public transport sector, particularly in urban transport architecture and planning as well as economics and finance, operations and equipment, in Central Asia or countries with comparable conditions to Kazakhstan such as in the former CIS countries – 15%;

(c) Firm’s experience of similar assignments in the public transport sector with sophisticated technical, institutional and legal framework aspects, environmental and social requirements; local and international financial management standards internationally as well as in the region - 25%;

(d) CV of Project Leader / Technical and Transport Authority Expert – 10%

(e) CVs of Other Key Experts – 30%

(f) Ability of Key Experts to communicate in Russian/Kazakh languages - 5%

Services on sampling and conducting laboratory analysis of air and soil on persistent organic pollutants for environmental monitoring

United Nations Development Programme | Published October 7, 2015  -  Deadline October 19, 2015
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The United Nations Development Programme in the Republic of Kazakhstan (UNDP) in the frames of Project “NIP update, integration of POPs into national planning and promoting sound healthcare waste management in Kazakhstan” is announcing a competitive bidding for: “Services on sampling and conducting laboratory analysis of air and soil on persistent organic pollutants for environmental monitoring”. Detailed information is given in the attached Request for Proposal and Terms of Reference. Instructions: proposals should be submitted in sealed envelopes to the following address: 14 Bokeykhan str., Astana, 010000, Kazakhstan addressed to Mr. Yerzhan Temirgaliyev, UNDP Procurement Associate not later than 17:00 hours 19 October 2015. For any questions on this tender please contact Mr. Yerzhan Temirgaliyev, UNDP Procurement Associate by tel.: +7 (7172) 696550 or e-mail yerzhan.temirgaliyev@undp.org. Proposals should be duly signed and stamped. Late quotations will be disqualified automatically.

Kazakhstan: Kyzylorda Street Lighting Project Project Scoping and Technical and Environmental and Social Due Diligence

 | Published March 3, 2015  -  Deadline April 3, 2015
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Assignment Description: The Bank is considering providing a loan of up to KZT 2.3 billion (about EUR 10 million) for this Project. The Project components are provisionally expected to include: (i) centralised control centre for the system; (ii) modern system monitoring solutions package; and, (iii) procurement of light-emitting diods (LED) luminaries to replace the existing outdated street lights in the city.
Kyzylorda’s street lighting system was privatised in the late 90s as a result of a countrywide privatisation programme of the state assets in Kazakhstan. The lights and poles are owned by the Kyzylorda municipality (City Akimat).
The poles are expected to remain in the City Akimats ownership, while the luminaries will be replaced and owned by a special purpose company (SPC). The SPC will be the Bank’s borrower under the project. The total number of street lights in Kyzylorda has tripled in the last four years from 5.6 thousand poles to 16.3 thousand and given the natural expansion of the city, is expected to grow further. Growing electricity and maintenance costs have forced the City Akimat to explore long-term, sustainable options to improve the lighting system’s efficiency. At present, the lighting system consumes about kWh 6.2 million per annum and the number is steadily increasing due to deteriorating power supply infrastructure, growing demand and poor system management.
The objectives of the Assignment are to provide the Bank with a clear external analysis and recommendations concerning the Project from a technical and engineering, environmental and social perspective, with a view towards financing the Project (the Assignment) to produce a modern energy efficient street lighting system of the City.
Therefore, the Bank is aiming to engage a consultancy firm (the Consultant) to achieve the above and fulfil the following main tasks:
• identifying and appraising the proposed investments, including: existing network analysis, including identifying urgent needs for replacement of the lighting, main parameters of the control room to be included in the modernisation programme;

• assisting the Bank to identify the exact investments to be included in the Project, taking into account the City’s priorities and actual needs. Developing strategic-level proposals for institutional set up and management development of the to-be-created municipal street lighting company; and developing a framework for implementation and action plan;

• analysing the institutional and economic aspects of the project to establish the institutional feasibility and basic economic justification;

• identifying the best method of tendering the modernisation works and prepare a detailed procurement plan, acceptable to the Bank; and,

• conducting the environmental and social due diligence of the Project to ensure it is structured in line with EBRD’s Performance Requirements under EBRD’s Environmental and Social Policy (2014), preparation of ESAP, SEP and NTS.


Assignment Start Date and Duration: The assignment is expected to start in Q2 2015 and last for 12 weeks.


Maximum Budget available for the Assignment: EUR 125,000, Exclusive of VAT.
The consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank's special status as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services 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: TaiwanBusiness - EBRD Technical Cooperation Fund
Eligibility: eligibility is restricted to firms registered in Taiwan and the experts proposed must be of Taiwanese nationality. However, up to 40% of the total funds may be used to finance the services of other international and/or local experts.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or consortium of firms with extensive experience in similar Assignment.
The Consultant will ensure that appropriately qualified experts are available, as required, for each of the different tasks outlined above. It is expected that the assignment will be led by an appropriately qualified project manager, accompanied by both key and supporting experts.

The Consultant’s team is expected to include experts covering at least the following disciplines:

(i) Project manager;
(ii) Public lighting expert;
(iii) Environmental and Social experts with past experience of EBRD projects and project assessments in line with EBRD’s PRs, also possessing experience in health & safety and gender issues assessment;
(iv) Local experts.

It is recommended that a part of the consultancy input will be carried out by local sub-consultants.

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 (2-4 pages);
(b) details of similar experience (project references) of firm or group of firms and related 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, 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 above information should not exceed 30 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet.

The complete expression of interest (including CVs and Contact Sheet) shall be one file (pdf or Word) 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 should be submitted, in English, electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date mentioned above. Do not send expressions of interest to the EBRD's contact person.

EBRD Contact:
Nicola Di Pietro
TC Advisor
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6329
Email: pietron@ebrd.com


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 Project Scoping and Technical and Environmental and Social Due Diligence - 20%
2) Firm's relevant experience in similar assignments and working with IFIs in the region – 10%
3) Firm's proven knowledge and experience with the IFI’s Procurement Policies and Rules– 10%
4) CV of Project Manager - 25%
5) CVs of Public lighting expert – 20%
6) CVs of Environmental and Social experts – 10%
7) Association with local firm(s) and/or local experts is considered an advantage – 5%

Kyzylorda Street Lighting Modernisation Project - Procurement Training and Tender Support

 | Published July 19, 2016  -  Deadline August 18, 2016
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Project Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") has developed a project (the "Project") together with Limited Liability Partnership Company Turgyn uy Kyzylorda, 100 per cent owned by the City Akimat municipal company, ("the Company" or the "Client") to assist in modernisation of the street lighting system of the City of Kyzylorda.

The Project's Investment Plan developed during the feasibility study is provisionally includes the following components:

  1. centralised control centre for the system;
  2. modern system monitoring solutions package;
  3. retrofit of the existing out-dated street lights with light-emitting diodes ("LED") luminaries in the city and;
  4. replacement of the deteriorated street lighting poles.

Assignment Description: The Company now intends to retain a consulting company (the "Consultant")  to facilitate the timely and effective procurement of the Project components by rendering assistance in the prequalification of applicants, preparation of tender documents, evaluation of tenders and the contract award (the “Assignment”).

The expected outcome of the Assignment is the successful procurement of works and goods in accordance with the EBRD’s Procurement Policies and Rules, and the successful and timely completion of the Project.

The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:

  1. advise the Company on procurement strategy;
  2. assist the Company to prepare tender documents, clarifications/explanations and other relevant information to facilitate preparation of the tender documents;
  3. assist the Company with clarifications and amendments to the tender documents;
  4. assist the Company during tenders opening session and draft the tender opening minutes;
  5. assist the Company with the evaluation of tenders and prepare evaluation report;
  6. develop Design-Supply-Install-Operate&Maintenance("SIO&M") contract;
  7. assist the Company with drafting the contract with the winning tenderer, notification of contract award and notice to unsuccessful tenderers;
  8. confirm the taking over of the street lighting system and energy efficiency savings during the first 6 months of operation;
  9. assist in monitoring of the DSIO&M contract;
  10. support the Company in resolving complaints, if any.

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

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in 3Q 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 24 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 150,000 (exclusive of VAT).

The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed.

Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by EBRD’s donor funded programme. Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility criteria.

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

  1. Provision of procurement training and tender support preferably in street-lighting projects; and
  2. Knowledge of procurement policies and rules of international financial institutions (“IFIs”) (such as the EBRD, World Bank or others) applied to similar projects in similar environments (CIS and Eastern Europe).

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

  1. Key Expert No 1 Project Manager (Street Lighting Operations Specialist) with preferably five years or more of previous professional experience in project management in the municipal sector preferably in similar assignments and in similar environments (CIS and Eastern Europe).
  1. Key Expert No 2 IFI Procurement, Contracts Specialist with preferably five years or more of previous professional experience in the relevant sector and similar environments (CIS and Eastern Europe).
  1. Key Experts No 3 LED urban lighting expert with preferably five years or more of previous professional experience in LED urban lighting.
  1. Key Expert No 4 Environmental and Social Experts preferably  five years or more previous professional experience in the successful implementation of similar assignments and with demonstrated knowledge of environmental and social standards of the EBRD or other IFIs.
  1. Key Expert No 5 Financial expert with preferably five years of practical experience in public financing and modelling.
  1. Key Expert No 6 Legal expert with preferably five years relevant experience and knowledge of the Republic of Kazakhstan’s legislation.
  1. Key Expert No7 Local counterparts - Engineer for local support with preferably five years relevant practical experience.

All Key Experts shall be fluent in written and spoken English. It is essential that the Consultant’s team contains experts that are fluent in Russian.

Non-key experts are expected to include an Office Manager /Translator/ Secretary.

The Consultant shall be responsible for mobilisation of qualified engineers, technicians and other professional staff with the proven experience in the administrative management, procurement, design and supervision of similar construction works and acquiring the equipment for the projects in comparable climatic and geological conditions.

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

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

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

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

4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.The expression of interest shall not exceed 25 pages (excluding CVs Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet).

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English and Russian via email (pdf) to the Client’s contact person, to reach the Client not later than the closing date. One additional copy shall reach the Bank’s contact person by the same due date. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The Client reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if any limitation on the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

Important Notes:

1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.

2. The shortlist criteria are as follows:

  1. Firm’s previous project experience in conducting procurement training and tender support preferably in street-lighting modernisation – 30%
  2. Firm’s  knowledge of procurement policies and rules of international financial institutions (such as the EBRD, World Bank or others) applied to similar projects in similar environments (CIS and Eastern Europe)– 30%
  3. CV of Key Expert No 1 with previous project experience in project management in the relevant sector in similar environments (CIS and Eastern Europe) – 10%;
  4. CV of Key Experts No 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 with previous project experience in similar assignments in the relevant sector and similar environments (CIS and Eastern Europe); International experts’ knowledge of Russian will be considered an advantage - 30%.

 

The Client Contact Person:
Aidos Ayaganov
Limited Liability Partnership Company “Turgyn uy Kyzylorda”
Akmeshit District, 120011
City of Kyzylorda
Email address: a_aidos77@mail.ru

 

 

The EBRD Contact Person:
Mrs Viv Headlam
Technical Cooperation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6885
Email: LewisheV@ebrd.com

Kazakhstan Women in Business - Technical Cooperation Programme

 | Published July 20, 2015  -  Deadline August 17, 2015
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Assignment Description:
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) is launching the Women in Business (“WiB”) Programme (the “Programme”) in Kazakhstan to:
• Support women-led Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (“Women-led SMEs”) in accessing finance for their sustainable growth;
• Develop sustainable credit mechanisms targeted to women-led SMEs through technical assistance to financial intermediaries in Kazakhstan; and
• Support Women-led SMEs in accessing know-how, non-financial business development services and networking opportunities.

EBRD financing package will be provided to Partner Financial Institutions (“PFIs”) and will be combined with a credit enhancement mechanism in the form of first loss risk cover and a technical cooperation (“TC”) package for PFIs, with links to the EBRD’s Small Business Support (“SBS”) Programme specifically targeting women-led SMEs.

The 2011 Global Partnership Financial Inclusion (“GPFI”) shows a global unfunded credit gap of over USD 300 billion per annum for by women-led SMEs to sustain and grow their businesses. The financing gap, in particular, is a major obstacle to the development of start-ups, as well as to the transition of women-led SMEs from micro and small to medium-sized businesses. Lack of adequate finance (caused by short term financing, excessive collateralization, etc.), coupled with specific behavioural attitudes and limited access to know-how, curb the growth potential of women-led SMEs, de-facto constraining them to the micro and small segments of SMEs and often in low value-added, low productivity sectors. According to the EBRD's Strategic Gender Initiative (“SGI”), mid to large gender gaps in terms of “employment and firm ownership” and “access to finance” are identified in Kazakhstan.

The Programme is structured to narrow the above mentioned gaps and address the mismatch through an integrated approach to both credit supply side (“PFIs”) and credit demand side (“women-led SMEs”).
The Bank now wishes to engage a consultant (the “Consultant”) to provide assistance to Kazakh PFIs by strengthening their capacities to effectively reach out to women-led SMEs, conducting baseline studies (where needed), ensuring synergy between the Programme components, and support general Programme management functions (the “Assignment”).
The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:

Component 1: Dedicated Women in Business Financing: Support women-led SMEs in accessing finance for their sustainable growth:
(a) Undertake specific market assessments and baselines assessments (where needed) at the PFI (portfolio, product, organizational and process reviews). Both supply and demand factors influencing women-led SMEs’ access to finance should be analysed and aimed at providing recommendations how PFIs can improve their delivery of financial and non-financial products and services to women-led SMEs and fulfilling research requirements. Programme impact will be monitored and measured against the baselines;
(b) Assist with the Bank’ policy dialogue activities with local and regional authorities.

Component 2: Technical Co-operation component: Develop sustainable credit mechanisms to enable PFIs to develop and deliver financial products and services tailored to women-led SMEs – Institutional capacity building:
(a) Provide and implement comprehensive institutional capacity building measures tailored to the needs of PFIs taking into consideration the results of the baseline and market assessments and international best practices (including integration of APS/MIS elements);
(b) Provide bank staff training to specifically address the target group needs;
(c) Develop, test and deliver new products specific and tailed to the target group;
(d) Assist PFIs in marketing and outreach to the target group;
(e) Provide general Programme management support functions including risk sharing claims and administration functions.

Component 3: WiB Small Business Support (“SBS”) component: Support to women-led SMEs in accessing know-how, non-financial business development services and networking opportunities:
(a) Facilitate WiB activities jointly with PFIs and the Programme’s SBS component for women-led SMEs during which it will provide referral services to women-led SMEs and implement other measures to ensure synergies between the Programme components;
(b) Organize a number of information-sharing, dissemination and marketing and outreach activities through a series of Women in Business seminars designed to improve women’s access to financial information and PFIs first-hand understanding of this segment’s client base.

The outcome of the Assignment is expected to be promotion of women entrepreneurship by improving women entrepreneurs’ access to finance and know-how and promoting a strong WiB SME sector in the country.

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

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

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: USD 1,470,000 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Bank, the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope. The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source: The expected source of funding for the Assignment is the Kazakhstan Women in Business Technical Cooperation Programme.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or group of firms with experience in:
- implementing SME lending schemes at commercial banks in emerging markets and similar operating environments;
- conducting baseline portfolio and institutional analysis in financial institutions assessment;
- delivering technical assistance to commercial banks to improve their capacity to target the women-led SME segment
- implementing multi-faceted TC projects of similar size, complexity and duration;
- working particularly with women-led SMEs through banks and directly;
- conducting policy dialogue on activities relevant to the implementation of the Programme.

Experience of the banking and SME sector across the CIS region will be advantage but not an absolute requirement.
It is desirable that the Consultant has an office presence in Kazakhstan. Certain tasks (e.g., surveys) may be outsourced (sub-contracted) to other firms. However, the Consultant will remain ultimately responsible for all activities and outputs under the Assignment.

It is expected that the Consultant's team will comprise the following minimum key experts:

Key Expert 1: Project Manager with experience of:
- successfully managing the implementation of SME lending schemes at commercial banks in emerging markets and similar operating environments, including in managing multi country/complex programmes;
- negotiating with third parties including banks, associations, ministries, regulatory authorities and other stakeholders on behalf of International Financial Institutions; and
- working on women entrepreneurship and women’s access to finance;
Relevant language skills will constitute an advantage.
Key Expert 2: Senior Women in Business Financing Expert(s), with experience of:
- working as a gender specialist in emerging markets and in similar operating environments, in particular in gender institutional development in the financial sector/commercial banks.
- conducting gender analysis of banks’ portfolio, institutional strategies, business models and delivery mechanisms to reach out to women-led SMEs;
- the challenges that women-led SMEs find in accessing finance in emerging markets and similar operating environments; - conducting qualitative research and gender institutional analysis; and
- negotiating with a wide range of stakeholders, including associations, ministries, regulatory authorities and other stakeholders.
Relevant language skills will constitute an advantage.
Key Expert 3: Senior Communications and Marketing Manager(s) with experience of:
- implementing marketing and sales in commercial banks;
- advising commercial banks on the factors contributing to successful product development or refinement based on market forces and strategic goals.
- It is envisaged that the expert(s) would be local, with a lead expert acting as overall co-ordinator of the marketing program, and liaising closely with local banking experts.
- Relevant language skills will constitute an advantage.
Key Expert 4: Senior Banking Experts with experience of:
- implementing SME lending schemes at commercial banks in emerging markets and similar operating environments, including in implementing multi country/complex programmes;
- Experience of working in commercial banks in CIS region will constitute an advantage.
Relevant language skills will constitute an advantage.
Key Expert 5: Senior IT Expert & MIS Specialist with experience of:
- helping commercial banks in emerging markets and similar operating environments in implementing SME lending schemes, including in multi country/complex programmes;
Experience of working on gender-related projects would constitute an advantage;
Relevant language skills will constitute an advantage.
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, organization 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: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.

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:
Ms Georgia Vasiliadis
Principal Advisor, Technical Cooperation Team
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: +44 20 7338 7750
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
E-mail: vasiliag@ebrd.com
(Submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)
Notes:

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 implementing SME lending schemes at commercial banks in emerging markets and similar operating environments, including in managing multi-country/complex programmes and the development and marketing of financial products - 25%
b) Firm’s experience in working with women-led SMEs through banks and directly, and delivering technical assistance to commercial banks to improve their capacity to target the women-led SME segment – 25%
c) Firm’s experience working in CIS region or similar environments – 10%
d) CVs of key experts with relevant experience as per the key expert descriptions give above. Language skills from CIS region will constitute an advantage – 40%