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Technical assistance to support the strengthening of the capacities for the implementation of the public financial management strategy

Den Europæiske Union | Published April 19, 2017
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Technical assistance to support the strengthening of the capacities for the implementation of the public financial management strategy

IPA — Technical assistance to support the strengthening of the capacities for the implementation of the public financial management strategy

Den Europæiske Union | Published December 24, 2015  -  Deadline January 25, 2016
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IPA — Technical assistance to support the strengthening of the capacities for the implementation of the public financial management strategy

IPA — Technical assistance to support the strengthening of the capacities for the implementation of the public financial management strategy

Den Europæiske Union | Published August 18, 2015
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IPA — Technical assistance to support the strengthening of the capacities for the implementation of the public financial management strategy

Albania-Enhan.Quality Fin. Reporting - P152567

Ministry of Finance,Central Finance and Contracting Unit | Published June 15, 2016  -  Deadline June 30, 2016
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Strengthening Accountancy And Audit Education Of Financial Statements Preparers And Tax Employees, And Technical Capacities Of The Accounting And Audit Professions REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST CONSULTING SERVICES Enhancing Quality of Financial Report Project ConsultingService For Strengthening accountancy and audit education of financial statements preparers andtax employees, and technical capacities of the accounting and audit professions Ref. AL-EQ-FINREP/I.1-CS/QCBS ALBANIA Project: Enhancing Quality of Financial Report (EQ FINREP) Project ID:P152567 Assignment Title:  Strengthening accountancy and audit education of financial statements preparers and taxemployees, and technical capacities of the accounting and audit professions Ref. No:  AL-EQ-FINREP/I.1-CS/QCBS The Government of Albania has received financing in the amount of 1.850.000 Euroequivalent from the WorldBank toward the cost of the Enhancing Quality of Financial Reports Project (EQ-FINREP), and it intends to apply part of theproceeds to payments for consulting services for "Strengthening accountancy and audit education of financial statementspreparersand tax employees, and technical capacities of the accounting and audit professions". Corporate financial reporting is animportant element of developing the Albanian market and its role is growing, along with the corporate sector development and anincrease in direct foreign investment.The findings of World Bank' diagnostic assessment -Accounting and Auditing Report on the Observance of Standards and Codes (A&A ROSC) in 2006 has led towards need forprogrammatic approach to enhance the financial reporting in Albania. Based on the recommendations of the 2006 A&A ROSC TheCountry Action Plan to Enhance Corporate Financial Reporting in Albania (CAP) was adopted in February 2009,SC. The first phase of CAP has beenimplemented during The Corporate Financial Reporting Enhancement Project, which has contributed in improvement of legal andinstitutional framework for financial reporting in Albania. Beside of achievements of CFREP, still there are match to be done toenhance the financial reporting in Albania. Further legalchanges are required in audit law to achieve full compliance with the EU acquis communautaire. Ensuring adequate funding andinstitutional arrangements for audit oversight and quality assurance remain also a critical issue and further improvement of auditmethodologies and techniques is needed.The objective of this consultancy is to strengthen accountancy and audit education offinancial statements preparers and tax employees, and technical capacities of the accounting professions and universities to teachthe updated curricula.sSupport will be provided to various stakeholders in enhancing their understanding and practical applicationof accounting. Stakeholders for this component will include universities, members of professional organizations, and staff of thetax authority. Key outputs include preparation and delivery of large scale training programs for lecturers, financial statementspreparers, employees of Tax Authority. The CentralFinance and Contracting Unit in the Ministry of Finance of Albania invite eligible International Consultancy firm/Consortiums toindicate their interest in providing the Services. Short listing criteria are: (a)   At least 5 years experience in the development of professional accountancyeducation programs for the certification of accountants and auditors in an EU member state (b)   Experience in international projects inaccountingand auditing curricula improvement, advising on the development of internationally compatible professional educationprograms for accountants and auditors, preferably in the contest of European Union accessioncountries (regional experience will bepreferred). (c)    Core experience in the accounting andauditing (d)   Previous experience in university education in accountingand auditing (e)    Experience with Accountancy professionalorganizations and SMOs of IFAC (f)   Significant experiencein training design, development of curricula and supporting educational materials (g)   Availability ofqualified staff/ experts to be assigned that has experience and expertise to carry out activities under thecontract. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers(January 2011 edition, revised July 2014) ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict ofinterest. A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality and Cost Based Selection Method, set out in the Consultant Guidelines. The assignment is expected to begin in November 2016 and last for a period of 12months. The effort level is a maximum of 360 man days. Further information canbe obtained at the address below during office hours from 08:00 to 16:00, Mondays to Thursdays, and from 08:00 to 14:00 onFridays. The complete Terms ofReference is posted on the website of CFCU: http://cfcu.financa.gov.al. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below inperson, or by mail, or by e-mail within June 30th, 2016. Manol Simo, General Director Central Finance and Contracting Unit (CFCU) Ministry of Finance Blvd: Dëshmorët e Kombit, No. 3, Tirana, Albania Tel: +355 4 24 51 180 E-mail: manol.simo@financa.gov.al

Albania-Enhan.Quality Fin. Reporting - P152567

Ministry of Finance of Albania | Published December 15, 2015
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General Procurement Notice GENERAL PROCUREMENT NOTICE ALBANIA ENHANCING QUALITY OF FINANCIAL REPORT GENERAL PROCUREMENT NOTICE Grant No.TF019228 Project ID No.P152567 The Government of Albania  has received financing in the amount of EURO 1,850,000equivalent from the World Bank toward the cost of the Project "Enhancing Quality of Financial Report (EQ-FINREP)", and it intendsto apply part of the proceeds to payments forgoods, works, related services and consulting services to be procuredunder thisproject. The project will include the followingcomponents: Accountancyeducation: thiscomponent will provide support to develop and implement training programs on accountancy and audit (including modern auditmethodologies) to enhance the capacities of various stakeholders' understanding and practical application of accounting andauditing standards; and also facilitate the adoption of the recommendations on university and professional curricula as developedunder the Corporate Financial Reporting Enhancement Project (CFREP). 2.     Monitoring and enforcement of financial reportingandaudit: throughcomponent support will be provided to strengthen the capacity of the public audit oversight system and beneficiary institutionsthrough consulting services and Training; strengthen the capacity of the financial regulators,Public Oversight Board (POB),  Bank of Albania (BoA) and Albanian financial supervisory authority (AFSA) to monitor andenforce the quality of financial reporting and to develop and establishing an efficient protocol of collaboration on qualityassurance for the audits of financial sector companies; assist the POB in carrying out inspections of audits of the financialsector companies and support follow up results. Filing and publication of statutory financial statements: this component will support to improve National Registration Centre's (NRC) transparency and disclosure of financial information through establishingregulations and processes and proposing law amendments and/or regulations, and NRC's operations manual which documents itsregulations and processes;  upgrade software and hardware, and  provide capacity building activities to improve the system of collecting financialstatements/audit reports and making them available to the general public. 4.     Project management, coordination and evaluation: this component will strengthen the Recipient's capacity to carry out the Project management including financial management, procurement,accounting, audits, projectcoordination, monitoring and evaluation and carry out public awareness activities includingdisseminating information regarding the financial reporting system, preparing a project proposal on the next phase ofthe reformprogram, facilitating the Country Action Plan (CAP) revision to reflectachievedreform results. The following consulting assignment will be selected following Quality and Cost Based Selection(QCBS) procedures: -       Strengthening accountancy and audit education of financial statements preparers and taxemployees, and technical capacities of the accounting and audit profession; -       Improve audit quality by strengthening the audit oversight system and enhancing capacities ofregulators in monitoring and enforcing better quality of financial reporting; The following consulting services assignments will be selected following selection based onConsultants Qualification (CQ) method: -       Support Institute of Authorized Chartered Auditors of Albania (IEKA) members to increase capacityand knowledge on application of International Standards on Auditing's (ISA) through training program, including tools andmethodologies; -       Technical assistance including knowledge exchange visits, legislation review, preparation of hardand software specifications, and publicawareness for NRC; -       Public awareness campaign; Other consultants areplanned to be hired through individual consultant (IC) selection method under these components. Goods are planned to be procuredthrough Shopping and National CompetitiveBidding (NCB). Procurement of contracts financed by the World Bankwill be conducted through the procedures as specified in the World Bank's Guidelines: Procurement underIBRD Loans and IDACredits (current edition), and is open to all eligible bidders  asdefined in the guidelines.Consulting services will be selected in accordance with the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (current edition). Specific procurement notices for contracts to be bidunder the World Bank's  QCBS and CQ proceduresfor contracts for consultancy services willbe announced, as they become available, in UN Development Business and  in local newspapers. Interested eligible bidders who wish to be included on the mailing list receiving an invitation to bid in response toGeneral or Specific Procurement Notice,  and interested consultants who wish to receivea copy of the advertisement requesting expressions of interest should contract to the address below: Ministry of Finance ofAlbania Central Finance andContracting Unit (CFCU) Attention to: Mr. Manol Simo,General Director Address: Blvd "Deshmoret eKombit", No. 1, Tirana, Albania Tel/Fax: +355 42 451180 E-mail: manol.simo@financa.gov.al

WATER RESOURCES AND IRRIGATION - P121186

 | Published June 16, 2015
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Preparation Of River Basin Management Plan For Drin-buna And Semani Contract Awarded by QCBS, QBS, FBS, and LCS Project Name:             Water Resources andIrrigation Project Country:                     Albania Project Number:         P.121186 Loan/Credit:               IBRD-82110 Bid/Contract ReferenceNo:          MEFWA/CS/001 Scope of Contract:      Preparation of River Basin Management Plans for Drin-Buna and Seman Method ofSelection:             Quality and Cost Based Selection Duration ofContract:             24months Contract SignatureDate:        June11th, 2015 EvaluationCurrency:              Euro Awarded Consultant(s)/Firm Name:             Mott MacDonald ltd (UK) in sub-consultancyagreement with DHI Group (Denmark) and ABKons (Albania) Address:                     Rr. Komuna e Parisit, P.Daci, Ap.5,Tirana Technical score:           95.14 Financial score:           85.58 Finalevaluation price (in evaluation currency):          1,292,400Euro Finalscore:                  93.23 Finalranking:              1 Finalnegotiated price (in evaluation currency):          1,292,400Euro Evaluated Consultant(s)/Firm Name:             Mott MacDonald ltd (UK) in sub-consultancyagreement with DHI Group (Denmark) and ABKons (Albania) Address:                     Rr. Komuna e Parisit, P.Daci, Ap.5,Tirana Technical score:           95.14 Financial score:           85.58 Finalevaluation price (in evaluation currency):          1,292,400Euro Finalscore:                  93.23 Finalranking:              1 Name:    JV Egis EAU (France) and INCA(Albania) and ALBEGIS (Albania) Address:                     78, allée John Napier, 34965Montpellier Cedex 2, France Technical score:           91.18 Financial score:           81.08 Finalevaluation price (in evaluation currency):         1,364,251.46 Euro Finalscore:                  89.16 Finalranking:              3 Name:    Societe du Canal de Provence(France) in association with CNR (Compagnie National du Rohne) (France) and Office Internationale de l'Eau (OIEau) France Address:                     Le Tholonet ? CS 70064 ? 13182Aix-en-Provence CEDEX 5, France Technical score:          87.44 Financial score:           89.27 Finalevaluation price (in evaluation currency):          1,239,340Euro Finalscore:                  87.80 Finalranking:              5 Name:    Ayesa Ingenieria Y ArquitecturaSA (Spain) in JVwith Environmental Management Consultants (Albania) Address:                     Edificio Ayesa, Marie Curie, 2, Islade la Cartuja, 41902 Sevilla, Spain Turkey Technical score:        87.23 Financial score:           98.05 Finalevaluation price (in evaluation currency):         1,128,100.01 Euro Finalscore:                  89.39 Finalranking:              2 Name:    Ambiente S.C. (Italy) in JVwith Italferr S.p.A (Italy) and in sub-consultancy with W&P shpk (Albania) Address:                     21, Via Frassina, 54033 Carrara,Italy Technical score:           85.10 Financial score:           100 Finalevaluation price (in evaluation currency):          1,106,095Euro Finalscore:                  88.08 Finalranking:              4 RejectedConsultant(s)/Firm Name:  JV Enfral Consulting ltd (UK) & BRL Ingenierie (France) & Taulant shpk (Albania) Address:          Regional Office for the Balkan Region, Bul. Gjergj Fishta, Kulla 8, Ap. 10,Tirana, Albania Technical score:           73.69 Financial score: Finalevaluation price (in evaluation currency): Finalscore: Reason for Rejection: The JV didn'tpass the minimum technical score and its financialproposal returned opened.

Social Assistance Modernization Project - P122233

Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth | Published April 6, 2016  -  Deadline April 20, 2016
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International Financial Consultant For A Cost Comparison Estimate Of The Proposedrestructuring Of Disability Allowance And Personal Assistance Payment REPUBLIC OF ALBANIA MINISTRY OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND YOUTH SOCIAL ASSISTANCE MODERNIZATION PROJECT (SAMP) REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST CONSULTING SERVICES FOR "International financial consultant for a Cost Comparison Estimate of the Proposed   Restructuring of Disability Allowance and PersonalAssistance Payment" International individual consultant - Ref. no. SAMP/CS/IC/12-2015 Albania SocialAssistance Modernization Project - (SAMP) Loan No.: 8141- AL Project IDNo. P122233 The Republic of Albania, has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of theSocial Assistance Modernization Project (SAMP), and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consultant services. The consultingservices ("the Services") include "International financial consultant for a Cost Comparison Estimate of the Proposed Restructuring of Disability Allowance and PersonalAssistance Payment". The Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth (MSWY) is the ministry responsible forthe project implementation. TheDepartment of Social Care and Integrated Services (DSCIS) within MSWY is responsible for all the activitiesrelated to theimplementation of reforms for both programs, Ndihma Ekonomike and Disability Assistance. The proposal for the reform of thedisability evaluation and the related benefits in the system of social protection includes new provisions on the restructuring ofthe disability allowance amount as well as the establishment of new criteria for its beneficiaries. This study will be undertakento estimate the financial impact of the proposed restructuring on the existing scheme. In this context MSWY is seeking to recruit an international financial expert with strong financialknowledgeand expertise in the financial and social fields to assist in the preparation of the detailed calculation of the cost estimateof the Proposed Restructuring of Disability Allowance andPersonal AssistancePayment and the comparativeanalysis with the cost estimate of the existing scheme.To carry out the above task theconsultant will work closely with the staff ofSocial Care and Integrated Services Directory and State Social Services General Directory. All reports are required to beprovided in Albanian and in English. The Consultant will be an international individual consultant, who should have: ? Advanced university degree in finance,economy or relevant field. ? At least 10 years experience in PublicAdministration, Economics, Public Finance Management or related fields ? At least five (5) years of demonstratedwork experience and expertise in funding of social services. ? Familiarity with Reform of SocialAssistance system. ? Work experience with World Bank and /orother international organizations would be considered as an advantage. ? Excellent knowledge of Englishwrittenand spoken ? Computer proficiency in standard officeapplications (Spread sheets, word processing, Internet Explorer), excellent communication, interpersonal and team working skills. TheMinistry of Social Welfare and Youth (MSWY) through the Project Management Team (PMT) now invites eligible international individual consultants ("Consultants") to indicateits interest in providing the Services. Interested individual Consultants should provide information demonstrating that he/she hasthe required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The short listing criteriaare: 1-     General Qualification                             30points 2-      Relevant Experience                               40 points 3-      Capability to carryout the assignment 30 points TOTAL                                                          100 points The attentionof interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits &Grants by World Bank Borrowers ("Consultant Guidelines")- January 2011, setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict ofinterest. The selection method to be applied is Individual Consultant Selection (IC), in accordance with the procedures setout the World Bank's Guidelines:Selection and Employment of Consultantsby World Bank Borrowers (edition of January 2011). The contract duration is expected to befor approximately 2 months. Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours 08:00 to 16:30(Monday to Thursday) and 08:00 to 14:00 on Friday. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the addressbelow (in person,or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by April 20, 2016.

Albania-Enhan.Quality Fin. Reporting - P152567

Central Finance and Contracting Unit,Ministry of Finance | Published March 15, 2016  -  Deadline March 31, 2016
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Reform International Strategic Consultant REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OFINTEREST CONSULTING SERVICES Enhancing Quality ofFinancialReport Project Consulting Service For Reforminternational strategic consultant AL-EQ-FINREP/IV.2/IC-CS ALBANIA Project:EnhancingQuality of Financial Report (EQ FINREP) ProjectID:P152567 AssignmentTitle: Reform international strategicconsultant Ref. No:  AL-EQ-FINREP/IV.2/IC-CS This request for expressions of interestfollows thegeneral procurement notice for theEnhancing Quality of FinancialReports Project (EQ-FINREP), thatappeared in the United NationsDevelopment Business on line on 15 December 2015 and in the Public Procurement Agency Bulletin No.51 dated28December 2015  and also in the Ministryof Finance of Albania website and local newspapers. TheGovernment of Albania has received financingin the amount of  1.850.000 Euro equivalentfrom the World Bank toward the cost of the Enhancing Quality of Financial ReportsProject (EQ-FINREP), and it intends to apply part of the proceeds to paymentsfor consulting services for "Reforminternational strategic consultant". Corporatefinancial reporting is an important element of developing the Albanian marketand its role is growing, along with the corporate sector development and anincrease in direct foreign investment. The findings of World Bank' diagnosticassessment - Accounting and Auditing Report on the Observance of Standards andCodes (A&A ROSC) in 2006 has led towards need for programmatic approach toenhance the financial reporting in Albania. Based on the recommendations of the2006 A&A ROSC The Country Action Plan to Enhance Corporate FinancialReporting in Albania (CAP) was adopted in February 2009, SC.The first phase of CAP has been implemented during The Corporate FinancialReporting Enhancement Project, which has contributed in improvement of legaland institutional framework for financial reporting in Albania. Beside ofachievements of CFREP, still there are match to be done to enhance thefinancial reporting in Albania. Further legal changes arerequired in audit law toachieve full compliance with the EU acquis communautaire. Ensuringadequate funding and institutional arrangements for audit oversight and qualityassurance remain also a critical issue and further improvement of auditmethodologies and techniques is needed. Under this assignmentsupportwill be provided to stressing and maintaining thestrategic objectives of the project, assist the Albanian stakeholdersindrafting detailed Terms of References for various parts of the project, cooperatewith and provide strategic guidance on the activities of the local projectcoordinator, provide insight on the gaps during project implementation andrecommend best solutions or changes. Cooperate with the World Bank's CFRR withregard to project implementation and update on new developments and priorities,assistance during the preparation of semi-annual and annual progress reports. The effort level is maximum 50 days spreadduring theproject implementation period up to July 2017, with at least 20 working days tobe spent on site. The Central Finance andContracting Unit in theMinistry of Finance of Albania invite eligible Individual Consultantstoindicate their interest in providing the Services. Short listing criteria are: Graduatedegree or higher in Accounting/Finance or a recognized Accounting orAuditing certification. Atleast 10 years of experience in Financial Reporting and/or Auditing. Knowledgeof IFRSs and ISAs. Previousexperience with World Bank Group or other donor in implementing financialreporting reform is preferred. Proventrack record in managing project and strategic thinking. Abilityto understand local counterparts and circumstances. Excellentknowledge of English language. Theattention of interested Consultants is drawntoparagraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines:Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits &Grants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011 edition, revised July 2014) ("ConsultantGuidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict ofinterest. A Consultant will be selected in accordancewith the IndividualConsultant method set out in the Consultant Guidelines. Furtherinformation can be obtained at the address below during office hours from 08:00to 16:00, Mondays to Thursdays, and from 08:00 to 14:00 on Fridays. Thecomplete Terms of Reference is posted on the website of CFCU: http://cfcu.minfin.gov.al. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a writtenform to the address below in person, or by mail, or by e-mail within March 31th,2016. ManolSimo, General Director CentralFinance and Contracting Unit (CFCU) Ministryof Finance Blvd:Dëshmorët e Kombit, No. 3, Tirana, Albania Tel:+355 4 24 51 180 E-mail: manol.simo@financa.gov.al

SECO Albania TF for AFSA - P153211

Central Finance and Contracting Unit (CFCU),Ministry of Finance | Published June 23, 2016  -  Deadline July 11, 2016
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Capacity Building With Regard To Supervising And Regulating Investment Funds Sector And Bonds REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST CONSULTING SERVICES? FIRMS SELECTION StrengtheningSupervision Capacities of the Albanian Financial Supervisory Authority ConsultingService For Capacity building with regard to supervising and regulating InvestmentFunds sector and bonds Ref. No AL-SECO-SSC/3-CS/FB ALBANIA Project: Strengthening Supervision Capacities of the Albanian Financial SupervisoryAuthority Project ID: No.P153211 Assignment Title:  Capacity building with regard to supervising and regulatingInvestment Funds sector and bonds Ref. No. :  AL-SECO-SSC/3-CS/FB The Government of Albania has received financing in the amount of US$1,583,720.81equivalent from the World Bank through a Swiss SECO trust fund, toward the cost of the Project "Strengthening Supervisory Capacities", and it intends to apply part of the proceeds to payments for consulting service"Capacity building with regard to supervising and regulating Investment Fundssector and bonds". The purpose of this assignment is to develop capacities of Albanian Financial Supervisory Authority (AFSA) to supervise and regulate investment funds sector; to develop its professional and human resources capacities; to prepare for corporate bonds and municipal bonds issuance; toprovide capacity building to increase knowledge ondebt instruments and markets. The Central Finance andContracting Unit of Ministry of Finance (CFCU) invite eligible Consulting Firms ("Consultants") to indicate their interest inproviding the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualificationsand relevant experience to perform the Services (description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, samples ofprevious works and availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.). The short listing criteriaare: ·        A minimum of10 years inthe field ofinvestment funds industry and securities, and bonds, legislation, regulation and supervision, with at least 5years thereof in EU developed member state; ·        A minimum of 3 yearsof International project experience in the field of investment funds industry and securities (regional experience will be an asset); ·        Demonstrated experience in the relevant EU legislation andsupervision in the area of investment funds industryand securities, as well as IOSCO Principles and other relevant international standards; ·        Demonstratedexperience in the research and policy in the area of investment funds industry andsecurities; ·        Being familiar withthe existingpractices and experiencesin investment funds industry and securities in EU members and emergingmarkets; ·        Extended experience in training activities on issues on investment funds industry, capitalmarket, and bond market; ·        Availability of qualified staff/experts to be assigned that has experience and expertise to carry out activities of the contract. The attention of interestedConsultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits& Grants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011 edition, revised July 2014) ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth theWorld Bank's policy onconflict of interest. Consultants may associatewith other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications. A Consultant will beselected in accordance with the Selection under a Fixed Budget (FBS) method set out in the Consultant Guidelines. The budgetavailable is 985,000 USD (inclusive of all taxes). The duration of the contract is 28 months from contract signature. Further information can be obtained at the address belowduring office hours from 08:00 to 16:00, Mondays to Thursdays, and from 08:00 to 14:00 on Fridays. The complete Terms of Reference is posted on the websiteof CFCU: http://cfcu.financa.gov.al, and that of the AFSA: www.amf@gov.al . Expressions ofinterest must be delivered in a written form to theaddress below in person, or by mail, or by e-mail by  July 11, 2016. Manol Simo, GeneralDirector Central Finance andContracting Unit (CFCU) Ministry ofFinance Blvd: Dëshmorët e Kombit, No. 3, Tirana, Albania Tel: +355 424 51 180 E-mail: manol.simo@financa.gov.al

Assistance to the Bank of Albania on selected Corporate Governance Issues

 | Published January 8, 2016  -  Deadline February 1, 2016
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Project Description:

The Bank of Albania has requested the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) to provide technical assistance for strengthening its regulatory framework and supervisory functions and align them with the legislation and practices in place in the EU (the Project).

Assignment Description:

The Bank now intends to engage a firm or association of firms (the Consultant) with demonstrable detailed knowledge of the EU framework regulating corporate governance of banks, EU supervisory practices (and ideally the ECB SSM Supervisory Manual) and with local legal expertise having demonstrable knowledge of the Albanian banking framework and supervisory practices in order to implement the Project (the Assignment).

The expected outcome of the Assignment is to improve the capacity of the Bank of Albania to assess the corporate governance of banks.

The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:

a. Review the Albanian legislation on corporate governance of banks.

b. Review the Bank of Albania’s supervisory framework, methodology and on-site and off-site supervisory practices inspection objectives, expected controls and inspection techniques on Credit Risk and Counterparty Risk; Internal Governance and Risk Management; Internal Governance and Remuneration; Risk Control Function; Compliance Function and Internal Audit Function.

c. Illustrate and advise the Bank of Albania on the practices in place by selected EU banking supervisors

d. Assist the Bank of Albania in developing and in drafting a new supervisory methodology (the Methodology) on the issues mentioned above. In addition, and during the first 6 months following implementation of the Methodology, the Consultant shall assist the Bank of Albania with ad-hoc advice (up to a maximum of 2 man/days) related to the adoption and implementation of the Methodology.

e. Design and provide training to the Bank of Albania.

Consultants should refer to the Terms of Reference ('ToR') for a more detailed description of service requirements.

Status of Selection Process:

Interested firms or group of firms are hereby invited to send submissions.

Assignment Start Date and Duration:

The Assignment is expected to start in late February 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 18 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment:

EUR 242,000 (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 Government of Luxembourg through the Luxembourg - ODA Technical Co-operation 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 preferably with previous project experience related to:

1. corporate governance of banks in EU, in particular, but not limited to credit risk and counterparty risk, risk control function, compliance function, internal audit function, internal governance and risk management and remuneration;

2. EU legislation on corporate governance of banks; and

3. EU bank supervisory practices.

The Consultant’s team should include the following Key Experts:

a. Key Expert No 1 (Team Leader) with preferably 15 years or more of previous professional experience in corporate governance of banks in the EU and banking supervisory practices including the ECB SSM Supervisory Manual;

b. Key Expert No 2 (Senior International Consultant) with preferably 12 years or more of previous professional experience in corporate governance of banks in the EU and risk management in banks including the ECB SSM Supervisory Manual; and

c. Key Expert No 3 (Local Legal Advisor) with preferably 10 years or more of previous professional experience in Albania as a legal or corporate governance consultant, with extensive experience in Albanian banking legislation, corporate governance of banks and supervisory practices by the Bank, as well as being fluent in English and Albanian.

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:

A Technical Proposal

A1. 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.


A2. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).


A3. Details of previous project experience in 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. 10 pages).


A4.
CVs of Key Experts proposed for 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.

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Technical Approach and Methodology explaining the understanding of the objectives of the assignment as outlined in the ToR, the technical approach, the methodology for implementing the tasks to deliver the expected output(s), the degree of detail of such output, a work plan for the implementation of the main activities/tasks and milestones, and a Team Input (in the format included in Annex 1 to the ToR) indicating the number of working days allocated to the Assignment by each Key Expert (max. 20 pages).

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

B. Financial Proposal (in the format included in Annex 2 to the ToR) not exceeding the cost estimate provided in this procurement notice.

Submission format:

The Technical Proposal shall be submitted, in English, electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. The complete Technical Proposal (including cover letter, CV, declaration and contact sheet etc.) shall be one file (pdf) 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 (4MB), the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded (4MB), the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

Consultants are reminded that the Technical Proposal MUST NOT contain the financial proposal (the instructions for which are listed below).

The Financial Proposal shall be submitted in English separately by email only to the Bank Contact Person (haughm@ebrd.com) as it will not be opened with the Technical Proposal. The Financial Proposal shall be emailed as one file (pdf), to reach the Bank Contact Person not later than the closing date.

In summary, Technical Proposals should be submitted through eSelection while Financial Proposals should be sent to the Bank Contact Person email address only.

Bank Contact Person:

Maria Haugh

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

One Exchange Square

London EC2A 2JN

Tel: + 44 20 7338 7185

e-mail: haughm@ebrd.com

Notes:

1. This is a Selection from Shortlist procedure as envisaged in the EBRD’s Procurement Policies and Rules. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. The highest-ranked Consultant will be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.

2. The required proposal validity period is 90 days from the deadline date for receipt of submissions. During this period, the Consultant shall maintain its original Proposal without any change, including the availability of the Experts, the proposed rates and the total price.

3. The award criteria and weightings will be as follows:

a) Firm’s previous project experience in similar assignments, including corporate governance of banks in EU, EU legislation on corporate governance of banks and EU bank supervisory practices (inc. ECB SSM Supervisory Manual) – 10%;

b) CVs of the Key Experts proposed - 50%;

c) Technical Approach and Methodology - 25%; and

d) Interviews – 15%.

4. Interviews: All firms with a combined score of 70% or more of the total marks available for criteria 3a - 3c inclusive will be invited to interview. The interviews must be attended by Key expert 1, Key expert 2 and Key expert 3 and may be conducted via video-link, etc. Please note that costs associated with attendance to interviews are not reimbursable.

5. Combined Technical and Financial Proposals:

After completion of the technical evaluation (criteria 3a – 3d inclusive), only those submissions which score 70% or more overall will be eligible to have their financial proposals evaluated.

The evaluated Financial Proposal will be converted to a final score (points) in the following manner:

FSa = LP¸ EPa x 100

where: a = the proposal being evaluated

FSa = evaluated financial score for proposal a

LP = the lowest evaluated financial proposal

EPa = the evaluated financial proposal for proposal a.

In combining the Financial Score with the Technical Score, the Financial Score shall be given a weight of 10%.

The Technical score and the Financial score shall be combined in the following manner:

CSa = TSa [(100-W) ¸ 100] + FSa (W ¸ 100)

where: a = the proposal being evaluated

CSa = combined evaluated score of proposal a

TSa = technical score for proposal a (where TS max = 100)

FSa = financial score for proposal a (where FS max = 100)

W = the weight given the financial score

Support for EBRD Risk-Sharing Framework (RSF) and other risk sharing products for SMEs in Albania

 | Published November 6, 2017  -  Deadline November 30, 2017
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Project Description: 

 

The Risk Sharing Framework (“RSF” or the “Framework”, formerly known as “MCFF”) aims to assist local partner banks (“PBs”) in meeting the financing needs of successful small and medium-sized enterprises that have begun to outgrow the countries’ financial sector. Local banks’ ability to support the growth of such companies is often constrained by single-borrower exposure limits imposed by central banks or by their own internal guidelines that aim to manage loan portfolio concentration. Through the Framework, the EBRD offers PBs funded or unfunded risk-participation schemes in US dollars, euro or local currency, under which the EBRD will take usually 50 per cent (exceptionally up to 65 per cent) of the risk of sub-loans extended by the PBs under this Framework. The sub-loans are made only to eligible clients that meet pre-agreed eligibility criteria. Sub-loans under the Framework can amount to up to €20 million and have a maximum tenor of 10 years.

The EBRD from time to time engages credit advisors to strengthen the knowledge of the Framework amongst PBs, increase the number of sub-loans signed and improve the quality of RSF transactions.

Assignment Description:

EBRD wishes to engage a local transaction support advisor (the “RSF Consultant”) to be based in Tirana, Albania with the aim to strengthen the knowledge of the Framework amongst PBs, increase the number of sub-loans signed and improve the quality of RSF transactions. While Albania will be the primary country of focus, engagement with PBs in other countries of the Western Balkans may also be envisaged during the assignment. The RSF Consultant will be available during a two-year period (with potential extension based on the performance) to provide trainings on the Framework for PBs and assist with preparing and delivering strong RSF sub-project proposals. As a result, this will serve to improve PBs’ experience of the Framework, and will develop continuity of preparing and delivering similar quality sub-projects by the PBs.

The major task of the RSF Consultant will be to work with the PB’s Corporate Lending Department specialists, sub-borrowers, and EBRD team on a daily basis in order to deliver a strong pipeline of credit proposals, prepared in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Participation Agreement, signed between EBRD and the PBs.

The RSF Consultant’s objectives are as follows:

Working with PBs

  • strengthening the PB bankers’ knowledge of the Framework;
  • ensuring that all necessary integrity related, financial, technical, market and environmental due diligence on borrowers and projects proposed for financing under the Framework has been carried out;
  • direct involvement in delivering high-quality project proposals, compliant with the EBRD standards. Including:
  • together with PB bankers identifying the pipeline of qualifying sub-borrowers and projects, complying with the EBRD requirements and suitable for the RSF; providing the pipeline of these projects to the EBRD;
  • making sure PBs have good understanding of what RSF is, what projects are eligible and what EBRD requirements are;
  • working closely with PB bankers throughout the entire cycle of sub-project preparation, starting from assessment up to the final approval document (Exhibit C) to be presented for the EBRD’s approval. Coaching PB bankers in areas that require assistance;
  • leading the development of financial models for the sub-projects.

Working with EBRD

  • frequent interaction with and reporting to the RSF OL and the Country Head with respect to pipeline development processes and issue resolution;
  • regular contacts with Resident Office and Sector Team bankers with regards to project development and reflection of EBRD appetite into proposed transactions;
  • active interaction with local Advice for Small Businesses (ASB) team in identifying potential clients for RSF eligibility and further introduction to PBs.

Working with third parties

  • regular interaction with local businesses, investment advisory firms and equity funds to search for eligible financing transactions for RSF pipeline contribution;
  • if necessary, participation in local conferences and exhibitions to actively pitch the RSF to new business leads.

Other activities

  • Consultant will be expected to perform other tasks, duties and activities as assigned by the RSF OL and Country Head.

The Consultant will be based in Tirana Resident Office with frequent visits to PBs’ premises and sub-borrowers in the field in close cooperation with the PBs and the EBRD RO or Sector bankers.

All deliverables will be prepared in English, however everyday working language with PBs is expected to be either English or Albanian.

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

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in January 2018 and have an estimated overall duration of two years.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: It is envisaged that the Assignment will be mainly based in Tirana, Albania, requiring full time equivalent of work during the two year period. This should serve as guidance for a budget estimate and will be discussed as part of contract negotiations with the selected Consultant.

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 Technical Cooperation Funds.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: The RSF Consultant is expected to have strong credit and financial analysis skills as well as relevant transaction experience either in a financial institution or financial advisory firm.

The Consultant shall be an individual, with strong professional experience in the following areas:

  • Corporate banking, project finance, or background of working with leading financial advisory firms
  • Due diligence, project writing, financial modelling and risk assessment
  • Communication and convincing/ negotiation skills are key
  • Local market experience
  • Fluency in English and Albanian required

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

a) Cover letter (max. 1 page) summarising why the expert believes to satisfy the requirements as defined in the above section Consultant Profile;

b) CV (not exceeding 3 pages) detailing qualifications, professional and academic background, full descriptions of responsibilities carried out on similar assignments (not just job title), particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years. The CV should include information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.

c) 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 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.

The EBRD's Contact Person:

Larissa Gosling
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: +44 207 338 6338
Email: goslingl@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. Depending on the quality of applications received the EBRD may invite the highest-ranked (up to 6) candidates for interviews to be conducted via Skype or a conference call. The interview is expected to take approximately 1 hour and costs are not reimbursable by EBRD.

3. The shortlist selection criteria and weightings are as follows:

  • Consultant’s previous experience in corporate banking, project finance, or financial advisory, including conducting due diligence assignments, project preparation, financial modelling and risk assessment (60%)
  • Consultant’s previous experience and knowledge of the local banking and corporate markets (40%)

 

 

 

 

Albania Agribusiness Support Facility - PFIs Capacity Building

 | Published July 6, 2016  -  Deadline July 29, 2016
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Assignment Description:

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) has recently launched the Albania Agribusiness Support Facility ("AASF" or the "Facility") a framework operation of up to EUR 100 million.

AASF is a comprehensive programme that includes the following components: (i) Agribusiness Credit Lines; (ii) Agribusiness Risk-Sharing Facilities; (iii) First Loss Risk Cover ("FLRC") through grant funds provided by the Albanian Government, and (iv) a Technical Assistance programme ("TA" or the "Programme"), which will consist of two components:
(1) PFI Capacity Building TA – to support PFIs developing and enhancing their internal capacities to lend to the agribusiness sector; and
(2) Agribusiness sector-specific TA, comprising a comprehensive assessment of potential sector bottlenecks hindering access to finance (led by the Agribusiness team) and advisory services to PFIs’ sub-borrowers and potential sub-borrowers (led by the EBRD’s Advice for Small Businesses (ASB).

Through the Facility, the Bank aims to enhance access to finance for local agribusinesses by combining funding and/or risk-sharing support to Albanian banks and microfinance institutions (collectively the “Participating Financial Institutions” or “PFIs”) to increase lending to the agribusiness sector on one hand, with support for agribusiness entities with business advice and know-how on the other. As the Facility is rolled out, the Bank will engage with the Government, investors and other donors on the development of a roadmap for future sector interventions.


The Bank is now seeking to retain the services of a Project Consultant to implement Component A) above. PFIs will benefit from specific tailor-made assistance to address the challenges they face in financing the sector, including, among others: development of new products or enhancement of existing agribusiness products, enhancement of underwriting policies and procedures for agribusiness lending, staff training, potential operational/organisational changes to accommodate new focus on agribusiness lending, introduction of innovative financing schemes and delivery channels, processing, monitoring and reporting systems, as well as general Facility implementation support. The TC will be customised and tailored to the needs and requirements of each PFI.


Context:


Agriculture is a key economic sector in Albania generating c.20% of GDP (vs. 2% average in the EU) and is the main source of employment in rural areas, counting for about 48% of the employed population (vs. 3% in the EU). The key challenge remains transforming agriculture from a subsistence-oriented production into a modern, commercial and competitive sector.

Despite the favourable climate and soil composition which offer advantageous conditions for the development of agriculture in Albania, the sector is characterised by low productivity and underdeveloped rural areas which is due to several structural and legal issues as well as very limited access to finance. Reasons for such low levels of financing are rooted to both supply and demand factors.

On the supply side, local financial institutions have been conservative with agriculture lending. Financing of this sector carries higher risks which require specific skills to manage and high operational costs. As a result, banks have not generally invested in products and technical know-how to build effective agro-lending capacities.

On the demand side, agribusinesses often do not meet the necessary requirements to access financing. Lack of collateral, absence of licences and business plans and overall high level of informality in the sector are serious barriers for obtaining financing. In this context of market failure, an integrated mechanism to connect sources of funding with businesses in need of funding would appear to be critical in closing the gap between demand and supply and contribute to the overall Albanian agribusiness sector growth by providing both dedicated financing and advisory services to these businesses.

The selected Project Consultant is expected to provide, among others, consultancy services as follows:

1) Review existing agribusiness lending processes and product(s) as well as map the target client base, including identifying gaps and analysing rejection rates.
2) Help improve PFIs’ understanding of enterprises operating in the agribusiness sector, their business and cash-flow cycles, inherent risk factors differentiated by sub-sectors and patterns of use of financial services and products; help compile (if not already existing) analysis of historical performance of agribusiness portfolio by sub-sector in each PFI.
3) Develop sustainable credit mechanisms as appropriate to enable PFIs to develop and deliver financial products and services tailored to Agribusiness SMEs – Institutional capacity building.
4) Optimise existing agribusiness lending product(s), where applicable, based on the analysis of competitiveness and market potential. Assess the potential to improve collateral mix requirements at each PFI and support PFIs in implementing the necessary changes.

5) Develop, test and roll out new product(s), if and as necessary, tailored to the target group, and tailored for each PFI, taking into account specific barriers faced by agribusinesses to access finance as identified by the initial review (see point 1) above).

6) Product development and introduction of other credit delivery solutions should be supported with adequate IT/MIS infrastructure. Introduce or enhance, as the case may be in each PFI, agribusiness loan underwriting policies and procedures, taking into account existing experience, network structure and staff capacity; provide staff training - including training of trainers.
7) Optimise business processes and organisational structure for agribusiness lending, aiming at increasing efficiency while maintaining adequate risk taking levels and provide bank staff training to specifically address the target group needs. If necessary, design and develop appropriate operational changes in organisational structures, business models and strategies, and procedures to assist the PFIs to efficiently start or continue and expand lending to the target agribusiness group.
8) Assist PFIs in marketing and outreach to the target group;
9) Provide general Programme management support functions including risk sharing claims and administration functions.


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 September 2016, and has an estimated overall duration of 36 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 2,000,000; exclusive of VAT. An initial contract of 1.5 years will be for up to €944,000 with a possibility of extension by up to €1,056,000 for a further 1.5 years subject to project needs, the Consultant’s satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.

Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the project, 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 Project will be financed using funds made available through the Bank's Donor funded Technical Co-operation Programme.


Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant should be a firm or a consortium of firms with:
• Proven, substantial and a strong track record in the development and implementation of agribusiness lending;
• Ability to implement multi-faceted TC projects of similar size, complexity and duration;
• Experience in the design and marketing of tailored agribusiness loan products;
• Experience in delivering training courses for loan officers in agri-lending;
• Experience in development/use of credit scoring as a decision-making tool;
• Access to technical agronomic expertise;
• Relevant experience in Albania and other emerging markets or similar operating environments.
• Expertise in value chain finance, including experience in identifying value chains and developing value chain finance, will be an advantage.
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.

The Consultant team should include, but not be limited to:
• a Project Manager/Team Leader with proven track record in successfully managing the implementation of agribusiness lending schemes, including product development, at commercial banks in emerging markets and similar operating environments, including in managing multi-bank/complex programmes; excellent communication, training, presentation and linguistic skills; proven experience in negotiating with third parties including banks, associations, ministries, regulatory authorities and other stakeholders on behalf of International Financial Institutions;
Agribusiness Financing Expert(s): Proven track record as agribusiness lending specialist (preferably in Albania or similar operating environments), in particular in agricultural lending capacity building in the financial sector/commercial banks. It is envisaged that the agribusiness specialist(s) will advise on the analysis and design of specific products to agribusinesses; Extensive knowledge on the challenges for agribusiness in obtaining access to finance in Albania and/or similar operating environments; proven skills in qualitative research and analysis of the agribusiness sector; analytical, facilitation and communications skills; relevant language skills will constitute an advantage;
International and local agronomist(s)and sub-sector specialists with experience in various agribusiness sub-sectors and proven track record in working with commercial banks advising on business cycles, inherent risks, market characteristics and opportunities related to each relevant agribusiness sub-sector, contributing in product development;
IT/MIS Specialist with practical experience in helping commercial banks in emerging markets and similar operating environments in implementing SME/ agribusiness lending schemes, including in multi country/complex programmes; project work involving agribusiness lending would constitute and advantage; analytical, facilitation and communications skills; relevant language skills will constitute an advantage;
Training Specialist with experience and proven track record in organizing and delivering professional bank training programmes and development of curricula and training materials;
Marketing Specialist with knowledge of the agribusiness sector in Albania and relevant experience working with commercial banks active in SME/agribusiness lending operations, with good knowledge of key agri-lending risks, marketing to and credit assessment of agribusinesses and understanding of commercial banks’ loan allocation processes.


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:
Maria Haugh
Principal Advisor, Technical Cooperation Team
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: +44 20 7338 7185Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
E-mail: haughm@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 successfully managing the implementation of Agricultural and 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 emerging markets and similar operating environments of agricultural lending institutional development in the financial sector/commercial banks and product development that addresses market needs in terms of agribusinesses access to products/services – 25%
c) Firm’s experience working in Albania or similar environments – 10%
d) CVs of key experts with relevant experience as per the key expert descriptions give above. Language skills will constitute an advantage – 40%

WATER RESOURCES AND IRRIGATION - P121186

MARDWA | Published August 23, 2016  -  Deadline September 1, 2016
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Local Procurement Consultant WATER RESOURCES ANDIRRIGATION PROJECT Project IDNo.P121186 LoanNo. 8211-AL Announces REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST for individual consultancy services of "LocalProcurementConsultant" (Proc.Ref.WRIP/CS/IC/001) This request for expressions of interest follows the GeneralProcurement Notice for this project that appeared in Development Business online on May 25, 2010 and the GPN Update published onDecember 20, 2012, DB Reference No.WB5260-12/12. The Government of Albania has received financing in the amount of EUR 31 millionequivalents from the World Bank toward the cost of the Water Resources and Irrigation Project, and it intends to apply part of theproceeds for payment of "Local ProcurementConsultant for MARDWA". The procurement consultant will work on full-time basis. The assignment is planned to start in September 2016. Objective of the Assignment Although MFACP has a Procurement Unit to conduct procurementprocesses, a procurement specialist with experiencein World Bank-financed projects is going to be hired to ensure that: (i) procurement iscarried in strict compliance with the WorldBank requirements and guidelines; (ii) to build capacity in the Procurement Unit; and (c) to facilitate implementation of plannedactivities in timely manner. The procurement Specialist (PS) will assist the Project Coordinator and Project Manager, and will work closelywith the staff of the Procurement Unit of MAFCP to manage the flow of procurement activities scheduled forWRIP. Scopeof work Duties and Responsibilities: Principal functions of the Procurement Specialist will include thefollowing: ·          Procure goods, works and services conducted in accordance with the provisions of the World BankGuidelines and ProjectOperations Manual and of the Albanian legislation; ·          Coordinate with the staff of Irrigationand Drainage Directorate and Water Resources Policies Directorate so that technical specifications and terms of reference areprepared for the planned activities; ·          Coordinate with the procurement staff ofthe Procurement Unit so that documents are signed in a timely fashion in accordance with the agreedprocedures; ·          Participate in preparation andperiodical update of WRIP Procurement Plans (PP), carry out verification of PP and itsupdate; ·          Carry out procurement as per the WRIPPP; ·          Maintain reporting procurement system inaccordance with the provisions of the Project operational Manual (POM); ·          Support the Project Coordinator in hisresponsibility of monitoring contracts executions; In general, the specific tasks to be undertaken by the consultant should cover the complete procurement methodsspecified in the PP. This will include but not be limited to practical assistance in: ·          Preparation and publication of procurement notices as applicable under various procurementmethods and under Albanian legislation; ·          Participation in the EvaluationCommittee in the terms described in the Provisions for the Evaluation Committee; ·          Preparation of bidding documents,request for proposals and other documents based on sample forms approved for the project, and selection process, including pre-bidor pre-proposal meetings, clarifications, bid opening and etc; ·          Administrative and procedural support inevaluation of technical and financial evaluation of bids and the preparationof Bid Evaluation Reports in accordance with the POMprovisions; ·          Administrative and procedural support intechnical and financial proposals of consultants and preparation of technical and financial evaluation reports in compliance withthe POM provisions; ·          Preparation of contracts in fullconformity with the forms approved for the project; ·          Contact negotiations andsigning; ·          General contract administration andmonitoring; ·          Verification of payment documents undercontracts or the supply of goods, works and services; and ·          Contract closure procedures and finalreporting; QualificationRequirement ·          University/higher education in economics, law, engineering or relatedfields; ·          At last 3 years experience inprocurement with project financed by foreign donors and national public funds. The candidates, which are familiar with the WorldBank Guidelines and the National Public Procurement Law are preferable; ·          Computer literate. Good knowledge of MSOffice applications. Other software is an advantage; ·          Fluent in Albanian andEnglish. Reporting andDuration The Procurement Specialist will report to and work under thedirection of the WRIP Project Coordinator andProject Manager in the MARDWA. S/he will deliver monthly progress report and monthly updated procurement Plan. Since s/he will besitting in the Procurement Unit, s/he will provide copies of all reports to the Director of the Directorate for LegalServices. The Ministry ofAgriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration now invites eligiblelocal individual consultants ("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing theServices. Interested individual Consultants shouldprovide information demonstrating that he/she has the required qualifications andrelevant experience to perform the Services. The short listing criteria are: 1-     GeneralQualification                                30 points 2-      Adequacy for the Project                          60 points 3-      Specific Experience                                 10 points The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank'sGuidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits &Grants by World Bank Borrowers ("Consultant Guidelines")- January 2011 , setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict ofinterest. The selection method to be applied is Individual Consultant Selection (IC), in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (January2011). Interested consultants may obtain further informationregarding the Terms of Reference at the website of MARDWA www.bujqesia.gov.al or at the address below, during office hours 08:00 to 16:30 (Monday to Thursday) and 08:00 to 14:00 on Friday. Ilirjan Lame Project Manager Water Resources and Irrigation Project Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration Adr: Blv. "Dëshmorët e Kombit", Nr. 2, kp. 1001Tiranë, Shqipëri Tel: + 355 4 2226243 - 75129 E-mail: ilirjan.lame@bujqesia.gov.al Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form (in person, or by mail) to the below address: Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and WaterAdministration Blv . "Deshmoret e Kombit", Nr.2 ,kp.1001 Tiranë, Shqipëri Attn: Mr. Vojo Bregu General Secretary. The right corner of the envelope must indicate the relevant position ofinterest. The deadline for receipt of submission is September 1st, 2016 at 11.00 (local time).

SECO Albania TF for AFSA - P153211

Central Finance and Contracting Unit (CFCU), Ministry of Finance | Published January 7, 2016  -  Deadline January 25, 2016
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Assessment Of Investment Funds Sector Supervision, Structure, Staffing And Training Needs REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST CONSULTING SERVICES? FIRMS SELECTION Strengthening Supervision Capacities of the Albanian FinancialSupervisory Authority Consulting Service For Assessment of Investment Funds sectorsupervision, structure, staffing and trainingneeds ALBANIA Project: Strengthening Supervision Capacities of the Albanian Financial Supervisory Authority Project ID: No. P153211 Assignment Title:  Assessment of Investment Funds sector supervision, structure, staffingand training needs Ref. No. :  AL-SECO-SSC/I-CS/CQ TheGovernment of Albania has received financing in the amountof US$ 1,583,720.81equivalent from the World Bank through a Swiss SECO trust fund, toward the cost of the Project "Strengthening SupervisoryCapacities", and itintends to apply part of the proceeds topayments for consulting service "Assessment of Investment Funds sector supervision, structure, staffingand training needs" The purpose of this assignment is todevelop capacitiesof Albanian Financial Supervisory Authority  (AFSA) to supervise and regulate investment funds sector and perform an assessment of the supervisoryneeds of AFSA with regard to the rapidly developing Investment Funds sector, vis-a-vis: i.     Current local legal framework (law &bylaws), and existing supervision arrangements; ii.      Current and expected EU regulatory and supervisory development, aswell as applicable IOSCO principles; iii.      Current and expected local industrydevelopment; iv.      Current and prospective staffing functions and requirements(quantity & quality); v.      Overall fitting of investment fund supervision with the othersupervisory directions of AFSA (i.e., insurance, private pensions, other capital marketactivities). The Central Finance and Contracting Unit of Ministry of Finance (CFCU)invite eligible consulting firms ("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultantsshould provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform theServices. The short listing criteriaare: ·       A minimum of 10 years in the field of investment fundsindustry and securities legislation, regulation and supervision, with at least 5 years thereof in EU developed member state; ·       A minimum of 3 years of international project experience in the field of investment funds industry and securities  (regional experiencewill be an asset); ·       Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the relevant EUlegislation and supervision in the area of investment funds industry and securities; ·       Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the research and policy in the area of investment fundsindustry and securities; ·       Excellentknowledge of the institutional and legal system of investmentfunds industry and securities, IOSCO Principles and other relevant international standards; ·       A (set of) keyexpert(s) to be assignedfor a maximum  input of 89 man-day's , that has(ve) at least followingexperience andexpertise: -Demonstrated knowledge and experience, of at least 5 years, in the area of conducting supervision and regulation ofinvestment funds industry and securities, with focus on bond issuance and bond markets, at various management positions, preferablywith EU experience, relevant to the requirements of the project and the expertise and experience of theConsultant; -Demonstrated knowledge and experience, of at least 5 years, in the area ofconducting financial marketresearch, especially focused on investment funds industry and securities, bond issuance and bondmarkets. 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 BankBorrowers (January 2011 edition, revised July 2014) ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forththe World Bank's policy on conflict of interest. Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint ventureor a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications. A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Consultant'sQualifications Selection (CQ) method set out in the Consultant Guidelines. Further information can be obtained at the addressbelow during office hours from 08:00 to 16:00,Mondays to Thursdays, and from 08:00 to 14:00 on Fridays. The complete Terms of Reference is posted on the website of CFCU: http://cfcu.minfin.gov.al, and that of the AFSA: www.amf@gov.al. Expressions of interest (CV, Cover letter and documentary evidence for fulfilling the qualifications) mustbe delivered in awritten form to the address below in person, or by mail, or by e-mail by  January25th 2016 local time 14:00. Manol Simo, GeneralDirector Central Finance andContracting Unit(CFCU) Ministry of Finance Blvd: Dëshmorët e Kombit, No. 3,Tirana, Albania Tel: +355 4 24 51180 E-mail: manol.simo@financa.gov.al

SECO Albania TF for AFSA - P153211

Central Finance and Contracting Unit (CFCU) | Published May 17, 2016  -  Deadline June 1, 2016
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Review And Develop Legislation, And Supervisory Framework For Investment Funds Sectors And Bonds REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST CONSULTING SERVICES? FIRMS SELECTION Strengthening Supervision Capacities of the Albanian FinancialSupervisory Authority Consulting Service For Review and develop legislation, and supervisory frameworkfor Investment Funds sectors andbonds ALBANIA Project: Strengthening Supervision Capacities of the Albanian Financial Supervisory Authority Project ID: No. P153211 Assignment Title:  Review and develop legislation, and supervisoryframework for Investment Funds sectors and bonds Ref. No. :  AL-SECO-SSC/2-CS/FB The Government ofAlbania has received financing in the amountof US$ 1,583,720.81 equivalent fromthe World Bank through a Swiss SECO trust fund, toward the cost of the Project "Strengthening SupervisoryCapacities", and itintends to apply part of the proceeds to payments forconsulting service "Review and develop legislation, and supervisory framework for Investment Funds sectorsand bonds". The purpose of this assignment is todevelop capacitiesof Albanian Financial Supervisory Authority  (AFSA) to is toassist AFSA to (i) develop the investment fundssector supervision methodology, manuals and tools; (ii)prepare the necessary legal acts and amendments related to the upgraded supervision methodology; (iii) upgrade its ability forcrisis scenarios management; (iv)  to perform a review of current corporate and municipal bonds regulatory andsupervision framework and recommend changes. The Central Finance and Contracting Unit of Ministry of Finance (CFCU) inviteeligible Consulting Firms ("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants shouldprovide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services(description of similar assignments, experiencein similar conditions, samples of previous works and availability of appropriateskills among staff, etc.). The short listing criteriaare: ·         A minimum of10 yearsin the field of investmentfunds industry and securities, as well as bonds, legislation, regulation and supervision, with at least 5 years thereof in EU developed memberstate; ·         A minimum of 3 years of international project experience in the field of investment funds industry and securities (regional experience will be an asset); ·         Experience in therelevant EU legislation and supervision in the area of investment funds industry and securities; ·         Experience in theresearch and policy in the area of investment fundsindustry and securities; ·         Being familiar with theexisting practices and experiences in investment funds industry and securities in  EU members and emerging markets; ·         Knowledgeof the institutional and legal systemof investmentfunds industry and securities, IOSCO Principles and other relevant international standards; ·         Availability of qualified staff/ experts to be assigned that has experience and expertise to carry out activitiesunder the contract. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the WorldBank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits& Grants by World BankBorrowers (January 2011 edition, revised July 2014) ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth theWorld Bank's policy on conflict of interest. Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or asub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications. A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Selection under a Fixed Budget (FBS)method set out in the Consultant Guidelines. The budget available is 450,000 USD (inclusive of all taxes). The duration of thecontract is 20 months from contract signature. Further information can be obtained at the addressbelow during office hours from 08:00 to 16:00, Mondaysto Thursdays, and from 08:00 to 14:00 on Fridays. The complete Terms of Reference is posted on the website of CFCU: http://cfcu.financa.gov.al, and that of the AFSA: www.amf@gov.al . Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below in person, or by mail, orby e-mail by June 1st  2016. Manol Simo, GeneralDirector Central Finance andContracting Unit(CFCU) Ministry of Finance Blvd: Dëshmorët e Kombit, No. 3,Tirana, Albania Tel: +355 4 24 51180 E-mail: manol.simo@financa.gov.al

Citizen-centered public services - P151972

Central Finance and Contracting Unit of Ministry of Finance (CFCU) | Published September 30, 2015  -  Deadline October 14, 2015
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Feasibility Study On Implementing Front-office-back Office Separation REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST CONSULTING SERVICES? FIRMS SELECTION ALBANIA CITIZEN ? CENTERED PUBLIC SERVICES PROJECT Project Preparation Advance Project ID No. P472 Assignment Title: Feasibility Study on ImplementingFront-Office-Back Office separation Ref. No. : AL-PPA/P. 472/CS/CQ/ 4.01 The Government of Albania has received financing in the amount of US$ 2 million, equivalent from the World Bank toward the cost of the Citizen ? CenteredPublic Services Project, and it intends to apply part of the proceeds to payments for consulting services for the project'sBaseline Assessment. The purpose of this assignment is conducting of a feasibility study on the separation of Front Office from the Back Office incentral government institutions in Albania under ISDA scope, in order to combat corruption and increase the quality of service,transparency, accountability, and efficiency. Based on a detailed assessment of the service windows of these institutions, thestudy is expected to address the viability and implementation of: 1) Separated Front Office management through outsourcing,which is defined as the contracting out of a processthat an organization may have previously performed internally or has a new needfor, to an independent organization, public or private, from which the process is purchased back as a service. An outsourcing dealmay also involve transfer of the employees and assets involved to the outsourcing entity; and 2) Centralized service windows formultiple institutions. The Central Finance and Contracting Unit of Ministry of Finance (CFCU) nowinvites eligible consulting firms ("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultantsshould provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform theServices. The short listing criteria are: ·         Description of the profile of the company/NGO; background and personnel in relevant international experience in front office service delivery reform design, costing, implementationand monitoring to improve the quality of services delivered by the central government, local government or other appropriateorganizations; Experience with service delivery outsourcing is required; (max 30 points); ·         Demonstrated experience in at least two (2) assignments of similar size andscope in the last five (5) years in the form of written evidence; (max 40 points) ·         Requested key expertise as follows: o   At least five (5)years of experience in service delivery management in the  public or privatesector o   Institutional andlegal expertise with public services reform; o   Financial expertisecapable to conduct economic and financial analyses on public services delivery. (max 30 points) 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 BankBorrowers (January 2011 edition, revised July 2014) ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forththe World Bank's policy on conflict of interest. Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint ventureor a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications. A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Consultant'sQualifications Selection (CQ) method set out in the Consultant Guidelines. Further information can be obtained at the addressbelow during office hours from 08:00 to 16:00,Mondays to Thursdays, and from 08:00 to 14:00 on Fridays. The complete Terms of Reference is posted on the website of CFCU: http://cfcu.minfin.gov.al,and that of theAgency for the Delivery of Integrated Services in Albania: www.adisa.gov.al. Expressions of interest (CV, Cover letter and documentary evidence for fulfilling the qualifications) mustbe delivered in awritten form to the address below in person, or by mail, or by e-mail by October 14th 2015 local time14:00. Central Finance andContracting Unit(CFCU) Ministry of Finance Blvd: Dëshmorët e Kombit, No. 4,Tirana, Albania Tel: +355 4 24 51177 E-mail: enkeleda.kokthi@financa.gov.al

Albania: KESH Restructuring - Climate Risk Management

 | Published January 23, 2017  -  Deadline February 20, 2017
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Clarification 2 (issued 31/1/2017):
Question:
What does "OECD hydropower operator" mean? Is it a technical who manages the hydro power plant operation from OECD country or this means institution, which does river basin control?

Answer: For this assignment, we are looking for a consortium of consultants that includes a company from an OECD country with experience of operating hydropower plants in an advanced electricity market and managing climate change impacts on its operations. This experience is a key element of the assignment in order to enable the transfer of best practices and skills through direct staff twinning and on-the-job training.

Clarification 1: Section 3 in the "Important Notes" is amended as follows:

"3. The Consultant (including all its partners and experts) implementing the "Environmental and Social Due Diligence" for the same Project is excluded from participation in this selection. The Report will not be shared with interested consultants."

Project Description: Albania's power sector is heavily dependent on hydropower (95% of electricity generation), which in turn is highly sensitive to hydrological and climatological variability, and to the projected impacts of climate change. As a consequence, the country experiences great inter-annual fluctuations in precipitation and electricity production can vary from 7.6 Terawatt hours (TWh) to less than half that amount in very dry years. In dry years Albania is forced to import substantial amount of electricity from neighbouring countries at high prices.

Most of Albania's electricity (70%) is generated by the state power utility Korporata Elektroenergjitike Shqiptare (KESH), specifically by KESH's three large HPP facilities in the Drin cascade (Fierza HPP (500MW), Komani HPP (600MW) and Vau i Dejës HPP (290 MW)). The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("EBRD" or the "Bank") is contemplating a loan to KESH (or "the Company") to assist the Company and the Government of Albania (the "Government") to pursue a comprehensive restructuring of the Company and the Albanian power sector.

Assignment Description: The KESH restructuring programme also covers capacity building for climate risk management (the "Assignment") for which the Bank now intends to engage a consultant (the "Consultant").

The lack of a reliable hydromet service and the resulting poor access to reliable hydromet data pose major challenges for KESH's operations. KESH has identified a need for support that enables its Generation Division to build its capacity to access, process, analyse and use hydromet data to achieve improved reservoir inflow forecasts in order to optimise power generation. These capacities are even more important in the context of the emerging energy market reforms which will incentive power generators to be more responsive to market demand and spot prices etc., and to forecast and manage flood risks more effectively.

In order to meet these needs, there is a need to build KESH's capacities to understand and manage climate change risks to hydropower operations, specifically through improved access to and use of hydromet data for managing hydropower operations, optimising power generation and managing flood risks. This is essential for ensuring that investments in hydropower infrastructure rehabilitation contribute towards the longer-term climate resilience of Albania's hydropower sector.

The Assignment will focus on achieving the following tasks:
- To strengthen KESH's capacity and technical skills transfer for collecting, accessing and using hydro-meteorological data for managing risks associated with climatic variability and climate change to optimise hydropower energy generation and dam safety;
- To enable KESH to benefit from and move towards best international practices on climate risk management through the improved use of hydromet data and hydrological modelling;
- To improve collaboration and knowledge transfer on climate risk management and the use of hydromet data in hydropower operations with other relevant energy sector stakeholders; and
- To develop a Climate Risk Management Plan for KESH and facilitate the adoption of the Plan in its operations and planning in coordination with other relevant stakeholders in the sector.
Please see detailed Terms of Reference for the Assignment.

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

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in March 2017 and has an estimated overall duration of 18 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 280,000 (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: It is anticipated that the contract will be financed by the Austria - Delivering Resource Efficiency Investments in the Western Balkans and Turkey (DRIVE) Programme.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms preferably with previous project experience related to:
1. management of hydropower stations;
2. climate change impact assessment and management;
3. practical application of hydrological modelling and forecasting;
4. collection, processing and analysis of hydro-meteorological datasets;
5. capacity building in economies in transition on energy policies;
6. energy markets and sector policy, including the European Union's Third Energy Package;
7. practical knowledge of energy trading in a European market;
8. relevant assignments in Albania, the region and other comparable countries.

Further, the Consultant's team must include an OECD hydropower operator with extensive experience of assessing and managing climate change risks to hydropower operations (either as lead firm, consortium member or sub-contractor). Consultants not meeting this requirement will not be considered further.


The Consultant's Expert Team is expected to include the following roles in key areas of expertise. These roles can be combined as appropriate:

(a) International Project Manager with:
- Preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in the hydropower sector;
- strong project management skills;
- strong experience in combining economic and technical analysis, and in capacity building activities; and
- good knowledge of Albania or other countries with comparable conditions.

(b) International Hydropower Engineer with:
- Preferably 5 years of previous professional experience in of planning and managing hydropower systems that is relevant to the hydrological and climatic conditions found in Albania; and
- Previous experience in the energy sector in Albania or other countries with comparable conditions.
(c) International Senior Hydrologist with:
- Preferably 10 years of previous professional experience of applying hydrological modelling and other relevant analytical tools in hydropower or other relevant industries/sectors; and
- Extensive experience of training and capacity building.

(d) International Climate Change Expert with:
- Preferably 10 years of previous professional experience in assessing climate change impacts on hydropower and/or other relevant industries and sectors, with experience of the Western Balkan region an advantage; and
- Extensive experience in processing and analysing hydro-meteorological data.

(e) International Energy Policy Expert with:
- Preferably 5 years of previous professional experience relating to energy policy;
- Strong knowledge of energy market reform (including the EU's third Energy Package) and energy trading in liberalised markets; and
- Previous experience in the energy sector in Albania or other EU candidate countries with comparable conditions.

(f) Local Deputy Project Manager with:
- Preferably 5 years of previous professional experience in the energy or related sectors;
- strong project management skills;
- a good understanding of the Albanian energy sector; and
- language skills (Albanian, fluent spoken and written English).

(g) Local Hydrologist with:
- Preferably 5 years of previous professional experience of applying hydrological modelling and other relevant analytical tools in hydropower or other relevant industries/sectors;
- prior experience in Albania and the region; and
- language skills (Albanian, fluent spoken and written English).

The team should also include a Local Project Support Officer to facilitate communications and logistics in the country (a CV does not need to be provided as part of the Key Expert team).

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) CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment outlining qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly preferably undertaken 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) i) A Methodology for implementing the tasks to achieve project objectives, including proposed deliverables (outputs); and ii) a Proposed Work Plan outlining the plan for the implementation of the main activities/tasks of the Assignment, their duration plus milestones and (max. 4 pages)", and iii) Team input. Templates can be found in the annex to the TOR (provided in the above TOR link).
5) Financial proposal presented in the breakdown of costs format using the template via the following annex to the TOR (provided in the above TOR 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 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
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)

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 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 capacity building projects of a comparable nature, scale and complexity to this Assignment, building on the required expertise in hydropower management, hydrology (including practical application of hydrological modelling and forecasting and the collection, processing and analysis of hydro-meteorological datasets), climate change assessments, capacity building in economies in transition on energy policies and energy markets and energy policy (20%);

(b) Firm's previous project experience in Albania, the region and other comparable transition economies (5%);
(c) CVs of the Key Experts proposed (40%).
(d) Adequacy of proposed approach, work plan and team input (15%)
(e) Financial Proposal (20%).

The methodology for calculating scores for financial proposals is as follows: The lowest evaluated Financial Proposal (Fm) is given the maximum financial score of 20. The formula for determining the financial scores of all other Proposals (Sf) is calculated as follows: Sf = 20 x Fm/ F, in which "Sf" is the financial score, "FM" is the lowest price, and "F" the price of the proposal under consideration.

3. The Consultant (including all its partners and experts) implementing the "Environmental and Social Due Diligence" for the same Project is excluded from participation in this selection. The Report will not be shared with interested consultants.

IPA — management of Tirana EU Information Centre

European Union | Published October 2, 2012  -  Deadline November 2, 2012
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The overall objective of the contract is to set up, make operational and manage the EU Information Centre in the capital city of Tirana in the Republic of Albania as well as to support the Delegation's information and communication activities. The EUIC should visually symbolise the EU presence and be accessible for all interested visitors. The EUIC should organise various information and communication activities with the aim of building public support for the accession process based on well-informed and realistic expectations. The EUIC should be responsible for the creation and the implementation of strategies and information campaigns. The EUIC should organise public events, press events, produce information materials to promote EU-funded activities and projects, as well as various policies, produce promotional materials, support the Delegation's website and the social network pages of the Delegation and EUIC, keeping databases and networking. Financial and administrative management of the EUIC will also be part of this contract.

Tirana Public Transport Terminal PPP

 | Published September 15, 2016  -  Deadline November 7, 2016
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INVITATION FOR TENDERS – CONCESSION

 

REPUBLIC OF ALBANIA

 

Tirana Public Transport Terminal Project

 

 

The Municipality of Tirana invites Economic Operators to participate in competitive selection procedures for the for the Public Private Partnership under a Design Build, Finance Operate Transfer (DBFOT) concession according to the Albanian concession law.

The Employer now invites sealed tenders from Contractors, for the detailed design and execution of the construction of a new Public Transport Terminal of city of Tirana, its ordinary and extraordinary maintenance as well as the subsequent management of the procedure to tender.

The Municipality of Tirana invites interested investors domestic and / or foreign Location and ways of attracting the tendering documents shall be made pursuant to the Decision of the Council of Ministers no.268, dated 18.04.2012 "On the electronic performance of tendering procedures Concession / Public Private Partnership".

Interested Tenderers may be recognized with the standard documents competitive procedure on the official website of the Public Procurement Agency: www.app.gov.al.

The duration of the concession / public private partnership is: according to the period offered by the winning Tenderer (between 15 and 35 years);

 

The General Data and following buildings and facilities of such Project are:

The MoT will offer an 85,000 square meters land plot situated along the main corridor leading north-westerly out of the city toward Durres to be contracted out on a long-term basis (+20 years) to a future concessionaire to build, operate and maintain the terminal for the benefit of operators and passengers. In exchange, all bus docking fees, retail rental revenues, and parking fees, will be collected by the concessionaire to amortize its initial capital costs, operational costs, and cover debt service.

  1. Terminal access with roundabout on SH1 (Rruga Kastrioti);
  2. Terminal Circulatory Roads with kiss and ride;
  3. Bus, taxi-van and taxi Parking;
  4. Traveler’s buildings;
  5. Footbridges;
  6. Bus Garage and fuel service station;
  7. Public space;
  8. Environmental mitigation.

 

EBRD expresses willingness to finance prospective winners of said contract, upon fulfillment of all legal requirements as expressed by the contracting Authority.

To be qualified for the award of the contract tenderers shall satisfy the following minimum qualification requirements

 

  1. Experience

     (i)  Construction Experience

     The Tenderer shall meet the following minimum criteria:

  1. average annual turnover as prime contractor (defined as billing for works in progress

and completed) over the last five years of Euro 10,000,000 (ten million), and  

          (b) successful experience in the execution of

  • at least one construction project of a value of Euro 6,300,000 (six point three million),
  • or multiple construction projects of a value of Euro 25,200,000 (twenty five point two million),

of a nature and complexity comparable to the proposed works that have been satisfactorily and completed as a prime contractor, joint venture member, management contractor or subcontractor within the last five years;

 

   (ii)     Road Works Experience

   The Tenderer or a specialised subcontractor shall meet the following minimum criteria:

  1. average annual turnover as prime contractor, joint venture member, management contractor or subcontractor (defined as billing for road works in progress and completed) over the last five years of Euro 2,700,000 (two million seven hundred thousand);
  2. successful experience in the execution of :
  • at least one road works project of a value of Euro 700,000
  • or multiple road works projects of a value of Euro 2,800,000 (two point eight million),

of a nature and complexity comparable to the proposed works that have been satisfactorily  and completed as a prime contractor, joint venture member, management contractor or subcontractor within the last five years;

 

     (iii)  Operational and Maintenance Experience

      The Tenderer shall meet the following minimum criteria:

  1. operation of a public transport station of a nature and complexity comparable to the

proposed project, and

  1. average annual turnover as prime contractor (defined as the total payment received for

operating and managing public or private transport services and/or experience of large scale maintenance services by the firm or firms comprising the Tenderer, divided by the number of years) over the last five years of Euro 1,200,000 (one million two hundred thousand) and

  1. successful experience in operating, managing and maintaining of real estate of :
  • at least one maintenance project with an annual value of Euro 300,000,
  • or multiple maintenance projects of an annual value of Euro 1,200,000,

of a nature and complexity comparable to the proposed services that have been satisfactorily and completed as a prime contractor, joint venture member, management contractor or subcontractor within the last five years;

 

      (iv)   Design Experience

      The Tenderer or a specialised subcontractor shall meet the following minimum criteria:

  1. average annual turnover as prime contractor, joint venture member, management

contractor or subcontractor (defined as billing for engineering design services in progress and completed) over the last 5 (five) years of Euro 200,000 (two hundred thousand);

  1. successful experience as prime contractor, joint venture member, management contractor or subcontractor in the design of :
  •     at least one design project with a value of: Euro 175,000 (one hundred seventy five thousand),  
  •    or multiple design projects of a value of Euro 700,000 (seven hundred thousand),

of a nature and complexity comparable to the proposed services that have been satisfactorily and completed as a prime contractor, joint venture member, management contractor or subcontractor within the last five years;

 

  1. Financial and economic capacity

 

Copies of audited or certified balance sheets or, if not required by the laws of the Tenderer's country, other financial statements acceptable to the Contracting Authority, for the last five years shall be submitted and must demonstrate the current soundness of the Tenderer's financial position and indicate its prospective long-term profitability. Where necessary, the Contracting Authority will make inquiries with the Tenderer's bankers.

The Tenderer shall demonstrate that it has access to, or has available, liquid assets, unencumbered real assets, lines of credit, and other financial means sufficient to meet the construction cash flow for the contract for a period of five months, estimated as not less than Euro 3,500,000 (three million five hundred thousand), taking into account the Tenderer's commitments for other contracts.

The Tenderer shall also demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Contracting Authority, that it has adequate sources of finance to meet the cash flow requirements on works currently in progress and for future contract commitments.

 

3. Litigation History

The Tenderer shall submit in his application accurate information on any current or past litigation or arbitration resulting from contracts completed or under execution by him over the last five years. A consistent history of awards against the Tenderer or any partner of a joint venture may result in failure of the application.

Prospective tenderers may acquire the tender documents at the official address of PPA: www.app.gov.al

 

All tenders must be accompanied by a Tender Security of EUR 300,000 (three hundred thousand), and shall be uploaded to the official address of PPA: www.app.gov.al, no later than the date 7.11.2016, at 12:00 (noon), Tirana, Albania

Any Application uploaded after this deadline will not be accepted.

 

Prospective tenderers may obtain further information by e-mail to the following office:

 

Municipality of Tirana

General Directory of Strategic Projects

Scanderbeg Square, ND 2. Second floor, Tirana, Albania.

Mr. Genci Kojdheli, General Director

Tel: +355 4 225 3023 / ext. 168

E-mail:  genci.kojdheli@tirana.gov.al

 

Erion Veliaj

MAYOR

 

Power Recovery Project - P144029

oject Implementation Unit (PIU/ OSHEE) | Published December 10, 2015  -  Deadline January 27, 2016
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Supply, Installation, Migration And Training Of Customer Relationship Management (crm) & Billing Systems For The Albanian Power Distribution Operator SPECIFIC PROCUREMENTNOTICE Invitation for Bids (IFB) December10/2015 Republic of Albania Albanian Power Distribution Operator (OSHEEsh.a) Power Recovery Project Component 2 Description: "Supply, Installation, Migration and Trainingof Customer Relationship Management (CRM) & Billing Systems for the Albanian Power Distribution Operator (OSHEESha)" IBRD Loan:8429-AL Project ID No. 144029 (IFB-PRP-IT-ICB-7) 1.    This Invitation for Bids (IFB) follows the General ProcurementNotice (GPN)for this project that appeared in UNDB online on WB 5415-10/14 of October 27,2014. 2.     The Republic of Albania has received a loan from theInternational Bank for Reconstruction and Development toward the cost of "PowerRecovery Project"/ Component 2 "Upgrading Distribution Infrastructure", and it intends to apply part of theproceeds of this loan to payments under the agreement(s) resulting from thisIFB:  "Supply, Installation, Migration andTraining of CRM & Billing Systems for theAlbanian Power Distributor Operator (OSHEE Sha)" IFB-PRP-IT-ICB-7. 3. The Albanian Power Distribution Operator (OSHEE sha) serves as theimplementing agency for the project and now invites sealed bids from eligible Bidders for Supply of Customer Relationship Management (CRM herein ) and Billing Systems for theElectricity Company of Albania (OSHEE) including supply, installation, training, customization and integration with legacy systems,of the CRM and Billing Systems, to support customer services delivery and all commercial functions within OSHEE. The Contractincludes the establishment of a maintenance team by the successful bidder to be readily available to the client to provide supportto OSHEE, when needed, for the operation of the CRM/Billing systems. 4.         Bidding will be conducted usingthe International Competitive Bidding (ICB) procedures specified in the World Bank's Guidelines: "Procurement of Goods, works, andNon-Consulting Services under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits, & Grants by the World Bank Borrowers dated January 2011 and revisedon July 2014 and is open to all Bidders eligible as defined in these Guidelines, that meet the following minimum qualificationcriteria: Tobe eligible for Award ofContract, Bidders shall provide satisfactoryevidence to the Employer of their eligibility and of their capabilityand adequacy ofresources to carry out the contract effectively.  To this end, all Bids submitted shallinclude the following: i.            At least five (5) customer references, with at least three (3) in the utilityindustry, who have successfully deployed the product proposed for the CRM & Billing system. At least one of these referencesmust have been implemented in a European Union member country or in a country, which applies the same standards for utilities asper EU regulations defined. ii.            The Bidder mustdemonstrate average annual turnover of at least a minimum figure of 6,000,000 USD (sixmillion United States Dollars) equivalents, calculated as total certified payments received for contracts in progress or completed,in the last five (5) years (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014). iii.            ISO Certification:The bidding company must hold a valid ISO 9001 certification; iv.           The Bidder must providea full description of his company profile including scope and size ofhis activities, copies of original documents defining the constitution of legal status, place of registration and principal placeofbusiness of the company or firm. v.            The bidding companymust be an established company for at least 10 years. vi.           The bidding companymust have a valid partnership with the company which the brand is being offered for CRM & Billingsystem. vii.           The bidding company must be certified in the utilities, financial services and supply chainsoftware of the CRM & Billing system that is being offered. viii.           The bidding company must be certified in the relational database technology of the CRM &Billing system that is being offered. ix.           The bidding companymust be certified in the performance tuning of the relational database technology of the CRM &Billing system that is beingoffered. x.            The bidding companymust be certifiedin the application server of SOA type technology of the CRM & Billing system that is beingoffered. xi.           The bidding companymust demonstrate that whether currently maintains a Local office/representative or an Agent in Albania, or if none of the above itmust submit a collaboration agreementwith a local partner for this project for the entire project timespan. The Company must demonstrate technical competencies with staff members certified by the software vendor throughcertifications in the software technology proposed at least with 10 (ten) IT Consultants in total, but with at least 1 (one) andcombined IT Consultant specialized and certified in one of the following fields: i.            Certification forapplication server of SOA type technology ii.            Certification forrelational database technology iii.            Certification forutilities, financial services, supply chain software implementation iv.            Certification forutilities, financial services, supply chain software technology support v.            Certification forsoftware development environment technology for the Billing and CRM system offered vi.            Certification forgeneral product support specialist for the overall technology offered related to maintenance and repair. vii.            Certification forOperating System for Billing and CRM system offered. The proposed staff must fulfill as minimum: a.       Team Leader must have5 (five) years' experience in IT b.   Other staff must have as minimum 2 (two) years ofIT experience. If the bidder is a Joint Venture, all partnerscombined must meet thequalifications requirement and all partners of the Joint Venture shall beliable jointly and severally for the execution of the Contract. For the partner in charge (leader of the Joint Venture) the averageannual turnover must not be less than 40% of the total required annual turnover and for each other partners the average annualturnover must not be less than 25 % of the total required annual turnover. 5.         Interested eligible Bidders mayobtain further information from Albanian Power Distribution Operator (OSHEE sh.a/Project Implementation Unit  and inspect the bidding documents at the addressgiven belowfrom 09:00 hrs to 16:00 hrsMonday to Friday. Attn:    PIU/OSHEE Coordinator, Albanian Power Distribution Operator (OSHEE sh.a) Project ImplementationUnit, Address: Street: "Andon Zako Cajupi", Conad Building, PIU OSHEE  Office; Third Floor, Tirana,Albania Tel:  00355 694146111 E-mail :  arian.hoxha@oshee.al 6.         A complete set of biddingdocuments in English may be purchased by interested Bidders onsubmission of a written application to the address below and uponpayment of a nonrefundable fee of 15,000 ALL (Albanian Lek) or an equivalent amount in a freely convertible currency.  The method of payment will be throughBank Transfer.  The documents may be collected by hand at the above office or will besent by national or international courier services at an additional courier cost of the above mentioned nonrefundable fee. 7.         Bidsmust be delivered to the addressbelow at or before 10:00 am on January 27, 2016.  Allbids must be accompanied by a bid security in an amount of USD 60,000 (sixty thousand USD) or the equivalent in a freely convertible currency, in the form of a bank guarantee issued directlyby a reputable bank, in the form provided in the bidding document. Late bids will be rejected. Bids will be opened in the presence of Bidders'representatives who choose to attend at the address below at 10:00 am on  January 27, 2016. 8.         Theattention of prospective Bidders is drawn to (i) the fact that they will be required to certify in their bids that all software iseither covered by a valid license or was produced by the Bidder and (ii) that violations are considered fraud, which can result inineligibility to be awarded World Bank-financed contracts. The address referred to above is: Project Implementation Unit (PIU/ OSHEE), Albanian Power Distribution Operator(OSHEE sh.a) Address: Street: "Andon Zako Cajupi", Conad Building, Office of PIU: Third Floor, Tirana, Albania Tel: +355 694146111 E-mail:      arian.hoxha@oshee.al