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SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF ACCOMMODATION FURNITURE TO UNAMA

United Nations Secretariat | Published June 1, 2015  -  Deadline June 16, 2015
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This request for EOI covers UNAMA Mission requirements for SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF OFFICE AND ACCOMMODATION FURNITURE TO UNAMA. 1. Delivery terms and place of delivery: DAP (INCOTERMS 2010 refers), UNAMA UNOCA Compound, Jalalabad Road, Industrial Area, Kabul, Afghanistan. 2. Quantity: No commitment at this stage for quantity i.e. entirely subject to UNAMA operations. 3. Specifications: The requirements will include, but not limited to: Beds Frames, Mattresses, Sofabeds, Coffe Tables, Wardrobes, Dinning Tables and Dining Chairs Note: Please provide detailed information showing your interest for these requirements.

Afghanistan ICT Sector Development Proje - P121755

Ministry of Communications and IT | Published February 3, 2015  -  Deadline February 28, 2015
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Regulatory Advisor For Atra (afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority) REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OFINTEREST (REOI including tor) [INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANCYSERVICES] 1) BasicData COUNTRY:                                       Afghanistan NAME OF THEPROJECT:             Afghanistan ICT Sector Development Project SECTOR:                                           Information CommunicationsTechnology CONSULTING SERVICES:            Regulatory Advisor for ATRA (Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority) CONTRACT TYPE:                          Individual Consultancy Contract-Time Based DURATION OFASSIGNMENT:     12 months DUTY STATION:                           Kabul, Afghanistan CONTRACT REFERENCE NO:      MCIT/ICTDP/P121755/IDA-H-665-AF/C1.14 WORLD BANK GRANT NO:        IDA-H-665-AF PROJECT ID NO:                           P121755 IMPLEMENTING AGENCY:        ProjectImplementation and Coordination Unit (PICU) of MCIT 2)         The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) of the IslamicRepublic of Afghanistan ("Government") seeks to hire a qualified Individual Consultant to work as Regulatory Advisor for ATRA, toprovide advice on all Regulatory and Technology matters/issues. This Consultancy support will be provided directly to ATRA, underthe World Bank funded Project of MCIT "Afghanistan ICT Sector Development Project". 3)         The Government of Afghanistan has obtainedsupport from the World Bank orInternational Development Agency (IDA)for an ICT Sector Development Project which aims to expand broadband connectivity,mainstream use of mobile applications across the Government and develop the capacity of the IT sector to facilitate improvedservice delivery across Afghanistan while accelerating job creation and economic growth.   The project will do so by: (a) Creating the enabling environmentand making strategic investments for thedevelopment of Afghanistan'sbackbone and broadband infrastructure; (b) Supporting the mainstreaming of mobile applications acrossGovernment by supporting innovations and creation of cross cutting enablers; and (c) Developing local IT infrastructure andcapacity in the public and private sectors. 4)         Project Development Objectives with their Output Indicatorsfor each Project Component of the World Bank funded ICT Sector Development Project of MCIT are listedbelow: The PDO-level results indicators are as follows: OutputIndicator(s) Baseline (2010) Proposed targets (2016) Impact of Consultancy Support Revised ICT policy adopted by the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan 2003 telecom and Internet policy; 2003 ICT policy Revised policy adopted Component 1: Expanding connectivity Expanded reach and availability of telecommunications services and specifically broadband Internetservices Access to internet services (number of subscribers per 100 people) 3 10 Access to telephone services (number of subscriptions per 100 people) 55 80 Length of fibre optic network built under the Project (km) 0 1000 Component 2: Mainstreaming mobile applications Use of mobile applicationsacross Government for public services andprogram management Number of Government agencies orprograms using m-apps for public service delivery or program management 0 10 Improved capacity of Governmentto use IT strategically Number of ministry CIOs and other officials trained under the Project 0 100 Component 3: IT industry development Growth of local IT Individual Consultancy Firm/Organization/Companys and job creation in the IT basedservicessector Number of people trained under the Project 0 1500 5)         Project ImplementationArrangements: a)      The Project has a centralized management structure.  The Ministry ofCommunications and Information Technology (MCIT) is the implementing agency for the project. MCIT is implementing a number ofsectoral projects funded by the government and other development partners. To manageits portfolio of investment projects better,MCIT has established a program implementation and coordination unit (PICU) that the Deputy Minister (Technical) of MCIT chairs. b)         The Directors of the Planning andPolicy Department and ICT Department are the core members of the PICU. The Finance and Procurement Directorates of MCIT providesupport to the PICU. This is to ensure further strengthening and sustainability of program management capacity that has beendeveloped over the last few years within MCIT. Core financial management and procurement functions for the project are handled bythe respective departments within MCIT.  A Project Management Office (PMO) supportsMCIT in implementation of the IDA project. This PMO is part of the established PICU. 6)         Brief on ATRA and TelecommunicationsSector Growth in Afghanistan: a)   The Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) was established in2006 for issuance of licenses, monitoring of quality of services provided by the licensees and taking measures towards developingthe sector by encouraging private sector investments. Activities of ATRA are mainly based on the Telecom policy developed andadopted by the Minister of Communications and IT on03 July, 2003 with the vision to develop the Telecom and Internet sector inorder to provide affordable and quality services to the citizens of Afghanistan on a nationwide basis. b)   In July 2003, two licenses for GSM Services (in 900 MHz) were issued toAfghan Wireless Communications Company (AWCC) and Telecom Development Company Afghanistan (Roshan).  Pursuant to the Policy, they were provided a duopoly on GSM Services until the end of 2005. Based on thefact that the three-year term of the two originallicenses was about to come to an end, on 21 May 2005, ATRA officiallylaunched aninternational competitive tender for two additional licenses for GSM Services (and any other services in the assigned 900 and 1800MHz bands). As a result, two additional GSM licenses were issued in May 2006, one to MTN and another toEtisalat. c)  The former Telecommunication Department of theMinistry of Communications of Afghanistan was taken out of the Ministry of Communications and became a government ownedTelecommunications Company, which also received a UnifiedServices license from ATRA in 2005. It was named Afghan Telecom. AFTELalso inherited Fixed Line and Fiber Optic networks. In addition, AFTEL provides Internet services through its fixed line facilitiesas well as through WiMAX frequencies allocated to it by ATRA. d) Since privatization of Telecom market in 2003, thetelecom sector in Afghanistan has grownat a remarkable rate and now approximately 18 million Afghanistan businesses, governmententities and consumers have mobile telephone services and over one million users have Internet services and, thecurrentinstallation of Fiber Optic ring throughout Afghanistan is connectingAfghanistan with the rest of the World at lower costsfor voice and data services. Now, that the basic needs of the people in Afghanistan have been fulfilled, MCIT and ATRA have alsointroduced 3G (Third Generation) Broadband Mobile Services in the country. e)  During last 10years, all possible technologieshave been inducted into Afghanistan's Telecom and IT markets and thus, monitoring and evaluation tasks have also become complex innature. At the same time, different Regulatory issues also creep in and thus, ATRA needs suitably qualified Consultant to advisethem on all the Regulatory and Technology aspects of ICT. 7)         Objective of the ConsultancyAssignment: Under the Project, a qualified Individual Consultant has been planned to be hired to work as Regulatory Advisor for ATRA, toadvise ATRA Board Members on all the Regulatory matters pertaining to ICT Sector. The candidate should have relevant regulatoryexperience and a deep understanding of regulatory issues in the telecommunications sector inAfghanistan. 8)   Scope of Work and the Tasks: Selected Consultant will execute the following tasks: ?         To render advice (on daily basis) to ATRA on all Regulatoryissues forefficient growth of Telecom Sector in Afghanistan; ?         To provide proposals on various issues related to the implementation ofquality of service, consumer protection, competition promotion and spectrum management to the ATRA Board on an on-demand and  suomoto basis; ?         To analyze the global trends on Technologies, regulation and industrydevelopment for the ICT growth in developing Countries thatare relevant for Afghanistan's Telecom and ITMarkets; ?         To assess the impact of the existing Technologies and business practicesas inducted in Afghanistan during last ten years and suggest improvements/changes in the Regulatory Issues related to all theseNetworks and their Technologies; ?         To prepare a Growth Plan for next 05 years and alsosuggestImplementation/Migration arrangements, with changes in the RegulatoryNorms for all types ofNetworks; ?         In consultation with ATRA Board Members, prepare an efficient Evaluationand Monitoring Plan/Matrix for Performance Assessment ofall Telecom and IT Services Providers of theCountry. 9) Deliverables and PaymentSchedules: a) Deliverables: The Consultant should submit monthly reports to ATRA, with a Copyto the Head of PMO of the World Bankfunded Project. These reports should include (1) summary of key developments in the telecom sector of Afghanistan and globally asrelevant to Afghanistan; (2) summary of key issues and advice provided to the ATRA on regulatorymatters. b) Payment schedules: The Consultant will be paid on monthly basis, after submission of his monthly Invoice, the AttendanceSheet of the month and monthly Report, all in English and any one local language (Pashtu or Dari),duly approved by His ExcellencyDeputy Minister - Technical of Communications and IT to the Head of PMO of the World Bank funded Project. Payments will be madewithin one month after receiving the approved documents. 10) QualificationsRequired: ?         The Consultant should have a law degree from a recognizeduniversity; ?         The Consultant should have demonstrated experience of at least 10 yearsin Senior Management position of a leading telecommunications/ICT company, with a good understanding of government policiesand regulatory affairs; ?         The Consultant should have at least 5 years of demonstratedexperience onlegal affairs as applicable to the ICT sector; ?         The Consultant should have demonstrated relevant regulatoryexperience anda deep understanding of regulatory issues in the telecommunications sector of any developing or a developedCountry; ?         The Consultant should have full knowledge of the state-of-art Technologiesand related Regulatory issues pertaining to all such Technologies of ICT. ?         The Consultant should be proficient in Computer operations and Englishlanguage. 11)       Support that will be given to the Consultant at Kabul: ATRA shall provide the   following support: ?         A suitable working spaceinside ATRA's Complex. ?         Internet connectivity inOffice. ?         Facilitation of entryvisa. ?         Suitable Car for officialtasks during working hours. 12) Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) by MCIT: a)   The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) now invites eligible Individual Consultants to indicate their interest in providing the services.Interested Consultants must provide information indicating that he/sheis qualified to perform the services. CVs must includedescription ofsimilar assignments, experience in similar conditions and availability of appropriate skills. b)   A Consultant will be selected inaccordance with the procedures set out inthe World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World BankBorrowers (January, 2011 edition). c)   For further details, InterestedConsultants are requested to obtain further information (if required) at the address given below, during office hours from 0800 to1600 hours: Foreign Procurement Department (FPD) (Attn: Mr. SamimullahSamim) General Manager for External Procurements; Procurement Department, Ministry of Communications and IT (MCIT) Mohammad Jan Khan Watt; Kabul, Afghanistan Phone: Office: +93 20 210 37 41; Cell: +93 700 222 009; Email: fpd@mcit.gov.af; Web site: www.mcit.gov.af d)   Any queries on the position may also be addressed to the abovementioned email address (fpd@mcit.gov.af), with CC to mi.bhat@mcit.gov.af,nadir.soroush@mcit.gov.af--- latest one week before the deadline for submission of expression ofinterest. e)   Expressions of interest, includingdetailed Resumes must be delivered (by E-Mails) by28th February,2015 (2.00 PM-Kabul Time), to the addresses as given below: i)          Foreign ProcurementDepartment (FPD) (Attn: Mr. Samimullah Samim); General Manager for External Procurements; Procurement Department, Ministry of Communications and IT (MCIT) Mohammad Jan Khan Watt; Kabul, Afghanistan Email: fpd@mcit.gov.af ii)        Engineer Mohammad Ismail Bhat, PMS;Head of PMO and the Project Director of ICTDP-MCIT; Email: mi.bhat@mcit.gov.af iii) Dr. Nadir Soroush; Head of Logistics and the Procurement Department in PMO-ICTDP-MCIT; E-Mail: nadir.soroush@mcit.gov.af

Afghanistan ICT Sector Development Proje - P121755

Ministry of Communications and IT (MCIT) | Published October 13, 2015  -  Deadline November 17, 2015
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Individual Consultant-time Based Contract REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OFINTEREST (REOI) (INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANCYSERVICES) COUNTRY:                                      Afghanistan NAME OF THEPROJECT:             Afghanistan ICT Sector Development Project (ICTDP) SECTOR:                                           Information and Communications Technology(ICT) CONSULTING SERVICES:            Project Management Specialist (PMS) CONTRACTTYPE:                          Individual Consultant-Time based Contract DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT:    20 Months or till June 30, 2017whichever is earlier DUTY STATION:                              Kabul, Afghanistan CONTRACT REFERENCE NO:      MCIT/ICTDP/P121755/IDA-H-665-AF/C4.1/PMS WORLD BANK GRANT NO:        IDA-H-6650-AF PROJECT ID NO:                              P121755 IMPLEMENTINGAGENCY:          Project Implementation andCoordination Unit (PICU) of MCIT Background: TheMinistry ofCommunications and Information Technology (MCIT), Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has receivedfinancing from the World Bank towards the cost of the ICT Sector Development Project amounting to estimated cost of 50 Million USDand intendsto apply part of the proceeds to hire a qualified Consultant to work as Project Management Specialist (PMS) ofthe Afghanistan ICT Sector Development Project (ICTDP), being implemented by MCIT, Kabul, Afghanistan. The Consultant will be theProject Director of the World Bank funded Project of MCIT responsible for implementation of Afghanistan ICT Sector DevelopmentProject, funded by the World Bank. The aim of the Afghanistan ICT Sector Development Project is to expandbroadband connectivity, mainstream use of mobile applications across the Government and develop the capacity of the IT sector tofacilitate improved service delivery across Afghanistan whileaccelerating job creation and economic growth.  The project will do so by: (a) Creating theenabling environment and making strategicinvestments for the development of Afghanistan's backbone and broadband infrastructure; (b) Supporting the mainstreaming of mobileapplications across Government by supporting innovations and creation of cross cutting enablers; and (c) Developing local ITinfrastructure and capacity in the public and private sectors. Objectives of the Consultancy Assignment: The main objectives of thisassignment are to provide project management and coordination support to the MCIT staff and others involved in the management of the project, and in planning, procurement, disbursement, accounting and financialmanagement, and other project matters; The aimis to meet the objectives ofthe on-going project, implement the various components in a timely and efficient manner, and to help build project managementcapacity of the MCIT. Scope of Work (For further details, refer to Terms of Reference (TOR), as given below thisREOI): The consultant will be the Project Director ofAfghanistan ICT Sector Development Project and he will generally provide all necessary management and technical support to MCIT asmay be required by the PICU, for all components. Morespecifically the consultant will assist the PICU in the implementation andmonitoring of the project as below: Ø   Efficient overall implementation of the project andensuring smooth implementation of each activity; Ø   Ensuring effective communication and consultations withall stakeholders; and facilitating the preparation and public release of projectinformation; Ø   Undertaking the monitoring and evaluation of performanceindicators andoutcomes against the targets, as agreed with the Bank; Ø   Ensuring that all legal covenants of the project aremet; Ø   Proposing necessary steps or measures to overcome anycritical delays in project implementation; Ø   Handling planning, technical aspects, procurement andfinancial management, disbursement, and auditing issues arising from implementation of the various project activities; Ø   Monitoring and facilitating full compliance of allcomponents with the implementation, legal, procurement, financial and technical requirements of theproject; Ø    Ensuring quality and transparency inprocurement and financial management, andfacilitating smooth and speedy implementation of the program.  In addition, coordinatewith the government counterparts to ensure overall integration of plans and reports into the Government'sprogram; Ø    Assisting the PICU in ensuring that procurement arrangements are consistentwith project implementation and development objectives and, as needed, discuss options and possible solutions with thePICU; Ø    Ensure that all procurement is conducted transparently and on time (detailsare given in the TOR); Ø   Supporting PICU in financial management, preparingproject's budget andallocating funds to subcomponents; Ø   Supervising the preparation of projectaccounts; Ø   Arranging the quarterly review and annual audit ofaccounts; Ø   Training Head of PMO, PMO(Project Management Office) andPICU staff in project management, procurement and financial management; Ø   Preparing requisite periodic reports for the governmentand donors as required; Ø   Transferring knowledge to Head of PMO, PMO's Staff andto MCIT's nominated staff, so that they develop a cadre of trained staff, having the necessary experience, and appropriate skills,to enable them to be capable of managing its program. This transfer of knowledge and skills will be both through working closelywith PICU staff as day to day tasks are carried out, formal training (e.g. small classes, workshops, etc.)and regularly review ofduties of PICU staff and their implementation; Ø   Other tasks as defined by the MCIT from time totime. Qualification Requirements of the Consultant: Successful applicant will have astrong background in project management.  It is importantthat the applicant has goodknowledge of government and business operations in Afghanistan, the Government's ICT sector, administrative, procurement andaccounting policies and procedures, and knowledge of andexperience with World Bank financed project management, includingprocurement and financial management.    The consultant shouldhave: ·         AnEngineering Degree in Electronics & Communications/Telecom/IT from any well recognisedUniversity; ·         A Graduate or Masters degree in Management Sciences/Project Management/Finance/ BusinessAdministration/ Accounting; ·         Have at least 10years of experience in managing ICT projects preferably in developingcountries; ·         Have at least 3 yearsof direct experience as a Project Manager for any Telecom or ICT sectorProject financed by the World Bank or any other major Donor in Afghanistan; Good understanding and previous workexperience in all aspects of project management;Fluency inEnglish (reading, writing, speaking). Some knowledge of Dari or Pashto would also be an advantage;Proveninter-personal skills;High integrityand accountability, leadership and good team work spirit. To ensure impartiality, the consultant (including his home office, if any) must not, in any way, be affiliated with businessentities that are currently providing or are seeking to provide goods or services to the project. Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) byMCIT: The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) now invites eligible Individual Consultants to indicate their interest in providing the services.Interested Consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (CV, Brochures,Description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions and availability of appropriate skills etc.). A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the WorldBank's Guidelines:Selection and Employment of Consultants byWorld Bank Borrowers(January, 2011 edition). For further details, Interested Consultants are requested to refer to the Terms of Reference (TOR) givenbelow this REOI for this Assignment and may also obtain further information (if required) at the address given below, during officehours from 0800 to 1600 hours: Foreign Procurement Department (FPD) (Attn: Mr. Samimullah Samim) General Manager for External Procurements; Procurement Department, Ministry of Communications and IT (MCIT) Mohammad Jan Khan Watt; Kabul, Afghanistan Phone: Office: +93 20 210 37 41; Cell: +93 700 222 009; Email:fpd@mcit.gov.af Web site:www.mcit.gov.af Any queries on the position may also be addressed to the above mentioned email address (fpd@mcit.gov.af), with CC to b.hassam@mcit.gov.af; azizsafi@mcit.gov.af and nadir.soroush@mcit.gov.af; soroushmnadir@yahoo.com, latest one week before thedeadline for submission of expression of interest. Expressions of interest, including detailed Resumes mustbe delivered (by E-Mails) by 17th November, 2015, to the E-Mail IDs asgiven below: 1)      Foreign Procurement Department (FPD) (Attn: Mr. SamimullahSamim) General Manager for External Procurements Procurement Department, Ministry of Communications and IT(MCIT) Mohammad Jan Khan Watt; Kabul, Afghanistan Email: fpd@mcit.gov.af 2)      Engineer Baryalai Hassam; Deputy Minister-Technical; Ministry of Communication and IT; Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; Mohammd Jan Khan Watt, Kabul Afghanistan Email: b.hassam@mcit.gov.af 3)      Dr. Aziz-ur Rehman Safi; Director-Planning andPolicies Department of MCIT                                    Email: azizzsafi@mcit.gov.af 4)      Dr. Nadir Soroush; Logistics Officer and Acting Procurement Officer of the PMO-ICTDP-MCIT; E-Mail ID: nadir.soroush@mcit.gov.af Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT); Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Terms of Reference(TOR) Consultancy Services: Project Management Specialist ofMCIT in Afghanistan BASIC DATA: COUNTRY:                                      Afghanistan NAME OF THE PROJECT:               Afghanistan ICT Sector DevelopmentProject(ICTDP) SECTOR:                                           Information and Communications Technology(ICT) CONSULTING SERVICES:            Project Management Specialist CONTRACT TYPE:                          Consultancy by an Individual-Time based Contract DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT:    20 Months ortill June 30, 2017 whichever is earlier DUTYSTATION:                              Kabul, Afghanistan CONTRACT REFERENCENO:     MCIT/ICTDP/P121755/IDA-H-665-AF/C4.1 WORLD BANK GRANT NO:        IDA-H-665-AF PROJECTID NO:                              P121755 IMPLEMENTING AGENCY:         Project Implementation and Coordination Unit (PICU) of MCIT Background: TheMinistry ofCommunications and Information Technology (MCIT), Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has receivedfinancing from the World Bank towards the cost of the ICT Sector Development Project amounting to estimated cost of 50 Million USDand intends to apply part of the proceeds to hire a qualified Consultant to work as Project Management Specialist of theAfghanistan ICT Sector Development Project, being implemented by MCIT, Kabul, Afghanistan. The Consultant will be the ProjectDirector of the World Bank funded Project of MCIT and he will be responsible for implementation of Afghanistan ICT SectorDevelopment Project, funded by the World Bank. The aim ofthe ICT Sector Development Project is to expand broadband connectivity, mainstream use ofmobile applications across the Government and develop the capacity of the IT sector to facilitate improvedservice delivery acrossAfghanistan while accelerating job creation and economic growth.  The project willdo so by: (a) Creating the enabling environment and making strategic investments for the development of Afghanistan's backbone andbroadband infrastructure; (b) Supporting the mainstreaming of mobile applications across Government by supporting innovations andcreation of cross cutting enablers; and (c) Developing local IT infrastructure and capacity in the public and private sectors. Project Development Objectives with their Output Indicators for each ProjectComponent of the World Bank funded ICT Sector Development Project of MCIT are listed below: The PDO-level results indicators are as follows: Output Indicator(s) Baseline (2010) Proposed targets (2016) Impact of Consultancy Support Revised ICT policy adopted by the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan 2003telecom and Internet policy; 2003 ICT policy Revised policy adopted Component 1:Expanding connectivity Expanded reach and availability of telecommunicationsservices and specifically broadband Internet services Access to internet services (number of subscribers per 100 people) 3 10 Access to telephone services (number of subscriptions per 100 people) 55 80 Length of fibre optic network built under the Project (km) 0 1000 Component 2:Mainstreamingmobile applications Use of mobile applications across Government for publicservices and program management Number of Government agencies or programs using m-apps forpublic service delivery or program management 0 10 Improved capacity of Government to use IT strategically Number of ministry CIOs and other officials trained under the Project 0 100 Component 3: ITindustry development Growth of local IT Individual Consultancy Firm/Organization/Companys and job creation in the IT based servicessector Number of people trained under the Project 0 1500 Project Implementation Arrangements: TheProject has a centralized management structure. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) is theimplementing agency for the project. MCIT is implementing a number of sectoral projects funded by the government andotherdevelopment partners. To manage its portfolio of investment projects better, MCIT has established a Program Implementation andCoordinationUnit (PICU) that the Deputy Minister (Technical) of MCIT chairs. TheDirectors of the Planning and Policy Department and IT Department are the core members of the PICU. The Finance and ProcurementDirectorates of MCIT provide support to the PICU. This is to ensure further strengthening and sustainability of program managementcapacity that has been developed over the last few years within MCIT. Core financial management and procurement functions for theproject are handled by the respective departments within MCIT.  A Project ManagementOffice (PMO) supports MCIT in implementation of the IDA project.  This PMO is part ofthe established PICU. Brief on the TelecommunicationsSector Growth of Afghanistan : a)     In July 2003, two licensesfor GSM Services (in 900 MHz) were issued to Afghan Wireless Communications Company (AWCC) and Telecom Development CompanyAfghanistan (Roshan).  Pursuant to the Policy, they were provided a duopoly on GSMServices until the end of 2005. Based on the fact that the three year term of the two original licenses was about to come to anend, on 21 May 2005, Afghanistan Telecommunications Regulatory Authority(ATRA) officially launched an international competitivetender for two additional licenses for GSM Services (and any other services in the assigned 900 and 1800 MHz bands). As a result,two additional GSM licenses were issued in May 2006, one to MTN and another to Etisalat. b)     There are about 62 ISPsoperating in Afghanistan, providing Internet Services based on different Technologies and the Media. These are in addition to thefive GSM Operators and one CDMA Operator (Wasel Telecom)), who also provide Internet Services in the Country. c)     The formerTelecommunicationDepartment of the Ministry of Communications of Afghanistan was taken out of the Ministry of Communications and became a governmentowned Telecommunications Company which also received a Unified Services license from ATRA in 2005. It was named Afghan Telecom(AFTEL). AFTEL also inherited Fixed Line and Fiber Optic networks. In addition, AFTEL also provides Internet services through itsfixed line facilities as well as through WiMAX frequencies allocated to it by ATRA. d)    Since private entry into theTelecom market in 2003, the telecom sector in Afghanistanhas grown at a remarkable rate and now approximately 22 millionSubscribers from Afghanistan businesses, government entities and consumers have mobile telephone service and over one million usershave Internetservices.The current installation of an AFTEL Fiber Optic ring throughout Afghanistan is connecting Afghanistan withthe rest of the World at lower costs for voice and data services. Now, that the basic needs of the people in Afghanistan have beenfulfilled, MCIT and ATRA have rolled out 3G (Third Generation) Services and Broadband Wireless Services in thecountry. e)     The AfghanistanTelecommunications Regulatory Authority (ATRA) was established in 2006 for issuance of licenses, monitoring of quality of servicesprovided by the licensees and taking measures towards developing the sector by encouraging private sector investments. Activitiesof ATRA are mainly based on the Telecom policy developed and adopted by the Ministry of Communications and IT on 03 July, 2003,with the vision to develop the Telecom and Internet sector in order to provide affordable and quality services to the citizens ofAfghanistan on a nationwide basis. f)      Afghan Telecom (AFTEL) is aTelecom Operator, 100 % owned by Ministry of Communications and IT (MCIT). It is a Government owned Corporation and planned to beprivatized in due course of time. In 2006, Optical FiberCable Ring Project was funded by the Government from the Core DevelopmentBudget, to establish an OFC Ring of 3100 Kms and again in 2010, another 500 Kms OFC Route has been funded under Core DevelopmentBudgetof MCIT. AFTEL is the only Operator in Afghanistan currently permitted to own the OFC based Backbone of the Country. TheCompany is sellingInternet Bandwidth by bringing the same from neighboring Countries (Pakistan, Iran, Tajakistan and Uzbekistan)through OFC Backbone. Telecom Operators and ISPs are hiring the OFC based Internet Capacities and the Fiber Capacities from AfghanTelecom. . g)      Under theWorld Bank funded ICT Sector Development Project asapproved in May, 2011, up to 29 Million USD will be spent to connect 05 Provinces and 13 Districts to the existing OFC Ring ofMCIT/Afghan Telecom. EstimatedOFC Route that will be commissioned is 1,000 Kms , connecting a totalof 18 CommunicationNodes. Objective of the PMS ConsultancyAssignment: The mainobjectives of this assignmentare to provide project management and coordination support to the MCIT staff  andothers involved in the management of the project, andin planning, procurement, disbursement, accounting and financial management,and other project matters; The aim is to meet the objectives ofthe ongoing project, implement the various components in a timely and efficient manner, and to help build project managementcapacity of the MCIT. Scope of Work: The consultant will be the Project Director ofAfghanistan ICT Sector Development Project and he will provide all necessary management and technical support to MCIT as may berequired by the PICU, for all components. More specifically the consultant will assist the PICU in the implementation andmonitoring of the project as below: Ø Efficient overall implementation of the project andensuring smooth implementation of each activity; Ø Ensuring effective communication and consultations withall stakeholders; and facilitating the preparation and public release of projectinformation; Ø Undertaking the monitoring and evaluation of performanceindicators and outcomes against the targets, as agreed with the Bank; Ø   Ensuring that all legal covenants of the project aremet; Ø   Proposing necessary steps or measures to overcome anycritical delays in project implementation; Ø   Handling planning, technical aspects, procurement andfinancial management, disbursement, and auditing issues arising from implementation of the various project activities; Ø   Monitoring and facilitating full compliance of allcomponents with the implementation, legal, procurement, financial and technical requirements of theproject; Ø    Ensuring quality and transparency inprocurement and financial management, andfacilitating smooth and speedy implementation of the program.  In addition, coordinatewith the government counterparts to ensure overall integration of plans and reports into the Government'sprogram; Ø    Assisting the PICU in ensuring that procurement arrangements are consistentwith project implementation and development objectives and, as needed, discuss options and possible solutions with thePICU; Ø    Ensure that all procurement is conducted transparently and ontime: ·        Preparing the procurement documents required to obtainclearance from the World Bank for awarding of contracts and follow-up actions; ·        Preparing the contracts with selectedsuppliers/contractors/consultants, including follow up for delivery of goods/services according toschedule; ·        Maintaining records of goods received, their quality andquantity, compliance with contract specifications and account for actual deliveries; ·        Handling warrantyand insuranceclaims; ·        Maintaining a proper filing system for all relevantprocurement documents in the Project and prepare needed reports and documents for the World Bank reviewmissions; ·        Ensuring the maintenance of project and contractadministration records; ·        Reviewing consultantoutputs; ·        Processing and verifying payment requests againstprocurement contracts, monitoring financial commitments and unspent balances against contracts; ·        Ensuring that theWorld Bank's regulations andAfghanistan's legislations on using funds for the procurement of goods and consultant selection procedures areapplied forprojects; ·        Coordinating withthe PICU on all procurement activitiesto ensure timely implementation of agreed implementation plan; Ø   Supporting PICU in financial management, preparingproject's budget andallocating funds to subcomponents; Ø   Supervising the preparation of projectaccounts; Ø   Arranging the quarterly review and annual audit ofaccounts; Ø   Training Head of PMO, PMO Staff and PICU staff inproject management, procurement and financial management; Ø   Preparing requisite periodic reports for the governmentand donors as required; Ø   Transferring knowledge to Head of PMO, Staff of the PMOand to MCIT's nominated staff, so that they develop a cadre of trained staff, having the necessary experience, and appropriateskills, to enable them to becapable of managing its program. This transfer of knowledge and skills will be both through workingclosely with PICU staff as day to day tasks are carried out, formal training (e.g. small classes, workshops, etc.) and regularlyreview of duties of PICU staff and their implementation; Ø   Other tasks as defined by the MCIT from time totime. Deliverables,Time Schedules and Reporting Requirements: The Consultant will directly reportto the Chairman of PICU, as established for the Project. The Consultant will be based at Kabul, Afghanistan. However, theConsultant should be willing to visit the Provinces of Afghanistan as per the requirements of the Project. This assignment isexpected to cover a 20-months period and is scheduled to commence on 01st November, 2015. The consultant is expected to assistMCIT and its PICU with reports, memoranda, and correspondence as may be required from time to time. The Consultant shall prepare amonthly progress report, which shall provide at least the following information: Brief description the status of the project; Detailed description of the activities performed by the Consultant from the beginning of the contractuntil theend of the previous reporting period (month when the previous report was issued); Detailed description of resultsachieved by the Consultant in the current reporting period (month forwhich thereport was issued); A brief description and the assessment of the current state of project implementation (as of the end of thereporting period) and of each component/contract within subprojects; Issues encountered by the consultant in the implementation of itscontract; Issues encountered in the implementation of the components/contracts; Brief description of activitiesto be performed by the consultant in the next reporting period as well as theresources estimated to use for performing such activities; Brief description of the activities to be performed under subproject contracts/ components in the nextreporting period as well as the expected results; Assessment of the contract and subproject potential risks and recommendations for mitigating theserisks. The consultant is expected to alsosubmit: Quarterly Project Management reports; These reports will also include: (i) an updated procurement plan; (ii)Financial statements in accordance with consistently applied accounting standards acceptable to the Association, adequate toreflect the operations, resources and expenditures related to the Project; Annual Project Implementation Plan; Implementation Completion Report. The project language is English.However, the Consultant shall make provision that all the documents requested by the Client, including the monthly reports will betranslated into Dari / Pashto. QualificationRequirements: Successful applicant will have astrong background in project management.  It is importantthat the applicant has goodknowledge of government and business operations in Afghanistan, the Government's ICT sector, administrative, procurement andaccounting policies and procedures, and knowledge of andexperience with World Bank financed project management, includingprocurement and financial management.    The consultant shouldhave: ·         AnEngineering Degree in Electronics & Communications/Telecom/IT from any well recognisedUniversity; ·         A Graduate or Masters degree in Management Sciences/Project Management/Finance/ BusinessAdministration/ Accounting; ·         Have at least 10years of experience in managing ICT projects preferably in developingcountries; ·         Have at least 3 yearsof direct experience as a Project Manager for any Telecom or ICT sector  Project financed by the World Bank or any other major Donor in Afghanistan; Good understanding and previous workexperience in all aspects of project management;Fluency inEnglish (reading, writing, speaking). Some knowledge of Dari or Pashto would also be an advantage;Proveninter-personal skills;High integrityand accountability, leadership and good team work spirit. To ensure impartiality, the consultant (including his home office, if any) must not, in any way, be affiliated with businessentities that are currently providing or are seeking to provide goods or services to the project. An Individual Consultant will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank'sGuidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World BankBorrowers (current edition). Timelines and payment schedules: The selected Consultant willbe paid on monthly basis, after the monthly Reports have been submitted to the Chairman of the PICU-MCIT. All the agreed uponMilestones of the Project Management Specialist will be considered complete only upon the acceptance and formal approval of theChairman-PICU. All payments will be paid within 30 days fromthe date of submission of approved and signed Invoice, MonthlyActivity/Time Sheet and the Monthly Report, both in English and Pashtu/Dari languages. Facilities to be given by MCIT: a)      The following services and facilities will be provided by the MCIT, withoutanycost to the Consultant: i) Data:   The MCIT will provide the Consultant with access to all available data, information,maps, drawings and internal documents relevant to the consulting services. All reference material will be loaned to the Consultantand shall be returned at the completion of the assignment or earlier, as may be requested; ii) Access.    The MCIT will arrange for accessby the Consultant to key officials in the government agencies, local authorities and departments concerned with subjects related tothe project; iii) Training facilities: The MCIT will provideto the consultant all the facilities needed to perform the training activities. b)      Logistical support:  The MCIT will provide the consultant with: ·        suitable office space, including office space for all other Consultants, ashired for the PMO and the Project; ·         Telephone in office and atresidence, including telephones for other offices of PMO and the Project, with enough credit foruse. ·        Internet access in office and at residence, with enough credit foruse; ·        Office furniture and equipment for all the ProjectStaff; ·         Clerical staff andtranslators; ·        Dedicated Car  for ProjectManagement Specialist; ·        Dedicated transport for PMO, as required for execution of the ProjectTasks; ·        Entry Visa, Employment Card, ID Card and Visa renewal facilities; ·        Limited Security cover, asand whenrequired; ·        All other Administrative support as required for execution of theProject.
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