Township Level Technical Assistance
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
Department of RuralDevelopment
Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and RuralDevelopment
National Community Driven Development Project
Assignment Title: Township Level TechnicalAssistance
Township Clusters (TC) by Region/State
No of townships per cluster,beginning in
Potential expansion intoadditional townships in
subsequent years up toa
Mon, Kayinand Tanintharyi
The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has received financing from the World Bank toimplement the National Community Driven Development Project (NCDD) under the Department of Rural Development (DRD) of the Ministryof Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development.The Government intends to apply part of the Grant proceeds to hire consultingservices for new townships to be covered starting in year 3 of project implementation, e.g. around September 2015.
The consulting services (the "Services") include:
§ Assisting township DRD offices in planning, implementing andmonitoring project activities in the respective townships in line with the procedures contained in the Project Operations Manualand directions received from the DRD union office.
§ Assisting villages and village tracts in (i) the preparation andannual revision of development plans; (ii) sub-project technical design, cost estimation, review and approval; (iii) sub-projectimplementation, including adherence to environmental and social safeguards outlined in the Operations Manual, procurement of laborand materials and supervision during implementation; and (iv) organization of annual social audits.
§ Assisting village tract project support committees to manageproject funds in a transparent and accountable manner.
§ Where applicable, providing technical support as needed to existing projecttownships within the State/Region.
The consulting services will be procured in seven separate contracts, covering thegeographic areas outlinedbelow. Technical assistance willbegin in two tofour townships (as per the table above) starting in October 2015, and depending on performance and project needs may be increasedinto additional townships in 2016 up to the total listed above.
The consultant teams will include five full time experts based in each township: (i) team leader/trainingspecialist, (ii) finance officer, (iii) procurement officer, (iv) monitoring and evaluation officer, (v) communication/socialaccountability/gender officer. Furthermore, there may be a national senior advisor as well as short term inputs by an internationalCDD expert to support the township teams. In addition, the Consultant will also locally recruit community facilitators (1 CF per 2villagetracts or 8 villages) and technical facilitators (1 TF per 3 village tracts or 15 villages) to be based in each township. Ineach township,this team shall be in place for a period of 24 months starting from 1October 2015 to build the capacity of local DRDoffices, with an annual review at the end of the first 24 month period in a given township to see what remaining inputs may beneeded in each township. Given the phased natureof township expansion, the contract will be for a period of 48 months.
DRD now invites eligible consulting firms or NGOs ("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing theseServices. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevantexperience to perform the Services in one or more of the townships in the aforementioned locations. Consultants may associate withother NGOs/firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications.
Expressions of Interest must be submitted in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or bye-mail) by 18 May, 2015 andclearly indicate the township cluster(s) in which the Consultant is interested. Consultants may indicate more than one township cluster in their Expressions ofInterest.
Following a review of Expressions of Interest, DRD will invite short-listed consultants to prepare fullproposals. Consultants will be selected inaccordance with the QBS method set out in the Consultant Guidelines. Contracts will be structured primarily as lump sum payments against agreed outputs. The short-listing criteria are:
? Past experience with community based development activities in similar conditions as in Myanmar, with priorexperience in Myanmar desirable;
? Size of relevant assignment contracts over the past five years.
Further information and detailed sample terms of reference may be obtained from the NCDD Project webpage: http://www.cdd.drdmyanmar.org or the address below during office hours from 09h00 to 16h00, Monday through Friday,except public holidays.
Attn: U Khant Zaw (Deputy ChiefEngineer)
NCDD ProjectSecretariat Office
Department of Rural Development
Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development
Office No. 14, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
Tel. & Fax: 067- 409071
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org