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MW Skills Development Project - P131660

  Lilongwe 3 Malawi — National Council for Higher Education
Published June 8, 2015 — Deadline June 16, 2015 (3 years ago)
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Contract notice
Consultancy For Environmental And Social Impact Assessment NationalCouncil for Higher Education                                                                 MalawiGovernment SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (SDP) REQUEST FOREXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (CONSULTINGSERVICES ? INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT SELECTION) Country                        : Malawi Name ofProject          : SKILLSDEVELOPMENT PROJECT. AssignmentTitle         : CONSULTANCY FORENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL IMPACTASSESSMENT ReferenceNumber      : NCHE/SDP/ESIA/01/0515 IssueDate                    :29th May, 2015 ClosingDate               : 16th June, 2015 1.0              INTRODUCTION TheNational Council for Higher Education (NCHE) is coordinating aGovernment of Malawi Skills Development Project (SDP) with support from theWorld Bank. The SDP is implemented in selected public institutions (ChancellorCollege, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MzuzuUniversity and Polytechnic) and Technical, Entrepreneurship and VocationalEducation and Training Agency (TEVETA). The proposed project aims at developingthe skillsneeded for improving employment outcomes and increasing productivity amongyouth and underserved populations by increasing access, enhancing marketrelevance, and increasing the results orientation of the participatinginstitutions. Additionally, the project aims to strengthen capacitiesof the Ministryof Education, Science and Technology (MoEST), National Council for HigherEducation (NCHE), Technical, Entrepreneurship and Vocational Education andTraining Authority (TEVETA) and participating institutions for policydevelopment, programme planning and implementation. In line with the National EducationSector Policy,the participating institutions in this project will expand equitable access to educationin their programmes under the SDP: A recent study on higher educationinMalawi identified limited and dilapidated infrastructure as a constraint toexpansion of equitable access and improvement of market relevance in theseinstitutions. Consequently, these institutions have submitted improvement plansas part of the proposed SDP detailing their infrastructure needs, which take upa large share of the resources allocated under the project. Given thelargeinvestment in the proposed infrastructure, there is need to ensure that theinfrastructure in the improvement plans is optimum and relevant for thedelivery of the proposed programmes. Initial appraisal of the project under World Bank Safeguards Policieshas indicated potential negative environmental and social impacts andacategory B rating; requiringthe development of Environment and Social Management Plans (ESMP) andResettlement Action Plans (RAP), also required by the Government of Malawi's EnvironmentalManagement Act (1996) and Environmental Social Impact Assessment Guidelines(1997). While most of the SDP ParticipatingInstitutionshave finalised the definition of scope of infrastructure constructionandrehabilitation works, some sites have yet to be identified and alternate sitesmight be under consideration for some of the proposed activities. In accordance with the World Bank'sOperational Policy OP 4.01 (Environment Assessment) and Malawi's EnvironmentManagement Act (60:02), detailed Environmental and Social Impact Assessment(EIA) reports have to be prepared for the infrastructure development andrehabilitation works in all of the proposed sites. The report will detail mainpotential impacts and mitigation measures to be undertaken prior to and duringconstruction phase of the project. In order to achieve this, SDPthrough NCHEseeks the services of an individual consultant to work closely with the participatinginstitutions to carry out Environmental and Social Impact Assessmentsin theseinstitutions. 2.0             SCOPE OF WORK An Environmental and Social Management Framework has beenprepared toguide on environmental screening and management of all sub-projects under SDP.Therein, it is indicated that the project has triggered the followingWorld Bank's Operational Policies: OP 4.01Environmental Assessment   OP 4.12Involuntary Resettlement OP 4.11Physical Cultural Properties Recent screening of the potentialsites has indicated that some of the construction work is likely to take placeon forested land; the consultant will therefore need to conduct furtherscreening to confirm and document the need for triggering OP 4.36 on Forests. In the process of carrying outenvironmentalassessment studies, the consultant should also make due considerationofrelevant Malawi Environmental policies, laws, guidelines, procedures andstandards for implementation of public sector projects in this category. The scope of work to prepare thestudy would involve: (i) baseline studies, through desk review of relevantdocuments available in the country and field studies; (ii) assessmentanddetermination of impacts (to include impact identification, prediction, evaluationand interpretation); and (iii) development of Environmental and SocialManagement for each sub-project for direct project impacts, includingmitigation measures, capacity and awareness building requirements to implementthose measures, and monitoring. 3.0      Objectives Theoverall objective of the consultancy is to develop anEnvironmental and Social Impact Management and Resettlement Plans foreachsub-project of SDP. The expected outputs of theassignment are: i.           Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report thatincludes an Environmental and Social Management Plan and an Environmental andSocial Monitoring Plan ii.           ResettlementAction Plan. 4.0       Tasks to be carried out The consultant will carry out the following: i.              Collect,analyse and present baseline information on the environmental characteristicsof the existing situation in the proposed project sites. Given that amajorityof sites will be within the confines of pre-selected institutions, thedescription and analysis should include: ·        Physical environment, which includes watercourses, forested areas,trees, etc. ·        Social environment, includingpopulation census and socio-economicactivitieson proposed sites that are likely to be affected during the project, and where appropriateidentify areas of cultural significance, community structures, genderandmembers of vulnerable groups' dynamics, and etc. ii.              Identifyand describe all pertinent legislation, regulations and standards governing theenvironmental quality, solid and liquid waste management, health and safety. iii.              Identifypotential environmental impacts that could result from the project. Describeand analyse all significant changes expected due to the proposed projectsfocusing on both negative and positive impacts. The impacts include environmental,and social impacts which could both be positive or negative. iv.              Analyse anddescribe occupational and health concerns likely toarise as a result of construction and operations of the proposed activities. v.                    Undertake a full public participationand consultations on the positive and negative impacts of the projectamongstthe key stakeholders at District Council level; communities includingparent-teachersassociations, students associations, teachers unions, and other relevant stakeholders. Organise meetings and forumsfor public participation to enable interested and affected parties topresenttheir concerns and opinions regarding the proposed project. a.  Propose feasiblemitigation measures for the identified negative environmentaland social impacts that could result from the proposed project activities. b.  DevelopEnvironmental andSocial Management Plans (ESMP) that willinclude those mitigation measures along with monitoring and institutionalmeasures to eliminate, minimize or reduce to acceptable levels the adverse socialand environmental impacts that could minimize the socio-economic benefits ofthe proposed activities. Provide a cost outlay for the proposed measures aswell as their institutional and financial support mechanisms. c.   Develop anEnvironmental and Social Monitoring Plan (ESMP) whichshall provide specific descriptions and technical details of monitoringmeasures, including parameters to be measured, methods to be applied,andsampling locations, frequency of measurements or data collection, anddefinitions of thresh-holds that will signal the need for corrective actions. TheMonitoring Plan will also describe the monitoring and reporting procedures aswell as the timeframes and implementation mechanisms and provide details of thestaffing requirement and cost outlays for the implementation of the plan. d.  Prepareappropriate Resettlement Action Plans (RAP) in line withthe World Bank policy framework guidelines on Involuntary Resettlement (OP4.12), the Environmental Management Act (1996) and other the legal requirementsof the country. 5.0Report reviews NCHE will establish a ReviewCommittee comprising officials (2 from NCHE, 1 from MoEST and 1 from each participatinginstitution) to guide the consultant. The consultant will produce a series ofreports in English during his/her assignment. The reports will be submitted intriplicate to the Review Committee through the SDP Project Coordinator at NCHEaccording to the following deliverables. 6.0 Deliverablesof the Consultancy Deliverables will besubmitted to NCHE for reviewandapproval through the Skill Development Project Coordinator. The followingdeliverables will be expected from the assignment: # Deliverable TimePeriod Three (3) hard copies of an inceptionreport that clearly illustrates how the assignment shall be executed,including proposed time-lines and milestones. 1 week after contractsigning Three (3) hard copiesofEnvironmental and Social Impact Assessment Report that includes anEnvironmental and Social Management Plan and an Environmental and Social MonitoringPlan as one document for each Participating Institution. 2 weeks afterpresentation of Inception Report. Three (3) hard copies of Resettlement Action Plans for eachParticipating Institution; 1 week aftersubmission of the above reports. Meetings with the institutions to review, deliberate, vet andadopt the above reports. 1 week after thesubmission of the above reports. Final report to NCHE 1 week afterworkshop has been conducted. 7.0 Reporting Mechanism The Consultant will enter into a contract with NCHE andwill report to the SDP Coordinator at NCHE during the entire period of thecontract. 8.0 Timeframefor the Consultancy Duration of thisassignment is 2 months from the date of signing the contract. 9.0 IndicativePaymentTerm The Payment schedule is as follow: # Deliverable Amount Signing of the contract 10% ofcontracted amount Three (3) hard copies of an inceptionreport that clearly illustrates how the assignment shall be executed,including proposed time-lines and milestones. 20%of contracted amount Three (3) hard copies of Environmental and Social Impact  AssessmentReport that includes anEnvironmental and Social Management Plan and an Environmental and Social MonitoringPlan as one document for each Participating Institution. 20%of contracted amount Three (3) hard copiesof Resettlement Action Plans for each ParticipatingInstitution; 20%of contracted amount Meetings with theinstitutions to review, deliberate, vet and adopt the above reports. 20%of contracted amount Finalreport to NCHE 10%of contracted amount 10.0Qualifications The desired person should have: i.        A Master's degree or its equivalent in EnvironmentalStudies, Physical Planning, Architectural Studies or any related field; Experience i.     Have aminimum of 5 years working experience inrelated consultancies; ii.     Demonstrate expertise and practical knowledge ofEnvironmental and Social Impact needs assessment; and iii.     Demonstrate excellence in written and spokenEnglish. 11.0         Location of Assignment The consultancy is based at NCHE Secretariat inLilongwe. 12.0   Conflict ofInterest The attention of interested Consultants is drawnto 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. ("Consultant Guidelines"), settingforth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest. 13.0   SelectionCriteria A Consultant will be selected inaccordance with the Individual Consultants Selection (IC) method set out in theConsultant Guidelines. 14.0   Furtherinformation Further information can be obtained attheaddress below at paragraph (12) during office hours from 8.00 to 12.00; 13.00to 16.00 hours local time (Monday to Friday, except national public holidays). 15.0    Submission Expressions of interest must bedelivered in a written form to the address below at paragraph (16) (in person,or by mail, or by e-mail) by16thJune ,2015. Late EOIs willbe rejected. The EOIs must be clearlymarked "Expression of Interest forIndividual Consultant on Environmental and Social Impact Assessment."  Applicationsshould enclose detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV), plus names of 3 (three)traceable referees. 16.0   Address for the Clarification,further detailsand submission of the EOIs: The SDP Project Coordinator, (Attn: The ProcurementSpecialist) Skills Development Project (SDP), Physical Address: NationalCouncil for Higher Education, HBHouse, Block A AlongPaul Kagame Road, Next to Chipiku Plus, Postal Address: Private Bag B371, Lilongwe3, Malawi. Phone  : +265 01 755 884 Email   : rchinula@nche.ac.mw :rchinula@gmail.com : fmazaza@nche.ac.mw :fynessmazaza@yahoo.co.uk

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Project ID
Project Title
MW Skills Development Project
Notice No
Notice Type
Request for Expression of Interest
Notice Status
Borrower Bid Reference
Procurement Method
Quality And Cost-Based Selection
Language of Notice
Submission Deadline Date/Time
June 16, 2015 16:30
Published Date
June 8, 2015
National Council for Higher Education
The SDP Project Coordinator
Private Bag B371
Lilongwe 3
Postal Code
01 755 88

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