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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (CONSULTING SERVICES – FIRMS SELECTION) – : Consultant to Implement Gender-Based Violence Mapping of Services, Prevention and Response (GBV) Activities, particularly Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA), and Sexual Harassment (SH)

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

(CONSULTING SERVICES – FIRMS SELECTION)

 

 

The Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP)

Loan No./Credit No./ Grant No.: IDA-D6530

Assignment Title: Consultant to Implement Gender-Based Violence Mapping of Services, Prevention and Response (GBV) Activities, particularly Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA), and Sexual Harassment (SH)

Reference No. (as per Procurement Plan): GM-NAWEC-181510-CS-CQS-BIS

 

The GERMP additional financing, with the amount of USD 43 million, is currently under preparation and is approved by the World Bank Board of Executive Directors on June 29th, 2020. This project, which expands the scope of the parent GERMP, aims to improve the operational performance of the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC), which provides electricity and water services throughout most of the country.

 

The World Bank’s recent Good Practice Note on Combating Sexual Violence in the Financing of Major Civil Works Investment Projects (GBV Good Practice Note), recognizes that projects involving civil works may increase the risk of SEA and SH, including violence against children (VAC), which may be manifested in different ways, for example:

 

  • Projects like the Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) with a large potential influx of workers and higher wages for workers can increase the demand for transactional sex or the risk of early marriage in a community where marriage to a project employee is considered the best livelihood strategy for an adolescent. The risk of SEA between workers and minors may also increase.
  • Projects create changes in the communities in which they operate, especially a shift in power dynamics between members of the community and within households. For example, men in the community may be embarrassed when they think that workers are interacting with women of their community or when women working on the project are starting to bring more money than usual into the households. As a result, risks of abuse can occur not only between project staff and those living on and around the project site but also within the households of project-affected communities.

With oversight from the GERMP Project Implementation Unit’s (PIU) Social and Gender Specialists, the overall objective of this assignment is to assist the GERMP PIU in the mapping of related services, prevention, risk mitigation, and response to GBV/SEA/SH. The Consultant chosen will closely work with the NAWEC PIU to provide technical assistance and help the institution be able to handle this issue independently in the long term.

 

The Consultant will develop and implement a range of activities to address GBV/SEA/SH risks. These activities are grouped into the following components:

 

  1. PIU Capacity Building
  2. GBV Service Provider Mapping and the development of a GBV Referral Pathway for the Grievance Mechanism
  3. Stakeholder Engagement and GBV/SEA/SH Awareness Raising
  4. Training to the GM Operator on GBV/SEA/SH on how to provide service referrals and conduct proper record keeping

 

The total duration of the Consultant intervention will be defined by the project, depending upon its level of risk and the first diagnostic findings. Outreach activities will continue regularly throughout the project cycle.

 

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be obtained from NAWEC’s Website: www.nawec.gm.

 

National Water and Electricity Company Limited (NAWEC) now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.

 

The shortlisting criteria are:

 

The Consultant must:

  • Be legally incorporated in The Gambia.
  • Have a code of conduct and a clear internal policy aimed at preventing and responding to harassment, exploitation, and sexual abuse, including a regular staff training plan that meets the minimum international standards.
  • Have at least 10 years of work experience in the arena of GBV prevention and response programming in project-affected communities, including proven track record related to GBV projects delivered and trust built with communities.
  • Have strong interpersonal skills and the capacity to apply a survivor-centred approach to support, guide, listen, assess, plan, and follow up on services and survivor support, including an understanding of key survivor care principles.
  • Have experience in delivering gender and GBV-related sensitization training and awareness-raising activities to a wide range of audiences, including in challenging environments (e.g. law enforcement agencies).
  • Have experience and knowledge regarding the ethical and confidential collection and management of GBV-related case data.
  • At a minimum, the team is expected to include, but not be limited to, the following key positions/expertise:

 

  1. Manager of the assignment (with experience in one of the below areas)
  2. GBV/SEA/SH trainer
  3. Communications expert
  4. Health expert (with specialization in addressing situations of GBV)
  5. Psychosocial counsellor
  6. Legal expert

 

The team must include local experts with work experience in the project area of influence. The team should be composed of both women and men.

 

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to Section III, paragraphs, 3.14, 3.16, and 3.17 of the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” July 2016 and revised November 2017 and August 2018   (“Procurement Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

 

Consultants may associate with other firms to enhance their qualifications but should indicate clearly whether the association is in the form of a joint venture and/or a sub-consultancy. In the case of a joint venture, all the partners in the joint venture shall be jointly and severally liable for the entire contract, if selected.

 

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Consultant’s Qualification-based Selection method set out in the Procurement Regulations.

 

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours from 09:00 to 16:00:

 

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by October 9th, 2020.

 

The Managing Director

National Water and Electricity Company

Attn: Haddy Njie – Project Coordinator

53 Mamadi Maniyang Highway

Kanifing, K.M.C.

P.O.Box 609, Banjul

The Gambia

Tel: +220 4376607 / 4376608

Fax: +220 4375990

E-mail: hnjie@nawec.gm (and copy to mfsanyang@nawec.gm)

Terms of Reference for the Recruitment of a Consultant[1] to Implement Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response (GBV) Activities, particularly Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA), and Sexual Harassment (SH), as part of the Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP)

[1] Please note that the Consultant to be recruited under this TOR may be an NGO, private firm, or agency, or individual or group of individuals.

Click on the link below for the

Final Terms of Reference GERMP GBV Mapping and Action Plan 6Aug2020

 

Public Notice – 30 kV Line Laminkoto/Diabugu RAP (Re-Settlement Action Plan) Census

Public Notice – 30 kV Line Laminkoto/Diabugu RAP (Re-Settlement Action Plan) Census

The Government of The Gambia (GOTG), with financing from the European Investment Bank and the World Bank’s Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP), intends to construct a Medium Voltage 30 kV Transmission and Distribution line from Laminkoto to Diabugu with branches to electrify satellite communities like the branch from Kaleng Jawbeh to Bush Town.

A survey/census will be conducted to identify all the affected persons along those corridors between Saturday, 19th of September to Friday 25th of September 2020. The cut-off date to be included in the census will be on Friday,25th September 2020.

The T&D line spans the Districts of Sami in the Central River Region (CRR) and Sandu in the Upper River Region (URR). The proposed route of the transmission and distribution line is along the Laminkoto-Passamas road corridor in the northern bank of The Gambia, terminating in Diabugu Batapa.

The trajectory of the line will follow the road alignment, connecting the intermediate communities between Laminkoto and Diabugu. Additionally, T-offs (branches) will be created where necessary, and lines will be constructed to connect communities located away from the main road alignment. Some of the lines branching off from the main road would run through farmlands to supply the communities with both Medium Voltage (MV) and Low Voltage (LV) electricity. A total of 46 communities would be connected along this transmission corridor.

All those whose land(s) will be affected by the Project (especially, those living within the below cited 46 affected communities) are requested to contact NAWEC Project Management Unit (PMU) as soon as possible.

The Alkalos of these areas will inform the Project Affected Persons of the days they are supposed to meet with the consultant surveyors.

The team of consultants will be on-site from Saturday 19 to Friday 25 of September 2020. Please bring all documentation proving ownership or use of this land to the meeting with the surveyors.

Claimants who move into this land on or after September 25 will not be counted in the census.

For further information, contact:

Between Saturday 19 to Friday 25 of September 2020, claimants who feel they should be included, should contact the projects Grievance Mechanism (GM) through one of the contacts listed above, or visit the PMU office, located at Emporium Complex, 114 Kairaba Avenue, Kanifing Municipality, The Gambia to arrange a meeting with the surveyor.

But given the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing regulations from the WHO and the Government of The Gambia, it is recommended to contact the PMU via telephone or email.

List of villages affected

Request for Bids – Construction of 30kV line Laminkoto-Diabugu-Batapa with distribution network and secondary substations for Sami and Sandu districts villages

Specific Procurement Notice

Request for Bids

Construction of 30kV line Laminkoto-Diabugu-Batapa with the distribution network and secondary substations for Sami and Sandu districts villages

 

Employer: National Water and Electricity Company Limited

Project: Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project

Contract title: Construction of 30kV line Laminkoto-Diabugu-Batapa with the distribution network and secondary substations for Sami and Sandu districts villages

Country: The Gambia

Loan No. /Credit No. / Grant No.: D309-GM

RFB No: GM-NAWEC-88924-CW-RFB

Issued on: 4th August 2020

 

NAWEC has extended Bid submission date and Bid opening date for the above to November 5th, 2020 (Bid Data Sheet, ITB 23.1 and 26.1). All other conditions of the bidding documents remain unchanged.

 

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (REOI) (CONSULTING SERVICES – FIRMS SELECTION) WEST AFRICAN POWER POOL SOLAR DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA (PHASE 1)

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (REOI)

(CONSULTING SERVICES – FIRMS SELECTION)

WEST AFRICAN POWER POOL

SOLAR DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA (PHASE 1)

Grant Nº: D3320

Project Identification No: P162580

Reference No:  BJ-WAPP-102165-CS-QCBS

Country: Multinational-West African Power Pool (The Gambia)

 

Assignment Title: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for a 150 MWp Regional Solar Park in The Gambia

The WEST AFRICAN POWER POOL (WAPP), a specialized institution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), headquartered in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Solar development in Sub-Saharan Africa project (Phase I) and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

The Consulting services (“the Services”) include the preparation of a detailed Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) report comprising an Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP), and a Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for the identified site(s) of the Solar Park with Storage and the transmission lines between the Park and the utility substation.

 

The overall objective is to identify and assess the environmental and social impacts and risks inherent in the implementation of the project and prepare an ESMP by screening, scoping, defining baseline scenarios, predicting impacts, and developing robust and applicable management and monitoring plans to avoid, mitigate or remedy them according to the World Bank safeguards policies.

 

Specifically, the Services, among others, has to help : (i) validate from an environmental and social point of view the identified site(s), the transmission lines between the Park and the utility substation; (ii) develop an ESIA, ESMP, and a RAP after site (s) validation in order to obtain the “Environmental Permits” and “Funding Approvals” for the construction of the 150 MWp regional solar power plant ; (iii) identify all impacts on the biological, physical, economic, social and human environments and analyse the risks/variants/alternatives for the project; (iv) develop a Public Consultation Plan (PCP) and the Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) for the construction phase; (v) prevent an environmental degradation (safety and hygiene management) of the site (s) and the deterioration of the living environment of the populations after completion of the project.

 

The Consultant shall work closely with the consulting team responsible for the feasibility study and the Transaction Advisory Services to ensure the timely completion of the studies under this consultancy.

The total execution period of the assignment is estimated at 34 weeks i.e. eight and a half (8.5) months after the start of the services. The scheduled start date for the mission is December 2020.

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be found at the following WAPP website: http://www.ecowapp.org/en/tenders

Please note that these TOR are indicative and could change before the publication of the Request for Proposals.

The WEST AFRICAN POWER POOL now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.

Shortlisting Criteria

The Shortlisting Criteria are:

  • Successfully completion of at least five (5) similar assignments (solar, thermal and hydroelectric power plants of at least 10 MW and on more than 100 ha), and two similar line studies project (HV power line of at least 90 kV on at least 10 km)
  • Strong experience in ESIA for similar solar park projects and the preparation of associated RAP and ESMP successfully completed over the last 10 years;
  • Good knowledge of The Gambia’s laws and regulations on land management and public utility expropriation and demonstrated capacity in environmental and social studies, gender-based violence and land management issues including the World Bank’s environmental and social safeguards policies on land acquisition/use/restrictions and involuntary resettlement;
  • Availability of in-house staff with strong technical and ESIA expertise with proven capabilities in developing solar ESIA projects in accordance with sustainable development principles. The firm must count with at least 3 keys out 8 specialists whose expertise may be called upon for the Services as part of its permanent staff.
  • Provide information about the references provided.
  • Good knowledge of the West African region

 

Key Experts will not be evaluated at the shortlisting stage.

The attention of the interested Consultants is drawn to Section III, paragraphs 3.14, 3.16 and 3.17 of the “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers”, World Bank Edition, July 2016 Edition (revised in November 2017 and August 2018) (“Procurement Regulations“), setting out the World Bank’s policy on conflicts of interest.

Consultants may associate with other firms to enhance their qualifications and shall indicate clearly whether the association is in the form of a joint-venture and/or a sub-consultancy. In the case of a joint venture, all the partners in the joint venture shall be jointly and severally liable for the entire contract, if selected.

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the “Quality and Cost-based Selection” method set out in the Consultant Guidelines.

Expressions of interest must be submitted in writing in English. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, submissions must be done in PDF format and delivered by email only before September 21, 2020 (10:00 am  Cotonou time) to the WAPP Secretariat procurement email address: procurement@ecowapp.org

 

Due to the COVID-19, hard copies shall not be accepted, and any hard copy sent to the WAPP Secretariat will be rejected. Proposals received by the WAPP after the expiry date  indicated above will be rejected

Expressions of Interest must clearly bear in the email subject the mention: “EOI – ESIA for a 150 MWp Regional Solar Park in The Gambia -Ref:  BJ-WAPP-102165-CS-QCBS”.

Expressions without the subject mention above may not be identified on time as such we strongly recommend that all applicants follow the above instruction.

Applicants wishing to participate in the opening of applications received, which will be hosted online, should send a request to the address below to Mr Mouhamadou S. Diedhiou via msdiedhiou@ecowapp.org no later than September 14, 2020, and the link to join the virtual meeting will be communicated to them. Answers to questions can be obtained by sending them to andorere@ecowapp.org; copies to  msdiedhiou@ecowapp.org ; bhessou@ecowapp.org; shouessou@ecowapp.org; mmodjinou@ecowapp.org

 

The Minutes of the opening session of the expressions of interest that were received will be communicated to all bidders immediately after the event.

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (REOI) (CONSULTING SERVICES – FIRMS SELECTION) WEST AFRICAN POWER POOL SOLAR DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA (PHASE 1)

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (REOI)

(CONSULTING SERVICES – FIRMS SELECTION)

WEST AFRICAN POWER POOL

SOLAR DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA (PHASE 1)

Grant Nº: D3320

Project Identification No: P162580

Reference No:  BJ-WAPP-102167-CS-QCBS

Country: Multinational-West African Power Pool (The Gambia)

 

Assignment Title: Transaction Advisor Services for the development of a 150 MWp Regional Solar Park in The Gambia

The WEST AFRICAN POWER POOL (WAPP), a specialized institution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), headquartered in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Solar development in Sub-Saharan Africa project (Phase I) and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

The Consulting Services (“the Services”) include Transaction Advisor (TA) to support the development of a 150 MWp Regional Solar Park with Storage in The Gambia. The overall objective is to design a solar auction system in The Gambia for the selection of one or more IPPs to finance, construct and operate the Regional Solar Park.

Contractually, the transactional advisory support for the solar auction is divided into two (2) phases, of which the second is optional. The first (1st) phase focuses on the design of an auction and financial structuring for which the WAPP is the fiduciary client and the second (2nd) phase of support to the launch and smooth running of the auction for which the Government of The Gambia is the fiduciary client.

In Phase 1, the Transaction Advisor will be required to perform/provide, among others, the

  1. legal due diligence of the Regional Solar Park in The Gambia;
  2. Evaluation of Commercial Contracts and Drafting of Contracts;
  3. state to the art advice on the structure of the contractual arrangements
  4. present working models and tools for the management and implementation of the project;
  5. financial due diligence;
  6. the auction process and its documentation;
  7. the evaluation and preparation of Contracts/agreements including commercial Contracts and prepare all key documents such as the Concession Agreement, the Power Transmission Contract, the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and the Direct Agreement (together with the “Project Contracts”) and organize consultations with the private sector and the Government to ensure the direction of the auction.
  8. consultation with the private sector in coordination with the Government;
  9. capacity building of stakeholders.

The Transaction Advisor will be required in Phase 2 to provide support to the bidding process and the selection of the auction winner. This phase, which may be the subject of a separate contract to be signed with The Government of The Gambia, is optional and will only be awarded after satisfactory completion of Phase 1 services and subject to the availability of funding and the procurement rules of the parties concerned. Consultants are, however, required to submit a proposal for this phase (Phase 2).

Phase 2 will cover, among others, the

  1. supporting the IPP pre-screening process;
  2. supporting the tendering process;
  3. supporting the bid evaluation of bids;
  4. tract negotiation phase and required support to financial close.

 

The Consultant for the TA shall work closely with the consulting team responsible for the Feasibility Study (FS) and the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) to ensure the timely completion of the studies under this consultancy.

The level of effort of key personnel required for Phase 1 is estimated at 18 man-months and the total mission implementation period is estimated at 20 weeks after the signing of the contract. For the optional phase (Phase 2), the level of effort is estimated at 19 man-months for a duration of 6 months. The tentative planned start date of the mission is March 2021.

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be found at the following WAPP website: http://www.ecowapp.org/en/tenders

Please note that these TOR are indicative and could change before the publication of the Request for Proposals.

The WEST AFRICAN POWER POOL now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.

 The Shortlisting Criteria are:

  1. Successful completion of at least two similar assignments as Transaction Advisor for renewable energy infrastructure projects including legal and regulatory due diligence;
  2. Successful completion of at least two similar assignments as Transaction Advisor for a solar PV project, which included management of the tendering process under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), including preparation of the tender documents, assistance in contract award and provision of advisory services until the financial close of the project;
  3. Successful completion of the development of solar auctions for the selection of IPP(s);
  4. Successful completion of at least two financial analysis assignments, with relevant project finance experience through to financial close for power generation projects either funded by public resources (Government budget and support from TFP) or private investments (various formats of PPP with private sector participation);
  5. Experience in the technical design of solar PV Park with storage and evaluation of tariff;
  6. Experience in the West African electricity sub-sector.

Key Experts will not be evaluated at the shortlisting stage.

The attention of the interested Consultants is drawn to Section III, paragraphs 3.14, 3.16 and 3.17 of the “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers”, World Bank Edition, July 2016 Edition (revised in November 2017 and August 2018) (“Procurement Regulations“), setting out the World Bank’s policy on conflicts of interest.

Consultants may associate with other firms to enhance their qualifications and shall indicate clearly whether the association is in the form of a joint-venture and/or a sub-consultancy. In the case of a joint venture, all the partners in the joint venture shall be jointly and severally liable for the entire contract, if selected.

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the “Quality and Cost-based Selection” method set out in the Consultant Guidelines.

Expressions of interest must be submitted in writing in English. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, submissions must be done in PDF format and delivered by email only before October 05, 2020 (10:00 am  Cotonou time) to the WAPP Secretariat procurement email address: procurement@ecowapp.org

 

The opening of received expressions will take place On October 5, 2020 at 10:30 am Cotonou time.

 

Due to the COVID-19, hard copies shall not be accepted, and any hard copy sent to the WAPP Secretariat will be rejected. Proposals received by the WAPP after the expiry date indicated above will be rejected.

Expressions of Interest must clearly bear in the email subject the mention: “EOI – Transaction Advisor Services for a 150 MWp Regional Solar Park in The Gambia -Ref:  BJ-WAPP-102167-CS-QCBS”.

Expressions without the subject mention above may not be identified on time as such we strongly recommend that all applicants follow the above instruction.

Applicants wishing to participate in the opening of applications received, which will be hosted online using Microsoft Teams, should send a request to the address below to Mr Mouhamadou S. Diedhiou via msdiedhiou@ecowapp.org no later than September 28, 2020, and the link to join the virtual meeting will be communicated to them. Answers to questions can be obtained by sending them to andorere@ecowapp.org; copies to  msdiedhiou@ecowapp.org; bhessou@ecowapp.org; hchaibi@ecowapp.org; mmodjinou@ecowapp.org;   

The Minutes of the opening session of the expressions of interest that were received will be communicated to all bidders immediately after the opening event.

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT – Bill Payment and Disconnection Campaign

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

NAWEC wishes to inform its customers that payment of both water and electricity bills are due on Friday 11th September 2020. Customers are hereby informed that NAWEC will embark on a massive disconnection campaign with effect from Saturday 12th September 2020. 2019.

Customers who have not settled their bills are urged to do so with immediate effect to avoid disconnection. Please note that any account(s) disconnected will only be restored after full payment is effected and the required reconnection fee paid. Customers are also informed that all arrears will be disconnected this time and the reconnection of services might take up to 72 hours. NAWEC solicits the cooperation of all its valued customers.

Thank you.