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:
- PIU Capacity Building
- GBV Service Provider Mapping and the development of a GBV Referral Pathway for the Grievance Mechanism
- Stakeholder Engagement and GBV/SEA/SH Awareness Raising
- 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:
- Manager of the assignment (with experience in one of the below areas)
- GBV/SEA/SH trainer
- Communications expert
- Health expert (with specialization in addressing situations of GBV)
- Psychosocial counsellor
- 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
P.O.Box 609, Banjul
Tel: +220 4376607 / 4376608
Fax: +220 4375990
Terms of Reference for the Recruitment of a Consultant 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)
 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.
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