Gambia Energy Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) – Additional Financing Terms of Reference for a Water Engineer/M&E Consultant in the Project Implementation Unit (PIU)

Gambia Energy Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) – Additional Financing

Terms of Reference for a Water Engineer/M&E Consultant in the Project Implementation Unit (PIU)

Context

  1. The GERMP additional financing, in 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.

 

  1. NAWEC provides water and sewerage services to urban areas and provinces with more than 100,000 residents. However, it faces many challenges in service provision. In urban areas, about 69 percent of the population has access to safely managed water, but the quality of services is weak due to frequent service outages, with some neighborhoods not receiving water for days, weeks or even months at a time. Investments in service expansion are not enough to meet growing demand and water and sewerage assets are in need of rehabilitation and upgrades. In addition, water quality is a challenge in terms of high levels of nitrates, iron and salinity in drinking water.
  2. Dilapidated sewerage infrastructure and poor sanitation across the board are a looming health and environmental crisis. There is only one wastewater treatment plant in Greater Banjul, located in Kotu and serving mostly tourists. While there are stabilization ponds, they are overloaded, resulting in the regular discharge of inadequately treated sewage into natural receiving bodies. The second challenge is poor fecal sludge management. Many unconnected residents of GBA resort to poorly constructed septic tanks, or soak-aways constructed in areas with high water tables, with infrequent or inadequate collection and disposal of fecal sludge, which is often dumped in the open or in waterways that border agricultural zones. Poor fecal sludge management is already undermining water quality, and by extension water availability, mainly through nitrate contamination.
  3. NAWEC does not have some essential tools necessary for it to run its water business properly, which represent approximately ten percent of its revenues. These tools include: a functioning geographical information system (GIS) to manage its assets; a hydraulic model to monitor water flow; and hydraulic zones that could help it deliver water in an organized and systematic way. In addition, about 20,000 of the current 80,000 metered connections are faulty and NAWEC does not have enough bulk water meters and thus cannot accurately measure water production and distribution through its network, hence creating the need for district metered areas (DMAs).

The GERMP Additional Financing will provide essential support to NAWEC to address some of these challenges. The project plans to strengthen the utility’s functioning through a service contract covering both electricity and water; the introduction of water drinking modules in the information management system (IMS); training; and strategic studies on sanitation. A separate component will strengthen NAWEC’s planning on non-revenue water reduction; install retail meters and DMAs; introduce energy efficiency measures; rehabilitate storage tanks; finance new water connections; and improve water quality at selected water treatment facilities. Moreover, in light of the current coronavirus pandemic, the project will provide emergency support to NAWEC to purchase IT equipment for staff; supply water to unconnected areas through tanker trucks; purchase needed inputs to ensure continuity to service provision; provide handwashing and hygiene kits to the population; and implement hygiene campaigns. Annex 1 provides a more detailed overview of the project components.

Objective

  1. In this context, all of these activities will require significant technical and expert support to both NAWEC and the PIU to ensure smooth implementation progress. For this reason, the PIU is looking to recruit a Water Engineer/M&E Consultant (The Consultant) to join its team.

 

Scope of Work

 

  1. Under the supervision of the PIU Coordinator, the Consultant shall carry out the following tasks:
  • Provide technical expertise and strategic guidance on all relevant project components and support the Coordinator in the implementation of water-related project activities.
  • Advise on technical matters in relation to implementation of emergency COVID-19 activities;
  • Review the design parameters of works planned under the project (household connections, tank rehabilitations, iron removal and solar pumps) and provide advice to NAWEC and the Owner’s Engineer.
  • Contribute to the development of bills of quantities, technical specifications, technical designs and cost estimates for goods and works under the project;
  • Participate in the analysis of technical proposal and bids, and contract negotiations with bidders
  • Assist safeguards team in environmental impact assessments of proposed interventions
  • Follow closely the work of the Owner’s Engineer during the supervision and monitoring of works under Component 4;
  • Be available for technical support, undertake field visits etc., during implementation if required.
  • Monitor and prepare reports on implementation progress and challenges, including by monitoring key water indicators under the project
  • Participate in World Bank Task Team missions, as well as regular discussions with the Bank Task Team and the rest of the PIU staff related to project implementation
  • Respond to requests for information from the PIU Coordinator and the Bank Task Team about project status
  • Contribute to the training and capacity building activities for which the PIU is responsible.

 

Desired Qualifications

  1. The successful candidate is expected to have the following qualifications and profile:
  • A Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Hydrogeology or similar field.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in in providing project management or consultancy services for technical studies and investment projects in the water sector, including feasibility studies, detailed design of water infrastructure, construction, working with contractors, and contract management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of the water and sewerage sector in Gambia.

 

  • Project management experience and an excellent familiarity with the project cycle will be an advantage.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is a must.
  • Good communication and computer skills, including internet navigation and various MS Office applications (Word, Excel, and Power-point)

Contract Type and Duration

  1. The contract will be for an individual. The Consultant will report to the PIU Coordinator

 

  1. National and international candidates are eligible to apply.

 

  1. The position will be based in Banjul, Gambia full time.

 

  1. The estimated start date is July 2020. The successful candidate will sign a contract of one year renewable, based on good performance.

 

Application Process

  1. Interested candidates should submit their application as follows:
  • A recent CV documenting professional and academic experiences and qualifications relevant to the position
  • A letter indicating why the candidate considers himself/herself suitable for the required consultancy; this can be done online.

 

 

Annex 1: Description of Component 3, 4 and 5

 

  1. Component 3: Urgent institutional support for sector turnaround (US$16.5 million)Scale up support for NAWEC turnaround (US$10.0 million): The NAWEC restructuring process is underway but its implementation has revealed the need to reinforce the ongoing support to ensure that the reform process is successful. Supported activities would include:

a) Scale up of the NAWEC Service Contractor support, including adding water to the scope: the performance of the NAWEC SC has been highly satisfactory to date. The proposed AF would finance additional support from the SC to scale up the existing support to the electricity business such as (i) support the change management process to the reorganization to promote the sustainability of reforms, which would benefit both the water and electricity arms of the business; (ii) building fit-for-purpose financial, commercial and planning departments in NAWEC, which are shared functions by both the water and electricity arms of the business; (iii) building a regulatory affairs department including support for tariff applications under the new tariff methodology; (iv) support for the implementation of NAWEC’s Strategic Development Plan including systems for tracking utility performance data and energy efficiency practices; and (v) activities to improve the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) practices in NAWEC water and electricity operations. The Service Contractor will also provide capacity building support to NAWEC Water, which was not included in the SC’s original scope of work. The integration of water business will introduce requirements to manage climate change risks such as desalinization and contamination. The energy audit for the water business will lead to improve in efficiency thus reducing GHG emissions at the utility level. Combined savings from efficiency standards, utility-run energy-saving programs and energy building codes will directly reduce carbon pollution and prevent the need to increase energy production. Energy efficiency increase will make the equipment able to do the same or more with less electricity which contributes to climate change mitigation.

b. Scale up of IMS to include water: the AF would expand the scope of the IMS contract to include water modules, which were included in the bidding documents but not the negotiated contract due to lack of funds. These activities will improve efficiency of water management, thus reducing energy costs and GHG emissions which contributes directly to climate change mitigation. Reducing demand for energy by using SCADA system and digitalization will reduce the need for additional water supplies to meet the growing water demand.

c. Change management: the GESP and parent project have focused substantially on building the network, and institutional changes are underway including a new NAWEC Board. To solidify the change process, the AF will finance consultants, on fixed term performance contract, to advise and or be part of the NAWEC management team for key functions. The objective of this support will be to facilitate the change process within NAWEC and establish fit for purpose departments within the business, with a corporate culture which supports a shared vision for a well performing utility amongst its peers.

d. Support to modernize NAWEC: with activities such as (i) new energy efficient office buildings for the newly formed projects and planning directorate (part of the new NAWEC reorganization), which will also host the PIU; (ii) light rehabilitation of approximately 40 customer service centers, expected to provide one stop shops for water and electricity customers, including actions to improve the energy efficiency of these buildings; (iii) support for modernizing the NAWEC customer call center for water and electricity complaints; (iv) capacity building for NAWEC water staff on technical and financial matters, including through study tours, workshops and ad hoc technical experts; (v) scale up communications activities from the parent project, to potentially include rebranding of NAWEC; (vi) support to improve the OHS practices at NAWEC such as protective equipment and clothing for electricity, water and sewerage maintenance teams; and (vii) measures to promote gender equality in technical- and engineering jobs, as well as in the broader work environment.

 

  1. Scale up of strategic studies for energy and water (US$4.0 million): The recently launched energy sector roadmap is the key strategic reference point for the energy sector, while a similar reference document is under development for the water sector.[1] The scale up of activities will include additional strategic studies for NAWEC and the MoPE, such as:

 a) Joint energy and water

  • Auditor for the monitoring and validation of the NAWEC Performance Contract;
  • Gender gap assessment in the energy and water sectors, including assessment of the institutional dynamics of gender empowerment and implementing the associated action plan on gender equity;
  • Study to assess the options to structure the water and energy businesses;
  • Capacity building to modernize the MoPE, as well as study tours to facilitate south-south learning.

 b) Energy

  • Grid code to support dispatch of renewable energy and imports, and set quality standards;
  • Update of the energy policy and development of an electrification policy for the MoPE;
  • Studies required to scale up renewables and crowd-in private sector investment;

 c) Water and sanitation

  • A study on the Kotu wastewater treatment plant, including a feasibility study for improving its functionality in future (including an assessment of climate change risks such as sea level rise);
  • A diagnostic on fecal sludge management (FSM) in the GBA as well as a feasibility study for the construction of a new FSM treatment plant (with scenarios for reuse of treated sludge or potential for electricity generation thus contributing to climate change mitigation) ;
  • A review of the Banjul wastewater pumping station, including an assessment of how to improve its functionality.

3. Project management: Corresponding to the scale up of activities for water and electricity, the AF will finance associated project implementation costs including support to the PIU and scale up of funding for the preparation and implementation of safeguards instruments for activities under the parent project. The additional support will enable the PIU to hire a water engineer, scale up of the OE to include supervision for water civil works, and reinforce support on M&E and procurement for the water activities.

[1] The AfD is funding a water masterplan and a sanitation and drainage masterplan that will provide clarity on sector  demand, supply and investment needs.

 

  1. Component 4: Short-term investments to address the water crisis (US$11.5 million):

a. Supporting NAWEC to develop a NRW reduction plan (US$4.2 million): A technical assistance firm will be hired to develop and implement a NRW plan, including developing hydraulic zones and DMAs; developing an active leakage detection program; installing bulk meters (85 percent of the bulk meters need to be replaced); purchasing and installing automated meter reading (AMR) systems (approximately 20,000) to replace faulty or outdated meters; piloting pre-paid meters for administrative and commercial customers; and constructing a new meter workshop on NAWEC’s premises to calibrate and repair faulty meters. NAWEC also needs equipment and spare parts materials for water distribution network maintenance. Lastly, this activity will support the development of a study to assess the options for addressing NRW in future, including cost estimates and recommendations for the best implementation modalities. NRW activities will contribute to energy efficiency gains leading to lower emissions and reducing stress on existing water sources while maintaining or increasing the level of service which contributes to climate change mitigation and adaptation. More efficient water supply services will make the targeted communities less vulnerable to the growing climate change–related risk of droughts.

b. New connections (US$3.8 million): The AF will finance about 5,000 new household connections to extend NAWEC’s customer base. This activity will entail minor works to connect households to the main distribution line, including installing UPVC and PEHD pipes, as well as small pipes and fittings. In addition, the newly connected households will be fitted with AMR enabled retail meters, which should improve the accuracy of meter readings as currently NAWEC lacks the human and technical resources to ensure timely and accurate readings (e.g. three meter readers per sector serving thousands of customers). Higher coverage rates will increase the beneficiary communities’ resilience to climate change.

c. Rehabilitation of water storage tanks (US$ 1.7 million): This activity will rehabilitate 3 storage tanks in Greater Banjul in order to improve NAWEC’s water storage capacity. The tanks were built of steel in the 1960s have deteriorated greatly over time, leading to corrosion and leakage of toxins into drinking water. Two of the tanks have been decommissioned. In addition, the poor condition of the tanks forces the pumping systems to work outside of the nominal operating points, thus decreasing the efficiency of pumps and increasing the energy consumption.[2] Rehabilitation of tanks will consider environmentally friendly methods and civil works will check for the structural integrity and resiliency to sea level rise and floods events due to climate change. Increasing storage will contribute directly to climate change adaptation.

d. Improving water quality at NAWEC water treatment plants ($1.0 million): The AF will finance measures to remove iron and manganese from selected water treatment facilities (including either Gunjur or Bansang or both) in GBA. The iron levels have reached such high levels of contamination that one of the boreholes at Gunjur had to be decommissioned. The technical options for improving water quality will be explored (aeration, water softeners, iron filters etc.) and the project will finance the needed equipment, technical services and minor civil works that may be needed. This activity should help restore water services to up to 15,000 people.

[2] According to the AfD Feasibility Study and based on an assessment of a selection of the tanks.

e) Energy efficiency pilot for NAWEC’s water business ($0.75 million): This activity will entail retrofitting current thermal water power pumps with solar pumps in order to lower NAWEC’s electricity bill and ensure clean backup power in case of service disruptions. The energy audit will determine the exact pumps that can be replaced with solar.

 

  1. Component 5: Urgent actions to support the COVID-19 response ($2.5 million): given the crucial role that clean water, hygiene, behavioral practices and sanitation can play in COVID-19 prevention and response, the AF will support GoTG’s response by (i) providing key equipment, gear and other inputs to enable NAWEC to provide and extend water services to the population; (ii) installing handwashing facilities in public places; (iii) mobilizing water trucks and setting up water distribution points in neighborhoods without running water; (iv) providing hygiene kits (soap, cleaning materials, disinfectants etc.) to households and essential service providers – including health centers; and (v) supporting WASH sensitization campaigns. These interventions will be led by NAWEC, working closely with health authorities and other partners in The Gambia.[3]

 

This component will also support NAWEC to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic including spare parts to ensure security of supply to critical health facilities, and IT equipment to enable NAWEC management and key staff to work remotely.

[3] To ensure appropriate oversight over the leasing of water tanks, and all COVID 19 activities, the following measures will be taken: i) NAWEC will lease the tankers from private operators and supply the water directly from its boreholes; ii) the PIU will start monitoring the COVID 19 activities and reporting monthly; and iii) the supervision engineering firm will also contribute to activity monitoring.

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (CONSULTING SERVICES – INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT’S SELECTION)

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (CONSULTING SERVICES – INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT’S SELECTION)

 

GAMBIA

ELECTRICITY RESTORATION AND MODERNIZATION PROJECT

Grant No.: GRANT NUMBER D309-GM

 

Assignment Title: Water Engineer/M&E Consultant

Reference No. GM-NAWEC-179861-CS-INDV

 

The GERMP additional financing, in 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

 

 

NAWEC provides water and sewerage services to urban areas and provinces with more than 100,000 residents. However, it faces many challenges in service provision. In urban areas, about 69 percent of the population has access to safely managed water, but the quality of services is weak due to frequent service outages, with some neighborhoods not receiving water for days, weeks or even months at a time. Investments in service expansion are not enough to meet growing demand and water and sewerage assets are in need of rehabilitation and upgrades. In addition, water quality is a challenge in terms of high levels of nitrates, iron and salinity in drinking water.

 

In this context, all of these activities will require significant technical and expert support to both NAWEC and the PIU to ensure smooth implementation progress. For this reason, the PIU is looking to recruit a Water Engineer/M&E Consultant (The Consultant) to join its team.

 

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

 

 

NAWEC now invites eligible individual consultants (“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. Consultant’s Letter of Expression of Interest, CV, and financial proposal shall be submitted to the address below.

 

Required qualifications.

Successful candidate is expected to have the following qualifications and experience:

  • A Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Hydrogeology or similar field.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in providing project management or consultancy services for technical studies and investment projects in the water sector, including feasibility studies, detailed design of water infrastructure, construction, working with contractors, and contract management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of the water and sewerage sector in Gambia.
  • Project management experience and an excellent familiarity with the project cycle will be an advantage.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is a must.
  • Good communication and computer skills, including internet navigation and various MS Office applications (Word, Excel, and Power-point)

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.

 

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Individual Consultant selection method set out in the Procurement Regulations.

 

The contract with the successful consultant will be signed for one-year’s term with a possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance.

 

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 close of business July 13th, 2020.

 

Managing Director

Attn: Haddy Njie – Project Coordinator

National Water and Electricity Company Ltd, NAWEC

53 Mamadi Maniyang Highway/Kanifing, Serre kunda

P.O Box: 609, Banjul, The Gambia

Telephone: (+220) 437 62 33

Facsimile number: (+220) 437 59 90

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

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST – (GERMP) Development of Resettlement Action Plans (RAP) for 30kV Line Between Laminkoto-Diabugu

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

 

 

The Gambia

Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP)

 

Loan No./Credit No./ Grant No.: IDA-D3090

 

Assignment Title : Development of Resettlement Action Plans (RAP) for 30kV Line Between Laminkoto-Diabugu

 

Reference No. (as per Procurement Plan): GM-NAWEC-166470-CS-CQS

 

The Republic of The Gambia together with the International Development Association (IDA), European Investment Bank (EIB), and European Union (EU), collectively the “Lenders”, is preparing a new energy project to improve the power generation and transmission capacity in the country. The Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) will increase the generation capacity through renewable sources, reinforce the transmission capacity in the Great Banjul Area and in the provinces for the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC).

It is expected that the investment financed by the new Project will be implemented under 3 components with potential safeguards impacts:

Component 1:   On-grid solar PV: This component comprises the development of a 20MW solar PV Plant in Jambur village, West Coast Region. The component will include battery back up to minimize grid absorption concerns.

 

Component 2:  Transmission and Distribution (T&D) upgrades: This component will include upgrades of the Transmission and Distribution network to: (i) absorb the additional generation capacity; (ii) prepare for future capacity expansion including Laminkoto to Diabugu network, OMVG and other pipeline projects; (iii) reduce Transmission and Distribution losses; and (iv) make future grid extensions possible.

 

Component 3:  Institutional Support: This component will involve institutional strengthening, capacity building and project implementation support related to improved operational performance of NAWEC. It includes: 1) Twinning with the University; 2) study tour to review Environmental and Social Management Systems in other power utilities; and 3) short-term course on Environmental and Social management.

 

Sub-Project Description and Location of the 30kV line route

Specifically, the proposed route of the Transmission and Distribution line is along the Laminkoto-Passamas road corridor in the northern bank of The Gambia for 57km, terminating in Diabugu Batapa, (see Figure below). The T&D line spans the Districts of Sami in Central River Region (CRR) and Sandu in the Upper River Region (URR). The trajectory of the transmission lines will follow the road alignment, running parallel to it, and in many cases, poles are not more than 15 meters from the edge of the road.

 

 

The aim of the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) is to identify and assess the socio-economic impacts of the planned 30kV line route between Laminkoto to Diabugu along the Laminkoto-Passamas road and to prepare an Action Plan to be implemented in line with World Bank and European Investment Bank Policies and Government of The Gambia policies and laws.

 

The RAP will identify the project affected persons (PAPs), engage them in inclusive, accessible and participatory discussions regarding the plan, and formulating a plan of action to adequately compensate people or entities for their losses.

 

The expected output is a report that provides detailed information on the scope of adverse social impacts and mitigation measures (resettlement/rehabilitation) actions to be taken by the project. The Consultant is expected to submit to the GERMP PIU the following:

  • Inception report describing the procedures and timetable for completion of the A/RAP preparation process by first week after contract signing
  • Report summarizing the preliminary results of the baseline socio-economic survey, PAPs census and consultations with PAPs and other stakeholders (by four weeks after contract signing)
  • Draft RAP report (by seven weeks after contract signing).

The main findings of the draft RAP report will be reviewed and cleared by the World Bank, European Investment Bank and disclosed publicly by the Government of The Gambia, the World Bank Infoshop and European Investment Bank.

 

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be obtained at the address given below:

 

National Water and Electricity Company 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 team should have a minimum of five (5) years working experience in social assessment, involuntary resettlement and other relevant fields, such as the social sciences and gender studies  It is desirable that the consultant team have experience working with international development institutions like the World Bank and the European Investment Bank.

The consultant’s team shall be composed of professionals with experience in socio-economic analysis, including gender-sensitive analysis, surveying and valuation.

 

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 Qualification Selection   method set out in the Procurement Regulations.

 

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours.

 

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 June 30th, 2020.

 

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, mfsanyang@nawec.gm

 

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST ECOWAS-REGIONAL ELECTRICITY ACCESS PROJECT (ECOREAP)- Environment Safeguards Specialist for Project Management Unit

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

 

The Gambia

ECOWAS-REGIONAL ELECTRICITY ACCESS PROJECT (ECOREAP)

 

Loan No./Credit No./ Grant No.: IDA/ D4070

 

Assignment Title: Environment Safeguards Specialist for Project Management Unit

Reference No. (as per Procurement Plan): GM-NAWEC-166067-CS-INDV

 

National Water and Electricity Company Ltd, NAWEC, is preparing and implementing the Gambia-related part of the ECOWAS-Regional Electricity Access Project (Phase I). The Project Development Objective is to increase grid electricity access in Guinea-Bissau, Mali, and The Gambia. The project aims to provide access to around 1.1 million people in specific localities in each country selected following a first-order least cost geospatial planning within a 100-km radius of the substations of the OMVG in The Gambia and Guinea Bissau, and the substations of the OMVS in Mali. A critical part of the project work is ensuring compliance with the Environmental and social safeguards requirements of the financing institutions and Gambian legislation.

 

The project comprises three components: (i) Design and build of electricity distribution

infrastructure (Medium Voltage – MV and Low Voltage – LV) to maximize new connections; (ii) Supervision of the construction and technical advisory; and (iii) Technical assistance and project management.

 

An Environment Specialist is now being recruited by the Gambia Project Management Unit (PMU) to supervise compliance of project preparation and implementation activities with environmental safeguards regulations of the financing institutions and Gambian legislation. The Environment Safeguard Specialist will be responsible for the everyday operations and implementation of Environmental safeguards instruments of the project and provide technical guidance and oversight to the PMU on Environmental safeguards.

The successful applicant shall be engaged immediately on a full-time basis for one year (in three months contract basis extendable depending on the satisfactory performance in the contract duration) and for additional years during the project implementation period.

 

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be obtained at the address given below:

 

Required qualifications:

  • (i) BSc in Environmental Science, preferably Master’s, degree in relevant fields Engineering or related subjects with experience in developing, implementing or reviewing Environmental Assessments;
  • (ii) Have a proven experience of five (5) years in environmental management (Development of an Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF), Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and implementation of Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) in development projects’ environmental monitoring and follow-up) including two (2) years in projects funded by technical and financial partners, (Experience and/or knowledge of World Bank Safeguards Policies is an asset);
  • (iii) Fluent in English with excellent written and spoken skills. Knowledge of French will be a plus;
  • (iv) Experienced computer user, including excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office suite;
  • (v) Proven capacity to work across multiple stakeholders, including government entities, civil society organizations (CSOs), local communities, and the private sector.

 

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.  A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Individual Consultant 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 close of business June 29th, 2020.

PIU-GAMBIA Attn: Haddy Njie, Project Coordinator

53 Mamadi Maniyang HighwayKanifing, K.M.C.

P.O. Box 609, Banjul

The Gambia

Tel: (+220) 4376607 / 4376608 Fax: (+220) 4375990

E-mail:

hnjie@nawec.gm

mfsanyang@nawec.gm

Request for Expression of Interest – Developing a Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) Implementation Support for Solar PV Plant with Battery Storage in The Gambia

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

(CONSULTING SERVICES – FIRMS SELECTION)

 

 

The Gambia

Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP)

Loan No./Credit No./ Grant No.: IDA-V1120

Assignment Title: Developing a Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) Implementation Support for Solar PV Plant with Battery Storage in The Gambia

Reference No. (as per Procurement Plan): GERMP/Services/C3/02

 

The approved Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) was based on the outcome of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) report of the proposed on-grid 20 MW solar photo voltaic (PV) plant to be located on a 31.5ha piece of land in the village of Jambur in the West Coast Region of The Gambia. The land was allocated to the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) for the proposed solar project.

 

The solar PV Plant is one component of the Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP), with the specific aim of generating renewable electricity through solar energy. GERMP is a $121 million multi-donor funded project involving the World Bank (WB), European Union (EU) and the European Investment Bank (EIB). Specifically, the development of the solar PV plant is funded mainly by EIB, whilst the reinforcement of the transmission and distribution network is being supported mainly by the WB.

 

Since this project is funded by the EIB and WB, and its implementation will result in involuntary resettlement, it is a requirement that a RAP be developed according to the EIB Environmental and Social Standards 6 (ESS 6), and the Involuntary Resettlement Policy of the World Bank (OP 4.12). This is because when involuntary resettlement takes place, people lose their land, assets and access to assets, their income and livelihoods, with or without physical relocation. The effect of these losses on the persons living in the project zone would increase poverty, unless measures are put in place to compensate them for the losses incurred so that the living conditions of pre-project PAPs are recovered or even improved.

 

The objective of the RAP, therefore, is to provide guidelines that will ensure that since land acquisition for the project activities is inevitable, resettlement and compensation processes for the lost land and associated assets must be executed in line with the RAP.

 

The timeline for initiating the RAP implementation will be provided by the PIU. From initiation, the duration of the services will be for six (6) months. The consultant shall help NAWEC PIU in all other matters deemed necessary to implement the RAP in its spirit and entirety.

 

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be obtained at the address given below:

 

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:

 

  • Project Manager/Team Leader should be a post-graduate, preferably in social sciences with financial management background. S/he should have 8-10 years’ experience in implementation of resettlement plans and development of reports with good knowledge on GIS and mapping of Project affected area and PAP plots of land. S/he should have held responsible position in the previous assignments and should possess participatory management skills. Knowledge of local languages (Mandinka and Wolof) is necessary.

 

  • Social Specialists as Community Facilitators should have a graduate or post- graduate or equivalent in social sciences with at least five years field experience. They shall have experience in implementation of resettlement in project development works with knowledge of prevailing resettlement policies including WB/EIB policies, and knowledge of gender issues and/or Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Violence Against Children (VAC), Sexual Exploitation and Abuse/Sexual Harassment (SEA/SH). Should have at least three years of experience in community consultation (including one with demonstrated experience with gender-sensitive and inclusive and accessible consultation approaches and working with women community members to create safe-spaces for discussion), and take into account other vulnerable persons such as persons with disabilities, those who are illiterate, elderly and others. Knowledge of the local language and experience of working in The Gambia desired.

 

  • Land acquisition facilitator should have knowledge of the Gambia’s Land Acquisition Act and land acquisition process, prevailing resettlement policies including WB/EIB policies and its implementation. They should have 3-5 years working experience on land acquisition issues and facilitating discussions between various stakeholders related to land acquisition.

 

  • Land Acquisition Specialist should be a graduate or equivalent in the social sciences with five years field experience in Land Acquisition, using maps to identify PAP assets, should have knowledge of prevailing land acquisition Act and WB/EIB policies.

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:

 

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 April 30th , 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)

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST THE GAMBIA ELECTRICITY ACCESS PROJECT (GEAP)

REPUBLIC OF THE GAMBIA

 

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

THE GAMBIA ELECTRICITY ACCESS PROJECT (GEAP)

“CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR DETAILED STUDIES, ASSISTANCE FOR PROCUREMENT, CONTROL AND SUPERVISION OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS FOR RURAL ELECTRIFICATION OF 59 RURAL COMMUNITIES FROM BRIKAMA AND SOMA SUBSTATIONS IN THE GAMBIA”

Financing Agreement Reference:  ADF Grant No: 210015040530

ADF (TSF) Grant No: 5900155016059

Project ID No.:  P-GM-FA0-002

Reference No.: AfDB-NAWEC-GEAP-CS-01

Reference to our Request for Expression of Interests (Ref. AfDB-NAWEC-GEAP-CS-01) for Consultancy Services for Detailed Studies, Assistance for Procurement, Control and Supervision of Construction Works for electrification of 59 rural communities from Brikama and Soma Substations in The Gambia published on 9th March 2020, National Water and Electricity Company Limited hereby extend the Expression of Interests Submission deadline from 27th March 2020 to 8th April 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

 

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

 

 

The Gambia

ECOWAS-REGIONAL ELECTRICITY ACCESS PROJECT (ECOWAS – REAP)

Loan No./Credit No./ Grant No.: IDA/ D4080

 

Assignment Title:  External Auditor for ECOWAS Regional Electricity Access Project

Reference No.: GM-NAWEC-153220-CS-LCS

The ECOWAS Regional Electricity Access Project (ECOWAS-REAP) funded by the World Bank aims to increase people’s access to reliable energy services, which is one of the major challenges in the ECOWAS region towards the implementation of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Access Project (ECOWAS-REAP) and intends to use part of the fund to recruit an audit firm for the audit of the financial statements. It builds on the ECOWAS Rural and Peri-Urban Electrification Master Plan, designed to meet the short- and medium-term needs of the Member States in terms of access to electricity as well the regional interconnection projects funded by the World Bank under the ECOWAS Power Generation and Transmission Master Plan implemented by WAPP.

The proposed project which is the first  phase in a series of projects (SOP) will provide access to 1.1 million people in Guinea-Bissau, Mali, and The Gambia. The project will finance the expansion of medium- and low-voltage networks from the high-voltage substations of the Gambia River Basin Development Organization (Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Gambie, OMVG) and Senegal River Basin Development Organization (Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Sénégal, OMVS) to transform their power sectors and enable them to achieve their common objective of delivering more power to more consumers.

The project includes 3 components:

  • Component 1: Component 1: Design, supply, and installation (DSI) of electricity distribution infrastructure
  • Component 2: Supervision of the construction and technical advisory services under component 1 of the Project
  • Component 3: Program Management and Technical Assistance

The consulting services (“the Services”) include providing assistance to National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) in the following main areas for each auditing period: The objective of the audit of the Project financial statements (PFSs) is to enable the auditors to express an independent professional opinion on the financial position of the Project as at the end of each fiscal year; and of the income and expenditure for the accounting period ending on that end.  The project’s books of account provide the basis for preparation of the financial statements and are established to reflect the financial transactions in respect of the project.

 

  • Auditing of the Project Financial Statements (PFS) of ECOWAS-REAP in accordance with International Accounting Standards (IAS) and World Bank requirements;
  • Verification of Statement of Expenditures (SOE) and unaudited Interim Financial Reports (IFR);
  • Review of Designated project account activities;
  • Preparing Audit Report for ECOWAS-REAP, which will include audit opinion and address, inter alia, issues of fraud and corruption, compliance with laws and regulations, governance and risks;
  • Preparing Management Letter.

 

The total audit engagement is for a period of 3 years to review the accounts for the following accounting period:

First period will be from July 2019 to December 2020 then the period ending December 2021 and December 2022.

 

National Water and Electricity Company 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 interested consulting firm should have (as single company or jointly if associated with other companies):

-At least 5 years of experience in the area of auditing in accordance with IAS;

-Experience in auditing of at least one project financed by the World Bank within the last five years;

-A firm should have successfully implemented (completed) at least 1 contracts of similar nature and complexity in the past 5 years in developing countries;

-A firm should be registered with Gambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (GICA) and have necessary up-to-date permits to perform auditing services in The Gambia.

 

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” dated 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 in the form of a joint venture or a sub consultancy to enhance their qualifications.

 

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Least- Cost-Based Selection (LCS) method set out in the Consultant Guidelines.

 

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours.

 

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 March 31st, 2020.

National Water and Electricity Company

 

PIU-GAMBIA

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, mfsanyang@nawec.gm