Joint Press Release Gambia: strong international support for a new era of renewables with inauguration of historic 23 MWp solar plant

                       

Gambia, 14 March 2024

Joint Press Release

Gambia: strong international support for a new era of renewables with inauguration of historic 23 MWp solar plant

  • A significant strategic project with strong substantial economic and social impacts, the recently inaugurated solar photovoltaic plant in Jambur is poised to supply electricity to approximately 18,500 households. This power plant supported by The Government of The Gambia and its development partners is part of a wider initiative aimed at enhancing the contribution of renewable energy within the electricity sector.
  • This plant will be complemented by other critical transmission and distribution upgrades in the NAWEC network to ensure the availability of reliable, clean, and stable energy supplies across The Gambia. At a total cost of $165m, the Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) financed by the WB, EU & EIB remains the single largest energy project in The Gambia and promises to significantly support the turnaround of the energy sector particularly as the Gambia accelerates its vision towards Universal Access. This project remains a critical anchor towards the implementation and actualization of the Gambia’s long-term energy sector roadmap.
  • The project contributes to gainful employment creation in The Gambia with 1,250 direct jobs created from the construction phase to operation and maintenance. To ensure sustainability, a three-year operations and maintenance contract (O&M) has been signed as large scale solar PV is entirely new to the sector.

The Government of The Gambia, through the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and The National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC), along with the European Investment Bank, the European Union, and the World Bank, has recently inaugurated a new milestone in the Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP). The Inauguration Ceremony, which was presided over by His Excellency Adama Barrow, the President of the Republic of The Gambia, celebrated the completion of a 23 MWp Photovoltaic Solar plant in Jambur, Kombo South District, West Coast Region.

This project component consists in the construction of a new 23 MWp solar park tied with 8MWh battery storage and aims to revolutionize power generation in the Gambia by serving as a direct complement to current generation sources while decreasing the dependence on import. These investments are all inherently tied to the Gambia’s Energy Sector Roadmap 2021-40.

A project with a strong economic and social impact

GERMP contributes to improving the livelihoods of populations within beneficiary communities, promoting job creation, and facilitating the provision of quality medical, educational and social services through better electricity supply. These improvements will contribute to the national objective of reducing poverty and boosting prosperity.

Now that it is operational, the project will progressively increase energy supply in The Gambia by a fifth and transform access to electricity in rural communities. The project will improve access to energy, ensure that education and health services benefit from reliable energy and help address electricity shortages in the country.

Energy demand in The Gambia has increased by 5.5% per year in recent years and today’s connection of the new 23 MWp solar plant to the national energy grid will significantly increase Gambia’s current generation capacity of 98 MW and enable electrification of rural areas.

A strong commitment

The European Union, the European Investment Bank and the World Bank have been strong partners of African countries for more than half a century. This project further strengthens their presence in Africa with strong collaboration between institutions. Over the past decade, the European Union, the European Investment Bank and the World Bank have invested in innovative technologies, green energy, water, education, agriculture, telecommunications, health and business in more than 40 countries on the continent.

In the context of this project, solar power and clean energy supply across the country is financed by the European Investment Bank (EUR 65m), the European Union (EUR 40m) and the World Bank (EUR 36m).

H.E. Adama Barrow, President of the Republic of The Gambia

“As this is a utility scale solar PV plant, we have designed it to significantly reduce the country’s reliance on imported fossil fuel for electricity generation. In the same vein, the project is to accelerate the pace towards generating fifty (50) percent of the nation’s power supply from renewable energy sources by 2030. This is our national target, and the message is clear: as a responsible member of the international community, The Gambia is committed to the global energy transition. The Plant project clearly demonstrates the country’s commitment to reducing the carbon footprint and greening our energy landscape. Further to this, as a clean energy source and a major vehicle for climate change mitigation, the solar plant will contribute to the realisation of The Gambia’s Nationally Determined Contributions”.

Mr. Nani Juwara, Managing Director at National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC)

“The significance of this solar plant cannot be overemphasized. It symbolizes our unwavering commitment to driving change and pioneering progress in The Gambia’s transition towards a clean and sustainable energy future. By harnessing the power of the sun to produce 23MW of clean energy, we are not only reducing greenhouse gas emissions but also contributing to environmental protection and safeguarding the well-being of future generations. Moreover, the inauguration of this solar plant marks a crucial milestone in our quest for energy security. By diversifying our energy mix and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, we are enhancing our energy independence and fortifying the stability and reliability of The Gambia’s power supply system”. 

Mr. Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President at the European Investment Bank (EIB)

“I am delighted that the European Investment Bank is supporting this new solar plan with such economic and social impact for populations in Gambia, particularly in rural areas. It will have a positive impact on people’s daily lives of over 800,000 inhabitants in improving also medical, educational and social services through better electricity supply. This project also contributes to developing green energy while decreasing the dependence on import. It is a very good illustration of the priorities of the EIB as the EU Climate Bank, which supports clean energy investments in Africa.”  He added: “With EIB Global, our branch dedicated to development, our objective is to finance high-impact projects outside the EU while strengthening our partnerships. Our ambition is to support the EU’s Global Gateway Initiative and key sectors in countries across the African continent such as innovation, renewable energy, water, agriculture, and transport.”  

H.E. Corrado Pampaloni, Ambassador of the European Union to The Gambia

“This power plant is part of the “Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project” and it is particularly important for the achievement of a swift transition towards solar power and clean energy supply across the country. Increased access to green energy is only one of the benefits of the project. We expect 1,250 direct jobs linked to the construction, operation and maintenance. The Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project is backed by significant funding from the European Investment Bank (EUR 65m – which corresponds to more than 8.9 billion dalasi), from the European Union (EUR 40m – almost 3 billion dalasi) and from the World Bank (EUR 36m – almost 2.7 billion dalasi). The EU support is part of the EU Global Gateway, which is an ambitious initiative aimed at fostering collaboration and connectivity between Europe and Africa. Through Global Gateway, the EU supports investments in quality infrastructure, respecting the highest social and environmental standards, in line with the EU’s values and international norms and standards. Green energy is a key priority area under the Global Gateway. The Ambassador concluded by saying that “I would like to re-affirm here, today, the commitment of the European Union to support The Gambia to ensure a bright and prosperous future for its people. Reliable access to energy is an indispensable element to realise this vision”.

Feyi Boroffice, Resident Representative of the World Bank to The Gambia

“The World Bank is pleased to join The Government of The Gambia to witness this remarkable milestone in the Energy Sector. This marks the first time in the Gambia’s history where a utility scale solar plant of 23 Megawatts Solar PV capacity and 8-Megawatt hours battery storage is being commissioned. This solar plant allows NAWEC to finally shift away from expensive heavy fuel oil-based generation which is costly and harmful to the environment. The vision of universal access to energy is being supported by the World Bank through the development of medium and low voltage networks across The Gambia. Through the bank financed GERMP and ECOWAS Regional Electricity Access Projects, over 700 communities will be provided electricity for the first time in the country’s history. These are significant historic milestones for The Gambia. There are also plans underway to develop the country’s potential to become an electricity exporter to the sub-region through the development of a 150MW solar park in Soma.”

Note to editors

National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC)

The National Water And Electricity Co. Ltd (NAWEC) is a public limited liability company established in June 1996, mandated to provide electricity, water, and sewerage services in The Gambia. It succeeded the Gambia Utilities Corporation (GUC) and the Utilities Holding Corporation (UHC). NAWEC operates under a Board of Directors, with the Managing Director overseeing operations. While

NAWEC has achieved financial sustainability for normal operations, it lacks resources for system expansion and maintenance.

The Gambia aims to achieve Universal Access to electricity by 2025, as stipulated by H.E President Adama Barrow. NAWEC will implement this goal primarily through its grid infrastructure, benefiting from the country’s favourable geography. A planning instrument, the Universal Access by 2025 Roadmap, has been designed to guide NAWEC in reaching this target and transforming the electricity sector. This roadmap aims to ensure that Gambians have reliable and affordable electricity in the future, with NAWEC evolving into an efficient, self-sustaining national power utility.

About the European Union (EU)

The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union made up of 27 European countries. It is based on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law, as well as respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. It acts on a global scale to promote the sustainable development of societies, the environment and economies, for the benefit of all.

The EU Delegation to The Gambia acts as the interface between the European institutions and the Government of The Gambia and its population. Over the years, the role of the Delegation has evolved to cover a wide range of issues.

The Delegation’s mandate includes the following:

  • To actively promote the values and policies of the European Union, in an open and equal partnership with the Government and people of The Gambia.
  • To deepen the political dialogue on all issues of mutual interest and to strengthen the partnership.
  • To play a key role in implementing the EU’s development cooperation activities. In The Gambia, these cover a range of target areas such as infrastructure, governance, food security and rural development.
  • To inform The Gambia about the policies and programmes of the European Union, as well as its institutions and values.

The EU support to the “Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project” is part of the EU Global Gateway, which is an ambitious initiative aimed at fostering collaboration and connectivity between Europe and Africa. Through Global Gateway, the EU supports investments in quality infrastructure, respecting the highest social and environmental standards, in line with the EU’s values and international norms and standards. Green energy is a key priority area under the Global Gateway.

About the European Investment Bank (EIB)

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the lending institution of the European Union (EU) owned by its member states. It makes long-term finance available for sound and sustainable investments to help achieve EU policy objectives.

The EIB has been a strong partner of African countries for 60 years. Through EIB Global, the Bank is strengthening its presence in Africa. Over the past decade, the EIB has provided more than €28 billion for investments in innovative technologies, green energy, water, education, agriculture, telecommunications, health and companies in more than 40 countries on the continent.

EIB Global is the specialist arm of the EIB Group dedicated to increasing the impact of international partnerships and development finance. EIB Global is designed to foster a strong and focused partnership within Team Europe, alongside other development finance institutions and civil society. EIB Global brings the group closer to local people, businesses and institutions through our offices around the world.

About the World Bank

 The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. Our mission is to end extreme poverty and boost prosperity on a livable planet. .

With 189 member countries, staff from more than 170 countries, and offices in over 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership: five institutions working for sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries. Our core values embody what is most important to us as an institution, and in how we work with each other, our clients and our partners. They guide the decisions we make and the actions we take in carrying out our mission.

The International Development Association (IDA) is the part of the World Bank Group that helps the world’s poorest countries. Established in 1960, IDA aims to reduce poverty by providing zero to low-interest loans (called “credits”) and grants for programs that boost economic growth, reduce inequalities, and improve people’s living conditions.

Press contacts

National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC)

Mustapha Choi, mchoi@nawec.gm, Tel: +220 283 5949

Website: www.nawec.gm

EIB

Anne-Cécile Auguin, a.auguin@eib.org, Tel:  +352 621 36 19 48

Isabelle Vovor, i.vovor@ext.eib.org, Tel: +225 07 67 47 66 31
Website: www.eib.org/press – Press service : +352 4379 21000 – press@eib.org

EU

Laura Carpino, laura.carpino@eeas.europa.eu, Tel.: +220 449 5146 / 449 7846

Website: www.eeas.europa.eu/delegations/gambia_en?s=100

WB

Kujeh Kah, kkah@worldbankgroup.org, Tel:  +220 3800449
Website: www.worldbank.org/gambia

Joint Press Release – The Gambia Ushers in New Era of Renewables with Inauguration of Historic 23MW Solar Plant

                              

Joint Press Release

Kombo South District, The Gambia – 29th February 2024

The Gambia Ushers in New Era of Renewables with Inauguration of Historic 23MW Solar Plant

  • Driving Change: A strategic project with a strong economic and social impact.
  • Pioneering Progress: A landmark achievement in the country’s transition towards a clean and sustainable energy future.
  • Clean Energy: Produces 23MW of clean solar power, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and contributing to environmental protection.
  • Energy Security: Increases energy independence and strengthens the stability and reliability of The Gambia’s power grid.
  • Economic Growth: Creates jobs, stimulates economic activity, and attracts further investment in renewable energy.
  • Sustainable Future: Paves the way for a more sustainable energy future for The Gambia, aligning with global climate goals.

On Saturday, 9th March 2024, the Government of The Gambia, through the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and The National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC), along with the European Investment Bank, the European Union, and the World Bank, will inaugurate the Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) Component 1 – a 23MW PV Solar plant in Jambur, Kombo North District, West Coast Region.

“The Jambur solar plant is a symbol of our commitment to a cleaner, brighter future for The Gambia.” declared His Excellency Adama Barrow, President of the Republic of The Gambia, who will preside over the inauguration ceremony.

This significant project made possible through the collaboration of the European Investment Bank (EIB), European Union (EU), World Bank, and NAWEC under GERMP, represents a major step forward in diversifying The Gambia’s energy mix and reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

Public Invitation:

The public is warmly invited to join this historic event and witness the inauguration of this transformational project. We look forward to celebrating this pivotal moment in The Gambia’s journey towards a sustainable future.

#JamburSolar #RenewableEnergy #NAWEC #TheGambia #EIB #Worldbank

 

For further information, please contact the NAWEC communications unit Tel: 3664112

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST – Financial Management Specialist for Project Implementation Unit (PIU)

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

(CONSULTING SERVICES –

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT’S SELECTION)

THE GAMBIA

ELECTRICITY RESTORATION AND MODERNIZATION PROJECT (GERMP)

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

Assignment Title: Financial Management Specialist for Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Reference No.: GM-NAWEC-387681-CS-INDV 

 

The Government of the Gambia (GOTG) has received financing from the World Bank (IDA Grant D3090 and D6530), European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union (EU) and the Government of The Gambia (GoTG) towards the implementation of the Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP). NAWEC is now hiring an experienced Financial Management Specialist to work on project activities in the PIU

REPORTING LINE

The Financial Management Specialist who will be based at the Project Implementation Unit will be answerable to the Project Coordinator of the PIU of National Water and Electricity Company limited (NAWEC)

ROLE

Within delegated authority, the FMS assumes full responsibility for the overall financial management of all Projects under the PIU.  The Financial Management Specialist is responsible for supporting the project coordination team in all aspects of financial management and monitoring of project funds with a view at ensuring a transparent and efficient financial management system for the Project. The incumbent will be responsible for the following:

 

Supervision

  • Act as the principal advisor to senior management on issues related to financial management, stewardship, financing resourcing and reporting in line with priorities and objectives.
  • In charge of supervising all accounting staff of the unit and all activities that have financial implications for the project.
  • Liaison with external auditors, internal auditors, and other review missions to ensure maximum access to financial and other information for smooth conduct of their reviews.
  • Coordinate with implementing entities such as contractors and NAWEC management with regards to financial management matters in consultation with the project coordinator.

Financial Management, Accounting & Internal Controls

Tasks and Activities:

 The specific tasks and activities of the Financial Management Specialist will be as follows:

 

(1)       Task: Administration and Team Management (Finance and Accounts Department)

Activities:

  • Co-ordination of administrative matters relating to the accounts department.
  • Carry out induction of new finance staff, performance management and discipline, creation of an enabling environment.
  • Guide, train staff in the unit and lead the recruitment of staff for the unit.
  • Ensure compliance with accounts and finance procedures.
  • Oversee on behalf of the Project Coordinator and fully participate in the development of a Financial Management Information System to be financed under the project.
  • Other administrative duties as may be delegated by the Project Coordinator.

 

(2)       Task: Accounting records, Financial Control and Preparation of financial reports.

Activities:

  1. Establish and maintain suitable systems of internal control (including approval and authorization controls, bank reconciliation statements, fixed assets management, inventories management and distribution, etc)
  2. Carry out approving officer functions in accordance with financing agreement, approved manuals and procedures.
  3. Ensures that all financial management procedures put in place are always in conformity with the PIM and financing agreements and the World Bank’s policies and procedures.
  4. Propose/ review recommendations to amendments and updates to the procedures to the PIM and other implementation manuals/ procedures.
  1. Prepare, monitor and control annual budgets, quarterly and annual financial statements, as well as reporting on material variances, recommending remedial action, as appropriate, within an agreed time frame:
  • serve as liaison to other implementing entities for all budget
  • provide the coordinator and implementing entities with all the information needed to prepare annual budgets based on a specific timeline of
  • compare the annual budgets presented by implementing entities with the project’s initial or updated budget allocations and, if necessary, coordinate budget arbitration sessions
  • monitor funding agreements signed with donor.
  1. Ensure that all accounting records and bank accounts are up to date using a computerized system:
  • identify and propose proper posting of the different types of
  • monitor the status of commitments per category and per
  • ensure that accounting ledgers and papers are well
  • receive and classify accounting records.
  1. Ensure monthly production of Withdrawal applications and Bank reconciliations for the
  • ensure that documentation of replenishment and reconciliation of physical petty cash to accounting records are carried out at least twice weekly.
  • review, sign and submit petty cash reconciliation to Project Coordinator monthly.
  • ensure that bank statements are reconciled with accounting records at least monthly.
  • review, sign and submit bank reconciliations to Project Coordinator at least monthly.
  1. Ensure the project’s proper cash management:
  • obtain and verify documentary evidence of project expenses and prepare for their
  • prepare and monitor Applications for Withdrawal of Funds to be sent to
  • prepare a quarterly cash budget for the entire
  1. Prepare the information and documents needed for audits and financial oversight:
  • Prepare and submit quarterly Interim Financial Report,
  • prepare an annual financial report,
  • prepare an annual special report on special account.
  • Draft audit responses and ensure the audit report is submitted to the bank on time.
  • follow through on auditors’ recommendations.
  1. Fixed assets management
  • Maintained a comprehensive fixed asset register.
  • Ensure all assets are coded and maintained in good working condition.
  • Oversee the annual verification of fixed

 

(3)       Task: Relationship Management

Activities:

  • Development partners & GOTG: initiate correspondence on financial matters for endorsement by Project Coordinator.
  • Auditors: liaise with external auditors to facilitate timely completion of external audits.
  • Banks: liaise with banks to ensure accuracy, timeliness of service and initiate correspondence for endorsement by Project Coordinator.
  • Others: participate in external meetings & forums as directed by Project Coordinator. 

The Financial Management Specialist will report to the Project Coordinator and submit quarterly financial reports to the same entity.

Professional Qualifications

  • Must be a professional accountant (ACCA, CPA, etc) with at least 5 years relevant post qualification experience; or
  • A holder of a master’s degree in accounting / finance from a recognized university, with at least 8 years relevant post qualification experience
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in financial management of World Bank funded projects and financial reporting compliant with cash basis IPSAS.
  • Experience management a finance unit will be an added advantage.
  • Possess good computer skills; experience in using a financial and accounting management software program may be required.
  • Display professional integrity and the ability to coordinate team activities.

Deliverables

The FMS has responsibility for the preparation and submission to project coordinator for approval and onward transmission to IDA, NAWEC and Government (where applicable), the following financial reports:

  • Annual Financial Statements and Project Accounts for review and expression of opinion by external financial
  • Quarterly Financial Monitoring reports in accordance with prescribed IDA
  • Regular Cash flow projections of the project in line with the Implementation plan
  • Quarterly Budgetary Control Report explaining variances to that
  • Any other deliverables required.

Performance Criteria

  • Quality of budget, financial and account monitoring within the project.
  • Compliance with the project’s financial and accounting information deadlines.
  • Quality of cash management within the project.
  • Quality of monitoring of internal control procedures.
  • Quality of Financial Monitoring Reports (FMR).
  • Submission of annual accounts to the auditors not later than the end of March.
  • Approval of annual accounts, certified statements of expenditures and Special Account transactions by external auditors, and transmission to the World Bank not later than June for the period ending in December of the previous calendar year.
  • All report should be prepared in English.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Terms of the Assignment

The Consultant shall be engaged on full time basis. The initial appointment will be for a period of one year renewable subject to satisfactory performance evaluation.

  • The remuneration will be paid on a monthly basis.
  • The Consultant will be offered opportunities to develop professionally by attending relevant training events and courses during the term of the contract.

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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 July 2018 and November 2020 (“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 08:00 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 30th November 2023 

Managing Director

Attention: Mrs. Haddy Njie – Project Coordinator

Address: National Water & Electricity Company Limited,

Project Implementation Unit

Emporium III Building,

Fajara

114 Kairaba Avenue

Floor/ Room number: Conference Room,

1st Floor

City: Banjul

Country: The Gambia

Telephone: +220 3664125 / 3182113/ 7009342

Electronic mail address: hnjie@nawec.gm, (and copy to mfsanyang@nawec.gm)(asallah@nawec.gm

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Junior Power Engineer for the Project Implementation Unit (PIU)

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

(CONSULTING SERVICES –

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT’S SELECTION)

THE GAMBIA

ELECTRICITY RESTORATION AND MODERNIZATION PROJECT (GERMP)

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

Assignment Title: Junior Power Engineer for the Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Reference No.: GM-NAWEC-379215-CS-INDV 

The Republic of the Gambia is implementing Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) financed by the World Bank, European Investment Bank, and European Union. The main Project Development Objectives are increasing the availability and reliability of electricity supply in the Gambia; improving operational performance of NAWEC; improve the capacity of NAWEC to dispatch variable renewable electricity. In June 2020, the World Bank Board approved Additional Financing for GERMP to address, inter alia, urgent needs in improvement of NAWEC water business.

The project has a component on rural electrification – Design, Supply, and Install electricity distribution infrastructure (Medium Voltage Backbones and Low Voltage networks) to maximize new connections.

A Junior Power Engineer is now being recruited by the Gambia Project Implementation Unit (PIU) to work on relevant projects activities under the supervision of the Senior Power Engineer of the PIU.

The assignment will be for a period of one (1) year, renewable.

  1. SCOPE OF WORK

The Junior Power Engineer’s overall responsibility will be providing technical expertise during project implementation and provide inputs to the ensure timely and efficient implementation of the projects managed under the PIU.

Activities to be performed include but are not limited to the following:

  • Participating in the review of the designs prepared by the Contractors and the Owner’s Engineers.
  • Representing the PIU on-site during implementations of works and reporting accordingly to the Senior Power Engineer of the PIU.
  • Report on project related activities and identifying bottlenecks to implementation for swift redress.
  • Take part in reviewing works’ documents, including invoices, acceptance of materials, control of the works’ compliance with Employer’s Requirements, and all other necessary supervision activities, to ensure that construction of the distribution networks is implemented on time, efficiently, safely, and are of satisfactory technical quality.
  • Participating in monitoring of the implementation of the Environmental and Social Management Plan in liaison with the Safeguard team of the PIU.
  • Reviewing technical documents and ensuring strict control during implementation activities.
  • Contribute to the elaboration of Annual Work Plans and Budgets of the projects under the PIU.
  • Other activities, as instructed by the Senior Power Engineer and the Project Coordinator.

2. QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • (i) Bachelor’s degree in Electric Engineering or related fields.
  • (ii) Minimum 3 years’ relevant experience in Medium Voltage (MV) and Low Voltage (LV) networks.
  • (iii) Fluent in English with excellent written and spoken skills.
  • (iv) Experienced computer user, including excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.
  • (v) The Engineer will be required to reside around the project sites. Her/his office will be in Farafenni and Basse, depending on the intervention site.
  1. FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED BY THE PIU

The following facilities will be provided by the client to the consultant free of charge.

  • (i) Office Space: Office space with desk shall be provided in the client’s office or as it may be agreed.
  • (ii) Laptop, Office facilities: printing facilities, photocopying, copying paper writing materials etc.
  • (iii) Documents: All the documents and available data and information concerning the Project.
  • (iv) Internet facilities within the office.
  • (v) Business transport within the city such as meetings workshops etc.
  • (vi) Support for all site visits required for supervision and monitoring.
  1. FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED BY THE ENGINEER
  • (i) Mobile phone and communication (Telephone, own internet outside office hours)
  • (ii) In City Personal Transportation.

THE ENGINEER WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ARRANGING AND PAYING FOR ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS.

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 July 2018 and November 2020 (“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 08:00 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 15th November 2023 

Managing Director

Attention: Mrs. Haddy Njie – Project Coordinator

Address: National Water & Electricity Company Limited,

Project Implementation Unit

Emporium III Building,

Fajara

114 Kairaba Avenue

Floor/ Room number: Conference Room, 1st Floor

City: Banjul

Country: The Gambia

Telephone: +220 3664125 / 3182113/ 7009342

Electronic mail address: hnjie@nawec.gm, (and copy to mfsanyang@nawec.gm)

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Junior Water Engineer for the Project Implementation Unit (PIU)

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

(CONSULTING SERVICES –

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT’S SELECTION)

THE GAMBIA

ELECTRICITY RESTORATION AND MODERNIZATION PROJECT (GERMP)

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

Assignment Title: Junior Water Engineer for the Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Reference No.: GM-NAWEC-379215-CS-INDV 

The Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) additional financing, in the amount of USD 43 million, was approved by the World Bank Board of Directors on 29 June 2020. This project, which expands the scope of the parent GERMP, aims to improve NAWEC’s operational performance for electricity, water and sewerage services and will fund important investments in water and sanitation infrastructure that can help address the water and sanitation crisis in NAWEC’s service area.

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 district metered areas (DMAs); introduce energy efficiency measures; construct storage tanks; finance new boreholes and water connections; and improve water quality at selected water treatment facilities.

Moreover, considering the past coronavirus pandemic, the project has provided emergency support to NAWEC to purchase IT equipment for staff and handwashing and hygiene kits to the population; and implement hygiene campaigns. It has provided refilling of water plastic tanks by service providers to water stressed zones in the GBA It will also provide water supply to unconnected areas through borehole drilling and extension of water network, will also purchase needed water distribution spare parts and equipment to ensure continuity of service provision.

NAWEC is now recruiting a Junior Engineer to provide services in design review and supervision of works in the construction of storage tanks, boreholes, water and power transmission lines and related civil works in both the Greater Banjul Areas and Provinces. He/she may also be assigned to participate in specific tasks in sewerage activities as instructed by the Water Consultant and Project Coordinator.

  1. SCOPE OF WORK

The Junior Water Engineer’s overall responsibility will be providing technical expertise during project implementation and inputs to ensure timely and efficient implementation of the projects under the guidance of the Water Consultant. Activities to be performed include but are not limited to the following:

  • Participating in the review of the designs prepared by the Contractors and the Owner’s Engineer, technical specifications, drawings, schedules, all technical documents, and works’ documents, including various reports and invoices.
  • Take part in Factory acceptance Tests of materials (FAT & SAT), control of the works’ compliance with Employer’s Requirements, and all other necessary supervision activities, to ensure that construction of the transmission networks for both water and electricity is implemented on time, efficiently, safely, and with high technical quality.
  • Representing the PIU on-site during implementation of works and reporting accordingly to the Water Consultant of the PIU.
  • Contribute to the elaboration of Annual Work Plans and Budgets of the Projects.
  • He/she will report to the Water Consultant.
  • Other activities in water and sewerage services, as instructed by the Water Consultant and the Project Coordinator.

The overall objective of the assignment is to improve the water supply system in Banjul, Brikama, Gunjur, Bwiam, Mansakonko, Farafenni and Kerewan by providing a reliable supply of clean drinking water to these communities through the drilling of new boreholes, constructing electrical networks to power the boreholes, laying raw water transmission lines, rehabilitation/construction of elevated water tanks and improving the water treatment process.

  1. QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
    • (i) Minimum bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering, water engineering, mechanical engineering, or related fields.
    • (ii) Minimum 5 years of relevant experience meant as being involved in water and electricity transmission and distribution works including borehole drilling.
    • (iii) Demonstrated knowledge and experience of the water and sewerage sector in Gambia.
    • (iv) Demonstrated knowledge in power distribution grid extension/reinforcement projects in urban or rural areas will be an added advantage.
    • (v) Fluent in English with excellent written and spoken skills.
    • (vi) Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team and ability to do multitasking.
    • (vii) Experienced computer user, including excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.
  2. DUTY STATION
    • (i) The Engineer will be required to reside most of the time around the project sites. Her/his time is estimated at 50% in the provinces and 50% in the GBA or as instructed by the Water Consultant or Project Coordinator.
  1. FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED BY THE ENGINEER
    • (i) Mobile phone and communication (Telephone, own internet outside office hours)
    • (ii) In City Personal Transportation.
    • (iii) The Engineer will be responsible for arranging and paying for his accommodation and meals at his/her designated duty station.
  2. FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED BY THE PIU
    • The following facilities will be provided by the client to the engineer free of charge.
    • (i) Office Space: Office space with desk shall be provided in the client’s office or as it may be agreed.
    • (ii) Laptop, Office facilities: printing facilities, photocopying, copying paper, writing materials etc.
    • (iii) Documents: All the documents and available data and information concerning the Project.
    • (iv) Internet facilities within the office.
    • (v) Business transport within the city such as meetings, workshops etc.
    • (vi) Support for all site visits required for supervision and monitoring.
  1. DURATION OF CONTRACT
    • (i) One year period contract renewable after satisfactory evaluation by the Project Coordinator.
  1. APPLICATION PROCESS

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 position.

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 July 2018 and November 2020 (“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 08:00 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 15th November 2023 

Managing Director

Attention: Mrs. Haddy Njie – Project Coordinator

Address: National Water & Electricity Company Limited,

Project Implementation Unit

Emporium III Building, Fajara

114 Kairaba Avenue

Floor/ Room number: Conference Room, 1st Floor

City: Banjul

Country: The Gambia

Telephone: +220 3664125 / 3182113/ 7009342

Electronic mail address: hnjie@nawec.gm, (and copy to mfsanyang@nawec.gm)(asallah@nawec.gm)

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Social Risk Management Specialist for the Project Implementation Unit (PIU)

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

(CONSULTING SERVICES – INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT’S SELECTION)

THE GAMBIA

ELECTRICITY RESTORATION AND MODERNIZATION PROJECT (GERMP)

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

Assignment Title: Social Risk Management Specialist for the Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Reference No.: GM-NAWEC-339342-CS-INDV

The Republic of The Gambia with the support of the International Development Association (IDA), European Investment Bank (EIB), and European Union (EU), collectively the “Lenders”), are implementing an energy project approved in 2018 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 infrastructure in the Great Banjul Area, and in the provinces across the country.

The development objective of the project is to improve the operational performance of the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC), and its capacity to dispatch variable renewable electricity. The Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) will improve the power generation capacity and efficiency of NAWEC’s transmission network to increase access to electricity for socio-economic development. This objective is in line with the Gambian National Development Plan (NDP-2018-2021), the Gambia Electricity Sector Roadmap (2017) and the National Energy Policy (2014-2018), among other national policies which promote the extension, reliability, and quality of the Government’s energy supply, as well as diversifying energy sources to include renewables.

The Social Risk Management Specialist’s overall responsibility will be ensuring compliance of project preparation and implementation activities with social risk management regulations and policies of the financing institutions and Gambian legislation.

The incumbent will be responsible for providing advice and technical assistance to the project and all stakeholders to ensure acceptable quality of social risk and impact management in accordance with the World Bank’s Operational Policies and EHS guidelines and, where applicable, national regulations in The Gambia.

Activities to be performed by the Social Safeguard Specialist include but are not limited to the following:

  • Ensure the diffusion of the project’s safeguard instruments and contribute to the stakeholders’ appropriation.
  • Provide overall technical social safeguards oversight for the project preparation and implementation under the general management of the PIU Coordinator.
  • Participate systematically in the development of terms of reference (TOR) for the conduct of specific social assessments and other social studies (i.e., RAP, ESIA, ESMP, and/or Audits, etc.) of the Project.
  • Evaluate the gaps between Gambian legislation and the World Bank’s standards on social issues, including compensation, eligibility, vulnerability, etc.…
  • Focus will be on social risk management, including measures for addressing inclusive stakeholder engagement, social accountability, social inclusion, conflict reduction, addressing disadvantage and vulnerability, restoration of livelihoods, gender mainstreaming and considerations in risk management, and familiarity with social methodologies, and other social issues that may arise in the project.  Familiarity addressing gender-based violence (GBV)/sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment (SEA/SH), violence against children (VAC) is also preferred.
  • Participate in the selection process of service providers to carry out environmental and social studies and be involved in the implementation and/or control/monitoring of social safeguards during the works and ensuring service providers are strictly following the E&S clauses.
  • Providing necessary coordination, review, and relevant input into preparation of Environmental and Social Impacts Assessment (ESIAs)/Environmental and Social Management Frameworks (ESMPs) and Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs) for projects under preparation and implementation.
  • Conduct a quality review of documents related to social and environmental activities carried out and facilitate the process of approval and disclosure of safeguard instruments (i.e. RAP, ESIA, ESMP, Audits, Grievance Mechanism [GM], Contractor-ESMP, etc.) and their implementation (i.e. payment of compensation, social support for PAPs, with particular attention to vulnerable groups including women, youth and the elderly, the disabled, etc.), in accordance with current national regulations and the World Bank’s environmental and social standards.
  • Ensuring that bidding documents and contracts include necessary social safeguards provisions.
  • Ensure the development and quality of the C-ESMPs and other instruments for mitigating social risks and impacts and gender and vulnerability aspects by the contractors in charge of the works and their approval by the Owner Engineer.
  • Conduct/participate, together with the environmental safeguard specialist, in supervision missions to verify and attest to the status of implementation of social safeguards, as well as gender, social inclusion, vulnerability, etc.
  • Supervise and monitor contractors’ performance in handling specific social issues; provide corrective instructions as needed.
  • Prepare relevant parts of required social monitoring reports, including reports on ESMP implementation status.
  • Undertake regular field visits to project sites to assess social impacts and verify social monitoring information provided in the reports of contractors and implementing partners, including photo documentation as applicable.
  • Keep accurate records of social supervision of project activities in a systemic manner that allows easy search-and-find of all documents upon request of, the World Bank, and national authorities.
  • Supervise and participate in the implementation of stakeholder consultations and coordinate the implementation of the Stakeholder Engagement Plan.
  • Suggest appointing stakeholder focal points to facilitate and sustain engagement with stakeholders.
  • Ensures good collaboration with government agencies, decentralized institutions, and local civil society
  • Analyzing project implementation reports to ensure that all work is completed in full compliance with Safeguards Policies; supervising contractors’ performance in handling specific social issues, such as GBV/SEA/SH/VAC (and monitoring measures related to the Codes of Conduct); providing corrective instruments as needed.
  • Monitor the development, dissemination, accessibility, and functionality of the project’s Grievance Mechanism, in particular the settlement of disputes and conflicts arising from the implementation of the RAPs and the C-ESMPs and propose appropriate corrective measures; ensure the consolidation of data and periodic reporting in conjunction with the GRC and all other relevant stakeholders Ensures that complaints related to SEA/SH are properly handled

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 from the link below.

GERMP Social Risk Management Specialist PIU TOR

Required qualifications:

a)     Master of Arts degree in social sciences such as political science or policy, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, social assessment studies, or related fields (with experience in areas relevant to social safeguards such as land acquisition or resettlement, vulnerable groups and individuals, gender, livelihoods, participation and civic engagement, social impact analysis, assessment of social risks).

b)     At least 5 years’ experience in the region in compliance with social safeguards policies including involuntary resettlement.

c)     Good knowledge of the relevant regulations/directives and operations of multilateral development organizations and executing agencies.

d)     Demonstrated experience and knowledge of Bank operations and social safeguard policies, especially, experience and familiarity with complex safeguard work.

e)     Proven experience and skills in managing projects.

f)      Proven capacity to work across multiple stakeholders, including government entities, civil society organizations (CSOs), local communities, and the private sector.

g)     Demonstrated experience in the World Bank project cycle and procedures.

h)     Fluent in English with excellent written and oral skills.

i)      Advanced computer skills and full proficiency in the use of relevant software applications in using computers and software such as Microsoft Office suite.

j)      Participate in capacity-building training to strengthen competencies as need be.

k)     Work with GBV consultant to strengthen capacity on addressing SEA/SH risks in the project.

l)      Knowledge of local language like Mandinka, wolof, fula, or serere is an important asset since the project is intervening in rural areas also.

m)   Familiarity with risks and mitigation measures related to gender-based violence (GBV) and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse/Sexual Harassment (SEA/SH) to ensure such risks/mitigation measures are included in safeguard instruments.

n)     Applications from women are highly recommended.

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 July 2018 and November 2020 (“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 08:00 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 30th March 2023 

Managing Director

Attention: Mrs. Haddy Njie – Project Coordinator

Address: National Water & Electricity Company Limited, Project Implementation Unit

Emporium III Building, Fajara

114 Kairaba AvenueFloor/ Room number: Conference Room, 1st Floor

City: Banjul

Country: The Gambia

Telephone: +220 3664125 / 3182113/ 7009342

Electronic mail address: hnjie@nawec.gm, (and copy to mfsanyang@nawec.gm)

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Environmental Safeguards Specialist for Project Implementation Unit

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

(CONSULTING SERVICES –

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT’S SELECTION)

THE GAMBIA

ELECTRICITY RESTORATION AND MODERNIZATION PROJECT (GERMP)

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

Assignment Title: Environmental Safeguards Specialist for Project Implementation Unit.

Reference No.: GM-NAWEC-339341-CS-INDV

 

The Republic of The Gambia with the support of the International Development Association (IDA), European Investment Bank (EIB), and European Union (EU), collectively the “Lenders”), are implementing an energy project approved in 2018 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 infrastructure in the Great Banjul Area, and in the provinces across the country.

The development objective of the project is to improve the operational performance of the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC), and its capacity to dispatch variable renewable electricity. The Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) will improve the power generation capacity and efficiency of NAWEC’s transmission network to increase access to electricity for socio-economic development. This objective is in line with the Gambian National Development Plan (NDP-2018-2021), the Gambia Electricity Sector Roadmap (2017) and the National Energy Policy (2014-2018), among other national policies which promote the extension, reliability, and quality of the Government’s energy supply, as well as diversifying energy sources to include renewables.

The implementation of some activities of the GERMP project could lead to potential environmental and social risk and impacts which must be managed. The project is using the World Bank operational Policies on E&S safeguards as well as the Gambian national low on the management of E&S risks and impacts.

These Term of references are prepared to recruit an environmental specialist to support the monitoring of the management of E&S risks and impacts in the context of the project.

The environmental Safeguard Specialist’s overall responsibility will be ensuring strict compliance of sub-project preparation and implementation with the World Bank’s Operational Policies on safeguards and Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) guidelines, The Gambian legislation, and relevant international good practices.  In general, he/she will be responsible for providing advice and technical assistance to the project and all stakeholders to ensure acceptable quality of environmental risk and impact management in accordance with mentioned policies.

Activities to be performed by the Environment Safeguards Specialist include but are not limited to the following:

a) Provide overall technical environmental safeguards oversight for the sub-project preparation and implementation under the general management of the PIU Project Coordinator. Focus will be on environmental risk management, including measures for addressing negative impacts, labor influx, healthy and safe working condition of labors, biodiversity management, waste (including hazardous and non-hazardous) and other environmental issues that may arise during the implementation of project’s activities.

b) Ensure compliance with the provisions of the World Bank’s Safeguard Policies which have been deemed relevant to this project, and with national, regional, and international legal provisions in force that apply.

c) Conduct in collaboration of the social development specialist the E&S screening of planned sub-projects/activities and determined the appropriated E&S due diligence to perform. Ensure the participation of the NEA to the process as per national requirements.

d) Provide necessary coordination and relevant inputs during the preparation of environmental and social instruments such as Environmental and Social Impact Assessment/Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESIA/ESMP), E&S Audits as necessary, for sub-projects under preparation and implementation.

e) Conduct quality review and facilitate the approval and disclosure process of environmental and social risk and impact management instruments (ESIA, ESMP, C-ESMP for contractors etc.) and their implementation in accordance with the Operational Policies and the national regulations in force.

f) Undertake regular field visits to project sites to assess the management of environmental impacts and verify environmental monitoring information provided in the reports of contractors and Owner Engineer, including photo documentation as applicable.

g) Keep records of environmental supervision of project activities in a systemic manner that allows easy search-and-find of all documents upon request of the World Bank, and national authorities.

h) Contribute to the preparation of environmental and social clauses and ensure their integration in the tender documents as well as in the contracts of the company in charge of the works and of the Owner Engineer, together with its social Safeguard specialist and the GBV Specialist.

i) Analyze project implementation reports to ensure that all work is completed in full compliance with Safeguards Policies, supervising contractors’ performance in handling specific environmental issues.

j) ensure the development and quality as well as the effective implementation of ESMP and any other instrument for mitigating environmental and social risks and impacts by the contractors in charge of the works and their approval by the Owner Engineer.

k) Monitor in collaboration with the social development specialist, the development, dissemination/make accessible and functional the implementation and effective monitoring of the project’s Grievance Mechanism, including the resolution of disputes and conflicts arising from the implementation of the C-ESMP and propose appropriate corrective measures.

l) Ensure proper documentation of all activities relating to environmental safeguards; prepare reports (monthly, quarterly, annual, incident report, accident report…).

m) Prepare relevant parts of required environmental monitoring reports, including reports on ESMP implementation status. his including being responsible for drafting sections of the project documentation and guidance such as the project operational manual related to environmental safeguards.

n) Provide capacity building to ensure safeguards is institutionalized in NAWEC PIU (i.e., Safeguard Specialist in PIU) and project partners (i.e., Owner Engineer and Contractors).

  • Hands-on program monitoring mechanisms (e.g., conducting monthly meetings and integrate reporting on implementation of ESMP/RAP).

o) Ensure proper management of OHS aspects by contractor (e.g., safety for workers and communities in construction and/or temporary and permanent rehousing sites, significant amounts of emissions or effluents produced, presence or adoption of unsafe processes for a project), to ensure that these risks are adequately addressed in the implementation processes, etc.

p) Participate in and ensure the implementation of the recommendations (related to the management of environmental risks and impacts, code of conduct, etc.) of the aide-memoirs of the support missions to the implementation of the project, carried out alone or jointly with the World Bank.

q) Ensure that activities related to the management of E&S risks and impacts are included in the project Annual Budget plan.

r) Work closely on an everyday basis with the PIU International E&S Safeguard Consultant to gain knowledge and on the job training of all the environmental safeguard matters.

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 from the link below.

GERMP Environmental Safeguard Specialist TOR

Required qualifications:

a)     have a higher education degree (Master) in environmental management or environmental sciences (ecology, biology, botany, forestry, natural resource management, etc.), geography, environment engineering or any other degree deemed equivalent and having the environment as a base (with experience in areas relevant to environmental safeguards).

b)     Have a proven experience of five (5) years in environmental management including two (2) years in projects financed by the World Bank.

c)     Good knowledge of the relevant regulations/directives and operations of multilateral development organizations and executing agencies.

d)     Demonstrated experience and knowledge of Bank operations and environmental safeguard policies, especially, experience and familiarity with complex safeguard work.

e)     Good experience in the development and/or implementation of Environmental and Social Assessment instruments (ESIA, ESMP) of projects, if possible, in projects financed by the World Bank

f)      Proven experience and skills in managing projects.

g)     Proven capacity to work across multiple stakeholders, including government entities, civil society organizations (CSOs), local communities, and the private sector.

h)     Demonstrated experience in the World Bank project cycle and procedures

i)      Fluent in English with excellent written and oral skills.

j)      Knowledge of local language like Mandinka, wolof, fula, or Mandinka is an asset since the project is intervening in rural areas.

k)     Advanced computer skills and full proficiency in the use of relevant software applications in using computers and software such as Microsoft Office suite.

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 July 2018 and November 2020 (“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 08:00 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 30th March 2023 

Managing Director

Attention: Mrs. Haddy Njie – Project CoordinatorAddress:

National Water & Electricity Company Limited, Project Implementation Unit

Emporium III Building, Fajara

114 Kairaba AvenueFloor/ Room number: Conference Room, 1st Floor

City: Banjul

Country: The Gambia

Telephone: +220 3664125 / 3182113/ 7009342 Electronic mail address: hnjie@nawec.gm, (and copy to mfsanyang@nawec.gm)

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Developing a Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for 30 kV MV Transmission lines with associated MV T-offs and Distribution Networks for Central River Region and Upper River Region

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

The Gambia

Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP)

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

Assignment Title : Developing a Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for 30 kV MV Transmission lines with associated MV T-offs and Distribution Networks for Central River Region and Upper River Region

 Reference No.: GM-NAWEC-339332-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”), are implementing an energy project approved in 2018 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 infrastructure in the Great Banjul Area, and in the provinces across the country.

The development objective of the project is to improve the operational performance of the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC), and its capacity to dispatch variable renewable electricity. The Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) will improve the power generation capacity and efficiency of NAWEC’s transmission network to increase access to electricity for socio-economic development. This objective is in line with the Gambian National Development Plan (NDP-2018-2021), the Gambia Electricity Sector Roadmap (2017) and the National Energy Policy (2014-2018), among other national policies which promote the extension, reliability, and quality of the Government’s energy supply, as well as diversifying energy sources to include renewables. The Project site will cover mainly two regions: the Central River Region and the Upper River Region. This Project will cover communities not covered by other NAWEC projects in order to reach the universal access. Additional short lines will be covered in NBR and LRR as well.

The total distance of the MV lines for this assignment is approximately 310km.

The aim of the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) is to include measures to address physical and/or economic displacement depending on the nature of the impacts expected from a project and identify and assess the socio-economic impacts of the planned 30 kV MV transmission lines with associated MV T-offs and distribution networks for CRR and URR and to prepare an Action Plan to be implemented in line with World Bank Policies, specifically, the World Bank Operational Policy 4.12 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, and restriction of uses.

The RAP is based on up-to-date and reliable information about (a) the proposed project and its potential impacts on the affected  persons and other adversely affected groups, (b) appropriate and feasible mitigation measures, and (c) the legal and institutional arrangements required for effective implementation of resettlement measures.

Project-affected persons (PAPs) may be classified as persons: (a) Who have formal legal rights to land or assets; (b) Who do not have formal legal rights to land or assets but have a claim to land or assets that is recognized or recognizable under national law;  or (c) Who have no recognizable legal right or claim to the land or assets they occupy or use.

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 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, and disclosed publicly by the Government of The Gambia, and the World Bank Infoshop.

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be obtained from the link below.

RAP GERMP Two 30kV lines CRR and URR TOR

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.

Qualifications and Experience:

The Consultant team should have a minimum of ten (10) years of strong 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.

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 and November 2020 (“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 qualifications-based selection (CQS) method set out in the Procurement Regulations.

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours from 08:00 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 30th March 2023.

 

The address above referred is:

Managing Director

Attention: Mrs. Haddy Njie – Project Coordinator

Address: National Water & Electricity Company Limited,

Project Implementation Unit

Emporium III Building, Fajara

114 Kairaba Avenue

Floor/ Room number: Conference Room, 1st Floor

City: Banjul

Country: The Gambia

Telephone: +220 3664125 / 3182113/ 7009342

Electronic mail address: hnjie@nawec.gm, (and copy to mfsanyang@nawec.gm)

 

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST – Recruitment of a Procurement Consultant

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: Recruitment of a Procurement Consultant

Reference No. GM-NAWEC-341067-CS-INDV

 The Republic of the Gambia is implementing Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) financed by the World Bank, European Investment Bank, and European Union. National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) is Implementing Agency for this project. The main Project Development Objectives are increasing the availability and reliability of electricity supply in the Gambia; improving operational performance of NAWEC; improve the capacity of NAWEC to dispatch variable renewable electricity. In June 2020, the World Bank Board approved Additional Financing for GERMP to address, inter alia, urgent needs in improvement of NAWEC water business. Main project activities shall be implemented before the project closing date 31 December 2024.

NAWEC has set up a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) to manage the implementation of the projects financed by International Financing Institutions (IFIs), including procurement of goods (equipment and materials), works, and selection of consultants for technical assistance. PIU is also managing contract implementation to ensure compliance with the Financing Agreements. An experienced Procurement and Contract Management Consultant (the Consultant) will be required to support the PIU in conducting these activities in accordance with the World Bank Guidelines and Project legal documents. The Consultant will also provide on-the-job training and support capacity building of the PIU staff, and perform other related activities, as the need may be.

The objectives of the Consultant’s services are to ensure quality and efficiency of procurement and contract management for the activities outlined in the Project and Financing Agreements, Project Procurement Strategy for Development (PPSD) and Procurement Plan; and provide on-the-job training and capacity building of PIU procurement staff.

 

SCOPE OF WORK

  1. Procurement consultant will assist PIU in performing procurement and contract management activities, which include but are not limited to the following:

(i)        Hands-on assistance in performing the following procurement and contract management activities without limitation:

  • Preparation of, Requests For Bids and Requests For Proposals based on the WB’s standard procurement documents, advising on procurement packaging.
  • Conducting proper communication with bidders, including drafting responses to bidders’ inquiries, debriefing, addressing bidders’ complaints.
  • Assisting PIU and NAWEC staff on conducting bid/proposal opening session, bid/proposal evaluation, technical and commercial evaluation of bids and proposals, preparing Bid/Proposal Evaluation Reports with recommendations for contract awards.
  • Assisting in negotiating finalizing and monitoring contracts with winning bidders/consultants.
  • Preparation of contract management plans for large contracts, organizing contract management teams, establishing appropriate processes and communication.
  • Managing negotiating, preparing and obtaining approvals for variation orders and contract amendments;
  • Timely submitting to the World Bank and obtaining all necessary approvals/no objection notices.
  • Ensuring that timely input is provided to STEP system of the World Bank.
  • Maintaining procurement filing system to ensure proper record keeping of all procurement-related documentation/records and their availability for the review by the World Bank and the Government.
  • Preparing relevant inputs into regular implementation progress reports by the PIU in part related to procurement.
  • Other procurement and contract management-related activities, as may be requested, from time to time, by the PIU and NAWEC management.

(ii)       Developing procurement capacity of PIU, primarily in the form of on-the-job training and coaching procurement staff of the PIU in conducting procurement work in accordance with the World Bank Procurement Regulations

(iii)      Developing contract management capacity in PIU and NAWEC, based on the requirements of the World Bank and in accordance with accepted international practices.

 

  1. It is envisaged that, without limitation, Consultant will be actively involved in managing the following major activities:
  • Design, supply and installation of Solar PV Plant (procurement stage completed, contract signed and being implemented);
  • Design and Build of HV Transmission infrastructure Plant (procurement stage completed, contract signed and being implemented);
  • Provincial Backbone 2 (procurement stage completed, contract signed and being implemented);
  • Provincial Backbone 3 (at procurement stage);
  • Greater Banjul Area (GBA) primary and secondary substations upgrading (procurement stage completed, contract signed and being implemented);
  • Design, supply and installation of the Integrated Management System for NAWEC (operational acceptance completed);
  • Owner’s Engineer to supervise construction of Solar PV Plant; and Transmission infrastructures (contract implementation ongoing);
  • Borehole drilling and rehabilitation services (at procurement stage);
  • Replacement of Water Storage tanks (at procurement stage);
  • Various consulting services’ contracts.

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be obtained from the link below;

Procurement Consultant TOR

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 and CV shall be submitted to the address below.

Required qualifications.

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

  • (i) Master’s Degree from a reputable university in procurement, business administration, engineering, economics or related fields. Certification in procurement from a recognized institution (e.g. CIPS) is preferred.
  • (ii) Strong experience in power sector, including procurement and contract management of large contracts for Design, supply and installation of Plant. Experience in water sector will be an advantage.
  • (iii) Strong experience and detailed knowledge of the World Bank latest procurement regulations for all main types of procurement: Goods, Works, Plant, Information Systems, Consulting and Non-consulting services.
  • (iv) At least 8 years of proven successful procurement and contract management experience in the World Bank-funded projects in developing countries, including experience in Sub-Saharan Africa. Relevant experience with other multilateral banks (AfDB, ADB, etc) will be also considered. Experience in projects in small and fragile countries will be an advantage.
  • (v) Strong experience in assessment of procurement-related risks, training, implementation of procurement systems in project implementation units.
  • (vi) Strong experience in and understanding of international development business, including sensitivity to cultural issues, leadership, communication, negotiations, and project management skills.
  • (vii) Fluent in English with excellent written and spoken skills.

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 July 2018 and November 2020 (“(“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.

It is estimated that the workload will be 120 staff-days spread over the total contract period of 12 months..

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours from 08:00 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 March 27th, 2023.

 

Managing  Director

Attention: Mrs. Haddy Njie – Project Coordinator

Address: National Water & Electricity Company Limited,

Project Implementation Unit

Emporium III Building, Fajara

114 Kairaba Avenue

Floor/ Room number: Conference Room, 1st Floor

City: Banjul

Country: The Gambia

Telephone: +220 3664125 / 3182113/ 7009342

Electronic mail address: hnjie@nawec.gm, (and copy to mfsanyang@nawec.gm)