REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
(CONSULTING SERVICES –
INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT’S SELECTION)
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
- 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.
- 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;
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.
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.
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
Country: The Gambia
Telephone: +220 3664125 / 3182113/ 7009342