Grant Nº: D3320

Project Identification No: P162580

Reference No:  BJ-WAPP-102165-CS-QCBS

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


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

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

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


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


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


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

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

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be found at the following WAPP website:

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

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

Shortlisting Criteria

The Shortlisting Criteria are:

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


Key Experts will not be evaluated at the shortlisting stage.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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