REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
(CONSULTING SERVICES – FIRMS SELECTION)
ECOWAS Regional Electricity Access Project (ECOWAS-REAP)- P164044
Loan No./Credit No./ Grant No.: IDA- D4080
Assignment Title: To develop a plan to implement the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) of ECOWAS Regional Electricity Access Project (ECO-REAP)
Reference No.: GM-NAWEC-348394-CS-CQS
The ECOWAS-Regional Electricity Access Project (REAP), a part of a Series of Projects (SOP) being implemented within the ECOWAS region, with a long-term view to achieving electricity distribution expansion within the Region. Funded by the IDA/World Bank, the SOP aims to increase the number of people in West Africa with access to reliable and affordable electricity, as articulated in the ECOWAS White Paper of 2006 for Increasing Access to Energy Services to People of the Sub-region.
The SOP consists of two Phases, which plan to provide 2.5 million people across six countries in West Africa, namely Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, and The Gambia with electricity. Phase I of the SOP is to provide access to 1.1 million people in Guinea-Bissau, Mali, and The Gambia. In The Gambia, this Phase will finance the expansion of medium and low-voltage networks from the two high-voltage 225/33 kV substations (in Soma, Lower River Region–LRR, and in Brikama, in West Coast Region–WCR) being built under the OMVG Energy Project. It is expected that this will transform the power sectors of these countries and enable them to achieve their common objective of delivering more power to more consumers.
Specifically, the project aims to increase grid electricity access in the Republics of Guinea-Bissau, Mali, and The Gambia. It is expected to substantially increase the access to electricity to reach an access rate of almost 65 percent and 25 percent, in The Gambia and Guinea Bissau respectively, while Mali will increase its electricity access rate to 37 percent.
The objective of the RAP implementation, therefore, is to ensure that those whose livelihoods and property/dwellings affected by the Project are compensated for their losses, and their standard of living improved, or at least restored to pre-project levels for sustenance of livelihoods. More specifically the RAP implementation seeks to:
- Reduce the risks of poverty, exclusion, and inequitable access to benefits especially for the vulnerable and marginalized individuals and groups such as women, single-headed-households, elderly, children, etc.
- Ensure the Project is socially acceptable to maintain credibility of the implementing authority and funder.
Since this project is funded by the WB, and its implementation will result in involuntary resettlement, it is a requirement that a RAP be developed according to the Involuntary Resettlement Policy of the World Bank (OP 4.12). This is because when involuntary resettlement takes place, people lose their land, assets and access to assets, their income, and livelihoods, with or without physical relocation. The effect of these losses on the persons living in the project zone would increase poverty, unless measures are put in place to compensate them for the losses incurred so that the living conditions of pre-project PAPs are recovered or even improved.
The objective of the prepared and approved RAP, therefore, was to provide guidelines for compensation of land and associated asset loss. The aims of the RAP were to:
- Reduce the risks of deepening poverty, exclusion, inequitable access to benefits especially for vulnerable and marginalized individuals and groups such as women, women head of households, elderly, children, persons with disabilities, etc.
- Mitigate adverse impacts including those relating to loss of livelihood from the reduced opportunity of collecting plant resources, and this will consequently prevent competition and conflict
- Minimize, as much as possible, involuntary physical and economic displacement
- Ensure that the affected populations that must lose part of their property or assets following the completion of the project, are:
- Compensated for these losses at full replacement cost
- That affected livelihoods are restored or improved
- Sensitize the PAP of the positive impacts of the Project
In The Gambia, the Project ’s beneficiaries will include households, small businesses, and public institutions (including local governments, schools, and health clinics), which will be connected to the electricity grid. The project will be implemented in four Regions, viz: Lower River Region (LRR); North Bank Region (NBR); West Coast Region (WCR); and Central River Region (CRR-North and South).
Scope of work:
Task 1: Implementation of mitigation measures, land acquisition and livelihood restoration of the approved RAP
Task 2: Dissemination of Information and Consultation
Task 3: Land Acquisition
Task 4: Verification
Task 5: Distribution of Identity Files
Task 6: The final RAP implementation report shall include the following: Category of household, asset lost, compensation and all types of assistance, alternate livelihood options, details of resettlement, specific training requirement for skill up gradation and institutions responsible for training.
Task 7: Disbursement of Assistance and Delivery of Entitlements
Task 8: Relocation
Task 9: Grievance Mechanism
Task 10: Coordination between PAPs and NAWEC
Task 11: Conduct Public Information Campaign
Task 12: Awareness Creation on Gender Mainstreaming and Systemic inequalities
It is estimated that the consultancy services shall be required for a period of minimum three months given previous experience with RAPs implementation for activities related to medium voltage transmission lines, for a possible upward limit of six months. The consultant shall carry out all assigned tasks based on the milestones as set out by NAWEC. The period of service shall be extended, if found necessary and based on the performance of the consultant, for a period mutually agreed upon by both the parties (NAWEC and the consultant / the consultancy firm). The PIU will notify the consultant by the end of the second month if an extension is required.
Reports are to be submitted to NAWEC PIU. All supporting documents such as photographs, video graphs, maps, primary and secondary information collected, etc., taken during the assignment shall be submitted in support of the reports, along with an electronic copy of the documents.
The following deliverables must be submitted:
- Inception Report: The consultant shall submit to the NAWEC PIU an inception report detailing plan of action, the team which will implement the assignment deployment, time schedule, and detailed methodology, within 21 working days of the commencement of the assignment.
- Monthly Work Plan: The work plan for each coming month shall be submitted in the monthly meeting along with that of the current month clearly showing site visits, targets vis-a-vis achievements, and various other elements. The monthly progress report shall have to be submitted before the 10th of the following month.
- Consultation record keeping: The consultant shall document in full detail, the consultation processes (including dates, time, location, persons present, efforts to ensure women and other vulnerable groups attended and participated, noting if they are community meetings or individual/one on one meeting, etc. Photos of consultations shall only be taken with the expressed consent of participants and should be noted in consultations notes that consent was asked for and if it was obtained. No photos shall be taken of children and of women participating in women only focused discussions. Any concerns or issues which may be raised during consultation by PAPs may impact implementation of the RAP should be brought to the attention of the PIU within 24 hours.
- Training: full description of the training imparted (or facilitated) as part of the assignment (The GRC will need to be trained on how to manage complaints).
- Draft Final Report: Consultant shall submit a Draft Completion Report at the end of the contract period summarizing the actions taken during the project, the methods used to carry out the assignment, and a summary of support, compensation and assistance given to the PAPs. This draft will be reviewed by NAWEC and commented upon. The progress archived in land acquisition as per entitlements shall be documented and shall be submitted to the NAWEC PIU as a part of the monthly progress report.
- Final Report: Consultant shall submit final completion report complying all the remarks / comments of NAWEC PIU, the World Bank on Draft Final Report at the end of the contract period summarizing the actions taken during the project, the methods used to carry out the assignment, and a summary of support, compensation and assistance given to the PAPs.
- Participation in Periodic Review Meeting of PIU: Consultant’s Team Leader shall participate in the periodic review meetings of the PIU to discuss about the progress of the assigned tasks, issues, and constraints in carrying out any specific task, etc.
- Submission of Meeting Records: Minutes of the meeting shall be prepared for all the meetings with NAWEC PIU and PAPs, GRC Meetings, various consultations with the PAPs, consultations with respect to shifting of community assets, joint verification of affected land and structures, etc., shall need to be recorded and submitted to the NAWEC PIU.
- Submission of Micro Plans: All micro plans (this includes the resettlement plan, livelihood.
National Water and Electricity Company Limited (NAWEC) now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.
Team for the Assignment:
The NGO/consulting firm shall dedicate a team of professionals to the site. The constitution of the Core Team and their required qualification and experience shall be as follows:
|Project Manager / Team Leader
|1||Project Manager/Team Leader should be a post-graduate, preferably in social sciences with financial management background. S/he should have 10 years’ experience in implementation of resettlement plans and development of reports with good knowledge on GIS and mapping of Project affected area and PAP plots of land. S/he should have held responsible position in the previous assignments and should possess participatory management skills. Knowledge of local language (Mandinka) will be a good asset.|
|Social Specialists as Community Facilitators
|2||The social specialists should have a graduate or post- graduate or equivalent in social sciences with at least five years field experience. They shall have experience in implementation of resettlement in project development works with knowledge of prevailing resettlement policies including WB policies, and knowledge of social inclusion/working with vulnerable groups, and gender-based violence. They Should have at least five years of experience in community consultation (including one with demonstrated experience with gender-sensitive consultation approaches and working with women community members to create safe-spaces for discussion). Knowledge of the local language and experience of working in The Gambia are desired.
At least one of the social specialists will be an experienced woman-consultation facilitator to be able to conduct meetings with women and also attend all consultations and participate/help facilitate.
At least one of the two social specialists shall have knowledge about good financial and administrative management practices.
|Land Acquisition Specialist
|1||Should be a graduate or equivalent in the social sciences with five years field experience in Land Acquisition, using maps to identify PAP assets, should have knowledge of prevailing land acquisition and compensation Act and WB policies.|
The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to Section III, paragraphs, 3.14, 3.16, and 3.17 of the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” July 2016 and revised November 2017 and July 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 Qualification-based Selection method set out in the Procurement Regulations.
The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be obtained at the link below:
Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours:
Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by 8th June 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/ 9967791/ 7009342
Electronic mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org, (and copy to email@example.com)