REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
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.
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:
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