REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (REOI) Independent Monitoring of RAP Implementation

Publish Date: Oct 07, 2018

Closing Date: Oct 24, 2018

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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (REOI)

(Consulting Services – Firms Selection)

 

Country:  Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Project:    Trans-Hindukush Road Connectivity Project (THRCP)

Project ID: P125961

Grant No: TF013093

PP Ref. No.: MPW/WB/IDA/THRCP/CS/018

Assignment Title:  Independent Monitoring of RAP Implementation

Reference No.: MPW/WB/IDA/THRCP/CS/018

  1. The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoA) has obtained funding from the World Bank (IDA Grant) for a seven-year Program for improving the road connectivity across the Hindukush mountain range north of Kabul. The project has a total estimated cost of US$ 250 million, most of which are to be spent on civil works for the construction of the Baghlan to Bamyan (B2B) road and for the rehabilitation of the Salang pass road and the Salang Tunnel, and for the supervision of works for the same roads.
  2. The project development objective is improved road transport connectivity across the Hindukush mountain range.  The means to achieve this objective are (i) to rehabilitate the Salang Pass and to develop the Baghlan to Bamiyan (B2B) road to become a viable alternative to the Salang Pass, and (ii) to establish suitable arrangements for the management, maintenance and operation of those two roads.

The Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, through the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) wishes to engage a qualified consulting firm to undertake:

  1. Provide an independent periodic review and assessment of: (i) achievement of resettlement action plan objectives; (ii) changes in living standards and livelihoods; (iii) restoration and/or improvement of the economic and social base of the affected people; (iv) effectiveness and sustainability of entitlements; and (v) address further mitigation measures, as needed.
  2. Review the implementation and evaluation outputs of resettlement objectives, change in living standards and livelihoods, economic restoration and social base of PAFs, effectiveness, impact on and entitlement of PAFs, demand and minimization measures and study experiences in setting up and planning for policies in the future. It will also look into the broader social impact of the project.
  3. Verify information collected through MoPW’s internal monitoring reports and contact and interview the PAFs wherever they are relocated. Other tasks would include determining if procedures on participation and receiving compensation amount of PAFs are implemented in accordance with the approved RAP for each road segment.

 

For further information on the scope of the services, you can access the ToR under the above mentioned assignment title and reference number on the website: www.mopw.gov.af

  1. The Ministry of Public Works 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.
  2. The shortlisting criteria are:
  3. The consultant shall demonstrate having sound financial situation and capacity by submitting financial audit report with annual turnover of at least US$ 180,000.0 for any of the last 3 years (2015, 2016 & 2017);
  4. The consultant should have significant experience in similar assignments in terms of nature, size and complexity (resettlement/shelter projects, feasibility study, detailed socio-economic survey) – the consultant shall provide proven experiences of having executed at least two contracts of similar nature and complexity, each with the value of minimum US$ 90,000.0;
  5. Proven experience in Afghanistan;
  6. Eligibility requirements in compliance with paragraphs 1.11, 1.12 & 1.13 of the World Bank’s Guidelines for Selection & Employment of Consultants, January 2011 – Revised July 2014. A copy of the certification of incorporation/ business license should also be provided.
  7. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants [under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants] by World Bank Borrowers – January 2011 Revised July 2014 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.  In addition, please refer to the following information on conflict of interest related to this assignment as per paragraph 1.9 of Consultant Guidelines: Bank policy requires that consultants provide professional, objective and impartial advice and at all times hold the client’s interest paramount, without any consideration for future work, and that in providing advice they avoid conflicts with other assignments and their own corporate interests. Consultants shall not be hired for any assignment that would be in conflict with their prior or current obligations to other clients, or that may place them in a position of being unable to carry out the assignment in the best interest of the Borrower. The Guidelines are available at   www.worldbank.org/ .
  8. Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications. If consultants intend to associate with other firms, they are advised to clearly identify the lead partner and state the composition and nature of the association (JV/sub-consultant) in their EOI. In case the EOI is submitted in form of JV, each partner in the association shall meet the minimum requirements defined above, under the short listing criteria. However, the short listing criteria will not be applied and considered for sub-consultants.
  9. A consultant firm will be selected through Consultant Qualification Selection (CQS) in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers dated January 2011, Revised July 2014. Particular importance will be given to the qualification of the consultants and their ability to operate in Afghanistan.

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours, i.e. 09:00 to 16:00 hours. Electronic queries will be entertained.

  1. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by e-mail) by October 24, 2018 14:00 Hrs (Kabul Local Time) duly quoting the case’s reference number i.e. MPW/WB/IDA/THRCP/CS/018

 

Attention:  Abdul Satar Salim

Executive Director

Trans-Hindukush Road Connectivity Project (THRCP)

Opposite ANA Recruitment Center

Jalalabad Road, Kabul, Afghanistan  

Email: satar.salim@thrcp.gov.af  copied to procurement@thrcp.gov.af

               Web site: www.mopw.gov.af