Location: #Armenia Business sector: #Municipal and environmental #infrastructure Funding source:ENIF - EU Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF) Contract type: #Consultancy Services Notice type:Invitation for expressions of interest (CSU) Issue date:21 Aug 2020 Closing date:14 Sep 2020 at 16:00 London Access eSelection
25/08/2020 - Closing Date to submit proposals is extended until 14 September 2020.
Under the Tranche 4 of the Armenian North-South Road Corridor on the extended core TEN-T #network, the European Bank for Reconstruction and #Development (the “#EBRD” or the “Bank”) is considering providing finance to the Republic of Armenia (the “Borrower”), to be co-financed by a sovereign loan from the #European Investment Bank (“EIB”) and an #investment grant from the EU NIP. The Implementing agency will be the “#Road #Department” State Non-Commercial Organization (“RD”, the “Client”) under Republic of Armenia Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure.
The Sisian-Kajaran section (Tranche 4) is one of six tranches of the Armenian part of the North-South Corridor and is located in the southern part of the country. The current interstate road connecting Sisian and Kajaran via Kapan and Goris is approximately 120 km long. Despite the maximum speed of 90 km/hour, the travel time takes about 3-4 hours due to difficult mountains terrain. The Project will involve i) construction of a new infrastructure, incl. 8.6 km long Bargushat tunnel and three bridges with total length of appx. 624 m, which would be connecting the villages of Shenatagh and Kitsk (Qirts) via a mountainous terrain and, subject to further due diligence (ii) rehabilitation of the existing local road sections Sisian-Shenatagh and Kajaran-Kitsk (Qirts).
The loans from the EBRD and the EIB (“the IFIs”) will co-finance the following components on the Sisian-Kajaran section of the North-South Road Corridor (“NSRC”, Tranche 4), jointly referred to as “the Project”: (1) construction of Bargushat tunnel (8.6 km) and three adjacent bridges (totalling 624 m) (“Tunnel Section”); and (2) rehabilitation, construction and upgrade of the Sisian-Shenatagh (30.2 km) and Kitsk (Qirts)-Kajaran (33.8 km) road sections (“Road Section”).
As this Project is a major expansion (almost Greenfield) Project that could result in potentially significant adverse future environmental and/or social impacts, the EBRD has categorised the Project as “A” in terms of its 2019 Environmental and Social (E&S) Policy, which means that a comprehensive Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and review of associated #documents must be carried out, followed by their public disclosure for a minimum period of 120 days.
Assignment Description: The objective of the Assignment is to identify and assess any potentially significant future adverse environmental and social impacts associated with the proposed #Project, determine the measures needed to prevent, minimise, mitigate and compensate adverse impacts, and identify potential #environmental and #social #opportunities, including those that would improve the environmental and social sustainability of the Project. As part of this, the Consultant will work with the design team in order to inform Project design based on environmental and social issues. The #Consultant will also identify and conduct any complimentary studies (e.g. climate change, human rights and gender) that may be required given the Project’s context and environmental and social risks.
The assessment process will be commensurate with, and proportional to, the potential risks, aspects and impacts of the Project, and will cover, in an integrated manner, all relevant direct, indirect & cumulative environmental and social aspects and impacts of the Project, and the relevant stages of the Project cycle (e.g. pre-construction, construction, operation, and decommissioning or closure and reinstatement).
A detailed design study, including an ESIA was conducted in 2017. The design study will be provided to the Consultant upon contract award – or if requested by consultants during proposal preparation (subject to confidentiality undertaking).
The detailed scope of work and services (the “Services”) of the Assignment are further described in the Full Terms of Reference (the “ToR”) which can be accessed from the following link:
Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in October 2020 and has an estimated overall duration of 15 months.
Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 695,000 (exclusive of VAT)
Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions based on the consultant's country of origin.
Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with previous project experience related to:
- Preparation and management of Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (#ESIAs), Biodiversity Action Plan (#BAP) and Land Acquisition and Resettlement Framework (#LARF) in Armenia or similar EBRD’s countries of operations in the infrastructure sector delivered in compliance with EBRD Performance Requirements (PR) or other #IFIs standards (including but not limited to critical habitat assessment and health and safety) - Experience in stakeholder engagement and public consultation in the local context including but not limited to gender and cultural heritage.
The Consultant's expert team is expected to include the following key experts (the 'Key Experts'): Key Expert 1: Project Manager, preferably with a Graduate degree in Environmental science and 15 years of previous professional experience as follows: • Professional and academic experience in environment and more specifically in ESIAs aligned with EBRD PRs, if possible on road projects; • in leading and implementing similar projects in Armenia or similar EBRD’s countries of operations; • Experience in coordination with the technical studies and influencing project design; • Fluency in English,; • Excellent communication skills. • Familiar with the requirements of European Investment Bank (#EIB) – EIB Environmental and Social Handbook Key Expert 2: Biodiversity specialist preferably with a Graduate degree in Ecology or Biodiversity conservation sciences and 7-10 years of previous professional experience as follows: • Local and international experience in characterizing baseline conditions and assessing impacts of programs and projects on people and the environment in Armenia or similar countries of operations of the EBRD, if possible on road projects; • Familiar with EBRD PR6 and Critical Habitat Assessment; • Good knowledge of English;
Key Expert 3: Social expert, preferably with a Graduate Degree in Social Science and 7-10 years of previous #professional experience as follows: • #Local and international experience in characterizing baseline conditions and assessing impacts of programs and projects on people and the environment in Armenia or similar countries of operations of the EBRD, and in enhancing positive impacts (synergies); • Familiar with EBRD PR2/PR5/PR8/PR10; Strong experience in #developing Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Livelihood #restoration #Framework in line with IFIs standards • Good knowledge of English;
Key Expert 4: Pool of Local experts preferably with Graduate Degree and 10 years of experience as follows: • Environmental and social impact assessment, Environmental regulation in Armenia; • Stakeholder engagement and public consultations, gender, land access and land use; • Biodiversity (especially birds); • Cultural heritage; • Hydrology; • Strong understanding of environmental and social challenges in Armenia especially with regards to the infrastructure sector. Participation of experienced and reputable local experts will be a key aspect of bid evaluation. The Consultant’s team is expected to cover all areas of expertise required in the Terms of Reference. Consultants should note that one person could have more than one role (e.g., the Team Leader could also be a specialist) and one role could be filled by more than one person.
Submission Requirements: The consultants are now invited to submit a completed Technical and Financial Proposal as per the standard templates and instructions available at:
http://www.ebrd.com/documents/procurement/single-stage-package.docx Interested Consultants should make themselves familiar with these Standard Templates, Standard Instructions and Conditions of Contract in preparation of their proposals.
The Technical Proposal shall be submitted in English electronically via eSelection not later than the Closing Date, as one single PDF file. The technical proposal should not exceed 25 pages excluding the Declaration Form and CVs (Form 1- TP 1 and Form 1 – TP 6).
The Financial Proposal (Form 2 – FP 1 and FP2) shall be submitted in English separately by email only to the following e-mail address: PODDprocurement@ebrd.com Please indicate the Project number and title in the subject of your e-mail. Consultants are reminded of the requirement to ensure the confidentiality of the Financial Proposals.
A Technical Proposal that contains elements of a financial proposal shall be declared non-responsive.
A Financial Proposal submitted together with the technical proposals via e Selection shall be declared non-responsive.
For the avoidance of doubt, technical proposals should be sent through eSelection and NOT to the above email address. Financial proposals should be sent to the above email address and NOT through eSelection or Bank Contact Person.
Bank Contact Person: Aleksandra Lewandowska European Bank for Reconstruction and Development One Exchange Square London EC2A 2JN e-mail: email@example.com Deadline to Submit Clarification Questions is 03/09/2020 via e-mail to: PODDprocurement@ebrd.com
Selection Method and Evaluation Criteria: #Technical Proposal Evaluation Criteria • Firm's previous project experience in similar assignments (30%) • Quality of the methodology proposed for the Assignment (30 %) • CVs of the Key Experts (40%).
The minimum technical score (St) required to pass is 70.
Opening of Financial Proposals
After the technical evaluation is completed, only the submissions which score 70 or above of the total marks available for the technical criteria will be eligible to have their financial proposals opened.
Combined Technical and Financial Evaluation
The lowest evaluated Financial Proposal (Fm) is given the maximum financial score (Sf) of 100. The formula for determining the financial scores (Sf) of all other Proposals is calculated as follows:
Sf = 100 x Fm/ F, in which “Sf” is the financial score, “Fm” is the lowest evaluated Financial Proposal, and “F” the price of the Proposal under consideration.
Proposals are then ranked according to their combined technical (St) and financial (Sf) scores using the weights (T = 80; F = 20) T + F = 100 as follows: S = St x T% + Sf x F%.