EU-EBRD Country-specific Investment Climate Reviews and Action Plans for Eastern Partnership (EaP) Countries - Gender Expert



Funding source:

ECAP00 - EU-EBRD Country-Spec

Contract type:

Consultancy Services

Notice type:

Invitation for expressions of interest (CSU)

Issue date:

12 Aug 2020

Closing date:

03 Sep 2020   at  17:00   London

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Single Stage Open Competitive Procedure - Request for Proposals

Project Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the ‘EBRD’ or ‘the Bank’), through its Strategy for the Promotion of Gender Equality (2016-2020), aims to promote women’s economic empowerment and equality of opportunity in the countries where it invests (the “Project”). This is important to fostering transition to well-functioning and inclusive market economies.

The Bank engages with clients companies and policy stakeholders to create economic opportunities to women and increasing their access to entrepreneurship and finance, employment and services.

The current Project will integrate gender lenses in the design and implementation of Investment Climate and Governance Initiative and associated activities led by the Governance and Political Affairs team. A key focus will be the integration of gender equality in the EU-EBRD Country-specific Investment Climate Reviews and Action Plans
for the six Eastern Partnership Countries (
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia,
Moldova and Ukraine
). Policy dialogues and technical cooperation assignments will also
be developed to promote women’s economic empowerment. The aim is to improve the
business environment and investment climate for women entrepreneurs.
A gender sensitive
investment climate is essential to enhance women’s access to entrepreneurship and finance
and improve socio-economic conditions and employment opportunities of people,
including women. This is important in the context of the six Eastern Partnership countries
where the market-share of women-led businesses is low (less than 30%), including
women-led SMEs.

Assignment Description: The Bank wishes to engage a consultant (“the Consultant”,
“Gender Advisoror “Gender Expert”) to provide oversight and technical advisory
services to Investment Climate projects, activities and policy engagements of the EBRD’s
Economics, Policy and Governance Department, Governance and Political Affairs team.
A key area of contribution will be to provide gender advice to the EU-EBRD regional
project led by the EBRD on reforming Investment Climate in EBRD’s Eastern Partnership
countries. The EU-EBRD project’s role is to support the design and implementation of
structural reforms to improve investment climate and economic governance in Eastern
Partnership countries.

The overall objective of the Assignment is to promote gender sensitive investment climate
in EBRD’s countries of operation, particularly in the Eastern Partnership countries,
through the integration and mainstreaming of gender analysis in the Governance and
Political Affairs team’s operations, policy and regulatory reviews of investment climate.

The specific objectives of the Assignment include identifying key business, legal and
regulatory constraints and priority reform areas to improve investment climate for women
entrepreneurs and developing and implementing gender sensitive Investment Climate
Action Plans.

The Consultant (the “Gender Advisor”, the “Gender Associate”) is expected to complete
the following main activities:
· Assist with integrating gender lenses in the design and delivery of technical assistance projects and Investment Climate Action Plans;
· Conduct research, lead product development, and analysis on gender and women’s economic empowerment issues in EBRD countries of operation;
· Provide technical advisory support across the entire project cycle with a gender component and/or focus: drafting terms of reference, budgeting, recruiting, procuring, monitoring, assessing risk, building and managing relationships, and reporting;
· Engage in gender policy dialogue on investment climate issues;
· Contribute to capacity building both within the Bank and with external stakeholders by developing relevant capacity building tools.

For a complete description of the Consultants’ duties, refer to the Full Terms of Reference (ToR):

Consultant Selection Procedure: Single stage open competitive selection. Interested individuals are invited to submit a short Technical Proposal and a Financial Proposal in the manner described in the submission requirements.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in September 2020 and has an estimated overall duration of 18 months, until March 2022.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: up to EUR 75,000 (including VAT).

Funding Source: The contract will be financed by the European Commission. Selection and contracting are subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions based on the consultant's country of origin.

Consultant Profile: Individual services are required. The successful individual should have the following skills and experience:
- Advanced degree in social sciences, economics, political economy or related field;
- Substantial profession experience in gender quality with understanding or experience in investment climate analysis;

- Strong analytical skills in the field of gender equality with understanding or experience in investment climate analysis;
- Experience in implementing projects and managing consultants' work;

- Understanding of the investment climate in EBRD's countries of operation, particularly in the Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine;

- Excellent written and verbal English skills. Knowledge of another language from Eastern Partnership countries would be considered an advantage.

The Consultant will be engaged on a full-time basis in EBRD's Headquarters or one of EBRD's regional office in Eastern Partnership countries. The Consultant would be able to work remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic, in line with local regulations.


Submission Requirements: The Consultants are now invited to submit a completed Technical and Financial Proposal as per the standard templates and instructions available here:

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 Financial Proposal (Form 2 – FP 1 and FP2) shall be submitted in English separately by email only to the two Bank Contact Persons indicated below. Financial proposal should ONLY indicate the Key Experts’ Daily Fee Rate in EUR.

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 eSelection shall be declared non-responsive.

Bank Contact Persons:

Viv Lewis-Headlam, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN, e-mail:

Oksana Pak, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN, e-mail:

For the avoidance of doubt, technical proposals should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address. Financial proposals should be sent to the email addresses and NOT through eSelection.

Deadline to Submit Clarification Questions: Via e-mail to the Bank Contact Persons by 17 August 2020.

Selection Method and Evaluation Criteria:

Technical Proposal Evaluation Criteria

(a) Substantial professional experience in gender equality with understanding or experience in investment climate analysis (30%);
(b) Experience in the area of expertise in EBRD’s countries of operation, particularly in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine; and working for an MDB(30%)
(c) Expert's CV (20%)
(d) Fluency in English and the local language (20%)


Following the evaluation of technical proposals received based on the criteria above, up to
4 consultants who have scored 70 and above will be shortlisted and invited to attend an

The Bank will consult with the consultant regarding the format (e.g. Skype call, WebEx
call, Zoom call, meeting, conference call, etc.) and date of the interview at the time of the
invitation. Please note that all and any costs incurred by the Consultant in connection with
attendance to interviews will not reimbursed by the Bank.

The weights given to the Technical (T) and Interview (I) evaluation are:
T = 80, and
I = 20

Submissions will be ranked according to their combined technical (St) and interview (Si)
scores using the weights (T=the weight given to the Technical; I = the weight given to the
Interview; T+I=1) as following: Sti=St x T% + Si x I%.

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

Important Notes

The proposal validity period is 120 days from the deadline date for the receipt of
submissions. During this period, the Consultant shall maintain its original Proposal without
any change, including the availability of the Experts, the proposed rates and the total price.

The selection will be made from the Proposals received in response to this notification
only, on the basis of the submission requirements and selection criteria set out in this
Procurement Notice. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected and invited to
negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.

Any updates of and clarifications on this procurement notice shall be announced as
updates on this notice, without any other notification. In the event of changes consultants
will need to download the updated versions. Consultants are required to periodically
check the notice for updates. Failure to take the updates into account while preparing the
Proposal may result in disqualification or penalties to the scores in the evaluation.