Assignment Description: In recent years, Turkey has concentrated its efforts on increasing the use of national resources, including energy, in a cost-effective manner. This requires sustainable private sector investments and a well-functioning and regulated resources market, while limiting environmental damage, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing energy and resource efficiency. At the same time, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") has increased its lending in support of sustainable energy in a number of its countries of operations, including Turkey.
In July 2014, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey, the European Commission (the "EC"), and the EBRD agreed on a set of actions in the area of sustainable energy to be led by the EBRD and supported by the EU's Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) Programme in Turkey. As stipulated in the IPA Component 1 (Transition Assistance and Institution Building) agreed between the European Commission and the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey, the overall objectives of the IPA Programme support will include increasing the capacity of the energy efficiency and renewable energy markets, as well as better aligning them with the EU energy strategies.
This objective is expected to be achieved by:
- promoting commercial lending facilities;
- providing a more active donor involvement;
- improving the policy framework;
- enhancing access to information;
- creating incentives and pilot programmes
- developing national level targets; and
- improving the tracking progress and results, in terms of reductions in energy and carbon intensities.
In order to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the support being provided, the EC and the EBRD, in full cooperation of the Government of Turkey, have agreed to establish the EU/EBRD Turkish Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Support Programme (hereinafter, referred to as the “Programme”) for "Enhancement of the Turkish Energy Sector in line with EU energy strategies".
The Programme is structured as four distinctive “windows”.
Window 1 - Financing Facilities and Technical Assistance (the EBRD will provide loans to eligible sub-borrowers in the energy sector. Programmes currently under implementation include TurSEFF, TuREEF and MidSEFF. Programmes under preparation include Municipal Sustainable Energy Credit Line and Energy Efficiency Leasing).
Window 2 - Direct Lending and Technical Assistance. Programmes under preparation include Sustainable Waste Framework Direct Lending and Corporate Energy Efficiency Audit Framework and Early Stage Geothermal Development Programme.
Window 3 - Policy Dialogue for the purpose of promoting resource efficiency investments in the private sector and institutional capacity building to address specific weaknesses in the regulatory framework, leading to a significant improvement in the investment environment for resource efficiency across the country.
Window 4 – Programme Coordination (subject of this Notice).
In order to support implementation of the entire Programme, the EBRD wishes to engage a Programme Coordination Team (the “PCT” or the “Consultant”). The Consultant’s role is to facilitate effective and efficient implementation of the Programme, in line with its agreed strategic objectives.
In order to achieve the above-mentioned objective, the Consultant will be expected to carry out the following tasks:
- act as Secretariat coordinating efforts of various stakeholders involved in implementation of the Programme (the Ministry and other governmental agencies, the EU Delegation in Ankara and the EBRD).
- monitor progress of the Programme implementation (taking into account specific sub-sectors, with varying objectives, timetables and methodologies);
- organise seminars and forums for relevant stakeholders, as envisaged in the work plan, to promote awareness of the energy issues;
- provide extensive support to EBRD in respect of reporting and visibility, in line with the Programme requirements;
- support the Head of the Ankara Office in coordinating the Programme activities with different stakeholders;
- create a website as a central source of information on energy programmes in Turkey.
Due to the nature of this Assignment and need for extensive liaison with the key counterparties in the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (the “Ministry”) of Turkey and the EU Delegation in Ankara, it is envisaged that the Consultant will be based in Ankara. Travel within Turkey as well as to Brussels and London is foreseen.
Assignment Duration: 48 months.
Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 1,140,000; exclusive of VAT.
The Consultants must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank's special status as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.
Consultants to note: It is estimated that at least one-third of this budget will be required to cover the cost of a number of events (site visits, workshops, seminars, national media campaigns) which have to be delivered under this assignment.
Funding Source: The contract will be financed with funding by the European Union under the EU/EBRD Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programme for Turkey.
Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.
Consultant Profile: The Consultant will be a firm with project experience, preferably in Turkey or similar location, able to propose a team of three highly qualified experts with experience in the following areas: project management, sustainable energy policy and technologies, implementation of the EU-funded programmes and broad understanding of the energy market in Turkey.
The Consultant’s team will include the following key experts:
1. Project Manager (PM): An experienced individual, preferably with 8 years of project management experience, fluent in both Turkish and English languages. PM should have practical experience of implementing the EU-led or funded programmes, professional exposure to sustainable energy and resource efficiency projects as well as good understanding of the energy sector and markets. Familiarity with application/implementation of governmental policies and procedures would be an advantage.
2. Communication and Visibility Expert: A marketing expert, preferably with 5 years of experience relevant to the role, fluent in both Turkish and English languages. This expert should have experience in conducting marketing programmes at a national level, designing and operating websites, and developing targeted marketing strategies for SMEs, municipalities and universities.
3. Administrative Officer: An individual, experienced in providing comprehensive administrative support for highly complex projects, fluent in both Turkish and English languages.
Submission Requirements: Interested consultancy firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest. In order to determine the qualifications and competence of consulting firms seeking to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following:
1. Company profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2 pages);
2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration), main activities, objectives;
3. CVs of the three key experts who could be available to work on the Assignment Completed Consultant’s Declaration and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:
The above information should not exceed 40 pages including CVs and Consultant’s Declaration and Contact Sheet.
Expressions of Interest should be submitted, in English, electronically through eSelection. The complete Expression of Interest (including CVs and Consultant’s Declaration and Contact Sheet) will be one file (in searchable pdf or Word format), not exceeding 4MB, uploaded to eSelection. The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Marketing materials or company brochures are not required and will not be considered.
The Expressions of Interest will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Firm: Experience in and local capacity within Turkey or similar environment 10.0
Project Manager: : Experience relevant to the role Including language skills, as defined in the Notice 40.0
Communications Expert: : Experience relevant to the role Including language skills, as defined in the Notice 30.0
Administrative Officer: Experience relevant to the role Including language skills, as defined in the Notice 20.0
Consultants to note the following:
Following this invitation for Expressions of Interest, a shortlist of up to 6 qualified and competent firms will be formally invited to submit proposals.
Firms currently engaged under TurSEFF II, MidSEFF and TuREEF programmes will not be eligible to participate in this assignment.
Firms that may have expressed interest (or intend to do so) in the assignments listed below may participate in this selection process. However, if a firm is awarded a contract for any of the assignments listed below, it will not be eligible for the contract award in respect of the Turkey: Programme Coordination Consultant Assignment.
- Development of the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP)
- Assessing the Use of CO2 from Natural Sources for Commercial Purposes in Turkey