Georgia Solid Waste Equipment Project

Location:

Georgia

Business sector:

Transport, Municipal and environmental infrastructure

Project number:

49909

Funding source:

Not Yet Determined

Contract type:

Consultancy Services

Notice type:

Invitation for expressions of interest (CSU)

Issue date:

30 Oct 2015

Closing date:

20 Nov 2015   at  23:59   London

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Project Description:

The Government of Georgia has identified solid waste collection and disposal, as well as reform of the existing waste management system as a key priority for the country. A strategy for waste management is being developed by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia with European Union (“EU”) support. In parallel, the draft Code on Waste Management was adopted by the Ministry of Environment in January 2015. The Code will ensure sustainable waste management practices.

The state-owned Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia (the “Company”) was established under the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure in 2012. The Company is responsible for landfill management, and improving the operational standards of solid waste management. Georgia is now interested in cooperating with the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) to improve its solid waste management processes by renewing the solid waste collection fleet and upgrading solid waste collection points (the “Project”).

The objective of the Project is acquisition of vehicles and containers and other waste management equipment to upgrade solid waste management at a national level. The equipment will be distributed to approximately 45 cities and towns. Investments are expected to significantly improve solid waste management. The Project will contribute to the improvement of people’s daily lives by eliminating health hazards posed by unsanitary waste handling.

The Project cost is estimated at EUR 15 million and would consist of a loan from the Bank, co-financed by an investment grant from an international donor due to affordability constraints in the sector.

The EBRD now wishes to engage an experienced solid waste management consultant (the “Consultant”) to carry out technical and financial due diligence on the Project, and to provide pre-signing procurement support to the Company in line with international best practice and the EBRD’s Procurement Policies and Rules (“PP and R”) (the “Assignment”).

The overall objective of the Assignment is to ensure that the desired operational and commercial benefits of the investment materialise. The Consultant will achieve this objective by:

· determining the type and quantity of solid waste collection vehicles, containers and solid waste management equipment (together, the “Project Equipment”) to be purchased under the Project; and

· facilitating the timely and effective procurement of the Project Equipment by preparing the requirements, technical specifications and evaluation of tenders in line with the EBRD’s PP&R. The Company needs independent advice and support on the EBRD’s PP&R on specific technical issues at the pre-signing stage of the loan agreement.

The Consultant will carry out the following tasks:

Task 1. Technical and cost review;

Task 2. Prepare financial models for the Project and calculate the economic internal rate of return (“EIRR”) for the investments proposed for financing;

Task 3: Assess affordability;

Task 4: Procurement support.

Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in December 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 10 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 150,000.00 (exclusive of VAT).

The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank 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.

Funding Source: EBRD Shareholder Special Fund. Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms preferably with previous project experience related to:

1. Solid waste management, including operations management and procurement;

2. Preparation of technical specifications and technical documents using international financial institutions’ (“IFIs”) procurement processes;

3. Financial modelling;


Previous project experience in Georgia or the Caucasus would be an advantage.

The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows:

a Key Expert No 1 (Team Leader) with preferably 10 years’ previous professional experience in the solid waste management sector, including operations management, procurement and/or product development; and significant experience in the preparation of technical specifications and technical documents for procurement process;

b Key Expert No 2 (Financial Expert) with preferably 5 years’ previous professional experience in financial modelling, EIRR calculations and affordability analyses in the solid waste sector;

c. Key Expert No 3 (IFI Procurement Expert) with preferably 5 years’ previous professional experience in the solid waste management sector, including operations management, procurement and/or product development; significant experience in the preparation of technical specifications and technical documents for procurement process; and knowledge of procedures and rules of procurement and disbursement of IFIs, such as the World Bank or EBRD.

Non-key experts are expected to include local experts.

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected for this Assignment, the information submitted should include the following:

1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).

2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly 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 key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.

4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:

http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.

The above information should not exceed 20 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet.

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded (4MB), the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

Bank Contact Person:

Georgia Vasiliadis

Technical Co-operation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

One Exchange Square

London EC2A 2JN

Tel: + 44 20 7338 7750

e-mail: vasiliag@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)


Notes:

1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.

2. The shortlist criteria are:

(a) Firm’s previous project experience in solid waste management, including operations management and procurement (25%)

(b) Firm’s previous project experience in preparing technical specifications and technical documents using international financial institutions’ (IFIs’) procurement processes (20%)

(c) Firm’s previous project experience in financial modelling (15%)

(d) CVs of Key Experts No 1-3 (40%)

3. The consultant selected for this assignment will not be eligible to be awarded any further contracts with a procurement component for the Georgia Solid Waste Equipment project.