THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST IS CHANGED TO 15 JANUARY 2016, 23:59 GMT
The Government of Kazakhstan has been committed to a broad economic reform program. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) plays an important role in facilitating and implementing the reforms by providing technical assistance. The Government of Kazakhstan addressed EBRD with the request to provide technical assistance on reforming the tariff policy and regulatory framework for natural monopolies and dominants in infrastructure sector. The Bank approved the corresponding technical cooperation project (the “Tariff TC”) with the objectives to provide assistance to the authorities of Kazakhstan in reforming the existing system of tariff regulation for natural monopolies and dominants in infrastructure sectors, adopting a modern and transparent framework for regulation, as well as strengthening the institutional powers and means to implement and administer such framework. As of October 2015, the Bank has completed Phase 1 of Tariff TC by providing the Government or Kazakhstan with recommendations on improving the tariff policy and regulatory framework. Key recommendations in the seaport sector were the establishment of the landlord model and regulate infrastructure charges (i.e. port dues) only. The Government of Kazakhstan is keen to privatise some of the port assets. The consultants and the Bank also developed a long term tariffing policy for the Government of Kazakhstan; reviewed the legal framework for tariff regulation; proposed a legal action plan in order to enact/implement the recommendations; and presented precise and concrete recommendations for the strengthening of the institutional base and the revision of policies, laws and implementation practices/methodologies, together with implementation action plans for the key aspects of those recommendations.
The Government of Kazakhstan has agreed with these recommendations and requested their actual implementation on the basis of the pilot projects which will constitute Phase 2 of the Tariff TC. The pilot projects will be undertaken in the following sectors: district heating, airport, seaport, electricity distribution, water The pilot company (the “Pilot Company”) of the pilot project in the seaport sector will be Aktau seaport.
The Bank is now seeking to engage a consultant (the “Consultant”) to provide technical assistance for the pilot project in the seaport sector as follows:
Task 1: Analyse market (cargo flow) trends practices and movements and assess investment needs by key types
Task 2: Define and compare target operational models that comply with the set of goals for the Aktau port development. Propose the operation model that fits the set of goals for the Aktau port development.
Task 3: Perform market testing of proposed port operation model and develop Action Plan for operation model implementation. Assist in implementation of the Action Plan during the duration of project.
Task 4: Develop the pricing policy and tariff methodology for the port and terminal services within defined port operation model, assist in implementation of the new pricing policy and tariff methodology; and
Task 5: In case the landlord model is chosen, develop the tendering strategy and develop KPIs for the landlord port. Assist the Pilot Company in finding and attracting interested parties.
The Consultant will work closely with the legal consultant and the general consultant who will be organizing consulting work across the pilot projects in all of the above referenced sectors, monitoring the work of sector consultants and implementation of pilot projects, supporting regulator and pilot companies in implementation, ensuring information exchange and flow among various stakeholders during the whole project, and ensuring that work and recommendations of sector consultants are consistent across sectors and are in line with recommendations made in Phase 1.
Assignment Duration: The duration of this assignment is expected to be up to 18 months. However, the Consultant is expected to provide support and consultations via e-mail, telephone and video calls to the Government of Kazakhstan and the EBRD until the final stage of passing and adopting proposed amendments to the legislation.
Status of the selection process: Interested firms or group of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.
Maximum Budget Available for the Assignment: EUR 500,000.00 (exclusive of VAT). The budget for the assignment may be extended subject to the operational needs of the Bank, satisfactory performance of the consultant and availability of funding.
The amounts above are all 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 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.
Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or consortium of firms with extensive experience in developing, managing and implementing policy reforms in the Bank’s countries of operation (“CoO”), preferably in seaport sector. It is expected that the assignment will be led by an appropriately qualified team leader, accompanied by supporting experts. Based on the fields of expertise and the tasks mentioned above, the team of the Consultant should consist of at least the following international and local key experts:
- Key expert 1: Team leader : a senior manager with extensive supervisory experience and knowledge sufficient to manage and deliver positive overall results of the assignment, results of Pilot Company, results to the Government of Kazakhstan and the EBRD, overall coordination among various consultants, stakeholders and clients;
- Key expert(s) 2: One or two senior sector experts with extensive overall sector knowledge, landlord model implementation experience and experience in reforming tariff systems (i.e. with hands-on-experience);
- Key expert (s) 3: Local experts with practical experience in seaports and logistics in Kazakhstan, with good knowledge of technical processes, operations, finance, and regulation;
- Key expert 4: Regulation specialist with the relevant experience in tariff regulation agencies (with hands on experience);
- Key expert 5: Accounting specialist with the knowledge and experience sufficient to deliver quality of accounting data, cost determination (fixed versus variable) as well as create accounting databases;
- Key expert 6: Organizational/institutional specialist responsible for every day communication and various details.
The Team leader and majority of the Consultant’s key experts should be fluent in both English and Russian.
The Consultant’s key experts should be available to spend the majority of the time working on the assignment in Astana.
It is preferable that the Consultant has a local presence in Astana with video-/teleconferencing capacity.
Submission Requirements: Interested consultants are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.
(a) brief overview of the firm/group of firms including company profile, organisation and staffing;
(b) details of similar experience of firm or group of firms and related 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, assignment budget, percentage carried out by consultant in case of association of firms or subcontracting, main activities, objectives;
(c) 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.
(d) Completed Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:
Failure to provide the duly completed and signed Consultant Declaration may result in the applicant being disqualified from the selection process.
The expression of interest shall not exceed 20 pages (excluding CVs, Consultant Declaration and contact sheet).
The complete expression of interest (including CVs, completed Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted in English electronically through eSelection to reach the Bank not later than the closing date and time specified above . The expression of interest should be one file (searchable .pdf or Word, not exceeding 4MB) to be uploaded in eSelection. The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications from firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files. DO NOT send expressions of interest to the EBRD’s contact person.
EBRD Contact Person:
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: +44 20 7338 6577
Important Note: Following this Invitation for Expression of Interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.
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