Clarifications issued on 4 April 2019:
The deadline for receipt of proposals has been extended and shall now read 29 April 2019 - 15:00 GMT.
Question: The Terms of Reference state that “Excellent English and Russian writing and speaking skills are a must” for the Team Leader. Is this an absolute requirement or can the Team Leader be an English speaker, supported by local staff?
EBRD Response: Fluency in Russian is considered an advantage and alternatively the interface role should be covered by the local experts, not translators.
Single Stage Open Competitive Selection – Request for Proposals
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) is planning to support the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan (“GoU” or “Uzbekistan”) in developing a roadmap for the progressive decarbonisation of its power generation sector in line with the mitigation and adaptation objectives it expressed in its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and its sustainable development goals.
The roadmap will define a low-carbon pathway for the electricity generation sector in Uzbekistan through the modelling of the country’s energy system and its evolution scenarios until 2050. Each scenario will outline the optimal power generation-mix in order to achieve a sustainable energy system by 2050. The assignment will include the evaluation of the regulatory, economic, and financial conditions associated with each of the scenarios, as well as any incremental policy recommendations considered crucial for ensuring the viability of the scenario.
The project will result in the development of a set of policy and technology recommendations to:
- help understand the possible contribution of the sector towards the country’s NDC targets,
- support in the identification of new relevant sectorial targets post-2030 and
- provide clear indications on investment priorities towards a substantial power sector decarbonisation in the mid to long-term.
The Assignment will be undertaken along two workstreams. The first workstream will cover the development of the scenarios, and the second will involve targeted capacity building activities with Uzbekistan power sector stakeholders.
Workstream 1 – Development of a knowledge product on the low-carbon development pathway for the power sector in Uzbekistan
This workstream will involve all the activities required to produce the knowledge product. The knowledge product will be a report primarily targeted at decision makers in the government and power utilities that aims to transfer new knowledge in order to promote more informed policy making and power sector investment.
Workstream 2 – Targeted dissemination workshops and tools
The consultant shall identify specific audience(s) in Uzbekistan, and develop a dissemination plan to reach them. The Plan should outline delivery of:
• Up to 3 in-country workshops / meetings / briefings;
• A webinar;
• Identification of opportunities to disseminate the results at relevant events (UNFCCC meetings, power and energy conferences, etc).
Full Terms of Reference (TOR) of the Assignment can be found here: http://www.ebrd.com/documents/procurement/77795-tor.pdf
Consultant Selection Procedure: Single stage open competitive selection. Interested firms or groups of firms are invited to submit a Technical and Financial Proposal.
Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in August 2019 and has an estimated overall duration of 12 months.
Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 397,000 (exclusive of VAT).
Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the business needs, the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope.
Funding Source: It is anticipated that the contract will be financed by the Japan-EBRD Cooperation Fund (JECF). 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: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms preferably with previous project experience related to:
- Experience in the engineering consultancy of power generation and transmission assets, with strong experience of emerging power sector technologies. Previous knowledge of Uzbekistan’s power sector is an advantage.
- Project finance with multilateral and development banks
The Consultant's expert team is expected to include the following key experts (the 'Key Experts'):
- Team Leader with at least 10 years of previous professional experience in the engineering consultancy of power generation and transmission assets
- Senior international climate policy expert with at least 10 years of previous professional work experience in providing programme support and policy advice on major climate policy and carbon issues at different levels.
- Senior international modelling expert preferably with 7 years of previous professional experience in developing country-level GHG emissions reduction scenarios.
- Senior Energy Sector Technical Experts preferably with 10 years of previous professional experience in the field of decarbonisation of the power generation and other key economic sectors
- Senior international economist preferably with 10 years of previous professional experience working on applied policy-oriented economic analysis for topics related to green investment and energy policy, working with governments or / and international organisations.
- Senior international legal expert(s) with at least 7 years of legal expertise, including experience in the development of climate policy and sector regulation and compliance systems.
- Local Experts preferably with 5 years of professional experience in climate change and/or environmental related subjects; as well as an in-depth knowledge of climate related issues in Uzbekistan and the policy development process associated with climate change issues in the country.
- Communications and Stakeholder Specialist with at least 5 years of professional experience developing strategies, key messages and vehicles for communication to support climate policy focused programmes.
The Consultant’s team is expected to cover all areas of expertise required in the Terms of Reference. The Consultant may propose other non-key experts considered relevant for the purpose of conducting the Assignment; only CVs of the Key experts will be evaluated as part of the technical proposal. All experts must be independent and free from conflicts of interest in the responsibilities accorded to them.
Submission Requirements: The consultants are now invited to submit a completed Technical and Financial Proposal as per the standard templates and instructions available at this link: 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.
1. 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 20 pages excluding the Declaration Form and CVs (Form 1- TP 1 and Form 1 – TP 6).
2. The Financial Proposal (Form 2 – FP 1 and FP2) shall be submitted in English separately by email only to the Bank Contact Person. 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.
Bank Contact Person:
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
For the avoidance of doubt, technical proposals should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address. Financial proposals should be sent to this email address and NOT through eSelection.
Deadline to Submit Clarification Questions: Via e-mail to the Bank Contact Person by 08/04/2019
Selection Method and Evaluation Criteria:
1. Technical Proposal Evaluation Criteria
(a) Firm's previous project experience in similar assignments (25%)
(b) Experience in Uzbekistan and/or EBRD Region (15%)
(c) Quality of the methodology proposed for the Assignment (30 %)
(d) CVs of the Key Experts (30 %).
The minimum technical score (St) required to pass is 70.
2. 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.
3. 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%.
- 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.