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Department of Rural Development invites EOI to Consulting Firm for National Electrification Project (IDA Project No. P152936); Closing Date: Jan 21, 2016



REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development
Department of Rural Development
National Electrification Project (IDA Project No.P152936)
Assignment Title: Solar PV Inspection and Verification
Reference No: C2-TA10

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the National Electrification Project (NEP), and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

The Myanmar NEP Off-Grid Programme co-financed by the World Bank with the Government over 5 years shall electrify close to one million households and several thousand facilities and building using solar PV off-grid technologies, targeting the rural and remote regions of the country. The initial procurement in 2016, shall be one of the first large scale international procurements in Myanmar, and is intended to establish modalities for future NEP roll-out. WB Procurement Guidelines shall be followed for supply and installation of the solar equipment, and the disbursement of payments for the solar installations equipment shall be subject to corresponding supporting verification of the installations and quality of equipment and works, by an Inspection and Verification Consulting Firm. The Consulting Firm shall be required to manage the entire inspection, verification and reporting process on a sampling basis.

The Department of Rural Development invites expression of interest (EOI) from qualified and experienced Local and/or International Consulting Firm (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The short-listing criteria are:

• At least 2 years of experience working in rural areas in Myanmar or similar conditions;
• At least 2 years of experience in installation and/or inspection of solar systems in countries with similar conditions with Myanmar;
• At least 2 permanent professional staff with relevant expertise in energy, renewable energy, electrification, and/or project management;
• At least three contracts in relevant areas, each with a value of at least USD10,000 over the past five years;
• Demonstrated ability to use app-based MIS software or related programs developed for monitoring and evaluation of project activities

The Consultant may express interest to provide inspection and verification services in one or more regions/states of International Competitive Bidding packages for Solar PV as listed below:

Lot 1– NEP Solar PV Packages in Kayin
Lot 2– NEP Solar PV Packages in Chin (1)
Lot 3 – NEP Solar PV Package in Chin (2)
Lot 4– NEP Solar PV Packages in Sagaing
Lot 5– NEP Solar PV Packages in Tanintharyi
Lot 6– NEP Solar PV Packages in Rakhine (1)
Lot 7– NEP Solar PV Packages in Rakhine (2)
Lot 8– NEP Solar PV Packages in Shan (East)
Lot 9- NEP Solar PV Packages in Shan (North) (1)
Lot 10– NEP Solar PV Packages in Shan (North) (2)
Lot 11– NEP Solar PV Packages in Ayeyawaddy (1)
Lot 12– NEP Solar PV Packages in Ayeyawaddy (2)

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers dated January 2011 (revised July 2014) (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest. In addition, please refer to the following specific information on conflict of interest related to this assignment: “Consulting Firms hired to provide the Inspection and Verification Service in any of the above regions/states shall be disqualified from subsequently providing goods and services in the particular regions/states they are awarding the contracts”.

International consulting firms are encouraged to associate with local firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications. Consultants will be selected in accordance with the Quality -and Cost-Based Selection Method (QCBS) set out in the Consultant Guidelines.

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours: 09.30 to 16.00 hours and contact person, Dr. Soe Soe Ohn at dr.soesoeohn@gmail.com.
Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by January 21, 2016.

Attention
U Myint Oo, Deputy Director General and Chairperson of the Procurement Committee
National Electrification Project (NEP)
Department of Rural Development, Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development
Office Number 14, Nay Pyi Taw Territory, Myanmar, Tel/ FAX: +95 67 409529, +95 67 409071
E-mail: dr.soesoeohn@gmail.com, neppmo.drd@gmail.com, ksaung@gmail.com

Source: Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development

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