Request for expressions of interest, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Department of Rural Development, submission date : 28 November, 2018.

National Electrification Project (IDA Project No. P152936)
Assignment Title: Solar PV Inspection and Verification Agent (IVA 3)
(Reference No: C2-TA32)

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, was 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 as per the short-list criteria and the EOI should not be more than 30 pages. 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 lots of IVA 3
(under International Competitive Bidding packages for Solar PV – ICB S&I-3 and S&I-DRD-1) as listed below but
have to indicate clearly in their Expression of Interest (EOI):

IVA-3  Lot No. ICB Lots Tentative no. of samples
Lot 1 ICB S&I-3

Lot 2 – Chin(4), Lot 3 – Sagaing(4), Lot 4 – Shan North(4) and Shan East (3)

9,268
Lot 2 ICB S&I-3

Lot1- Kachin, Kayin(3) and Tanintharyi (4), Lot 5 – Bago(2), Magway(2), Yangon, Ayeyarwaddy(6)&(7) and Naypyitaw(2)

9,491
Lot 3 ICB S&I – DRD – 1

Lot 1 – Yangon, Bago (2), Naypyitaw (2), Mandalay (2), Lot 2 – Magway (2), Lot 3 – Rakhine (4), Lot 4 – Ayeyarwaddy (6), Lot 5 – Ayeyarwaddy (7)

8,006

However, award of contract to one consultant will not be more than two lots. The tentative starting period for the assignment is around May 2019.

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. Consultant (s) will be selected in accordance with the Least-Cost Selection (LCS) method set out in the Consultant Guidelines.

International consulting firms are encouraged to associate with local firms in the form of a joint venture or a subconsultancy to enhance their qualifications.

Further information and initial Terms of Reference can be obtained at the address below during office hours: 09.30 to 16.00 hours or direct request trough e-mail address – drdnep.procurement@gmail.com. DRD will provide prompt and consistent responses to all interested parties, should there be any questions. Expressions of interest in one original, two copies and a soft copy must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail) by November 28, 2018.

Department of Rural Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation

Attention : U Maung Win, Deputy Director General, National Electrification Project (NEP), Office No. 36, Pandita Road, Oattara Thiri Township, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Tel/FAX : +95 0673 418636, E-mail: drdnep.procurement@gmail.com, ksaung@gmail.com, dr.soesoeohn@gmail.com

Source: MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK AND IRRIGATION

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