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Expressions Of Interest – National Electrification Project (NEP), Deadline: 11th September, 2019

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Individual Consultant

Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation

Department of Rural Development (DRD)

Myanmar: National Electrification Project (NEP) (IDA Project No. 152936)

International Environmental and Social Safeguard Specialist Ref. C2-TA 35

1. This Request for Expressions of Interest follows the general procurement notice for this project that appeared in Development Business online on November 3, 2015.

2. The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has received financing from the International Development Association (IDA) and applied part of the proceeds of this financing to payments under the contract for an International Environmental and Social Safeguard Specialist for National Electrification Project (NEP) under ref. no C2-TA35.

3. The National Electrification Project includes an off-grid electrification component with $80 million in IDA credits. IDA support in off-grid areas will target communities located far beyond the existing national grid and, thus, unlikely to receive grid-based access in the next 10 or more years. More importantly, the IDA support will be directed to the peripheral States/ Regions with social and ethnic cohesion and peace building. Off-grid electrification will be technology neutral, depending on technology assessment for target communities, including solar photovoltaic (PV), mini-hydropower, wind, diesel, and hybrid (eg. diesel/solar). Deployment of household solar PV systems in target communities includes households, public institutions (schools, health clinics and other community building) as well as public street light. Moreover, funds are provided for technical assistance and management of the off-grid component. The budget for technical assistance is $10 million from IDA. This component will support: (a) strengthening of institutional capacity to implement the National Electrification Plan, including capacity building and training of the DRD Project Management Office (PMO), capacity building at the Union, State/Region, district, township and village levels and for the private sector; (b) improving policy and regulatory framework related to electrification; (c) securing technical advice and consulting services on standards, technology assessment and technical design, economic and financial analysis, environmental and social impact management, procurement and financial management; and (d) strengthening project management. In addition, the Project attracts additional financing from various multilateral and bilateral donor agencies, including but not limited to, € 30 million soft-loan from Italian government through Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and $ 3.45 million grant for Result Based Financing from the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank Group. This grant is explicitly designed to bridge public and private service provision, the Project complements IFC activities as part of the overall, integrated World Bank Group’s Joint Implementation Plan. The objective of the Project is to help increase access to electricity in Myanmar. The Project is expected to benefit around 6 million people with new electricity connections by 2021.

The Environmental and Social Safeguard Specialist (the Specialist) will assist the Project which operates within an Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF), inclusive of a Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) and an Indigenous Peoples Planning Framework (IPPF). The ESMF provides guidelines for screening all sub-projects and all Project activities including procurement of goods that would result in investments, determination of requirement for assessment and preparation of further documentation in accordance with the World Bank safeguards policies including site-specific environmental and social safeguard documents. The Specialist will also provide training and capacity building to members of the Union, State/Region and District level, NEP Project Management Office (NEP-PMO), and where required, other off-grid and community based stakeholders.

4. The Department of Rural Development now invites eligible individual consultants to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested individual consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the Services as per criteria below ( CV with academic background, experience in similar assignment, knowledge of local conditions (if any) etc.) Consultants may be invited for interviewing, if necessary. The evaluation criteria are:

a) A degree (preferably to at least a Master’s Degree) in Environmental Science, Ecology, Environmental Engineering, Agricultural Engineering or Natural Resources Management or a related field from a recognised university.

b) At least 10 years’ experience in environmental & social impact assessments and management of international environmental & social safeguards in projects, plus working experiences at least 3 projects financed by international donors with specific aspects of environmental & social safeguards.

c) Strong technical knowledge in relevant areas such as Environmental and Social Impact Assessment; environmental and social issues in the Myanmar context including addressing social impacts; environmental and social risk assessment and management; a knowledge of small power generation and mini-grid distribution systems (small hydro, solar PV, solar-diesel hybrid and biomass) in remote, rural communities would be an advantage.

d) Familiarity with implementing international environmental and social standards/ best practices (i.e. ADB, WB, etc.).

e) Membership in a related professional association or registration as an environmental expert is advantageous.

f) Excellent fluency, presentation and technical writing skills in English as well as proficiency in the use of computer software (including MS Word, MS Exel and MS PowerPoint) are essential; knowledge of Myanmar language is advantageous.

g) Solid understanding of Myanmar Energy/ Electricity Sector, Environmental Sector and Socioeconomic, and political issues around development projects in Myanmar is crucial.

h) Respect to different gender, social classes and all ethnic groups of Myanmar and excellent interpersonal skill is essential.

i) Able to work with multidisciplinary multicultural teams.

j) Able to travel to different parts of Myanmar on project work.

5. A consultant will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrows dated January 2011 (revised July 2014) (“Consultant Guidelines”). The attention of interested consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the Consultant Guidelines, setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

6. Interested individual consultants may obtain the Terms of Reference at the address given below from 09.30 to 16.00 hours or direct request through e-mail address – drdnep.procurement@gmail. com. DRD will provide prompt responses to all interested individual consultants, should there be any questions.

7. Expressions of interest must be delivered by registered mail or by e-mail to the address below no later than September 11, 2019.

Attention

U Maung Win, Deputy Director General,
National Electrification Project (NEP)
Department of Rural Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation
Office No. 36, Pandita Road, Oattara Thiri Township, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
Tel/FAX : +95 0673 418636,
E-mail: neppmo.drd@gmail.com, ksaung@gmail.com, drdnep.procurement@gmail.com

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

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