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Sustainable Transport Technical Assistance Programme
|Country/ Location of the position||world|
|Experts||PPP Experts on energy efficiency to transport systems (marine and land), preferably from the Balkan region|
|Start + duration of project||Not yet decided|
|Duration of mission||E1||1 to 3 months|
|Required language||A good command of both written and spoken English.|
|Deadline||26th of May, 2012 Recruitment starts immediately upon publication of this vacancy announcement, posts may be filled already before the indicated application deadline.|
|ToR||If not shown in the section ToRs of this announcement the ToRs are available only for shortlisted experts|
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If you wish to submit your candidature, please send us:
1 – Your up dated and position-adjusted CV in EU AID format, in the language of vacancy and as word.doc detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments. CVs in other format than EU format will not be evaluated.
2 – The country, no of position/field (s) you will apply for in the subject line of message
3 – Your daily/monthly fee (EUR) without the living allowances.
4 – Your communication details (Mobil, phone, etc.)
5- applicants are encouraged to create consultant profiles in our online registry at: http://www.killefitconsult.com/beta/
Suggestions: Please make sure, that the experience requested is also shown “Description” section 14 of your CV. As the selections are very strict and paper based, we request you to prepare your CV in the right format and detail all the relevant experience under the Professional experience table as much as possible. There is no problem if your CV is long, the most important is to prepare so that it describes clearly your experiences relevant to the mission. (Your CV has to sell you!)
Restrictions: In case consultants are short listed, they must be able to provide documentary evidence for educational and professional items in their CVs (copies of diplomas, copies of employers’ reference letters, etc.). Documents those are not available in English have to be accompanied by a faithful translation. This is mandatory requirement for Europe Aid tenders.
Terms of reference
TERMS OF REFERENCE
Sustainable Transport Technical Assistance Programme
As transport activity has been a key facilitator and driver of economic prosperity worldwide, the financing of transport infrastructure is a core activity of The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “Bank” or “EBRD”). In 2010 this represented total financing of €1.3 billion in 24 transport infrastructure projects across all sub sectors (rail, roads, aviation, ports, shipping and intermodal transport systems).
The Bank’s involvement spans all activities in the transport sector and, as a key partner to the private and public sector, the Bank is committed to supporting the sector reform, restructuring and commercialisation of transport operations. The Bank’s mandate goes further and, as part of the EBRD’s Sustainable Energy Initiative (‘SEI’), in the context of climate change mitigation and addressing environmental and social issues associated with the transport sector, the Bank strongly supports sustainable development of a multimodal transport network to meet the increasing mobility demand.
Accordingly, the Bank’s challenge is to combine economic growth and regard for environment and to decouple economic growth and oil dependency. Sustainable transport is defined as the system which balances the social, economic and environmental dimensions (energy consumption and pollution, economic impact, safety, accessibility, etc.) so as to meet the growing mobility needs of people by providing affordable and efficient systems with limited environmental impact.
Developing sustainable transport systems requires the development of strategies which shift travel to more sustainable alternatives and improve the technology efficiency of all the transport modes. Various studies (commissioned by the EBRD and other organisations) have already suggested the potential for these strategies in the region. However, a wide range of information gaps, market failures, and policy imperfections still hold back investments. This provides the ground for the EBRD to become involved by blending its financing with technical cooperation funding (one of the instruments included in the SEI) to prepare pilot projects, to raise awareness among its clients and to identify new business opportunities.
In this context the Consultancy Services Programme for the Promotion of Sustainable Transport Strategies (hereafter called “the Programme”) will allow the Bank to help its clients introduce sustainable best practices in the transport sector and assist client management to better prioritise and implement investments according to sustainable criteria.
The firms selected to undertake the Programme (the “Consultants”) will focus their efforts to support project identification and project preparation with selected EBRD clients by conducting a range of services for clients in the Bank’s current countries of operation (“CoO”).
2. OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE OF WORK
The purpose of the Programme is to support the Bank and its clients in creating the conditions to allow for the provision of good quality transport focused on balanced economic, social, technological and environmental dimensions, within the framework of the principles of sustainable development.
By providing technical assistance and long-term funding the EBRD promotes a sustainable approach and facilitates investments in projects that would otherwise be postponed or not implemented. Through its engagement the EBRD aims to unblock the potential for energy saving and environmental impact mitigation.
In particular, the objectives of the Consultant in the different assignment/s will be to:
• work with the client’s technical staff to identify new opportunities;
• advise on the conceptual development and structuring of projects and assess specific aspects of project preparation
• assist the Bank in reviewing/developing bankable investment programmes to identify business opportunities, as well as supporting the Bank with implementation and monitoring responsibilities;
• provide training services to ensure clients are able to implement sustainable strategies;
• support clients by optimising project management during the implementation of the sustainable strategies; and
• support the Bank in assessing the technical and economic potential of sustainable transport strategies, technologies and policies across different countries and/or modes.
3. TASKS AND MODULES
The Bank intends to identify, register and pre-qualify into a panel a number of consultants with a high level of expertise in the development of sustainable transport strategies in the different sectors (road transport, railways, airports, sea transport).
These services will include transport planning and analysis, transport systems engineering, transport planning and modelling services, corporate development, energy efficiency consultancy and other transport related professional services focused on the development of a balanced multimodal transport system.
The nature of the EBRD’s project cycle requires the Bank to be able to mobilize specific specialist skills at short notice. It is therefore intended that up to five Consultants will be engaged per mode of transport to undertake this Programme (see 4 “Implementation arrangements”) in a non-exclusive basis. Each assignment will comprise one or more of the sub-tasks described in detail below; the combination of sub-tasks will be defined in the Terms of Reference (‘TOR’) of each specific assignment.
In addition, the Consultant will be expected to be familiar and take into account the Banks Environmental & Social Policy (ESP) (2008) and Performance Requirements (PRs) in their assignments, where appropriate.
A. Technical advice on Transport Systems
Professional advice and services relating to transport systems including planning, design, project and programme management; operation and maintenance activities, system engineering and integration; inspections and preparation of technical specifications for procurement.
Depending on the specific assignment and the mode in which the consultant has been engaged, the professional support may include areas such as multimodal infrastructure, auxiliary infrastructure (substations, buildings, etc.), equipment (regenerative braking in rolling stock, eco-ships, etc.), systems (security, signalling), etc. Furthermore, the services to be provided may also include support on the design of the intelligent transport systems (smart ticketing, traffic management, etc.) and technological solutions (ERTMS, ANS and ATC airport systems, tolling systems, etc.) which allow the clients to operate a more sustainable service.
Specific areas of consultancy services include:
• Feasibility studies of sustainable transport solutions, such as to scope requirements, specifications, model technology systems and costs.
• Detailed planning and design.
• Development of Energy Efficient procurement strategies and use of best practice in procurement.
• High-level estimation of construction costs and feasibility: life cycle cost models, resource allocation, maintenance, etc.
• Evaluation and audit of systems.
B. Sustainable Transport Planning and Economics
Professional comprehensive advice and services related to all aspects of transport planning to support scheme development, implementation and appraisal of the most sustainable solutions to mobility problems, and rigorous application of economic tools and techniques to estimate the benefits and costs of different transport projects or policies.
This could include, for example, advice on the development of a multimodal network which facilitates the use of the most efficient mode of transport for every service, or feasibility studies to restructure the transport on a more efficient basis.
The services could encompass:
• Master Planning, formulation of sustainable and intermodal policy strategies and identification of priorities
• Appraisal of options and schemes, economic business case production and best value assessment;
• Transport and traffic modelling (macro and micro simulation)
• Demand and revenue forecasts (passenger and cargo), and audit of demand forecast undertaken by third parties
• Operational performance assessment and efficiency improvement programs
• Economic and Financial modelling
• Cost benefit analysis & evaluation, multicriteria analysis and external costs of transports
• Identification of environmental and social, technical, commercial and financial risks and establish the key actions needed for their resolution
C. Corporate Development and Transport Policy
Advice and assistance in developing transport commercial and marketing strategies to promote sustainable transport systems as well as other services to the corporate sector focused on change management (training, capacity building, etc.) and restructuring of the regulatory framework.
The services required would include:
• Support integration of environmental and energy efficiency objectives into transport policy throughout the region: taxation of the external costs, other pricing instruments, heavy duty vehicle charges, etc as required.
• Organisational change management, capacity building and training to assist the Bank’s clients in the process of structuring an appropriate energy management organisation
• Understanding and advice on restructuring the regulatory framework in the CoO to implement energy efficiency projects (setting of environmental standards, vehicle labelling, etc.)
• Market Research: identification, development and provision of quantitative and qualitative research and consultation techniques and tools, collection and analysis of data, statistics to conduct analyses and forecasts
• Advice on Marketing and Commercial development: marketing segmentation analysis, ticketing and fare products/strategy, branding, etc.
• Advice in the field of energy efficiency public procurement, public private partnerships (PPP) and energy services contracts (ESCOs)
• Corporate responsibility: EE target setting, definition of monitoring, auditing and reporting procedures to raise public awareness.
D. Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Adaptation Strategies
For this specific task, the Bank is also seeking to engage Consultants to provide specific expertise on all aspects of climate change mitigation and adaptation across the transport sectors in line with the Bank’s objectives to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and ESP.
In particular, this may include the following:
• Planning advice and options to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
• Development and implementation of climate change adaptation strategies, green solutions and other approaches to carbon mitigation.
• Carbon footprint analysis and auditing in line with international best practices
• Basic and targeted energy audits of operational facilities and buildings, energy balances and energy analyses of systems, processes and equipment
• Environmental and Social Impact Assessments structured to meet the Banks ESP and PRs
• Development and Implementation of site-specific Energy Efficiency Management System (EEMS), ESCOs and ISO 50001
• Feasibility and design of power generation, heat generation and cogeneration systems on ports, airports and other built environment assets.
Moreover, the Consultants envisaged within the Task D may be required to support the Bank in scaling up its effort in promoting sustainable transport and maximising the impact of its financing in terms of reduced energy use and GHG emissions. This could take the form of advice on the analysis of horizontal issues affecting more than 1 project and/or more than 1 country, such as the development of model project approaches, methodologies and guidelines.
• Review project pipeline in order to assess the potential for energy efficiency measures and investments and/or to undertake dedicated marketing missions.
• Develop an appropriate Sustainable Energy/Transport classification system based on appropriate indicators and criteria to evaluate projects
• Market research studies to support the Bank’s on its effort to understand the impact of infrastructure projects in climate change.
4. IMPLEMENTATION ARRANGEMENTS
The total budget for the Programme is € 1,500,000 over two years (further allocations could be sought if the drawdown rate is higher than expected). Within this budget the drawdown per sector and per type of service will be driven by demand, which will vary from sector to sector and from year to year depending on the business needs.
The Bank intends to engage Consultants with significant experience in these services. In order to ensure the expertise in each of these sectors, the Bank has divided this tender into four lots and will engage up to five firms (or consortia) per lot to undertake this Programme:
• Lot A: Air Transport Consultants
• Lot B: Ports and Shipping Consultants
• Lot C: Land Transport Consultants
• Lot D: Energy Efficiency Specialists
It should be noted that any candidate can be appointed to one or more sectors at the panel, provided that their qualifications and experience in the relevant sectors and countries are successfully evaluated by the Bank.
Indicatively, the overall budget is expected to cover the costs of 30 contracts described in section 3 (Tasks and Modules) with a typical range of value per assignment between €15,000 and €75,000. Typically the inputs would be of a relatively limited duration (often 1 to 3 months), and may complement other project preparation activities contracted separately by the beneficiaries (clients) and/or Bank. However, longer assignments are also possible in specific cases, including feasibility study preparation for model projects, or institutional support for capacity building.
According to the Bank’s Procurement Policies and Rules, a request for proposal will be issued to the Consultants by the Bank every time an assignment is identified, in a non exclusive basis. The request for proposal will include the following information:
• Name and location of the company;
• Details of tasks including scope of work and objectives (“Specific Terms of Reference”);
• Estimated Timing
• Maximum budget.
It is envisaged that for each assignment the Consultant(s) will be required to submit a short proposal containing a brief outline of their proposed approach to the assignment (less than 20 pages) and details of the proposed project team, staffing schedule and costs within 5 calendar days. Assistance from local consultants may be sought to support the consultant on some tasks, but these should be included when developing the short proposal.
The Bank will then evaluate the proposals, select the Consultant for each assignment based on the Bank’s Procurement Policies and Rules and agree on the Specific Terms of Reference, budget and experts for the assignment(s). No costs will be reimbursed for services provided by the Consultant prior to the formal contract start date, nor after the formal contract expiry date, as specified in the contract. No costs will be reimbursed for any experts that are not detailed in the proposal.
The Consultant would be expected to begin working within 10 working days from the Bank’s acceptance of its proposal. As the Consultant may be asked to deliver a number of assignments in parallel, it needs to have sufficient capacity to do so.
Candidates are alerted to the fact that the conclusion of the Programme between the EBRD and selected firms following this call for tenders will not oblige the Bank to request services from them, nor to appoint a consultant after having evaluated proposals following an invitation by the Bank to submit proposals for a specific assignment. Furthermore, the Bank reserves the right to tender services and directly award individual consultancy contracts outside the scope of this Programme, as well as to invite other firms to submit a proposal when appropriate.
The Consultant will liaise closely with the EBRD project team in London to whom they will also report. To this end the Consultant will appoint a Project Manager/Team Leader to be the main contact with EBRD.
The deliverables for each assignment will be defined according to the outlines given in Section 3 (Tasks and Modules) and further specified in each request for proposal.
In general, the Consultant will be requested to produce and inception report and a final report, but other intermediate progress reports could be required in each assignment. Three copies of every report (in paper format) will be sent to the EBRD in English, and additional copies could be required to submit to the client in the local language.
6. EXPERTS EXPERTISE
Consultants will require experts with transport and energy efficiency background. In particular, it will submit expert candidate profiles in the following sectors/disciplines:
• Transport Economics
• Transport Policy
• Transport Planning
• Transport engineering
• PPPs and procurement
• Legal and regulation framework
• Energy Efficiency
• Environmental and social assessment and climate change adaptation
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