Selection of Transaction Advisor for a Management Contract with SBEE

Request For Proposals

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   Selection of Transaction Advisor for a Management Contract with SBEE
   May 18, 2017
   Jul 19, 2017
   Millennium Challenge Account (MCA)
   International procurement

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   Samuel O. Batcho
Immeuble KOUGBLENOU, 3ème étage, Domaine de l’OCBN
Derrière la Compagnie Territoriale de Gendarmerie du Littoral
Cotonou, Littoral 01 BP 101
   (229) 21 31 78 25
   (229) 21 31 46 92
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Re: Selection of Transaction Advisor for a Management Contract with SBEE
Dear Madam/Sir:
The United States of America, acting through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (“MCC”) and the Government of Benin (the “Government” or “GoB”) have entered into a Millennium Challenge Compact for Millennium Challenge Account assistance to help facilitate poverty reduction through economic growth in Benin (the “Compact”) in the amount of approximately 375 000 000 USD (“MCC Funding”). The Government, acting through Millenniun Challenge Account – Benin II (the “MCA Entity”), intends to apply a portion of the MCC Funding to eligible payments under a contract for which this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) is issued. Any payments made by the MCA Entity under the proposed contract will be subject, in all respects, to the terms and conditions of the Compact and related documents, including restrictions on the use and distribution of MCC Funding. No party other than the Government and the MCA Entity shall derive any rights from the Compact or have any claim to the proceeds of MCC Funding. The Compact and its related documents can be found on the MCC website ( and on the website of the MCA Entity.
The objective of the Benin Power Program is to expand business production and productivity, generate greater economic opportunities for households and improve the capacity to provide public and social services by improving the quantity and quality of the supply of electricity. The Benin Program is comprised of the following four projects:
• Policy Reform and Institutional Strengthening Project: This project will advance far-reaching policy reforms and strengthen institutions through improved regulation, utility operations and management, energy efficiency, and private investment in power generation. The project advances the compact’s policy reform agenda, including planned conditions precedent.
• Electricity Generation Project: This project will increase the amount of installed generating capacity in Benin by 78 megawatts (MW) – equivalent in capacity to one-third of the country’s current peak demand – while helping the country decrease its reliance on unreliable energy imports. This will be achieved through the installation of 45 MW of solar photovoltaic generation and the rehabilitation of 33 MW of thermal and hydroelectric generation infrastructure that will complement the solar investment.
• Electricity Distribution Project: This project will modernize Benin’s electricity distribution infrastructure to expand grid capacity to accommodate future growth, improve reliability, and reduce losses and outages. The project will improve the grid serving Cotonou, the commercial capital, selected regional networks as a complement to proposed solar generation investments, as well as on a national level by building a modern distribution dispatch and control center to more effectively manage the network, including intermittent power from renewable sources.
• Off-grid Electricity Access Project: This project will expand access to electricity through financing of an off-grid energy grant facility along with policy and institutional strengthening to support the entire off-grid power sector in Benin.

The MCA Entity now invites proposals from legally constituted consulting firms to provide the consultant services referenced above (“Proposals”). More details on these consultant services are provided in the Terms of Reference.
This RFP is open to all eligible entities (“Consultants”) who wish to respond. Subject to restrictions noted in the RFP, consultants may associate with other consultants to enhance their capacity to successfully carry out the assignment.
The consultant services, and the contract expected to be awarded, are anticipated to be conducted during a period of twelve (12) calendar months.
A Consultant will be selected under the Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS), the evaluation procedure for which is described in sections of the RFP in accordance with “MCC Program Procurement Guidelines” which are provided on the MCC website ( The selection process, as described, will include a review and verification of qualifications and past performance, including a reference check, prior to the contract award.
The RFP includes the following Sections:
Section I Instructions to Consultants
This section provides information to help potential Consultants prepare their Proposals; it also provides information on the submission, opening, and evaluation of Proposals and on the award of the proposed contract.
Section II Proposal Data Sheet
This section includes provisions that are specific to this procurement and that supplement Section I, Instructions to Consultants.
Section III Qualification and Evaluation Criteria
This section specifies the qualifications required of the Consultant and the criteria to be used to evaluate the Proposal.
Section IV A Technical Proposal Forms
This section provides the Technical Proposal Forms which are to be completed by a potential Consultant and submitted in a separate envelope as part of a potential Consultant’s total Proposal.

Section IV B Financial Proposal Forms
This section provides the Financial Proposal Forms which are to be completed by a potential Consultant and submitted in a separate envelope as part of a potential Consultant’s total Proposal.
Section V Terms of Reference
This Section includes the detailed Terms of Reference that describe the nature, tasks, and duties of the consulting services to be procured.

Section VI Contract Agreement and General Conditions of Contract
This section contains the form of Contract proposed to be entered into between the MCA Entity and Consultant.
Section VII Special Conditions of Contract and Annexes to Contract
This section contains the form of those clauses of the Contract that supplement the GCC and that are to be completed by MCA Entities for each procurement of Consulting Services. This section also includes an Annex to the Contract (Annex B: Additional Provisions) that contains provisions that are a part of the Government’s and the MCA Entity’s obligations under the Compact and related documents which, under the terms of the Compact and related documents, are required to be transferred onto any Consultant, Sub-Consultant or Associate who partakes in any MCC-funded procurement.

Please note that a Pre-Proposal Conference will be held as described in the Proposal Data Sheet (“PDS”), Section II of this RFP.
Consultants interested in submitting a Proposal should register their interest by sending an e-mail, giving full contact details of the Consultant, to the following. This will ensure that the Consultants receive updates regarding this RFP.

Attn: The Procurement Agent
E-mail: with
Copy to:

Proposals must be delivered to the address and in the manner specified in the PDS ITC 17.5, no later than July 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. local time in Benin.
Consultants should be aware that distance and customs formalities may require longer than expected delivery time. Late Proposals will not be accepted under any circumstances and will be returned unopened at the written request and cost of the Consultant
Please note that this notice is for your information only.
We try our best to have the most accurate and up-to-date information available on our web site, but we cannot guarantee that all of the information provided is error-free.
If you have any updates, corrections, or complaints related to this notice, please contact the responsible purchaser directly.