The requirements for Consultants who intends to associate with other firm(s) in the form of a Joint Venture (JV) or Consortium or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications are indicated as under: i. The lead partner is required to be identified clearly and the Consultant shall state the composition and nature of their association (JV/ sub-consultant) in their EOI. ii. In case of JV, all partners i.e. the lead and JV member/s shall meet 100% of the shortlisting criteria of (a) (b) and (c) above. iii. In case of Consultant who intends to associate with other firm(s) in the form of a sub-consultancy, the lead partner shall meet the shortlisting criteria of (a), (b) & (c) above. iv. In case of JV, the Lead Partner shall substantially meet the short listing criteria defined under part 3 above and comply with the eligibility requirements. However, in case of JV, the JV partner shall meet at least 50% of the requirements for the annual volume of turnover and similar experiences criterion defined under Part 3. Short listing Criteria, paras (b) and (c) respectively. and rest of the short listing criteria shall be substantially fulfilled by all JV partners. v. In case of Consultant who intends to associate with other firm(s) in the form of sub-consultancy, the sub-consultant(s) shall meet the eligibility requirements. The qualifications of the sub-consultant(s) will not be considered for evaluation against short listing criteria defined under Part 3. Short listing Criteria, paras (b) and (c). d. Eligibility requirements in compliance with paragraphs 3.21, 3.22, & 3.23 of the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers, Procurement In investment Projects Financing, Goods, Works, Non-Consulting and Consulting Services July 2016, revised November 2017. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 3.16 and 3.17 of the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers, Procurement In investment Projects Financing, Goods, Works, Non-Consulting and Consulting Services July 2016, revised November 2017, setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest. In addition, please refer to the following information on conflict of interest related to this assignment as per paragraph 3.16 and 3.17 of World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers available at www.worldbank.org/. e. Consultant having some regional experience is desirable. Note: the Consultant who intends to express interest for more than one assignment, should fulfill the shortlisting criteria of (b) and (c) as an aggregated base, and they should submit their EOIs separately for each package.
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (REOI) (CONSULTING SERVICES – NGOs SELECTION) Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation & Development (MRRD) Name of the Program: Women’s Economic Empowerment-Rural Development Program (WEE-RDP) Assignment Title: Hiring the Services of facilitating partner to provide implementation support for community mobilization and institutions development NPA Ref. No.: NPA/MRRD/97/CS-2363/FBS Type of Contract: Lump Sum Duration: 36 Months Duty Station: Ghor Province 1. Background: The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the WEE-RDP, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services for Facilitating Partner (FP) to Provide Implementation Support for Community Mobilization and Institutions Development for Ghor Province. (WEE-RDP) will be implemented in 76 districts covering all 34 provinces following two implementation modalities: 1. By utilizing the services of Facilitating Partners (FPs), and 2. Directly by MRRD personnel at national, provincial, and community level. Specific details of districts to be covered under the project have been provided in the following table. This TOR provides the details of the expected responsibilities for the FPs under the project. The list of provinces and districts covered as part of first implementation modalities i.e. through the support of FPs are given below: No Region Name of the Province Name of Districts Total Villages/ CDCs Number of Villages/CDCs to be covered 70% 15 West 1. Ghor Chakhcharan 336 235 Total 336 235 2. Key Objectives and Scope of the Assignment: WEE-RDP will promote women’s economic empowerment through strong financially sustainable and self-managed community institutions, improved income, sustainable enterprises, and developing increased access to finance and markets. The specific project activities/priorities are to a) To promote self-help groups (SHGs) and their clusters/association from poor or vulnerable households b) To promote women owned EGs/PAs showing increase in volume of sales and c) Promote income and employment enhancing opportunities by building capacities, improving access to financial services, and establishing partnerships with private sector for improving market access. The specific objective of this assignment is to provide intensive, high quality implementation support to WEE-RDP towards achievement of its project development objective of increasing social and economic empowerment of poor rural women in selected communities. The field based facilitating partners (FPs) will be responsible for supporting WEE-RDP in establishment of District Facilitation Team (DFT) structure at the grass-root level and make it functional in all aspects as an implementing unit of WEE-RDP. This DFT will be supported through the administrative staff at national, regional, and district level that MRRD will be deploying. The FPs will carry out its responsibilities under overall guidance of MRRD and WEE-RDP program authorities and as per instructions and guidelines issued by them. Each DFT will be assigned to work in a specific district in which at least 70% of all the communities will be covered. The FP will ensure high quality implementation with proper social accountability and transparency. For details of the services, the ToR is available at www.npa.gov.af 3. National Procurement Authority on behalf of Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), GoIRA, now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the aforesaid 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: a) The Consultant should be registered legal entity and should have been in business for the last 5 years in providing Consultancy Services of social aids and rural development activities. (The consultant is required to provide the Copy of the Certificate of Incorporation issued by relevant authority in country of establishment). b) The consultant shall demonstrate having sound financial situation by submitting audited financial reports or any other credible financial documents in which the consultant annual turnover for any of the last three years (2015, 2016 and 2017) shall be USD 575,000 (Five Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand US Dollars). c) The consultant should provide proven experience for a minimum of at least one contract with the value of USD 500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand USD Dollars) having executed during any of the last five years of similar nature preferably in Afghanistan and/or other conflict/ immediate post conflict zones/ countries. Indicating the duration and value, which should showcase the expertise/strength of the consultant for the undertaking such assignments. The Consultant while describing the assignment(s) for similar experience should furnish the following details:  Consultant should explain in what way the executed assignment(s) was/were similar in nature to the current assignment.  The Consultant should explain the exact role played by the Consultant in the assignment if the assignment was carried out in association with other firms as JV or in sub-consultancy for carrying out the assignment.  Copy of the implemented contract with client’s contact details (phone and email) Note: the Consultant who intends to express interest for more than one assignment, should fulfill the shortlisting criteria of (b) and (c) as an aggregated base. The requirements for Consultants who intends to associate with other firm(s) in the form of a Joint Venture (JV) or Consortium or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications are indicated as under: i. The lead partner is required to be identified clearly and the Consultant shall state the composition and nature of their association (JV/ sub-consultant) in their EOI. ii. In case of JV, all partners i.e. the lead and JV member/s shall meet 100% of the shortlisting criteria of (a) (b) and (c) above. iii. In case of Consultant who intends to associate with other firm(s) in the form of a sub-consultancy, the lead partner shall meet the shortlisting criteria of (a), (b) & (c) above. iv. In case of JV, the Lead Partner shall substantially meet the short listing criteria defined under part 3 above and comply with the eligibility requirements. However, in case of JV, the JV partner shall meet at least 50% of the requirements for the annual volume of turnover and similar experiences criterion defined under Part 3. Short listing Criteria, paras (b) and (c) respectively. and rest of the short listing criteria shall be substantially fulfilled by all JV partners. v. In case of Consultant who intends to associate with other firm(s) in the form of sub-consultancy, the sub-consultant(s) shall meet the eligibility requirements. The qualifications of the sub-consultant(s) will not be considered for evaluation against short listing criteria defined under Part 3. Short listing Criteria, paras (b) and (c). d. Eligibility requirements in compliance with paragraphs 3.21, 3.22, & 3.23 of the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers, Procurement In investment Projects Financing, Goods, Works, Non-Consulting and Consulting Services July 2016, revised November 2017. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 3.16 and 3.17 of the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers, Procurement In investment Projects Financing, Goods, Works, Non-Consulting and Consulting Services July 2016, revised November 2017, setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest. In addition, please refer to the following information on conflict of interest related to this assignment as per paragraph 3.16 and 3.17 of World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers available at www.worldbank.org/. e. Consultant having some regional experience is desirable. 4. Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications. If consultants intend to associate with other firms, they are advised to clearly identify the lead partner and state the composition and nature of the association (JV/ sub-consultant) in their EOI. 5. A consultant will be selected through Fixed Budget Selection (FBS) in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers, Procurement in investment Projects Financing, Goods, Works, Non-Consulting and Consulting Services July 2016, revised November 2017. 6. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, by mail, or by e-mail) by 1st January, 2019 by 16:00 Hours. (Kabul Local Time). For convenience, the EOIs submitted by the consultants should preferably not exceed 40 pages. Further information in respect to this REOI can be obtained at the address below by email or in person during office hours [08:00-16:00 Hours]. Attention: Aziz Ahmad Obaidi Procurement Manager (Economy, Agriculture and Rural Development Sector Department) National Procurement Authority Administrative Office of the President Pashtunestan Wat, Kabul, Afghanistan Phone Number: +93(0)202147556 Email: aziz.obaidi@aop.gov.af Copied to wais.rahimi@aop.gov.af, n.wahedi@aop.gov.af, ahmad.noor@aop.gov.af, and, Fahim.ahmadi@mrrd.gov.af, ali.joyan@mrrd.gov.af, ahmad.shinwari@npa.gov.af Web site: www.npa.gov.af
Hiring the Services of facilitating partner to provide implementation support for community mobilization and institutions development