REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
ALBANIA ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES PROJECT
P130492/P150450 (Swedish Trust Fund)
Assignment Title: DEVELOPMENT OF INTEGRATED FORESTS AND PASTURES MANAGEMENT PLANS IN TWO MUNICIPALITIES (HAS AND MALIQ) IN ALBANIA (Contract II)
Reference No.: ESP-CS-QCBS-15
The Republic of Albania has received financing in the amount of US$ 23 million equivalent from the World Bank toward the cost of the Environmental Services Project and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services. The project is jointly financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Swedish Government and includes the following components:
Component 1- Strengthening Institutional Capacity to improve environmental services from integrated landscape management.
The component aims to build a stable institutional environment that facilitates sustainable upland management, thereby improving environmental service provision.
Component 2- Planning and Provision of IPARD like Grants to improve land management
The component aims to increase the provision of environment services to downstream beneficiaries and society as a whole, whilst increasing the return and livelihood opportunities to the owners/users/managers of the land through improving forest, pasture and micro-catchment management.
Component 3- Introducing Payments for Environmental Services
The component will help establish financing mechanisms to reduce land degradation and support sustainable livelihoods through provision of and compensation for environmental services.
Component 4-Supporting Project Implementation
The objective of the component is to support the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MTE) to carry out mainstreamed project implementation and overall coordination according to agreed arrangements.
With the Administrative Reform and the Law n. 115/2014, Republic of Albania has defined new administrative units (Municipalities) as aggregations of previous administrative units; in the whole territory of Albania 363 Municipalities and Communes were merged into 61 Municipalities. Due to the lack of activity in this area in recent years a large proportion of forest management plans are now either already or close to being expired and the geographic units to which they refer have now been replaced. The ESP project now seeks to pilot a new approach to planning in a limited number of municipalities.
The objectives of the assignment are:
- Prepare multipurpose Forest and Pasture Management Plans (FPMP) balancing economic, social and ecological aspects. The plans will adhere to the FPMP Guidelines 2018 and reflect the constraints and opportunities of the forests and pasture resource in each area in a way that maximizes the benefits to municipal and local stakeholders according to their needs.
- Raise the capacity of local and municipal staff to conduct FPMP planning and to conduct quality control tasks related to it.
This activity falls under component 2 of the project and it has two sources of funding: (i) GEF, and (ii) Swedish Trust Fund (STF).
The preparation and implementation of FPMP must maintain and strengthen the long-term health of forest ecosystems, and, at the same time ensure the ecological, economic, social and cultural value of these areas is sustained for present and future generations. This applies to the targeted Forest and Pasture Management Unit (FPMU) but also to the wider municipality and in coordination with neighboring FPMU or Protected Areas, if necessary. Preparation of management plans will initially assess the current situation of the territory, and through interaction with local stakeholders and Municipality staff at all phases of the process ensure the active participation of local stakeholders and coordination with central government authorities. Under this contract the two municipalities are (i) Has and (ii) Maliq and a total of 58,875 hectares will be the focus of planning effort, comprising approximately 70 % forest and shrub and 30% pastures, shrubs and others.
A standardized work method, defined in the FPMP Guidelines 2018, must be strictly applied to provide homogeneous and comparable results at national level. The quality standards to be fulfilled are described in the FPMP guidelines regarding the mapping outputs as well as inventory work for field data collection.
According to the Guidelines, the process of preparation of FPMP must be developed following these steps:
- Preparatory work;
- Field work;
- Office work;
- Map preparation.
This specific contract will be funded from STF for the preparation of FPMP for a number of administrative units that fall within the municipalities of Has and Maliq. The assignment will be implemented over a 12-month period at an estimated cost of Euro 1,265,000.
Beside this contract, the MTE is tendering in parallel under a separate contract services for two other municipalities (Berat and Malesi e Madhe), Contract I, through GEF financing. In case a firm/JV intends to participate in both assignments, this is allowed provided that the firm/JV proposes different key staff for each contract).
The MTE now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services.
Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience in carrying out the preparation of FPMP. They should provide information demonstrating that they are qualified for the assignment as follows:
· Description of the profile of the consultant; background and personnel. (30 points)
Proven experience in FPMP and capacity to deliver; Description of most relevant and similar work assignments and how this experience will be applied in the assignment; demonstrating appropriate experience in stakeholder engagement, gender
· mainstreaming, participatory planning, knowledge transfer and capacity building, inventory and assessment of forests and pastures, forest and pastures management planning, manpower management and logistics, GIS and computer-based field survey (preferably including Open Foris Collect) (60 points)
· Experience in the region or similar countries in similar assignments (10 points)
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 (January 2011 edition) (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.
Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications.
A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS) method set out in the Consultant Guidelines.
Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below in person, or by mail, or by e-mail by January 31, 2019. Documentation should not include references more than 15 years old and should not exceed 20 pages in total. Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours: 09:00 to 16:00.
Attention: Erion Istrefi
Ministry of Tourism and Environment
Address: Blvd Deshmoret e Kombit, No. 1, Tirana, Albania
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +355 674898016