GEF - Programme Manager: Implementation of the MedSea Programme

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Project Description:

The Environment “Mediterranean Sea Programme (“MedProgramme”): Enhancing Environmental Security” (2020-2024, GEF Project ID 9607) represents the first Global Environment Facility (“GEF”) programmatic multi-focal area initiative in the Mediterranean Sea aiming to operationalize priority actions to reduce major transboundary environmental stresses in its coastal areas while strengthening climate resilience and water security and improving the health and livelihoods of coastal populations. The MedProgramme is implemented in ten beneficiary countries sharing the Mediterranean basin: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Montenegro, Morocco, Turkey and Tunisia. Its eight Projects cut across four different Focal Areas of the Global Environment Facility (International Waters (IW), Biodiversity (BD), Chemicals and Waste (CW), and Climate Change (CC)) and involves a wide spectrum of developmental and societal sectors. The Programme builds on the MedPartnership and ClimVar & ICZM GEF projects that have enriched the knowledge on the Mediterranean environment and unravelled the implications of climate change and variability.

The EBRD Child Project under the MedSeaProgramme “Financing Advanced Environmental Technologies in the Mediterranean Sea Region for Water Systems and Clean Coasts” (“ENVITECC”) seeks to accelerate investments in wastewater treatment and Persistent Organic Pollutants (“POPs”) elimination/ reduction. The aim of ENVITECC is to embed pollution prevention and reduction techniques, technologies and practices into the management practices of private and publicly-owned businesses in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Lebanon, Montenegro, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey. This objective will be achieved with support from a combination of GEF funds within the International Waters (“IW”) and Chemicals and Waste (“C&W”) focal areas with EBRD co-financing and, where possible, complemented with investments from other co-financiers and/or sponsors equity.

The Bank wishes to engage a consultant (the “Consultant”) to function as the ENVITECC Programme Manager (please note: The ENVITECC Programme is the EBRD Child Project to the MedProgramme) to support all aspects of the implementation of the EBRD Child Project and the successful coordination with the MedProgramme and its partners.

Assignment Description:

The objective of this Assignment is to support all aspects of the implementation of the Programme, from design of required processes and templates at the start of the Programme, to the successful implementation of Programme activities and reporting to verification of performance against Programme criteria during review periods and coordination with other Programme partners.

The specific objectives are as follows:

(a) Setup of ENVITECC Programme (EBRD Child Project) management structure and procedures as well as necessary templates and project management tools;
(b) Ensure the successful implementation of the Programme activities;
(c) Facilitate and ensure successful coordination with the other Programme partners and contribution to IW:Learn;
(d) Provide regular monitoring and verification updates on the status and progress of the Programme activities as and when required by the EBRD and GEF.

The Programme Manager will be responsible for the execution of technical assistance activities, coordination, knowledge sharing, dissemination and replication of results and monitoring of the Programmes and will operate under the supervision of the EBRD Programme Coordinator. The Programme Manager is expected to be based in one of the Countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Lebanon, Montenegro, Morocco, Tunisia or Turkey).

Full Terms of Reference (TOR) of the Assignment can be found here:

Consultant Selection Procedure: Single stage open competitive selection. Interested individuals are invited to submit a Technical and Financial Proposal in the manner described in the submission requirements.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in June 2020 and has an estimated overall duration of 24 months. The Start Date will depend on the travel conditions and restrictions imposed by governments to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, in the countries the experts are required to travel to, if applicable, to ensure their safety.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: USD 166,250 (exclusive of VAT).

Subject to the project needs, the availability of funding, and the performance of the Consultant the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope for a further 24 months.

Funding Source: It is anticipated that this assignment will be funded by the Global Environment Facility. Selection and contracting are subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions based on the consultant’s country of origin.

Consultant Profile: Individual services are required. Consultants can express interest as an individual or as an individual through a firm. The Consultant selected for this assignment should be a suitably qualified individual with previous experience in the following areas:
• Significant relevant experience (5+years preferred), preferably in a donor-funded Programme or in consulting firm;
• Sector-specific knowledge of both technical and financial aspects of the water, wastewater, chemicals, waste management minimisation sector, with particular focus on recycling and resource recovery and hazardous chemical management and environmental management;
• Experience in implementing donor-funded Programmes with focus on execution/portfolio management;
• Financial institution sector experience and expertise desirable but not required; all candidates must demonstrate a track record in working with banks and other financial institutions.
• Areas of expertise to be reflected:
a. POPs/Hazardous Chemicals & Water/Wastewater BAT/BREFs;
b. Knowledge management experience;
c. Gender strategy experience;
d. Policy Dialogue;
• Previous experience in the Bank’s countries of operations is required or of working and investing in emerging and frontier markets is an advantage.
• Technical knowledge of water and wastewater reuse and recycling, chemicals and waste (POPs) and water-intensive sectors;
• POPs or hazardous chemical management related knowledge;
• Knowledge of relevant regulatory issues in the relevant sector in the countries and the EU and the respective conventions (Stockholm and Barcelona Convention);
• Knowledge of the governance, financial sustainability, and operational efficiency issues in the sector globally;
• Knowledge of EBRD Policy and Performance Requirements;
• Ability to construct robust financial models based on financial, economic, institutional and operational factors;
• Ability to assess market, regulatory, financial and technical gaps and propose clear and actionable recommendations;
• Ability to convene, engage and obtain constructive guidance from a wide array of key stakeholders;
• Ability to communicate and draft effectively in English.

• Ability to communicate and draft effectively in one of the languages of the region is desirable.

The Programme Manager is expected to be based in one of the Countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Lebanon, Montenegro, Morocco, Tunisia or Turkey).

Submission Requirements: The consultants are now invited to submit a completed Technical and Financial Proposal as per the standard templates and instructions available at:

Interested Consultants should make themselves familiar with these Standard Templates, Standard Instructions and Conditions of Contract in preparation of their proposals.

1. The Technical Proposal shall be submitted in English electronically via eSelection not later than the Closing Date, as one single PDF file. The technical proposal should not exceed 20 pages excluding the Declaration Form and CVs (Form 1- TP 1 and Form 1 – TP 6).

2. The Financial Proposal (Form 2 – FP 1 and FP2) shall be submitted in English separately by email only to the following e-mail address: [email protected]. Consultants are reminded of the requirement to ensure the confidentiality of the Financial Proposals. A Technical Proposal that contains elements of a financial proposal shall be declared non-responsive.

A Technical Proposal that contains elements of a financial proposal shall be declared non-responsive.

A Financial Proposal submitted together with the technical proposals via eSelection shall be declared non-responsive.
For the avoidance of doubt, technical proposals should be sent through eSelection and NOT to the above email address. Financial proposals should be sent to the above email address and NOT through eSelection or Bank Contact Person.
Bank Contact Person:
Josie Garlick
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
e-mail: [email protected] (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)
Deadline to Submit Clarification Questions: Via e-mail to the Bank Contact Person –not later than Monday 4th May 2020.
Selection Method and Evaluation Criteria:

1. Technical Proposal Evaluation Criteria
(a) Consultant’s previous project experience in similar assignments (30%)
(b) Experience in the Programme Countries or EBRD Countries of Operations (10%)
(c) Quality of the methodology proposed for the Assignment (30 %)
(d) CV of the Expert (30 %).
The minimum technical score (St) required to pass is 70.

Following the evaluation of technical proposals received based on the criteria above, up to five Consultants who have scored 70% and above will be invited to attend an interview.
EBRD will advise the Consultant regarding the format (e.g. Webex or conference call etc.) and date of the interviews at the time of the invitation. Please note that all and any costs incurred by the Consultant in connection with attendance to interviews shall be borne by the Consultant.

2. Opening of Financial Proposals

After the technical evaluation is completed, only the submissions which score 70% or above of the total marks available for the technical criteria will be eligible to have their financial proposals opened.

3. Combined Technical and Financial Evaluation

The lowest evaluated Financial Proposal (Fm) is given the maximum financial score (Sf) of 100. The formula for determining the financial scores (Sf) of all other Proposals is calculated as follows:

Sf = 100 x Fm/ F, in which “Sf” is the financial score, “Fm” is the lowest evaluated Financial Proposal, and “F” the price of the Proposal under consideration.

Proposals are then ranked according to their combined technical (St) and financial (Sf) scores using the weights (T = 80; F = 20) T + F = 100 as follows: S = St x T% + Sf x F%.

Important Notes:
1. The proposal validity period is 120 days from the deadline date for the receipt of submissions. During this period, the Consultant shall maintain its original Proposal without any change, including the availability of the Experts, the proposed rates and the total price.

2. The selection will be made from the Proposals received in response to this notification only, on the basis of the submission requirements and selection criteria set out in this Procurement Notice. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected and invited to negotiate the contract.

3. Any updates of and clarifications on this procurement notice shall be announced as updates on this notice, without any other notification. In the event of changes consultants will need to download the updated versions. Consultants are required to periodically check the notice for updates. Failure to take the updates into account while preparing the Proposal may result in disqualification or penalties to the scores in the evaluation.