Kosovo seeks consultant to streamline IFIs-funded infrastructure projects

The Government of Kosovo, with the support of EBRD, intends to establish an Infrastructure Central Delivery Unit (ICDU) at the Ministry of Finance to implement IFI and EU financed projects which currently face significant delays mainly related to capacity constraints at the relevant Government Agencies.

Following the project, EBRD will engage a team of experts to provide technical assistance to support the establishment and first years of operations of the ICDU with practical guidance and building of technical and legal capacity amongst its members.

Under a tender, the winner consultant is expected to support to the government to unlock implementation of existing IFI financed infrastructure projects, and in general to facilitate timely implementation of IFI financed public infrastructure projects, as well as to build capacities for adequate continuous monitoring of project implementation. This will include capacity building to address procurement and contracting, and environmental and social related matters, in line with best practices and broader EBRD/EU/IFI standards.

The interested firms or groups of firms are invited to submit a Technical and Financial Proposal and the consultant will be selected in a single stage competitive selection.

The assignment is expected to start in Q1 2020 and has an estimated overall duration of 24 months. Contracting at this time will be awarded for the first phase of 12 months, with the second phase subject to successful completion of first phase, as per the benchmarks set up in the TORs and the bank’s prior written approval.

The Government of Kosovo has prioritised enhancement of cross-border transport infrastructure, through ongoing reconstruction and development of the country’s major road and railway network, and environmental infrastructure. Total amounts committed in investments in infrastructure from IFIs in Kosovo in recent years are more than EUR 437 million in more than 10 projects mainly financed by these institutions. The projects are implemented at the relevant Ministries, through the Project Implementation Units established for each individual project.

The authorities face challenges which can range from complications related to the treatment of land acquisition, resettlement, livelihood restoration and social compensation, to handling procurement processes, from tendering to selection and contracting.

The terms of reference of the assignment can be found here.

Here you can find the Technical and Financial Proposal.

 


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