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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (REOI) Somalia Off-Grid Solar Grant Facility Manager

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Federal Government of Somalia

Ministry of Energy and Water Resource


COUNTRY:                                             Federal Government of Somalia (FGS)

NAME OF PROJECT:                Somali Electricity Access Project

PROJECT ID:                                       P165497        Grant No.: TF-A9159-SO

ASSIGNMENT TITLE:             Somalia Off-Grid Solar Grant Facility Manager

REFERENCE NO.:                         SO-MOEWR-104115-CS-QCBS

PLACE OF ASSIGNMENT:   Mogadishu, Somalia

The Federal Government of Somalia (the Government) is currently implementing Somali Electricity Project (SEAP), with grant funding from World Bank. The project development objective of SEAP is to expand access to electricity in targeted urban, peri-urban, and rural communities. SEAP consists of three components:

Component 1: Electrification of households and small businesses through standalone solar home systems: This component aims to reduce market barriers for the private sector to provide modern energy access through solar home systems and targets (i) poorer households and small businesses in areas that cannot afford to connect to mini-grid services; (ii) households and businesses in these areas that are not sufficiently close to a mini-grid to be economically connected; (iii) isolated villages and smaller settlements where mini-grids do not make economic sense; and (iv) nomadic pastoralists whose livelihoods do not lend themselves to a fixed electricity connection. This component will fund a range of market-building supply- and demand-side interventions in response to these challenges. The proposed intervention includes: Seed and result based grants, consumer awareness and quality assurance.

Component 2: Analytic work for enabling electrification through Solar Powered / Hybrid Mini-

grids: This component will support the mini-grid sector in Somalia. this component is expected to include the following activities: (i) Detailed geospatial mapping, (ii) Review of property rights and land issues pertaining to energy infrastructure investment, (iii) Pre-feasibility studies for hybridization, (iv) Pre-feasibility studies for greenfield (new) sites identified in geospatial mapping, (v) Developing structuring options for the financing, operation, and ownership of new mini-grids; and (vi) Defining legal, institutional and financing arrangements for developing mini-grids.

Component 3: Technical Assistance, Capacity Building and Project Management

This component will support a range of activities to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry and overall energy sector management, power and access planning, and provides support for project management/implementation, including staffing of the PIU.

FGS now seeks to contract a firm (the “Grant Manager”) to manage on behalf of the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources (“The Ministry”), activities related to the Somalia Off-Grid Solar Grant Facility (the “Grant Facility” or “Facility”). The Facility will offer results-based Expansion Grants and Seed Grants to OGS companies active in the OGS sector. These activities are aimed at increasing access to electricity in Somalia.

The Consultant (Grant Manager) will report to the project coordinator and undertake all the specific tasks detailed out in the Terms of Reference (TOR). The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be found at the following website: www.moewr.gov.so or it can be provided upon submission of application in person or by e-mail. The e-mail address is provided below.

The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources now invites eligible firms (“Consultant”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.). The short listing criteria are as follows:

  1. Core business of the firm and years in business.
  2. Specific experience of conducting similar assignments on public sector, private sector and track record of managing and structuring similar grant facilities in similar markets, familiarity with World Bank policies and procedures.
  3. Experience of relevant services in an environment similar to that of Somalia; and
  4. The technical and managerial organization of the firm. (Provide only the structure of the organization, general qualifications and number of key staff. Do not provide CV of staff). Key experts will not be evaluated at the shortlisting stage.

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraphs 3.14, 3.16 and 3.17 of the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers: Procurement in Investment Financing – Goods, Works, Non-Consulting and Consulting Services dated July 2016 and revised in November 2017 and August 2018, (“Procurement Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

Consultants may associate with other firms to enhance their qualification but should indicate clearly whether the association is in the form of a joint venture and/or a sub consultancy. In case of a joint venture, all the partners in the joint venture shall be jointly and severally liable for the entire contract, if selected.

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS) method set out in the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations.

Interested Consultant may obtain further information at the address below during office hours from 8:30 to 16 hours Mogadishu time (Excluding public holidays).

Expressions of interest (EOI) should be delivered (in person or by e-mail) in a written form in three (3) hard copies (if not by e-mail) to the address below not later than 14th August 2019 at 12:00 Hours (Mogadishu Time).

Ministry of Energy and Water Resources

Project Implementation Unit

3rd floor, Mogadishu GPO Building,

Corso Somalia, Bondhere

District, Mogadishu, Somalia

Federal Republic of Somalia


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