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EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Federal Government of Somalia – MoEWR

Ministry of Energy and Water Resource

COUNTRY: Federal Government of Somalia (FGS)

NAME OF PROJECT: Somali Electricity Access Project (SEAP)

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

ASSIGNMENT TITLE: Environmental and Social Studies and Provision of E&S Technical Support to Government

REFERENCE NO.:

PLACE OF ASSIGNMENT:

SO-MOEWR-203622-CS-CQS

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.

The FGS now seeks to competitively select a firm or consortium of firms (the “consultant”) on behalf of the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, with demonstrative expertise and experience to undertake Environmental and Social Studies and Provision of E&S Technical Support to Government.

The Consultant will undertake all the specific tasks detailed out in the Terms of Reference (TOR) and expected to be carried out over six-month from commencement. 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:

Core business of the firm and years in business.

Specific experience of conducting similar assignments on the energy sector, especially on environmental and social impact in power distribution, system planning and operations; experience in providing technical support to government institutions and familiarity with World Bank policies and procedures.

Experience of relevant services in an environment similar to that of Somalia; and

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 Consultant Qualification Based Selection (CQS) 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 19th January 2020 at 16:00 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

seap.procurement@gmail.com

ANNEX: TERMS OF REFERENCE

Consultancy to undertake Environmental and Social Studies and Provision of E&S Technical Support to Government

1. Background and context

The Somali Electricity Access Project (SEAP) aims to expand access to electricity in targeted urban, peri-urban, and rural communities of Somalia. The project has prepared and disclosed environmental and social management framework in addition, Draft Manual for grant facility management, GRM procedures and E&S working group are also in place. The project has an established Project Implementation Unit (PIU) to carry out the day-to-day activities of project planning, coordination and implementation.

Component 3 of SEAP will support:

Technical Assistance, Capacity Building and Project Management to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry and overall energy sector management, power and access planning, and,

Project management/implementation, including staffing of the PIU.

As part of SEAP component 3 activities, the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) plans to engage a consulting firm to undertake relevant Environmental and Social Studies and provide E&S technical support to government

2. Scope of work

The assignment has two objectives: (i) to carry out environmental and social studies for the energy sector in Somalia; and (ii) to provide technical support to the projects FGS/PIUs for E&S risk management in the SEAP an SESRP projects.

2.1 Environmental and social studies

This will involve the following activities:

Carry out background Environmental and Social Studies for the energy sector through Review of the most relevant Environmental Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs), Environmental Management Plans (EMPs), Somalia power master plan, city development reports, Environmental Statements of different projects in Somalia to provide background information and lessons on E&S practice and management in Somalia including environmental and social issues like vulnerability to land (tenure, ownership, access and acquisition) and related resettlement issues; vulnerability to labor influx and other related labor issues; vulnerability to gender-based violence (GBV) and to climate change. Highlight how the issues and practices vary at regional level.

Undertake the social and environmental aspects of the pre-feasibility studies for the hybridization, operational enhancements, and densification of brownfield (existing) mini-grid sites with a view to clearly articulating and documenting the potential social and environmental risks and impacts in such sites;

Undertake the social and environmental aspects of the pre-feasibility studies for potential greenfield (new) areas identified in geospatial mapping with a view to clearly articulating and documenting

the potential social and environmental risks and impacts of undertaking energy sector investments in such greenfield sites;

Based on the findings of studies under items a-d above, prepare relevant ToRs for specific instruments that are needed to ensure effective implementation of E&S aspects of the energy sector investments in Somalia (see the deliverables table for some of the foreseen ToRs).

2.2 Technical support to the energy sector ministries/PIUs on E&S risk management in the SEAP and SESRP projects

Support the capacity strengthening of the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources (MoEWR) of the Federal Government for overall energy sector management, power and access planning, and implementation of future development projects. Specific activities under this objective include but not limited to the following:

Assess the existing institutional and human resources capacity of the energy sector ministries to manage social and environmental risks and impacts associated with the energy sector investments and priorities in the context of the energy sector growth. (Such risks and impacts are in relation to HSES impacts, the intricate issues of acquiring land for subprojects, GBV, stakeholder engagement, management of labor issues, and inclusions vulnerable individuals, households and minority clans among others).

Based on the identified areas for capacity building and training of Government/PIU officials and related agencies, make recommendations on mobilizing skilled staff and consultants for the respective governments and PIUs at national and regional levels. The recommendations for strengthening of the capacity of the government/PIUs for the preparation and implementation of the energy sector subprojects could include the possibility of creation new government agency/ies and/or strengthening of specific government agencies.

Prepare a capacity building plan to support the capacity building of the E&S staff of relevant government and PIUs’ officials to strengthen their ability to undertake social and environmental due diligence and to anticipate and analyze social and environmental risks and impacts pertinent to the SEAP and SESRP, and to put in place practical measures for their management in accordance with the risk mitigation hierarchy

As part of capacity building on social and environmental risk management, support the PIUs’

E&S staff to identify and map the relevant stakeholders, identifying the range of community, public and private stakeholders concerns about the proposed energy sector expansion and improvements (Preliminary stakeholder lists includes local communities, Federal Member States (FMS), Non-state stakeholders such as Development Partners (DPs), communities, infrastructure companies, government agencies, Private sector players commonly known as

Electricity Service Providers (ESP), and NGOs that contribute to Somalia’s power supply among others

Based on the stakeholder’s identification and mapping, prepare a stakeholder engaged plan (SEP) according to the identified stakeholder needs and information requirements

Provide support and technical guidance to government in the preparation and implementation of project-related environmental and social risk management measures to enhance the sustainability of SEAP and the new Somali Energy Sector Recovery Project (SESRP)1 and in the development of E&S risk management protocols for the two projects (this includes putting in place an effective GRM for each project)

Actively contribute to the interface between the World Bank and the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) on SEAP and preparation of SESRP

Somali Electricity Sector Recovery Project aims to support the reestablishment of the Somalia Electricity Supply Industry for improved delivery of electricity services to enhance job creation and improved public services delivery.

Work closely with FGS and Federal Member States Project Teams, to inform and guide them on effectively planning for preparation of E&S documents as envisaged under SEAP component 3 and SESRP E&S commitments/requirements as envisaged in the concept stage environmental and social review summary preparation stage

Help in the training of the Government officials in the management of the sector’s social and environmental risks and impact, in particular those officials concerned from the Ministries of the Environment and Energy sectors at both FGS and FMS level.

Transfer of knowledge to government officials– Proposal must detail arrangements for knowledge transfer that can include on the job training, presentations of international experience, and participatory workshops. As part of support to preparation for SESRP the consultant will;

Prepare draft Stakeholders Engagement Plan (SEP), and Support the government in carrying out stakeholder engagement activities for the project including on various E&S issues including consultation on E&S commitments under the new Somali Electricity Sector Recovery Project (SESRP) and meetings with key stakeholders to demonstrate that their initial concerns have been considered on the assessment of risks and their management, the approach, and subsequent steps.

Prepare;

TOR for Environmental and social management framework (ESMF) o TOR for Gender Based Violence Action Plan (GBV)

o  TOR for security risk assessment (SRA)

o TOR for Sectoral Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (SESIA) o TOR for Capacity Building Plan with activities, timetable and budget

o An environmental and Social commitment plan (ESCP) that will elaborate the above aspects including on hiring, capacity Building Plan, Project, and Sub project level Instruments to be prepared and address the following issues

3. Deliverables and Timeframes

Deliverables

Due date

1.  Environmental and social studies

March

The Background E&S study and preliminary E&S Assessment report

2021

Clear chapters on E&S aspects in each of the two prefeasibility studies

The property rights and land issues report, clearly articulating the social and

environmental risks as they relate to energy sector investments

Clearly defined legal, institutional, and financing arrangements for social and

environmental risk management activities associated with the development of mini

grids in Somalia

2.  ToRs for specific instruments that are needed to ensure effective implementation of

February

E&S aspects of the energy sector investments in Somalia

2021

TOR for Environmental and social management framework (ESMF)

TOR for Gender Based Violence Action Plan (GBV)

TOR for security risk assessment (SRA)

TOR for Sectoral Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (SESIA)

TOR for Capacity Building Plan with activities, timetable and budget

3.  Technical support to the energy sector ministries/PIUs on E&S risk management in

January

the SEAP an SESRP projects

2021

The institutional and human resources capacity assessment report detailing the

assessment findings and the recommendations for the capacity building of the

energy  sector  ministries,  PIU  and  related  agencies,  to  manage  social  and

environmental risks and impacts associated with the energy sector investments and

priorities in the context of the energy sector growth

A detailed capacity building plan that addresses the identified capacity building

requirements

A report of the stakeholder identification and mapping, complete with a SEP for

support the government in carrying out stakeholder engagement activities on

various E&S issues including consultation on E&S commitments under the SESRP

E&S Action Plan and meetings with key stakeholders to demonstrate that their

initial  concerns  have  been  considered  on  the  assessment  of  risks  and  their

management, the approach, and subsequent steps.

4. Governance and Contracting arrangements

The consultant will be selected and contracted by the FGS. The implementation of this work will be under a direct oversight of The Ministry of Energy & Water Resource (MoEWR), FGS. The FGS will review and approve all deliverables.

5. Required qualifications and experience

FGS 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

in terms of available social and environmental experts and relevant experience to perform the Services. The firm proposing to undertake the consultancy must demonstrate the in-house capacity to undertake the exercise and have multiple teams each with an experienced Environmental, Social specialist and GBV experts to simultaneously undertake the assignment.

The consulting firm (consultants) will need to demonstrate expertise and experience both in environmental and social safeguard assessment particularly in the Somalia/Africa market context and have good knowledge & experience in the energy sector developments.

The firm shall present evidence of adequate practical experience in the following areas:

Proven ability to advise and support project safeguard assessment and preparation, contractual and financial elements of development project delivery, and experience of all stages of investment program identification, specific technical sector program design and documentation, and implementation experience,

Relevant professional experience in the areas of environmental management, environmental/social assessment, environmental/social monitoring, environmental/social compliance, stakeholder engagement and public consultations.

Knowledge and experience in multi-criteria assessment, stakeholder engagement and consultation, community participation, with analytical skills in assessing institutional capacities and designing/reviewing practical implementation arrangements for complex projects, especially in Africa, and particularly in fragile and conflict-affected states such as Somalia;

Well-rounded understanding of critical issues in sustainable development, international environment and development policy, and climate change, GBV, gender, social enhancement measures, labor, youth employment, etc.

Familiarity with World Bank policies and procedures on environmental and social aspects of projects developments, in particular, knowledge and experience in the World Bank’s Social and Environmental safeguards policies, the ESF, and the GBV Guidance Note are an added advantage.

Strong understanding of local enabling environment and social sector context in Somalia

Good knowledge and working experience of the full range of World Bank Group’s Environmental and Social Framework and operational products and Safeguards procedures, FGS legal and safeguards systems, and Operational Procedures;

The firm shall be expected to demonstrate that the team proposed has a competent and experienced:

A project team leader who is a specialist in Environmental and Social Impact Assessment projects and is clearly identified as a team leader. Must have 15 years’ experience in management of projects or consultancies of similar nature and complexities

One (1) Environmentalist, registered Lead experts per team with at least Master degree majoring in environmental science and at least 10 years’ experience in Environmental Impact Assessment of projects and occupational Health and Safety

One (1) Social expert per team with a master’s degree majoring in Sociology from a recognized institution of learning and at least 10 years in the social impact assessment of projects;

6. Time Frame

The assignment is expected to commence in contract appointment with a possibility of indicative timeline.

January 2020. The firm will be engaged initially in a 6 months extension. The table below shows expected deliverables and

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