REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (CONSULTING SERVICES)
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
Project Name: Readiness Preparation Proposal- Readiness Fund of the FCPF
Implementing Agency: The Federal Ministry of Climate Change
Consultancy Services for: Develop Forest Reference Emission Levels/Forest Reference Level and National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS)-Measurement and Reporting and Verification (MRV) System for REDD+
The Government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, represented by the Ministry of Climate Change has received a grant to promote REDD+ (Reduction of Emissions from deforestation and degradation) program for preservation of forests through private sector led carbon sequestration and carbon credit generation. The World Bank as the delivery partner to Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) is assisting Pakistan with financial and technical support focused on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, forest carbon stock conservation, the sustainable management of forests, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks. During the Preparation phase the Ministry of Climate Change intends to apply part of the funds to cover eligible payments for hiring services of qualified experienced and reputable consulting firms to;
Develop Forest Reference Emission Levels/Forest Reference Level and National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) –and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) System for REDD+
The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreed at the seventeenth Conference of the parties (COP 17) that “forest reference emission levels and/or forest reference levels expressed in tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, are benchmarks for assessing each country’s performance in implementing [REDD+] activities”. Guidance on FREL/FRLs is provided through Decisions 4/CP.15, 12/CP.17 and 13/CP.19. Decision 4/CP. states that FREL/FRLs should be established transparently taking into account historic data, and adjusted for national circumstances. Accordingly, Decision 12/CP.17 provides guidance on FREL/FRL construction (modalities for FREL/FRLs) and the annex to this decision provides guidance on the information which needs to be included in a FREL/FRL submission to the UNFCCC. Decision 13/CP.19 provides details on the technical assessment of the FREL/FRLs.
Following these guidelines Islamic Republic of Pakistan intends to establish benchmark against which future greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions and removals can be measured by taking into account historic emissions and removals, adjusted for national circumstances where necessary to improve reliability. One of the main objectives of the R-PP is to assisting Pakistan to develop and apply strategies to address the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation and design and develop Pakistan’s Forests Reference Emission Level (FREL), Forest Reference Levels (FRLs) following the guidelines for developing REDD+ reference levels (FRLs) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). As part of the process it is also intended to build capacities of the National REDD+ Office and other key stake-holders at the national and sub-national level to identify and quantify decreases and increases in forest carbon stocks themselves and to project future trends. This will help the National REDD+ Office understand the potential of various REDD+ interventions in terms of carbon emissions/fluxes and to assess the related strategic options.
In the REDD+ framework, develop Pakistan’s National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) to estimate the forest related GHG emissions and removals following the IPCC guidelines. It will also monitor a wide range of other bio-physical and socio-economic parameters such as forest health, biodiversity, socio-economic and environmental functions of forests and relevant legal frameworks and will assess multiple benefits, impacts, governance and safeguards MBIGS.
Similarly a Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) System is required to estimate the forest related GHG emissions and removals to meet the needs of both the national and international reporting requirements for Pakistan as a core requirement of REDD+.
Ministry of Climate Change now invites eligible consulting firms/joint ventures of consulting firms to indicate their interest in providing the required services. Consultants with documented track of conducting similar work in past five years in any REDD+ country with sound knowledge of land use planning guidelines, drivers of deforestation, stock change analysis, information system development, collection and assessment of field inventory statistics and a sound understanding of activity data and emission factors. Should have completed at least one similar project of this scale and complexity and in comparable organizations and geographical context. Due weightage shall be accorded for completing higher number of assignments. .
Consultants are encouraged to provide only materials that would be specific to the proposed services, and to avoid submitting generic promotional material.
Consultants are encouraged to make association(s) (sub-consultancy) or Joint Ventures (JVs) to enhance their qualifications, however, Lead Firm must be clearly mentioned in the EOI. Moreover, it is envisaged that international expertise would be required for the consulting services under requisition. Also, in case of Joint Venture, experience of all the firms in the JV will be considered for evaluation. Consultants may submit separate expression of interests for one or more than one component.
A consultant will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank’sGuidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011, revised (July 2014).
Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address below during office hours from 0800 to 1300 hours (Pakistan Standard Time (PST) and/or Instructions for the Consulting Firms for the assignment may be downloaded from the websites www.ppra.org.pkand mocc.gov.pk Expressions of interest must be delivered to the address below by or before 1300 hours (PST) on February 1, 2016.
Inspector General of Forests
Ministry of Climate Change,
5th Floor, Local Government and rural Development Building,
Instructions For Consulting Firms
For Submission of
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Develop Forest Reference Emission Levels/Forest Reference Level; National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS)-Measurement, Reporting and Evaluation (MRV) System for REDD+
Readiness Preparation Proposal- Readiness Fund of the FCPF
The Federal Ministry of Climate Change
GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN
1. The Ministry of Climate Change invites eligible consulting firms/ Joint Venture(s) with specific and proven competence and experience to indicate their interest in providing the services. Eligible firm(s) should submit Expression of Interest (EOI) in English language along with relevant complete details of the qualification and experience requested under Part-II.
2. Interested consulting firm(s)/ Joint Venture(s) must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform above services (e.g. descriptions of similar assignments, value of previous assignments, experience under similar conditions, availability of appropriate professionals etc.).
3. In accordance with World Bank Guidelines, an association of consultants can take either be in the form of joint venture (JV) or a subcontract (sub-consultancy). Therefore, the consultant submitting their Expression of Interest in association should clearly mention whether their association is a Joint Venture or Sub-consultancy. Moreover under JV, each partner has to be reasonably qualified to take over the responsibilities and role of any of the partners in case one of them fails to perform or withdraws. Thus, the experience of all the firms in the JV will be considered for evaluation. In case of Sub-consultancy association, the Lead Firm must be clearly mentioned in the EOI.
- A consulting firm(s)/ Joint Venture(s) will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits and Grants by World Bank Borrowers” dated January 2011 (revised July 2014) (“Consultant Guidelines”). The selection of the consultants will be made following “Quality & Cost Based Selection (QCBS)” method.
- It is expected that the interested firm(s)/ joint venture(s) will have expertise in the areas of; legal aspects of environmental and social safeguards in forestry, with specialization of national and international conflict resolution/grievance redressal systems, particularly in forestry sector
6. If the EOI consists of more than one volume, the applicant must clearly number the volumes constituting the EOI and provide an indexed table of contents for each volume. All documents should be securely bound.
7. Guidelines for Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers, can be accessed at the website: www.worldbank.org/procure.
(ESSENTIAL INFORMATION REQUIRED TO BE PROVIDED BY CONSULTANT)
- Name, address, Phone, Fax and E-mail address along with postal and telegraphic address for the head office, branch offices and contact personnel.
- Certificate of Registration of the firm as Legal Entity
- Firm(s)/ joint venture(s) name, address, copy of the Registration Certificate with relevant professional bodies of the concerned Government, supported by latest/ updated renewal, Country of Operations (if the firm is registered and operating in several countries). Memorandum/ Article of Association/ Partnership Deed or Joint Venture Agreement (if applicable) etc;
- Names and short CVs of principals, proprietor, managing director, partners and directors, including their individual copy of the Registration Certificate with relevant professional bodies along with updated renewal.
- Details of the technical personnel available with the firm either as permanent staff or retainer consultants with their qualifications and expertise, briefly.
- Sound financial position with documentary evidence in the form of last three years audited financial accounts’ statement of the firm/joint venture members.
- National Tax Number of the firm/joint venture/consortium members (for national firms)
- Data Sheets of relevant (similar and specific experiences) assignments/works, duly substantiated, by the firm(s)/ Joint Venture(s) members either completed or in progress, with the following details.
- Name of the Project
- Cost of the Project
- Name and address of the Client
- If case of association of Consultant(s), the type of association i.e. either JV or sub-consultants be mentioned clearly along with names and address of all the partners.
- Consultancy services rendered along with the Start & Completion Date.
- A firm, which was a partner in a previous joint venture(s), should furnish a statement providing details of work, component of works performed individually and its over-all share (percentage) in the works performed by the joint venture.
- Any additional documents to support relevant experience of firm(s)/ Joint Venture(s);
- List and status of litigation/arbitration by the firm or any member of the joint venture(s) against a client, if any.
- Affidavit from all the participating partners of the association confirming that: (a) applicant firm(s)/ joint venture(s) have never been blacklisted by any International, Government/ Semi Government Organization and (b) All the information provided by the applicant firm(s)/ joint venture(s) is correct.
Any further information/clarification may be sought from.
Office of the Inspector general of Forests,
Ministry of Climate Change,
Attn: Syed Mahmood Nasir
5th floor, Local Government Building, G-5/2
44000 Islamabad, Pakistan
Phone: + 92 51 9245589
Aurangzeb Ashraf Awan,
Assistant Inspector General Forests
Office of the Inspector General of Forests
4th Floor, LG&RD Complex, G-5/2, Islamabad Pakistan
Phone +92 51 9245596