Contract CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SAFEGUARDS SPECIALIST (INTERNATIONAL)
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
(CONSULTING SERVICES – INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT)
Vanuatu Climate Resilient Transport Project
Project ID.: P167382
Assignment Title: Consultancy Services for Environmental Safeguards Specialist (International)
Reference No. (as per Procurement Plan): VU-MIPU-555020-CS-INDV
1. The Republic of Vanuatu has received financing of US$ 66million from the World Bank toward the cost of the Vanuatu Climate Resilient Transport Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services under this request for expression of interest.
2. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities (MIPU) is now seeking an individual consultant to provide services as an Environmental Safeguards Specialist (International) to support implementation of VCRTP activities through technical support to environmental planning, review, preparation and compliance for project investments and activities in line with the approved project legal, technical and guidance documents. The position will report to the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) Head via the Road and Bridge Engineer/Project Support Team (PST) Coordinator.
3. The consulting services are expected to be provided part time over a period until 31 December 2025 with inputs totaling 280 days and the Individual Consultant will be based in Santo (with travels to Port Vila as required), Vanuatu for the entire period of the services. Specifically, the Environmental Safeguards Specialist (International) will assist PIU staff (including Project Support Team) with the following tasks:
(i) Providing specialist advice to the VCRTP PIU on matters relating to environmental compliance and climate change-related matters in all aspects of the Project.
(ii) Supporting the PIU in the management of safeguards issues under VCRTP, through the provision of timely and appropriate advice for both management and technical issues.
(iii) Lead the review and approval process for the updates to the environmental aspects of the Project’s ESMP and ESIA.
(iv) Provide technical support to the MIUP/PIU in monitoring the implementation of safeguards instruments (World Bank and GoV).
(v) Review Environmental Impact Assessments for the civil works; Review and advise in adequacy of contractor’s Environmental and Social Management Plans (CESMP)
(vi) Review the project scope, update of ESMP, preparation of EMMP the range of subprojects and the nature of works planned, paying specific attention to any environmental issues identified during implementation;
(vii) Prepare the Contingent Emergency Response Component (CERC) Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF), which indicates the kinds of emergency response actions that can proceed with no additional environmental or social assessment, and which ones would require assessment (and at what level) prior to being initiated.
(viii) As required, visit each proposed subproject and liaise with the MIPU project office for natural resources and environment to ensure that all environmental concerns of the subprojects have been identified and documented.
(ix) Providing capacity-building and professional development opportunities to the VCRTP PIU and MIPU Departments through collaborative approaches in this role;
(x) Provide safeguards reports on a regular basis based on submissions from Supervision Engineer and Contractor.
(xi) Regular reports on work undertaken each month, as well as inputs to other VCRTP PIU and MIPU reports as required to support their respective implementation reporting requirements; and
(xii) Any other related work as directed by the VCRTP Road and Bridge Engineer/PST Coordinator and PIU Head to support VCRTP implementation.
4. MIPU now invites eligible individuals or consulting firms who can provide a suitable person on an individual basis to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information in the form of a curriculum vitae demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The shortlisting criteria are:
- A Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized institution in Environmental Science (or similar), Sociology, Anthropology or some cognate social science;
- At least Fifteen (15) years’ experience in environmental safeguards planning and implementation.
- At least Eight (8) years’ experience in environmental safeguard monitoring and compliance of civil works projects, particularly in environmental, land resettlement and HIV/AIDS programs within project frameworks.
- At least 3 years of experience in similar projects in developing countries, preferably in the Pacific region or similar countries.
- Membership of the Professional Affiliations with a recognized institution is a plus.
5. Selection process will be undertaken in line with the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” July 2016 (revised November 2017 and August 2018, “Procurement Regulations”) for open competitive selection. The most qualified and experienced respondent to this request for expressions of interest will become the preferred candidate for a negotiated time-based contract.
6. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to Section III, paragraphs, 3.14, 3.16, and 3.17 of the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” (July 2016, revised November 2017 and August 2018) (“Procurement Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest
7. Further information including the complete TOR can be obtained at the address below during office hours 09.00 to 15.30 hours Vanuatu time.
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