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“Expressions of Interest” for Individual Consultants for conducting various In Country training Courses
Ministry of Energy and Water / Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Location: Afghanistan
Last Date: February 12, 2011

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 Ministry of Energy and Water

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Request for “Expressions of Interest” for Individual Consultants for conducting various In Country training Courses

Organization: Project Coordination Unit (PCU)

Project: Emergency Irrigation Rehabilitation Project (EIRP)

Reference No.: MEW/PCU/REOI/122/In Country training Courses 

Background

Since, 2004, the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) has been implementing a World Bank funded Emergency Irrigation Rehabilitation Project (EIRP). The project supports activities that are designed to improve livelihood opportunities in the rural areas through a rehabilitated irrigation system and improved management of national water resources. One of the components of this project is “Institutional Development and Capacity Building” and as part of its Capacity Building efforts MEW is planning to arrange various short term In-country training courses as listed below. The training will be delivered at Kabul to about 25 participants most of whom will be having Civil Engineering back ground. For these it is intended to hire the services of Individual Consultants/Trainers/Resource Persons for the period as mentioned below. The home based part of this training is for preparing the training manual/material.

All the trainings will be conducted at Kabul for which MEW will provide lecture room, computer/Laptop and LCD projector etc. including transportation and working Lunch.

The training will be given to the participants by using modern training gadgets and methodology and will include:

a)      Adequate Interaction with the participants.

b)      Practical Examples/Case Studies of important procurement activities.

c)      Preparation and use of Standard documents and formats.

The trainer will also prepare a comprehensive training manual/material, a  soft copy of which will be provided by the trainer at least one week in advance of starting of the training.

At the end of the training, the trainer will take feedback from the participants and other concerned and based on that will prepare a Short Training Completion Report highlighting the need and topics for future training on the related topics.

 List of Various Training Courses

The list of various training courses along with the curriculum and the required qualifications and experience for the trainer, is given below:  

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Identification number and name of  Training (with duration)

Training Curriculum

Qualification and Experience of the trainer

 

1

T-834 - One Week Training Course on Hydrometric Data Collection and Management

(One week home based and one week at Kabul)

i-      Principles of hydrology and the importance of hydrometric data collection for planning and designing hydraulic and water resources structures.  Introduction to open channel flow and other hydrological data collection techniques.  Basic principles of measurement, applications and site selection, the attributes, limitations and uncertainties of hydrometric data.

ii-                   Setting up hydrometric data collection networks, equipment selection, installation and maintenance, use of telemetry.

iii-                  Organizing and managing data collection, data storage, data retrieval, and processing.

 

At least Masters degree from a recognized university or related institution in Hydrology/ Water resources engineering or related discipline.

At least ten years progressive experience in Hydro meteorological networking, data collection, compilation, processing, dissemination and analysis.

 

Adequate experience/ Demonstrated ability of conducting short term training courses in developing/under developed countries.

Fluency in English and good communication skills.

 

2

T-836 - One Week Training Course on Procurement Management and Procedures(One week home based and one week at Kabul)

Introduction to Procurement Planning; Methods of procurement; Rules and Procedures for Procurement of Works, goods and Services(Including Consultancy Services) as per Procurement Law of Afghanistan and World Bank Guidelines particularly pertaining to Preparation of bidding documents, Opening of Bids, Evaluation of Bid, Pre Qualification & Post Qualification and Contract preparation. Introduction to Material planning for construction projects; Inventory management; store keeping; Materials control and monitoring; Preparation of Bill of Quantities. Registration and performance Evaluation of contractors.

 

At least a Masters degree from a recognized university or related institution in Management, Commerce, Business Administration , Finance, Procurement, Engineering Law or related  discipline.

At least ten years progressive experience in procurement of public works, including experience in selection and hiring of consultants and procurement of  goods (preferably construction materials) based on standard bidding documents as applicable out of which about 3 years should be for procurement of works for a World Bank funded project.

Thorough knowledge of World Bank/IDA procurement guidelines and procedures and familiar with the Procurement Law of Afghanistan.

 

Adequate experience/ Demonstrated ability  of conducting short term training courses in developing/under developed countries.

Fluency in English and good communication  skills.

 

3

T-837 One Week Training Course on Contract Management (One week home based and one week at Kabul)

Various Types of contracts; General and Special Conditions of Contract for various types of contracts. Variation Orders, Contract Amendments, Liquidated damages, Compensation Events. Breach of Contract and Contract termination. Making correspondence with contractors. Monitoring progress of works as per completion schedule. Price Adjustments.

 

At least Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with Masters degree in Management or related discipline (both from a recognized university or related institution) with adequate training/exposure in contract management.

At least ten years progressive experience in Contract administration, Contract Management, Project Management which should includes about 2/3 years teaching experience for these subjects.”

Adequate experience/ Demonstrated ability of conducting short term training courses in developing/under developed countries.

Fluency in English and good communication skills.

 

4

T-838-I  4 days  Training Course on Monitoring and Evaluation- Module 1:  Impact Evaluation ((4 days home based and 4 days at Kabul)

 

i.   Impact Evaluation as a means of quantifying the effects of programs on individuals, households, and communities.

ii.  Results Based Framework - Outcomes and key performance indicators to monitor outcomes

iii.Appropriate Information System including Baseline Survey Design

iv.                  Levels of Information Collection and Aggregation

v. Quantitative versus Qualitative Impact Assessments

vi.                  Quantitative Impact Assessment: Ex-post versus Ex Ante Impact Evaluations

vii.                Counterfactual Issues:  With-and-Without Comparisons, Before and After Comparisons

viii.               The problem of Selection Bias

 

Minimum M.Sc. in Economics/Systems Analysis/Development Studies

At least 10 years of relevant experience in Evaluation of development programs, with minimum of 5 years experience in the training

 

5

T-838-II (a)  5 days  Training Course on Monitoring and Evaluation-

Module 2(a):  Construction Monitoring (5 days home based and 5 days at Kabul)

 

i.      Numerical methods and computers in construction management

ii.     Construction planning and management tools:  PERT and CPM, linear programming

iii.   Scheduling and operations research technique

iv.   Problem formulation and graphical methods

 

Minimum M.Sc. Applied Mathematics and Computer Science or Civil Engineering or Construction Management; with fluency in English.

 

At least 15 years of relevant experience in one of the following expertise: Construction Planning and Management,

 

 

6

T-838-II (b)  4 days  Training Course on Monitoring and Evaluation-  Module 2 (b) Construction Projects Monitoring and Evaluation

(4 days home based and 4 days at Kabul)

 

v.                Essentials in monitoring and evaluation of construction projects

vi.               Data collection and analysis

vii.             Software for monitoring and evaluation of construction projects.

 

Minimum M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics/Computer Sciences/Civil Engineering

At least 10 years of relevant experience in Monitoring and Evaluation of construction projects, with proficiency in appropriate software.

7

T-839 Two Weeks Training Course on Quality control and Field Testing

(One week home- based and two weeks at Kabul)

Introduction and application of work improvement techniques, human factors in achieving the desired quality of work, behavioral science, work sampling techniques for quality control, recording techniques and filming techniques for maintaining desired quality of work, various techniques of analysis, mathematical models as a tool for quality control, detailed field testing techniques to maintain desired work quality, liability of work executed, tolerances and limits in the technical specifications of work quality, legal responsibilities of the work executed during its life span period.

Below is the identified field quality control tests for which a class room training is required which includes; explaining the testing requirements, testing method/procedure, output analysis, correlating the output with the requirements, conclusion etc. Practical trainings in the laboratory or in the field will be conducted for those mentioned quality control tests for which a testing equipment is available in the MEW / PCU laboratory. The quality control tests fields are;

a. Cement Tests: This includes; Fineness Test, Standard Consistency test, Initial and Final Setting Times, Soundness Test by Le Chatelier's Method, Compressive Strength test of Cement, Specific Gravity of Cement, Tensile Strength of Cement.

 

b. Aggregate Test: This includes; Unit weight of Aggregates and Sampling, Crushing Value, Sand equivalent Test, Impact Value Test, Flakiness and elongation test, Organic impurities Test, Specific Gravity and Density Test, Abrasion Resistance Test, 10 percent fine Test, Soundness Test, Surface moisture content test, Alkali Reactivity, Water absorption Test, Los Angeles Test.

 

c. Concrete Test: This includes; Workability of Freshly Mixed Concrete by Compaction Factor Test, Air Entrainment Test of Concrete, Mix Design of Concrete, Brick Tests, Stone Test, Specific gravity test of fresh and hard concrete, Nondestructive Test (e.g. Schmidt Hammer)

 

d. Steel Test; This includes; Tensile Test of Steel and Bend Testing

 

e. Soil Test: This includes; Liquid Limit Test, Plastic Limit Test, Plasticity Index Test, Shrinkage Limit, Specific Gravity by Density Bottle, volumetric flask and Pycnometer Methods, Grain Size Analysis by Dry Sieving and Wet Sieving Methods (Soil classifications), Hydrometer Analysis (Soil Classifications), Moisture Content Test by Calcium Carbide and Pycnometer Methods, OMC and Maximum Dry Density Test (Compaction Test), Field Density Test, Determination of Dry Density by Water Displacement Method, CBR Test at the Lab and field, Clay Content Test, Deleterious Content Test, Load Ring Penetrometer: for finding bearing strength and compaction degree of soil, Proctor Penetrometer: moisture and density Relationship, Pocket Penetrometer: Field Classification of Cohesive soil, Finding Shear Strength and unconfined Compressive Strength, Direct Shear Test, Unconfined Compression Test,  Static Cone Penetration, Soil Bearing Capacity Test, Standard Penetration Test, Dynamic Cone Penetration Test (DCP).

 

f. Water Test; All relevant water tests as per BSS and WHO standards.

 

At least Masters Degree from a recognized university or related institution in Civil Engineering/Quality Assurance or related discipline.

At least ten years progressive experience in performing activities relevant to the training topics preferably in field testing technologies, use of laboratory equipments and analysis of test results for construction of water and irrigation infrastructure.

 

Adequate experience/ Demonstrated ability of conducting short term training courses in developing/under developed countries.

Fluency in English and good communication skills are required.

 

8

T-840 One Week Training Course on Social and Environmental Impacts Assessment (Two weeks home based and one week at Kabul

 

iv-                 EIA: country practices and guidelines; Environmental impacts of river valley projects related to storage, diversion, conveyance for irrigation, hydropower, flood control.

v- The downstream of a structure/dam/weir, aquatic ecosystems as well as the need of and the amount of environmental flow and the facilities needed, e.g., safe passage for fish and other species.

vi-                 EIA Methodology: levels of EIA, screening, scoping, methods, presentation of results; Reviewing of EIA reports, Environmental health impact assessment methodology; EIA of irrigation, flood control, river improvement works, ground water development and use; Soil and water quality:- sampling, tests, management; Catchments protection measures; Disclosure of Information and community and other stakeholders participation;

vii-                SIA – Social Impact Assessment, analyzing, monitoring and managing the intended and unintended social consequences of planned interventions (policies, programs, plans, projects). Census of Project Affected People and development of RAP (Resettlement Action Plan), i.e. rehabilitation of project affected persons: socio-economic conditions of affected people, impact of project on social and cultural life, resettlement guidelines and procedures; gender issue in water resource development.  Primary purpose is to bring about a more sustainable and equitable biophysical and human environment. Community consultations, consultations with individual PAPS, documentation, communication strategy and disclosure requirements.

viii-              Simulation working exercises

ix-                 Environmental flow requirements: importance, criteria, methods of assessment; Preparation of environmental management plan and monitoring

Case studies on SIA and EIA of river valley projects.

 

At least Masters Degree from a recognized university or related institution in Environment, Sociology or related discipline.

The trainer should have at least ten years progressive experience in performing activities relevant to the training topics preferably in; design and implementation of social and environment related projects and programs in developing countries. The trainer should be very well versed with all the issues to be covered in the training and should be familiar with the World Bank safeguard policies related to river valley projects.

Adequate experience/ Demonstrated ability of preparing training manual / material and  conducting short term training courses in developing/under developed countries.

Fluency in English and good communication skills are required.

 

9

T-841 Two Weeks Training Course on Project planning

(One week home based and two weeks at Kabul)

General donor requirements for project formulation, technical standards for project planning which focuses on Project Cycle Management having key elements such as Identification, Preparation, Appraisal, Implementation, O&M and Evaluation . The above topics are expected to be covered using latest and applicable software like Microsoft Project, Primavera Project Planner etc.

At least Masters degree from a recognized university or related institution in Civil Engineering and Project Management or related discipline.

At least ten years progressive experience in performing activities relevant to the training topics preferably in; project planning, project management design and implementation including related economics.

 

Adequate experience/ Demonstrated ability of conducting short term training courses in developing/under developed countries.

Fluency in English and good communication skills.

 

10

T-842 Two Weeks Training Course on Modern Engineering Survey Practices

(One week home based and two weeks at Kabul)

 

i-   Introduction to the technological advances in survey equipment and data processing including electronic distance and angle measurement, global positioning systems and remote sensing.

ii- Undertake detailed theoretical and practical work using total station equipment using equipment available with MEW including simple equipment maintenance and calibration checks.

iii-                  GPS-based survey equipment their relative costs and accuracies, advantages of different data collection methods including real time and post-processed differential collection, sky view and satellite geometry on accuracy.

iv-                 Geodetic coordinate systems, coordinated systems and map datums, effect on presentation of maps and how distances based on the coordinate system may differ from the measured distance on the ground. Conversion of coordinates from one system to another.

v- Basic processing of electronically collected survey data, benefits of data coding at the field collection stage, transfer of electronically collected survey data into CAD and GIS software packages.

vi-                 Introduction to remotely collected data and imagery to supplement terrestrial data and the availability of digital data and imagery on the internet.

 

At least Masters Degree from a recognized university or related institution in Civil Engineering/Civil Construction Engineering or related discipline with practical experience in Surveying & leveling using modern equipments.

At least ten years progressive experience in performing activities relevant to the training topics preferably in project technical surveying and leveling using modern equipments and technologies for construction of water and irrigation infrastructure.

Adequate experience/ Demonstrated ability of conducting short term training courses in developing/under developed countries.

Fluency in English and good communication skills are required.

 

The Project Coordination Unit (PCU) of Emergency Irrigation Rehabilitation Project (EIRP) under Ministry of Energy and water now invites eligible consultants/trainers to indicate their interest in providing the above trainings. Interested eligible candidates must provide information  indicating that they are qualified to perform the services and are invited to submit their CV (Curriculum Vitae), including employment records, description of similar assignments carried out, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills etc.

Separate application letter is required for each training course which should indicate Identification number and name of training and following details:

a)      Willingness to conduct the course at Kabul

b)      Confirmation that he will be able to cover the training curriculum with reasonable details.

c)      Confirmation that he meets all the required qualifications and experience (as mentioned in above table) quoting references to various paragraphs of CV to demonstrate this. 

A consultant will be selected in accordance with Section V Selection of Individual Consultants procedures set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (May 2004 Revised October 2006). 

Interested eligible consultants may obtain further information from the address below during the office hours 08:30 am to 16:30 pm from Saturday to Wednesday or by e-mail. 

Expressions of interest must be delivered or sent by e-mail to the address below no later than  12 February, 2011. 

Eng. Farhad Noorzai, Director

Project Coordination Unit (PCU)

Emergency Irrigation Rehabilitation Project (EIRP)

Ministry of Energy and water,Darul Aman Road, Kabul, Afghanistan  :Telephone: +93 (0) 799 346 013

E-mail: farhad.noorzai@eirp-afg.org  copy to nasir.ahadi@eirp-afg.org  and saeed.azizullah@eirp-afg.org



 

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