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Ethiopian Herald Nov14,2020

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

(CONSULTING SERVICES – INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT)

Country: of Ethiopia

Project: Ethiopia Digital Foundations Project (P171034

Assignment Title: Consultancy Service to conduct Social Assessment

Reference No. ET-MOFEC-COPCU-185692-CS-INDV

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Ministry of Finance (MoF), has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Ethiopia Digital Foundation Project (“Digital Ethiopia”) and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services. The Ministry wants to engage qualified and experienced consultant to conduct social assessment (SA) in order to identify the likely impact of the project on key stakeholders and to understand key social issues and risks.

The objective of the consultancy service is to support the Project implementation unit

(PIU) in conducting social assessment (SA) to help the Project to understand key social issues and risks, and to determine social impacts on different stakeholders. It needs to include needs and priorities of key stakeholders, outline their views on the design and proposed implementation mechanisms of the project, and build capacity and involvement. It will also provide requirements for the design of an appropriate institutional arrangement to implement, monitor, and evaluate the project on the achievement of social outcomes.

The Scope of the assessment: The assessments will extend over all pastoral and agro pastoral regions covered by the Project. To delineate the data collection process, the Consultant will randomly select at least 2 woredas in each region, totaling 12 Woredas, being representative for the project implementation area

The consulting services (“the Services”) include the following but not limited to

  • Review relevant information at federal and regional levels, Conduct an in-depth desk review of available progress and annual reports from participating Government institutions and WB on earlier projects,
  • Develop data collection tools, if need be and get the approval of the design team through MoF;
  • Identify the most significant social and cultural features that differentiate social groups in the study area, and ensure proper capturing and consolidation of stakeholders’ views and opinions;
  • Examine social groups’ characteristics, intra- group & inter-group relationships, and the relationships of those groups with public and private (e.g. Market) institutions (including the norms, values and behavior that have been institutionalized through those relationships).
  • Describe the institutional environment; consider both the presence and function of public, private and social institutions relevant to the operation,
  • Identify the type of social impacts including gender-based violence and sexual exploitation that could be occurred due to the implementation of the new project in the area,
  • Identify the stakeholder groups/people who may be affected negatively or positively due to the implementation of the sub projects in the area,
  • Define the type of adverse social impacts in terms of the following key indicators:1) Loss of cultivated land 2) Loss of grazing and other resources including water, 3) Loss of structure, 4) Loss of livelihood, and 5) Loss of crops/trees
  • Examine how people are organized into different social groups, and its implication for sub project implementation,
  • Recommend mitigation measures for any adverse social impacts that could be occurred in the study area,
  • Organize national project design team and other partner consultation workshops;
  • Regional consultations, meetings conducted with key regional stakeholders;
  • Present the social assessment and potential recommendations; and Review and compile the final reports with all the deliverables and specific objectives met
  • Contract Term: The service is expected to be completed within about 4 weeks effective from date of contract signing
  • Qualification and experience: The qualification and experience required for consultants who would like to apply for the service should possess the following minimum criteria
  • A Bachelor’s degree in economics, international development, sociology, or relevant field. (Postgraduate degree in a related field would be an added advantage)
  • Minimum of 10 years progressive experience in development related work;
  • Strong analytical skills, a demonstrated ability to conduct interviews with a range of stakeholders, and experience in pulling together analysis and data into reports;
  • Experience in reviewing and compiling multiple data sets and strong understanding of quantitative and qualitative analysis with Social Assessment;
  • Work experience as a social specialist in/ with World Bank funded activities and knowledge of the World Bank safeguard policies and requirements will be a strong asset;
  • Prior experience of working with complex national level social assessment or strategic plans involving multiple stakeholders;
  • Ability to identify implementation issues and operational challenges, and provide recommendations to remedy these issues to accelerate program delivery;
  • Adequate understanding of human rights-based approach to development, gender equality, environmental sustainability, results-based management;
  • Experience of carrying out similar assignment is an asset; and Excellent proficiency in English is required;

The Ministry of Finance now invites eligible individuals (“Consultants”) to indicate their

interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should send expressions of interest, together with information demonstrating that they have the required qualification and relevant experience to perform the service (description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, qualifications, and so forth) by providing CVs, and supporting documents

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 (“Procurement Regulations”) revised November 2017 and August 2018, setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Selection of Individual Consultant (Section V) method set out in the Procurement Regulations. Further information can be obtained, by email at the address below during office hours from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM Addis Ababa time

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below in person, or by mail, on or before November 25, 2020, but preferably by e-mail.

Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Ministry of Finance

Attn: Channel One Programs Coordinating Directorate

Address: Arada Sub city, Woreda11/12, MoF building, 4th Floor,

Room No 403, Sidist Kilo in front of Lion Cage park,

P.O.Box 1905,1037, E-mail: E012019MoF@gmail.com  ; aberagl1@gmail.com  

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia