REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management (AIRBM) Project Credit No.: IDA 55590, Reference No.: C3.3

Assignment Title: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) and Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) Monitoring and Reporting during Construction for the AIRBM Project

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management (AIRBM) Project. The focal agency, the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems (DWIR) within the Ministry of Transport and Communications is the implementing agency of the AIRBM through the Project Management Unit (PMU) established under the supervision of the Director General of DWIR, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

Under Component 3, the DWIR proposes to undertake a number of projects to provide enhanced navigation for vessels using the Ayeyarwady River particularly during the dry season. The works include Sub Project One (Mandalay waterway) which has designed infrastructure and Stretch One which proposes to assess a number of proposed projects for future investment. The consulting services (“the Services”) for Sub Project One and Stretch One include:

Part 1: Preparation of an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for Sub Project One – the ESIA will assess four options for a 3.45 km guide bund to stop/restrict flow into two anabranches north of Mandalay. The ESIA will also assess the construction of groynes (and an alternative design) south of Mandalay. The designs and modelling will be undertaken by an engineering consultant hired under a separate contract;

Part 2: Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) for Stretch 1 covering a length of approximately 160 km between Mandalay to Nyaung Oo; and

Part 3: Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) Monitoring and Reporting during Sub Project 1 construction.

The overall assignment length is expected to be approximately one year. The preparation of ESIA is expected to be completed within eight months with preliminary reporting on the preferred design within six months. The preparation of the SESA is expected to be completed within ten months. The ESMP

Monitoring and Reporting is expected to take six to eight months from commencement of construction in or about October 2017.

The PMU now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consulting Firms should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The shortlisting criteria are:

(a) A minimum of fiveyears of experience in carrying out consulting services as a consulting firm in the field of preparing ESIAs; SESA; and undertaking ESMP Construction Monitoring and Reporting, especially in riverine projects, including preferably in developing countries; and specifically in South East Asia;

(b) At least 2contracts of similar nature and complexity, or more complex and relevant, that the firm has successfully completed in the past … years

(c) Knowledge, World Bank Safeguard Policies or other International Development Bank’s safeguard policies and good international industry practices (GIIP) for large infrastructure project in developing countries is essential;

(d) Knowledge of navigation and vessel requirements would be an advantage;

(e) Experience working with governments (national, regions, local), development partners, international organizations, local communities, river users, environmental NGOs, and advocacy groups.

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants [under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers dated July 2014 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications.

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Selection Based on the Consultant’s Qualifications (CQS) method set out in the Consultant Guidelines.

Further information can be obtained at the address below during 09:30 to 16:00 hours, office hours

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by e-mail) by 9 June 2016.

Attn: Mr. Win Hlaing, PMU Director, AIRBM Project, PMU Office

Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems, DWIR Compound, Ministry of Transport and Communications

400 Lower Pazuntaung Road, Pazundaung Township, Yangon, Myanmar,

Tel.: +95 92013271, +95 9 5150213, Email:

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