FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA
RURAL ACCESS AND AGRICULTURAL MARKETING PROJECT (RAAMP)
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (REOI) CONSULTANCY SERVICES FIRM SELECTION
CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR THE PREPARATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT (ESIA) AND RESETTLEMENT ACTION PLAN (RAP) UNDER RURAL ACCESS AND AGRICULTURAL MARKETING PROJECT (RAAMP) IN TARABA STATE
REFERENCE NO. TRS/RAAMP/SPIU/ADV/1/60

The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Federal Ministry of Finance has applied for financing from African Development Bank (AfDB) on-lent the financing to Taraba State towards the cost of rehabilitation of prioritized rural roads and rivers crossing, construction/rehabilitation support for the development of agro-logistics hubs and Institutional development under the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP). It is intended that part of the proceeds of the financing will be applied to eligible payments under the contract for consulting services for the preparation of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) under the proposed Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP) in Taraba State.

The scope of the consulting services: – (The Services”) Includes but not limited to;

(A)  THE PREPARATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT STUDY (ESIA).

The objective is to assess the potential Environment and Social risks and Impacts of the proposed civil works and prepare an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) that will include a detailed Environment and Social Management plan (ESMP).

Required also to:

(i)   Review the existing ESMF prepared for the RAAMP and Environmental Safeguard Policies and AfDB operational Safeguards Policies triggered on the Project

(ii)  Describe the proposed Project by providing a synthetic description of the Project relevant component and presenting plans, schematics, maps, figures and tables of the Project area of influence. (iii)  Identify the policy, legal and administrative framework relevant to the Project

(iv)  Describe and evaluate the current Environmental and Social situation.

(v)   Assess the potential Environmental and Social risks and Impacts of the proposed works and prepare an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) that will include a detailed Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP). The ESIA will outline the main procedures and responsibilities to manage Environmental and Social risks and Impact associated with the implementation of civil works. The study will be carried out to establish modalities of Implementing the projects in line with Nigerian Environmental and Social Policies and laws and the AfDB operational Safeguard Policies.

(vi)  Identify key uncertainties and risk: identify and communicate any key uncertainties and risks associated with accuracy of the findings of the social assessment as well as of the proposed projects. Some sources of uncertainty and risk commonly associated with project are linked to: (a). Lack of adequate information at the community level; (b). Creation of employment and business opportunities for members from the local, historically disadvantaged communities; (c) The influx of job seekers and construction workers to the area and the Impact on services; etc

(vii)  Assess the impact of the construction on Individuals and groups whose livelihood are tied to the route/ road (motorcycle, taxi and tricycle operators etc). As part of consultations, the ESIA should identify the potential negative Impact on the livelihoods of these individuals and groups and proposed appropriate mitigation measures.

(B)   THE PREPARATION OF RESETTLEMENT ACTION PLAN (RAP);

(i)  Identification of the (a). Components or activities that require resettlement or restriction of access; (b) Zone of impact of components or activities;

(c) Alternative considered to avoid or minimize resettlement or restricted access and (d). Mechanisms established to minimize resettlement displacement and restricted access, to the extent possible during project implementation.

(ii)  Social Economic Studies;  The findings of social economic studies to be conducted with the involvement of potentially affected people, will be needed. These will require a general of the PAPS. The analysis of the legal and institutional frame work in Nigeria that will cover existing land and property laws governing resources, including state -owned lands, applicable legal and administrative procedures including a description of the grievance procedures , and remedies available to PAPS in the judicial process and the execution of these procedures, including any available alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, relevant laws (Including customary and traditional laws) governing land tenure valuation of assets and losses compensation gaps etc related to displacement and resettlement, and Gabs if any between local laws covering resettlement and the Bank’s resettlement policy, and the mechanisms for addressing such gaps.

(iii)  Prepare an implementation schedule covering all RAP activities from preparation implementation, and monitoring and evaluation with detailed (itemized) cost estimates for all RAP activities including allowances for inflation, population growth, and other contingencies; timetable for expenditures; sources of funds and arrangements for timely flow of funds.

(iv)  Provide arrangement for monitoring of RAP activities by the implementing agency and the independent monitoring of these activities.

The duration of the services is 2 Months

The draft of Terms of Reference (TOR) for the services can be found at www.tarabaraamp.gov.ng and www.ramp.gov.ng

The Taraba state Project Implementation Unit (SPIU) on behalf of the State Government now invites eligible consultant (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the service. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the services.

The short-listed criteria are –

  • At least ten (10) years proven experience in preparation of AfDB operational safeguard’s documents.
  • Evidence of registration with CAC
  • Evidence of registration with Federal Ministry of Environment
  • Demonstrable experiences in preparation of resettlement instrument^ (ARAP/RAP/Compensation).
  • Demonstrable experiences in preparation of environmental assessment instruments (ESIA/ESMP/ Environment Audit)
  • Capacity to conduct base line analysis for environmental parameters (e.g. Fauna, Flora, Soil, Water, Air, Quality etc).
  • Experience in conducting socio-economic studies and public consultation.
  • Working knowledge and experience and application of the AfDB operational safeguard policies (0S2): Involuntary Resettlement (OS1): Environmental Assessment (OS3): Biodiversity and ecosystem services, (OS4): Pollution prevention and control Greenhouse gases, Resources Efficiency (OSS): Labour conditions, Health and Safety on AfDB funded projects.
  • It is also the policy of the AfDB that its financed project must comply with Regional Member Countries (RMC) environmental and social legislation and regulations.
  • Proven experience of local presence in the project area will be an added advantage.
  • Knowledge of gender issues in development particularly GBV including ethical considerations when researching on GBV and relevant international human right standards.
  • Proficiency in English/local languages.

The attention of interested consultant is drawn to AfDB’s Procurement Regulations for investment project financing (IPF) and setting forth the AfDB policy and conflict of Interest.

Consultant may associate with other firms to enhance their qualifications, but should indicate clearly whether the association is in the form of a joint venture and/or a sub consultancy. In the case of a joint ventures, all the partners in the joint venture all, the joints and severally liable for the entire contract, if selected.

A consultant will be selected in accordance with the CQS method set out in the Procurement Regulations. Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours 1.e 08.00 to 1600 hours).

Expression of Interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below in person or courier mail on or before 12 noon, Prompt 24, September 2019.

Taraba State Project Implementation Unit (SPIU)
Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP)
Dan – tsoho street, Old GRA, Jalingo Taraba State.
Email Address: – tarabaraamp02@gmail.com
Contact Person: – Engr. U.S Jeremiah
Phone No:- 08024073131/08074217979

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