The Kano State Government has received financing from the Agence Francaise de Developpement (“AFD”) to support the implementation of the 3rd National Urban Water Sector Reform Project in Kano State. Kano State Water Board (KnSWB) the Implementing Agency on behalf of the Kano State Government, intends to use part of the funds thereof for payments for the following Consultancy services under the project:

Detailed Engineering Design & Supervision Consultancy Services.

The scope of the Consultancy services shall be in two Phases, generally comprising the following.
1.  Phase 1: Studies, Detailed Engineering Design and Preparation of Bidding Documents:
(a) Studies and assessment of the existing water supply situation and infrastructure serving the Greater Kano area to confirm the scope of rehabilitation and upgrading of the water supply system under the project. The works contemplated under the project consist of:
(i) Upgrading and improvement of water intake, production, transmission and storage facilities including:
• Rehabilitation of Water Works (Challawa 2 and 3 + Tamburawa);
• Construction of new Intake on Challawa River + transmission line to Challawa WTP;
• Power Supply for Challawa complex and raw water pumping stations;
• Completion works and commissioning of 1000DI transmission line from Challawa Complex to Goran Dutse Reservoirs:
• Construction of New Storage Capacity 5000 m3 in Bompai Hill and Transmission.
• Construction of New DI400DI pipeline covering 20km length
(ii) Upgrading and densification of distribution network including:
• Improvement of the primary and secondary network.
• Replacement of 41,000 connections, creation of 12,500 new connections and installation of meters.

The Project area is Greater Kano, particularly the area currently covered by the existing distribution network of Kano State Water Board.
(b) Development of a Procurement Plan for Works and Goods in consultation with KnSWB to fast-track priority procurements. This activity may be implemented in 2 or more lots as necessary to fast-track certain portions of the work.
( c) Preparation of preliminary and detailed design packages and cost estimates of the proposed contracts for Works and Goods
(d) Preparation of bidding documents for the various Works and Goods contracts.
( e) Preparation of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Resettlement Action Plans (RAP) as appropriate.

2.  Phase 2: Tendering Process, Construction Supervision and Contract Administration:
(a) Tendering and award of the various Works and Goods Contracts.
(b) Construction Supervision and Contract Administration Services for the various Contracts to ensure quality and cost control and ensure conformance to Contract specifications.
The rough estimate of Key Experts’ time-input is:
• Phase 1:40 person-months
• Phase 2 :140 person-months.

Completion of Phase 1 is contemplated over a period of 10 months. Phase 2 is forecasted to last 24 months. Due to the desire of Kano State Government to fast-track certain elements of the work, implementation of some Works and Goods Contracts may commence while detailed design of other components is still underway. Payment will be Lump-sum for Phase 1 and Time-based for Phase 2. These figures are indicative and will be confirmed in the Request for Proposals.

KnSWB hereby invites Applicants to express their interest in delivering the Services described above.
This Request for Expressions of Interest (Eol) is open to: Consulting Firms or Joint Venture of Consulting firms.

Eligibility criteria for AFD financed projects are specified in sub-clause 1.3 of the “Procurement Guidelines for AFD Financed Contracts in Foreign Countries”, available online on AFD’s website: http://www.afd.fr

The Applicants shall submit only one application, either in its own name or as a member of a Joint Venture (JV). If an Applicant (including any JV member) submits or participates in more than one application, those applications shall be all rejected. However, the same Sub-consultant may participate in several applications. If the Applicant is a JV, the expression of interest shall include:
• a copy of the JV Agreement entered into by all members; or
• a letter of intent to execute a JV Agreement, signed by all members together with a _ copy of the Agreement proposal. In the absence of this document, the other members will be considered as Sub-consultants. Experiences and qualifications of Sub-consultants are not taken into account in the evaluation of the applications.

Interested Applicants must provide information evidencing that they are qualified and experienced to perform those Services. For that purpose, documented evidence of recent and similar services shall be submitted.

Determination of the similarity of the experiences will be based on:
• The contracts size;
• The nature of the Services: preparation of feasibility studies, detailed technical studies and production of detailed engineering designs, preparation of Bidding Documents, works supervision, for value of works amounting approximately $US 50 Million.
• The technical area and expertise: Engineering services for the preparation and f implementation of infrastructure projects in the field of drinking water supply or sewerage.
• The location of the project: In similar geographical regions (Sub-Saharan Africa). If in Nigeria, specify the State, or if outside Nigeria specify client’s country and language of communication.
The firm/joint venture shall present 10 maximum completed or ongoing relevant similar assignments performed during the last 10 years only. There shall be at least 3 assignments for which the value of the consultancy services, performed by the firm or a member of the JV, must be equivalent to at least USD 1.5 million. For each similar assignment presented, the consultant shall provide a letter from the client with the name of the project,, date(s) of execution, name(s) of lead and associate firms, contract amount and financing sources.

The Client will also take into account for the evaluation of the applications the following items:
• Skills and availability of in-house technical back-up experts provided to the on-site experts;
• Local representatives/partners;
• Quality assurance procedures and certifications of the Applicant ISO 9001 certification or equivalent, for at least the leading firm.

The EOI recommended structure is the following:
• General introduction about the leading firm and its potential partners;
• Justification of the JV: complementary capacities and key technical fields of the JV;
• Registration details of the firm or each member of the JV, ISO 9001 certification or equivalent;
• Audited financial accounts for last three years;
• List of relevant experiences and brief description of similar projects/assignments addressing the requirements described above;
• The Eol must not exceed 100 pages for each Applicant On character 10).
At this stage, CVs of experts must not be provided. In the final RFP to be shared with the shortlisted Applicants, it shall be noted that the involvement of national experts as Key Experts will be one of the criteria of technical evaluation of proposals. Due to the security risk in the areas where the Services are to be performed, the evaluation of Expressions of Interest will verify that the applications meet the following criteria:
• The Applicant has at least one experience providing services in an area with a similar security risk, for which it shall provide proof of implementation of security measures (invoice or contract with a security service provider, proof of security awareness training before departure on-site, etc.).
• The Applicant has set up internal security management procedures: it shall provide a description of its monitoring system and crisis management system.
• For services provided abroad, the Applicant has entered into an assistance and repatriation contract for its employees: it shall provide the certificate evidencing such contract.
• The Applicant shall describe its standard preparation process for departure on assignment in sensitive areas, and shall attach documents proving its implementation (service orders with related instructions, certificates of awareness-raising or training actions, etc.).

For a JV, its leader and any member that has its registered office outside the Client’s country shall fulfil each of these criteria. An application that does not meet any of these requirements will be rejected.
Among the submitted applications, Kano State Water Board will shortlist a maximum of six (6) Applicants, to whom the Request for Proposals to carry out the Services shall be sent. Kano State Government is not bound to shortlist any consultant

The Expressions of interest must be submitted to the address below not later than 12 noon on or before Wednesday 12 February 2020.

The submission must include a signed and unaltered “Statement of Integrity,  Eligibility and Environmental and Social Responsibility” which can be found online on AFD’s website: https://www.afd.fr/en/responding-bid-invitation

Submissions must be provided 5 hard copies (1 original and 4 copies) and an electronic copy on memory stick.

Submissions are to be send to: The Managing Director, Kano State Water Board.

Project Coordinator, Project Implementation Unit.
Kano State Water Board,
No. 675, Kofar Nassarawa, Kano,
Engr. Abdul’azeez Umar Office Complex,
P.O. Box 3501, Kano – Nigeria.
Telephone: 0807-924-2424
E-mail: knwaterboard@gmail.com

Interested Applicants may obtain further information at the address below during office hours:
9:00am to 4:00pm at the indicated address below:
Kano State Water Board,
No. 675, Kofar Nassarawa, Kano,
Engr. Abdul’azeez Umar Office Complex.
P. O. Box 3501, Kano – Nigeria.
Telephone: 0807-924-2424
E-mail: knwaterboard@gmail.com