EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR PROJECT IDENTIFICATION CONSULTANT

Introduction

Responding to the continuing Syrian refugee crisis, the Employment Intensive Infrastructure Project in Lebanon (EIIP) aims to create jobs for vulnerable Lebanese host community members and Syrian refugees through construction and maintenance of locally prioritised infrastructure, where Local Resource-Based Technology (LRBT) and Decent Work strategies are chief strategies. ILO is the lead UN agency during project implementation, working in close partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Social Affairs, with funding provided by the German government through KfW.

The EIIP has been operating in Lebanon since 2017 and is currently starting its 5th phase in the country.

Against this backdrop, the ILO is looking for a Project Assessment consultant, who will carry out an study on how EIIP can improve its assessment and management of field projects.

The infrastructure projects, located across the country, are selected through an identification process with transparent selection criteria. After this at feasibility stage a further assessment is carried out to mitigate risk. After which the project moves into design, tendering and construction implementation.

Secondly EIIP is managing an agricultural infrastructure programme targeting vulnerable farms. This is a joint programme with the MoA: Green Plan, implemented by a national NGO and delivered by contractors.

This consultancy includes making recommendations on the best way to carry out the joint field assessments for farmer/ farm selection and how to optimise the management of the project implementation.

The consultancy will comprise a desk- based analysis of the practice of the previous phase in this regard. Meetings with key stakeholders and sample project site visits to understand the nature of the work.

Scope of Work

The consultancy will provide recommendations on the best way to conduct feasibility assessments, with specific recommendations for the agricultural infrastructure component. All in order to minimise selection risk and improve effectiveness of project delivery.

The exercise will include desk-based research from previous reports and documentation. Interviews with key stakeholders (Government ministries, partners, staff, municipalities, communities, & special interest groups).

The risks include (but not exclusive too): organisational, environmental, safety, social, partisanship, functionality, duplication.

Conduct project site visits to a selected sample of projects to understand the nature of the work and the requirements of the project assessments. It is also crucial to take into account the gender perspective and make sure that the sample selected include women who have participated in the project.

A final presentation and report is required, comprising the research information and recommendations.

Output 1: Project Assessments.

Output 1A: Recommendations on project feasibility assessments. (9 days inc. 2 days site visits)

The process of completing an infrastructure project comprises: Project identification, selection, feasibility, procurement, technical design, construction, supervision, completion and handover.

This consultancy is to examine the feasibility stage and recommend a methodology that allows for.

Participation of beneficiaries, communicated, special needs groups.

Check for project duplication, partisanship, works are for public use.

Output one will summarise the existing practice and recommend a straightforward assessment methodology for the feasibility stage that can be carried out by EIIP staff in a day’s visit.

Site visit would be to typical EIIP projects (e.g. agricultural and paved roads, municipal building, SDC/CDC)

Output 1B: Making a project assessment for two specific potential locations. (5 days inc. 2 site visits)

EIIP is considering working at two additional potential project locations, in order to determine the most applicable projects from a shortlist, an established project identification criteria needs to be applied. The consultant needs to apply this criteria for the potential projects and then to apply the new project feasibility assessment (from Output 1A), to assist EIIP to choose the most valid project.

Output 2A: Agricultural Infrastructure Assessment (6 days inc. 1 days site visits)

The agricultural infrastructure component consists of managing a programme providing agricultural infrastructural support to farms for 1200 vulnerable farmers in Lebanon. To enhance that the farmer selection process carried out by the ILO, its Implementing partner and the Green Plan.  Under an agreed village farmer selection process administered by the Green Plan, MOA.  ILO and its partners would conduct field assessments of the target farms. This consultancy would recommend the most effective way to conduct these field assessments, together with the best management set up for maximising the effectiveness of the construction implementation stage. The recommendations would include how to strengthen the management of the project. Which includes the roles and responsibilities of the contracted parties (contractors, consultant, supervisors, project team), and how to address any gaps in the setup (technical ability, number of staff, quality assurance).

Site visits would be to typical farms to show the variation in infrastructure and topography.

Output 2B: Famers’ Market Engagement Analysis. (5 days inc. 1 day site visit)

This study will analyse how the agricultural value chain can be incorporated into assessing agricultural related infrastructure projects. It includes carrying out a Farmers’ market engagement analysis for one specific existing EIIP project site.

The methodology should include participatory interviews with local stakeholders, reaching out to agricultural experts within ILO and externally as recommended.

Output 3: Flood Mitigation Assessment (4 days inc. 1 day site visit)

EIIP is considering a flood mitigation project to reduce the impact of flash flooding in a mountainous area. The project builds on a previous intervention. The project would comprise construction of labour-based flood reduction infrastructures to reduce water run-off.

An assessment to check the viability of the project would be carried out, using desk studies of Existing studies, deigns and documentations and a site visit to the area.

Report Submission: (2 days) 

Compiling draft report, submission, revising report based on ILO feedback, final report and  presentation

The total time allocated to this assignment is 36 days (inc. 7 days site visits).

Timeline and Contract Administration

The assignment shall be conducted before December 31st 2023. Payment schedule will be effected upon approval.

  1. Output 1: 25%
  2. Output 2: 45%
  3. Output 3: 30%

Competency

Education: A degree or diploma in Agriculture, Engineering, Sociology, Economics, Community Development, or other relevant field.

Experience

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience
  • Good knowledge of EIIP local resource-based approaches and labour-intensive work would be considered an advantage
  • Good knowledge of the Infrastructure and Agricultural Sector in the Lebanese context.
  • Experience of facilitating and organizing meetings at local level
  • Experience of designing and conducting participatory based assessments
  • Experience in assessing gender equality aspects and their effects on the project impact.
  • Ability to use MS Office software programs.
  • Previous experience involving the UN or other international organisations would be considered an advantage.
  • Languages

Excellent command of English and Arabic.

Other conditions of work

Use of own vehicle etc.

Consultant will use his/her own transport to worksites and must have access to computer, internet and communication facilities on daily basis.

Insurance

The ILO accepts no liability in the event of death, injury or illness of the External Collaborator. The External Collaborator attests that he/she is adequately covered by insurance for these risks. In no circumstances shall the External Collaborator be covered by any ILO insurance and it is his/her responsibility to take out, at his/her own expense, any personal insurance policies he/she may consider necessary, including a civil liability insurance policy.

Unsatisfactory or incomplete work

In the event that the work provided for in this contract is unsatisfactory or fails to conform to the conditions set out above, the ILO reserves the right, as appropriate, to interrupt it, to request that it will be corrected or modified, or to refuse to accept it. In such cases partial payments may be made in consideration of the work performed to the satisfaction of the ILO/EIIP CTA and the contract shall be terminated accordingly.

Termination of contract

In case of fraud, manipulation and/ or misconduct the Social Safeguards Consultant will be considered resigned from work upon receiving a written notice. The contract may be terminated by the ILO if the EXCOL fails to perform his/her duties listed in the above ToR to the satisfaction of the ILO. The contract may also be terminated if the consultant committed one or more acts of gross negligence.

In case of early termination of the contract, ILO will only be responsible to compensate for the portion of work completed to the satisfaction of ILO.

For more information on the EIIP Lebanon, please refer to the below link:

https://www.eiiplebanon.com/

How to apply

Interested Consultants should submit the following documents by email to [email protected] , by COB 9 Nov 2023.

  1. Detailed Resume of personnel working on the assignment.
  2. Cover Letter, highlighting relevant work.
  3. Copy of National Passport.
  4. Methodology and work plan
  5. Financial Fee (in the form of a daily rate that covers all costs and fees for the consultant).

Remuneration

The contract ceiling is USD 11,550(33 days X $350/Day incl. Transportation Cost). Payments will be made upon delivery of outputs and a comprehensive final report including the evaluation criterions for the screening of projects, in addition to a clear justification for the selection of each targeted project to the satisfaction of the ILO.

NB weekly reports must be received by ILO by CoB each Friday.

Completeness, timeliness and quality of reports will be assessed before payment is released.

Expired
Deadline
Thursday, 09. Nov 2023
Type of Call
Call for Applications
Intervention Sector(s):
Development
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