Road Sector Development Master Plan- Antigua and Barbuda

GOVERNMENT OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

MINISTRY OF WORKS AND HOUSING

SECOND ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE REHABILITATION AND INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY BUILDING

CONSULTANCY – ROAD SECTOR DEVELOPMENT MASTER PLAN

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

 

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda (GOAB) has applied for financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) towards the cost of Road Infrastructural Rehabilitation and Institutional Capacity Building and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of this financing to eligible payments under a contract for which this invitation is issued.  Payments by CDB will be made only at the request of GOAB and upon approval by CDB, and will be subject in all respects to the terms and conditions of the Financing Agreement.  The Financing Agreement prohibits withdrawal from the financing account for the purposes of any payment to persons or entities, or for any import of goods, if such payment or import, to the knowledge of CDB, is prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations.  No party other than GOAB shall derive any rights from the Financing Agreement or have any claim to the proceeds of the Financing.

The Ministry of Works and Housing (MWH), the Executing Agency, now wishes to procure consultancy services for a Road Sector Development Master Plan.  MWH is responsible for the planning, construction and maintenance of public roads.  The road network in Antigua and Barbuda is well established and consists of approximately 1,253 km of road, of which 436 km are unpaved and 817 are paved. 

The overall objective of the consultancy is to enhance MWH’s capacity to strategically improve planning, efficiency, social inclusion, climate resilience and management of the road infrastructure in Antigua and Barbuda. The duration of the assignment is expected to be for a period of nine (9) months.

The services to be conducted in accordance with generally accepted international standards and professional practices acceptable to GOAB.  The scope of the work will cover all activities necessary to accomplish the objectives of the consultancy.  A participating and consultative approach is to be adopted in the conduct of the services which will contribute to their completion in a timely manner.  A results-based approach is to be adopted in the conduct of the assignment, with outcome indicators identified in respect of the proposed capital works and technical assistance interventions, baseline data collected and targets established.

A multi-discipline consultancy firm, with expertise in civil engineering, hydrology, road engineering, surveying, geographic information systems, disaster risk management, climate change and environmental service as well as social and gender development will be contracted to perform the services to undertake the Master Plan.

It is envisaged that the scope of the services will be delivered in two phases:

   Phase I:  Situation Analyses, Needs Assessment and Preliminary Project Identification and Ranking

   Phase 2:  Master Planning

MWH will assist the consultant in establishing contacts and arrangements for meetings on both islands.

GOAB now invites interested eligible consulting firms to submit Expressions of Interest indicating qualification and experience required to provide these services.

Consultants shall be eligible to participate if:

(a) in the case of a body corporate, it is legally incorporated or otherwise organised in an eligible country, has its principal place of business in an eligible country and is more than 50 per cent beneficially owned by citizen(s) and/or bona fide resident(s) of eligible country(ies) or by a body(ies) corporate meeting these requirements;

(b) in the case of unincorporated firms, the persons are citizens or bona fide residents of an eligible country; and

(c) in all cases, the consultant has no arrangement and undertakes not to make any arrangements, whereby any substantial part of the net profits or other tangible benefits of the contract will accrue or be paid to a person not a citizen or bona fide resident of an eligible country.

Eligible countries are member countries of CDB.

The attention of interested consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of CDB’s Guidelines for the Selection and Engagement of Consultants (2011).

In the assessment of submissions, consideration will be given to technical competence, qualifications and experience, local and regional experience on similar assignments, financial capability and existing commitments.  All information must be submitted in English.  Further information may be obtained from the third address below between 0800 and 1600 hours, Mondays to Fridays.

Four (4) hard copies of the Expressions of Interest must be received at the first address no later than 1500 hours, local time, on January 26, 2018 and one hard copy must be sent simultaneously to CDB at the second address below.  The sealed envelope containing each submission should include the name and address of the applicant and shall be clearly marked “Expression of Interest – Consultancy – Road Sector Development Master Plan, Second Road Rehabilitation and Institutional Capacity Building Project”.

The selection method will be on the basis of Quality and Cost Based Selection, therefore, following the assessment of submissions, a shortlist of consultants will be drawn up comprising a minimum of three and a maximum of six applicants and will be provided with full terms of reference and invited to submit technical and financial proposals to undertake the assignment.  GOAB reserves the right to accept or reject late applications or to cancel the present invitation partially or in its entirety.   It will not be bound to assign any reason for not short-listing any applicant and will not defray any costs incurred by any applicant in the preparation and submission of Expressions of Interest.

 1.

Chairman, Tenders Board
Ministry of Finance and Corporate Governance
Government Office Complex
Queen Elizabeth Highway
St. John’s
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
Tel: + (268) 562-5825 / 5826
Fax: + (268) 562-1717
Email: tenders.board@ab.gov.ag

 2.

Procurement Officer
Procurement Policy Unit
Caribbean Development Bank
P.O. Box 408, Wildey
St. Michael
BARBADOS, W.I.
Tel: + (246) 431-1600
Fax: + (246) 426-7269
Email: procurement@caribank.org

 3.

Project Coordinator
Ministry of Works and Housing
St. John’s Street
St. John’s
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
Tel: + (268) 562-1867
Fax: + (268) 462-4622
Email: projectcoordinator.works@ab.gov.ag