Preparation of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA),and...

Publish Date: Dec 15, 2018

Closing Date: Dec 16, 2018

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(Consulting Services – Firms Selection)

Country:                                Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Name of Project:                           Afghanistan Extractives for Development – AE4D

Grant/Loan Credit No.:         TF-A4809

Project ID:                              P159402

Assignment Title:                  Preparation of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), Site Specific Environmental & Social Management Plan (ESMP) for the Resettlement site and completion of the Supplementary Resettlement Action Plan (S-RAP) for the affected peoples of Aynak

Duration of Assignment:      Four months

Implementing Agency:          Ministry of Mines & Petroleum (MoMP)

Duty Station:             Kabul/Afghanistan

Contract Type:                      Lump Sum

Reference No.:                                    MOMP/CS-03-CQS-1398


Date: 12-Dec-2018


Ministry of Mines and Petroleum has received financing from the World Bank under Afghanistan Extractive for Development (AE4D) Grant/Loan Credit no. TF-A4809 and intends to proceeds of this credit/grant to payments under the contract for Preparation of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), Site Specific Environmental & Social Management Plan (ESMP) for the Resettlement site and completion of the Supplementary Resettlement Action Plan (S-RAP) for the affected peoples of Aynak as described further below;


The Ministry of Mines & Petroleum (MoMP) of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoA) is planning to undertake an Environment and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) study for the two resettlement sites for Aynak affected peoples, identified by the Independent Afghan Land Authority (ARAZI) and for the original resettlement site of Ashab Baba township, including preparation of an Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) for the selected site. A third deliverable of the assignment is completion of a Supplementary Resettlement Action Plan (S-RAP) for the affected people, based on an update of the Aynak Resettlement Action Plan of 2012. The ESIA study will focus on the following sites for resettlement in Mohammad Agha District, Logar Province:


  • Ashab Baba township (existing relocation site)
  • Dashte Mughal Khail
  • Barren Land beside Mohammad Agha District center


MoMP is seeking a competent Consulting Firm to carry out the ESIA, covering above three sites including a site-specific ESMP for the recommended relocation site and completion of the S-RAP for the affected people from villages in Mes Aynak Copper Project. A draft S-RAP is available, but it requires substantial modifications including a stock-taking of the implementation progress of the original RAP of 2012.


Further information on the scope of the services, you can access the outline of ToR under the above mentioned assignment title and reference number as Annex 1 to this REOI.


Ministry of Mines & Petroleum (MOMP) invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. (Brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.)  The shortlisting criteria are:



  1. The Consultant should be registered legal entity and should have business in providing Consultancy Services of similar or related assignments for at least five (5) years. (The consultant is required to provide the copy registration license).
  2. The consultant shall provide proven experience for a minimum of two contracts having executed during last 5 years of similar nature indicating the duration, value and years of performance, which should showcase the expertise/ strength of the consultant for undertaking such assignments. 
  3. Annual turnover for any of the last three years (2015, 2016 and 2017) should not be less than or equivalent to USD 200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand US Dollar). 
  4. Experience in Mining sector is preferable;
  5. Experiences in providing similar services in Afghanistan is preferable;
  6. Availability and CVs of the following key staff;

The ESIA, ESMP & RAP Team should reflect substantial environmental and social assessment experience with complementary skills and backgrounds and substantial experience in international financing projects and international standards. The Team will comprise the following minimum members and their respective minimum qualifications as below:


(a) Team Leader/ESIA & ESMP/RAP Expert

Key qualifications:

The ESIA & RAP Team Leader will have proven experience in the environmental and social impact assessment. S/he will have a minimum Master’s Degree qualification in social science (with experience in resettlement management), environmental science, engineering, natural resources management or a closely related field with a minimum of fifteen (15) years of experience in environmental and social impact assessment & RAP management. Experience in South Asia will be an advantage. The candidate should also have the following:

  • Experience in leading an expert team is essential;
  • Registered ESIA & RAP Practitioner in his/her home country;
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language (both spoken and written) and excellent communication skills;
  • Knowledge and/or familiarity with World Bank environmental and social policies and Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines;
  • Experience in conducting similar assignments with national agencies and international financing agencies in complex political and security contexts;
  • Experience from work in Afghanistan or the neighboring countries will be an asset.


 (b) Sociologist/Social Development Specialist


Key qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree (minimum) in Social Sciences, Sociology, or Anthropology or a related field;
  • 10 years of relevant work experience including conducting social impact assessments;
  • Extensive and varied experience of citizen engagement in complex political and security contexts and culturally conservative societies, especially with regard to the inclusion of women
  • Experience of international social safeguard policies work entailing land acquisition, legacy issues, and corporate risk is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with the land laws and relevant cultural policies of Afghanistan is desirable;
  • Excellent communication/interpersonal skills and ability to work in teams;
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language (both spoken and written) and excellent communication skills;

(c) Environmental Engineer/Scientist

Key qualifications:

  • A Master’s Degree (minimum) in Environmental Engineering or similar;
  • Have at least 10 years’ experience in environmental management and ESIA
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language (both spoken and written) and excellent communication skills.


(d) Community Participation/Gender Specialist/Social Development Specialist

Key Qualifications:

  • A graduate degree in International Development, Gender, Human Rights or a related field
  • 6-10 years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience and a record of accomplishment in working directly with local communities in complex political and security contexts is essential, especially with women.
  • Excellent communication/interpersonal skills
  • Fluent in Pashto/Dari with excellent spoken and written English – ability to write reports in English


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 January 2011 (“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. If consultants intend to associate with other Firms, they are advised to clearly identify the lead partner and state the composition and nature of the association (JV/sub-consultancy) in their EOI.

In case association between the firms is in the form of JV, the following requirements will strictly apply:

  • Only the firm meeting above criteria substantially shall act as the Lead Partner of the JV. In case, more than one firm meet the above criteria substantially, any of those firms can act as the Lead Partner.
  • The Consultant should specify which firm in the JV would provide the required Key Staff and how that firm is competent to provide such a Key Staff.
  • There is no such requirement if the association is in the form of sub-consultancy.


A consultant firm will be selected through Selection Based on Consultant Qualification based Selection in accordance with the procedures set out in the Consultant Guidelines.  

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours, i.e. 09:00 to 16:00 hours. Electronic queries will be entertained.


Submission of EOI

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, by mail, or by e-mail) by 16-Dec-2018 4:00hrs (Kabul Local Time) duly quoting the case’s reference number i.e. MOMP/CS-03-CQS-1398, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA).



Attention:  Abdul Sattar Afghan

Head of Consulting Services Department- Procurement Directorate

            Ministry of Mines & Petroleum - MoMP

Mobile: 0093 783 685 247

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