GENERAL PROCUREMENT NOTICE
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Citizens' Charter Elements Project
Grant No.: Being Applied
Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation & Development (MRRD)
Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG)
Project ID No.: P155497
Procurement of Goods, Works, Consultancy and Non-Consultancy Services for the Project components under the MRRD
The Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) intends to apply for a grant (amount to be determined) from the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund routed through the World Bank towards the cost of the Citizens' Charter Elements Project, and it intends to apply part of the proceeds to payments for goods, works, related services and consulting services to be procured under this project.
In September 2015, the Afghanistan’s Government of National Unity announced its intention to launch the Citizens' Charter as one of its twelve National Priority Programs (NPPs). The proposed objectives of the Charter are to: (i) contribute to the Unity Government’s efforts to break the cycle of fragility and violence, by deepening the legitimacy of the Afghan state and (ii) reduce poverty by providing universal access to a core set of basic services. The Citizens Charter intends to improve service delivery, provide greater responsiveness by the Government to the people and increase the level of public satisfaction with services. The Citizens Charter National Priority Program (CCNPP) would be a compact between the Government and its citizens that would ensure that all Afghans would receive a core set of basic development services that will help them to raise their productivity, secure their livelihoods, and improve the welfare of their families.
The CCNPP would focus on a limited number of basic services that can be provided across the whole country over ten years, spread over 3 phases of approximately 3.5 years each, and expected to start implementation in October 2016.
As of the time of publication of this General Procurement Notice (GPN), the CCEP is under the project preparation phase. The services under the CCEP that will fall under the direct responsibility of the MRRD are under discussion and may include the following:
- Election, facilitation and capacity building of the CDCs/ Cluster CDCs for 6 sectoral services
- Regular and periodic small fiscal transfers to the CDCs
- Service delivery (including small scale infrastructure) for the sectors of
- water and sanitation,
- flood control,
- rural connectivity,
- small scale irrigation, and
- rural renewable energy.
This General Procurement Notice (GPN) is being issued by the MRRD with regard to all procurement that will be undertaken under the CCEP. While there will be requirements for procurement of varied goods, works, non-consultancy and consultancy services under the CCEP, the initial procurement and the one considered most significant will be that of the procurement of Facilitating Partners (FPs). The FPs will be responsible for the mobilization of the communities, election and registration of the CDCs, training and capacity building for the CDCs and select community members in a variety of areas, and technical assistance in areas such as social audit, grievance handling etc.
Procurement of contracts financed by the World Bank will be conducted through the procedures as specified in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Procurement of Goods, Works & Non-Consulting Services under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers published by the Bank in January 2011, Revised July 1, 2014, and is open to all eligible bidders as defined in the guidelines. Consulting services will be selected in accordance with the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers published by the Bank in January 2011, Revised July 1, 2014.
As of now, the following large consulting contracts have been identified under the project:
- Consultants/NGOs for the facilitation of communities for the Citizens' Charter Phase One: Between 10 and 14 packages of communities, each spread across 1 to 3 provinces in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan, on a fixed cost selection basis per community.
- Individual consultants to serve as technical, policy, operations advisors for various periods.
- Consultants to conduct evaluations/ studies as may be identified.
- Consultants to prepare training materials as may be identified.
As of now, the following large Works, Goods and Non-Consulting Services contracts have been identified for procurement under the project:
- Specialized software and product licenses (to be determined after CCEP MIS requirements are finalized).
Specific procurement notices for contracts to be bid under the World Bank’s for consultancy services will be announced, as they become available, in UN Development Business, dgMarket, the Ministry website: www.mrrd.gov.af, NPA website www.ppu.gov.af and in the local Newspapers.