1.11.2017. - Call for experts

Call for experts
Preparation of Smart Ohrid Cost Benefit Assessment

The Center for environmental research and information “Eko-svest” is seeking experts or a group of experts for the preparation of the Smart Ohrid Pre-Feasibility Cost Benefit Assessment.

This call is open until the 10th of November 2017. Experts, or a group of experts are required to submit their offer, CVs (curriculum vitae) of all experts to be involved in the task, a time schedule for the deliverables and a price for the task to be undertaken. A detailed Terms of Reference is attached to this call.

Offers must be submitted in electronic format, to stojan@ekosvest.com.mk no later than EOB on the 10th of November 2017. Questions about this call can be addressed by e-mail to stojan@ekosvest.com.mk no later than the 7th of November 2017.

Terms of reference
Smart Ohrid Cost Benefit Assessment

The general aim of the “Smart Ohrid” concept is to demonstrate the practical possibilities and benefits from implementing sustainable public transport schemes and plans in the Ohrid region, in order to avoid environmental damage while at the same time stimulate and enhance touristic development in the region.

Additionally, a broader aim is to raise awareness about the various sustainable solutions for transport and tourism in natural protected areas as well as the benefits from those.

Within the framework of the Smart Ohrid pre-feasibility study, a cost benefit assessment (SOCBA in the text that follows) is foreseen in order to evaluate and describe the economic costs and benefits of the proposed infrastructures within the concept.

An outline of the proposed content of the SOCBA is attached to these Terms of Reference.

The SOCBA will provide relevant decision makers with sufficient information to justify acceptance, modification or rejection of the Smart Ohrid concept.

It will inform the policies of relevant authorities so as to lead to a feasibility study and eventual adoption and implementation of the concept proposals.

More narrowly, it will form the basis for judging the economic aspects of scenarios that have been previously developed within the wider pre-feasibility study that the SOCBA is part of.

The study will deliver a set of cost benefit calculations, using a consistent methodology, of the three scenarios that have been developed within the Smart Ohrid pre-feasibility study.

The consultants are required to use their professional judgment and experience to review all relevant factors and to bring these to the attention of the Contracting Authority.

On the basis of the proposed time schedule outlined in this Terms of Reference, the consultants should prepare a work plan and include it in their offer. The work plan should set out the consultants’ approach to the quantification of the costs and benefits of the three transport alternatives proposed by the previous assessments undertaken as part of the Smart Ohrid project.

The consultants must specify the qualifications and experience of each specialist to be assigned to the study. For each specialist proposed, a Curriculum Vitae must be provided of no more than four pages setting out the relevant experience.

The study conclusions must be presented in the SOCBA in the format given in Appendix 1.

The draft SOCBA is to be presented to the Project coordinator in Eko-svest for comments by the 24th of November, 2017. Within 3 days, comments on the draft SOCBA will be provided.

The experts will take account of these comments in preparing the final SOCBA. The final report in English in electronic version (word format) is to be submitted by the 1st of December.

The experts should respond to this time schedule in their offer.

  Appendix I

Smart Ohrid Pre-Feasibility Technical Assessment, proposed components

Project Background

1. Study Goals, Objectives and Methodology (including defining the scope of the project). Analysis timeframe: until 2030.

2. Cost-Benefit assessment of the three alternatives proposed by the technical assessment. Components to be taken into account include, but are not limited to: capital costs, travel-time savings, vehicle operating cost savings, safety benefits, ecosystem services, economic development benefits, congestion charging options.

3. Conclusions and Recommendations

Maximum length excluding appendices: 5000 words.



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