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Request for expressions of interest (consulting services - firms sellection)

21/07/2023

C2.1.17: Assessment of EE equipment market, support to EE equipment suppliers on the market identification, business plan development, skill improvement for sales and taking care of customers after sales and awareness raising on the use of high efficiency equipments for IEs

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam has received a grant from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) through the World Bank (WB) for the Vietnam Scaling Up Energy Efficiency Project (VSUEE Project). The project will provide TA to support the implementation of VNEEP’s targets and the Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation measures in the industrial and energy sector. In addition, capacity building activities will address the knowledge, institutional, and capacity-building needs of the relevant stakeholders in the management and development of a national mechanism and policies on EE. Those efforts will be accompanied by the establishment of a risk-sharing facility, backed by a GCF Guarantee instrument, which aims to address current regulatory barriers to access commercial capital, mobilize local bank financing, and encourage stakeholders such as industrial enterprises and commercial banks to implement projects and develop an EE investment market. The project consists of two components: (i) GCF Risk Sharing Facility; (ii) Technical Assistance. The VSUEE Project Management Board (PMB) intends to use part of its grant to recruit a qualified consultant firm to gather information and data related to EE equipment market, identify and analyze the issues, problems and barriers which prevent the development of EE equipment market. This assignment is also aimed to support the EE equipment suppliers accelerate the integration of EE equipment to industrial sectors as well as other sectors, to raise awareness on the use of high energy efficiency equipments for IEs.
The consulting services (“the Services”) include the following  tasks, namely (i) Desk review; (ii) Survey plan and implementation; (iii) Comprehensive analysis; (iv) Business/ Marketing development plan and skill improvement for sales; (v) Organize training courses and marketing activities for energy saving equipments based on the approved business plans and other activities in order to raise awareness on the use of high energy efficiency equipment for the industrial enterprises and; (vi) Evaluate the effectiveness of the activities conducted and assess the potential for scaling up EE projects and sale of EE equipment. The estimated implementation time of this consulting task is 18 months, expected  to start from October 2023 with possible extension based on the need and Consultant’s performance and project extension.
The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be obtained at the address given below.
The VSUEE Project Management Board now 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 and attachment the business license of firm. The shortlisting criteria are: 
(i) At least five (5) years of work experience in energy or energy efficiency consultancy of the industry sector
(ii) Over the past 5 years, the consultant should have demonstrated relevant experience leading and delivering 3 projects dealing with energy or energy efficiency consultancy of the industry sector in Vietnam;
(iii) Experienced in the technology transfer process and training to raise awareness on the use of high energy efficiency equipment for the industrial enterprises, experienced in EE equipment market assessment would be an advantage
(iv) Experienced in ODA projects consulting services on energy or energy efficiency, which is funded by the international donors such as WB, ADB, GIZ, UNIDO, DANIDA ,etc, experience working with MoIT is preferred.
This assignment will require the consultant to assemble a strong team experienced on the topics above, which collectively brings the range of skills needed for the different tasks (e.g. energy, industrial engineering, legal/regulatory, environmental science, economics, etc).
The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to Section III, paragraphs, 3.14, 3.16, and 3.17 of the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” July 2016, revised November 2017 (“Procurement Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.  
 Consultants may associate with other firms to enhance their qualifications, but should indicate clearly whether the association is in the form of a joint venture and/or a sub-consultancy. In the case of a joint venture, all the partners in the joint venture shall be jointly and severally liable for the entire contract, if selected.
A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the CQS method set out in the Procurement Regulations.
Further information can be obtained from VSUEE Project Management Board via email: vsueemoit@gmail.com during the hours from 09:00 a.m. to 17:00 p.m. in working days.
Expressions of Interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below in person (or by Post, or Email)  by 16:00 on August 01, 2023.
Project Management Board of Vietnam Scaling up Energy Efficiency Project,  Room 510, Building A, Ministry of Industry and Trade, 54 Hai Ba Trung str., Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam
E-mail address: vsueemoit@gmail.com

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