Energy & Electrification Consultant – Myanmar

The development of the National Electrification Plan (NEP) for Myanmar supported by the World Bank (WB) through a series of capacity building and Technical Assistance (TA) activities includes a review of electricity tariffs and subsidy mechanisms. The 2nd Phase of Poverty and Social Impacts Analysis (PSIA) outlined here is intended to support this process by deepening the initial round of PSIA analysis completed in October 2014.

The qualitative analysis under Phase II has two complementary objectives.

1. To provide more in depth inputs to the design of subsidy schemes/tariff structure with a focus on:
a. Improved access for poor and marginalized areas and households under NEP (including subsidies for village connections under the SRE approach and subsidies for home connection in urban wards).
b. Providing adequate support to SMEs to minimize negative impacts noted under Phase I for medium sized businesses with a focus on the quality and reliability of electricity service.

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Business Plan Development – Maternal & Child Death

The Global Financing Facility (GFF) supports countries in their efforts to mobilize additional domestic and international resources required to scale up and sustain essential health services for women, children and adolescents.

The objective of this consultancy is to support the GFF Business Planning Team lead by the Bank to support the Development and Launch of the Business Plan for the GFF through a consultative process involving several front runner countries, development partners and interested Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Adolescent and Child Health (RMNCAH) stakeholders.

See full tender here: Business Plan Development Maternal & Child Death

Expression of Interest Deadline: 06 December 2014

GAFSP Announces $107 Million in Grants to Fight Hunger and Poverty

WASHINGTON, November 24, 2014—Partners in the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) today announced $107 million in grants to five countries−Benin, Bhutan, Kenya, Laos PDR, and Timor Leste−for country-led initiatives to increase agriculture productivity, reduce poverty, and improve food and nutrition security.TF - GAFSP Continue reading

Procurement Review Consultations

Tuesday, November 18, the World Bank Procurement Team visited the Netherlands to discuss the progress being made with the Procurement Review. Now in its last stages, the procurement review seeks to update the procurement policy of the World Bank, which applies to countries who borrow resources from the World Bank. This was the third time the team visited the Netherlands, and the new policy will be presented for approval to the Board of Directors in January 2015. This was the last time both the Netherlands public and private sector were able to provide input. Continue reading

The MIGA

The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) is one of the five pillars of the World Bank Group, but its activities are slightly different compared to the World Bank and IFC. It provides political risk insurance to investors and lenders against losses caused by noncommercial risks. The noncommercial risks that can be insured under MIGA insurance are (1) currency inconvertibility and transfer restriction, (2) expropriation, (3) war and civil disturbance, including terrorism, (4) breach of contract and (5) the non-honoring of financial obligations. In this sense, the services provided by the MIGA can be compared to a part of the services provided on Dutch national level by Atradius Dutch State Business (however, MIGA does not provide export credit insurance).

The MIGA – Something for you?
Every Dutch company is able to request coverage by the MIGA as the Netherlands is a member state of the World Bank Group. The projects that can be covered have to take place in the 155 developing member states of the World Bank Group and typical political risk insurances from the MIGA comprise a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 15 years or, occasionally, 20 years. The premiums for insurance are set based upon various elements such as country, sector, type of risk, etc. Note that as part of the World Bank Group, MIGA does have certain development criteria to which the investment project should adhere.

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PPP Capacity Development – Indonesia

The World Bank is looking for institutional consultants to assist in strengthening the mandate and capacity of the Indonesian Ministry of Finance (MoF) to fulfill its role in the national PPP Program Development Unit.

The objective is to support the Government of Indonesia (GOI) through the Ministry of Finance in designing and enhancing the function of the MoF PPP Center/ Unit based on an appropriate mandate within the MoF to:
(i)Allow the MoF to enhance its functions in the selection and approval phase of PPs project based on objective criteria and existing PPPs law;
(ii) Improve the efficiency of capital expenditure in infrastructure provision with a particular focus on the improved use of PPPs in accelerated, coordinated and rational manner;
(iii)Coordinate and lead the various public finance instruments availability in order to support of PPP Projects.

See full tender here: PPP Capacity Development – Indonesia

Expression of Interest Deadline: 11 December 2014

Interns Netherlands embassy visit World Bank

The interns and trainees at the Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C. paid a visit to the World Bank on Thursday, November 13. The twelve young professionals, varying in background from defense specialists to circular economy expert, from economists to agriculturists, spoke to various Dutch World Bank staffers.

interns at WBGMost of the interns had little knowledge about the World Bank prior to their visit. While doing their internships at the embassy, their primary focus is the United States. Everyday work quickly piles up, giving them little time to look outside of their specific sectors. On Thursday, however, half a day was set aside to learn more about this Bretton Woods institute.

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Impact Evaluation Climate Resilient Agriculture & Food Security – Bangladesh

IFC Bangladesh intends to conduct an impact evaluation of the PPCR- Climate Resilient Agriculture and Food Security project. It will conduct a longitudinal assessment involving baseline, midline, and endline surveys of farmers and agribusinesses involved in the project. Analysis will include a comparison scenario of the control and the treatment group, before and after interventions effect, and a forecasting trend of the outcome.

Components: 1) Capacity building of lead firms (agribusiness) to better cope with climate change risks in the supply chain; 2) Capacity building of farmers to better cope with climate change induced production risks; 3) Cyclone Index Insurance

See full tender here: Impact Evaluation Climate Resilient Agriculture & Food Security – Bangladesh

Expression of Interest Deadline: 23 November 2014