Business Development Consultant – Netherlands

The Paris Office of IFC’s Western Europe Department is looking to hire the services of a consulting firm (the Firm) with an in-depth knowledge of the Dutch corporate market. The Firm will support the identification of Dutch corporate prospects. In addition, the Firm is expected to come up with a priority list of target companies and contacts at a senior level leading to the generation of new business opportunities for IFC.

The Assignment’s objective is to provide services to
(i) Support CWE in the effective promotion of IFC’s capabilities in the Netherlands;
(ii) Propose a methodical and focused approach to Business Development in The Netherlands across the IFCs sectors of activity;
(iii) Earmark and prioritize Dutch corporations having expansion plans in emerging markets and facilitate contacts at the top within these firms

See full tender here: Business Development Consultant – Netherlands

Expression of Interest Deadline: 28 March 2015

World Bank Apps

The frequent reaApp-bouwenders of our blog know that we try to help you as much as possible in doing business with the World Bank. The Bank has developed multiple apps to help you as well. In this blog we will provide you with a quick overview of World Bank apps which we think are beneficial to doing business with the World Bank.

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Additional Financing Urban Water Sector Project – Burkina Faso

On May 28, 2009, the World Bank Group board of directors approved the Urban Water Sector Project for Burkina Faso. The overall objective of the project was to contribute to the achievement of the water and sanitation Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by increasing sustainable access to water and sanitation services in urban areas. This will be pursued by: (a) facilitating access to services through subsidized programs for constructing water service connections and public standpipes and on-site sanitation facilities; and (b) consolidating the achievements of the reform of the urban water supply sub-sector and strengthening capacities to deliver and manage services.

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Hebei Rural Renewable Energy Project – China

China’s economy has experienced remarkable growth over the past several decades, but this growth has been accompanied by an increase in social and environmental challenges.

Hebei, as one of China’s leading agricultural provinces, is endowed with abundant resources for agricultural biomass and has a large production of livestock. The negative environmental impacts of the intensive farming and concentrated livestock production in Hebei basically reflect the overall situation in China, with Hebei experiencing even heavier pollution as a result of rapid agricultural growth. In addition, around 40 million rural residents in Hebei largely rely on coal and wood-fuel for individual household cooking and heating. This also results in heavy indoor pollution and serious health problems.

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Water Security & Services Consultant – Brazil

The World Bank is looking for a consultant to perform a study to improve water security and services in the Brazilian state of Paraíba. The study will support the State of Paraíba in preparing a strategic action plan to improve water security and access to water services. This will include development of an investment plan and recommendations for state policies, instruments and management models with regard to water resources management, water services regulation and provision in order to support sustainable, resilient and inclusive development.

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Health Systems Project – Albania

Albania experienced rapid economic development, joining the ranks of middle-income countries in 2008. However, the global financial crisis severely affected Albania, with remittances and other inflows sharply declining. GDP growth slowed to an average of less than 3 percent between 2009 and 2012.

Key health system performance indicators in Albania are mixed. While health outcomes are relatively strong by regional standards, financial protection of households against high out-of-pocket payments (OOP) is relatively weak, and quality of care is a significant concern. Also hospital reforms are required to better plan and adapt service capacity to needs, strengthen management and governance, and improve efficiency and quality of care. The quality and outcome of clinical service provision in Albania is poor. The quality of medical care is highly variable across different providers, and contributes to sub-optimal health outcomes. Continued and accelerated use of information technology is needed to improve efficiency and quality.

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World Bank Annual Report 2014

Want to learn more about the World Bank, their operations and outcomes? We recommend you read this report.Annual Report 2014 Cover

The Annual Report 2014 focuses on two of the World Bank Group’s institutions: The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). 

Visit the World Bank annual report page for more information.


Consultant Water Supply System – Liberia

With the support of WSP / WB, the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) intends to carry out the Design Review for the rehabilitation of Monrovias water supply system (Phase 1) and feasibility Study for water supply and sanitation improvements for the cities of Harbel, Gbarnga and Ganta Consultancy (Phase 2).

This assignment has a double objective: (i) provide a rapid design review of the Monrovia water and sewer distribution system and propose an urgent rehabilitation plan taking into consideration the reduction of non-revenue water in the system (phase 1) and (ii) assess the feasibility of the water supply and sanitation infrastructure improvements for the secondary cities of Harpel, Gbarnga, and Ganta (phase 2)

See full tender here: Consultant Water Supply System – Liberia

Expression of Interest Deadline: 05 February 2015


Waste to Energy Consultant – Bangladesh

IFC is looking forward to hire one firm/institution for Short Term Consultant (STC) work to support the establishment of the Green Energy Knowledge Hub in Bangladesh.

This Knowledge Hub will serve as the anchor to provide information to the industry on the latest developments, support in operation of existing plants and help in putting up new plants. The Knowledge Hub will also offer space for interested vendors to display their products/ technology.

See full tender here: Waste to Energy Consultant – Bangladesh

Expression of Interest Deadline: 29 January 2015

The World Bank & Public Private Partnerships

As you may have read, the concept of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) has become a Cross-Cutting Solution Area (CCSA) for the World Bank. This means that since this summer, there is a specific department within the bank that deals with PPPs.
Although the concept of PPPs as such is not new at all, it is often a virtually waterunknown instrument for many governments in developing countries and emerging markets. After all, something is either built by the government, or by the private sector. And if it is built by the government but used by the private sector, the population may think foul play is at hand!
In certain situations, and in certain locations, a PPP may very well be a good solution to bring much-needed services to the people, to kickstart economic activity, or to achieve something either party could not otherwise afford to do by itself, for example building a road or collecting trash. At the same time, a PPP is not always the right approach – it is not a panacea that can simply be the answer to every challenge posed. For many governments and private sector parties alike, it is hard to make the right call when it comes to PPPs: is it the appropriate tool in this situation, in this context, in this location, and with these actors? To help answer that all-important question, the World Bank has created a resource center on Public Private Partnerships: Although it focuses primarily on infrastructure projects, it can be used by a much broader audience.
The resource center has examples of regulatory frameworks, policies and laws, examplesof agreements, leases, joint ventures and management contract. It has sector information for sectors such as clean technology , solid waste, transportation and water. Financing, also an important issue, is another topic it has information on, such as financing mechanisms, risk allocation, various sources of financing, and government risk management.
In sum, if you are thinking of entering into a PPP, if your governmental counterpart is proposing setting up a PPP, or if you would simply like to find whether PPPs would work in your sector and for your company, visit the World Bank’s PPP resource center.