eC2: Analysis of and support to health service delivery at sub-national levels

Deadline: 26-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Analysis of planning, budgeting and executing for basic health services (including maternal-and-child-healthcare-shofco-dec18-4489management of demand side care services such as maternity incentive scheme and procurement of medicines/equipment). The analysis will be based on prepared information collection instruments, data forms, records of interviews with stakeholders and direct observation. The methodology will be a mix of quantitative and qualitative methodology.
Regular (quarterly) visits to a panel of selected municipalities over a period of about 1 year for one entire cycle from implementing 2018/2019 budget to planning/approval of 2019/2020 budget. The municipalities would be selected to represent the different provinces and different ecological zones (lowlands, hills, and mountainous). The participation of the municipalities would be voluntary. Municipalities with active support from other development partners in health sector planning and budgeting would not be appropriate.
As an input to the 2019/2020 budget cycle, advisory support to the relevant authorities in the panel of municipalities in terms of the planning and budget of basic health services based on lessons learned over the year. Recommendations to the federal authorities in terms of service disruptions that could be alleviated by federal-level action.

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eC2: Pre-Feasibility Study for Affordable and Resilient Settlement Development and Upgrading in Vanuatu

Deadline: 31-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The long-term vision of the Government of Vanuatu is to provide potable water, sanitation, roads, drainage, and electricity to low- and middle-income households in wpid-photo-04092013-1229-pmselected settlements. Services must conform to appropriate standards, but also be affordable. Infrastructure development must allow for population growth, be resilient to natural hazards, climate change effects (e.g. increased rainfall and sea level rise), and environmental impacts (e.g. soil erosion, concentration of flow, and waste contamination).

This selection is for Consulting services for a firm to carry out and prepare:
Engineering pre-feasibility studies and concept designs for development platforms and infrastructure services at five existing settlement sites and one greenfield site for low-middle income, mixed-use residential development in Greater Port Vila, Vanuatu; and
Preliminary cost estimates for downstream: physical investigations, environmental/social safeguards, design, construction, and supervision.

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eC2: Action Planning for Social Inclusion in Disaster Risk Management Portfolio in South Asia

Qiangtang River BasinDeadline: 22-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The World Banks South Asia Disaster Risk Management (DRM) team has commenced a new regional Technical Assistance (TA): Mainstreaming Inclusive Resilience in South Asia (P167456), to proactively incorporate social inclusion in the existing and new DRM lending portfolio. The objectives of this assignment are: (a) to develop action plans for five pilot projects, that are either new or existing, to better address social inclusion in the project design/implementation stage; and (b) to design and deliver training workshops that help government counterparts and World Bank’s DRM and Social Development specialists, to design more socially inclusive DRM projects. Under this assignment, two activities are planned: (i) action planning to identify practical entry points for more robust social inclusion elements in the five pilot projects; (ii)training workshop for consultation and learning opportunities.

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eC2: Kenya SME Road Construction Program

Rural Infra in CambodiaDeadline: 16-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) seeks to accelerate the development of Kenyan MSME road contractors to enable them to submit more qualified bids and win more contracts in public sector road construction, rehabilitation and maintenance. The Kenya SME Road Contractors project would like to scale up the business skills of MSMEs engaged in road construction activities, with the aim of increasing their opportunities in the sector.

The overall objective of the assignment is the delivery of a business management training Program which will target Kenyan road contractors registered with Kenya National Construction Authority (NCA) in the categories NCA3 NCA6 to enhance their business management skills and capabilities to strengthen the efficiency of their business operations. This will include training on practical bidding skills and project management.

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eC2: Sindh Province: Renewable Energy Locational Study

ict_day_card_1Deadline: 18-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The envisaged scope of work will involve four tasks, as follows: (i) Grid integration analysis including an identification of substations that can accommodate solar and/or wind capacity without major upgrades, and those that would require major transmission and/or substation upgrades to allow the addition of VRE capacity; (ii) Assessment and ranking of renewable energy zones using the MapRE tool and utilization the best available data on solar and wind resource potential, transmission lines, elevation, land use, protected and sensitive areas, settlements, and other relevant data; and combining of this data with the results from the grid integration analysis; (iii) More detailed identification of potential sites for solar parks, using the results from the prior work to carry out a land availability analysis that investigates land ownership and other issues in a 10km radius around high ranking substations; (iv) Development of a solar park strategy, based on lessons learned from Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, international experiences, discussions with key public sector agencies, and consultations with private sector developers.

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eC2: Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management to Sustain Local Infrastructure

Camerooon.Deadline: 09-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The objective of the technical assistance (TA) is to increase the capacity and knowledge of a selected LGU (1 province) in dealing with climate/disaster risks faced by local transport infrastructure and pilot an institutionalized coordination process with the national agencies to better inform local roads planning, using a learning-by-doing approach. Based on this activity, technical notes/guidelines will be prepared for the ongoing provincial roads program to benefit all participating LGUs. LGUs are the implementing units under the provincial roads program, and hence increasing their technical capacity in dealing with climate resilience for local roads will improve the performance and development impact of the provincial roads program.

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How can we help cities provide the building blocks for future growth?

Basic infrastructure makes all the difference in the lives of people. Sometimes a road is all it takes… Access to clean drinking water and sanitation can improve children’s health,childrens_play_ground_in_a_public_park_-_by_ngoc_tran-shutterstock-resized reduce waterborne disease, and lower the risk of stunting. Street lighting can improve the safety of a community, reduce gender-based violence, and add productive hours for shops and economic activities, which can help people escape poverty.  A paved road can lead to a world of possibilities for small business owners, increasing access to additional markets and suppliers, as well as opportunities to grow their businesses.

The urban infrastructure finance gap
Cities already account for approximately 70-80 percent of the world’s economic growth, and this will only increase as cities continue to grow. In the next 35 years, the population in cities is estimated to expand by an additional 2.5 billion people, almost double the population of China. As a vital component for connectivity, public health, social welfare, and economic development, infrastructure in all its forms – basic, social, and economic – is critical for the anticipated urban growth.

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ICYMI: Call to join the Young Professionals Program (YPP)

The application for the 2019 Selection Process for the Young Professionals Program will be open from June 14 to July 31, 2018 (midnight EST).

WebThe Young Professionals Program (YPP) is a starting point for an exciting career at the World Bank Group.

It is a unique opportunity for younger talent who have both a passion for international development and the leadership potential to grow in fascinating top technical and managerial roles in the World Bank Group (WBG). The program is designed for highly qualified and motivated individuals skilled in areas relevant to WBG technical/operations such as economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, agriculture, natural resources and others.

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Building Back Better: How to Cut Natural Disaster Losses by a Third

DgnheipUwAETCjh.jpgWASHINGTON, June 18, 2018When countries rebuild stronger, faster and more inclusively after natural disasters they can reduce the impact on people’s livelihoods and well-being by as much as 31 percent, potentially cutting global average losses from $555 billion to $382 billion per year. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), released today.

The report, Building Back Better: Achieving resilience through stronger, faster and more inclusive post-disaster reconstruction, assesses socioeconomic resilience and the impact of disasters on people’s well-being. It covers 149 countries, including 17 small island states, representing 95.5 percent of the world’s population.

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eC2: Diagnostic Assessment of Black Pepper Supply Chain in Vietnam

indexDeadline: 09-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The overall aim of this assessment is to provide an objective reference point for IFC and its private sector client(s) to formulate development options or advisory services needed for Pepper supply chain in Vietnam in order to improve profitability of black pepper production and achieve pepper industry players’ target on 100% sustainable pepper by 2025.

This includes: 1)Prepare a list of existing practices of advisory services provided to black pepper smallholders; 2)Prepare a list of existing agronomy products/package of practices that have potential to improve smallholder practices and improve income; 3)Understand baseline condition of black pepper farming and markets & analyze potential opportunities for improvement 4)Understand supply-demand conditions of (a) pepper seedling business at commune level; (b) drip irrigation equipment, etc; 5)determine the major constraints & opportunities 6) Provide recommendation and strategies of project interventions

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