The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and European Investment Bank (EIB) are jointly providing a EUR 100 million loan, supported with IPA funds, for the rehabilitation of the regional and local road network in Albania. The investment will rehabilitate up to 500km of the regional and local network, improving access to essential services and economic markets, via the provision of quality road infrastructure.
The project is being implemented by the Albanian Development Fund (ADF) as part of a wider regional and local rehabilitation programme. Under this programme, significant investments are being made to improve the condition of the local road network in Albania. It is therefore important to ensure the benefits of these investments are sustained, by improving local road maintenance management capacity to maintain the quality of the rehabilitated assets. The responsibility for local road maintenance lies with communes, which are referred to as Local Government Units (LGUs).
The Local Rural Road Maintenance Program is an ADF programme focused on improving local road conditions in the country, through the provision of technical assistance to LGUs for building their local road maintenance capacity. The central issue that the programme addresses is the inadequate maintenance of Albania’s local road network, and changing the maintenance philosophy from a reactive approach to a preventative approach. The program seeks to achieve its goal by building local road maintenance management capacity at the LGU level, by strengthening planning and managerial capacities for road maintenance. This is achieved through the ADF training staff from LGUs and transferring technical knowledge.
A Consultant is being sought to support ADF in building the local road maintenance management capacity in Albania as part of the Local Rural Road Maintenance Programme (LRRMP).
The Services will include the following:
• Assessment of existing local road maintenance institutional and financial conditions with recommendations;
• Preparation of tool kits on rural road maintenance;
• Development and support to delivery of capacity building programme; and
• Assist in the implementation of rural road maintenance programmes on a pilot basis.