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Project ID No: P155875
IBRD Loan No. 8656-AL

Individual Consultants “Architect”
(Procurement Reference Consultancy IC/2017/1)

The Government of Albania has received financing in the amount of EURO 63, 8 million equivalents from the World Bank toward the cost of the Project for Integrated Urban and Tourism Development (PIUTD) and it intends to apply part of the proceeds for payment of the Individual Consultants, staff of the Project Coordination Unit within Ministry of Urban Development.

Albanian Development Fund as implementing agency of the above mention project is seeking engagement that will work for Ministry of Urban Development an Individual Consultants – Architect for the purpose of the Project’s implementation.

Objective of the Assignment

The objective of the services by the Senior Architect Expert is to provide technical inputs for the development of PIUTD project activities with the aim to assure that project activities are carried out in accordance with technical requirements and international best practices.

Scope of work

It was expected that consultants will undertake a number of tasks entrusted to the PCU’s staff. In general, these tasks should cover the urban issues in the selected Project’s areas.
The specific functions and responsibilities of the Senior Architect Expert–include, but are not limited to:

Overall support to project implementation

• Advise key stakeholders, on cultural heritage and urban planning policies and best-practices.

• Provides timely professional architectural and urban landscaping advice to PCU management, and to the ADF team during all the project cycle: selection of investments (non-fast-track projects), design of investments (fast-track and non-fast-track), construction works, etc.

• Maintains up to-date information on other development projects and plans (governmental/ other development partners / non-governmental) in the project area, and maintains key stakeholders (MoUD, ADF, World Bank) informed of potential synergies/conflicts that might emerge from such projects /plans.

• Contribute to the preparation of project documents as requested by PCU coordinator.

• Performs other duties for the purpose of the PIUTD as requested by PCU coordinator.

Project design support

• Provides inputs for urban design studies ToRs and touristic sites upgrading ToRs

• Provides inputs for the development of ToRs for specific urban upgrading sub-projects, as needed during project implementation.

• Provides support for the evaluation of urban design studies. This should include but not be limited to:

- Review of technical proposals as requested by ADF
- Review and comment actively on consultants deliverables as requested by ADF
- Assists selected municipality in the prioritization of investments through the urban design studies. To assist municipalities the architect should have, or gain knowledge of cultural conservation initiatives in the project area, existing infrastructure, architecture profile of the area, heritage areas permission, traditional architecture elements, construction regulations in project area, etc.
- Assures selection criteria – as outlined in the project operational manual – is followed for the prioritization of investments in the urban design studies.
- Reviews proposed preliminary designs and detailed designs to assure they are in line with the architectural profile of the area (including cultural heritage landscape), construction and planning regulations, etc. This should be done in cooperation with ADF team and involved parties (Ministry of Culture and beneficiary municipalities, as needed).
- Reviews proposed preliminary designs and detailed designs to assure they incorporate sustainability principles and practices (i.e. use and recycle of materials) and take into consideration future operation and maintenance costs.

Project monitoring and supervision

• Works in close collaboration with the other PCU experts and the ADF team – including the cultural heritage consultant, in particular providing guidance to the ADF architect expert and consulting with the cultural heritage consultant.

• Carries out periodic field-visits to supervise and support the effective design, implementation and completion of urban infrastructure upgrading investments (together with the ADF team).

• Carries out periodic field-visits

• Supports PCU coordinator in the review of project documents, as requested including monitoring and progress reports. Reviews that key project indicators data is collected and followed through-out project implementation.

• Participate actively in joint-project team meetings with ADF, in field-visits for the supervision and monitoring of project activities in the South of Albania, citizen’s engagement activities and communication campaigns, and in World Bank team implementation support missions.

Required qualifications and experience

• University degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and/or relevant fields (e.g. urban planning, urbanism);

• Masters’ degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and/or relevant fields (e.g. urban planning, urbanism);

• At least 10 years of relevant experience in architecture design, landscaping, with knowledge on restoration of heritage buildings in world heritage areas and environmental protection of natural sources zones, policy-making, urban and infrastructure projects, and/or on tourism in developing countries;

• At least 2 years of relevant experience in the construction sector.

• Knowledge of urban development legislation and regulations in Albania. Previous experience in municipal urban planning department is an advantage. Excellent networking skills, bringing a good existing network of contacts and credibility within both the architecture and landscaping (including major private sector players and industry associations);

• A strong conceptual and strategic ability combined with good communication skills and client focus;

• Computer literate. Good knowledge of Autodesk Software’s especially, AutoCAD), Adobe Software’s, MS Office applications. Other software is an advantage;

• Knowledge of Albanian and English.

Reporting and Duration

The Senior Architect Expert will report to the Project Coordinator (of the PCU), and should work in close coordination with the ADF project team, in particular their project architect expert (ADF) and the cultural heritage consultant. The Senior Architect Expert shall be engaged on full time basis. The remuneration will be paid on a monthly basis.
The contract will be for an initial period of 3 months, renewable for 12 months, based on the satisfactory performance of the incumbent’s duties and responsibilities.

The short listing criteria are:

1 – General Qualification - 30 points

2 – Adequacy for the Assignment - 60 points

3 – Specific Experience - 10 points

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers (“Consultant Guidelines”)- January 2011 , setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

The selection method to be applied is Individual Consultant Selection (IC), in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011).

Interested consultants may obtain further information at the website of ADF www.albaniandf.org or at the address below, during office hours 08:00 to 16:30 (Monday to Thursday) and 08:00 to 14:00 on Friday.

Mr. Artur ZAJA
Procurement Specialist
Albanian Development Fund
Address: Rruga “Sami Farsheri, No. 10, Tirana, Albania
Tel: + 355 42235597/8
E-mail: azaja@albaniandf.org

Expressions of interest must be delivered simultaneously in a written form (in person, or by mail) to the below address:

Mr. Artur ZAJA
Procurement Specialist
Albanian Development Fund
Address: Rruga “Sami Farsheri, No. 10, Tirana, Albania
Tel: + 355 42235597/8
E-mail: azaja@albaniandf.org


Mr. Nertil Jole
Ministry of Urban Development
Rruga Sermedin Said Toptani,
Tiranë, Shqipëri

The envelope must clearly indicate the position, for which it is applied. The deadline for receipt of submission is March 14, 2017, at 16:00 noon.