Panels of experts sought for Ruzizi III

Two panels of independent experts will be recruited to ensure dam safety and social compliance.

L’Organisation de la CEPGL pour l’Energie des Pays des Grands Lacs (EGL), a regional electricity planning and development organization formed under the auspices of the Communauté Economique des Pays des Grands Lacs (CEPGL), seeks to recruit the services of two panels of independent individual experts to ensure dam safety and environmental and social compliance for the 206 MW Ruzizi III regional hydropower project on the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda.

The Public Private Partnership project on the Ruzizi river, which flows from Lake Kivu to Lake Tanganyika and which delineates the southern border of Rwanda with DRC and also forms the border between DRC and Burundi, is being developed on a BOOT basis by Ruzizi III Energy, a consortium of  Industrial Promotion Services, the industrial and infrastructure development arm of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), and SN Power (owned by Scatec ASA), on behalf of the Governments of Burundi, the DRC and Rwanda.

GL aims to hire four independent experts and individual consultants to form a panel for dam safety, and three independent experts to form a panel for environmental and social compliance.

Expressions of interest are invited by 23 December for the positions of dam expert/civil engineer, a geotechnician/expert in dam geology; an expert in hydrology; an electro-mechanical expert; an environmental expert; a socio-anthropologist and a health safety expert/specialist in public health. The mandate of the panel of independent experts will consist of: informing, directing and providing advice to EGL as well as to all other stakeholders so that the overall environmental, social, economic and safety objectives as well as technical, economic and safety objectives are achieved; give an opinion on the quality of studies already carried out (Environmental and Social Impact Studies, Environmental and Social Management Plans and Development and Resettlement Plan (PAR)), geological and geotechnical studies complementary to the feasibility study and the quality of the in-depth pre-project studies, to help the decision on the conformity of studies with internationally recognized environmental standards; ensure that internationally recognized good practices are taken into account, in particular the World Bank standards on the safety of works and on environmental and social aspects and national regulations on the environment and the resettlement of populations; and, ensuring close collaboration between the two panels of experts on dam safety and environmental and social compliance so that the opinions and recommendations issued to the EGL and the developer by the two panels are consistent.  The full procurement notice in French can be viewed on the African Development Bank Group’s website. The eligibility criteria, the establishment of the shortlist and the procedure for the Selection of Individual Consultants (ICS), will be in accordance with the Procurement Policy for operations financed by the African Development Bank Group, October 2015 edition.

Expressions of interest may be submitted to the address mentioned below either in two physical copies in French and English or by email.

For further information, contact: Mr Charles Vumbi Mbenga, General Manager, 49, Boulevard de l’UPRONA, Rohero II, Bujumbura, Burundi; Tel: +257 22 22 55 04; Email: egl.dg.sec@gmail.com.

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