Request for expressions of interest

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Republic of Bulgaria

Trade and Transport Facilitation Project II

Sector Transportation

Loan No. 4854-BUL
The Republic of Bulgaria has received a loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) toward the cost of the Second Trade and Transport Facilitation (TTFSE II) Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consultant services. The services comprise preparation of designs conformity report, exercise construction supervision and investor's control on the construction of sites: “Infrastructure Improvements at Kapitan Andreevo BCP: Rehabilitation, Repair and Modernization” and "Construction of New Customs TIR Terminal at Svilengrad".

Works at the two sites will be started and implemented simultaneously. The expected construction periods will be respectively 22 months for Kapitan Andreevo BCP and 20 months for the new Customs terminal. The Consultant shall perform services during the construction period and shall have some engagements during the Defects Notification Period for both sites.

The Ministry of Finance now invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest in providing the services for: Designs conformity report, Supervision of works and Investor's control for sites: “Infrastructure Improvements at Kapitan Andreevo BCP: Rehabilitation, Repair and Modernization” and "Construction of New Customs TIR Terminal at Svilengrad".

The Consultant should have:

  • Comprehensive management and technical knowledge in all aspects of supervision of construction works;

  • Quality management certificate ISO 9001:2008;

  • At least seven (7) years extensive experience in supervising construction works;

  • Experience in assessments of designs conformity with the substantial requirements to the constructions stability;

  • Permanent key staff with proven experience in supervision activities;

  • Financial stability

Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services, as follows:

- Consultant’s profile – place and date of registration, legal capacity, overall experience in the field of the assignment, staff resources (general experience and qualification of the key personnel, number of years in the firm), financial stability (annual turnover for the last three years). The determination of the brief description of past history and current organization will provide an assessment if the consultant will be able to cover the needs of the assignment;

- Specific recent experience in similar assignments - list of related contracts completed during the last five years supported by brief description of the assignment including name of the Client, place, implementation period and value, etc.; In assessing the qualification and technical competence of consultant the number of projects on which the consultant has been engaged is important, as well as the level of responsibility commensurate with the requirements of the assignment;

- Proposed staff for present task – list of specialists for each site with appropriate skills including data concerning their qualification, experience in similar consulting services, years with the firm, etc. The proposed list should include a Head of the Team with not less than 7 years experience in the field of the assignment and other experienced professional engineering staff with not less than 5 years relevant experience. CVs are not required at this stage and only description and confirmation of availability of appropriate skills among staff shall be provided.

- References from previous Clients.

In addition to the required information Consultants may provide brochures and other related documents.

Consultants may associate to enhance their qualifications. The “association” may take the form of a Joint Venture or a sub consultancy. In case of a Joint Venture (JV), all members of the JV will be evaluated jointly for the purpose of short listing and shall be jointly and severally liable for the assignment and shall sign the contract in case of award is made to that JV group. Interested consultants should clearly indicate the structure of their “association” and the duties of the partners and sub consultants in their application. Unclear expression of interests in terms of “in association with” and/or “in affiliation with” and etc. may not be considered for short listing. Keeping one expression of interest per firm as principle, a consultant firm may decide whether it wishes to participate as a sub consultant or as an individual consultant or as a partner in a joint venture. Please note that a firm shall submit only one EOI in the same selection process either individually as a consultant or as a partner in a joint venture. No firm can be a sub consultant while submitting an EOI individually or as a partner of a joint venture in the same selection process. A firm, if acting in the capacity of sub consultant in any consultant or JV, may participate in more than one consultant, but only in the capacity of a sub consultant.

A consultant will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (May 2004, current edition), Quality-and Cost-Based Selection.

Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address below during office hours 10:00 to 12:00 local time.

Expressions of interest must be delivered to the address below by September 12, 2011.

Ministry of Finance of Bulgaria (MOF)

102, Rakovski Street, MOF Registry - office 7, 1040 Sofia, Bulgaria

Second Trade and Transport Facilitation Project (TTFSE II)

Attn: Mrs. Nedialka Cholakova, TTFSE Project Manager

Fax: ++ 359 (2) 9859 2702; E-mail:

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