TRANSMISSION COMPANY OF NIGERIA-
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR AUDIT OF THE TCN AFD-FINANCED HIGH-VOLTAGE TRANSMISSION RING AROUND ABUJA & NASARAWA INVOLUNTARY RESETTLEMENT PROCESS AND ENFORCEMENT OF TCN’S INTERNAL E&S MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AS PER APPLICABLE REGULATION AND WORLD BANK ESS
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
(CONSULTANT SERVICES – FIRMS SELECTION)
REINFORCEMENT OF THE HIGH VOLTAGE TRANSMISSION RING AROUND ABUJA PROJECT
CREDIT NO: CNG-1021
ASSIGNMENT TITLE: AUDIT OF THE TCN AFD-FINANCED HIGH-VOLTAGE TRANSMISSION RING AROUND ABUJA & NASARAWA INVOLUNTARY RESETTLEMENT PROCESS AND ENFORCEMENT OF TCN’S INTERNAL E&S MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AS PER APPLICABLE REGULATION AND WORLD BANK ESS
REFERENCE NO.: CS- AFS 03
DATE: 3RD JUNE, 2021
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
The Federal Government of Nigeria obtained a loan from the French Development Agency (AgenceFrançaise de Développement– AFD), on behalf of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), towards the implementation of the Transmission Ring Project around Abuja in the FCT and Nasarawa State. TCN now intends to apply parts of this credit to payments under the Contract for the Appointment of a Consultant (Individual or Firm) for the Audit of the Involuntary Resettlement Process.
Given the high environmental and social (E&S) risks of such a Project, and based on its E&S risks management policy, AFD required the Project to meet the National legislation (including all International conventions ratified by the Country) as well as the World bank E&S Framework. Based on the progress of the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) to date, TCN requires a Consultant to perform an audit of the Involuntary Resettlement process, to provide remediation measures to fill the potential gaps between the activities led and the E&S framework of the Project.Moreover, the services include an overall critical analysis of TCN Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS), focused on Involuntary Resettlement management, in order to fill potential existing gaps towards national regulation or World Bank E&S standard n°5, and prepare TOR for an overall ESMS audit and upgrade.
The total duration of the consultancy shall be sixteen (16) weeks.
Specific tasks to be carried out by the Consultant include:
Task 1: The consultant firm will develop a social safeguard-screening checklist to guide the audit. The checklist should be informed by the World Bank Operational Safeguard Policies, in particular OP 4.12 and should cover, and facilitate the assessment of, all pertinent and social safeguards issues including but not limited to:
1. The project’s social impacts and the way those impacts have been addressed so far. This will include, if and when relevant, the land acquired, the process for land acquisition, the effect of land acquisition (e.g. relocation, loss of shelter/housing, loss of assets, loss of livelihood, etc.).
2. The distribution of the impacts related to land acquisition and resettlement. Specific attention and reference will be made to the impact on vulnerable groups (including women, poorest people, etc.)
3. The extent, quality and documentation of community consultation, including with regards to the categories of stakeholders represented, the quantitative aspect of the consultations (frequency of consultations, number of participants, etc.), and the information made available to communities and the compliance of this consultation process with the OP 4.12.
4. The extent of the Involuntary Resettlement process led so far, including eligibility, compensation for economical and physical displacement as well as the potential mitigation measures actually taken.
5. Assess the extent to which resettlement plans have been conceived and executed as development programs with regard to the following:
• Provision of in kind and/or cash compensation for loss of assets in line with the WB E&S principles.
• Assisting with move and support displaced persons during the transition period in the resettlement site.
• Assistance to displaced persons in their efforts to improve their former living standards, income earning capacity, and production levels, or at least to restore them. Particular attention should be paid to the needs of the vulnerable groups resettled.
6. The extent to which various categories of people affected by the resettlement were identified along with all livelihoods that were adversely impacted.
7. The complaint and redress mechanisms implementation, and community members’ free and equal access to such mechanisms.
8. The extent of delivery of appropriate compensation and resettlement entitlements to PAPs – whether entitlements have been delivered per RAP commitments.
9. Assess the level of achievement of the desired livelihood outcomes in terms of quantitative livelihood outcomes, qualitative resettlement indicators, priority development needs of PAPs as indicated in the socio-economic baseline survey, and compliance to OP 4.12 (i.e. replacement of assets, informed participation, improved living conditions/security of tenure).
10. The extent to which entitlements and benefit programs delivered to PAPs have contributed to the achievement of sustainable livelihoods.
11. The level of social and economic integration of resettlers into host communities and the extent to which adverse impacts on host communities have been minimized.
12. The dynamism and effectiveness of TCN results and impact monitoring effort in tracking impact mitigation and livelihood re-establishment.
Task 2: The Consultant firm will lead a review of all documentation elaborated for the Involuntary Resettlement Process for the Transmission Ring project, including the sub-stations.
Task 3: Conduct interviews or focus group discussions with a wide range of potential actors, including;
• Government, including:
– Key officials involved in the project
– Key officials responsible for the sector
– Managers in the regulatory agency for the sector (if any)
• Civil society groups
• A representative sample of Project Beneficiaries and Affected Persons
• Consultants in charge of the RAPs implementation, stakeholder engagement and RAP monitoring