The municipality of Ulaanbaatar (MUB) will be the executing and implementing agency for components one, two, and four. The MUB needs consulting support, strategic advice, and capacity development to define an ensuing project that will be prepared under the project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA). The PPTA will be implemented over a period of 13 months and is expected to start in April 2012 and to be completed by the end of March 2013. The PPTA will finance consulting services, workshops, training, field work, and survey costs. It will require an estimated 107 person-months of consulting services - 37 person-months of international consultants and 70 person-months of national consultants. The main fields of expertise will be urban planning, municipal infrastructure, water and sanitation, safeguards, finance and economics, and private sector participation. The proceeds of the PPTA will be disbursed in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).
The consultants will be engaged through a consulting firm in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). A consulting firm will be recruited for 37 person-months of international consultancy supported by 70 person-months of national consultancy. The firm will be selected based on the quality- and cost- based selection method, using a 90:10 ratio. The heavy weighting on the quality of the proposal is considered appropriate because of the complexity of the environment for strategic options in the delivery and financing of basic urban services. ADB's full technical proposal will be used to select and engage the consultants. The equipment for PPTA implementation will be procured in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time) and in line with JFPR 2011 Policy Guidelines for TA and Grants for Eligible Expenditures and for Ineligible Expenditures and will be turned over to MUB after completion of the PPTA.
Provision will be made for supplementary individual consultants to either consolidate the expertise already available or supplement the needed expertise. Individual consultants will provide an estimated 3 person-months of consultancy, distributed as 1 person-month of international consultancy supported by 2 person-months of national consultancy. The consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).