1. The TA will require 9 international consultants (23 person-months) and 4 national consultants (13 person-months) to be hired through a consulting firm. Consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). The consulting firm will be engaged through quality- and cost-based selection method (quality-cost ratio of 90:10) using simplified technical proposal. The procurement of equipment by consultants under the TA, will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). The proceeds of the TA will be disbursed in line with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time). The equipment procured under the TA will be turned over to the Government upon TA completion.
4. Pre-feasibility studies have been completed for 4 proposed hydropower sites (Auki, Lata, Ringii/Noro/Munda, and Taro). A separate pre-feasibility has also been prepared for a site in Kira-kira. Pre-feasibility studies will be provided to shortlisted companies. The consulting company will (i) undertake a desktop study to confirm the proposed sites are the optimum hydropower sites for each of the 5 provincial centers, (ii) screen the 5 proposed sites and prioritize 3 sites, and (iii) prepare feasibility studies of the prioritized 3 sites. The outline terms of reference for the project preparatory TA consultants are described in paras. 6 to 15.
5. Team Leader (international, 3 person-months [pm]). The team leader will have a minimum of 15 years experience in design and implementation of hydropower projects, including in developing countries. The team leader will be responsible for managing the Consultant team and coordinating the overall PPTA implementation. The international team leader will be either the civil engineer or the electro-mechanical engineer and will be supported by the national power sector specialist (4 pm). The team leader will (i) review background data, (ii) confirm power demand forecasts, (iii) carry out least cost power sector planning, (iv) assess levelized cost of generation, (v) implement a consultation and participation plan, (vi) prepare detailed work program and schedule, (vii) coordinate deliverables, (viii) assess affordability issues, (ix) prepare the detailed design and monitoring framework (DMF), (x) undertake a procurement capacity assessment and prepare a procurement plan, (xi) assess SIEA operation and maintenance capacity and recommend capacity building, and (xii) prepare project performance indicators.
6. Civil Engineer (hydropower) (international, 3 pm). The civil engineer will have 10 years demonstrated experience in design and implementation of hydropower projects, including in developing countries. The civil engineer will conduct the following (i) determine scope of survey, (ii) develop preliminary routings, (iii) develop preliminary designs for infrastructure, (iv) prepare cost estimates, and (v) develop construction schedules.
7. Hydrologist (international, 2 pm). The hydrologist will have a minimum of 10 years demonstrated experience in design and implementation of hydropower projects, including in developing countries. The hydrologist will conduct the following (i) review available hydrological data, (ii) assist in optimizing design of the hydropower plants, and (iii) perform an assessment of hydrological risks including flooding during construction and operation.
8. Electro-mechanical engineer (hydropower) (international, 3 pm). The engineer will have a minimum of 10 years experience in design and implementation of hydropower projects, including in developing countries. The engineer will conduct the following (i) determine required capacities, (ii) prepare preliminary design for electromechanical components of the plants, (iii) optimize designs, (iv) determine sequencing of installations, (v) analyze required diesel back-up for hydropower plants, and (vi) prepare cost esti