Request for Proposals: Selection of Individual Consultant

Analysis of the Potential Correlation between Species Specific Migratory Bird Flight Movements and Weather Factors for Lekela Egypt 250 MW Wind Power Farm at the Gulf of Suez, Egypt

Background

Given the importance of the GoS for bird migration routes and the need to implement good environmental and social practice in wind power development and management and fulfil the financing conditions of major international financing institutes and national environmental commitments, The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC), Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) and New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) have signed on 15th of December 2015 a Protocol titled “Executive Framework for Strategic Cumulative Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (SESA) & Program of Ornithological Monitoring and Active Turbine Management Program (ATMP) for Wind Energy Developments in the Gulf of Suez”. Based on the signed Protocol, management, development and implementation of the SESA and the ATMP shall be the responsibility of RCREEE on behalf of private Wind Energy Developers (WEDs). Therefore, RCREEE and EETC has signed the Cooperation Agreement on the Management and Implementation of ATMP: Collective Bird Monitoring Program and SOD-Program of Wind Power Plants for Private Investors in the GoS.

Besides, Lekela has appointed Environics Company to conduct Bird Migration Study at the Lekela Egypt in autumn and spring in 2017 and 2018. In addition, RCREEE is in charge of carrying out a Bird Monitoring and Shutdown on Demand study during the under-construction phase in Lekela’s area at GoS based on the desk studies. All the findings of existing studies relating to the Post-Construction Bird Monitoring Program and SOD-Program will be provided by RCREEE.

As a result of the Environmental and Social Due Diligence process, one of the actions included in the Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) requires the following action to be accomplished six months prior to the start of operations (draft Assessment at least eight months prior to start of operations).

ESAP ACTION 6.1 - Lekela will expand on the existing ESIA by conducting an additional analysis using the raw pre-construction data to better understand the potential correlation between species-specific migratory bird flight movements and weather variables (e.g., wind direction / speed, temperature, time of day).  This type assessment will be carried out to assist in the development and optimization of the shutdown on-demand procedure that will be implemented during the operations phase, when feasible, with respect to the 13 priority bird species. 

From the autumn of 2015 till Autumn 2018 Lekela conducted spring and autumn pre-construction bird monitoring to understand the potential impacts to the migratory avifauna of their proposed 250MW wind farm in the Gulf of Suez. Over this period, yearly migratory birds databases have been compiled by Lekela. Despite their value, it is considered that a more strategic approach can help understand the timing and pattern of migration in both the autumn and spring migration seasons. RCREEE is therefore seeking a consultant to contribute to such knowledge as required by the Project’s ESAP and according to this Terms of Reference (ToR). Once, the timing has been set, the influence of weather conditions shall contribute to establish the 1) required post-construction monitoring and 2) develop a mitigation strategy for the species and even more for those of major concern. If feasible, the mitigation proposal shall be made for the wind farm itself and the associated power lines.

Objective of the project

The objectives of this assignment are as follows:

  • Develop a common and single database of all the years 2015-2018;
  • Establish the timing of migration for the different species;
  • Understand the migratory behavior of Migratory Soaring Birds (MSBs)s over the project area;
  • If feasible, contribute to understanding the ultimate migratory behavior of MSBs in the region (behavior that makes the birds pass over the project footprint as a result of  weather conditions elsewhere, i.e. Sinai Peninsula); and
  • Contribute to the development of a Management and Monitoring Plan for the wind farm based on the outcomes of the analysis.

Deliverables

The consultant shall submit the first draft report including all activities stated above by June 1st, 2020 and shall submit the final report by June 30th, 2020.
 

How to apply

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications to [email protected] with no later than Sunday, March 15th 2020 at 15:00 (Cairo Time).

  1. Technical Proposal:
  • Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work.
  • Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references
  1. Financial Proposal:
  • The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms shall be against the deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire agreement).
  • Payments are based upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR.
  1. Evaluation:

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the agreement should be made to the individual consultant whose proposal has been evaluated and determined as:

* Technical Criteria weight; 70% & Financial Criteria weight; 30%

Criteria

Weight

Technical

70%

-          General Experience

20 pts

-          Specific Experience

30 pts

-          Methodology

50 pts

Financial

30%

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points of the Technical Evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Qualifications

The selected Biodiversity Specialist shall have the following qualifications:

  • Preferably 10 years’ experience of working with interaction between birds and renewables, in particular studies of migratory birds (especially so-called soaring migrants);
  • Demonstrated previous experience in statistical methods dealing with explanatory and predictive models managing complex interactions and non-linear patterns (mainly under the R language and environment for statistical computing);
  • Recognized international expertise in ornithological assessment and in animal ecological regarding distribution patterns;
  • Project management skills according to previous experience of in research projects (both basic and applied research);
  • Good communication skills in English according to publication profile available in international databases.
  • Preferably previous experience working in the Middle East

Downlaod Full Anoucment : https://www.rcreee.org/sites/default/files/call_for_proposals_lekelaandrcreee.pdf

standard template agreement: https://www.rcreee.org/sites/default/files/standard_template_of_service_provider_agreement.pdf

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