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Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Engagement of Individual Consultant as an Engineering Expert Advisor to the National Coordinator of Federal Project Management Unit of Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP)

As part of Governments commitment to transformation of the Nigerian socio-economy landscape, the Federal Government has applied and received a credit from the International Development Association (IDA) towards the cost of a multi-sector Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) to mitigate the vulnerability to erosion and support the people as they relate to their environment. NEWMAP Includes a dedicated component aimed at assisting the country to address the broader climate change agenda. The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) is an 8-year multi-sectoral and multi-scale program that on the one hand targets seven southeastern states with acute gully erosion (Abia, Anambra, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu and Imo States), while laying the foundation for scaling out to south west and the northern parts of Nigeria. The project is involving many Federal and State Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Local Governments, communities and civil Societies. The various MDAs include those responsible for Planning, economy, finance, works, agriculture, water resources, forests, transport, power, emergency response as well as those focused on climate and hydrological information or watershed/basin regulation. Effective implementation will therefore require inter-ministerial and inter-state coordination, collaboration and information sharing.

The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) project became effective on September 16, 2013. The World Bank agreed to finance the Project with a credit of $500 million. This credit was approved, in addition to, fully blended grants of $3.96 million from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and $4.63 million from the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) by the World Bank Board on May 8, 2012.

The central aim of the project is to reduce vulnerability to soil erosion in targeted sub-watersheds. The project is mainly State-led interventions to prevent and reverse land degradation, focusing on major gully erosion sites that threaten infrastructure, livelihoods, and environmental assets. The Federal Project Management Unit (FPMU) of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project intends to apply a portion of the credit for eligible payments for the Consulting Services.

(2)   Objectives of Consultant’s Assignment.

To ensure efficient delivery of project resources and document results, the Senior Engineering Advisor will work closely and in collaboration with the Federal Project Management Unit Project Engineer to give the necessary technical advice to the National Project Coordinator; the Federal Technical and Steering Committees; FPMU and State Project Management Units (SPMUs) of NEWMAP.

This is necessary to ensure that the project is delivered on time and to the required quality standards in line with the agreed specifications and international best practices. The aim is to provide expertise and showcase good practices experiences in key areas, provide quality enhancement and implementation support throughout the project processing cycle and play a mentoring role to the entire technical personnel in NEWMAP.

(3)     Qualification

Any interested prospective engineering/technical personnel shall be expected to have:

A minimum of Master’s degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering, Soil and Water Resources Management and other related fields;

At least 15-20 years engineering, project and contract management experience of erosion or similar projects, ideally with accreditation;

Experience of dealing with service management organizations;


Proven experience in strategic planning;

Demonstrable experience and good understanding of issues and Engineering best practices and projects development in soil conservation and related major bio-engineering investment projects;

Experience in project risk assessment and mitigation;

Demonstrable experience of advising on matters relating to complex project development and quality assurance to technical and senior management as appropriate;

The ability to motivate and engage with project stakeholders and user contacts;

Effective written and verbal communication skills;

Proven time management skills with the ability to priorities to ensure project goals are met;

Knowledge of financial systems would be an added advantage;

Experience in World Bank project is advantageous; and Experience in project management software and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.)/Project

The Consultancy will be for the initial period of one year subject to renewal based on performance of the consultant


The Federal Project Management Unit of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) now invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest in providing the Services.

Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.

The shortlisting criteria are: (i) evidence showing the academic background of the consultant (profile/CV) (ii) evidence of certification with relevant authorities and professional bodies, (iii) Description of relevant specific experience, (iv) Evidence showing the knowledge and administrative capabilities of the consultant in the field of the assignment in Nigeria, (v) Availability of appropriate skills, and use of essential technology etc.

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants (under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants) by World Bank Borrowers (July 2014) (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Individual Consultant Selection method (IC) set out in the Consultant Guidelines, Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours (10.00am to 16.00pm).

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail – i.e. by courier) by 9, May, 2019

Federal Project Management Unit,

Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project

Attn: National Project Coordinator (NEWMAP)

Federal Ministry of Environment,

No. 56, Mamman Nasir Street,

Off TY Danjuma Street, Asokoro,

Abuja, Nigeria.

Tel: 08098570625; 08036477409; 08066029902

E-mail: fpmu@newmap.gov.ng

Website: www.newmap.gov.ng

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