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Request for Expressions of Interest (Consultant services) RIRP-C-08

Republic of Bulgaria

Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works

Road Infrastructure Agency

Road Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project (Loan No. 4865-BUL)

 

Request for Expressions of Interest (Consultant services)

 

Establishment of Improved Institutional Capability in Systematic Identification and Improvement of Road Safety Hazardous Locations

 

Contract Reference: RIRP-C-08

 

 The Government of Republic of Bulgaria has received a loan from the World Bank for the purposes of the Road Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project and it intends to apply part of the proceeds of the Loan for consulting services. The services include reviewing the quality of the proposed engineering solutions (preliminary designs) for 25 black-spots prepared by a Bulgarian Consulting firm. In the context of the review the Consultant is expected to mentor and train a number of Bulgarian engineers and Traffic Police officers. The Consultant contract is expected to span over a period of 12 months, of which approximately 2.5 person months of consultant input will be required.

 

The Road Infrastructure Agency now invites eligible individual consultants to indicate their interest in providing the services for contract RIRP-C08 - Establishment of Improved Institutional Capability in Systematic Identification and Improvement of Road Safety Hazardous Locations.

 

Interested consultants must provide Expression of Interest and a current CV indicating that they possess the qualification and experience to perform the services. If the individual consultant has been proposed by a firm, only the experience and qualifications of the individual consultant shall be used in the selection process, not the firm’s corporate experience.

 

1. The consultants will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (current edition) through selection of Individual Consultants. The Consultant should be an experienced traffic safety engineer with a university degree or equivalent professional qualification and should have a minimum experience of at least of 15 years working on the implementation of similar traffic and road safety improvement projects and in the training of government and agency staff. The Consultant should have experience in similar European context.

 

For more and detailed information please refer to the Terms of Reference (ToR), published  below. 


Interested consultants may obtain further information below from 09:30 to 15:00 office hours.

 

Expressions of interest and a current CV must be submitted in English via email to the address below by 6th February  2012,17:00 p.m. (Bulgarian local time).

 

 

Attention to:

Mrs. Miglena Bonin

Projects, financed by Credits Investments Unit, RIA

Email: m.kirilova@api.government.bg

Tel: +359 2 9173 313

+359 2 952 1661

 


Republic of Bulgaria

Road Infrastructure Agency

 

Terms of Reference

Establishment of Improved Institutional Capability in Systematic Identification and Improvement of Road Safety Hazardous Locations

 

Contract Reference: RIRP-C-08


 

Background

1. The record of road traffic accidents in Bulgaria reveals certain major patterns. Of the over 1,000 fatalities and 10,000 injuries now occurring annually, there are high numbers and proportions of serious pedestrian accidents, head-on collisions, collisions at intersections, and crashes in which the vehicles have left the traveled roadway and hit nearby severe hazards.

2. Traffic accidents are however neither uniformly nor evenly distributed throughout the road and street network. A significant number of accident locations have, for one reason or another, much higher numbers and rates of traffic accidents than most other places on the road network. These hazardous locations at which accident are recognized to concentrate and cluster are usually called accident ‘black-spots’. They are typically places where deficiencies in the physical road layout, or inadequate driver information, have proven to be too demanding for some motorists or other road users to negotiate properly, leading to more of them making the driving mistakes which result in accidents.

3. For the most part these black-spots have sub-standard geometric characteristics (some of them have been recently rehabilitated and have been signed with proper traffic signs and marking), or have poor sign and road markings–or both. In other black-spot locations, such as in run-off-the road accidents, the severity of the accidents is high either because of the hazardous character of the roadside terrain or of the objects located into which the vehicle crashes. The higher severities of accidents on roads in rural areas compared with those on urban streets are the unsurprising consequence of the higher speeds involved in most rural crashes. Accordingly, black-spot treatments for rural areas will often be somewhat different from the urban treatments.

4. The Traffic Police, using their accident data records and experience, have already recognized over 200 black-spot locations, with about 65 of the same black-spots appearing on their annual reports in several consecutive years, causing over 2,000 accidents with 55 deaths and 280 injuries. The persistence of the record indicates that these same black-spots are continually producing serious accidents, and that they should be treated promptly with safety engineering improvements to reduce both the numbers and severities of the accidents.

5. However, the road authorities have not created an effective matching safety engineering program to make the needed improvements to the black-spots identified by the Traffic Police. The lack of defined road authority action plans to make safety engineering improvements to the identified black-spots following the Police reports, has been recognized by the Government of Bulgaria, the Road Infrastructure Agency (RIA), and the World Bank.  RIA now wishes to establish a systematic procedure (program) to produce practical safety improvements of the black-spots by preparing a number of preliminary engineering-designs solutions for 25 of the black-spots selected by RIA, and by developing the abilities and capacity of RIA staff to perform the black-spot treatment work in the future. RIA is in the process of hiring a Bulgarian consulting firm to review the 25 selected black spots and to develop preliminary design solutions. Under the present Terms of Reference, RIA plans to hire an individual consultant with international experience to develop the capacity within RIA and to oversee the quality and design proposals of the local consulting firm.

 

Objectives:

 

6. The objectives are to assist the Bulgarian Road Infrastructure Agency (RIA) to review preliminary Black Spot designs developed under a separate consultancy assignment by a local consulting firm and, in the context of the review, help to establish systematic working procedures and techniques for identifying, analyzing and treating hazardous locations which have high accident frequencies, severities or rates, and their subsequent treatment with cost-effective remedial engineering works.

7. Development Objective: The establishment of improved institutional and technical capability within the Road Infrastructure Agency (RIA) and the Traffic Police to tackle road safety problems effectively by systematic identification of existing hazardous locations, their analysis and improvement.

 

Scope of Consultancy services:

 

8. The individual Consultant to be hired under the present Terms of Reference is expected to review the quality of the proposed engineering solutions (preliminary designs) for the 25 black-spots prepared by the Bulgarian consulting firm.  In the context of the review the Consultant is expected to mentor and train a number of Bulgarian engineers and Traffic Police officer.  The Consultant should give a week long training course to Bulgarian engineers (and Traffic Police staff if feasible).

9. The Consultant shall perform the following specific activities:

1. Review the data for 25 preselected black spots sections and subsequent review of the preliminary engineering designs for the same sections, prepared by the local consultant.

 

2. Review the relevant RIA geometric design, traffic engineering, and road marking and signing standards required for implementing the road safety works. Suggest improvements to the standards and the guideline traffic safety manual produced by the local consultant.

 

3. Give a 5-day training course to RIA experts and the Traffic Police in modern techniques of accident black-spot identification, analyses and the design of cost-effective safety engineering improvements.

 

10. In task 1, the Consultant will work with RIA traffic safety specialists, and others (the Counterpart team) and review the preliminary engineering designs and recommend appropriate changes if necessary.

11. Task 2 should occur concurrently with Task 1.  The review and recommendations must be made in writing.

12. Task 3 will conclude the Assignment.

 

Consultancy Input, Timing and Qualifications:

 

13. The Consultant contract is expected to span over a period of 12 months, of which approximately 2.5 person-months of consultant input will be required. The Consultant is expected to spend sufficient time in Sofia through regular visits during the contract period. The timing of the work must be sufficiently early, soon after the selection of the 25 black spots and their data has been compiled and are available, and the approaches to the design have been sketched out by the local consulting firm so that the Consultant’s presence can have a meaningful effect on the preliminary engineering solutions and designs. It is therefore expected that the work of the Consultant would start 2 months after the mobilization of the local design consultant.

14. The Consultant should be an experienced traffic safety engineer with a university degree or equivalent professional qualification and should have a minimum experience of at least of 15 years working on the implementation of similar traffic and road safety improvement projects and in the training of government and agency staff. The Consultant should have experience in similar European context.

 

Reporting:

 

15. Task 1 Report (in English before the commencement of Task 3) review the preliminary engineering designs for the 25 selected locations, make references to each of them and suggest eventually changes for the preliminary engineering designs if necessary.

16. Task 2 Report (in English after 2.5 months from the commencement) would consist of the review and recommendations of the relevant RIA standards.  The Client is expected to provide comments within 2 weeks for the Consultant to complete the report by the end of the consultancy.

17. Task 3 is the training course at the end of the consultancy. The consultant is expected to provide relevant course material to the participants in English.

18. Reports shall be provided in electronic format as Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat PDF files. All electronic reports shall have the figures embedded and be provided as a single file.

19. Copyright for all materials prepared in the assignment (reports, drawings) shall reside with RIA and they shall be free from all encumbrances.

 

Data, Services and Facilities to be provide by the Client:

 

20. The management of the present assignment will be ensured by a road safety working group established within RIA.

21. The Client will provide:

  • Fully equipped drawing office space, i.e. room, desk, chairs, telephone, filing cabinet, slide projector and printer for the Consultant;
  • All available data and reports on road safety and accidents;
  • Liaison with other relevant agencies;
  • Professional counterpart staff member (English speaking);
  • Information on past Black-spot training courses
  • Interpretation, translation and copying of all relevant documents to the consultancy and the outputs of this Consulta