PROJECTS

Program Management and Institutional Strengthening (PMIC) for the Sustainable Urban Development Investment Program – Project 1 (LOAN No2752 – ARM: SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENT PROGRAM – PROJECT 1)

Date: Dec 2012- on-going (Dec 2014)

Client: Yerevan Municipality

Donor: Asian Development Bank

Partners: SweRoad (Sweden), Sipu (Sweden) ALG (Spain), Devtec-Nepal (Nepal)

The Project Main Objectives:
The Government of Armenia has received a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to finance the Sustainable Urban Development Investment Program – Project 1. One of the key strands is the reorganization of the surface road and public transport network into a hierarchical network. In the short term, the main objective for the Government is (i) to complete the road-based missing links of the western urban ring; and (ii) conduct institutional reforms in the urban transport sector to improve cost-efficiency, attractiveness and profitability of the transport system in Yerevan and in secondary cities. In addition to the construction of these two road links, the other part of the loan will finance the preparation of Tranche 2 projects which comprises additional road links, metro improvement and infrastructural projects in secondary cities.

Description of actual services provided by the Consultant:
One of the key strands of the Project is to complete the construction of two missing road links of the western urban ring (Task 1); and conduct institutional reforms in the urban transport sector (Task 2). The other key objective of the Project is to help Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Territorial Administration and Yerevan Municipality to prepare due diligences, detailed design and bidding documents of the projects to be financed and implemented under the tranche 2 of this investment program (Task 3).
Thus, the scope of consulting services (main deliveries and outputs) of PMIC, on top of other assignments, focuses on the following:

  • as an independent technical checker, provide technical expertise to YM and MOE during all the detailed design and construction stages and review all the documents (technical specifications, bill of quantities, drawings, design reports, cost estimates, etc) prepared by the DESC
  • build a project management framework to monitor construction of the two road section of the Western bypass
  • assist in the preparation and implementation of the procurement plan
  • prepare the bidding documents under ADB’s International Competitive Bidding procedures and executed using the FIDIC Conditions of Contract for Construction, for Building and Engineering Works designed by the Employer
  • bring support and guidance to the DESC on the following subjects:
    Field Surveys, Investigations and Tests (land ownership andconstruction sites; topographic surveys and utility networks; geo-technical, soils, location and characteristics of sources of borrow materials and pavement surveys; hydrological, hydraulic and drainage investigations; inspection of river banks, bridges, underpasses, culverts and other structures particularly in areas with unstable slopes; Archaeological Investigations; Inventory of all utility networks located on the construction site, below and / or above surface (water supply, sewage system, drainage, gas network, telecommunications, electricity network, etc.)); Road safety audit, etc
  • monitor and report to YM, MOE and ADB the performance of Project 1 and ensure compliance with all social and environmental requirements, with the assistance of DESC finalizing the Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan (LARP), reviewing the Land Acquisition and Resettlement Framework (LARF), assisting the EA for LARP disclosure; finalizing the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) (or Initial Environment examination (IEE) as applicable) and conducting the necessary consultations in compliance with ADB’s Safeguards Policy Statement 2009 and the Environment Assessment and Review Framework (EARF) approved in 2010 between ADB and the Government of Armenia
  • assist the Government in the preparation of Periodic Financing Request (PFR) Tranche 2 Project and its appendices to be submitted for ADB’s approval, including the following documents: Technical feasibility, cost estimates, and implementation schedule; TOR for consulting services and cost estimates; Tranche 2 Project Engineering and bidding documents (geometric design, pavement design, drainage design, geo-technical design, structures design); Economic and Financial Analysis; Procurement Plan; Involuntary resettlement due diligences and IEE or EIS; Safeguards categorization; Summary poverty reduction and social strategy; Gender action Plan; Design and Monitoring framework; Results framework; Project Administration memorandum; Loan compliance review for tranche 1

“Provision of Services for Project Management of Projects 1 and 2 (L2561-ARMand L2729-ARM) of the MFF North-South Road Corridor Investment Program in Armenia”

Date: July 2012- on-going (May 2016)

Client: North-South SNCO under RA Ministry of Transport and Communication

Donor: Asian Development Bank

Partners: SAFEGE (Belgium) – Eptisa (Spain) Consortium

The Project Main Objectives:
After its construction, this strategic road with a total length of 556km will provide facilitated traffic from Armenia’s southern border to the Georgian border, and further on to the Black Sea ports. It will allow transport of goods and passengers in accordance with the European standards and will provide great development opportunities to all settlements from the North to the South of Armenia.

The Project aims to improve road infrastructure, road network management capacity, and road safety along the Project Road. It comprises the following main components: (i) reconstruction and/or rehabilitation of approximately 18.4 km of four-lane road section between Yerevan and Ashtarak; (ii) road safety enhancement of four-lane road section between Yerevan and Ararat; (iii) project management support, including detailed design of subsequent project(s) proposed financing under the Investment Program, supervision consultancy, and preparation of tender documents and procurement, and (iv) support for implementing road subsector plan under the transport sector strategy.

Description of actual services provided by the Consultant:

The main tasks of consulting services for project management and construction supervision of Projects 1 and 2 (the Project) under given Program are review of the detailed engineering designs prior to the start of civil works; construction supervision; road safety audits; project management and procurement support; financial management; monitoring; and evaluation and reporting of the Project.
The PMC will carry out all construction supervision activities for civil works for the Project, as listed but not to the following:

  • Prepare an IPC submission and review schedule in consultation with the contractor, review the contractor’s claims, the consultant’s verification of the accuracy of the claims and withdrawal applications, and agree on their submissions to ADB
  • Review the geometry, pavement, bridge, and other structural designs, specifications, construction method, etc
  • Prepare working drawings, and provide written confirmation to the Employer indicating the acceptance of ownership of the drawings
  • Day-to-day quality control and quantity measurements of the works carried out;
  • Inspect, prepare inspection acts, and test all materials and works to ensure compliance with specifications
  • Inspect regularly the contractor’s construction equipment, installations, housing, medical facilities, etc and prepare inspection acts
  • Maintain, check, record and approve the daily progress records produced by the contractors on work progress, labour, equipment, major construction materials, at site, work accomplished, weather, river conditions, accidents as well as any other events affecting projects cost or implementation conditions of the Project
  • Ensure that road safety design requirements are implemented in accordance with the contract and prepare road safety audits
  • Certify payments for the works against the relevant bill of quantities and issue the Interim Payment Certificates, the Final Payment Certificate and other certificates, including Taking Over Certificate, as required under the civil works contract
  • Evaluate claims, disputes, extensions of time, and the like, including issuing variation orders list and quantity of additional works for MOTC’s and ADB’s approval
  • Conduct a complete joint review of the works with all stakeholders and ADB, as well as a safety audit, prior to handover of the site to MOTC
  • Following the issue of the Taking Over Certificate, during the balance of the contract period inspect and approve the execution of the outstanding works (if any), as well as the rectification of any defects or damage

Defects Notification and Supervision Services of infrastructure constructed and rehabilitated under the “Irrigated Agriculture Project”

Date: Nov 2011- Nov 2012

Client: FFPMC (Foreign Financing Projects Management Centre) State Institution, Ministry of Finance, GoA

Donor: Millennium Challenge Cooperation – USA

Partners: Institute of Water Problems and Hydrology

The Project components include: 6 main canals; 5 gravity systems; 17 pump stations; Ararat Valley Drainage system; about 100 tertiary canals throughout the whole country.

The Consultant services include the following:

  • Semi-annual inspection of all completed works;
  • At the Employer’s request, conduct ad hoc inspections of all or any portion of completed works;
  • As needed, inspection, reporting, and management of defects remediation by contractors;
  • to the extent that substitute contractors are required to remedy defects identified during regular inspections, review and validation of costs incurred in connection with remediation of defects by substitute contractors, and facilitate and assist with the associated enforcement of on-demand bank guarantees or retention amount reductions;
  • Review and assessment of any Claims submitted in connection with identification and remediation of defects and cooperation in the resolution of such Claims;
  • Issue the Performance Certificates, Defects Liability Certificates, or any similar certificate to be issued at the end of the applicable Defects Notification Period;
  • Check and verify draft Final Statements and draft final accounts submitted by the contractors;
  • Issue the Final Payment Certificates;
  • Supervision and oversight of the removal of any remaining equipment, construction camps, or temporary form the sites/works supervised by the Consultant under the Contract; and
  • Issuing a mission report in relation to each inspection and each supervision of defects remediation.

“Advisory Study for Private Sector Involvement in Operation of Bus Stations Serving Inter-Regional Bus Routes”

Date: Feb 2012-Sept 2012

Client: RA Ministry of Transport and Communication

Donor: World Bank

Partners: Advanced Logistic Group (Barcelona, Spain)

The main objectives of the project are:

  • Develop a plan for improvement of performance in bus stations operations
  • Stimulate private sector involvement

The specific objectives are four fold:

  • Development of performance standards for operation of bus stations
  • Elaboration of financial due diligence of Armautostation
  • Proposal of financial means enhancement to support improved operation of bus stations
  • Identification of the options for private sector participation

“Development of Integrated Route Network and Tendering Policy for Yerevan Urban Surface Passenger Transport”

Date: July 2011-Jan 2012

Client: “YerevanTrans” CJSC of Municipality of Yerevan, Armenia

Overall Objective

To develop an integrated tariff system based route network for Yerevan urban transport, particularly covering the following:

  • Relief the City Centre form minibuses;
  • Increase the number of buses in the overall amount of passenger transportation on account of the reduced number of minibuses;
  • Improve operation efficiency of metro and trolley buses;
  • Improve operation efficiency of routes and conditions of bus stops for end users

Technical Assistance Yerevan Sustainable Urban Transport Development Strategy, TA 7340-ARM

Date: Jan 2010 – May 2012

Client: Yerevan Municipality

Donor: Asian Development Bank

Partners: Mott Macdonald (UK)

Overall Objective
To define a strategic plan to improve urban transport in the City of Yerevan. The technical assistance will promote a sustainable, integrated, socially affordable and cost efficient transport system. The project will develop an investment project in the multitranche financing facility (MFF) mode.

Specific Objectives

  • To formulate an MFF, mainly a sector roadmap with an investment plan; and
  • To conduct a feasibility study and preliminary design of the project components covered in Tranche 1.
  • The roadmap is to be prepared using the results and recommendations of the World Bank study on traffic signalling and management schemes as well as the paid parking program and institutional development and training.

Activities

  • Assess the urban transport system in the City of Yerevan;
  • Conduct consultations to build an integrated sustainable urban transport roadmap for the City of Yerevan;
  • Identify an investment program;
  • Produce an implementation schedule and arrangement;
  • Assess the institutional and financial framework;
  • Identify relevant institutional improvements to support the investment program in the City of Yerevan;
  • Formulate MFF packaging;
  • Assess the engineering of the first tranche projects;
  • Update and carry out preliminary design and due diligence for the construction of the three missing links of the West bypass;
  • Produce the preliminary design of the construction of the new entrance for Yeritsasardakan – Opera metro station;
  • Conduct a feasibility study and preliminary design for the metro extension to Achapnyak and Zvartnots International Airport;
  • Prepare the Yerevan Municipality parking master plan.
  • Carry out safeguards analysis (environmental, social and resettlement, containing a comprehensive Environmental Assessment (EA), a detailed Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and a Monitoring Plan (MP) to establish and ensure environmental compliance during the construction and operation phases of the project, and an assessment of the potential social impacts including resettlement and land acquisition requirements.)

Design and Construction Supervision for Rehabilitation of Tertiary Canals

Date: 2009-2011

DClient: Millennium Challenge Account – Armenia

DDonor: Millennium Challenge Corporation-USA

DPartners: Institute of Water Problems and Hydrology, White Young Green (UK)

The overall objectives for the Project are to:

  • improve livelihood of the water users in the communities by providing reliable irrigation water supplies to help increase cropping intensity, yields and production.
  • bring the irrigation canal system to full technical level;
  • increase the irrigable lands which are currently fallow due to unreliable water supply, excessive seepage and other water losses;
  • improve water management through rehabilitation or construction of new water distribution/water management structures;
  • improve operation and maintenance of canal through the involvement of WUAs.

Activities
Desk Studies

  • Analysis of data on topography, on geological, geotechnical, climate and hydraulic conditions. In the framework of MCC project on design and construction of tertiary canals geotechnical desk study for more than 95 communities, based on the existing data available to provide a preliminary indication of soil characteristics were conducted
  • Hydro geological and hydrological desk studies. Based on the information obtained through the collection of existing data, the Company in collaboration with Institute of Water Problems and Hydraulic Engineering, prepared a preliminary quantitative assessment of the hydrogeology and hydrology of the project area
  • Preparation of rehabilitation proposals and upgrading options relevant to various schemes
  • Quantity and cost estimates
  • Detailed designs for construction and rehabilitation of irrigation systems
  • Organization of construction works, including identification of timeline required for construction, the types, number and work duration of mechanisms and equipments, the number of employees, etc.

Site Investigations

  • Detailed measurement surveys which included identification of the locations, characteristics and legal ownership status of the areas and assets affected by the project
  • Additional geotechnical and hydro geological surveys, including design, procurement and supervision of geotechnical site investigation
  • Geological surveys and identification of soil types
  • Etc.

Construction Supervision

  • Technical supervision of construction works during the canals rehabilitation stage;
  • Project performance and quality control;
  • Design control;
  • Examination, verification, validation and assessment to ensure that tertiary systems are constructed according to specification requirements;
  • Site supervision in accordance with legal construction requirements;
  • Audits, site and production assessment visits, monitoring or witnessing of activities, including safety and quality functions and reporting;
  • Continuous contractor supervision;
  • Non-destructive testing supervision;
  • Delivered documentation supervision;
  • Technical and legal consulting;
  • As-built documentation;
  • Project control;
  • Supervision of Defects Liability Period;
  • Etc.

Preparation of the National Road Safety Strategy for Armenia

Date: Dec 2007-Nov 2008

Client: Yerevan Municipality

Donor: World Bank

Partners: White Young Green (UK), Ameria Ltd. (Armenia)

The main objectives of the project:

  • Facilitate all the necessary inter-agency meetings and deliberations required to improve the institutional structures and processes for managing traffic safety in Armenia, and conduct all necessary consultations and prepare all related documentation to support this effort.
  • Prepare a Multi-Sectoral Memorandum of Understanding between participating government agencies in Armenia, setting out the formal leadership, coordination and decision-making arrangements for managing road safety across national, regional, city and local agencies and the wider community.
  • Provide advice to the RA Ministry of Transport and Communication to support their new role in the licensing and supervision of vehicle inspection organizations, and driver training organizations.
  • Prepare a National Road Safety Strategy for Armenia.
  • Prepare a Five Year Action Plan to commence implementation of the National Road Safety Strategy for Armenia.

Assistance to Yerevan Municipality for Passenger Transport

Date: July 2007-Nov 2008

Client: Yerevan Municipality

Donor: World Bank

Partners: Advanced Logistic Group (Barcelona, Spain)

The Main Objectives of the Project:

  • First, to reach agreement on a number of urban passenger transport strategic policy issues facing Yerevan decision-makers. These issues principally pertain to the roles of various service providers.
  • Second, to undertake reforms to permit the sustainable provision of better and larger buses (principally by the private sector) and the corresponding reduction of mini-buses while improving the overall provision of passenger transport services in Yerevan.

Assistance to Yerevan Municipality for Traffic Management

Date: July 2007-Nov 2008

Client: Yerevan Municipality

Donor: World Bank

Partners: White Young Green (UK), Ameria Ltd. (Armenia)

The Objectives of the Project:

  • to strengthen traffic management capabilities within the Yerevan City Administration
  • to implement modern traffic management measures in Yerevan
  • to implement a comprehensive programme of on- and off- street paid parking

The Outcomes from the Project:

  • bidding documents for a new and improved traffic signal system for Yerevan
  • recommendations for the size, staffing and budget for City Administration Traffic Management organisation whether publicly funded or private contracting organisations
  • shortlists of suitable contractors for Traffic Signals, Parking Management, and Traffic Signs and Markings and Highway Engineering
  • detailed recommendations for on- and off- street parking
  • geometric improvements to a number of signal junctions (may be included in Signal System bidding documents) and at other high-risk locations or along priority corridors
  • detailed recommendations for Road Signs and Markings improvements in Yerevan

Illegal Construction and Land Use Resolution Simulation (LGI Policy Development Program)

Date: 2006

LGI Policy Development Program (Budapest, Hungary)

Policy Development of Yerevan Urban Public Transport System Management

Date: 2005-2006

LGI (Local government and Public Reform Initiatives) (Budapest, Hungary)

  • Development of mechanisms, which will improve the management of Yerevan urban transport system and decision making process.
  • Optimal use of Yerevan urban transport system resources.
  • To make transport system more affordable and attractive.
  • To increase the mobility of population.

Assessment of infrastructure/communal service delivery in two LG regions of Armenia/

Date: 2004 Sept -Nov

TACIS/REDAM (Regional Development of Armenia) Mario Costariol Servicos e Investimentos Lda

Wastewater Treatment Strategic Study

Date: Jun 2004 – Apr 2005

Client: RA Ministry of Finance and Economy/Yerevan Water and Sewage Company

Donor: World Bank

Partners: SWECO-Int. (Sweden)

A strategic study has been carried out to determine the options for short, medium and long-term development to enable the Government of Armenia to make a strategic decision on at least the extent of the works to be funded for at least the primary treatment for Yerevan wastewater which discharges into Hrazdan River downstream of Yerevan, without effective treatment other than partial mechanical screening.

The tasks of the Consultant included the following:

  • Identify the state of the current works and their possible future use if any
  • Define a program of development of wastewater treatment appropriate to balance the need to protect the environment with the economic resources of the country
  • Identify environmental benefits to be gained
  • Identify the capital and running costs required
  • Consider alternative forms of ownership and management
  • Recommend on the tariffs needed to support the proposed developments
  • Assess the adequacy of the legislation to ensure the appropriate development of wastewater treatment in technically correct and affordable manner
  • etc

“Pilot Project on Solid Waste Management Study for Yerevan”

Date: Feb 2004 – Nov 2004

Client: Yerevan Municipality

  • Develop a comprehensive feasibility study of a sustainable solid waste management in Yerevan with an environmental screening report (EIS) as one of the components
  • Analyze the present procedures (environmental, organizational, financial, social) for waste collection and disposal and its effects
  • Develop a conceptual design with rough cost estimates for a sanitary landfill including comparison of alternative waste treatment methods
  • Develop a pilot project on, for instance, sorting of market waste and composting, including a market survey
  • Develop mechanisms to promote communication practices between the local leaders and the constituents through consultations and public hearings
  • Develop livelihood program for scavengers, collectors and operators including highlighting of women/children in waste sorting activities
  • Review of existing regulatory framework with regard to solid waste, monitoring and compliance
  • Develop partnership opportunities, where practical, with area communities and agencies in order to improve services, reduce costs and achieve greater waste recovery, especially relating to drop-off station operations, collection services and material processing and disposal
  • Develop mechanisms to improve the management of the household and commercial waste, including sorting practices and recycling possibilities

“Development of Domestic Waste Management Strategy for Multi-storey Apartment Buildings”

Date: Mar 2003 – Jul 2003

Client: Yerevan Municipality

  • Detailed Description of the Actual Services Provided by your Firm
  • Develop a feasibility study of a sustainable domestic waste management for multi-story blocks of flats in Yerevan city
  • Analyze the available procedures (environmental, organizational, financial, social) for domestic waste collection and disposal
  • Review the current regulatory framework relating to solid waste, monitoring and compliance
  • Consider PPP opportunities, where practical, in order to improve services, reduce costs and achieve greater waste recovery
  • Develop mechanisms to improve the management of the household waste, including sorting practices and recycling possibilities

Urban Transport Study Program /Local Organization/

Date: 2003-2004

Client: Yerevan Municipality

Donor: World Bank

Partners: SWECO Int. (Sweden)

Improving Public Participation in State Procurement

Date: 2003, 2002

Client: USAID/ Urban Institute (USA)

Organization of trainings for residents of a multi-residence building of the City of Gyumri /address: 155 Yerevanyan str., Gyumri/ and for the employees of the local community. The training was aimed at selecting through a competition the respective construction firm to perform the reconstruction works of the mentioned residence building and exercising further control over the performance by the firm of the contract.

125 persons attended the seminars. /Presently reconstruction works of the residence building have already been completed/.

Capacity Building in State Procurement – Training Session

Date: 2001

Client: USAID/ Urban Institute (USA)

Organization of trainings on the topic relating to the RA law “On State Procurements” for the staff of all district municipalities of the city of Yerevan. The trainings aimed at promoting the skills of implementing procurements of goods, works and services by the respective staff for the district municipality needs. /Within the framework of the project 10 seminars were conducted, which were attended by 180 employees of district municipalities/.

Capacity Building in State Procurement – Preparation of a Manual for Customers

Date: 2001

Client: USAID/Chemonics (USA)

Development of the Manual on the RA Law “On State Procurements” aimed for Customers.

Capacity Building in State Procurement – Preparation of a Manual for Suppliers

Date: 2001

Client: USAID/Chemonics (USA)

Development of the Manual on the RA Law “On State Procurements” aimed for Suppliers.

Consulting Services for a Unified Real Estate Market in South Caucasus

Date: 1999

Client: Eurasia Foundation

Development of recommendations on the establishment of united legislative framework for the unified real estate South Caucasus market establishment and the required amendments thereto.

Development of Yerevan Municipality Charter

Date: 1974-2001

Client: Yerevan Municipality

Development of the Charter of the Yerevan Municipality and its corresponding subdivisions, as well as establishment of software management systems and databases for them.

Capacity Building for Condominiums

Date: 1997-1998

Client: Eurasia Foundation /the activities have been carried out though the resources of two grants received from the Eurasia Foundation/

Development of a Manual on Organization of Trainings for District Municipalities of the Republic of Armenia. /Within the framework of the project 6 training manuals were produces/;

Organization of trainings on District Municipalities for the apartment owners and for the staff of respective public authorities.

Organization of trainings and seminars. The seminars were conducted in the City of Yerevan, as well as in all the marzes of the Republic of Armenia. /200 seminars and workshops were conducted, which were attended by 6000 participants/.

Capacity Building for Real Estate Authorities in Sisian City, RA

Date: 1997

Client: GTZ /German Organization/

Conducting of trainings on District Municipalities in the City of Sysian.

Development of Software and Database on Refugees

Date: 1995

Client: UNHCR

Development of Software and Database on Refugees.

Development of Draft RA Law on District Municipalities

Date: 1993-1995

Client: USAID/ ICMA (USA)

Development of the Draft Law “On District Municipalities of the Republic of Armenia”.

Development of RA Law on Real Estate Cadastre

Date: 1995-1996

Client: RA Government, ICMA/USAID (USA)

  • Development of household policy;
  • Development of procedures for the registration of real estate interests /buildings, premises, land and etc./;
  • Development of the Procedure On Administration of the Real Estate Cadastre;
  • Development of the draft law “On the Real Estate Cadastre”;
  • Development of the Procedure of exploitation of multi-resident buildings and services delivered to them.