Fund seeks consultant for Africa river basin management

The European Development Fund (EDF) invites applications for pre-qualification from consultants to help strengthen the management of the Orange-Senqu River Basin in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and South Africa. Responses are due August 17.

EDF is providing technical assistance to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to carry out the African Transboundary River Basin Support Program. The current project is to strengthen Orange-Senqu Basin institutional management, and to develop and implement basin-wide water conservation, management, and environmental protection policies and strategies.

Consultants working through December 2011 are to assist shared watercourse management, development of a shared information system for decision making, and development of a river basin master plan, including studies that transcend national boundaries. The contract carries a maximum budget of 1.5 million euros (US$2 million).

Applications must be submitted in English using a standard application form available on the Internet at http://europa.eu.int/comm/europeaid/index_en.htm. An invitation to bid is expected to be sent to pre-qualified companies in September. Work would begin in February 2008.

Applications must be hand delivered, including courier services, to the address below by 4:30 p.m. August 17. Applications must be labeled with the contract title, �Technical Assistance to the SADC, African Transboundary River Basin Support Programme, Case of the Basin of the Orange-Senqu River in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and South Africa,� and the publication reference EuropeAid/125153/D/SER/MULTI.

For information, contact Executive Secretary, Regional Authorizing Officer to the European Development Fund, SADC Secretariat (Attn.: T Farrington) Private Bag 0095, Gaborone, Botswana; (267) 3611809; Fax: (267) 3951244; Internet: www.sadc.int. Tender information is available on the EU’s Internet site, http://ted.europa.eu, under English, Normal Search, by inserting the publication reference above in the Full Text window.

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