Recruitment of a National Civil Engineering Specialist (CES)

Northern Mountain Provinces Transport Connectivity Project - Design of an Axle Load Control Program (ALCPD)

 

Recruitment of a National Civil Engineering Specialist (CES)

 

Terms of Reference

 

Job Title:          National Civil Engineering Specialist (national individual specialist)

                             Reporting to:    ALCPD Activity Team Leader

 

  1. Background
  1. Aus4Transport is an Australian Government initiative to support the Government of Vietnam (GOV) in developing high-quality transport infrastructure to promote economic growth and poverty reduction. Aus4Transport is managed by a Program Managing Contractor (PMC), DT Global, Australia, on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Australian Government
  2. The program’s goal is to increase investment in Vietnam’s road, rail, and inland waterway infrastructures by bringing higher quality projects to market faster. The end-of-program outcome is faster project development and improved quality of transport infrastructures making use of funding from all financial sources. Two intermediate Program outcomes are anticipated: (i) the Ministry of Transport (MOT) giving enhanced consideration of engineering, financial, economic, safety, gender, social and environmental matters in all pre-feasibility studies, feasibility studies and detailed engineering design leading to MOT bringing better prepared proposals and concepts more rapidly to implementation, drawing on innovative and comprehensive approaches; and (ii) MOT identifying bottlenecks to improved project development, identifying and assessing remedial measures, and recommending improved practices, leading to MOT adopting innovations in policies and procedures toward improved project development.
  3. Working in close partnership with the Ministry of Transport (MOT) and the wider transport sector, the Program will provide support through two streams of activities:
  • Stream A: Facilitating project preparation for major projects that are listed, or soon to be listed, in the Government of Vietnam’s Mid-term Investment Plan; and
  • Stream B: Supporting the sector through research, innovation, policy reform, and training that responds to the specific needs of various transport users (including women, people with disabilities and ethnic minorities) as well as dealing with issues related to the development of the sector, including road safety and climate change.
  1. Stream B – Axle Load Control Program Design (ALCPD) Activity
  1. The GoV has received a Loan from the Asian Development Bank to undertake the Northern Mountain Provinces Transport Connectivity Project (NMPTCP), in which MOT acting as the Project line agency. Also MOT acting as Program line agency of the Aus4Transport. Part of the Aus4Transport grant is used for financing the consulting services for the detailed design and documentation (DDD) of the NMPTCP as a Stream A Activity. Aus4Transport grant will also be used for financing a Stream B Activity “Design of an Axle Load Control Program for the NMPTCP” – ALCPD. MOT acting as the Activity line agency will have the overall responsible for the implementation of the ALCPD Activity. MOT has assigned (i) its Project Management Unit No.2 (PMU2) acting as the Activity Executing and Implementing agency, to oversee on behalf of MOT the Activity implementation progress and quality; overall coordination of the Activity with regard to MOT requirements, monitoring Activity progress and quality and using the Activity outputs.
  2. Aus4Transport has assigned the PMC to act as the client of the required consulting services.  The PMC will manage in collaboration with PMU2 the Activity implementation including recruitment and signing of contracts with the individual consultants.
  3. The Activity scope is to design an Axle Load Control (ALC) program to be implemented along the NMPTC Project roads prior to and during the construction period.
  4. The Activity deliverable is a comprehensive ALC program including detailed scope, implementation arrangements and estimated cost. The following outlines the task to be carried out by the Consultant team:
  • Conducting a desk review of the history and trends of vehicle ALC measures and practices in Viet Nam, focusing on the reasons for insufficient effectiveness and identifying gaps and shortcomings in implementing the national regulations;
  • Reviewing the country legal framework related to restrictions on vehicle overloading and penalties for violations;
  • Arranging, in consultation with the provincial authorities concerned, and participating in an overloading survey along the Project roads including types of vehicle and freight, and vehicle destination, i.e., in-country or international traffic;
  • Identifying the needs for and the location of fixed and/or mobile weighbridges, and selecting the most suitable type of weighbridge (fixed: single axle or multi-deck scales, or mobile: portable or weight-in-motion weighbridges) in consultation with MOT and Ministry of Public Security (MOPS);
  • Reviewing the current operational manuals for weighbridge station personnel and inspectors: identifying shortcomings and making recommendations for improvements;
  • Preparing in consultation with MOT, MOPS, Directorate for Roads of Vietnam (DRVN), Provincial People’s Committees (PPCs) and Provincial Departments of Transport (PDOTs) an ALC program specifically addressing the overloading issues likely to be encountered on the Project roads;
  • Conducting workshops attended by representatives from national and provincial authorities concerned and local communities to present the ALC program and collect comments in particular on the current axle load legislation, location of weighbridges and operational manuals; and
  • Preparing a final ALC Program incorporating comments from all stakeholders.
  • Estimating the cost of the ALC Program (detailed cost estimate) and recommend arrangements for its implementation along with the Terms of Reference for the recommended service providers and, if required, the bidding documents for procurement of ALC civil works and equipment
  1. The Activity will require the input of (i) a national Team Leader cum ALC Specialist (4 person-months), (ii) a national Civil Engineering Specialist (2 person-months), (iii) a national Procurement Specialist (2 person-months) and (iv) an international ALC Specialist (3 person-months).
  1. National  Civil Engineering Specialist (CES)– Scope of Services
  1. The implementation of the Activity will require the services of a National Civil Engineering Specialist (CES) who will assist the Activity Team Leader (TL) to carry out the design of ALC program in all aspects relating to road engineering as required.
  2. The tasks of the CES will include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Collect all related data and information to assist the TL in reviewing the history and trends of vehicle ALC measures and practices in Viet Nam, legal framework related to restrictions on vehicle overloading and penalties for violations, focusing on the reasons for insufficient effectiveness and identifying gaps and shortcomings in implementing the national regulations;
  • Assist the TL in arranging consultations with the provincial authorities concerned and join the Activity Team to participate in an overloading survey along the Project roads, which includes collecting data such as  types of vehicle and freight, and vehicle destination, i.e., in-country or international traffic in the three provinces (Lai Chau, Lao Cai and Yen Bai);
  • Assist the Activity team in identifying the needs for and the location of fixed and/or mobile weighbridges, and selecting the most suitable type of weighbridge (fixed: single axle or multi-deck scales, or mobile: portable or weight-in-motion weighbridges) in consultation with MOT and MOPS;
  • Assist the Activity team as required in preparation of an ALC program specifically addressing the overloading issues likely to be encountered on the project roads in consultation with MOT, MOPS, DRVN, PPCs and PDOTs;
  • Assist the TL in consultation with PMU2 and DRVN to conduct workshops attended by representatives from national and provincial authorities concerned and local communities to present the ALC program and collect comments in particular on the current axle load legislation, location of weighbridges and operational manuals;
  • Assist the TL in finalization the ALC Program incorporating comments from all stakeholders; and.
  • Together with the national Procurement Specialist to prepare detail cost estimation for the ALC program and recommend arrangements for its implementation along with the Terms of Reference for the recommended service providers and, if required, the bidding documents for procurement of ALC civil works and equipment.
  1. Key Expertise Requirements
  1. The CES will have a master’s degree in road engineering or equivalent and more than 15 years of professional experience with at least 3 years of relevant experience in axle load control or one Axle load control program design. The CES should have substantive knowledge of project management and working knowledge of English.
  2. The CES should have a proven experience in axle load control related projects, preferably with MOT in Vietnam and experience in dealing with government and local agencies.
  1. Implementation Arrangements
  1. The CES will be engaged by the PMC on an intermittent basis for a total duration of 2 months over the anticipated 4-month duration of the Activity and will be based at both, the Aus4Transport Office and PMU2 Office in Hanoi.
  2. The CES will be administratively accountable to the Activity Team Leader and Aus4Transport Team Leader, with whom he/she will work closely and collaboratively with the Activity team members including the international Axle load control specialist. The CES’s principal counterpart is PMU2. The CES is expected to maintain regular contact with PMU2 and the Activity team to discuss progress, issues, any assignment needs, and any guidance needed.
  3. The Aus4Transport Program will cover the cost of the CES’s remuneration in Vietnamese Dong, any domestic travel costs that may be required in support of his/her outputs. The CES is expected to provide his/her own computer and peripherals needed for the assignment.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, detailing applicable experience and skills, and a CV referencing “Application to the position of National Team Leader cum Road Safety Specialist” in the subject title to aus4transport@dt-global.com

Application Deadline: 21 May 2021.

No phone calls. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Aus4Transport Office

Suite 10-03, 10th floor, HCO Building

44B Ly Thuong Kiet Str., Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam

Tel:      +84 24 37347559

E-mail:             aus4transport@dt-global.com

 

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