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Project management and implementation for the Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Framework Loan

Project details
Donor organisation: 
Associated enterprises: 
Architecture & Urban Development
Project volume: 
4,370,407 €
Value of services: 
2,185,204 €
Start of project: 
August, 2018
End of project: 
July, 2023
Project description: 

The project is a multi-sector framework loan intended to finance the reconstruction of small scale damaged infrastructure to cope with the consequences of the earthquake of 16 April 2016 that ravaged large areas of western Ecuador. The loan will focus on the province of Manabi, particularly on the sub-region of Portoviejo which is one of the most affected and Esmeraldas. The reconstruction will follow an integrated territorial approach aiming at restoring, and where possible improving, the population’s living conditions. It will comply with anti-seismic measures and the Ecuadorian Construction Building Code.

Service description: 

The consultancy service includes tasks such as:

  • Provide administrative, technical and financial project management and staff management as well as ensure implementation procedures following national priorities and EIB’s framework loan guidelines and standards;
  • Ensure that the PER Framework Loan is being used in accordance with the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA), post disaster investment strategy and EIB loan agreement. Prepare for adequate planning of disbursements. Ensure that the selection of recovery projects, time schedule and implementation phases will enable a timely, effective and efficient response to the needs of the beneficiaries;
  • Support PIU (STR), EEEP, MEF, local government beneficiaries and civil society in the preparation and implementation of individual recovery projects, within the scope of the programme;
  • Ensure EIB approval of the selected list of recovery projects, allowing the MEF to disburse funds for project implementation;
  • Ensure that the PER Framework Loan will be implemented according to the loan agreement between the GoE and EIB;
  • Engagement of the promoter and final beneficiaries to support an efficient recovery project implementation, as well as a rational, sustainable and transparent use of PER loan fund;
  • Implementation of a communication campaign to increase knowledge and understanding among people in Ecuador of EU and EIB support for the post-earthquake reconstruction projects and how this benefits the people in Ecuador; and
  • Ensure quality project implementation and delivery of benefits to the direct victims of the earthquake in a transparent, sustainable and inclusive manner.

The project will focus mainly on infrastructure recovery or upgrading, and will mainly incorporate investment schemes in the following areas:

  1. Rehabilitation and/or reconstruction of public regional and municipal buildings; under proper anti-seismic and energy efficiency standards;
  2. Rehabilitation and/or reconstruction of social infrastructure (schools, health centres, hospitals, social centers, etc., including refurbishment), under proper anti-seismic and energy efficiency standards;
  3. Recovery and re-establishment of water supply and sanitation, including network repairs, water capitation, pumping stations, treatment plants;
  4. Recovery and re-establishment of energy supply, including grid repairs and substations;
  5. Recovery and re-establishment of public telecommunication networks;
  6. Recovery of local and regional roads and other transport infrastructure damaged by the earthquake;
  7. Repair and refurbishment of other public infrastructure directly contributing to the re-establishment of livelihoods or community cohesion, such as markets, small fishing ports, postal offices and community buildings;
  8. Other relevant actions directly related to recovery and risk prevention;
  9. Housing for affected people.

Installing a strong governance and participatory approach (citizens and civil society organisations) is among the key features of the project. A more participatory process will help to better identify needs, promote an inclusive and transparent approach to project selection that builds ownership and support for the project, set in place accountability mechanisms and improve project design through better needs assessment and increased transparency.