CFEI: Framework consultancy services municipal waste fee collection

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As an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations, the federally owned Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its development-policy objectives. It provides viable, forward looking solutions for political, economic, ecological and social development in a globalised world. GIZ promotes complex reforms and change processes. Its corporate objective is to improve people’s living conditions on a sustainable basis.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, is announcing as following:  

Call for expressions of interest

The GIZ project “Sustainable Municipal Services (SMS 2.0)” - co-financed by the European Union invites qualified companies to submit expression of interest in providing framework consultancy services to review and consolidate the existing municipal waste fee collection operator model, develop a detailed guideline of the process and propose an institutional embedment in the central government which will serve as a one stop shop and support for the municipalities interested to take over the waste fee collection for their respective territory.

In Kosovo, current data reveals that waste management is still challenging. The Law on Waste (2012) forms the legal bases for municipal waste management activities in Kosovo. According to this Law, it is in the mandate of the municipalities to cover the basic services for the citizen inside their respective territory (collection of waste, transport and landfilling). Furthermore, the Municipalities have to set up tariffs for their services, and the respective operating model. Municipalities are also obliged to develop and implement local waste management plans and operating plans.

Progress has been made on fulfilling legal obligations, where 80.6% of the Municipalities have already an approved Municipal Waste Management Plan out of which 69.4% of the Municipalities have also approved enforcing regulations for implementing these plans. The latest data reveal that the territorial coverage of basic services on national level stands at 77.7% for domestic waste, whereas the coverage for businesses stands at 51.0%. Although the official data on billing and fee collection are relatively sound standing at a high 89.78%, there are some reporting discrepancies which do not reflect the proper situation on the ground. The Law on Waste allows municipalities to take on the waste fee collection and decide on an appropriate operator model which in turn strengthens and allows a proper management of waste collection. So far only a limited number of municipalities have taken on the responsibility for the fee collection process. The reason behind this is amongst other the unclarity on steps to be undertaken in order to transition smoothly from the previous operator model. Under the current waste management system, most of the municipalities manage only the maintenance and cleaning of public spaces for which they have contractual agreements with either Public owned Enterprises (PoEs) or private companies whereby the public/private companies are usually in charge of fee collection. It is a common practice that PoEs or private companies extend services only to customers who pay the fee. Subsequently, the municipalities cannot ensure territorial coverage of services which leads to the creation of illegal dumpsites throughout their territory.

The GIZ SMS project has been supporting municipalities individually to properly setup the system of fee collection in form of an operator model reform. Through this system municipalities would take charge of invoicing the habitants through a tax on waste which in turn would facilitate and ensure a 100% territorial coverage of waste collection within their respective territory. However, considering the experience of only supporting single municipalities to undergo the operator model reform, it has been assessed that there should be a more sustainable approach on advising municipalities on selecting the proper operator model. Therefore, the need for a centralized support and guidance through one of the sector line ministries in Kosovo has been deemed to be a more suitable approach. 

The checklist below provides further information about the conditions and expectations of the GIZ/SMS project. Based on responses to this Request for Information, GIZ will pre-qualify companies that will receive an Inquiry and will be formally invited to submit their offers with detailed specifications. Response to the RFI (Request for Information) does not necessarily imply that your company will receive the GIZ's “Support to the centralization of waste management revenue collection operator model’’. 

Based on the outcome of offers, GIZ/SMS project will offer a framework contract to the selected company. Please note that all correspondence and dealing with the GIZ must be in English language.


  1. Proof of company`s legal status (registration and/or certification documentation), company details (name, postal address bank information etc.), date of incorporation within their initial response.
  2. Companies should submit at least two samples of comparable services as required by the GIZ/SMS project. Companies should note that referees may be contacted by the GIZ/SMS project at any time.

Interested companies are invited to submit expression of interest in English language.

The deadline for submitting the application is 03.05.2021 at 15:00via e-mail at: , labelled “Expression of Interest in providing support to the centralization of waste management revenue collection operator model VN: 83378995”.

Only shortlisted companies will be notified for further application procedures!

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