Not only is infrastructure development in the West Bank being performed in a constantly evolving, highly politicized environment, but since assuming limited self-rule over portions of the West Bank and Gaza in 1993, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has struggled to allocate sufficient resources to fully support the maintenance of existing infrastructure. Transportation, water and other infrastructure in the West Bank and Gaza have suffered badly from neglect, lack of investment and the direct impacts of conflict. This is leading to the gradual deterioration of even the most basic infrastructure needed for delivery of many basic human services, such as health care, education, water supply, sanitation, electricity, and transportation.
USAID is working to overcome the many challenges that Palestinians face every day. Since 1994, USAID has provided $2.9 billion worth of assistance to Palestinians of which approximately $670 million has been used for infrastructure projects. Over the past several years, USAID has devoted more than half of its funds to supporting the development of infrastructure, particularly in the water sector. USAID’s strategy, aimed directly at one of the greatest needs in this arid region, has been to increase water supplies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Mission has financed large-scale water, roads, schools and other infrastructures as well as smaller, village-scale projects throughout the West Bank and Gaza. This has provided potable water to more than 1,000,000 Palestinian beneficiaries.
USAID is an essential element of the U.S. Government's support for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. The Infrastructure Needs Program II is the latest evidence of American commitment to the Palestinian people
The purpose of this Indefinite Quantity Contract is to obtain the services of multiple US Construction contractors to implement Task Orders for the construction, rehabilitation and/or improvement of infrastructure works throughout the West Bank and, if conditions permit, Gaza, that USAID may specify and describe. The scope of work may in general terms include, but not be limited to, the following:
- Transportation networks such as primary and secondary roads, bridges and/or other transportation infrastructure;
- Water systems including the supply, storage, treatment, transmission and/or distribution of water;
- Sanitation infrastructure including solid waste management and disposal, wastewater treatment and reuse, pollution control, and/or ecological sanitation;
- Public Buildings including schools, clinics, health facilities, government buildings and facilities, sports facilities, warehouses, food storage facilities, youth centers, and/or other public buildings designed to benefit the public interest;
- Electric Power sector infrastructure to include alternative, sustainable and/or traditional forms of power generation (such as wind turbines, photovoltaic, solar thermal, geothermal, and/or fossil-fuel-fired thermal power plants), and/or electricity transmission & distribution systems in the West Bank. Work in this sector is included to anticipate possible needs, but does not represent a major work item at this time;
- Design and implementation of Operations & Maintenance (O&M) programs and activities for infrastructure facilities in the West Bank; this may include servicing well-pump stations and replacing/upgrading faulty equipment such as pump motors and variable frequency drives; providing critically needed maintenance to water transmission and distribution infrastructure; developing and managing road repair units to transition to the PA, and providing any other O&M support needed for eventual transition to the Palestinian Authority, such as training and other capacity building efforts related to the O&M of facilities, in order to ensure that installed infrastructure can function reliably over its lifetime. This can include actual multi year O&M contracts for facilities in the West Bank.
- USAID may identify needed procurements to support USAID objectives which shall be conducted by INP II IQC Contractors on a competitive basis. These may include the procurement of equipment including but not limited to construction heavy equipments, electrical, mechanical and any other equipment identified at a later stage by USAID.
- Any other infrastructure activities that may emerge to further USAID development objectives in response to the rapidly evolving political environment.