Agricultural Policy Research in Africa

Research Programme – Agricultural Policy Research in Africa

The overall aim of the programme is to strengthen the evidence and analysis on what approaches and policies on agricultural commercialisation in Africa have the greatest impact on poverty reduction, women’s empowerment and improving food security and nutrition.

United Kingdom-East Kilbride: Foreign economic-aid-related services

2015/S 142-261945

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Department for International Development
Abercrombie House, Eaglesham Road
Contact point(s): Procurement
For the attention of: Laura Moffat
G75 8EA East Kilbride
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: laura-moffat@dfid.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

Address of the buyer profile: https://supplierportal.dfid.gov.uk/selfservice/

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.3)Main activity

General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA).

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 27: Other services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: South Lanarkshire.

NUTS code UKM38

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

DFID is seeking to select a lead supplier for a Research Programme on agricultural policy in Africa. The overall aim of the programme is to strengthen the evidence and analysis on what approaches and policies on agricultural commercialisation in Africa have the greatest impact on poverty reduction, women’s empowerment and improving food security and nutrition. Given the profound changes taking place in African agriculture through increased private sector investment there is strong demand from decision-makers for better evidence on how best to promote inclusive economic growth. This research will be timely for DFID as it seeks to increase its support for commercial agriculture in Africa and will enable DFID country offices to be more effective in delivering inclusive economic growth through agriculture. This programme will undertake research on commercialisation in African agriculture to meet a strong demand from governments, DFID and other donors for better evidence on the impact on poor people of different pathways of agricultural commercialisation. This demand for better evidence is a result of a combination of factors including lack of access to available evidence, particularly among African policy makers, the need for ongoing policy analysis to use existing evidence to provide informed policy advice on the evolving policy context, and, in many countries, a lack of primary evidence on commercialisation. The programme will address these through the following: 1. Making relevant and available evidence readily accessible to decision-makers, particularly among African policy makers who have little access to existing evidence on commercialisation;2. In-depth policy analysis of existing or potential policies, utilising existing evidence to assess the potential impact, opportunities and constraints of different policy options; and 3. Undertaking new research to build the evidence base where there are clear gaps in primary evidence on commercialisation in particular country contexts.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

75211200, 73110000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

As Defined in the Terms of Reference (ToR). Please note this requirement is not suitable for Lotting due to the nature of the research to be delivered under this contract. The research is to be collated and shared across the region as a whole in order to meet the overarching objectives of the requirement requiring a single service provider to collate and deliver the ToRs.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 5 440 000,0 and 6 800 000,0 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: The contract will span a period of 60 months. There is a possibility to extend this contract up to a maximum of 18 months subject to supplier performance, availability of funding and on-going programme needs. If circumstances require further extension beyond the original contract duration/agreed extensions, DFID will consider doing so by means of the negotiated procedure.

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

See PQQ for details.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

See PQQ for details.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

See PQQ for details.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: See PQQ for details.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: See PQQ for details.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: See PQQ for details.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
See PQQ for details.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
See PQQ for details.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged minimum number 5: and maximum number 8

IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated below

1. Methodology. Weighting 45

2. Quality of Personnel. Weighting 25

3. Commercial. Weighting 30

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

7195

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 14.9.2015 – 14:00
Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

14.9.2015 – 14:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

VI.3)Additional information

This requirement falls under the Research exemption as the benefits will not accrue exclusively to DFID and therefore the Public Contracts Regulations will not apply. This requirement is being advertised in OJEU voluntarily to increase visibility of the requirement. Expressions of interest should be submitted via the DFID Portal, https://supplierportal.dfid.gov.uk/selfservice/ using the PQQ guidance available. DFID programme staff should not be contacted directly. Following assessment of expressions of interest, DFID will invite short listed applicants to submit full technical and commercial proposals and inform applicants not short listed that they are unsuccessful. The contract will be governed by English law. DFID reserves the right to annul the tendering process and not award a contract. Where circumstances require further extension beyond the original contract duration/agreed extensions DFID will consider doing so by means of the negotiated procedure where necessary conditions can be met.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Michael Ross
Abercrombie House
G75 8EA East Kilbride
UNITED KINGDOM

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

22.7.2015

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