Research on Violence against Women and Girls in South Asia

Service Provider for Research on Violence against Women and Girls in South Asia

In response, DFID is looking to fund research on key evidence gaps on VAWG in South Asia. Up to two multi-country studies will be commissioned.

United Kingdom-Glasgow: Foreign economic-aid-related services

2015/S 094-170426

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Department for International Development
Abercrombie House, Eaglesham Road, East Kilbride

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

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

Service Provider for Research on Violence against Women and Girls in South Asia.

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

Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related 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)

Addressing Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) is a top priority for the UK Government and DFID’s Ministerial team. While DFID is supporting targeted interventions to address VAWG in 29 country programmes, rigorous evidence on VAWG in South Asia is lacking. In response, DFID is looking to fund research on key evidence gaps on VAWG in South Asia. Up to two multi-country studies will be commissioned and the topics for these studies will be identified by the researchers and could include applied and operational research. The studies will be selected on the basis of their ability to demonstrate that they will fill an important evidence gap, generate new knowledge, are closely aligned to DFID’s priorities in the region, and will contribute to effective policy making in the region. This research will complement and make operational links with the centrally-funded ¬£25million/5 year global What Works to Prevent Violence research and innovation programme which funds studies in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India Nepal, Pakistan as well as projects in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa.The purpose of the studies is to generate high-quality contextualised evidence which will inform the design and implementation of key policies and programmes to address VAWG in South Asia more effectively. The research is expected to benefit all development stakeholders and the key recipient of the research findings will be country governments, DFID and international organisations, such as the UN, and academics and NGOs concerned with issues related to VAWG. Research results and their wider policy and operational implications will be synthesised and effectively communicated to policy actors and practitioners working locally, nationally and internationally within the timeline of the project.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


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

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


This contract is divided into lots: no

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

As per ToR.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 1 100 000,00 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals

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

Duration in months: 18 (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:

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

The contract will be governed by English Law. Prices are not required at the PQQ stage, however, when required, prices must be quoted in GBP. All payments for the contract will be made in GBP Sterling. DFID reserves the right to annul the process and not award the contract. The maximum funding available for each study is 650 000 GBP, thus totalling to 1 300 000 GBP (inclusive of all taxes and security costs, where applicable). Proposals will not be considered for evaluation by DFID if the budget for each study exceeds 650 000 GBP. DFID will expect bidders to link the payment schedule to the deliverables listed in Section 9 of the ToR.

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

Joint and several liabilities.

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

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Refer PQQ document.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Refer PQQ document.
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

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

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. Quality of Personnel. Weighting 25

2. Methodology. Weighting 45

3. Commercial. Weighting 20

4. Value for Money. Weighting 10

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:


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


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

Payable documents: no

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

12.6.2015 – 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


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

Additional Information: The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender. Tender documents including draft terms of reference are available in our Supplier Portal. However, only Registered Suppliers can access these documents. Details on Supplier Portal and guidance to register can be found in: PQQs should be sent via the DFID portal, using the PQQ guidance available. Programme staff should not be contacted directly. Following assessment of PQQ, DFID will invite shortlisted applicants to submit full technical and commercial proposals and inform applicants not short-listed that they are unsuccessful. The contract will span a period of around 18 months. From 1.4.2001, all UK development assistance has been fully untied which allows suppliers from anywhere in the world to bid for DFID contracts.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

John McGhie
DFID, Abercombie House, Eaglesham Road, East Kilbride
G75 8EA Glasgow
Telephone: +44 1355843643

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: