Toward Ending Female Genital Mutilation – Cutting in Africa and Beyond

Toward Ending Female Genital Mutilation – Cutting in Africa and Beyond

Producing publications of research in peer-reviewed journals and other research outputs;- FGM/C and the key concepts underpinning this programme including: gender, human rights, politics and power, social norms and behaviour change.

United Kingdom-East Kilbride: Research and development consultancy services

2014/S 050-083705

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Department for International Development
Procurement, Abercrombie House, Eaglesham Road
For the attention of: Paul Graham
East Kilbride
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1355843909
E-mail: p-graham@dfid.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development

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

Further information can be obtained from: All information and supporting documentation can be found on DFIDs supplier portal, https://supplierportal.dfid.gov.uk/selfservice/
UNITED KINGDOM

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:

Toward ending Female Genital Mutilation – Cutting (FGM/C) in Africa and beyond: Research Programme.
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)

This is a Research based programme which is exempt from OJEU regulations under Part B services. Therefore this is being advertised through OJEU voluntarily DFID is seeking proposals for a new research programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). This research programme is one component within DFID’s ‘Towards Ending FGM/C in Africa and Beyond’ programme of up to £35 million to support efforts to end FGM/C. The programme has a vision to see an end to the practice in one generation, and aims to reduce the practice by 30% in at least 10 countries in the first 5 years of this initiative. The research programme aims to produce a global evidence base on the most effective and cost-effective approaches to ending FGM/C in different contexts, to inform future policy and programming. The programme will produce rigorous, operationally relevant research that is accessible to decision-makers influencing strategic investment, policy and programming to end FGM/C, at the national and international level. The programme will work to generate a clear and coherent body of primary evidence focused on 3 research themes:- Building the picture: where, when and why is FGM/C practiced? – Interventions – what’s working, where and why?: looking at critical elements, contextual factors, integrated/sequenced programmes, effective programming (including VfM) etc. – Wider impacts of FGM/C and interventions to stop the practice: looking at the positive/negative impacts of interventions on women/girls, men/boys, families, communities etc.- There will also be a cross-cutting theme on measurement. With a combination of basic and operational research, the programme will implement high quality multidisciplinary research (i.e. sociology, anthropology, health/epidemiology, political science, and economics) and include a mix of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Together with the generation of a body of primary evidence on FGM/C, the programme will have strong capacity building and research uptake/communication components:- The programme places strong emphasis on linking northern and southern organisations and/or researchers to implement the research in order to contribute towards strengthening the capacity of southern researchers working in this field. – The programme will have an explicit research uptake strategy to ensure that research findings directly inform decision-makers influencing strategic investment, policy and programming at the national and international level. It is anticipated that this research programme will be delivered through the creation of a North-South research consortium. This consortium is expected to have a strong track record (expertise and experience) in: – Delivering effective research programmes including expertise of research methodologies, research synthesis and research uptake and management of complex programme;- Producing publications of research in peer-reviewed journals and other research outputs;- FGM/C and the key concepts underpinning this programme including: gender, human rights, politics and power, social norms and behaviour change; – Undertaking research in developing countries, in particular Africa; and understanding of effective and appropriate engagement in fragile and conflict-affected situations; – Working with southern partner organisations;- Experience of developing and implementing effective research uptake strategies, including demonstrating impact;- Demonstrated experience in financial and technical management, and administration of research programmes (including duty of care and management of fiduciary risk).Interested Suppliers can access the relevant documents and instructions on how to submit a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire via the DFID Portal https://supplierportal.dfid.gov.uk/selfservice/

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73200000

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
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:

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 0 and 8 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: Contract extension of 60 months following the expiry of the 5 year contract period.
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:
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 must be quoted in GBP and all payments under the contract will be made in GBP. DFID reserves the right to annul the process and not award the contract. DFID does not provide advance funding, therefore, SP will berequired to pre-finance all programme activities, before claiming reimbursement from DFID in arrears. DFID will be seeking to agree output/milestone based payment plan for this contract.
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 liability.
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: Please refer to tender documentation.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Please refer to tender documentation.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Please refer to tender documentation.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Please refer to tender documentation.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Please refer to tender documentation.
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 4
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Please refer to tender documentation
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. Relevant research capabilities and quality of research outputs. Weighting 25

2. Suitable methodology for responding to the programme requirements. Weighting 20

3. Appropriate personnel and networks to deliver results. Weighting 20

4. Commercial. Weighting 20

5. Value for Money. Weighting 15

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:

6337
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

4.4.2014 – 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

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: http://www.dfid.gov.uk/Work-with-us/DFID-portal/ Expressions of interest should be via the DFID portal, http://www.dfid.gov.uk/Working-with-DFID/Procurement/DFID-portal/. Programme staff should not be contacted directly. Following assessment of ITT, and upon selection of the awarded Service Provider, DFID will observe a 10 day standstill period and inform applicants not awarded that they are unsuccessful. If 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. 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
Abercrombie House, Eaglesham Road
G75 8EA East Kilbride
UNITED KINGDOM

Body responsible for mediation procedures

John Mcghie
Abercrombie House, Eaglesham Road
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:7.3.2014