Request for Proposal: RFP-ETH-23-007 Consultancy for Feasibility Studies for the Establishment of Regional Intergovernmental Transdisciplinary Research Centers of Excellence in Africa and Latin America

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NO BIDS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE ABOVE CLOSING TIME AND DATE

I. TENDER DETAILS

The Organisation of Southern Cooperation (OSC) invites experienced and qualified consultants or consulting firms to submit tenders for conducting feasibility studies in support of the establishment of Regional Intergovernmental Transdisciplinary Research Centres of Excellence in Africa and Latin America. These studies aim to assess the existing research policy frameworks, physical infrastructure, endogenous research capacities, financial requirements/needs, research landscape, and potential policy and practice focal areas based on national/regional priorities, and regional advantages. These centres will be pivotal in advancing research capacities, addressing regional challenges, and supporting national development priorities. The deliverables will include a detailed report covering four countries – two in each region.

II. INSTRUCTION TO BIDDERS 

  • This RFP was launched for the purpose of establishing 1 month contract with the consultancy firm. The contract may be extended for an additional period, upon satisfactory performance, and the ongoing need for such services by the OSC.
  • OSC may choose to cancel the agreement if deemed necessary.
  • The delivery time of the supply shall be within 2 days of signing the contract. OSC may terminate the contract if supplier fails to deliver items within this period.
  • Proposals based on the TOR are a mandatory requirement for this bid. Any bid without a proposal shall be rejected.


III. SELECTION AND AWARD CRITERIA

The criteria for awarding contracts resulting from this Tender is based on ‘best value for money’. To all tenders OSC defines best value for money as:

The best value for money should not be equated with the lowest initial bid option. It requires an integrated assessment of technical, organizational, and pricing factors considering their relative importance (i.e., reliability, quality, experiences, and reputation, past performance, cost/fee realism, delivery time, reasonableness, need for standardization, and other criteria depending on the item to be procured).

For all bids deemed technically compliant as per Technical Weighting Criteria below also mentioned in the Terms of Reference, OSC will give a weighted combined technical and financial score. The weighted score will determine the contract award.

Please note that bids shall respond to all criteria, or their bid may be disqualified.

For more information and requirements, please download Tender Documents.

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