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WARCIP - APL-1B: , GN, BF - P122402

West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program | Published November 12, 2015  -  Deadline November 30, 2015
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Develop A Cost Model For Pura The Governmentof The Gambia has received a grant from the World Bank (IDA) to support the connectivity of The Gambia on the African Coast toEurope (ACE) as part of the West African Regional Communication Infrastructure program (WARCIP). The Gambia will   connect to the ACE project, which is anticipatedto be an approximately 17,000 km submarine cable system, connecting South Africa to Europe and potentially connecting up to 24countries including a landing station in The Gambia, which will serve as an international telecommunicationsgateway. It is in this regard, that WARCIP is seeking the services of an internationally reputable    consultant firm with proven track record to review and provideguidelines for open access interconnection on national networks and in particular the international fiber landing station in TheGambia and to further develop an Infrastructure sharing framework for all market participants within the ICTsector. SCOPE OFWORK The work will involve considerable review and analysis of open access interconnectioncost model on the identifiedinfrastructure & services. CONSULTANTFIRM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES The consultant firm andteam members should have the following qualifications, experience, skills, andknowledge: A Masters Degree in Economics, Finance, ICT, Law or other relevant experience in thesectorThorough knowledge of telecommunications ingeneral, and the management of open access on national and international gateway resources inparticular Awareness of telecommunications and networkservice pricing Expertise in cost modeling for telecommunications related services.An in-depth understanding local and global technologytrends relating to different communications.An appreciation of the wholesale optical fibre and tower infrastructure businessmodels.Must haveworked in similar assignmentsMust have worked with developing countriesExperience working with various stakeholders (the private sector, government agencies, and developmentpartners)Experience working with theInternational Telecommunications union (ITU) and its stakeholders andveryfamiliar with ITU's interconnection regulations and standardsExperience in assessing institutional capacity, and formulating proposals for strengthening andimprovementAbility to analyze, compile and synthesize, and present technicalinformationAbility to work effectively in a team environment and in a multiculturalsettingExcellentwriting / presentation skills and fluent in English SELECTIONMETHOD: Eligible consulting firms areinvited to indicate their interest in providing the required services. Please include inyour expression of interest letter, the firm's experience and qualificationsof key team members that are applicable to theassignment. Shortlisted consultant firms will be selected on the basis of Expressions of Interest submitted; selection shall bebased on the Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS) method in accordance with the guidelines "Selection and Employment of Consultants Under IBRD Loans And IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers datedJanuary 2011". SUBMISSION: Expressions of interest shall be submitted to the undersigned on 30 November 2015 at 12:00 GMT, clearly marked "Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) Consultancy to Develop a Cost Model for PURA. Your EOI can be submitted either by email or in person.Interested firms may obtain further information at the address below during this period from 0800 to 1800 GMT Mondays toThursdays. Project Coordinator West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme(WARCIP) 10 Kairaba Avenue Tel: 4399910 sholaj@hotmail.com and sossehkumera@yahoo.com

WARCIP - APL-1B: , GN, BF - P122402

West Africa Regiona Communications Infrastructure Program | Published July 9, 2015  -  Deadline July 27, 2015
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Consultancy To Carry Out A Feasibility Study On Infrastructure Connectivity Options To Neighbouring Countries Republic ofthe Gambia West Africa Regional CommunicationInfrastructure Program (WARCIP) The GambiaProject KairabaAvenue, TheGambia Phone: (220)4399910 Email: sossehkumera@yahoo.com Request for Expressions of Interest Financing:                               World Bank/ Government of the Gambia Abstract:                                FEASIBILITY STUDY ON INFRASTRUCTURE CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS TO NEIGHBOURINGCOUNTRIES Country:                                 The Republic of the Gambia Project ID No:                       P122402 Grant IDA                              H713-GM ProjectTitle:                         West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (WARCIP) ContractRef:                        WARCIP15/CS/009 Procurement Method:           Selection Method: Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS) Procurement Category:        Consultancy Services Deadline:                                27JULYat 12:00GMT BACKGROUND The Gambiais among a handful of countries in the region, which was not connected to theglobal network of broadband optical fiberinfrastructure.  The lack of investment finance, prevented the country fromparticipating fully in SAT-3, the only existingsubmarine cable system serving West Africa prior to 2012. The Gambia migrated fromthis situation when it joins the ACE Consortium that provided a submarine landing station from December 2012. The potentialcapacity available to the country is 10Gbits and since its operations, the capacity activated has increased from 3 STM1s in 2012 to5STM4s in 2015.Despite the fact that retail prices are yet to be reduced, mobilepenetration rate stands at 117% while Internet is22% by the end of the first quarter 2015. The lack of access to low price and high quality telecommunications services is a factorthat limits the potential ofmost African countries to create jobs, expand production of goods andservices and trade competitivelywith the rest of the world. Hence efforts are being made by The Gambia to enhance its infrastructure and services portfolio toprovide available and affordable broadband to itscitizens. The Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) project, is an approximately 17,000 kmsubmarine cable system, connecting South Africa to Europeand potentially connecting up to 23 countries including the landingstation in TheGovernment of The Gambia through the West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme (WARCIP) seeks to hire aninternationally experienced telecommunications firm to conduct a strategic report providingstrategic recommendations on thebest options for The Gambia to export international capacity from ACEto neighbouring countries inthe sub-region. OBJECTIVES Theobjective of this strategic report is to support the government of The Gambia in optimizing the use of its ACE landing station.Despite the growth of international bandwidth consumption at the ACE landing station in The Gambia (from 200 Mbps in 2010 to 2,480Mbps in 2014), the demand level is not sufficient enough to allow for the financial sustainability of theACE landing station, andan important part (to be estimated) of the available capacity could be sold to neighbouring countries. 3.    REPORTING AND TIME SCHEDULE The consultant is expected to submit a report, covering thefollowing: Themission of theconsultant is to deliver a strategic report to the Government of the Gambia covering the following critical aspects: Detailed description of theconnectivity offer at the ACE landing station in  the GambiaIdentification of the potentialmarkets in the sub region for exporting the (unsold) international capacity held by the Gambian ACE landingstationAssessment of the differentterrestrial connectivityroutes that are linking or could link The Gambia to the identified sub-regional marketsProvision of strategic optionsand recommendations to the government of the Gambia regarding the sale of (unsold) international capacity held by the Gambian ACElanding stationThe Consultant will design andsupply the total supervision mission. The effort of the mission wasestimated at 4 man-months. The mission will take place between August 2015 and November 2015and the maximum duration of the missionis 5 month. 4.    QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE The consultant will be afirmwith proven experience in theprovision of strategic recommendations to governments regarding the best options for telecom infrastructure development. TheConsultant shall mobilize a team of at least two individuals and a local counterpart with the following skills: An experienced ICT infrastructure specialist (TeamLeader): ü  with a BAC + 5degree with a specialization in telecommunications; ü  with at least 15years of relevant experience including proven experience on the legal and regulatory environment of ICTs and on cable landing andterrestrial infrastructure ü  having undertakensimilar missions; ü  who haveprofessional experience in developing countries; A telecom policy/regulatoryexpert: ü  with a degree of BAC+ 5with a specialization in telecommunications; ü  proof of at least 5years of relevant professional experience including proven experience on the legal and regulatory environment of ICTs and on cablelanding and terrestrial infrastructure; ü  having workexperience in the sub-region. In the case of firms group, a joint work prior experiencewould be an advantage. The working language is English but fluency in French would bea plus. Deliverables are in English. SELECTIONMETHOD: Shortlisted consultants will be selected on the basis ofExpressions of Interest submitted; selection shall be based on the Quality and Cost basedSelection method (QCBS) method in accordance with the guidelines "Selection and Employment of Consultants UnderIBRD Loans And IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers dated January 2011". 6.     SUBMISSION OFEOI: Expressions of interest shall be submitted to the undersigned on 27 July2015, clearly marked"Request forExpression of Interest (EOI) Consulting Servicesto Conduct a FEASIBILITY STUDY ON INFRASTRUCTURE CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS TONEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES. Expressions ofInterest can be submitted via email or in person to the address below. Interested firms may obtain further information atthe address below during this period from 0800 to 1800 GMT Mondays to Thursdays. PROJECT COORDINATOR West Africa RegionalCommunications Infrastructure Programme (WARCIP) 10 Kairaba Avenue,(opposite the Serrekunda West Mini Stadium) Tel:4399910 Email:sossehkumera@yahoo.comOR sholaj@hotmail.com

WARCIP - APL-1B: , GN, BF - P122402

West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program | Published March 9, 2015  -  Deadline March 24, 2015
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Consultancy To Conduct A Human Resource Planning Audit And Strategy Development For The Gambiatelecommunications Company Republic ofthe Gambia WestAfrica Regional Communication Infrastructure Program (WARCIP) The Gambia Project Kairaba Avenue, TheGambia Phone: (220)4399910 Email: sossehkumera@yahoo.com Request for Expressions of Interest Financing:              World Bank/ Government of theGambia Abstract:             GAMTELHUMAN RESOURCE PLANNING AUDIT Country:                                 The Republic of the Gambia Project ID No:            P122402 Grant IDA                   H713-GM Project Title:            West Africa Regional CommunicationsInfrastructure Program (WARCIP) Contract Ref:            WARCIP15/CS/005 ProcurementMethod:           Selection Method: Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS) Procurement Category:ConsultancyServices Deadline:                      24 March at 12:00 GMT BACKGROUND The Gambia TelecommunicationsCompany Limited ("Gamtel") is embarking on an organizational change as part of its overall plan fortransformation and to reposition itself as the leading telecommunications company in The Gambia.  Such transformation and repositioning will depend on qualified human resourceswho are knowledgeable in technological innovations associated with the emerging networks and applications. Personnel must be ableto support new and innovative services for Gamtel countrywide and possibly the West Africa Region. The transformation process ofboth Gamtel and Gamcel is an important step in improving to become more effective and a more customer centric organization andsignificantly improve its market position and revenue performance. The Project Implementation Unit of West Africa Regional CommunicationsInfrastructure Programme (WARCIP) therefore wishes to recruit a consultant firm to conducta Human Resource Planning Audit and Strategy Development for the Gambia Telecommunications Company(GAMTEL). OBJECTIVES The objective of this study is to focus onthe re-alignment of the human resourcecapital with the new organization's transformation and determine an appropriate strategy of handlingthe same. Specifically it isintended to assess the magnitude of eachaspect in terms of monetary and non-monetary costs, match the same with the prevailingresources and constraints and develop a suitable strategy as a way forward. 3.     REPORTING AND TIMESCHEDULE The consultant is expected to submit a draft report, covering the following: ·       Present labour force in appropriate categories indicating the recommended ideal labour force for the envisagedtransformation of Gamtel ·       Excess labour force or redundant labour force per category in each region, district, zone, departmentetc. ·      Financial costs involved in case of layoff of the excesslabour force ·      Possible sources of financing the lay off or redeploymentif any and the financial implication to the company therein ·      Alternative scenarios of funding the layoff e.g. throughnon-momentary means such as transfer of non-performing assets such as residential buildings, or equity holding in non-core units,or even equity holding in the new organization ·      A feasibility/ possibility of workers taking overnon-core activities ·      A comprehensive strategy for the restructuring of thelabour force ·      The consultant is expected to develop a comprehensiveplan and timetable for implementation of the labour restructuring programme. The Consultant is also required to identify TechnicalAssistance (TA) needs to oversee the implementation of labour restructuring programme ·      Services should beprovided over a period of 90 calendardays from Effective Date of thecontract 4.     QUALIFICATION ANDEXPERIENCE The consulting firm should have the following qualifications,experience, skills, andknowledge: The Consultant firm should have at least ten years ofdemonstrable experience in labour issues in general and telecommunications sector in particular. The consultant firm's staff should have broad knowledgeof the telecommunications sector, adequate methodologies and analytical tools.Experience of the staff in similar assignments in Africaand specifically in The Gambia in other sectors would be an advantage SELECTION METHOD: Shortlisted consultants will be selected on the basis of Expressions of Interest submitted; selection shallbe based on the Quality and Cost based Selection method (QCBS) method in accordancewith the guidelines "Selection andEmployment of Consultants Under IBRD Loans And IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers dated January2011". 6.     SUBMISSION OFEOI: Expressions of interest shall be submitted to the undersigned on 24 March 2015, at 12:00 GMT, clearly marked"Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) Consulting Services to Conduct a Human Resource Planning Audit for The GambiaTelecommunications Company (GAMTEL). Expressions of Interest can be submitted via email or in personto the address below. Interested firms may obtain further information at the address below during this period from 0800 to 1800 GMTMondays to Thursdays. PROJECT COORDINATOR West AfricaRegional Communications Infrastructure Programme(WARCIP) 10 Kairaba Avenue, (opposite the Serrekunda West MiniStadium) Tel:4399910 Email: sossehkumera@yahoo.com OR wojoiner@moici.gov.gm

Acquisition of Hydrogen Generators and Related Services for The Gambia

Procurement Support Unit, Copenhagen Denmark - GAMBIA | Published November 17, 2016  -  Deadline December 7, 2016
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1. Project ScopeThe overall objective of this project is to improve routine determinations of wind (speed and direction) as function of altitude through the lower and middle troposphere (here referred to as “winds aloft information” or simply “winds aloft”) at two sites in The Gambia:Banjul International Airport: Lat: 13.35 deg. North; Lon: 16:63 deg. West; Altitude: 33 metersBasse: Lat: 13:32 deg. North; Lon: 14:22 deg. West; Altitude: 4 Meters This improvement is accomplished through the use of set combining traditional and new technologies in a system referred to as a PILOTSONDE system, or simply PILOTSONDE. The data provided by the PILOTSONDE will aid weather forecasters in the Gambian Department of Water Resources in forecasting the potential for severe or hazardous weather conditions and assist that nation’s aviation meteorologists in determining the potential for low and mid-level wind shear over the designated aerodromes. (In this specification, PILOTSONDE (all upper case) refers to the system as whole, whereas pilotsonde (all lower case) refers to the small instrument package that is carried aloft.)A determination of winds aloft constitutes a “sounding”. The technique proposed here uses pilot balloons (PIBALs) released from surface. Each PIBAL carries aloft a small battery powered instrument package, the pilotsonde. Each pilotsonde contains a radio transmitter and a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver. A successful sounding requires that location and other data be received from the instrument package as the PIBAL ascends through the atmosphere. The sounding continues to either balloon burst at high elevation or termination by the operator;The pilotsonde uses GPS technology to continuously determine its position (latitude, longitude, and elevation) as a function of time. It then transmits via radio the position and timing data to a ground-based receiving and processing system (RPS). The result is a growing time series of positions. The RPS determines in real time the winds aloft from this growing time series.The RPS also …Provides a display in real time of the raw position, elevation, and timing data and the resulting winds aloft for local review and monitoring of pilotsonde functioning;Transmits the resulting winds aloft via the Global Telecommunication System (GTS) in accordance with current WMO and ICAO guidance;Forwards the winds aloft to designated forecast offices for local use in early warning systems, aviation forecasting, and other forecasting operations;Stores both the raw data from the pilotsonde and the resulting winds aloft in a temporary archive;Recalls on command the raw data and/or the resulting winds aloft from the archive, and displays them locally for review and analysis, and report preparation; andCopies the archived information to portable media and/or transmits it to a permanent archive.

Services in the area of ​​security for the European Union in the Gambia - instruction no. EEAS 375-DELGMBB-SER-FWC

Tjenesten for EU's Optræden Udadtil, Den Europæiske Unions delegation i Republikken Gambia | Published September 10, 2014  -  Deadline October 8, 2014
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79710000

The aim of this competition concluding a framework agreement with a company specialized in the protection of persons and goods. The scope of services includes, but is not limited to: (1) monitoring and patrolling buildings (office building, in which are located the ambassador and foreign nationals) Delegation to prevent burglaries and assaults on persons and their personal effects; (2) monitoring the entrance of visitors to the facilities; (3) communication between objects via VHF radio network that connects all buildings with a central operations center, which would manage the operators of enterprises; (4) immediate intervention unit for quick action, or the slave unit in the event of an incident at any of the facilities; (5) other related services in the areas of security such as system setup for alarm. A framework agreement for a maximum of four years will be carried out through specific contracts and / or purchase orders.

Services in the area of ​​security for the European Union in the Gambia - no instructions. EEAS-087-DELGMBB-SER-FWC

Tjenesten for EU's Optræden Udadtil, Den Europæiske Unions delegation i Republikken Gambia | Published February 22, 2014  -  Deadline March 26, 2014
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79710000

The aim of this competition is to conclude a framework agreement with a company specialized in the protection of persons and goods. The scope of services includes, but is not limited to: (1) monitoring and patrolling the area (office building, where objects are located ambassador and staff sent to work abroad) Delegation to avoid intrusions and attacks on people and property in their possession; ( 2) monitoring the entrance of visitors to the facilities, (3) communication between objects via VHF radio network that connects all buildings with a central operations center, which would manage the business operators, (4) immediate intervention unit for quick action or ancillary units in the event of an incident at any of facilities, (5) other related services in the field of security such as setting an alarm system. Framework contract for a maximum of four years will be carried out by special agreements and / or orders.

WARCIP - APL-1B: , GN, BF - P122402

West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program | Published August 31, 2015  -  Deadline September 15, 2015
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The Assessment Of Taxation On The Ict Sector In The Gambia Republic ofthe Gambia West AfricaRegional Communication Infrastructure Program (WARCIP) The GambiaProject KairabaAvenue, TheGambia Phone: (220)4399910 Email: sholaj@hotmail.com or sossehkumera@yahoo.com Request for Expressions of Interest Financing:                               World Bank/ Government of the Gambia Abstract:                      Consultancy Services: The Assessment of Taxation on the ICT Sector in TheGambia Country:                                 The Republic of the Gambia Project ID No:                       P122402 Grant IDA                              H713-GM ProjectTitle:             West AfricaRegional Communications Infrastructure Programme (WARCIP) ContractRef:                        WARCIP15/CS/010 ProcurementMethod:           Selection Method: IC Procurement Category:        Consultancy Services Deadline:                                15 September 2015 TheGovernment of The Gambia has received a grant from the World Bank (IDA) to support the connectivity of The Gambia on the AfricanCoast to Europe (ACE) as part of the West African Regional Communication Infrastructure program(WARCIP). The Gambia will  connect to the ACE project, which is anticipated to be an approximately 17,000 kmsubmarine cable system, connecting South Africa toEurope and potentially connecting up to 24 countries including a landing stationin The Gambia, which will serve as an international telecommunications gateway. TheProject Implementation Unit of West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme (WARCIP) therefore wishes to recruit anindividual consultant to carry out an assessment of taxation on the telecoms sector in The Gambia. The aim of the study is to investigate the impact of the various taxes and levies(central and local) on the ICT sector in the Gambia.  The study specifically isto: Assess the Gambia tax and levies (central and local) policieswith particular interest to the ICT sector;Assess the structure and levels of tax and levies (central andlocal) in the cost structure of the ICT sector;Explore the options of harmonizing Local Government Rates tocomplement Universal Service obligations;Compare tax policiesin the ICT sector in relation to othersectors in the GambiaAssess the impact of tax and levies related price increase onpenetration, traffic volumes, investment, and total turnover of operators and by extension on consumers;Explore and Evaluate the impact of tax  incentives (tax breaks) given to new entrantsSimulate a scenario of how modest adjustments in tax andlevies rate can impact ICT tariffs, the sector and the economy as a whole 1        Scope of Work The scope of work for the consultancy will be to: ·       Provide aninitial benchmarking and analysis of tax rates and levies ICT sector across some selected sample countries with similar social andeconomic features; ·       Providebenchmarking and analysis of tax rates and levies across the ICT sector in the industry in the Gambia; 2        Time Schedule The totaldurationof the assignment is estimated to last 12 weeks after the commencement of the assignment. 3        Qualification and Experience Theindividual consultant must possess the following qualifications and experience: A Masters degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Law, Engineering or related field.Specific and extensive experience in the assessment of the impact of macroeconomic policies such as taxationon business performance.The consultant should provide information on previous assignments similar to the one requested under thisassignment SELECTION METHOD: Shortlisted consultants will be selected on the basis ofExpressions of Interest submitted; selection shall be based on the Individual ConsultantSelection method in accordance with the guidelines "Selection and Employment of Consultants UnderIBRD Loans And IDACredits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers dated January 2011". SUBMISSION OF EOI: Expressions of interest shall be submitted to the undersigned on 15 September 2015, at 12:00 GMT,clearly marked"Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) Consulting Services for the Assessment of Taxationon the ICT Sector in The Gambia. Expressions of Interest can be submitted via email or in person to the address below. Interested firms mayobtain further information on the Terms of Reference at the address below during this period from 0800 to 1800 GMT Mondays toThursdays. Project Coordinator West Africa RegionalCommunications Infrastructure Programme (WARCIP) 10 Kairaba Avenue,Tel: 4399910 Email:sossehkumera@yahoo.comOR sholaj@hotmail.com

READ Project - P133079

Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education | Published June 16, 2015  -  Deadline July 15, 2015
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Development Of Communication Strategy For Ministry Of Baisc & Secondary Education (mobse) REPUBLIC OF THE GAMBIA Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education Willy Thorpe Place Building, Banjul The Gambia REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (CONSULTANT SERVICES) Country:The Republic of The Gambia ProjectTitles:  Results for EducationAchievement and Development (READ) Sector:  Ministry of Basic and SecondaryEducation (MoBSE) Consultancy Services: Development ofCommunication Strategy for Ministry of Basic & Secondary Education (MoBSE). ProjectID:  P133978 Expressions ofinterest The Government of TheGambia has receivedfinancing amounting to USD18.8 million from the World Bank towards the cost of the READ projects and intends to apply part of theproceeds for consultant services. Development ofCommunication Strategy for Ministry of Basic & Secondary Education (MoBSE). . The Ministry ofBasic and Secondary Education now invites eligible firmsto indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they arequalified to perform the services (description of similar assignments, experience in similar contracts, availability of appropriateskills among staff, etc.). Consultants may associate to enhance theirqualifications. A consultant will beselected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World BankBorrowers (currentedition). Interested eligible consultants may obtain further information fromthe Projects Coordination Unit, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education,Willy Thorpe Place Building, Banjul, The Gambia. DEVELOPMENT OFCOMMUNICATION STRATEGY FOR THE MINISTRY OFBASICAND SECONDARY EDUCATION  TERMS OFREFERENCE Background: The Gambia is located in West Africaand is bordered on three sides by Senegal. It has an estimated population of about 1.8 million (the last population census wascarried out in 2003) of which more than 60 percent are below the age of 24. The overall poverty headcount indexis estimated at 48.4 percent (upper poverty line: US$1.25 a day),[1]and 36.7 percent (lower poverty line: US$1.00)although the poverty headcount index declinedbetween 2003 and 2010, income inequality has not and is likely to increase.  In 2010,the poorest quintile of the population consumed only 5.6 percent of overall expenditures, while the wealthiest quintile wasconsuming 46.5 percent.  Unemployment primarily affects those who are young, urban,female, and better educated ? reflecting the weakness and lack of sophistication of the country's formaleconomy[2]. In the education sector, externalfinancing comprised more than 35percent of total education budget in 2009 thus showing a strong reliance on foreign aid. Thedevelopment partners (DPs) also played a key role in mitigating the impact of last year's drought on vulnerable families andproviding support to farmers. In addition to an economic rebound and boosting growth, development will necessarily have to includesound investments in education, health, and social protection. The new ESSP II 2014 ? 2022 provides a common platform with a strategic direction towards theimplementation of the revised education policy for basic and secondary education and the new policy for tertiaryand highereducation from 2013 and beyond. The Government has alsocompleted a mediumterm plan (2014-2017) anchored within the ESSP II to spell out the distinct priorities to be implemented in theshort and medium terms. The new strategy proposes a programmaticshift from programs based mainly on cycles of education (basic education, secondary education, tertiary education, technicalvocational education and training (TVET), quality assurance and sector management) to a more results-oriented programming withemphasis on implementable interventions within priority areas. The new programs are as follows: Access & Equity, Quality andRelevance, Research & Development, Science, Technology & Innovation and Sector Management. Each of these programs haspolicy priority areas that are linked to corresponding indicators, outputs and results. The traditional gender disparitieshave been eliminated in the early grades, and since 2006 girls have outnumbered boys in intake to grade 1 (50.8:49.2).  Howeverboys perform slightly better and are more likely to progress through the system. Atthe upper basic level, the GER stands at 68.9 percent for boys and 67.3 percent for girls, and the completion rate stands at 66.3percent for boys and 63.2 percent for girls. In a recent early grade reading assessment (EGRA), the consolidated score for girlswas 48.5 percent, compared with 51.9 percent for boys. In lower basic education, the GER is110 percent in region 1, but only 58 percent in region 5.  Disparities are alsoobserved across socio-economic status with wealthier students outperforming their poorer peers in the EGRA, with consolidatedscores of 59.1 and 48.5 respectively. In addition,the wealthiest students consume eight times more public education resources thanthe poorest. Enrollment in senior secondaryeducation has increased substantially since 2004, bringing the GER from 22 percent to 39 percent in 2013.  However accessremains constrained by the availability of places. Enrollment of boysis higher than that of girls(41.3 percent compared with 36.8 percent). Family income is strongly related to access to senior secondary education, as only 3percent of the poorest quintile enroll, compared to 50 percent of the wealthiest quintile. The share households contribute isparticularly high at the upper basic, senior secondary and TVET levels. At the lower basic level, 46 percent of education costs arecovered by households despitea school fee abolition policy in lower basic education. Even in public schools, private expendituresare high with informal levies including charges for registration fees and instructional materials. These informal costs ofeducation form a barrier in terms of access to schooling, particularly for the poorest families. The MOBSE through its dynamicleadership capacity has gained support for its education reforms. This is reflected in openness toexternal scrutiny, and ininvolving Teacher Unions, external partnersand other stakeholders. The education development partnersare meeting with Government on a semi-annual basis to review progress towards the achievement of objectives as laid out in thenational education strategy. This provides for a strong exchange and discussion of sectoral challenges, results achieved, andrecommendations for improvement, The Government is also carrying outregular visits to discuss withparents, communities, and education stakeholders through the CCMs that are being held every twomonths in a different region of the country. A system of  school report cards has beenintroduced to provide an opportunity to provide feedback from grassroots levels ?the report card is a simple way to assessthesatisfaction levels of beneficiaries in terms of education service delivery and is suitable for an illiterate population as itinvolvespictograms and corresponding case checking. The Government also organizes traditional round tables during which sensitivediscussions are taking place and for which buy-in at all levels is being though-one such circle was held to sensitize teachers totake part in the in-serviceteacher training program after having been evaluated. The two Ministries of Education(MOBSE and MOHERST), collaboration and coordination have been strengthened over the past year through the regular inter-ministerialsenior management meetings and CCMs to discuss sector wide issues. Until now and despite all the achievements, communication has been ad hoc, anda cohesive communication strategy is required for more effective communication with all constituents. The strategy isexpected toaddress both internal and external elements (TV, radio, newsletters, documentary, and website) as well as attempt to build andimprove upon strategic partnerships with external players who can support MOBSE's work. The communication strategy will alsoencompass dissemination strategies involving community/opinion leaders to influence behavior changes. Objective: The Government of The Gambia throughthe Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MOBSE) seeks to develop a strong communication strategy to positively impact visibility and public outreach, behaviors and attitudes, and enhance stakeholder engagement aboutMOBSE's work.This includes the sharing of best practices across regions, as well as communication campaigns for new/updatedinitiatives as well various programs. It will also provide opportunities for a bottom-up approach, ensuring opportunities forconstituents to voice their opinions through feedback mechanisms. Scope ofWork: The Government of The Gambia through theMinistry of Basic and SecondaryEducation (MOBSE) is seeking the services of a Communication Consultant who will provide initial thinking, advice, and inputs todevelop a comprehensive communication program for MOBSE. The Consultant will primarily spearhead the development of a StrategicCommunication Program (SCP) including its architecture and aroadmap that will be the basis for the elaboration and implementationofa systematic communication intervention during the implementation of the project. The Consultant, as part of the design of the SCP,willalso advise on building capacity (if and as necessary) in the countryso that the communication program is implementedprofessionally with greater effectiveness. Responsibilities: The Consultant is expected to implement the assignment in TWO PHASES.The Consultant is expected to undertake, but not limited to, the following key activities in each phase: Phase ONE: 15days 1.      Communication Needs Assessment (CNA): The Communication Consultant will undertake a diagnostic of the overall communication and information environment relevantto MoBSE. Following are some of the major elements of this exercise: -                Map different stakeholders and identify their level of influence - positive and negative, interests, andhow to effectively communicate them; -                Analyze the media and communication channels thatwill be critical to sharing information, build consensus and support the project objectives; -                Assess the existing communication dynamics ? such as how the stakeholders receive and processinformation,traditional forms of information dissemination practices, new media and technology, social interaction, etc. -                Evaluate the communication capacity of the relevant institutions ? both Government and non-government ?that are involved in the implementation and/or managing theimplementation of the MoBSE communicationprogram; -                Identify strategic approach for engaging stakeholders including institutions through various communicationchannels in order to build a climate conducive to promoting the key project issues; -                Review of existing communication activities (if there is any) on theseissues; -                Identify the linkages between the other information dissemination activities and the READ StrategicCommunication Program; -                Identify the linkages and areas of collaboration with other relevant ongoing or upcoming developmentprojects/programs. 2.      Data Collection/Research: Theproject plans to conduct qualitative and quantitative research in orderto gauge the level of knowledge and understanding of the keystakeholders, their attitudes, and perceptions with respect to the key projectissues. The Communication Consultant is expected tolead and work with qualified personnel in the preparation and implementation of this research activity. Once the research iscompleted, the Consultant will analyze the results of the research and use the findings to incorporatethem into the development ofthe project's Strategic Communication Program. Phase TWO: 30days 3.      Develop a Strategic Communication Program: The project's Strategic Communication Program will primarily be based on the findings of the CNA and theResearch findings. The Communication Program will consist of, but notlimited to, the following major elements: (i) A Communication Strategy that will set avision, identify challenges, and elaborate a plan of action to achieve the communication objectivescontributing to the successfulimplementation of the MOBSE's communication strategy.  It is important to discuss withMOBSE throughout the development of the strategy so that it will be successfully implementable. Also, it will consider to establisha communication unit in MOBSE; (ii) A Communication Action Plan that will havespecific communication objectives, internal and external audiences, messages, communication channels, type of media, frequency,evaluation, etc; (iii) A Monitoring and Evaluation System that willinclude opinion research, tracking system, media monitoring, focus groups, and evaluation of major communication activities to beidentified and listed on the Communication Action Plan. (iv) A Capacity-Building and Knowledge ManagementPlan will include the types of skills training, institutional arrangements, knowledge creationand sharing activities that wouldbe required to strengthen the capacity of key stakeholders including Government and non-government institutions to design andmanage the implementation of a Strategic Communication program. (v) An Implementation planwill describe how the communication strategyis going to be implemented.  It will include a tentative budget for each activity afterdiscussing with the government howmuch is available. Deliverables and Timeline forPHASE ONE Deliverables Timeline Remarks 1.      A brief Inception Report outlining the concept and proposed timeline of specificactivitiesfor: (a) Project  Communication Program; (b) Communication Needs Assessment (CNA) exercise. 3 days This report will be very brief (2-3 pages). 2.      A Draft Communication Based Assessment --CNA Report 12 days The report should be focused on the specific points and issues that would provide major inputs in thedesign of the project's communication program and NOT focus on the theoretical and conceptual discussions oncommunication. Deliverables and Timeline forPHASE TWO Deliverables Timeline Remarks 3.      A Draft Communication Program document that consists of: (i) Vision and Objectives; (ii) CommunicationStrategy; (iii) Communication Action Plan; (iv) Monitoring & Evaluation Mechanism; (v) Capacity buildingplan. 3 weeks 4.      Technical working sessions to discuss strategy and actionplan 1 or 2 days MOBSE, academia, LEG, WB, otherstakeholders 5.      A Final Communication Program document 1.5 weeks The final communication program document will include the comments and suggestions from thereviewers. Period of Performance and theConditions of Work: A total maximum: 45days This consultancy will involve a contractof maximum 15 days for implementing Phase-1 of the assignment. The contract may be extended for implementing Phase-2 based on the performancein Phase-1 and readiness for the implementation of the second phase. The Phase-2 is expected to involve another 30 days of services of the Consultant. ReportingRequirements: The Consultant will work under the leadership ofDPS Programs, Ministry ofBasic & Secondary Education MOBSE.The Consultants will coordinate closely with the key Government departments and organizations as advised. SelectionCriteria: The successful candidate will be a senior communication professional with aminimum of 10-12 years of experience in the field of communication and development projects/programs. S/he will have the ability tointeract effectively across socio-political, economic, and cultural affiliations. In addition, the candidate is expected to have the followingqualifications: Proven experience in designing andmanaging public communication programs;Solid understanding of and abilityto apply communication tools and techniques, including the ability to analyze and use researchdata;Strong management skills in planningand financial managementof communication work;Educational background incommunication, journalism, social sciences, public affairs, political science, and internationalrelations;Knowledge and understanding ofsocio-political, economic, andcultural background of the country and the region; ·         Excellent writing and presentation skills in English language; ·         Demonstrated interpersonal and diplomatic skills, as well as the ability to communicate effectively with all stakeholdersand to present ideas clearly and effectively; proven ability to work in a collaborative and multi-stakeholder teamenvironment; ·         Regional and international experience in similar work would be an added advantage. Expressions of interest must bedelivered to the address below by the 15th July,2015. The ProjectManager Projects Coordination Unit(PCU) Ministry of Basic and SecondaryEducation Willy Thorpe Place Banjul, TheGambia Tel; (220)4228522/4225841 Email; pm.pcu@educagambia.com

WARCIP - APL-1B: , GN, BF - P122402

West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program | Published March 2, 2015  -  Deadline March 19, 2015
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Consultancy On Domain Name Transfer And Re-delegation Republic of theGambia West Africa Regional CommunicationInfrastructure Program (WARCIP) The Gambia Project KairabaAvenue, TheGambia Phone: (220) 4399910 Email: sossehkumera@yahoo.com Request for Expressions of Interest Financing:               World Bank/ Government of theGambia Abstract:               Domain Name Transfer and Re-Delegation Country:                                 The Republic of the Gambia Project ID No:           P122402 Grant IDA                  H713-GM Project Title:              West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program(WARCIP) Contract Ref:             WARCIP15/CS/004 Procurement Method:           Individual Consultancy (IC) Procurement              ConsultancyServices Category: Deadline:                  18 March at 12:00 GMT BACKGROUND The Government of the Gambia secured a grant of $35 million under theWorld Bank West Africa Regional Communication and Infrastructure Programme (WARCIP) to fund its participation in the ACE SubmarineCable Consortium that constructed a submarine fibre optic cable from France to be extended up to South Africa. This cable systemprovides a branching unit and cable landing station in The Gambia at an estimated cost of $25 million. The remaining $10 millionprovides for institutional support, capacity building and creation of the enabling environment to facilitate the optimumutilization of the infrastructure for broadband development and socialinclusion in the country. Acountry code top level domain name(ccTLD) is used in the Internet DNS to identify a country, for example ".ch" for Switzerland. The rules and policies forregistering domain names in the ccTLDs vary significantly by country. Generally speaking, the ccTLDmanagers (called registries) are entities that are legally (and often operationally) resident in the concerned country orterritory. Registries should strive to tailor operations to best serve the users: l   Ensure minimum technical standards are met. l   Strive for best practice. l   Operate with policy that suits local requirements. There is currently no Government involvement in the administration of thedot-gm ccTLD. It ismanaged by a Norwegian company. In accordancewith international bestpractice, the transfer and re-delegation of the dot-gm should be doneto a local entity, representing thelocal Internet community. Management of the domain in the country, will better position the Gambia to move forward in the globalworld of the Internet with the full support of the Government of the Gambia. In view of theconstant growth in the number of local Internet users, and having regard to the vital importance of this service in thecontext ofglobalization; considering also that the ccTLD is a strategic resource of public interest, and is therefore related to nationalsovereignty; the Gambia is planning to set up and migrate to an entity whichwill be charged with the responsibility to manage both the administrative and technical aspects of the Dot-gm ccTLD registry withinthe country.The Project Implementation Unit of West Africa Regional CommunicationsInfrastructure Programme (WARCIP) therefore wishes to recruit an individual consultant to spearhead the Domain Name Transfer ande-DelegationProcess for The Gambia. OBJECTIVES The consultant will advise the Government of the Republicof The Gambia ona strategy for transfer,re -delegation and management of the dot-gmccTLD, in order to fosterdevelopment that improves Internet usage penetration and administration in the Gambia. 3.     SCOPE OFWORKS The scope of work will consist but notlimited to the following: Engage the current domain nameadministrator to have a general understanding of how the domain name registry is managed together with the correspondinginfrastructure. The arrangement for disclosure will be undertaken by the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure(MOICI).Recommend and superviseestablishmentof organisational structure, Administrator and Infrastructure to hostthe DNS andRegistry.Recommend standards for themigrationof the DNS and IP addresses.Develop technical specificationsfor hardware and software needed (e.g. servers, routers, switches, PC, connectivity, diversity, security, scalability, software andtools).Supervise the setting-up of theinfrastructure and seamless migration of the content of the domain to recommended location in theGambiaBuild capacity of local staff tomanage the registry in the Gambia for sustainabilityAdvise and work with (MOICI) on there-delegation of the domain to local entity in the Gambia.Collaborate with the current domainadministrator and MOICI to formulate a strategy to shorten the re-delegation process as much as possible in the process of engagingICANN andIANA.Advise on the necessaryadministrative structure and of the Board of Trustees with community participation and define registry management policies.Fully participate in the transition and oversee the administration and operation of the new Registry in the Gambia for aperiod of three months, following the completion of the transfer. 4.     REPORTING AND TIME SCHEDULE I.         Provision of technicalspecifications for hardwareand software to be procured for the management of the ccTLD. II.        Develop a report on the overall Structure and management of the ccTLD,clearly outlining the governance structure, staffing and associated responsibilities. III.    Develop atraining manual to serve management and operational guidelines for the operation of the registry and instructions on relations withregistrants. IV.    The consultant will submit reports in hardand soft copies. V.       The Consultant/Contractor is required to complete the assignment of setting-up the infrastructure andre-delegation for the dot-GM within 120 days after signing the contract, and oversee the effective and efficient operation of thenew Registry in the Gambia for an additional period of 90 days. 5.     QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE The consultingfirm should have the followingqualifications, experience, skills, and knowledge: The consultant/Contractor should be an individual, experienced in ICT, telecommunications and Computer Science combine with relatedaspects of the Internet. Should have proven experience on Internet Communication (DomainName Service, Management ofInternet Name Space, IXP, routingtechnologies ie. IPV6, government and businessoperations in Africa. At a minimum the consultant should possess advance knowledge inccTLD Registry operations,Domain Name Services, ICANN, IANA and AfriNIC policies and procedures.  An Expert with advanced qualifications in computing plus a minimum of10 years experience intelecommunication networks and Internet technologies deployment will be an advantage. Experience in conducting similar assignments could be and added advantage especially inAfrica. SELECTIONMETHOD: Shortlisted consultants will be selected on the basis of Expressions of Interestsubmitted; selection shall be based onthe Individual Consultant method in accordance with the guidelines "Selection and Employment of Consultants Under IBRD Loans And IDA Credits & Grants by WorldBank Borrowers dated January 2011". 7.     SUBMISSION OF EOI: Expressions of interest shall be submitted to the undersigned on 18 March2015, at 12:00 GMT, clearly marked"Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) Consulting Services on Domain Name Transfer and Re-Delegation for The Gambia.Expressions of Interest can be submittedvia email or in person to the address below. Interested firms may obtain further information at the address below duringthis period from 0800 to 1800 GMT Mondays to Thursdays. PROJECTCOORDINATOR West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme(WARCIP) 10 Kairaba Avenue, (opposite the Serrekunda West Mini Stadium) Tel: 4399910 Email:sossehkumera@yahoo.com OR sholaj@hotmail.com

WARCIP - APL-1B: , GN, BF - P122402

West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program | Published March 2, 2015  -  Deadline March 23, 2015
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Consultancy To Formulate A National Cyber-security Strategy For The Gambia Republicof the Gambia West Africa Regional CommunicationInfrastructure Program (WARCIP) The Gambia Project KairabaAvenue, TheGambia Phone: (220) 4399910 Email: sossehkumera@yahoo.com Request for Expressions of Interest Financing:                  World Bank/Government of the Gambia Abstract:                               Consultancy to Formulate a National Cyber-Security                                  Strategy for The Gambia. Country:                                 The Republic of the Gambia Project ID No:                       P122402 Grant IDA                              H713-GM Project Title:                         West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (WARCIP) Contract Ref:                        WARCIP15/CS/003 ProcurementMethod:           Selection Method: Consultant's Qualifications(CQS) Procurement Category:        Consultancy Services Deadline:                  23 March at 12:00 GMT BACKGROUND The formulation of a National cyber security strategy for the Gambia is a key component of theimplementation of the African convention of Cyber Security within the Global Cyber Security agenda. The strategy will therefore,contribute to the Global crusade on cyber security, thereby, position the Gambia to be more responsive to Cyber attacks and relatedincidence at national, regional and international levels. Under the WARCIP project,funding is available to support the formulation a National Cyber SecurityStrategy which will constitute the necessary pillars and action plans. The funds will be used for consultancy services to definethe various parameters and plans for a National Cyber Security Strategic framework for implementation. TheProject Implementation Unit of West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme (WARCIP) therefore wishes to recruit aConsultant Firm to Formulate a NationalCyber-Security strategy or The Gambia. OBJECTIVES This study, geared toward the formulation of a holistic National Strategy on CyberSecurity and action plan, aims to strengthen legal instruments as well as expand existing institutional structures and creating newones, with a view to addressing concerns such as, but not limited to the following: National legislation supporting internationalcooperation;Constructing the institutions and building capacity necessaryfor law enforcement to address the issues of cyber security/ cybercrime/ evidential issues/ privacy andcyber-contracts;Requirements of aCERT/CIRT;Public awareness onInternet security and cyber laws;The aim is to engage the services of a Consultancy firm toformulate an inclusive cyber security strategy and plans to be implemented in the short term. This will, therefore, position theGambia as country with the necessary instruments to combat and respond to cyber-attacks and relatedcrime3.    SCOPE OF WORKS The scope of work will consist but not limited to thefollowing; The Gambia's Cyber security strategy willeffectively responseto cybercrime and therefore, must be holistic, multi-stakeholder, and embody a 'whole ?of-government approach' that ensurescross-ministerial engagement and cooperation. To ensure those criticalaspects, the current context of The Gambia's cybercrime capacity must be evaluated. Central to the mandate andvision of theStrategy, that the Initiative aims to build on related work previously completed in the countries, and thereby avoid duplication ofeffort. The following is relevant to thecontext of undertaking theassignment in the Gambia: Identify and define therelevant pillars that constitute building blocks to develop a comprehensive cyber security program in the Gambia.Review and examine theneed to revise relevant provisions of the Information and Communication Act in 2009 which includes legislation on: a.     computermisuse and cybercrime b.    electronic records and ElectronicSignatures c.     Electronic transactions d.    Personal data protection 3.     The Gambia is party to the formulation of the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and intends to leverage onprovisions of the convention in the formulation of the Nationalthe strategy. Propose relevant legislations.The Consultantis expected to deliver support in a way that is targeted, coherent and meaningful, withthe support of a National Technical WorkingGroup. To this end, the consultant will evaluate relevant factors and capabilities, such as legislation in place, law enforcementand technical capacity. The analysis of the current capacity will be assessed through meetings and workshops with relevantstakeholders. Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure (MOICI) through WARCIP will be responsible to coordinate thearrangements for meetings and workshops between the consultant and stakeholders. The meetingsand workshops will enable the consultant to elicit information for the development of a strategy. Consultations will also targetindication of available resources from Government and propose required assistance for the implementation of the strategy.Government commitment for this purpose as well as agree on required assistance and appropriate oversight structure forexecution ofthe implementation plan.The strategy to be produced will set out details,scope, plans and any related costs of support to implementation. 4.     REPORTING AND TIME SCHEDULE The consultant isexpected to deliver the followingin a coherent and timely manner in relation to an agreed work programme. Draft work program andbudgetSetting up a National Technical Committee forsectoral inputs to the assignmentReport on outcome ofconsultation with keystake holders. Guidelines for the first stakeholdersconsultative workshop Firstdraft report and action plan withproposals and/or recommendations on: a.      Pillars of the a sound Cyber securityStrategy framework b.     National legislations supporting international cooperation c.      Institution and Capacity building necessary to address issues of Cyber security, cybercrime, evidence issues,intellectual property and cyber-contracts d.     Setting-up computer emergency response team(CERT) / Computer Incidence ResponseTeam. e.      Action Planto implement the pillar defined under the strategy Validation workshop of multi-stakeholders on the draft strategy and action planSubmission of the Final National Cyber-security Strategy and action plan forimplementation5.     QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE The consulting firmshould have the followingqualifications, experience, skills, and knowledge: The consultant(s) should be a firm experienced in ICTpolicy development, legal frameworks, regulatory and operational aspects of telecommunications. Members of the firm should have experience on Internet Communication technology, protocols andsecurity.Experience working in developing countries in general and in Africa in particular is an added advantage.  Legal specialist, regulatory and ICTpolicyexpertise with advanced qualifications in Legal Studies plus a minimum of 10years work experience in the ICT sector is required ofkey personnel in the firm.Experience in conducting similar assignments could be and added advantage particularly inAfrica. SELECTIONMETHOD: Shortlisted consultants will be selected on the basis of Expressions of Interestsubmitted; selection shall be based onthe Consultant's Qualifications (CQS) method in accordance with the guidelines"Selection and Employment of Consultants Under IBRD Loans And IDA Credits & Grants by WorldBank Borrowers dated January 2011". 7.     SUBMISSION OF EOI: Expressions of interest shall be submitted to the undersigned on 23 March2015, at 12:00 GMT, clearly marked "Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) Consulting Servicesto Formulate a National Cyber-Security Strategy for The Gambia. Expressions of Interest can be submitted via email or in person to the address below. Interestedfirms may obtain further information at the address below during this period from 0800 to 1800 GMT Mondays to Thursdays. PROJECTCOORDINATOR West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme(WARCIP) 10 Kairaba Avenue, (opposite the Serrekunda West Mini Stadium) Tel: 4399910 Email:sossehkumera@yahoo.com OR sholaj@hotmail.com
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