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Technical consultancy for a rapporteur of the MENA Education Network (MedNET meeting)

United Nations Children's Fund | Published October 27, 2015  -  Deadline November 4, 2015
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Technical consultancy for a rapporteur of the MENA Education Network ( MedNET meeting) . Please see further details in the attached document.

Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) Consultancy for Development of a business model for the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Programme (TVET)

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East | Published March 13, 2016
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Request for Expression of Interest(EOI) Consultancy for Development of a business model for the  Technical and Vocational Education and Training Programme (TVET)

LRFP-2015-9117258 Building National Capacities for Disaster Risk Reduction Unit/ Committee at the Ministry of Education in Jordan

United Nations Children's Fund | Published February 16, 2015  -  Deadline February 25, 2015
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This Request for Proposal - LRFP is posted for UNICEF Jordan Country Office. Dear Sir, In reference to the above mentioned subject, we are pleased to invite your kind to our Request For Proposal no. LRFP-2015-9117258 Building National Capacities for Disaster Risk Reduction Unit/ Committee  at the Ministry of Education in Jordan. You are kindly requested to submit your best Proposal to menarobids@unicef.org (Secure E-mail) no later than 12:00 Noon Amman Time on 25.02.2015, otherwise it will be considered as not valid. P.S. Only offers received at menarobids@unicef.org will be valid, any offer received through any other e-mail will be considered as not valid. VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: All inquiries or explanations required from your side will be accepted ONLY through e-mail to fhaddadin@unicef.org. Please ensure that Technical Proposal and Price Proposal are sent in a separate emails. Each email should indicate the Tender Number and Technical or Price Proposal in the subject line.  The Price Proposal must be submitted in an email separate from the rest of the proposal.  Prices or rates shall not appear in any other part of the proposal.” PLEASE NOTE: email should not exceed 10MB (10 000 kilo bytes). If bid response is larger than 10MB, please zip the files or divide response into separate files and send in multiple emails instead.

Education Services in Za’atari and Azraq Refugee Camps (Adult basic skills, After-school learning, day-care)

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women | Published June 21, 2016
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UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts,UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors. UN Women is also increasing its engagement in humanitarian response through interagency collaboration.

UN Women works at multiple levels to respond to the specific needs of Syrian women refugees and communities. In Za’atari refugee camp it implements a multi-sectoral protection and support programme safe spaces for women and girls, one of which is run in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP). The overall goal of the project is to empower vulnerable Syrian women refugees through increased access to self-reliance opportunities and meaningful engagement in community life to put in place the foundational cornerstones for increased self-reliance and durable solutions for the ‘day after’ in Syria. This work seeks to: a) Create and sustain access to self-reliance opportunities for Syrian women refugees through cash for work activities b) Build a conducive environment for increasing Syrian women refugees’ active participation in decision-making processes in the camp including meaningful engagement in community mobilizations efforts; c) Increase awareness on women rights and responsibilities for an inclusive, equitable and peaceful society through training, enhancement of life skills and other social cohesion approaches; this includes addressing prevention and response to gender based violence though awareness raising, trainings, and referrals to service providers of psychosocial, health, and legal services as appropriate.

To this end UN Women manages three safe spaces for women and girls – Oasis’s – across Za’atari refugee camp, one managed with the WFP. These host on average of 16,000 visitors per year for services covering incentive-based volunteering, protection referral services, adult basic skills services, after-school learning support, day care services, leadership training, awareness raising and social recreation such as dance classes. UN Women and WFP are in the process of rolling out this package of services in Azraq camp –through one centre with services tailored to the specifics of Azraq camp.

LRFP-2015-9120171 – Technical Support for the development of the Citizenship Education Project in the MENA Region

United Nations Children's Fund | Published July 27, 2015  -  Deadline August 3, 2015
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This Request for Proposal for Services (RFPS) is posted for the UNICEF MENA Regional Office in Jordan. Eligible and qualified individual contractors/service providers are encouraged to send in their proposal(s) by the response deadline. Please find attached the LRFP-2015-9120171 Summary Page [PDF] All relevant information is contained in the attached documents.

SUPPORT TO BUILDING ACTIVE LABOR MARKET - P145241

 | Published May 3, 2016
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Management For Job Readiness And Placement Program(including Consultancy Services, Management Information Systemand Payment Coordination)(fc011)awarded To Dajani Consulting TheHashemite Kingdome of Jordan World Bank, Credit #: TF 016138 Jo SUPPORT TO BUILDING ACTIVE LABOR MARKET PROGRAM (ALMP) Credit#: TF 016138 P145241 Contract for Services Management for Job Readiness and Placement Program (Including consultancy services, Management Information System and PaymentCoordination) (FC011) Lump-Sum Between EMPLOYMENT-TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAININGFUND (E-TVETFUND) And DajaniConsulting Contract for SERVICES Lump-Sum Between EMPLOYMENT-TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAININGFUND (E-TVETFUND) And DajaniConsulting Dated:  November 2015 CONTRACT FOR Services for Management for Job Readiness and PlacementProgram (Including consultancy services, Management Information System and PaymentCoordination SMALL ASSIGNMENTS LUMP-SUM PAYMENTS (IBRD/IDA FINANCED) CONTRACT No. [FC011] (i)                            THIS CONTRACT ("Contract") is entered into this [1st of December 2015], by and between  [the EMPLOYMENT-TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING FUND (E-TVETFUND)] ("the Client") having its principal placeofbusiness at [Jordan Amman- 8th circle Building no.380],and [DajaniConsulting] ("the Consultant") having its principal officelocated at [Amman-106 Wadi Saqra St.- City Plaza ? 2ndfloor, tel: 064616106]. WHEREAS, the Client wishes to have theConsultant perform the services hereinafter referred to, and WHEREAS, the Consultant is willing to performthese services, NOW THEREFORE THE PARTIES hereby agree asfollows: 1.   Services (i)        The Consultant shall perform theservices specified in Annex A, "Terms of Reference and Scope of Services," which is made an integral part of this Contract ("theServices"). (ii)       The Consultant shall provide the personnellisted in Annex B, "Consultant's Personnel," to perform the Services. (iii)      The Consultant shall submit to the Client the reports in the formand within the time periods specified in AnnexC, "Consultant's Reporting Obligations." 2.   Term The Consultant shallperform the Services during the period commencing [1stof December 2015] and continuing through [30 June 2016], or any other periodas may be subsequently agreed by the parties in writing. 3.   Payment A.       Ceiling For Services rendered pursuantto Annex A, the Client shall pay the Consultant anamount not to exceed [253420.56USD].  This amount has been established based on the understanding that itincludesall of the Consultant's costs and profits as well as any tax obligation that may be imposed on theConsultant. B.       Schedule ofPayments 20% upon contract signature and projectcommencement30% at completion of setup and delivery of afunctioning MIS and registration system and a minimum of 5000 eligible participants to be registered and grouped according to thedesign of the voucher program by the end of the 3rd month of the projectduration .30% upon delivery of theauditing reportsincluding monitoring of beneficiaries (participation& drop-outs), payment of beneficiaries (employers &employees),  covering the period from the4th month till the 13thmonth20% upon delivery of thefinal reports finalreport. C.        Payment Conditions Payment shall be made in [Jordanian Dinarsor US dollars            ], no later than30 days following submission bythe Consultant of invoices in duplicate to the Coordinator designated in paragraph 4. Payments shall be madeto Consultant's bank account : Dajani Consulting Bank Name:  Jordan Kuwait bank Bank Branch: Jubaiha Account no.:JKBA2140001742500012000000 Swift code:  JKBAJOAM IBAN: JO72JKBA2140001742500012000000 4.   ProjectAdministration A.       Coordinator. The Clientdesignates Mr./Ms. [Seba Abdallat / Monitoring and Evaluation officer] asClient's Coordinator; the Coordinator will be responsible for the coordination of activities under this Contract, for acceptanceand approval of the reports and of other deliverables by the Client and for receiving and approving invoices for thepayment. B.       Reports. The reportslisted in Annex C,"Consultant's Reporting Obligations," shall be submitted in the course of the assignment, and will constitute the basis for thepayments to be made under paragraph 3. 5.   PerformanceStandards 6. Inspections and Auditing TheConsultant undertakes to perform the Services with the highest standards of professional and ethical competence and integrity.  The Consultant shall promptly replace any employees assigned under this Contract that theClient considers unsatisfactory. TheConsultant shall permit, and shallcause its Sub-Consultants to permit, the Bank and/or persons or auditors appointed by the Bank toinspect and/or audit its accounts and records and other documents relating to the submission of the Proposal toprovide the Servicesand performance of the Contract. Any failure to comply with this obligation may constitute a prohibited practice subject tocontract termination and/or the imposition of sanctions by the Bank (including without limitation s determination of ineligibility)inaccordance with prevailing Bank's sanctions procedures. 7.  Confidentiality The Consultants shall not, during the term ofthis Contract and within two years after its expiration, disclose any proprietary or confidential information relating to theServices, this Contract or the Client's business or operations without the prior written consent of theClient. 8.   Ownership ofMaterial Any studies reports or other material, graphic,software or otherwise, prepared by the Consultant for the Client under the Contract shall belong to and remain the property of theClient.  The Consultant may retain a copy of such documents and software[1]. 9.   Consultant Not to be Engaged inCertain Activities The Consultant agrees that, during the term ofthis Contract and after its termination, the Consultants and any entity affiliated with theConsultant, shall be disqualified fromproviding goods, works or services (other than consulting services that would not give rise to a conflict of interest) resultingfrom or closely related to the ConsultingServices for the preparation or implementation of theProject 10. Insurance The Consultant will be responsible for takingout any appropriate insurance coverage. 11. Assignment The Consultant shall not assign this Contract orsub-contract any portion of it without the Client's prior written consent. 12. Law Governing Contract and Language The Contract shall be governed by the laws of [The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan ], and the language of the Contract shall be [English] 13. Dispute Resolution Any dispute arising out of the Contract, whichcannot be amicably settled between the parties, shall be referred to adjudication/arbitration in accordance with the laws of theClient's country. 14. Termination The Client may terminate thisContract with at least ten (10) working days prior written notice to the Consultant after the occurrence of any of the eventsspecified in paragraphs (a) through (d) of this Clause: (a)     If the Consultant does not remedy a failure inthe performance of its obligations under the Contract within seven (7) working days after being notified, or within any furtherperiod as the Client may have subsequently approved in writing; (b)     If the Consultant becomes insolvent orbankrupt; (c)     If the Consultant, in the judgment of theClient or the Bank, has engaged in corrupt, fraudulent, collusive, coercive, or obstructive practices (as defined in the prevailingBank's sanctions procedures) in competing foror in performing the Contract. (d)      If the Client, in its sole discretion and for any reason whatsoever, decides to terminate thisContract. FOR THE CLIENT                                     FOR THECONSULTANT Signed by___________________                 Signed by____________________ Title:______________________                   Title:________________________

Services to provide technical support to GBD (General Budget Department) in reviewing the budget templates and circular from a gender perspective ‘Increasing Accountability in Financing for Gender Eq

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women | Published June 17, 2015  -  Deadline July 12, 2015
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~~Subject: Request for Proposal (RFP) for providing technical expertise to the GBD (General Budget Department) in reviewing the budget templates and circular from a gender perspective and provide training for the GBD staff and the gender focal points in Ministry Of Labour(MOL), Ministry Of Health(MOH), Ministry of Education(MOE) and Ministry of Social Development (MOSD)on GRB and in using the new templates. The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in Jordan plans to procure the services of a qualified firm to provide technical expertise to the GBD (General Budget Department) in reviewing the budget templates and circular from a gender perspective and provide training for the GBD staff and MOL, MOH and MOSD in using the new templates, as described in this Request for Proposal and its related annexes. UN Women now invites sealed proposals from qualified proposers for providing the requirements as defined in these documents. =========== ~Terms of Reference for providing technical expertise for GDB ‘INCREASING ACCOUNTABILITY IN FINANCING FOR GENDER EQUALITY (F4GE)’ 1. BACKGROUND & Justification In response to calls from gender equality advocates for increased accountability for implementation of gender equality commitments in economic policies and financing decisions related to aid and domestic resources, UN Women is  implementing the programme Increasing Accountability in Financing for Gender Equality (2012-2015) funded by the EU and Spain. The programme aims at increasing the volume and effective use of aid and domestic resources to implement national commitments to gender equality and women's empowerment. The programme is being  implemented in 15 countries (Ethiopia, Haiti, Honduras, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Nicaragua, oPt, Senegal, Ukraine, Cameroon, Tanzania, Nepal, Peru, Bolivia and Rwanda) in close partnership with the European Commission (EC), ITC/ILO building on the results of collaboration in the area of gender responsive budgeting and aid effectiveness carried out over the past years. In Jordan, the programme will focus on support national efforts on:  Support the efforts of national partners in the development of the Strategy on Gender Equality with defined targets, financing and implementation arrangements aligned with the Medium Term Development Framework;  Strengthening capacities of CSOs, women’s organizations, parliamentarians and the media to participate in planning and monitoring of sectoral budgets, and to demand accountability for gender equality;  Strengthening capacities of government partners and donor organizations on development and aid effectiveness and incorporation gender priorities in sectoral plans and budgets. With the overall aim to ensure effective programme implementation, UNWomen plans to hire a firm to provide technical support to GBD in reviewing the budget circular and budget templates from a gender perspective .The selected firm will also train the GBD staff and gender focal points in Ministry Of Labour (MOL), Ministry Of Health (MOH), Ministry of Education (MOE) and Ministry of Social Development (MOSD) on gender responsive budgeting and how to use the new modified templates. 2. Objectives of the Assignment Under the direct supervision of the project manager, the firm  will have to undertake the following tasks, which include, but not limited to:  Develop a workplan for carrying out the assignment, including specific activities to be carried out.  Establish a task force within the GBD and train the members of the taskforce on Gender Responsive budgeting.  Review the Jordanian current budget system and suggest changes/actions to be addressed /included for the implementation of GRB.  Revise the budget circular, budget preparation and execution templates and the budget circular from a gender perspective.  Conduct one training for the GBD   budget analysts and the gender focal points at the Ministries level on how to use the new modified templates.  Conduct two trainings for the GBD budget analysts and the gender focal points at the Ministries level on GRB (Gender Responsive Budgeting). 3. TIMEFRAME & DELIVERABLES Following in-depth preparatory work, the work will be conducted from 10 July-30 September 2015. There will be six main deliverables produced during this assignment:  Workplan:well defined approved workplan  Report on reviewing the Jordanian  budget system ;  Revised budget circular,  budget templates and budget law from a gender perspective;  Training reports including training materials, toolkits and other capacity development materials on GRB reviewed developed and delivered to target groups properly;  Final report including key achievements, recommendations, and final annexes.  PowerPoint Presentations to key achievements and results of the work undertaken. The following table provides an indicative timeframe and activities for the Evaluation and the corresponding deliverables: Table 2: Timeframe Timeframe Primary Activities Output 15 July  2015 Initial meetings with UNWomen and the GBD to finalise the workplan and the timeframe Timeframe and workplan in English 25 July 2015 Reviewing the Jordanian  budget system Report in English 15 August 2015 Revised budget circular, 6 budget templates and budget law from a gender perspective in Arabic and in English; Modified budget templates and circular in Arabic and in English 20 August -15 September 2015 Conduct three trainings for the GBD   budget analysts and the gender focal points at the Ministries level on how to use the new modified templates and on GRB. Training reports 15 -30 Sept The firm to submit a final approved report in English Final report in English This award will be granted for 3 months from the starting date of signing the agreement. The ceiling for this work is $50,000. 2 EVALUATION TEAM COMPOSITION & SKILLS The assignment will be conducted by a project Manager and up to four technical experts on Jordanian budget and GRB in Jordan. The project Manager will demonstrate experience and expertise in leading and coordinating the technical expertise.  The project manager will be responsible for internal team coordination, preparation of the work plan, and presentation of the deliverables to UN Women. Specifically, the Project Manager is expected to have the following expertise: • Experience at national and/or international levels, dealing with gender equality, local development, public administration and social policies with specific expertise on gender responsive budgeting (GRB) and public finance. • Proven experience in gender budget revision/expertise and/or developing knowledge products for GRB initiatives; • A strong record in designing and leading teams; • Expert data analysis skills; • Strong ability to translate complex data into effective, written reports; • Experience in gender analysis. • Process management and facilitation skills; • Experience in conducting capacity-building activities on GRB. • Fully understanding of the GRB experience in Jordan. • Fluency in Arabic and English is essential. • Excellent communication and presenting skills • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools. The technical experts should have skills in the following: • Significant experience in gender equality and women’s empowerment and/or financing for gender equality. • Experience in gender analysis. • Experience at national and/or international levels, dealing with gender equality, local development, public administration and social policies with specific expertise on gender responsive budgeting (GRB) and public finance. • Familiarity with gender-responsive planning and budgeting. • Experience in conducting capacity-building activities on GRB. • Fully understanding of the GRB experience in Jordan • Fluency in Arabic and English is essential. • Excellent communication and presenting skills • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools. TOR ANNEX A: Outline – Final Report Format The team can refine the report format as necessary, to be done in consultation with UNWomen.  Overall, the report should be written in the following structure: • Executive Summary (maximum 5 pages) • Project  Description • Review Purpose and Primary Objectives • Methodology • Main Findings • Lessons Learned • Conclusions • Recommendations • Annexes a. Documents reviewed b. Trainings conducted c. Modified templates and circular d. Terms of Reference

Animated Video services

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women | Published September 14, 2015  -  Deadline September 21, 2015
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~~Dear Sir / Madam: We are seeking the services for the design and production of an Animated Video and kindly request you to submit your quotation as per the Technical Specifications, detailed in Annex I of this RFQ. Based on the specifications presented below, UN Women is seeking requests for quotations from different vendors and companies. Companies interested in providing quotations for this assignment shall send their financial proposal along with the draft script and a digital video sample produced by their esteemed company (minimum 1.50 min) to the below specified address.  The draft script shall be based on the proposed structure outlined in the Annex II.  The technical steering committee of the joint programme will select the successful bidder for this assignment based both on the financial proposal as well as on the sample of work provided. Quotations may be submitted on or before 21 September 2015 and via ☑ e-mail,   ☑ courier mail    or ☐ facsimile   to the address below: UN Women Country Office for Jordan 6 Jeddah Street, Um-Uthaina Amman, Jordan 11195 P.O. Box 830896 Attn. Procurement Section jordan.procurement@unwomen.org Quotations submitted by email must be limited to a maximum of 10 MB, virus-free and no more than 3 email transmissions.  They must be signed and in .pdf format, free from any form of virus or corrupted contents, or the quotations shall be rejected. It shall remain your responsibility to ensure that your quotation will reach the address above on or before the deadline.  Quotations that are received by UN WOMEN after the deadline indicated above, for whatever reason, shall not be considered for evaluation. Conditions Payment Terms 30 days upon invoice Validity of Quotation             X      90 DAYS                       120 DAYS Preliminary Examination - Completeness of quotation. Partial bids permitted.           X Partial bids not permitted Value Added Tax on Price Quotation Must be exclusive of VAT and other applicable indirect taxes Contact Person for Inquiries (Written inquiries only) Mahasin Quza jordan.procurement@unwomen.org General Conditions of Contract For Goods and Services At any time during the validity of the quotation, no price variation due to escalation, inflation, fluctuation in exchange rates, or any other market factors shall be accepted by UN WOMEN after it has received the quotation.   At the time of award of Contract or Purchase Order, UN WOMEN reserves the right to vary (increase or decrease) the quantity of services and/or goods, by up to a maximum twenty five per cent (25%) of the total offer, without any change in the unit price or other terms and conditions. Any Contract or Purchase Order that will be issued as a result of this RFQ shall be subject to the General Conditions attached hereto.  The mere act of submission of a quotation implies that the vendor accepts without question the General Conditions of UN WOMEN herein attached. The UN Women has set out a vendor protest procedure intended to afford an opportunity to appeal to persons or firms not awarded a purchase order or contract in a competitive procurement process. It is not available to non-responsive or non-timely proposers/bidders or when all proposals/bids are rejected. In the event that you believe you have not been fairly treated, you can find detailed information about vendor protest procedures in the following link: http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/procurement/vendor-protest-procedure Thank you and we look forward to receiving your quotation. Sincerely yours, ================================================== Annex I: Specifications A. Background The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women.  Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination. The Convention provides the basis for realizing equality between women and men through ensuring women's equal access to, and equal opportunities in, political and public life - including the right to vote and to stand for election - as well as education, health and employment.  States parties agree to take all appropriate measures, including legislation and temporary special measures, so that women can enjoy all their human rights and fundamental freedoms. Countries that have ratified or acceded to the Convention are legally bound to put its provisions into practice.  They are also committed to submit national reports, at least every four years, on measures they have taken to comply with their treaty obligations. UN Women, UNFPA and UNICEF – in collaboration with the Jordanian National Commission for Women- joined forces to support the Government of Jordan in the submission of the 6th national report to the CEDAW Committee through a joint programme. With the objective of raising awareness on the importance of the CEDAW, UN Women – in its capacity of Managing Agent of the joint programme ‘Support the submission of the 6th National Periodic Report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)’ – is circulating the presented Specifications seeking quotations for the production of a creative animated video on the CEDAW. B. Objectives Under the guidance and supervision of the technical steering committee meeting of the joint programme ‘Support the submission of the 6th National Periodic Report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)’, the production company will assist participating UN Agencies in the production of a short animated video on the CEDAW. The main objectives of this assignment can be summarized as follows: - Design and produce an appealing product for the general public (Jordan) to illustrate the importance of the CEDAW in a simple and visually-engaging way; - Present all articles of the CEDAW and its Protocols using pertinent visuals and animations; - Produce a HD animated video, compatible for multiple platforms uploads. The technical steering committee will provide content guidance, data and key messages that can be used to develop the animated video. Members will also provide consolidated comments on scripts and rough cut and will provide guidance on graphic work based on institutional branding guidelines. C. Specifications - Significant and demonstrable previous experience in developing animated videos. - Previous experience in developing animated videos for awareness raising purposes desirable. - A creative approach to bring the CEDAW process alive on video. - Full application of UN brand identity. - Ensuring output is web-friendly for use on interactive UN websites and social media channels. D. Technical specifications Length: between 3 to 4 mins running time Language: Arabic (both voice-over and text), standard classic Arabic + English subtitles Background music: yes, company to provide it Color: HD colors Format: the videos should be delivered in a digital format that can be used on YouTube, and other digital media tools (open files) as well as in TV broadcast quality. E. Target audience The animated video is meant to be produced for the general public. It shall also serve as an informative and awareness raising tool for civil society organizations and community-based organizations engaged in the promotion of gender equality and women’s rights F. Deliverables 1. Submission of a detailed storyboard for the animated video (by 30 September 2015); 2. Submission of the first draft animated video (by 15 October 2015); 3. Submission of the final version of the animated video incorporating comments and inputs received by members of the technical steering committee (by 30 October 2015). 4. Post production: Motion graphics, animation and video editing as well as edit video G. Fees and Schedule of Payment The contractor will be remunerated based on the successful delivery of the product within the indicated timeframe and after the positive evaluation of the technical steering committee meeting of the joint programme ‘Support the submission of the 6th National Periodic Report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)’. H. Copyright The videos will pass to the exclusive ownership of UN Women, UNFPA, UNICEF and the Jordanian National Commission for Women including all use and distribution rights connected to them. ~~================================================== Annex II Proposed video structure The proposed structure of the animated video shall serve as guidance for the development of its script. Therefore, the script proposal shall encompass creative solutions to address all the below mentioned points taking into consideration cultural sensitiveness: 1. What is CEDAW? 2. Revising negative perceptions of the CEDAW 3. Key women’s rights promoted by the CEDAW (including statistics on Jordan) 4. Closing slogan

Jordan: As-Samra Wastewater Treatment Plant -The Second Expansion - Due Diligence

 | Published February 18, 2015  -  Deadline March 19, 2015
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Assignment Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) is currently working together with the Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ) on the Second Expansion of the As-Samra Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The Bank is considering providing assistance in preparing, financing and implementing a project, which would result in the increase of wastewater treatment capacity at the As-Samra WWTP (the Project or the Second Expansion), as part of a build-operate-transfer (BOT) arrangement with a private sector contractor (the Concessionaire).

The First Expansion, which is currently on-going, aims at expanding the WWTP treatment capacity by 97,800 m3 per day (an increase of more than one-third). These improvements were intended to meet the region’s wastewater treatment needs through 2025; however, due to certain external factors, this is no longer the case. The proposed Second Expansion would increase the capacity of the plant by an additional 100,000 - 145,000 m3 per day, and increase energy production on-site through the utilisation of treated sludge and bio-solids.

Therefore, the EBRD is seeking a consultant (the Consultant) to perform a technical, financial, legal and environmental and social due diligence in order to assess the feasibility of the Project and determine all key risks to its successful implementation.

The overall objective of the Consultant is to develop a Feasibility Study and the Minimum Technical Requirements (MTR) for the Second Expansion for the Bank’s review.
The Consultant shall perform a Technical, Financial, Legal Feasibility Study (FS) and an Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) of the Second Expansion, to review and confirm the main technical, economic and cost assumptions as well as analysing Environmental and Social (E&S) matters and taking into consideration, inter alia, the following:

- Government of Jordan’s public policy objectives;
- The Sponsors’ financial objectives; and
- The requirements of new and existing lenders and possible grantors in relation to the Second Expansion.

The Consultant shall also highlight all main benefits and risks, associated with the project development and operation against the EBRD’s Environmental and Social Performance (ESP) 2014 and related performance requirements, to the Project’s successful implementation, in order to enable the Bank to assess its feasibility.

If the Project is deemed feasible, the Consultant will have to develop a set of MTR which would form a basis for the Second Expansion evaluation and will provide a complete due diligence that will include technical, financial, legal and environmental and social aspects. The Consultant will ensure compliance of all project documentation with the Jordanian law, EU and other applicable standards, including relevant environmental, water, and public health standards. The Consultant will also provide support on all technical aspects of the Project as necessary during negotiation stage of the Project that will conclude at financial close (the Financial Close).

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The assignment is expected to start in mid-2015 and last for 15 months.

Maximum Budget available for the Assignment: EUR 500,000; exclusive of VAT.

The consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank's special status as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purhcased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

CLARIFICATION ON THE ASSIGNMENT SCOPE AND THE BUDGET: Within the proposed Maximum Budget the Consultant will be expected to provide technical support for the preparation of the Project, including the full feasibility study and specific transaction advisory support to financial close on technical matters only‎. The winning Consultant and its proposed experts will NOT be eligible to bid for or engage in any subsequent work on or in connection with or arising out of the Project as defined in this Procurement Notice, including but not limited to subsequent financial, legal, and procurement assignments‎ without the prior written consent of the Bank.

Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by the EBRD Technical Cooperation funds. Contracting will be subject to availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions; however, consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding from an appropriate donor.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with previous project experience in 1) preparation of feasibility studies for wastewater treatment projects; 2) preparation of contract specifications for wastewater treatment projects, which address, inter alia, contractual and financial issues concerning the structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical, automation and instrumentation, geotechnical, and environmental aspects of these facilities.

The Consultant shall provide an interdisciplinary team of experts with the necessary education, skill, and experience (as indicated by their submitted CVs) required for all aspects of the assignment. The team should have a strong background in the preparation of contract specifications for wastewater treatment projects, including demonstrated experience addressing contractual and financial issues concerning the structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical, automation and instrumentation, geotechnical, and environmental aspects of these facilities. The Consultant’s proposed team should include the following key experts:

• Team Leader (to be designated from the following list of experts or may be a separate person)
• Process engineer
• Cost estimator
• Financial modeller with experience in BOTs
• PPP and/or infrastructure concessions expert
• WWTP expert
• Environmental and social expert with experience in management of projects similar to the proposed assignment
• PPP procurement expert
• Legal experts (with substantial collective experience in complex international project finance transactions, including BOT transactions, engineering, procurement and construction (“EPC”) contracts, and other public or private contracts). Experience within the water sector and with transactions in Jordan will be regarded as beneficial but not essential. Experience in project finance within the region is strongly preferred).

It is recommended that a part of the consultancy input will be carried out by local sub-consultants and/or individual experts with previous project experience in similar assignments preferably in the last five years locally or regionally.

Status: Interested firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

In order to determine the capability and experience of consulting firms seeking to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following:

1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).
2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration), main activities, objectives. CVs of key experts available to carry out the assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.
3. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:

http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.


The above information should not exceed 25 pages excluding CVs.

The complete Expressions of Interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) shall be submitted, in English, electronically through e-Selection (NOT to the EBRD Contact Person), to reach the Bank not later than the Closing Date (see above). The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded (4MB), the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.


EBRD Contact:
Olesya Kerridge
TC Team Advisor
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6895
e-mail: kerridgo@ebrd.com

Notes:

1. Following this Invitation for Expression of Interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant shortlisting and selection is subject to availability of funding.
2. The evaluation criteria are as follows:
a) Firm’s or group of firms’ previous project experience in preparing feasibility studies for wastewater treatment projects (20%) and contract specifications for wastewater treatment projects (20%);
b) CV of the Team Leader (30%);
c) CVs of other key experts as specified in the notice (30%).

Request for Proposal (RFP) for services to improve the socio-economic well-being of vulnerable Jordanian women in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa governorates.

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women | Published September 15, 2015  -  Deadline October 15, 2015
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~~Dear Sir/Madam, Subject: Request for Proposal (RFP) for services to improve the socio-economic well-being of vulnerable Jordanian women in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa governorates. 1. The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) plans to procure services to improve the socio-economic well-being of vulnerable Jordanian women in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa governorates as described in this Request for Proposal and its related annexes. UN Women now invites sealed proposals from qualified proposers for providing the requirements as defined in these documents. 2. In order to prepare a responsive proposal you must carefully review and understand the contents of the following documents: i. This letter and Proposal Instruction Sheet (PIS) including ii. Instructions to Proposers (Annex I)   available from this link http://www.unwomen.org/~/media/commoncontent/procurement/rfp-instructions-en.pdf iii. Terms of Reference (TOR) (Annex II) iv. Evaluation Methodology and Criteria (Annex III) v. Format of Technical Proposal (Annex IV) vi. Format of Financial Proposal (Annex V) vii. Proposal Submission Form (Annex VI) viii. Voluntary Agreement for Promoting Gender Equality in the Workplace (Annex VII) ix. Proposed Model Form of  Contract (Annex VIII) x. General Conditions of Contract (Annex IX) xi. Joint Venture/Consortium/Association Information Form (Annex X) xii. Submission Checklist (Annex XI) 3. The Proposal Instruction Sheet (PIS), below, provides the requisite information (with cross reference numbers) which is further detailed in the Instructions to Proposers (Annex-I – see above link). ============ ~~Annex II Terms of Reference UN Women Country Office for Jordan INTRODUCTION UN Women is grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, the empowerment of women, and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. UN Women Jordan currently supports projects that promote the economic participation of Jordanian women and works to improve access and effective participation of marginalized Jordanian women in economic and public life by addressing the barriers that have led to their exclusion. BACKGRUND/PROBLEM ANALAYSIS As outlined in the Jordan Response Plan (JRP) 2015, the influx of Syrian refugees into Jordan has exacerbated existing social vulnerabilities. According to the National Aid Fund (NAF), which targets vulnerable Jordanians, the indirect and direct impact of the Syria crisis has resulted in an additional 20,000 Jordanian families enrolled in their cash assistance programmes, at a cost of an additional US$4.23 million annually. Those at particular risk are poor households, female-headed households, survivors of violence, children deprived of parental care, children in conflict with the law, children engaged in child labour, and persons with disabilities. Violence against childrenin schools is high for boys and girls, and women are reporting increasing levels of violence at home’.  Moreover, the JRP 2015 highlights challenges related to unemployment: ‘the influx of Syrian refugees has resulted in availability constraints in jobs and income generating opportunities, particularly in the governorates of Mafraq, Irbid and Amman. From 2012 to 2013, the unemployment rate increased in Mafraq (10.7 to 14.5 per cent) and Irbid (11.7 to 13 per cent), settling above the national level (12.6 per cent in 2013). In 2013, the unemployment rate for women was about twice that of men and for youth between the ages of 15-24 it stood above 30 per cent.’ Access to safe and decent economic recovery activities can mitigate protection threats, including through diminishing individuals’ and families’ reliance on negative coping mechanisms to meet their basic needs. For example, global data shows that when women have access to employment opportunities, household economies benefit and household spending on health care and education increase, both key social dividends for human resilience. In line with this and with the overall guidance of the Jordan National Resilience Plan 2014-16, and specifically the JRP 2015, and through a resilience and social cohesion framework, UN Women is launching its project, improving the socio-economic well-being of vulnerable Jordanian women in host communities. The main objective of this project is to improve the socio-economic well-being of vulnerable Jordanian women living in Irbid and Zarqa governorates. More specifically, the project is aligned with the following elements of the JRP 2015: Livelihoods and Food Security sector – To protect food security to save lives, and enable livelihoods to cope with and recover from the impact of the Syria crisis, as well as strengthen the capacity to adapt to future shocks. Resilience Strategic Objective 1: More and better job opportunities created for vulnerable women, and young men and women. The project strongly integrates the JRP’s cross-cutting priorities of youth, gender equality, social cohesion, environmental sustainability and capacity development. PURPOSE UN Women is seeking innovative and impact-oriented initiatives. This fund seeks to support the promotion of gender equality in Irbid and Zarqa governorates through linking women to income generation and employment opportunities, while enhancing key life skills and linking them to decision-making structures. The project has three main components: a) Enhance Jordanian women’s economic empowerment through access to decent employment; b) Support women’s political representation and engagement in local level decision-making; c) Enhance women’s access to life skills and other key skills areas; Applicants are expected to articulate clearly how they will achieve tangible results in these areas: - Income generation and self-reliance interventions: Supporting women’s engagement in the labour market will focus on providing vocational and business skills training and creating income generation opportunities for Jordanian women living in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa governorates. The focus will be on, where possible, entry into the formal labour market. Applicants are expected to present innovative employment models. The emphasis should be on identifying entry points for women’s sustainable employment in particular in areas with high unemployment and high numbers of refugees in order to support the building of social cohesion. - Strengthen capacities for inclusive and effective women’s and girls’ participation in decision-making processes at the local level on issues affecting their lives: This should focus on supporting women living in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa governorates to be active decision-makers in their communities by providing trainings and support related to rights, confidence and business skills. Support should also be given to link women to decision-making forums at the community level, including creating or maintaining/supporting mechanisms that link women to elected leaders, allowing them to articulate their priorities and call for these to be addressed in local initiatives, plans and budgets. Please be aware that the fund prioritizes proposals that reflect the following four key aspects: - Contribute to social cohesion between Jordanians and Syrian refugees. - Are undertaken through strong national leadership. - Link livelihoods to environmental sustainability and natural resource management. - Has measures in place to mitigate anticipated risk of gender-based violence related to the project’s activities throughout the project cycle. TIMEFRAME The fund is for ten months. GUIDANCE FOR PROPOSALS Proposals should reflect the following sections to be considered: Section Description/Guidance Executive Summary An overview of the project and its aims. Project Duration and Geographical Focus Projects should be ten months in duration and target both Irbid and Zarqa governorates. Context and Justification Please include information on the operating context, including information related to the challenges that your project is seeking to address, taking into consideration the specific needs of women, girls, boys and men. Organisational Profile Please describe your organization history, registration details and relevant experiences working on issues relevant to women’s socio-economic empowerment. Expected Results  Please describe the outputs and the outcomes of your proposal. Please also describe clearly the strategies as well as the activities intended to address the main objectives/components of this project as outlined in this TOR. Logical Framework  This should include: goal, outcome, outputs, activities, indicators, means of verification and targets/baselines (sex disaggregated where applicable) for each indicator. The logical framework should be based on the one provided below. Workplan  Please indicate responsibilities and timeframes for each of your activities. Partnerships Please list any organizations you are planning to partner with to carry out your proposal (this could include other civil society organizations, international NGOs, and private sector or government entities if relevant). Management Plan Please outline the personnel that will be implementing this project. Monitoring and Evaluation This section should detail the plan for the monitoring of the project, and whether an external evaluation will be undertaken (and when). This should also include information on reporting to UN Women – frequency and type of reports submitted (e.g. progress or final). Budget The budget proposal should include details of budget allocation, i.e.  the amount required to achieve each output. SUMMARY SHEET Deliverables Key deliverables over a 10 month period: 1. Employment opportunities provided to at least 150 women living in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa. 2. Vocational and business skills training provided to women living in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa. 3. Life skills, business skills and training sessions provided to women benefiting from employment opportunities. 4. Communication plan and knowledge product on supporting women’s employment in Jordan’s host communities (outline, draft and final report to be approved by UN Women). 5. A final narrative and financial report. To achieve the above deliverables applicants are expected to articulate clearly how they will achieve tangible results in the following areas: Income generation and self-reliance interventions: Supporting women’s engagement in the labour market should focus on generating providing vocational and business skills training and creating income generation opportunities for Jordanian women living in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa governorates. The focus will be on, where possible, entry into the formal labour market. Applicants are expected to present innovative employment models. The emphasis should be on identifying entry points for women’s sustainable employment, in particular in areas with high unemployment and high numbers of refugees in order to support the building of social cohesion. Strengthen capacities for inclusive and effective women’s and girls’ participation in decision-making processes at the local level on issues affecting their lives: This should focus on supporting women living in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa governorates to be active decision-makers in their communities by providing trainings and support related to rights, confidence and business skills. Support should also be given to link women to decision-making forums at the community level, including creating or maintaining/supporting mechanisms that link women to elected leaders, allowing them to articulate their priorities and call for these to be addressed in local initiatives, plans and budgets. Payment will be based on a schedule of deliverables, with payment conditional upon the satisfactory acceptance of deliverables by UN Women. Activities/ Tasks Activities include, but are not limited to, the following: • The provision of employment opportunities for vulnerable women living in Irbid and Zarqa. In doing this the contractor will need to use a formula to assess vulnerability and identify from that group those willing and skilled to undertake employment opportunities. The vulnerability criteria will be developed in consultation with and approved by UN Women. As much as possible employment should build skills and link women to public spaces and the formal economy. • The provision of business skills training provided to women living in host communities in Irbid and Zarqa. Where relevant, and linked to the above, the contractor will provide women with key businesses skills, including conducting training in financial book-keeping, management, marketing, etc. • The provision of the following to women benefiting from employment opportunities: i) life skills for enhancing engagement in decision-making processes at the local level on issues affecting their lives, and ii) business skills. This will include identifying the needs among the project participants, and from this building or bringing on those equipped to provide life skills. • Applying a gender-based violence early warning system to ensure that supporting gender equality results does not result in backlash, and ensuring the linking of any protection cases to service providers in the area. • The production of a communication strategy and knowledge product on supporting women’s economic empowerment in Jordan’s hosting communities. Personnel / Qualifications At a minimum it is expected that the following personnel will be needed to undertake this work: Project Manager: Providing project oversight, quality assurance; Project Assistant: Undertaking the support work of the project; Finance Officer; Life Skills Trainer. Roles and responsibilities of the parties The contractor will be responsible for delivering the above results. UN Women will join the contractor for key events and will work with the contractor to ensure that necessary visibility is provided to UN Women and its donors. Timeframe and location  Projects should be ten months in duration and target both Irbid and Zarqa governorates. Payment will be based on the following schedule of deliverables, with payment conditional upon the satisfactory acceptance of deliverables by UN Women. Deliverable Payment (as % of awarded budget) Full workplan and communication strategy 10% Procurement of key livelihood infrastructure (as set out in the proposal) 20% Beneficiary list: Names and details of all participants to be provided with employment opportunities 10% Delivery of training and employment opportunities for a duration of at least 8 months 20% Life skills and business provided to women benefiting from employment opportunities through training sessions 10% Knowledge product on supporting women’s employment in host communities (outline, draft and final report to be approved by UN Women) 10% Upon project completion: final narrative and financial report 20% Communication and reporting obligations The contractor will be to develop and implement a communication strategy in line with UN Women’s contractor rules and regulation, and approved by UN Women. The contractor will be asked to submit quarterly reports to the UN Women Recovery Specialist on progress and results. The reports may cover such aspects as progress made in the provision of the services, identification of unforeseen issues or areas of concern, delays in the provision of the services, causes of such delays and proposed measures to correct such causes.  To receive payment for a deliverable the contractor will be required to submit an invoice with proof of the deliverable. A final financial and narrative report will be submitted upon complete delivery of the services procured. This should be delivered within 3 months of the closing of the project. Upon satisfactory receipt of the reports, final payment will be provided.

Jordan (TCS 48810): Mapping Study for Establishing the National Center for Innovation (NCI)

 | Published August 6, 2015  -  Deadline August 20, 2015
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Jordan (TCS 48810): Mapping Study for Establishing the National Center for Innovation (NCI) and Transition to Full Operational Functionality

Project Description:

Jordan has an active but highly complex and fragmented innovation ecosystem with a multitude of public and private stakeholders, which suffers from a lack of effective stakeholder coordination, inadequate collection and analysis of information, unclear channels and linkages, limited cooperation and inefficient financial management. In addition, Jordan is characterised by a substantial skills mis-match resulting from the education system’s insufficient capacity to equip young people with the know-how and skills that are required by employers.

The Jordanian Government (GoJ) - via the Higher Council for Science and Technology (the Client or HCST) - has approached the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or the Bank) to seek assistance for the implementation of the project "Jordan: Start-up Financing for the Establishment of the National Center for Innovation ("NCI") and Transition to Full Operational Functionality" (the Project). By becoming a national hub for all matters related to innovation, both public and private, the NCI's key role will be to advise the GoJ on further enhancing its policies and programmes fostering an innovation-based economy through better coordination, information and monitoring of all innovation related activities. Specifically, the NCI is expected to:

(1) help ensure that national and international administrative, financial and technical services that nurture and support innovation (government, private sector "nd IFI initiatives etc.), are complementary rather than duplicative and help eliminate inefficiencies in funding and support to the private sector;

(2) create economies of scale in bringing together and effectively coordinating stakeholder activities (government ministries and agencies, donor-funded programmes, scientific and research bodies, universities, regional and local incubators, training providers, technology-related programmes, start-ups and entrepreneurs);

(3) improve the direct engagement between the private sector and public sector innovation stakeholders, such as businesses, industrial companies, start-ups, financiers ,educational institutions and research centres;

(4) collect innovation related information and provide vital national statistics on the impact of innovation initiatives for monitoring progress and articulating areas of success and those that need improvement, enabling the GoJ to further assess measures for enhancing the development of an innovation based society.

The NCI is expected to have four key units as follows:

(a) Information Unit coordinating all innovation activities and cooperation among its stakeholders, collecting and processing information, and feeding proposals back to public/private sector via NCI’s coordination role etc.

(b) Monitoring & Evaluation Unit tracking key performance indicators for national innovation strategies aiming at the development of an innovation-based economy.

(c) Referral Unit providing a platform to enable the matching of research, extension services and other innovation services with the needs of the private sector, assisting innovators and researchers to find funding and support for their projects and promoting cooperation between innovation service providers;

(d) Legal and Policy unit advising on related legal and regulatory matters. Identifying regulatory impediments to innovative activity in the private sector and proposing policy and regulatory reforms to unblock such impediments

The Center will act as the technical implementing arm of the already existing National Council on Competitiveness and Innovation (NCCI), which is chaired by the Prime Minister.

The Project’s purpose is to provide support to the NCI’s transition to full functionality within 2 years. Funding provided by the EBRD - Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Transition Fund and the Government of Jordan is primarily supposed to finance:

(i) NCI staff (director, managers, administrative assistants, vocational training specialists, legal/regulatory, referral, M&E, communication, IT etc.)
(ii) Operational expenses (computers, stationery, travel, and other administrative expenditures)
(iii) Consultancy services (this mapping study, other consultancy services including audit, legal, M&E, surveys, baseline studies, support to SMEs, support to sector skills councils, identifying the mis-match between the university /vocational curricula and the needs of the market).
(iv) Public relations, raising awareness and information sharing (conferences, workshops etc.)
(v) Design, procurement and maintenance of a web-based IT platform for enabling coordination and providing statistics, enabling an online exchange of information for all innovation stakeholders (SMEs, entrepreneurs, financiers, researchers, government support services, etc.), tracking of progress against Project KPIs and other targets etc.
(vi) Awards for awarding and promoting innovation projects etc.

Assignment Description

To further develop the Project the Client now intends to engage a an individual expert (the "Consultant") to carry out a mapping study with key tasks as described below (the "Assignment"). The purpose of the mapping study is to set the priorities of the NCI based on international best practice for effective national co-ordinating/advisory bodies in the context of the Jordanian innovation landscape. The mapping study should assist in identifying and articulating the NCI’s overall objective, main tasks, detailed responsibilities, accountabilities, and procedures, as well as staff requirements (including job descriptions) and any necessary training.

The expected outcome of the Assignment is a clear set of documents and steps to be taken going forward to realise the full implementation of the Project.

Generally, the Consultant is expected to:

- based on international best practice, fully map out the NCI mandate, governance framework, key units’ terms of reference, detailed tasks, responsibilities, and procedures, identify and set out staff and IT system requirements, and the need for consultancy support.
- based on international best practice, explore different funding models that will focus on the financial sustainability of the Centre beyond the initial 4 year period. Develop a longer term strategic plan (after year 4) for the Centre.
- review and revise the proposed results framework for the Project
- develop a 4 year Project work plan and budget defining annual priority, areas for intervention and if necessary amendments to the NCI mandate responsibility that will ensure the Project remains focused on tangible deliverables.
- develop for the first of four detailed annual action plans covering all NCI activities and the Project budget for year 1.

The Consultant shall complete the following key tasks, inter alia:

- Coordinate and manage the kick off meeting, to include confirmation of the scope and objectives of this Assignment, establish reporting lines and "Assignment governance structure", client responsibilities etc.
- Mapping the innovation sector: identify relevant models of international best practice that could be adapted to the Jordanian context, including in particular opportunities for revenue generating activities, taking into account the NCI’s primary objective of being an advisory body to the government based on data and information gathered from the innovation stakeholders.
- Help to define NCI mandate, governance framework, organisation and results framework; Based on the results framework, propose a project road map for where the NCI aspires to be in the coming 4 years, stating its vision, mission, objectives and intended achievements and expected deliverables.
- Structuring the NCI institutional environment and terms of reference.
- Revise the overall Project work plan and a budget (key tasks for years 1 to 4) in addition to planning for longer term financial strategy (beyond the current 4 year funding horizon).
- Draft the annual action plans and budgets for years 1 and 2.

Status of Selection Process: Interested individual experts or firms interested to nominate an expert (see note 2) are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in September 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 2 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: To be determined during negotiations (exclusive of VAT).

The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed.

Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Transition Fund, hereinafter the Donor. Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions. Individuals or consulting firms interested in nominating an expert from any country may apply (see note 2).

Consultant Profile: Individual services are required. The Consultant shall be an expert (individual expert or an expert nominated by a firm, see note 2) preferably with 10 years previous professional experience:

1. In similar innovation initiatives, preferably also for public entities fostering innovation through enhancing coordination among innovation landscape stakeholders and improving related policy advice to senior government stakeholders.
2. Institution building and change management, preferably for public entities, including defining mission, governance and results frameworks, structure/organisation, annual budgets, terms of reference for key units, job requirements for key staff, training need assessments etc.
3. Working in the region (preferably Jordan but also the surrounding region) Fluency in both English and Arabic is considered an advantage


Submission Requirements:

In order to determine the capability and experience of experts seeking to be selected for this Assignment, the information submitted should include the following:

1. Cover letter (max. 2 pages) summarising why the expert believes to satisfy the requirements as defined in the above section Consultant Profile;

2. CV (not exceeding 4 pages) which should include full descriptions of responsibilities carried out, not just a job title, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives.

3. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:

http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted in English electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. The complete expression of interest (including cover letter, CV, declaration and contact sheet etc.) shall be one file (pdf) to be uploaded to eSelection. The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of experts submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size (4 MB) is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

Bank Contact Person:

Angela Levitsky
Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6363
e-mail: levitska@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)

From 10 August 2015 the Bank's Contact Person will be Martin Ehrenberg: tel: +44 20 7338 7657, e-mail ehrenbem@ebrd.com

Important Notes:

1. This is a Selection from Shortlist in line with the EBRD Procurement Policies and Rules. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The Client has requested the EBRD to manage the first part of the selection process. The EBRD will evaluate expressions of interest in line with the shortlist criteria (a) to (c) as below and establish a shortlist of up to 4 candidates. The Client will then conduct interviews with shortlisted candidates (in English) at the Client’s premises or via videolink to be organised via EBRD HQ or its Resident Offices. All expenses related to attending the interviews shall be borne by the Consultant. After the interviews the highest ranked candidate will be selected from the shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding. The selected candidate will be contracted by the Client on the basis of the Donor’s grant managed by the EBRD.

2. Consulting firms (proposing individuals) and individuals may apply. Consulting Firms nominating an individual expert shall submit one complete individual application for each expert via eSelection. Single applications for a number of experts containing various CVs may result in rejection of such application and all concerned experts.

3. The shortlisting criteria are:

a. Previous professional experience in similar innovation initiatives, preferably also for public entities fostering innovation through enhancing coordination among innovation landscape stakeholders and improving related policy advice to senior government stakeholders ( (45%)

b. Previous professional experience in institution building and change management, preferably for public entities, including defining mission, governance and results frameworks, structure/organisation, annual budgets, terms of reference for key units, job requirements for key staff, training need assessments etc. (35%)

c. Previous professional experience in the region (preferably Jordan but also the surrounding region) Fluency in both English and Arabic is considered an advantage (20%)


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