Romania Secondary Education Project - P148585
Ministry of Education and Scientific Research | Published January 5, 2016
General Procurement Notice
ROMANIASECONDARY EDUCATION PROJECT
Loan No. 8481-RO
Project ID No. P148585
The Romanian Government has received financing in the amount of EUR 200 Million equivalentfrom the World Bank toward the cost of theRomania Secondary Education Project(ROSE), and it intends to apply part of the proceeds to payments for goods, works, related servicesand consulting servicesto be procured under this project. This project willbeentirely financed by the International Bank for Reconstruction andDevelopment.
The project will include the following components:
Component 1 ? school-based and systemic interventions aiming to finance supply-sideinterventions at the school and system levels
Sub-component 1.1 ? School-based Interventions aiming at empowering about 1,160 Romanianlow-performing high schools through a High School Grants Scheme for them to effectively improve the quality of education theyprovide.
Sub-component 1.2 ? SystemicInterventions aiming at addressing the systemic challenges faced by all high schools in facilitating thetransition into tertiary education.
Component 2 ? university-level interventions and bridge programs ? aiming at supportingstudents at risk of dropping out of faculties in the first year of university studies. This component would finance two types of grant schemes:
Non-competitive grants: financing remedial programs, tutoring, counseling, guidance and supportservices, coaching services, workshops in specific areas, and awareness raising campaigns targeted to at-risk student;and
Competitive grants: financing summer bridge programsand learningcenters.
Component 3 ? project management, monitoring and evaluation aims at financing:(i) the day-to-day ROSE's management activities including incremental operating and staffing costs of the UEFP as well as officeequipment and software and a MIS for enhanced monitoring, reporting and FM; (ii) the annual project audits; (iii) the variousproject monitoringand evaluation studies (grants, demand-side programs, loan schemes); and (iv) the dissemination and communicationcampaigns, in particular to help ensure that stakeholders and the civil society are informed and engaged about the ROSE's scope,outputs and outcomes.
The following are expected to be procured:
Goods:(a)equipment for the improvement of teaching conditions within Teachers Houses (computers, printers, projectors, interactiveboards, multifunctional copy machines, servers, notebooks etc.) and (b) hardware and software licenses for upgrading theinfrastructure of National Center for Assessment and Examinations (upgrades for software, application servers, database servers, storage system,datacenter and other equipment);
Consultants' services: (a) preparation of guidelines for activities under grantscheme, (b) technical assistance to facilitate the preparationand evaluation of grant proposals, (c) technical assistance todevelop remedial programs to improve the high-school graduation rate, (d) technical assistance to monitor the high school grantsunder sub-component 1.1; (e) revision of the upper secondary education curriculum, (f) training of teachers and school directors onimplementing the revised curriculum, (g) revision and updates to grade 8 and Baccalaureate examitems database and associatedtraining, (h) development and implementation of Grade 10 assessment, (i) campaigns to raise awareness, (j) strengthening MESR'sM&E capacity and utilization of EMIS, (k) development of digital teaching and learning materials under sub-component 1.2; (l)technical assistance for designing summer bridge programs, (m) technical assistance to evaluate the grants proposals, (n)technicalassistance to monitor the grants at the level of universities under component 2; (o) carry out various assessment andimpact evaluation studies; (p) information/communication campaigns for project activities, (q) local studies for analysis ofdemand-side programs, (r) revision of student loan scheme and (s) carry out the annual project audits under component3.
Procurement of contracts financed by the World Bank will be conducted through the procedures asspecified in the World Bank's Guidelines: Procurement under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits (current edition), and is opento all eligible bidders as defined in theguidelines. Consulting services will be selected in accordance with the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (currentedition).
Specific procurement notices for contracts to be bid under the World Bank's international competitivebidding (ICB) procedures and for contracts for consultancy services will be announced, as they become available, in UNDevelopment Business, on the Bank's external website, on the project websitehttp://proiecte.pmu.ro/web/guest/rose and/or at least one local newspaper of national circulation.
Interestedeligible bidders who wish to be included on the mailing list to receive invitations to bid under ICBprocedures, and interested consultantswho wish to receive a copy of advertisement requesting expressions ofinterest for consultancycontracts, or those requiring additional information, should contact the address below.
Contact: Ministry of Education and Scientific Research
Management Unit for Externally FinancedProjects
Attn: Liliana Preoteasa, ProjectDirector
Spiru Haret 12, 2ndfloor
Postal code: 010176, Bucharest, sector 1,Romania
Tel: +40 21 305 59 99
Fax: +40 21 305 59 90