GOVERNMENT OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
THE SECOND BASIC EDUCATION PROJECT
CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR ESTABLISHING POLICY AND INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS FOR PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT SERVICES
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
The Government of Antigua and Barbuda (GOAB) has received financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in an amount equivalent to thirteen million three hundred and eighty three thousand United States dollars (USD13.383mn) towards the cost of the Second Basic Education Project and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of this financing to eligible payments under a contract for which this invitation is issued. Payments by CDB will be made only at the request of GOAB and upon approval by CDB, and will be subject in all respects to the terms and conditions of the Financing Agreement. The Financing Agreement prohibits withdrawal from the financing account for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities, or for any import of goods, if such payment or import, to the knowledge of CDB, is prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations. No party other than GOAB shall derive any rights from the Financing Agreement or have any claim to the proceeds of the Financing.
The Ministry of Education, the Executing Agency, now wishes to procure Consultancy Services to assist with the establishment of policy and institutional reforms for psychosocial support services.
The objective of the consultancy is to develop a framework for the establishment of gender-inclusive psychosocial support services to serve the education system in Antigua and Barbuda. The duration of the assignment is expected to be for a period of six (6) months.
The Ministry of Education now invites interested eligible consultants to submit Expressions of Interest for the provision of these consultancy services.
Consultants shall be eligible to participate if:
(a) in the case of a body corporate, it is legally incorporated or otherwise organised in an eligible country, has its principal place of business in an eligible country and is more than 50 per cent beneficially owned by citizen(s) and/or bona fide resident(s) of eligible country(ies) or by a body(ies) corporate meeting these requirements;
(b) in the case of unincorporated firms, the persons are citizens or bona fide resident or residents of an eligible country; and
(c) in all cases, the consultant has no arrangement and undertakes not to make any arrangements, whereby any substantial part of the net profits or other tangible benefits of the contract will accrue or be paid to a person not a citizen or bona fide resident of an eligible country.
Eligible countries are member countries of CDB.
In the assessment of submissions, consideration will be given to technical competence, qualifications and experience, local and regional experience on similar assignments, financial capability and existing commitments. All information must be submitted in English. Further information may be obtained from the first address below between 0900and 1600 hours Monday to Friday.
The original and two hard copies of the Expression of Interest must be received at the first address below no later than 1500 hours on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 and one hard copy must be sent simultaneously to CDB at the second address below. The sealed envelope containing each submission should include the name and address of the applicant and shall be clearly marked “Expression of Interest – Consultancy Services for the Establishment of Policy and Institutional Reforms for Psychosocial Support Services.
Following the assessment of submissions, a short-list of not less than three and not more than six applicants will be provided with full terms of reference and invited to submit technical and financial proposals to undertake the assignment. GOAB reserves the right to accept or reject late applications or to cancel the present invitation partially or in its entirety. It will not be bound to assign any reason for not short-listing any applicant and will not defray any costs incurred by any applicant in the preparation and submission of Expressions of Interest.
Mrs. Jessie Purcell
Education Officer, Projects
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
Queen Elizabeth Highway
Tel: (268) 771-1331
Procurement Policy Unit
Caribbean Development Bank
P.O. Box 408
Tel: (246) 431-1600
Fax: (246) 426-7269