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Selection of a consultancy firm for the feasibility study on the ECOWAS Education Agency


Date : 27 Mar 2020 - 30 Apr 2020
Venue : ECOWAS Commission,
Town : ABUJA
Country : Nigeria

From : 27/03/2020 to: 30/04/2020

Client : ECOWAS Commission Type : Expression of Interest (EOI)

TITLE : Selection of a consultancy firm for the feasibility study on

the ECOWAS Education Agency


The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) represented by the ECOWAS Commission intends to select a consultant (firm) for the feasibility study on the ECOWAS Education Agency.


The overall objective of the study is to analyse the feasibility of setting up an Education Agency that will facilitate the harmonization of the education systems of ECOWAS Member States in an efficient and sustainable manner.

Duties and responsibilities of the consultant firm:

1. Data collection in all the 15 Member States to include but not limited to (Structure of education systems, statistical information, assessment methods and system of Recognition and Equivalence of foreign Certificates);

2. Data analysis to include:

 Definition of the vision, mission, objectives, mandate and major activities for the operationalization of the Agency;  Definition of the governance structure of the Agency, including the Organogramme detailing the various departments, staff requirements and their profiles as well as the legal framework and other requirements for the Agency.

 Preparation of a financial feasibility of the Agency indicating the costs of installation and operation for a five-year period to cover infrastructure, personnel, equipment and administration as well as the sources of funding and potential partners;

 Development of a roadmap for the establishment of the Agency over a period of five years;  Overall recommendations for the implementation of the Education Agency including team’s understanding of the focus of the study with proposals for time-lines. 3. Writing of reports: (inception, mid-term, draft and final reports)

The overall duration of the assignment is three (3) calendars months (ninety days).

The ECOWAS Commission now invites eligible Consultants (firm) to indicate their interests in providing these services. Interested, eligible and qualified consulting firms must provide full information on their qualifications and experience, demonstrating that they are qualified and experienced in providing similar services. The criteria for shortlisting are as follows:

(a) general experience of the firm;

(b) specific experience of at least fifteen (15) years of carrying out studies in the field of education;

(c) Must have executed three *(3) similar assignments with matters relating to feasibility studies in any related field for International Organization/Donors funded Projects or Governments;

(d) Shall justify of having executed one (1) similar assignment ;

(e) Shall justify the availability of necessary key personnel (Expert on Project Management; Expert in Education; Specialist in organization and Financial Expert) for the execution of the assignment (list, qualifications, and experience);

(f) IT Skills and equipment; and (h) demonstrate ability to communicate and to report in either English, French and Portuguese languages.

NB: In addressing the above listed criteria, consulting firms must provide tangible evidence and detailed references for all claims made in terms of experience and capabilities, similar assignments, etc. Each reference provided should be summarized on a project sheet, and will be considered and accepted only if the candidate attaches supporting documents indicating the contact information of the contracting authorities so as to facilitate verification of the information provided, covering contracts OR copies of attestation(s) of good performance of each contract presented, as issued and signed by the Client.

Interested Consulting firms may apply as a consortium or partnership to ensure and/or boost their consolidated capacities to execute the assignment.

The eligibility criteria, the preparation of shortlist, and the selection procedure shall comply with the ECOWAS Rules and Procedures for the Use of Consultants” (ECOWAS Procurement Code), available on its website: http://www.ecowas.int .The procedure will be based on Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS) and a shortlist of six (6) firms, which present the best profiles with all claims dully substantiated, shall be drawn up for further consideration after the expression of interest. Also, firms that are part of an international network are to submit only one expression of interest as a network. Please note that the selected consultant firm will be expected to submit all required reports in English and French.

Interested consultant firms may obtain further information at the address below during office hours: Monday to Friday from 9.00 am (GMT+1) to 5.00 pm (GMT+1):

The Procurement Division, Directorate of General Administration, ECOWAS Commission, Plot 101, Yakubu Gowon Crescent, Asokoro District, P. M. B. 401 Abuja, Nigeria or by E-mail to the following addresses: sbangoura@ecowas.int with copy to

procurement@ecowas.int ; rogbe@ecowas.int;

NB: The attention of interested Consulting firms is particularly drawn to Article 118 of the ECOWAS Revised Procurement Code (“Infringements by Candidates, Bidders and Awardees”), providing information on corrupt or fraudulent practices in competing for or executing a contract. In addition, please refer to the following specific information on conflict of interest related to this assignment as per “Article 119 of the ECOWAS Revised Procurement Code.

Expression of Interest (1 original and 3 copies) can be delivered in sealed envelopes and clearly marked “Selection of a consultancy firm for the feasibility study on the ECOWAS Education Agency’’ to the address below latest by Thursday April 30th , 2020 at 11.00 am (GMT+1), Nigeria Time.

The ECOWAS Tender Box is located in the Directorate of General Administration, Procurement Division, 1st Floor ECOWAS Commission, 101 Yakubu Gowon Crescent, Asokoro District, P. M. B. 401 Abuja Nigeria.

Please note that electronic submissions are also accepted and shall be sent to educationagency@ecowas.int

This EOI is also published on the ECOWAS website http://www.ecowas.int/doing-business-in-ecowas/ecowasprocurement

Commissioner, General Administration & Conference

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