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Youth Skills for Economic Growth in the Eastern Caribbean.

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Department for International Development
Abercrombie House, Eaglesham Road
For the attention of: Maureen Scott
G75 8EA East Kilbride
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1355843946

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity
General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Youth Skills for Economic Growth in the Eastern Caribbean.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: South Lanarkshire.

NUTS code UKM38

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
The Youth Skills for Economic Growth in the Eastern Caribbean Programme was approved in February 2016. The programme was designed following a process of conceptualisation and business case development, which was partially informed by 2 market engagement rounds held in 2015, which provided inputs from potential suppliers on the programme contents and approach and possible contracting methods. The Business Case for the programme sets outs the rationale and basic outline of the programme, to be fully designed and implemented by a supplier under a design and implementation contract. The programme responds to needs identified by government, private sector and NGO contacts during DFID Caribbean's scoping visits in the Eastern Caribbean in 2014. The programme also helps deliver on the commitment to provide 30 000 000 GBP of new economic development programming for the Caribbean, which was announced as part of a 360 000 000 GBP development assistance commitment made by the UK Prime Minister's visit to the region in September 2015. The programme covers 4 of DFID Caribbean's 8 focus countries - 4 of the poorest Eastern Caribbean countries, where the needs on skills are particularly high, where the economic structures are more similar, and where the options for development support to fill the gaps are more limited. The programme is responding to the problems of low growth and high unemployment in the Caribbean, particularly among youth. Growth rates in the Caribbean have been very low for decades, and in more recent times following the global economic crisis, growth rates have been generally negative or marginally positive. Youth unemployment in the Eastern Caribbean is very high, in many cases about twice the overall unemployment rate and among the highest in the world, with rates of between 34 and 42 %. Many young people in the Caribbean face a very challenging transition from school to work, and can face years of unemployment or underemployment. High youth unemployment represents lost potential contributions to economic development, and is also associated with a higher risk of involvement in violence and crime, especially among young men. Inadequate skill development is seen as a barrier to growth and employment in the Caribbean. There are ‘skills gaps’ in the Caribbean workforce which impede productivity and innovation, and constrain the ability of firms to enter new sectors, to grow and to create employment. Despite relatively high levels of investment in education and basic education access, there are issues in the quality of education, and there is a ‘mismatch’ between the outputs of the education system and the requirements of the labour market. Employers in the region cite the lack of skills as a major constraint to investment, growth and competitiveness. The programme also takes due account of the social dimensions of the skills problem in the Caribbean context - poverty, gender and disability. National poverty rates in the Eastern Caribbean are relatively high, and young people are over-represented among the poor. Inequality is also a major challenge in the Caribbean context. Poverty is linked to education and skills in 2 directions. Persons from poor or disadvantaged households are more likely to lack skills for a variety of reasons (e.g. early school drop-out for economic reasons, limited parental involvement in education and inability to afford training outside of school system). Lack of skills contributes to unemployment which in turn can lead to poverty.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
Estimated value excluding VAT: 10 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of these options: Subject to requirement by DFID and satisfactory performance of the supplier, the contract may be extended for a further 24 months.
Provisional timetable for recourse to these options:
in months: 24 (from the award of the contract)
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
Envisaged minimum number 5: and maximum number 8
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
21.11.2016 - 14:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: