Calls for expressions of interest
Pedagogical support services in the development and digitalisation of COLEAD’s training offer and its programmes
Post date: 10/01/2023
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Pedagogical support services in the development and digitalisation of COLEAD’s training offer and its programmes.
The required interventions will mainly be carried out at the provider’s premises. However, travel to partner countries may be necessary. Depending on the case, the experts could be invited to visit the different COLEAD offices if necessary (Brussels, Rungis, Nairobi, etc.).
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The publication of this Contract Notice launches the first phase of the procedure and is intended to allow candidates to express their interest in bidding. An initial evaluation based on an analysis of the expressions of interest will result in the establishment of a shortlist of candidates deemed suitable to submit tenders.
Stages of the procedure:
The service providers selected following the consultation will be offered a framework contract, specifying a maximum daily remuneration rate per proposed expert. This rate of remuneration may differ from the financial proposal made by the tenderer.
In general, the services of the successful tenderers may start from the day of the signature of the framework contract. The interventions of the successful tenderers may extend until the full consumption of the budget allocated.
COLEAD is a non-profit interprofessional association created in 1973. Its purpose is to facilitate and implement all actions allowing, directly and/or indirectly, to increase the contribution of the agricultural sector, and horticulture in particular, to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
From an operational perspective, COLEAD is organised into several departments corresponding to COLEAD’s internal areas of expertise: Technical Assistance, Training, Research and Innovation Brokerage, Market Insights, Information and Communication, Regulation and Standards, Access to Finance, and Networking and Alliances.
Fit for Market SPS: Strengthening sanitary and phytosanitary systems in the ACP horticultural sector
In December 2018, the European Commission (EC) and COLEAD signed a four-year grant contract for the programme “FFM SPS: Strengthening Sanitary and Phytosanitary Systems in the ACP Horticultural Sector” (CRIS 401-899), with a total budget of €15 million, funded by the 11th European Development Fund (EDF). It is part of the EU’s support to medium and long-term policies aimed at strengthening productive capacities, stimulating innovation and improving the sustainability and competitiveness of the ACP private sector.
The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to poverty reduction, improve food security and safety, and ensure inclusive and sustainable growth by strengthening the ACP agri-food export sector. The specific objective of the programme is to ensure that small producers, farmers’ groups and organisations and ACP MSMEs have access to international and domestic fruit and vegetable markets in a sustainable framework, by helping them to take account of the requirements of these markets, particularly with regard to food safety.
The implementation of this programme aims at building capacity in horticultural safety and plant health both at the level of private sector actors (small producers, farmer groups and organisations, MSMEs, etc.) and at the level of competent authorities. To this end, COLEAD assists programme beneficiaries in meeting market (regulatory) requirements, including those related to food safety. In addition, COLEAD studies the destination markets for ACP fruit and vegetables, in particular local and regional ACP markets, to better understand their quality and quantity.
Fit for Market Plus: Mitigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by strengthening the sustainability of the ACP horticultural sector
In November 2021, the EC and COLEAD signed a five-year grant contract, “Fit For Market Plus – Mitigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by strengthening the sustainability of the ACP horticultural sector ” (EDF/2021/425-734) with a total budget of €25 million funded by the European Union (EU) at the request of the Organisation of ACP States (OACPS) through the 11th EDF.
Fit For Market Plus (FFM+) provides support to the horticultural sector in OACPS member countries. It aims to maintain and improve the capacity of smallholders, farmer groups and horticultural MSMEs to access national, regional and international markets through the progressive and sustainable intensification of the horticultural sector, while adapting to the changes in their operating environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the changing climate.
FFM+ has been designed and will be implemented in line with FFM programmes and the results of the COLEAD COVID-19 Action Plan implemented from March 2020. FFM+ support has been designed to contribute to the transition of ACP agriculture towards a more sustainable food and agricultural system, integrating the priority areas of action foreseen by the Farm to Fork strategy of the EU Green Pact.
FFM+ will in particular :
FFM SPS and FFM+ are part of the annual intra-ACP programme of cooperation between the EU and the OACPS. The expected outcomes of FFM SPS and FFM+ are complementary and integrated into an overall COLEAD implementation framework aimed at building and strengthening capacity at national and regional levels to ensure effective and efficient national SPS systems for the ACP horticultural industry. The FFM+ programme is designed to specifically address the impacts of COVID-19 through specific short and medium term actions to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the ACP agri-food sector.
Other programmes managed and implemented by COLEAD (at the time of launching this contract)
As part of the diversification of its funding sources, COLEAD is implementing other national or multinational programmes funded by different donors. Thus, in addition to the FFM Plus and FFM SPS programmes, COLEAD is also currently involved in the implementation of several technical assistance programmes in line with the association’s mission:
international levels for agricultural operators in partner countries and in the EU.
The list of other programmes/projects is not exhaustive. Indeed, COLEAD is involved in the implementation of several national and regional technical assistance programmes/projects, in partnership with donors working towards inclusive and sustainable agri-food production and trade. Please refer to the COLEAD website to learn more about its interventions.
EU Green Deal
The Green Deal aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and proposes an action plan to boost resource efficiency, shift to a clean and circular economy, restore biodiversity and reduce pollution. It will be implemented through a wide range of policies and instruments, and legislative and non-legislative measures.
The Farm to Fork strategy promotes a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system and recognises that food and agriculture are important drivers of climate change and environmental degradation. The strategy aims to reduce the environmental and climate footprint of the EU food system, reverse the loss of biodiversity, ensure food security, reduce reliance on pesticides and over-fertilisation, and develop organic farming. It aims to lead a global transition to competitive sustainability from farm to table.
The support provided to EU farmers by the CAP will contribute to this transition, notably through the following measures:
The EU aims to foster a global transition towards sustainable agri-food systems, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will do this by including a chapter on sustainability in all EU bilateral trade agreements. This will be accompanied by enhanced cooperation with third countries on pesticide use, animal welfare and antimicrobial resistance. The EU also intends to play a leading role in the development of international standards on sustainability and methods for calculating the ecological footprint. Hence the pressure on importers to also comply with relevant EU environmental standards in order to be allowed on the European market.
Problems to be solved – market justification
The compliance of agri-food production (with particular emphasis on the plant sectors, including horticultural sectors), on the one hand, with regulatory requirements (whether local or European) and, on the other hand, with the growing commercial requirements of regional and international markets, in terms of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) quality, and sustainability (environmental and social aspects, with particular emphasis on the changes brought about by the implementation of regulatory provisions arising from the European Green Deal), most often requires an in-depth reorganisation of the practices of operators in the partner countries.
This reorganisation implies in particular the training of their personnel (managers, technical managers and workers), as well as the external producers supplying them.
The support services (public or private) must strengthen their capacities, as the case may be, in terms of advice, inspection and training, so as to be able to offer quality services to agricultural operators (with particular emphasis on operators in the plant sectors, including horticultural sectors).
In order to meet the needs of operators and support services in terms of capacity building and monitoring of their activities (and results), COLEAD must also have specific, relevant and adapted tools on topics related to sanitary and phytosanitary quality, sustainable production systems (including primary processing), and responsible social practices.
These tools contribute, among other things, to providing quality expertise to operators and support services.
Type of contract
This contract concerns the provision of support services for the technical implementation of all ongoing and future COLEAD programmes.
All successful tenderers will be offered a framework contract, which will specify the names of the selected experts and the maximum daily fee per expert. In some cases, and following the evaluation of the proposed CVs, the fees mentioned in the contract may differ from the fees proposed in the tenderer’s financial offer.
The objective of this call for tender is to create a pool of experts with the required expertise, as described in “Type of activities”, who can be mobilised by the COLEAD technical team. The services will therefore be requested on an as-needed basis and through ordering letters specifying the terms of the services.
It is important to note that in the context of this tender, although the signing of a framework contract is a prerequisite for working with COLEAD, this does not guarantee that all service providers will be invited to carry out an assignment.
Overall market objective
The services provided by the selected bidders will contribute to the development of digital and pedagogical training tools, programmes and materials on the different intervention themes. They will also contribute to the implementation of pedagogical support on training methodologies. These different services will serve to strengthen the capacities of the different audiences targeted by COLEAD in order to ensure the dissemination of good practices throughout the agricultural value chains (with a particular emphasis on plant value chains, including horticulture), and thus to perpetuate the transfer of skills in face-to-face and digital formats.
Principles of intervention
In line with previous programmes, the intervention logic of COLEAD’s programmes is based on the expression of requests from enterprises or producer groups in partner countries, but also from intermediate support structures – whether public or private – that are actively involved in the process of compliance and development of the sectors concerned (service providers, professional organisations, training centres, inspection services, etc.).
It also adopts the following modalities and principles of action that have contributed to their success:
COLEAD will preferably use service providers whose consultants are based in the partner countries1, with a particular focus on ACP countries, from which the beneficiaries of the programmes request support, in order to ensure that the characteristics of the operators concerned and their environment are taken into account in a timely and efficient manner. This concern for the increasing involvement of local expertise is an integral part of COLEAD’s intervention logic.
Description of the interventions
The service providers will be able to provide all or part of the services in the fields of sanitary and phytosanitary quality, sustainable agricultural practice systems, responsible social practices and in particular on the following themes:
Beneficiaries / target groups
The partner-beneficiaries/target audiences are the actors of the agricultural sectors, i.e.: directors and technical managers of enterprises, extension workers of small producers’ support structures, agents of intermediary structures of the agricultural sector, public and private service providers and agents of public services with a particular focus on the directorates and agents of the competent authorities in terms of inspection, control and certification, e.g.: national inspection services and National Plant Protection Organisations (NPPOs), etc.
Type of activities
The planned activities will be carried out taking into account the digital transformation process at COLEAD and that of the beneficiaries/partners of its programmes. Thus, the planned activities can be carried out either face-to-face, or totally at a distance using the digital tools at disposal, or in a hybrid way with a face-to-face part and another part at a distance.
The actions to be organised under this call for tenders will include the following aspects:
Development of training programmes and tools – All themes
Implementation of training on pedagogical aspects – Training methodologies
The technical skills required will depend on the type of assignment and will be defined on a case-by-case basis. In general, the expert must demonstrate :
Knowledge of the agricultural sector and the socio-cultural context in partner countries, with a particular emphasis on ACP countries, is an asset.
The combination of expertise in several activities is also considered an asset (e.g. combined pedagogy and digitalisation: having expertise in pedagogy of digital courses on Moodle).
Providers must be fluent (both orally and in writing) in French or English.
Knowledge of other languages spoken in partner countries is considered an asset and should be highlighted (e.g. Dutch, Portuguese, Swahili, etc.).
The maximum value of this Contract Notice is € 600,000.
Date of publication of this Contract Notice: 10/01/2023
Deadline for receipt of applications (expressions of interest): 09/02/2023
Deadline for publication of the shortlist: 20/02/2023
Expected date for sending invitations to tenders: 22/02/2023
Deadline for submission of tenders: 13/04/2023
Date of notification to the successful bidders: 22/05/2023
Expected start date of the contract: (from) from the date of signature by the 2 contracting parties
The final schedule will be included in the tender documents.
Participation is open, under equal conditions, to all natural persons and legal entities (participating individually or in a consortium of bidders) who are nationals of the ACP and EU States and/or listed in Annex 1 to this document. A consortium may be a permanent group with legal status or an informal group created for the purpose of a specific call for tenders. All the members of a consortium (i.e. the lead partner and all other partners) are jointly and severally liable to the contracting authority.
A check will be carried out to ensure that none of the candidate bidders appears on any of the Financial Sanctions Lists (lists designating persons, groups or entities subject to financial sanctions by the United Nations, the EU and France).
The participation of an ineligible natural person or legal entity will result in the automatic exclusion of the application concerned. If this ineligible person is part of a consortium, the application of the entire consortium will be excluded.
Any tenders received from tenderers allied with firms other than those mentioned in the shortlisted application forms will be excluded from the tender procedure. Shortlisted candidates may neither associate nor conclude mutual subcontracting agreements in the context of the contract in question. No more associations will be allowed after the shortlist has been established.
Selection criteria relating to the technical and professional capacity of the bidder will be applied to candidates. In the case of an application submitted by a consortium, these criteria will apply to the whole consortium.
These criteria ensure that the candidate (or the consortium as a whole) has sufficient skills and experience to perform the contract.
The correct observance of the instructions for sending the application file will also be considered in the evaluation.
The bidder should indicate an interest in participating in the call for tenders by applying. If the candidate is pre-selected, the name of the structure indicated on the application file will be used in the shortlist. No further changes (name, consortium or other) will be allowed.
The form is available in English and French, and should be completed in one of these languages.
It includes the following data:
The application must be received by COLEAD no later than Thursday, February 09th, 2023.
If you have any questions regarding this Contract Notice or your application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Be sure to include Contract Notice reference COLEAD/AO/231258 in the title of your email when communicating with COLEAD.