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Uganda-Kampala: Technical Assistance for Capacity Building to Uganda Railway Corporation

2019/S 048-109178

Service Contract Notice


1.Publication reference
EuropeAid/139664/IH/SER/UG
2.Procedure
Restricted
3.Programme title
Technical Support Programme I
4.Financing
11th European Development Fund, Financing Agreement No UG/FED/039-072
5.Contracting Authority

The European Commission, Kampala, UGANDA

Clarifications may be sought from the Contracting Authority at the following email address delegation-uganda-finance@eeas.europa.eu at the latest 21 days before the deadline for submission of applications stated at the point 23 below.

Clarifications will be published on the website of DG International Cooperation and Development at the latest 5 days before the deadline.


Contract Specification

6.Nature of contract
Fee-based
7.Contract description
The technical assistance to the Uganda Railway Corporation is expecting to provide capacity building to this institution in the fields of: long term strategy for infrastructure and rolling stock investment and maintenance; climate risks and vulnerability assessments and climate-proofing of infrastructure; human resource management; permanent way maintenance and inspection, railway operations and signalling; mechanical, electrical and civil engineering; transport economics and logistics management; procurement procedures; marketing strategy and provision of survey, measuring and digitalisation equipment.
8.Number and titles of lots
One lot only
9.Maximum budget
1 100 000 EUR
10.Scope for additional services
N/a.


Conditions of Participation

11.Eligibility
Participation in tendering is open on equal terms to natural and legal persons (participating either individually or in a grouping – consortium — of tenderers) which are established in a Member State of the European Union, ACP States or in a country or territory authorised by the ACP-EC Partnership Agreement under which the contract is financed (see also item 29 below). Participation is also open to international organisations.
Please be aware that after the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU, the rules of access to EU procurement procedures of economic operators established in third countries will apply to candidates or tenderers from the United Kingdom depending on the outcome of negotiations. In case such access is not provided by legal provisions in force at the time of contract award, candidates or tenderers from the United Kingdom could be rejected from the procurement procedure.
12.Candidature
All eligible natural and legal persons (as per Item 11 above) or groupings of such persons (consortia) may apply.
A consortium may be a permanent, legally-established grouping or a grouping which has been constituted informally for a specific tender procedure. All members of a consortium (i.e., the leader and all other members) are jointly and severally liable to the Contracting Authority.
The participation of an ineligible natural or legal person (as per Item 11) will result in the automatic exclusion of that person. In particular, if that ineligible person belongs to a consortium, the whole consortium will be excluded.
13.Number of applications
No more than one application can be submitted by a natural or legal person whatever the form of participation (as an individual legal entity or as leader or member of a consortium submitting an application). In the event that a natural or legal person submits more than one application, all applications in which that person has participated will be excluded.
14.Shortlist alliances prohibited
Any tenders received from tenderers comprising firms other than those mentioned in the short-listed application forms will be excluded from this restricted tender procedure unless prior approval from the Contracting Authority has been obtained (see practical guide – PRAG – 2.6.3.). Short-listed candidates may not form alliances or subcontract to each other for the contract in question.
15.Grounds for exclusion
As part of the application form, candidates must submit a signed declaration, included in the standard application form, to the effect that they are not in any of the exclusion situations listed in Section 2.6.10.1. of the PRAG.
Candidates included in the lists of EU restrictive measures (see Section 2.4. of the PRAG) at the moment of the award decision cannot be awarded the contract.
16.Sub-contracting
Subcontracting is allowed.
17.Number of candidates to be short-listed
On the basis of the applications received, between 4 and 8 candidates will be invited to submit detailed tenders for this contract. If the number of eligible candidates meeting the selection criteria is less than the minimum of 4, the Contracting Authority may invite the candidates who satisfy the criteria to submit a tender.


Provisional Timetable

18.Provisional date of invitation to tender
May 2019
19.Provisional commencement date of the contract
October 2019
20.Initial period of implementation of tasks
20 Months


Selection and Award Criteria

21.Selection criteria
The following selection criteria will be applied to candidates. In the case of applications submitted by a consortium, these selection criteria will be applied to the consortium as a whole unless specified otherwise. The selection criteria will not be applied to natural persons and single-member companies when they are sub-contractors.
1) Economic and financial capacity of candidate (based on Item 3 of the application form). In case of candidate being a public body, equivalent information should be provided. The reference period which will be taken into account will be the last 3 years for which accounts have been closed.
For the last 3 years the candidates must have:
— annual turnover in excess of 600 000 EUR
— current ratio (current assets/current liabilities) in the last year for which accounts have been closed must be at least 1. In case of a consortium this criterion must be fulfilled by each member.
2) Professional capacity of candidate (based on Items 4 and 5 of the application form). The reference period which will be taken into account will be the last 3 years from submission deadline.
— at least 5 staffs currently work in permanent employment, for the candidate in fields related to this contract (railway engineering and related capacity building).
3) Technical capacity of candidate (based on Items 5 and 6 of the application form). The reference period which will be taken into account will be the last 5 years from submission deadline.
3.1) The candidate has provided similar services under at least 2 (two) service contracts, preferably capacity building consultancy services in a railway organisation each with a budget of at least 800 000 EUR which were implemented at any moment during the reference period.
This means that the project the candidate refers to could have been started or completed at any time during the indicated period but it does not necessarily have to be started and completed during that period, nor implemented during the entire period. Candidates are allowed to refer either to projects completed within the reference period (although started earlier) or to projects not yet completed. In the first case the project will be considered in its whole if proper evidence of performance is provided (statement or certificate from the entity which awarded the contract, proof of final payment). In case of projects still ongoing only the portion satisfactorily completed during the reference period although started earlier will be taken into consideration. This portion will have to be supported by documentary evidence (similarly to projects completed) also detailing its value. If a candidate has implemented the project in a consortium, the percentage that the candidate has successfully completed must be clear from the documentary evidence, together with a description of the nature of the services provided if the selection criteria relating to the pertinence of the experience have been used. Documentary evidence is not required at the application stage but will be requested with the invitation to tender.
Previous experience which caused breach of contract and termination by a Contracting Authority shall not be used as reference.
An economic operator may, where appropriate and for a particular contract, rely on the capacities of other entities, regardless of the legal nature of the links which it has with them. Some examples of when it may not be considered appropriate by the Contracting Authority are when the tender rely in majority on the capacities of other entities or when they rely on key criteria. If the tenderer relies on other entities it must prove to the Contracting Authority that it will have at its disposal the resources necessary for performance of the contract, for example by producing a commitment on the part of those entities to place those resources at its disposal. Such entities, for instance the parent company of the economic operator, must respect the same rules of eligibility - notably that of nationality – and must comply with the selection criteria for which the economic operator relies on them. Furthermore, the data for this third entity for the relevant selection criterion should be included in the tender in a separate document. Proof of the capacity will also have to be furnished when requested by the Contracting Authority.
With regard to technical and professional criteria, an economic operator may only rely on the capacities of other entities where the latter will perform the works or services for which these capacities are required.
With regard to economic and financial criteria, the entities upon whose capacity the tenderer relies become jointly and severally liable for the performance of the contract.
If more than 8 eligible candidates meet the above selection criteria, the relative strengths and weaknesses of the applications of these candidates must be re-examined to identify the 8 best candidates. The only additional comparative criteria that will be taken into consideration during this re-examination, in the order that they appear below, are:
1) The highest number of railway capacity building projects that meet criteria 3.1;
2) The highest number of projects that meet criteria 3.1 carried out in Sub Saharian Africa.
N.B: additional comparative criterion 2) will be applied only if the number of eligible candidates remains higher than 8 after applying additional comparative criterion 1).
22.Award criteria
Best price-quality ratio.


Application

23.Deadline for receipt of applications
The candidate attention is drawn to the fact that there are 2 different systems for sending applications: one is by post or private mail service, the other is by hand delivery.
In the first case, the application must be sent before the date and time limit for submission, as evidenced by the postmark or deposit slip(1), but in the second case it is the acknowledgment of receipt given at the time of the delivery of the application that will serve as proof.
The deadline for the receipt of applications is 4:30 p.m., Uganda local time on the 11.4.2019.
Any application received by the Contracting Authority after this deadline will not be considered.
The Contracting Authority may, for reasons of administrative efficiency, reject any application submitted on time to the postal service but received, for any reason beyond the Contracting Authority's control, after the effective date of approval of the short-list report, if accepting applications that were submitted on time but arrived late would considerably delay the evaluation procedure or jeopardise decisions already taken and notified.
(1) It is recommended to use registered mail in case the postmark would not be readable.
24.Application format and details to be provided
Applications must be submitted using the standard application form, the format and instructions of which must be strictly observed. The application form is available from the following internet address:

http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/prag/annexes.do?chapterTitleCode=B

The application must be accompanied by a declaration of honour on exclusion and selection criteria using the template available from the following internet address:

http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/prag/annexes.do?chapterTitleCode=A

Any additional documentation (brochure, letter, etc.) sent with an application will not be taken into consideration.
25.How applications may be submitted
Applications must be submitted in English exclusively to the Contracting Authority in a sealed envelope:
— either by post or by courier service, in which case the evidence shall be constituted by the postmark or the date of the deposit slip, to
The Head of Delegation
European Union Delegation to the Republic of Uganda
15th Floor Crested Towers
Plot 17/23 Hannington Road
PO Box 5244, Kampala, UGANDA
— or hand delivered by the candidate in person or by an agent directly to the premises of the Contracting Authority in return for a signed and dated receipt, in which case the evidence shall be constituted by this acknowledgement of receipt, to:
The Head of Delegation
European Union Delegation to the Republic of Uganda
15th Floor Crested Towers
Plot 17/23 Hannington Road
PO Box 5244, Kampala, UGANDA
Opening Hours: 7.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
The contract title and the Publication reference (see Item 1 above) must be clearly marked on the envelope containing the application and must always be mentioned in all subsequent correspondence with the Contracting Authority.
Applications submitted by any other means will not be considered.
By submitting an application candidates accept to receive notification of the outcome of the procedure by electronic means. Such notification shall be deemed to have been received on the date upon which the Contracting Authority sends it to the electronic address referred to in the application.
26.Alteration or withdrawal of applications
Candidates may alter or withdraw their applications by written notification prior to the deadline for submission of applications. No application may be altered after this deadline.
Any such notification of alteration or withdrawal shall be prepared and submitted in accordance with Item 25. The outer envelope (and the relevant inner envelope if used) must be marked “Alteration” or “Withdrawal” as appropriate.
27.Operational language
All written communications for this tender procedure and contract must be in English.
28.Date of publication of prior information notice
9.5.2018
EuropeAid/139664/IH/SER/UG
29.Legal basis
Annex IV to the Partnership Agreement between the members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, signed in Cotonou on 23.6.2000 as amended in Luxembourg on 25.6.2005 and in Ouagadougou on 22.6.2010. Reference is made to Annex IV as revised by Decision 1/2014 of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers of 20.6.2014.
30.Additional information
N/a