Denmark-Copenhagen: Evaluation consultancy services
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: http://um.dk/en/danida-en/
Section II: Object
Evaluation of the Danish Support for Climate Change Adaptation in Developing Countries
In 2019, the Evaluation Department (EVAL) under the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs will commission an evaluation of the support to climate change adaptation under the Danish Development Assistance budget. The evaluation will have a focus on interventions within climate adaptation as part of the climate envelope and as mainstreamed interventions within the overall development assistance portfolio. There will be a focus on learning, building on the outcomes of interventions carried out in the period 2008 to 2012 as reported in the evaluation published in 2015, and adding results obtained in the period 2013-2018.
Country case studies in Kenya, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Bangladesh.
The evaluation will be based on a bottom-up approach with a strong focus on 4 country cases.
The following countries, which provide examples from different regions, levels of development and fragility contexts, are tentative selected (with short justification):
Kenya. there are extensive climate-related activities in Kenya, both in terms of adaptation and mitigation. Kenya was included in the 2015 evaluation, which provides the opportunity to reevaluate after the initiatives have gained maturity. It also provides insights into an African context.
Bangladesh: Bangladesh provides an Asian case with very different contextual factors and climate change impacts. It also has a sizeable bilateral climate programme.
Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso is ‘characterized by fragility’ in Denmark’s latest strategy (The World 2030) for development cooperation and humanitarian action. The country is subject to both political and climate-related fragility and receive significant Danish support to climate related initiatives. This could provide valuable learning on adaptation and resilience in fragile contexts.
Ethiopia: Ethiopia is to some extent stable but have fragile tendencies or areas. It will provide insight on mainstreaming climate change across the humanitarian-development nexus.
This list includes countries supported through the Climate Envelope as well as those supported through other climate-related ODA. The particular sectors or projects to evaluate will be country specific but could include, e.g. water (Burkina Faso, Bangladesh, Kenya), food security and social protection (Ethiopia), local infrastructure (Bangladesh) — see country policy papers for additional information (http://um.dk/da/danida/lande-og-regioner/landepolitikker).
It is expected that the evaluation will include 4 categories of adaptation projects:
(i) funded through the Climate Envelope (adaptation aspects of the 138 projects and programmes within the Climate Envelope 2008-2018);
(ii) other bilateral assistance; 20-25 programmes/projects with a focus on climate adaptation interventions, which are part of Danish climate-related ODA, but outside the Climate Envelope. 17 of these are on activities in Bangladesh (4), Burkina Faso (6), Ethiopia (1) and Kenya (6). In addition, the evaluation will assess the adaptation elements of the climate screenings of Danida Country Programme, carried out 2005-2008;
(iii) funded through NGOs; focus on a number of major NGOs with significant climate adaptation activities;
(iv) funded through multilateral organisations (e.g. UN, the Green Climate Fund and World Bank).
In the 4 case countries, the evaluation will explore how various climate adaptation activities within the 4 categories intervenes.
Candidates will be selected on the basis of the information concerning technical and professional ability, cf. Section III.1.3), in relation to the object of this contract, cf. Sections II.1.4) and II.2.4).
In the selection, the Contracting Authority will specifically emphasise:
— the number of relevant contracts (as defined in Section III.1.3)),
— the extent to which the relevant contracts compare to the description of this procurement,
— the extent to which the relevant contracts are performed for clients comparable to the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
As the task to be performed is an evaluation assignment, economic operators whose independence and impartiality may be questioned will be excluded from the procurement procedure.
The Contracting Authority has a maximum budget of 4 000 000 DKK net of VAT in relation to the procurement. Tenders will be rejected if they exceed the Contracting Authority's maximum budget.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
In Part III.A-C of the ESPD, economic operators must answer whether they are subject to exclusion grounds.
An economic operator is excluded from the procurement procedure if the economic operator itself or any person who is a member of its administrative, management or supervisory body or has powers of representation, decision or control therein has been convicted by final judgement or fined within the last 4 years for any of the exclusion grounds relating to the criminal convictions listed in Section 135(1) of the Danish Public Procurement Act.
An economic operator is excluded from the procurement procedure if it has unpaid overdue debt of 100 000 DKK or more to public authorities in relation to payment of taxes and payment of social security, cf. Section 135(3) of the Danish Public Procurement Act. An economic operator is, however, not excluded where the economic operator provides guarantee of payment of the part of the debt which constitutes 100 000 DKK or more, or where the economic operator has agreed on a repayment scheme with the collection authority and that scheme is observed, cf. Section 135(4).
An economic operator is excluded from the procurement procedure if it is subject to any of the exclusion grounds listed in Sections 136(1)(1) and 136(1)(2) of the Danish Public Procurement Act.
An economic operator is excluded from the procurement procedure if it within the last 2 years has been subject to any of the exclusion grounds listed in Sections 136(1)(3) and 137(1)(2-3) of the Danish Public Procurement Act.
The Contracting Authority can accept the following documentation in relation to the exclusion grounds in Sections 135(1), 135(3) and 137(1)(2) of the Danish Public Procurement Act (in order of priority):
1) Extracts from the relevant register or similar documents issued by a competent judicial or administrative authority or certificates issued by the competent Authority in the country referred to as documentation that the tenderer is not subject to the grounds for exclusion stipulated in Sections 135(1), 135(3) and 137(1)(2);
2) A declaration on oath (only if such extracts, certificates or similar documents are not issued in the country where the economic operator is established, or where the documentation does not cover all the grounds for exclusion stipulated in Sections 135(1), 135(3) and 137(1)(2) entirely);
3) A solemn declaration made by the person concerned before a competent judicial or administrative authority, a notary or a competent professional or trade body, in the country of origin or in the country where the economic operator is established (only if there is no provision for declarations on oath in the country where the economic operator is established).
Thus, the Contracting Authority cannot accept e.g. a solemn declaration made before a notary if there can be issued a certificate by the competent authority in the country where the economic operator is established. Moreover, the Contracting Authority cannot accept self-declarations or similar declarations issued by the economic operator or the person concerned as documentation in relation to the exclusion grounds.
Economic operators can identify the relevant documentation using the online platform e-Certis: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/ecertis/
Economic operators are encouraged to submit all necessary documentation as early as possible.
In Part IV.B of the ESPD, the economic operator must fill in its average yearly turnover for the last 2 financial years available (where the economic operator can present annual reports).
If the economic operator consists of a group of economic operators (e.g. a consortia or joint venture) or if the economic operator relies on the capacity of other entities, each involved economic operator or entity must submit a completed ESPD.
When an economic operator is participating in the procurement procedure together with others (e.g. a consortia or joint venture) or if the economic operator relies on the economic and financial standing of other entities, the participating economic operators or the entities referred to are subject to joint and severable liability for the performance of the contract.
The Contracting Authority can accept annual reports or excerpts hereof or relevant statements from a bank or certified accountant as documentation in relation to the economic and financial standing.
When an economic operator is participating in the procurement procedure together with others or when an economic operator relies on the economic and financial standing of other entities, the economic operator must also provide statements of support or other documentation proving that the economic operator has access to the necessary economic and financial standing. The statements of support must establish a legal obligation for the party concerned and state that the involved economic operators or entities are subject to joint and severable liability for the performance of the contract.
The economic operator is required to have an average yearly turnover of minimum 8 000 000 DKK for the last 2 financial years available.
When the economic operator is participating in the procurement procedure together with others (e.g. a consortia or joint venture) or if the economic operator relies on the capacity of other entities, it is required that the participating economic operators or the economic operator and the entities referred to altogether meet the selection criteria.
In Part IV.C of the ESPD, the economic operator must fill in a list of maximum 5 contracts entered into, ongoing or finalized within the last 3 years stating a description of the contract (nature and quantity of services from the economic operator and how they compare to the description of this procurement), amount (contract fee received by the economic operator), start date, end date and recipient (name and contact information).
If an economic operator has listed more than 5 contracts, the Contracting Authority will only read and assess the 5 most recent contracts listed (based on start date).
When an economic operator is participating in the procurement procedure together with others (e.g. a consortia or joint venture) or if the economic operator relies on the technical and professional abilities of other entities, the specific parts of the contract must be performed by the economic operators or entities with the required technical and professional abilities.
The Contracting Authority reserves the right to contact the recipients of services or require statements from the recipients, confirming that the economic operator has performed the listed contracts, as documentation in relation to the technical and professional ability.
When an economic operator is formed by a group of economic operators or relies on the technical and professional abilities of other entities, the economic operator must also provide statements of support or other documentation proving that the economic operator has access to the necessary technical and professional abilities. The statements of support must establish a legal obligation for the party concerned and state the parts of the contract to be performed by the party concerned.
Within the last 3 years, the economic operator is required to have performed (entered into, ongoing or finalized) minimum 1 relevant contract (as defined below).
As a relevant contract is considered independent evaluations of development programmes with a direct or indirect relevance for adaptation to climate change with a value attributable to the economic operator of more than 500 000 DKK. An ‘independent evaluation’ is an evaluation carried out for an evaluation unit of a development organization.
References related to evaluations of programmes with emphasis only on climate change mitigation (e.g. energy) will not be considered as relevant references. References related to reviews and monitoring work will also not be considered as relevant references. Neither will short-listing under a framework contract be considered a reference in itself.
Prior to the signing of the contract, the economic operator must present statements of availability from all non-permanent staff (e.g. project specific consultants or freelance consultants).
When an economic operator is participating in the procurement procedure together with others, the economic operator must present a joint statement from all the participating economic operators which identifies the member of the group who can act as an agent on behalf of the group with mandate to establish a legal obligation on behalf of the group in relation to the Contracting Authority.
The winning tenderer is to perform the contract in compliance with the Danida Anti-Corruption Policy and the principles of the UN Global Compact.
Economic operators can find more information on:
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
The tender procedure is governed by Danish law and the rules applicable hereunder.
An English translation of the Danish Public Procurement Act is available on: https://www.kfst.dk/media/54435/the-public-procurement-act.pdf
Access to the procurement procedure requires online registration.
Guidance (in Danish and English) on the use of the tendering system can be found at: https://www.udbudssystemet.dk/public/instructions/ETHICS.EO.vejledning.pdf
Local time in section IV is according to Central European Time (CET) in Denmark.
Economic operators may only submit 1 application or tender.
Economic operators must submit a European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) as preliminary evidence that the economic operator is not subject to exclusion grounds and that the economic operator fulfils the minimum requirements for economic and financial standing and technical and professional ability.
When the economic operator is participating together with others or if the economic operator relies on the capacity of other entities, each participating economic operator must provide a separate ESPD.
Before the time-limit for receipt of tenders, the candidates, which the Contracting Authority has invited to tender, must present documentation of the information provided in the ESPD.
This contract has not been divided into lots, cf. Section II.1.6), due to market and economic considerations.
Economic operators will not receive remuneration for their participation in the procedure.
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Actions regarding requests to participate and selection must be submitted within 20 calendar days from the day after the Contracting Authority has notified the economic operators of the decisions regarding selection.
Other actions regarding the procedure (e.g. decisions regarding award of contract) must be submitted within 45 calendar days from the day after the publication of a Contract Award Notice in the Official Journal of the EU.
The complainant must at the same time notify the Contracting Authority that an action has been submitted to the Danish Complaints Board for Public Procurement.
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