Services - 295625-2019

26/06/2019    S121

Luxembourg-Luxembourg: EIB - Technical Assistance Programme Supporting EIB Intermediated Lending Operation for Small and Medium Agri-Food Sector Investments Integrating Smallholders in Malawi and Zambia

2019/S 121-295625

Contract notice


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: European Investment Bank
Postal address: 98-100, boulevard Konrad Adenauer
Town: Luxembourg
NUTS code: LU000 Luxembourg
Postal code: 2950
Country: Luxembourg
Contact person: SG/AS/Consultant Procurement Contract Management Division
Internet address(es):
Main address:
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
European institution/agency or international organisation
I.5)Main activity
Economic and financial affairs

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Technical Assistance Programme Supporting EIB Intermediated Lending Operation for Small and Medium Agri-Food Sector Investments Integrating Smallholders in Malawi and Zambia

Reference number: AA-001212 (TA2019016 MW AFF), AA-001213 (TA2019017 ZM AFF)
II.1.2)Main CPV code
66100000 Banking and investment services - FG17
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The overall objective of this TA Programme in both target countries is to support delivery of on-going and future EIB financial sector operations and the supporting blended and grant finance provided under broader EU development programmes in the target countries, in order to contribute to delivery of SDGs 1 (no poverty), 2 (zero hunger), 4 (quality education), 5 (gender quality), 8 (decent work and economic growth) and 10 (reduced inequalities).

A cross-cutting objective applicable to all activities foreseen in this TA Programme, is to facilitate the deployment of EIB funding in an efficient, responsible and sustainable manner, in accordance with the Bank’s standards and requirements, particularly in the spheres of agri-food sector eligibility and of environmental and social sustainability. Further information is provided at the internet address provided in section I.3.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 5 024 750.00 EUR
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
77100000 Agricultural services
66000000 Financial and insurance services
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: 00 Not specified
Main site or place of performance:

Malawi and Zambia

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

See Internet address provided in Section I.3).

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 5 024 750.00 EUR
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

An extension in scope may be triggered in case there is need to provide more extensive support to final beneficiaries in Zambia, depending on a number of factors that are currently unknown. Said extension is valued at a maximum value of 1 000 000 EUR (already incorporated in the estimate value).

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Envisaged minimum number: 5
Maximum number: 8
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Identification of the project:

Africa Investment Platform (previously known as Africa Investment Facility)

II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
List and brief description of conditions:
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
List and brief description of selection criteria:

The annual turnover of the candidate must be of at least 1 000 000 EUR for each of the last 3 years for which accounts have been closed. Note to candidates: In the application form (, please make sure to include the actual year for which the data is provided.

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
List and brief description of selection criteria:

1) The number of the permanent staff of the candidate (individual company or consortium overall) currently working in fields related to this contract (as they are described in Section III) of this Notice and in the internet address provided in section I.3.), must be at least 10 for each of the last 3 years for which accounts have been closed. Note to candidates: In your submission, please make sure to include the actual year for which the data is provided.

2) The candidate (individual company or consortium altogether) has implemented, during the last 5 years (May 2014 up to the deadline for the receipt of applications indicated in Section IV.2.2) of this Notice), at least 3 projects of a minimum value of 300 000 EUR equivalent, with activities related to strengthening the capacity of financial institutions in agri-finance, providing technical support to agri-businesses and farmers/farmer groups and gender equality in the area of agri-finance. The project references should encompass these activities in any combination. It should demonstrate that it had a participation of minimum 50 % in each of the projects brought as reference.

All relevant information must be submitted in the application form

III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

As indicated in the link provided in Section I.3) of this notice.

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Restricted procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJ S: 2019/S 041-092017
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 14/08/2019
Local time: 23:59
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
Date: 16/09/2019
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.3)Additional information:

Applications must be submitted using the standard application form (available at the following EIB web page: whose format and instructions must be strictly observed.

Any additional documentation (brochure, letter, etc.) sent with an application will not be taken into consideration.

This tender procedure is launched with a “suspension clause”. This entails that the award of the contract is subject to the signature of the Delegation Agreement between the European Commission and the EIB as well subject to the signature of the Cooperation Agreement between the Beneficiaries and the EIB.

The candidates interested in participating in this tender procedure must be fully aware that in no event shall the Contracting Authority be liable for any damages whatsoever including, without limitation, damages for loss of profits/costs incurred by applicant in preparing and submitting his application, in any way connected with the cancellation of the tender procedure on the ground of the “suspension clause” even if the Contracting Authority has been advised of the possibility of damages.

As such, by submitting their application, the candidate accepts in full the use of the “suspension clause” in this tender procedure as well as its possible consequences.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: EU General Court
Postal address: rue du Fort Niedergrunewald
Town: Luxembourg
Postal code: L-2925
Country: Luxembourg
Telephone: +352 4303-2100
Internet address:
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: