Services - 325755-2019

12/07/2019    S133

Belgium-Brussels: Harmonisation, Quality and Accreditation (HAQAA 2)

2019/S 133-325755

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: European Commission, Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Directorate C: Innovation, International Cooperation and Sport
Postal address: Rue Joseph II, 70
Town: Brussels
NUTS code: BE BELGIQUE-BELGIË
Postal code: 1049
Country: Belgium
Contact person: Deirdre Lennan
E-mail: Deirdre.Lennan@ec.europa.eu
Telephone: +32 22999580
Fax: +32 22963233
Internet address(es):
Main address: http://ec.europa.eu/education/index_en.htm
I.3)Communication
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://etendering.ted.europa.eu/cft/cft-display.html?cftId=5044
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://etendering.ted.europa.eu/cft/cft-display.html?cftId=5044
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
European institution/agency or international organisation
I.5)Main activity
Education

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

Harmonisation, Quality and Accreditation (HAQAA 2)

Reference number: EAC-19-2019
II.1.2)Main CPV code
80000000 Education and training services
II.1.3)Type of contract
Services
II.1.4)Short description:

Carry out the second phase of the ‘Harmonisation, Quality Assurance and Accreditation’ initiative (HAQAA 2) in order to improve the quality and harmonisation of African higher education and support students’ employability and mobility across the continent while improving the quality assurance and relevance of higher education in Africa and the recognition and transparency of qualifications. This will involve consolidating and expanding the activities carried out during the first phase of the HAQAA initiative.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 5 000 000.00 EUR
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: BE BELGIQUE-BELGIË
Main site or place of performance:

Contractors premises and Africa

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

General objectives: to improve the quality and harmonisation of African higher education and support students’ employability and mobility across the continent.

The specific objectives of the Harmonisation, Quality Assurance and Accreditation (HAQAA) 2" initiative are:

1) Quality assurance culture in higher education institutions is further enhanced;

2) Capacities of quality assurance agencies to implement African Standards and Guidelines for quality assurance is strengthened and cross-regional coordination are enhanced;

3) Capacities of the AU in implementing the Pan-African Quality Assurance and Accreditation Framework (PAQAF) are strengthened.

Expected results and activities

1) Quality assurance culture in higher education institutions is further enhanced

— communicate the African Quality Rating Mechanism (AQRM) on-line tool to universities,

— undertake an analysis on findings of evaluations (trends, recommendations).

2) Capacities of quality assurance agencies to implement African Standards and Guidelines for quality assurance are strengthened and cross-regional coordination is enhanced

— development of a user guide for implementing the African Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ASG-QA),

— provision of training for quality assurance agency staff and organisation of agency reviews and consultancy visits,

— provision of tailored regional capacity building on the ASG and on the PAQAF in general and support existing regional actions,

— development of complementary training programmes on international quality assurance for regions that do not yet have such a programme, including a train the trainer (ToT) programme.

3) Capacities of the AU in implementing the Pan-African Quality Assurance and Accreditation Framework (PAQAF) are strengthened

— support to the AU's working group for higher education in charge of the Continental agenda for education (CESA 2016-2025): organisation of meetings, facilitation of discussions and dissemination of decisions and follow-up measures,

— support the establishment of a technical working group to define the mandate, establishment plan and organisational set up of the Pan-African Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency on the basis of a feasibility study.

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: 5 000 000.00 EUR
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

These services will consist in the repetition of similar services entrusted to the contractor(s) and will be awarded under the following conditions: compliance with exclusion criteria, selection criteria and award criteria.

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:

Annual Action Programme 2018 of the DCI Pan-African Programme (Commission Implementing decision no C(2018) 7378 final of 30.10.2018, Annex 6)

II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open 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: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 28/08/2019
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
English, Bulgarian, Danish, German, Greek, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, Croatian, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Czech
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)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 04/09/2019
Local time: 11:00
Place:

European Commission, Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Rue Joseph II, 70, B-1049 Brussels.

Information about authorised persons and opening procedure:

2 representatives of the tenderer.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: General Court
Town: Luxembourg
Postal code: 2925
Country: Luxembourg
E-mail: GeneralCourt.Registry@curia.europa.eu
Telephone: +352 43031
Fax: +352 43032100
Internet address: http://curia.europa.eu
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
Official name: EU Ombudsman
Town: Brussels
Country: Belgium
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
01/07/2019