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Services - 533458-2021

20/10/2021    S204

Denmark-Copenhagen: Foreign economic-aid-related services

2021/S 204-533458

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Department for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
National registration number: 43271911
Postal address: Asiatisk Plads 2
Town: Copenhagen
NUTS code: DK Danmark
Postal code: 1448
Country: Denmark
Contact person: Kurt Mørck Jensen
E-mail: kumoje@um.dk
Internet address(es):
Main address: http://um.dk/en/danida-en/
I.3)Communication
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://www.ethics.dk/ethics/eo#/afd880c2-b42d-4602-87cc-f5ae1e7feed0/publicMaterial
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://www.ethics.dk/ethics/eo#/afd880c2-b42d-4602-87cc-f5ae1e7feed0/homepage
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at: https://www.ethics.dk/ethics/eo#/afd880c2-b42d-4602-87cc-f5ae1e7feed0/homepage
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: Development assistance

Section II: Object

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

Youth Inclusion and Employment Project under the Programme for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship of the Danish Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP)

Reference number: 2020-41913
II.1.2)Main CPV code
75211200 Foreign economic-aid-related services
II.1.3)Type of contract
Services
II.1.4)Short description:

The purpose of the assignment is to implement the Youth Inclusion and Employment project of the Programme for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship (hereafter referred to as the Youth Employment Programme) in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan as well as a potential expansion of activities to Algeria. The deliverable will contribute to the Programme’s overall objective, which is increased employment of young people through entrepreneurship and enterprise development. To achieve this objective, the programme will work with Danish and partner country stakeholders.

The Programme is divided into two phases. The commencement of Phase 2 is at the discretion of the MFA / MENA. Phase 1 covers the period from signing of contract to the approval of the detailed results framework (February-May 2022). Transition to Phase 2, which starts with the inception period on 1 July 2022, is subject to MENA’s approval of the detailed results framework submitted by the Consultant in Phase 1.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 295 000 000.00 DKK
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
79420000 Management-related services
79421000 Project-management services other than for construction work
79421100 Project-supervision services other than for construction work
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: DKZ Extra-Regio NUTS 1
Main site or place of performance:

Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Algeria

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The overall objective of the Youth Employment Programme is increased employment of young people through entrepreneurship and enterprise development.

The objective links to DAPP’s overall vision of a better life for young people in the Middle East and North Africa as young people need to experience opportunities for gaining meaningful employment in order to create a better life for themselves in their home countries. The programme will have a particular focus on promoting SDG 4 on quality education and lifelong learning opportunities, SDG 5 on gender equality, and SDG 8 on sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and productive employment and decent work for all.

In order to reach the objective, the programme will work towards achieving three outcomes:

- Outcome 1: Young women and men have enhanced employability and engage in entrepreneurship

- Outcome 2: SMEs grow and create jobs through development of new innovative ideas or scaling of existing solutions

- Outcome 3: SMEs grow and create jobs through improved access to finance and Technical Assistance (TA)

The Consultant will be responsible for delivering on Outcome 1 under the Youth Inclusion and Employment Project as outlined in the Programme document.

UNDP Nordic will be responsible for deliverables towards Outcome 2 under the Jobs and Green Growth Accelerator Project as outlined in the Programme document.

The Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) will be responsible for deliverables towards Outcome 3 under the Sharaka Capital Investment Fund Project as outlined in the Programme document.

The Consultant must deliver all services necessary for the full implementation of the Programme in the DAPP countries with regards to the Youth Inclusion and Employment Project, including but not limited to all services related to the implementation, technical inputs, monitoring and financial management of the engagement in all four DAPP countries. The services delivered by the Consultant must be sufficient to ensure full achievement of the five outputs.

Beyond the formal reporting requirements (see below), the Consultant will be responsible for delivering inputs as requested by MENA and/or the independent MEAL Unit for regular monitoring, field monitoring missions, Annual Stocktaking, Mid-Term Review, and other aspects related to ensuring a sound, effective, and accountable monitoring and evaluation of the Programme.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Criteria below
Cost criterion - Name: Quality / Weighting: 100
II.2.6)Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 295 000 000.00 DKK
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Start: 01/03/2022
End: 30/06/2027
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Envisaged number of candidates: 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

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 performed contracts compare to the description of this procurement

• experience with partnerships with local partners in the DAPP countries

• youth mobilisation

• youth employment through start-ups, entrepreneurship, and enterprise development

• securing decent and meaningful jobs for young people

• skills development and matching skills with enterprise and market demands

• framework conditions for business development and the labour market

• cooperation between labour market partners

• mutual dialogue and learning that takes place between individuals and organizations engaged in the partnerships

• experience from operating/working in partnership arrangements with civil society organizations (rights holders) and government organizations (duty bearers) in the Middle East and North Africa region and one other region

- The extent to which the Consultant shows thematic expertise and contextual knowledge in regard to supporting relevant partners in the DAPP countries including ability to transmit knowledge and expertise relevant to the specific needs and demands of local partners

- The extent to which the Consultant has well-established and strong linkages to Danish professional organisations in employment creation and entrepreneurship (civil society, academia and sector experts) to facilitate the Danish Arab Partnership rationale of mobilising Danish expertise and knowhow of relevance for the MENA-region

- The extent to which the contracts are performed for clients comparable to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (e.g. a European institution/agency or international organisation, a Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions, or a national or federal agency/office)

II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of options:

The contract includes an option for an Acceleration Budget amounting to DKK 75,000,000 (in addition to the maximum budget amounting to DKK 220,000,000), that will be available to cater for upscaling and accelerating successful activities and initiatives for the three Projects under the Programme. Funding from the Acceleration Budget will be allocated based on joint proposals by the Consultant, UNDP Nordic and IFU subject to approval by MENA, at the annual stocktaking in 2023 and the mid-term review in 2024. To qualify for acceleration funding during the implementation period, the Consultant, UNDP Nordic and IFU must justify the added value and likely success of the proposed upscaling and acceleration of initiatives and activities. In proposals to access acceleration funding, the results framework and Theory of Change of the programme must be reviewed and updated to accommodate the effects of upscaling and acceleration at the output level.

Activities in Algeria, which will be decided in the Programme’s inception phase, may also be considered for funding from the Acceleration Budget.

The contract includes an option for additional services similar to the services and deliveries specified in the scope of services.

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

The contracting authority has a maximum budget of DKK 220,000,000 net of VAT, excluding the acceleration budget in relation to the procurement. Tenders will be rejected if they exceed the contracting authority's maximum budget. The budget covers Phase 2 and the Consultant will not receive any remuneration for work performed in Phase 1, whether the contract continues in Phase 2 or not.

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:

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 DKK 100 000 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 has agreed on a repayment scheme with the collection authority and that scheme is observed, cf. section 135(4), or where the economic operator provides guarantee of payment of the part of the debt which constitutes DKK 100 000.00 or more, cf. section 135(5).

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/tools/ecertis

Economic operators are encouraged to submit all necessary documentation as early as possible.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
List and brief description of selection criteria:

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.

Economic operators are encouraged to submit all necessary documentation as early as possible.

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

The economic operator is required to have an average yearly turnover of minimum DKK 100,000,000 for the last 2 financial years available.

If the economic operator is participating in the procurement procedure as a consortium, a joint venture or similar, or if the economic operator relies on the capacity of other entities, it is required that the economic operator or the economic operator and the entities referred to altogether meet the selection criteria.

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
List and brief description of 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), if the project/reference was carried out in accordance with guidelines similar to the Danida Aid Management Guidelines (AMG), description of the organizational set-up (i.e. the number of participants in the organizational set-up, the names of the participating organizations, and their roles in carrying out the project and the names of the local partner(s) participating in the project, description of the services provided by the applicant during the project/reference, description of the services provided by the applicant during the project/reference, amount (contract fee received by the economic operator), start date, end date and recipient (name and contact information).

The number of performed contracts is determined based on all submitted ESPDs (i.e. from all involved economic operators in a group of economic operators and/or other supporting entities).

If an economic operator has listed more than 5 contracts, the contracting authority will only read and assess the 5 most recent contracts listed (first based on end date, and then based on start date).

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 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.

Economic operators are encouraged to submit all necessary documentation as early as possible.

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

The economic operator is required to have performed (entered into, ongoing or finalized) minimum

• 3 contracts in one (or more) of the four focus countries within the last 3 years.

• At least two references must have been implemented in accordance with guidelines similar to the Danida Aid Management Guidelines (AMG).

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.

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

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).

The economic operator must indicate all subcontractors in Appendix 0 as part of the tender, except for the organisational entity(ies) that will be responsible for providing the relevant labour union inputs.

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:

http://um.dk/en/danida-en/about-danida/Danida-transparency/anti-corruption/

https://www.unglobalcompact.org/what-is-gc/mission/principles

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
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: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 16/11/2021
Local time: 14:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
Date: 29/11/2021
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
English
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.2)Information about electronic workflows
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used
VI.3)Additional 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://mercell.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portal/3/article/177996038?src=1869524006

Local time in section IV is according to Central European Time (CET) in Denmark.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark/MENA will host an information meeting on 1 November 2021 at 14:00-16:00 regarding the tender. The meeting will be held at Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel. Interested economic operators are encouraged to participate in this meeting and must register by sending an e-mail to menastud@um.dk no later than 28 October 2021 with the names of the participants and their organisational affiliation.

Economic operators may only submit one 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 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.

If an economic operator is participating in the procurement procedure as a consortium, it must present a Consortium Agreement formalising the cooperation between the involved Consortium partners. The Consortium Agreement should explain the consortium’s;

(i) decision making procedures between the consortium partners;

(ii) rules and procedures for budget reallocations during the implementation phase;

(iii) rules and procedures for submitting proposals for programme changes or acceleration opportunities to the MFA.

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.

No later than 10 working days after award of contract, the Consultant must provide information on which organisational entity(ies) will be responsible for providing the relevant labour union inputs on: i) strengthened policy framework for doing business; ii) framework for skills development; iii) social dialogue and labour rights as indicated under Output 1.1 ‘Inclusion of Youth to Engage Productively in Society’ Output 1.5 (‘Improved Business Environment for Entrepreneurs and SMEs’) in the programme document. The organisational entity(ies) responsible for providing these inputs should not be part of the tender.

The organisational entity responsible for the relevant labour union input should not be named in the offer and the same organisational entity can be responsible for providing the relevant labour union input to several tenderer

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.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: Klagenævnet for Udbud
Postal address: Toldboden 2
Town: Viborg
Postal code: 8800
Country: Denmark
E-mail: klfu@naevneneshus.dk
Telephone: +45 72405600
Internet address: https://naevneneshus.dk/start-din-klage/klagenaevnet-for-udbud/
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

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,

30 calendar days from the day after the contracting authority has notified the economic operators that a contract based on a framework agreement with reopening of competition has been entered into, or

6 months from the day after the contracting authority has notified the economic operators of the decisions regarding award of a framework agreement.

Complaint guidelines (in English) can be found at: https://naevneneshus.dk/media/9802/complaint-guidelines.pdf

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
Official name: Konkurrence- og Forbrugerstyrelsen
Postal address: Carl Jacobsens Vej 35
Town: Valby
Postal code: 2500
Country: Denmark
E-mail: kfst@kfst.dk
Telephone: +45 41715000
Internet address: www.kfst.dk
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
15/10/2021