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Restricted procedure: Review of the Danish Engagements in Afghanistan 2018-2020

Deadline for applications: 20 July 2020, at 14:00, Danish time  

Description:

BACKGROUND:
The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), in collaboration with the Danish
Ministry of Defence (MOD), is conducting a Review of the Danish Engagements in
Afghanistan. The Review will cover the Afghanistan Country Program 2018-2020,
the Peace and Stabilisation Program for Afghanistan 2018-2020, and the Region
of Origin Initiative in Afghanistan 2018-2020. The three programmes comprise 21
different engagements/partners and have a total budget of approx. 1 billion
DKK.

REISSUE:
This is a reissued tender for the Review. The Review was originally planned for
March-April 2020. However, the outbreak of COVID-19 and the
exceptional travel restrictions this has put in place has significantly altered
the framework conditions for the Review. Accordingly, the Review has been
redesigned to be conducted as a purely remote/desk-based exercise.

OBJECTIVE:
The objective of the review is to gather lessons learned, gauge progress in the
overall Danish engagement with Afghanistan, and inform the next phases of
Danish programming in the country. The review will provide input to the future
Danish strategic framework for Afghanistan as well as recommendations for
Danish engagements from 2021 onwards. The joint review across all three programmes
enables a synchronized and holistic review in line with a humanitarian-development-peace
approach.

METHOD
& OUTPUTS: The Review will take place as a purely desk-based/remote
exercise. It will be based on a comprehensive desk assessment of all relevant
background materials, and include initial interviews with MFA, MOD and other
stakeholders in Copenhagen. Based on this, a comprehensive inception report
will be prepared that describes preliminary findings and the onwards
methodological approach. To supplement desk-based findings, the Review will
conduct a series of remote/video-conferencing interviews with a range of
stakeholders in Kabul, including the Embassy, partners and other key
stakeholders. Following the interviews, the Review will present an initial
draft report and a presentation of findings. The final report will be developed
based on subsequent inputs from MFA/MOD. The consultants should
expect to be present for at least brief visits in Copenhagen during inception
and debriefing. No travel to Afghanistan is expected.

TIMEFRAME:
The Review is expected to start in mid-August
2020 and conclude no
later than mid-October 2020. There is little flexibility on
either end, and the Review will require strict attention to agreed timelines.
Inception/kickoff will take place in mid-August. Interviews will take place in September
and report drafting in September/October. Exact dates will be determined
during the inception.

CONSULTANTS:
Three international consultants / experts are required for the assignment. The
team should include (i) an expert in hum-dev-peace programming, (ii) an expert
in government reform in fragile contexts, and (iii) an expert in financial
management and results monitoring. The review team will be led by a chief
advisor from the MFA. One of the consultants should act as team coordinator for
the consultancy team to the MFA.
One of the consultants should additionally have expertise on Women, Peace and
Security.

BUDGET:
The timeframe is estimated at 69 working days (total) between all three
consultants. The budget maximum is DKK 650,000.

Deadline for applications: 20 July 2020, 14:00, Danish time 

Please find the relevant documents for participation here:

Instructions for applicants
Appendix 3A Suitability
Appendix 7 Statement of Joint Participation

Contact point:      
Name of Programme Officer: Andreas Ring, Chief Advisor
E-mail address, Programme Officer: andrin@um.dk
Telephone of Programme Officer: +45 4153 2627

Criteria for selection:
A minimum of three and a maximum of five applicants with references best suited for this assignment will be invited to submit a tender