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

Deadline for applications: 30 March 2020, at 12:00 noon, 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 Corona virus and the exceptional travel restrictions this has put in place, most recently a “shutdown” in Denmark declared on March 11, 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. It has been reissued as an unrestricted tender.

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 2020 onwards. The review may thus provide recommendations on possible adjustments (including rollover of ongoing programmes into 2021) or changes in ongoing engagements as relevant.

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. If conditions permit, the consultants should expect to be present for at least brief visits in Copenhagen during inception and debriefing.

TIMEFRAME:
The Review is expected to start in early April 2020 and conclude no later than end of June 2020. There is little flexibility on either end, and the Review will require strict attention to agreed timelines. Inception will take place in April. Interviews in April or May and Report drafting in May/June. 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.

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

Deadline for Proposals: Monday, 30 March 2020, at 12:00 noon, Danish time

Contact the Programme Officer at the contact point below to receive the Request for Proposal. Applications not using the standard form may be rejected. Proposals received after the deadline shall be rejected.

Contact point:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Name of Programme Officer: Andreas Ring.
E-mail address of Programme Officer: andrin@um.dk
Telephone of Programme Officer: +45 4153 2627

E-mail address of Programme Officerntact point:

Criteria for award of Contract: As stated in the Request for Proposal