Request for Quotation: Research on the COVID-19 impact on persons with disabilities and policy proposals in North Macedonia

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Request for Quotation: Research on the COVID-19 impact on persons with disabilities and policy proposals in North Macedonia

November 27th, 2020

RFQ Reference number: RFQ – MK – 2020 – 006

1.                Overview

Description of company

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (“WFD”) is the UK public body dedicated to supporting democracy around the world. WFD partners with UK political parties, parliaments, electoral and financial audit institutions to help over 30 developing countries make their governments fairer, more effective and accountable.

WFD’s head office is based in London Victoria, and the organisation currently has approximately 140 staff working from its head office and 30 country offices worldwide.

High level scope and background for this Request for Quotation.

WFD is issuing this Request for Quotation (“RFQ”) to a range of potential suppliers of goods and/or services and would welcome a proposal/quote from you/your organisation.
WFD aims to support the production of a policy analysis and recommendations which will look into the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on persons with disabilities in North Macedonia. Interested researchers or organisations can find more details on the purpose of the research and how to apply in this RfQ.

2.                What are we seeking?

Specification

WFD is seeking for a team of researchers that will conduct a research and policy recommendation on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on persons with disabilities in North Macedonia. Тhe objectives of the analysis are:

  1. To analyse how the COVID-19 crisis affected the different aspects of the life of persons with disabilities, including but not limited to: access to health services, access to education, access to social support, access to institutions, economic impact etc.
  2. To analyse the policies aimed at decreasing negative implications and protection of persons with disabilities from the implications of the health and economic crisis COVID-19, their effectiveness and appropriateness.
  3. To propose policies improving the current position of persons with disabilities, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 implications.

The analysis should provide a structured analysis of the:

  • Witnessed and anticipated implications of the COVID-19 crisis on persons with disabilities in North Macedonia, their wellbeing, access to services and economic implications in 2020.
  • Consideration or impact of the adopted policies, their cost and dedicated funds, to mitigate the negative implications of COVID-19 on PWD’s wellbeing, including, but not limited to healthcare, education, employment, social engagement and human rights;
  • Response of civil society and related stakeholders to diminishing the negative implications of the crisis on persons with disabilities,
  • Recommendations for policy directions improving persons with disabilities’ wellbeing in the COVID-19 context developed in cooperation with civil society.

The time period that the research should focus on is the impact of the crisis in 2020. The period dedicated to the preparation, implementation and evaluation of these activities is December 2020 until February 2021. The research analysis should be prepared in cooperation with WFD and the expert support by partner organisation Polio Plus – Movement against Disability.

The responsibilities of the supplier are:

  • To prepare a draft-methodology for the implementation of the research based on WFD’s guidelines.
  • To map as many as possible relevant stakeholders to be included in the research.
  • To identify instruments for data collection and information for the policy research, including requests for information to institutions, interviews with institution representatives and civil society organisations, and focus groups with persons with disabilities.
  • To prepare a research analysis entailing the implications of the crisis on persons with disabilities, consideration and effectiveness of policies on persons with disabilities and joint recommendations towards institutions on mitigating the implications from the crisis on this group.
  • To identify and include civil society organisations which will be included in developing recommendations for the policy research.
  • To consult and involve Polio Plus – Movement against disability in the development of the analysis and recommendations.
  • Cooperate and assist the WFD team in the revision of the final research publication.

Proposals/Quotes

All proposals or quotes should be submitted in writing and include:

  • The supplier’s name, status, address, and for legal entities their company number,
  • An overview of the relevant experience, expertise, capability, and capacity (including CVs from the consultant(s) and the other persons that would be included in the process, containing a list of previous analyses and papers),
  • A description of the good(s) or service(s) to be provided and clear explanation as to how this meets the specification in this RFQ (An outline for the analysis and aspects they would address and proposed methodology for the research, research instruments and data sources – no longer than two pages).
  • A transparent quotation of the charge for the good(s) or service(s), in sterling, to include: a clear breakdown of all costs; any proposed discount applied for WFD as a not-for-profit organisation; and a separate identification of any VAT charges (and/or any other applicable tax, excise or other charges. The total amount of the proposal/ quote cannot exceed £2,200.

The financial offer should cover the expenses of the researchers, inclusive of fees, travel costs, etc. However, the operational costs for organising consultations and discussions with other stakeholders, in particular for development of recommendations (venue, translation, etc), will be covered directly by WFD. 

The proposal or quote should include the RFQ Reference Number and be sent electronically and addressed to:  Dona Kosturanova, Programme Manager at dona.kosturanova@wfd.org  

The same email address should be used for any questions related to this RFQ.

Closing date

All proposals or quotes must be received by 13.12.2020, 23:59 o’clock.

3.                General information

General

WFD does not warrant or represent that this RFQ is free of errors and omissions.
WFD shall not be liable for any costs incurred by the suppliers in responding to this RFQ.

Confidentiality

All information contained within this RFQ is confidential and must not be communicated to third parties, other than those participating in a consortium, without the written consent of WFD.

All information received from the supplier in response to this RFQ will be treated as confidential and will not be distributed without prior written consent outside WFD or its partners, save as required by applicable law or donor requirements.

Evaluation of proposals/quotes

Value for Money is an essential requirement of all WFD commissioned work. All suppliers must be able to demonstrate, in their proposal or quote, that they are seeking to maximise results, whilst driving cost efficiency. This includes budgeting and pricing realistically. Further, WFD expects suppliers to demonstrate openness and honesty, and to be realistic about capacity and capability, at all times. 

WFD reserves the right, at its absolute discretion, not to contract with the supplier who submits the lowest value proposal or quote or to accept part of any proposal or quote, and WFD shall have no liability (in contract, tort or otherwise) to consider any proposal or quote. Further, WFD reserves the right to award the contract for which proposals or quotes are being requested in whole, or in part or not at all.

 Ethical procurement

All WFD procurement activities must be ethical. Accordingly, WFD’s due diligence checks on suppliers may include reference checks, a supplier questionnaire, and anti-terrorism vetting. In the event that any unethical practices come to light, the supplier will be required to take remedial steps in consultation with WFD.

All contracts to be entered into by WFD will include obligations on the supplier to comply with WFD’s policy principles on key matters such as safeguarding, bribery and corruption, fraud and theft, anti-terrorism, and whistleblowing.

The supplier will be expected to disclose any known conflict of interest relating to relevant staff and this RFQ and/or any relevant staff members who have been employed by the Crown in the proceeding two-year period. 

Thank you for your interest in working with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.

 

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