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 began working with the Majlis in July 2019. Enhancing operation of the then new parliamentary oversight committees and to strengthen parliamentary process and practices were the aims of that project, which concluded in Mar 2021.
A new programme commenced in May 2021 and it aims to deepen parliamentary committee strengthening, critically in areas such as National Security and Prevention of Violent Extremism, Decentralization, and Climate Change and Sustainable Development are critical strands.
Additionally, gender and inclusive approaches remain integral to the design and implementation of WFD’s programming. For example, in the year 19/20 WFD conducted multiple gender specific activities to support Maldives parliament, committees and other stakeholders. This includes support provided to Human Rights & Gender Committee on an inquiry around gender inequality and COVID19 related budget expense analysis.
Apart from these, WFD also conducted sessions for MPs and officials on gender responsive scrutiny of laws and policies, women in political participation, developed gender responsive committee guidelines and conducted various trainings for CSOs and Media on gender inclusive participation in the parliamentary process.
The recent developments such as the 33% women quota system, increased administrative mandate and fiscal powers to the local councils are significant reforms that recently took place in Maldives Decentralization context.
Following this, WFD has initiated engagement with national CSOs and authorities such as Local Government Authority (LGA) who work and support local councils and WDCs. As part of the on-going engagement with local councils WFD under the guidance of an international expert is in the process of supporting Kulhudhuffushi City Council with a gender responsive review of development plans, and LGA with the development of an introductory course on gender responsive budgeting.
WFD seeks a local gender responsive budgeting expert to work with our international expert and the team to support both review of Kulhudhuffushi development plans, and the contextualization of the course on gender responsive budgeting.The scope of this engagement is to strengthen the capacity of CSOs, local councils & Women’s Development Committees through Local Government Authority (LGA) to develop gender responsive mechanisms in the local budgetary and development process. This includes a gender responsive review of the development plans of Kulhudhuffushi city council followed by a guideline for other councils, and the contextualisation of WFD's GRB course content.
The consultant will be expected to work under the guidance of WFD’s international expert and draw on experience and practices of UK or other parliaments or organisations and, where practical, adapt them into the Maldives context.
What are we seeking?
Rapid review of the development plan: Review of Kulhudhuffushi council’s development plan as instructed by the international expert and prepare findings.
Guideline on gender responsive development plan: Based on the reflections and findings during the rapid review assessment, prepare a guideline in Dhivehi for councils to conduct their own rapid reviews.
Contextualization of GRB course content: Contextualise WFD’s international GRB content with relevant local information and examples.
All proposals or quotes should be submitted in writing and include:
- The supplier’s name, status, company number, and registered office address
- An overview of the relevant experience, expertise, capability and capacity
- 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
- 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 proposal or quote should include the RFQ Reference Number and be sent electronically and addressed to: Aishath Hameeda at email@example.com
The same email address should be used for any questions related to this RFQ.
All proposals or quotes must be received by 24 June 2022.
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.
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.
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.