EuropeAid awards capacity building contract to 3-firm consortium

Refugees in Jordan. Lot 2 of the Support to Parliament and Civil Society Organizations project aims to build the capacity of nonstate actors in Jordan. Photo by: ECHO / CC BY-SA

A consortium led by the GFA Consulting Group, a firm based in Germany, has been awarded a EuropeAid service contract to build the capacity of civil society and community-based organizations in Jordan.

The three-year technical assistance contract — the second of two lots under the Support to Parliament and Civil Society Organizations project — is valued at 2 million euros ($2.8 million). It is a fee-based contract, meaning services are paid not based on output but on the time actually spent to implement the project.

Five applications were shortlisted under the restricted tender procedure, and were evaluated according to what would provide the best value. The GFA-led consortium — Eptisa S.L. and Partners Jordan from Spain and Jordan, respectively, complete the group — won the contract with a technical score of 80 percent and financial score of 19.59 percent.

The entire procurement process — from the forecast notice through contract award — lasted approximately 11 months. The tender was announced April 16, 2013, with bids due May 16, 2013. The contract was awarded to the GFA-led consortium on Feb. 2, 2014, after an eight-month bid evaluation process.

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