The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has received financing from the World Bank towards the cost of the OECS Regional Health Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for a Consultancy for Assessment, Development and Implementation of Laboratory Specimen Transportation Agreements, Policies and Legislation in the OECS.
This consultancy aims to develop and implement a sustainable and integrated specimen transportation system for the OECS Member States to enable effective and efficient transportation of specimens from the various health facilities to the diagnostic laboratories in and out of the country.
The OECS now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The minimum required qualifications and experience are listed in section 6.0 of the TOR below.
The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to Section III, paragraphs, 3.14, 3.16, and 3.17 of the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” July 2016 and revised in November 2017 and August 2018 (‘Procurement Regulations’), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest. In addition, please refer to the following specific information on conflict of interest related to this assignment:
Consultants shall not be hired for any assignment that would be in conflict with their prior or current obligations to other clients, or that may place them in a position of being unable to carry out the assignment in the best interests of the Borrower. Without limitation on the generality of the foregoing, Consultants shall not be hired under the circumstances set forth below:
- a firm that has been engaged by the Borrower to provide Goods, Works, or Non-consulting Services for a project (or an affiliate that directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with that firm), shall be disqualified from providing Consulting Services resulting from, or directly related to, those Goods, Works, or Non-consulting Services. This provision does not apply to the various firms (Consultants, contractors, or suppliers), which together are performing the contractor’s obligations under a turnkey or design and build contract;
- a firm that has been engaged by the Borrower to provide Consulting Services for the preparation or implementation of a project (or an affiliate that directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with that Consulting firm), shall be disqualified from subsequently providing Goods, Works, or Non-consulting Services resulting from, or directly related to those Consulting Services. This provision does not apply to the various firms (Consultants, contractors, or suppliers), which together are performing the contractor’s obligations under a turnkey or design and build contract;
- neither a Consultant (including personnel and sub-consultants), nor an affiliate (that directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with that Consultant), shall be hired for any assignment that, by its nature, creates a conflict of interest with another assignment of the Consultant;
- Consultants (including their experts and other personnel, and sub-consultants), that have a close business or family relationship with a professional staff of the Borrower, or of the project implementing agency, or of a recipient of a part of the Bank’s financing, or any other party representing or acting on behalf of the Borrower, that is directly or indirectly involved in any part of:
- the preparation of the TOR for the assignment;
- the selection process for the contract; or
- the supervision of the contract, may not be awarded a contract, unless the conflict stemming from this relationship has been resolved in a manner acceptable to the Bank throughout the selection process and the execution of the contract.
Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a subconsultancy to enhance their qualifications.
A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality Cost Based Selection (QCBS) method set out in the Procurement Regulations.
Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours 08:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (0830 to 1600 hours).
Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
OECS Regional Health Project
P.O. Box 179
TEL: +1 758-455-6349/68
An electronic copy of the Expressions of Interest must be sent by May 28, 2021 to:
Yasmine Anatole, Procurement Officer
At the following email address:
copied to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The email submissions should include the name and address of the Consulting Firm/Joint Venture and shall be clearly marked in the subject line as “Expression of Interest – Assessment, Development and Implementation of Laboratory Specimen Transportation Agreements, Policies and Legislation in the OECS.”
To obtain the maximum degree of comparison among Expressions of Interests (EOIs) and facilitate the evaluation process, the EOI should be a maximum of 40 pages and include the following information included below:
- Title page with name of firm submitting the EOI: should contain name of firm (or joint venture and/or a sub-consultancy, if applicable), address, email, telephone, name of contact person and date of submission.
- Expression of Interest: including the firm’s general and specific experience, pool of experts etc.
The Terms of Reference and Guidelines for the Submission of Expressions of Interest for this consultancy are provided below.
Notice expires at 11:59pm on Monday May 10th, 2021