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Framework contract management

Particip is currently involved in various EU framework contracts, either as the consortium-lead company or as partner. Our success rate is illustrated by more than 800 short-term assignments conducted to date.

Particip's FWCs at a glance:

EC Framework Contract Services for the Implementation of External Aid 2018 (FWC SIEA 2018)

EC Framework Contract Commission 2015

FWC EIDHR Lot 2 - Support to electoral missions (consortium leader)

FWC Migration Lot 1 Irregular migration (partner)

FWC Migration Lot 2 Legal migration (partner)

The consortia in which we are involved - either as lead company or as partner - comprise recognised consulting firms with complementary fields of expertise and geographical focus.

Our staff are trained to manage the implementation of short-term assignments in a wide range of technical and methodological fields. This includes providing support to individual experts while responding to Requests for Services, and smooth and timely management and quality assurance of all contractual, technical and financial issues.

What are Framework Contracts?

To increase flexibility in the provision of technical assistance (TA) provided to both partner countries and its own operations, the European Commission (EC) has streamlined procurement procedures through the use of Framework Contracts (FWCs). The objective of the EC's FWCs s is to provide short-term services for the benefit of partner countries and for Commission internal services. FWCs can cover all main EC programmes, instruments and regions.

FWCs are usually 4 year contracts in which groups of companies (consortia) become 'preferred suppliers' for TA services to the EC for a specific area of expertise, known as a 'Lot'.

Typically, each Lot is serviced by several consortia that are invited - through 'Requests for Services' (RfS) - to submit proposals (CVs of experts and brief methodologies) for a specific assignment. The period of time between the receipt of an RfS and the deadline for the corresponding proposal's submission is 14 calendar days for shorter and 30 calendar days for longer assignments.

Services requested under individual projects relate to the full project cycle:

  • identification, feasibility, operational and technical follow-up assignments
  • financial and/or contractual monitoring
  • project evaluation
  • technical, financial or contractual audit of the project
  • technical advice
  • training and support
  • information and communication, or closure of a project
  • policy/strategy evaluation

Expertise common to all Lots

As a minimum, the expertise is required to cover the entire project cycle from design to implementation and evaluation of EU interventions:

  1. Analytical studies (e.g. feasibility studies, institutional/stakeholder analysis, political and economic analysis, strategic environmental assessments, environmental impact assessments, climate risk assessments, intervention logic and logical framework approach/theory of change, economic analysis, data collection and analysis, performance measurement and indicators, monitoring and evaluation systems1). This will also include mainstreaming of crosscutting issues (climate change, environment, resilience, youth, gender2, disabilities and more broadly rights-based approach), analysis of legislation, regulations and law enforcement, legislative gap analysis, etc.
  2. Policy-related analysis (e.g. gender analysis, do- no-harm and conflict-sensitivity analysis, religious dynamics assessments) and design. This will also include mainstreaming of crosscutting issues
  3. Technical inputs (e.g. technical annexes for works and supplies)
  4. Evaluation of offers; assessment of grant proposals
  5. Evaluations (e.g. mid-term, final and ex-post, impact evaluations, including of budget support programmes)
  6. Public financial management and domestic revenue mobilisation, including at sector level and at subnational government level
  7. Investment financing
  8. Capacity development and institutional strengthening
  9. Training and research
  10. Awareness-raising (incl. information and communication)

Lots and sectors

Framework Contract Services for the Implementation of External Aid 2018

Lot 1: Sustainable management of natural resources and resilience (consortium leader)

  1. Agriculture
  2. Livestock
  3. Sustainable Forestry management and conservation
  4. Fishery and aquaculture
  5. Land management
  6. Food security & nutrition
  7. Food safety
  8. Extension/Training/Human Resources Development/Institutional development
  9. Rural Infrastructure
  10. Climate Change
  11. Sustainable Natural Resource management
  12. Disaster Risk Reduction

Lot 3: Human Rights, Democracy and Peace (consortium leader)

  1. Human rights, democracy and rule of law
  2. Enhancement of the role of civil society
  3. Local Authorities & Decentralisation
  4. Migration
  5. Conflict prevention and resolution, Peace and Security

Lot 4: Human Development and safety net

  1. Education
  2. Vocational Education and Training - VET
  3. Lifelong learning
  4. Culture
  5. Social Inclusion and Protection
  6. Health
  7. Research & Innovation

Lot 5: Budget Support

  1. Public Policies
  2. Macroeconomic stability
  3. Public finance management
  4. Domestic revenue mobilisation
  5. Statistics and indicators

Lot 6: Innovative Financing for Development

  1. Economic, financial, technical and legal experts on Finance Products and Structures
  2. Economic, financial, technical and legal experts on Financiers/Risk Takers
  3. Economic, financial, technical and legal experts on Markets and financing needs/gaps
  4. Economic, financial, technical and legal experts on Policy Issues
  5. Economic, financial, technical and legal experts on Legal, institutional and procedural issues

EC Framework Contract Commission 2015

Lot 1: Evaluation (consortium leader)

  1. Country-level evaluations
  2. Regional strategy evaluations
  3. Thematic multi-country evaluations
  4. Evaluations of selected policy issues and aid modalities, particularly financing instruments, budget support operations and innovative financing

Lot 2: Communication (consortium leader)

  1. Communication events and campaigns, incl. promotion and information tools
  2. Multi-media materials:
    • Audio-visual (documentaries, reports, stock-shots, spots)
    • Websites (development and design)
  3. Production of publications:
    • Printed and electronic information publications
    • Graphic material
  4. Development of communication strategies