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Social and Gender Assessment in Ghana

Solicitation Number: RFQ-MCC-13-RFQ-0073
Agency: Millennium Challenge Corporation
Office: MCC
Location: Washington DC
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Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Added: Apr 17, 2013 3:07 pm Modified: Jul 03, 2013 9:56 amTrack Changes

1) This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information including in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotes are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. The Solicitation number is MCC-13-RFQ-0073 and is issued as a Request for Quotations (RFQ). This solicitation document incorporates all mandatory commercial item provisions and clauses that are in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-64, Effective January 18, 2013.

2) The North American Industrial Classification Systems (NAICS) code is 541611 and the small business size standard is $14 million.

3) FAR Clauses 52.212-1 through 52.212-5 apply to this procurement. The exact text and wording of clauses and provisions may be obtained from the Internet at The Government contemplates the award of a Time and Materials Order resulting from this solicitation. NOTE: An Addendum to FAR clause 52.212-4 Contract Terms and Conditions-Commercial Items, (Alt I) is attached.

4) The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a U.S. Government corporation whose mission is to provide assistance that will support economic growth and poverty reduction in carefully selected countries that demonstrate a commitment to just and democratic governance economic freedom, and investments in their citizenry. For more information on the MCC, please visit

5) THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR AN INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT AND IS NOT FOR INDIVIDUALS SEEKING EMPLOYMENT DIRECT WITH MCC. PLEASE VISIT: FOR INFORMATION REGARDING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS. Note: MCC will assist the consultant in coordinating with an Independent Contractor Engagement Services Provider for payroll, travel, international travel insurance, etc., therefore, a DUNS number and registration in System for Award Management (SAMS) is not required.

6) Description of Services: The purpose of this consultancy is to hire a consultant to provide technical support integrating gender to large-scale development projects in Ghana.

7) This combined synopsis and solicitation notice is a request for competitive quotations. Therefore, all quotations received prior to the RFQ close date will be considered.

8) The Government will award an order to the responsible independent consultants(s) whose quote conforming to this notice represents the best value in terms of technical criteria, past performance and price. All non-price factors (technical criteria and past performance) are more important than price. If options are included, quotes will be evaluated by adding the total price for all options to the total price for the basic requirement. Evaluation of options shall not obligate the Government to exercise the options(s).

9) Evaluation Factors. Only quotes which meet the (MANDATORY) technical evaluation criteria will be considered.

Technical Criteria

The consultant shall have the following minimum qualifications:
• An advanced Master degree in social sciences or related discipline sociology. (MANDATORY)

• 10 years or more of experience working on social and gender issues in the international development context. (MANDATORY)

• Knowledge of gender related policies, laws and regulations focused on the areas energy.

• Prior experience working on social and gender integration into energy projects desirable.

• Ability to work with multidisciplinary teams and institutions and interact constructively with technical experts, government officials, and people that could be affected by projects and civil society.

• Work experience in West Africa

• Language requirement: Fluent in English

Past Performance

Three (3) professional references for relevant work performed during the past three years.


The government will examine the proposed rate for reasonableness.

10) Evaluation Methodology. The Government will perform a comparative analysis of quotes and will assess the advantages and disadvantages of each quote as related to the Evaluation Factors. Multiple awards may be made from this notice and all quotes will be retained and may be utilized for requirements for a period of 6 months.

11) Quote Deadline. Independent Consultants are invited to submit their quotations in response to this notice by 2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST), July 10, 2013.

All Questions for additional information shall be submitted by email at no later than 2:00 pm eastern standard time on July 9, 2013.

Quotations submitted in response to this notice shall include the solicitation number and description in the subject line and be signed, dated and submitted via email to The maximum file size is 10mb.

12) Quote Submission. The Individual Consultant shall submit the following documents separately in the form of a PDF or Word Format :

a. Technical:(1) Cover letter that addresses all technical criteria as listed in this solicitation; include writing sample (25 page maximum); (2) Curriculum Vitae (25 page maximum)

b. Past Performance: Three professional references

c. Price: Bio-Data Form which includes the independent consultant's proposed rate and salary history (See link below).

13) FAR 52.212.3, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items shall be required from the selected consultant, prior to the time of award.

14) There are no additional contract requirements(s) necessary for this acquisition other than those consistent with customary commercial practices.

See attached documents: Addendum to FAR Clause 52.212-4, (Alt I); MCC Bio-Data Sheet.

Added: Aug 23, 2013 4:23 pm

This solicitation has been cancelled and reposted under solicitation number MCC-13-RFQ-0142.

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Posted Date:
April 17, 2013
Description: BIODATA Form.


Posted Date:
April 17, 2013
Description: Addendum

Amendment 1

Posted Date:
April 17, 2013
4._SOW.pdf (134.19 Kb)
Description: Statement of Work

Amendment 2

Posted Date:
July 3, 2013
Description: Description
4._SOW.pdf (134.19 Kb)
Description: Statement of Work
Description: Addendum to FAR 52.212-4
Description: MCC Biodata Form
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