Changes1.Publication reference

EuropeAid/140341/IH/SER/TR

2.Procedure

Restricted

3.Programme title

Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA-II).

4.Financing

IPA budget item 22.02 03 02 of the general budget of the EU (85 %) and national contribution (15 %).

5.Contracting Authority

Directorate of European Union and Financial Assistance (DEUFA) in the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services (MoFLSS) of the Republic of Turkey, Ankara, TURKEY

Clarifications may be sought from the contracting authority at the following email address tafow@ikg.gov.tr at the latest 21 days before the deadline for submission of applications stated at the point 23 below.

Clarifications will be published on the website of DG International Cooperation and Development at the latest 5 days before the deadline.

Contract specification6.Nature of contract

Fee-based.

7.Contract description

The objective of the contract is to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Department of Employment Policies (DEP) of the General Directorate of Labour (DG Labour) in the MoFLSS, its relevant stakeholders, social partners and NGOs within the scope of decent future of work approach with a focus of gender equality, through delivering trainings, establishing of commonly used monitoring mechanisms for strategy documents, preparing advocacy strategy, conducting researches, organizing workshops and conferences, etc.

Trainings will be required on improving skills and qualifications of the staff in drafting legislations and national documents to strengthen policy-making process, promoting decent future of work on international labour standards, gender equality, etc.

The monitoring system which will be established among the stakeholders of the national employment strategy will be tailor-made and IT based. An advocacy strategy will be a guideline for awareness raising activities in field of increasing gender equality and employment with a focus of decent future of work approach.

All researches such as sector studies, impact assessment, mobbing and employment of people with disabilities which will be conducted within the scope of the decent future of work approach will contribute to preparation, revisions, improvements and/or implementations of legal framework in the alignment with the EU and evidence-based policy making and implementation of employment policies

Workshops and conference aim to have feedback/comments from relevant stakeholders about the researches; to disseminate decent future of work culture; and to discuss needs of regions in terms of gender equality.

8.Number and titles of lots

One lot only.

9.Maximum budget

1 800 000 EUR.

10.Scope for additional services

N/a

Conditions of participation11.Eligibility

Participation is open to all natural persons who are nationals of and legal persons (participating either individually or in a grouping – consortium – of tenderers) which are effectively established in a Member State of the European Union or in a eligible country or territory as defined under the Regulation (EU) No 236/2014 establishing common rules and procedures for the implementation of the Union's instruments for external action (CIR) for the applicable instrument under which the contract is financed (see also heading 29 below). Participation is also open to international organisations.

Please be aware that after the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU, the rules of access to EU procurement procedures of economic operators established in third countries will apply to candidates or tenderers from the United Kingdom depending on the outcome of negotiations. In case such access is not provided by legal provisions in force at the time of contract award, candidates or tenderers from the United Kingdom could be rejected from the procurement procedure.

12.Candidature

All eligible natural and legal persons (as per item 11 above) or groupings of such persons (consortia) may apply.

A consortium may be a permanent, legally-established grouping or a grouping which has been constituted informally for a specific tender procedure. All members of a consortium (i.e., the leader and all other members) are jointly and severally liable to the contracting authority.

The participation of an ineligible natural or legal person (as per item 11) will result in the automatic exclusion of that person. In particular, if that ineligible person belongs to a consortium, the whole consortium will be excluded.

13.Number of applications

No more than one application can be submitted by a natural or legal person whatever the form of participation (as an individual legal entity or as leader or member of a consortium submitting an application). In the event that a natural or legal person submits more than one application, all applications in which that person has participated will be excluded.

14.Shortlist alliances prohibited

Any tenders received from tenderers comprising firms other than those mentioned in the short-listed application forms will be excluded from this restricted tender procedure unless prior approval from the contracting authority has been obtained (see Practical Guide – PRAG – 2.6.3.). Short-listed candidates may not form alliances or subcontract to each other for the contract in question.

15.Grounds for exclusion

As part of the application form, candidates must submit a signed declaration, included in the standard application form, to the effect that they are not in any of the exclusion situations listed in Section 2.6.10.1. of the PRAG.

Candidates included in the lists of EU restrictive measures (see Section 2.4. of the PRAG) at the moment of the award decision cannot be awarded the contract.

16.Sub-contracting

Subcontracting is allowed.

17.Number of candidates to be short-listed

On the basis of the applications received, between 4 and 8 candidates will be invited to submit detailed tenders for this contract. If the number of eligible candidates meeting the selection criteria is less than the minimum of 4, the contracting authority may invite the candidates who satisfy the criteria to submit a tender.

Provisional timetable18.Provisional date of invitation to tender

February 2020.

19.Provisional commencement date of the contract

September 2020

20.Initial period of implementation of tasks

30 months.

Selection and award criteria21.Selection criteria

The following selection criteria will be applied to candidates. In the case of applications submitted by a consortium, these selection criteria will be applied to the consortium as a whole unless specified otherwise. The selection criteria will not be applied to natural persons and single-member companies when they are sub-contractors.

1) Economic and financial capacity of candidate (based on item 3 of the application form). In case of candidate being a public body, equivalent information should be provided. The reference period which will be taken into account will be the last 3 financial years for which accounts have been closed.

— the average annual turnover of the candidate must exceed 720 000 EUR in the last 3 (three) financial years (2016, 2017 and 2018).

2) Professional capacity of candidate (based on items 4 and 5 of the application form). The reference period which will be taken into account will be the last 3 years preceding the submission deadline.

— at least 3 staff currently work for the candidate in fields related to this contract

3) Technical capacity of candidate (based on items 5 and 6 of the application form). The reference period which will be taken into account will be the last 3 years preceding the submission deadline.

(a) the candidate has provided services including capacity building of public entities and/or public institutions at national level under at least one project, with a minimum budget of 500 000 EUR (the amount of the proportion carried out by the candidate), which was implemented at any time within the last 3 years from the submission deadline of the application form. (The start and end/completion dates of the references should be specified as day/month/year information);

(b) the candidate has provided services in employment policy making under at least one project, with a minimum budget of 400 000 EUR (the amount of the proportion carried out by the candidate), which was implemented at any time within the last 3 years from the submission deadline of the application form. (the start and end/completion dates of the references should be specified as day/month/year information)

In case of projects still on-going only the portion satisfactorily completed during the reference period for applicants will be taken into consideration under the conditions described in PRAG 2.6.11.This portion will have to be supported by documentary evidence also detailing its value within application.

Previous experience which caused breach of contract and termination by a contracting authority shall not be used as reference.

An economic operator may, where appropriate and for a particular contract, rely on the capacities of other entities, regardless of the legal nature of the links which it has with them. If the tenderer relies on other entities it must prove to the contracting authority that it will have at its disposal the resources necessary for the performance of the contract by producing a commitment by those entities to place those resources at its disposal. Such entities, for instance the parent company of the economic operator, must respect the same rules of eligibility — notably that of nationality – and must comply with the selection criteria for which the economic operator relies on them. Furthermore, the data for this third entity for the relevant selection criterion should be included in the tender in a separate document. Proof of the capacity will also have to be provided when requested by the contracting authority.

With regard to technical and professional criteria, an economic operator may only rely on the capacities of other entities where the latter will perform the services for which these capacities are required.

With regard to economic and financial criteria, the entities upon whose capacity the tenderer relies become jointly and severally liable for the performance of the contract.

If more than 8 eligible candidates meet the above selection criteria, their relative strengths and weaknesses must be re-examined in order to rank their applications and identify the 8 best candidates in accordance with point 17 of this contract notice. The only additional comparative criteria that will be taken into consideration during this re-examination, in the order in which they appear below, are:

1) The total number of references satisfying the criterion 21/3(b); in case of equality;

2) The cumulative project value of references (in case of projects still on-going only the value of the portion satisfactorily completed by the candidate during the reference period for applicants will be taken into consideration) satisfying the criterion 21/3(b).

N.B.: Additional comparative criterion 2 will be applied only if the number of eligible candidates remains higher than 8 after applying additional comparative criterion 1.

22.Award criteria

Best price-quality ratio.

Application23.Deadline for submission of applications

The candidate attention is drawn to the fact that there are 2 different systems for sending applications: one is by post or private mail service, the other is by hand delivery.

In the first case, the application must be sent before the date and time limit for submission, as evidenced by the postmark or deposit slip(1), but in the second case it is the acknowledgment of receipt given at the time of the delivery of the application that will serve as proof.

4.00 p.m. (local time) on 20.11.2019.

Any application sent to the contracting authority after this deadline will not be considered.

The contracting authority may, for reasons of administrative efficiency, reject any application submitted on time to the postal service but received, for any reason beyond the contracting authority's control, after the effective date of approval of the short-list report, if accepting applications that were submitted on time but arrived late would considerably delay the evaluation procedure or jeopardise decisions already taken and notified.

(1)

It is recommended to use registered mail in case the postmark would not be readable.

24.Application format and details to be provided

Applications must be submitted using the standard application form, the format and instructions of which must be strictly observed. The application form is available from the following Internet address:

http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/prag/annexes.do?chapterTitleCode=B

The application must be accompanied by a declaration on honour on exclusion and selection criteria using the template available from the following Internet address:

http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/prag/annexes.do?chapterTitleCode=A

Any additional documentation (brochure, letter, etc.) sent with an application will not be taken into consideration.

25.How applications may be submitted

Applications must be submitted in English exclusively to the contracting authority in a sealed envelope:

— either by post or by courier service, in which case the evidence shall be constituted by the postmark or the date of the deposit slip, to:

Ms. Süreyya Erkan

(Procurement unit)

Directorate of European Union and Financial Assistance (DEUFA) in the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services (MoLFSS) of the Republic of Turkey

Ehlibeyt Mahallesi, Ceyhun Atuf Kansu Caddesi No 102, 06520 Balgat, Ankara/TURKEY

Working hours: 9.00 a.m.-12.30 noon and 1.30 p.m.-6.00 p.m.

— or hand delivered by the candidate in person or by an agent directly to the premises of the contracting authority in return for a signed and dated receipt, in which case the evidence shall be constituted by this acknowledgement of receipt, to:

Ms. Süreyya Erkan

(Procurement Unit)

Directorate of European Union and Financial Assistance (DEUFA) in the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services (MoLFSS) of the Republic of Turkey

Ehlibeyt Mahallesi, Ceyhun Atuf Kansu Caddesi No 102, 06520 Balgat, Ankara/TURKEY

Working hours: 9.00 a.m.-12.30 noon and 1.30 p.m.-6.00 p.m.

The contract title and the publication reference (see item 1 above) must be clearly marked on the envelope containing the application and must always be mentioned in all subsequent correspondence with the contracting authority.

Applications submitted by any other means will not be considered.

By submitting an application candidates accept to receive notification of the outcome of the procedure by electronic means. Such notification shall be deemed to have been received on the date upon which the contracting authority sends it to the electronic address referred to in the application.

26.Alteration or withdrawal of applications

Candidates may alter or withdraw their applications by written notification prior to the deadline for submission of applications. No application may be altered after this deadline.

Any such notification of alteration or withdrawal shall be prepared and submitted in accordance with Item 25. The outer envelope (and the relevant inner envelope if used) must be marked ‘Alteration’ or ‘Withdrawal’ as appropriate.

27.Operational language

All written communications for this tender procedure and contract must be in English.

28.Date of publication of prior information notice

24.6.2019

Notice Number: OJ Dossier No EA649 JOS 119

29.Legal basis

Regulation (EU) No 236/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11.3.2014 laying down common rules and procedures for the implementation of the Union's instruments for financing external action(2) and and Regulation (EU) No 231/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11.3.2014 establishing an Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II).(3)

(2) OJ L 77, 15.3.2014, p.95.

(3) OJ L 77, 15.3.2014, p.11.

30.Additional information

Financial data to be provided by the candidate in the standard application form must be expressed in EUR. If applicable, where a candidate refers to amounts originally expressed in a different currency, the conversion to EUR shall be made in accordance with the InforEuro exchange rate of August 2019, which can be found at the following address: http://ec.europa.eu/budget/graphs/inforeuro.html.

Deadline Date2019-11-20
Publication Date2019-10-10
CountryTurkey
Procurement StatusActive
TypeRestricted procedure
Contract TypeServices
Award CriteriaThe most economic tender
OrganisationDirectorate of European Union and Financial Assistance (DEUFA)
TownAnkara
Class Code71356200
Class DescriptionTechnical assistance services
SourceOffice for Official Publications of the European Communities - Tenders electronic daily (Ted)