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Consultant: Evaluation of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Programme

Commonwealth Secretariat
Location: London, UK
Last Date: August 26, 2011
Email: (Reference:

Invitation to Consultancy Firms or Teams of Individual Consultants or
Individual Consultants from Commonwealth Member Countries
Project Reference:
Consultant: Evaluation of Commonwealth Secretariat’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Programme
Up to a maximum of 30 consultant days over the period September 2011 to December 2011
Commonwealth Secretariat’s Offices, London, United Kingdom; consultant’s normal country of residence; and, if required, fact finding missions to one or two Commonwealth regions.
Professional fees at the rate of upto a maximum of £500 per day plus upto a maximum of 4 economy class return airfares, plus UN per diems, plus local travel and other project related expenses.
Director, Strategic Planning & Evaluation Division (SPED), Commonwealth Secretariat or his nominee
Friday, 26 August 2011
1. This invitation is open to consulting companies (registered in any Commonwealth member country) or individual consultant(s) teaming with other individual consultant(s) or individual consultants. 2. Consultants must demonstrate their knowledge of the subject by clearly interpreting the terms of reference and providing a methodology and approach that they will adopt in undertaking the assignment. 3. Consultants must provide a clear work plan that they will use in undertaking the assignment. 4. A financial proposal on fees, air and local travel, subsistence and other costs must be attached to the proposal. 5. Consulting companies must provide the names and nationalities of all the consultants who will be involved in the project, their respective levels of effort and their CVs. The firm should also attach their company profile/capability statement to the proposal. 6. Proposals should be submitted to the attention of Mr James Lek, Human Resources via email at 7. The deadline for submission of proposals is BST 2359 hrs on Friday, 26 August 2011.
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Evaluation of Commonwealth Secretariat’s
Private Public Partnership (PPP) Programme
1. Background
As part of the ongoing programme of in-depth evaluation studies, the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Strategic Planning and Evaluation Division (SPED), in collaboration with the Governance and Institutional Development Division (GIDD) is undertaking an evaluation of the Commonwealth Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiative (hereinafter referred to as programme). The key rationales for the study are as following:
a. To assess the programme’s contribution to the needs and requirements of member countries;
b. To find out how this programme is valued by the member governments;
c. To gather how the organizational effort (especially time and money) spent on this programme can be attributed to Public Sector Development Programme results; and
d. To learn lessons from the past seven years of programme operation, redefine its comparative advantage and make recommendations in light of changed external environment.
The study will reflect on programme’s contribution to the Strategic Plan’s second goal of “Supporting pro-poor policies for economic growth and sustainable development in member countries” and Key Result 2 of Programme 5 Public Sector Development “Delivery of more effective citizen-centered public services”. Mainly two respective Strategic Plan indicators are to be used for the verification purposes:
- No.5 - Officials use enhanced competencies and policy frameworks to implement public-private partnerships; and
- No.6 - Countries use improved public service management systems, processes and procedures, as well as policy and legislative frameworks.
The origins of the programme date back to 2003-2004 when in response to CHOGMs 1997 and 1999 a project proposal was put forward with the following objectives:
1. To build public sector capabilities to implement successful PPPs;
2. To promote public sector development in member countries by increasing their attractiveness to national and international private sector investments in infrastructure, thus helping to accelerate economic development;
3. To provide the Support Framework for member countries to implement PPP projects.
To achieve these objectives, the programme undertook a series of capacity-building activities in order to assist member countries to develop enabling environments for private sector investment; to prepare potential projects to offer to private sector markets for large-scale
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investment; and to create channels and linkages between member countries and private sector investors to tap into infrastructure funds. Subject to countries’ readiness and degree of development in terms of PPP, the Secretariat’s intervention was to take place at any of the five stages of the PPP process:
1. Senior-level policy workshops;
2. Capacity-building and training on key skills;
3. Development of frameworks for enabling environment and risk management;
4. Project development, contractual structures, bidding, and procurement of private investor;
5. Project implementation in accordance with appropriate project execution framework.
The programme has been delivered mostly through workshops and advisory missions aimed at various audiences, from PPP practitioners up to senior-level decision-makers. Other areas of work include networking and knowledge-sharing events, research and preparation of reference materials, creation of virtual platforms and centres of excellence.
2. Purpose
The overall purpose of this evaluation is to determine whether the programme is making impact and meets the needs of Commonwealth developing member countries. Specifically, the study will:
Assess the results and impact achieved by the Secretariat’s PPP assistance so far in terms of: number of countries adopting the new frameworks, platforms and processes; total volume of related investment; number of PPP projects put into operation; examples of improved infrastructure created in member countries; Review the impact of PPP Programme against member countries’ expectations and relevant CHOGM and Ministerial mandates; Attempt to look into the political economy dimension of the programme where appropriate; Assess the relevance and comparative advantage of ComSec’s PPP programme in relation to a larger donor community involved in this area in member countries; Evaluate the overall management approaches and practices affecting the implementation in terms of project design, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability; Identify lessons learnt from the initiative and recommend the next steps Secretariat and GIDD need to undertake.
3. Scope and Focus
The evaluation period is 2003 onwards, though not all information from early years was available during preparation of the current document. The study will be expected to propose strategic and operational recommendations that would enable the Secretariat to better deliver its mandate.
4. Suggested Methodology
The Consultant(s) will conduct the evaluation, to include:
The study/ review of pertinent PPP- related records and data. Interviews of GIDD personnel and others engaged in the delivery of PPP activities. Interviews of selected PPP stakeholders (governments, private sector companies, civil society) through field visits and electronically. Such additional activities as may be agreed with SPED Evaluation Section in order to enable the proper execution of the evaluation study.
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5. Deliverables
The evaluation study will provide the following deliverables to the Secretariat:
1. Brief evaluation workplan and methodology
2. Draft evaluation report;
3. A seminar/ presentation of the findings and recommendations; and
4. Final evaluation report, incorporating feedback/ comments.
The deliverables must be submitted to SPED electronically as a Microsoft document. A draft Evaluation Report is to be submitted within four weeks of completion of the fieldwork stage. Following the presentation of the evaluation findings at a seminar at the Secretariat and receipt of feedback comments from the Secretariat and other stakeholders on the draft report, the evaluator is expected to submit a revised final Evaluation Report. The draft (and final) Evaluation Reports must be no more than 40 pages, excluding annexes.
6. Schedule and Level of Effort
The study is planned to commence on or about end September/October 2011, and it is estimated that up to 30 consultant days or 6 person weeks will be appropriate to complete the study, including agreed fieldwork visits, if required. The consultant(s) will work in close collaboration with the Secretariat led by the project team in SPED.
7. Project Budget
The daily rate of fee payable is upto a maximum of £500 per day. The total level of effort, including field missions, is estimated to be for upto a maximum of 30 consultant days or 6 person weeks. Bids should provide an estimated number of days required for the consultancy and number of days required for in-country visits along with composition of consultancy team undertaking the field visits. It may be divided as follows:
__ days: preparation and evaluation
__ days: report writing
__ days: fact finding missions
__ days: interviews/meetings in the Secretariat
The financial budget will include professional fees, cost of travel to and subsistence allowance in London, if applicable. The budget for undertaking fact finding mission to one country in Africa and one in the Caribbean should be prepared separately and to include an estimated level of effort for each country to visit, plus airfares, UN per diem and miscellaneous expenses.
8. Notes to Bidders
All clarifications sought by bidders in respect of the consultancy should be addressed not later than Wednesday, 10 August 2011 to Mr James Lek, Human Resources at
The queries and the replies thereto will then be posted under the tender advertisement on the Commonwealth Secretariat website (without divulging the name of the bidder raising the queries). All the replies will be posted by the Secretariat not later than 13 August 2011.


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