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 DCO-PR-19-0314 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 the most recent Federal Acquisition Regulation amendments which can be found at http://www.acquisition.gov/far/index.html
2) The North American Industrial Classification Systems (NAICS) code is 541611 and the small business size standard is $15 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 http://acquisition.gov/far/index.html. 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 www.mcc.gov.
5) THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR AN INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT AND IS NOT FOR INDIVIDUALS SEEKING EMPLOYMENT DIRECT WITH MCC. PLEASE VISIT: http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Independent-Contractor-Defined 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 Gender and Social Inclusion (GSI) unit at MCC is seeking the an expert social scientist to bring high-quality quantitative and qualitative analytic expertise and evidence to bear on economic analytics tools and practices, program design, and assessment of potential program impacts to strengthen MCC's gender and social inclusion technical approach with quantitative and economic competencies; and country Compacts and Thresholds. The ultimate goal of the contract is to help GSI better integrate gender and social inclusion into MCC's methodological approach in growth diagnostics, decision making, and Compact/Threshold designs.
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 consultant(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 found advantageous, the Government reserves the right to make more than one award as a result of this solicitation.
9) Consultant will perform the tasks under this contract from his/her home office, other MCC-eligible countries, in MCC offices in Washington DC as requested.
10) Evaluation Factors. Only quotes which meet the mandatory technical evaluation criteria will be considered. Candidates with preferred qualifications will be given additional consideration.
• An advanced degree (master's or above) in social sciences (economics, sociology, geography, women's studies, political science, public policy, etc.)
• Minimum ten (10) years of experience in poverty reduction, social inclusion and gender work in an international development context.
• Previous experience and track-record related to identifying and working with datasets and literature to conduct rigorous analysis, to make inputs into MCC forthcoming Compact and projects Cost Benefit Analyses, program logics, Economic Rates of Returns (ERRs), Beneficiary Analyses, survey instruments, questionnaires, and M&E documents
• Skills in data analysis software such as in STATA, Adept, SPSS, Microsoft Office, and ArcGIS
• Demonstrated ability to access and analyze qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method data to understand economic and social inequalities, including those based on gender and social inequalities, and knowledge of how such inequalities impact poverty reduction and economic growth
• Demonstrated expertise with internationally recognized gender, social and poverty analysis concepts, frameworks and tools, including gender-responsive design of projects, monitoring and evaluation
• Demonstrated experience in:
a. Managing and carrying out technical analysis on gender, social and poverty issues in project designs, assessments, management plans, and performance monitoring plans.
b. Developing TORs, and ensuring compliance with TORs.
• A strong track record of field work
• Writing high-quality analytical papers and reports on deadline
• Experience and ability to work with multidisciplinary teams, including constructive engagement with economists and other technical experts.
• Responsible and flexible attitude, and capacity to manage a variety of tasks with minimal supervision.
• Experience in growth analysis, especially using HRV models,
• Experience working with major donor organizations.
• Language fluency in either French or Spanish.
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