CALL FOR APPLICATIONS (Open Tender)
REGIONAL FIRM TO DEVELOP A WEB PORTAL FOR PACIFIC QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE (PQI) PROJECT
The Pacific Quality Infrastructure (PQI) Initiative implemented by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) aims to strengthen a demand-oriented Quality Infrastructure (QI) and access to QI services that enhance trade competitiveness in the Pacific region. It is doing this by (a) establishing regional coordination frameworks for standardisation, metrology, and conformity assessment, (b) enhancing capabilities of local QI institutions and service providers and (c) raising awareness about the significance of QI boosting the quality culture across the Pacific.
Given the nature of the PQI and the PQI Initiative, a centralised web-based information system is required whereby QI experts from Pacific Island Countries can collaborate,, access resources such as training materials, and provide feedback on draft regional QI papers. The PQI project aims to develop such a web-portal in collaboration with the ‘Strengthening Pacific Intra-Regional and International Trade’ (SPIRIT) project. The portal will help promote QI and increase intra-regional and international trade by strengthening institutional and technical capacity in the region.
The objective of the proposed consultancy is to develop a Web Portal for the Pacific Quality Infrastructure (PQI) and the PQI Initiative.
Scope of Work
The consultant will carry out the tasks as per specifications set out under the Terms of Reference (TOR) document which can be downloaded from www.tenders.net/forumsec.
The Web Portal shall cover the following elements:
A. Information section on current activities & news (home page)
B. Entry points for
a. QI institutions, QI service providers, and technical experts
b. Users of QI services
C. Presentation of the PQI and the PQI Initiative, including
a. objectives, scope, log-frame, funding structure, promotion materials, evaluation reports
b. PQI governance structure, including the PIFS PQI unit, regional QI committees, national FPs for QI, standardisation, metrology, testing, and quality promotion, TOR, contact details, etc.
D. PQI Initiative work program & timetable
E. Spaces for regional QI committees & working groups with collaborative platforms and repository for materials such as documents, slides, recordings, reports
a. Regional Standards Committee
i. Technical Committees on Food and Food Products.
ii. Technical Committee on Building and Construction
iii. Other Technical Committees, e.g., on Climate Change
b. Regional Metrology Committee
i. Working group for industrial metrology
ii. Working group for trade measurement
c. Regional Conformity Assessment Committee
i. Working group for testing
ii. Working group for certification & inspection
d. Laboratory network (tbc)Regional Working Group for Quality Promotion
F. PQI partners – section for partner organisations, including QI service providers national FPs and PQI implementing partners.
G. QI Compendium with documents on international good practice, links to relevant websites and databases
• Interested firms must have at least 10 years of relevant experience in web-design, web application development, content management systems and upgrade, development, maintenance and management of web portals.
• Must be able to develop appropriate methodology for design, development, system testing, staff training, launch and maintenance of the web portal.
HOW TO APPLY
Submissions should be entitled:
REGIONAL FIRM TO DEVELOP A WEB PORTAL FOR PACIFIC QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE (PQI) PROJECT – Open Tender
Method of Submissions:
Submissions must be forwarded in PDF format following the instructions at www.tenders.net/forumsec
Note: Tenders must be submitted with clear labelling of the technical offer and the financial offer. The Technical Offer documents must be saved and submitted clearly labelled “T.11.23 – Response Template” and must include experience and a methodology on how the firm intends to undertake the project. The financial Offer documents must be stated in USD.
The electronically submitted documents should be converted to the PDF format.
Deadline for Submissions:
Submissions need to reach the Secretariat by 4pm, Friday, 24 March 2023. Late or incomplete tenders will not be considered.
Questions and Answers
All queries or request for information must be submitted via the Question-and-Answer Forum at www.tenders.net/forumsec . Tenderers may submit questions in writing to the mentioned Question and Answer Forum before the stated “deadline for requesting clarifications” at 4.30pm, 23 March 2023. The Secretariat has no obligation to provide clarification after this date.
Note: The Secretariat will not be responsible for non-receipt/non-delivery of the Bid documents due to any reason whatsoever.
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