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Newton Professional Development and Engagement Programme: call for technical assistance in the creation of a Scientific Advisory Unit in Peru

About this opportunity

A technical expert is required to support CONCYTEC and other key stakeholders in the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) ecosystem to propose a fit-for-purpose model for a Scientific Advisory Unit in Peru, in order to enhance the ability of government policymakers to make better-informed decisions

This programme seeks to provide technical assistance for a roadmap to design and implement a scientific advice unit or scheme, which will provide intelligence and scientific advice to institutions responsible for public policy and technological transfer-absorption to the private sector, enhancing the ability of government policymakers to make better-informed decisions.

The Scientific Advisory Unit will aim to enhance the ability of government policymakers to make better-informed decisions in order to ensure the quality of investments of public and private funds for sustainable and equitable socio-economic growth. Policymakers, STI managers and companies should be able to:

  • Identify at early stages the issues which need scientific advice and where public engagement is appropriate
  • Draw on a wide range of expert advice sources, particularly when there is uncertainty
  • Adopt an open and transparent approach to the scientific advisory process and publish the evidence and analysis in a timely manner
  • Explain publicly the reasons for policy decisions, particularly when the decision appears to be inconsistent with scientific advice
  • Work collectively to ensure a joined-up approach throughout government to integrating scientific evidence and advice into policymaking.

Update: impact of Covid-19 

We recognise that we will have to approach the proposed timetable with flexibility over the coming months, due to the ongoing uncertainties around travelling. Consultants will not be required to travel where it is not deemed necessary or safe, and we will continue to take advice from relevant authorities in the UK and in our partner countries regarding travel restrictions.

We would propose that consultants prepare to work remotely, utilising video conferencing in place of face to face meetings for the coming few months and we will monitor and review arrangements as the situation evolves and as more information becomes available.

The logistics of these arrangements will be discussed in further detail with the successful bidder, at the commencement of the project, in consultation with CONCYTEC.

Last updated 2 April 2020.

How to apply

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  1. Click the Tenders drop down menu and choose Current.
  2. Scroll down to the tender that you are interested in
  3. Click View Details
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  5. Scroll down to the tender documents at the foot of the page and download all documents

To submit

  1. Please read the Request for Proposal (RFP) document; then complete the documents Annex 2 – Supplier Response and Annex 3 – Pricing Approach
  2. Attach the two completed documents to the My Tender Return section on In-Tend
  3. Submit these via In-Tend by the response deadline.

Response deadline 

The deadline has been extended to 23 April 2020, 17:00 UK time

Further information

Enquiries regarding this call can be sent via In-Tend by the Clarification Deadline as noted in the RFP document.

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