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British Council

The British Council is seeking a supplier to present an illustration of what MRQ agreements are, why countries seek to develop them, and how MRQ agreements are developed.

The aim and objectives of this study are:

To understand in more depth what MRQ agreements are, including their types and forms of practice 

  • Starting generally and considering MRQ agreements broadly
  • But focusing in specifically to provide understanding of MRQ agreements which involve the UK 

To identify who are key stakeholders in British Council identified countries (see section 2.4) and to describe the respective roles of these stakeholders in the development of MRQ agreements

To explore the process and key interventions that enable the MRQ agreements to be recognised-

  • Describe the stages of MRQ agreement development and delivery- the life cycle of MRQ agreements in different countries/regions 
  • Develop a SWOT of MRQ agreements using selected case studies for future planning and support of MRQ agreement development/delivery.  
  • To map out some examples on the time-resource spectrum. 

To understand the British Council’s KPI from the perspective of local stakeholders - ie to understand the benefit to a partner country of developing agreements to recognise UK qualifications

  • Describe the desired impact that partner countries expect qualification recognition will make on different levels (for instance bringing positive change, creating an enabling environment and enhancing the impact of changes on operational, technical, regulatory and or legislative levels). 
  • To relate and reference the bigger impact that partner countries expect these MRQ agreements contribute to, for example to the macro perspective, relying on global practice that global convention by UNESCO and others reference to especially around SDGs.  

The supplier will deliver the project over a 4 month duration (between December 2023 and March 2024).

The intended timescales applicable to this procurement process are: 


Date / time

RFP Issued to bidding suppliers

w/c 16 October 2023

Deadline for clarification questions (Clarification Deadline

27 October 2023

British Council to respond to clarification questions

03 November 2023

Deadline for submission of Proposals by potential suppliers (Response Deadline

10 November 2023

Final Decision

17 November 2023

Contract start date

w/c 20 November 2023

Delivery of final deliverables

22 March 2024

How to apply

To view the full proposal, the evaluation criteria,and instructions for responding, review the opportunity on the In-tend Portal.  

This opportunity is under In-Tend number BC/03163

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