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Request for Expression of Interest

(Consulting Services – Firms Selection)

Country: IGAD Secretariat


Name of project:  Eastern Africa Regional Digital Integration Project

Project No.:     P176181

Grant No.:       IDA-E1670

Assignment Title:  Consultancy for the Harmonization of Cybersecurity Legal Frameworks in IGAD Member States

Reference/Contract No.: DJ-IGAD-414236-CS-QCBS

  1. The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has received financing from the World Bank towards the cost of the Eastern Africa Regional Digital Integration Project and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.
  2. The consulting services (“the Services”) include conducting a comparative study in support of the harmonization of the cybersecurity legal framework (including, among others, cybersecurity, cybercrime, data protection, Critical Information Infrastructure Protection, digital identification, e-commerce, digital authentication, access to information, and related issues) of its Member States. This activity aims to strengthen the cybersecurity landscape within the region through a comprehensive review, identification of gaps, and formulation of actionable recommendations for both IGAD and its Member States. The assignment is expected to take six (6) calendar months from the date of contract commencement.
  3. The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be found at the following website: https://igad.int/consultancies or can be obtained at the address given below.
  4. The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The shortlisting criteria:

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: FIRM & CORE TEAM

The selected firm will need to demonstrate:

  • Extensive experience in the global legal aspects of Cybersecurity, cybercrime, data protection, Critical Information Infrastructure Protection, digital identification, e-commerce, digital authentication, access to information, and related issues, as well as practical implications, particularly in developing countries.
  • A demonstrated track record of successfully completing similar assignments, with a focus on relevance and recent experience. This includes legal reviews, the development of legal frameworks, and formulating actionable recommendations to enhance cybersecurity legal frameworks based on recognized standards.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of international and regional best practices in cybersecurity legislation and regulation, including but not limited to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection, as well as other pertinent global conventions and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of and practical experience with local and Regional legal systems and legal frameworks.
  • Prior experience of working closely with public sector.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the Horn of Africa context.

The team composition is flexible, with a minimum requirement of at least one team leader and one team member. The firm may include additional team members as necessary to ensure the timely, accurate, and complete completion of the assignment, as per project requirements.

The consulting firm is required to provide a staffing plan as part of the proposal, which should include the names, roles, and CVs for the project team. Additionally, the team must identify the estimated number of days dedicated by each member to the project, specifying the periods and the tasks or responsibilities for which these days are allocated.

Team Leader or Equivalent: Minimum 10 years of experience in cybersecurity legal frameworks, with a proven track record of leading multiple similar assignments in the last three years and a Master’s degree in Cybersecurity Law, International Law, Business/Public Administration, or a related field, or equivalent significant experience and a strong track record. Prior experience of leading at least two similar assignments.

Cybersecurity Legal Expertise: Minimum 7 years of experience in cybersecurity legal frameworks, with expertise in regional and international best practices. Supported at least three similar assignments. Possesses a Master’s degree in Cybersecurity Law, International Law, Business/Public Administration, or a related field, or equivalent significant experience and a strong track record.

Regional Legal Expertise: Minimum 5 years of experience in cybersecurity legal frameworks with a specific focus on the regional context of IGAD Member States. Possesses a Master’s degree in Cybersecurity Law, International Law, Business/Public Administration, or a related field, or equivalent significant experience and a strong track record.

Key Experts will not be evaluated at the shortlisting stage.

  1. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to Section III, paragraphs, 3.14, 3.16, and 3.17 of the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” First Published July 2016 and revised Fifth Edition September 2023 (“Procurement Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.
  2. Consultants may associate with other firms to enhance their qualifications but should indicate clearly whether the association is in the form of a joint venture and/or a sub-consultancy. In the case of a joint venture, all the partners in the joint venture shall be jointly and severally liable for the entire contract, if selected.
  3. A Consulting firm will be selected in accordance with the Quality and Cost-Based Selection method set out in the Procurement Regulations.
  4. Further information can be obtained at the address below during the following office hours 0900 and 1600 hours from Monday to Friday excluding lunch hour (1300 to 1400hours East African Time (EAT) and public holidays.

Expression of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below by 28/06/2024 at 1100hours EAT using one of the following modalities: (i) deposit in the IGAD Office in the address below or (ii) send by e-mail to:  procurement@igad.int with copy to hassan.salah@igad.int and quote the Assignment title and Contract No (Consultancy for the Harmonization of Cybersecurity Legal Frameworks in IGAD Member States Contract No DJ-IGAD-414236-CS-QCBS) in the subject row. For expressions of interest that will be deposited at IGAD Office in Djibouti the packages should be clearly marked with assignment title and reference/contract No. as mentioned above.

Address:
IGAD Secretariat
P.O Box 2653, Ave Georges Clemenceau
Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti

Download attached ToR document in PDF below.
ToR for Harmonization of Cybersecurity Legal Frameworks in IGAD Member States (1)

To apply for this job please visit igad.int.

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