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Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
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 to Develop Policy and Regulatory Framework to remove barriers and promote business environment for private investment in digital infrastructure

Reference/Contract No.: DJ-IGAD-414225-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 an assessment of the policy and legal and regulatory frameworks of IGAD member states and various models deployed to maximize private sector capital mobilization, and prepare a roadmap and recommendations to enhance and harmonize the policy and regulatory framework to help IGAD member states in removing barriers and promote business environment for private investment in digital infrastructure and services. It is as well aiming at documenting and gathering lessons learned and best practices to identify and resolve PPP challenges, and developing a training manual to provide capacity development on PPP promotion, sustainability and implementation. The assignment is expected to take eight (8) calendar months from the date of contract commencement. The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) and Scope of Work for the assignment can be found at the following website:  or can be obtained at the address given below.
  3. 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

The firm selected will need to demonstrate:

  • Extensive experience in the global legal aspects of telecommunication policy and regulatory frameworks with experience in establishing or working at a national/regional ICT policy and regulatory framework
  • Minimum 3 prior relevant assignments, covering areas such as regional economic integration related policies, research, and programs assignments conducted in the region, commercial models for digital infrastructure, PPPs. Comprehensive knowledge of international and regional best practices in PPPs, including but not limited to knowledge of existing similar successful PPP models in ICT sector
  • Knowledge of and practical experience in similar assignments
  • Prior experience of working closely with public and private sectors especially in the ICT development
  • Prior experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, esp. in the Horn of Africa

The team composition is flexible, with a minimum requirement of at least one team leader and 3 team members. 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 telecommunications, public policy, business administration or any related field. She/he should have a proven track record of leading multiple similar assignments in the last three years and a Master’s degree, with prior experience of leading at least two similar assignments.

Telecommunication Expert: Minimum 7 years of experience in ICT, telecommunication policy, computer science or related disciplines. Proof evidence of expertise in regional and international best practices on ICT, regulatory reforms and supported at least three similar assignments. Experience working in the region would be an advantage.

Legal Adviser: Master degree in law with at least 7 years of experience in conducting legal research analysis and drafting. He/she should have excellent facilitation skills, and experience in PPP legal frameworks for PPP and ICT regulations. As well the experience of working in the region and knowledge of English and French can be an advantage

Policy and Capacity Building Expert: : Master degree in at least one of the following or related to the following fields: economics, law, public policy, or political science. He/she should have at least 10 years in governance, policy development and institutional capacity building. He/she as well have a specific experience in conducting comprehensive and context specific capacity assessment and capacity building plan.

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 10/07/2024 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: with copy to and quote the Assignment title and Contract No (Consultancy to Develop Policy and Regulatory Framework to remove barriers and promote business environment for private investment in digital infrastructureContract No.: DJ-IGAD-414225-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.

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

Download attached ToR document in PDF below.
ToRs for Consultancy to Develop Policy and Regulatory Framework to remove barriers and promote business environment for private investment in digital infrastructure (1) (1) (1)

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