Framework contracts

PROMAN is a highly experienced framework contractor. Framework contracts (FWC) are horizontal contracts put in place by donors to facilitate the implementation of external aid. The objective of FWC is to provide, via individual assignments defined and contracted through Specific Contracts, short-term expertise which can be mobilised at very short notice.

Framework contract “Services for EU’s External Action 2023 (FWC SEA 2023), Lot 12 (European Commission) Back

This framework contract is mainly intended to support the European Commission Directorates-General in charge of the implementation of External Action: DG INTPA, DG NEAR, FPI and EU Delegations.

The objective of this framework contract is to provide a contractual tool that can mobilise rapidly (compared to a standard tender procedure) through specific contracts the expertise required to assist the European Commission departments in implementing their policies.

The expertise required may cover any sector within a lot in any geographic area of the world.

LOT 12: EDUCATION, CULTURE AND YOUTH deals with the following (sub)-sectors:

  1. Education (formal and non-formal)
  • Quality basic education for all
  • Global challenges and education
  • All levels and types of education, including in fragile and crisis-affected contexts: early childhood education, primary education, secondary education, higher education
  • Comprehensive sector policy design and development
  • Education sector analysis and reform; education sector plan financing and implementation (MTEF, management of the education system, planning and programming, EMIS, governance, quality assurance, sector-wide approaches / donor co-ordination)
  • School management and teacher issues, curricula and learning materials at all levels
  • Higher education (Degree and diploma programmes at universities, colleges and polytechnics; scholarships and inter-university cooperation programmes)
  • Basic life skills and lifelong learning for youth and adults (including literacy and numeracy training)
  • Human Resources development
  • Education financing
  • Education metrics
  • Lifelong learning
  1. Human Resources development
  • Education / training of professionals (curriculum development, vocational and academic training, costing and institutional aspects of training, continuing education)
  • Human resources planning / management (including workforce management, motivation analysis, leadership and strategic capacities, worker migration)
  1. Vocational Education and Training – VET (formal and non-formal)
  • School based TVET, advanced TVET, apprenticeship, on-the-job training
  • VET sub-sector analysis, reform, management, vocational reform (including analysis and measures to strengthen the links between VET and the Labour market and to promote involvement of the private sector)
  • National (or regional) Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs), and Prior learning Recognition (PLR)
  1. Culture
  • Culture development policies, cultural governance, intercultural dialogue (including inter-belief dialogue), protection and promotion of cultural diversity, cultural heritage, audio-visual, cultural and creative industries and tourism, innovation in culture (e.g. digital)
  • Mainstreaming of culture (cultural expressions in support to other sector planning and programming)
  1. Youth
  • Youth engagement in EU policies and actions. Support to youth advisory structures in the EU external action. Support in programming and planning, including mainstreaming of youth in EU actions. Support services to EUDs and HQ on youth engagement and participation, included inclusion of youth in political dialogues
  • Coordination with stakeholders
  • Youth empowerment at economic, political, social and cultural level: youth engagement inclusion, monitoring systems
  • Development of information and connection initiatives for young people

Framework Contractors are expected to support and advise European Commission (EU) services Headquarters (HQ) and EU Delegations (EUDs) and/or Partner Countries/Organisations along the cycle of operations (excluding evaluations) by providing technical inputs and by assisting in carrying out analysis, studies and providing opinions and advice. To this end, each lot should incorporate expertise related to the following horizontal aspects/tasks:

  1. Policy-related analysis and design.
  2. Mainstreaming of EU policy priorities within interventions, focusing on priorities listed in Art. 8.8 of the NDICI- Global Europe regulation. This includes the fight against climate change; environmental protection; human rights, democracy, gender equality; disaster risk reduction; integration of a resilience approach and conflict-sensitivity; application of the principles of ‘do no harm’ and of ‘leaving no one behind’; addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and promoting interlinkages between them.
  3. Analytical tasks related to Intervention Cycle Management, supporting the implementation of DG INTPA and DG NEAR methodology from design to closure of operations. Tasks include among others: feasibility studies, needs assessments, institutional/stakeholder analysis, political, economic and financial analysis, cost benefit analysis, context analysis, quality review of documents, support to programme/project design, guidelines, policy analysis, stakeholders’ consultations, project monitoring, impact assessments.
  4. Logical Framework approach, monitoring and evaluations systems design and management; measuring performance and reporting results; data collection and data analysis.
  5. Expertise to enhance Joint Programming and Team Europe Initiatives.
  6. Public financial management and domestic revenue mobilisation, including at sector level and at subnational government level.
  7. Thematic, financial, operational support to the European Fund for Sustainable Development Plus (EFSD+) pipelines, blending and guarantees.
  8. Analysis of legislation, regulations and law enforcement, including legislative gap analysis.
  9. DG INTPA policy framework and European Union global interests; Public Policy Analysis and Management, and Political economy, anthropological analysis; development partners; Multi-stakeholders Policy dialogue processes.
  10. Scientific and engineering technical inputs for works and supplies contracts’ annexes.
  11. Evaluation of offers received in the context of tender procedures; assessment of grant proposals.
  12. Public information and communication tasks, awareness-raising, visibility;
  13. Capacity-development activities and training for EU staff (both at HQ and EU Delegations) and for implementing partners’ staff;
  14. Studies and desk or short-term technical assistance: at any stage of the intervention cycle, in support of policy initiatives, or to enhance evidence-based knowledge and the analytical capacity of EU Delegations and Headquarters;
  15. Programming, in particular the refinement of initial programming ideas, provision of specific advice in relation to options identified by EU staff, support for short-term programming missions;
  16. Monitoring and tracking progress towards policy spending targets;
  17. Knowledge management and dissemination;
  18. Organisation of conferences, seminars, workshops, directly linked and ancillary to the services provided in the specific contract of the lot.

PROMAN is the lead company of a consortium consisting of 9 partners:

  • PROMAN (Luxemburg)
  • Alinea International Ltd (Canada)
  • ARC Research & Consultancy Ltd (Cyprus)
  • DT Global IDEV Europe S.L. (Spain)
  • Education Development Trust (UK)
  • LINPICO Sarl (France)
  • NIRAS Germany GmbH (Germany)
  • NIRAS A/S (Denmark)
  • NIRAS Sweden AB (Sweden)

For further details: please contact Mert Perk at

Job opportunities under this FWC are posted on the Jobs page

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