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 3 (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 3: FOOD SYSTEMS, SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND NUTRITION deals with the following (sub)-sectors:

  1. Sustainable Agriculture
  • Crop production, storage, conservation, protection and disease control, transformation, and marketing
  • Legal aspects, land governance
  • Agroecological approaches (incl. organic farming, agroforestry, permaculture…)
  • Food systems assessments
  1. Livestock
  • Pastoralism issues, including food security, hydraulic, land tenure, security of herds and pastors, etc.
  • Veterinary issues including animal health, zoonotic risks, animal identification, quarantine and border inspection posts
  • Trade of animal and animal products including sanitary issues and food safety
  • Animal production including genetic, conservation, storage and marketing of animal products
  • Legal aspects
  1. Fishery and aquaculture
  • Marine and fresh water aquaculture
  • Assessment of fish stocks and sustainable fish resources exploitation
  • Legal aspects
  1. Food security and nutrition
  • Assessment of national stocks
  • National statistics on food production
  • Assessments, analysis and forecasts of acute food insecurity and early warning systems
  • Assessments, analysis and forecasts of chronic food insecurity
  • Humanitarian-Development-Peace (HDP) Nexus in food crises (link with other topics “beyond food”: security, natural resources management and climate shocks, etc…)
  1. Nutrition
  • Multi-sectoral approach to nutrition
  • Healthy diets
  • Information platforms and data on nutrition
  • Accountability and reporting on the progress of nutrition pledges
  1. Extension/Training/Human Resources Development/Institutional development
  • Extension and rural advisory services
  • Training of personnel
  • Sectoral organisations (farmers, producers, traders)
  • Institutional strengthening

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 member of the consortium led by NIRAS A/S (Denmark).

For further details: please contact Mert Perk at

Job opportunities under this FWC are posted on the Jobs page

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