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 the Implementation of External Aid 2018’ (FWC SIEA 2018), Lot 2 (European Commission) Back

The objective of the FWC is to provide, via individual assignments defined and contracted through Specific Contracts, short-term expertise which can be mobilised at very short notice. The quality of the services which may make use of expertise either internal or external to the Framework Contractor must be guaranteed by the Framework Contractor who will provide the appropriate internal technical skills and resources.

The expertise may be required at any stage of the project cycle (except financial audits) and may cover any sector(s) within a Lot. The expertise may also cover any geographic area in the world, either inside or outside the EU.

Lot 2: Infrastructure, sustainable growth and jobs deals with the following (sub)-sectors:

  1. Transport and Infrastructures
    • Roads and engineering structures
    • Railways
    • Harbours and Inland water infrastructures
    • Airports and Air Traffic
    • Inter-modal infrastructures
    • Transport safety
    • Buildings (for education, healthcare, administrative and industrial use)
    • Water supply and sanitation networks
    • Solid waste disposal and treatment installations
    • Engineering and construction conflicts/disputes resolution
  2. Digital technologies and services
    • Broadband connectivity and digital infrastructure
    • Digital literacy and digital skill
    • Cybersecurity and privacy
    • Digital entrepreneurship
    • Digital technologies and services as enablers
    • Navigation Systems, Systems of localisation and surveillance (terrestrial and maritime)
    • Digital Agenda – external projection of EU policy
    • Data Protection – external projection of EU policy
  3. Earth Observation
    • Satellite data collection, analysis and utilisation
    • Meteorological data collection, analysis and utilisation
    • Space policy
  4. Urban Development and Cities
    • Smart cities
    • Social housing and slum upgrading
    • Urban mobility
    • Urban infrastructure and services
    • Climate-resilient and sustainable urban environments
  5. Sustainable Energy
    • Renewable Energies (Solar Thermal, PV, CSP, Hydro, Wind, Biomass, Biofuels, Geothermal, Wave and Marine)
    • Modern Power grids – national/regional/cross-borders, Mini-grids, Smart Grids, renewable integration, storage
    • Energy Services market development
    • Institutional Frameworks for Energy management and renewable energy integration
    • Energy Sector Studies/Statistics/Indicators
    • Rural Electrification
    • Energy efficiency
  6. Nuclear safety
    • Nuclear power plant operation
    • Operation of non-power generating nuclear or radiological installations
    • Design safety, safeguards, non-proliferation
    • Radio-active waste and its transport
    • Offsite emergency preparedness
    • Decommissioning
    • Training of nuclear regulator and/or operator staff on nuclear safety topics
  7. Sustainable Waste management
    • Sustainable Waste management including public/private management structures aspects and waste to energy
  8. Private sector
    • Private sector development policy and reform
    • Privatisation and industrial policy, including Public-Private Partnership
    • Sector policies (textile, mining, pharmaceutical industry, agriculture, tourism etc.)
    • SMEs policy development
    • Regulatory reform for improving the business environment
    • Investment promotion (domestic and foreign)
    • Small and Medium enterprises (SME) support (inclusive advisory services for management, production, technology, research & development, marketing, partnership, decent work, export promotion, financing, human resources management incl. gender issue, training, environmental impact, production quality, etc.)
    • Commercial banking, inclusive financial services to Small, medium and micro-enterprises (credit lines, equity, guarantees, micro-credit),
    • Financial sector regulation (incl. supervision of banking, insurance, pension funds, securities etc.)
    • Corporate governance issues (including corporate social responsibility)
    • Supporting professional/commercial/advisory bodies (professional associations, decentralised advisory agencies, local consultancy strengthening, Chambers of commerce, European Information Correspondence Centres (EICC), Business Centres
  9. Trade
    • Trade policy development and reform
    • Support to trade negotiations
    • Regional economic integration – support to establishment of customs unions
    • Trade facilitation / customs
    • Conformity assessment (accreditation, certification and testing laboratories) covering Sanitary and Phytosanitary issues / Technical barriers to trade,
    • Metrology
    • Standards and norms covering Sanitary and Phytosanitary issues / Technical barriers to trade,
    • Support to producers in Sanitary and Phytosanitary issues
    • Support to producers in addressing issues related to Technical barriers to trade
    • Intellectual property (industrial property, copyright / related rights)
    • Trade in Services
    • Competition policy
    • Trade and environment
    • Trade defence instruments / dispute settlement / transparency and government procurement
    • Trade promotion
    • Market analysis / strategy development
  10. Employment creation (Labour Market and Employment – formal and non-formal)
    • Structure and characteristics of the labour force (Labour force participation and trends; Characteristics of job seekers and job search procedures; Industrial, occupational, age, qualification and gender structure of employment and trends; Gender and regional growth of employment and trends; Part-time employment, short-term contracts and hours of work; Self-employment and employment in family enterprises; Employment in the public sector; Employment projections)
    • Labour market settings/management, employment services and offices (Employment offices; Market share of public employment offices; Private employment offices; Other mechanisms of intermediation)
    • Wage policy and labour market (Collective/sector agreements/conventions; Wages, productivity, inflation and unemployment; Changes in labour remuneration, productivity and unit labour costs in manufacturing and other sectors of the economy; Public/private sector salaries; Flexibility of labour remuneration in relation to productivity and unemployment; Efficiency of the process of wage determination)
    • Social dialogue (Main statutes and laws governing industrial relations; Structure and organisation of labour unions; Labour-union participation; The employers’ organisations; Collective bargaining and collective agreements; Industrial action and procedures for resolving industrial disputes); Job creation (Incidence of job loss on various groups; Labour mobility and turnover)

Each lot is expected to support and advise Commission services (Headquarters and EU Delegations) and/or Partner Countries/Organisations along the entire cycle of operations (from design to implementation and evaluation of EU interventions) by providing technical inputs and by assisting in carrying out analysis, studies and providing opinions and advice.

Each lot incorporates expertise related to a number of horizontal aspects/tasks, such as:

  • Analytical studies (e.g. feasibility studies, institutional/stakeholder analysis, political and economic analysis, strategic environmental assessments, environmental impact assessments, climate risk assessments, intervention logic and logical framework approach/theory of change, economic analysis, data collection and analysis, performance measurement and indicators, monitoring and evaluation systems)
  • Policy-related analysis (e.g. gender analysis, do- no-harm and conflict-sensitivity analysis, religious dynamics assessments) and design. This will also include mainstreaming of crosscutting issues
  • Technical inputs (e.g. technical annexes for works and supplies)
  • Evaluation of offers; assessment of grant proposals
  • Evaluations (e.g. mid-term, final and ex-post, impact evaluations, including of budget support programmes)
  • Public financial management and domestic revenue mobilisation, including at sector level and at subnational government level
  • Investment financing
  • Capacity development and institutional strengthening
  • Training and research
  • Awareness-raising (incl. information and communication)

PROMAN is member of the consortium led by AECOM International Development Europe (Spain).

For further details: please contact Mert Perk at

Job opportunities under this FWC are posted on the Jobs page

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