Australia Awards for Africa Short Courses 2012

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1. Australia Awards for Africa Short Courses 2012 Industry Briefing Melbourne City Conference Centre 5 July 2011

2. Agenda Introduction & Housekeeping AusAID Strategy in Africa Australia Awards for Africa Probity Principles Tendering for Short Course Awards General Questions Individual Sessions

3. 2. AusAID Strategy in Africa Australia’s aid program is increasing in order to reach 0.5% of GNI in 2015 This is reflected in increases in the Australia Awards program, including in Africa Principle sectors are agriculture/food security, maternal & child health, water & sanitation, natural resource management including mining These are areas where: progress is most off track Australia has particular strengths strong African frameworks exist for achieving effective results

4. 2. AusAID Strategy in Africa AusAID is placing an emphasis on transparency and accountability, impact evaluation and research Human resource capacity building Humanitarian work is also significant in Africa The AAA is the flagship program in Africa AusAID’s strategy in Africa: http://www.ausaid.gov.au/publications/pubout.cfm

5. 3. Australia Awards for Africa The Australian Government through AusAID has committed to expanding Australia Awards to Africa and will offer 1,000 awards a year by 2012-13 The overarching goals of the Australia Awards are: to develop capacity and leadership skills to build people-to-people linkages at the individual, institutional and country levels Public Policy including public sector reform, trade and diplomacy Agriculture/Food Security Natural Resource Management particularly mining Maternal and Child Health Water and SanitationPublic Policy including public sector reform, trade and diplomacy Agriculture/Food Security Natural Resource Management particularly mining Maternal and Child Health Water and Sanitation

6. 3. Australia Awards for Africa Thematic focus of the awards reflects the AusAID strategy: agriculture/food security, public policy, maternal & child health, water & sanitation, and natural resource management including mining. Emphasis on inclusive areas, e.g. gender, disability and HIV/AIDS Eligible candidates can come from the public sector, private sector and civil society, depending on the partner government’s preferences Public Policy including public sector reform, trade and diplomacy Agriculture/Food Security Natural Resource Management particularly mining Maternal and Child Health Water and SanitationPublic Policy including public sector reform, trade and diplomacy Agriculture/Food Security Natural Resource Management particularly mining Maternal and Child Health Water and Sanitation

7. 3. Australia Awards for Africa Building the leadership and technical skills of Africans is critical to Africa’s long-term development Scholarships and training are uniformly cited by African leaders as a high development priority Trained personnel build the long-term capacity of African governments to provide essential services, strengthen law and justice systems, improve transparency, and influence the social and economic development of their own countries A growing number of high profile and influential African alumni are providing impetus to their country’s development in senior positions in partner governments, the commercial sector and within regional organisations

8. 3. Australia Awards for Africa Involvement of Short Course Awards (SCA) SCA are a new element and becoming a larger part of the Australia Awards for Africa Opportunities exist for up to 425 in 2012 (600 in 2013) awardees to undertake a study/ training program of up to three months with an Australian provider SCA may be delivered in Australia, Africa or a mix of both AusAID would like to see an increased involvement of African institutions partnering with Australian providers SCA provide a mechanism for the Australian government to engage with African partner governments

9. Best Value for Money Encouraging Competition Efficient Effective and Ethical use of Commonwealth Resources Accountability and Transparency Confidentiality & Impartiality

10. Value for Money Core principle underpinning procurement Cost is only one element in assessing Value for Money Whole of life value for money assessment Fit for purpose Performance history of the supplier Relative risk of each proposal Flexibility to adapt to change Encouraging Competition Potential suppliers should have equal opportunity 4. Probity Principles

11. Efficient Effective and Ethical use of Commonwealth Government Resources - requirement of S44 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 Efficiency – the selection and implementation of the procurement process in terms of transparency and fairness Effectiveness – accuracy in the specification, rigor in the evaluation process and contract negotiations, and management of the contract Ethics – moral boundaries underpinning the procurement process, eg. honesty, consistency, integrity 4. Probity Principles

12. Accountability & Transparency Prime consideration throughout the procurement process. Documentation of the procurement process to facilitate scrutiny Confidentiality & Impartiality Proposals are treated as Commercial in Confidence TAP members are required to sign Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest declarations Proposals are only assessed on responses to the selection criteria 4. Probity Principles

13. Overview of staged approach Expressions of interest are being sought for the delivery of the Australia Awards for Africa (AAA) Short Course Awards (SCA) in 2012 and 2013 Phase 1 will require the submission of a technical capability statement The outcome from Phase 1 will be a list of shortlisted tenderers who will be invited to participate in Phase 2 Successful tenderers will have the opportunity to deliver the identified courses over a two year period where they are meeting performance delivery standards

14. Strong provider delivery principles: Flexibility Innovation Responsiveness Collaboration

15. Key design elements: Courses African Partner Countries (45 eligible, half of them English is NOT the official language) English language provision for awardees integrated into the course delivery Application process for Awardees: public, civil society and private sector Pre-course visits to Africa by providers Participation by African partners and in-Africa delivery options

16. Key design elements: Work Plans for Return to be developed while on award Post-course visits by providers In-Australia provider workshops Management of participants while in Australia Monitoring and Evaluation requirements

17. Submission requirements: Phase 1: Capability statement (max 10 pages) Project Data sheets (1 page each) Address: [email protected] Format: PDF Closing Time: 5pm (AEST) 12 August

18. Submission requirements Criteria: Directly address each selection criteria and substantiate your claims strongly Note any weightings attached to selection criteria and ensure that the emphasis in the submission reflects the weightings on the selection criteria ie Criteria 1 & 2 – 30% each Criteria 3 & 4 – 20% each

19. Assessment of Phase 1 Process: The TAP completes an assessment of all compliant proposals; Timing: 22-31 August 2011 Outcomes: Short-listed and unsuccessful tenderers will be informed accordingly Debrief letters will be provided on request at the end of the Phase 1 tender process

20. Phase 2 Short-listed tenderers from Phase 1 will be invited to participate in Phase 2 to commence early September This will require the submission of additional information on Methodology (including detailed course outline) Composition of the team Financial proposal Outcome of successful tenderers to be available end of November 2011

21. Deadline for enquiries: 29 July Closing Date & Time: 12 August, 5pm (AEST) Short listing: 22-31 August

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