Procurement Opportunities

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The Procurement Section of U.S. Embassy Belgrade seeks to enter into contracts with qualified, reliable firms with sufficient resources, financing, and work experience for variety of commodities and/or providing a variety of services.  In order for a Company to be considered for embassy contracts, the company must be able to understand, satisfy, and comply with the requirements in the solicitation documents.

General Terms and Conditions

The Embassy does business only with duly registered companies. If a company wants to do business with the Embassy, it must be able to present a copy of the company’s registration with the “Agencija za privredne registre” (APR) or other Serbian Government body as appropriate. Companies wishing to do business with the Embassy should send the Procurement Section a copy of their APR, references, company profile, brochures and catalogs by email to BLG-Procurement@state.gov  We prefer to receive the information in English but you may also submit it in Serbian. Companies seeking contracts valued over $3,500 must register in Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS).  It is free of charge and can be done over the Internet.  Companies seeking contracts valued over $30,000 must register for a NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE number) and register in the System for Award Management.  Instructions for registering in the above said systems are available on the right hand side of this page. Government does not make advance payments – payment is made exclusively after receipt of the goods/services. In some cases, progress payments may be allowed for goods/services delivered over longer periods of time (30 days or longer). Payment is made in local currency, i.e. Serbian dinars by bank transfer. By U.S. law, the Embassy will make payment within 30 days from receipt of a proper invoice. Only original paper invoices are accepted – no payment can be made against photocopies or electronic invoices.

Doing Business with the Embassy

Only the Procurement Section is authorized to place orders for goods and services on behalf of the Embassy.  All orders from other persons are considered unauthorized and private, and the Embassy accepts no responsibility for paying those orders. The Embassy is required to provide vendors with a copy of a Purchase Order Form OF-347 or contract signed by a Contracting Officer for all orders. The Purchase Order/Contract is the “contract” and official ordering document, and vendors should not attempt to deliver goods/services prior to receiving one of these documents. The Government has no obligation to receive or pay for any goods/services without a valid contract.

VAT (PDV) Exemptions

The Embassy is exempt from Value Added Taxes in accordance with article 24 paragraph 1 of the Law on Value Added Tax published in The Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia no. 84/04 and 86/04. In that respect, the procedure for the exemption from the VAT is implemented in accordance with the Instructions for the Implementation of the VAT Form published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia no. 124 dated November 11, 2004.  The Embassy will provide the vendor with an SNPDV form for each invoice submitted for payment.

Notice Type: Solicitation
Number: 19RB1020Q0693
Issued: September 22, 2020
Deadline for submittal of quotes: October 9, 2020, 17:00 local time Belgrade

The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade intends to establish a purchase order for portable courtroom presentation equipment resulting from this solicitation. If you are interested in submitting a quote, please download the below listed invitation letter and solicitation document(s), follow the enclosed instructions and complete all fields highlighted in yellow.

The Embassy will consider all quotes which are received on time and are in compliance with the terms of the solicitation. If you are unable to download the solicitation documents please email a request to BLG-Procurement@state.gov

Notice Type:  Solicitation
Number: 19RB1020Q0015
Issued: September 16, 2020
Deadline for submittal of quotes: 17:00 local time on September 23, 2020

The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade has a requirement for a contractor to provide cell phone services for official use by Embassy staff, and intends to award a firm-fixed-price purchase order for one base year with two option years to renew resulting from this solicitation. If you are interested in submitting a quote, please download the below listed invitation letter and solicitation document(s), follow the enclosed instructions and complete all fields highlighted in yellow.

The U.S. Government intends to award a contract/purchase order to the responsible company submitting an acceptable quotation at the lowest price.  We intend to award a contract based on initial quotations, without holding discussions, although we may hold discussions with companies in the competitive range if there is a need to do so.

In order for a quotation to be considered, you must also complete and submit the following:

    1. SF-1449 Blocks 12, 17, 23, 24 and 30.
    2. Section 1, II. Prices
    3. Section 5, Representations and Certifications;
    4. Additional information as required in Section 3, Solicitation Provisions.
    5. Your company’s Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number

Direct any questions regarding this solicitation in writing and in English exclusively. Email the questions to Zoran Djordjevic at BLG-Procurement@state.gov no later than midnight on September 21, 2020.  Questions will not be accepted after this date.  Answers will be posted on the Embassy web page where the solicitation is publicized.  It is your responsibility to monitor the web page for any new information which may be posted until the solicitation response date.

Proposals/Quotes may be submitted in hard copy only to Embassy Service Entrance at the following address: U.S. Embassy, GSO/Contracting Officer, Jovana Marinovica bb, 11040 Belgrade, Serbia.  Electronic offers will not be accepted.

It is advised that you be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) by the time you submit your proposal, but it is NOT required until we award.  Proposals from companies not registered in SAM when we award will not be considered.

Instructions on how to apply for a DUNS number and register in SAM are available at this web page: https://rs.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/235/DUNS-NCAGE-and-SAM-registration-guide-update-JUN2020.pdf  

Quotes/Proposals are due by 5:00 pm local time on September 23, 2020 and will not be accepted after this date.  All responsible sources may submit a response which, if received on time, shall be considered.

The Embassy will consider all quotes which are received on time and are in compliance with the terms of the solicitation. If you are unable to download the solicitation documents please email a request to BLG-Procurement@state.gov

Notice Type: Solicitation
Number: 19RB1020Q0792
Subject: Information Technology (IT) equipment
Issued: September 14, 2020
Deadline for submittal of quotes: September 23, 2020

The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade has a requirement for IT equipment and intends to award a firm-fixed-price, resulting from this solicitation.  If you are interested in submitting a quote, please download the below listed invitation letter and solicitation document(s), follow the enclosed instructions and complete all fields highlighted in yellow.

The Embassy will consider all quotes which are received on time and are in compliance with the terms of the solicitation.

If you are unable to download the solicitation documents please email a request to BLG-Procurement@state.gov

Notice Type: Solicitation
Number: 19RB1020Q0754
Subject: Recreational and gymnastic equipment
Issued: September 4, 2020
Deadline for submittal of quotes: September 20, 2020

The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade has a requirement for Recreational and Gymnastic Equipment and intends to award a firm-fixed-price, a single or multiple purchase orders, resulting from this solicitation.  If you are interested in submitting a quote, please download the below listed invitation letter and solicitation document(s), follow the enclosed instructions and complete all fields highlighted in yellow.

The Embassy will consider all quotes which are received on time and are in compliance with the terms of the solicitation. If you are unable to download the solicitation documents please email a request to BLG-Procurement@state.gov

Notice Type: Pre-solicitation
Number: 19RB1020Q0790
Issued: August 31, 2020
Deadline for submittal of quotes: September 23, 2020

Please note this solicitation is not ready to be issued as of this date. The Embassy of the United States in Serbia will launch the solicitation on the Embassy website when it is available. The solicitation will be for the bullet proof vests. These requirements may change depending on funding availability in forthcoming periods.

The Government plans to issue the solicitation in September 2020. All responsible sources may submit an offer, which shall be considered.

Notice Type: Request for Information

Issued: August 31, 2020

Deadline for submittal of capability statements: midnight on September 16, 2020.

This request for information (RFI) will be used to identify potential sources that are capable of holding/organizing/creating focus groups to gauge the impact of participation in U.S. Government (USG) exchange and in the Alumni Small Grants Program in five different cities in Serbia in accordance with Embassy’s Statement of Work.

In accordance with FAR 15.201 (e), responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract.  This RFI is issued solely for conducting market research, information and planning purposes and does not constitute a solicitation or obligation on the part of the Government.  Neither unsolicited proposals nor any other kind of offers will be considered in response to this RFI.  No reimbursement will be made for any costs associated with providing information in response to this announcement and/or any follow up information requests.

The purpose of this RFI is to identify sources for current and upcoming overseas projects requiring poll and survey analyses.  Vendors who can provide the services that meet or exceed performance requirements will be identified in the Embassy’s Procurement Section as an approved vendor.

The government is seeking specific information in conjunction with performance specifications.   Interested parties must provide information in accordance with the submittal requirements.

Please do not provide generic capability statements as they shall add no value to this RFI. The Government is seeking specific information in conjunction with the specifications of this requirement.

All responses shall be submitted in writing via email to BLG-Procurement@state.gov with the subject line “RFI Response (your company name)” no later than midnight local time on September 10, 2020.

Statement of Work

Focus Groups Measuring Attitudes of Participants in Alumni Small Grants Program
August 25, 2020

1. Summary

This Statement of Work describes a plan for the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) to hold focus groups to gauge the impact of participation in U.S. Government (USG) exchange and in the Alumni Small Grants Program in five different cities.  (The three of the five cities should be Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Nis.)  We would like to examine the attitudes and opinions of alumni – both those who have received PAS small grants and those who have not – and compare those results for individual with similar backgrounds have never participated in our programs.

The three groups are: a) alumni of U.S. Government (USG) exchange programs who have received grants through the PAS Alumni Small Grants Program, b) alumni of who have not received grants from PAS; and c) others from same general socioeconomic background with same basic educational level, but without any connections to USG exchanges or any other US Embassy programs.

The organization should have experience organizing focus groups. The candidate should also have excellent English writing and oral presentation skills and the ability to present the information in an easily digestible form.

The timeline for this initiative is two months, starting from October 1, 2020.

2. Objectives

  • To identify any trends in attitudes of alumni based on their age or how far in the past they participated in the USG exchange program.
  • To determine differences in attitudes and opinions of the three groups mentioned above in the topic areas listed in Section 3.

3. Themes and topics

    • Most urgent issues facing individuals and their families, and Serbia more broadly.
    • Level of optimism/pessimism regarding: educational and job opportunities in Serbia; ability to impact government decisions, at the community, city, or national level; possibility to bring about positive change at the community, city, or national level.
    • Levels of volunteerism and charitable giving.
    • News consumption, including sources of information, both Serbian and (if applicable) foreign.
    • Levels of media literacy.
    • Attitudes and opinions toward:
      • Ethnic, racial, and religious minorities.
      • Women.
      • LGBTQI community.
      • The disabled.
    • What are the perception and attitudes of individuals toward the U.S. and other foreign countries, their governments, their citizens, and their values and culture.
    • What do people think are objectives of the U.S. and other foreign countries in Serbia and the Balkans?

4. Target Audience:

a) alumni of U.S. Government (USG) exchange programs who have received grants through the PAS Alumni Small Grants Program,
b) alumni of who have not received grants from PAS; and
c) others from same general socioeconomic background with same basic educational level, but without any connections to USG exchanges or any other US Embassy programs.

5. Timeframe

The initiative is limited to two months, starting from October 1, 2020.

6. Timeline of Key Activities – 2020

October
  • Consult with PAS to gather contact information for alumni in each of the target cities;
  • Contact alumni to get information on friends or family;
  • Identify participants from third group
  • Develop questions.
  • Run focus groups in the three cities.
November
  • Prepare a written report on overall findings (not more than 15 pages with executive summary) of main conclusions to themes and topics.
  • Prepare a visual presentation (preferably PowerPoint) highlighting most important findings;
  • Present key results to PAS and any other interested U.S. Embassy personnel.

Notice Type:  Request for Information

Number:   19RB1020Q0337

Issued:   August 31, 2020

Deadline for submittal of capability statements: midnight on September 10, 2020

This request for information (RFI) will be used to identify potential sources that are capable of providing a digest or overview of results of past polling and surveys, including professional analysis of data files, on key topics of interest from 2014-2020 in accordance with Embassy’s Statement of Work.  In accordance with FAR 15.201 (e), responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract.  This RFI is issued solely for conducting market research, information and planning purposes and does not constitute a solicitation or obligation on the part of the Government.  Neither unsolicited proposals nor any other kind of offers will be considered in response to this RFI.  No reimbursement will be made for any costs associated with providing information in response to this announcement and/or any follow up information requests.

The purpose of this RFI is to identify sources for current and upcoming overseas projects requiring poll and survey analyses.  Vendors who can provide the services that meet or exceed performance requirements will be identified in the Embassy’s Procurement Section as an approved vendor.

The government is seeking specific information in conjunction with performance specifications.   Interested parties must provide information in accordance with the submittal requirements.

Please do not provide generic capability statements as they shall add no value to this RFI. The Government is seeking specific information in conjunction with the specifications of this requirement.

All responses shall be submitted in writing via email to BLG-Procurement@state.gov with the subject line “RFI Response (your company name)” no later than midnight local time on September 10, 2020.

SECTION 1

1.         Summary

This Statement of Work describes a plan for the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) to receive a digest or overview of results of past polling and surveys, including professional analysis of data files, on key topics of interest from 2014-2020.  This will help PAS to: a) more narrowly organize future activities to focus on more specific audiences within Serbia; and b) potentially develop questions for future surveys/polls or focus groups.

Analysts working on this project should be polling experts, social scientists, or academics who have experience with survey data, an understanding of statistics, and the ability to use statistical software to analyze available data sets. The candidate should also have excellent English writing and oral presentation skills and the ability to present complicated information in an easily digestible form.

The timeline for this initiative is two months, starting from October 1, 2020.

SECTION 2

DECRIPTION OF REQUIREMENTS

 2.         Objectives

    • To analyze and synthesize results and trends — related to the below-mentioned themes/topics and specific audiences — in surveys and pools conducted over the past six years by
      • U.S. Embassy in Belgrade and the U.S. State Department polling/survey partners.
      • Outside polls and surveys including Pew Charitable Trust and local polling agencies.
    • To conduct a gap analysis.

3.         Themes and topics

    • What are the most urgent or important issues individuals say are facing their families, their communities, and Serbia more broadly?  On a related note, to what extent are Serbians focused on or interested in topics that the U.S. and the international community might think are important?
      • Membership in the EU and/or the Eurasian Economic Union
      • Education
      • Health and safety
      • Economic development and fighting brain drain
      • Entrepreneurship and innovation
      • Government accountability/responsiveness to its citizens
      • Civil society development
      • Human rights/equal rights for women, the disabled, Roma, other ethnic or religious minorities, refugees, the LGBTQI community, rural populations, and other disadvantaged groups.
      • Combating extremism (political, religious, ethnic)
      • Media freedom
      • Freedom of expression/freedom of speech
      • Rule of law
      • Fight against corruption
      • Relations with neighboring countries
      • Regional stability
      • Foreign policy
      • Global problems such as human trafficking, drug trafficking, terrorism, crime, etc.
    • Perception and attitudes toward the U.S. and other foreign countries, their governments, their citizens, and their values and culture.
      • Do perceptions/attitudes shift if the polling questions relate to the people of a country versus its leader versus its government?
      • Do views vary when discussing different types of ties or cooperation, e.g.:
        • trade level?
        • investments in Serbia?
        • infrastructure projects in Serbia?
        • “technical assistance”?
        • efforts to preserve Serbia’s cultural heritage sites;
        • cultural exchanges, e.g., performances by musical groups, exhibitions of art, etc?
        • educational exchanges and cooperation?
        • military cooperation?
      • What are the most important factors that impact or shape the perceptions/attitudes of Serbian citizens?
    • Perception and attitudes toward Serbia’s Balkan neighbors.

4.  Target Audience:

What views on the above topics are held by specific segments of the Serbian population?  How does the data break down by gender, by age, by region and town/city, by education level, by occupation, by ethnic background?

5.         Timeframe

The initiative is limited to two months from October 1, 2020.

6.         Timeline of Key Activities – 2020

October

  • Consult with U.S. Embassy sections (esp. PAS and USAID);
  • Identify the surveys and polls to analyze;
  • Make contact with USG and non-USG polling firms to determine level of access to raw data;
  • Develop action plan.

November

  • Conduct research, gather data, document review;
  • Analyze data, conduct gap analysis;
  • Prepare a written report on overall findings (not more than 30 pages with executive summary) of main conclusions to themes and topics, as well as results of gap analysis)
  • Prepare a visual presentation (preferably PowerPoint) highlighting most important findings;
  • Present key results to U.S. Embassy personnel.

Notice Type: Purchase of Office/Classroom Furniture
Number: 19RB1020Q00659
Issued: August 26, 2020
Deadline for submittal of quotes: September 11, 2020, 17:00 local time Belgrade

The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade intends to establish a purchase order for office/classroom furniture resulting from this solicitation. If you are interested in submitting a quote, please download the below listed invitation letter and solicitation document(s), follow the enclosed instructions and complete all fields highlighted in yellow.

  1. Solicitation Amendment A001 (PDF 2 MB)
  2. Solicitation Invitation Letter (PDF 463 KB)
  3. Solicitation Document 19RB1020Q0659 (PDF 8 MB)

The Embassy will consider all quotes which are received on time and are in compliance with the terms of the solicitation. If you are unable to download the solicitation documents please email a request to BLG-Procurement@state.gov.

Notice Type: Solicitation
Number: 19RB1020Q0674
Issued:  August 25, 2020
Deadline for submittal of quotes has been extended to: 17:00 local time on September 11, 2020

The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade has a requirement for a responsible company to furnish, deliver and install a complete audiovisual conferencing system in Belgrade and intends to award a firm-fixed-price purchase order resulting from this solicitation. We intend to award a contract based on initial quotations, without holding discussions, although we may hold discussions with companies in the competitive range if there is a need to do so.

If you are interested in submitting a quote, please download the below listed invitation letter and solicitation document(s), follow the enclosed instructions and complete all fields in the solicitation document highlighted in yellow.

The Embassy will consider all quotes which are received on time and are in compliance with the terms of the solicitation. If you are unable to download the solicitation documents please email a request to BLG-Procurement@state.gov

Notice Type: Solicitation
Number: 19RB1020Q0369
Issued: July 30, 2020
Deadline for submittal of quotes: August 19, 2020, 17:00 local time Belgrade

The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade intends to establish a purchase order for passengers vehicles resulting from this solicitation. If you are interested in submitting a quote, please download the below listed invitation letter and solicitation document(s), follow the enclosed instructions and complete all fields highlighted in yellow.

The Embassy will consider all quotes which are received on time and are in compliance with the terms of the solicitation. If you are unable to download the solicitation documents please email a request to BLG-Procurement@state.gov

Notice Type: Pre-solicitation
Number: 19RB1020Q0659
Issued: July 20, 2020
Deadline for submittal of quotes: August 21, 2020

Please note this solicitation is not ready to be issued as of this date. The Embassy of the United States in Serbia will launch the solicitation on the Embassy website when it is available. The solicitation will be for the procurement of office/ classroom furniture. These requirements may change depending on funding availability in forthcoming periods.

Pre-solicitation 19RB1020Q0659

The Government plans to issue the solicitation in August 2020. All responsible sources may submit an offer, which shall be considered.

U.S. Embassy General Services Office (GSO) in Belgrade, Serbia seeks proposals from qualified, reliable firms with sufficient resources and work experience to perform the duties of packing and unpacking household effects, clearing and forwarding of effects, transportation and freight services for all inbound and outbound shipments of household effects to and from Belgrade to be transported throughout the world.

This Tender of Service (TOS) will be in effect from August 25, 2020 to August 24, 2022.

This TOS provides terms and conditions for the transportation and all related services within the U.S. Embassy Belgrade, Serbia. All Transportation Service Providers (TSP) used as your agents must have a valid license/membership of the following organizations or must agree to acquire membership within 3 months of being awarded the TOS. Failure to meet the requirement will result in suspension to provide further services to the USG until proof of member ship can be provided.

a. (FIATA) International Federation of Freight Forwarders OR
b. (IAM) International Association of Movers
c. Valid International Transportation License issued by the Local Ministry of Transportation
d. Tax Number (PIB) issued by Ministry of Finance
e. Country Wide Customs licenses from Serbian Customs
f. Must be in good standing with the Credit Bureau.

TSP’s may only be represented under the name of one company. Multiple offers from the same company will result in an automatic disqualification.

A complete tender of service application inclusive of the exact rate sheet format attached herewith and all the required documentation as set out in the tender of service document must be delivered to the U.S. Embassy, Jovana Marinovica bb, 11040 Belgrade, Serbia no later than 5 pm local time on August 3, 2020.

Late proposals will not be accepted.

Incomplete applications will be automatically disqualified.

Any problems or questions concerning this TOS can be addressed to BLG-Procurement@state.gov

The Embassy will consider all quotes which are received on time and are in compliance with the terms of the solicitation. If you are unable to download the solicitation documents please email a request to BLG-Procurement@state.gov

Title: Solicitation 19RB1020Q0013 for janitorial services for U.S. Embassy Belgrade
Notice Type: Solicitation
Number: 19RB1020Q0013
Issued: June 22, 2020
Deadline for submittal of quotes: 17:00 local time on July 23, 2020.

The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade has issued solicitation 19RB1020Q0013 for janitorial services at the Embassy.  If you are interested downloading and in viewing the solicitation documents, please visit the https://beta.sam.gov/ web page and search for the notice utilizing the RFQ number 19RB1020Q0013.

The Embassy will consider all quotes which are received on time and are in compliance with the terms of the solicitation. If you are unable to download the solicitation documents please email a request to BLG-Procurement@state.gov

Notice Type: Pre-solicitation
Number: 19RB1020Q0014
Issued: June 15, 2020
Deadline for submittal of quotes: July 17, 2020

Please note this solicitation is not ready to be issued as of this date. The Embassy of the United States in Serbia will launch the solicitation on the Embassy website when it is available. The solicitation will be for the maintenance services of the low voltage switchgear. These requirements may change depending on funding availability in forthcoming periods.

Pre-solicitation 19RB1020Q0014

The Government plans to issue the solicitation in July 2020. All responsible sources may submit an offer, which shall be considered.

Title: Solicitation 19RB1020Q0012 for sewer maintenance services for U.S. Embassy Belgrade
Notice Type: Solicitation
Number: 19RB1020Q0012
Issued: June 1, 2020

The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade has issued solicitation 19RB1020Q0012 for sewer maintenance services at the Embassy compound.  If you are interested in subitting a quote, you may dowload the solicitation and all other related documents at the https://beta.sam.gov/ web page. To find the solicitation, search for the notice utilizing the 19RB10 number in the title above.

The U.S. Government intends to award a contract/purchase order to the responsible company submitting an acceptable quotation at the lowest price.  We intend to award a contract based on initial quotations, without holding discussions, although we may hold discussions with companies in the competitive range if there is a need to do so.

Notice Type: Solicitation
Number: 19RB1020Q0505
Issued: May 18, 2020
Deadline for submittal of quotes: June 8, 2020, 17:00 local time Belgrade

The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade intends to establish a purchase order for eight compact SUVs resulting from this solicitation.  If you are interested in submitting a quote, please download the below listed invitation letter and solicitation document(s), follow the enclosed instructions and complete all fields highlighted in yellow.

The Embassy will consider all quotes which are received on time and are in compliance with the terms of the solicitation. If you are unable to download the solicitation documents please email a request to BLG-Procurement@state.gov

Title:Supply of heating ventilation and air conditioning equipment (HVAC)
Notice Type: Solicitation
Number: 19RB1020Q0014
Issued: April 30, 2020
Deadline for submittal of quotes: 17:00 local time on May 15, 2020

The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade has a requirement for the supply of heating ventilation and air conditioning equipment (HVAC) maintenance supplies and intends to establish a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for the period May 20, 2020 – May 20, 2023 resulting from this solicitation. We invite you to submit the documents stated in Section 3 SOLICITATION PROVISIONS of the attached solicitation and a completed Section 5 no later than close of business on May 15, 2020 if you wish to compete for award of a Blanket Purchase Agreement. Please complete all fields in the solicitation document highlighted in yellow.

The Embassy will consider all quotes which are received on time and are in compliance with the terms of the solicitation. If you are unable to download the solicitation documents please email a request to BLG-Procurement@state.gov

Notice Type: Solicitation
Number: 72016919Q00002F
Issued: February 28, 2019
Deadline for submittal of quotes: March 14, 2019. 17:00 Belgrade local time

The United States Government, represented by the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Mission in Serbia, is seeking quotations from qualified organizations/individuals to provide technical services related to Country Development Cooperation Strategy.

Quotes are due no later than Close of Business (CET) Thursday, March 14, 2019.