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Procurement notice

ASCEND: Request for proposals for implementing partners – South Sudan (Visceral Leishmaniasis) /

The Ministry of Health (MoH), Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GRSS) and the Accelerating the Sustainable Control and Elimination of NTDs programme (ASCEND), wish to engage an Implementing Partner to promote the national goal of prevention and control of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in all endemic areas by:

1. improving timely diagnosis and treatment of VL;
2. strengthening surveillance, monitoring and evaluation and use of data to inform operational plans and improve response to emerging outbreaks;
3. sustaining and strengthening the existing VL treatment facilities and activities.

Crown Agents Limited, as the Fund Manager and lead of the consortium managing ASCEND Lot 1, now invites bids from suitably qualified Bidders to be engaged as subcontractors to support the MoH and health implementing partners currently delivering basic health services in visceral leishmaniasis (VL) endemic areas, to provide diagnosis, treatment, management and referral activities.

Contract will be for a period of 25 months, expected to run from February 2020 to March 2022.

This is a full and open competition under which any type of organisation, large or small, commercial (for profit) firms, faith-based, and non-profit organisations, either independently, or in partnership or consortia, is eligible to participate.

The ASCEND programme encourages partnership with local, non-governmental organisations, faith-based organisations and community-based organisations in order to build local capacity and ensure long term sustainability, however this is not a requirement.

The full request for proposals (RFP) document is available on request from

The deadline for submission of bids is 23:00 hours (Greenwich Mean Time/UK time) on 6th February 2020.

Bids must be submitted electronically in accordance with instructions contained in the RFP. Late bids will be rejected.

Bids will be evaluated in accordance with procedures and evaluation criteria described in the RFP. Successful bidders will be invited for negotiations in Juba, South Sudan and will be expected to sign a subcontract based on terms set out in the RFP.