The Ateneo de Manila University, through the Ateneo School of Government, intends to award a contract for fee-based services to carry out curriculum development for the Master in Public Management (MPM) Energy Transitions Track. This contract will be under the project titled “Clean Energy Living Laboratories (CELLs): The development of centers of excellence on energy access, renewable energy, and energy efficiency” currently being implemented by the Ateneo de Manila University, through its School of Government. The general objective of the project is to increase the awareness and knowledge on rural electrification, energy efficiency and renewable energy, through the creation of a national Centre of Excellence for SE4All and SDG7.Among the Project objectives for its first year of implementation is partnering with a European academic or research institution that will support the Academic Unit of the School of Government in developing the curriculum and course modules for the Master in Public Management (MPM) Energy Transitions Track.

About the Ateneo de Manila University - School of Government

The Ateneo School of Government (ASOG) is the public sector arm of the Ateneo de Manila University. The School’s long-term mission is to teach and work with effective and ethical public servants. It aims to contribute in building prosperous, sustainable, just, and happy communities in the Philippines, empowered by democratic, participatory, transparent, and accountable governance institutions and processes.

The School has always sought to serve as an institutional vehicle for the development of public servants and as a forum for dialogue and partnership among government, private, non-government, and people’s organizations. The ASoG flagship degree program, the Master in Public Management (MPM), features a student-centered and practitioner-oriented curriculum where theory and practice are linked to develop student competencies in ethical leadership, good governance and technical excellence.

Objectives

A European academic or research institution as the beneficiary will support the curriculum development for the MPM Energy Transitions Track offered by the Ateneo School of Government. The energy sector has been identified as one of the key areas where enhancement of the capacities of its movers and shakers would prove beneficial for the country’s energy landscape in its entirety. Considering this, along with the ASoG’s involvement with a nationwide energy project, the ASOG is developing a specialized track for our MPM program that is focused on energy policy.

This Energy Transitions track is geared to develop leaders and managers in the energy sector who are ethical and technically proficient visionaries, with strong competencies in strategic thinking, analysis, and political engagement. The objective is for students of the Energy Transitions track to achieve the broader goals of transforming communities and building the nation through ethical leadership and good governance in the public service applied in the energy sector of the Philippines.

Expected Tasks of the Contractor

The beneficiary of the award is expected to perform the following:

Track Design (November 2019 – February 2020)

The objective is to construct the framework of the Master in Public Management – Energy Transitions Track.

The beneficiary is expected to:

  • Perform and submit a horizon scan on energy policies and systems both within Philippine and global contexts.
  • Facilitate the 1st workshop. The 1st workshop aims to strengthen the initial course syllabi including the six Energy Transitions electives, and ensure their harmonization with the MPM Core Courses.
  • Identify 1 potential resource persons in the EU who may serve as course faculty and/or resource persons for specific topics. The resource person is expected to join the 1st workshop.

Course Development (March 2020-December 2020)

The objective is to elaborate and finalize the course syllabi for the Master in Public Management – Energy Transitions Track.The beneficiary is expected to:

  • Flesh out up to 3 course syllabi by articulating: (1) learning outcomes, in terms of knowledge, skills, and attitudes, (2) teaching methodology, (3) reading list / reference materials, and (4) assessment tools.
  • Propose 2-3 case studies to be included in the course content of the 6 Energy Transitions electives.
  • Co-facilitate the 2nd workshop with ASOG. The 2nd workshop, which is targeted for ASOG Core Faculty and faculty aims assigned to handle Energy Transitions Cohort Core Courses, aims to ensure that the harmonization achieved in the Track Design is translated into in-classroom learning experience.
  • Collaborate with ASOG to design a program or elective evaluation tool.

Grant Support

Under the program, grants will be provided to the Curriculum Development for the Master in Public Management (MPM) Energy Transitions Track.

Grants up to EUR 40,000, subject to existing tax regulations, will be provided to the proposed activities with fourteen (14) months implementation period. The approved activities are expected to commence implementation immediately.

Applications

Eligibility Check

  • Grant beneficiaries and contractors must ensure that there is no detection of subcontractors, natural persons (including participants to workshops and/or trainings and recipients of financial support to third parties), in the lists of EU restrictive measures. The lists of persons, groups, entities subject to the EU restrictive measures are maintained by the Service for Foreign Policy Instrument and published (see www.sanctionsmap.eu)
  • The Nationality Rule and the Rule of Origin must be followed. Participation in tender procedures managed by the EU External Action Beneficiary(ies), herein identified as the ADMU-ASoG, is open on equal terms to all natural and legal persons effectively established in a Member State or a country, territory or region mentioned as eligible by the relevant regulation/basic act governing the eligibility rules for the grant as per Annex a2 to the Practical Guide.
  • Tenderers must state their nationality in their tenders and provide the usual proof of nationality under their national legislation. If the basic act or the other applicable instruments so require, the tenderer must prove the origin[1] of the supplies acquired under the grant. Where rules of origin need to be respected[2] and the unit cost on purchase is above € 5000, contractors must present proof of origin to the ADMU-ASoG at the latest when the first invoice is presented. The certificate of origin must be made out by the competent authorities of the country of origin of the supplies and must comply with the rules laid down by the relevant Union legislation. Where supplies may originate from any country, no certificate of origin needs to be submitted.

Proposals

  • Project Proposal
  • Organizational profile (history, qualification and track record) based on the following:
    • Grant management experience, including with Global Fund or any previous international donor funding and with grants involving complex coordination and partnerships
    • Program management experience in contracting out or implementing proposed activities
    • Engagement and experience working in energy access, renewable energy, and energy efficiency and on the five thematic areas of the grant – financial sustainability, strategic information, service delivery, community system strengthening and enabling environment
    • Relationships and engagement with other academic institutions and key populations
  • Submit the following supporting documents:
    • Document confirming registration and/or accreditation
    • Articles of Incorporation (or equivalent)
    • Strategic Plan (or equivalent)
    • Mission / Vision Statement
    • Organizational Chart

Guiding Principles

The selection of the awardee is guided by the principles as articulated in the European Union’s External Action Guide on procurement policies:

  • Value for money, ensuring a process with the best price-quality ratio, or as appropriate, to the tender offering the lowest cost and highest impact.
  • Effectiveness and efficiency; ensuring time and cost-effectiveness.
  • Impartiality and transparency; ensuring bidders are treated fairly and equally.
  • Competition; ensuring all eligible bidders have equal opportunities.

Steps in the Selection Process

  • Step 1 (November 26 – December 9, 2019) Call for Requests for Proposals issued
  • Step 2 (December 10-15, 2019) Assessment of proposals, eligibility and selection
    • Proposal due on December 9, 2019
    • Review and shortlisting
    • Interview and selection
  • Step 3 (December 16-20, 2019) Finalization of awardee work plan, budget, and contracts

Selection Rating

Capacity Area/Selection Criteria Weight
Program management capability and experience through direct program delivery and sub-contracting to implement partners, including monitoring and evaluation. 40%
Grant management capability and experience, financial and operational management of funds and reporting. 35%
Organizational governance and coordinating mechanisms 25%

General Instructions

The project concept note must be submitted by 9 December 2019 to Mr. Jan Augustin V. Villela (jvillela@ateneo.edu). For inquiries and additional information related to the request, you may contact the EU CELLs Project Management Office through (02) 8426 6001 ext. 4640.

[1] For the purpose of this annex, the term “origin” is defined in chapter 2 of Regulation (EC) No 450/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2008 laying down the EU Customs Code (Modernised Customs Code).

[2] Under the CIR (i.e. not IPA I) and the EDF supplies may originate from any country if the amount of the supplies to be procured is below 100.000 € per purchase.