Framework Contracts

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Aid Advisory Services (AAS) Standing Offer Panel

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There are no current opportunities for this contract.

DFAT (formerly AusAID) has established a panel of suppliers to provide aid advisory services to DFAT and other Australian Government Organisations (AGOs). The AAS Standing Offer covers 17 service categories, aligned to Australia’s aid program and will run until January 2016. (More official information on the AAS Standing Offer)

DAI is a supplier on the AAS Panel across the following seven categories:

When DFAT requires services relating to one of the Panel categories, it can seek quotations or proposals from DAI and/or one or more of the other suppliers on the Panel.

Advisers are paid in accordance with the market-based remuneration rates and prescribed set of allowances outlined in the Australian Adviser Remuneration Framework (ARF).

DFAT sends a Request for Quotation (RfQ) to the Panel members with related Terms of Reference (ToR) and details of the ARF Professional Discipline Category, ARF Job Level and required number of days’ input. Suppliers typically have 14 days to prepare an offer, which usually consists of CVs, a financial proposal and a brief technical methodology.

When DAI receives an RfQ, we study the ToR and undertake rigorous internal evaluations of suitable candidates (we do not have external consortium partners for the DFAT contracts). We then propose a high quality team, surpassing the stated requirements, that will fully meet the client’s needs and will be available for the stipulated period.

We provide all backstopping to ensure first class delivery of assignments. We manage the inputs (e.g. man-days of experts’ time, any training events, seminars, workshops etc.) and quality control all outputs and deliverables (e.g. reports or training documents). We are also responsible for all contractual documentation and procedures.

We pride ourselves on our commitment to quality and reliability in our service delivery, and have a detailed quality control process, underpinned by our ISO 9001:2008 certification, to check our experts’ CVs, and their written outputs. Should problems still arise, a director of the company will personally intervene to resolve any difficulties.

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