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The New Zealand Aid Programme, acting for and on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), has appointed a Panel of specialist advisers and organisations with a wide range of skills, capabilities and areas of expertise across the Agriculture sector. This range reflects the diverse and international nature of New Zealand Aid Programme work that is often conducted in niche areas of specific regions and countries. MFAT will use the Panel as its preferred sourcing method for agriculture sector specialists to support the delivery of international development activities, and will open for a two year term with the option to extend for an additional two years at MFAT’s discretion.
The Panel offers successful proposers the following opportunities and benefits:
The 16 agriculture specialisms provided across the Panel are:
DAI, with their partner AgFirst New Zealand, is one of the contractors on a pre-approved list of suppliers who are available to provide MFAT with the specified services outlined in the Deed of Standing Offer. Over time MFAT may expand the panel to meet evolving business needs or if they require additional specialisms.
Advisers contracted through DAI are paid in accordance with the market-based remuneration rates and prescribed set of allowances outlined in the MFAT Job Level Guide (a four tier table of adviser seniority).
When awarding an assignment, MFAT will use one of two methods: a) Direct Source based on best fit for purpose, or b) Competitive Quote based on expertise, RFQ response and value for money. In the case of a) MFAT will contact the panel member with the ToR and RFQ and be asked to provide a response within 1 to 5 days, whilst for b) MFAT will contact selected Panel Members to confirm their interest/availability before providing the RFQ and requesting a costed response within 5 business days.
When an RfQ is received, DAI studies the specific ToRs and undertake rigorous internal evaluations of suitable candidates. A high quality team, often surpassing the stated requirements, is then proposed to fully satisfy the client’s needs and the requested availability during the stipulated period.
HTSPE provides all backstopping to ensure first class delivery of assignments, managing the inputs (e.g. man-days of experts’ time, any training events, seminars, workshops etc.) and quality control of all outputs and deliverables (e.g. reports or training documents), and assuming responsibility for all contractual documentation and procedures.
At DAI, we pride ourselves on our commitment to quality and reliability in our service delivery, and operate 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.