Request for Expression of Interest for Consultancy on Market Research Analysis

The AHEAD Operation of University of Sri Jayewardenepura, requests for Expression of Interest from experts for Consultancy on Market Research Analysis, under the ICE Grant, AHEAD Operation.

  1. BACKGROUND

The development of the higher education sector is of central importance to enable Sri Lanka to make the transition from a Lower-Middle Income Country (LMIC) to an Upper Middle-Income Country (UMIC). Recognizing this, the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the World Bank have agreed, to support the higher education sector through a Bank funded Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development (AHEAD) operation.

  1. THE OPERATION

Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development (AHEAD) operation is organized into two components. The first is a Program Component that supports the national Higher Education Development Program. The second is a systems strengthening, capacity building and technical assistance component that will assist GoSL to strengthen the higher education sector and achieve the objectives of the AHEAD program component. This second will also cover monitoring and evaluation, policy analyses, program coordination and communication.

The implementing agency is the Ministry of Higher Education and Highways (MHEH). The University Grants Commission (UGC) will coordinate the activities of the universities. There will be an Operations Monitoring and Support Team (OMST) which will coordinate and support all AHEAD activities between the MHEH, UGC, and the universities.

AHEAD has three Results Areas:

Results Area 1: Increasing Enrollment in Priority Disciplines for Economic Development

Results Area 2: Improving the Quality of Higher Education

Results Area 3: Promoting Research, Development and Innovation

  1. THE OBJECTIVE OF THE CONSULTANCY.

Market Research analysis of the commercializable products under AHEAD ICE Grant Center for Sustainability.

  1. SCOPE OF THE CONSULTANCY.

Center for Sustainability, Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura unleash vast amount of new products and services per year. Therefore, market information is crucial to commercialize these products effectively. In this context, consultancy for the NEED Analysis is an essential fact.

Key activities and contents for this consultancy includes

 Conducting of Market Researches through surveys with focused groups.

 Data analysis of the Market Research Questionnaires.

 Delivering of potential product commercialization methods in related to the results of Market Research

  1. KEY TASKS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES.
Key Tasks Required Deliverable Time frame (After signing the Contract)
1.Performing Market research survey 01 with focus group and data analysis Sampling should be done with the range of 35-50 per each product.

Analyzed data will be submitted as the final output of the survey.

Delivering of soft copies and hardcopies

4 Weeks
2.Performing Market research survey 02 with focus group and data analysis Sampling should be done with the range of 35-50 per each product.

Analyzed data will be submitted as the final output of the survey.

Delivering of soft copies and hardcopies

4 Weeks
3.Performing Market research survey 03 with focus group and data analysis
Sampling should be done with the range of 35-50 per each product.

Analyzed data will be submitted as the final output of the survey.

Delivering of soft copies and hardcopies.

4 Weeks
6. DURATION OF THE ASSIGNMENT.

 

The contract will run for 3 months from the date of signing the contract.

  1. MODE OF PAYMENT.

Total payment for the above consultancy is Sri Lankan Rupees Rs.120,000 which will be disbursed according to the following schedule. Cost of transportation is included to this payment.

  1. 30% of total consultancy fee will be paid at the signing of the Consultancy Agreement and on acceptance of Work Plan.
  2. 40% of total consultancy fee will be paid at the end of the Key Task 2.
  3. c. 30% of total consultancy fee will be paid on the submission and acceptance of the

final analyzed data with potential commercializable methods.

  1. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE.

Minimum Qualification is good sound knowledge in Business Statistics with a degree in relevant field.

  1. METHOD OF APPOINTMENT.

IC-C: Individual Consultancies Competitive basis (evaluating 3 CVs).

  1. REPORTING THE DELIVERABLES

The consultant shall closely coordinate and report to ICE grant Deputy Coordinator Dr. Varuni Jayasooriya.

  1. REQUIRED PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

 Degree level Qualifications related to Business statistics.

 Good sound knowledge in statistics and data analysis.

 High level of IT literacy.

 Strong communication and good interpersonal relations

 High level of proficiency in written and spoken English

  1. OWNERSHIP OF THE ASSIGNMENT

This assignment is funded by the Ministry of Higher Education via AHEAD-OMST under the program component of AHEAD. As such, the University shall be the owner of the assignment and will reserves the Intellectual Property Rights for all deliverable of the assignment under the terms and conditions given in the IP policy of the University. The Consultant will have no right of claim to the assignment or its outputs once it is completed and no rights to use Data and Information gathered through the assignment for other purposes without written permission from the Vice Chancellor. Any Reports/ Data/ Information produced as a part of this assignment shall be handed over to the Client in soft and hard forms.

  1. APPLICATION AND PARTICULARS :


Sealed submissions will be received by the Deputy Director/Procurement(OTS), AHEAD Operation, 1st Floor, Vice Chancellor’s Lodge,  University of Sri Jayewardnepura,  Gangodawila, Nugegoda on or before 2.30 p.m. of 29.07.2019.

You are hereby requested to provide your work schedule along with your CV and any other data which you may think are relevant for accepting your submission.

Dr. W.G.S.Kelum
Director/OTS,
AHEAD Operation

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