EOI for Policy and Legislative Gap Analysis under RCIP 2016

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST 

 

REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM (RCIP) UGANDA

Credit Number: 5635-UG; Project No. P130871

 

Assignment Title:Gap Analysis of the Legal, Policy and Regulatory Framework for Uganda’s Information Technology (IT) Sector

 

Reference Number: `NITA-U/RCIP/CONSULT/16-17/00020

 

The Government of Uganda represented by the National Information Technology Authority, Uganda (NITA–U) has received funding from the World Bank toward the cost of the Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (RCIP) Uganda and intends to utilize part of this funding for consultancy services.

 

The consultancy services (“the Services”) include conducting a Gap Analysis of the Legal, Policy and Regulatory Framework for Uganda’s Information Technology (IT) Sector.

 

The objectives of the Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (RCIP) Uganda include: 

(i)to lower prices for international capacity and extend the geographic reach of broadband networks (the connectivity development objective); and

(ii)improve the Government’s efficiency and transparency through e-Government applications (the transparency development objective).

 

In order to achieve the RCIP Uganda objectives, the project shall focus on complementary infrastructure investments to ensure greater access to affordable, high quality Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services, and deployment of a range of enabling e-Government foundations such as shared infrastructure and services in order to simplify implementation of sector specific e-Services by MDAs among other interventions.

 

Therefore, in order to enable and ensure the successful utilization of the infrastructure and services developed under RCIP Uganda and ultimately the development of a vibrant ICT sector, the Government of Uganda seeks to conduct a gap analysis of the legal, policy and regulatory framework for Uganda’s Information Technology (IT) sector to identify any legal, policy and regulatory hindrances to the above objective and propose measures to address them. 

 

The gap analysis will be the basis for identifying the existing gaps in the Sector ranging from legal, policy and regulatory matters, strategies, technical, administrative, governance, and institutional matters, to support the adoption of IT in all areas.

 

This will help the Government of Uganda to identify areas where resources need to be allocated for improvement and growing the Sector with the aim of achieving its mission, strategic goals and overall objectives.

 

The specific tasks under the Services include:

i. reviewing of literature including but not limited to policies, strategies, frameworks, laws, standards, regulations and codes to identify any gaps in the IT sector;

ii. conducting stakeholder consultations within the ICT sector and other complementary sectors;

iii. preparing a best practices report derived from at least 3 (three) jurisdictions which are advanced in IT and related matters;

iv. preparing a draft report and making recommendations ranging from policy, legal and regulatory matters, technical, administrative, governance, institutional matters (propose policies, strategies, frameworks, laws, regulations, codes, etc.) required to address the gaps identified;

v. analyzing the recommendations and categorizing the same as (a) short term, (b) medium term, and (c) long term and, of the above, proposing 5 critical interventions ranked based on a prioritization criteria proposed by the Consultants and approved by the Client;

vi. conducting a stakeholders’ validation workshop to present the findings of the gap analysis for validation;

vii. developing 10 (ten) Terms of Reference (ToRs) for the interventions identified in categories (v)(a) and (v)(b) above; and

viii. preparing a final report clearly indicating the identified gaps, recommendations for addressing the said gaps, the estimated cost of implementing the recommendations, and a roadmap and strategy for the implementation of the recommendations.

 

NITA–U now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.

 

The shortlisting criteria are as follows:

(a)Demonstration of previous experience and expertise in handling Information and Communications Technology (ICT) policy formulation and legal and regulatory matters in at least 3 (three) assignments of similar type, scope and nature in the last 5 (five) years. 

(b)Demonstration of previous experience in a similar assignment in a country advanced in the development of e-Government. 

(c)The consulting firm shall possess expertise in ICT policy and strategy formulation, institutional development, e-Government service delivery, legal advisory in ICT related matters, and legislative drafting. The firm should possess excellent analytical and reporting skills and fluency in English.

 

Interested firms should also submit a detailed company profile, contact address, and names of directors of the company.

 

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to Paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits and Grants by World Bank Borrowers dated January 2011, revised July 2014 (“Consultant Guidelines”) setting forth the World Bank’s Policy on Conflict of Interest.

 

Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications. The type of association, whether a joint venture or a sub-consultancy, should be clearly indicated in the Expression of Interest and for sub-consultancy associations indicate which firm is the lead firm.

 

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality- and Cost-Based Selection (QCBS) method set out in the Consultant Guidelines.

 

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours from 08:00 to 17:00 hours East African Time (EAT) on working days and from the NITA–U website (http://www.nita.go.ug).

 

Expressions of Interest clearly marked “Expression of Interest to provide consultancy services for conducting a Gap Analysis of the Legal, Policy and Regulatory Framework for Uganda’s Information Technology (IT) Sector” must be delivered in a written form to the address below in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail by 8th November ,2016.

 

National Information Technology Authority – Uganda

Palm Courts, Plot 7A Rotary Avenue (Former Lugogo ByPass)

Kampala, Uganda

Tel: +256-417-801041/2, Fax: +256-417-801050 

Email: info@nita.go.ug

Website: http://www.nita.go.ug