Warning! This opportunity is in the original published language.

Conflict, Stability and Security Fund: Call for Bids 2018

Posted on September 13, 2018

Deadline for registration: September 24, 2018


British Embassy Panama City

First published:

10 September 2018

Part of:


The call for bids for the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund for Panama is now open.


As part of our Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) bid for FY 2018-2019, the British Embassy (BE) in Panama is looking for a suitable implementer to carry out a scoping study on Serious Organised Crime in Panama, including financial crime, with a particular focus on money laundering, corruption and narcotics.

Project bids

The project bid should range in value up to GBP 60,000. The project must have completed 85% of spend by the 31 December 2018, and completed all activity by the 31 March 2019.

Official Development Assistance

All expenditures must qualify as ODA. Official Development Assistance (ODA) is a term created by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to measure aid. ODA should be undertaken by the official sector (official agencies, including state and local governments, or their executive agencies) and has promotion of economic development and welfare as the main objective.


We are seeking an implementer to carry out a Scoping study on Serious Organised Crime (SOC) in Panama that meet the following objectives:

Specific Objectives

  • Provide a current overview of the situation relating to Serious and Organised Crime (SOC) in Panama, with a particular focus on corruption and financial crime and its links to narcotics trafficking;
  • Identify relevant baselines in relation to the subjects under study;
  • Identify threats in place and weaknesses in Panama’s institutions and approach;
  • Identify strengths in work being done so far. Map relevant actors and their interactions Including other donors, civil society and Panamanian institutions;
  • Identify  the gaps where specific and targeted interventions from the British Government (including through locally implemented projects) could have biggest impact in tackling SOC, in line with the British government ‘4 P’s’ approach;
  • Make recommendations, to include a roadmap and identify priority action points;
  • Propose a theory of change for future programme activities, based on tangible beneficial outcomes to the UK and Panama;
  • Provide an analysis on the likelihood of the possible benefits arising from the proposed programme to be sustained beyond the end of the programme and any challenges to sustainability.

Output features:

A scoping study on:

Theme: SOC in Panama, to include corruption, financial crime and narcotics, and the links between them.

Length: up to fifty (50) pages, including an executive summary of no more than two (2) pages. The report shall be presented in English.

Structure: for the implementer to decide, as long as it responds to the items identified in the specific objectives section of this document.

Format: digital (PDF document).

Deadline: final submission by 15 February 2019, with an initial draft presented to BE Panama by 30 November with early findings.

Confidentiality: the scoping study is not for publication, nor to be shared without consent.  It will be for the internal use of the UK Government only.  

Budget:  £ 60,000

Essential skills and competencies of the implementer

The independent implementer will have:

  • Experience working on the relevant issues identified in this document;
  • Network of SOC contacts in Panama and the neighbouring region;
  • Familiarity with the British Government SOC Strategyand the 4 P’s approach:
    • Pursue:   Prosecute and disrupt people engaged in serious organised crime
    • Prevent: Prevent people from engaging in serious and organised
    • Protect:  Increase protection against serious organised crime
    • Prepare: Reduce the impact  of criminality where it takes place
    • Project and budget management experience;
    • Fluent Spanish is essential for field visits;
    • Fluent English is essential for drafting and communications;
    • Policy or Programme experience in Latin America.

Private consultancy firms, consortia of multidisciplinary experts or non-profit organisations can participate in this call for bids. 

Desirable requirements

  • The implementer will have awareness of CSSF programmes or similar British Government programme work.

How to bid: General Guidance on Project Proposals

Bidding Process

  • The project proposal form (including an Activity Based Budget) should be submitted in English with the title “CSSF Fund 2018: XXX name of the implementer”, to Panama.Prosperity@fco.gov.uk. Deadline for submission is 10am 24 September 2018.

More information and documents

  • Please read all guidance and ensure that project proposals are designed and submitted in accordance with it. Proposals that do not meet the criteria and guidance will be rejected.

You may find the relevant documents below:

a) Project Proposal Form (MS Word Document, 217KB)

b) Project Proposal Form Guidance (MS Word Document, 94.0KB)

c) Activity Based Budget (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 23.3KB)

d) Activity Based Budget Guidance (MS Word Document, 169KB)

e) Value for Money and Budgeting (MS Word Document, 35.6KB)

Timeline 2018




10 September 2018

Announce Request for submission of Project Bids

24 September 2018

Deadline for Implementers to submit Project Bids (including Activity Based Budget) at 10 am.

25 September 2018

Post Board Meeting

26 September 2018

Post notification to Implementers announcing results of bidding round

28 September 2018

Service contract signed depending on internal due diligence mechanisms.

1 October 2018

Planned Start of Projects

30 November 2018

First draft presented to BE with initial findings

15 February 2019

All project spend completed and final submission of report

Duty of Care

The Supplier is responsible for the safety and well-being of their Personnel and Third Parties affected by their activities under this Call-Down contract, including appropriate security arrangements. They will also be responsible for the provision of suitable security arrangements for their domestic and business property.

HMG will share available information with the Supplier on security status and developments in country where appropriate.

The Supplier is responsible for ensuring appropriate safety and security briefings for all of their Personnel working under this contract and ensuring that their Personnel register and receive briefing as outlined above. Travel advice is also available on the FCO website and the Supplier must ensure they (and their Personnel) are up to date with the latest position.

Tenderers must develop their Tender response on the basis of being fully responsible for Duty of Care in line with the details provided above. They must confirm in their Tender that:

•          They fully accept responsibility for Security and Duty of Care.

•          They understand the potential risks and have the knowledge and experience to develop an effective risk plan.

•          They have the capability to manage their Duty of Care responsibilities throughout the life of the contract.

Acceptance of responsibility must be supported with evidence of capability.  In providing evidence, Tenderers should consider the following questions:

a)         Have you completed an initial assessment of potential risks that demonstrates your knowledge and understanding, and are you satisfied that you understand the risk management implications (not solely relying on information provided by DFID)?

b)         Have you prepared an outline plan that you consider appropriate to manage these risks at this stage (or will you do so if you are awarded the contract) and are you confident/comfortable that you can implement this effectively?

c)         Have you ensured or will you ensure that your staff are appropriately trained (including specialist training where required) before they are deployed and will you ensure that on-going training is provided where necessary?

d)         Have you an appropriate mechanism in place to monitor risk on a live/on-going basis (or will you put one in place if you are awarded the contract)?

e)         Have you ensured or will you ensure that your staff are provided with and have access to suitable equipment and will you ensure that this is reviewed and provided on an on-going basis?

f)          Have you appropriate systems in place to manage an emergency/incident if one arises?