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  1. Background

The COMESA Competition Commission (“the Commission”) is a regional body corporate established under Article 6 of the COMESA Competition Regulations (“the Regulations”) promulgated under Article 55 of the COMESA Treaty. The Commission is responsible for promoting competition and enhancing the welfare of consumers in the Common Market. The main functions of the Commission are to monitor markets and investigate anti-competitive business practices, control mergers and other forms of acquisitions in the Common Market and mediate disputes between the Member States concerning anti-competitive conduct. The Commission commenced its operations on 14th January, 2013 and is located in Lilongwe, Malawi.

The Commission advertised for the following Professional positions and received applications as in the table below:





1 Manager – Consumer Welfare and Advocacy 1 P4 58,731 13
2 Senior Human Resources and Administration Officer


1 P3 48,575 30
3 Accountant 1 P3 48,575 21
4 Internal Auditor


1 P3 48,575 22
5 Merger Analysts


2 P2 39,743 25
6 Competition Analysts 2 P2 39,743 22
7 Legal Officers 2 P2 39,743 23
8 Consumer Welfare and Advocacy Officers 2 P2 39,743 16
9 IT and Documentation Officer 1 P2 39,743 25

The Commission now wishes to contract a Consulting firm of an international repute to facilitate the recruitment process for the above posts, based on the terms of reference given in the call for applications.


  1. Specific Terms of Reference

 The Consulting Firm shall perform as per the following Specific Terms of Reference:

i. Review all the applications received;

ii. Prepare a Summary of Applications in the format provided to be by the Commission;

iii. Evaluate each candidate’s application as per the desired profile in the job advert/call for applications highlighting but not limited to the following:

a) Qualifications

b) Relevant experience

c)Years of experience

d) Understanding of Job description

e) Computer literacy- eligible candidates should be computer literate

f) Age

iv. Score each candidate and rank all applications as per the Commission’s scoresheet to be provided;

v. Short list a maximum of five (5) candidates for each post;

vi. Ensure that only one (1) candidate from any one (1) country is shortlisted for any given post. In cases where two (2) or more candidates from one country are found to be qualified for the post, the best candidate among the candidates should be short listed;

vii. Prepare a short-listing report and make recommendations with comprehensive justifications and rankings for all candidates (shortlisted or not shortlisted);

viii. Submit the final short-listing report within two (2) weeks after signing the contract;

ix. Undertake psychometric tests for all the shortlisted candidates;

x. Prepare both oral and written interview questions;

xi. Act as Secretary to the interview panel and prepare the interview report; and

xii. Present the interview report and recommendations to the Board of Commissioners of the COMESA Competition Commission.


  1. Deliverables

 By the end of the assignment, the Consultant/Firm is expected to have delivered the following:

  • A final Shortlisting Report, containing a shortlist of not more than five (5) highly qualified candidates for each post who will be invited for interviews.
  • A final Interview Report, containing the recommendations of the Interview panel for suitable candidates for each post.


  1. Accountability and Responsibilities

 i. The COMESA Competition Commission

 The Secretariat will provide the following documents to the successful firm:

         (a)        All the 197 Applications received

(b)       The Staff Rules

(c)        The recruitment procedure manual

(d)       Call for applications/adverts for all the nine positions

(e)        Score sheet template

             ii. The Consultant

The Consulting firm shall first submit a draft shortlisting report to the Commission within one week of signing the contract. This report shall contain an analysis of the applications and details as stated at article 2 above, which should also include remarks as to why each applicant is short listed or not short listed for the post applied for.  The Commission shall revert back to the Consultant with comments within three days of receiving the report.


  1. Eligibility of Consultants

 This consultancy is open to reputable international Consultancy firms which have sufficient experience in recruitment and selection to undertake this assignment.  Proof of having undertaken similar assignments is critical.


  1. Commencement and Completion of Work

The assignment is expected to commence by 15th May 2020.  Details of completion of work and work schedule including reporting will be discussed further and agreed upon after signing of the contract.


  1. Criteria for Evaluation of Consultants

Bidders must provide both Technical and Financial proposals. The evaluation shall be based on the following attributes:

  • The overall responsiveness and quality of the proposal in clearly stating an understanding of the work to be performed;
  • Technical ability of the proposer to perform the required services;
  • The experience and reputation of the proposer as represented in the response and the quality of the references;
  • Cost of services. Fees and expenses will be a particularly important factor when all other evaluation criteria are relatively equal.

The Technical proposal will be assigned a weight of 80% and the financial proposal will be weighted at 20%.


Evaluation attribute

   Percentage Points
1 Firms Understanding of Client’s requirements                                                        20
2 Approach and methodology                                                        15
3 Specific Experience of the firm in carrying out similar assignments. Evidence in form of reference letters, offer letters, orders or copies of contracts should be presented  40
4 Qualifications and Experience of proposed team

Team Leader                                15marks

Support Expert (1No.)                   10marks

Total 100

The proposed team should consist of minimum three experts, that is: The Team leader, Human Resources Expert and a support expert. The Team Leader should be at the level of a partner with a minimum of 10 years’ experience. The Human resources Expert should have at least a master’s degree in Human Resources Management, Organizational Development, Industrial Psychology or a related social science field with a minimum of seven years working experience.

The Support Expert should have at least a bachelor’s degree in either Human Resources Management, Commerce, Business Administration or a related social science field. A Master’s degree or a relevant professional certification will be an added advantage.

The proposals must be submitted with a cover letter containing a confirmation that you have understood the Terms of Reference for the assignment.


  1. Submission of Applications

The bidder shall submit the proposal in one external envelope containing inside two sealed envelopes by the closing date set forth in point no. 9 through courier services or hand delivery to:





P.O BOX 30742


Tel: +265 (0)1 772 466


 The outer envelope should be clearly marked in the top right-hand corner “CCC/RFP/3/3/2020 – CONSULTANCY SERVICE FOR SHORT LISTING AND INTERVIEWS OF NINE PROFFESIONAL POSITIONS” DO NOT OPEN BEFORE   24th April 2020 at 15.00 HRS Lilongwe time.

NOTE: If the envelopes are not sealed and marked as per the instructions in this clause, the Commission will not assume responsibility for the proposal’s misplacement or premature opening and may – at its discretion – reject the proposal.

This first internal sealed envelope, which will be clearly marked “TECHNICAL PROPOSAL” must contain two (2) hard copies of the technical proposal with one marked ‘original’ and the other marked ‘copy’. The second internal envelope, which will be clearly marked “FINANCIAL PROPOSAL”, should contain the original and copy of the financial proposal. The envelope containing the financial proposal will ONLY be opened if the technical offer attains the pass score of seventy per cent (70%).

In the event of any discrepancy between the original and the copy, the original shall govern. 



Tenders must be submitted to the COMESA Competition Commission on or before 24th April 2020 at 15:00 hours LILONGWE TIME. 



The Commission reserves the right to wholly or partially reject or award these contracts to any bidder and has no obligation to award this tender to the lowest bidder.


  1. Pricing

All prices MUST be indicated in USD.

There will be no price variation after signing of contract except upon a mutual written agreement between the two parties;

The price quoted shall be considered to be for all the services required by the Commission as contained in this Request for Proposal.

Prices must be exclusive of all taxes within Malawi.

Prices must be valid for 90 days from the date of close of tender.


12.  Payment:

Bidders are advised to indicate their payment terms and conditions.


  1. Technical Queries

Technical queries related to this tender should be submitted in writing to with a copy to


  1. Financial Proposal – Standard Bidding Form

 Bidders are advised to use the standard tender Form below as sample format and modify it to cover all relevant costs or charges.

There will be no price variation tender.

Bidders are also advised to disclose any other relevant information on a separate sheet of paper.


Click here to download the Request for Technical and Financial Proposal.









REF : CCC/RFP/3/2/2020



The COMESA Competition Commission (the “Commission”) is an international body corporate established under Article 6 of the COMESA Competition Regulations (“the Regulations”). The Regulations are promulgated pursuant to Article 55 of the Treaty establishing the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (“the COMESA Treaty”).

The Commission is responsible for enforcing the Regulations, whose purpose is promoting and encouraging competition by preventing restrictive business practices and other restrictions that deter the efficient operations of markets, thereby enhancing the welfare of consumers in the Common Market.  The Commission is composed of two enforcement institutions:

  • The Secretariat which is headed by a Director appointed under Article 9 of the Regulations. The Secretariat is also composed of staff members appointed by the Director with the approval of the Board. The Secretariat is responsible for carrying out investigations and advocacy work of the Commission among other things. The Commission’s Secretariat commenced its operations on the 14th of January 2013 and is located in Lilongwe, Malawi. The Commission’s Secretariat has so far 15 staff members; and
  • The Board of Commissioners which is established and appointed under Articles 12 and 13 of the Regulations respectively, is mandated with issuing determinations, performing adjudicative functions on any matter considered by it, hear appeals and recommending Rules for approval by the COMESA Council of Ministers (the Council) among others. Pursuant to Article 13 (4) of the Regulations, the Chairperson of the Board may assign three of the Commissioners to constitute a Committee responsible for Initial Determinations of matters brought before it.

In its 2020 Work Programme, the Commission has planned to review its current Strategic Plan (2016-2020) and develop the four-year Strategic Plan for the period 2021-2025.



Since commencement of its operations, the Commission developed its first Strategic Plan in 2015 which was designed for a four year period that is from 2016 to 2020.  The Strategic plan (2016-2020)  comprises of four (4) strategic issues and 13 objectives which are illustrated below.

Furthermore, a matrix of strategic objectives, initiatives, targets, indicators and source of verification were developed as part of the Strategic Plan of 2016-2020 and the Commission conducted annual performance appraisal of its Division’s and/or staff members using this matrix.

As implementation of the Strategic Plan reaches its final year, the Commission found it necessary to undertake assessment of its implementation. The purpose of the assessment is to review the effectiveness of the Strategic plan in terms of its design and implementation. The assessment result will therefore enable the Commission have a baseline to the development of the Strategic Plan for the year 2021-2025.


The objective of this consultancy is to assess the current Strategic Plan 2016-2020 to determine:

  • how effective the Strategic Plan has been in facilitating the Commission in executing its mandate, vision, mission and values;
  • the effectiveness of the Strategic Plan implementation that is its:.
    • Design, Implementation and Outcomes (Impact)
    • Relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability. and

Further, the objective of the consultancy is to assist the Commission in the development of the subsequent Strategic Plan (2021-2025).



 In carrying out the Review of the Strategic Plan the Consultant will:

  • Review the relevance of the Plan (Objectives and other implementation requirements);
  • Assess the delivery of the Strategic Plan outcomes and propose areas for improvement;
  • Assess the relevance of the indicators and targets in measuring the outcomes;
  • Provide recommendations on how the Strategic Plan could be improved effectively to ensure the Commission execute its mandate and assist the Commission in the development of the Strategic Plan (2021-2025).



The Consultant will be expected to deliver the following:

  • A draft report on the results of the review of the desk study;
  • A presentation to the Commission that will outline the main findings of the review of the Strategic Plan;
  • Recommendations on the subsequent Strategic Plan of the Commission.
  • Assistance of the Commission in the development of the Strategic Plan for 2021-2025.



The assignment will be expected to be conducted within 60 calendar days (Two months) from the date of signing of contract. The assignment is expected to have the following outputs which shall be delivered in three phases:

No Phases Deliverable
1. Phase 1 A desk review supported by the Logical Framework that will look at the outputs of programmes by specific Divisions.
2. Phase 2 Interviews with staff of Commission, Heads of national competition. consumer protection authorities, and Ministries responsible for competition law enforcement to be undertaken to ascertain the challenges faced in implementing the Strategic Plan and what actions have been taken to address these challenges.
3. Phase 3 Provide recommendations for the subsequent Strategic Plan of the Commission.
4. Phase 4 Assist the Commission in the development of Strategic Plan (2021-2025)



In order to be eligible for participation in this tender process, prospective Consultant or Consultancy firm must demonstrate a proven track record of developing work of this nature at national or regional level. Applicants must also demonstrate knowledge on Strategic Planning and its development for competition or consumer authorities. Specifically, Consultant must demonstrate the following:

  • Hold at least a masters degree in the relevant field from a recognized University;
  • Have at least ten (10) years’ relevant experience;
  • Clearly demonstrate proof of similar work done at national or regional or international level; and
  • Clearly demonstrate their capacity to meet the specified deadlines.



The service will be awarded to the successful firm based on the most economically advantageous tender on factors such as quality of the proposed service and the indicative costs.



Responses to this Request for technical and financial proposal should include the following:

  • A proposal for the consultancy service;
  • A brief cover letter indicating relevant experience and any information about availability
  • Curriculum Vitae or profile of the Consultant(s);
  • Financial Proposal: The service providers should identify rates which should be valid for the entire length of the assignment in United States Dollars (USD).
  • Vendors should also provide that:
    • They have the legal capacity to enter into the contract;
    • They are not insolvent, in receivership, bankrupt or being wound up, their business activities have not been suspended, and they are not the subject of legal proceedings for any of the foregoing;
    • They have fulfilled their obligations to pay taxes and social security contributions, and for that purpose, documentary evidence to be provided by a foreign candidate to demonstrate that it meets the criterion in this paragraph may consist of a written declaration to that effect by the candidate;
    • That their servants, or agents have not offered any inducement to any employees of the Commission.

 Note- The financial proposal to be provided should be exclusive of any form of taxes or charges to be imposed by the Government of Malawi or the local government of the Consultant/Consultancy firm.



The Consultant is expected to perform the assignment in consecutive consultation meeting with management and staff members of the Commission. The Consultant is expected to work closely with the Office of the Director of the Commission.


 Responses to this request for proposal (in PDF formats only) must be submitted to the Commission by 31st March 2020 through the email  and/or posted directly to:


The Director and Chief Executive Officer,

COMESA Competition Commission,

5th Floor Kang’ombe House,

P.O Box 30742,

Lilongwe 3,


Tel. +265 1 772 466



Click here to download the Request for Proposal.