Procurement opportunity C22-0643-1690
Invitation to tender:
Managing the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Functions for RESEMBID COVID-19 Resilience Response Facility Project: Defining A Post-Covid-19 Resilient Recovery in the Turks and Caicos Islands: Sustainable Investment in the Future of the Island’s People and Environment.
Background to Project
The Covid-19 pandemic demonstrated the fragility of the global economy to unforeseen disruption. The secondary social and economic impacts and repercussions of the pandemic have the potential to be far-reaching and long-lasting in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) and the Caribbean region in general. Reduced tourist numbers in the early days of the pandemic, and preventative measures (such as social distancing and increased hygiene requirements), impacted job opportunities in the travel and tourism sectors, as well as other key industries that depend on tourism. This includes local fisheries, where personnel numbers in vessels were limited to ensure social distancing and demand for catch was reduced due to lower visitor numbers and demand from hotels and restaurants.
According to a study on the financial impact of Covid-19 on world tourism conducted by visa service provider Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), TCI experienced a US$452 million loss in tourism-related revenue during the pandemic, representing 37.8 percent of GDP. The TCI economy contracted by 23% due to the global disruption of economic markets (figures from July 2020). However, following the initial losses, lifting of restrictions saw rapid growth in the economy. The islands reopened ahead of many, leading to increased tourism and a rise in house buying.
This economic growth is accompanied with the new opportunities that have emerged in the post-pandemic world (e.g. remote working offices and long-term business visas).
However, the pandemic raised community level concerns regarding long-term food and livelihood security. The Caribbean COVID-19 Food Security & Livelihoods Impact Survey Report (October 2020) revealed that most respondents (88%) predicted that their livelihoods will be impacted in the future, with a third expecting this impact to be severe. 85% of respondents reported an increase in food prices, and one out of six respondents also reported not having any food stocks at home. Market access difficulty, partial availability of certain foods and medicines and increased concerns about illness, unemployment, and the inability to cover essential needs were also reported. Global disruptions in food supply networks and distribution chains that have been seen since the pandemic are likely to have contributed to an ongoing food security issue, as TCI imports the majority of its products.
This project will enable the Government and people of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) to conduct a forward look into how the islands can enhance economic, social and environmental resilience against future disruptions as TCI recovers from the shocks of the pandemic. Activities conducted through the project will identify new job opportunities in the islands’ blue and green economies, identify opportunities for diversifying existing sectors, and reveal the prospects to invest in the skills development of the islands' residents to enable the community to 'build back better'.
What to do next
If interested in this project potential bidders are invited to download the following documents and complete the acceptance form of our terms and conditions attached to the invitation to tender letter (ITT).
- Date for return of tender: Friday 30 September 2022 @ 16:00 hours
- Proposed start date: Friday 14 October 2022
- Proposed end date: Wednesday 31 January 2024