Request for Proposal (RFP)


Date: 05/04/2021

1 Overview of the British Council

1.1 The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

1.2 We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body

1.3 The British Council employs over 10,500 staff worldwide. It has its headquarters in the UK, with offices in London, Manchester, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh. Further information can be viewed at

2 Introduction and Background to the Project / Programme

2.1 Platforms for Dialogue (P4D), a European Union-funded project in partnership with the Cabinet Division, is working to improve good governance and engage civil society organisations (CSOs) and citizens in government accountability mechanisms.

With our partners, Platforms for Dialogue is increasing awareness of citizen rights, promoting democratic ownership, and supporting government officials to improve accountability and responsiveness. Implemented by the British Council, the multi-year, 13-million Euro project is a unique initiative that is working directly with both citizens and CSOs as well as the government to address reforms.

The project is propelled by a number of lively Civil Society Organisations operating at the grassroots level. P4D’s key intervention is capacity building for local civil society organisations and representatives of local government bodies.

At the local level, the project supports discussions on policy issues in 21 districts. At the national level, P4D supports government institutions to deliver on ambitions set out in the 7th Five Year Plan. The project focuses on social accountability tools, including the National Integrity Strategy, the Right to Information Act 2009, the Grievance Redress System, and the Citizens’ Charter.

2.2 The purpose and scope of this RFP and supporting documents is to explain in further detail the requirements of the British Council and the procurement process for submitting a tender proposal.


Subject to any changes notified to potential suppliers by the British Council in accordance with the Tender Conditions, the following timescales shall apply to this Procurement Process:

Activity Date / time
RFP Issued to bidding suppliers 05 April 2021
Clarifications (over email if required) 12 April 2021
Deadline for submission of RFP responses by potential suppliers (Response Deadline) 15 April 2021
Final Decision 25 April 2021
Contract start date (tentative) 01 May 2021
The final deliverable for the assignment is to conclude 15 May 2022

Instructions for Responding

The documents that must be submitted to form your tender response are listed at Annex-I_ToR_P4D_PR. All documents required as part of your tender response should be submitted to and cc in by the Response Deadline, as set out in the Timescales section of this RFP.

The following requirements should be complied with when summiting your response to this RFP:

  • Please ensure that you send your submission in good time to prevent issues with technology – late tender responses may rejected by the British Council.
  • Do not submit any additional supporting documentation with your RFP response except where specifically requested to do so as part of this RFP. PDF, JPG, PPT, Word and Excel formats can be used for any additional supporting documentation (other formats should not be used without the prior written approval of the British Council).
  • All attachments/supporting documentation should be provided separately to your main tender response and clearly labelled to make it clear as to which part of your tender response it relates.
  • If you submit a generic policy / document you must indicate the page and paragraph reference that is relevant to a particular part of your tender response.
  • Unless otherwise stated as part of this RFP or its Annexes, all tender responses should be in the format of the relevant British Council requirement with your response to that requirement inserted underneath.
  • Where supporting evidence is requested as ‘or equivalent’ you must demonstrate such equivalence as part of your tender response.
  • Any deliberate alteration of a British Council requirement as part of your tender response will invalidate your tender response to that requirement and for evaluation purposes you shall be deemed not to have responded to that particular requirement.
  • Responses should concise, unambiguous, and should directly address the requirement stated.
  • Your tender responses to the tender requirements and pricing will be incorporated into the Contract, as appropriate.

List of Annexes forming part of this RFP (issued as separate documents):


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