Project Name
GOSL Education Quality Improvement Project (EQuIP)
Develop of a Gender-Sensitive Policy and Strategy for the Prevention and Reduction of Alcohol and Drug Use Among Primary School Children
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The Government of Saint Lucia (GOSL) has received financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) towards the cost of the Education Quality Improvement Project (EQuIP) and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of this financing to eligible payments under a contract for which this invitation is issued.  Payments by CDB will be made only at the request of GOSL and upon approval by CDB, and will be subject in all respects to the terms and conditions of the Financing Agreement.  The Financing Agreement prohibits withdrawal from the financing account for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities, or for any import of goods, if such payment or import, to the knowledge of CDB, is prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations.  No party other than GOSL shall derive any rights from the Financing Agreement or have any claim to the proceeds of the Financing.


The Ministry of Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science Technology and Vocational Training, the Executing Agency, now wishes to procure consultancy services to develop a gender-sensitive policy and strategy for the prevention and reduction of alcohol and drug use among primary school children.


The objective of this consultancy is to prepare a gender-sensitive policy and strategy with an action plan for implementation to address alcohol and drug abuse, prevention and reduction among primary school children. The consultancy should also identify the resources required to implement the strategy.

The duration of the assignment is expected to be for a maximum of 60 person-days over a period of six (6) months and shall be undertaken by a three-person team within a consultancy firm.

The Ministry of Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science Technology and Vocational Training now invites interested eligible consulting firms to submit Expressions of Interest for the provision of these consultancy services.


Consultants shall be eligible to participate if:

  1. in the case of a body corporate, it is legally incorporated or otherwise organised in an eligible country, has its principal place of business in an eligible country and is more than 50 per cent beneficially owned by citizen(s) and/or bona fide resident(s) of eligible country(ies) or by a body(ies) corporate meeting these requirements;
  1. in the case of unincorporated firms, the persons are citizens or bona fide residents of an eligible country; and
  1. in all cases, the consultant has no arrangement and undertakes not to make any arrangements, whereby any substantial part of the net profits or other tangible benefits of the contract will accrue or be paid to a person not a citizen or bona fide resident of an eligible country.

Eligible countries are member countries of CDB.

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of CDB’s Guidelines for the Selection and Engagement of Consultants (2011), setting forth CDB’s policy on conflict of interest.

In the assessment of submissions, consideration will be given to firms with technical competence, qualifications and experience (including at least eight (8) years’ experience in undertaking similar assignments in education, research, legislative review, policy development and strategic frameworks, and developing action plans and communication protocols) financial capability and existing commitments.

Team members of the consultancy firm shall have post-graduate degree/s and professional qualifications in education policy and planning, social psychology, drug demand reduction and counselling, gender studies, education, or a related field of study. Experience in addressing non-state projects in the Caribbean context is highly desirable. Experience and practice in an educational setting dealing with issues of alcohol and drug use and their multi-faceted impacts on the individual, school, household, and community along with knowledge of the cultural nuances, norms and practices within and across different societal strata and communities, psycho-social and gender issues confronting primary school children in the Region would be an asset. Individual resumés are not required at this stage of the procurement process.


All information must be submitted in English. Further information, or technical support with electronic submissions, may be obtained from Address 3 below between 09:00 and 16:00 hours Eastern Caribbean Time, Monday to Friday.

ONE electronic copy, in Portable Document Format (PDF), must be received via the Government of Saint Lucia’s procurement portal in Address 1 no later than 09:00 hours Eastern Caribbean Time on November 25, 2021 and ONE electronic copy must be sent simultaneously to CDB at the e-mail provided below in Address 2. The subject of the electronic copy should read: “Expression of Interest – Consultancy Services for the Development of a Gender Sensitive Policy and Strategy for the Prevention and Reduction of Alcohol and Drug Use Among Primary School Children”.

Following the assessment of submissions, a short-list of not less than three and not more than six applicants will be provided with full terms of reference and invited to submit technical and financial proposals to undertake the assignment. The GOSL reserves the right to accept or reject late applications or to cancel the present invitation partially or in its entirety.  It will not be bound to assign any reason for not short-listing any applicant and will not defray any costs incurred by any applicant in the preparation and submission of Expressions of Interest.



Address 1


Procurement Committee

Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations

3rd Floor, Francis Compton Building

Waterfront, Castries


GOSL Procurement Portal:

Address 2
Procurement Policy Unit

Caribbean Development Bank

P.O. Box 408 Wildey

St Michael

Barbados, BB11000

Address 3

Project Coordinator (EQuIP)

EQuIP Project Coordinating Unit

Department of Education, Innovation & Gender Relations

2nd Floor, Hasache Complex






(+1 758) 468 5251/5257