Call for Expression of Interest in Creation of a Sub-Regional Learning Platform for Teachers and Students (Limited International Competition)

This Call for Expression of Interest is released under the Global Partnership for Education Project on Coordination of Distance Educational Teaching and Learning Response for Five Selected Anglophone Countries in West Africa and Sahel.

This calls for Expression of Interest (EOI) in creation of a sub-regional learning platform for teachers and students. The platform will support strengthening capacities of teaching and management staff on development and implementation of open-source distance learning, as well as the creation of and access to distance learning materials/classes. Emphasis will be given to alternatives for low-noconnectivity scenarios.

Deadline for Submission of EOI: 30th October 2020.

Posting Date: 20th October 2020.

United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) hereby invite qualified entities to submit their expression of interest for a planned solicitation process as follows:


Objectives and Scope

A Consortium of grant agencies (UNESCO, UNICEF and the World Bank) are joining forces to help eligible countries adopt evidence-based strategies and measures to respond to the pandemic. The Consortium is supporting targeted countries through three related interventions, focusing on the adaptation, scaling and rapidly deploying a regional platform for distance and blended learning, including strengthening regional cooperation and pooling resources for the development and diversification of educational resources, as well as training teachers and relevant educational personnel. In this vein, five (5) Anglophone West African countries are expected to work together and select project activities, especially those related to training workshops, the sharing of experiences, tools, resources and guidelines
developed in the course of the Consortium’s support.

Five Anglophone West African countries, namely Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, have been identified to replicate the model described above, contextualized to local needs. These countries represent 22% of the primary and secondary learners in Sub-Saharan Africa.

As part of the Consortium’s support to Western African Countries, the UNESCO Abuja Regional Office is implementing a sub-component named “Sub-regional capacities strengthened through Global Coalition partners to support distance and blended learning across selected English-speaking African countries with the aim of leaving no learners behind“, under which this request for expression of interest is published.

Below are some scoping elements for the platform:


  • Main users: Teachers and learners (from 5 y/o to 18 y/o).
  • Secondary users: tutors and family members
  • Number of Users: Estimated 500,000 users across the sub-region

Countries: Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, The Gambia

Level of education: primary and secondary

Main disciplines/skills: Anglophone West African Curriculum

Expected Procurement Components:

Concerning the technical aspects of the Project, the main deliverable expected is the development of a sub-regional online platform, preferably using Open Source Software.

The contractor will be assisted by findings of a systematic mapping of existing national platforms currently being carried out by UNESCO. This study will help identifying strengths and weaknesses of existing national platforms and can inform functional and non-functional requirements for the appropriate development of the sub-regional platform, reflecting local realities of the five selected countries. In addition, an outcome document on the digitalization of curriculum and other learning content in ECOWAS shall be developed by UNESCO, together with guidance tools for teachers, on how to plan and conduct home-based teaching for distance learning solutions with special focus on mitigating against prevailing infrastructural challenges such as low-no connectivity and hybrid learning. This document can also be used by the selected contractor for guidance on best approaches to distance learning in the region.

Further details about the scope of work and procurement components are available in the Terms of Reference under Annex A.

Special Procurement Conditions and Additional Information:

In order to be considered, interested entities should submit their Expression of Interest including a comprehensive Technical and Financial Proposals as defined in the Terms of Reference Attached
The Expression of Interest and accompanying documents must be received by UNESCO no later than 30th October 2020 preferably at the email indicated below.

This request for Expression of Interest does not constitute a solicitation. No further details of the planned solicitation can be made available prior to issuance of the solicitation documents.

UNESCO reserves the right to change or cancel the requirement at any time during the EOI and/or solicitation process. UNESCO also reserves the right to require compliance with additional conditions as and when issuing the final solicitation documents.

Submitting a reply to a call for EOI does not automatically guarantee receipt of the solicitation documents when issued. Invitations to Bid or Requests for Proposals and any subsequent purchase order or contract will be issued in accordance with the rules and procedures of UNESCO.


UNESCO Contact Information

UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office in Abuja for Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea,
Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo and Nigeria

Plot 617/618 Diplomatic Driver / Central Business District - Abuja

Tel: +2348054120190 / +2348054120193

Attn: Mr. Lamine Sow, Officer in Charge


More details can be found in the downloadable Terms of Reference and Annexes below.