Managing streamlined and flexible processes for procuring project services.

Frameworks are general multi-year agreements between clients and suppliers that establish terms and conditions governing individual contracts, or call-offs, which may be awarded during the life of the agreement.

Service providers prequalify on frameworks and become ‘preferred suppliers’, so they do not have to go through the conventional procurement process by open tender when specific call-offs need to be awarded.

Frameworks are advantageous to clients as they provide a streamlined and more flexible process for procuring project services. That is why bilateral and multilateral aid donors are now increasingly using them to contract out international services.

A significant amount of IMC Worldwide’s business is now conducted under framework agreements. We are currently engaged on 24 different frameworks for a range of clients including the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the European Commission (EC), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and USAID.

Having successfully managed and participated in numerous frameworks for a range of clients worldwide over the last 10 years, IMC is recognised as a leader in frameworks and resource centre management. We often lead consortia of partners to provide just the right blend of expertise to clients.

IMC has developed a framework management methodology that enables us to respond efficiently and rapidly from procurement notice through to project completion.

We have in-house communication, management, quality assurance, performance tracking and financial management tools in place that facilitate smooth workflows and enable our teams, our partners and our clients to work closely together, ensuring that all aspects of project delivery are carried out to the highest standard.

With support from our in-house and overseas technical teams and network of experts, we are able to call on years of technical expertise and development project management experience, including transport, institutional development, M&E, climate, environment, sustainability, sanitation, water resource management, human rights and urban development.

Following the successful delivery of IMC’s six-year TI-UP (Technology Infrastructure and Urban Planning) Framework and Resource Centre, IMC began managing, in a joint venture with DAI, the Professional Evidence and Applied Knowledge Services (CEIL-PEAKS) Resource Centre & Framework. IMC provides DFID with access to specialist expertise in the climate, environment, infrastructure and livelihoods areas. We have responded to over 250 helpdesk requests and have been awarded over 190 call-down contracts. All outputs are available on the dedicated website Evidence on Demand.

Thanks to PEAKS successful delivery, we secured the follow-on DFID-funded four-year Expert Advisory Call-Down Services Framework (EACDS) – Lot C: Promoting Global Prosperity.

IMC is leading a consortium on DFID’s Global Evaluation Framework Agreement (GEFA) involving the design and implementation of evaluations across DFID’s aid programmes such as the Access to justice programme in South Sudanthe Sudan Free of Female Genital Cutting programme and the worldwide Making All Voices Count programme.

Other GEFA projects ended in 2016 include the End Child Marriage Programme in Ethiopia, the Open Innovation for Development (Amplify) programme and the formative evaluation of the Tamkeen programme in Syria.

IMC is part of a consortium providing expertise to the EU Beneficiary Countries Framework (LOTS 1&2) in the areas of rural development, food security, transport and infrastructure.

As consortium lead on DFID’s Wealth Creation Framework, IMC has been using private sector engagement and infrastructure development as tools for poverty alleviation, most notably on the management of PPP support facilities in Vietnam and Sierra Leone.

The Millennium Challenge Corporation engaged IMC as a consortium lead on their Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Framework for Environmental, Social and Resettlement Services, including the Natural Resource Management, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Resettlement Due Diligence Services In Sierra Leone. We have also been contracted for the Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for Monitoring & Evaluation; Economic Analysis; Finance, Investment & Trade; Social & Gender Issues.