Future opportunity

PROJ10179: Access, Quality and Safe Education in Syria (AQSES)

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

F01: Prior information notice (prior information only)

Notice reference: 2021/S 000-000891

Published 15 January 2021, 3:28pm

Section one: Contracting authority

one.1) Name and addresses

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Abercrombie House

East Kilbride

G75 8EA




United Kingdom

NUTS code

UKM95 - South Lanarkshire

Internet address(es)

Main address


one.2) Information about joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body

one.3) Communication

Additional information can be obtained from the above-mentioned address

one.4) Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority

one.5) Main activity

Other activity

International Development

Section two: Object

two.1) Scope of the procurement

two.1.1) Title

PROJ10179: Access, Quality and Safe Education in Syria (AQSES)

Reference number


two.1.2) Main CPV code

  • 75211200 - Foreign economic-aid-related services

two.1.3) Type of contract


two.1.4) Short description

This is a prior information notice (PIN) only: Publication and a call for competition will be conducted once the scope of work is fully defined and approved.

AQSES is designed to deliver the Foreign Secretary’s Outcome for Development: “A sharper focus on alleviating the worst forms of global poverty, girls’ education and humanitarian needs”. The programme has three pillars: Access, Safety and Quality. These three pillars will not be delivered across Syria in their entirety; different areas will have a different focus. Activities may include:

Access: ensuring access for marginalised children through tailored support such as catch-up education, referral pathways to formal education, assistive devices for children with disabilities, and support with transport or attendance costs (conditional cash transfers). directly responding to barriers to access including support for children engaged with the labour market, and children without legal registration.

Safety: Provision of mental health support, positive discipline, safeguarding systems, and child resilience to extremist ideology through critical thinking and child-led democratic activities. Where necessary landmine clearance.

Quality: providing stipends, teacher training, coaching, teaching materials, and strengthened technical capacity for education directorates in the North West.

The programme may have three or four components: 1) North West Syria, 2) North East Syria, 3) Government of Syria controlled areas. A fouth component may include a research/risk/TA unit; although this will be appraised in due course.

two.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: £160,000,000

two.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

two.2) Description

two.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)

  • 75211200 - Foreign economic-aid-related services

two.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS codes
  • UKM95 - South Lanarkshire

two.2.4) Description of the procurement

This is a prior information notice (PIN) only: Publication and a call for competition will be conducted once the scope of work is fully defined and approved.

Please register on the FCDO Supplier Portal for this opportunity (PROJ10179) to receive all communication and updates

There will be an Early Market Engagement event held on 28th January 2021. For all information regarding times and venues please ensure to access these details within the additional information provided for PROJ10179 on the FCDO Supplier Portal.

Note, there are 2 elements to registration which must not be confused with each other.

1. Suppliers must register their interest to PROJ10179 on the FCDO Supplier Portal to ensure they receive all communications and updates (this is not registration to attend the event)

2. Within the profile of PROJ10179 on the portal, there are attachments containing additional documents which contain the link to register for the EME event.

two.3) Estimated date of publication of contract notice

4 April 2022

Section four. Procedure

four.1) Description

four.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes