Invitation for Expression of Interest: Facilitation and Development of the 10-Year Strategic Plan for the University of Malawi

CONSULTANCY OPPORTUNITY
INVITATION FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FACILITATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE 10-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MALAWI

1. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
The University of Malawi (UNIMA) was established by an Act of Parliament in 1964 to advance knowledge and promote wisdom in Malawi and beyond. As a public higher education institution (HEI), the mandate of UNIMA is to contribute towards sustainable and equitable socio-economic development consistent with the local and international development strategies such as the Malawi’s Vision 2020, the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS), the National Education Sector Plan (NESP), the National Education Policy (NEP), the Malawi Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (MPRSP), the United Nations Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the African Union Agenda 2063 and other relevant development frameworks. The UNIMA’s contribution focuses on the provision of quality graduates in sufficient numbers and relevant to national human resource needs, disseminating results of UNIMA’s effort in research, and playing an influential role in developing evidence-based public policy through extension and public/community engagement services.

The University’s vision is to become a centre of excellence in higher education for sustainable development of Malawi and the region. Pursuant to this vision, UNIMA has been implementing five-year strategic plans (SP) and the current SP expires in June, 2017.
The University clocked 50 years in 2015 when it celebrated its Golden Jubilee.  Since that time, the preoccupation of the University Council and its Senior Leadership Team (SLT) has been to explore strategic reform options for repositioning the University in the next 50 years so that it achieves its mandate and remains a University of choice in Malawi, with significant international visibility to attract foreign students, faculty and resources. This is important because the turbulence of socio-economic factors on the local scene and the advent of transnational education, made possible by globalization, entail that remaining relevant and competitive is contingent upon being familiar with what to prioritise and what to underplay, guided by national regional, continental and global strategies.

It is against this background that the University would like to develop a 10-year (2017-2027) strategic plan through experts who are conversant with how HEIs operate in contrast to what obtains in the non academic organisations. The strategic options being cherished by SLT include repositioning the University to enhance its capacity in fulfilling its responsibility under the relevant local and international strategies and frameworks; improved quality and relevance of and access to UNIMA programmes; and attainment of sustainable growth and holistic self-sustainability.

2. PURPOSE OF THE CONSULTANCY
The primary purpose of the consultancy is to review the UNIMA 2012-17 SP and to facilitate and develop the successor 2017-27 SP based on the lessons learned and consistent with the objectives outlined above.

3. SCOPE AND FOCUS OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The scope and focus of the assignment is to facilitate and develop a robust UNIMA 2017-27 Strategic Plan. The process will allow the Malawi Government, development partners;  NIMA leadership, staff and students; and other key stakeholders to take stock of the effectiveness of implementation of the phasing out SP, looking at the immediate past, current situation, emerging dynamics and offer suggestions for the strategic direction of
the 10-year plan. The expert will undertake a desk study to review relevant documents; the current UNIMA SP and how it has fared so far; relevant national, regional, continental and global policies and strategies; SPs of key partner agencies, donor organisations (and related domestic and international reports), and regional and international HEIs; and Acts of Parliament. The consultant will conduct a thorough but streamlined assessment
of UNIMA’s strengths and weaknesses as well as opportunities and threats with a view to identifying appropriate strategic intent and options for the 2017 2027 period.

4. KEY OUTPUTS FROM THE CONSULTANCY
The outputs expected from this consultancy are as follows;

  1. Inception report, including methodology and action plan;
  2. Consolidated report capturing key findings from the desk study, meetings, workshops and seminars for the development of the SP;
  3. UNIMA 2017 2027 SP formal draft for stakeholders’ validation; and
  4. UNIMA 2017-2027 SP final draft, embracing stakeholders’ comments/input.

5. DURATION
It is expected that the timeframe for the execution of this engagement will not exceed 40 working days.

6. QUALIFICATIONS
The consultancy requires high levels of objectivity and wide knowledge, skills and international exposure to managing both HEIS and non-academic organisations. Hence evaluation of expresses of interest will be guided by the criteria set below.

  1. A postgraduate Degree, preferably a PHD, in a related field for consultant/team leader
  2. At least 10 years progressive expenencein facilitating and developing strategic plans at national and/or international level and documentary evidence on the same is required; and
  3. Demonstrable experience in integrating gender issues in strategy formulation, implementation and M&E
    Documentary Evidence is required.

Other Requirements

  1. Business registration Certificate;

Shortlisted applicants will be requested to submit Technical and Financial proposals.

7. SUBMISSION
Interested firms/consultants should submit their EOls in sealed envelopes marked “UNIMA SP” to:
The Chairman
Internal Procurement Committee
University Office
P.O. Box 278
ZOMBA
Expressions of Interest should be received by 13th January, 2017 and only shortlisted applicants will be acknowledged.