EU Framework Contract SIEA lot 1 Sustainable management of natural resources and resilience

What are Framework Contracts?

To increase flexibility in the provision of technical assistance (TA) to the benefit of third countries as well as its own operations, the European Commission (EC) has streamlined procurement procedures through the use of Framework Contracts (FWC). Framework contracts can cover all the main EC programmes and regions including PHARE, ISPA, SAPARD, TACIS, CARDS, OBNOVA, ALA, MEDA, FED, EAR and OTHER.

Framework contracts are mostly multi-year contracts in which groups of companies (Consortia) become 'preferred suppliers' for TA services to the EC for a specific area of expertise, the so-called 'Lots'.

Particular procedures vary between framework contracts and lots, but typically each lot is serviced by several Consortia who are in turn invited -in a so-called Request for Services (RfS)- to submit proposals (CVs + brief methodology) for a specific project. Each of these Consortia intends to offer a competitive team to the EC from their own staff, by using their network of partner organizations or by approaching freelance consultants. The time between the RfS and the deadline for submission is usually very short and often not longer than two weeks. Based upon an evaluation of the proposals submitted by the different groups of companies the (Delegation of the) Commission decides which proposal wins. The individual projects under the framework contracts are limited in duration and budget with a maximum duration of one year. The scope of services requested under the projects relate to the full project cycle:

  • Identification
  • Feasibility
  • Operational and technical follow-up assignments
  • Financial and/or contractual monitoring
  • Project evaluation technical
  • Financial or contractual audit of the project
  • Technical advice
  • Training and support information
  • Communication
  • Closure of a project

For the upcoming Requests for Services (RfS) we are looking for experts with previous work experience from the following sectors:


  • Crop production, storage, conservation, transformation, and marketing /value chains
  • Vegetable, fruit and cash crop production storage, conservation, transformation and marketing /value chains
  • Legal aspects
  • Alternative production systems (organic farming, agroforestry, permaculture)


  • Livestock regeneration plans
  • Veterinary, animal health, animal identification, quarantine and border inspection posts
  • Trade of animal products
  • Production, conservation, storage and marketing of animal products
  • Legal aspects

Sustainable Forestry management and conservation

  • Forest inventories, forest management plans, forest establishment and plantation management
  • Agroforestry, community and environmental development programmes
  • Strategic and operational resource development and wood supply plans
  • Forestry industry development plans

Fishery and aquaculture

  • Marine and fresh water aquaculture
  • Assessment of fish stocks and sustainable fish resources exploitation
  • Legal aspects

 Land management

  • Land use planning, Land information systems and applications,
  • Land reform policies
  • Land registration and cadastre, Land market development, estate economic assessments

Food security & nutrition

  • Assessment of national stocks
  • National statistics on food production
  • Forecasts of famine and early warning systems
  • Transitory and chronic food insecurity
  • Nutrition

Food safety

  • Tracing, food control
  • Legal aspects

Extension/Training/Human Resources Development/Institutional development

  • Extension services
  • Training of personnel
  • Sectoral organisations (farmers, producers, traders)
  • Institutional strengthening

Rural Infrastructure

  • Rural infrastructure planning, development and rehabilitation (Market infrastructure, irrigation and drainage, etc.)

Climate Change

  • Climate change: resilience, adaptation and mitigation

Sustainable Natural Resource management

  • Sustainable management and protection of natural resources, biodiversity and ecosystems (soil erosion/salinization/fertility, national parks ecosystem protection, fight against desertification, etc.)
  • Sustainable Water management including planning (e.g. integrated river basin management), supply, waste water treatment (incl. waste water reuse and energy generation)
  • Environmental protection
  • Pollution including chemicals, plastics, waste, air pollution and greenhouse gases emissions
  • Green economy (incl. sustainable and resource efficient production and consumption), Blue Economy
  • Ocean governance including marine/coastal zones protection

Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Disaster Risk Reduction, including climate and environmental risks/disaster management

Please apply here with and select the indication Worldwide_EU Framework Contract SIEA lot 1 Sustainable management of natural resources and resilience