CALL FOR BUSINESS PLAN PROPOSALS FOR THE UCC/UCUSAF GRANT FOR ESTABLISHING AND SUPPORTING ICT CLUBS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS

SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF ONE UNIT OF STATION WAGON VEHICLE
March 24, 2022
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF A DATA SCIENCE & ANALYTICS PROJECT FOR THE UGANDA COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (UCC)
March 31, 2022

STATEMENT OF REQUIREMENTS

 

  • Introduction

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) through the Uganda Communications Universal Service Access Fund (UCUSAF) has launched a call for business plan proposals to facilitate the implementation of key activities in the establishment of sixty (60) ICT clubs in UCC/ UCUSAF-supported schools.

UCC/UCUSAF III has set aside resources to be utilized under a collaborative grant framework between UCC/UCUSAF and a suitable partner to implement the project. Funds are available within the operational budget of Financial Year 2021/22.

2.0 Background

UCC through UCUSAF has established over 1,250 ICT labs in secondary schools in all districts of Uganda. The ICT labs were set up with the following objectives:

  1. To integrate ICT into teaching and learning
  2. To create a point of entry for e-skills development for underserved and unserved areas
  3. To provide infrastructure for school digital content delivery and access.

From project monitoring, it was established that one of the challenges faced by the school ICT labs is sustainability. This is partly due to schools’ budget constraints and limited knowledge and skills regarding proper operation of ICT equipment. There is also limited presence of qualified technicians for preventive and corrective maintenance of the school ICT labs, especially in schools that are far from urban areas.

ICT clubs are one of the envisaged cost-effective measures to ensure maintenance of school ICT labs and project sustainability. Through club activities, the club members shall be equipped with practical ICT skills, including what is needed to maintain the computers.

Therefore, UCC/UCUSAF is seeking to collaborate with a suitably qualified stakeholder that has the requisite qualifications, resources, competencies, and experience to undertake this task. The successful applicant shall implement initiatives aimed at addressing the challenges identified above, and other emerging sector challenges such as those emanating from the COVID-19 pandemic. This planned collaboration will see UCUSAF offer technical and financial support subject to availability of funds.

  • Project Objectives

3.1    General Objective

The general objective is to establish 60 ICT clubs in secondary schools in all regions of Uganda (Western, Central, Eastern, and Northern). The newly established clubs must be supported in their activities for a period of one year.

3.2    Specific Objectives

  • To ensure school ICT labs project sustainability through skilling students with maintenance skills and best practices regarding ICT equipment.
  • Empower students to increase their ownership and thus responsibility for the ICT labs.
  • Ensure students gain practical ICT skills above what is in the curriculum and to give them more ICT exposure such as programming, App development, and Web designing.
  • To give students a platform to engage with UCC/UCUSAF on ICT matters in their schools and thus reduce the need for routine monitoring visits to the schools.
  • To spur innovations as UCC/UCUSAF intends to annually recognise and support students with outstanding ICT skills and innovative ideas. This is to be done in collaboration with the National Conference on Communications (NCC).

 

  • Project Actions
  1. Work with school heads to establish school ICT clubs and club leadership structures
  2. Develop ICT club activities
  3. Equip ICT club membership with knowledge and skills to operate and maintain ICT equipment
  4. Engage students in fun but educative ICT club activities
  5. Guide and support secondary school ICT clubs in projects to be showcased during the National Conference on Communications (NCC).

 

  • Target Group

This initiative targets secondary schools where UCC established school ICT labs.

 

  • Eligibility of Applicants
  • General Criteria
  1. The applicant must be a legally established entity in Uganda with a mandate to work with secondary schools.
  2. The applicant must be in satisfactory financial health and have adequate financial systems to report to UCUSAF as shall be required.
  3. The applicant must have capacity and willingness to work in urban and rural Uganda.
  4. The applicant should provide proof of more than two (2) years’ experience in working with secondary schools in Uganda.
  5. The applicant should have plans and intent to sustain the initiative.
  6. The applicant should demonstrate sufficient capability and experience to deliver the project.

6.2    Preference

Preference will be given to applicants whose Business Plan proposals highlight the following:

  1. Clear understanding and experience in dealing with education institutions in Uganda, especially secondary schools.
  2. Qualified in-house human resource with the ability to implement the proposed project within the proposed timeframe.
  3. Creative innovations to overcome challenges associated with remote and challenging environments such as lack of access to the power grid.
  4. Clear material contribution from the applicant over and above the grant amount.
  5. Demonstration of higher value for money

 

  • Assessment Criterion

The grant applications will be assessed based on a 3-stage process involving administrative, technical, and financial evaluation.

  1. Administrative- Assessment of the applicant’s eligibility
  2. Technical – Clarity of the motivation, smartness of goals, appropriateness of methodology and project management, feasibility of work plans, impact of the project, ability to meet project priorities, addressing of crosscutting issues, project sustainability and capacity to deliver.
  3. Financial –Value for money, sustainability, and ability to mobilise more resources to scale the initiative.

 

  • Risk Assessment

The UCUSAF Assessment team will carry out a risk assessment of the indicated and non-indicated risks. This assessment will consider the totality of an applicant’s submission in evaluating whether a potential engagement would involve low, medium, high, or extreme risk to UCC/UCUSAF.

 

  • Required Legal Documents
  1. Certificate of incorporation or registration providing a legal name – the name that identifies the applicant for legal, administrative, and other official purposes
  2. Memorandum and Articles of Association
  3. Address (physical, postal, email, and web site where applicable)
  4. Contact details –name, position, phone, and email for an authorised representative of the applicant
  5. Affiliated entities
  6. Banker’s reference letter indicating the period an applicant has held bank account/s with the bank
  7. Signed Code of Ethical Conduct in Business for Grant Applicants and Providers
  8. Proof of experience in working with secondary schools
  • Business Plan Requirements
  1. Project motivation, objectives, and outcomes
  2. Project linkage to the UCC/UCUSAF strategy and the National Development Agenda
  3. Experience in managing similar projects
  4. Project implementation methodology
  5. Project management framework
  6. Project work plans and associated milestones (Targeted number of club activities, trainings, and their duration, etc.)
  7. Project implementation budget
  8. Sustainability approach
  9. Monitoring and evaluation approach
  10. Risk management framework
  11. Integration of cross cutting issues such as gender, youth, and digital divide, among others.

 

  • Application Timeline

The grant application is open from 28th March 2022 to 11th April 2022. Applications should be submitted in triplicate hard copies (3 copies) by 4.00 pm on 11th April 2022 to:

 

The Executive Director

Uganda Communications Commission

Plot 42-44, Spring Road, Bugolobi

P.O. Box 7376, Kampala

 

A soft copy of the proposal should also be sent to the following email addresses by the deadline: registry@ucc.co.ug.

A pre – grant application meeting will be held on-line on 04th April 2022 at 10.00am. Advance registration is required at the link:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrduGvpzkiGNSq-ZJMUJ8yVJOFZJSL-ZXF

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

All documents are available at  www.ucc.co.ug and on UCC official social media platforms.

For further clarification or guidance on the grant application process, please contact us through telephone numbers, +256-41-2339000/+256-41-2339000 or email registry@ucc.co.ug/emuyomba@ucc.co.ug.

 

  1. Disclaimer

Personal information supplied in an application will be used by UCC in accordance with the Laws of Uganda.