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Ministry of Defence

CCT765 - Next Generation Communication Networks - Technical Staff

6 Incomplete applications

5 SME, 1 large

2 Completed applications

2 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Published
Thursday 8 August 2019
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 15 August 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 22 August 2019 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Summary of the work
Align programme with others and agree strategy. Develop papers supporting vision and direction for NGCN. Plan and conduct requirements capture and analysis with JFC Cap. Develop COEIA. Draft procurement strategy. Assess technical implications of lessons identified. Technical input, including Technology Demonstrators, BC, and procurement of Delivery Partner. Monthly reports.
Latest start date
Tuesday 1 October 2019
Expected contract length
23 months
Location
South West England
Organisation the work is for
Ministry of Defence
Budget range
The budget for this requirement is £0.365M (Ex VAT)

About the work

Why the work is being done
Technical resource is required to support Next Generation Communications Network Programme Initiation. This programme is required to maintain the Defence fixed network capability.
Problem to be solved
NGCN Programme Team are under-resourced and technical resource is needed to make progress on pre-Concept phase and Concept phase activities.
Who the users are and what they need to do
NGCN Team are charged with procuring WAN, LAN, Gateway and associated capabilities to replace the DFTS contract with BT and the Global Connectivity (GC) contract with Fujitsu. A small team is in place to initiate Concept Phase it's anticipated the team will grow, with the intention to procure a delivery partner asap. In parallel, it is intended to undertake Concept Phase activities using a mixed team. Concept Phase will include various activities; undertaking Programme Initiation activities; Capturing and Analysing Requirements; undertaking Discovery activities; managing Technical Demonstrator Projects; submitting an Initial Gate submission in Sep 20 for a Dec 20 IAC.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
Existing team
ISS Develop>Networks>Next Generation Communication Network Team
Current phase
Discovery

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
MOD Corsham, SN13 9NR
Working arrangements
Full time - 5 days a week
Security clearance
SC and DV

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Familiarity with full spectrum of MODs current FTC including DNS & IP, Cyber, P2P and Gateways and familiarity with key ICT, Software Defined Architecture - 30%
  • Experience working with Defence customers,understand how ICT integrates with military operational posture, experience of ICT programmes, processes, systems/services,- 25%
  • Experience of Concept Phase work, technical studies, technology demonstrators. Experience of working with Approvals and Scrutiny organisations and familiarity with IAC Approvals process and submissions - 25%
  • Experience delivering public sector ICT change projects/programmes, Communications, Stakeholder Management and Strategic Advice. APMP, Project and Programme Governance - 10%
  • Demonstrate how the supplier has experience of working on Above Secret Projects or Programmes.- 5%
  • Familiarity with working across Government and with senior Stakeholders - 5%
  • Demonstrate compliance with the controls required for a Cyber Risk Profile assessed as "Low" - THIS IS A PASS/FAIL Suppliers who do not meet this criteria will be sifted out
Nice-to-have skills and experience
Familiarity with MODs Fixed Estate in UK/overseas - 100%

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many suppliers to evaluate
5
Proposal criteria
  • Provide resource by Oct 2019 with suitable technical knowledge/experience to support the NGCN Pre-Concept and Concept phases (estimated submission Sept 20 for IAC Dec 20), evaluation against SQEP - 40%
  • The resource will work with the NGCN team to successfully meet initial gate. Key activities include: conduct requirements capture, Stakeholder identification, provide technical input. Evaluation against experience/suggested approach - 40%
  • The resource will be part of a team of crown servants, Public Sector Resource and an anticipated Delivery Partner (subject to approval/competition) - Evaluation against experience/suggested approach - 20%
Cultural fit criteria
  • The ability to work in an uncertain environment, working to develop strategies and propose policy where none exists -30%
  • The ability to work in a diverse team and embrace a 'one team' ethos, having a no-blame culture and encouraging others - 25%
  • The ability to work collegiately; working towards common or shared objectives with different capability and value for money - 25%
  • Able to operate at a senior level and work transparently and collaboratively with different stakeholders - 20%
Payment approach
Time and materials
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

60%

Cultural fit

20%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

1. Information provided by the buyer how to demonstrate compliance with the controls required for a Cyber Risk profile assessed as "Low" (as required in the Technical Evaluation criteria)
Compliance is demonstrated by completing a Supplier Assurance questionnaire online, using the Supplier Cyber Protection Service (https://supplier-cyber-protection.service.gov.uk/). When completing the questionnaire you will need to enter the ref: "RAR-P3KW569T" onto the website to ensure that you are assessed against the correct requirement.
2. Is the NGCN Programme team comprised of permanent staff, third party resource or a combination?
Current Programme is in pre-Concept phase and the team has two Civil Servants and one Public Sector Resource Scheduler. The team are working to procure additional Public Sector Resources to undertake Programme initiation and Project support activities, with this DOS procurement providing Technical expertise. Additional resource procurement's are planned to further supplement the team.
3. Do you anticipate the duration of the Outcome to last September 2020?
The team currently planning an Initial Gate submission in Sept 2020. These outcomes are expected to be required until that time. Supplementary and follow on resources are anticipated to be required
4. Will you support SC clearance process?
The Authority requires the successful bidder to deliver the required outcomes using appropriate security cleared individuals and is not in a position to sponsor or support any security clearance process.
5. Can you confirm the IR35 status and are there any incumbents in the role?
The requirement is outside of IR35 and there are no incumbents in this role
6. Can the Authority provide any further guidance on the anticipated number of personnel required in support of the NGCN Team?
This DOS requirement is for outcomes and hence it is not appropriate to suggest a particular number of personnel. Given the maximum contract value of £0.365M ex VAT, bidders should be able to estimate the scale of resources anticipated. It is not necessarily expected that the resources utilised to deliver these outcomes will all be full-time on NGCN programme, although regular attendance at MOD Corsham by key individuals is intended
7. Can the Authority expand on the meaning of FTC in the context of the requirement for "Familiarity with full spectrum of MODs current FTC including DNS & IP, Cyber, P2P and Gateways
FTC stands for "Fixed Telecommunications Capabilities"