Awarded to COMXPS Limited

Start date: Wednesday 29 March 2017
Value: £30,000
Company size: SME
Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia

IT16173 - MRC Gambia Laboratory LIMS Project Technical Consultancy

0 Incomplete applications

6 Completed applications

6 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Tuesday 6 December 2016
Deadline for asking questions
Tuesday 13 December 2016 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 20 December 2016 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Product manager
Summary of the work
Provide expert support to the local LIMS project team in these three broad areas: Project approach and planning; Vendor selection and management; Validation of the system to normal computer systems validation standards in line with GAMP-5 requirements.
Latest start date
Expected contract length
1 year
No specific location, eg they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for
Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia
Maximum day rate
£500 per day

About the work

Early market engagement
The internal LIMS project team discussed the scope of the project with a previous supplier of IT consultancy services to the Unit and visited collaborating research institutions that operate a LIMS. These interactions provided clarity to the team. A summary of the findings are: 1) expert technical support for systems validation is critical; 2) the project would require a phased approach; 3) a detailed high level user document is needed to guide implementation.
Who the specialist will work with
Will be working with the internal LIMS implementation team and the eventual systems vendor.
What the specialist will work on
Support the LIMS team with the following, 1) Project approach and planning, 2) supplier selection and management, 3) Implementation and validation of the LIMS systems, 4) produce training plan for in-house system support post-implementation.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
The specialist will work remotely with up to 4 site visits to MRC Unit Gambia - MRC Unit The Gambia, Atlantic Bolevard, Fajara, The Gambia. Expenses will be paid for the 4 visits to Gambia in alignment with the MRC Expenses Policy.
Working arrangements
The specialist should be independent of the LIMS main contractor (vendor) and will work collaboratively with the MRCG internal project team, providing expert support and advice during all phases of the project. The anticipated number of working days during the contract term is approximately 40 days.
Security clearance

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Expenses will be paid for the 4 visits to Gambia in alignment with the MRC Expenses Policy. All expenses must be approved by MRC.

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
  • Have experience of LIMS installation
  • Be an IT specialist
  • Have Project Management experience
  • Have experience of Quality Assurance Management
  • Be willing to travel to and work in Gambia
Nice-to-have skills and experience
Have knowledge of GAMP5 guidelines

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Have previous experience of project work in Africa
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members
  • Can work with clients with low technical expertise
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




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