Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Departmental Contracts

Photo of Carol NolanCarol Nolan (Laois-Offally, Independent)
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27. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his Department has engaged the use of external consultants from 1 January 2020 to date; the details and costs of such engagements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5531/20]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is responsible for two votes - Vote 28 (Foreign Affairs and Trade) and Vote 27 (International Cooperation).

The Department commissions external expertise where highly specialised skills are not available internally and in particular where ongoing independent evaluation of programmes and projects is required. During the course of their engagement these consultants and experts may prepare reports and other documentation for the Department.

In-depth analysis of issues by external experts has informed, and continues to inform, the Department’s policies, allowing for a more targeted use of resources and greater accountability in the allocation of budgets.

These services are procured by open competitive tendering processes in accordance with EU and national rules and comply with the overall value for money objectives.

A small number of consultancies are engaged directly by our Missions abroad from time to time and in some instances they prepare technical reports relating to Ireland’s overseas development aid programme.

The following consultants were engaged by my Department from 1 January 2020 and to date in 2020:

Name Costs Details
David Bruckert (Cultural Consultant) €2,500 Provided advice on the development of the Expo 2020 Be Inspired programme, by participating in the Expo 2020 Open Call Selection Committee.
Nutrition Works €15,820 Nutrition Tech Support Consultancy – Facilitation Service
MJB Consulting €24,016 Task Force for Rural Africa and Food Systems
Democrashe €1,499.18 EU Taskforce on Women, Peace, Security meeting – Gender Empowerment Women/Girls
Gumfoot Consultancy Limited €Nil (to date) Process Review of the Irish Council for International Students for the Fellowship Programme
Stewart Gee €Nil (to date) Agricultural Research Partners Review


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