Consultancy for Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) Monitoring and Evaluation of Low Volume Road Sections in Malawi

    12 July 2017


Invitation to tender for “Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) Monitoring and Evaluation of Low Volume Road Sections in Malawi

The Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP) is a six-year programme of applied research and knowledge dissemination funded by a grant from the UK Government through the Department for International Development (DFID). The overall aim is to promote safe and sustainable rural access in Africa and Asia through research and knowledge sharing between participating countries and the wider community.

Previous AFCAP activities in Malawi have included the preparation of a new pavement design manual for low volume sealed roads which is based on the DCP DN design method. The manual was published as an official Government of Malawi document in September 2013 and was used for the design of 40km of low volume sealed roads in five (5) Districts, funded by the World Bank under the ASWAP-SP programme in 2015/16. The design of the road sections was carried out by a local consultant, with technical support from ReCAP. The technical support included design review of the five sections and technical auditing exercises at commencement, peak and end of construction. The audit exercises were carried out in close collaboration with the local design and supervision consultant, the respective construction firms and the Roads Authority. The construction of the last of these projects was completed early 2017 and has been handed over to the Roads Authority.

The Malawi Roads Authority (RA) now wishes to establish a long-term pavement performance monitoring programme for these and subsequent sections and has requested support from ReCAP for that purpose.

ReCAP, managed by Cardno Emerging Markets (UK) Ltd, is seeking proposals from suitably qualified organisations to implement a project entitled: Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) Monitoring and Evaluation of Low Volume Road Sections in Malawi. The objective is to provide performance based evidence which will contribute to the establishment of appropriate standards for Low Volume Sealed Roads in Malawi. The roads shall be monitored and evaluated in terms of: Pavement design and performance; Surfacing performance; Drainage design and performance; and Geometric design and Road Safety.

This tender procedure is restricted to National organisations based and registered in Malawi.

Interested tenderers are advised that the indicative budget available for this contract is a total of GBP 160,000.

A tender information meeting will be held on 27th July 2017 at 9:00am Malawi time in the Roads Authority Conference room, Functional Building, off Paul Kagame road, Lilongwe to answer any questions on this procurement that tenderers may have. Questions may be submitted in writing in advance or can be raised at the meeting. Minutes will be taken during the meeting and these will be distributed, together with any clarifications in response to written requests that are not addressed during the meeting, in writing to all the tenderers no less than 10 calendar days before the deadline for submission of tenders. The meeting will take place at The Roads Authority Conference Room in Lilongwe.

Interested organisations can request the full tender documents by sending an e-mail to with copy to, stating the project reference No.MAL2007E in the subject line.

All submissions of proposals must be received no later than 21st August 2017, 17:00 Malawi time.

Cardno Emerging Markets is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to Child Protection.

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