Request for Quotation for Analysis of the Gender Gap in the Digital Sector

Publication Date: Nov 07, 2019
Request for Quotation for Analysis of the Gender Gap in the Digital Sector

The eSkills Malta Foundation invites you to submit a quotation for the Project described below by not later than 12:00 noon of the 15th November 2019 to

The Foundation

The eSkills Malta Foundation is a National Coalition made up of various representatives from Government, industry and education, who can contribute to the increase in digital skills and the development of the IT profession and help us with the following mandates: 

advise Government and relevant stakeholders on matters related to eSkills policies;
contribute to the expansion of ICT educational programmes and related formative initiatives;
lead an ICT professionalism development programme; 
instigate further reform in the ICT educational offerings and contribute to capacity-building of the ICT
        education community;
to champion campaigns and promote the Maltese eSkills potential locally and internationally.

International best practises have indicated that multi-sectoral partnerships are one of the key approaches in achieving synergy in the sustainable development of the right digital skills. The eSkills Malta Foundation was established by the Maltese Government to reflect this paradigm of inclusive synergy. The Founding members of the Foundation are the Ministry for Education and Employment, the Malta Information Technology Agency, the Malta Communications Authority, the Malta Enterprise, The Malta Gaming Authority and The Malta Chamber of Commerce Enterprise and Industry.

Project Background

One of the important objectives of the eSkills Malta Foundation is to encourage girls and women to consider joining the digital sector as a career and encourage Digital Employers to provide the right environment platform to implement gender balance in their employment policy and furthermore implement initiatives to increase and retain women in the ICT sector.  The Foundation firmly believes that implementing gender diversity will render its digital organisation or department more healthy and effective.

The current state of women in digital is far from balanced, and depending on the country and company, there are one woman employed in ICT to 5 or 7 men.  The Foundation feels compelled to help and facilitate Digital Policy and employment through its objectives and actions. We already run a focus group on this subject and have also implemented or supported projects in this area.

One of the projects is the launching of ‘Guidelines to Increase and Retain Women in ICT’.  This was an interesting project which involved the study of current European best-practices and engagement and consultation with our Women in ICT group.  This study was launched on 11th April and is targeted to Digital employers to help them in reducing the gender gap.  The launch can be found and the Document can be found in the following links:

Launch of the ‘Guidelines to Increase and Retain Women in ICT​​
Guidelines to Increase and Retain Women in ICT ​

The eSkills Malta Foundation would like to take this project further and would like to receive quotations for conducting a study about the gender balance in the Digital sector in Malta.

Specific Objectives

Researching, reviewing, collecting and performing an in-depth analysis using a representative sample of the digital sector on the existing local status in respect of gender balance in Malta and to come up with:
  • Female Gender percentages in the Digital sector in (a) ICT/Digital Industry (e.g. software companies, infrastructure companies, telecoms, etc) (b) ICT/digital using Industry (e.g. Banks, Insurance companies, retail) (c) Central Government and Government entities CIO Offices.

  • Gender percentages in the Digital sector by level including C-level (e.g. CEO, CIO, COO, Directors), Management (e.g. Managers), Middle Management (e.g. Project Leaders, Engineers), core staff (e.g. software developers, technicians). 

  • Gender percentages in the Digital sector by areas of Business, Marketing, administrative, technical.

  • Percentage of organisations who read the Guidelines to Increase and Retain Women in ICT, made use of or implemented any of the Guidelines contents

  • List of existing examples, initiatives, best practices, and policies being currently used by the digital sector to address the gender gap and future initiatives and policies being planned by the same.
The above data must include both text and charts. 


The following deliverables are expected for the study/Project within the dates specified:
Task No Description Delivery Date
​1 ​A refined Project Plan and timeline of the main tasks of the project ​6th December 2019
​2 ​Presentation of the Analysis ​31st January 2020
3 ​​Delivery of Draft report 29th February 2020​
4 ​Delivery of Final report and Project Closure ​15th March 2020

Content of Final Report

A final draft report of the Analysis of the Gender Gap in the Digital Sector, which should have between 50 and 60 pages of text, compelling charts/infographics. At a minimum, the report must include the following:

Executive Overview
The Approach used in arriving to the analysis
Analysis and outcome as described in the Specific Objectives above
Suggested way forward

Project Communications

Formal project communications are best to be done through email.  For urgent communications, this can be done verbally and followed up by email.


It shall be assumed that the Service Provider will have the right educational and knowledge background on the subject matter which is fit-for-purpose;
The Service Provider will follow any direction and guidelines presented by the eSkills Malta Foundation;
The Service Provider is competent to carry out the research and analysis mentioned above.

It is important that the project timeline is met.  This may mean extra efforts from the Service Provider if the project milestones are not met.

Project Commencement and Duration

The project is intended to be awarded by the 22nd November 2019.
The intended commencement of the project shall be 1st December 2019
The project will be expected to be finalised by the 15th of March 2020.

Estimated Budget

The budget for this project is €5,000 (excluding VAT).

Award of Project

The project will be awarded to the submission the offer with the Best Price Quality Ratio (BPQR) in accordance with the below.

The BPQR is established by weighing technical quality against the price on a 70/30 basis respectively. This is done by multiplying;

the technical scores awarded to the offers by 0.70
the financial scores awarded to the offers by 0.30

Award Criteria

Technical Score

​Criteria ​Max Marks
​A proven approach to the Study/Project.
The submission must provide the approach and method to be used for the study/Project.
​The understanding of Gender Diversity in the Digital Sector and the importance and benefits of the digital economy.
The submission must provide their view and understanding of the gender issue in the ICT and digital sector, the benefits of having more gender balance to the sector, and why the study is important and how it can be used.
​The capacity of the Resource
The submission must send a CV of the main expert, including qualifications, projects and initiatives undertaken.
​Proposed Timeline and Project Plan.
The submission must include a basic project plan with tasks/steps and timeline of each task/step.
Financial Score

The submission must quote a price for the study and project.  The maximum allowed is €5,000 (excluding VAT).


This is a global-price contract and payments shall be made in accordance with the following:

Narrative Percentage (%)
Acceptance of Project Plan and Timelines ​50%
Acceptance of Final Draft of Analysis of the Gender Gap in the Digital Sector ​50%
TOTAL​ 100%


Any queries should be directed to the foundation by sending an email​