Consultancy Services for the Preparation of Detailed Specifications for Turnkey Solution for a containerized Datacenter

Published: 3/13/2023 10:23:29 AM

                                     REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST





Loan No. /Credit No.: IDA Credit # 6682-LC


Contract Title: Consultancy Services for the Preparation of Detailed Specifications for Turnkey Solution for a containerized Datacenter.

Reference No.: LC-DPS-326304-CS-INDV


Saint Lucia has received financing from the World Bank towards the Caribbean Digital Transformation Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services for engagement of an Individual Consultant to assess the current datacentre /computer room for key agencies within the Government service, evaluate existing infrastructure and make recommendations for consolidation or upgrade. Development of a Datacenter Strategy for the Government including the specification of a Modular Datacenter for back-up of existing sites and hosting of future projects with consideration of Climate change resilience requirements and typical local natural disaster risks.


The consulting services (“the Services”) include


Phase One

I.Conduct detailed requirements analysis sessions with relevant stakeholders aimed at gathering and documenting key requirements to develop an integrated and appropriate future state datacenter strategy.

II.Perform comprehensive analysis of the current Datacenter framework, facilities and environments (Appendix I), assessing the suitability of the existing data center facilities to meet environment, technology architecture and infrastructure strategies. Provide recommendations for consolidation or upgrade. (Tasks I & II inform Report #2). Emphasis should be placed on the implementation and use of Virtual Services to achieve Datacenter efficiency. 

III.Undertake a validation exercise with all Stakeholders to provide input on the Infrastructure report (Report #3).

IV.With the assistance of the Environment and Social Specialist, evaluate the proposed sites for the location of the Modular Datacenter to determine suitability and impact on datacenter design; and  complete Annex III- Environmental Checklist for each location.

V.Propose, discuss and agree with the client international Datacenter Design, Cybersecurity, OSS, and operations / maintenance Standard(s) for use in the design and operation of a Modular Datacenter (MDC). Example ISO/IEC TS 22237-1:2021, ANSI/BICSI 002-2019, ANSI/BICSI 009-2019, CENELEC 50600 or TIA-942, etc.

VI.Develop technical specifications for the implementation of a scalable Modular Datacenter (MDC) for the Government of Saint Lucia (Report#4) including specifications for construction of suitable base and supporting infrastructure including:

a.appropriate power, lighting, cooling, noise suppression, fire suppression, cable management, physical security, and additional or necessary data center infrastructure.

b.servers and switching equipment to include servers, switched, SAN’s, racks, etc.

c.based on I above, the CDC datacenter should provide at least 120% required capacity in terms of power and cooling and be able to scale up to medium to long demands by the addition of modular components without requiring other significant infrastructure modification. in accordance with agreed industry standards (item V above) for data center design. in accordance with current St. Lucia building codes and best practices.

f.have the capability to be professionally tested and certified as part of this project. consistent with future Government initiatives to develop a Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure

h.have a readily implementable operational manual.

VII.Create Design Documents like High Level Design (HLD), Low Level Design (LLD), Migration Procedures and Fallback Procedures etc. for the Modular Datacenter and requirements for upgrade works in accordance with recommendations for upgrade and consolidation of existing infrastructure.

VIII.The Consultant is required to support the Client with:

  1. holding pre-bid meeting and preparing clarifications to bidders and addenda to the procurement documents for supply and installation of the Modular Datacenter.
  2. technical evaluation of bids and price analysis in accordance with the provisions of the procurement documents for supply and installation of the Modular Datacenter.
  3. debriefing and complaint handling in accordance with the provisions of the Procurement Regulations.

IX.Recommend the Human Resource requirements to successfully operationalize the Datacenter, highlighting numbers, job descriptions, skill sets including ISO certification, aptitudes and training needs;

X.Develop a monitoring and evaluation matrix

XI.Provide support with preparation of the procurement documents for supply and installation of the Modular datacenter and recommended upgrade works.  (Report #5)

XII.Develop of a roadmap for the implementation a Network Operation Center (NOC) at the Datacenter or other suitable location. The NOC is to provide remote monitoring for the CDC and all GOSL Datacenter / server rooms.

XIII.Develop draft strategy for the implementation of the Modular Datacenter

XIV.Develop draft Government of Saint Lucia Datacenter Strategy incorporating the outputs of I through XIII above. (Report #6 )

XV.Undertake a validation exercise with all Stakeholders to provide input on the Datacenter Strategy.

XVI.Communicate conceptual designs and maintain documentation created as a result of this consultancy.

XVII.Update datacenter strategy based on feedback from validation exercise and develop final report   which provides a comprehensive overview of phase one of the project and includes the updated datacenter strategy, MDC specifications and NOC roadmap.   (Report #7)   


Phase Two

The Consultant is required to support the Client with:


  1. Managing the contract for the supply and installation of the Modular Datacenter including but not limited to the review of the detailed vendor supplied designs, verification of the technical compliance of the datacenter and its components with the specifications and support with acceptance of the datacenter.
  2. Knowledge transfer to support government personnel for monitoring and evaluation of Datacenter implementation.


The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be found at the following website; or or can be obtained at the address given below.

The Department of the Public Service now invites Eligible Individual Consultants (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services; (Curriculum Vitae, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, clients’ references etc.).


Interested Consultants should have the following requisite qualifications and professional experiences listed below for undertaking the assignment.




The successful candidate must have:


Qualifications and skills

  • At least a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Technology Management or related field. Applicants proposing an MBA as ‘related field’ qualifications should detail the components of their MBA study that are relevant.
  • At least five (5) years post qualification related experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in the design and implementation of a Datacenter.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and or qualification in relevant International Datacenter design standard(s) would be an asset. For Example; ISO/IEC TS 22237-1:2021, ANSI/BICSI 002-2019, ANSI/BICSI 009-2019, CENELEC 50600 or TIA-942, etc.


Specific professional experience applicable to the Individual

  • As a principal/lead/Consultant for at least two (2) instances of datacenter design and implementation, one of which must be within the last five years. Provide brief details of the engagement and references.
  • Development of Information Technology Strategy in relation to Datacenter.
  • Prior experience in the development and Design of a NOC would be an asset.


The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to Section III, paragraphs, 3.14, 3.16, and 3.17 of the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” July 2016, revised November 2017 , August 2018 and July 2020 (“Procurement Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.


A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Individual Consultants Selection method set out in the Procurement Regulations.


Further information can be obtained at the address below (*) during office 8:00 a.m-4:30 p.m. (0800 to 1630 hours).


Expressions of Interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by e-mail) by March 27, 2023


  *Project Implementation Unit

Department of the Public Service

Attn: Procurement Specialist

Caribbean Digital Transformation Project

Bourbon Street


Saint Lucia 

Tel: 1-758-468-1408




Ministry: Ministry of Public Service, Home Affairs, Labour and Gender Affairs
  1. Terms of Reference Datacenter Final 03092023.doc