EMW, Inc. Netherlands Contract 2024-02-09

Deadline Date:  Wednesday 21 February 2024

Requirement: Friendly Force Tracking, ADatP-36 Architecture development/writing

Location: OFF-SITE

Note: Please refer to your Subcontract Agreement, article 6.4.1.a, which states “Off-Site Discount: 5% (this discount is applicable to all requirements, and applies when the assigned personnel are permitted to work Off-Site, such as at- home)”. Please be sure to price this discount in your overall price proposal when submitting bids against off-site RFQs

Required Start Date: 21 March 2024

End Contract Date: 31 December 2024

Required Security Clearance: NATO SECRET

1 INTRODUCTION

The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) located in The Hague, The Netherlands, is currently involved in the development of new capabilities for NATO as well as in the support of existing capabilities. In light of these, the C2 Service Centre is looking for experienced senior FFT SME with experience in architecture definition and documentation.

Friendly Force Tracking (FFT) provides NATO and NATO Nations the capability to reduce the risk of friendly fire. It is needed that the FFT architecture is refreshed to respond to the evolution in the NATO doctrine and in the technical infrastructure.

2 OBJECTIVES

The main objective of this statement of work is the development and maintenance of the FFT architecture.

3 SCOPE OF WORK

3.1 Background

The NATO Information and Communication Agency (NCI Agency) located in The Hague, The Netherlands, is currently involved in the preparation and publication of a new version of the Friendly Force Tracking (FFT) architecture (referred as the “Architecture” this point onwards) as well as, together with NATO NDS, FMN directorate and the NATO Nations in the collection operational requirements. The consultancy required by this statement of work will support the writing and redaction of the future version of the Architecture.

3.2 Requested activities

Under the direction/guidance of a technical lead the FFT SME/technical writer will develop and maintain the NATO Friendly Force Tracking Architecture.

The FFT SME/technical writer shall perform the following activities:

i) Plan, organize and chair the FFT Architecture requirement workshop

ii) Edit/redact the “FFT Architecture requirement workshop” reports, detailing the workshop event and the decisions.

iii) In line with the NATO Architecture Framework (NAF) methodology edit/redact the FFT Architecture initial draft.

4 DELIVERABLES AND PAYMENT MILESTONES

The following deliverables are expected from the work in this statement of work:

 

Deliverable 01:  05 sprints

Payment Milestones: Upon completion of each third sprint and at the end of the work.

Deliverable 02:  Optional additional sprints up to a maximum of 5.

Payment Milestones: Upon completion of each third sprint and at the end of the work.

 

The sprints are composed of 5 working days not necessarily consecutive. The Sprints will be exercised in 2024 and the time plan will be decided during the planning meetings.

The NCIA team reserves the right to exercise an optional number of additional sprints, based on the same scrum deliverable timeframe and cost, at a later time, depending on the priorities and requirements emanating from the projects.

5 COORDINATION AND REPORTING

The contractor shall participate in daily status update meetings, sprint planning, sprint retrospectives and other meetings, physically in the office, or in person via electronic means using Conference Call capabilities, according to project manager’s instructions.

For each sprint to be considered as complete and payable, the contractor must report the outcome of his/her work, first verbally during the meetings and then writing upon the payment milestone. The information reported shall be in line with the “Delivery Acceptance Sheet” here provided in Annex A.

6 SCHEDULE

This task order will be active immediately after signing of the contract by both parties and will end no later than 31 December 2024.

7 CONSTRAINTS

All the deliverables provided under this statement of work will be based on NCI Agency templates or agreed with the project point of contact.

All code, scripts, documentation, etc. will be stored under configuration management and/or in the provided NCI Agency tools.

All the deliverables of this project will be considered NATO UNCLASSIFIED.

Part of the work may involve handling classified networks, therefore, a security clearance at the appropriate level is required for the contractor(s) undertaking this project.

8 SECURITY

The security classification of the service will be up to NATO SECRET.

The contractor is required to hold a valid NATO SECRET security clearance

9 PRACTICAL ARRANGEMENTS

The contractor will be required to work off site. Access to the NCIA code repositories will be provided in coordination with the NCIA Points of Contact or delegated staff.

The contractor may be required to travel to NCI Agency, The Hague, the Netherlands and other sites within NATO for completing these tasks. Travel arrangements will be the responsibility of the contractor and the expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with Article 5.5 of AAS Framework Contract and within the limits of the NCIA Travel Directive.

This work must be accomplished by ONE contractor.

Requirements

  • The contractor is required to hold a valid NATO SECRET security clearance

10 QUALIFICATIONS

The consultancy support for this work requires a software developer possessing the following qualifications:

1. Expert knowledge of NATO FFT Architecture.

2. Expert knowledge of NATO FFT specifications ADatP-36, related profiles and emerging standards;

3. Expert knowledge of the FMN FFT information management processes;

4. Expert knowledge of the NATO C3 Policies, including the Data Management Policy

5. Knowledge of the latest NATO Architecture Framework (NAF).

6. Expert knowledge in the writing and redaction of NATO Information Exchange Specification (IES) and NATO communication standards.;

7. Expert knowledge in tactical and operational application of Friendly Force Tracking concepts.

8. The candidate is well able to produce, clear, readable, maintainable and high quality documents.

9. The candidate has recent experience working in Scrum team and in leading Scrum teams.

10. The candidate is well able to communicate with external users / customers and translate their requirements in development tasks for the team.

11. The candidate is able to speak and write fluent English since the work is conducted in English

12. The candidate must have the nationality of one of the NATO nations