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  • Solicitation Number: RFP 18-0271
  • Issue Date: Feb 07,2018
  • Closing Date: Feb 26,2018


The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. We are not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development. The World Bank Group comprises five institutions managed by their member countries.

Established in 1944, the World Bank Group is headquartered in Washington, D.C. We have more than 10,000 employees in more than 120 offices worldwide.

The World Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030:

·         End extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.90 a day to no more than 3%;

·         Promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country.

Additional information can be found in the World Bank’s Web Site.

The World Bank has been using Apache Solr based search (in addition to other search engines) for its Enterprise Search needs.  This RFP is requesting a software license for a product or framework to enhance Apache Solr based search solutions. The solution is envisaged as a licensed software with perpetual or subscription based license, that can be run on WB managed servers. 

Specifically, the scope is as outlined below:

1.     Software License:

a.     Connectors & Ingestion: Provide connectors to ingest content from key repositories. The platform should also allow for content pipeline to enhance or transform the incoming content. The connectors should allow for security from native repository.

b.     Relevance: The platform would allow for a variety of techniques for managing and improving the relevance of results; specifically, it should allow for multiple query pipelines, query enhancement and ML or other advanced data based results optimization.

c.     Search Based Applications: Allow for easy development of search based applications.

d.    DevOps: Allow for effective scalability, tuning, monitoring, and flexible deployment (such as VMs, containers).

e.     Licensing: The licensing should be provided to scale to the provided data volume, ingest and query metrics, based on a perpetual or annual subscription license.

2.     Professional Services: The vendor shall provide a rate card with professional services that may be consumed for product installation, tuning and operation as needed.


The solicitation may be obtained by sending an email to the designated Contracting Officer, referencing the following information:

1.   Solicitation Number

2.   Company Name

3.   Contact Person Name and Title

4.   Address

5.   Telephone Number

6.   Fax Number

7.   Contact's Email Address

A copy of the solicitation will be sent to organizations that have replied to and are eligible to receive this advertisement. All requests and questions regarding this solicitation shall be directed to the following designated Corporate Procurement Contract Officer:

Phannath Million at pmillion@worldbank.org (mailto:pmillion@worldbank.org)

Subject to the exceptions of the respective information disclosure policies, for any contract award valued at and over US$250,000 made after July 1, 2013, the World Bank Group reserves the right to publicly disclose contract award information – specifically, the name of vendor receiving the award, a brief description of the contract goods or services, and the contract award amount. Vendor's proposal and contractual documents will remain confidential and therefore not subject to disclosure. 

The IFC reserves the right to reject any or all responses without recourse.