Ministry of Agriculture

Ethiopian Herald Sep24,2020

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

(CONSULTANT SERVICES-FIRMS SELECTION)

Name of Country: Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Name of Project: INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE VALUE CHAIN DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (ISVCDP)

Assignment Title: TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO IMPROVE ACCESS OF VALUE  CHAIN ACTORS TO FINANCIAL SERVICES and TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR CAPACITY BUILDING OF VALUE CHAINACTORS

Reference No. ET-MOAISVCDP-12020-CS-QCBS

Background

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has received financing from the Italian Development Cooperation Agency toward the cost of the Inclusive and Sustainable Value chain Development Project (ISVCDP), and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

The consulting services (the services’) include the following tasks, among others,

LOT-1

  • Assess and review actual extension services training curricula for wheat, tomato, avocado and pineapple value actors;
  • Identify and develop new curricula to respond to the needs for shifting from subsistence agriculture to market oriented production and promotion of competitive value chain markets:
  • Organize training of trainers;
  • Organize training of woredas’ experts, kebeles’ development agents and primary cooperatives’ staff: Provide technical assistance to Regional Bureaus, Woredas’ experts and kebele DA to organize trainings for smallholders’ farmers.

LOT-2

  1. Facilitate a participatory evaluation of technical and institutional capacities of the value chain actors (cooperatives, SMEs) involved into wheat, tomato, pineapple and avocado value chains in Central Eastern Oromia and SNNPR ;
  2. Facilitate selected value chain actors to elaborate strategic plans (5 years itinerary) and bankable business plans;
  3. Assess existing value chain financing initiatives, successful good practices and models, of financing opportunities (MDI, IFC, CCF, leasing schemes) that could be capitalized for the nature of business plans;
  4. Assess existing partnership models (Wheat value chain alliance, Ethiopia Horticulture Platform, linkages with agro industries) that could facilitate improved access of value chains actors to finances / credits / insurances schemes;
  5. Identify successful models that are used as collaterals, guarantee funds and insurances schemes.
  6. Identify models that address successfully the problematic of collaterals, guarantee funds and insurances schemes.
  7. Making profit of identified financing opportunities,
  • a. Facilitate B2B meetings and partnership building between financial & insurance institutions with Value chain actors (VCA); come up with proposals of sustainable partnership in form of commercial agreement” or establishment of credit line” for most reliable business plans.
  • b. Provide technical assistance to cooperatives unions for strengthening their relationship with Primary cooperatives and producers (institutions building). It is acknowledged that financial institutions could not dialogue with farmers individually or even with primary cooperatives that are too many, too small and most of time lack of any asset to cover the collaterals. Access to financial services of these categories will go through a relatively long channel. Cooperatives will negotiate the credits that will be distributed to PCs and from PCs to small scale farmers.
  • Therefore, business-oriented consultations between Cooperatives unions and PCs need to be facilitated to reduce/ share the burden of financial risk / responsibly weighing on the cooperative unions. Consultations will come up with a proposal on how the PCs and small-scale farmers are organized to manage the credit and cover the collaterals through cooperatives unions’ leadership. The project will be associated to discussions for its future role in promoting innovate proposals through i) technical assistance / capacity building program, ii).provision of financial smart subsidies, iii) contribution to guaranty and insurances funds.
  • 8) Taking into account capacity assessment report of selected value chain actors, design a program for a regressive technical assistance and coaching for better use of the credits:
  • 9) Implement the technical assistance program covering among other domains credit negotiation and management, business management, partnership management with other value chain actors under platform membership and business oriented contracts management internal capitalization, evaluation and review
  • The estimated implementation period is for 3 months.
  • The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) now invites eligible consulting firms (“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.
  • The shortlisting criteria are: Qualification and Experience of the firm in the field of assignment, technical and managerial capabilities of the firm, their core business and years in business and general qualification of key staffs but not individual experts’ bio data
  • The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants) by WorldBank Borrowers “Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants Under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits by World Bank Borrowers” dated January 2011 and revised July 2014, (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest. In addition, please refer to the following specific information on conflict of interest related to this assignment:
  • Bank policy requires that consultants provide professional, objective, and impartial advice and at all times hold the client’s interests paramount, without any consideration for future work, and that in providing advice they avoid conflicts with other assignments and their own corporate interests. Consultants shall not be hired for any assignment that would be in conflict with their prior or current obligations to other clients, or that may place them in a position of being unable to carry out the assignment in the best interest of the Borrower.
  • Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub consultancy to enhance their qualifications.
  • A Consultant will be selected in Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS) method set out in the Procurement Guideline of the World Bank.
  • Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours: (from 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM and from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM hours through phone or email).
  • Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below via email by October 5, 2020 before or at 4:00 PM

Attn: Ato Ashenfi Getachew/ Ato Degayehu Desso

Procurement Directorate, CMC Road, Gured

shola area behind Geological survey.

Block B, Room number B-1-2, City: Addis

Ababa, Bole Sub City, P.O. Box 4650,

Telephone: 0116462285/460743,

 

+251911681222

Email-degayehu.desso@moa.gov.et