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Organization: Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund
Country: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Closing date: 28 May 2019

Consultancy to conduct a Programme Feasibility Assessment for AECF Response to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

1.0The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund.

AECF is a development finance institution leading holistic transformation of rural communities in Africa. We seek to alleviate poverty in the continent by unlocking the power of the private sector working in agri-business, renewable energy and gender to impact rural and marginalised communities in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.

The fund was launched in 2008 at the World Economic Forum Africa as an initiative of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to respond to the need for an Africa-based impact fund that would support inclusive African businesses, particularly in the areas of finance and agriculture. With the vision to build A prosperous and Enterprising Rural Africa , AECF provides high-risk, small and growing businesses with patient, low-cost financing and advisory support services to pilot, refine and scale their operations and ideas.

The fund has mobilised US$356 million to date along with US$658 million in matching capital from the private sector, supporting 268 companies across 26 Sub-Saharan countries, in more than 40 value chains in agribusiness and renewable energy. AECF is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

2.0The objective and scope of the assignment.

On 15thMarch 2019, Cyclone Idai occurred in Mozambique, Malawi and Eastern Zimbabwe, causing death and significant damage to property, goods and livelihoods. In response, The AECF would like to conduct the programme feasibility assessment in the affected areas that will seek to contextualise the effects of the Cyclone and the possible interventions by AECF and its partners, to help affected businesses that impact rural and marginalised communities return to a growth path and supporting livelihoods.

The objective of this assignment is to conduct a programme feasibility assessment detailing possible interventions of how AECF can assist the affected businesses to return to a growth path and continue impacting the lives of poor and marginalised communities.

2.1Scope of work.

With the help of the AECF Management and the functional team, the Consultant (individual or firm) is expected to:

a)Conduct a demand assessment in the affected countries:

a.Define in general terms demand to which AECF can respond,

b.Identify demand from discussions with firms, communities, donor and government groups,

c.Demand from the private sector in general,

d.Demand from existing grantees

e.Demand from potential applicants whose; Objectives are aligned with AECF and the window, Business with track and financial records and Suitable scale and experienced to handle AECF funds and deliver results.

b)Identify options to respond to demand short- to medium-term support leading to re-establishment of sustainable pro-poor businesses:

a.Donor-funded window.

b.Single country, multi-country window.

c.Focus agribusiness, plus other private sector and donor priorities.

c)Other issues to be considered:

a.Priorities: Take account of donor/government/other priorities, actions and gaps; Suggest prioritization of demand by sector and country.

b.Variation in need between countries that are suited to AECF response and other support being proposed for the private sector in areas of AECF interest.

c.Interaction with country responses: Attend Post Disaster Recovery Programme (PREPOC) for which donors participating in preparing TOR, plus a reconstruction office, which will also promote a 21 May international donor conference for Mozambique and other similar initiatives for Malawi and Zimbabwe.

d.Donor involvement in cyclone recovery and possible funding sources for AECF.

e.AECF procedures that might need fine-tuning: a form of competition (e.g., rolling/fixed applications), percentage repayable, disbursement procedures, impact monitoring.

f.Decisions on relevant sectors for this AECF intervention (e.g., artisanal saltwater fisheries)

g.How AECF should operate leading to an international donor conference. lobby potential sources of funds prior to the meeting, identify likely partners, include their insights and how they affect the programme in the feasibility assessment and clarify window procedures and selection processes

d)Map out the risk profiles of the proposed intervention with potential mitigation actions:

a.Establish regional, county and sector risk.

b.Effect of common risk from AECF experience (slow disbursement and implementation, non-availability of counterpart funds, weak value chain links, etc.)

c.Risk associated with the post-cyclone situation (scale of need; the ability of the population to produce and to be employed; infrastructure weakness; foreseen complementary policy, financial or infrastructural support not eventuating; etc.)

d.Risk associated with politics, community needs and perceptions, corruption

3.0Purpose and deliverables of the Assignment

Deliverables will cover the following:

a) Conduct a demand assessment in the affected countries.

b) Identify options to respond to demand short- to medium-term support leading to re-establishment of sustainable pro-poor businesses.

c) Research on donor/government/other priorities, actions, gaps, and the prioritization of demand by sector and country.

d) Research on Donor involvement in cyclone recovery, and possible funding sources for AECF.

e) Propose AECF engagement at Country, Sector and Business level leading to international donor conference and other similar engagements in the focus countries.

f) Map out the risk profiles of the proposed intervention with potential mitigation actions.

g) Detailed programme feasibility study.

3.1 Outputs and Reporting Requirements

Detailed milestones and outputs to be finalized prior to the signing of the contract

4.0Duration of Service

The contract will be effective for a period of 1 Month from the date of signing and subject to extension, on a need basis.

5.0Qualifications

At least 10 years of experience in conducting programme feasibility assessments, programme design and development.

Experience in International Development or related.

Experience in delivery and management of similar programmes.

Experience in managing/offering advisory services to institutions/programmes for effective management of a large portfolio of SME investments in Sub Saharan Africa.

Experience of working in the Agriculture or Renewable Energy sector in Sub Saharan Africa.

Excellent knowledge of government regulations in countries of work would be an added advantage.

6.0Management

The lead consultant will report to the CEO.

7.0Evaluation Criteria

The following criteria will be used for the evaluation:

Key areas for Evaluation / Assessment

Weighted Award

Technical-70 points

a) Demonstrated 10 years of experience in conducting programme feasibility assessments, programme design and development (20 points)

b) Experience in managing/offering advisory services to institutions/programmes for effective management of a large portfolio of SME investments in Sub Saharan Africa (20 points)

c) Experience in delivery of change programmes at small to large organizations in Africa preferably. (15 points)

d) Methodology and understanding of the assignment. (15 points)

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation (30%).

Companies applying should also submit their Registration and other relevant statutory documents. An application shall not be considered incomplete if these documents are not submitted.

Financial Proposal-30 points.

Reality to market/value for money based on the assignment (inclusive of any applicable tax).

8.0Proposal submission

a. Interested consultancy firms and individuals are requested to submit their technical and financial proposals to procurement@aecfafrica.orgby 5:00 PM E.A.T on 28th May 2019.For enquiries, please email akamande@aecfafrica.organd copy procurement@aecfafrica.org.

b. The Subject of the email should readConsultancy to conduct a Programme Feasibility Assessment for AECF Response to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

c. Technical and Financial proposals will need to be submitted as separate documents. Financial proposals will not be opened until the conclusion of the technical evaluation and then only for those proposals that are deemed qualified and responsive

d. The Financial proposals shall include all applicable taxes quoted separately. If taxes are not mentioned in the financial proposal, The AECF shall consider that they are included in the prices provided.

9.0Disclaimer

The AECF reserves the right to determine the structure of the process, number of short-listed participants, the right to withdraw from the proposal process, the right to change this timetable at any time without notice and reserves the right to withdraw this tender at any time, without prior notice and without liability to compensate and/or reimburse any party.


How to apply:

Interested consultancy firms and individuals are requested to submit their technical and financial proposals to procurement@aecfafrica.orgby 5:00 PM E.A.T on 28th May 2019.For enquiries, please email akamande@aecfafrica.organd copy procurement@aecfafrica.org. You can also download the vacancy through our website here.

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