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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR ORGANIZATIONAL PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT NEEDS ASSESSMENT CONSULTANT

JOB TITLE RFP: ORGANIZATIONAL PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT NEEDS ASSESSMENT CONSULTANT
LOCATION:NG (PRIMARY)
CATEGORY: PROCUREMENT
JOB DESCRIPTION

Solicitation Number: ICS-2020.10.001
Date of Issue of Request: 22 October 2020
Deadline for Offers: 28 October 2020
Description: Organizational Performance Improvement Needs Assessment Consultant
For: Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Activity (FTF)
Funded By: USAID
Implemented By: CNFA
Submit Proposals to: operations@ag-invest.org

Section A: Offer Instructions

1. Introduction to Offerors: The Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Activity (FTF) is a USAID program implemented by CNFA in Nigeria The goal of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Activity (FTF) is to strengthen the enabling environment for agribusiness finance and investment. To achieve this goal, the activity focuses on four interrelated components: 1) improving the agribusiness enabling environment; 2) broadening access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; 3) facilitating investment opportunities for agribusinesses to expand and scale up operations; and 4) enhancing the performance of agribusiness MSMEs. In line with the U.S. and Nigerian Government’s commitment to growing the non-oil-based economy, these efforts will increase the quality, quantity, market access, and diversification of Nigeria’s agribusiness sector.

As part of project activities, CNFA requires the services of two (2) Independent Consultants to conduct assessments of select agribusiness firms and farmer groups across the Activity’s value chains and states. Section B provides full details on the required Scope of Work. The purpose of this solicitation is to solicit quotations from qualified offerors.

Offerors are responsible for ensuring that their offers are received by CNFA in accordance with the instructions, terms, and conditions described in this Solicitation. Only Independent Consultants are eligible for consideration in response to this solicitation. Failure to adhere with instructions described in this solicitation may lead to disqualification of an offer from consideration. Please reference the solicitation number in all responses.

2. Offer Deadline and Protocol: Offers must be received no later than 12:00PM, Nigerian Time, on 28 October 2020. Offers must be submitted by email to operations@ag-invest.org and indicate “OPINA Consultant ICS2020.10.001” in the subject line.

Offers received after the specified time and date will be considered late and will be considered only at the discretion of CNFA. The cover page of this solicitation summarizes the important dates of the solicitation process. Offerors must strictly follow the provided deadlines in the cover page to be considered for award.

Only the written answers issued by CNFA will be considered official and carry weight in the solicitation process and subsequent evaluation. Any verbal information received from employees of CNFA or any other entity should not be considered as an official response to any questions regarding this solicitation.

3. Quotations: Quotations in response to this solicitation should be priced on a daily rate with Level of Effort (LOE). The rate must be presented in Naira. Quotations must remain valid for not less than 60 days. The offeror shall bear all costs associated with the preparation and submission of the quotations up to the final award of the contract. CNFA will in no case be responsible or liable for those costs, regardless of the conduct or outcome of the procurement process.

4. Taxes and VAT: All prices must be presented exclusive of any taxes, duties, and VAT. The selected offeror is responsible for all taxes in accordance with the applicable law.

5. Evaluation: The award will be made to a responsible offeror whose offer follows the solicitation instructions, meets the eligibility requirements, and is determined via a trade-off analysis to be the best value based on application of the below evaluation criteria. Best value determination will consider both technical and financial proposals, i.e., the best approach and anticipated results in combination with a reasonable cost. Proposed costs must reflect and clearly match the degree of sophistication of the technical approach. The relative importance of each individual criterion is indicated by the number of points below:

Technical, 70 points

At least 5 years’ experience in providing business development services to agriculture and agribusiness firms – 20 points
Proven experience in the use of one or more of the following tools: PACT’s Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool (OCAT) and Organizational Performance Index (OPI), Scope Insight’s SME Assessment tool, Six Sigma, and any other relevant tools related to assessing a company’s functional, organizational, and performance structures – 20 points
Evidence of excellent communication, reporting and analytical skills in English, including business and performance improvement plans- 20 points
Experience in working with donor-funded projects is strongly preferred, especially with USAID funded agricultural projects in West Africa and Nigeria -10 points
Cost Proposal, 30 points – overall price and payment terms for the services procured

Best-offer proposals are requested. It is anticipated that award will be made solely on the basis of these original proposals. However, CNFA reserves the right to conduct any of the following:

CNFA may conduct negotiations with and/or request clarifications from any offeror prior to award;
While preference will be given to offerors who can address the full technical requirements of this solicitation, CNFA may issue a partial award or split the award among various suppliers, if in the best interest of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Activity (FTF) Project;
CNFA may cancel this solicitation at any time;
CNFA may contact a shortlist of offerors for additional screening interviews following review of initial offers received.
Please note that if there are deficiencies regarding responsiveness to the requirements of this Solicitation, an offer may be deemed “non-responsive” and thereby disqualified from consideration. CNFA reserves the right to waive immaterial deficiencies at its discretion.

6. Payment and Award: The award will be awarded to the offeror whose quotation represents the best value to the Project. Award will be issued only to the entity which submits an offer in response to this solicitation. CNFA will not issue an award to different offerors, entities, or third-parties other than the selected offeror(s). Any award and payment resulting from this solicitation is anticipated to be in the form of an Independent Consultant Agreement. This award is subject to the Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Activity (FTF) Project’s terms and conditions as stipulated in Annex 3.

7. Offer Format Instructions: All offers must be formatted in accordance with the below requirements:

English language only
Include the offeror’s name, date, Solicitation number, and page numbers as a header or footer throughout the document.
The Official Offer must be in the format provided in Annex 1 (Official Offer Template)
Cover letter signed by the offeror (see Annex 2)
CV/Resume
Provide two contacts for references from organizations/individuals for which the offeror has successfully performed similar work
Section B: Scope of Work

1. About CNFA:

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), an international development organization, specializes in designing sustainable, market led agricultural initiatives. We build strong local and global partnerships, incorporate innovative approaches into our programs, and foster inclusive development to offer enhanced opportunities to under-served groups. Since 1985, CNFA has managed more than $600 million in donor funded agriculture development programs and has worked in 46 countries across the world in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Central Asia.

2. About Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Activity (FTF):

The five-year USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity (the Activity), implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative, strengthens the enabling environment for agribusiness finance and investment. To achieve this goal, the activity focuses on four interrelated components: 1) improving the agribusiness enabling environment; 2) broadening access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; 3) facilitating investment opportunities for agribusinesses to expand and scale up operations; and 4) enhancing the performance of agribusiness MSMEs. In line with the U.S. and Nigerian Government’s commitment to growing the non-oil-based economy, these efforts will increase the quality, quantity, market access, and diversification of Nigeria’s agribusiness sector.

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