REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR CONSULTANCY SERVICES TO CREATE A BUSINESS MANAGEMENT APPLICATION AND TRAIN SMES ON THE PLATFORM, MARCH 2023


Communications Manager at Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund

TERMS OF REFERENCE

  1. About AECF

The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) transforms lives by providing investment funding and technical assistance to commercially viable businesses that improve the lives of rural communities. It mobilizes donor funding to support early and growth-stage businesses in agriculture and renewable and clean energy sectors, with a focus on improving incomes and employment for rural and marginalized groups. It is a non-profit organization, with its headquarters in Nairobi and operational centres in Somalia,

Ethiopia, Dar-es-Salaam, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan and Côte d’Ivoire.

Since our launch in 2008 at the World Economic Forum, AECF has built the resilience of rural and marginalized communities by catalysing innovative private sector business models with patient capital and growth support services across Sub-Saharan Africa. We have raised US$ 392 million to date, providing catalytic funding to enterprises in 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa by investing in businesses that struggle to meet traditional risk-return standards for commercial investors. In 2021, we launched a new strategy to build resilience and sustainable incomes for rural and marginalized communities in Africa.

  1. About the Finance for Inclusive Growth Somalia

Funded by European Union, Finance for Inclusive Growth in Somalia (FIG – Somalia) is a pilot programme component under the European Union’s Inclusive Local and Economic Development (ILED) programme, whose objective is to contribute to stability in Somalia by extending state authority and services, promoting local reconciliation and peace building, creating inclusive economic opportunities, and protecting the most vulnerable.

The specific objectives of the FIG Somalia programme are:

  • Facilitate access to finance for women and youth in business and producers at the financial institution and enterprise levels using the revolving loan fund and the partial guarantee facility with selected partner financial institutions.
  • To enhance access to relevant business development services, mainly through training and business mentorship
  • Build the capacity of the partner financial institutions to increasingly provide appropriate financial services for a wider scope of customers, including those living in rural and decentralised areas in Somalia.
  • To design and offer appropriate and sustainable products and services to clients through Somali Financial Institutions and ensure targeted clients are growing and becoming more bankable.

Both Partner two financial intermediaries have so far provided Shariah-compliant financing to over 4,000 clients in Banadir (Mogadishu), Jubaland (Kismayo), Southwest State (Afgoye), Galmudug (Dhusamareeb & Adado), Hirshabelle (Beledwayne & Balcad), Puntland (Bossaso, Garowe &Galkaio), and Somaliland (Hargeisa, Borama, Gabilay, Wajale, Berbera, Bur’o, Erigavo, Las’anod and Buhodle).

    1. Activity Background:

Access to finance for small-scale businesses owned by Women, Youth and producer groups has been an issue in Somalia. Financial institutions consider small businesses as being too risks because of ;

  1. Lack of business data (Inventory control, balance sheet, profit, and loss information)
  2. Most small business are not formally registered.
  3. Lack of business management capacity, owner Identification and grantor or collateral.
  4. Scope of Work

FIG programme Somalia seeks to find a sustainable solution for business information management for these small business with the goal of enhancing their capacity, mainly Women, youth, and producer groups. As such we are looking at a BDS firm to create or further develop an existing simplified online Business bookkeeping mobile platform and test it among existing client in the FIG programme partner MFIs and the Somali Micro-Finance Association (SOMMA) members. The ultimate goal is support the local SMEs to increase efficiency and have a transaction history to ease financing by MFIs.

3.1 Responsibilities:

  • Create or improve the existing business management book (application). The app shall be customized, simplified and in the Somali language to allow users to navigate without challenges.
  • Comprehensive application report with sample screengrabs; after the contract, the BDS shall provide an inception report with an updated work plan and business management application overview.
  • The firm shall train 3,000 AECF FIG programme-supported end clients and SOMMA member clients; the support includes downloading the application on clients’ phones, business data migration, bookkeeping usage and management.
  • App must-have business coaching section, BDS firm to maintain the application to provide maintenance and management, firm to upload customised business coaching videos every week to solve users’ skills gap.
  • Submission of the final report of the assignment, with future action plans and sustainability plans.
    1. Deliverables
  • Inception report outlining the approach for the assignment.
  • A comprehensive application report and end clients’ coaching work plan.
  • Develop a Somali language business management application.
  • Application to be available in both the Playstore and I and app stores.
  • Up to 3,000 FIG end clients trained and dully using the application.
  • Clear sustainability plan of the application.
  • Application system design, complete coding, testing, deployment of an integrated system for usage with IT infrastructure, and a user guide.
  1. Duration of Services

The assignment should be completed by September 2023.

  1. Reporting

The BDS will be accountable to the FIG programme team and shall submit monthly assignment reports.

  1. Qualifications

The selected BDS firm should meet or exceed the following minimum qualifications:

  • Deep understanding of access to finance challenges for Women, Youth, and producer groups in Somalia with substantial experience in private sector development.
  • At least three years of practical experience creating applications and databases, training and capacitating local SMEs.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the Somalia SMEs and financial sector.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of SME finance and solutions to increase access to finance for youth and women-owned/led businesses.
  1. Proposal Submission

Interested and qualified BDS firms are invited to submit their proposal(s) comprising the following:

  • An understanding of the consultancy requirements.
  • Methodology and work plan for performing the assignment.
  • Relevant services that have been done in the past years.
  • Letters of reference from 3 previous companies/assignments.
  • Registration and other relevant statutory documents.
  • The technical and financial proposals are to be submitted separately.
  • The financial proposal clearly shows the budgeted cost for the work to be conducted by the BDS under the scope of work above.
  1. Pricing

Dependent on the contracting mechanism, AECF is obliged by the Kenyan tax authorities to withhold taxes on service contract fees as well as ensure VAT, at 16%, is charged where applicable. Applicants are advised to ensure that they have a clear understanding of their tax position with regard to provisions of Kenya tax legislation when developing their proposals.

  1. Evaluation criteria

An evaluation committee will be formed by the AECF and shall include employees. All members will be bound by the same standards of confidentiality. The vendor should ensure that they fully respond to all criteria to be comprehensively evaluated. The AECF may request and receive clarification from any vendor when evaluating a proposal. The evaluation committee may invite some or all the vendors to appear before the committee to clarify their proposals. In such an event, the evaluation committee may consider such clarifications in evaluating proposals.

In deciding the final selection of qualified bidders, the technical quality of the proposal will be given a weighting of 70% based on the evaluation criteria. Only the financial proposal of those bidders who qualify technically will be opened. The financial proposal will be allocated a weighting of 30%, and the proposals will be ranked in terms of total points scored. The mandatory and desirable criteria against which proposals will be evaluated are identified in the table below.

Evaluation Criteria

Marks

Legality Registered and allowed to operate in Somalia

10

Understanding of the Terms of Reference

10

Methodology and work – plan for performing the assignment

25

Demonstration of experience in similar work

25

Financial proposal; clarity, relevance, reality to market of value/ value for money of cost for the assignment (inclusive of any applicable tax).

30

TOTAL SCORE

100

  1. Application details

The AECF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The AECF considers all interested candidates based on merit without regard to race, gender, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

  • The AECF invites qualified firms to send a proposal to aecfprocurement@aecfafrica.org marked “CONSULTANCY SERVICES TO CREATE A BUSINESS MANAGEMENT APPLICATION AND TRAIN SMES ON THE PLATFORM” The AECF shall not be liable for not opening proposals that are submitted with a different subject.
  • The proposal should be received no later than 31st March 2023 by 5.00 pm East Africa Time (GMT +3) addressed to the AECF, Procurement Department. All clarifications and or questions should be sent to aecfprocurement@aecfafrica.org
  1. Disclaimer

AECF reserves the right to determine the structure of the process, the 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

  1. Application details

The AECF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The AECF considers all interested candidates based on merit without regard to race, gender, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

  • The AECF invites qualified firms to send a proposal to aecfprocurement@aecfafrica.org marked “CONSULTANCY SERVICES TO CREATE A BUSINESS MANAGEMENT APPLICATION AND TRAIN SMES ON THE PLATFORM” The AECF shall not be liable for not opening proposals that are submitted with a different subject.
  • The proposal should be received no later than 31st March 2023 by 5.00 pm East Africa Time (GMT +3) addressed to the AECF, Procurement Department. All clarifications and or questions should be sent to aecfprocurement@aecfafrica.

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