Request for Proposal – RFP-6954-22-008-PIF – Digital Financing Solution Innovation Challenge At Winrock International


BACKGROUND:

The USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services Activity is partnering with micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and key market actors to test, replicate, and scale models of smallholder-oriented service delivery that will rapidly, effectively, and sustainably provide access to agro-inputs and services and disseminate extension messaging to two million smallholder farmers in Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kebbi, and Niger states.

The main objective of the Extension Activity is to:

i. Build the capacity of private extension service providers, by leveraging the power of MSMEs, to deliver extension and advisory services to value chain stakeholders, Small Holder Farmers (SHFs) to increase their production and productivity due to the increased availability and accessibility of private extension services providers. It targets to increase the availability of and accessibility to quality agricultural inputs/ services as well as pilot and scale up use of ICT-enabled extension services platforms to reach value chain stakeholders. It also aims to increase access to financial products and services.

ii. Strengthen linkages between agricultural research institutions, agro-allied companies, the public and private extension services providers, and agricultural value chain stakeholders.

OBJECTIVE:

The Activity invites eligible firms to submit proposals for the *digital finance solution innovation challenge. **Under this innovation challenge, the Extension Activity is seeking partners (Digital financial institutions; firms registered under Financial Technology Association of Nigeria (FinTechNGR); private sector firms; For-Profit Organizations and other reputable firms) investing in catalytic businesses models to spur uptake and disseminate the MIPs as well as other business solutions and extension messaging to Small Holder Farmers (SHFs) through innovative approaches ***that focuses on financial solutions*** that will produce digital financial products that support savings and credit for last mile outreach and inclusion of previously marginalized potential clients, especially women and youth.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

All submissions in response to this Request for Proposal must be done electronically via email to PIF@agextensionactivity.org with the subject line: “RFP-6954-22-008-PIF – Digital Financing Solution Innovation Challenge”

Proposals must be submitted in two separate emails and labelled with the above subject line:

Email 1 – Annex A – Technical Proposal form

Email 2 – Financial proposal in Microsoft Excel**

Requesting the full Request for Proposal (RFP)

For the full RFP and application form, interested and eligible applicants should send a request to PIF@agextensionactivity.org. Completed technical proposals/application forms, cost proposals and other supporting documents should be submitted in electronic form and should reference RFP-6954-22-008-PIF in the subject line. **

Minimum Eligibility Criteria:

The Expression of interest must include the following information:

  • Organization name and date organization was founded, and current registration status (complete CAC documents and Proof of valid tax compliance certificate from Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) or State Inland Revenue Service.
  • Contact Information, including contact name, title, address, telephone, fax, e-mail, etc.
  • DUNS Number
  • Audited financial statement for the last one (1) or two (2) years
  • Brief description of the organization and its activities.

Submission Deadline: proposals must be received no later than (5:00 PM West African Standard Time (WST) on (March 15, 2022) to PIF@agextensionactivity.org. All submissions must be labelled using the subject line – EOI-PIF-002. Winrock will not consider applications received after the submission deadline. Only successful candidates will be notified and there are no phone solicitations.

The full RFP will be forwarded to those who express their interest via the above email address.**Please note:** Consortium proposals will not be accepted under this RFP

How to apply

Proposals must be submitted in two separate emails and labelled with the above subject line:

Email 1 – Annex A – Technical Proposal form

Email 2 – Financial proposal in Microsoft Excel

proposals must be received no later than (5:00 PM West African Standard Time (WST) on (March 15, 2022) to PIF@agextensionactivity.org. All submissions must be labelled using the subject line – EOI-PIF-002.

Full RFP – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xPeocF90HZhDnDNZK4x0_od3vAeQ42op/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=114906533288203954813&rtpof=true&sd=true

Annex A – Technical Proposal Form – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1op9pOxWU6qugbaqU4jDi1_AQvO1R_3yd/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=114906533288203954813&rtpof=true&sd=true

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