CONSULTANT FOR PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT
The Micro-Enterprises Support Programme Trust (MESPT), has since the year 2002 developed a niche in supporting the growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises by providing integrated business solutions for sustainable development. The Trust is a multi-donor entity jointly founded by the Government of Kenya and the European Union who later relinquished their position to the Royal Danish Embassy in Kenya. Through its vision of being the leading and preferred provider of resources for the development of enterprises, MESPT is anchored on three (3) pillars namely:
Green Growth Development which entails promotion of Resource Efficient, Clean and Climate Sensitive Technologies & Solutions, Enterprise Development that involves market development for MSMEs through a value chain approach to enhance effectiveness and Value Chain Development that encompasses an all-inclusive and holistic View of the Micro-Enterprise as they engage with upstream and downstream stakeholders.
Currently, MESPT is implementing the DANIDA Country Programme dubbed the Green Growth and Employment Programme 2016-2020 whose thematic objective is “Inclusive greener growth with higher employment” and will be achieved by focusing support on sustainable growth/jobs from investment/trade and Sustainable use of natural resources and community resilience. Under these two intervention areas, MESPT is committed in carrying out green growth initiatives in its selection value chains. Among these will be initiatives geared to promoting consistent access to irrigation water aimed at enhancing production and productivity levels.
Further, MESPT is also implementing the AGRIFI programm in Kenya whose objective is to strengthen the capacities of actors along selected value chains through the Agricultural Technical and Vocational Education Training -ATVET system approach. Activities under this will inter alia include supporting the upgrading, development and upscaling of agriculture and agri-business value chain-based training curriculums under ATVET. Under the second result area, the project will increase the capacity of private sector to implement and enforce standards on SPS. Furthermore, the project supports Counties in testing and surveillance and enforcement of Sanitary and Phyto Sanitary regulations. The approach comprises of various interrelated methodologies: market-driven approach, competitive selection of counties/beneficiaries, training of Trainers, blended Learning Methodology and use of incentives.
2.Background and Rationale of the assignment**
Resource mobilisation is a key MESPT corporate function with the objective to enable strategic policy and operational priorities to be implemented in a coherent, predictable and sustainable manner. This straightforward definition conceals a rather complex horizontal policy support function that touches on all aspects of the institutional business cycle: governance and policy decision-making, corporate planning and budgeting, resource allocation, programme delivery and management. As an effort towards fundraising, MESPT has aggressively being scouting for funding opportunities where calls are responded to ranging from specific strategic areas of interest ( Agriculture, Food & Nutrition, Economic Development, Livelihood, Sustainable Development among others.
- Objective of the consultancy
The Consultant will take the lead, in conjunction with the Resource Mobilization Secretariat and other key stakeholders, in developing a compelling, evidence-based proposal for submission to institutional donors in accordance with Request for Proposal guidelines for submission to the opportunities; and if the concept note is selected full proposal ( Where either is applicable). The consultant will bring to the programme design process a thorough understanding of and prior experience in food security and information management systems to build a national system.
- Scope of the assignment
This will require scoping, reviewing, analysing, and integrating existing plans, projects to support and inform the preparation of programme document for the implementation of the Food Security Monitoring and Surveillance System in Kenya. The Consultant will organize a series of consultations to facilitate stakeholders’ reviewing, analysing, and prioritizing of activities for the program and working out the required budget to implement these activities
· Review of relevant secondary literature including, but not limited to Nutrition security, Health, Vocational Skills, WASH, Food Security and Livelihoods, Protection, and Disaster Risk Reduction. Based on the secondary data analysis, identify gaps for primary data collection from proposed target region. This should include reviewing and compiling relevant research, evidence from prior similar interventions, best practices, and lessons learned. Major natural disaster risks should be included in all analysis.
· Provide guidance for the finalisation of primary data collection tools and methodologies to assess community-level needs throughout the programme, with regards to building resilience.
· When necessary, conduct field visits in target areas to consult with relevant internal and external stakeholders, through Key Informant Interviews, Focus Group Discussions and Workshops
· When necessary, meet with government authorities, such as National/Provincial/District Authorities, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Welfare, academia, research institutes, and other stakeholders to explore/ develop potential collaborations on relevant activities.
· Conduct problem analysis and validation workshops where appropriate with relevant MESPT staff and if possible other relevant stakeholders.
· Based on the primary and secondary information gathered, and in accordance with guidance in the Request for Proposal, firstly a) design a programme, including logical framework (LFA), budget, and narrative concept note, and secondly b) write a full proposal should the concept note be invited to the next stage.
- Outcomes of the Consultancy
A completed, comprehensive LFA for the proposed programme that is based on the primary and secondary data findings/analysis. This should be developed with involvement from staff members and other partners/stakeholders as identified during the consultancy. -Final drafts of all proposal-related documents as per identified donor requirements (including but not limited to project concept note, full proposal, and budget).
7.Duration/Indicative Schedule/Level of Effort
This will be informed by the time given in the call for proposals and level of effort.
How to apply
The consultant will work closely with all relevant stakeholders and report directly to the chair of the resource mobilization committee at MESPT.
The Consultant will be paid in accordance with MESPT guidelines. MESPT will also prepare a detailed contract for the exercise and will retain 5% Withholding Tax as required by Kenya Revenue Authority.
Due to the nature of assignment (s) and emerging opportunities, payment will be negotiated on a case to case basis.
Any and all documents produced under this assignment shall be the sole property of MESPT and may be used for any purpose whatsoever without the need to consult with the author.
The consultant will bring to the programme design process previous experience from developing and writing successful integrated, multi-sectoral, proposals involving several stakeholders for institutional donors. It is desirable that they consultant also brings a good understanding of issues relating to nutrition, food security, education/vocational skills and livelihoods, and/or protection sectors. S/he must demonstrate or has lengthy experience and knowledge in designing or developing food security monitoring systems in the region. In addition, the consultant must possess the following: –
· An advanced university degree (preferably master’s degree) in development studies and other related social sciences with emphasis on statistics and/or monitoring and evaluation. Knowledge in food security, agriculture and social sciences, humanitarian affairs, political science, Information Technology, Information Systems
· Minimum of 5-10 years’ experience in proposal development, food security, information management, and/or program development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Strong program design skills, including capacity to prepare logical, coherent, and consistent documents including log frames and budgets.
· Prior demonstrated experience developing proposals for institutional donors, those funding food security programs.
· Ability to work efficiently and effectively with project members in various locations and from multiple organizations.
· Ability to integrate different experiences, methodologies, and approaches from a diverse range of stakeholders, organizations, and technical experts from multiple sectors.
· ·Flexibility to adapt to any subsequent changes in the terms of reference.
· Working relationships with relevant ministries and agencies working in food security would be an advantage.
· Excellent English speaking/writing skills required; prior experience of facilitating multi-stakeholders’ workshops and meetings.
6.Tender Evaluation (Technical + Financial Evaluation)
Technical evaluation (80 marks)
The technical evaluation will be based on the following criteria
Overall capability of the firm/individual and understanding of the dairy sector in the County
Past practical experience of the firm/individual on similar assignments
Approach & methodology
Understanding of the assignment
Financial Evaluation (20 marks)
The financial bid will be awarded against an overall of 20 marks, where evaluation will be computed as follow: the bid price/lowest bid*20, to attain the score.
The proposal with the highest evaluation score (Technical + Financial) will be considered for award.
Interested applicants should send detailed proposals with CV(s) of consultant/-s involved in the project and examples of previous work should accompany the tender, with a covering letter explaining how their experience addresses the requirements of the TOR to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org by20thApril 2020before 11.00 AM.
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