Request for Quotations – Supply of 07 vehicles

Request for Quotations – Supply of 07 vehicles

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Introduction

The Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze is a USAID program implemented by CNFA in Rwanda. The goal of the Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze project is to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of the agriculture and food systems to the changing climate. As part of project activities, the Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Project requires the purchase of seven (7) 4X4 Pick up Double Cab vehicles for the Project’s use during its implementation. The purpose of this Request for Quotations (RFQ) is to solicit quotations for these items.

 

Offerors are responsible for ensuring that their offers are received by CNFA in accordance with the instructions, terms, and conditions described in this RFQ.  Failure to adhere with instructions described in this RFQ may lead to disqualification of an offer from consideration.

Technical Requirements – 4X4 Pick up Double Cab (Quantity of 7)

  • WD Manual Engine
  • 4 cylinders
  • 2500cc or 3000CC
  • Diesel Turbo
  • Left -hand drive
  • / Manual Transmission  5-Speed Floor Shift
  • / Central Lock System
  • Model 2016 -2017, Tropicalized for Rwanda Altitude
  • High Altitude Compensator

Technical Requirements – Accessories

  • 1 TJM Bull Bar
  • 1 Radio AM/FM/USB Playerar    
  • 1 Tool box     
  • 1 Spare tire
  • 1 Fire extinguisher
  • 1 Stainless Nerf Bars
  • 1 Vehicle manual

Questions

Questions regarding the technical or administrative requirements of this RFQ may be submitted no later than 05:00 PM/Kigali time on December 15, 2017 by email to hingaweze@cnfarwanda.org. Questions must be submitted in writing; phone calls will not be accepted. Questions and requests for clarification – and the responses thereto – that CNFA believes may be of interest to other offerors will be circulated to all RFQ recipients who have indicated an interest in bidding on December 18, 2017.

Offer Deadline and Protocol

Offers must be received no later than 06:00 PM, Kigali City, on December 22, 2017. Offers must be submitted by email or hard copy delivery to the Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze’s office. Any emailed offers must be emailed to:  hingaweze@cnfarwanda.org while any hard copy deliveries must be stamped and signed by the offeror’s authorized representative and delivered to the Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze’s office located at KV 28 AV, House 7, Kimihurura/Gasabo District, Kigali, Rwanda.

 

Please reference the RFQ number in any response to this RFQ.  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 to be considered for award. 

Horticulture Value Chain Analysis

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Introduction

The objective of the five-year USAID Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity is to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve the nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of agriculture and food systems to the changing climate.     

In response to this economic reality, Hinga Weze will adapt its approach to help smallholder producers in the horticulture sector become better-informed decisionmakers for production, processing, and marketing processes. To do so, Hinga Weze must focus its efforts on a relatively-small subset of all possible horticulture interventions, so as not to dilute its efforts too widely and to increase its impact by reaching a large group of Rwandan farmers. 

Hinga Weze will engage a consultant to conduct an analysis that will help prioritize its horticulture value chain interventions, and identify which products and technologies have the greatest potential to make an impact in the near-term on contractual deliverables. The consultant will be asked to identify the most appropriate commodities that offer potential to increase incomes, improve nutritional outcomes, and increase market access for Rwandan agricultural producers.

Duration

The STTA ValueChain Advisor is anticipated to be on the ground in Rwanda for 20 days, and have 5 days of home-office research, preparation and post-travel report writing, for a total of 25 LOE days.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Master’s degree in Agriculture, Economics, International Development, Business or a related field, is preferred. Or, Bachelor’s degree with an additional five years of relevant experience.
  • A minimum of 10 years work experience in agricultural value chain development, with 5 years of experience in market analysis, research and agricultural development practices.
  • Experience identifying opportunities for value chain development which promote market linkages, improve access to markets at the processor and household level, and positively impact the entire value chain.
  • Proven understanding of nutrition-sensitive value chain programming.
  • Acquainted with agricultural and rural development conditions in emerging markets. Priority will be given to knowledge of Rwandan or East African market conditions.
  • Holder of a post-graduate degree in finance, banking or business-related fields.
  • Experience in value chain methodologies and techniques, horticulture promotion, monitoring/evaluation, and other relevant areas.
  • Experience working with USAID and other donors.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Rwandan citizenship an advantage but not required.
  • Experience in using excel-based financial analysis to solve problems is desirable.
  • Excellent communication skills in Kinyarwanda.
  • Fluency in English and excellent technical report writing skills in English.

Deliverables

  • An inception report within 5 days of contract signature with an outline of the proposed methodology and the approach to be used, also including a workplan of activities to be carried out during the assignment.
  • A draft final report outlining the methodology used, the results, and the primary recommendations to Hinga Weze about which six commodities with the horticulture value chain to focus on, and upgraded strategies for the Hinga Weze approach.  Report to include eight commodities of secondary focus.
  • A final report taking into account comments by Hinga Weze, USAID, and the GoR.
  • The consultant/team will provide a draft report of the assignment including a comprehensive cost and benefit analysis within 30 days of contract signature. The final report can be submitted once the draft report has been reviewed and accepted by CNFA and other stakeholders.

Interested candidates should submit an application containing technical and financial proposals through the following e-mail address: c2.stta@cnfarwanda.org  The deadline of submission of applications is November 29, 2017.

Investment Advisor – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Brief Project Overview:

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Experience

  • Master of Business Administration, Finance, or equivalent;
  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience and track record with a private equity fund, institutional investor, sovereign wealth fund, or similar entity, with a focus on equity and quasi-equity investments preferred;
  • Strong practical experience in structuring, negotiating and monitoring fund investments, preferably in a direct investment context;
  • Experience investing in SMEs in the agribusiness sector with a particular focus on secondary businesses involved in the agribusiness supply chain (i.e.  warehousing, transport/logistics, input suppliers, etc.);
  • Experience investing in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Rwanda;
  • Strong understanding of and experience in building financial models for valuations and financial returns analysis;
  • Proactive self-starter, with proven ability to initiate (including being resourceful in identifying potential investment opportunities) and bring deals to completion;
  • Sound business judgment, problem solving, commercial instincts, and energetic team-oriented attitude.

**Women and Rwandan nationals strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Operations and Procurement Manager – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Brief Project Overview:

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience in the day-to-day management of financial and operations processes, including accounts payable, payroll, general ledger and financial reporting, as well as general financial administration, travel logistics, grants and cash management, and budgets is required;
  • Experience procuring goods and services through subcontracts, blanket purchase agreements, and purchase orders, as well as managing vendor relationships, contacts, and pre-qualification lists is required;
  • Experience working on USAID or other donor-funded projects is strongly preferred;
  • Experience streamlining administrative processes and procedures for improved efficiency is a plus;
  • Familiarity of USAID operations rules and regulations is a plus;
  • Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English is required, knowledge of French and/or Kinyarwanda is strongly preferred

Women and Rwandan nationals strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Brief Project Overview:

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, micro-finance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Experience

  • Master’s degree required in relevant field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience in a relevant competency area, including statistics, international development, economics or other
  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience working on the monitoring and evaluation team for donor funded projects; USAID-funded program(s) highly desirable
  • Experience developing monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Strong communication skills including the ability to write concise and clear reports
  • Demonstrated ability to interact and communicate with wide range of stakeholders both verbally and in writing
  • Experience with or ability to learn to use data analytics software (e.g. SPSS, STATA, etc).  
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills in English and Kinyarwanda required
  • Experience with business development services including finance for SMEs a plus

Women and Rwandan nationals strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

ICT Officer

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Brief Project Overview:

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of experience providing information communications technology (ICT) support in a development context;
  • Bachelors in information technology or a relevant field required;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English are required; Knowledge of Kinyarwanda and/or French is an asset
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work in fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Experience working on USAID or other international donor-funded programs a plus;

Women and Rwandan nationals strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting Advisor – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Brief Project Overview:

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Experience

  • At least 7 years of experience in the design and implementation of learning agendas, evaluation of project data to identify successful approaches and trends at the field level, the development of MEL systems and plans;
  • BSc or higher in data management, information technology, or a related field;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English is required; Knowledge of Kinyarwanda and French is an asset;
  • Experience working on USAID or other international donor-funded programs preferred;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills;
  • Advanced proficiency with M&E related technologies.

Women and Rwandan nationals strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist

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CNFA

CNFA is a US-based nonprofit nongovernmental organization (NGO) that works to stimulate economic growth and improve rural livelihoods by empowering the private sector through five core capabilities: (1) Productivity, Food Security and Nutrition; (2) Input Supply and Farm Services; (3) Economic Resilience and Rapid Recovery; (4) Value Chain Development; and (5) Volunteer Technical Assistance. CNFA assists smallholders in increasing household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations (FBOs) and strengthened linkages to markets.

Program Description Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze

The primary objective of the Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze activity is to sustainably increase smallholders farmers income, improve nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of the agriculture and food systems to the changing climate.

Position Description

Reporting to the Chief of Party, the M&E Specialist will lead all Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) activities. The M&E Specialist is a senior member of the program technical team. S/he will be responsible for overseeing all daily work and routine data collection related to monitoring, evaluation, and reporting activities of the project, as well as overseeing the formative research, impact assessments, and ongoing learning activities. The M&E Specialist will lead the MEL Unit, which will develop and manage efficient systems that monitor progress and impact and capture, analyze, and share evidence-based results and lessons learned. S/he will ensure both the M&E system and results reporting meet the requirements of the USAID Feed the Future initiative. The M&E Specialist is based in Kigali.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic leadership and operational management of the various MEL components of the program and ensure the completion of all M&E activities;
  • Oversee Senior M&E Officer, M&E Officer, Financial M&E Officer, and Provincial M&E Coordinators;
  • Develop and implement an MEL strategy (i.e. MEL Manual) outlining M&E systems for data collection, targeting and tracking custom and USAID/FTF indicators, knowledge management, impact assessments, learning activities and reporting in compliance with the requirements provided in the Activity contract, USAID regulations and CNFA standards;
  • Work closely with the other technical units to establish and manage a GIS referencing, cloud-based MEL System and ensure data requirements are integrated into project management processes.
  • Plan and conduct routine assessments that track, analyze, and synthesize project data useful for program learning and adaptive management;
  • Through regular review of monitoring data, organize and lead periodic learning days and annual learning summits to enable managers to identify successes and make decisions about adapting activities and approaches to achieve results.
  • Collaborate closely with other technical units to analyze M&E findings, determine any needed adjustments, and identify and disseminate key learning messages/finding to internal and external audiences, including the GoR and wider development community;
  • Engage with senior technical staff on program impact data collection and research opportunities;
  • Utilize critical inputs, feedback, and assessments from external evaluation partners to inform changes in program approaches and scale-up when necessary;
  • Collaborate with the Finance, Operations, and Compliance Unit to develop a system to track and report cost-related data for each program element to reinforce financial and budgetary strategies and allocations during planning periods;
  • Ensure compliance with all USAID, CNFA, and, if/where applicable, host country government reporting requirements;
  • Complete other duties as necessary and assigned by the Chief of Party;
  • Will ensure that these and other program components are results-oriented.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree required in relevant field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience in a relevant competency area, including statistics, international development, economics or other;
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience working on the monitoring and evaluation team for donor funded projects; USAID-funded program(s) is highly desirable;
  • Experience developing monitoring and evaluation systems;
  • Ability to write concise and clear reports;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate, willingness to innovate and ability to think systematically;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact and communicate with wide range of stakeholders both verbally and in writing;
  • Proven experience in managing multiple and competing tasks while maintaining quality of deliverables within deadlines;
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills in English and Kinyarwanda required.
  • Must be a Rwandan citizen.

Grants Manager: Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze

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CNFA

CNFA is a US-based nonprofit nongovernmental organization (NGO) that works to stimulate economic growth and improve rural livelihoods by empowering the private sector through five core capabilities: (1) Productivity, Food Security and Nutrition; (2) Input Supply and Farm Services; (3) Economic Resilience and Rapid Recovery; (4) Value Chain Development; and (5) Volunteer Technical Assistance. CNFA assists smallholders in increasing household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations (FBOs) and strengthened linkages to markets.

Program Description – Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze

The primary objective of the Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze activity is to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of the agriculture and food systems to the changing climate.

Position Description

Reporting to the Director of Finance and Operations, the Grants Manager is responsible for managing a $5 million grants fund. The Grants Manager will be responsible for the solicitation, review, selection, management, and closeout of all grants. S/he will contribute to the development of the project Grant Manual as well as ensure grant activities (milestones, procurement, and technical assistance) comply with the manual and USG and CNFA policies. The Grants Manager is based in Kigali.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The main duties of the Grants Manager include, but are not limited to:
  • Responsible for the solicitation, review, selection, management, and closeout of all grant agreements with correct procurement documentation;
  • Responsible for developing the project Grant Manual and ensuring grant activities (milestones, procurement, and technical assistance) comply with the manual and USG and CNFA policies;
  • Directly supervise the Grants Officer and manage 8 Provincial Grants Coordinators;
  • Collaborate with Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team to monitor compliance and assess the achievements of grantees, identify challenges and provide viable solutions as necessary;
  • Triangulate with local partners and conduct site visits to ensure effective implementation of grants
  • Provide technical training and capacity building to Provincial Grants and Procurement staff as needed;
  • Coordinate with relevant technical leads in the field and the Kigali-based Technical and Administrative Management units to ensure smooth implementation of grant activities; 
  • Ensure quality information management through regular maintenance of grant files and preparation of documents and files for internal/external audits;
  • Undertake other assignments or tasks at the request of the Chief of Party.

Qualifications

  • CNFA is seeking a Rwandan national possessing the following qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in accounting, business, public administration or a related field;
  • At least five years of progressively responsible work experience in managing grant portfolios for complex donor-funded project(s) related to agricultural finance, value chain development, agricultural investment, private sector investment management and/or access to finance;
  • Minimum of three years of experience in USAID-funded program(s), and demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules & regulations (FAR, AIDAR, ADS 303);
  • At least 5 years of experience in a supervisory role;
  • Excellent management and administrative skills; ability to negotiate budgets, review financial vouchers and expense reports;
  • Administrative experience with NGOs and NGO procedures;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact and communicate with a wide range of stakeholders both verbally and in writing;
  • Effective at collaboration; willingness to innovate and ability to think systematically;
  • Proven experience in managing multiple and competing tasks while maintaining quality of deliverables within deadlines;
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills in English required; Kinyarwanda and French considered an asset

Job location

  • The Grant Manager will be based at Kigali but with frequent travel to the districts

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.