Proposal Development Support Services

Proposal Development Support Services

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Issue Date: January 2, 2019 

Due Date for Questions: January 8, 2019  

Closing Date: January 20, 2019

RFP No: NBD-2019-01

Place of Performance: Washington, DC preferred; remote work as mutually agreed 

Period of Performance: January 2019-December 2019 

Application submission:

To:Duncan Nelson, Program Development Coordinator,;  

CC to: Lenoure Recanatini, Director, Program Development, 




CNFA (Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture) is dedicated to increasing the quality of life of rural households by empowering farmers and rural entrepreneurs worldwide. CNFA brings more than 30 years of experience promoting private-sector and agriculture development programs in Africa, Europe, and Asia, facilitating productive partnerships between smallholders, agribusinesses, financial institutions, investors, and other private-sector, civil society, and government stakeholders. CNFA is seeking service providers to deliver proposal and, potentially, operational support between January 2019 and December 2019.  


Statement of Work: 


CNFA is seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) from service providers (Offerors) interested in providing CNFA with consultant experts in capture and proposal management, recruitment, proposal writing, business development processes, and other areas to support development of proposals and to strengthen and support program development team operations.  


 Instructions and Requirements for Submissions of Expressions of Interest: 


·   Provide a cover page that includes your organization’s name, address, and telephone number along with the date and RFP number and signature of an authorized representative of the Offeror. 

·   Provide a brief overview of your organization. 

·   EOIs must be one page and received by the closing date and time indicated. They must be submitted in PDF or Word.  


Offerors that demonstrate interest and expertise providing business development support services to organizations in response to USAID solicitations will receive an RFP. CNFA will leave this Expression of Interest open through the deadline of the full solicitation, however the deadline of the solicitation will not change and Offerors are requested to comply with the solicitation deadline. It is the responsibility of Offerors to monitor the release of the full solicitation and comply with all requirements including the deadline. Issuance of this request for expressions of interest does not constitute an award commitment on the part of CNFA, nor does it commit CNFA to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of an application. Expressions of Interest are submitted at the risk of the applicant; should circumstances prevent award of an agreement, all preparation and submission costs are at the applicant’s expense.


Market Systems, Agribusiness, and Finance Consultant

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Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Market Systems,Agribusiness, and Finance Consultant to support both new business development activities and active projects. The consultancy will be based in Washington, DC, but will include international travel. Some work from a remote home base may also be acceptable. The Consultant will serve as a technical lead or advisor for proposal development or program implementation for agribusiness development and the facilitation of finance and investment in line with CNFA agricultural development objectives.


Duties and Responsibilities:

The Consultant will work closely with the assigned CNFA Proposal or Program teams to produce inputs. All deliverables will be completed by the Consultant in compliance with relevant donor standards and CNFA’s processes, including maintaining CNFA formatting rules and timelines.

The Market Systems, Agribusiness, and Finance Consultant will be responsible for:

  • Conducting research to develop context and priorities in target technical or geographic areas for proposal development and/or program activities
  • Leading or participating in international trips for proposal capture or program activities as required
  • Identifying and setting up meetings with private sector firms, consultants, government, local organizations, and other key stakeholders to gather information and realize opportunities for collaboration
  • Working with proposal and/or program teams to contribute to project design or provide inputs for proposal development or project implementation processes
  • Identifying and recommending relevant qualified personnel
  • Conducting brief assessments or analysis in target technical areas as required and assigned by the programs team
  • Providing written inputs and consolidated trip/meeting notes as required
  • Other assignments to be determined as mutually agreed

Key Qualifications:

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience in agribusiness and/or finance and investment facilitation in a development context;
  • Proven track record of successful technical design, analysis, and solutions facilitation for development projects with access to finance, investment, agribusiness, or market systems components;
  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, agriculture/agribusiness, finance, economics, or related field is required; Master’s a plus;
  • Experience working on USAID or other donor-funded proposals and projects of complex scope and large size preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience working in a developing country context;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Lead Writer (contractor)- Food for Progress (FFPr)

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CNFA is developing an application(s) for the FY 2019 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food for Progress (FFPr) funding opportunity and requires the services of a lead writer (Contractor) for the capture and proposal development process.


The Contractor will serve as lead writer and produce all drafts and a final technical proposal suitable for submission to USDA for the FY 2019 concept note and full application stages. The Contractor will work closely with the assigned CNFA personnel to produce inputs and deliverables. Duties and responsibilities will be further elaborated and discussed during the application process.


Duties, Responsibilities and Deliverables

  • Conduct research to develop context and donor priorities in the target technical areas, in coordination with proposal team and technical lead;
  • Support the proposal team with the design of the technical approach and activities leading to objectives and ultimate results;
  • Write the technical components of the concept note and the technical application;
  • Ensure all drafts are complete and within page limits in advance of reviews;
  • Support proposal team in writing other sections of the proposal, developing graphics and text boxes, and reviewing all proposal sections for consistency and compliance;