Deputy Chief of Party

Deputy Chief of Party

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Project Description:

Pakistan Agricultural Technology Transfer Activity (PATTA) is a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project designed to increase smallholder farmers’ access to markets, alongside their overall development impact and cost-effectiveness. Smallholders farmers in Pakistan use outdated and less effective technologies, leading to stagnant or dwindling productivity and returns, particularly in the horticulture and livestock sub-sectors. Because improved technologies that are affordable, impactful, and safe have not yet penetrated the vast smallholder market.

Position Description:

Working under direct supervision of the Chief of Party, the Deputy Chief of Party will perform his assignments in order smooth functioning of program and operation and compliance. The DCOP will be responsible to support all program and financial and operational support and oversight. DCOP will be responsible for the implementation of project activities relating to program, administration, accounting, procurement, international STTAs visits, security and support to MEL and directly managing PATTA HR and programmatic activities. 

 

Major Duties and Responsibilities: PATTA requires a frequent coordination with USAID, Supply Side Partners, Demand Side partners, facilitating partners and government and semi government organizations and fulfill host country compliance requirements. The DCOP would be guiding the program and operation staff in day to day activities and shall be able to perform following specific tasks:

Management role:

  • Supervise and manage the Agricultural Technology Unit: Ag. Tech. Director, Crops and Livestock Tech. Officers and STTA time to time;
  • Supervise and manage the Finance and Compliance Unit: Finance and Compliance Manager, Accountant, HR and Admin Officer, Safety Security and Logistics Manager and Drivers and STTA time to time;
  • Supervise and manage the MEL Unit: the MEL Director, the M&E Officer and other STTA time to time;
  • Supervise and manage Cross Cutting Activities: Gender Integration Officer, Social and Behavior Change Communication Officer and Project Communication Officer;
  • Identify issues in program implementation and actively coordinate with Chief of Party to address and mitigate programmatic challenges as they arise.
  • Conduct field trips related to project monitoring and special assignments advised from time to time by the COP. 

Coordination Role:

  • Serve as a liaison between Technical teams in implementation of program activities
  • Serve as head of Program coordination and operation team in for finance and compliance management
  • Provide assistance to COP in cyclical cycle management
  • Ensure program and operational support to PATTA teams maximizing their ability to produce results and achieve sustainable impact
  • Provide support to the MEL, BDMS unit and Technology Development unit
  • Lead the implementation of all activities relating to accounting, procurement, personnel files, and facilitate international consultants visit and schedules
  • Review all reports including marketing/communication material transmitted to USAID
  • Ensure compliance with all USAID, CNFA, and federal and local Government reporting requirements.

Representative Role:

  • Serve as Chief of Party when delegated in the absence of COP
  • Serve as the direct liaison with USAID for smooth implementation of the project in the absence of COP
  • Other duties as required or assigned by Chief of Party.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Master’s degree or MBA in the relevant disciplines from any recognized university (Business Administration, Project Management, Agriculture Economics, and Financial Management).
  • At least 10-year or more experience working on similar positions with donors funded project, preferably with at least 5 years’ experience working with USAID funded projects and managing multiple contracts and agreements. 
  • Proven track record of implementing program and operational activities in the field.
  • This position will require countrywide frequent travel.

Apply By:   

Interested candidates should submit CVs to recruitment@pakistan-patta.org by May 05, 2019. Kindly clearly mention position title “Deputy Chief of Party” in email subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

RFQ: Cold Storage Equipment

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RFQ Number: CNFA-AZ-94

Issuance Date: April 12, 2019

Deadline for Questions: April 19, 2019

Deadline for Offers: April 25, 2019

Description: Cold storage equipment

For: Agricultural Support to Azerbaijan Project (ASAP)

Funded By: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) AID-112-C-14-00001

Implemented By: CNFA

Point of Contact

Ms. Konul Veliyeva

Grants and Subcontracts Specialist

procurement@asapaz.org

 

1.      Introduction: The Agricultural Support to Azerbaijan (ASAP) is a USAID program implemented by CNFA in Azerbaijan. The objective of ASAP is to support the diversification of the economy through initiatives that assist small and medium-sized agribusinesses and farmers to grow. As part of its project activities, ASAP requires the procurement of a cold storage equipment for storage of fruits and vegetables. The purpose of this RFQ is to solicit quotations for this equipment.

 

The proposed project activity entails building of a 500-550 MT capacity cold storage near the orchard of the beneficiary in order to provide for proper long-term storage of fruits and vegetables, thereby enabling sales of produce in and out of season to increase profitability.

 

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 to instructions described in this RFQ may lead to disqualification of an offer from consideration.

 

2.      Offer Deadline and Protocol: Offers must be received by no later than 18:00 Baku local time, on April 25, 2019.

 

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. Offers must be submitted by email at procurement@asapaz.org

 

3.      Questions: Questions regarding the technical or administrative requirements of this RFQ may be submitted by no later than 18:00 Baku local time, on April 19, 2019by email to procurement@asapaz.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.

 

Only the written answers issued by CNFA will be considered official and carry weight in the RFQ process and subsequent evaluation. Any verbal information received from employees of CNFA or any other entity should not be considered as an official response to any questions regarding this RFQ.

4.      Technical Requirements: The table below contains the technical requirements of the cooling system. Offerors are requested to provide quotations containing the information below on official letterhead or official quotation format.

 

Technical Specifications of the Cooling Systems:

–          Compressor (CC31PC11 or similar)

–          Coolant – R450A

–          Evaporator with controller, 3 fans

–          Humidifier (NEB 6500 or similar)

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STTA: conducting an investigation on performance of the installed irrigation system at Kamabuye, Bugesera District

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About Hinga Weze

 

Hinga Weze is a five- year activity of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by CNFA. The primary objective of Hinga Weze is to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve the nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of the agriculture and food systems to the changing climate. The program is comprised of the following three interrelated components:

Component 1: Increasing agricultural productivity

Component 2: Increasing farmers’ access to markets

Component 3: Improving nutritional outcome of agriculture interventions

 

Introduction

In 2009, the Government of Rwanda through Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources and Luxembourg Development (Lux-Dev) Cooperation jointly installed different irrigation systems at locations throughout Bugesera District, Rwanda. A total of 240 ha of hillside irrigation schemes were completed around the lakes of Rilima, Gashora and Cyohoha, including one site at Kamabuye where infrastructure was installed but remains unutilized to date. The farmers requested assistance to rehabilitate the project with a focus on reducing energy costs, which are currently extremely high due to high costs of diesel fuel to operate the installed pumps. The total cost of fuel to fill the installed 6 reservoirs is approximately 80,000 RWF over the course of two days;.

 

These projects are facing serious operational and maintenance challenges resulting in a non-functional system. During a meeting between Hinga Weze, RAB, local authorities, and farmers, stakeholders identified an opportunity to upgrade the installed system by connecting solar panels  and solar powered pumps, thus potentially making the system operational. However, RAB tried to rehabilitate the site by installing 6 dam sheets of around 1,960 m3 (4 of 250 m3 and 2 of 480 m3) but still the farmers are not able to buy the required fuel to irrigate their crops.

 

Consultant Scope of Work – Investigation of the installed system

Hinga Weze is ready to install the solar system with solar pumps to resolve the fuel cost which has resulted in the failure of the existing irrigation system; however, before Hinga Weze can install this system, project staff need to know the status of the existing infrastructures and their current performance.

 

Therefore, Hinga Weze is recruiting an expert in irrigation for approximately 10 days of LOE to conduct a full assessment, including a field visit and testing and reporting of the current irrigation system. The consultant will test all existing systems and will provide a thorough report of any remaining issues, next steps, and potential costs. 

Tasks will include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting field visits to projects in order to test the irrigation infrastructure
  • Establishing project boundaries to be irrigated by the existing infrastructures which using Garmin GPS equipment
  • Investigating the performance of  existing infrastructures
  • Reviewing the installed irrigation system, including review the design for the projects
  • Conducting an assessment of the irrigation network
  • Analyzing the status of existing installed irrigation pipe lines
  • Analyzing the capacity of the existing dam sheet
  • Measuring the outflow (discharge and pressure) of all existing hydrants 
  • Making necessary observations/recommendations on soil erosion and its impact to the installed irrigation system
  • Assessing the pump and engine supplied by RAB and its related fuel consumption per ha/ per day or per hour
  • Tracing the delivery network installed underground using the above ground observable structures, like the valve boxes and hydrants

Key qualifications

  • A BSc graduate in Irrigation Engineering (or equivalent), having no less than ten years’ experience in the field of irrigation, out of which minimum of five years shall be in irrigation design and investigation.
  • The consultant must have proven track record in small scale irrigation projects
  • The consultant must have proven track record of successful organization of small-scale irrigation farmers
  • Fluency in English, both in technical report writing and speaking is a requirement.

Reporting and payment

  • The consultant will report in 10 days from the starting date.
  • The client will pay the consultant a negotiated daily basis contract amount.

How to Apply

All interested and qualified candidates are invited to send their applications with a cover letter, detailed CV, names of three references, and a copy of all degrees and certificates, and send in PDF or Word format to hingaweze@cnfa.org with subject: APPLICATION FOR IRRIGATION STTA, no later than 3:00 PM, Kigali City time, on April 17th, 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Agribusiness Investment Officer

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Program Description

The five-year USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity, implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative, strengthens the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture. To achieve this goal, the activity focuses on three interrelated components: improving the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; broadening access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and promoting investment opportunities for agribusinesses to expand and scale up operations. In line with the U.S. and Nigerian Government’s commitment to growing the non-oil based economy, these efforts will increase the quality, quantity, market access, and diversification of Nigeria’s agribusiness sector.

Beginning in December 2018 and closing in 2023, this $15.6 million project aims to integrate thousands of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and producer organizations as high-performing commercial actors in the value chains for rice, maize, soy, aquaculture, and cowpeas. As a result of streamlined regulations, more effective policies, improved production and processing practices, and significantly increased finance and investment flows, the project will increase the competitiveness and returns of both large and small sale agricultural enterprises. Employing a value chain approach, the Agribusiness Investment Activity aims to facilitate $100 million in new investment and $75 million in finance across the 5 crops in 7 designated States: Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, and Cross River.   

Position Description

Reporting to the Director of Finance and Investment, the Agribusiness Investment Officer focuses on identifying and linking investors and grant programs to investment ready or nearly ready, large and SME agribusinesses in the Activity’s select value chains and geographies.  The Agribusiness Investment Officer also works very closely with the Agribusiness and Agribusiness Finance and Investment Teams

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify foreign and domestic investment funds, networks, and groups who have an expressed interest in investing in the agriculture/agribusiness sector.  These may include diaspora, angel investors, impact investors, venture capital, private equity to mention a few.
  • Identify grant and other programs aimed to support the growth and expansion of the agribusiness sector, with an emphasis on youth and women-owned enterprises.
  • Working with the Agribusiness Finance Specialist and the Agribusiness Team, identify small, medium, and large enterprises seeking equity capital, grants, and other forms of non-repayable capital to elevate their businesses to the next level.
  • Responsible for all investment deal pipeline sourcing and collation, regulatory liaison, strategic partners and potential investors scouting.
  • Responsible for investment and credit analysis on agribusiness opportunities/transactions.
  • Provide support to the agribusinesses in negotiating with the investors on deal structure and terms.  Facilitate commercially viable linkages and provide training, technical assistance and other advisory services to these players, resulting in the closing of investment, grant, and other transactions.
  • Assist in the development and management of a fund mobilization platform to increase private commercial investment for off-farm agribusinesses, with an emphasis on SMEs.
  • Ensuring that stakeholders, other donor funded projects, Government of Nigeria programs and beneficiaries are aware of and interested in collaborating with the Activity, resulting in achieving as much leverage as possible.
  • Meeting with agribusinesses to develop a strong understanding of the legal, regulatory, and other barriers constraining agribusiness investment in each crop/location, and in association with the Enabling Environment Policy Unit, actively contribute to the development of a clear and coherent vision for the reduction of these barriers. 
  • Backstopping and supporting other long- and short-term finance and investment specialists;
  • Contribute to the development of finance, investment and policy components to increase the reach and capacity of agribusiness entrepreneurship and business development support organizations through a series of collaborative stakeholder workshops.
  • Perform other duties related to the above as requested by the Director of Finance and Investment or her designate.

Qualifications

  • At least 7 years of relevant, progressively responsible experience is required;
  • Master’s degree in economics, agricultural economics, business administration, finance or another related field is strongly preferred;
  • Proven track record in developing, analyzing, and implementing projects focused on agribusinesses, agricultural finance, and agricultural value chains;
  • Experience in Nigeria required; experience in other West African countries a plus;
  • Experience with other donor funded projects, especially USAID, is preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating private-sector investments and familiarity with the workings of Government of Nigeria legal and regulatory frameworks at the National and State levels;
  • Able to maintain a rigorous focus on project deliverables, indicators and results, including being able to engage stakeholders to capitalize on any shared efficiencies;
  • A self-starter with a strong work ethic and a focus on results; and
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required, knowledge of local languages is an advantage.

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.

 

RFP: Procurement of legal services for USAID funded FTF Egypt FAS Project

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RFP Number: RFP-002

Issuance Date: April 3, 2019

Deadline for Questions: April 10, 2019

Deadline for Offers: April 24, 2019

Description: Procurement of legal services for USAID funded FTF Egypt FAS Project

For: Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support Project

Funded By: USAID AID-263-A-15-00022

Implemented By: CNFA

Points of Contact

Mr. Mohamed Hendawi

Procurement Officer

Villa Taie, Ramla, West Bank, Luxor, Egypt

0100 708 1927

mhendawi@egyptfas.org

 

and

 

Mr. Brett Aronson

Program Officer

1828 L Street NW, Suite 710, Washington D.C. 20036

+1 202-296-3920

baronson@cnfa.org

Section 1: Introduction, Technical Background and Scope of Work

 

1.1 Introduction: CNFA is a non-profit international development organization based in Washington D.C. which currently implements the FTF Egypt FAS project in Egypt. As a part of project implementation activities, CNFA is seeking the services of local legal counsel to provide guidance pertaining to local labor law, registration requirements, tax exemption, and similar operational tasks.

 

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

1.2: Scope of Work: CNFA requires the services of local legal counsel to advise the organization in ongoing operations in Egypt including guidance on the labor law, review of labor contracts, review of labor policy manuals, project close-out support, and other legal issues related to the NGO’s operations in Egypt that may arise. Please note that CNFA will require legal services to be provided in English, except in cases where Arabic would be required such as drafting Arabic-language correspondence or reviewing documents in Arabic.

 

1.3: Anticipated Period of Performance: May 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020 on an as needed basis

 

1.4: Tasks: The selected offeror is expected to provide, through in-person meetings in Egypt, phone calls, and in writing as requested by CNFA, services such as but not limited to:

 

·         Provide an overview of key requirements of the labor law for long term employees and consultants such as labor categories, severance, leave policies, 13th month bonuses, probation and termination procedures, salary increases, other fringe benefits (required vs. industry norms), etc.

·         Review CNFA’s long term employment agreement and consultant agreement in both Arabic and English to ensure compliance with local labor law.

·         Review CNFA’s employee policy manual in both Arabic and English to ensure compliance with local labor law and standard practices.

·         Provide guidance in the event of legal questions or disputes.

·         Provide guidance related to project close-out, such as document retention requirements, transfer of ownership/disposition of assets, and end of project staff terminations.

·         Other tasks as requested and assigned by CNFA.    

 

Section 2: Instructions to Offerors

      2.1 Offer Deadline and Protocol: Offers must be received no later than 17:00 Egypt time (GMT +2), April 24, 2019. Offers must be submitted by email or hard copy delivery to the Villa Taie, Ramla, West Bank, Luxor Egypt office. Hard copy offers must be addressed to FTF Egypt FAS Procurement Team. Any emailed offers must be emailed to procurement@egyptfas.org and baronson@cnfa.org. Any hard copy deliveries must be stamped and signed by the offeror’s authorized representative and delivered to the FTF Egypt FAS Project office located at Villa Taie, Ramla West Bank, Luxor, Egypt. Email submissions are preferred.

 

Please reference the RFP number in any response to this RFP. 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.

 

2.2 Questions: Questions regarding the technical or administrative requirements of this RFP may be submitted no later than 17:00 Egypt time (GMT+2) on April 10, 2019 by email to Egypt FAS Procurement Team at procurement@egyptfas.org and baronson@cnfa.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 RFP recipients who have indicated an interest in bidding.

 

Only the written answers issued by CNFA will be considered official and carry weight in the RFP process and subsequent evaluation. Any verbal information received from employees of CNFA or any other entity should not be considered as an official response to any questions regarding this RFP.

 

2.3 Evaluation and Award: The award will be made to a responsible offeror whose offer follows the RFP instructions, meets the eligibility requirements, and meets or exceeds the minimum required technical specifications, and is determined via a trade-off analysis to be the best value based on application of the below evaluation criteria. Best value determination will consider both technical and financial proposals, i.e., the best approach and anticipated results in combination with a reasonable cost. Proposed costs must reflect and clearly match the degree of sophistication of the technical approach.

 

The relative importance of each individual criterion is indicated by the number of points below:

 

·         Technical, 70 points –

o   Prior successful experience providing support to international non-profit organizations in Egypt funded by USAID or other donor organizations, supported by relevant references.

o   Ability to provide reliable Egyptian labor law guidance, and other services to such as tax exemption and registration specifically for NGOs.

o   Qualifications of proposed personnel

o   Suitability of proposed approach

o   Professionalism and responsiveness of proposal

·         Cost Proposal, 30 points – overall price and payment terms for the legal services procured

 

Best-offer proposals are requested. It is anticipated that award will be made solely on the basis of these original proposals. However, CNFA reserves the right to conduct any of the following:

·         CNFA may conduct negotiations with and/or request clarifications from any offeror prior to award;

·         While preference will be given to offerors who can address the full technical requirements of this RFP, CNFA may issue a partial award or split the award among various suppliers, if in the best interest of the CNFA;

·         CNFA may cancel this RFP at any time.

 

CNFA anticipates awarding a service agreement to the successful offeror.

2.4 Cost Proposal: Pricing must be presented in Egyptian Pounds. Please include payment terms as part of the cost proposal, noting that CNFA prefers to make payment following the completion of services rather than in advance.  Offers must remain valid for not less than sixty (60) calendar days after the offer deadline. Offerors are requested to provide offers on official letterhead in accordance with the format provided in Annex 4.

 

2.5 Proposal Format Instructions: All proposals must be formatted in accordance with the below requirements:

 

(a)    English language only

(b)    Include the individual/agency/organization name, date, RFP number, and page numbers as a header or footer throughout the document.

(c)    The Technical Proposal must be in the format provided in Annex 3.

(d)    The Cost Proposal must be in the format provided in Annex 4.

 

A full proposal will include the following documents:

(a)    A cover letter on company letterhead, signed by an authorized representative of the offeror (Annex 2).

(b)    A complete Technical Proposal in response to the evaluation criteria in Section 2.3 and in the format provided in Annex 3.

(c)    A complete Cost Proposal in response to the terms of Section 2.4, the evaluation criteria in Section 2.3, and in the format provided in Annex 4.

(d)    A copy of the offeror’s business license, or, if an individual, a copy of his/her identification card.

(e)    At least three (3) contacts for references from organizations/individuals for which the offeror has successfully performed similar work in the past 3 years. 

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M&E Volunteer

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CNFA considers monitoring and evaluation to be an essential management support function that facilitates evidence-based program management through rigorous identification, testing, and scaling-up of interventions that maximize impact and cost-effectiveness. The Monitoring and Evaluation volunteer will support project’s evaluation and learning activities, and help team streamline MEL process via assisting in data collection, cleaning, reporting and success story writing.

This volunteer opportunity is a 2-month assignment with a possibility of extension, based in Luxor, Egypt, with frequent travel to surrounding governorates.

Tasks:

  • Assist in editing, producing, and distributing regular project reports, work plans, success stories, and other deliverables and updates to project management and CNFA HQ;
  • Coordinating the design and completion of the full cooperative/association list, with corresponding farmers/IDs/phone numbers from project’s seven governorates,
  • Assist in administration of the outcome survey taking place in upper Egypt,
  • Assist with data entry process;
  • Other duties as assigned;

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be Egyptian National;
  • Preferably from Upper Egypt;
  • Candidates must either currently be in process of completing Bachelors degree curriculum in statistics or relevant field, or have recent Bachelors degree;
  • Experience in data collection and survey work preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe applications; advanced proficiency in Excel required;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Oral and written fluency in Arabic and English mandatory.

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. 

RFQ: Purchase laptops

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RFQ Number: 005

Issuance Date: 03/26/19

Deadline for Questions: 04/01/19

Deadline for Offers: 04/09/19

Description: Purchase of 24 laptops purchasing in 3 tranches over the coming 2-3 months, software and associated supplies

For: Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity

Funded By: USAID

Implemented By: CNFA

Point of Contact: info@ag-invest.org 

 

1.       Introduction: The Agribusiness Investment Activity is a USAID Feed the Future program implemented by CNFA in Nigeria. The USAID/Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity is a 5-year year, $15 million-dollar project implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative.  The project’s goal is to strengthen the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture.

 

As part of project activities, the Agribusiness Investment Activity requires the purchase of 24 laptops purchasing in an anticipated 3 tranches (tranche 1: 10 laptops; tranche 2: 8 laptops; tranche 3: 6 laptops) over the coming 2-3 months, along with software and computer components to enable staff to conduct activities. The purpose of this 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.

 

2.       Offer Deadline and Protocol:Offers must be received no later than 15:00 pm, Nigerian local Time, on April 9, 2019. Offers must be submitted by email to info@ag-invest.org. 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.

 

3.       Questions: Questions regarding the laptops required & specification requirements of this RFQ may be submitted no later than 15:00 pm Nigerian local Time on April 1, 2019 by email to info@ag-invest.org. Questions 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.

 

Only the written answers issued by CNFA will be considered official and carry weight in the RFQ process and subsequent evaluation. Any verbal information received from employees of CNFA or any other entity should not be considered as an official response to any questions regarding this RFQ.

 

4.       Technical Requirements: The table in Annex 4 summarizes the technical requirements of the laptops being purchased. Offerors are requested to provide quotations containing the information below on official letterhead or official quotation format. 

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State-level Agribusiness Coordinator

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Position Description

CNFA is recruiting for six (6) state-level Agribusiness Coordinators to be based in and responsible for the following regions: Kaduna State; Niger State; Kebbi State; Benue State; Ebonyi State and Cross River State; and Delta State.

Reporting to the Agribusiness Specialist, the Agribusiness Coordinator will work with agricultural enterprises of all sizes along the rice, maize, soy, fish and cowpea value chains. Based at the State level, the Agribusiness Coordinator will become familiar with the agribusiness sector; develop an effective and participatory network of agribusiness stakeholders, including public and private sector value chain participants; conduct needs assessments; report on policy constraints; and identify opportunities for the project to facilitate agribusiness finance and investment transactions. The Agribusiness Specialist will work directly at the State level with established agribusinesses (‘Lead Firms”) in the target value chains, in addition to their key suppliers, distributors, service providers, MSMEs, smallholder farmers, and other service providers within their value chains.  Serving as the Project’s main lead generation engine, the Agribusiness Coordinator will help identify (i) the most critical legal and/or regulatory burdens constraining the partner firms’ growth and competitiveness, (ii) valid and justified access to finance requirements of the Lead Firms and their value chain partners (e.g. smallholder farmers, farmer associations, inputs dealers, aggregators, transport and storage firms), and (iii) potential agribusiness investment opportunities.  The Agribusiness Coordinator will also communicate and coordinate with the other State-based Agribusiness Coordinators as well as with the 3 Component Leaders, M&E Specialist, and Strategic Communications team. 

Program Description

The five-year USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity, implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative, strengthens the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture. To achieve this goal, the activity focuses on three interrelated components: improving the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; broadening access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and promoting investment opportunities for agribusinesses to expand and scale up operations. In line with the U.S. and Nigerian Government’s commitment to growing the non-oil based economy, these efforts will increase the quality, quantity, market access, and diversification of Nigeria’s agribusiness sector.

Beginning in December 2018 and closing in 2023, this $15.6 million project aims to integrate thousands of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and producer organizations as high-performing commercial actors in the value chains for rice, maize, soy, aquaculture, and cowpeas. As a result of streamlined regulations, more effective policies, improved production and processing practices, and significantly increased finance and investment flows, the project will increase the competitiveness and returns of both large and small sale agricultural enterprises. Employing a value chain approach, the Agribusiness Investment Activity aims to facilitate $100 million in new investment and $75 million in finance across the 5 crops in 7 designated States: Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, and Cross River.   

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Represent the project at the State level.
  • Advise the Agribusiness Specialist and Component Leads on state-specific challenges related to the challenges and opportunities for improvements in the business enabling environment, access to agribusiness finance, and opportunities for agribusiness investment.
  • Serve as the primary lead generator for investment and financial transactions in the respective State (e.g. Benue, Ebonyi/Cross River, Delta, Kaduna, Kebbi, and Niger).
  • Organize forums and meetings, including but not limited to project launches, policy reform focus groups, and agribusiness lending stakeholder roundtables, with Nigerian government officials, business associations, business development service providers, investors, financial institutions, and SME’s at the State level.
  • Ensure stakeholders and beneficiaries are aware of and interested in collaborating with the project, resulting in the project’s ability to capitalize on any shared efficiencies.
  • Meet with agribusinesses to develop a strong understanding of the legal, regulatory, and other barriers constraining agribusiness finance and investment in each value chain, and in association with the Enabling Environment Unit, actively contribute to the development of a clear and coherent vision for the reduction of these barriers.
  • Closely coordinate with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) team to collect and utilize data to adaptively manage the effort and report on project achievements.
  • Backstop and support domestic and international short-term specialists.
  • Other ad-hoc duties as assigned by the Agribusiness Specialist.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree of higher in economics, agricultural economics, business administration, finance, or another related field;
  • At least (5) years of relevant, progressively responsible experience is required;
  • Experience in agricultural finance and in working with MSMEs, financial institutions, and investors;
  • Proven track record in developing, analyzing, and implementing projects focused on agribusinesses, agricultural finance, and agricultural value chains;
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating private-sector investments and familiarity with the workings of government legal and regulatory frameworks at the State level;
  • Experience in overseeing and working with short-term domestic and international specialists;
  • Able to maintain a rigorous focus on project deliverables, indicators and results, including being able to engage stakeholders to capitalize on any shared efficiencies;
  • Experience with Monitoring and Evaluation or MEL processes; and
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (knowledge of local languages is an advantage).

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.

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

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Position Description

The Marketing and Communications Coordinator will contribute to, and manage as directed, all project client reporting and presentation requirements as well as all external communications in country.  S/he will report directly to the Marketing and Communications Manager and liaise as needed with USAID Nigeria mission representatives, other USG organizations, and bilateral national partners and stakeholders. Working closely with CNFA’s Corporate Communications team based in Washington, DC, the Marketing and Communications Coordinator will actively participate in, and materially contribute to, planning, initiating and managing the full breadth of the marketing and outreach activities of the project, with a strong focus on capturing and promoting the reach and impact of the project. S/he will provide day‐to‐day support to the Communications Manager in implementing the project’s communications, reporting, and outreach activities. S/he will additionally support project sponsored events, such as national and international conferences and events, by organizing, branding, and producing informational materials and facilitating business participation. This position works with all project components and stakeholders in helping them optimize their marketing strategies, including but not limited to collateral development, client outreach, web and mobile applications, and social media. 

Program Description

The five-year USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity, implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative, strengthens the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture. To achieve this goal, the activity focuses on three interrelated components: improving the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; broadening access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and promoting investment opportunities for agribusinesses to expand and scale up operations. In line with the U.S. and Nigerian Government’s commitment to growing the non-oil based economy, these efforts will increase the quality, quantity, market access, and diversification of Nigeria’s agribusiness sector.

Beginning in December 2018 and closing in 2023, this $15.6 million project aims to integrate thousands of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and producer organizations as high-performing commercial actors in the value chains for rice, maize, soy, aquaculture, and cowpeas. As a result of streamlined regulations, more effective policies, improved production and processing practices, and significantly increased finance and investment flows, the project will increase the competitiveness and returns of both large and small sale agricultural enterprises. Employing a value chain approach, the Agribusiness Investment Activity aims to facilitate $100 million in new lending and $100 million in new investment across the 5 crops in the following 7 designated States: Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, and Cross River.  The USAID/Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity is a 5-year year, $15 million-dollar project implemented by CNFA as part of the United States Government’s Feed the Future Initiative.  The project’s goal is to strengthen the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in agriculture. Activities will encompass three broad but interrelated components. First, the Agribusiness Investment Activity will improve the ease of doing business in the agricultural sector; second, the Activity will expand access to finance by mitigating the credit risks of agribusinesses; and third, the Activity will promote investment opportunities for agribusinesses to strengthen their readiness to expand and scale up their operations. Taken together, these efforts will increase the volume, added value, and diversification of agribusiness investments. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • In coordination with USAID, help develop targeted messaging for the project to convey its impact and success in keeping with USAID guidelines and priorities to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Working with the Communications Manager, develop a communications strategy for the project to highlight achievements and effectively communicate progress ensuring that the strategy is aligned with CNFA’s global approach.
  • Execute the overall communications strategy (internally and externally).
  • Contribute to the process of developing and delivering contractual deliverables including quarterly and annual reports.
  • Coordinate with the ICT unit and other project subcontractors in using mobile
  • and internet technologies in their communications and marketing and outreach strategies.
  • Advise ICT staff and subcontractors as well as stakeholders on best marketing strategies for internet and mobile applications.
  • Support the technical teams where applicable and as directed in developing SOWs for STTA to support the
  • marketing requirements of project intermediary organization beneficiaries.
  • Work alongside all project components and cross cutting team members in helping project beneficiaries better understand and market their services to target audiences.
  • Provide advice, and implement international best practice models, on how entrepreneurs and
  • MSME service providers market and communicate with each other, their stakeholders and clients.
  • Provide quality assurance related to informational content and product development including PPTs, fact sheets, case studies, success stories, brochures, profiles, and the preparation of talking points.
  • Coordinate high-profile events, delegations, and field visits by U.S. government agencies, international organizations and donors, regional economic communities (RECs), embassies, and local partners and stakeholders.
  • Update the project website as needed to ensure information is up to date and progress and events are shared as is appropriate. This may include updating and uploading modules and developing resources for relevant stakeholders to use.
  • Develop social media content for platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, with USAID/Nigeria’s Department of Communications (DOC) Office, to provide project updates and engage a network of stakeholders, in close association with CNFA’s home office Corporate Communications team.
  • Develop outreach materials including banners, brochures, reports and other forms of internal and external communications, and manage clearance processes.
  • Follow communications protocols as agreed upon with USAID, the Chief of Party, and CNFA’s Corporate Communications, including receiving approvals for outreach and deliverables.
  • Liaise with relevant stakeholders, as requested, including institutional and private sector partners, to increase visibility and maximize coordination.
  • Conduct interviews and capture quotes or stories as needed for reporting.
  • Take notes at staff meetings and other internal meetings as requested.
  • Support programmatic events, trade shows, exhibitions and initiatives (e.g., conferences and other vents).
  • Support communications with the USAID Mission and other USG agencies regarding project implementation, knowledge management, and information dissemination.
  • Ensure program materials are branded correctly and consistently in keeping with USAID standards and branding guidelines.
  • Maintain an up to date and comprehensive project contact database that can be searched by component, institution, geography, or name.
  • Collaborate with technical staff on integrated project plans; provide communications support to technical staff as needed.
  • Assist with the building of the capacity of project’s staff to develop reporting and promotional content from project activities; support staff with templates and reporting guidelines as needed.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the COP or DCOP as needed.

Qualifications

  • Must be legally allowed to work in Nigeria;
  • University graduate with a degree in Marketing, Business, or a related field (Masters preferred);
  • 3 years of experience in similar work;
  • Previous experience in marketing in the field of development;
  • Prior USAID experience strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to unpack and communicate complex concepts simply with a range of
  • stakeholders and sectors;
  • Demonstrated experience in program and event management;
  • Demonstrated experience in designing communications plans, developing and implementing knowledge management tools or systems, and developing content for social media platforms;
  • Sound knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Proficiency with Prezi, Visio or other graphic arts and desktop publishing software a plus;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a strong team player;
  • Ability to travel to support project work;
  • Ability to facilitate e-marketing and web-based technologies for professional purposes;
  • Experience working collaboratively with institutional and private‐sector partners and stakeholders in Nigeria;
  • Ability to work well in diverse teams but also productive working individually with minimum
  • supervision;
  • Well organized, strong analytical skills, creative thinker, innovative, demonstrated personal
  • initiative, stress tolerance, integrity and ethics;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English; and
  • The ability to produce various informational products under tight deadlines. 

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.