Team: New Business | Commitment: Procurement | Location: United States

Monetization for the FY 2018 Food for Progress Notice of Funding Opportunity

Request for Expression of Interest

Issue Date: August 11, 2017

Original Closing Date: August 21, 2017

Revised Closing Date: August 25, 2017

RFP No: USDA-FFPr-2018-01

Place of Performance: Washington DC and in selected FFPr country(ies).

Period of Performance: As agreed during proposal development.

Application Submission: Jessica Carroll, Program Development Coordinator, jcarroll@cnfa.org.

Background:

Founded in 1985, CNFA manages an active portfolio of $300 million in programs in 18 countries. CNFA leads and implements programs that support private-sector-led initiatives and increase employment; strengthen agribusinesses, value chains, and markets; increase access to affordable financial services; and increase smallholder incomes and uptake of improved technologies. This portfolio includes the $14.6 million Maximizing Opportunities in Cocoa Activity (MOCA) in Cote d’Ivoire funded by USDA Food for Progress (FFPr). 

Statement of Work:

CNFA is seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) for a monetization service provider in anticipation of the FY 2018 FFPr Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The selected monetization agent will develop and implement the commodity management plan in accordance with USDA rules, regulations, and timeline. Country selection will be determined upon release of the USDA FY 2018 NOFO. Interested monetization agents should respond to this application by submitting an expression of interest by the due date above in compliance with the instructions below. CNFA will send a full RFP to interested applicants that address the EOI instructions and requirements.

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 and relevant past experience and the personnel who will be involved in the preparation of the proposal in response to the USDA NOFO.
  • EOIs must be up to two pages and received by the closing date and time indicated.

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. In addition, final award of any resultant agreement cannot be made until funds have been fully appropriated, allocated, and committed by USDA.  While it is anticipated that these procedures will be successfully completed, potential applicants are hereby notified of these requirements and conditions for award. Applications 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.

Proposals should be delivered to Jessica Carroll at jcarroll@cnfa.org.

CNFA Monetization for the FY 2018 Food for Progress Notice of Funding (USDA-FFPr-2018-01): Q&A

1)It states that the EOI must be up to two pages, does this include the cover page? 

a.Expressions of Interest should be two pages total, including the cover page. The cover page can include other information.

2)How would you like the EOI formatted, in PDF or WORD? 

a.While either PDF or Word is acceptable, our preference is for a MS Word document.

3)Once we submit the EOI, it is our understanding the next step will be the EOI applicants will receive an RFP. Is this correct? 

a.Yes, EOI applicants will receive an RFP after the submission.

4)At the end of the online posting there is a link for “Apply for this Job”. Is this required by the applicants to complete?   

a.Applicants should apply through the email address indicated in the instructions.

**CNFA would like to clarify that this solicitation is intended to identify potential partners for the 2018 funding opportunity. It is not related to the recent 2017 award.

***Please note that the closing date for this EOI has been extended to Friday, August 25, 2017. This is reflected in the solicitation.