Date: Monday, December 8, 2014

 

The African Development Bank hereby invites consulting firms to indicate their interest for the implementation of specific project preparation activities under the Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT).

The African Development Bank hereby invites consulting firms to indicate their interest for the implementation of specific project preparation activities under the Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT). The AFT is a project preparation facility whose objective is to reduce the infrastructure deficiency in the agriculture sector by developing a pipeline of investment-ready projects that are attractive to Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) and other agricultural finance organizations, and can engage the private sector as project sponsors. The fund aims to defray the front-end project development costs and risks that commercial developers are unwilling to shoulder alone by financing upstream work of project design such as: feasibility studies, market analyses and other activities necessary to ensure quality project design.

The AFT awards grants on a competitive basis to public and private sector entities to hire qualified firms to develop the technical studies required for future debt or equity financing. Grant recipients must be from countries identified under the New Alliance charter. Currently, the fund has operations in: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mozambique and Tanzania, with the possibility of awarding new grants in: Benin, Malawi, Nigeria, and Senegal. Eligible grant recipients include:

  1. Private enterprises operating in the Agriculture Sector (including nationally or internationally incorporated small and medium enterprises in the agriculture sector);
  2. Public Institutions and their Collective Representations, including: Government Ministries and related institutions such as State Owned Enterprises and Agricultural Boards involved in financing or implementing agriculture infrastructure projects;
  3. National, Regional and International Financial Institutions including the various Organizational Units of the AfDB itself;
  4. Legally constituted Farmer Cooperatives/Associations
  5. Eligible NGOs and CSOs that demonstrate existence of a sound financial system that confirm capacity to assume fiduciary responsibility of AFT resources (clear accounting, budgeting standards, financial statements, audited accounts;

Pursuant to the program guidelines, after client screening, it is the intention of this EOI to expedite the firms selection process by pre-qualifying a small number of firms with the required technical expertise and experience.

Common areas of required competence include:

  • Preparing Environmental and Social Impact Analysis (ESIA)
  • Establishing product certification for agricultural products targeted for export.
  • Preparation of Business plans
  • Preparation of Marketing studies
  • Preparation of Feasibility studies
  • Preparation of Soils and hydraulics studies.

This Expression of Interest is open to:

  • Firms incorporated in AfDB Member Countries
  • Proven experience in sub-Saharan Africa is essential
  • Institutional capability of operating and preparing documentation in French or English (and on occasion Portuguese) is considered a strength in the selection process
  • In addition to the company profile, please provide specific cases of similar studies undertaken in Africa as well providing names and contact information for former or existing clients.

The expressions of interest should follow the following format.

  1. Details of the firm or consortium (including nationality of the firms and contact person) (1 page max);
  2. Expression of Interest (approx. 5 pages) detailing your strengths, expertise, approach and any information you believe relevant;
  3. Experience in similar Assignments (approx. 2 pages);
  4. CVs of Key Staff members (Included as annexes);
  5. Any additional document /section you believe relevant;

We suggest the firms to keep the submission below 10 pages.

The establishment of a rooster of firms and the selection procedure shall be in conformity with the Bank’s Rules and Procedure for the Use of Firms and Consultants under projects financed by the Bank Group. Please, note that interest expressed by a Consulting Firm does not imply any obligation on the part of the Bank to include it in the shortlist. Please also note that the inclusion in the rooster does not imply any obligation on the part of the Bank to appoint a firm for an assignment.

Interested firms may obtain further information by sending written request to: Doreen KIRABO at: d.kirabo@afdb.org prior to 20 November, 2014 during the Bank’s working hours. Expressions of interest must be received by e-mail to the below address no later than 24 November 2014 at 12: 00 hrs local (Abidjan) time and specifically mentioning Roster of Experts - Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT) in the subject line.
Attn: Doreen KIRABO
Team Leader, Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT)
OSAN. 0, Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department
E-mail: aftfund@afdb.org

All submitting firms will receive a confirmation email on 24 November 2014 at 16: 00 hrs local (Abidjan) time. If you do not receive a confirmation email your EOI might not have been received, and you are invited to contact the Marie-Ange NOUROUMBY at the following email address: m.nouroumby@afdb.org