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EOI Name:
DEVELOPMENT, SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GHANA LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (LMIS)
EOI Package No:
MOH/NAT/EOI/LMS/06/2017
EOI Opening Date:
27/06/2017
EOI Closing Date
27/07/2017
EOI Description:
DEVELOPMENT, SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GHANA LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (LMIS)

The Ghana Ministry of Health (MOH) in collaboration with its Development Partners and key stakeholders is implementing a Supply Chain Master Plan for the health sector. As part of this process the MOH intends to implement a Logistics Management Information System (LMIS) Project.

In furtherance to the above, the MOH has received funds from the Global Fund towards the cost of the Development, Supply, Installation and Training of a Logistics Management Information System (LMIS) at all health facilities in Ghana. The MOH intends to apply the funds to eligible payments under the contract for which this Expression of Interest is issued.

The services include the Development, Supply and Installation of a computerized Logistics Management Information System as well as training of the users. The LMIS must provide health commodity logistics data and basic order processing functionalities to enhance users' ability to apply information from the LMIS to improve quantification/forecasting, budgeting, inventory control, storage and distribution from health facility level to central level. This system will support the current paper based LMIS and support the use of Information Technologies within the Health sector in the country.

The Ministry of Health now invites eligible Consulting Firms to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested consulting firms must provide information stated below demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services as shown below:
• A statement of capability detailing a pertinent history of the firm, core competencies and the size of the firm.
• A statement indicating the general experience and specific experience of the firm in relation to the assignment.

Selection of a Consulting Firm will be in accordance with the Quality and Cost-Based method in line with the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) and Act 914 as amended and the Global Fund Procurement Regulations. Consulting Firms may associate to enhance their qualifications.

Detailed Terms of Reference (TORs) and further information can be obtained at the address below from 8:00am to 5:00pm GMT or via procurementmohghana@gmail.com

Expressions of Interest must be delivered to the address below by 10:00AM (Local Time) on Thursday 27th July, 2017. Interested Consulting Firms must submit One Original clearly marked 'ORIGINAL' and Five additional copies clearly marked 'COPIES' all enclosed in one outer envelope labeled as: SELECTION OF CONSULTING FIRM FOR THE DEVELOPMENT, SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GHANA LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (LMIS)'. Electronic submission of EOI will not be accepted. Late submission will be rejected.
  

EOI Name:
Study of Environmental Waste Management in Cashew Processing
EOI Package No:
GR/ACA/EOI/EWM/01/2017
EOI Opening Date:
27/06/2017
EOI Closing Date
12/07/2017
EOI Description:
The African Cashew Alliance (ACA) has received a grant from the African Development Bank (AfDB) under the Africa Trade Fund (AfTra), to implement an extensive technical assistance program in specific areas of business and food safety advisory services aimed at improving processing efficiencies and access to foreign markets for cashew processors. To strengthen this component, the ACA invites suitably qualified consulting firms to express their interest in the following assignment: "Evaluation and diagnostic of the status quo of environmental waste management in the cashew processing facilities and development of a set of environmental waste management The activities included under this specific assignment are:

i. To evaluate environmentally adverse effects that cashew processing might potentially cause to the environment.
ii. Identify the current waste management practices and business approaches of cashew processors in selected countries in East and West Africa, and reveal shortcomings and harmful environmental practices deployed in their daily routines.
iii. Highlight and assess best practices and environmental standards from Africa and Asia that reduce and bring an end to harmful waste management practices.
Once executed, this analysis will help to determine a course of action that will be promoted to prevent and mitigate environmental risks arising from cashew processing all over Africa.

The specific consultancy services included under this part of the project are as follows:
(A) Situation analysis
(i) Environmental analysis
The Consultant will undertake an environmental diagnostic and data gathering exercise for the countries under evaluation using existing credible sources, and review this data to establish a baseline of existing environmental waste management practices in cashew processing. The Consultant will also review practices deployed in traditional and more advanced cashew processing countries like India and Vietnam to identify best practices.
(ii) Stakeholder Analysis
The Consultant will identify, map and evaluate key institutional stakeholders that are involved in promoting, issuing and implementing environmental standards in the respective countries, identifying their strengths and weaknesses that need to be addressed.
(iii) Institutional and Legislative Framework Analysis
The Consultant will review the institutional and legal framework existing in the countries under evaluation
to document existing regulation and policies for environmental protection. The final report will refer to the
various legislations and identify potentially conducive and/or harmful policies to determine environmental
best policy and legislative practices.
(B) Identification and Evaluation of Environmental Opportunities and Risks
Based on the environmental and institutional analyses, the Consultant will prioritize the environmental and
social opportunities and risks facing the cashew sector. This priority setting exercise will be done in
consultation with key stakeholders.
(C) Recommendations
The Consultant will propose concrete recommendations to address the technical and capacity building
needs identified. This will include specific investments, policy and institutional adjustments that should be
captured in a detailed action plan, a proposed implementation timeframe and estimated costs that can then
be incorporated into national policies, strategies and plans.

The African Cashew Alliance (ACA) invites eligible and interested consultants to indicate their interests in
providing the required services. Interested consulting firms must provide a statement of capability and
experience indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (experience in similar conditions,
availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.). Consultants may constitute joint-ventures to enhance
their chances of qualification. The expected duration of the assignment is three (3) months with a possible
start date of 30th August, 2017.
  

EOI Name:
TRAINING ON GENDER AWARENESS
EOI Package No:
GR/ACA/EOI/T-GA/01/2017
EOI Opening Date:
27/06/2017
EOI Closing Date
12/07/2017
EOI Description:
The African Cashew Alliance has received a grant from the African Development Bank (AfDB) under the Africa Trade Fund (AfTra), to design and deliver Gender Awareness training to cashew processors from 8 countries in East and West Africa. The primary objective of this training program is to address the underlying causes of underrepresentation of female workers in supervisory and management roles of cashew processing facilities and the need to upgrade workers' skills. Supervisors and managers will be equipped with skills to prevent discrimination in the work place and build the expertise and confidence of the female workforce to attain supervisory and management roles. It is expected that by the end of 2016, at least 5 management teams and 75 female workers will have been trained on the program.

To handle the main task of implementing the program, ACA is hiring a consultant who will be based in East Africa (Mozambique, Kenya or Tanzania) to design and deliver this training over the projected period.

The consultancy services included under this project are as follows:
(i) Advisory on ACA training curricula:
ACA has an extensive training record with regards to technical and food safety contents. In the course of ACA's trainings which routinely concern predominantly women workers, no gender specific methods or tools are used. The consultant will advise the ACA technical team with regards to the gender element of their trainings and propose an amendment of contents if required.
(ii) Develop Training materials and a manual for trainings on gender issues for
A. management level staff
B. employees
(iii) Workshops and Seminars:
The consultant will train
(i) The management of the processing facilities on gender issues; and
(ii) The employees of the processing facilities to raise awareness for gender topics.

African Cashew Alliance (ACA) invites eligible and interested consultants to indicate their interests in providing the required services. Interested consultants shall provide information on their qualifications and experience demonstrating their ability to undertake this assignment. The consultant must provide a CV, certificates, other documents detailing their experience. The expected duration of the assignment is eleven (11) months with a possible start date of 25th August, 2017.
  

EOI Name:
Technical Assistance and Business Advisory Services for Cashew Processing Factories - West Africa
EOI Package No:
GR/ACA/EOI/TABAS-WA/01/2017
EOI Opening Date:
27/06/2017
EOI Closing Date
12/07/2017
EOI Description:
African Cashew Alliance (ACA) has received a grant from the African Development Bank (AfDB) under the Africa Trade Fund (AfTra), to implement an extensive technical assistance program for cashew processors in 8 countries in East and West Africa. As part of implementing this project on the ground in West Africa, ACA seeks to recruit a Technical Officer for Cashew Business Advisory (Consultant) to deliver on training cashew processors and their management on factory layout, processing flow, choice of equipment, business best practices and efficiency of cashew processing. The ACA's Business Advisory models for processors will be adopted for trainings in cashew processing factories.

The consultancy services included under this part of the project are as follows:
(i) Under the supervision of the ACA's Business Advisory Manager, select potential companies/processors and develop the technical assistance scope as per AfTRA project criteria.
(ii) Provide technical assistance to cashew processors on best processing techniques, technology selection, environmental impact guidance, industry benchmarks and ACA Seal standard implementation under guidance of the ACA BA Manager.
(iii) Monitor company performance against delivered technical assistance and ACA food safety and quality procedures and recommendations.
(iv) Collect and report information on the regional cashew sector, including weekly price updates during the harvest season, crop updates outside of the harvest as well as other relevant issues, such as policies, regulations and institutions active in the sector.

The ACA now invites eligible and interested consultants to indicate their interests in providing the required services. Interested consultants shall provide information on their qualifications and experience demonstrating their ability to undertake this assignment. The consultant must provide a CV, certificates, other documents detailing experience in similar assignments.
  

EOI Name:
Technical Assistance and Business Advisory Services for Cashew Processing Factories
EOI Package No:
GR/ACA/EOI/TABAS/01/2017
EOI Opening Date:
27/06/2017
EOI Closing Date
12/07/2017
EOI Description:
African Cashew Alliance (ACA) has received a grant from the African Development Bank (AfDB) under the Africa Trade Fund (AfTra), to implement an extensive technical assistance program for cashew processors in 8 countries in East and West Africa. As part of implementing this project on the ground in East Africa, ACA seeks to recruit a Technical Officer for Cashew Business Advisory (Consultant) to deliver on training cashew processors and their management on factory layout, processing flow, choice of equipment, business best practices and efficiency of cashew processing. The ACA's Business Advisory models for processors will be adopted for trainings in cashew processing factories.

The consultancy services included under this part of the project are as follows:
(i) Under the supervision of the ACA's Business Advisory Manager, select potential companies/processors and develop the technical assistance scope as per AfTRA project criteria.
(ii) Provide technical assistance to cashew processors on best processing techniques, technology selection, environmental impact guidance, industry benchmarks and ACA Seal standard implementation under guidance of the ACA BA Manager.
(iii) Monitor company performance against delivered technical assistance and ACA food safety and quality procedures and recommendations.
(iv) Collect and report information on the regional cashew sector, including weekly price updates during the harvest season, crop updates outside of the harvest as well as other relevant issues, such as policies, regulations and institutions active in the sector.

The ACA now invites eligible and interested consultants to indicate their interests in providing the required services. Interested consultants shall provide information on their qualifications and experience demonstrating their ability to undertake this assignment. The consultant must provide a CV, certificates, other documents detailing experience in similar assignments.
  

EOI Name:
Training in Food Safety and Quality Standards for Cashew Processors
EOI Package No:
GR/ACA/EOI/FSQS/01/2017
EOI Opening Date:
27/06/2017
EOI Closing Date
12/07/2017
EOI Description:
African Cashew Alliance (ACA) has received a grant from the African Development Bank (AfDB) under the Africa Trade Fund (AfTra), to implement an extensive technical assistance program for cashew processors in 8 countries in East and West Africa. As part of implementing this project on the ground, ACA seeks to recruit a Technical Officer for Food Safety and Quality, to train cashew processors in food safety standards, customer and foreign market requirements to improve their performance in terms of quality, quantity and efficiency of cashew processing. The ACA food safety and quality seal program procedures, which is also in line with international food safety and quality standards, will be adopted for trainings in cashew processing factories.
2. The consultancy services included under this part of the project which are provided under the supervision of the ACA's Food Safety and Quality Coordinator are as follows:
i. Conduct initial assessments of cashew processing factories to determine needs and requirements for food safety and quality standards implementation.
ii. Conduct capacity building sessions on food safety and good manufacturing practices (GAP analysis)
iii. Coordinate with factory staff to implement recommendations from gap analysis conducted.
iv. Develop written programs and train quality assurance personnel in the various ACA Seal Procedures.
v. Train factory personnel on food safety hazards risk assessments and implementation of control measures to mitigate identified risks (basically to assist the factory to have a GMP and HACCP system in place).
vi. Conduct capacity building sessions on international cashew quality standards.
vii. Develop Quality monitoring systems with factory team to ensure compliance to international and local cashew standards.

The African Cashew Alliance (ACA) now invites eligible and interested consultants to indicate their interests in providing the required services. Interested consultants should provide information of their qualifications and experience, demonstrating their ability to undertake this assignment. The consultant must provide a CV, certificates, other relevant documents detailing experience in similar assignments

  

EOI Name:
CONSULTING SERVICES FOR: 1.ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL SAFEGUARDS COMPLIANCE ASSESSMENT 2. PROCUREMENT AND VALUE-FOR-MONEY (VFM) AUDIT 3. IN-DEPTH FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REVIEW
EOI Package No:
LGCSP/MLGRD/C4/CS/CQS/01/2017
EOI Opening Date:
07/06/2017
EOI Closing Date
22/06/2017
EOI Description:

MINISTRY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
LOCAL GOVERNMENT CAPACITY SUPPORT PROJECT
(IDA CREDIT NO. 4878-GH)
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (REoI) — FIRM SELECTION
CONSULTING SERVICES FOR:
1.ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL SAFEGUARDS COMPLIANCE ASSESSMENT
2.PROCUREMENT AND VALUE-FOR-MONEY (VFM) AUDIT
3.IN-DEPTH FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REVIEW
Introduction
The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) through the Government of Ghana has received financing from the International Development Association (IDA) towards the cost of implementation of the Local Government Capacity Support Project (LGCSP).

The specific Project Development Objectives (PDO) are:
i. To strengthen the intergovernmental fiscal framework
ii. To strengthen local public financial management and accountability for improved infrastructure and;
iii. To improve citizen engagement with urban Assemblies and their perceptions of urban management.

The project has four (4) main components, namely;
i. Component 1: Strengthening the Fiscal Framework for Decentralization
ii. Component 2: Enhancing Decentralized Urban Service Delivery
iii. Component 3: Stimulating Demand for Accountable Governance and Service Delivery
iv. Component 4: Institutional and Project Management Support


1.0 Consulting Services for Environmental and Social Safeguards Compliance Assessment
1.1 Objective of the Assignment
The key purpose of the assignment is to assess the level of compliance with the World Bank Safeguards Policies 4.01 and 4.12 and the country safeguards systems by the participating Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies (MMAs).
The specific objectives are to:
i) assess whether the required processes and procedures for safeguards compliance outlined in the LGCSP Environment and Social Management Framework (ESMF) and the Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) were followed by the MMAs/MLGRD and services providers (contractors);
ii) assess the extent of compliance with the country environmental safeguards processes and procedures regarding the screening of sub-projects and permitting;
iii) assess the institutional arrangements and capacity of the MMAs to manage environmental and social safeguards requirements under the project.

1.2 Scope of Services
The scope of services shall include but not limited to the following;
i) assess the underlying principles for the processes and procedures for safeguards compliance outlined in the LGCSP Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF)and the Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF);
ii) assess the timeliness for screening of sub-projects and permitting processes and procedures of the EPA;
iii) Review the safeguards instruments (RAP/ARAP/ESMP) prepared to validate whether they are in compliance with the relevant World Bank Policies (OP4.12, OP4.01);
iv) Evaluate the implementation of safeguard instruments (RAP/ARAP/ESMP) for each sub-project to confirm whether there are any outstanding issues regarding compensation and/or resettlement of the Project Affected Persons (PAPs);
v) Review of the mechanism for grievance redress at the various levels proposed in the relevant safeguards instruments (RAP/ARAP/ESMP);
vi) assess the PAPs level of acceptability of the mechanism and procedures recommended in the safeguards instruments (RAP/ARAP/ESMP) for the compensation and/or resettlement actions;
vii) Review the strategy for the stakeholder consultations, identify the potential risks, and make appropriate recommendations for improvement;
viii) assess the capacity at the MMAs in terms of qualifications and training to effectively manage environmental and social safeguards issues (i.e. identification of potential environmental and social safeguards impacts and risks associated with proposed subprojects, the internal and external procedures for screening and scoping sub-projects, and public consultation and disclosure arrangements);
ix) assess the extent to which the implementation of the environmental and social safeguards has contributed to the functionality and sustainability of completed sub-projects using indicators such as level of acceptance by the beneficiaries, availability of complementary facilities (disability rumps, washrooms, etc.);
x) Identify the environmental and social safeguards implementation challenges, lessons learnt, and propose implementable recommendations to improve the management of safeguards processes and procedures.

2.0 Consulting Services for Procurement and Value-for-Money Audit
2.1 Objective of the Assignment
The key purpose of the assignment is to validate whether the procurement processes have been carried out in accordance with the provisions and procedures stipulated in the project financing agreement, and that, Value-for-Money (VfM) was achieved.
The specific objectives of the assignment are to;
i. assess the level of compliance with the procurement arrangements in the project document and associated guidelines/manuals;
ii. assess the effectiveness of the procurement and contract management systems in place, the levels of performance by the implementing agencies, identify the associated risks, and remedies;
iii. assess whether the delivery of the sub-projects under Component 2 have been done through an efficient and cost-effective manner, and that, the facilities are functional.
2.2 Scope of Services
The scope of services shall include but not limited to the following;
A. Procurement and Contract Management:
i) assess the level of compliance with the procurement method thresholds stipulated in the Project Appraisal Document, Project Implementation Manual, Project Operational Manual and concurrent approval thresholds prescribed in the Ghana Public Procurement Act;
ii) assess whether the procurement processes (preparation of tender, request for proposal, launch of invitation for tenders, request for expression of interest, submission of tender/proposals, tender/proposal opening proceedings, tender/proposals evaluation, notification of contract award, and contract signing) have been conducted in accordance with the Project Implementation Manual, Project Operational Manual, and the approved procurement plans;
iii) evaluate the level of efficiency in the management of procurement actions and contract administration processes by analyzing the actuals against the planned, and provide appropriate recommendations to minimize the variances;
iv) assess the extent to which the contents of the tender document, bid evaluation reports, and contract document conforms to the approved standard templates;
v) assess the adequacy of the procurement and contract management records management system at the implementing agencies and make appropriate recommendations for improvement;
vi) assess the capacity of the implementing agencies (in terms of staff qualifications, in-service training) to effectively undertake procurement and contract management actions;
B. Value-for-Money Analysis
i) assess whether the sub-projects have been delivered at reasonable cost that is commensurate with the quality and quantity compared to similar sub-projects provided through other sources of funding (i.e GETFund, SIF, DACF, and DDF).
ii) assess whether the sub-projects have been delivered through an efficient procurement and contract management processes with particular reference to national best practices;
iii) assess whether the sub-projects delivered have the complementary facilities and have been put to the intended use by the MMAs/Beneficiary communities. The assessment shall also identify the courses for the non-utilization of completed sub-projects and make appropriate recommendation for the way forward;
assess whether the facility management and maintenance systems in place at the MMAs and beneficiary community levels are adequate, effective, and sustainable with particular reference to ownership, institutional and management capacity, maintenance funding mechanism etc.

3.0 Consulting Services for In-Depth Financial Management Review
3.1 Objective of the Assignment
The overall objective of the assignment is to provide an independent fiduciary assessment to validate whether the disbursements of the project funds have been carried out in accordance with the provisions and procedures stipulated in the project financing agreement, and the financial management systems are effective.
The specific objectives of the assignment are to;
i. Review the financial statements of the project activities,
ii. Review of the level of compliance with financial and disbursement arrangements by the implementing agencies,
iii. Review the effectiveness of the financial management and internal control structures and MMAs' capacity to efficiently manage the systems in place.
3.2 Scope of Services
The general scope of services shall include but not limited to the following;
i) Review of MMAs grants' financial management systems, processes and procedures for budgeting, accounting, internal controls, reporting, and fiduciary supervisory roles and responsibilities of staff at the various levels of project implementation at the MMA level.
ii) Review of sample Interim Monthly Financial Reports (Returns) and other supporting documentation and determination of how they are formulated from the lowest implementation level through to consolidation at the highest office i.e. Finance Department at the Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development.
iii) Review cash management processes and practices (disbursement arrangement and funds transfer arrangements).
iv) Review the processes, procedures and practices for procurement/contracting policies, procedures.
v) The role of the Internal Auditors in the financial management system
vi) Access the effectiveness of the integration of UDG resources into the financial management sub-systems.
Expression of Interest
The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) now invites eligible consulting firms to indicate their interest in providing the services in the preferred area. Interested consulting firms must provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the services. Consulting firms may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualification. The short-listing criteria shall be as follows: (1) Firm's legal status — [10 points]; (2) Experience in similar assignments — [40 points]; (3) Availability of key staff with appropriate competencies — [50 points].

The attention of interested consulting firms is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers dated January 2011 and revised July 2014 ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest.

Consultant for each assignment shall be selected based on the Consultants Qualification Selection (CQS) Method procedures set-out in the World Bank Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits and Grants by World Bank Borrowers dated January 2011and revised July 2014.

Interested consulting firms may obtained further information from the Head, Procurement Unit (Room 23), MLGRD, Ministries-Accra from 08:00 to 17:00 Hours GMT on working days.

The Expression of Interest (EoI) must be sealed, clearly marked with the title of assignment of interest, and delivered to the address below either in person or by mail before 17.00 hours GMT on June 22, 2017.
The Chief Director,
Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development,
P. O. Box M50,
Ministries-Accra
  

EOI Name:
Fiscal Electronic Devices (FED) and Software Developers Of Fiscal Electronic Data Management Software (FEDMS) - ICT
EOI Package No:
GR/EOI/FED/FEDMS/001/2017
EOI Opening Date:
23/05/2017
EOI Closing Date
15/06/2017
EOI Description:
As part of Government's effort to improve revenue collection and modernize business processes within the Revenue Administration, the 2017 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of Government proposed the introduction of a system to monitor VAT collections on a real-time basis. This involves Taxpayers using Fiscal Electronic Device (FED) to issue Commissioners' invoice {Fiscal receipt) and transmitting transaction details to GRA's server.

Towards this, the Ghana Revenue Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance is seeking Expression of Interest from;

a) Manufacturers for the production of Fiscal Electronic Devices (FED)

b) Software developers for the Fiscal Electronic Data Management (FEDMS) software required to administer the data transmitted from the FEDs.

GENERAL CRITERIA
1. Company profile
2. Profile of Key Technical Staff
3. Experience in assignment of comparable scope or nature (List of clientel base)
4. Company or Firm's Registration Certificate
5. Valid SSNIT Certificate or its equivalent in the country of bidder
6. TIN Certificate or its equivalent in the country of bidder or a statement from the tax authorities in the bidder's country of origin indicating that such certificate or its equivalent is not issued.
7. Valid Tax Clearance Certificate or its equivalent in the country of bidder or a statement from the tax authorities in the bidder's country of origin indicating that such certificate or its equivalent is not issued.


SPECIFIC CRITERIA FOR MANUFACTURERS
1. The Manufacturer shall provide evidence that it has been actively engaged in the manufacture of fiscal devices business for at least five (5) years prior to the date of submission of applications
2. The Manufacturer must demonstrate that they have capacity to supply devices of this nature. To this effect, they will be required to submit with their documents reference letters from at least two institutions, preferably tax authorities, from at least two different countries or more to which they have supplied such devices. Minimum time period in the supply business is 3 years and the supply experience in similar projects.
3. Manufacturer's Country of Registration
4. Manufacturer's Statement [ISO 9001, ISO 14 001, ISO 27 001, ISO 8001 and ISO 18001]

SPECIFIC CRITERIA FOR FISCAL ELECTRONIC DATA MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
1. The Software developer shall provide evidence that it has been actively engaged in the development, installation and maintenance of software of this nature for at least five (5) years prior to the date of submission of applications
To this effect, the developer will be required to submit with their documents reference letters from at least two institutions, preferably tax authorities, from at least two different countries or more to which they have developed, installed and maintained such software. Minimum time period in the supply business is 3 years and the supply experience in similar projects.
2. Software Developer's Country of Registration
  

EOI Name:
Individual Consultancy Services as SME Expert for the Development of Small and Medium Enterprises for Sanitation under the GAMA Sanitation and Water Project Sanitation Innovation
EOI Package No:
MLGRD/CBT/GSWP/C4-CB/003
EOI Opening Date:
16/05/2017
EOI Closing Date
30/05/2017
EOI Description:
Background
The Government of Ghana, acting through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, is implementing the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Sanitation and Water Project (GAMASAWAP), funded through an IDA grant. The objective of the project is to increase access to improved sanitation and improved water supply in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA), with emphasis on low income urban communities (LIUCs), and to strengthen management of environmental sanitation across the GAMA.
The project is designed to benefit:
• At least 250,000 people living in selected LIUCs (defined as those in which at least 75% of households live in a single room, and at least 75% of households use public toilets or other unacceptable sanitation facilities) within the GAMA, who will gain access to improved sanitation and water services;
• The population of the GAMA in general, who will benefit from improved planning, implementation and management of environmental sanitation services and reduced pollution.
To achieve the objectives of the project, it is envisaged that about 40,000 household toilet units are needed. There therefore is a strong emphasis on the promotion of household sanitation facilities under the project. Community engagement consultants working across the 11 GAMA MMAs expected to create demand for sanitation facilities through accelerated hygiene and sanitation promotion activities.
A gap in the sanitation service delivery is on the supply side. The experience on the project so far is the limited number of suppliers of toilet facilities. In addition the few suppliers do not have adequate capacity to respond to the increasing demand that is being created as part of the project coupled with that is the high cost of toilet facilities and the limited number of users that these facilities can serve.
The project therefore intends apply funds in the development of sanitation innovations to meet the gaps in the supply side for sanitation.
This is part of component 4 activities of the project aimed at Institutional Strengthening. Component 4 of the project is to provide technical assistance to municipal, metropolitan and national institutions, including the promotion of private sector initiatives. A key deliverable is to support the development of small and micro-enterprises in sanitation.
In November, 2015, a sanitation innovation programme/fund was launched as part of GAMA Capacity Building activities. The innovation programme has been designed to stimulate an increase in production of toilets from the supply side. For this reason the services of an SME or Business Development Expert is needed to support the sanitation enterprises that apply to the GAMA Sanitation Innovation programme to build their capacities.

Objectives of the assignment
The objectives of the assignment is to support the IDA Funded GAMA SWP to support the development of small and micro-enterprises in the Water and Sanitation sector to deliver water and sanitation facilities particularly to households in low income urban communities. It is proposed to procure the services of a consultant with expertise in SME development, business and finance. The main objectives of this consulting assignment are to:
• Support capacity building in business development and innovation for micro-enterprises providing sanitation services along various points in the sanitation service delivery chain.
• Identify and structure innovative funding options beyond GAMA Sanitation Innovation Fund to support and sustain the growth of sanitation micro-enterprise
• Setup a sanitation business innovation incubation hub to support businesses to grow beyond their start up stage.

Duration of assignment
The assignment is expected to be undertaken within a period of 12 months, with the possibility of annual extension(s) subject to satisfactory performance.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience
The SME Expert should possess at least the following:
• A relevant University degree in Engineering, Business Management or International Development.
• Specific Professional Experience
• A minimum of 15 years of experience in SME development and finance.
• Minimum of 10 years of experience in designing and delivering training programs and workshops to professionals.
• Working experience in the sanitation sector will be an advantage.


The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, now invites eligible Individual ("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing the above Services under the GAMA project.

The Selection will be based on the Individual Consultants' Qualifications (IC) in accordance with the "Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits and Grants by World Bank Borrowers" dated January 2011". And revised July 2014. Individual Consultants having the required experience and competence relevant to the assignment shall be shortlisted, assessed and compared, and the best qualified and experienced individual shall be selected.

The attention of interested Individual Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants [under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants] by World Bank Borrowers, dated January 2011 ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest.

Further information, including the full Terms of Reference (TOR) for this assignment, can be obtained at address below during office hours between 10.00 to 16.00 hours GMT.

Three copies of the application for EXPRESSION OF INTERESTS comprising Curriculum Vitae (CV) of the Individual Consultants as well as FINANCIAL PROPOSAL (for negotiation purposes only) must be delivered in a written form to address below either in person or electronically by 16.00Hrs GMT on May 30, 2017.


Address (1) for further information/Clarifications/TOR:
The Project Coordinator
Project Coordinating Unit
Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development
Location: Within the Premises of Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS)
Ogbojo, near Madina New Road Estate — Accra, Ghana.
Email:soteng@lgpcu.org
Tel. +233 (302)504739/40; Mob.: +233 (0)208111602

  

EOI Name:
Selection of Partner Financial Institutions for household toilet financing strategy of the GAMA Sanitation and Water Project.
EOI Package No:
MLGRD/PCU/GSWP/NC-C4/007
EOI Opening Date:
15/05/2017
EOI Closing Date
30/05/2017
EOI Description:
Background

The GAMA SWP is a Government of Ghana project supported by the World Bank and the Global Partnership for Output-based Aid. The main objective of the GAMA SWP is to increase access to improved sanitation and improved water supply in the GAMA, with emphasis on low income urban communities (LIUCs). To achieve the objective of increasing access to improved sanitation for close to 120,000 persons, at least 19,000 household toilets are to be constructed to serve poor households in these LIUCs. Output-based subsidies are provided to beneficiaries in targeted low-income urban communities to enable them to obtain toilets at reduced prices.

Nevertheless, even the subsidized cost of toilets is expensive relative to the amount of funds that targeted households can readily mobilize. To support scaling up of implementation, therefore, the Project seeks to involve licensed financial institutions that are willing to offer regular savings plans and affordable loan products that would enable eligible households to mobilize their lump sum contribution required before toilet construction can begin.

Objective

The Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Sanitation and Water Project (SWP) seeks to partner with financial institutions that are interested in offering savings and loan products to beneficiaries of the project for construction of toilets in their homes.


Expectations

Partner financial institutions (PFIs) would be expected to offer standardized savings and loan products to GAMA beneficiaries, tailored to be suitable for home improvements, including construction of sanitation facilities/toilets. Each PFI would set its own terms and conditions for these products. Borrowed amounts are expected to range from GHC 450 to about GHC 4000, with most around GHC 1000

GAMA SWP would provide information on Project beneficiaries and suppliers (sub-project implementers, or SPIs), and link them to the appropriate agents in the Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies (MMAs) that are involved in implementation. MMAs and SPIs would be expected to include information on savings and loan plans to be offered by PFIs as part of their marketing efforts.

The implementing Ministry would sign a Memorandum of Understanding with eligible PFIs, but would not provide any funds or compensation to the PFIs. [Grant funds under the Project to reduce the price of toilets to low-income households are paid directly to SPIs upon satisfactory installation and operation of toilets.] Nevertheless, in the future, arrangements to provide partial guarantees against losses on toilet loan portfolios may be considered for qualifying PFIs.


Eligibility Criteria

PFIs must be licensed and compliant with Bank of Ghana regulatory requirements; financially sound for at least three years; have a record of satisfactory loan recovery performance; and three or more branches within GAMA.

Below are the criteria that will be used to assess eligibility for partner FIs. Interested FIs will be required to provide supporting documentation to support their expression of interest. To qualify to be short-listed, the FI should:
• be licensed and compliant with Bank of Ghana regulatory requirements (supporting document required - Copy of license (or license number) from Bank of Ghana as a Universal Bank, Rural or Community Bank, Savings & Loan Company, Credit Union, Microfinance Company, Financial NGO, or Money Lender);
• be financially sound for at least three years (supporting document required: 3 years of audited financial statements (since 2013) ;
• have a record of satisfactory loan recovery performance - Loan loss ratio must be below 10%;(If not included in the financial statements, a statement providing loan loss ratios or portfolio at risk on the standard commercial loan portfolio is required)
• Have been in operation for a minimum of 3 years with three or more branches within GAMA.

It is expected that 5-10 MFIs will be selected in this first call. Financial institutions that are interested in partnering with GAMA SWP should submit an expression of interest describing the institution's interest, the extent of its existing products for household improvement, and willingness to provide savings and loans products in support of household sanitation.

The following additional information should also be provided:
• Number of years in operation (minimum of three years required), organization chart, type of clientele served, and number and location of branches in GAMA;
• Savings and loan products currently offered, including charges on commercial micro/small enterprise loans (commitment fees; interest rate, and whether on a flat or declining balance basis);
• Current staffing, overall and number of loan/credit officers.

The attention of interested Financial Institutions is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants [under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants] by World Bank Borrowers, dated January 2011, and revised July 2014 ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest.
Firms may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub- consultancy to enhance their qualifications.

Further information can be obtained at the given address below during office hours between 10.00 to 16.00 hours.

Expressions of interest (one (1) original and four (4) copies) must be delivered in a written form to the address below in person by 16.00Hrs GMT on May 30, 2017.


The Project Coordinating Unit
Location: Within the Premises of Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS)
Ogbojo, near Madina New Road Estate — Accra, Ghana.
Email: soteng@lgpcu.org
Tel. +233 (302)504739/40; Mob. +233 (0507443161)

  


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