Request for Proposal – Access to Finance Consultancy

Zambia, Consultancy

Request for Proposal
Introduction: TechnoServe is an international nonprofit organization that helps people lift themselves out of poverty by harnessing the power of the private sector. Operating in almost 30 countries, we work with hardworking women and men in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. By linking people to information, capital, and markets, we have helped millions to create lasting prosperity
for their families and communities.
General Requirements: The requirements for TechnoServe’s anticipated purchase are listed below. An additional and more detailed Statement of Work is also attached.
1. Experience in capacity building SMEs in the areas of access to finance and management capacity with preferred expertise in providing capital and advisory services to SMEs in the agriculture sector.
2. Experience working with local and international organizations and clients of a similar discipline to TechnoServe, with an emphasis on SMEs in secondary agriculture (value addition/food processing.) Experience working with both public and private sector partners is strongly preferred.
Period of Performance: The period of performance of any contract resulting from this solicitation is anticipated to be between the start and end dates listed below. Proposals shall detail the estimated length of time required to accomplish all requirements, with detail on individual activity implementation dates, as  referenced in the Scope of Work.
Start Date: 06/04/2022
End Date: 20/04/2022
Proposal Content Instructions: In addition to responding to the Statement of Work, all proposals must:

Describe the qualifi cations, experience and capabilities of the fi rm in providing the type of services being requested by this RFP. Resumes or CVs of “key personnel” shall be submitted as an attachment.
Include a contact name, email address, and telephone number to facilitate communication between TechnoServe and the submitting organization.
A brief outline of the company and services offered, including:
Full legal name, jurisdiction of incorporation, and address of the company.
Full legal name and country of citizenry of company’s President, Chief Executive Officer, and/or all other principal offi cers of the company.
Year the business was established.

Proposals must contain a detailed cost breakdown with applicable taxes and other charges clearly identified (and be presented in conformity with any further instructions included in the Statement of Work).
To ensure consideration, all quotes must be submitted in the language, currency, and by the due date noted below:
Language: English
Currency: ZMK
Submission Instructions: All proposals must be emailed to the address below with your proposal attached in  one or more files (PDF preferred). You will receive an auto-confi rmation upon receipt. To ensure the integrity of this procurement exercise, DO NOT email your proposal to any employee of TechnoServe or deliver your proposal in hard copy to a TechnoServe office. Failing to strictly adhere to these instructions  may make your proposal ineligible for consideration. Email: buy+ZM+P001[email protected]
Order of Events: This solicitation exercise will be administered in accordance with the following dates  (subject to change at TechnoServe’s sole discretion):
Date Event
15/04/2022 – Last date that questions will be accepted. Note that questions and answers will be distributed to all interested parties, so questions should not disclose trade secrets, confidential information, or
information that might give another vendor a competitive advantage.  Questions should be emailed to: [email protected]
18/04/2022 – Date that answers to questions will be distributed to all.
22/04/2022 – Last date that proposals will be accepted by TechnoServe.
Terms and Conditions:

The Request for Proposal is not and shall not be considered an offer by TechnoServe.
All responses must be received on or before the date and time indicated on the RFP. All late responses will be rejected.
All unresponsive proposals will be rejected.
All proposals will be considered binding offers. Prices proposed must be valid for the entire period provided by the respondent or required by the RFP.
All awards will be subject to TechnoServe contractual terms and conditions and contingent on the availability of donor funding.
TechnoServe reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal or cancel the solicitation process at any time, without assigning any reason, and shall have no liability to any vendors submitting proposals for such rejection or cancellation of the RFP.
TechnoServe reserves the right to accept all or part of the proposal when awarding the purchase order/contract.
All information provided by TechnoServe in this RFP is offered in good faith. Individual items are subject to change at any time and all bidders will be provided with notifi cation of any changes. TechnoServe is not responsible or liable for any use of the information submitted by bidders or for any claims asserted therefrom.
TechnoServe reserves the right to require any bidder to enter into a non-disclosure agreement.
The bidders are solely obligated to pay for all costs, of any kind whatsoever, which may be incurred by bidder or any third parties, in connection with the Response. All Responses and supporting documentation shall become the property of TechnoServe, subject to claims of confi dentiality in respect of the Response and supporting documentation, which have been clearly marked confi dential by the bidder.
Bidders are required to identify and disclose any actual or potential Confl ict of

Criteria for Selection: The evaluation of each response to this solicitation will be based on the requirements  set out in the Criteria for Selection and according to the requirements in this RFP. At the sole discretion of TechnoServe, the responsive bidders may be selected for follow-up questions or to provide an oral presentation.TechnoServe reserves the right to award the contract to the organization whose proposal is deemed to be in the best interest of and most advantageous to TechnoServe. TechnoServe will not award a
contract to any bidder where there is indication of a lack of business integrity. After TechnoServe receives proposals and written evaluations are completed, the selected bidder will be notified. Commitments made by the bidder after selection, and final demonstration will be considered. The following points will be assigned to the proposals for evaluation purposes.
Max Points Criterion
The attached Statement of Work represents an integral part of this solicitation.
Max Points Criterion
The attached Statement of Work represents an integral part of this solicitation.
20 – Experience in micro small & medium enterprise business coaching
20 – Content and curriculum capacity
40 – Experience in access to finance
20 – Price, inclusive of all delivery fees and taxes
See attached scope of works here.