Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Care International,RfP for a consultancy to conduct financial needs assessment for selected Saving Group (SG) members and the capacity of Financial Service Providers (FSPs) to meet the identified needs



East, Central & Southern Africa
CARE INTERNATIONAL IN RWANDA
P.O. Box 550 Kigali City, KG 630,
Plot. N0:669 Tel. Office: +250 788306241

+250 788304454 Email: Rwainfocacare.orq
Advert for a consultancy to conduct financial needs assessment for selected Saving Group (SG) members and the capacity of Financial Service Providers (FSPs) to meet the identified needs
1. About Savings Groups and the Project
The Government of Rwanda, has recognized Saving Groups as first entry financial access points toward financial inclusion as their members receive basic financial education (savings, loans, insurance) that can be leveraged on to introduce them the formal financial market.
Based on this understanding, AFR previously partnered with CARE International Rwanda to implement a "Village Savings and Loan (VSL) Scale-Up Project" in 17 districts with the main goal of improving the livelihoods options, social capital and financial capabilities of poor and vulnerable Rwandans (70% women) by facilitating them to join community-based saving groups.5, 580 VSL groups with 172,142 members were created.
In view of the above, AFR and CARE have entered into a partnership to build the capacity of 120,000 smallholder farmers in 8 districts of Rwanda organized into Village Saving and Loan Groups on financial education, business and hands-on agronomic skills and link them to formal FSPs.
Though the problem statement seems to be well understood, CARE International in Rwanda and AFR seek the services of an Expert consultancy firm to assess the financial needs of the SG members and evaluate the capacity of selected FSPs to respond to the identified needs with a focus on agriculture financial products.
2.    Scope of Work.
The assessment will be conducted in the 8 districts (Rwamagana, Kayonza and Gatsibo (Eastern Province); Rulindo; Gakenke, and Gicumbi (Northern Province) and Nyamagabe and Huye (Southern Province) covered by PROFIFA project
3.    Required competences

The following key competences are required for the consultancy firm to undertake this assignment:
  • Significant prior experience with conducting similar assignments in Rwanda or within the region;
  • Demonstrated familiarity with regard to research relating to financial inclusion or access to financial services;
  • An academically qualified team led by a principal with relevant Masters level qualifications and a track record of at least minimum of 8 years in the field of saving groups and microfinance;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural setting;
  • Excellent report writing and communication skills in English and ability to communicate in French and Kinyarwanda (local language) for some of the team members.
4. Timeline
The consultant will be engaged for a period of 20 working days.
Interested candidates or consultancy firms are requested to submit their application files not later than July 20th, 2017 in a sealed envelope at the CARE office in Kigali, to the attention of: CARE International in Rwanda, P.O .Box 550 Kigali, Rwanda with mention "Assessment for selected Saving Group (SG) members and the capacity of Financial Service Providers (FSPs) to meet the identified needs"
Technical and financial offers can also be sent electronically only to the following e-mail address: care.rw@care.org.
The application file should contain the following documents:
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae of the individual(s) or firm who are proposing to carry out the work (if a team is envisaged, ensure the repartition of roles is clearly explained);
  • A capacity statement demonstrating why the consultant (or consultancy firm) is capable of doing the job based on academic qualifications and relevant past professional experience (See selection criteria above). This should include specific references to similar previous work;
  • A technical and narrative proposal with a clear timeframe and a description of the proposed methodology including the sampling, data collection and analysis framework, detailing how the deliverables will be achieved;
  • A financial offer detailing the various costs associated with the delivery of the above services.
The deadline for submission of offers is July 20th, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Done at Kigali on July 12th, 2017
General Service Department


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