MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Selection open to FOR PROFIT (Private Sector) and (NON-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS)
Project Name: Transforming Landscapes for Resilience and Development (TRALARD)
Credit No: P12164764
Assignment Title: Consultancy Services to Implement the Diversifying Livelihoods Component
of the TRALARD PROJECT
Reference No. : ZM-MNDP-150103-CS-NPO
The Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) has received World Bank financing to support the implementation of the Transforming Landscapes for Resilience and Development (TRALARD) Project in Luapula, Muchinga and Northern Provinces of Zambia. The Project is building on the programmatic approach of the implementation of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) in Western and Southern Provinces of Zambia and scaling up lessons from it.
The project target area includes 16 select districts from; Luapula Province– (Nchelenge, Lunga, Kawambwa, Chifunabuli and Samfya), Muchinga Province- (Mafinga, Isoka, Chama, Lavushimanda, Kanchibiya and Mpika) and Northern Province (Mungwi, Nsama, Chilubi, Mbala, and Mpulungu).
The TRALARD Project will cover a number of thematic areas including sustainable landscape management, restoration and resilience; infrastructure for resilience and market access; and contingency emergency response, to support the Northern Region of Zambia by integrating livelihood improvement with natural resource sustainability. The interventions will operationalize a community-led landscape approach, which is an integrated approach to sustainably manage land, forest and water resources in the Northern region.
The broad categories of activities to be undertaken by the Consultant are:
- Creating awareness to community members on the TRALARD project and available opportunities for supporting their livelihood activities;
- Providing oversight on the selection process of applications for small grants to support livelihood diversification e.g. farming, rearing of small livestock, fisheries, agro-forestry, agro processing, beekeeping, agro-processing etc.;
- Provide support towards the improvement of productivity in farming of beneficiary communities through targeted technical assistance and trainings, resulting in improved economic activities while reducing pressure on the environment and natural resources. The service provider will also be required to provide technical assistance to beneficiaries on when, where and how to access climate tolerant inputs based on their livelihood option ;
- Provide support towards improvement of management of post-harvest losses by introducing solutions that will lead to post harvest management and provide training on managing post-harvest losses to farmers;
- Develop a mechanism of linking primary producers as aggregators to infrastructure such as rice and sorghum processing plants etc., and markets, for sustainable livelihoods that will be develop under the project;
- Develop and implement integrated approaches for community mobilization for formation of Community Forest Management Groups (CFMG) and Natural Forest Regeneration (NFR) and community plans;
- Community facilitation to identify and implement alternative livelihood activities associated with CFMs and NFRs;
- Introduce and promote village savings and lending activities and other insurance related initiatives in the project areas; and
- Provide support that may be needed to effectively implement the livelihood activities around the protected areas.
The overall objective of this consultancy is to engage a Service Provider that will spearhead the implementation of the “ Diversifying Livelihoods, Improving Farming Practices, and Promoting Integrated Approaches for Community Mobilization” Components under the TRALARD Project in order to improve natural resource management and support sustainable livelihoods in Luapula, Muchinga and Northern Provinces.
The expected duration for the assignment is 3 years subject to annual performance reviews.
The Shortlisting Criteria will include the following:
(i) The interested organizations should be For Profit (Private Sector) and Non- Profit Organizations with proven experience in the area of assignment;
(ii) The organization should have at least 8 years high level experience working on business finance/rural finance projects including Savings Groups, small grants administrations and weather index insurance, and or micro –finance, community development, natural resource management, market driven and value chain development projects;
(iii) The organization must show evidence of having successfully implemented a resilience programme that utilizes innovative tools and strategies to provide smallholder farmers with asset creation and livelihoods diversification (Risk Reduction), insurance (Risk Transfer), access to microcredit (Risk Taking) and access to financing mechanisms through savings (Risk Reserves), in the last five (5) years;
(iv) The organization must demonstrate experience of having worked on aggregation models, enhancement of market linkages, increased market access and capacity building of partners (GRZ, Cooperating Partners & Beneficiaries);
(v) The organization must demonstrate past experience of having facilitated a robust value chain for rural communities; and
(v) The organization must demonstrate experience of working in Zambia or Sub-Saharan Africa on similar assignments.
The attention of interested For Profit (Private Sector) and Non-Profit Organizations is drawn to paragraph 3.14 to 3.17 of the World Bank Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers (July 2016,Revised November 2017 and August 2018), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.
A consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality Based Selection (QBS) procedure as set out in the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers (July 2016, Revised November 2017 and August 2018)
The Ministry of National Development Planning, now invites eligible For Profit (Private Sector) and Non-Profit Organizations (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. Consultants are encouraged to associate with others to enhance their capacity
Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours 08:00 -13:00 and from 14:00 -17:00 hours local time, Zambia.
Hard and or electronic copy submissions of Expressions of Interest clearly marked “CONSULTANCY SERVICES TO IMPLEMENT THE DIVERSIFYING LIVELIHOODS COMPONENT OF THE TRALARD PROJECT” must be delivered and deposited in the Tender Box located at the Ministry of National Development Planning, Procurement Department, P.O Box 30147 Lusaka
The Deadline for submission is Friday, 10th April, 2020 at 17:00 hours.
Head- Procurement and Supplies Unit
MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING