CONSULTANCY: CAPACITY BUILDING FOR PARTNERS

MEDA’s Youth Entrepreneurship and Women’s Empowerment in Northern Nigeria project (Nigeria WAY) in Bauchi State is a five-year project that aims at assisting poor, economically active women, and youth to increase their income, specifically, those who are involved in agro-processing in the rice, soybean, and groundnuts value chains. Using a private sector approach.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
MEDA is an international economic development organization; whose mission is to create innovative business solutions to poverty. Founded in 1953 by a group of compassionate business professionals, we partner with the economically active poor to start or grow small and medium sized businesses in developing regions of the world. Our expertise includes a full range of economic development tools: financial services, gender responsive and environmentally sustainable technology, business training, access to market information, better access to markets and equity investment. Our work most often focuses on women, youth and the rural poor and agricultural development. We believe that all people deserve the opportunity to earn a livelihood and that unleashing entrepreneurship is a powerful way to alleviate poverty.

NIGERIA WAY PROJECT SUMMARY
MEDA’s Youth Entrepreneurship and Women’s Empowerment in Northern Nigeria project (Nigeria WAY) in Bauchi State is a five-year project that aims at assisting poor, economically active women, and youth to increase their income, specifically, those who are involved in agro-processing in the rice, soybean, and groundnuts value chains. Using a private sector approach.
MEDA Nigeria works with small scale businesses particularly those led by women and youth, to ensure that they are included in the market system, supporting agro-processing with smart incentives. Additionally, the project works with communities and families to improve the environment where girls grow up and join the market economy. The overall objective of the Nigeria WAY project is to increase the contribution by entrepreneurs and small-scale businesses particularly those owned by women and youth to Nigeria’s Economic Growth.

PROBLEM STATEMENT/RATIONALE
The recent change in trends resulting from the precautions against the COVID 19 pandemic has recalibrated administrative and work norms in most organization. Many organizations are now adjusting their system of work to comply with the safety protocols and protect both themselves and clients from the pandemic. This concern coupled with the need to train partners on some earlier identified gaps by MEDA necessitates the need to engage a consultant to support with building the capacity of partners and the development of strategies to address these identified concerns. Gaps identified by MEDA include communications, IT, COVID resilience strategies and partners response to call for proposals.

OBJECTIVE(S) OF THE CONSULTANCY
To build the capacity of MEDA partners on certain identified gaps including
I. Use of virtual meeting applications.
a. Microsoft Teams
b. Skype
c. Zoom
II. Responding to call for proposals.
III. Basic use of word and MS excel in responding to financial proposals.
IV. MEDA financial retirement procedures.
V. Communication and reporting formats.
a. Report writing
b. Email and letter writing
c. Telephone etiquette
d. Dissemination of information
e. Activity monitoring, tracking and integrity of data.

EXPECTED DELIVERABLES
I. Conduct Pre and Post Assessment of partners capacity in the MEDA identified gaps.
II. Design of a curriculum that reflects the MEDA identified areas to be reviewed by MEDA Partnerships and Business Linkages Coordinator and  approved by the Country Project Manager.
III. To train clients from MEDA shortlisted partners on the approved curriculum.
IV. Document and report finding and recommendations.

KEY COMPETENCES, TECHNICAL BACKGROUND, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
I. At least 10 years of current and relevant work experience, with a focus on facilitating meetings or workshops for international development organizations.
II. Expertise in the implementation of participatory methodologies for selected focus areas.
III. Demonstrated expertise in designing and implementing a wide range of interactive methods to strengthen teams and improve communication in the workplace.
IV. Cultural sensitivity and experience moderating meetings of culturally diverse groups.
V. Fluency in English. Effective communication skills and report writing.
VI. IT proficiency certificate.
VII. Experience working on or knowledge of agricultural market systems, women and gender development issues are added asset.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION PROCEDURE
Interested firms or individuals should submit a proposal that includes:
1. A brief profile of the firm/Individual and the CV of the Facilitator clearly highlighting the bidder’s suitability and capacity for the provision of services required.
2. Contact information for three professional references with whom the prospective vendor has provided similar services in the last three years.
3. A summary of the proposed approaches and methodology and a detailed work plan for the effective delivery of the partners’ capacity building training.
4. A financial bid incorporating all elements of the expected deliverable (as above) and broken down to show the bidder’s daily rate. Prices must be in Nigerian Naira.
5. All bids and attachments should be submitted via email through nigeriaway@meda.org (Subject should read “Partners Capacity-Building Training”).

i. proposal should be submitted on or before close of Business 26th February 2021.
ii. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.