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Development of National Guidelines to support implementation of community based early warning projects trough review ofexisting interventions and best practices in Malawi

Malawi Country Office - MALAWI | Published May 7, 2018  -  Deadline May 21, 2018
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BACKGROUND AND CONTEXTThe Government of Malawi, with the support from UNDP, has secured funding from the Green Climate Fund to scale up the use of modernized early warning systems (EWS) and climate information in the country. The project will work with communities in disaster prone and food-insecure districts to co-develop tailored weather- and climate-based agricultural advisories to be disseminated through ICT/mobile, print and radio channels. The project will also scale up best practices in community readiness to respond to disasters and mitigate key risks. Community-based EWS will be scaled up in flood-prone areas and capacities to use and respond to warnings will be strengthened at the national, district and community levels.The project is being implemented in 21 districts by the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), in collaboration with the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS), Department of Water Resources (DWR), Department of Agricultural Extension Services (DAES), Department of Fisheries (DoF), and the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (NASFAM).

Security services for the Delegation of the European Union to Malawi, ref. No EEAS-414-DELMWIL-SER-FWC

Tjenesten for EU's Optræden Udadtil, Den Europæiske Unions delegation i Malawi | Published January 24, 2015  -  Deadline February 24, 2015
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The aim of this competition concluding a framework agreement with a company specialized in the protection of persons and goods. The scope of services includes, but is not limited to: (1) monitoring and patrolling buildings (office buildings, buildings in which are located the Ambassador and the homes of employees sent to work abroad) Mission to prevent burglaries and assaults on persons and their personal effects; (2) monitoring the entrance of visitors to the facilities; (3) communication between objects via VHF / UHF radio network that connects all buildings with a central operations center under the leadership of operators from the company; (4) immediate intervention unit for quick action or auxiliary units in the event of an incident at any of the facilities; (5) other related services in the area of ​​security as the system setup for alarm. Framework agreement for a maximum of six years will be carried out through specific contracts and / or purchase orders.

MW-Energy Sector Project - P099626

Energy Sector Support Project (ESSP) | Published November 11, 2014  -  Deadline November 24, 2014
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Consultancy Services For Design And Management Support Of Demand-side Management & Energy Efficiency Programme THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY CORPORATION OF MALAWI LIMITED REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONSOFINTEREST COUNTRY                                :   REPUBLIC OF MALAWI NAME OF PROJECT                :   ENERGY SECTOR SUPPORT PROJECT (ESSP) Credit No 4980 and Grant No. H715-MW Implementing Agent           :   The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi Limited Assignment Title                   :   CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT SUPPORT OF DEMAND-SIDE MANAGEMENT & ENERGY EFFICIENCYPROGRAMME Reference No                        :  ESC 078B/CS/FY2013-2014 The Government of the Republic of Malawireceived financing from the World Bank for the Energy Sector Support Project (ESSP), and intends to apply part of the proceeds forconsulting services. The consulting services ("the Services")include provision of expert support in the design, capacity building, implementation and monitoring & evaluation for the DemandSide Management (DSM) and  Energy Efficiency activities of the project ("component")being managed by the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi Limited (ESCOM). The Services include: Provide advisory services to ESCOM on the marketing research which will be used for selectingareas/customers, planning forthe promotion/ sensitization of products, planning for monitoring / evaluation and identification of project implementationchallenges and risks. Provide criteria and justification selection of targeted areas/ customers by taking into account impact, levels of acceptanceand implementation challenges and existing direct and supporting infrastructure. Recommend and justify component (s) that will be implemented under this project with proposedtechnical designs ,specifications and installation plandDesign Marketing Communication strategies for the selected products / components and recommendincentives if any that may be required to promote customeracceptance of the recommended component (s) / product(s). Support ESCOM with supervision of works , monitoring and evaluation  of theproject Support ESCOM in building human and technology capacity in planning, implementation, monitoring  and evaluation of DSMproject ; and ESCOM now inviteseligible consulting firms ("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing the Services. InterestedConsultants shouldprovide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform theServices/Assignment. The shortlistingcriteria are:- 1.       At least threeyears' experience in consultancy works related to electricity Demand Side Management and Energy Efficiency Programs involvingactive load control / management of hot water geysers. 2.       Two of the key staffmust have sound technical background such as electrical Engineering or telecommunications Engineering and ten (10) years experiencein Demand Side Management 3.       Firm must haveworked on at least two similar contracts in the past five years within the Region. 4.       Must have sometechnical knowledge and experience in  direct or remote load control / management ofcustomers appliances / demand using any of the existing technologies such as ripple , wireless or smart metering technologies This expression ofinterest will lead to short-listing of eligible firms who will be invited to submit proposals to carry out the Consultancy Servicesfor Design & Management of ESCOM Demand-Side Management (DSM) & Energy Efficiency (EE) Programme. The attention of interested Consultants isdrawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants [under IBRD Loans andIDACredits & Grants] by World Bank Borrowers January 2011("Consultant Guidelines") setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest. Consultants mayassociate with other firms in the formof a joint venture or a subconsultancy to enhance theirqualifications. A Consultant will be selected in accordancewith the Selection Based on the Consultants' Qualifications (CQS) method as outlined in the ConsultantGuidelines. Further informationcan be obtained at the address below during office hours, 0900 to 1700hours. The Procurement Specialist Attention: Mr. Jack L Thabwa Umoyo House, 3rd Floor Victoria Avenue P.O Box 2047 BLANTYRE MALAWI Tel:                +265 1 822 000 Fax:               +265 1 822008 Email:            jthabwa@escom.mw Expressions of interest must be clearly markeddeposited in a tender box atthe address below in person, or by secure mail by 14.00 hours on 24th November,2014. The Chairman, Internal Procurement Committee Annex Building Tender Box No. 1 at IT Reception 9 Haile Selassie Road P.O Box 2047 BLANTYRE MALAWI

Development of National Guidelines to support implementation of community based early warning projects

Malawi, Regional Bureau for Africa - MALAWI | Published May 18, 2018  -  Deadline May 31, 2018
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The Government of Malawi, with the support from UNDP, has secured funding from the Green Climate Fund to scale up the use of modernized early warning systems (EWS) and climate information in the country. The project will work with communities in disaster prone and food-insecure districts to co-develop tailored weather- and climate-based agricultural advisories to be disseminated through ICT/mobile, print and radio channels. The project will also scale up best practices in community readiness to respond to disasters and mitigate key risks. Community-based EWS will be scaled up in flood-prone areas and capacities to use and respond to warnings will be strengthened at the national, district and community levels.The project is being implemented in 21 districts by the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), in collaboration with the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS), Department of Water Resources (DWR), Department of Agricultural Extension Services (DAES), Department of Fisheries (DoF), and the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (NASFAM).The project has three expected outputs;Expansion of observation networks that generate climate-related data to save lives and safeguard livelihoods from extreme climate eventsDevelopment and dissemination of products and platforms for climate-related information/services for vulnerable communities and livelihoodsStrengthening communities’ capacities for use of EWS/CI in preparedness for response to climate related disastersOne of the objectives of the project is to scale-up community based early warning systems in flood-disaster prone areas of Karonga, Salima, Dedza, Nkhotakota, Nkhata Bay, Rumphi, Phalombe and Zomba through awareness raising on flood hazards and vulnerabilities, installation of automated rainfall and hydrological monitoring and telemetry system and implementation of flood risk reduction and management measures that includes community level vulnerability and risk assessments, development and implementation of local level flood risk management measures. Community based disaster risk management (CBDRM) is a process, which leads to locally appropriate and locally 'owned' strategies for disaster preparedness and risk reduction. The importance of this approach has been recognized widely to promote a culture of safety, reduce vulnerabilities and enhance local capacities. In Malawi, similar approaches have been practiced by national and international NGOs and government departments. Community based early warning systems (CBEWS) for flood forecasting and warning is one such CBDRM approaches being promoted in Malawi. Over the years, the number of agencies implementing CBEWS projects has increased significantly. However, their approach to CBEWS has remained inconsistent due to absence of national standards to guide implementation of such projects. Under the M-CLIMES project, DoDMA, in partnership with NGOs will be implementing CBEWS sub-projects in 33 flood prone communities in eight districts. Before the commencement of this initiative, DoDMA wishes to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the performance and effectiveness of similar projects in Malawi. The lessons learnt from this exercise will not only inform the implementation of the planned CBEWS sub-projects, but also lead to development of national guidelines to ensure a consistent approach to implementation of similar projects in Malawi. In the above context, UNDP Malawi Country Office currently seeks to hire a consultant to support DoDMA in assessing the existing CBEWS and develop national guidelines for Community Based Flood Early Warning Systems (CBEWS) under M-CLIMES project.

Assessment of weather information needs and development of tailored messages and advisories for fishers, fish Processors and fish traders in Mangochi, Salima, Nkhotakota and Nkhatabay

Malawi, Regional Bureau for Africa - MALAWI | Published June 7, 2018  -  Deadline June 20, 2018
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The Government of Malawi, with the support from UNDP, has secured funding from the Green Climate Fund to scale up the use of modernized early warning systems (EWS) and climate information in the country. The project will work with communities in disaster prone and food-insecure districts to co-develop tailored weather- and climate-based agricultural advisories to be disseminated through ICT/mobile, print and radio channels. The project will also scale up best practices in community readiness to respond to disasters and mitigate key risks. Community-based EWS will be scaled up in flood-prone areas and capacities to use and respond to warnings will be strengthened at the national, district and community levels.The project is being implemented in 21 districts by the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA), in collaboration with the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS), Department of Water Resources (DWR), Department of Agricultural Extension Services (DAES), Department of Fisheries (DoF), and the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (NASFAM).The project has three expected outputs;Expansion of observation networks that generate climate-related data to save lives and safeguard livelihoods from extreme climate eventsDevelopment and dissemination of products and platforms for climate-related information/services for vulnerable communities and livelihoodsStrengthening communities’ capacities for use of EWS/CI in preparedness for response to climate related disastersOne of the objectives of the project is to develop and disseminate tailored warnings and advisories for fishing communities to reduce their vulnerability to climate induced weather patterns. Fishing remains a dangerous occupation in Malawi and fishers are at a high risk of maritime accidents. Fishermen use dugout canoes for fishing that contribute to 90% of the catch, are usually designed for inshore fishing. Over the years, due to depletion of inshore fishing stocks fishers are venturing further offshore to catch fish at the expense of their safety. This practice has exposed fishers to offshore extreme weather. Cases of accidents are on the rise especially during strong mwera and mpoto winds. Fishermen using dugout canoes are at a higher risk to extreme weather events as their fishing crafts are not designed to withstand strong winds. Currently fishers receive general forecasts issued by DCCMS, which is a daily forecast of expected general weather but these messages are not location specific and tailored to the needs of fishermen. The information on extreme weather conditions in around Lake Malawi is not adequate and suitable for planning fishing activities, especially for the majority of fishermen who operate from dugout canoes. The project intends to establish a system to generate and disseminate early messages for safety at sea and weather advisories targeted to fishers, fish processors and fish traders in the targeted areas, build capacities of relevant staff to package and disseminate the information to the targeted communities and raise awareness of end users in the use of information for responsive action and planning. In the above context, UNDP Malawi Country Office currently seeks to hire a consultancy firm to assess weather/climate information needs and develop tailored climate/weather messages and advisories for fishers, fish Processors and fish Traders in Mangochi, Salima, Nkhotakota and Nkhatabay

MW Skills Development Project - P131660

National Council for Higher Education | Published June 15, 2015
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General Procurement Notice National Council for Higher Education                                      MalawiGovernment Ministry of Education, Science and Technology GENERAL PROCUREMENT NOTICE COUNTRY: Malawi NAME OF PROJECT: Skills Development SECTOR: Education Credit/ Grant No: P131660. The Government of the Republic of Malawi has received aCredit and a Grant for financing inthe amount of US$ 50.90 from the International Development Association (IDA)toward the cost of the SkillsDevelopment Project and it intends to apply part of the proceeds topayments for consulting services to be procured under this project. The project will include the following componentscovering a period from 1st June, 2015 to 30th June, 2019 Component1: Strengthening Institutional Performance (US$40 million) This Consists of: ? Carryingout a program of specific activities to improve access and market relevanceof engineeringprograms offered at the University of Malawi- The Polytechnic,including inter alia: (a)construction and rehabilitation of infrastructure including workshops,laboratories, classrooms,lecture theaters, tutorial and design rooms, library facilities andofficespace; (b) supply ofequipment; (c) development of new engineering programs at diploma and undergraduatelevels; and (d) upgrading staff qualifications to deliver on the newprograms: allthrough the provision of results based grants. ? Carryingout a program of specific activities at Mzuzu University to:(a)increase access to secondaryteacher training programs, including inter alia, establishing newsatellite learning centers atKaronga, Lilongwe, Mulanje and Balaka; developing curriculum for open and distance learning programs;supplying equipment; strengthening the capacity of staff in the developmentof open and distance learning materials and upgrading staff skills to deliveron theprograms: (b) increase access, market relevance, sustainability andcostefficiency of hospitalityand tourism courses including, inter alia, establishing a skillsdevelopment center, supplyingequipment, and upgrading staff skills to deliver the programs, all throughthe provisionof results based grants. ? Carryingout a program of specific activities at University of Malawi-ChancellorCollege to increaseaccess to science teacher education and enhance capacity for scienceeducation deliveryincluding inter alia: (a) constructing lecture theatres, andlaboratories and rehabilitationof classrooms; (b) supplying of equipment and installing of information and communicationtechnology facilities; (c) developing curriculum for computer science teacher education;and (d) upgrading the capacity of academic and support staff in scienceteacher educationand delivery; all through the provision of results based grants. ? Carryingout a program of specific activities at Lilongwe University of Agricultureand NaturalResources (LUANAR) to increase access,market relevance and gender responsivenessof programs including, inter alia: (a) establishing an open anddistance learningcenter in Lilongwe city, at the University campus and two (2) remotesatellite centers inMzuzu and Blantyre; (b) developing open and distance learning programs; (c) expandinglibrary facilities; (d) installing information and communication technology infrastructure;and (e) upgrading staff capacity to develop and deliver open and distance learningprograms including supporting study tours to relevant institutions;allthrough the provisionof results based grants. ? Carryingout a program of specific activities at the Technical, Entrepreneurial and VocationalEducation and Training Authority (TEVETA) to improve capacity forquality assurancein the TEVET system and increase access to and broaden the range ofmarket orientedskills programs including, inter alia: (a) training of mastercraftsmen; (b) supplying ofequipment and training of staff in selected institutions offering informalsector training in ruralareas; (c) developing curriculum for short skills upgrading programs inselected training institutionsoffering skills training in rural areas; and (d) providing equipment andupgrading staffcapacity in selected institutions offering technician level programs, allthrough the provisionof results based grants. Component2: Technical Assistance for System Strengthening and Policy Reforms(US$4.9 million) This Consists of: ? Carryingout a program of activities to strengthen the capacity of the NationalCouncil for HigherEducation for Project implementation, such program of activities toinclude(a) trainingmembers of the council on their quality assurance and Project implementationroles; (b)strengthening the capacity of the secretariat at the National Council forHigher Education in projectcoordination, reporting and communication, project planning, projectmonitoring andevaluation and fiduciary management; and (c) provision of equipment. ? Developingand installing a management information system at the National Council for HigherEducation and providing associated training. ? Developingmonitoring and evaluation systems and piloting new monitoring toolsat the NationalCouncil for Higher Education and Participating Skills DevelopmentInstitutions. ? Providingtechnical assistance for the development and implementation of a student financingscheme. ? Designingand setting up of verification mechanisms, and conducting verification ofoutputs andresults of the activities supported under the Project. ? Carryingout independent verification of outputs and results of the activitiessupported under theProject. Consulting Services to be procured underComponent 2: ConsultancyServices ThirdParty Validation/Verification Agency Recruitment ofProject Implementation Specialist Recruitment ofMonitoring and Evaluation Specialist Recruitment ofProject Assistant Procurement of contracts financed by the World Bank willbe conducted through the procedures as specified in the World Bank's Guidelines: Procurement of Goods, Works and Non ?ConsultingServices  under IBRD Loans and IDACredits&Grants, by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011 , Revised July 2014, and is open to all eligiblebidders  as defined inthe guidelines. Consultingservices will be selected in accordance with the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants underIBRD Loansand IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers, January2011, revised July2014. Specific procurement notices for contracts tobe bidunder the World Bank's international competitive bidding (ICB) procedures andfor contracts for consultancy services will be announced, as they becomeavailable, in UN DevelopmentBusiness and "The Daily Times"and "The Nation "local newspapers. Interested eligible bidders/Consultants who wish to beincluded on the mailing list to receive an Invitation to Bid under ICB orRequest for Expression of Interest for large consulting services contracts,or those requiring additional information, should contact the followingaddress: Physical Address: National Council for Higher Education, HB House, Block A Along Paul Kagame Road, Next to Chipiku Plus, Postal Address: TheChairperson Internal ProcurementCommittee Private BagB371, Lilongwe3, Malawi Telecommunication Phone  : +265 01 755 884 Email   : rchinula@nche.ac.mw :rchinula@gmail.com : fmazaza@nche.ac.mw :fynessmazaza@yahoo.co.uk

Financial Sector Technical Assistance - P122616

Financial Sector Technical Assistance Project (FSTAP) | Published April 30, 2015  -  Deadline May 22, 2015
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To Design A Transaction Processing Hub For The Microfinance And Financial Cooperatives Industry In Malawi RESERVEBANK OF MALAWI FINANCIAL SECTOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROJECT (FSTAP) REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OFINTEREST (CONSULTING FIRM) Country:                     Malawi Name of Project:         Financial Sector Technical Assistance Project (FSTAP) Consulting Services:   To Design a Transaction Processing Hub for the Microfinance and Financial Cooperatives Industry in Malawi Credit No.                   4897 Mw Project ID No.            P122616 Date of Issue:              4th May, 2015 The Government of the Republic of Malawi has receivedfinancing from the World Bank toward the cost of the FinancialTechnical Assistance Project (FSTAP), and intends to apply part of the proceeds of this credit towards eligible costs for therecruitment of a consulting firm to design aTransaction Processing Hub for the Microfinance and Financial Cooperatives Industry in Malawi 1.    Background The Government of Malawi recognizes the vital role that the microfinance sectorplays in the social economic development of the Country. Noting that the formal financial sector in Malawi remains small and thatoutreach remains concentrated to a narrow client base, Government has, through the Reserve Bank of Malawi taken a leading role inthe development of the infrastructure, a policy and institutional framework aimed at growing the financial sector's capacity toincrease outreach. A key intervention in these reforms is the implementation of the five-year FinancialSector Technical Assistance Project (FSTAP) which thegovernment is financing with credit from the International DevelopmentAssociation (IDA) of the World Bank implemented by the Reserve Bank of Malawi. The project aims at increasing access to finance forthe currently unbanked but bankable population of Malawi. The Malawi Microfinance and Financial Cooperatives sector comprises 10 non-deposittaking microfinance institutions, 19 of credit only agencies concentrated in specific urban areas and some 46 savings and creditcooperatives operating under the Malawi Union of Savings and Credit Cooperatives (MUSCCO). In addition, a number of deposit takingmicrofinance institutions are expected to be licensed in the coming 12 month period. The operators in the industry process smallbut numerous financial transactions using manual or rudimentary processing mechanisms as most cannot afford the initial capitalcost of setting up sophisticated management information systems (MIS) and  the personnelthat are qualified enough to manage robust systems. It is for thisreason that one of the key interventions envisaged under FSTAP is the establishment and operation of a microfinance transactionprocessing hub(the Hub) that will enable the sector share interoperable electronic data processing infrastructure for their MISrequirements. The Hub will help institutions reduce operating costs, streamline lending processes, scale up rapidly and integratewith other entities such as: creditbureaus, other financial institutions, regulators and international payment networks. It willreduce related infrastructure costs, facilitate timely and accurate reporting to the regulator, apex bodies, financiers and otherstakeholders and data security will be guaranteed. The effective design, development and implementation of an efficienthub willcomprise investment in hardware, software and integration/interface to deliver a robust (resilient and high availabilityinfrastructure) platform that allows a consortium of MFIs and financial cooperatives to share transaction processing infrastructure(payment system connectivity, core banking application, mobile-banking integration, account opening, loan disbursements, paymentprocessing, customer acquisition, customer complaints logging, compliance and reporting) in accordance with set governance rulesand regulations; Audit trail with time stamps & access control; integrated with analytical & reporting tools; compliantwith open system concepts; Supports multi channels (branch and branchless banking delivery channels). The consulting firm will carry out all tasks outlined in this terms of reference, aswell as any other related tasks that may be required to achieve the objectives of this consultancy. 2.     Objectives of theassignment The objectives of this assignment are as follows: ·       To assess management informationsystem needs of MFIs and Financial Cooperatives. ·       To design a viable transactionprocessing hub that would improve, among other things, the processing efficiency of small-value transactions, microfinancecore-banking and mobile phone based applications while allowing for down streaming of services such as credit referencing servicesand interconnection to national switch. 3.    Scope of work The scope will include: 1.     Assess MFIs and Financial Cooperatives to determine participants, collaboration andbusiness model for a transaction processing hub; 2.     Analyze and map appropriate structures to support the integration of the transactionprocessing hub to support microfinance core banking applications; 3.     Develop a business model/ business plan for the hub that will help decide on the form thehub should take for it to be operationally sustainable and viable; 4.     Design the processing hub; 5.     Develop an implementation plan and bid documentation. Details of the tasks and their related activities to be conducted are asfollows; Part 1 ?Assessment of MIS Processing Needs and Design of an Appropriate Hub for theMicrofinance Sector in Malawi In thisphase the firm will undertake the following tasks: TASK 1: PREPARATORY AND BACKGROUND RESEARCH This taskwill require the consulting firm to: i.         Conduct background research  of the sector which includes MFIs and SACCOs to understand itslandscape; ii.         Meet with beneficiary MFIs and financial cooperatives to: a.      understand the sector expectations and advise on the overall implementation of the Hub project, and b.     gain an appreciation of technical and business requirements of the processing hub; iii.          Survey the management information systems currently in use in the sector, MIS requirements, HR support, connectivityissues, etc; iv.          Conduct an analysis of the sector's management Information capacity needs and the role of a multi-usertransaction processing hub in meeting such needs; v.         Identify options available to meet current and future needs of thesector; and vi.          Assess the operational environments and how these will need to adapt to the new Hub arrangements. vii.          Supportefforts already underway to establish and formalize project management structures for the initiative that includes the involvementof executive-level officials at both RBM and beneficiary institutions in order to strengthen outcomes, address expectedimplementation obstacles, speeding-up and securing authority and approvals needed to progress the initiative at each successivephase Deliverable 1: Needs/RequirementAssessment document TASK 2: DEVELOP FUNCTIONAL SPECIFICATIONS, ARCHITECTURE AND BUSINESS MODELFOR THE HUB This taskwill require the consulting firm to: i.         Analyze the findings from Task 1 above and develop specifications regardingthe architecture and design of the hub; ii.         Developprecise estimates of hub design, equipment needs and capacity,resulting capital expenditure and operating costs needed for the infrastructure to meet the identified present and future needs ofthe sector; iii.          Create adetailed operational model of the hub including management structure, security details of the platform needed. The model shallclearly provide: a)    a Technological Definition of theappropriate hub; b)    an analysis of the technological environment available and required for the hub; c)    a definition of the skills and knowledge sets required for the successful implementation of the hub; d)    essential technical conditions and options for the project; an outline of Project Metrics,performance, benchmarks to be used; and, e)    Technological Standards to be followed. iv.          Design anddevelop a business model that takes into consideration the rapid and continuing technological evolution and convergence in thecommunications sector and the microfinance sector as well as its impact on the costs, pricing, and development of services. Thismodel should be scalable, expandable and include mechanisms that make it possible to plan for technological changeat least 10 yearsinto the future, so that the investment in the hub is made without fear of being trapped into a situation of sunk costs despite thefact that technological advances, paradigm shifts cannot beaccurately projected; v.          Developminimum standards to connect with existing/running MIS of other institutions as well as ability to facilitate reporting toRegistrar, Credit Reference Bureau; and linkage to National Switch, Automated Transfer System (ATS)and Telecommunication ServiceProviders; and vi.          Prepare apresentation on the needs identified and the model design recommended for the appreciation of the Steering Committee andStakeholders. Deliverable 2: Design, TechnologyDefinitions, Business Model of the Hub & Presentation onthe same Part 2: Demonstration of the Economic, Operational and Financial Viability ofthe Hub In this phase, the firm will undertake the following tasks: TASK 1: ECONOMIC AND FINANCIALANALYSIS OF THE HUB This task will require the consultingfirm: i.         Prepare estimates of rates of return for the hub's initial investment costs,including the embedded data handling, transmission, control, storage and services housing as well as conducting scenario analysisoftrends, project risks and total cost; ii.         Analyzethe budgetary and financial impacts of the Project and estimatinginvestment requirements (including import content) of the project over the first five years of operations; iii.         Quantify the amount of counterpart funds needed to be contributed by theproject as wellas by players (users) of the hub; iv.          Assess all aspects of project feasibility (technical, economic, financial, political, legal and organizational) and theirinterrelations; v.         Prepare economic scenarios, risk analysis, rate return analysis, analysis oftotal cost of operation for the first five years of operations; vi.          Quantify the economic development benefits to the sector and the country that would arisefrom the project;and vii.          Identify and assess the developmental outcomes that would be expected if the Project is implemented in accordance with therecommendations of the Study. The analysis of potential developmental benefits should be as concrete and detailed as possible andinclude at least one specific example of developmental impact for each area highlighted. Deliverable 3: Report oneconomicoperational and financial viability of the Hub TASK 2: ORGANIZATIONALISSUES This task will require the consulting firm to: i.         Design and propose the organizational structure and requirements that wouldmeet the needs of the project as an entity. ii.         Identify and prioritize corporate governance issues that are necessary andcritical to support the business plan of the hub. iii.         Define the qualifications of the personnel needed to carry out theproject. iv.          Define the respective roles and relationships of the staff, user institutions, RBM, etc v.         Outline key success factors and foreseeable, barriers to success, bothexternal and internal Deliverable 4: Organizationalstructure, governance structure and human resources plan TASK 3:  IMPLEMENTATION PLANNING AND BID DOCUMENTPREPARATION Thistask will require the consulting firm to: i.         Assess and determine the critical success factors for the  implementation of the hub ii.         Define successful change management process(es) for thesector; iii.         prepare a bidding document that cover all of the goods and services neededforproject implementation.; and, iv.         Develop a timetable for project implementation including a timeline forpublicizing the bids and for awarding the contract(s) for the goodsand services required in line with World Bankprocedures. Deliverable 5: Implementationplan and bidding documents, ready for publication. TASK 4: PREPARATION, PRESENTATIONAND APPROVAL FOR PUBLICATION OF A FINAL REPORT Upon concluding the preparation and publishingof the project bidding documents, the firm, while stillin Malawi will formally present the findings and recommendations and a nearfinal version of the report to the Reserve Bank of Malawi, MAMN, MUSCCO and the project Steering Committee. The firm will, at thispresentation, answer questions and take comments and suggestions based on the presentation and the draft Final Report providedhowever that the draft report shall be circulated to the stakeholders, one week before the date of thepresentation. After the Presentation, the contractor willmake the final changes suggested by the Steering Committeeand submit the Final Report to the Reserve Bank of Malawi throughtheSteering Committee. The Contractor shall ensure that the Final Reportis a substantive and comprehensive report of all of thework performed in accordance with these Terms of Reference for Phase II, including all deliverables and shall cover and synthesizethe findings of all the preceding tasks, information, recommendations and guidelines.  The report shall be delivered in soft copy (Microsoft word document and pdf) andduly signed three hard copies. Deliverable 6: Final Report andPresentation Notes: 4.    Expected outputs/ Summary of Deliverables 4.1           Deliverable 1: Inceptionreport 4.2           Deliverable 2: Needs/Requirement Assessmentdocument. 4.3           Deliverable 3: Design, Technology Definitions,Business Model of the Hub & presentation on the same 4.4           Deliverable 4: Report on economic, operationaland financial viability 4.5           Deliverable 5: Organizational structure,governance structure and Human Resources Plan 4.6           Deliverable 6: Implementation plan and biddingdocuments, ready for publication. 4.7           Deliverable 7: Final Report and PresentationNotes. 5.     Reporting The consulting firm shall interact and communicateas need arises, render services and produce the deliverables stipulatedabove under the general technical direction of the DirectorMicrofinance and Capital Markets of Reserve Bank of Malawi who will work closely with Director, National Payments.The reports shall bedelivered in bothhard and soft copies and duly signed. 6.     Key staff and Qualifications Interested consulting firms should provide information demonstrating that they have the required combination ofqualifications and relevant experience in conducting a consultancy of this nature. Team members should include: ·       Team Leader: Business and processanalysis/software developer and must hold a recognized university degree in a related field, preferable master's  degree from recognized university in informationtechnology/computer science/and business information systems.   He should have at least fiveyears' experience in business processes, designing and systems development.  Experience in similar assignment elsewhere will be an addedadvantage ·       Business/Financial Analyst, musthold a recognized university degree in a related technical field, preferably to master's degree level infinance/banking/economics/business administration Allmembers of the team must have no less than five years of work experience in business analysis, business development, anddevelopment of technical and functional requirements. 7.     Contract duration Theassignment is for a maximum of 3 calendar months from the date of signing the contract. 8.      Selection of Consultant The consultant firm will be selected in accordance with Quality and Cost BasedSelection (QCBS) procedures set out in the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers, of January, 2011revised in 2014.  Furtherinformation can be obtained at the address below during office hours (8.00 hours to 16.00 hours Malawi time). 9.     Submission of Expressions of Interest Interested consulting firms must provideinformation indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (i.e. brochures, description of similar assignments,experience in similar conditions etc.). Expressions of interest must be delivered to the addressbelow by Friday, 22nd April2015. The Project Manager Financial Sector Technical Assistance Project (FSTAP) Reserve Bank of Malawi P.O. Box 30063. Lilongwe3, Malawi. Tel:    +265 1770 600/924 FAX:   (265) 1 773 752 E-mail:  josmilner@fstap.org and copy stsokonombwe@fstap.org
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