CM - Competitive Value Chains - P112975
COMPETITIVE VALUE CHAINS PROJECT | Published December 23, 2014 - Deadline January 23, 2015
The Recruitment Of A Consultant To Carry Out The Leather Value
Chain Analysis In Cameroon
REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON
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MINISTRY OFECONOMY, PLANNINGAND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
COMPETITIVEVALUE CHAINS PROJECT (PCFC)
REQUEST FOREXPRESSION OF INTEREST
N°0026/ASMI/MINEPAT/PCFC/SPM/2014 OF December 23th 2014
Financing : IDA Credit No. 4780CM
FOR THERECRUITMENT OF A CONSULTANT TO CARRY OUT THE LEATHER VALUE CHAIN ANALYSIS IN CAMEROON
This request for expression of interest is a follow-upto the General ProjectProcurement Notice published in Development Business of 12 July 2010.
The Government of the Republic of Cameroon has obtained from the International Development Association (IDA)Credit No. 4780 tofinance the Competitive Value Chains Project (PCFC) and intends to apply part of the funds towards eligiblepayments "for the recruitment of a Consultant forthe leather value chain analysis in Cameroon".
The consulting services, hereunder referred toas the Services, shall include:
GENERALOBJECTIVE: The research seeks to provide new insights into why the development ofthe leather sector in Cameroon has been slow, while it has grown in countries with similar levels of economic development. Thefindings of the research are expected to inform the Government of Cameroon's industrialization strategy in general and the leathersector strategy in particular. Ultimately, the aim is to help Cameroon diversify and become less dependent on imported leather byincreasing the production and competitiveness of locally produced construction materials and to improve the sectorcompetitiveness.
SCOPE OF WORK:
To that end, the Consultant will : (i) carry out an integrated value chains analysis (IVCA) for leather, with particularemphasis on identifying policy and market-based constraints inhibiting the development of a competitive value added sector inCameroon. Further, the IVCA shall assess the feasibility of extending commercial opportunities in local, regional and internationalmarkets for value added leather products, working closely with sector actors to draw up a preliminary list of possible products andmarkets; (ii) conduct a livelihoods analysis and a social risks analysis of the current value chain and country context. Income levels in Cameroon vary a lot like inmany developing countries and it is necessary to assess the situation, impact and community adaptation mechanisms along the entirevalue chain. Besides, youth unemployment is particularly high which can contribute to cause social unrest. These livelihoods andsocial risks analyses aim at determining the extent to which the local population can benefit from agri-business activitiestargeting social inclusion; (iii) develop a set of industry-specific policy recommendations that will address the obstacles to thedevelopment of value added in the leather sector, foster more marketopportunities, promote linkages between various stakeholdersand activities within the value chain, ensure a positive impact on livelihoodsand mitigate social risks. These recommendations willdraw from lessons learned in other comparable countries where the leather industry isalready well developed and competitive.
Specifically, theConsultant shall (i) carry out a detailed product-based value chainanalysis for leather based on primary data collected during interviews; (ii) review thecurrent legal and regulatory framework to determine whether existing policies and regulations inhibit thedevelopment andsustainable growth and diversification of the agri-business sector; (iii) assess the skillslevel available in the sector by conducting firm-level mini-surveys of needs for critical skills to establish the demand forskills development programmes that enterprises may provide themselves in-house (with the support of tax and other incentives) orcollectively by private training providers; (iv) map the current institutional support infrastructure of the construction sector todetermine overlappingresponsibilities and redundancies that might contribute to limit the growth potential of the sector; (v)identify constraints that limit the development and growth of the sector; (vi) analyzelivelihoods and social risks; (vii) Formulate a set of policy recommendations for addressing obstacles to value chain developmentin the leather sector.
IMPLEMENTATION PERIOD: The mission shall be implemented for three (03) months.
The Coordinator of the Competitive Value Chains Project hereby invites eligible candidates to expressinterest in providing theabove services. Interested consultants must submit information indicating whether they are qualified forthe mission. Criteria used to establish the shortlist are: (i) have multi-country experience in conducting the integrated value chains analysis, with specific knowledge and experience in the IVCA ofagri-business products; (ii) have relevant experience in conducting interviewsand working with stakeholders to identify product andniche market opportunities.
Interested Consultants are reminded that the provisions of paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selectionand Employment ofConsultants by World Bank Borrowers, revised in October 2006and May 2010 relating to World Bank rules governing conflict of interest shall be applicable.
Consultants may associate with otherfirms in the form of a joint ventureor a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications.
A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality and Cost-Based Selection (QCBS) methodset out in the Consultant Guidelines, May2004 edition revised in October 2006 and May2010.
Interested Consultants may obtain further information referred to at theunder-mentioned address during working hours from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., local time. The Terms of Reference of this mission are available and can be withdrawn from the Procurement Department ofPCFC.
Written expressions of interest shall be deposited at the following address in person, by mail, by facsimileor by electronic mailnot later than 23th January 2015 at12:00 noon, local time, and labeled asfollows:
Expression of Interest No. 0026/ASMI/MINEPAT/PCFC/SPM/2014 of December23th 2014
"for the recruitment of a consultant to carry out a value chains analysis of leather inCameroon".
The address referred to above is:
Coordination Unit of the Competitive Value Chains Project (PCFC),Procurement Department, situated at "Derrière l'Usine Bastos", 300 metres from SNV comingfrom"Nouvelle Route Bastos", Tel.: +237 222 21 86 52 / 222 21 86 53, E-mail :firstname.lastname@example.org with copy email@example.com
Yaounde, December 23th 2014
E. Françoise SOUANTYAM,
Coordinator of PCFC