GH eTransform Ghana - P144140
Ministry of Communications | Published June 3, 2016 - Deadline June 17, 2016
National Innovation Ecosystem & Supporting Activities
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
(CONSULTING SERVICES? FIRMS SELECTION)
COUNTRY: Republic ofGhana
Name of Project: eTransform Ghana Project
IDA CREDIT N.: P144140, IDA5304-GH
ASSIGNMENT TITLE: NATIONAL INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM &SUPPORTING ACTIVITIES
Reference No. eTP/Comp1/2/5
The Government of the Republic of Ghana has receivedfinancing from the World Bank toward the cost of the eTransform Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consultingservices.
The GoG has identified the use of information and communication technology(ICT) applications as key to further boosting economic growth in Ghana. Thegovernment is therefore keen to work with both the private sector and development partners in leveraginginformation and communication technologyto enhance innovation and entrepreneurship development.
The consulting services ("theServices") include (a) review of the national innovationecosystem in Ghana, with a particular focus on opportunities to support digital entrepreneurship and emergence of new start-ups;b)development of overall framework/structure of Innovation and TrainingGrants Program under the eTransform project, including anoperationalmodel for mLab, iHubs, and RegionalInnovation Centers(RICs); (c) preparation of Operations Manual and Grants Manual for the Innovation and Training Grants Program;and (d) development of Termsof Reference for the grants manager of Innovation and Training GrantsProgram.
The work is to be done in consultation with the stakeholders in theinnovation ecosystem of Ghana.
The implementing firm or consortium will undertake tasksincluding the following:
Task1. Diagnosis of the National Innovation Strategy and Ecosystem
· Conduct an analysis of thecurrent policy environment ofinnovation in Ghana, to gather an understanding of the key actors/organizations, funding resources, and institutionalmodels.
· Assess the effectiveness of the existing policy instruments inpromoting business, research and development (R&D), and innovation activities amongst small and medium enterprises (SMEs) andstart-ups.
· Determine the possible role of government interventions, including bythe eTransform project, for the benefitof digital entrepreneurship, and propose how such policies/activitiescould be improved orfurther developed to strengthen the innovation ecosystem in Ghana.
· Assess the extent to which existing policies dealingwith science, technology & innovation (STI), and ICT in education, support digital entrepreneurship and related innovation.
· Define key indicators for innovation and entrepreneurship development(including technical skill levels, national e-readiness levels, availability of critical infrastructure, business operatingenvironment, and investment climate).
Innovation Strategy and EcosystemAnalysis
· Map the structure of national innovation system in Ghana within threecities (Accra, Kumasi and Tamale) as well as at the regional level.
· Provide an independent and comparative assessment of the strengths andweaknesses of the national innovation system in Ghana.
· Identify appropriate institutions, actors/organizations, andcollaboration mechanisms which support digital (or ICT-based) entrepreneurship, and determine potential gaps in the system both atthe national and regional levels.
· Assess the growth and availability of talent pool of digitalentrepreneurs
· Provide suggestions on how to maximize the support from DigitalEntrepreneurship Ghana program in a manner that encourages closer collaboration between all stakeholders and strengthens leveragingexisting resources for the benefit of digital entrepreneurs.
· Identify practical actions that favor capacity building of digitalentrepreneurs and to strengthen the learning/training capabilities of local organizations.
· Identify the factors affecting the growth and sustainability of the innovation system in Ghana in relation to global innovation trends and emergingchallenges
· Provide suggestions on the most appropriate infrastructure andmicro-cluster activities to support the digital innovation entrepreneurship in Ghana to meet globalstandards.
· Derive a report on the state of innovation ecosystem with identifiedgaps and opportunities for value creation by the interventionsin particular for entrepreneurs and start-ups: current landscape at the national level and sub-national level (in three cities); clearly identified strength, weakness,opportunities and knowledge gaps; and role of the government and policy interventions.
Regional Innovation Centers
· Develop a detailed proposal of business plan/model for the mLab andmHubs, Accra BPO Center, Kumasi Business Incubator (KBI), and Regional Innovation Centers (RICs) based on the ecosystem assessment.This will include the selection of service offerings by the interventions, specification of revenue streams and cost categories,identification of possible partners and opportunities for leveraging additional resources, targets for serving ICT startup firmsover three years, and constructing a system of business metrics that will be used to show progress and results, evaluateeffectiveness and spot opportunities for improvement.
· Identify a clear strategy to link the RICs and the bigger innovation centers in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale to promote healthy competitivegrowth
· Identify the key elements and success factors for effective design andmanagement of regional innovation centers: map local strengths in a global context and discover systemic, ecosystem-level processesfor developing optimized, regional innovation ecosystems.
· Identity local conditions and capacities in individual citiesandregions beyond Accra, Kumasi and Tamale to design a functional platform for joint knowledge creation and innovationprocesses.
· Conduct a market assessment and promotion to identify target companiesthat could operate at the innovation center. Relevant information should include their market size, number of employees, numberofwomen employed, proportion of disadvantaged persons employed, currentrevenue status etc.
· Identify the cluster effect needed for the proper developmentand growthof the proposed businesses for the regional innovation centers.
· Outline clearly a strategic linkage for the purposes of healthycompetition among the various RICs for growth and sustainability
· Promote outreach and strengthen innovation ecosystem collaborationthrough special programs. These programs will take advantage of synergies with other components of eTransform Ghana program as wellprovide new services that add value for all stakeholders operating in the Ghana digital innovation entrepreneurship ecosystem. Suchprograms may include the following:
a) Acceleration for the best Ghanaian and African digital innovation startups,
b) Incentive schemes for development ofparticular digital innovation products and services(e.g. mobile appsfor electronic delivery of government services; products based on open data sector-specific products or servicesfor education, health, transport, tourism, etc.), and
c) Additional programs, to be identified during the scoping assessment or during implementation.
· The operating model needs to be scalable to local conditions andaddress the possibilities to develop the given physical sites either as stand-alone innovation ecosystems with Labs/hubs, orRegional Innovation Centers as core nodes for regional entrepreneurial activities.
· Propose the most appropriate model of facility management to ensure thebest in terms of standards and costs of infrastructure and incentives
Task 2. Develop an overall framework and structure forthe Innovation and Training Grants Program
The operational framework developed is expected to build onthe relevant outcomes of the innovation system study (Task 1) comprising at least ? but not limited to ? the following:
· Develop an overall operationalframework for the Innovation and Training Grants program relevant to the outcome of the innovation strategystudy
· Determine clear roleandresponsibilities of the Government, PIU, Grants Manager, Beneficiaries, aligned with the eTransform project
· Set up accountability and quality assurance mechanism for the Innovation and Training Grants Program
· Identify the key elements and success factors for effective design andmanagement of the mLab and iHubs relevant to the outcome of the innovation strategy and ecosystem study to set the objectives of theassignment
Task 3: Develop the Innovation and Training ProgramOperations Manual and Grants Manual
Innovation and Training Grants Operations Manual and Grants Manual
· Develop an Innovation andTraining Grants Program "Operations Manual", which illustrates a complete operational view of theprogram.
· Develop an Innovation andTraining "Grants Manual", which illustrates detailed guidelines and specifications to oversee issuance ofgrants.
· Develop a sample format forInnovation Grant Agreement and Training Grant Agreement.
· Ensure that the Innovation andTraining Grants Manual is aligned with the eTransform Project Guidelines
Task 4. Terms of Reference for the GrantsManager
The consultancy is requested to develop a detailed job descriptionandqualification criteria of the Grants Manager including - but not limited to ? the following components:
· Develop a detailed scope of service of the assignment in relation to theGrants Manual and Operations Manual as well as the findingsfrom the innovation strategy study,
· Develop the detailed qualification criteria of the Grants Manager
· Outline the selection criteria
The Ministry of Communications now invites eligibleconsulting firms ("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provideinformation demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform theServices. Theshortlisting criteria are:
· Core expertise in Entrepreneurship Support: Demonstrated experience indesigning and building substantial entrepreneurship support programs, from the design phase to final implementation in a developingcountry.
· Breadth of skills: Demonstrated expertise and knowledge of theinternational and local ICT innovation strategy and ecosystem, including policies, political economies and local context in Ghanaisdesirable, as well as experience of entrepreneurship support programs, from the design phase to final implementation in adeveloping country
· Staff must demonstrate hands-on experience in providinganalytical work/research projects on ICT or similar themes, including field research and organizing and facilitating stakeholder workshops for governments and their stakeholders
The attention of interested Consultants is drawn toparagraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants[under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants]by World Bank Borrowers January 2011, revised July 2014 ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policyon conflict of interest.
Consultants may associate with other firms in theform of a joint venture or a subconsultancy to enhance their qualifications.
A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality andCost Based method set out in the Consultant Guidelines.
Further information can be obtained at the address below during officehoursMonday to Friday between9:00AM and 5:00 PM.
Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to theaddress below (in person, orby mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by 4:00 PM (local time) on June 17, 2016.
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