NG:Growth & Employment - P103499
The Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment | Published July 13, 2015 - Deadline July 31, 2015
Monitoring And Supervision Of Big Platform And Bd Market Place
The Government of Nigeria has emphasized the importance ofdiversifying the economy, supporting sectors that have potential for growth and creating massive employment. In line with thiscommitment, the Government has sought the World Bank's partnership to help Nigeria support Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises(MSME) operating in different high potential sectors throughoutthe country. This support is being implemented under the FederalMinistry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI) and operationalized in the Growth and Employment (GEM) Project. The GEM ProjectDevelopment Objective isto increase firm growth and employment inparticipating firms in Nigeria. The project focuses on manufacturing and service sectors, specifically supporting ICT, entertainment,tourism and hospitality, light manufacturing and construction. Project support addresses cross cutting sector issues, assistance tospecific clusters, and more direct support to firms channeled through a platform ? called the Business Innovation and Growth (BIG)Platform ? providing various trainings, technical assistance and grant schemes. It is for the above that the GEM Project seeks toengage the services of reputable firms/consortia to monitor and supervise the two big instruments implemented under the GEMproject, namely the BIG Platform and the BD Market place. Brief details related to these two instruments are providedbelow.
BIG Platform: - The project team is developing an integratedtransaction enabled web-portal as the primary means of interactionbetween the project and its beneficiaries. The name of the portal is Business Innovation and GrowthSupport (BIG). Morespecifically, the BIG Platform will (i) enable potential beneficiaries to register on the GEM program, (ii)provide a facilitated access totraining programs, (iii) track the progress of the beneficiaries (participation to training programsand achievement during training), (iv)enable potential beneficiaries to apply for grants and (v) automatically test the eligibilityof firms for the grants. The GEM program willcomprise of five grant windows, namely: (i) Equity, (ii) Matching/Innovation, (iii)Performance, (iv) Institutional and (v) Innovative Market.
The Business Development Market Place: - The GEM project designed an innovative approach todevelop consultingservices in Nigeria, called Business Development Market Place (or BD Market Place). This program would raise the standard ofservice providers by providing them with training and through theestablishment of a performance based contracting between BDSproviders and the GEM program team. This program will also build a portfolio of clients for the BDS providers. The GEM will enablethe market to setthe stage for a sustainable provision of BDS services across the country. The project team launched a platform "Business Development Market Place" (http://www.bdmpnigeria.org/) for MSMEs register to the program. Eventually this website will be linked tothe BIG'S Portal.
It is expected that over the next 3 years, about 10,000 MSMEs (called "Awardees") will be supported by about 36business development services firms (called "BD partners") ? between three to seven BD partners inthe six geopolitical zones ofNigeria. The GEM project will largely subsidize the costs of the services provided by the BDS providers.
The objective of this assignment is toprovide independent third party supervision of the Grant windows, in particular in the areas of Governance, Outreach and Results.These will include the following activities: (i) the training provided through the BIG Platform, (ii) the grants provided by theGEM project, and (iii) the BD Market place program.
Scope of Assignment:
The selectedfirm will be expected to carry out tasks that include but not limited to the following:
Task 1: Monitoring and Supervision of the grants
· Assess the operations of the Grant windowsat least twice each year ? format to be determined in collaboration with the GEM FPIU and the World Bank;
· Verify access to the grant windows todemonstrate that the applicants have provided the relevant documents and that these documents are valid. This due diligence will bemore cumbersome for Window 4 and 5 (larger projects andgrantees chosen through a selection committee).
· Provide a progress of GEM grants on ahalf-yearly and annual basis as required by GEMFPIU and the World Bank as well as suggestions on changes or a list ofrecommendations to be implemented by the PIU;
· Assess the impact of the Grant windows oncea year by conducting a firm survey in collaboration with the World Bank team. The Firm will be responsible of surveying qualityacceptable to World Bank, about 3,000 firms (treatment and control firms) over the lifetime of the project;
· Carry out risk assessment and riskmanagement.
Task 2: Monitoring and Supervision of the GEM training provided through the BIGPlatform
The MSMEregistered on the BIG platform will earn points by registering and performing to the various training. It is thus crucial that theinformation provided to the BIG platform is verified to.
· Assess the validity of the information provided by the online training programs(verification of the identity of the person taking the course and the test);
· Assess the validity of the information provided by the trainers for face-to-facetraining programs by physically checking the training on a regular basis;
· Provide a progress report of GEM trainingprograms offered by the GEM project on a half-yearly and annual basis as required by GEM FPIU and the World Bank (take-up,attendance to training, feedback from trainers and trainees on the quality of the course, relevance of the training, etc) as wellas suggestions on changes or a list of recommendations to be implemented by the PIU; and
· Evaluate the impact of the most expensiveand crucial training once a year by conducting a firm survey in collaboration with the World Bank team.
Task 3: Evaluation of the impact of the BIG Platform: Evaluate the impact of the BIG Platform once a year by conducting a firm survey in collaboration with the World Bank team.The methodology, the sample frame and the questionnaire willbe provided by the World Bank. The Firm will be responsible ofsurveying about 1,000 firms (treatment and control firms) over the lifetime of the project. When a firm is picked for more than oneimpact evaluation, the Firm will ensure thatonly one questionnaire is administered to the firm.
Task 4: Monitoring and Supervision of the BD Marketplace
The successof the BDMarket place lies in the monitoring of the progresses made by the pool of firms given to each BD provider. The Firm isthus required to:
· For each BD provider, to audit at least half of the pool offirms given to the BDprovider using a random selection. This audit will be done throughout the year. The following documents will be audited: (i) needassessment, and (ii) progress reports.
· For each BD provider, to survey at least half of the pool of firms given to the BDprovider using a random selection every 6 months. This survey will help determine the new score of the pool of firms? using astandardized scoring system provided by the GEM PIU and World Bank. The improvement in the score of the pool will determine thepremium received by the BD Provider.
· Assess the operations of the BD marketplace by auditing each BD provider once every 6 months.
Submission of Expressions of Interest (EOIs):
Prospectivebusinesses shouldsubmit Expression of Interest detailing the following informationforpre-qualification:
· Profile of firm/consortium including ownership structure and roleofeach corporate entity with full contact details of each firm;
· Evidence of knowledge of the Nigeria business environment includingoffice location, and staff and/or consultants with an experience inNigeria;
· Track records in Grants monitoring and supervision in the publicsector;
· Evidence of capacity to recruit and deploy a team tosupervise/monitor grants;
· Evidence of capacity in conducting and/or supervising enterprisesurveys;
· Track records in auditing firms;
· Evidence of working onsimilar projects under the World Bank or any International donor Agency
· Experience working in Nigeriaand/or sub-Saharan Africa;
The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits &Grants by World Bank Borrower, Revised January 2011. Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub consultancy subconsultancy to enhance their qualifications. A firm will be selected inaccordance with the ConsultantsQualificationSelection (CQS) Method set out in the Consultant Guidelines.
Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours 9.00 am to 4.00 pm, Monday through Friday (except public holidays)from the Project Coordinator, Tel: +2348039265356 or +2348057763523
Expressions must be submitted in five (5) hard copies (one original and fourcopies plus one CD Rom), in a sealed envelopeclearly marked "Expression of Interest for Monitoring and Supervisionof BIG Platform and BD Market Place " to the address below in person or bycourier mail not later than Friday, July 31, 2015
Growth and Employment (GEM) Project
The Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment
Block G, Room 225
Old Federal Secretariat
Area 1, Garki
Tel: +2348039265356 or +2348057763523
Interested Applicantsshould note that:
· Submissionshall be in English language only
· Submissionthrough electronic media shall be rejected; and
· Submissionreceived afterthe deadline shall be rejected
Only shortlisted applicants will becontacted