Project Description: With a large gap in technical knowledge and skills levels across the different regions in Turkey, businesses face substantial challenges in recruiting and training employees. At the same time, youth and female unemployment, as well as "not in education, employment and training" ("NEET") rates remain high, especially among members of vulnerable and marginalized groups like seasonal workers. With agriculture contributing immensely to the Turkish economy, both in economic and social terms, the sector can generate significant employment opportunities and contribute towards inclusive growth with positive impact in underdeveloped regions.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") aims to support the market expansion of its client Anadolu Etap (the "Company") through improving backward linkages with its farmers and enabling access to employment and skills transfer. This will be facilitated through expanding the Company’s training programmes in underdeveloped regions of Turkey, including developing knowledge resources that are in line with agricultural best practices and enhancing the teaching capabilities of trainers.
With the vision of becoming a global supplier of fruit juice concentrate and fresh fruits, Andalu Etap has established industrial scale orchards in six cities in Turkey, which have high NEET rates particularly prevalent among women. With the aim to combine technical knowledge, managerial skills and field experience in agricultural production, the Company has set up a programme to provide training to farmers in the regions where it operates. In 2015, the Company partnered with local universities to build a comprehensive curriculum and launched a pilot training programme.
The EBRD now seeks to engage a consultant (the "Consultant") to assist the Company in its market expansion through improving backward linkages with farmers and enabling access to employment and skills transfer in underdeveloped regions of Turkey.
Assignment Description: Specifically, the Consultant will contribute to the expansion of the Company’s training programme "AgroAcademy" in different regions of Turkey where Anadolu Etap has its operations, through the development of knowledge resources that are in line with agricultural best practices and the enhancement of teaching capabilities of farmers’ trainers (the "Assignment").
Moreover, through a pilot training at one to two select farms, the Consultant will assess the scalability of the "Farmers Module" (established under the AgroAcademy), including through the existing partnership with the Ege University and/or with other educational providers across different regions in Turkey.
The Assignment will be delivered through three modules:
Module 1: Gap analysis of the "Farmers Module"
This Module will help identify knowledge gaps in the Company’s existing "Farmers Module" when compared to modern agricultural best practice. The Consultant is expected to analyse the curriculum for the Farmers Module and identify knowledge gaps not covered in the curriculum, including but not limited to:
• fruit growing and picking techniques;
• irrigation, soil and water management;
• plant feeding and fertilization;
• integrated pest management;
• sustainable farming practices.
Module 2: Curriculum development
This Module aims at developing an expanded curriculum as per the findings of Module 1, as well as delivering specific knowledge resources for farmers and trainers. The curriculum should include both the knowledge gap analysis and be in line with international best practices. The curriculum should develop new and/or improve existing knowledge resources, and incorporate these in the "Farmers Module" curriculum. These should be developed according to the selection of all products grown and produced at farms operated by the Company.
Module 3: Training of the trainers and pilot training
This module will focus on training the trainers from local universities and other training providers that can reach out to the regions where Anadolu Etap has its farms. The content of the training will be in line with the curriculum and knowledge resources developed in Module 2. In order to give trainers a hands-on, on-the-ground opportunity to teach farmers in the field, the pilot Farmers Module will be launched at the selected locations that are among the Company’s priorities for expansion. The number of farmers to be trained in the pilot, as well as specific farms where the pilot will take place will be agreed with the Company once the Assignment commences. Such training should be scalable and replicable across different regions in Turkey. Specific tasks will include:
• Together with the Company, identify the recipients of the trainers’ training;
• Assess the scalability of the "Farmers Module" in other regions of Turkey;
• Identify training providers which can potentially partner with the Company and scale up the "Farmers Module" across different regions in Turkey;
• Train the trainers on topics from the curriculum from Module 2;
• Develop a road map for launching the "Farmers Module" in other regions of Turkey (including through the partnership with local universities and/or with other training providers in the regions).
Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.
Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in Q1/2017 and has an estimated overall duration of 12 months.
Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 94,400 (exclusive of VAT). No extension is envisaged to this Assignment.
The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.
Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by the EBRD’s Shareholder Special Fund (SSF). Please note that selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.
Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.
Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with preferably previous project experience related to:
•development of training, knowledge resources and knowledge dissemination for farmers and trainers, particularly in sustainable agricultural practices, best practices in fruit growing and picking techniques, irrigation, soil and water management, plant feeding and fertilisation, and integrated pest management.
•working experience with other academic institutions and training providers, in the context of assisting private sector agribusinesses. Previous cooperation with the EBRD and other international financial institutions (IFIs) would be considered an advantage.
The Consultant’s expert team is expected to cover the following expertise:
•Experience in curriculum design and delivery, and developing knowledge resources specifically for farmers and/or agribusinesses, including awareness of current international best practices in horticulture and sustainable farming practices;
•Experience in developing and delivering training programmes for the private sector, universities and other training providers;
•An ability to effectively assess, evaluate and scale-up training programmes
•Collaborating and partnership experience with research experts and universities or research institutes
•Written and oral fluency in English and Turkish
Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be shortlisted for this Assignment, the information submitted should include the following:
1. Company/group of firms' profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).
2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives.
3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.
4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.
The above information shall not exceed 10 pages (excluding CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet).
The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded (4MB), the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.
Bank Contact Person:
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 7371
e-mail: MedertS@ebrd.com (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)
The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.
The shortlist criteria are:
•Firm’s previous experience in development of training, knowledge resources and knowledge dissemination for farmers and trainers, particularly in sustainable agricultural practices, best practices in fruit growing and picking techniques, irrigation, soil and water management, plant feeding and fertilisation, and integrated pest management. (30%)
Firm’s previous working experience with other academic institutions and training providers, in the context of assisting private sector agribusinesses. (20%).
•Composition and CVs of expert team (50%).