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MW Skills Development Project - P131660

National Council for Higher Education | Published June 8, 2015  -  Deadline June 16, 2015
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Consultancy For Environmental And Social Impact Assessment NationalCouncil for Higher Education                                                                 MalawiGovernment SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (SDP) REQUEST FOREXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (CONSULTINGSERVICES ? INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT SELECTION) Country                        : Malawi Name ofProject          : SKILLSDEVELOPMENT PROJECT. AssignmentTitle         : CONSULTANCY FORENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL IMPACTASSESSMENT ReferenceNumber      : NCHE/SDP/ESIA/01/0515 IssueDate                    :29th May, 2015 ClosingDate               : 16th June, 2015 1.0              INTRODUCTION TheNational Council for Higher Education (NCHE) is coordinating aGovernment of Malawi Skills Development Project (SDP) with support from theWorld Bank. The SDP is implemented in selected public institutions (ChancellorCollege, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MzuzuUniversity and Polytechnic) and Technical, Entrepreneurship and VocationalEducation and Training Agency (TEVETA). The proposed project aims at developingthe skillsneeded for improving employment outcomes and increasing productivity amongyouth and underserved populations by increasing access, enhancing marketrelevance, and increasing the results orientation of the participatinginstitutions. Additionally, the project aims to strengthen capacitiesof the Ministryof Education, Science and Technology (MoEST), National Council for HigherEducation (NCHE), Technical, Entrepreneurship and Vocational Education andTraining Authority (TEVETA) and participating institutions for policydevelopment, programme planning and implementation. In line with the National EducationSector Policy,the participating institutions in this project will expand equitable access to educationin their programmes under the SDP: A recent study on higher educationinMalawi identified limited and dilapidated infrastructure as a constraint toexpansion of equitable access and improvement of market relevance in theseinstitutions. Consequently, these institutions have submitted improvement plansas part of the proposed SDP detailing their infrastructure needs, which take upa large share of the resources allocated under the project. Given thelargeinvestment in the proposed infrastructure, there is need to ensure that theinfrastructure in the improvement plans is optimum and relevant for thedelivery of the proposed programmes. Initial appraisal of the project under World Bank Safeguards Policieshas indicated potential negative environmental and social impacts andacategory B rating; requiringthe development of Environment and Social Management Plans (ESMP) andResettlement Action Plans (RAP), also required by the Government of Malawi's EnvironmentalManagement Act (1996) and Environmental Social Impact Assessment Guidelines(1997). While most of the SDP ParticipatingInstitutionshave finalised the definition of scope of infrastructure constructionandrehabilitation works, some sites have yet to be identified and alternate sitesmight be under consideration for some of the proposed activities. In accordance with the World Bank'sOperational Policy OP 4.01 (Environment Assessment) and Malawi's EnvironmentManagement Act (60:02), detailed Environmental and Social Impact Assessment(EIA) reports have to be prepared for the infrastructure development andrehabilitation works in all of the proposed sites. The report will detail mainpotential impacts and mitigation measures to be undertaken prior to and duringconstruction phase of the project. In order to achieve this, SDPthrough NCHEseeks the services of an individual consultant to work closely with the participatinginstitutions to carry out Environmental and Social Impact Assessmentsin theseinstitutions. 2.0             SCOPE OF WORK An Environmental and Social Management Framework has beenprepared toguide on environmental screening and management of all sub-projects under SDP.Therein, it is indicated that the project has triggered the followingWorld Bank's Operational Policies: OP 4.01Environmental Assessment   OP 4.12Involuntary Resettlement OP 4.11Physical Cultural Properties Recent screening of the potentialsites has indicated that some of the construction work is likely to take placeon forested land; the consultant will therefore need to conduct furtherscreening to confirm and document the need for triggering OP 4.36 on Forests. In the process of carrying outenvironmentalassessment studies, the consultant should also make due considerationofrelevant Malawi Environmental policies, laws, guidelines, procedures andstandards for implementation of public sector projects in this category. The scope of work to prepare thestudy would involve: (i) baseline studies, through desk review of relevantdocuments available in the country and field studies; (ii) assessmentanddetermination of impacts (to include impact identification, prediction, evaluationand interpretation); and (iii) development of Environmental and SocialManagement for each sub-project for direct project impacts, includingmitigation measures, capacity and awareness building requirements to implementthose measures, and monitoring. 3.0      Objectives Theoverall objective of the consultancy is to develop anEnvironmental and Social Impact Management and Resettlement Plans foreachsub-project of SDP. The expected outputs of theassignment are: i.           Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report thatincludes an Environmental and Social Management Plan and an Environmental andSocial Monitoring Plan ii.           ResettlementAction Plan. 4.0       Tasks to be carried out The consultant will carry out the following: i.              Collect,analyse and present baseline information on the environmental characteristicsof the existing situation in the proposed project sites. Given that amajorityof sites will be within the confines of pre-selected institutions, thedescription and analysis should include: ·        Physical environment, which includes watercourses, forested areas,trees, etc. ·        Social environment, includingpopulation census and socio-economicactivitieson proposed sites that are likely to be affected during the project, and where appropriateidentify areas of cultural significance, community structures, genderandmembers of vulnerable groups' dynamics, and etc. ii.              Identifyand describe all pertinent legislation, regulations and standards governing theenvironmental quality, solid and liquid waste management, health and safety. iii.              Identifypotential environmental impacts that could result from the project. Describeand analyse all significant changes expected due to the proposed projectsfocusing on both negative and positive impacts. The impacts include environmental,and social impacts which could both be positive or negative. iv.              Analyse anddescribe occupational and health concerns likely toarise as a result of construction and operations of the proposed activities. v.                    Undertake a full public participationand consultations on the positive and negative impacts of the projectamongstthe key stakeholders at District Council level; communities includingparent-teachersassociations, students associations, teachers unions, and other relevant stakeholders. Organise meetings and forumsfor public participation to enable interested and affected parties topresenttheir concerns and opinions regarding the proposed project. a.  Propose feasiblemitigation measures for the identified negative environmentaland social impacts that could result from the proposed project activities. b.  DevelopEnvironmental andSocial Management Plans (ESMP) that willinclude those mitigation measures along with monitoring and institutionalmeasures to eliminate, minimize or reduce to acceptable levels the adverse socialand environmental impacts that could minimize the socio-economic benefits ofthe proposed activities. Provide a cost outlay for the proposed measures aswell as their institutional and financial support mechanisms. c.   Develop anEnvironmental and Social Monitoring Plan (ESMP) whichshall provide specific descriptions and technical details of monitoringmeasures, including parameters to be measured, methods to be applied,andsampling locations, frequency of measurements or data collection, anddefinitions of thresh-holds that will signal the need for corrective actions. TheMonitoring Plan will also describe the monitoring and reporting procedures aswell as the timeframes and implementation mechanisms and provide details of thestaffing requirement and cost outlays for the implementation of the plan. d.  Prepareappropriate Resettlement Action Plans (RAP) in line withthe World Bank policy framework guidelines on Involuntary Resettlement (OP4.12), the Environmental Management Act (1996) and other the legal requirementsof the country. 5.0Report reviews NCHE will establish a ReviewCommittee comprising officials (2 from NCHE, 1 from MoEST and 1 from each participatinginstitution) to guide the consultant. The consultant will produce a series ofreports in English during his/her assignment. The reports will be submitted intriplicate to the Review Committee through the SDP Project Coordinator at NCHEaccording to the following deliverables. 6.0 Deliverablesof the Consultancy Deliverables will besubmitted to NCHE for reviewandapproval through the Skill Development Project Coordinator. The followingdeliverables will be expected from the assignment: # Deliverable TimePeriod Three (3) hard copies of an inceptionreport that clearly illustrates how the assignment shall be executed,including proposed time-lines and milestones. 1 week after contractsigning Three (3) hard copiesofEnvironmental and Social Impact Assessment Report that includes anEnvironmental and Social Management Plan and an Environmental and Social MonitoringPlan as one document for each Participating Institution. 2 weeks afterpresentation of Inception Report. Three (3) hard copies of Resettlement Action Plans for eachParticipating Institution; 1 week aftersubmission of the above reports. Meetings with the institutions to review, deliberate, vet andadopt the above reports. 1 week after thesubmission of the above reports. Final report to NCHE 1 week afterworkshop has been conducted. 7.0 Reporting Mechanism The Consultant will enter into a contract with NCHE andwill report to the SDP Coordinator at NCHE during the entire period of thecontract. 8.0 Timeframefor the Consultancy Duration of thisassignment is 2 months from the date of signing the contract. 9.0 IndicativePaymentTerm The Payment schedule is as follow: # Deliverable Amount Signing of the contract 10% ofcontracted amount Three (3) hard copies of an inceptionreport that clearly illustrates how the assignment shall be executed,including proposed time-lines and milestones. 20%of contracted amount Three (3) hard copies of Environmental and Social Impact  AssessmentReport that includes anEnvironmental and Social Management Plan and an Environmental and Social MonitoringPlan as one document for each Participating Institution. 20%of contracted amount Three (3) hard copiesof Resettlement Action Plans for each ParticipatingInstitution; 20%of contracted amount Meetings with theinstitutions to review, deliberate, vet and adopt the above reports. 20%of contracted amount Finalreport to NCHE 10%of contracted amount 10.0Qualifications The desired person should have: i.        A Master's degree or its equivalent in EnvironmentalStudies, Physical Planning, Architectural Studies or any related field; Experience i.     Have aminimum of 5 years working experience inrelated consultancies; ii.     Demonstrate expertise and practical knowledge ofEnvironmental and Social Impact needs assessment; and iii.     Demonstrate excellence in written and spokenEnglish. 11.0         Location of Assignment The consultancy is based at NCHE Secretariat inLilongwe. 12.0   Conflict ofInterest The attention of interested Consultants is drawnto paragraph 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. ("Consultant Guidelines"), settingforth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest. 13.0   SelectionCriteria A Consultant will be selected inaccordance with the Individual Consultants Selection (IC) method set out in theConsultant Guidelines. 14.0   Furtherinformation Further information can be obtained attheaddress below at paragraph (12) during office hours from 8.00 to 12.00; 13.00to 16.00 hours local time (Monday to Friday, except national public holidays). 15.0    Submission Expressions of interest must bedelivered in a written form to the address below at paragraph (16) (in person,or by mail, or by e-mail) by16thJune ,2015. Late EOIs willbe rejected. The EOIs must be clearlymarked "Expression of Interest forIndividual Consultant on Environmental and Social Impact Assessment."  Applicationsshould enclose detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV), plus names of 3 (three)traceable referees. 16.0   Address for the Clarification,further detailsand submission of the EOIs: The SDP Project Coordinator, (Attn: The ProcurementSpecialist) Skills Development Project (SDP), Physical Address: NationalCouncil for Higher Education, HBHouse, Block A AlongPaul Kagame Road, Next to Chipiku Plus, Postal Address: Private Bag B371, Lilongwe3, Malawi. Phone  : +265 01 755 884 Email   : rchinula@nche.ac.mw :rchinula@gmail.com : fmazaza@nche.ac.mw :fynessmazaza@yahoo.co.uk

MW- Second AF to Ag SWAp Support Project - P148964

AGRICULTURE SECTORWIDE APPROACH SUPPORT PROJECT | Published April 7, 2015  -  Deadline April 27, 2015
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Expression Of Interest For Consultancy Services For The Review, Design And Specification Of Permits Issuing Systemfor The Department Of Immigration MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND TRADE AGRICULTURE SECTORWIDE APPROACH SUPPORTPROJECT MULTIDONOR TRUSTFUND EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR CONSULTANCYSERVICES FOR THE REVIEW,DESIGN AND SPECIFICATION OF PERMITS ISSUING SYSTEM FOR THE DEPARTMENTOFIMMIGRATION 1.          BACKGROUND Agriculture is one of thekey priority areas identified in theMalawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS II) and the Economic Recovery Plan to ensure sustainable growth. The goal within theMGDS II is to increase agricultural productivity and diversification, thereby increasing the agriculture sector's contribution tosustainable economic growth. An efficient agricultural market is essential for the development of the agricultural sector.Byproviding outlets and incentives for increased production, the marketing system contributes greatly to the commercialization ofsubsistence farmers. Furthermore, the Doing Business environment within which agricultural markets operate has a fundamental effecton the functioning of the agricultural marketing system. Doing Business reforms can play an important role in making the marketingsystem more effective andefficient by removing unnecessary restrictions and by establishing a sound framework for commercialtransactions to reduce uncertainty in the market. Recognising the importance of agriculture, the Government ofMalawi is implementing the Agricultural Sector Wide Approach (ASWAp). ASWAp is a single comprehensive programme and budgetframework for investments across the agriculture sector.  The programme is implementedthrough the Agricultural Sector Wide Approach Support Project (ASWAp-SP), which is funded by several donors and developmentpartners who have established a Multi Donor Trust Fund (MTDF) through the World Bank. These donors include EU, Norway, DFID, IrishAid, FICA and USAID. One of the focus areas ofthe programme is to improve theagricultural business enabling environment in support of agricultural diversification, a more market oriented agriculture andintegration into agricultural value chains and regional markets. Under the coordination of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, theproject is intended to finance consultancies and training required to facilitate legal and regulatory reforms and otheractivitiesaimed at improving the business environment and agricultural commercialization. One of the important areas affecting the agribusinessenvironment and agricultural commercialization in Malawi is the lengthy and costly process of obtaining Business Residence Permits(BRPs) and Temporary Employment Permits (TEPs). Most foreign investors struggle to obtain BRPs and TEPs partly because there islittle automation in the system and the records are still manual. If Malawi is to attract foreign direct investment in theagricultural sector, especially in commercial farming and agricultural processing, there is need to improve and automate the permitissuance system. Improvement of the system will enable investors in the agricultural sector to settle in quickly and also to bringin expertise that is currently lacking in the sector. In view of this ASWAP-SP is seeking the services of companyor group of consultants with expertskills in permits issuing and development to assist the Department ofImmigration (DOI) in thedevelopment and implementation of an automation program that will see the introduction of a computerized permits platform, aimed atimproving the Department's operations in the delivery of its permits responsibilities. 2.         OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY /ASSIGNMENT The general objective of the assignment is to help the officeof the Chief Immigration Officer (CIO) undertake a comprehensive review of permits issuance processes and procedures with a view toimprove efficiency in the delivery of permits-processing services.  The goal is toenable Malawi to have an efficient, effective and sustainable system in place for the issuance, processing, monitoring and controlof permits.  It is expected that the accomplishment of this assignment will be guidedby the following outcomes: ?           Reduction in the number of days to issue business residencepermits, temporary employment permits and permanentresidence permits through reducing time and cost of compliance with permitsprocessing procedures; ?           Improvement in  the efficiency of permits processing services through simplifying and streamliningprocedures for issuance and control of permits, and automating the immigration permit registryfunction; ideally making the process of issuance and monitoring more efficient and equitable; 3.         NEED FORCONSULTANCY In view of the above objectives and the impendingintroduction of an automated permits-processing system, there is need to prepare the DOI for the reforms and automation of thepermits-processing services in order to streamline the processes that clients or stakeholders must comply with when processing apermit. The DOI is therefore seeking the services of consultants toprovide high quality and consistent support with the implementation and monitoring of the appropriate permits-issuingsolution.  Therequirement is for a suitably qualified and experienced consulting firmwith expert skills in permits and development to capture and validate the data from manual files and records; and also to designand specify an integrated permits-issuing system. Accordingly, the consultants will among other tasks berequired to undertake an institutional assessment of the immigration registry; design an appropriate registry model for Malawi;develop an appropriate institutional framework for delivery of functions of the immigration registry; digitize and automatetheimmigration registry; develop a plan for capacity building including training and a framework for testing the efficiency of theregistry as a means to determine future support needs. The consultant must be well versed with data processing andvalidation, forms design and data entry, report generators and report writers as well as industry standardDatabase ManagementSystems (DBMS) preferably Microsoft SQL, with in-depth knowledge and experience in systems designing andspecification. In order to achieve the objectives defined by the Governmentof Malawi regarding permits-processing services to make the DOI a successful operation, the consultants will primarily be requiredto review existing legislation that may need to be amended and propose such amendments as may be necessary; map existingrequirements and procedures needed to process a new BRP, TEP and PRP; develop a strategy to preserve existing data and records in areadily searchable database. The consultants will be required to develop comprehensivedrafts of regulations and procedures needed for the operationalization of the immigration registry (permitssection); undertake aseries of consultations with stakeholders to discuss and comment on draft regulations and procedures. The consultantswill also beexpected to assist the DOI in undertaking in-depth review of its business processes relating to permits, the need for improvingthese business processes and the need for introducing the use of ICTinto the business process to improve effectiveness andefficiency; specifically to improve its operations in the delivery of permits-issuing services. It is also expected that the consultants will providemanagement support to the DOI including inthe area of Information Communication Technology during the hardware and softwareimplementation phase. The outputs from this consultancy will be used in the second phase of the project and the consultants will beexpected to assist DOI in procuring, installing and developing the permits system network. It should be noted that the consultantwill be eligible to submit an expression of interest in the second phase ofthe project. 4.         EXPRESSION OF INTEREST The Ministry of Industry and Trade is now seeking expressionsof interests from suitably qualified consulting firms to carry out this assignment. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (description ofsimilar assignments undertaken, experience in similar conditions, detailed staffing schedule and curriculum vitae of the proposedpersonnel).  An estimated cost of the assignment is not required at this stage. Interested consultants mayobtain further information and thefull Terms of Reference (ToRs) from address in 7 below from 08:00 to 16:30 hrs local time. 5.         SELECTION OF THECONSULTANT The consultants will be selected in accordance with Qualityand Cost Based Selection method (QCBS) and procedures set out in the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers 2011. 8.         QUALIFICATIONS &EXPERIENCE The assignment will require a firm or group of consultants,who should have knowledge in permits-processing systems and experience in automation of immigration registry functions.  In addition, the consultants should have both knowledge of best practices ofpermits-processing systems in the developed world, and experience in implementing reforms in regional developingcountries. In addition, the consultants should have the ability to workpatiently and effectively with public officials, and to draw on reform examples worldwide to persuade them of the benefits ofreform and how to mitigate risks, they should have strong analytical skills and ability to prioritize tasks to beaccomplished. The core team must also demonstrate relevant experience indata processing as well as validationand should include at least the following: ?          A Team Leader who must be a migration expert with over five (5)years experience in permits processing and an advanced degree in Business Administration or any relevant field from aninternationally recognised institution as well as possession of an international post graduate qualification in migration or anyother relevant qualification ?          An automation practitioner with a degree in Computer Science orits equivalent from an internationally recognized university, at least five (5) years experience in projects involving informationsystems reforms, experience and knowledge of data base software systems and design will also berequired. Specifically, the proposed core team musthave: 6.1       Expert knowledge and skills in permits-processing reforms & procedures 6.2       Good knowledge in regulations that govern issuance ofpermits 6.3       Detailed knowledge in international best practicesrelatingpermits 6.4       Good Knowledge and experience in forms design and practical data    entry 6.5       Expert Knowledge with report generators and report writers 6.6       Ability to work with a team of people of various levels of computerproficiency 6.7       Proficiency with Relational Databases including Oracle, SQL Server, Microsoft SQL,and Microsoft Access. Proficiency with Microsoft SQL is key. 7.         NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFICE FOR SEEKING CLARIFICATIONS AND COLLECTION OFFULL TERMS OF REFERENCE The Project Coordinator,ASWAP-SP Ministry of Industry and Trade Gemini House PO Box 30366 Lilongwe 3 Malawi Attention: Ms EstherMwimba M:       +265 1770244 Fax:     +2651770680 E:       esmwimba@yahoo.co.uk and copiedto gkanthiti@gmail.com and heltongondwe@yahoo.co.uk 8.         SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST Expressions of Interest clearly marked "EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR THE REVIEW, DESIGN AND SPECIFICATION OF PERMITS ISSUING SYSTEM FOR THE DEPARTMENT OFIMMIGRATION", must be delivered or e-mailed to the Ministryof Industry and Trade at the address indicated below by 4.00 p.m. local time on Monday 27thApril, 2015. The Chairperson Internal Procurement Committee Ministry of Industry and Trade Gemini House PO Box 30366 Lilongwe 3 Malawi Attention: The ProcurementOfficer Or Email:             esmwimba@yahoo.co.uk and copiedto gkanthiti@gmail.com and heltongondwe@yahoo.co.uk

MW-Financial Sector Technical Assistance - P122616

Financial Sector Technical Assistance Project (FSTAP) | Published April 7, 2016  -  Deadline April 15, 2016
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Diagnostic Study On The Establishment Of A Long Term Finance Guarantee Scheme RESERVE BANKOF MALAWI FINANCIAL SECTOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROJECT (FSTAP) Country:                     Malawi Name of Project:        Financial Sector Technical Assistance Project (FSTAP) Consulting Services:    Diagnostic Study on the Establishment of a Long Term Finance Guarantee Scheme Credit No.                   4897 Mw Project ID No.            P122616 Date of Issue:            25th March2016 EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR A CONSULTANT TO CONDUCT A DIAGNOSTIC STUDY ON THE ESTABLISHMENT A OF A LONG TERM FINANCE GUARANTEE SCHEME 1.   This Invitation follows the General Procurement Notice for this Project that appeared in Development Business, of March 29th,2012. 2.     The Government ofthe Republic of Malawi has received financing from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank toward the cost of the Financial Sector Technical Assistance Project(FSTAP), and intends to apply part of theproceeds for the services of a consultant to conduct a Diagnostic Study on theEstablishment of a Long Term Finance Guarantee Scheme. The Ministry of Finance intends to apply part of the proceeds of this credit to payments under the Contract for a consultant to conduct aDiagnostic Study on the Establishment of a Long Term Finance Guarantee Scheme. 3.     Background Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development together withthe Reserve Bankof Malawi is implementing Financial Sector TechnicalAssistance Project (FSTAP) with development assistance from the WorldBank. Theproject aims at increasing access to finance for the currently unbanked, but bankable Malawi population. Ministry of Finance isimplementing component four of the FSTAP Project Appraisal Document (PAD) which is Financial Sector Policy and Governance Capacityand Long-term Finance. The component is supporting the establishment of a policy framework and the legal andinstitutional infrastructure to: facilitate the provision of long term finance; strengthen the Government's capacity to formulateand implement policies which support long term financing; develop an infrastructure financing framework; and, to carry out diagnostic studies to identify shortand medium term solutions to the long term financing challenge in Malawi. In order to identify short and medium term solutions to the long term financingchallenge in Malawi, Government considers a Diagnostic Study on the Establishment of "Long Term Finance Guarantee Scheme" to be oneof the solutions. The study will address long term finance constraints the country faces. Financing in Malawi is predominantlyshort-term, with over 80 percent of the loans having a maturity of less than three months and these are mostly short terminstruments like Treasury Bills. Products with longer maturities, like investment loans and mortgages are limited and are availableat adjustable rate. The problem of long term financing is severe especially among the SMEs. Government therefore intends toascertain whether Malawi's businesses would benefitfrom the establishment of a long term finance guaranteescheme. 4.    Purpose The Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning andDevelopment invites proposalsfrom consultants with relevant research experience and expertise to conduct a Diagnostic Study onEstablishment of Long Term Finance Guarantee Scheme. The scope of work is provided in the terms of referencebelow. 5.    Objectives Considering that a Long Term Finance Guarantee Schemewill be a new service among the Country's financial institutions, a feasibility/diagnostic study about its applicability isimperative. The study will aim at: - 3.1  Identifying the pros and cons ofestablishing the Scheme in view of the financial and macroeconomic environment of Malawi; 3.2  Assessing the demand for acommercially viable, professionally and independently managed risk sharing scheme; 3.3  Assessing private sector interestto invest in a guarantee scheme; and 3.4  Explore various options pertainingto funding, structure, management arrangements, business model (e.g. pricing) eligibility criteria for participating financialinstitutions, and regulatory framework 6.    Scope of work Access to longterm finance has proved to be a challenge in Malawi. The financial system is dominated by banks whose lending is typically shortterm (with maturity of less than one year). The capital market remains shallow and illiquidto effectively facilitate allocation of long term capital. However, investors need long term finance to finance investments whichare critical for their growth and long term development of the country. By the nature of their maturity, long term finance instruments are considered riskyand they require risk pooling. Establishment of a Long Term Finance Guarantee Scheme serving both the private and publicinstitutions/individuals would help fill this gap of making long term finance available to businesses in the context of prevailingdevelopment goals. Thus a detailed study on the applicability of the scheme will help to answer several questions. The study should: - 4.1           Asses the feasibility and viability of such a Long Term Finance GuaranteeScheme 4.2           Determine the amount of investments that will be required for the schemepertaining to funding, structure, management and governance arrangements, and business model; 4.3           Develop the eligibility criteria for participating institutions, andregulatory framework of the scheme; 4.4           Conduct a market analysis regarding the establishment of the scheme,assess the desirability of the private sector to invest in the scheme including proposed levels ofownership/involvement; 4.5           Incorporate lessons from other countries, especially within Africa andthe costs governments had to bear in enabling the availability of suchadditional credit; 4.6           Identifying the pros and cons of establishing a Long Term FinanceGuarantee Scheme in the light of financial and macroeconomic environment ofMalawi 4.7           Assess the demand for a commercially viable, professionally andindependently managed risk sharing scheme; 4.8           Explore various options pertaining to funding, structure, managementarrangements, business model (e.g. pricing); 4.9           Identify and prioritize sectors which would be targeted by the scheme forgreatest impact; 4.10         Asses the risks (including economic, political social and operational) ofestablishing the scheme and determine mitigation measures; 4.11    Propose an entry and exit strategy of government investment in thescheme; and 4.12     Makerecommendations to Government on the establishment of the scheme. TheConsultant will work in close consultation with the Financial Sector Policy Unit (FSPU) in the Ministry of Finance, EconomicPlanning and Development and the Study Steering Committee. 7.    Methodology 5.1            Thesuccessful consultant is expected to conduct a literature review of theestablishment and operation of thescheme. 5.2            Theconsultant is expected to consult extensively with key stakeholders including but not limited to Ministry of Finance, EconomicPlanning and Development, Reserve Bank of Malawi, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Malawi Investment and Trade Centre, BankersAssociation o Malawi, Small and Medium Enterprises, Malawi Confederation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Development Partners.Thus the consultant will be expectedto draw checklists. 5.3            Theconsultant is also expected to facilitate stakeholder workshops. 8.     Consultant's Deliverables and Timelines 6.1            An inception report after 5working days; 6.2           Interim reports and draft report of the study to be discussed with stakeholders in Workshop, latest 20 working days after commencing the assignment; 6.3           Final and approved study report at the end of the assignment, maximum 40 working days after commencing the assignment. 9.    Duration The study is expected to be completed within40 working days from the time of signing contract with the successful consultant. The Consultant shouldtherefore provide a detailed timeline for executing the study including perceived project risks and contingencyplans. 10.  ConsultantQualification and experience The consultant should have the following qualifications and experience: 8.1           An advanced degree (Master or Phd) in economicsand finance or finance related discipline from a reputable institution of high learning with at least five (5) years of relevantexperience for a PhD holder or eight (8) years' experience for a Master's degree holder. 8.2           Provide evidence of the technical capacity ofthe consultant to deliver the results in the timeframe provided, as well as some indication of prior experience in conductingfinancial sector related consultancies. 8.3           Proven capacity to organize and facilitate workshops and meetings; 8.4           Organizationalskills and adherence to deadlines; 8.5           Excellent communication and reporting skills,with ability to express ideas clearly, concisely and effectively, both orally and in writing 11. Reporting The consultant will work hand in hand with aSteering Committee for the study and will be expected to report study deliverables to the Committee as per the workplan. 12.  Selection of Consultant TheConsultant will be selected in accordance with Consultant's Qualifications (CQ) procedures set out in the World Bank's Guidelines:Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers, of January, 2011 revised in2014. Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours (8.00 hours to 16.00 hours Malawitime). 13.  Submission of expression of Interest Interestedindividual consultants must provideinformation indicatingthat they are qualified to perform the services subject of these Terms of Reference (i.e. brochures, description of similarassignments, experience in similar conditions etc.). 14.   Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address below during office hours i.e. 0900 to 1700 hours local time. 15.  Expressions of interest must be delivered to the address below by 15th April 2016. (Signed by) Project Manager, Financial Sector Technical Assistance Project (FSTAP), Reserve Bank of Malawi, Convention Drive, P.O.Box 30063, Capital City, Lilongwe 3 TEL:   (265) 1 770 600/771600 FAX:   (265) 1 773 752 E-mail: josmilner@fstap.org and copy: stsokonombwe@fstap.org

MW-Energy Sector Project - P099626

MINING GOVERVANCE AND GROWTH SUPPORT PROJECT | Published October 17, 2014  -  Deadline October 31, 2014
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Consultancy For The Design And Installation Of Geological Data Management Information Systems MINING GOVERVANCE AND GROWTH SUPPORTPROJECT MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES, ENERGY AND MINING REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONOF INTEREST (CONSULTING SERVICES-FIRMS SELECTION) Country:Malawi Name of Project: Mining Governance and Growth SupportProject Assignment Title: Consultancy for the Design and Installationof Geological Data Management Information Systems ProcurementReference Number: MNREE/MGGSP/ COMP-C/C/04 IssueDate: 18th October, 2014 1.0    Background This Invitation for Expression of Interest (EOI) follows theGeneral Procurement Notice for this Project that appeared in the UN Development Business onlineof 23rd June,2011. The Government of Malawi (GoM) through the Ministry of NaturalResources, Energy and Mining is implementing the Mining Governance and Growth Support Project(MGGSP) with support from the WorldBank and European Union.  Among others, the Projecthas a component topromote the mineral sector. One of the objectives under this component is to establish a Geodata Management Center in order todigitise, store, and increase on-line access to geo data which will be stored and managed by a web-based application calledGeological Data Management Information System (GDMIS) which is integrated into GIS environment. Geological information isessential to the Government to understand the country's mineral potential as well as for a number of applications likeenvironmental management or land use planning. However, the information needs to be stored and made accessible to users, includingpotential investors. Public access provides the underlying rationale for the investment of public funds in acquiring and managingthe geo-data. The web-based application will allow timely, secure, andtransparent storage of data, easy handling of storages, processing and retrieval of large quantities of data, flow of information,searching and sorting of specific information uniformly, accurately, quickly and easy generation of reports and permittingintegration of graphic data. The GDMIS will be a real-time, role-based, conditional access system with entering the data onreal-time basis using the web andthe data getting stored and updated in designated central servers. It is expected that the GDMIS will have three components whichare: administrative system (back end), web based system interfaced with the user via internet(front end) and the underline databasewhich will be interfaced (several servers). To achieve thisdesire of establishing a GDMIS, theMinistry would like to seek services of a consulting firm to undertake the assignment as specified in the scope ofwork. 2.0    Scope of Work The consultant will design, develop, implement and train users of Geological Data ManagementInformation System (GDMIS). This system should provide suitable, flexible, interactive and user-friendly tools to allow collationof inputs as well as integration andexploitation of available information from various Geological Survey staff and from other inputmedia. The system should also produce standard reports and disseminate information to the general public in a systematic way. 2.1 Objectives of the Assignment The objective of the assignment is to ensure that a web-based GDMISis designed, developed and installed in the Geo-data Management Center (GDC) and that on the one hand staff is properly trained tomanage the data, and on the other the general public have full access to the data. 2.2 Specific Tasks The consultants' duties and responsibilities willinclude but will not necessarily be limited tothe following: i.             Review  Geological Data Management SystemReport by Dr. Andy Killick and complete the inventory of existing geological data as needed ii.           Organize and supervise the scanning and digitizing of existing analoguegeological, geo-chemical,geo-physical and geo-hazard data (includingreports, maps and related literature). Designand develop a GDMIS application according to common sets of fundamental GIS design steps; qualities of good database   and according to international best practices. These willinclude; a.      Carrying out system analysis anddesigning of the system architecture. b.     Developing an application prototype c.      Carrying out Meta data repositoryanalysis iii.         Develop the geo-database (Implementation phase) iv.         Deploy the database system GDMIS (implementation of the system) v.           Produce system user manuals ( such a system will provide appropriate security and access protocolsand relevant fee arrangements, consistent with normal mineral industry practices) vi.         Train database users for inputting, using, managing, updating and verifying data atdifferentlevels a.       Training for all members of staff working with theGDMISpreferably by a GIS expert and a geoscientist b.      Training for system administrator and Network administrator. 3.0   Invitation forExpression of Interest TheMinistry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining now invites eligible Consulting Firms to indicate their interest in providing theservices. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualificationsand relevantexperience to undertake the assignment as follows: The team leader must: Possess aBSc/ MSc in Geosciences orrelated field.Be experienced geoscientist with a strong database and GISbackground; 3+ years of    experience in heading the projects of similar nature and overall experience of 8yearsHave at least 5 years of experience in designing and developing databases software of similarnature; Have headed minimumthree end-to-end software development projects with similar level of intricacies.Have  at least three years of experiencein undertaking similar assignments in the African region; ·         Have a good command of written and spoken English. 4.0    The shortlistingcriteria Interested firms must provide information indicating that they are qualified to provide the services throughprovision of thefollowing; a)      Brochures or any information giving overall outlook of the firm in terms of corebusiness and general capacity b)      Not less than 10 years in consultancy related to theassignment c)      Evidence of experience in similar conditions d)     Availability of appropriate skills among staff 5.0    SelectionCriteria The Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality and Cost Based Selection Method set out inthe Consultant Guidelines. 6.0    Conflict ofInterest The attention of interested consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selectionand Employment ofConsultants (under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants) by World Bank Borrowers January, 2011, setting forththe World Banks' policy onconflict of interest. 7.0    FurtherInformation Further information can be obtained at the address below during working hours from 08 - 12 and 13 ? 16 hourslocal time (Monday to Friday) except National Public Holidays. 8.0    How toSubmit Expression of Interest must be delivered in written form to the address in paragraph 10 below (in person orby email or by mail) by 31st October, 2014. Late bids will automatically be rejected. The EOI must be clearly marked, "Expression of Interestfor Consultancy for the Design and Installation of Geological Data Management Information Systems for theMining Governance and Growth Support Project.'' 9.0   Address for Clarification, further details and submission of theEOIs: The Project Coordinator Mining Governance and GrowthSupport Project Attention: The ProcurementSpecialist andrew.mopiha@mggsp.gov.mw Telephone:  +265 1 759 906 / +265 999 698 536 Fax; +265 1788689 Physical Address: Mining Governance and GrowthSupport Project (MGGSP) Ministry of NaturalResources, Energy and Mining Area4 Next to ImmigrationDepartment Opposite Plant and VehicleHire Organization (PVHO) Lilongwe Malawi Postal Address: Mining Governance and GrowthSupport Project (MGGSP) Ministry of NaturalResources, Energy and Mining (MNREM) Private Bag350 CapitalCity Lilongwe3 Malawi Telephone: + Tel. +265 1759906/07 Email: malawimining.growth@mggsp.gov.mw/ andrew.mopiha@mggsp.gov.mw TheChairperson (InternalProcurement Committee) MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES, ENERGY AND MINING (MNREM)

MW-Fin Reporting and Oversight Improveme - P130878

Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development | Published April 25, 2016  -  Deadline May 11, 2016
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Supply, Delivery, Installation And Commissioning Of A Computer Aided Audit Techniques / Tools (caats) For The National Audit Office, Lilongwe Malawi MINISTRY OF FINANCE ECONOMIC PLANNING ANDDEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL REPORTING AND OVERSIGHT IMPROVEMENTPROJECT INVITATION TO Quote Date:13 April 2016 Procurement Ref Number: FROIP/PFEMG11 1.       Youare invited to submit your price quotation for the Supply, Delivery,Installation and Commissioning of a Computer AidedAudit Techniques / Tools (CAATS) for the National Audit Office, LilongweMalawi.. 2.       The technical specifications and required quantities is contained in Attachment 1 to this Invitation to Quote (hereafter"ITQ"). 3.       TheGovernment of Malawi has received a loan from the International Development Association in various currencies and intends to applythe proceeds of this loan to eligible payments under the contracts for which thisinvitation for quotation is issued. 4.     You must quote for all items indicated in this ITQ. 5.       Yourquotation in the required format must be addressed and submitted by thedeadline for submission to: Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development P.O. Box 30049, Capital City, Lilongwe, Malawi Tel: +265 1 789 337 Email: gmangulenje@yahoo.com Attention:Procurement Specialist, Room No 110. 6.       Yourquotation should be presented in English language and should be accompanied by adequate technical documentation and catalogue(s)and other printed material or pertinent information (in English language) for the item quoted. 7.       Thedeadlinefor receipt of your quotation at theaddress indicated above (Section 4) is:  11 May 2016 at3:00hrs,Malawi local time. Any clarification required about this ITQ can be requested only up to 4 May 2016 at 3:00hrs,Malawi local time. 8.       Thequotation shall be delivered by the deadline indicated in Section 6, above, to the address indicated in Section 5. The quotationmust be one original and three copies duly signed by an authorized representative of the Supplier. The envelope containing yourquotation must be clearlymarked: "Quotation for the Computer Aided Audit Techniques for National Audit Office-Malawi" If the nameand reference is not mentioned, the Purchaser will not be responsible for any premature opening or late opening or non-acceptanceof the quotation due to late recognition of the quotation. 9.     The Supplier needs to submit manufactures authorization of the software if they are not manufacturers themselves.. 10.    OtherConditions of Supply are as follows: (i) PRICES quoted in differentcurrencies will be evaluated after converting them into Malawi Kwacha (local currency) at the exchange rate prevailing at theCentral Bank of Malawi on the date of evaluation, including the cost of delivery to the place of destination, and any VAT or CustomDuties. (ii) PAYMENT foryour invoice will be made 100% against delivery document, thoughDirect Bank Transfer. (iii) DELIVERYprices should be quoted for CIF Lilongwe forimported goods and ex-factory for domestically suppliedgoods or CIP Lilongwe according to INCOTERMS, 2010. (iv) DELIVERY SCHEDULE 1 week/not exceeding 3weeks fromorderconfirmation. (v) ORIGIN Goods offered should have their origin from the World Bank membercountries and you will be required to furnish a certificate of origin for each item for which you quote. (vi) VALIDITY OF THE OFFER: Your quotation should be valid for a period of 45 days from the date of receipt of your quotation, indicated in Section 6 above. A quotation withless than 45 days validity may be rejected and may not be considered. 11.  Each Bidder shall submit only one Quote, eitherindividually or as a member of a joint venture. A Bidder who submits or participates in more than one Quote shall cause all theproposals with the Bidder's participation to be disqualified. Further it is to be noted that no alternate quote is permitted underthis invitation to quote. 12.  Additionalinformation may be obtained at the address indicated in Section 5 (above) and at the following email address: gmangulenje@yahoo.com Sincerely, Hetherwick Njati PFEM Director Attachment 1 NATIONAL AUDITOFFICE COMPUTER AIDED AUDIT TECHNIQUES / TOOLS (CAATs)SPECIFICATIONS Technical Specification of Items required including applicable standards 1 Data Management: a) Data Access:Must have the Ability to access data from differentsystems like COBOL, Oracle, SQL with the ability of analysing dataIt should also be capable of importing and analysing data fromflat files such as Text, CSV, Excel, Word, Access, Print Image Format and Adobe PDF b) Dataconversion: The system should be able to export existentdata to new data types. c) DataRefresh: the system must have the ability to auto-refreshdata from time to time without manual intervention d) Provide for security of thedata at rest and in transit 2 Rules andAnalysis: a) UnicodeSupport: the system must have ability to supportUnicoderequirements where systems are different b) VisualData Relations: the system must have ability to undertakevisual data relations that will aid in the analysis of data. c) Benford Analysis:the proposed data analysis tool must have the ability to undertake Benford  analysis withoutput to either a table and/orgraph. d) FuzzyDuplicates: the proposed data analysis tool must have theability to detect fuzzy duplicates for specified data sets. e) Date Timevalues: the system must be able to handle date/ timevalues f) Conditional Computed Fields: the systemshould allow forthe computation of new analysis values based on conditions that may differ inspecification. g) Sampling:System should be able to support sampling requirements asrequired. h) Visualizations: results of analysesshould be presented in visual forms that users can specify and use for drill down to underlyingrecords i) Sharing ofExceptions: the system should incorporate innovative waysof sharing findings and auctioning them. j) Offer bestpractice tests for adoption: the system shouldincorporate libraries of best-practice tests for business processes. k) Integration with Audit Management systems: specify how the tool can be integrated into audit management processes and testing l) Use new IT technologies formobile access on tablets and other smart devices. 3 Processing: a) Processingof Multiple Commands: the system must have the ability toundertake multiple command processing b) Drill downFunctionality: Graphs generated within the analysis toolmust provide for a drill down functionality to the composition data, c) Schedulingand automating repetitive tasks using scripts: The systemmust have the ability to automate regular testing (scheduling) to allow focus on higher task areas and on core internal audit andinspection processes. d) Graphingin a Script: Manual and automated scripts within the toolmust be capable of generating graphs. e) Record - to-Record Comparisons: The analysis tool must be capable ofcomparing record to record from up to 10 multiple systems simultaneously. The tool should be capable of handling analyses of over50 million records f) Handle Largefile sizes: The system should be able to work with hugefiles without hanging. g)  Key ValueExtraction: The tool should be able to extract key valueinformation from vast amounts of data including identifying patterns and trends h)  Read-only interface tosystems: The system must not change data from sourcesystems and only maintain a read-onlyrecord. i) Re-MapFields: The requirement to re-map fields prior toandduring an analysis must be handled within the analysis tool j) SearchCapabilities: The tool should have a search functionalitythat allows users to search for unique identifiers within specified fields and to thereafter extract records thatmatch. k) QuickSort: The system must have the ability to allow users toquickly sort data in either ascending/ descending order for allor select fields l) Quick Filter :Must allow users quickly filter all data or selected fields m) Group records by key: Where the key to data records are identified, theanalysis tool should be able to provide statistics onthe data and analyse records based on the key. n) Group records by key: Where the key to data records are identified, the analysis tool should be able to provide statistics on the dataand analyse records based on the key. 4 Access andAdministration: a) Real-time access to remote data: Ability to read and monitor the contents of selected folders or files on the server,identifying when an update has been made for analysis purposes b) Network Usage: The data analysis tool proposed must support network usage and access from different users managedthrough a server c) Continuous Monitoring  :Ability to undertake continuous monitoring of the different datasources with ability to generate auto triggers with alerts of critical information d) System logs:Ability to maintain a comprehensive log for allactivities carried out e) Accessrights: The system should adhere to existing security andaccess controls f) Specialization: Ability to helporganizations specializeby role e.g. Administrator, data specialist and analyst g) Quickly discover and report fraud, errors, and inefficiencies h)Backup andrecovery: The system should allow for automatic backup and recovery of theinformation available in the system i) Secure storage ofdata: Maintain a centralized and secure repository for all the data needed andresulting from audits. 5 Licensing: a) Ability to be licensedon individual user basis. b) Subscription pricingshould allow for adding or dropping of users asrequired by the department. c) Subscription should also provide accessto active professional websites for knowledge and guidance as appropriate. d) Provide a central place for themanagement of licences owned by the Department. e) Different users of the system shouldbeable to be licensed according to their role. f) Product range should provide aclearroadmap on development of solution to encompass other audit management activities. 6 Training: a) Thevendor must providetraining in accordance with the requirements indicated below for both the administrators of the system and theusers: i Introductiontraining ii. Intermediatetraining iii,. Advancedtraining b.) Carry out a skills transferproject in the use of the tool in an actual work environment 7 Support: a)  The vendor mustindicate how support will be provided to ensure timely and efficient resolution of all escalated issues. Support for next3 yearsmust be included in the proposal. b) The vendor will berequired to work with the proposed team to validate the results from the script analysis. c) Experienceof vendor: the vendor must show focus and dedication tothe support of the application d) Domainexpertise: explain the depth of skills in data analysisand years of experience. e) Clientbase ? have an existing client base in Malawi, the regionor continent. 8 License Initial Period: The License must have a minimumof initial 5 (five) years ofsupport and maintenance period

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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