Thursday, 4 August 2016

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (Consulting Services)

MISFA - Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan
Project: Access to Finance Project
Grant No: IDA H 894
Assignment Title: Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI) Survey
Reference No: CS-7
Method of Procurement: CQS (Selection Based on Consultant’s Qualification)
Issue Date: July 26, 2016
Closing Date: Aug 14 2016

The Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Access to Finance project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

The consulting services (“the Services”) include conducting Progress out of Poverty Index survey. The Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI) is a poverty measurement tool for organizations with a mission to serve the poor. It is a scorecard of 10 questions about a household’s characteristics and asset ownership.
MISFA started the implementation of PPI on a pilot basis in 2013. The survey involved 2,000 new borrowers of four Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) and covered different loan products in four provinces (Kabul, Balkh, Herat and Kunduz). The goal of PPI survey is to permanently integrate the Index into the monitoring systems of MISFA’s partner MFIs, in order to have an ongoing system of measuring impact.
The consulting firm will lead, coordinate, analyze, monitor and report on PPI research at MISFA in conjunction with MISFA staff and MFI partners in order to support MISFA’s strategic objectives. Additionally, the organization will have responsibility of coaching and mentoring MISFA designated staff and MFI partners as appropriate to ensure that they are fully capable of undertaking such research activities without external assistance in future.
While the activity is a scale-up of the earlier pilot, the firm is advised to calibrate lessons learned from the pilot into the design and adoption of the methodology, produce comprehensive PPI research report including objectives, approach, findings, and recommendations and undertake detailed analysis of data collected 2013-14 to establish baseline and undertake the second round of PPI data collection and reporting in coordination with MISFA staff and partners.

The expected implementation period for the assignment is eight weeks, which may be staggered depending on the data collection period. This assignment requires travel to Afghanistan. Kabul will be the primary duty post, but the firm may need to travel to Balkh, Herat and Kunduz provinces, if required.
The Microfinance Investment Support Agency for Afghanistan (MISFA) now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. In order to evaluate your expression of interest, the information provided must specifically address the short-listing criteria shown below. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications and experience to perform the Services will result in loss of consideration.

The short-listing criteria are:
  • Demonstrable institutional capacity
  • Experience of designing and conducting Progress out of Poverty Index Survey, using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies
  • Analytical expertise and capacity to appropriately and sufficiently collect, collate and analyze data
  • Past experience in performing a similar assignment in Afghanistan or a post-conflict environment would be an advantage
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 Borrowers, January 2011 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.
Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications.
A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the CQS (Consultant’s Qualification Selection) method set out in the Consultant Guidelines.

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form (in person, or by email) by Sunday 14, August 2016. Interested firms can obtain further information HERE 

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