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***** ETHICAL AND BUSINESS CONDUCT REQUIREMENTS *****
SNV is committed to integrity in procurement, and only selects suppliers based on objective business criteria such as price and technical merit.
SNV does not tolerate fraud, collusion among offerors, falsified proposals/bids, bribery, or kickbacks. Any firm or individual violating these standards will be disqualified from this procurement, barred from future procurement opportunities, and may be reported to the Office of the Inspector General.
Employees and agents of SNV are strictly prohibited from asking for or accepting any money, fee, commission, credit, gift, gratuity, object of value or compensation from current or potential vendors or suppliers in exchange for or as a reward for business. Employees and agents engaging in this conduct are subject to termination and will be reported to the Office of the Inspector General. In addition, SNV will inform the Office of the Inspector General of any supplier offers of money, fee, commission, credit, gift, gratuity, object of value, or compensation to obtain business.
Offerors responding to this RFP must include the following as part of the proposal submission:
1. Disclose any close, familial, or financial relationships with SNV or project staff. For example, if an offeror’s cousin is employed by the project, the offeror must state this.
2. Disclose any family or financial relationship with other offerors submitting proposals. For example, if the offeror’s father owns a company that is submitting another proposal, the offeror must state this.
3. Certify that the prices in the offer have been arrived at independently, without any consultation, communication, or agreement with any other offeror or competitor for the purpose of restricting competition.
4. Certify that all information in the proposal and all supporting documentation are authentic and accurate.
5. Certify understanding and agreement to SNV’ prohibitions against fraud, bribery and kickbacks.
Section 1: Instructions to Offerors
SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization, working in Agriculture, Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, we have built a long-term, local presence in more than 30 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organizations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.
B. General Instructions
This is a Request for Proposal only, and in no way obligates SNV or the Embedding Integrated Water Resources Management (EWMR) to award any subcontract. All documents from the Offeror related to this RFP shall be in English and all costs shall be expressed in Rwandan Francs (Rwf).
The Offeror shall bear all costs associated with the preparation and submission of a proposal. SNV or the The Embedding Integrated Water Resources Management (EWMR) shall in no case be responsible or liable for these costs. If this solicitation is amended, then all terms and conditions which are not modified remain unchanged.
No offer, payment, consideration, or benefit of any kind shall be made, either directly or indirectly, as an inducement or reward for the award of a subcontract. Any such practice constitutes an illegal or corrupt practice and will be grounds for canceling the procurement, terminating Offerors’ consideration for award, or terminating the award of the subcontract and for such other additional actions, civil and/or criminal, as may be applicable.
Offerors must set forth full, accurate and complete information as required by this RFP.
It is SNV’s preference that Offerors do not subcontract implementation of the technical activities of the terms of reference described in section 3.
Section 3: Terms of reference.
The Embedding Integrated Water Resources Management (EWMR) in Rwanda is a 3-year project funded by the Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Kigali. The overall project is led by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and SNV is leading the component on Innovative Financing Mechanisms and Value Chains for enhanced livelihoods in Sebeya and other catchments of Western Rwanda.
The project implements activities to restore the Sebeya catchment using landscape approach through institutional capacity strengthening; village-based land use planning and action implementation; engaging with the private sector for market access; developing livelihood alternatives; and scaling up community-based approaches for restoration. The government of Rwanda is a major player in this project as they facilitate investment fund to enable action on the ground while the technical assistance will be provided by IUCN and SNV subsequently.
Community based approaches
The EWMR project is anchored on a community-based approach and in recognition of diverse community needs and priorities, it is crucial to incorporate various types of livestock including sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits and chickens. Suitability of a particular type of livestock to household depends preferences, based on aspirations and resources such as farmland, feed and fodder availability and assets of the household. Environmental considerations also may determine whether a particular livestock genotype matches the physical environment. For instance, while dairy cows are suitable for households that own bigger farm sizes and paddocks for meeting feed and fodder requirements, the lower feed requirement by sheep and goats makes it a feasible enterprise for land constrained households.
Rwanda’s livestock masterplan recognizes the potential of small livestock to accelerate growth in the agricultural sector contributing to nutritional gaps as well as improving household incomes. In addition, the need for fodder for livestock can act as an incentive for farmers to grow fodder crops on their farms that are good for feeding livestock as well as providing fuel. The manure from livestock is crucial for improving soil fertility and consequently farm productivity. Livestock integration presents an opportunity for multiple benefits in terms of income generation from sale of livestock while contributing to EWMR environmental objectives.
- Overall objective of the consultancy
The overall objective of the consultancy is to analyse the current ownership, preference and carrying capacity of the environment and develop a proposal for stocking considering livestock types and stocking rates that are appropriate for the environment. The consultant will also support development of a criteria for household selection as beneficiary of a particular type of livestock considering the household socio-economic profile, availability of primary stocks and environmental match concerns. A key deliverable will include the budget, capacity building needs and recommendations for suitable modalities of availing the livestock to the households that will foster ownership considering Socio- economic and ecological balance.
A. Tasks and deliverables.
1. Assess the current livestock ownership by households in targeted villages in Sebeya catchment(Rutsiro, Rubavu, Nyabihu and Ngororero), disaggregated by livestock type and wealth categories;
2. Analyse preference for livestock among households that do not own livestock to determine community needs and potential beneficiaries for each livestock;
3. Determine the stocking density per village considering environmental resources in form of forage for fodder and water requirements for the livestock; A Design a stocking model for availing identified livestock type to selected household with alternatives that promote ownership and commitment to rear the livestock appropriately;
4. Identify capacity development needs for the livestock beneficiary households to optimize economic and ecological benefits;
5. Map relevant stakeholder in livestock subsector in the catchment for support services to livestock owners including but not limited to veterinary services, inputs suppliers, extension officers and development agencies;
6. Present the assessment results to stakeholders in a validation workshop with representation of communities engaged, government and relevant collaborating groups. The feedback thus provided should be incorporated into assessment and recommendations.
The main deliverables of the assignment are as follows:
i) Details the methodologies and approaches to conduct the livestock analysis, including tools, indicators, and community and stakeholder engagement plan.
ii) Target communities, community groups and stakeholders.
iii) Detailed work plan and schedule. Incorporate reviews and comments, ensuring approval from consortium partners SNV and IUCN) and Rwanda Water Board (RWB).
iv) Presentation on methodology for data collection for approval, to ensure that appropriate tools are developed to match identified data needs and incorporation of inputs.
Interim report and draft proposals
i) Report on livestock ownership, preferences and suitability to specific agro-ecological system, proposed supportive interventions for good livestock husbandry and key stakeholder analysis for supportive functions.
ii) Proposals detailing a disbursement models and equilibrium points per livestock type, potential sources of livestock, cost estimates and methodology for issuing appropriate type of livestock that will foster ownership among beneficiaries.
iii) A validation workshop of the inception report with relevant stakeholder and integration of comments prior to commencement of the assignment.
Final Technical Reports;
Final report for the catchment containing all deliverables with details on stakeholder engagement and recommendations for stocking types of income generating activities that support sustainable management of the catchment based of community engagements and including stakeholder feedback
H. Technical Proposal
The technical proposal in response to this solicitation shall not exceed a total of 10 pages consecutively numbered in English language. The proposal shall address how the offeror is qualified (personnel, corporate capabilities, and past performance) to carry out relevant tasks in the technical areas identified in Section 3, the Terms of reference. It shall demonstrate a clear understanding of the work to be undertaken and the responsibilities of all parties involved. It shall include list of similar assignments executed in the past.
The technical proposal should, at a minimum, include with as much specificity as possible in 10 pages or less, following the information within the terms of reference of Section 3:
1. Proposed approach to complete the tasks and deliverables of the terms of reference described in section 3.
2. Proven experience in conducting similar assessments including evidence on beneficiaries of the previous assessment;
Best offer proposals are requested. It is anticipated that awards will be made solely on the basis of these original proposals. However, the Embedding Integrated Water Resources Management (EWMR) reserves the right to conduct negotiations and/or request clarifications prior to awarding a contract. The Embedding Integrated Water Resources Management (EWMR) reserves the right to make multiple awards, if it is in the best interest of The Embedding Integrated Water Resources Management (EWMR).
C. RFP Estimated Timeline
The estimated timeline related to this RFP is as follows; additional details on each event can be found in subsequent subsections of the instructions to offerors:
March 12, 2020 Issuance of RFP No. SNV/RFP/003/2020
March 20, 2020 Deadline for proposals
March 23, 2020 Anticipated completion date of evaluation of proposals
March 27, 2020 Anticipated award dateThese dates are estimates only and are subject to adjustments by SNV.
Section 2: Award Selection and Notification
A. Selection criteria
Proposals shall be selected based on the following criteria:
CV of the consultant 20 Points
Understanding of the scope and/or assignment 30 Points
Proposed methodology 20 Points
Experience in conducting similar assignments 10 Points
Financial offer/budget 20 Points
TOTAL 100 Points
B. Proposals notification of intent to enter into a contract
The Embedding Integrated Water Resources Management (EWMR) shall ONLY inform the successful offeror. The process of negotiating and signing a contract with the successful offeror is expected to take place from March 24-27, 2020.
Please note that the release of this RFP does not necessitate that a contract be awarded.
F. Protocol for Submission of Offers and Required Documents
Offerors are responsible for ensuring that their offers are received in accordance with the instructions stated herein. If an Offeror does not follow the instructions set forth herein, the Offeror’s proposal may be eliminated from further consideration or the proposal may be down-graded and not receive full or partial credit under the applicable evaluation criteria. If an Offeror does not understand the instructions in this Solicitation, then it should submit a request for clarification sufficiently in accordance with the instructions herein in order to obtain an answer in time to meet the submission deadline.
Offerors must prepare one electronic copy of the technical and cost proposals. The technical proposal and cost proposal must be kept separate from each other. Technical and cost proposals shall be provided in software compatible with MS Word and MS Excel. Technical proposals must not make reference to pricing data in order that the technical evaluation may be made strictly on the basis of technical merit.
All offers must be prepared in English. Each offer should be composed of a Technical Proposal and Cost Proposal as described in Sections H and I below.
Offer Deadline The Offers must fully meet all requirements of this RFP, and are requested to submit their proposals no later than Friday, March 20, 2020 at 17h00 local Kigali time via the Smartrecruiters link shared on other relevant job publishing websites