The Paris Office of IFC’s Western Europe Department is looking to hire the services of a consulting firm (the Firm) with an in-depth knowledge of the Dutch corporate market. The Firm will support the identification of Dutch corporate prospects. In addition, the Firm is expected to come up with a priority list of target companies and contacts at a senior level leading to the generation of new business opportunities for IFC.
The Assignment’s objective is to provide services to
(i) Support CWE in the effective promotion of IFC’s capabilities in the Netherlands;
(ii) Propose a methodical and focused approach to Business Development in The Netherlands across the IFCs sectors of activity;
(iii) Earmark and prioritize Dutch corporations having expansion plans in emerging markets and facilitate contacts at the top within these firms
WASHINGTON, February 24, 2015— Nearly 20 percent of the Liberians who had stopped working since the Ebola crisis have returned to work in the last month, according to the World Bank Group’s most recent round of cell-phone surveys, signaling both important progress and the magnitude of the challenge ahead.
This improvement, an encouraging sign of a shift toward economic normalization, was mainly driven by a large increase in wage work in urban areas. A substantial percentage of those working pre-crisis remain out of work, however; those in self-employment continue to be the hardest hit by the Ebola crisis, pointing to a lack of working capital and a lack of customers as the main barriers to their operation.
IFC is conducting an evaluation of two projects supporting smallholder cereals farmers in Rwanda. IFC would like to collect baseline data about the farmers who will benefit from the planned projects, as well as similar famers who are outside of the current scope of the projects. IFC plans to track changes over time between the two groups of farmers (expected beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries).
The assignment is to help IFC staff finalize the baseline survey instrument and other data collection tools, collect baseline data, complete data entry, and provide baseline cleaned data files.
Ideally, the selected firm should have expertise/experience in: quantative and qualitative data collection methods for agriculture, rural development, and agribusiness supply chains; administering surveys, interviews and Focus Group Discussions in rural communities; and, East Africa and particularly Rwanda. See full tender here:Baseline Data Collection for Cereals Projects – Rwanda
The Government of Guinea (GoG) has expressed interest that the International Finance Corporation (IFC) support the development of an enabling environment for PPPs and to assist in strengthening GoGs capacity to identify and implement PPPs. Initial efforts in this area would be geared to, with assistance of the IFC PPP Advisory services, in: 1) identifying and assessing a pipeline of infrastructure projects to determine which projects can potentially be developed into PPPs, 2) supporting the Direction Nationale du Patrimoine de l’Etat et des Investissements (DNPEIP) before a new PPP Unit is in place and the new PPP law passed, 3) advising and supporting the new PPP Unit to carry out its mandate, and 4) organising a Stakeholder consultation workshop to present the findings from the Study.
For the purposes of this assignment, IFC will be requiring the services of a qualified Consultant (technical, financial, legal expertise) and invites consultancy firms to indicate their interest.
The World Bank Group intends to identify a group of qualified management consulting firms to deliver specific assignments over the course of a three year period under Framework Agreements. These specific assignments will be defined as the need arises. Following this invitation for Expression of Interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals at which stage the comprehensive Terms of References (TOR) will be distributed.
The World Bank Group is likely to require the support of management consulting firms in the following broad areas:
– Business process improvement,
– Strategy development and implementation,
– Change management and organizational transformation,
– Knowledge assessment and management.
See full tender here: Framework Agreements for World Bank Group Management Consulting Services
In Kenya, it is estimated that 15% of the rural population is now connected to the grid. The off-grid sector has also registered impressive growth with market penetration of 10-12% achieved through a sustainable, commercial private-sector model.
The program is undertaking market research to assess the development of the off-grid lighting market in Kenya. The scope of work will include but not be limited to:
– the supply chain in terms of retailers carrying the products;
– the extent to which they have penetrated the rural market;
– the estimated market share of products that have passed LA standards vs the rest;
– and an overview of the after sales service structure.
Over the medium term, IFC may seek investment opportunities in the animal protein sector in Zimbabwe.
This program will lay the groundwork for investment by strengthening soy and poultry supply chains in three ways: 1) increasing productivity through training; 2) increasing access to inputs and 3) farmer aggregation.
Cost effective training methodologies utilizing ICTs are encouraged. Access to inputs could be increased through outgrower programs linked to private sector companies or linkages to financial services (the program cannot purchase inputs, beyond those required for demonstration).
February 17, 2015 — IFC and the World Bank held a series of policy meetings last week with the Dutch where they agreed on strengthening their partnership by engaging in strategic priorities, finding new ways of working together, and exploring the implications of our partnership in light of the recent organizational changes within the World Bank Group.
The meetings, which followed high-level strategic consultations held in September 2013, explored further engagement in four key mutual strategic priorities: agriculture and food security; fragility, conflict and violence; water; and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The Government of Senegal (GoS) has an ambitious program for infrastructure development through public private partnership (PPP) and has established the necessary legal and regulatory framework. In that perspective, the GoS created a Ministry of investment promotion and partnership (the Ministry), adopted a PPP law, established a national PPP committee and PPP unit. These entities are working together alongside with the line Ministries to develop and implement PPP projects.
The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has received a grant from the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) administered by the World Bank toward the cost of the Electric Power Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.
The consulting services (the Services) include the following scope:
1. Review Myanmars natural gas supply and demand balance for the next 10 years or longer;
2. Develop appropriate methodologies for determining economic costs for supplying natural gas into the domestic Myanmar market;
3. Quantify the economic cost of supplying natural gas at certain offtake points from the gas network; and
4. Conduct consultative meetings/workshops/training events to obtain information and share findings and results.