eC2:Research: Business Case for Gender Lens-Investing in Private Equity in Emerging Markets

Deadline: 30-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) gender_accelerating_womens_economic_empowerment_780x439

IFC seeks to procure a firm to research the business case for gender-lens investing for private equity (PE)and venture capital (VC)funds in emerging markets. Gender-lens investing, the use of gender as a category of analysis in investment decision making, is relatively small, but the market for integrating gender into the investment selection process is growing in both size and sophistication. Women are heavily under-represented when it comes to PE fund managers, angel and VC investors, and as fund investees. Yet, we also know that financial performance of companies is correlated to gender diversity. Limited representation of women may be hurting fund performance portfolios. PE/VC funds play a critical role in enterprise growth, job creation, innovation, and financial security and can play a catalytic role in closing economic participation gaps between men and women. The research will support IFC efforts to close gender gaps in access to jobs and assets.

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eC2: Zambia Off-grid Information Portal

Deadline: 29-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)  Energy India

IFC seeks to hire the services of consulting firm to design an online, publicly available, one-stop information hub for the off-grid energy space in Zambia, of relevance to a range of off-grid technologies and business models. The portal will provide information on Zambia’s off-grid opportunity (including GIS and other data); policy and regulatory environment, including permitting and licensing processes, the tariff framework, applicable standards and specifications; financing and support options; and procurement of off-grid solutions. IFC does not intend to host the information hub over the long-term, but will develop and transfer the hub to the appropriate governmental agency in Zambia to manage and update the information hub on a regular basis to ensure that it remains relevant and accurate.

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eC2:Technical Assistance on Project Screening and Prioritization and Outline Business Cases (OBCs) Development for PPPs in Infrastructure Sector

Deadline: 30-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) PPPs

Description: The objectives are to provide technical assistance and advisory services to BAPPENAS Directorate of PPP and Financial Engineering, specifically on: (a) PPP project screening and prioritization; and (b) development of outline business cases (OBCs) for selected PPP projects. The technical assistance under this TA will be structured into two main activities: (i) project screening and prioritization; and (ii) development of OBCs. The activity outcomes are to screen and prioritize the projects and expected to feed into the subsequent OBCs development for the most priority projects.
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eC2: Scaling Solar – Independent Engineer Register

Deadline: 21-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) scaling+solar+main+banner

Description: The World Bank Group’s Scaling Solar program aims to accelerate the roll out of competitively priced, utility-scale solar photovoltaic power in Sub-Saharan Africa (see http://www.scalingsolar.org). The template Scaling Solar power purchase agreement (PPA) requires an Independent Engineer to act as an impartial technical expert for the two main PPA parties (the Purchaser and the Seller). The role of the IE is adjusted depending on the requirements of each transaction but it would normally include tasks such as: – monitoring progress in the implementation of the project – reviewing proposed commissioning procedures – witnessing completion and performance tests A shortlist of 4 potential IEs is included in each Scaling Solar PPA. Firms with relevant expertise are invited to submit EOIs to be considered for inclusion on future IE shortlists. Selected firms will be contacted to confirm their willingness to be included in specific transaction shortlists in due course. N.B. This selection is to identify a register of potential IE firms to be included on transaction-specific shortlists only. The ultimate selection of the preferred IE for each transaction will be conducted by the PPA parties for that transaction in due course.
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eC2: ABP2 Mekong Delta Pillar: Firm consultants for climate-resilient livelihood models and transition strategies in the Mekong Delta

Deadline: 17-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) sunrise-phu-quoc-island-ocean.jpg

Objective: The Consultant will provide technical expertise across a range of fields including agro-ecology, livelihood adaptation, agricultural economics and value chain, and community and gender, to review, identify and provide analysis of sustainable climate-resilient transition models in agriculture, aquaculture, and horticulture livelihoods in the Mekong Delta. 1. Task 1: Define and describe the context and trends in at least six (06) agro-ecological sub-regions in the Mekong Delta: Plain of Reeds, Coastal LXQ, Mid-Tien and Mid-Hau River, West-Hau River, Ca Mau Peninsular, and West Coast Peninsula . 2. Task 2: Describe the most prevalent livelihood models in the six (06) agro-ecological sub regions. 3. Task 3: Assess the performance of the viable potential livelihood models. 4. Task 4: Identify livelihood transition pathways and strategies. Details in TOR attached.

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How is your life different from that of your parents?

Yunus owns a fabric store in Blantyre, Malawi. The store was founded by his inheritpossibility_780x439_1grandfather, who immigrated to Malawi in 1927, and has now been in his family for three generations. Business is good, Yunus said, but that the cost of essential services like electricity and water has gone up since his grandfather and father owned the store. Even so, he remains optimistic.

Marija Bosheva is a student at an agriculture and forestry vocational high school in Kavadarci, Macedonia. Like many high school students around the world, she takes daily lessons in history, math, biology, and chemistry. However, unlike many of her peers, she is also studying oenology — the art of making wine.

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eC2:Consulting Service for Situation Assessment and Analysis of Risk Communication in Vietnam

Deadline:  15-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) lr-after-ebola-liberias-health-system-on-path-to-recovery-780x439

Objective: The evaluation will focus on four main objectives as below: (i) Prevention and control of communicable diseases and newly emerging epidemics. (ii) Prevention and control of risk factors of non-communicable diseases. (iii)Food safety. (iv) Communication during events of public health importance and health emergencies.

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eC2: Technical Assistance to County Health Systems: Planning, Budgeting, Monitoring and Reporting

Deadline:  23-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-clinic-health-hospital-medicine[7]

Objective:  The selected firm (s) will provide technical support to county health planning, budgeting, monitoring and reporting (PBMR) processes. The TA will support capacity building of the County Departments of Health (CDOH) on preparation of key PBMR tools that will include Annual Performance Review (APR), preparation of Annual Work Plans (AWP) and Programme Based Budget (PBB) using the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) to ensure linkage between planning and budgeting processes at the county level as well as review of the previous fiscal year PBB budgets using Public Expenditure Review (PERs) approach and methodology. The TA will be expected to start from August 2018 up until May 2019. The Firm will be expected to prepare training, guidelines and other tools that will facilitate delivery of a standardized and harmonized PBMR TA; provide hands on TA from August until May throughout the planning and budgeting cycle; appraise health sector AWP and other plans to ensure alignment with the sector budgeting processes; and appraise the county health budget and expenditure framework to ensure inclusion of sector conditional grants and use of SCOA and budget structure.

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eC2:Technical Consultant support to States for the National Nutrition Mission

Deadline: 21-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) pexels-photo-264537.jpeg

Objective: The World Bank is providing technical assistance to the MWCD, GoI through a Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) Partnership for Nutrition Results in India to support the implementation of National Nutrition Mission (NNM). Part of this support includes providing technical assistance to the Project States through state based technical consultants to support the quality of implementation. Towards this end, the MDTF seeks to hire a firm to hire and manage State level consultants in 10 high priority project states viz. Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

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eC2: Technical and E&S consultant – Banjul Port PPP

PPPsDeadline: 15-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: – Analyses of technical and operational aspects of GPA benchmarked against comparable ports in the region and best practice, including infrastructure, superstructure, commercial and financial aspects – Analyses on the technical aspects related to an institutional reorganization/ realignment of GPA to consider the introduction of a private sector entity – Environmental and social analyses, including scoping studies of possible environmental and social impact and mitigation measures, as well as stakeholders engagement planning, aligned on IFC Performance Standards. Tasks will also include the identification of issues associated with the project, related gaps, and proposed roadmap to close such gaps in order to develop the project in line with national legislation and the IFC Performance Standards. – Analyses and assistance in social aspects: including a review and recommendations of staffing at GPA and the distribution of staff with the future Operator; the possible options and recommendations on ways to include / consider the 400+ dockers at the Port Banjul, who, today have an undefined status at the Port.

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