May 15-16: IFC Global Agribusiness Conference in The Netherlands

pexels-photo-264537.jpegIFC Global Agribusiness Conference, May 15-16 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

International Finance Corporation invites investors, private companies whose supply chains rely on smallholder farmers, organizations offering products and services, donors, and government officials to join its Global Agribusiness Conference.

The conference will focus on practical solutions to the challenges of building smallholder professionalism and closing yield gaps between commercial operations and smallholder farmers.

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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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eC2: Architectural design and construction oversight for climate resilient housing in the southern coastal regions of Bangladesh

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Objective: IFC is partnering with a prominent microfinance institution (MFI) to develop and pilot a climate resilient housing microfinance product in the southern coastal regions of Bangladesh. The firm selected will support this effort through designing the architecture for and overseeing the construction of climate resilient housing renovations. The firm will be expected to: 1.Support the capacity development of the partner NGO to introduce the housing micro-finance product in the market. 2.Review various construction designs for the climate resilient low-cost housing for vulnerable communities and develop recommendations that can be piloted through micro finance. 3.Roll out pilot through the partner NGO overseeing the financial and engineering activities.

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eC2: Design of Standards and Specifications for Mini-grids Development

Deadline:  07-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) India Energy

Objective: IFC seeks to hire the services of a Consulting firm to support harmonization of technical standards and specifications for private or community operating mini-grid systems in Zambia. For the purposes of this engagement, the working definition of a mini-grid is an interconnected electric power distribution system that can operate independent or/and connected to the main grid and contains some local generation. The technical standards and specifications will comprise a set of clearly documented requirements to be satisfied by mini-grid developers and operators in relation to material choice, system design and service level. These specifications should aim to create a common understanding and basis of expectations among developers, operators, regulators and consumers on the various levels of acceptable service delivery including technical, safety, cost and reliability issues. The work will include development of standards and specifications as needed, institutional arrangement recommendations, and implementation support.

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eC2: Technical Consultant – Jamaica Solid Waste – Options Analysis

solid wasteDeadline:  30-Apr-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: The objective of the assignment is for the Technical Consultant to assist IFC in its work for Phase 0 Options Analysis. The Technical Consultant will analyse the main aspects of the project, including assessment of the appropriate form of private sector participation, defining the options for an integrated waste management plan for the entire island, quantifying the cost of such options, identifying the main regulatory and legal requirements for its implementation and together with IFC assess the market interest in the proposed options. The recommended options shall be in line with IFC Environmental and Social Performance Standards that will be made available to the Consultant as part of their work. Should the GoJ decide to proceed with the implementation of the proposed options, the next phase will advance with the structuring of the PPP transaction and drafting of the technical and applicable commercial terms for the tender documents, including the PPP contract, negotiations with bidders, and supporting the implementation the tender process.

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eC2: Developing Agri-finance value proposition and digitizing Agri Value Chains

Deadline:  07-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) agriculture-youth

Objective: IFC advisory services program for agriculture finance, under the Financial Institutions Group (FIG) department was approved and launched in 2015. The 5-year program works with commercial banks, microfinance banks, non-bank financial institutions such as leasing, insurance companies, and commodity exchanges amongst various players to develop a broad range of financial services for the agriculture sector, including credit, savings and transactional products. The program supports IFC financial institutions clients to increase lending to the agriculture sector and to indirectly create access to finance opportunities for smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. IFC Digital Financial Services (DFS) advisory services program, also under the FIG department, supports microfinance institutions (MFIs), banks, and mobile network operators (MNOs) across the African continent to develop and text innovative business models for financial inclusion.

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eC2:Assessment of Contribution of IFC Power Generation Investments to Economic Growth and Employment in Pakistan

Deadline:  25-Apr-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)  Renewable-energy

Objective: The study will assess the relationship between IFC investment in electricity generation, and employment and economic growth in Pakistan. It will have the following two components: 1. At the macro level, the study shall assess quantitatively the impact of the IFC investments on employment and economic growth (including access, prices, reliability). 2.At the micro level the study will focus in detail on 2 projects (selected by the IFC) to quantify their impacts and outline the channels through which these projects had an impact.

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eC2: Business Plan Development for the Bangladesh Wastewater Treatment Sector treating Textile Manufacturing Effluent

Waste water plantDeadline: 17-Apr-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: IFC is keen to initiate the textile wastewater treatment market in Bangladesh, by creating a holding company (the Platform) that will invest in wastewater treatment plants and provide treatment services to textile companies in Bangladesh. The Platform will also serve as a basis for developing and demonstrating successful business models and technologies for treating wastewater for the textile sector in Bangladesh. To initiate this plan, IFC is seeking a consultant (the Consultant) to help develop a business plan to address the wastewater treatment requirement of these WDF units. The Consultant will define the strategy and profitability of this business and its development prospects. The Consultant will work closely with the IFC to determine the best strategy to approach the market and also help develop a strong pipeline of potential immediate opportunities the Platform can pursue.

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eC2:LOCAL CONSULTANCY FIRM TO DEVELOP AN ASSESSMENT TOOL FOR RETAILERS/AGENTS OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

 Deadline:  18-Apr-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) pexels-photo-840111.jpeg

Objective: IFC is seeking to contract a local consultancy firm for an upcoming advisory project in the poultry sector. The firm will be tasked with: 1) Developing two assessment tools for (a) poultry agents and (b) animal feed dealers respectively that captures their key business management gaps. 2) Testing the newly designed tools on a small number of agents and feed dealers before launching the tool officially. 3) Submitting the finalized assessment tools to the IFC. 4) Conducting training and providing additional support to the IFC or its implementing partners on the assessment tools as necessary.

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Meet the World Bank- Sophie Peeters

Photo_S.PeetersWhat is your role within the World Bank?

In 2016, I moved from the Netherlands to work as a consultant with the Information & Technology Solutions (ITS) Department, which delivers transformative information technologies to World Bank Group staff. I am a core team member of the newly launched Technology & Innovation Lab that experiments with innovative technologies that have the potential to improve the World Bank Group’s internal operations and operational work in client countries. We are developing use cases and proof of concepts for the use of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence (AI) in areas like health, cross-border payments, agriculture, and land administration, among others. I support the Innovation Leads by meeting with clients and performing business analysis for each use case, but I also lead some external partnerships with experienced leaders in this area, like the Dutch Blockchain Coalition. It has been an exciting journey and incredible experience to work with a close and diverse team in exploring these new technologies together with different units across the World Bank Group.

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