FEDERAL MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

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FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

FGN/IFAD ASSISTED VALUE CHAIN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (VCDP)
PREQUALIFICATION NOTICE

1.0 INTRODUCTION
The Federal Government of Nigeria received a loan from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) towards the cost of the Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), and intends to use part of the proceeds towards carrying out various consultancy and non-consultancy services activities. The VCDP is a six year investment programme.

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Presently being implemented in the six States of Anambra, Benue, Ebonyi, Ogun, Niger and Taraba and three Local Government Areas each in all the States while two more Local Government Areas are expected to buy in the process implementation based on performance.
The Programme includes the following components:
a) Agricultural Market Development which includes (Support to value addition and market linkages, Support to market infrastructure)
b) Small Holders Production Enhancement which includes (Support to farmers organization and Support to small holders production)
c) Programme Management and Coordination.
The VCDP National Programme Management Unit (NPMU) intends to expand/update her data base of consultants and contractors. Eligible individual consultants, consulting and contracting firms are invited to indicate interest in working for our programme.

2.0 PURPOSE OF NOTICE
Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) will undertake various procurement activities in the course of programme implementation and would require the services of reputable companies and qualified professionals to support programme implementation. This notice is seeking the submission of relevant documents both statutory and activity specific for the purpose of prequalification at this stage.

3.0 PROCUREMENT REQUIREMENTS
• Consultancy Service and Non-Consultancy Services
• Works
• Procurement of Goods

3.1 CONSULTANCY AND NON-CONSULTANCY SERVICES
1) Agricultural Production Services
2) Market Enterprise and Development Advisory Services
3) Agro Processing and Quality Enhancement Services
4) Marketing/Value Chain Infrastructure Services
5) The Monitoring & Evaluation/Management Information System Services
6) Procurement Advisory Services
7) Financial Management Services
8) Knowledge Management and Communication Services
9) Rural Institution, Youth and Gender Advisory Services
10)General Services.

3.2 WORKS
1) Civil Works
2) Irrigation and Water Project
3) Agro-processing Building

3.3 PROCUREMENT OF GOODS
1) General Supplies of Offices Equipment
2) Office Stationeries and Consumables
3) Two Number Double Cabin Pick-up Vehicle

4.0 GENERAL PREQUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
4.1 Statutory Prequalification Requirements:
a) Evidence of registration with Corporate Affairs Commission
b) Evidence of Tax Clearance Certificate for the last three years (2015, 2016 & 2017)
c) Audited Accounts for the past three years (2014, 2015 & 2016)
4.2 Other Requirements
a) Evidence of at least three (3) jobs successfully executed within the proposed category in the last 5 years with Certificate of Job Completion or Interim Certificate for Jobs Ongoing
b) For engineering and other professional services, key staff must submit relevant professional membership certificates

5.0 SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
In addition to statutory and other requirement (4.1 & 4.2) interested firms or individual must provide the following specific requirements.

5.1.1 Agricultural Production Services
• Company technical profile with documentary evidence showing the firm’s competence in agronomy, soil science and extension services.
• Detailed Curriculum Vitae of key staff with requisite qualifications as indicated below:
A first degree in Agriculture/field crop production/Agronomy (or related fields).
Holder of an advanced degree in relevant fields will be an added advantage;
i) Must have demonstrated ten (10) years minimum work experience in field crop production/agribusiness/value chain development
ii) Should have sound knowledge agricultural extension service delivery system
iii) Should have proven track record in communication/training skills; and have the competence to interact with farmers and other locals in their rural environments;
5.1.2 Market Enterprise and Development Advisory Services
• Company technical profile with documentary evidence showing the firm’s competence in market enterprise and development and farm-gate to contract deliveries
• Detailed Curriculum Vitae of key staff with requisite qualifications as indicated below:
i) First degree in Agriculture Economics, Economics or Business Administration or Marketing Holders of an advanced degree in relevant field will be an added advantage.
ii) Up to ten (10) years’ experience in the field of agribusiness marketing with the private or public sector.

5.1.3 Agro Processing and Quality Enhancement Services
• Company technical profile with documentary evidence showing the firm’s competence in agro-engineering, agro-processing and agricultural product handling
• Detailed Curriculum Vitae of key staff with requisite qualifications as indicated below:
i) A team of consultants or individual with minimum of Bachelor’s Degree or Higher National Diploma in Agricultural/Food Engineering or Food Science and Technology. Advanced degree will be an added advantage.

5.1.4 Market/Value Chain Infrastructure Services
• Company technical profile with documentary evidence showing the firm’s competence in engineering construction services with a minimum of 5 experiences.
• Detailed Curriculum Vitae of key staff with requisite qualifications as indicated below:
i) A minimum of first degree in civil highway, irrigation, water, structural, agricultural engineering, land surveying, building, quantity surveying, architecture, with registration with relevant professional body.

5.1.5 Monitoring & Evaluation/Management Information System Services
• Company technical profile with documentary evidence showing the firm’s competence in design and implementation of successful M&E systems, and must have up to 10 years’ experience in M&E and Project management specific to Agriculture, Marketing and policies.
• Also, the company must have experience in Agriculture and rural development projects, especially in participatory impact assessment projects.
• Detailed Curriculum Vitae of key staff with requisite qualifications as indicated below:
i) A master or higher level University degree in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Statistics or other relevant field.
ii) Proficient in the use of database and spread-sheets, statistical and other software packages for both quantitative and qualitative analysis and data management.

5.1.6 Farmer Organization Strengthening
• Company technical profile with documentary evidence showing the firm’s competence in developing farmer organization structures for sustainable good governance and leadership.
• Evidence in coordinating farmer organizations in the value chains of production, processing and marketing.
• Detailed Curriculum Vitae of key staff with requisite qualifications as indicated below:
i) First degree in Agriculture Economics or Business Administration or Marketing Holders of an advanced degree in relevant field will be an added advantage.
ii) Up to five (5) years’ experience in the field of agriculture, agribusiness and rural development.

5.1.7 Private Sector Extension Services Providers
• Company technical profile with documentary evidence showing the firm’s competence in coordinating farmer organizations in the value chains of production, processing and marketing.
• Have evidence of conducting demonstration plots and establishing successful Farmer field and business schools (FFBS) in the last three years
• Must provide evidences of production technologies disseminated and yields realized among farmers in the last three years.
• Have evidence of participation in trainings/workshops in agricultural extension and related courses in the last three years.
• Detailed Curriculum Vitae of key staff with requisite qualifications as indicated below:
i) A Chief Executive with a minimum of master’s degree in agricultural extension with not less than 10 years post qualification experience.
ii) An agronomist with minimum of Master’s degree in agronomy with minimum 10 years post qualification experience.
iii) A post-harvest technologist with minimum BSc or HND with 10 years post qualification experience in working with rural farmers.
iv) The core service team must have degrees in agricultural extension and rural sociology or related fields.

5.1.8 Service Providers for Mainstreaming Nutrition into VCDP
• Company technical profile with documentary evidence showing the firm’s competence in working with children, pregnant women and lactating mothers.
• Evidence of understanding the dietary intake of rural dwellers and areas of intervention.
• Detailed Curriculum Vitae of key staff with requisite qualifications as indicated below:
i) The Lead consultant must have a minimum of PhD in nutrition, agriculture or related field.
ii) The core service team must have degrees in agricultural extension and rural sociology or related fields.

5.1.9 Procurement Advisory Services
• Company technical profile with documentary evidence showing the firm’s competence in the provision of procurement advisory services, in public and private sector in the last 10 years.
• Evidence of good understanding of procurement requirements of donor agencies. Previous work with IFAD funded projects will be an added advantage.
• Detailed Curriculum Vitae of key staff with requisite qualifications as indicated below:
i) First degree in Engineering, Business Administration, Sciences, Humanities, Law or Marketing (or equivalent) and be computer literate. Holder of an advanced degree in relevant field will be an added advantage.

5.1.10 Financial Management Services
• Company technical profile with documentary evidence showing the firm’s competence in the provision of Financial Management advisory services, in public and private sector in the last 10 years.
• Evidence of good understanding of Financial Management requirements of donor agencies. Previous work with IFAD funded projects will be an added advantage.
• Detailed Curriculum Vitae of key staff with requisite qualifications as indicated below:
i) Masters or Higher level University degree in Agricultural Economics, Business Management, Finance, Economics or other related fields.
ii) A professional qualification (ACA, ANAN, ACCA) with at least 6 years of post-qualification experience.
iii) A minimum of 5 years’ experience in management team of donor funded projects.
iv) Evidence of knowledge of both national and international accounting procedures.

5.1.11 Knowledge Management and Communication Services
• Company technical profile with documentary evidence showing the firm’s competence in the provision of Knowledge Management and Communication advisory services, in public and private sector in the last 5 years.
• Evidence of understanding the dietary intake of rural dwellers and areas of intervention.
• Detailed Curriculum Vitae of key staff with requisite qualifications as indicated below:
i) First degree in Mass Communications, English or relevant social sciences degrees (or equivalent). Holder of an advanced degree in relevant field will be an added advantage.
ii) Five (5) years minimum experience in the field of knowledge management and communication.
iii) Evidence of work in International Development and/or private sector.

5.1.12 Rural Institution, Youth and Gender Advisory Services
• Company technical profile with documentary evidence showing the firm’s competence in the strengthening of Farmers Organizations and gender mainstreaming activities.
• Detailed Curriculum Vitae of key staff with requisite qualifications as indicated below:
i) Masters or higher level University degree in Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Education and other relevant discipline.
ii) Minimum of 5 years post-qualification experience including at least 2 years in implementation of projects integrating strengthening of Farmers organizations and gender issues.
iii) Knowledge in participatory approaches, and gender mainstreaming.

5.1.13 General Services (Security, Hotel, Printing, Janitorial, Catering
and ICT)
• The Company must meet requirements as provided in 4.1 & 4.2

6.0 WORKS
In addition to the requirements provided in 4.1 and 4.2, the firms must provide the following:
• List and location of equipment owned by the company
• List and location of equipment under lease by the company
• Evidence of financial viability of the company through letter of reference from your bank
• Letter of authorization, allowing VCDP to undertake inspection of your office and equipment listed above without prior notice.

7.0 GOODS
• The firms must provide the requirement indicated in 4.1 and 4.2
• The firm can provide additional information documents that can support their submission.
• For specialized materials and equipment, companies should provide Manufacturer’s Authorization.

8.0 SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

8.1 Submission location, Format and Deadline
• The documents should be submitted in bounded hard copies only (e-copies are not acceptable).
• The documents should be submitted in three (3) copies marked with the assignment applied for indicated at the top corner of the sealed envelope.
• Closing date for submission is Tuesday, 6th March, 2018.
• Shortlisted consultants will be generally contacted and issued RFPs specifically for items 5.1.6, 5.1.7 and 5.1.8
• Firms will also be issued ITB for 3.3.3
• All submissions should be sealed in an envelope and addressed to:

The National Programme Coordinator
FGN/IFAD Value Chain Development Programme
4 Batna Close,
Off Agadez Crescent, Off Aminu Kano Crescent,
Wuse II, Abuja.

SIGNED:
MANAGEMENT

SOURCE: DAILY TRUST

 

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