NATIONAL SOCIAL SAFETY NET COORDINATION OFFICE (NASSCO)

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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA
THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
NATIONAL SOCIAL SAFETY NET COORDINATION OFFICE (NASSCO)

ISSUANCE DATE: August 8th, 2018
COUNTRY: Nigeria
NAME OF PROJECT: National Social Safety Project
CONTRACT TITLE: Request for Expression of Interest: Consultancy for the Hire of State Level Civil Society Organization (CSO) As Third-Party Monitor for the Cash Transfer Program, under the National Social Safety Nets Program (NASSP) for NASSCO
LOAN NO: 58310 ID
RFB REFERENCE
NO: NASSCO/CS/CQS/01/2

The Federal Government of Nigeria has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the National Social Safety Net Project (NASSP), and intends to apply part of the proceeds for the engagement of a consultant as a State Level Civil Society Organization (CSO) who will be hired by NASSCO in the initial 19 NASSP implementing States as external monitors to provide credible information on the different processes that are being implemented. The overarching objective of this consultancy is to improve monitoring for improved project accountability, effectiveness, efficiency of resource application, monitoring for sustainability and ownership of the Cash Transfer across the country through the engagement of independent State Level CSOs.

The State Level CSO’s will be supervised and coordinated by the National Lead CSO who will also build the capacity of State Level CSO’s. The activities of the State Level CSO will be to monitor whether delivery of benefits is done in a timely manner and transparency; credibility and accuracy of results; functionality of accountability mechanisms including management of grievances (complaints and appeals) from beneficiaries of Cash Transfer or the citizenry and performance of several other elements of the program at the State level, States where Cash Transfer is currently on going are: Adamawa, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Cross River, Ekiti, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Taraba. CSOs can bid for more than one State and maximum of three (3) States, but the selection will be based on capacity, (Staffing, experience, skills, presence/coverage). Previous work in their state of interest and demonstrate understanding of the local context (culture, people, sensitivities). CSO will cover ALL LGAs of any State of their choice. The CSO is expected to be engaged for an initial period of one (1) year subject to renewal on satisfactory performance starting as soon as possible.

The National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office wishes to officially announce the CANCELLATION of the initial process that was advertised April 3rd 2018 to the 27th April, 2018.

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The National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office now invites eligible Governance, Social Accountability (SA) and Citizen Engagement (CE) focused Civil Society Organization (CSO) to express interest in providing this services. Interested Civil Society Organizations should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience, including technical and financial capability to perform the task. Shortlisted CSOs will be issued Request for Proposals (RfP) for completion.

Shortlisting Criteria are:
1. Core business and years in business
2. Qualifications in the field of Assignment
3. Technical and managerial organization of the firm
4. General qualification and number of key staffs
5. Organizational profile/brochure

To be eligible, the CSO must include. Meet the following minimum criteria:
1. Evidence of Company registration (Certificate of Incorporation of the Company)
2. Evidence of work done and presence in any State selected or joint venture with other local CSO’s from a state of interest.

The attention of interested CSOs is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants (Under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants) by World Bank Borrowers published in January 2011 and revised in July 2014 (“Consultant Guidelines”), please visit www.worldbank.org, setting forth the World Bank’s Policy on conflict of interest. In addition, please refer to the following specific information on conflict of interest related to this assignment on information on conflict of interest related to the assignment as per paragraph 1.9 of Consultant Guidelines.

A Consultancy firm will be selected in accordance with Consultant Qualification Selection (CQS) method set out in the Consultants Guidelines.

Clarifications: The terms of Reference may be obtained by interested candidates from the National Social Safety Nets Coordination Office (NASSCO) at No.76 Ali Akilu Crescent, State House, Abuja, Nigeria. The interested candidates may request for clarification on the EOIs up to four (4) days before the EOI submission date. Any request for clarification must be in writing and addressed to:
The National Coordinator
National Social Safety Nets Coordination Office (NASSCO)
No.76 Ali Akilu Crescent, State House,
Abuja, Nigeria.

A complete set of the Expression of Interest (EOI) documents enclosed in plain sealed envelopes and clearly marked “Expression of Interest for Consultancy for the Hire of State Level Civil Society Organization (CSO) As Third-Party Monitor for the Cash Transfer Program, Under The National Social Safety Nets Program (NASSP) for National Social Safety Nets Coordination Office (NASSCO)” should be addressed to:

The National Coordinator
National Social Safety Nets Coordination Office (NASSCO)
No.76 Ali Akilu Crescent, State House,
Abuja, Nigeria.

And be deposited in the REOI box situated at No.76 Ali Akilu Crescent, State House, Abuja, Nigeria to be received on or before August 22nd 2018 at 12:00 pm.

Signed:
National Coordinator

SOURCE: DAILY TRUST