CONSULTANCY FOR PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT
The Micro-Enterprises Support Programme Trust (MESPT) has since the year 2002 developed a niche in supporting the growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises by providing integrated business solutions for sustainable development. The Trust is a multi-donor entity jointly founded by the Government of Kenya and the European Union who later relinquished their position to the Royal Danish Embassy in Kenya.
Currently, MESPT is implementing the DANIDA Country Programme dubbed the Green Employment in Agriculture 2021-2025 whose thematic objective is “Accelerated decent employment creation in MSMEs and improved competitiveness of targeted value chains in agriculture which contribute to transforming the economy towards greener and more inclusive growth”. MESPT is also implementing Danida Market Development Partnership Program (2020 to 2026) whose objective is to spur job creation by enhancing the competitiveness of the banana subsector in Taita Taveta county.
Further, MESPT is implementing the AGRIFI program in Kenya whose objective is to strengthen the capacities of actors along selected value chains through the Agricultural Technical and Vocational Education Training -ATVET system approach. Activities under this will inter alia include supporting the upgrading, development and upscaling of agriculture and agri-business value chain-based training curriculums under ATVET. Under the second result area, the project will increase the capacity of private sector to implement and enforce standards on SPS. Furthermore, the project supports Counties in testing and surveillance and enforcement of Sanitary and Phyto Sanitary regulations.
II. BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
Resource mobilization is a key MESPT function with the objective of facilitating the delivery of MESPT’S strategic agenda and her sustainability. In line with this MESPT intends to respond to a call by the P4G Partnership Fund under the ‘Pioneering Green Partnerships Investing In Impact’ funding window which aims at building sustainable and resilient economies. The focus is on innovative partnerships with the potential to grow and be replicated on a global scale. P4G mobilizes a global ecosystem of 12 country partners1 and five organizational partners2 to generate interest and engagement in these partnerships and matches high potential partnerships with investors to unlock opportunities for advancement. P4G applies a strategic and outcome focused “Investing in Impact” approach to identify and accelerate multi-stakeholder partnerships advancing market-based solutions to drive inclusive economic growth, achieve the Paris Agreement climate change goals and the following five UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): • SDG 2 Zero Hunger • SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation • SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy • SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities • SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production (circular economy). The objectives include:
(i) Allowing focused impact and alignment with global initiatives and targets related to these themes.
(ii) Unlocking the synergies between P4G’s partnerships and network that are catalytic and deliver on specific market transformations, engaging specific stakeholders to deliver greater impact faster than they could individually.
(iii) Enabling greater sharing of knowledge across related partnerships and the P4G network, and collaboration towards common goals in Communities of Learning. Partnership must target significant impact on one or more of P4G’s five SDGs.
Partnerships must be in either the start-up or the scale-up phase of development. P4G does not support partnerships in the idea generation phase (including concept, research and development, or pilot phase), or in the implementation phase between start-up and scaling. Partnership activities must be implemented in and benefit one or more of the P4G partner countries that are eligible for P4G funding: Bangladesh, Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, and Vietnam. The partnership must include at least one commercial partner (a business or group of businesses) and at least one non-commercial partner (non-governmental organizations, civil society, business member organizations, associations, trade unions, or others that operate on a non-profit basis). The partnership’s emerging business model must deviate significantly from what has been done before in the country of implementation, with the ability to be disruptive to current unsustainable models. The partnership’s work must be “additional” to what is already happening or what would naturally happen in the marketplace.
To be eligible for P4G funding, partnerships must not be primarily focused on traditional commercial business development (i.e., expansion of a core business offering), or traditional international development (i.e., programming those bilateral and multilateral funders have traditionally covered). The business plan for the product or service at the core of the partnership must show potential for future returns on investment. Partnerships focused on technical assistance or intending to remain dependent on grants should not apply. Partnership awards may be up to USD 1 million, typically in the USD 100,000 range for start-ups and more for scale-up.
For partnerships receiving USD 100,000 or less, cost share must be at least 25 percent of the partnership’s total budget. For partnerships receiving more than USD 100,000, cost share must be at least 50 percent of the partnership’s total budget.
The P4G funding period ranges from one to two years, usually one year for start-ups and two years for scale-ups, though this may vary depending on the needs of the partnership.
The deadline for submission of the concept note, to be considered for this year’s cycle is 31st July 2021.
III. OBJECTIVE OF THE CONSULTANCY
The Consultant will take the lead, in conjunction with the resource mobilization function and other identified stakeholders, in developing a compelling, evidence-based concept note for submission in accordance with request for concept note guidelines.
IV. SCOPE OF WORK
The consultant is expected to undertake the following:
- Exhaustively review the call and guide MESPT select the most relevant thematic area of focus.
- Facilitate identification and engagement of potential and relevant partner(s) as per the call’s guidelines in close consultation with MESPT.
- Organize meetings/workshops (online and physical) with MESPT team + partners for brainstorming and concept development.
- Set the framework of geographical areas / activities / target groups / approach, in collaboration with MESPT’s team.
- Take lead during the development of the concept note.
- Submit a compelling, evidence-based concept note to MESPT’s management and partner(s) within the agreed timelines but at least 7 days to the deadline of the call i.e., 23rd July 2021.
- Incorporate feedback from MESPT team and partners and submit a final copy by 26th July 2021.
V. EXPECTED CONSULTANCY DELIVERABLES.
Deliverables of the assignments include:
· Upon signing of contract, the consultant is expected to produce an inception report and a detailed workplan of the activities to be undertaken with clear timelines, in line with the TOR and the call.
· Write and submit to MESPT a comprehensive draft concept note, as per the call’s guidelines and requirement but also include a theory of change, log frame and budget.
· Work with relevant MESPT team to edit and finalize.
· Submit a complete concept note to MESPT.
VI. REQUIRED SKILLS, QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
The consultant will bring to the concept development process previous experience from developing and writing successful integrated, multi-sectoral, proposals and concept notes. In addition, the consultant must possess the following:
· An advanced university degree (preferably master’s degree) in natural resources management, development studies and other related social sciences/ disciplines.
· Minimum of 5-10 years’ experience in proposal + concept note development and/or project management in Sub-Saharan Africa.
· Strong program design skills, including capacity to prepare logical, coherent, and consistent documents such as log frames and budgets.
· Ability to work efficiently and effectively with project members in various locations and from multiple organizations.
· Ability to integrate different experiences, methodologies, and approaches from a diverse range of stakeholders, organizations, and technical experts from multiple sectors.
· Excellent English speaking/writing skills required; prior experience of facilitating multi-stakeholder proposal writing sessions.
VII. INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENT
The consultant will work closely with the relevant team(s) and report to the Head of Programs, MESPT. This consultancy will be able to be carried out up to a maximum of 10 days.
VIII. CONSULTANCY COST AND PAYMENT PLAN
The maximum available budget for this assignment is KES250,000 and the suitable candidate will be selected based on their technical proposal.
The payment plan to the Consultant will be as follows: –
a) 30% upon submission of an acceptable inception report and detailed activity workplan
b) 30% upon submission and presentation of an acceptable concept note with all the required details as per the call.
c) 40% upon incorporation of comments, completion, and submission of the final acceptable concept note with all the required details as per the call.