Request For Expression Of Interest (REOI)Economic Analysis of the Advanced Citizen Engagement (ACE) Project at Spark MicroGrants, Musanze, Rwanda – CLOSE: 21/10/2022
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (REOI)
Economic Analysis of the Advanced Citizen Engagement (ACE) PROJECT
Reference No : RW-SM-302824-CS-LCS
Location: Musanze, Rwanda
Closing date: 21st October 2022 at 05:00 PM CAT (Late bids will be rejected)
Spark MicroGrants (Spark) and the Government of Rwanda share the goal of supporting long-term sustainable development through social and economic empowerment and improved citizen engagement.
Founded in Rwanda in 2010, Spark has formulated a participatory village development approach that leverages historical Rwandan social organizing practices, including ubudehe, imihigo, and umuganda.
In March 2019 (and updated in January 2020), the Local Administrative Development Agency (LODA) signed an MoU with Spark for a strategic collaboration to: (a) develop a National Framework for Participatory Village Planning for all 14,000 villages in Rwanda; and (b) strengthen existing decentralization initiatives to promote rural livelihood by building on Rwandan historical traditions.
To realize the objectives of the MOU, Spark is implementing the Advancing Citizen Engagement (ACE) project, with $5,840,000 in funding from the World Bank’s Japan Social Development Fund, UK-based NGO Comic Relief and a contribution from the Government of Rwanda. The ACE project development objective (PDO) is to improve livelihoods for 17,750 households/76,000 people and capacity of communities and national and local government for citizen engagement in 249 villages in Rwanda. Commencing in June 2021, the project will run for three years.
The project development objective will be achieved through a set of activities combining sustainable livelihood grants for poor, rural villages and capacity-building for district, sector, cell and village officials and villages on inclusive, participatory planning. Experience from the village-level activities will then be translated into a national policy framework for participatory village planning, in partnership with central and local government.
The project is implemented through four components:
- Component one: Village and Local Government Capacity Building. This component will build the capacity of local government at the district, sector, and cell levels to facilitate village-driven village development processes to enhance citizen engagement and improve rural livelihoods. It will also build village capacity to engage in development planning and to manage village level subprojects.
- Component Two: MicroGrants. Component two will finance priority subprojects identified in the VDPs to improve livelihoods. Each target village will be provided a grant of US$8,000, disbursed over two years. The government in each of the target districts will contribute five percent of the total grant amount, while village members will make contributions in-kind. MicroGrant eligibility is guaranteed for every target village provided eligibility conditions are met, including the election of a Village Leadership Committee, completion of the VDP and submission, and approval of a subproject proposal.
- Component Three: National Framework for Participatory Village Planning. Component Three will consolidate lessons from the pilot activities under components one and two and support the government of Rwanda to prepare a National Framework for Participatory Village Planning.
- Component four: Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Knowledge Dissemination. This component includes overall project management, monitoring and evaluation. And communications and knowledge dissemination.
Spark microgrants Under Advancing Citizen Engagement Project (ACE) Project is seeking a consultant/consulting firm to conduct an Economic Analysis of the FCAP Model to inform the design of the national framework as well as national policy dialogue.
The objective of this analysis is aimed at generating clear evidence of the feasibility of the FCAP Model at scale.
This will include detailed analysis of the expected cost effectiveness of the program(Assuming national coverage),and of economic and fiscal viability of the program for the government of Rwanda,in the context of their current and predicted macroeconomic situation and policy framework.
Interested firms should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the services.
The short listing criteria are:
- Significant experience in conducting and/or managing similar or comparable assignments in both methodology and scale with the East African Context.
- Demonstrated ability to bring together inputs into clear and concise summaries or recommendations
- Expert knowledge of the Social Cohesion, Livelihoods, Civic Engagement and Social Accountability field(s) within international development
- Expert knowledge of government centralization and decentralization programmes.
- Experience working with local government and MINALOC
- Experience working with MINECOFIN
- At least 5 years’ experience in financial and economic analysis, including practical and technical experience in developing and performing cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness
- Expert knowledge of Public Financial Management
- Experience in economic assessment of projects in the region (Relevant project experience in Rwanda will be considered an advantage)
- Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, finance, and/or Public Financial Management
Interested parties should submit a proposal to Spark Microgrants to include:
- An expression of interest, outlining (in 3 pages or less) your understanding of the assignment, a short summary of your approach, and a description of your suitability for the assignment, including how you meet the criteria above
- A draft work plan and associated budget (this may be additional to the 3 pages above, but not exceed another 2 pages) including a summary breakdown of costs, and the daily rates of all individuals involved.
- CVs for all individuals listed and a description of the roles they each play within the team.
- Maximum two examples of previous work that demonstrates the skills or experience relevant to this assignment.
Please note that we will be unable to give feedback to unsuccessful applicants, and we may ask for additional information from shortlisted applicants.
Expressions of Interests must be clearly marked: “REOI (Request for Expression of Interest) – Economic Analysis of the Model – RW-SM-302824-CS-LCS’’.
For more information about Spark Microgrants, its values and working principles, please visit website: https://www.sparkmicrogrants.org/
Done at Musanze, 21st September 2022.
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