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RURAL ACCESS AND AGRICULTURAL MARKETING PROJECT (RAAMP)-REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (REOI) FOR CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR IMPACT EVALUATION STUDY FOR THE RURAL ACCESS AND AGRICULTURE MARKETING PROJECT (RAAMP)


FEDERAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT UNIT (FPMU)
RURAL ACCESS AND AGRICULTURAL MARKETING PROJECT (RAAMP)

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (REOI) FOR CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR IMPACT EVALUATION STUDY FOR THE RURAL ACCESS AND AGRICULTURE MARKETING PROJECT (RAAMP)
CREDIT NO: 65198-NG
ISSUE DATE: 24TH NOVEMBER, 2022

The Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP) is a third-generation rural access project. The project is being supported by the International Development Association (IDA), a subsidiary of the World Bank, and the L’Agence Francaise de Development (French Development Agency of AFD). The lead agency of the Federal Government is the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD). The Federal Project Management Unit (FPMU) under the FMARD is responsible for overall project coordination, implementation of Federal level project activities and supervision of state level activities. A total of 13 states project implementation Units (SPIUs), under respective state government ministries in same number of participating states, are responsible for the physical implementation of the project activities at the state level. It is intended that part of the proceeds of the financing will be applied to eligible payments under the contract for Consultancy Services for Impact Evaluation Study for the Rural Access and Agriculture Marketing Project (RAAMP).



The Consultancy services (“the services”) includes:
i. To establish a sound empirical basis for evaluating the impact of improving road access, trading infrastructure and sector reform at community and household levels in the 13 participating states. The socio-economic impacts to be captured will include impact on physical well-being (e.g food, health), impact on material wealth (e.g land, housing), impact on social well-being (e.g access to education and health services) and economic well-being (e.g. income level, rate of serving); and degree of agricultural commercialization (e.g. access to global and regional value chains, participation in out-grower schemes, share of produce sold in markets, cropping mix etc)
ii. To identify the relationship between transport in assents and poverty alleviation with particular focus on income levels, assets and amenities, access to markets, health and other complimentary communities activities.
iii. To examine transport service characteristics along the corridors to evaluate complementary public policies and modal investments appropriate to improving the travel environment and enhancing social and economic well-being.
iv. Ensure compliance to the World Bank’s gender requirements by focusing research and analysis on the socio-economically marginalized and vulnerable groups within the study areas as well as showing casing existing capacities and capacity needs to implement and draw down on benefit accruing from the project, especially to the marginalized and vulnerable groups/communities.
v. Develop a set of policy recommendations to improve transport access for residents in the study area and;
vi. Develop base line monitoring indicators to capture the social/poverty impact.
vii. The consultant will equally assess implementation progress towards the achievement of project objectives to date during the mid-term review (MTR).
viii. Identify implementation bottlenecks
ix. Identify unforeseen project design problems
x. Identify the interim changes caused by the project to sustainable livelihoods
xi. Make recommendations regarding specific actions that might be taken during the rest of the project life to improve project implementation and achievement of PDO.
xii. Assess capacities of implanting agencies and technical partners to successfully deliver the project in a timely manner
xiii. Document lessons learnt, including lessons that might improve design and implementation going forward
xiv. The consultants will carry out end line impact evaluation.
The Services are expected to extend over a period of 16 months over a period of 4 years, involving approximately 4 key persons as required in the TOR;
The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for this assignment will be made available on request at the address given below
The Federal Project Management Unit (FPMU) of the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP) now invite eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.

The Shortlisting Criteria are:
1. Demonstration of the firm’s general experience in the consultancy services within the last 10 years;
2. Specific experience of the firm in impact evaluation, survey and baseline/end line survey specifically related to the assignment
3. Demonstration of effective organizational/managerial structure and availability of suitably experienced and qualified key personnel relevant to the assignment.
4. All interested firms are to submit the following documents:
i. Evidence of registration with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)
ii. Evidence of Company’s current tax clearance certificate for the last “three (3) years (2019, 2020 and 2021)
iii. Company audited account for the last three (3) years (2019, 2020 Sand 2021) duly stamped
iv. Well detailed company profile with managerial and technical structures, office address and functional contact details
v. For joint venture, memorandum of understanding must be attached.

The attention of interested consultants is drawn to section III, paragraphs, 3.14, 3.16 and 3.17 of the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” November 2020 (“Fourth edition Procurement Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

Consultants may associate with other firms to enhance their qualifications, but should indicate clearly whether the association is in the form of a joint venture and/or a sub-consultancy, In the case of a Joint venture, all the partners in the joint venture shall be jointly and severally liable for the entire contract, if selected.

A consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS) method set out in the procurement regulations.

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours 0900 to 1700 hours.

Expression of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below in person or by mail or e-mail by 4th January 2023. Late submissions will not be accepted. The client is not bound to short list any consultant.

National Coordinator
Rural Access and Agriculture Marketing Project (RAAMP)
Federal Project Management Unit (FPMU)
1st floor NAIC House, Central Business District
Abuja-Nigeria
Tel:+2348036110055, +2349155556024
Email: [email protected]