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42 | COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF UASIN GISHU DAILY NATION Friday February 21, 2014 PROGRAMME FOR RURAL OUTREACH OF FINANCIAL INNOVATIONS AND TECHNOLOGIES (PROFIT) PUBLIC PARTICIPATION FORUMS FOR 2014/2015 COUNTY FISCAL STRATEGY PAPER Reference is made to the provisions of the Public Finance Management Act Section 125(2) and 117(5)(b) regarding Preparation of County Fiscal Strategy Paper. Further reference is made to the Constitution of Kenya 2010, Article 201 on principles and framework of Public Finance Management. Pursuant to the stated provisions, the CEC in Charge of Finance and Economic Planning in the County invites residents to fora for Public Participation in Development of the Fiscal Strategy Paper in the six sub-counties as follows: DATE TIME SUB-COUNTY VENUE 24/2/2014 10.00 a.m. SOY TURBO KAPSERET 25/2/2014 10.00 a.m. MOIBEN AINABKOI KESSES ZIWA, SOY & MOI’S BRIDGE JUA KALI CENTRE & KIPKAREN CENTRE KAPSERET TRADING CENTRE, SIMAT SHOPPING CENTRE MOIBEN CENTRE & CHEPKANGA NAIBERI CENTRE & WAUNIFOR KESSES CENTRE & BURNT FOREST 2.00 p.m. COUNTY HALL COUNTY HALL County Secretary County Government of Uasin Gishu REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE INNOVATION FACILITY BACKGROUND INFORMATION The Programme for Rural Outreach of Financial Innovations and Technologies (PROFIT) is a six year programme funded by the Government of Kenya and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). PROFIT is implemented by the National Treasury in partnership with number of partners, key among them including the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), private sector financial institutions, line ministries, a number of development partners, IFADAfrica, African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (AFRACA) and technical support organizations among others. PROFIT is designed to have a National coverage with special emphasis in the rural areas of Kenya and targeting smallholder farmers, pastoralists, artisans, fishermen, women, landless laborers and the youth. Its’ goal is to contribute to the reduction of rural poverty in Kenya. The programme development objective is increased incomes of the target group as a result of improved production and productivity in the rural smallholder farm and off-farm enterprise sectors. The principal outcomes expected from the programme include: enhanced and systemically sustainable access of poor rural households to a broad range of cost effective financial services, target group effectively manages assets, markets produce and increases employment opportunities. The programme has three components i.e. (i) Rural Financial Outreach and Innovations, (ii) Technical support services and (iii) Project Management. The Innovation Facility (IF) is a sub component of Rural Financial Outreach and Innovations component intended to develop and pilot-test innovations and the use of technology in the financial sector to develop appropriate financial products along the selected value chains. This subcomponent was designed to be managed by an Innovation Facility Manager. THE SCOPE OF THE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE The programme now seeks SHORT TERM consultancy services to support the development of a range of innovations for the rural finance sector such as savings products, remittance services, value chain financing, termfinance for agriculture, weather index-based insurance for livestock, technological innovations that help reduce cost of service delivery, use of point of sale devices, biometric data storage, etc. Deposit Taking Microfinance (DTMs) participating in the programme will be provided assistance in helping them develop savings strategies, savings products for the intended target groups and pilot testing products that help to use remittances for more productive use in the rural areas and agriculture sectors. Participating DTMS, MFIs, SACCOs, TSPS and private sector partners can also access the Innovative Facility by submitting detailed proposals to the Innovation Facility Manager detailing the specific ideas they would like to develop further including expected outputs, time-lines, budget and reporting mechanisms, etc. and to provide overall support to Programme Coordinating Unit (PCU) in the management and implementation of the innovation facility activities. More specifically the TA will provide the expertise in the following three broad areas: (i) Preparation of the revised Innovation Facility management modality; (ii) Development of the strategy and programme of implementation for the Innovation Facility for approval by the MFU and IFAD; and (iii) Ensure that indicators are developed and integrated into the M&E system in order to monitor the progress of innovations on Banks and DTM’s social development targets. The consultancy services being sought will be fully funded by the government of Kenya through an IFAD grant and is open to all qualified Kenyan individuals. The technical assistance will be for period of not more than three months. SPECIFIC TASKS The specific duties of the Innovation Facility Manager would include: a) Provide the expertise in the preparation of the revised IF management modality b) Develop the strategy and work programme (work plan) of implementation for the Innovation Facility for approval by the MFU and IFAD c) Ensure that indicators are developed and integrated into the M&E system in order to monitor the progress of innovations on Banks and DTM’s social development targets d) Assist PCU in making required and appropriate changes/improvements to the IF procedures, rules and eligibility criteria Eligible consultants are requested to express their interest in providing the above mentioned services. Interested individuals must possess the following qualifications. • Be a holder of a Masters degree in Business Administration, Economics or Agricultural Economics or its equivalent from a University recognised in Kenya. • • • Should be a reputable individual consultant well versed in financial service provision and innovative products in the Eastern, Southern and Central African Region. Should have substantial experience in the provision of advisory services to financial institutions in agricultural finance innovative financial products operations and other small holder financial activities Should have substantial experience in the execution of projects which specifically target small-scale farmers and other producers • Provide CV/Resume indicating qualifications, experience and competence in similar assignment. • Should have a strong track record evidencing the execution of similar assignments in the past. Completed Expression of Interest documents enclosed in plain sealed envelopes clearly marked with the reference should be addressed to the address below: Programme Coordinator, IFADAfrica 2nd Floor Shelter Afrique Building Mamlaka Road off Nyerere Road Nairobi, Kenya And be deposited in the Tender Box located on the Second Floor, Shelter Afrique Building, Mamlaka Road off Nyerere Road, so as to reach on or before 5th March 2014 at 10.00 am. The outer envelope must be clearly marked ‘REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR CONSULTANCY AS INNOVATION FACILITY TECHNICAL ASSISATNCE Reference Number: AFRACA/ PROFIT/01/2014. Late or faxed bids shall be rejected. The Expression of Interest (EOI) will be opened immediately thereafter in the presence of bidders or their representatives who choose to attend. Please note that this request for Expression of Interest is not a tender or contract and the Programme are not legally bound in any way whatsoever. Request for proposals will be issued out only to shortlisted individual consultants and those consultants who will not have received communication from the Programme within 30 days (thirty days) should consider themselves unsuccessful. Requests for clarifications, which must be in writing including via e-mail, should be addressed to: Programme Coordinator, PROFIT National Treasury email@example.com Programme Coordinator, IFADAfrica firstname.lastname@example.org; or Secretary General, AFRACA email@example.com.
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