REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
TITLE: “Recruitment of an individual consultant to reconstruct a baseline database and conduct impact assessment for BDF (2011-2016)/Re-advertised
Most of the countries have and are still largely dependent on SMEs for their economies to grow. As for the Rwandan case, the establishment census confirmed that SMEs have a critical role to play in creating jobs for Rwandans, whereby SMEs comprise approximately 98% of the total businesses and account 41% of all private sector employments. However, key challenges hindering SMEs to grow in Rwanda have been highlighted in the SME Development Policy (2010), and among others, are limited access to finance, limited technical and business skills, and limited business development services (BDS).
BDF was established in 2011 as a gap filler with a mandate to facilitate SMEs to access finance through the provision of financial products such as guarantees, matching grants, MFI/SACCO refinancing, debt and equity participation among others. To complement these financial products, BDF also offers advisory services to SMEs in terms of trainings, business planning for capital raising, and post-finance advisory support to ensure proper running of the business.
II. Purpose of the assignment
The purpose of this exercise is to analyze the contribution of BDF interventions in improving SME access to finance and the impacts made on the social and economic well-being of the beneficiaries.
III. Assignment period
The assignment will take 45 days to be completed.
IV. Consultant’s requirements
- Holder of a master’s degree in business administration, economics, or any other social science related field;
- Profound knowledge and experience in monitoring and evaluation of guarantee or equity/venture capital funds proven by specific references;
- Clear understanding of how guarantee funds/schemes operate and proven prior experience in carrying out similar assignments proven by certificates of successful completion;
- Understanding of Rwandan financial sector reform and access to finance issues
- Excellent writing skills;
- Fluency in English required;
Interested Individual consultant (National and International) may obtain more details in terms of reference available at the reception of BDF Head Office located at M PEACE PLAZA, 5th Floor (in central town) from 08.00 –12.00 and 14.00 – 17.00 hours during working days or by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org;
The consultant will be selected in accordance with the BDF Procurement policy under the least cost method.
Expressions of interest in three hard copies (one original) and in English together with technical proposals and other required documents plus a sealed envelope of the financial proposal must be delivered at Reception of BDF Head Office, on or before 14 /08/ 2018 at 3:00 p.m. local time.
Expression of Interest will be opened the same day, in the presence of the consultants who choose to attend at 3:30 p.m.
The financial proposals must be in separate envelopes and will be opened only for the shortlisted Individual consultants.
Done at Kigali, on 05/07/2018