REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP)
Mercy Corps is an international, non-governmental humanitarian relief and development agency that exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people to build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps was established in 1979, and has headquarters in the USA and UK. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has worked in over 100 countries. Mercy Corps currently works in 41 countries around the world and improving the lives of 19 million people. The agency focuses on countries in transition, where countries are in the midst of - or recovering from - conflict, economic collapse, or disaster; Mercy Corps sees these crisis situations as moments of opportunity to go beyond traditional boundaries of relief and catalyze lasting change. Globally, Mercy Corps implements programs in a range of sectors, including: agriculture & food security; market development; emergency response; disaster risk reduction; climate change; health; conflict management; youth engagement; and, community mobilization/ governance.
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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP)
Consultancy Service for SAFAL II
Ref Number: RFP/MCN/SAFAL II/PR/KTM/2645/2019/032
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action - helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future. Mercy Corps has been operating in Nepal since 2005, implementing programs in food security, agriculture, market development, financial services, youth engagement, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. We take a systems-based approach in our programming, with the aim of improving the lives and potential of vulnerable individuals and communities across Nepal.
BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE
Since 2008, Mercy Corps has been working in the sector of financial services to increase access to finance for the remote rural population in Nepal. Mercy Corps works with savings groups, VSLAs, community-based cooperatives, MFIs and Commercial Banks. Till the end of 2018, Mercy Corps has facilitated enrolment of more than 170,000 people into cooperatives, MFIs and Banks and contributed in increased access to improved financial services for more than 236,000 people. In order to provide financial services to unserved and under-served population in rural Nepal, Mercy Corps, and these days is working with community-based cooperatives to build their capacities to provide diversified financial services in a sustainable manner. Mercy Corps has supported capacity building of more than 375 cooperatives. Cooperative are owned, managed and run by its members, promoting the welfare and economic interests of its members and providing a source of loans and lines of credit at fair and reasonable interest rates.
Women in the Nepalese society have low economic, social and political status. However, with the increased awareness level and access to economic resources and decision-making bodies, women’s status is improving gradually. So far 68% of the members having access to financial services through Mercy Corps supported financial institutions are women. In order to promote financial inclusion, Mercy Corps ensures participation of events, women and people from deprived communities for awareness raising and capacity building trainings. A number of capacity building training including leadership development, good governance and cooperative management have been delivered where majority of the participants were women. The executive committee, which is the governing body for the cooperatives, consists of almost 50% women. With the active engagement of women in cooperatives, various capacity building events, decision-making bodies & access and use of financial services, the women’s voices are being herd in different forums, they have a sizable representation in the local government bodies, their mobility has been increased and social and economic status has been improved.
Change in social, economic and political status, participation in decision-making, improved roles and responsibility in the family and society are some of the perceived/observed outcomes of women’s productive engagement in community-based cooperatives. In this context, Mercy Corps would like to carry out a study on the contribution of community-based cooperatives in improving well-being of women.
Through this RFP, Mercy Corps Nepal would like to seek the consultancy service for Study on the Contribution of Community-based Financial Institutions in improving well-being of Women
Mercy Corps Nepal invites applications from qualified consultants/consultancy firms for the specified consultancy service. Please visit nepal.mercycorps.org to download RFQ form and Scope of Work for full information.
Firms/Individuals interested in this consultancy should submit their proposal along with the copies of company registration, tax registration, latest tax clearance certificates (in case of Firm) and curriculum vitae/profile, experience letters, recommendations, copy of PAN certificate(in case of Individuals) to Reception Desk, Mercy Corps Nepal, Sanepa Chowk-2, Lalitpur, Phone no:5013171/5555532no later than 26th September, 2019.The incomplete bid documents or bid documents received after closing date will not be considered.
Only shortlisted organizations and individuals will be contacted for further process. Canvassing at any stage of the process shall lead to automatic disqualification of the application. Mercy Corps reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals without assigning any reason.