Job Information
Consultancy to Understand the Small and Micro Enterprise (SME) Support Ecosystem in the Western Province of Rwanda Job at SPARK - Career Opportunity in Rwanda
Spark Rwanda 92 Days Ago
Overview
Job Category: Administrative
Job Type: Full-Time
Deadline of this Job: 03 August 2021
Duty Station: Rwanda
Posted: 15-07-2021
Requirements
Job Status
No of Jobs: 1
Start Publishing: 15-07-2021
Stop Publishing (Put date of 2030): 15-07-2065
Linkedid Twitter Share on facebook
Job Description

Vacancy title:
Consultancy to Understand the Small and Micro Enterprise (SME) Support Ecosystem in the Western Province of Rwanda

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Nonprofit, and NGO , Category: Management ]

Jobs at:

SPARK

Deadline of this Job:
03 August 2021  

Duty Station:
Within Rwanda , Rwanda , East Africa

Summary
Date Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed


JOB DETAILS:
Terms of Reference: Consultancy to Understand the Small and Micro Enterprise (SME) Support Ecosystem in the Western Province of Rwanda

Small and Micro Enterprises (SMEs) remain a vital engine for the growth of the Rwandan economy. These enterprises drive growth and innovation and create job opportunities especially for the youth who make up about 46% of the current working age population (Rwanda Labor Force Survey, 2020) in the country. The SME’s growth is however constrained by factors such as poor management, lack of training, lack of access to finance, lack of business development services, information asymmetry, poor infrastructure among other factors. The negative effect of the Covid-19 disease has been felt most deeply by the SME’s and therefore efforts to support their survival and building resilience is needed. This will help stem the negative economic systemic impact brought about by the pandemic.
Urbanization will be a key driver for the achievement of the national goal of creating 1.5 million productive jobs by 2024. The growth of secondary cities is a constituent plan of the strategy to have 35% of Rwandans living in urban areas by 2024. The role of SME’s in supporting growth of jobs and incomes in cities outside of Kigali will continue to be important.
Stichting SPARK (hereby referred to as SPARK) promotes higher (vocational) education and entrepreneurship in the countries it operates and works largely with Small and Micro Enterprises in the Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) region https://spark.ngo/sub-saharan-africa/.
SPARK wishes to hire a consulting firm to carry out a study to understand the Small and Micro Enterprise (SME) support ecosystem in the Western Province of Rwanda, what initiatives to prioritise and what market actors and businesses to work with. Through the application of a Market System Development (MSD) approach SPARK aims at providing Covid-19 Recovery support to transformative SME’s in the Western Province of Rwanda by addressing constraints in capacity building, access to finance and building resilience. SPARK is already conducting an assessment of Microfinance Institutions in the Western Province that can support in the provision of financial services to selected SME’s. The two studies will therefore shape our engagement both on the supply and demand side.

The Objective of the Consultancy
SPARK therefore seeks to implement a program that will unlock systemic constraints to the survival and growth of SME’s while creating job opportunities for youth.
This consultancy will therefore:
• Identify key actors in enterprise development in the Western Province, their current priority initiatives and how SPARK can leverage this.
• Identify key sectors to engage in and existing market players that can provide sustainable market based solutions to constraints that would be holding back industry competitiveness and increased benefits to SME’s.
• The above objectives a). and b). should also employ a youth entrepreneurship and job creation lens
• Identify the existing COVID-19 related support programs to SME’s
• Support in the selection of sectors from which to draw the 500 targeted SME’s
• Development of a selection criteria for transformative enterprises
• Review and revise the current Theory of Change and Results Framework to ensure that intended outcomes are achieved.

Eligibility of the firm:
• The firm must have practical experience in carrying out scoping and market studies related to SME or Enterprise Development in Rwanda and the East Africa region
• The firm must demonstrate understanding of the Market System Development Approach for Enterprise Development
• The selected firm must demonstrate expertise in past evaluation of MSD programs. Reference to at least two programs will be required.
• Experience in carrying out research, convening and facilitating discussions that influence policy is required.
• Practical experience working in the Rwandan market is a must

Expected Deliverables
• Report on the requirements outlined under the Objectives of the Assignment.
• Selection criteria for transformative enterprises that SPARK can engage with
• A revised Theory of Change and Results Framework
• A report in Word and Summary Presentation

Proposal Evaluation
The bidding firm should provide:
• A Technical Proposal clearly showing the methodology and tools that will be applied together with a detailed Work Plan
• A Financial proposal in United States Dollars (USD) should be provided with clear professional fees indicated for the personnel and other costs.
The consultant should be aware of current restrictions imposed in Rwanda in an effort to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
Evaluation Criteria
The following criteria will be applied in selecting the consulting firm:
Technical Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                   % Score
The firm must have practical experience in carrying out scoping and market studies related to SME or enterprise development in the East Africa region especially Rwanda                                                                                                                                                      15
Demonstrated expertise in past evaluation of at least two MSD programs                                                                                      15
Experience in carrying out research, convening and facilitating discussions that influence policy is required.                                15
Technical strength of the proposed team                                                                                                                                          15
Methodology and Work Plan
Quality of the approach presented in line with the ToR                                                                                                                     5
Quality of the work plan and proposed management of the project                                                                                                  5
Technical Evaluation Score                                                                                                                                                              70
Financial Evaluation Score                                                                                                                                                               30

Education Requirement: No Requirements

Job Experience: No Requirements

Work Hours: 8

 

Job application procedure
Quotations and Submission
Interested firms should submit their proposals (both technical and financial) not later 3rd of August 2021 at 5:00 pm on e-mail addressed to rwanda@spark-online.org with a clear Subject Line: Consultancy to Understand the Small and Micro Enterprise (SME) Support Ecosystem in the Western Province of Rwanda
Only successful bidders will be notified.


All Jobs

QUICK ALERT SUBSCRIPTION

 

Notification Board:

Join a Focused Community on job search to uncover both advertised and non-advertised jobs that you may not be aware of. A jobs WhatsApp Group Community can ensure that you know the opportunities happening around you and a jobs Facebook Group Community provides an opportunity to discuss with employers who need to fill urgent position. Click the links to join. You can view previously sent Email Alerts here incase you missed them and Subscribe so that you never miss out.

Apply Now

Caution: Never Pay Money in a Recruitment Process.

Some smart scams can trick you into paying for Psychometric Tests.