The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) has received a loan from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) of the United Nation equivalent o USD27.2 million towards the cost of implementing a Rural Finance institution Building Programme (RUFIN) through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of this loan for the capacity building of member based Microfinance institutions (MFls). Microfinance institution and their apexes, etc The Rev participating Instructions in the programme implementation are the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) Limited, National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP) and the Federal Department of Cooperative (FDC).The RUFIN is a seven (7) year programme funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). One of the, major aspects of the programme implementation is to work with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to promote targeted capacity building and Technical Assistance in favour of eligible member based Microfinance Institutions, Financial Cooperatives, Financial NGOs, Microfinance Banks and their apexes in the 12 RUFIN States of Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Edo, Imo, Katsina, Lagos, Nassarawa, Oyo and Zamfara.
Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) Engagement of Training Service Providers (TSP) for the Capacity Building for MicroFinance and their Apex Associations
Goals and Objectives
The goal of the RUFIN programme is to address the human and other resource gaps in eligible Micro finance institutions, to improve their systems and service delivery capacities and expand outreach to small rural enterprises that are involved in agribusiness and non-farm enterprises through improved rural financing.
RUFIN wishes to call for Expression of Interest (EOI) from Training Service
Providers (TSPs) or Capacity Building for the member based MFIs, Microfinance
Banks (MFBs). Financial NGOs. Financial Cooperative and their apexes such as the
Association of Micro Finance Banks cNAMB) and the Association of Non-Bank
Microfinance Institutions of Nigeria (ANMF1N) in the twelve (12) RUF1N Programme
Scope of Work
The scope of work is divided into two broad categories:
Delivery of training:
- Comprehensive needs assessment, curriculum design, course material development and overall coordination of the project: The training package to be developed should reflect the varying needs of the different categories of participants which cuts across the following categories of Rural Microfinance Institutions.
- Category 1: Village Savings and Credit Groups (VSCGs)
- Category 2: Financial Cooperatives
- Category 3: Financial NGOs
- Category 4: Apex Organizations
- Category 5: Microfinance Banks
The potential TSP will use the already developed course materials to undertake the training of eligible institutions that will he selected m the RUFIN States eased on the terms and conditions of the assignment.
Procedure and Eligibility for Expression of Interest
The prospective Training Service Provider (TSP) should possess a track record of success in micro/rural finance institutional training and demonstrate an appropriate mix of faculty members with relevant competencies in delivering the training modules. Interested applicants should indicate how they wi carry out the specific activities in category a toe above by providing the following additional information:
- Corporate profile and evidence of technical capability and enviable evidence of similar experience in the past
- Brief description of similar project experience
- In the case of consortia, a formal technical cooperation agreement or MOU
- List of key resource persons available for this project and copies of their CVs plus letters of consent to be part of the bid
- Concise concept note indicating an understanding of the assignment and how they intend to carry it out and achieve the desired impact in not more than three (3) pages of A4 papers
- Office address, telephone number and e-mail of key contacts
- Copy of the firm’s certificate of incorporation
- Reference letter from a reputable bank indicating support for the firm
22nd January, 2014
Three (3,) hard copies and one soft copy of the Expression of Interest and attached documents should be sealed in an envelope and clearly marked on the left side corner “Microfinance Training Service Providers”. Each application should be delivered to the address below:
National Programme Coordinator
FGN/IFAD-Rural Finance Institution Building Programme
3 Safana Close, Off Zaria Street,
Garki 11, Abuja.