Request for Proposal (RFP) - Community Needs Assessment for Farmers at Mercy Corps Nigeria

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Mercy Corp's Nigeria invites interested consultants to indicate interest by submitting RFP documents for the following works:

Mercy Corps is an International Non-Governmental Humanitarian Organization that works in 40 countries around the world to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

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Title: Request for Proposal (RFP) - Community Needs Assessment for Small Holder Farmers in kaduna and Jigawa

In Nigeria, agriculture accounts for almost one quarter of the nation’s GDP, yet smallholders face a mix of interrelated risks and challenges which threaten their livelihoods, food security and nutrition. Access to financing,markets for their products, advice on improved technologies and information about pricing and weather patterns is hard to come by, and national policies rarely support farmer interests.Small holder farmers in Nigeria increasingly have to respond to a spectrum of emerging climatic,health and financial risks, compounded by conflict and instability that can drastically disrupt yields and incomes.These shocks have the potential to compromise already fragile food and herb-production systems and prevent smallholders from making the investments required to expand their incomes and lift themselves out of poverty.

Nigeria is the third largest producer of ginger in the world. The main producing zone is Kaduna state. However, the Nigerian ginger sector has experienced chronic challenges that limit its full potential including low yields, high post-harvest losses, a lack of infrastructure and knowledge to improve processing, price fluctuations, and poor producer organisation. Existing studies indicate that there is significant potential for value addition and for the commodity to improve the lives and livelihoods of local producers and their families.Nigeria is also one of the world's major producers of hibiscus (or Zobo in Hausa). It is mostly sourced from six states in the northern region of the country, including Kano, Katsina, Bauchi, Gombe, Borno, and Jigawa. For Nigeria to do well in the global hibiscus flower market,there is need to focus more on cultivation and processing,particularly around but on quality control and standards,to fully harness its commercial value. The yield of hibiscus flowers depends on many factors like manuring, watering, and other disease prevention measures.The peak production of a hibiscus plant in Nigeria is during the dry season of November to April of the following year.

Purpose of the Assessment
Twinings through the support of Mercy Corps seeks to conduct twin assessments in Nigeria focused on the ginger value chain in Kaduna and the hibiscus value chain in Jigawa. These assessments will be conducted using an internal "Twinings Community Needs Assessment" (TCNA) tool developed to capture data that will provide an understanding of the general needs within ginger and hibiscus sourcing communities in Nigeria. In addition,the two assessments will identify opportunities for community-and household-level support to hibiscus and ginger small holder farmers, aimed at informing future localised interventions.

Expected Evaluation Deliverables
In collaboration with Mercy Corps,the external consultant is expected to carryout the following tasks and to produce a comprehensive final assessment report:
  • Prepare well documented TCNAs reports (one for each value chain) with detailed in sights relevant to inform program design and implementation (proprietary data owned by Twinings). The reports should include detailed recommendations from the additional MSD assessments findings on potential opportunities for improvement, including competitive edge-value propositions for the two value chains in Kaduna and Jigawa.
  • Prepare an edited,formatted and copy read final version of the assessment report after incorporating feed back from Mercy Corp's technical team.
  • Develop at least one case study profile for each value chain assessment within the assessed contexts.
Supplier Eligibility
Suppliers may not apply, and will be rejected as ineligible, if they:
  • Are not registered companies
  • Are bankrupt or in the process of going bankrupt
  • Have been convicted of illegal/corrupt activities, and/or unprofessional conduct
  • Have been guilty of grave professional misconduct
  • Have not fulfilled obligations related to payment of social security and taxes
  • Are guilty of serious misinterpretation in supplying information
  • Are in violation of the policies outlined in Mercy Corps Anti Bribery or Anti Corruption Statement
Eligibility Criteria
  • The offeror must be legally registered
  • The offeror must be in good standing with its governing tax authority
  • Tax Registration/Identification Certificates
Documents supporting the Eligibility Criteria:

  • Legal Business Registration certificate (CAC Cert.)
  • Tax Clearance Certificate– 2020 (For Registered Companies)
  • Filled and Signed Supplier Information Form
Qualification Requirements
Company Profile:
  • Team or Individual should have least a first degree in social sciences/ agricultural economics or/and relevant experience aligned to the task at hand.
  • Fluency in English is essential. Knowledge of local language is an added advantage
  • Excellent knowledge of and experience with humanitarian guidelines and principles.
  • Excellent reporting and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the other team members/partners Willingness to travel and meeting deadlines
Evidence of Experience:
  • Strong experience conducting similar value chain assessments and research exercises in support of major development programmes – preferably in economic recovery and resilience in challenging operational environments. (Reports, pictures, and other MOVs to be presented as evidence)
  • Previous experience in Kaduna and Jigawa state is desirable.
  • A strong approach to assuring quality assurance of data collected.
  • A strong ethical approach to data collection – while still being able to meet the objectives of the consultancy.
  • Knowledge of strategic and operational management of humanitarian and development operations and proven ability to provide strategic recommendations to key stakeholders.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to synthesize and present findings, draw practical conclusions, make recommendations and to prepare well-written reports on time.
  • Demonstrated experience in both quantitative and qualitative data collection and data analysis techniques, especially in emergency operations.
  • Data visualization skills are highly desirable and required (Tableau or Power BI).
  • Strong skills in survey form design for mobile data collection (ODK, Ona or Commcare).
  • Experience, knowledge, and clear understanding of Nigeria’s humanitarian context.
  • Good interpersonal skills and understanding cultural sensitivities.
Technical Proposal:
  • Good understanding of business context of in the selected states (Kaduna and Jigawa) in Nigeria
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of strengthening resilience through livelihoods.
Application Closing Date
5:30pm Thursday, 27th January, 2022.

Submission of Documents
Submissions must be in PDF format and submitted electronically via email to: With subject line as "NIGJABV/TENOO52- Community Needs Assessment for Small Holder Farmers in Kaduna and Jigawa"

Hard copy submissions may also be submitted on a sealed envelope labelled as "NIG/ABV/TENOO52- Community Needs Assessment for Small Holder Farmers in Kaduna and Jigawa" To Mercy Corps Nigeria Abuja Office with office address at:
Plot 166 Umar DikkO Street,

Adjacent Lake View Estate,
FCT - Abuja.

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  • Any enquiry regarding the submission of this tender must be addressed to:
  • Last day for questions on this tender is on the 23rd January 2022, 3PM Nigeria Time. Questions will be answered and uploaded to on the 24th January 2022, 3PM Nigeria Time.