Request for Proposals - Midterm Evaluation (Revised Version and Addendum 1)

Organization: Shelter for Life
Closing date: 20 May 2021

Midterm Evaluation | LIFFT-Cashew Project: Senegal, the Gambia and Guinea-Bissau USDA/FAS/FFPR PROJECT | #FCC-685-2017/026-00-A (Revised Version and Addendum 1)

Organization: Shelter For Life International
Country: Senegal, the Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau (SeGaBi)
Project: LIFFT-Cashew Project
Project dates: 2017 - 2023
Donor: USDA/FAS Food for Progress
RFP Number: RFP-5302-009
Date of RFP: April 15, 2021
Due date: May 20, 2021, 5:00 PM CDT

Shelter for Life International (SFL) is an international, faith-based, relief and development organization
with more than 30 years of experience providing sustainable development and humanitarian assistance
to post-conflict countries around the world. We are currently operational in Afghanistan, Senegal, the
Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau.

SFL is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) to conduct a Midterm Evaluation of its LIFFT-Cashew
Project (Linking Infrastructure, Finance and Farms to Cashew) in Senegal, the Gambia and Guinea-Bissau
(hereafter referred to as the “SeGaBi” region or zone).

Summary of Deadlines:
Release of Request for proposal April 15, 2021
Questions Due by email / confirmation of interest May 5, 2021
Release of Addenda #1 (if applicable) May 11, 2021
Proposals Due May 20, 2021
Conclusion of Selection Process June 2, 2021
Contract Letter Issued June 8, 2021

Note: SFL reserves the right to modify this schedule as needed. All parties will be notified of any changes
by email. Deadlines may also be revised due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The full RFP document may be accessed here: https://bit.ly/3w5ILAH

  1. Background
    Under USDA/FAS Food For Progress (FFPr) program, Shelter For Life (SFL) is implementing a $24.8
    million, six-year project called “Linking Infrastructure, Finance and Farms to Cashew” (LIFFT-Cashew) in
    Senegal (Ziguinchor, Sedhiou, Kolda, and Fatick), the Gambia (North Bank, Western and Lower River),
    and Guinea-Bissau (Oio, Cacheu, Biombo, and Bafata). Under the project, this region is called the
    “SeGaBi” region. The goal of the Project is to develop and upgrade value chain linkages necessary to
    support and develop an integrated, regional and international trade network for cashew value chain.
    The Project is organized around a crop cycle to account for production, planting, pruning, thinning,
    firebreak installation, cleaning, collection, and drying/sorting (See Annex 2 for Crop Cycle Calendar).

    In addition to this Midterm Evaluation, the Project has also received a baseline assessment, a traffic
    study, a post-monetization market assessment, and two value chain studies. The Project recently
    finished a cashew farmer census which is currently under analysis.
    The Project has an array of beneficiaries along the cashew value chain. It benefits smallholder farmers
    (producers), processors, cooperatives, associations, laborers, financial institutions, local agribusiness
    owners, as well as the wider cashew sector such as potential investors and policy makers.

    1. Farmers: The project targets smallholder farmers as direct beneficiaries and based on Feed-the-
      Future, is described as one who holds five hectares or less of arable land or equivalent units of
      livestock (i.e. cattle); 10 beef cows; dairy; two milking cows; sheep and goats; five adult
      ewes/does; camel meat and milk; five camel cows; pigs; two adult sows; chickens; 20 layers and
      50 broilers. The farmer does not have to own the land or livestock. For this project, smallholder
      farmers have cashew trees and produce cashews, and can be members of cooperatives,
      producer groups, or non-members.
    2. Cooperatives, Associations and Cashew Marketing Associations (CMAs): The project targets
      collective groups to assist them in becoming more established and formalized. The project also
      influences leaders or representatives, and the stakeholders within their networks. Currently, the
      project is working with 22 cooperatives (9 in Senegal; 5 in The Gambia; and 8 in Guinea-Bissau),
      comprising approximately 16,681 farmer members (6,198 in Senegal; 2,789 in The Gambia; and
      7,694 in Guinea-Bissau). Of these farmers, it is estimated that approximately 7,243 are women.
    3. Cash for Work (CFW) Laborers: Under the Project’s construction activities, CFW laborers are
      hired for part-time work from the communities along the targeted roads and regions.
    4. Processors: The project targets cashew kernel processors to build their capacity to add value to
      cashews in the region. Processors include regional and international entities. So far, more than
      10 processors have been identified to add $2.4M to leverage the Project’s Cashew Fund, and
      will move more than 50,000 tons of Raw Cashew Nut (RCN) through the region.
    5. Financial Institutions: The Project is engaging financial institutions and banks to assist with
      alternative financing mechanisms, through the Project’s Cashew Fund, Warehouse Receipt
      System, loans, collateral management, and RCN itself.
    6. Policy Makers / Governments: The Project is engaging policy makers, ministries and subnational
      government representatives to coordinate country-specific steering committees to
      assist with promoting and facilitating project activities, and to ensure buy-in so that more
      attention and awareness is brought to the cashew sector.
    7. Buyers: The Project engages buyers through contracts or requests of RCN or kernels, and
      encourage buyers working with cooperatives rather than with farmers one-on-one. The Project
      also targets buyers by bringing the cashews produced up to standard for international markets
      through organic certification, nurseries, and traceability.
    8. Business Owners: The Project engages a variety of small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs)
      along the cashew supply chain by providing financial assistance and training.
    9. Investors: The Project’s Cashew Fund is meant to attract regional and international investors to
      bring resources to the cashew sector, who also have investment technical and managerial
      experience that could support the region. The Fund would allow a variety of spin-off projects for
      investors, and the project is already engaging international investors to build factories.
      The LIFFT-Cashew Project aims to achieve three main objectives (see Annex 1 for Results Framework):
    10. Increase or maintain the quality of Raw Cashew Nuts (RCN)
    11. Increase the processing of RCN within the SeGaBi region
    12. Promote the collective sale of RCN
      To achieve these objectives, the project focuses on the following activity components:
    13. Component 1: Infrastructure
    14. Component 2: Access to Finance
    15. Component 3: Access to Market
    16. Component 4: Agriculture
    17. Other: Market Information System

    The full RFP document may be accessed here: https://bit.ly/3yqOuTG

How to apply:

Submission Guidelines:

Interested applicants should submit a proposal for the work described above to Alison Cameron,
alison@shelter.org. Please include “RFP-5302-009 Midterm Evaluation” in the subject title. Proposals
must be submitted electronically by email; paper or faxed applications will not be accepted. The
proposal must be in English and should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Detailed technical proposal as per Section 9 Deliverables, including, but not limited to:
    • Description of methodology of study
    • Proposed workplan, including timeframes
    • Description of past performance of consultant(s) involved
  3. Financial Proposal:
    • Itemized budget
    • Budget Narrative with detailed explanation of line items
    • Note: all travel and logistics costs should be covered within the consultant’s budget, rolled
    into the cost of each item
  4. Other
    • References from applicable organizations or companies (at least 2 preferred)
    • CVs of all evaluators who will participate in the MTE
    • Writing samples showcasing similar evaluation work


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