About the Project
The purpose of the USAID Feed the Future Uganda Institutional and Systems Strengthening (ISS) Activity is to is to build the capacity and strengthen the processes of Government of Uganda (GOU) Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), and industry apex organizations (national level umbrella bodies comprising private sector members in a particular field or sector) that are vital to driving inclusive agriculture-led economic growth.
The Activity supports these entities to improve their internal processes and strengthen structures critical for sectoral coordination to enable them to fulfill their mandates better. This will create a more conducive environment for market actors to productively engage in the agriculture sector and contribute to the Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) Uganda Country Plan goal of reducing hunger, malnutrition, and poverty as well as the USAID/Uganda Country Development Cooperation Strategy’s 2(CDCS) 2016 – 2021 five-year goal of strengthening Uganda’s systems to accelerate inclusive economic, health, and education outcomes. A grants program and related communications strategy will be an integral part of the ISS activities targeting industry apex organizations.
The Activity contributes to the USAID/Uganda CDCS’s Development Objective, DO3: Key-Systems More Accountable and Responsive to Uganda’s Development Needs, and is authorized under the Market Systems Strengthening Project. The goal of the Market Systems Project is that Markets consistently and inclusively provide competitive goods and services demanded by actors.
The goal of the ISS Activity is to improve accountability, responsiveness, and performance of key national-level MDAs and industry apex organizations that will enable them to better fulfill their mandates, creating a more conducive environment for market actors to productively engage in the agriculture sector.
The Activity’s objectives are:
• Improve the internal processes of selected MDAs and industry apex organizations, making them more responsive to the needs of their consumers, members and the general public.
• Improve the policy framework that supports the functionality of selected MDAs and industry apex organizations.
• Strengthen key capacity elements of select MDAs and industry apex organizations to perform their mandates.
• Strengthen the “structures” or key vertical and horizontal linkages within, between and among institutions to work together more effectively to achieve their goals.
SCOPE OF SERVICES
The key activities of the consultancy include:
• Conduct desk research and information and data gathering to support the development of the system maps according to the determined topics and scope.
• Support Activity subcontractors and primary AGSA consultant in conducting stakeholder interviews, including note-taking and recording as appropriate.
• Provide inputs using the System Pathways methodology developed by the USAID/Uganda Feed the Future Market System Monitoring Activity to support the creation of one or more system maps using the Kumu platform. The specific scope of the system map(s) will be discussed and agreed with the Activity team before commencing work. The map(s) will primarily be based on Activity staff expertise, desk research, and consultations with key stakeholders.
• Provide supporting analysis of the system maps to identify barriers and key constraints within the system.
• Support the lead AGSCA consultant in designing and preparing for presentations and workshops carried out as part of the AGSCA.
• Assist with preparation of final analyses and report(s).
• Participate in the Activity collaboration learning and adaptation events.
The consultant will conduct desk and field research in coordination with the Activity’s subcontractors to ensure efficient stakeholder engagement and research.
Important Notice: All international travels must be approved in advance by USAID and the Project.
I. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE
The estimated period of performance of the contracted services is early September 2021 until the end of December 2021. Final timelines and period of performance will be determined during negotiations.
II. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE
This consultancy will be conducted remotely. The consultant is expected to provide his/her own equipment necessary for conducting the tasks outlined under this SOW, including computer, reliable internet connection, and any other necessary materials.
III. INSTRUCTIONS TO OFFERORS
Submission of Quotes
Quotes/Offers must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. East Africa Time (EAT) on Friday, September 10, 2021. Late Quotes/Offers will be considered at the discretion of Cardno, and may not be considered at all. All offers must be emailed with all required documents included to email@example.com.
Please state the RfQ # (USAID ISS RfQ 2021-02) and “AGSCA Assistant” in the subject line of the email.
Questions and Clarifications
All questions and/or clarifications regarding this RfQ must be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org with copy to Kendall.email@example.com no later than 17:00h EAT on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
All correspondence and/or inquiries regarding this solicitation must reference the RfQ number. Questions and requests for clarification and the responses thereto will be circulated to all RFQ recipients who have indicated an interest in bidding.
Eligible Offerors include the U.S. or Ugandan individuals with the required skills and qualifications.
Specific Qualification Requirements for eligible bidders
The Offeror must possess the following expertise and qualifications:
• Significant knowledge and practical experience in System Pathways Framework developed by the USAID/Uganda Feed the Future Market System Monitoring Activity
• Experience supporting the analysis of system maps and developing system indicators
• Basic familiarity with market systems in Uganda and their implications for Activity implementation
• Expertise using the Kumu system mapping software platform
• Demonstrated capacity to provide research assistance, including desk research, supporting stakeholder interviews, qualitative and quantitative data collection
• Undergraduate degree in a relevant field, or higher
• The Activity reserves the right to eliminate from consideration any Offer that does not adequately demonstrate the above expertise and qualifications.
• The Offeror will ensure the availability of equipment and software necessary to provide all listed deliverables.