Invitation for Expression of Interest (EOI) for Partnership

IDE Nepal

IDE is a global organization that advances market-based approaches in agriculture; access to finance; and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) to create income and livelihood opportunities for low-income rural households. iDE has increased the incomes and improved the livelihoods of more than 34 million people by developing inclusive market ecosystems that allow more people to participate in the economy, exercise…

Invitation for Expression of Interest (EOI) for Partnership

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Invitation for Expression of Interest (EOI) for Partnership

Name of ProjectReducing Post Harvest Losses through Access to New Technologies (RePLANT)”
Project Duration 2022 to 2024
Working Districts Dang and Banke
Date of EOI Notice Publication31  August 2022
Deadline for submission of EOI20 September 2022

iDE is a global organization that advances market-based approaches in agriculture, finance, and WASH to create income and livelihood opportunities for low-income rural households.

iDE has worked in Nepal since 1992. From irrigation and good quality seeds to integrated pest management and rural collection centers where farmers can sell their produce, we provide simple innovations that help rural communities get out of poverty and adapt to climate change. iDE believes that for entrepreneurs in low-income countries to succeed, they must participate in market ecosystems that are economically competitive, inclusive of all people, and resilient to shocks such as conflict or changing climates. By listening to all stakeholders – producers, suppliers, retailers, and customers – we can overcome critical bottlenecks and develop lasting solutions.

iDE Nepal hereby invites you to submit an expression of interest (EOI) for partnership from eligible and qualified non-government organizations (NGO) to implement “Reducing Post Harvest Losses through Access to New Technologies (RePLANT)” in Dang and Banke districts.

RePLANT aims to deploy an innovative model to scale the adoption of hermetic storage technologies (HSTs) and improve smallholder resilience. Adopting a last-mile supply chain approach, the project will strengthen the capacity of private-sector actors to reach smallholders in weak rural markets to improve access to these post-harvest storage solutions while also increasing smallholders’ access to capital to invest in improved technologies and reducing their exposure to climate shocks and stressors. Further, it aims to promote HSTs bundling up with finance and crop insurance. 

Selection criteria and submission procedure:

  • Legally registered in Dang and/or Banke district according to prevailing laws/regulations with the latest renewal.
  • Must have yearly financial audits and PAN/VAT numbers.
  • Proven track record and experience in market-based approaches, private sector engagement, agricultural supply chains, and post-harvest handling and storage.
  • Separation of the executive board and staff structure.
  • Must have UEI number.

Scope of work:

  1. Deploy market based approach by engaging the key private sectors for this project. Project interventions should focused aound the four key components as below:
    1. Supply Chain Development: Ensuring access to appropriate hermetic storage technologies and demonstrating and promoting their use.
    2. Extension Services: Providing vital private sector support and training to smallholders as they adopt new technologies.
    3. Agricultural Loans: Access to capital to facilitate investment in HSTs and other vital agricultural inputs, as well as to provide income smoothing and enable price arbitrage for sales of stored crops.
    4. Crop Insurance: Reducing the financial risk of catastrophic losses during the growing season, giving farmers the confidence to invest in new technologies.
  2. Recruit and mobilize district-based field staff.
  3. Implement field activities in the assigned  district as per the approved DIP. Coordinate with local government bodies, line agencies, and other concerned stakeholders for effective implementation of the project activities to maximize benefits to vulnerable people in the working area.
  4. Jointly plan budget and ensure the implementation of field activities per the project’s Detailed Implementation Plan (DIP) in close coordination with project staff, iDE, and other service providers.
  5. Facilitate to obtain resources and develop synergy with local government bodies, line agencies, and other projects and programs in the same region.
  6. Report directly on a monthly basis to iDE on accounting and program progress, and make copies of routine progress reports available to other interested stakeholders.
  7. Take part in and contribute toward district or regional lesson learning as appropriate and ensure that project staff and the team have opportunities to share experiences.
  8. Assist and support in resolving problems and disputes, if any, during project implementation.
  9. Support and execute other tasks as suggested by the project’s central and regional teams, and by a district-based team.

Instructions for application:

Interested organizations must complete the concept note form below and provide a response no later than Wednesday, September 20, 2022, at 5:00 PM. All responses should be submitted electronically at email nepal@ideglobal.org. To submit the EOI, the interested NGO should submit the following documents:

  • EOI letter on the organization’s letterhead with an authorized signature.
  • Scanned copy of renewed Registration Certificate from District Administration Office.
  • Scanned copy of renewed Social Welfare Council (SWC) Affiliation certificate.
  • Scanned copy of Tax clearance of the NGO.
  • Scanned copy of PAN/VAT Certificate of the NGO.
  • Scanned copy of audit report for past 3 years.
  • Progress Report of the NGO.
  • Bylaws.

Concept Paper (Max 5 pages):

  1. General background and context.
  2. The rationale for submitting EOI.
  3. Concept paper on market-based approaches, private sector engagement, agricultural supply chains, and post-harvest handling and storage.
  4. Partnership and networking.
  5. Risk and mitigation measures.

iDE Nepal

Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur

P.O.Box 2674 

Kathmandu, Nepal, Phone: +977 1 5900132/ 5900133

E-mail: nepal@ideglobal.org