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New Job Opportunity at The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund Tanzania (AECF) – Consultant

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About AECF

AECF is a development institution that supports businesses to innovate,
create jobs, leverage investments and markets to create resilience and
sustainable incomes in rural and marginalized communities in Africa. To
date, AECF has supported 339 businesses in more than 40 value chains and
in 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In the agribusiness sector, it
has supported businesses across different value chains from improving
seed varieties to livestock vaccines and introducing new farming systems
and agribusiness models. In the renewable energy and adaptive climate
change sector, we have supported businesses across home solar systems,
mini and micro-grids, biogas, financial services, and adaptive climate
change technologies.

About TZAW
Tanzania Agribusiness Window (TZAW) seeks to address challenges of the
availability, acceptability, affordability, and accessibility of
agricultural produce and products by; improving food supply chain
dynamics making them more efficient and effective to serve the poor;
accelerating the value chains of agricultural inputs such as improved
seeds, agrochemicals, and fertilizers, veterinary services,
transportation, and information; and enabling the processing
infrastructure to be available in both rural and remote areas but also
serve the populations in the urban regions recognizing that nearly 40%
of the African population currently live in urban areas. The portfolio
also seeks to increase the production and productivity of the
small-holder farmers thus increasing the availability of food,
stabilizing prices of food, and ensuring a healthier population in
Africa including women, children, and youth.

TZAW was
established to support agricultural businesses in Tanzania to support
smallholder farmers to increase their productivity and income. Funded by
FCDO and Sida, the programme has invested in 52 enterprises across a
wide range of projects, from seed sector research and out-grower schemes
to ag-tech investments and vaccine development.

consists of four rounds of funding, R1 consists of 10 companies, R2
consists of 10 companies, R3 consists of 17 companies and R4 consists of
15 companies. Rounds 1, 2 & 3 focused on financing more established
businesses that were looking to scale the delivery of their innovative
services and products while round 4 focused on financing more
early-stage businesses and start-ups. The window objectives were to
promote pro-poor growth in Tanzania and the outcome remains to
‘facilitate the rehabilitation of agribusinesses and the development of
rural finance markets to benefit the lives of the poor. A key focus of
the window was to fund agribusiness and finance companies that proved
profitable and encouraged other private sector businesses to develop
models that serve similar markets.

The programme is coming to an
end and there is, therefore, a need to develop a high-quality report
highlighting the impacts of the programme and more importantly, lessons
learned that can inform future programmes in Tanzania and beyond.

Purpose and Deliverables of this assignment
The objective of the consultancy is to prepare the Tanzania Agribusiness Window (TZAW) End of Programme Report.
has been implemented from (January 2011 – September 2022). This end of
the project report will focus on the entire implementation period. The
report will be expected to effectively capture lessons learned and
provided information on the nature, extent and where possible, the
potential impact and sustainability of the TZAW investment focus. The
final report will retrospectively examine the project design, scope,
implementation approach and finally, the extent to which the project met
its objectives. It is expected that the report will collate and analyze
the lessons learnt, challenges faced, and best practices obtained
during the implementation period.
The assignment will be conducted in collaboration with members of the AECF team.

Scope of work
The consultant will be expected to:

  • With the support of TZAW staff undertake desktop research and background analysis.
  • Review TZAW investees’ progress reports and impact reports.
  • Review Investees’ field visits and impact verification reports.
  • Review TZAW’s annual narrative and financial reports
  • Successes of the programme (noting key impact – intended and unintended brought about by the TZAW investment.
  • Actual failures – what did not go as planned, what failed, what lessons were learned
  • Case studies and success stories (from both investee and beneficiary perspectives)

The consultant shall provide:

A draft final report after a further 30 days. The main report should
not exceed 50 pages excluding annexes. The Consultant will draft a
report with the following key areas:

the draft report is developed it will be submitted to The AECF for
comments and additional input. The consultant will then incorporate
changes, comments, and input from the AECF as well as undertake to
refine of the document. The document will then be re-submitted to The
AECF for an additional round of comments and input before the final
draft is developed, submitted and approved.

Qualifications / experience required

The consultant/consultancy firm should possess the following skills and/or credentials.

The assignment will
be conducted over two months. Given the scope of the assignment, it is
expected that this assignment will be conducted by an individual
consultant, or a pair of experts provided skills on gender equality and
market-systems approaches are present.


The consultant will report to the AECF Head of Programmes- Agribusiness and Country Programme Manager – Tanzania.
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Evaluation Criteria
evaluation committee will be formed by the AECF which will include
employees. All members will be bound by the same standards of
confidentiality. Bidders should ensure that they fully respond to all
criteria to be comprehensively evaluated. In deciding the final
selection of qualified bidder, the technical quality of the proposal
will be given a weighting of 70% based on the evaluation criteria below.
Only the financial proposal of those bidders who qualify technically
will be reviewed. The financial proposal will be allocated a weighting
of 30% and the proposals will be ranked in terms of total pointsscored.

Evaluation Criteria

Understanding of the Terms of Reference
Methodology and work – plan for performing the assignment
Demonstration of years of experience in similar work
Detailed reference list indicating the scope and magnitude of similar assignments, at least 3 signed reference letters
proposal; clarity, relevance, reality to market of value/ value for
money of cost for the assignment (inclusive of any applicable tax).

Proposal submission:

and qualified (individual or institutional) consultants are invited to
submit their proposal(s) comprising the following:

  • An understanding of the consultancy requirements.
  • Methodology and work plan for performing the assignment.
  • Detailed reference list indicating the scope and magnitude of similar assignments.
  • Relevant services undertaken in the past five (5) years.
  • Letters of reference from 3 previous companies/assignments.
  • Registration and other relevant statutory documents (applicable to firms).
  • The
    financial proposal clearly showing the budgeted cost for the work to be
    conducted by the consultant under the scope of work above.
  • Financial and technical proposals must be submitted as separate documents.



AECF is obliged by the Kenyan tax authorities to withhold taxes on
service contract fees as well as ensure VAT, is charged where
applicable. Applicants are advised to ensure that they have a clear
understanding of their tax position with regards to provisions of Kenya
tax legislation when developing their proposals.


reserves the right to determine the structure of the process, the
number of short-listed participants, the right to withdraw from the
proposal process, the right to change this timetable at any time without
notice and reserves the right to withdraw this tender at any time,
without prior notice and without liability to compensate and/or
reimburse any party.

How to apply

AECF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The AECF considers all interested
candidates based on merit without regard to race, sex, colour, national
origin, religion, age, marital status, disability or any other
characteristic protected by applicable law.
a) Interested training firms and individuals are requested to submit their technical and financial proposals to by 16th August 2022 5.00 pm EAT.
b) The Subject of the email should read “CONSULTANCY FOR DRAFTING OF TZAW END OF PROJECT REPORT – 2022”. The AECF shall not be liable for not opening proposals that are submitted with a different subject.
c) All questions and clarifications should be sent to

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