Invitation for the Consultancy Service for “Needs assessment of MSMEs in USAID Biodiversity sites”

Background

ANSAB is currently partnering with DAI to implement the “USAID Biodiversity activity”, which builds on past successes in Nepal’s forestry and freshwater sectors to empower the next generation of environmental practitioners, strengthen provincial and municipal government, and catalyze new resources for climate adaptation. It aims to reduces multiple threats to the ecosystem and wildlife species to conserve nature, enhance human well-being, and safeguard the future.

For this, ANSAB is seeking a well-qualified and experienced consultant for needs assessment of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to guide further investment on MSMEs in Year 2. ANSAB has already developed a preliminary list of MSMEs for the targeted sites that offers nature-based products and services. Likewise, the potential MSME types are also shortlisted and recommended for further investments in Year 2. The potential value chains for the MSMEs (including aquatic resources and eco-tourism activities) includes: Natural products trade in eco-tourism area; Essential oil distillation; Craft for souvenir, gifts, decorative items and high value furniture; Fiber and paper making; Production of high value crops and NTFPs; Resin and gum; Organized trade of medicinal and aromatic plants through upgraded value chains; Capture fisheries and enterprise opportunities on fisheries etc., but are not limited to this.

Objectives of the assignment

The objective of this assignment is to document needs of MSME types in various geographic regions of the USAID Biodiversity landscapes that will guide to strengthen or develop enterprises in Year 2. The assignment will provide a need assessment report for each of the identified MSMEs recommended for further USAID Biodiversity investment.

Scope of the work

The following is the scope of the work:

  • Review the list of MSMEs that are recommended for further investment in USAID Biodiversity and make suggestions on the list;
  • Assess gaps at community or private sector in USAID Biodiversity priority sites for developing MSMEs;
  • Organize consultation meetings with stakeholders of community, private and public sector and understand the competitive advantage of targeted groups, mainly women and marginalized groups in developing MSMEs;
  • Assess specific needs of communities and private sectors in developing MSMEs especially at local and regional levels;
  • Understand specific enterprise opportunities on product, market, investment modality/business model, business development services and suggest specific area of interventions on specific geography (Local Government level for those prominent opportunities and for other at cluster level)
  • Provide a comprehensive list of suggested interventions for communities or private sector to develop or strengthen MSMEs in consultation with the USAID Biodiversity team.
  • Suggest Action Plan to implement recommended interventions.

Method of the work

The assessment will be done through a round of field visits, focus group discussions, stakeholder meetings, key informant’s interviews, collection of market information and document reviews.

Deliverables

The output of the work includes a Needs Assessment Report. Following are the deliverables of the work:

Inception report – meeting with USAID Biodiversity team and discuss on the proposed methodology and detail field visit plan.
Information, records and photographs.
A draft report and power point presentation highlighting the preliminary results & recommendations for discussion with the project team.
A final version of the needs assessment report incorporating suggestions from the project team.

Duration

The duration of the consultancy will be of 30 days starting from August 16 – September 30, 2023 including 20 days in the site.

Geography

The consultant is expected to visit Gorkha, Kaski, Nawalparasi, Darchula, Kanchanpur, Bardiya, Dolpa and Surkhet districts for data collection and assessments. The detailed field plan will be finalized during the inception meeting.

Remuneration

The indicative budget for this consultancy work will be NPR 405,000 including eligible tax. On top of that, the costs for travel, accommodation and per-diem during the field visit will be directly reimbursed upon the submission of the original receipts and as per the ANSAB policy.

Qualifications/experience

The consultant should have Masters’ Degree in relevant subject with 10 years of experience in MAPs/NTFPs sector including at least 5 years of specific experience on similar tasks incl. MSMEs development.

Application procedure

Interested professionals are requested to fill the application form and submit it along with updated CV by August 14, 2023 via email to [email protected] clearly mentioning the subject line as “Application for the consultancy service – needs assessment of MSMEs”. Only short-listed candidates will be informed for further processing.

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