The Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE) would like to receive expressions of interest (EOIs) from legally formed consulting firms to conduct Knowledge Management (KM) and Communication or Success Story Recording.



  • Category : Baseline Consultancy
  • Posted Date : 01/16/2023
  • Phone Number : 0115538944
  • Source : Reporter
  • Closing Date : 02/05/2023



Country: Ethiopia
Program: Rural Financial Intermediation Program III
Assignment:: Knowledge Management and Communication or Success Story Recording Consultant
Selection Method: Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS)
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The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has received financing from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for the Rural Financial Intermediation Program III (RUFIP-III), under which a portion of the funding will be utilized towards qualified payments on assignments for the consultancy services.

The Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE) is one of the state-owned financial institutions engaged in providing project finance for projects and lease financing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to support the overall economic development of the country.

DBE has received finance from International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) towards the cost of RUFIP III and intends to apply part of the proceeds for the requirement of consulting service, for which this REOI is issued.

DBE would like to receive expressions of interest (EOIs) from legally formed consulting firms to conduct Knowledge Management (KM) and Communication or Success Story Recording. The terms of reference contain additional information about these consulting services.

Objective of the Consultancy:

The consultant will provide technical and coordination support in communication and knowledge management, with the goal of establishing a strong learning and capitalization process and increasing the program’s visibility in all aspects (technical, administrative, and fiduciary) through the use of innovative KM methods and tools.

Particular emphasis should be placed on communicating project and sector knowledge, successes, and lessons learned to government and  development partners, as well as the IFAD’s international media platforms.

A special emphasis should be placed on RUFIP’s experience and expertise in rural finance inclusion, customer protection, and social performance, which directly contributes to the implementation/attainment of the SDGs in general, and specifically SDG#8 on “Promoting sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.”

Based on the KM strategy developed by the consultant, PCMU will lead the KM efforts through designated KM focal points from existing M&E staff at the end of the consultancy.

The objective of the EOI is to hire consulting firms who will be invited to submit proposals..

The attention of interested consultants is drawn to the IFAD’s Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Terrorist Financing Policy, as well as the Revised IFAD Policy on Preventing Fraud and Corruption in its Activities and Operations. The latter contains IFAD’s restrictions on prohibited practices. In addition, as detailed in its IFAD Policy on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Harassment, Sexual Exploitation, and Abuse, IFAD strives to ensure a safe working environment free of harassment, including sexual harassment, and free of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) in its activities and operations.

Interested consultants shall not have any actual, potential or reasonably perceived conflict of interest. Consultants with an actual, potential or reasonably perceived conflict of interest shall be disqualified unless otherwise explicitly approved by the Fund. Consultants are considered to have a conflict of interest if they

  1. Have a relationship that provides them with undue or undisclosed information about or influence over the selection process and the execution of the contract, or
  2. Have a business or family relationship with a member of the client’s board of directors or its personnel, the Fund or its personnel, or any other individual that was, has been or might reasonably be directly or indirectly involved in any part of (i) the preparation of the REOI, (ii) the selection process for this procurement, or (iii) execution of the contract. Consultants have an ongoing obligation to disclose any situation of actual, potential or reasonably perceived conflict of interest during preparation of the EOI, the selection process or the contract execution. Failure to properly disclose any of said situations may lead to appropriate actions, including the disqualification of the consultant, the termination of the contract and any other as appropriate under the IFAD Policy on Preventing Fraud and Corruption in its Projects and Operations.

The consultant will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in IFAD procurement handbook and Development Bank of Ethiopia procurement directive.

The followings are Details of EOI evaluation criteria;

No. Description Weight (100%)
1 Specific experience 60%
1.1 Bidder must submit at least Two Certificates of satisfactory execution of contracts related to the assignment  provided by contracting parties to the contracts successfully completed in the course of the last [insert required number of years] five (5) years  


1.2 Bidders must submit previous Knowledge management and communication products (feature stories, newsletters, photo news, blogs, and etc.) that communicate/reflect/ project results  


2 General experience 30%
2.1 > 5 Year experience 30
2.2 4-5 year experience 25
2.3 2-3 year experience 20
2.4 < 2 year experience 15
3 Clarity of  the proposal/EOIs 10 %

Documents Required from Applicants

  1. a) Certified copy of valid registered VAT or equivalent;
  2. b) Certified copy of valid Tax Identification Number (TIN);
  3. c) Renewed trade license for fiscal year;
  4. d) Valid Tax clearance certificate;

The final selection of the organization to conduct the study shall be based on a Quality- and Cost-Based Selection (QCBS) method through Request for Proposals.

On all pages of the EOI proposal document, the organization’s stamp should be sealed near the authorized signatory and all pages should be numbered, dated, signed, and stamped. The application must be signed by an authorized individual. Additional sheets that the applicant must attach should be numbered and submitted as a package with a signed letter.  The applicant may provide any additional information he or she believes is necessary to demonstrate his or her ability to perform the proposed consultancy service.

Interested consultant  may obtain further information from  DBE Head Office, Procurement Directorate, Tower III, 1ST floor, Tel. +251 11 5538944 or +251 11 5506020, ext. 343/204; Fax +251 11 553 7982.

The EOI and all documentations shall be submitted in English, One original and one copy. Expressions of interest (EOIs) shall be submitted into the tender box prepared for this purpose on or before February 05, 2023 at 10:00 A.M (in the morning) at the Development Bank of Ethiopia Head Office Tower III, 1ST floor.

Late submissions shall be rejected.

DBE reserves the right to accept or reject a part/all of the entire bid.

Development Bank of Ethiopia