• Contract
  • Kenya
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Salary: TBD

Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund



Financing Agreement reference:

Project ID No.: G-Z1-1D0-ZZZ-012

The AECF, LLC has received financing from the African Development Banktoward the cost of the NKWANZI SCALING WOMEN SMEs, and intends to apply part of the agreed amount for this grant to payments under the contract for the provision of consultancy for a projectLead Coach Project Consultant for the Nkwanzi Scaling WSMEs

The services included in this project are;

  1. Build a supportive ecosystem for women’s entrepreneurship aimed at improving access to finance,
  2. Develop an innovative platform that dispenses advisory services addressing capacity constraints, skills enhancement and digital presence for WSMEs,
  3. Enhance visibility and access to mentorship and role models for WSMEs. The project specifically seeks to unlock the entrepreneurial capacity of 400 WSMEs and improve AECF’s ecosystem for supporting women entrepreneurs in nine countries (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe).

This project is implemented by AECF between April 2022 and December 2023

AECF is seeking to recruit a vibrant and highly motivated consultant to support the implementation of the Nkwanzi Scaling WSMEs in the nine countries. The Project Consultant will be the lead provider of advisory services to the Women SMEs supported in this project and will also be responsible for overall quality assurance of all the services provided under this project. These will largely comprise of technical assistance, investor readiness services and communication.

The AECF, LLC now invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest in providing these services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.)

Eligibility criteria, the establishment of the short-list and the selection procedure shall be in accordance with the African Development Bank’s “Rules and Procedures for the use of Consultants”, which is available on the Bank’s website at

An evaluation committee will be formed by the AECF and may include employees of the businesses to be supported. All members will be bound by the same standards of confidentiality. The consultant should ensure that they fully respond to all criteria to be comprehensively evaluated.

The AECF may request and receive clarification from any consultant when evaluating a proposal. The evaluation committee may invite some or all the consultants to appear before the committee to clarify their proposals. In such an event, the evaluation committee may consider such clarifications in evaluating proposals.

In deciding the final selection of a qualified bidder, the technical quality of the proposal will be given a weighting of 80% based on the evaluation criteria.

The mandatory and desirable criteria against which proposals will be evaluated are identified in the table below.

Key Areas for Evaluation/ Assessment

Weighted Award

(A) Expression of Interest


i) An understanding of the consultancy requirements;


iii) Relevant services are undertaken by the bidder in past engagements with evidence of LPO/LSO, letter of engagement, completion certificate


iv) Detailed reference list indicating the scope and magnitude of similar assignments and at least 3 signed letters of reference from past customers or associates to the consultant


v) Qualification and experience of the consultant/team and evidence of relevant certification


Vi)All the required registration and certification documents


How to apply

Interested consultants may obtain further information through the procurement email [email protected] during office hours 8.00am to 5.00pm EAT.

Expressions of interest must be sent to the email address below by 19th October at 5.00pm EAT and titled “EOI Lead Coach Project Consultant for the Nkwanzi Scaling WSMEs*”*.

Attn: AECF – Procurement Department

Procurement Manager

P.O Box 1996, West End Tower, Ground floor

00606, Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: Kenya +254 111 035 000

E-mail: [email protected]

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