Liberia Women Empowerment Project (LWEP)

Loan No./Credit No./ Grant No.: P173677

 Assignment Title: Capacity Needs Assessment

Reference No: LR-MOGCSP-427227-CS-CQS

 The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP) has received a grant of 44.6 million dollars from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank to implement the Liberia Women Empowerment Project (LWEP) and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.The consulting services Capacity Needs Assessment includes support to LWEP’s Component 4: Strengthening Public Institutions to advance gender equality. The Component’s focus is on “institutional capacity building for the gender machinery in Liberia, providing support to MGCSP and MoA to enable them to generate sex-disaggregated data better and deliver gender-focused programs in line with GoL policies.”LWEP/MGCSP is seeking a Consultancy Firm to carry out a Capacity Needs Assessment (CNA) and develop a three-year Strategic Plan and Capacity Building Plan (CBP) to help enhance the Ministry’s capacity to fulfill its mandate, deliver services, and produce sustainable results.The CNA will analyze the MGCSP’s strengths, gaps, and constraints at the national and county levels. Specifically, the CNA will cover the following areas:

  • Institutional arrangements – The firm will assess the clarity, efficiency, and efficacy of institutional arrangements within the MGCSP including the division of responsibilities, collaboration, and functional flows (knowledge and data) among staff within the same unit and between units. What are the various reporting responsibilities and the different lines of reporting? The Firm will also assess the MGCSP’s coordination with ministries, agencies, and donors.
  • Staff capacity – The firm will analyze staff by gender, academic degree, technical specialty, experience, pay, motivation, type of appointment (civil service vs. consultant), and grade. The firm will conduct a knowledge analysis of staff’s understanding of their roles and responsibilities against the prescribed roles and responsibilities. The Firm will assess the strengths and gaps in staff’s skills strengths and gaps and identify the training needs of various departments. Using data on staff numbers and skills mix, the Firm will identify whether the relevant units within the MGCSP can fulfill their mandates.
  • Human resource management – The Firm will assess the human resource systems to hold staff accountable for their performance and staff’s perceptions of the performance management system.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation (MEAL System). The firm will assess the technical capacities of staff in the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Division, the MGCSP’s M&E system, and M&E and data collection processes used in counties.
  • Financial Management Capacity and Resource Mobilization. The Firm will assess the adequacy of funding, sources, financial management (planning, forecasting, bookkeeping, and auditing), and level of capacity to manage partner and government funding and implement donor-funded projects and activities. The Firm will assess the Program, Partnerships, and Resource Mobilization Unit to determine the capacity of the Ministry to mobilize additional resources from both the Government and Partners for sustainability and national ownership of programs and projects.
  • Procurement and Logistics Capacity. The Firm will conduct a comprehensive assessment of MGCSP’s procurement and logistics capacity and identify the gaps and resource and staffing needs.

 The CNA is expected to be implemented in Nineteen (19) weeks, the assignment is expected to start on August 28, 2024, ensuring full consistency with the TOR.

 The Detailed Terms of Reference can be accessed through the link below:

The Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection now invites eligible consulting firms to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested firms should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.

The shortlisting criteria are:

  1. A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in conducting organizational capacity needs assessments; Proven experience in supporting public organizations with gender mainstreaming and gender equality and applying these concretely to specific program sectors, plans, policies, and processes.
  2. Demonstrated work experience on gender issues including gender-responsive policies, and public administration.
  3. At least 10 years of experience working in organizational development, and capacity building in the specified area;
  4. The Qualifications and Experience of Key Experts shall not be included in the shortlisting criteria. Key Experts will not be evaluated at the shortlisting stage.
  5. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraphs 3.14 to 3.17 of the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for Investment Project Financing, for Procurement of Goods, Works, Non-Consulting and Consulting Services, July 1, 2016, November 2020, revised in September 2023 setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.
  6. Consultants may associate with other firms to enhance their qualifications but should indicate clearly whether the association is in the form of a joint venture and/or a sub-consultancy. In the case of a joint venture, all the partners in the joint venture shall be jointly and severally liable for the entire contract, if selected.
  7. A Consultant will be selected by the Consultants Qualification Selection (CQS) method set out in the Procurement Regulations.
  8. Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours from 0900 to 1700 hours.
  9. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by 17:00 GMT on or before July 10, 2024.  Envelopes or subject of emails must be marked “Ref: EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR THE PROVISION OF CAPACITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT UNDER THE LIBERIA WOMEN EMPOWERMENT PROJECT”.

 Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection

EJS Ministerial Complex

Congo Town, Montserrado County

Monrovia, Liberia

Attention: Human Resources Department

Tel: +231(0)770-115-545

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