USAID’S AVANSA AGRIKULTURA PROJECT – RFQ: AID-472-C-15-00001-RFQ – #012 – Short term technical assistance as Agronomists – CD 20 de Outubro de 2016



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The offerors should not have an existing or potential conflict of interest in making the offers to Cardno. No Cardno evaluation team member shall have any financial or personal interest, either direct or indirect, in the offeror awarded the contract.

Submission Details

Submission Deadlines and Details

All submissions for responding to this request must be submitted via email to or hand-delivered to USAID’s Avansa Agrikultura Project’s Office no later than:

October 20, 2016, 17:00 pm ET

Questions and Clarifications

All questions or clarifications must be submitted in writing via email to the contact email below or delivered in writing to USAID’s Avansa Agrikultura Project’s Office, no later than

October 12, 2016, 17:00 pm ET

No questions will be answered by phone.  If any questions are submitted, a written response will be circulated to all offerors. Email: with subject line: Short term technical assistance as Agronomists to deliver training in 49 sucos for USAID’s Avansa Agrikultura Project – AID-472-C-15-00001-RFQ-#012.

Validity of the proposal: Proposal must be valid for at least 15 days from the closing date of submission.

Document standards:

·        Must be in Microsoft Word format

·        File name must end in “.doc”

Introduction and Executive Summary

USAID’s Avansa Agrikultura Project is a horticulture value chain activity aimed at addressing the key challenges of rural poverty, natural resource degradation, food insecurity, and under-nutrition. The value chain approach will be applied in achieving increased productivity along key horticulture value chains that include vegetables, fruits and legumes. Through the promotion of sustainable production practices, increased functionality of farmer groups and associations, improved market linkages, and increased availability and access to quality agricultural inputs and services, including access to finance, the project will aim to stimulate and support increased economic activity and growth in targeted rural communities and municipalities. Sustainability of these interventions will be supported by work to maintain sound policies and enabling environment relevant to the sector, as well as efforts to increase resilience to climate change and improve natural resource management as it relates to farm systems.

The overall purpose of the USAID’s Avansa Agrikultura Project is sustainable and inclusive economic growth accelerated in the agriculture sector. At the end of this project, it is anticipated that about 33,000 people in 250 communities will be earning higher incomes, showing improved nutrition practices, and managing their economic assets more effectively. This will be achieved through two project Sub-Purposes and a total of eight corresponding outputs.

Sub-Purpose 1 – Increased Productivity of the Horticulture Value Chain

     1. Policy and Enabling Environment Maintained or Improved

     2. Climate Change Resilience Increased through Natural Resource Management

     3. Sustainable Production Practices Adopted at the Farm Level

     4. Capacity of Farmers’ Groups and Associations Strengthened

     5. Improved Market Linkages

     6. Availability of Quality Agricultural Inputs and Services Increased

Sub-Purpose 2 – Increased Ability of Timorese Citizens to Engage in Economic Activities

     7. Improved Nutrition and Sanitation Practices

     8. Improved Skills to Utilize Productive Assets for Economic Activity

The project will work in contiguous municipalities and take a corridor-type approach that will enable goods and service providers to more readily move to and from markets during the production and consumption phases of the agriculture value chain. This corridor (or contiguous district) approach will incorporate a broad watershed perspective for environmental resilience and access to resources. This zone of influence (ZOI) will include the municipalities of Dili, Aileu, Ermera, Ainaro, and Bobonaro.

Activity Background or Objective

The purpose of this activity is to support USAID’s Avansa Agrikultura Project (Project) to develop a pool of agronomists that we will engage on an as needed basis. The Project is planning to implement regular training across 49 sucos with farmers and farmer groups.  The goal of this RFQ is to request for qualified agronomists to become a part of USAID’s Avansa Agrikultura Project’s pool of trainers. We are seeking trainers who can deliver training in the following areas.

·        Modern cultivation practices

·        Good agricultural practices for vegetables and fruit

·        Cultivation practices for wild chili, ginger, pepper, birds-eye chili, copra, clove

·        Nutrients including fertilizer and compost

·        Other input usage including mechanization and pesticides

·        Integrated Pest Management

It should be noted that this is not a guarantee of engagement.  This RFQ will serve to identify potential trainers that will become a part of the USAID’s Avansa Agrikultura Project Trainer Pool.  A Purchase Order will be signed with all selected trainers and this will not be a guarantee of engagement. The Project will issue Task Orders as needed under the Purchase Orders which will be the mechanism to engage the trainer.

Detailed Scope of Work

Technical Requirements:

Academic and other related qualifications:

·        Degree in Agronomy or Agriculture;

·        Minimum 2 years or more relevant experiences of delivering training on above subjects;

·        Professional experience in sustainable agricultural production;

·        Excellent communication and inter-personal skills; strong leadership, result orientation; good partnering and networking skills; promoting innovations, fair judgment; strong gender sensitivity; ability to work independently and under time pressure.

·        Willingness to travel to project area as required;

·        Local candidate with good understanding of the Tetum and/or Bahasa Indonesia and farming practices will be preferred

Deliverables and Timeline:  The anticipated timeframe for this activity is October 2016 – September 2018. The engagement will be sporadic based on project receiving client approval and training needs of the farmers.

Expected Activity Indicators that will be achieved

It’s expected that farmers across five municipalities in Aileu, Ainaro and Bobonaro, Ermera and Dili, will benefit from the trainings conducted by the Agronomists in order to increase their crop production as well as their income.

Offeror Qualifications and Experience

The interested organizations should outline their relevant experience and the qualifications of their key personnel.

Curriculum Vitae showing profile, degrees, key personnel qualifications, length of relevant experience, number of trainings held etc.

Contents and Structure of Proposal

The RFQ response should be no more than 6 pages and follow the following structure:

Qualifications and Experience

o   Narrative of relevant experience

o   List of current and past clients (not more than 3 years old)

o   Names and contact information of at least 3 references

Detailed price structure

Assumptions & Constraints

The offeror must account for all costs in the quoted price, including but not limited to costs for travel, taxes, insurance, and visas, if any.

Terms and Conditions

a)     Offerors must be a legally registered entity in Timor-Leste

b)     All goods and related services to be supplied under this subcontract(s) shall have their source and nationality in countries listed under the USAID Geographical Codes 937. For all commodities and services which will be financed under any resultant subcontract(s), the supplier shall ensure are in accordance with the requirements of 22 CFR Part 228, “Rules for Procurement of Commodities and Services Financed by USAID” and AIDAR 752.225-70 “Source and Nationality Requirements.”

c)     A firm will be considered ineligible if it has been suspended, debarred, or ineligible, and/or on the “Consolidated Lists of Designated Nationals” or the System for Award Management at (Livingston).

d)     The Offeror is reminded that U. S. Executive Orders and U.S. Law prohibits transactions with, and the provision of resources and support to, individuals and organizations associated with terrorism. It is the legal responsibility of the Offeror to ensure compliance with these Executive Orders and Laws. This provision must be included in all subcontracts/sub awards issued under this RFQ.

e)     Offerors must indicate if in the Offerors preceding fiscal year, the Offeror received:

i. 80 percent or more of its annual gross revenues from US Government sources; and

ii. $25,000,000 or more in annual gross revenues from US Government sources

iii. If the Offeror answers yes to either of the criteria above, they Offeror must provide the names and total compensation of each of the Offeror’s five most highly compensated executives for the Offeror’s preceding completed fiscal year.

Type of Resulting Contract

The resulting award will be a firm fixed price deliverable based purchase order on the basis of best value, with payment based on the milestones presented above.

Selection Criteria

A.     The following outline the selection criteria for the RFQ:

Qualifications and Experience                                                                              80

Total Budget                                                                                                          20

Total Maximum Points                                                                                        100


Issuance of this RFQ does not constitute an award commitment on the part of CARDNO, nor does it commit CARDNO to pay cost incurred in the submission of proposals.

Nothing in this document shall be construed as an offer by CARDNO and no terms, discussions or proposals shall be binding on either party prior to execution of a definitive agreement. CARDNO reserve the right to accept or reject any offer in part or full or to cancel the procurement without any obligation to any offeror.


One thought on “USAID’S AVANSA AGRIKULTURA PROJECT – RFQ: AID-472-C-15-00001-RFQ – #012 – Short term technical assistance as Agronomists – CD 20 de Outubro de 2016

  1. This jobs very interesting how we can to improve for agriculture system in Timor-Leste. We hopeful in the future Timor-Leste will be implementing modern cultivate in order to increase product including quality and quantity to help for economic household its like that to reduce malnutrition in Timor-Leste. but now Timor Leste need attention from international agency to aid in the agriculture sector.

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