Date: February 15, 2021

Terms of Reference

Consultancy​ Support for Business Incubation and Acceleration

Organization Background

iDE is an international NGO with over 40 years of experience in designing and delivering market-based anti-poverty programs in 11 countries. We are a world leader in making markets work for the poor as well as the longest established market development specialist NGO in Bangladesh. iDE believes that markets can be a powerful force for improving smallholder prosperity by creating income and livelihood opportunities for poor rural households. iDE Bangladesh currently has eight projects in agricultural markets, water, sanitation and hygiene, and access to finance with a focus on women’s economic empowerment and climate-smart technologies.


Uddokta - empowering entrepreneurs - is a partnership between Chevron and iDE Bangladesh. The project, through a market-based approach, will seek to identify and support 1,100 enterprises to start or grow their businesses and achieve profitability. Through the systemic market change that they trigger, an anticipated 37,125 household members will benefit from increased incomes as a result of improved access to the goods and services that these enterprises will bring. iDE will apply a market-facilitation approach that aims for private-sector led promotion and sustained adoption of beneficial products, services and behaviors by communities and households in the target markets - which will ultimately lead to increased incomes. The project has two overarching goals: the​ first goal is to increase household incomes​ in a nine Union catchment area in the Sylhet region through improved access by targeted communities to a variety of market-based inputs and services. This goal is complemented by the second goal of the project which seeks to further strengthen Chevron’s relationship with the beneficiaries and create sustainable impact in the community directly attributable to Chevron’s investment through the project.

Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are small businesses primarily engaged in the production, manufacturing, processing, or preservation of goods and commodities (i.e. selling goods and or services) in a local market with a limited number of individuals as employees. Village Development Organizations (VDOs) are registered cooperatives that legally operate loan funds, receive government services and overall serve as a forum for organizing villagers into self-help groups by providing skills training and seed funds to strengthen their management and financial capacity

About the Assignment  

This is a six-month long consultancy position that will start from May 2021. This opportunity is open to any individual consultant or firm that will support iDE’s Uddokta Project to provide technical and facilitation support on enterprise incubation and acceleration interventions. With income and business growth as the overall objective, Consultant/Firm will improve the business and finance management and ensure access to finance for high-performing micro-small-medium-enterprises (MSMEs) and Village Development Organizations (VDOs). These MSMEs are mostly under sectors such as agriculture, aquaculture, poultry and livestock. The consultant/firm will use or adopt where necessary, iDE’s existing incubation and acceleration training modules. The consultant will work with the Project Manager under the contract. The assignment will require the consultant to spend approximately 60% of the allocated working days in the field and 40% based remotely. iDE is committed to equal opportunities for all, and does not discriminate on grounds of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or any other status. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Bid Submission

The proposal must include:

  • The proposal should include:
  • Cover letter (maximum one page)
  • Technical Proposal (maximum two pages) which should include
    • Understanding of the assignment and a detailed work-plan
    • Relevant experience of the consultant
    • Links to samples of previous work in a Google Drive folder
    • CV of the assigned key personnel, if a Consultant firm is submitting a proposal
  • Financial Proposal: breakdown of cost estimates. This should include, but not be limited to accommodation, travel costs, food expenses, and other items needed for the consultancy.
Interested and qualified consultants/firms are asked to submit their Technical and Financial Proposals to ​​. Please write “​Business Accelerator Consultancy​” in the subject line. The proposals should be submitted by ​4:30 PM BST, 6 March ​2021​. We are only able to consider electronic submissions.

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