29229-023: Microfinance Sector Development Project (formerly Rural Microfinance)

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing: 13 Dec 2006

Consulting Services

A total of 66 person-months of international and 37 person-months of domestic consulting services will be required. All consultants to be financed from the proceeds of the ADB loan will be recruited in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants. Consultants will be recruited by SBP for policy-related issues, and by MFB for all other purposes.


Procurement of goods and services will be subject to the provisions of ADB's Guidelines for Procurement. Vehicles and office equipment will be procured through international competitive bidding procedures for packages exceeding $500,000 equivalent, and through international shopping procedures for packages between $100,000 and $500,000 equivalent. For packages below $100,000 equivalent, direct purchase may be used. Using MSDF and CIF interest revenue, MFB will contract out the major part of CO formation, all CO training, and implementation of community infrastructure projects to NGOs that demonstrate competitive capability for this. The selection criteria for NGOs will be agreed to by ADB and the work will be awarded through a transparent process. Planning for CO formation will be based on joint discussions between MFB and NGOs at the field and head office levels, and be subject to quarterly reviews. The NGO service providers will be hired based on partnership agreements that include gender outreach targets.

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