Call for Expression of Interest 83424242

The implementation of technical support and coaching intervention for ten (10) selected SMMEs’ in the biotrade/bioprospecting sector on the internal quality systems based on ISO standards and HACCP principles and guidelines to successfully access existing/new local and international markets.

The ABS Compliant Bio-trade in South(ern) Africa (ABioSA) project is funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, under the umbrella of the Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) Capacity Development Initiative, a multi-donor funded programme. ABioSA is hosted within the GIZ Centre for Cooperation with the Private Sector (CCPS), which hosts four regional/global programmes that support sustainable development for employment, economic growth and natural resources. ABioSA is implemented in close partnership with the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), which leads the South African government’s approach to biotrade. This collaboration is guided by existing SA policy and legislation, such as the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act of 10/2004 (NEMBA); and the amended Bioprospecting Access and Benefit-Sharing (BABS) regulations which govern access to South Africa’s indigenous plants and ensure communities benefit from their use. Within this context the project also supports the prioritisation of DEFFs top species identified for cultivation and sustainable harvesting.

This 3-year second phase aims to support the development of a resilient economic, gender responsive, Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) compliant southern African biotrade sector through a systemic competitiveness approach with all the relevant biotrade stakeholders/actors (micro, meso and macro level) to increase the market access for value-added natural ingredients and products where communities are included.

The Assignment:

The project requires a consultancy or consortium of consultants to support the project with the implementation of a blended approach of capacity development and results orientated coaching for emerging SMMEs/start-ups in the biotrade/bioprospecting sector (with interest to address ABS compliance). The support is focused on helping SMMEs with the implementation of GMP for quality management systems integrating ISO standards and HACCP principles and guidelines. The assignment is to assess and quantify the gaps that need to be filled for each SMME and design implementation training and coaching that will address the gaps. In providing this support SMMEs participating in this initiative should be better prepared to respond to the requirements of potential new customers and buyers.

A voluntary virtual MS teams briefing session will be held on 17 November 2022 ,13:00-14:30 and prospective bidders are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Betty Madingwaneng @ latest by 16 November 2022 confirming your attendance.

GIZ invites eligible professional companies with local presence in South Africa that have the relevant expertise and experience to participate in this tender.

Expression of Interest forms are available for downloading below.

Your completed documents must be submitted to by 25 November 2022.

Please quote reference 83424242 when submitting the documentation.

Late submissions will not be accepted.