Invitation to submit an expression of interest for AIF consultant pool

01 Nov 2020

INVITATION TO SUBMIT AN EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) for AIF CONSULTANT POOL:
Service Providers for Financial, Legal, and Other Consulting Services


Alitheia IDF is calling for interested individuals and organisations to submit profiles in order to form the pool of service providers which will support the Fund’s pre and post-investment activities.

The Alitheia IDF Fund (AIF) is a private equity fund that invests in high growth small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by applying a gender lens investing strategy. The Fund provides access to growth capital and other resources to fuel SME expansion and scale, and deliver superior financial and social returns. Using equity and quasi-equity instruments, AIF invests between $2million and $5million in a range of sectors for companies operating in Western and Southern Africa.

Our investment objectives include but are not limited to:

  • strengthening and increasing the participation of and improving outcomes for women-owned businesses, women in business, women in the supply chain, and women customers across economies on the African continent;
  • providing financial and non-financial support to investee companies to enable them to grow into sustainable and profitable businesses with expanded market reach; and
  • developing local economic activity that benefits local communities and involves substantial participation by local enterprises.

AIF’s gender lens identifies businesses where there is:

  • women ownership, leadership and/or management - a business is considered woman-owned when a minimum of 50% stake is owned by women;
  • opportunity to impact women as producers and/or consumers along the business' value and supply chain;
  • diversity in management teams to drive growth; and
  • significant opportunity for businesses growth by leveraging gender diversity.

Thus, AIF provides expansion capital and value-add to businesses that:

  • operate in South Africa, Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria or Ghana;
  • qualify as small or medium sized enterprises, meeting any 2 (two) of the following 3 (three) criteria: less than 250 (two hundred and fifty) employees; total value of assets of less than $10million; and/or total annual turnover of less than $10million;
  • are commercially viable with an operational track record of at least 2 (two) years and proven revenues;
  • have significant participation of women in their business as either owners, managers, producers, distributors or consumers; and
  • possess the potential to deliver developmental impact in terms of jobs created, increased and sustained incomes in the value chain and for women in particular; and increased tax generation.

In the post investment value creation, AIF supports investee companies in developing business strategies and models to access new markets and opportunities, capitalising on efficiencies and in securing follow-on finance.

AIF now invites Expressions of Interest (“EOI”) from qualified professional Service Providers, Advisors and Consultants for the provision of consulting and other services as detailed in the Appendix attached. Shortlisted Consultants will be part of a pool of service providers from which AIF will select on an as-needed basis.

The EOI should at least contain the required information and documents on the following:

  • Description of the core business of the firm including the range of relevant services offered;
  • Years of experience in each service;
  • High-level technical and managerial organogram/structure of the team/firm including qualifications and a brief job description;
  • The headquarters and other support offices including the geographical catchment area of the firm;
  • The willingness and ability to travel for the provision of the services;
  • A track record and experience of the firm in a similar assignment including:
    • a list of major clients served;
    • the services provided for each client;
    • the size of each project (the monetary value, preferably in USD) including the outreach including the number of people impacted by that project;
    • period of the project including total hours;
    • where possible, a reference letter from the client; and
    • any awards or recognition of your firm;
  • A rate/costings card or an indicative pricing structure;
  • Valid or applicable registration and incorporation documents
  • Where applicable, confirmation of your firm as a subsidiary or part of another company as well as the details of that company;
  • Where applicable, confirmation of whether your firm has merged or acquired other companies in the past 3 years;
  • Where applicable, confirmation of valid licences for the provision of the services;
  • The latest Tax Clearance Certificate as well as evidence of financial stability; and
  • Primary contact information.

The EOI shall be submitted via email to Temilade Denton at tdenton@alitheiaidf.com no later than 26 November 2020 by 18:00 (CAT). On the basis of the above information, AIF shall draw up the shortlist of Service Providers who will be invited to submit proposals for specific engagements as and when they arise. AIF reserves the right to accept or reject any Expression of Interest, and to annul the selection process and reject all EOIs at any time, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected firms/companies/service providers.

Sincerely,
Temilade Denton
Impact and ESG Manager
Alitheia IDF Fund

 

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