Research consultancy services

Country: Kenya
Language: EN
Customer: Financial Sector Deepening Trust (Kenya)
Number: 3550200
Publication date: 05-08-2017
Source: TED
Tags: Research services


  1. Section I. Contracting authority
    1. Name, addresses and contact point(s)
      Financial Sector Deepening Trust (Kenya)
      Box 11353
      Contact point(s): 00100
      For the attention of: Lydiah N. Kioko
      Telephone: +254 205137300
      Internet address(es):
      General address:
      Further information can be obtained from:
      Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
      Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from:
      Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
      Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to:
      Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)
    2. Type of the contracting authority

    3. Main activity
      Other: international development
    4. Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
      The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no
  2. Section II. Object of the contract
    1. Description
      1. Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority

        Payment Clearing House establishment support.

      2. Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
        Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance:

        Nairobi, Kenya.

      3. Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
        The notice involves a public contract
      4. Information on framework agreement
      5. Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

        The payments system provides a foundational infrastructure which is increasingly set to drive the future of retail finance in Kenya. All retail financial services necessarily ride on the rails of the payment system to some degree. The impact of payment system related transaction costs is usually especially significant in relation to the relatively small-sized transactions in which low-income households are engaged. From a supply-side perspective, who can participate in the payments system and on what terms has significant implications for competition and the long-term evolution of the market.

        After several studies on the payments industry in Kenya, one of the key principles that was identified as part of the larger National Payments System framework was the need to create a Payments System Management Body (PSMB). In 2014, a steering committee was setup with representatives from payment industry players in Kenya including banks, card schemes, payment aggregators, switches and mobile money operators. A legal firm was also engaged to draft the constitution and other legal documents for the PSMB. The PSMB has now been formed and registered under the name, Payments Association of Kenya (PAK). PAK is a specialised legal entity that will oversee risks and enforce rules among all payment service providers. It will be recognized by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) under the NPS Act as a regulatory body with delegated authority. PAK membership will constitute all banks and non-banks and will feature a Governing Council appointed by its members on an agreed basis, with the CBK acting as an observer at meetings. The PAK"s executive office will manage the entity"s day-to-day business activities that will include establishing a legal framework and managing the operational issues of the individual Payment Clearing Houses (PCHs).

        FSD Kenya established a project to support the wider development of Kenya"s payments platform as a part of its digital financial inclusion strategy. A core component of this project involves providing support to the industry players in the formation of the PAK. Given FSD"s mandate, there is a special concern to ensure that the financial sector policy objectives relating to improving financial inclusion in Kenya are accomplished. The development of the project will benefit significantly by effectively applying appropriate tools and techniques from other contexts and drawing on the lessons from international experience. A technical adviser is required to provide expertise in the operationalization of the first 2 PCHs which have been identified as the Card Payments PCH and the Person-to-Person (P2P) PCH.

      6. Common procurement vocabulary (CPV):
      7. Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA):
        The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
      8. Lots:
        This contract is divided into lots: no
      9. Information about variants:
    2. Quantity or scope of the contract:
      1. Total quantity or scope:
      2. Information about options:
        Options: no
      3. Information about renewals:
        This contract is subject to renewal: no
    3. Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
      Starting: 13.11.2017. Completion: 31.05.2018
  3. Section III. Legal, economic, financial and technical information
    1. Conditions relating to the contract
      1. Deposits and guarantees required
      2. Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them
      3. Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded
      4. Other particular conditions
    2. Conditions for participation
      1. Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
      2. Economic and financial ability
      3. Technical capacity
      4. Information about reserved contracts
    3. Conditions specific to services contracts
      1. Information about a particular profession
        Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
      2. Staff responsible for the execution of the service
  4. Section IV. Procedure
    1. Type of procedure
      1. Type of procedure
      2. Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
        Envisaged minimum number: 5
        maximum number: 8
        Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

        a) Extensive experience relating to the establishment and operationalisation of a Payments Clearing House; b) Solid understanding of the Kenya payments and regulatory landscape; c) Strong business and risk analysis capabilities.

      3. Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
    2. Award criteria
      1. Award criteria
        The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
      2. Information about electronic auction
        An electronic auction will be used: no
    3. Administrative information
      1. File reference number attributed by the contracting authority
      2. Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
        Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract: no
      3. Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
      4. Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
        11.09.2017 16:00
      5. Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
      6. Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
      7. Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
      8. Conditions for opening of tenders

  5. Section VI. Complementary information
    1. Information about recurrence
      This is a recurrent procurement: no
    2. Information about European Union funds
      The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
      Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s):

      UK Department for International Development and the Government of Sweden.

    3. Additional information

      Expressions of interest (EoIs) must include a capability statement of no more than six (6) A4 pages, which shows evidence of relevant skills and experience in providing the services required under this contract notice. Abridged CVs of key personnel only, each of not more than three (3) pages in length, should also be included. These CVs can be submitted in addition to the six-page capability statement. Expressions of interest should be submitted to the address at Section 1, preferably by e-mail by 11.9.2017, 16:00 EAT. Following assessment of EoIs, FSD Kenya will invite short-listed applicants to submit full technical and financial proposals. An initial contract period of 6 months commencing 13.11.2017 is envisaged.

    4. Procedures for appeal
      1. Body responsible for appeal procedures

      2. Lodging of appeals
      3. Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

    5. Date of dispatch of this notice