The Palladium Group – USAID CATALYZE Ethiopia MS4G Project: REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL Transaction Advisory Services


Bid closing date
September 30,2022, at 11:59 PM, Nairobi time (UTC +3)
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No Specific Opening Date and time
Published on (Jul 22, 2022)
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Transaction Advisory Services

RFP No: RFP-CATALAYZE-21772-MS4G-2022-0301



The CATALYZE Blended Finance Mechanism is a $250 Million, 8-year contract (5-year base period, with a single 3-year option period) which uses a facilitated partnership model to craft solutions to crowd in $2 Billion in blended finance (i.e. blended concessional and commercial finance) to USAID partner countries and initiatives. CATALYZE allows USAID Bureaus and Missions to efficiently deploy investment facilitation solutions that respond to the needs of specific sectors, issues, and geographies. Initial programs focus on education finance to implement sustainable education business models serving low-income communities, and achievement of the W-GDP objectives, but the mechanism can be applied to any development challenge or region.

MS4G Activity:

USAID CATALYZE Ethiopia: MS4G is designed to benefit the Ethiopian people, build community resilience, and strengthen rural-urban linkages in the areas of food security, and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH). MS4G invests in developing relationships with private sector players, co-investing in inclusive business models, advisory services, digital solutions, and market-based initiatives that increase the resilience and sustainability of Ethiopian enterprises and employment for women and youth. The project supports activities in Addis Ababa and the secondary cities of Ethiopia.  

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Palladium is a global leader in the design, development, and delivery of Positive Impact —the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with corporations, governments, foundations, investors, communities, and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental, and financial benefits.




The purpose of this RFP is to engage Transaction Advisory Service Providers (TASPs) under a Pay-for-Results (P4R) incentive program that encourages increased access to finance through investment facilitation and capital mobilization for enterprises in Ethiopia.



Transactional Advisory Service Providers (TASPs) provide private enterprises with investment facilitation support in order to unlock access to debt or equity financing.  MS4G’s overall goal is to unlock the potential of private capital to strengthen enterprise resilience by mobilizing financing per year.  MS4G will work directly with several TASPs whose responsibility will be to provide services to enterprises in Ethiopia to support the financing and investment approval and disbursement process within MS4Gs target sectors of WASH and Agriculture. The TASP will work with the enterprises throughout the entire transaction process.  


Selected TASPs

1.   shall develop and provide a framework for the approach to identify, facilitate, and close investment deals.

2.   are expected to provide list of at least 5 pipeline companies that they will provide advisory services for.

3.   will provide signed contracts relating to services to be provided to the client. Subsequent Agreements shall be submitted on monthly basis.

4.   Submit to MS4G executed term sheets (equity transactions) and loan approval letters (debt transactions) between a potential investor and the client highlighting the terms and conditions of the deal.

5.   submit final signed term sheets and/or loan agreements for each deal they closed.

6.   submit reports, succuss stores and learnings on work completed, including deals sourced and supported, term sheets signed and closed investments, and copies of loan agreements


Important notes for interested bidders:

Readvertised RFP released on July 21,2022 on CATALYZE website, interested bidders can access the RFP by clicking the link below:

1)   The RFP is readvertised as rolling Tender with bid submission starting from August 5,2022 up to September 30,2022, at 11:59 PM, Nairobi time (UTC +3)

2)   Proposal evaluations: After August 5, 2022, received bid proposals will be evaluated on a weekly basis and awarded for qualified bidders.

3)   RFP issue date: July 21, 2022

4)   Questions deadline dates:

i)            First round: until July 28, 2022, at 11:59PM, Nairobi time (UTC +3) accepted at

ii)           Second round: until September 08, 2022, at 11:59PM, Nairobi time (UTC +3) accepted at  

5)   Questions received after July 28, 2022, to September 08,2022 will be posted on CATALYZE web site on a weekly basis.  Bidders are advised to access the website at their convenience to get updated information related to this RFP.

6)   Virtual Bidders’ conference:  July 29, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00 AM Nairobi time (UTC +3)

7)   Submission: The technical proposal can be in one for the following ways


Emailing through, with the RFP number “RFP-CATALYZE-Ethiopia-2022-0301 (Re-advertised)” in the subject lines.

Hard Copy:

Technical proposal must be in sealed envelope to our office located at Africa Avenue, Noah Plaza First Floor, Next to Boston Day Spa. Mark envelopes with the RFP number “RFP-CATALYZE-Ethiopia-2022-0301(Re-advertised)” and offeror’s name.

8)   Closing Date and Time: Rolling starting from August 5 ,2022 up to September 30,2022, at 11:59 PM, Nairobi time (UTC +3)

9)   All other terms and conditions remain the same with the RFP issued on June 10, 2022.

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