Palladium would like to make a request for a proposal to identify and engage one or more service providers to support MS4G in the management and implementation of Open Innovation Competitions


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April 7, 2023, 11:59 EAT
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MS4G Open Innovation Competition Management

RFP No: RFP-CATALYZE-217772-Ethiopia-2023-019

USAID CATALYZE Market Systems for Growth (MS4G) is a four-year activity focusing on creating transformative outcomes in the food security and the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sectors. To achieve these goals, the activity engages youth, mobilizes capital, increases access to finance, and supports stakeholders to self-advocate toward policy change which will promote opportunities for the private sector community. 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, secondary cities and rural areas in 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 Request for Proposals (RFP) is to identify and engage one or more service providers to support MS4G in the management and implementation of Open Innovation Competitions (OICs) focused on the WASH and agriculture (with a specific focus on fertilizer) sectors. These competitions – to be launched and managed separately – are designed to attract, engage, and support entrepreneurs, innovators, and SMEs with innovative business solutions, approaches, or technologies that contribute to USAID/Ethiopia and MS4G priorities in these target sectors. To enhance both efficiency and scale in OIC implementation and build the capacity of Ethiopia’s open innovation ecosystem, MS4G seeks Ethiopian incubators, accelerators, business advisory service providers (BASPs), and other non-governmental organizations engaged in entrepreneur support and development activities to provide competition management support services.

Type of Contract

Palladium intends to issue a Firm Fixed Price (FFP) subcontract to the selected offeror.

Anticipated Contract Period of Performance

May 2023 – May 2024

Place of Performance

The activities to be performed under this contract will take place in Ethiopia. Services must be provided by Ethiopian-registered companies.

Important notes for interested bidders:

This RFP is released on March 8, 2023, on CATALYZE website, interested bidders can access the RFP by clicking the link below:

The full RFP with its relevant Attachments can be found by visiting the CATLAYZE procurement website the  Current Opportunities – My CMS (

If potential applicants have any questions or clarifications, they may forward them to the following email address before the date stated on the cover page of this RFP:

  1. Questions Deadline: Bidders can submit their question/s electronically to:   till March 16, 2022, at 17:00 EAT. Answers will be shared through a Q & template as an addendum to this RFP. 
  2. Late questions will not be accepted and entertained.
  3. Details for Submission: 
    CATALYZE MS4G requires that applications be submitted electronically (e-mailed) to  with the RFP number “RFP-CATALYZE-217772-Ethiopia-2023-019” in the subject lines. 
  4. Submission Due Date/RFP Closing Date and time: April 7, 2023, 11:59 EAT
  5. Late bid submissions will not be considered.

Issuance of this RFP does not constitute an award commitment on the part of CATALYZE MS4G, nor does it commit USAID CATALYZE MS4G to pay for any costs incurred in the preparation and submission of an application. Further, USAID CATALYZE MS4G reserves the right to reject any or all applications received. Applications are submitted at the risk of the Applicant, and all preparation and submission costs are at the Applicant's own expense.

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