Investing in Infrastructure (3i)

Project number: 159

Project name: Research Assistant (2 positions)

Issued on: 16 October 2018

Response closing date: 27 October 2018

Response closing time: 4.00pm

1. Background

This document is a Request for Proposals (RFP) detailing information sought from potential individuals to undertake data collection and field research of the baseline survey for the Investing in Infrastructure (3i) program, Cambodia. Information provided will enable 3i to select two (2) researchers capable of meeting program requirements.

2. Program summary

Investing in Infrastructure (3i) is a five year, nationwide, social investment program funded by the Australian Government and being implemented by Palladium. The program is designed to promote and catalyse business growth in the infrastructure sector of Cambodia.  It will expand the delivery of key infrastructure services by partnering with the private sector to expand household and business access to utilities and other services. This will create new enterprise opportunities in rural towns and more remote parts of Cambodia, and will generate health and welfare benefits for Cambodians, including the poor.

Initial partnerships will be with businesses in the drinking water and electricity sectors where the potential is already proven. Once the partnerships are successfully on track to deliver the required results, partnerships in other sectors such as rural transport and waste management and recycling may be explored.

3i will catalyse business investments in ways that incentivise them to expand service coverage as rapidly as possible, and to sustainably operate and maintain the systems to the highest standards.  The program will achieve this through three models of partnership with businesses and other actors in chosen sectors:

  1. Co-funding infrastructure in direct partnership with private operators
  2. Facilitating co-investment with private equity and/or social impact funds
  3. Catalytic interventions to address infrastructure market constraints.
3. Project requirements

3i is currently looking for two short-term Research Assistants. Both individuals and organisations are encouraged to apply. Organisations can put forward candidates for one or both of the roles. However, candidates must be identified and the evaluation is based on the suitability and qualifications of the proposed candidate(s) only.

The Assistants are to help with fieldwork data collection for a study that will evaluate the impacts of access to piped clean water and grid electricity on businesses in rural areas where 3i has supported water and/or electricity supply infrastructure development. Field surveys will be conducted twice in selected areas:

  1. A baseline survey is to be conducted before the clean piped water and/or grid electricity is available for connection,
  2. An endline survey is to be conducted at least 6 months after the clean piped water and/or grid electricity is available for connection.

The selected candidates will join 3i to collect data of the baseline survey.

3.1 Desired outcomes

As a result of this project, the 3i team will:

  • be able to identify the impact of access to piped clean water and grid electricity on businesses in targeted rural communes in which 3i provides support
  • have reliable and high quality data on the impacts of clean water and electricity on businesses
  • have a map identifying all businesses in the selected sites

3.2 Scope of services

3i requires two (2) Phnom Penh based researchers to undertake the following services:

  • Conduct site visits throughout rural Cambodia where 3i has supported water and/or electricity supply infrastructure, to identify all rural businesses in selected communes.
  • Interview commune and village chiefs for information on existing rural businesses;
  • Consult with other local businesses and community members for information on existing rural businesses;
  • Log all identified businesses using a coding system and record GPS coordinates for each business;
  • Conduct and audio-record interviews with all identified businesses. The interviews will ask about the potential benefits of having access to clean piped water and grid electricity;
  • Summarize interview records;
  • Create a map based on GPS coordinates of businesses identified during field visits and research.

3.3 Consultant profile

Two Researchers will be required to implement this project. We expect that each person will have as a minimum the following capabilities:

  1. Completed Bachelor degree in social sciences or other relevant field.
  2. Good verbal communication skills.
  3. Ability to work independently and produce high quality work with minimal supervision.
  4. Willing and able to travel extensively throughout Cambodia.
  5. Basic English language skills preferred.
  6. Own personal health and accident insurance.
  7. Being clever, passionate, and pro-active.

3.4 Timeframes and required inputs

3.4.1. The project is to be undertaken from 5 November 2018 to 5 December 2019. Indicative time frames follow (subject to negotiation):

The expected input period for the contract is 25 days with a possible extension.

3.4.4. Where field trips are undertaken to rural areas and the researcher is required to undertake any field trips and travel outside Phnom Penh, 3i will provide a driver and vehicle transport. Where travel involves overnight stay, 3i will pay a standard per diem and accommodation allowance as per program policy.

3.4.5. 3i will provide initial on-the-job training and instruction about research requirements.

4. Proposals

4.1. Interested suppliers are to use the 3i Response Form when submitting proposals.

5. Evaluation

5.1. 3i will use an objective and reliable process to evaluate your proposal. Responses to this RFP will be evaluated based on:

  1. Compliance with this Request for Proposals (RFP).
  2. Understanding of and ability to meet the requirements and deadlines as specified.
  3. Overall value for money including:
  • Expertise and experience with delivery of projects similar in nature to this RFP (this may be further assessed at interview).
  • Past performance relevant to this RFP may also be assessed (as determined by referee checks)

4. The fee to be charged for providing the Services.

5.2. Note that price will not be the sole criteria used to evaluate proposals.

6. Further information

6.1. Respondents are required to comply with all terms and conditions set out in this RFP.

6.2. No unsuccessful Respondent will be entitled to any redress against Palladium in the event that Palladium enters into an agreement with any other Supplier or person.

7. Terms and conditions

7.1. Potential suppliers should ensure that they understand and can comply with the terms outlined below.

7.2. All responses must be received by 4.00pm on 27 October 2018 by email to with “159_Research Assistants– RFP” in the subject line.

Any proposals received after this time and date will not be considered.

7.3. The supplier is to complete the Response Form provided as a separate attachment.

7.4. The Response Form shall be submitted in English.

7.5. All services will be subject to the terms and conditions outlined in a purchase order or contract to be negotiated between the successful supplier and 3i.

7.6. The successful Respondent will be required to adhere to and sign a Palladium Business Partner Code of Conduct, a copy of which will be made available in the contracting stage.

7.7. Payments tied to project milestones or progress payments will be made in accordance with the purchase order or contract.

7.8. Unsuccessful suppliers will be advised by email as soon as 3i has made the final decision; no further correspondence will be entered into.

7.9. All services must be supplied within the time frames specified in the purchase order or contract agreement. If for any reason the supplier cannot supply the services in this time frame, 3i will have the option of declaring the contract void and selecting another supplier to meet its needs.

7.10. 3i reserves the right to select more than one supplier to provide the services outlined in this RFP.

7.11. Further information about this RFP can be obtained as follows:

Stephanie Lymn, Operations Manager 3i, Palladium