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September 1, 2022


The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to identify a contractor to implement future ASA/WISHH activities in Kazakhstan. The future activities will be funded by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) market development programs and may include: organizing professional conferences; scheduling appointments for technical consultant visits; recruiting trade team members; managing animal feeding trials; providing trade servicing to importers, buyers and soy processors; helping with proposal development; and assisting with ASA/WISHH staff travel.


The American Soybean Association (ASA) was founded in 1920 by soybean farmers and extension workers to promote soy for high protein applications in developmental settings. Overseas activities initiated in the mid-1950s, and to date ASA has worked in over 80 countries. The World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) was founded in 2000 to expand the work of the American Soybean Association (ASA) in developing and emerging markets to improve health, nutrition and food security, building the groundwork for future markets of soy. WISHH provides services in food technology, business development, nutrition services, and program and proposal development. WISHH expertise extends its network into additional areas, such as aquaculture and animal feed.

ASA/WISHH connects trade and development to strengthen agricultural value chains in emerging markets, creating trade and long-term demand for U.S. soy. Trade can improve lives worldwide for both farmers and consumers. U.S. soy trade in emerging markets is pivotal to improve accessibility, affordability, and acceptability of high-quality plant and animal-sourced proteins in developing economies. Rising incomes in emerging economies generate further opportunity for trade. ASA/WISHH builds opportunity for long-term trade by improving agricultural value chains, human and animal nutrition, and farmer net incomes. ASA/WISHH initiatives broadly fit in two arenas: (1) trade-building long-term, early-stage market development, and (2) trade-building international agriculture and economic development. The St. Louis-based program operates in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Central America.

ASA/WISHH offers proven feed sector capacity and decades of accumulated knowledge from ASA programs. Principal approaches include market and economic assessments, technical assistance and capacity building, food and feed trials and demonstrations, farmer field days, youth mentorship programs, food and feed value chain development, and market linkages.

ASA/WISHH achieves its mission by working in close partnership with: (1) the public sector (e.g., USDA, USAID, U.S. land grant universities, and host country governments), (2) the private sector (e.g., U.S. exporters and trade associations: Qualified State Soybean Boards and U.S. Soybean Export Council), and (3) private voluntary organizations. The Program draws upon the resources and experience of these partners and the services of a cadre of ASA/WISHH consultants with technical expertise in agricultural, international and commercial development spheres. ASA/WISHH relies on decades of experience in food commercial development and agricultural development programming. The Program takes pride in its growing portfolio of success with U.S. government-funding, including USDA (Food for Progress, McGovern-Dole, Global Broad-Based Initiative, Foreign Market Development, Market Access Program, Emerging Markets Program, Agricultural Trade Program and Quality Samples Program) and USAID funding in both prime and sub-recipient capacities. ASA/WISHH has also attracted both private sector and other complementary funding sources from various donors to build on and leverage core funding from Qualified State Soybean Boards.

WISHH's objective is to increase the international consumption of soy protein in the human, livestock, and aquaculture sectors in new markets and thereby create new opportunities for soybeans and providing higher economic returns to U.S. soybean producers.


The selected contractor is required to be based in Kazakhstan. (ASA/WISHH is also posting for a contractor for Uzbekistan and is open to having the same contractor implementing activities in both countries, providing they are based in either Uzbekistan or Kazakhstan. A separate proposal is required for Uzbekistan). Working with ASA/WISHH St. Louis headquarter staff, the selected contractor would implement USDA funded activities. ASA/WISHH would allocate a certain number of days to implement each activity. Activities will be determined on USDA funding and recommendations from the 2020 Kazakhstan market assessment.

Experience working with Kazakh livestock and poultry producers, feed millers, oilseed processors, importers, buyers and trade associations is preferred.

Activity expenses would be paid directly by ASA/WISHH to vendors whenever possible. Submission of other expenses (travel, printing, etc.) would be reimbursed on actual expenses through the submission of receipts and invoices.

The selected contractor would submit quarterly reports which will be used to complete the required donor reports.


Questions due to ASA/WISHHSeptember 9, 2022
Questions to be posted to WISHH WebsiteSeptember 13, 2022
Proposals due to ASA/WISHHSeptember 30, 2022
Virtual Interviews startOctober 17, 2022
Contract awardedNovember 7, 2022
Contract signed November 14, 2022
Orientation callNovember 21, 2022


Proposals submitted will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

Consultant skills/experience30%

Special consideration will be given to Women or Minority Owned Small Business (WMOSB) entities with SBA certifications (proof of certification must be provided at time of submission).


Proposals must contain at a minimum the specific criteria requested in the Request for Proposal:

1. A description of the bidder's capabilities and experiences (can be submitted as a CV)
2. Daily professional rate in U.S. dollars
3. The following questions need to be answered in a separate document:
What is your livestock, animal feed and aquaculture experience in Kazakhstan?
Explain your capabilities and resources to implement future activities.
How would you implement the activities?
Describe your familiarity of USDA export promotion funding and programs.
4. Checklist of additional items that must be submitted:
Attachment A Technical Proposal Authorization Cover Page Completed and Signed
100-word executive summary of the proposal
WMOSB Proof of Certification (if applicable)

Proposals should be submitted no later than 4:00 PM CDT on September 30, 2022. To be considered for award, proposals must be submitted by e-mail to Alan F. Poock at Mr. Poock will confirm receipt of each proposal; if receipt has not been confirmed, your proposal has not been received.

If your proposal is not authorized by signature on Attachment A Proposal Authorization Cover Page, it may not be considered and may be rejected.
Submission of Questions: All questions regarding the preparation of proposals must be submitted in writing (by e-mail) to Alan F. Poock at no later than 4pm CDT on September 9, 2022. All questions and responses will be available on the WISHH website on or shortly after September 13, 2022. No questions will be answered over the phone or in person; all questions must be in writing and sent via email.

Non-Discrimination Statement: In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident. ASA/WISHH is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

The firm or individual selected will be required to sign the ASA/WISHH code of conduct and conflict of interest statement.

Award: This RFP does not commit ASA/WISHH to award a contract or to pay any costs incurred in the preparations or submission of proposals, or costs incurred in making necessary studies for the preparation thereof or to procure or contract for services or supplies. ASA/WISHH reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received in response to this RFP and to negotiate with any of the vendors or other firms in any manner deemed to be in the best interest of ASA/WISHH. ASA/WISHH reserves the right to negotiate and award only a portion of the requirements; to negotiate and award separate or multiple contracts for the elements covered by this RFP in any combination it may deem appropriate, at its sole discretion to add new considerations, information or requirements at any stage of the procurement process, including during negotiations with vendors; and reject proposal of any vendor that has previously failed to perform properly or in a timely manner contracts of a similar nature, or of a vendor that, in the opinion of ASA/WISHH, is not in a position, or is not sufficiently qualified, to perform the contract.

This RFP contains no contractual proposal of any kind, any proposal submitted will be regarded as a proposal by the vendor and not as an acceptance by the vendor of any proposal by ASA/WISHH. No contractual relationship will exist except pursuant to a written contract document signed by the authorized procurement official of ASA/WISHH and by the successful vendor(s) chosen by ASA/WISHH.

Offerors submitting proposals must (1) be officially licensed to do such business in the country of their business operation, (2) be able to receive USDA funds, and (3) not have been identified as a terrorist prior to being awarded a contract. In addition, Offeror may be required to provide the following information prior to awarding of the contract:
Documentation to verify licensure (i.e., tax id, registration certificate, etc.)
Code of Conduct
Conflict of Interest
Equal Opportunity

Attachment A: Technical Proposal Submission sheet

ATTACHMENT A: Technical Proposal Submission Sheet

(Complete this form with all the requested details and submit it as the first page of your technical proposal, with the documents requested above attached. Ensure that your proposal is authorized in the signature block below. A signature and authorization on this form will confirm that the terms and conditions of this RFP prevail over any attachments. If your proposal is not authorized, it may be rejected.)
Date of Technical Proposal:
RFP Number:
RFP Title:

We offer to provide the goods/services described in the Scope of Work, in accordance with the terms and conditions stated in Request for Proposal referenced above. We confirm that we are eligible to participate in public procurement and meet the eligibility criteria specified.

The validity period of our proposal is days/weeks/months from the time and date of the submission deadline.

Type of Business/Institution (Check all that apply)
Offeror certifies that it is:
[ ] Non U.S. Owned/Operated [ ] Government Owned/Operated
(If Non U.S. Owned/Operated is selected, continue to Anti-Terrorism Certification)
[] Nonprofit[] For-Profit[ Government Owned/Operated
[] Large Business[] Small Business[ College or University
[ ] Women Owned [ ] Small and Disadvantaged Business

Anti-Terrorism Certification
The Offeror, to the best of its current knowledge, did not provide, within the previous 10 years, and will take all reasonable steps to ensure that it does not and will not knowingly provide, material support or resources to any individual or entity that commits, attempts to commit, advocates, facilitates, or participates in terrorist acts, or has committed, attempted to commit, facilitated, or participated in terrorist acts.

The Offeror also verifies that it does not appear on 1) the website of the Excluded Party List:; or 2) the website of the United Nations Security (UNSC) sanctions committee established under UNSC Resolution 1267 (1999) (the "1267 Committee"):

The undersigned declares s/he is authorized to sign on behalf of the company listed below and to bind the company to all conditions and provisions stated in the original RFP document including attachments from ASA/WISHH.

Proposal Authorized By:
Signature: ______________________________Position: _______________________
Name: ______________________________ Date: __________________-___
Authorized for and on behalf of: (DD/MM/YY)

Address: _\
Business Registration Number______________________

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