RFP - E-Commerce, Sustainability, and Market Access Support to Women-led Leather Goods Enterprise

Date of Publication: 
6 January 2021
Application Deadline: 
3 February 2021
Cowater International
Brief Description: 

The below description is a summary of the RFP. Interested service providers may download the document attached or find it via this link https://c-tif.ca/service-providers/

Introduction to CTIF

The Canadian Trade and Investment Facility for Development is a seven-year, CAD $11.6 million demand-driven program aligned with Canada's Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) to support sustainable trade and investment-related policy reforms and economic development initiatives that promote women's empowerment and inclusive growth and have a high potential to reduce poverty in ODA-eligible developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region. CTIF provides technical assistance based on the needs identified by potential beneficiaries and according to an assessment process jointly administered by the CTIF team and Global Affairs Canada (GAC). Technical assistance is provided by independent suppliers that specialize in the specific services being requested by the beneficiary. Cowater International (www.cowater.com) and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (www.ipac.ca) jointly implement CTIF on behalf of the Government of Canada.

Assignment Overview

Consultancy title:

E-Commerce, Sustainability, and Market Access Support to Women-led Leather Goods Enterprise

Beneficiary Organizations:

Leatherina Pvt. Ltd

Anticipated duration:

6 months

Anticipated start date:

February 2021

Location of assignment

Consultant's Home Office (remote)

Summary of assignment

Following its successful application to CTIF through the facility's RFA related to building resilient e-commerce enterprises in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, CTIF has agreed to provide TA to Leatherina to strengthen its sustainability and growth prospects through the development of a comprehensive e-commerce platform that allows to review and purchase all its products remotely. Simultaneously, CTIF TA will assist Leatherina in accessing new clients in the North American market while strengthening its ability to adhere to environmental sustainability, social safeguarding, and legal standards expected by clients in such markets.

Following the mandate's completion, Leatherina will have at least a functional and interactive sales website (beta version) for its bulk and retail products. Leatherina will also be poised to receive and respond to orders of products from the North American market, and to establish at least one reliable client in the first year that can distribute its products in the North American market.

Terms of Reference

See Annex 1

Maximum budget, excluding HST

CAD $100,000

Consultant Profile / Expertise Required 

The Consultant best suited to delivering this CTIF mandate will be able to demonstrate the following professional experience and capabilities at a corporate level or within their proposed team:

  • Expertise and significant corporate experience assisting SMEs based in developing or emerging market countries with becoming export-ready, and a demonstrated track record of enabling such SMEs to access new markets, ideally in North America.
  • Substantial experience developing e-commerce and/or digital marketing strategies or action plans for SMEs seeking to create or expand their online retail presence.
  • Strong e-commerce website/platform development and follow-up support capabilities.
  • Expertise and significant corporate experience assisting SMEs with developing and implementing environmental and social safeguarding measures, processes, and systems.

Demonstrated experience delivering training and advisory services through virtual platforms using a variety of engaging virtual tools and techniques.

Corporate Qualifications

Interested bidders must possess the corporate capabilities and experience described in Annex 1 (TORs), which can be evidenced through project profiles included in technical proposals using the form provided in Annex 2. Contracts for projects profiled by bidders must have been active within the last five calendar years dating from the date of the release of this tender document.

RFP Timeline



Request for Proposals (RFP) issued

January 4, 2021

Deadline for confirming intention to bid 

January 13, 2021

Bidders Clarifications Deadline

January 20, 2021

Proposal submission deadline

February 3, 2021, 5pm EST

Anticipated project start date

February, 2021

Mandatory: confirmations are to be sent via email to info@c-tif.ca.

The above description is a summary of the RFP. Interested service providers may download the document attached or find it via this link https://c-tif.ca/service-providers/

Proposals shall be submitted to CTIF by February 3, 2021, 5pm EST, by email to: info@c-tif.ca. Proposals submitted through this Career Center will not be considered.


With more than 35 years' experience, Cowater International is Canada's global leader in management consulting services specializing in international development and has managed the implementation of over 800 projects in more than 80 countries around the globe. We work with governments, partner organizations, communities and civil society to design and implement sustainable solutions that generate lasting social, financial and environmental impacts. Our adaptive approach to management has led to our award-winning work and recognition as one of Canada's Best Managed Companies in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, Cowater International also has corporate offices in Montreal, Quebec and London, United Kingdom, Nairobi, Kenya in addition to project offices in a wide variety of other locations across Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

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