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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) FOR IFC’s ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL eLEARNING PROGRAM REFRESH


  • Solicitation Number: RFP 17-0235
  • Issue Date: Jan 19,2017
  • Closing Date: Feb 03,2017

CLOSING DATE AND TIME: FEBRUARY 3, 2017 @ 12:00 PM EST

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. IFC supports private sector development both by investing and by providing advisory services that build businesses.

Background to: Managing Environmental and Social Performance

In April 2006 IFC reinforced a long-standing commitment to sustainability by adopting a new policy and performance standards for managing environmental and risk. IFC supports the use of its standards by commercial banks, export credit agencies and other financial institutions.

IFC has established eight Performance Standards that (a) place new emphasis on implementation through management systems; (b) include specific requirements for appropriate community engagement; (c) deal with social and environmental issues in a more integrated manner; and (d) strengthen policy coverage of issues such as pollution, climate change, and biodiversity.  Central to this approach is the client’s responsibility to manage social and environmental impacts and improve project outcomes.   In addition, the Performance Standards address a number of additional subjects of direct concern to the private sector, such as labor and working conditions and community health, safety and security.  To help IFC’s clients implement and meet these new standards, the Performance Standards will also be supported by a set of Guidance Notes and good practice publications.

Background to: Sustainability Training and E-Learning Program (STEP)

Since 1997, IFC has been offering face-to-face Competitive Business Advantage (CBA) program/workshops to help financial institutions identify environmental business opportunities and better understand how to manage environmental and social risks in their lending operations. In 2008, in response to recommendations on making the CBA program available in a self-paced and web format, IFC developed free e-trainings that were designed to help financial institutions better understand sustainable finance, social and environmental risk management and explore sustainability-related business opportunities. These three-hour existing modules were designed for managers and staff of financial institutions (FIs) including banks, private equity funds, leasing companies and microfinance institutions and is available in English, French and Russian.

The overall objective of this work is to redesign a set of self-paced elearning courses that are based on the existing eLearning courses. This intent is to make these new self-paced eLearning updated with the latest content, more interactive while ensuring sound instructional design principles, and compatible with WBG’s new Learning Management System (LMS), Saba.

The updated new courses will be attractive, modular, and have a consistent and contemporary look when deployed on the new LMS.

The solicitation may be obtained by sending an email to the designated Contracting Officer, referencing the following information:

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A copy of the solicitation will be sent to organizations that have replied to and are eligible to receive this advertisement. All requests and questions regarding this solicitation shall be directed to the following designated Corporate Procurement Contract Officer(s): 

. Phannath Million at pmillion@worldbank.org 

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The World Bank reserves the right to reject any or all responses without recourse.