International expert informal economy -firm or individual- (Consultancy)
Jobs at:SNV International
Deadline of this Job:
28 June 2021
Date Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed
Contract type: Consultancy contract
SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that applies practical know-how to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our top-notch expertise in agriculture, energy and WASH to local contexts. SNV has over 1250 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.
In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for systems change during project preparation and implementation - by strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects. We will continue to position ourselves as a premium organisation and invest in making knowledge flow to and from the frontline.
For more information on SNV, visit our website: www.snv.org
BACKGROUND OF THE ASSIGNMENT
Study of Kigali’s informal economy and action plan to improve the business environment and resilience for informal operators
Context: ICR Facility and project
The ICR Facility is co-funded by the European Union (EU), the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), together with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the British Council. It is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), the British Council, Expertise France, and Stichting Nederlandse Ontwikkelingsorganisatie (Netherlands Development Organisation, SNV).
The ICR facilities has three components of activities:
1. Technical Assistance for Business Environment and Investment Climate Improvement
2. Strengthening national and sub-regional development financial institutions
3. Compile and mainstream lessons learned and good practices
This assignment will take place under component 1 where the ICR Facility offers specific and targeted technical assistance for business environment and investment climate improvement initiatives.
In the context of its mandate, the ICR Facility will provide technical assistance to the city of Kigali, Rwanda, in response to a proposal submitted by the organisation. The objective is to conduct a study of the city’s informal economy and develop an action plan to improve the business environment and resilience for informal operators.
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and its severe lockdown have severely affected businesses and operators in the informal economic sector (including cleaners, porters, masons and masonry aids, small vendors/traders, waivers for handcraft, potters, hawkers, cyclists, taxis-motor operators) since they often cannot operate remotely. They might also have limited skills to think of innovative approaches to sustain their business in this context.
The study will shed more light on the constraints faced by the Kigali’s informal business sector and propose strategies to address them. It would provide a diagnosis of the sector, its linkages to the wider local economy, its challenges and pathways to build resilience. It should be participatory and propose well-informed and innovative solutions to support workers in the informal sector, especially in the context of the current Covid-19 crisis.
Scope of work: tasks to be performed by the contractor
The objective is to conduct a study of the city’s informal economy and develop an action plan to improve the business environment and resilience for informal operators.
The contractor is responsible for providing the following services/deliverables:
Organize project kick-off meeting with relevant stakeholders. Prepare a PPT and present preliminary methodology, timeline, deliverables.
Develop a methodology to study Kigali’s informal economy with a participatory approach.
Make an assessment of Kigali’s informal economy including: (i) Diagnosis; (ii) Challenges faced; (iii) Linkages and contribution to the wider local economy; (iv) Preliminary resilience building solutions for informal sector workers and businesses. Include a focus on women, youth and other underrepresented groups while making reference to the City Resilience Framework (CRF).
Organize a workshop to present the findings to city and other relevant stakeholders.
Develop an action plan with concrete activities to enhance the enabling business environment and the adaptive capacity for informal operators to thrive in face of economic shocks.
Organize a workshop to present the action plan to stakeholders:
The Resilience Unit and the Department of Urban Economic Development from the city will lead the exercise on the city side.
The contractor will use various means to complete the assignment, including calls, meetings and workshops with all stakeholders.
The contractor should make an active effort to also include the views of underrepresented groups such as women, youth, etc…
If the Covid-19 situation allows, international consultants should travel at relevant times to Kigali, as required. Workshops could be in person or partly or completely virtual, depending if conditions allow for travel and in-person meetings in the city.
Timeline, deliverables and time allocation:
Deliverable, Deadline, Level of effort
Kick-off Meeting, within 2 weeks of signature, up to 4 days
Meth. for Diagnostic of informal sector, within 6 weeks of signature, up to 14 days
Assessment of Kigali’s informal economy, within 10 weeks of signature, up to 25 days
Workshop to review the Assessment, within 13 weeks of signature, up to 5 days
Action plan, within 18 weeks of signature, up to 25 days
Workshop to review the Action plan, within 22 weeks, up to 5 days
Completion report, within 25 weeks, up to 2 days
2 copies of the strategy analysis and action plan.
Monitoring and evaluation materials regarding services provided on behalf of the ICR Facility; i.e., satisfactory forms, photos from meetings, events, workshops that are approved by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), etc.
1 Project completion report.
The position is open to firms or consultants with the following qualifications:
University degree in Economics, Business Administration, Public Administration or similar, and preferably PhD in a related field.
Deep knowledge of the informal sector challenges and evidence-based policies to support them and help them improve their resilience.
Experience surveying informal operators in developing economies, preferably in Rwanda or in Africa.
At least 10 years of professional experience in the area of creating an enabling environment for businesses either in the public or private sector and working on issues related to public-private dialogue.
Experience in projects in developing economies, and with government or Development Organizations.
Experience in managing stakeholder processes such as leading and facilitating workshops and other events designed to receive inputs to strategies, reports or other documents from a group of diverse stakeholders.
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
Availability to travel to Kigali, Rwanda.
Capacity to work on the ground in Kigali to gather information, consult and/or administer surveys to informal operators.
PLEASE NOTE THAT:
Applicants could be an individual consultant or a firm.
If the applicant is an individual consultant, the application must include his/her daily rate.
If the applicant is a firm, the application must include a financial proposal, and the CVs, expertise and role in the project of the individuals working on the project.
Possible travel Rwanda to be defined depending on public health conditions related to the Covid 19 pandemic.
The contractor implements virtual meetings and workshops as defined above. The contractor ensures he/she has appropriate software to invite for virtual meetings / video conferences / webinars. No budget is provided for this.
Work Hours: 8
Experience in Months: 120
Level of Education: Bachelor Degree
Job application procedure
HOW TO APPLY?
If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV (in EuropeAid format) before 28th June 2021 by clicking on the link: I'm interested'. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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