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Support to the formulation of the TTF
|Country/ Location of the position||Ethiopia|
|Experts||E1||Economic transformation expert , CAT I, 40 wd|
|E2||Private Sector Policy and Capacity building expert (Category I), 40 wd|
|E3||Private Sector Development expert, CAT II, 40 wd|
|Duration of project||120 calendar days|
|Commencement of project||mid August 2011 – end October 2011|
|Duration of mission||40 wd for each expert|
|Required language||E1, E” – Excellent command of written and spoken English; E 3: Working knowledge of English as well as Amharic|
|Application Deadline||05.07.2011 . Recruitment starts immediately upon publication of this vacancy announcement, posts may be filled already before the indicated application deadline.|
|ToR||Are shown hereunder in the section “description”|
|Observations||Only short listed consultants will be replied to.
Please apply only if you fulfill all requirements for the vacant position
All experts must have at least regional experience
Sending us your application is a commitment and we expect you to be available for the mission you are applying for.
|Only short listed consultants will be replied to.
If you wish to submit your candidature, please send us:
1 – Your up dated and position-adjusted CV in EU AID format, in the language of vacancy and as word.doc detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments
2 – The country, no of position/field (s) you will apply for in the subject line of message
3 – Your daily/monthly fee (EUR) without the living allowances.
4 – Your communication details (Mobil, phone, etc.)
Suggestions: Please make sure, that the experience requested is also shown “Description” section 14 of your CV. As the selections are very strict and paper based, we request you to prepare your CV in the right format and detail all the relevant experience under the Professional experience table as much as possible. There is no problem if your CV is long, the most important is to prepare so that it describes clearly your experiences relevant to the mission. (Your CV has to sell you!)
Restrictions: In case consultants are short listed, they must be able to provide documentary evidence for educational and professional items in their CVs (copies of diplomas, copies of employers’ reference letters, etc.). Documents that are not available in English have to be accompanied by a faithful translation. This is mandatory requirement for Europe Aid tenders.
SPECIFIC TERMS OF REFERENCE
Support to the formulation of the Transforming Triggering Facility (TTF)
FWC BENEFICIARIES 2009 – LOT 10 Trade Standards and Private Sector
In the past few years Ethiopia has put in place policies, capacity building and multi-donor supported programs that brought about strong economic growth (averaging 11% in the past seven years) as well as reduction in poverty. In line with the targets set in the PASDEP (Ethiopia’s National Plan for Accelerated and Sustained Development to end Poverty 2005/06 -2009/2010), substantial investments have been made to reduce infrastructure gaps, accelerate income growth and reduce poverty, which have resulted in good progress on human and social indicators.
Despite these positive developments, there is no General Budget Support (GBS) operation in place in Ethiopia. In 2006, a post-election crisis resulted in the suspension of the General Budget Support. However, a large part of the 10th EDF CSP/NIP has been reserved for such a budget support operation. About €100 m of this allocation remains uncommitted to date. Two independent reports in 2009 and 2010 assessed the readiness of donors and government regarding the resumption of budget support (known as the Quality of Partnership assessment). Both studies concluded that the time was not yet ripe for a full resumption of GBS, but both Government and donors should work on a “platform upon which a resumption of GBS for the successor of PASDEP can be prepared”. At the same time, Ethiopia’s development partners have engaged in fruitful policy dialogues with the Government on several sector issues, under either multi-donor programmes such as Protection of Basic Services (PBS), Productive Safety Net and the Road Sector Support programme, or as part of the sector working groups (for education, health and agriculture). However, discussions related to the business environment, the industrial and manufacturing sector, the financial system and large utilities have been limited.
In January 2011, the EU Delegation in close consultation with the Government, submitted an option paper to HQ suggesting to utilise the earmarked funds for GBS under the 3rd focal sector – macroeconomic and governance, to develop an innovative approach that would finance some of the transformation elements of the new five year strategic plan, the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP).
Since then, the Government, with the support of a senior consultant, and in close cooperation with the Delegation, has developed a concept note followed by a Project Identification Fiche highlighting the key objectives and actions of this new project called the Transforming Triggering Facility (TTF). The PIF (Annex I) was submitted at the end of May and it is expected to be discussed by the Quality Support Group in early July.
The TTF is a pilot project aiming at jump starting the transformation process of Ethiopia in line with the GTP vision and targets related to growth, industrial development and the creation of additional employment opportunities. It is structured under four clusters (see Annex I) whose activities can be summarised for the purpose of this assignment under the following five components:
i) provision of technical advice and external experience for policy fine-tuning (of the industrial, PSD, tourism and competition policies);
ii) a series of capacity building initiatives to boost the knowledge, efficiency and effectiveness of private and public front line agencies involved in the transformation process (including Intermediary Organisation, Investment Agency, Addis Ababa Administration, the Central Statistical Agency and various business development service operators);
iii) research and direct financing for selected transforming programmes in support to medium, smalland micro enterprises and
iv) interventions related to bringing Ethiopia a regional hub for conference, tourism, trade, aviation and medical treatment.
v) identification of new embryonic products.
It is expected that this new three year project (2012-2015) will place the EU in a challenging and exciting leading position and will result in a strengthened policy dialogue on areas related to industrial growth, private sector development and the general business enabling environment.
Support the Government of Ethiopia, and in particular the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, to develop and formulate the Action Fiche, Technical Administrative Provision and Log frame for the Transformation Triggering Facility, in agreement with EU templates.
To identify jointly with all involved public and private entities, the specific elements required to implement all activities under the four clusters/five areas of interventions, namely: specific intervention, technical and physical inputs, human resources, financial inputs, as well as a clear understanding of the management set up and all the fiduciary and legal requirements.
For each cluster and within it for each proposed activity, the team of consultants will have to:
a) Summarise main opportunities and barriers to growth in the involving sectors, in particular industry and medium, small and micro enterprises, largely based on a desk analysis. Summarise the main recommendations in tackling the barriers and making use of the opportunities.
b) Screen and reconfirm relevant implementing agencies and the leading human resources/focal persons required under each agency for all clusters and interventions.
c) Define/further specify the inputs required to implement each intervention, based on an agency-based or intervention-based needs assessment (i.a. human resources, competencies, training, supplies and services required)
d) Identify/further specify jointly with the involved entities measurable and realistic indicators for each main intervention to measure progress. This will also include definition of annual targets, reporting and monitoring mechanism, and possible additional capacity building for CSA.
e) Define the financing requirement of each component based on the above assessment.
f) Define the details of the implementation modality in line with EU procedures (see EU Practical Guide to contract procedures for EC external actions and DEVCO Companion).
g) Define draft management set up and all legal steps and template to implement the project (i.a., establishment of Steering Committee, development of MoU template, reporting requirement templates, fiduciary safeguards, etc.)
The Consultant will meet at least once a week with, and report to, a designated staff from the EU Delegation and will meet regularly with the Government focal points in coordination with the NAO office.
The mission team will consist of two senior experts (Category I) and one junior expert (Category II).
The mission should start in mid August and be completed by end of October 2011, for a total of 40 man- working day per expert.
Economic transformation expert (Category I)
Private Sector Policy and Capacity building expert (Category I)
Private Sector Development expert (Category II)
The team will have excellent writingand editing skills. If the team proves unable to meet the level of quality required for drafting the Action Fiche, the consulting firm will provide, at no additional cost to the Commission, an immediate technical support to the team to meet the required standards.
The team will define in the methodology the division of task and appoint the team leader who will have overall responsibility for the team’s outputs.
The mission should start in mid August 2011
The mission will ideally be completed by end October 2011, for a total of 40 man-day per expert.
The maximum total duration of the assignment is120 calendar days including performance period, reporting, submission of comments and submission of final report. The assignment will be undertaken over a period of a maximum of four (4) months. Only one visit to Ethiopia will be required.
The framework contractor shall forward to the Project Manager within maximum 15 days of the signature of the contract by both parties the timetable for placement of the team (Art. 16.4 a) in line with these TOR.
The contractor will submit a methodology and work plan with the CVs, to explain the Consultancy team’s approach to the requested services. The work plan and methodology will be reviewed by the awarded Consultant team following consultations with GoE and the EU Delegation in Ethiopia within the first week of the consultant’s arrival.
The table below provides indicative timetables for the consultant.
1.1 Tentative schedule and number of days for the assignment
The total input of each expert would thus be 40 working days, including 2 days travelling (one single mission only to Ethiopia).
The mission will take place mainly in Addis Ababa, but a few visits to regional capitals within Ethiopia are foreseen to better understand and eventually develop support programmes for the regional public and private investment agencies, intermediary organisation, firms and universities. Some of the editorial work could be carried out in the country of origin (up to 5 working days).
The team of Consultants is expected to submit:
I. Desk review of constraints to PSD/industry/ MSEs by mid September
II. Revised/detailed TTF matrix of activities by third week of September
III. Draft AF and TAPs, including log frame with policy actions, indicators and targets, and clear indication of the management set up for the implementation with all key stakeholders by early October
IV Optional draft of a series of TOR for the follow up stage mid/end of October
Reporting on the first activity is expected for end of August; submission of the detailed list of TTF interventions by mid September and submission of draft AF concept papers by early October. In addition to the above papers, standards assignment reports expected are:
– Revised methodology and work plan: One week from arrival (end of August)
– Mid term / progress report: Mid September 2011
– Final report End October 2011
The language of all correspondence, reports and presentations will be in English language
Within five (5) to maximum ten (10) working days of receipt of all the reports, the EU Delegation and Government will provide comments to the Consultant Team. The Consultant Team will submit finalized version of all the reports, within the next five (5) working days.
The Consultant team will take into account all comments, and will submit five (5) hard copies and one electronic copy (CD-ROM) of the revised TTF matrix and of the draft AF and TAPs within five (5) working days of receipt of the comments, to the NAO (3) and to the EU Delegation (2). The NAO will arrange distribution to other stakeholders.
It must be emphasized that if the Consultant Team proves unable to meet the level of quality required for drafting the reports, then the consulting firm will provide at no additional cost to the EC immediate administrative and technical support to the Consultant to meet the required standards.
6. ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION
No interviews are expected for the selection of the consultants
No subtracting is expected for this contract unless specifically requested as part of the methodology
Consultants are expected to submit their methodology of work with their application.
The following items are foreseen under this contract: travel cost (international: 1 round trip ticket per expert; local 2 round trip per expert); visa and per diem. It should be noticed that costs related to workshop and meetings only include rental of the facility, equipment (power point) and coffee/meals but cannot include remuneration/per diem for participants.
Secretarial/office-related costs which may include office rental, communications (fax, telecommunications, mail, courier etc.) and report production both in the Contractor’s Headquarters and/or individual expert’s home office and for experts in the beneficiary country are included within the fee rates of the experts. No costs of this nature may be charged in addition under reimbursable. Please also note that no office, secretarial or communication facilities will be provided by the GoE or the EU Delegation.
Civil servants and other staff of the public administration of Ethiopia cannot be recruited as experts.
Visa for Ethiopia must be obtained prior to commencement of the mission
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