Secretariat to the Consultative Council on Investment Climate - Head of Secretariat


Страна: Таджикистан
Язык: EN
Номер: 3386912
Дата публикации: 28-07-2017
Источник: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Тэги: Research services




Project number:


Funding source:

EBSF - EBRD Shareholder Special Fund

Contract type:

Consultancy Services

Notice type:

Invitation for expressions of interest (CSU)

Issue date:

27 Jul 2017

Closing date:

24 Aug 2017 at 17:00 London

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Project Description:
The Consultative Council on Improvement of Investment Climate under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan (the "Investment Council") is the leading forum in Tajikistan for public-private sector dialogue. Created in 2007, the Investment Council has established itself as a well-known body for the raising of issues of concern to domestic and foreign private sector investors with the government in order to identify measures to address and resolve such issues. The Investment Council is supported by a Secretariat (the "Secretariat") staffed with a Head of Secretariat, a Senior Adviser, Business and Private Sector Development and economic and legal experts who liaise with the President"s Office, the Prime Minister"s Office, other government agencies and the State Committee on Investment and State Property Management, the head of which acts as Executive Secretary of the Investment Council. The Secretariat also liaises with representatives of the private sector and with international development agencies.

The task of the Secretariat is to support the Investment Council"s activities, especially the facilitation of an open dialogue between the government and the private sector with the intention of improving the business environment and fostering reforms directed towards the achievement of a fully-functioning market economy.

Since its launch, the Council has been actively supported by donor funds provided through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("EBRD" or the "Bank"), which currently continues to fund the Secretariat.

Assignment Description:
The EBRD now intends to engage an individual expert (the "Consultant") to lead the work of the Secretariat and to maintain policy dialogue at high level between the government, the business community and donors on the issues that might affect business environment in the Republic of Tajikistan. The Head of the Secretariat is responsible for the management of the Secretariat and is responsible for providing analytical, technical and organisational support to the Consultative Council and to the Consultative Council’s key stakeholders (government, private sector and relevant development partners). The Head of Secretariat will assist with the enhancing the structure of the Council, facilitating the running of the Council and the day-to-day operations of the Secretariat (the "Assignment"). The focal points for coordination with the Bank are the Co-Operation Leaders: the Head of Office at the EBRD’s Resident Office in Chisinau or a person appointed by her/him; and the regional Governance Counsellor in the Governance and Political Affairs team in London. The Head of Secretariat will be supported by five local professionals who will provide primarily economic and research expertise, an administrative assistant.

The tasks of the Head of Secretariat, inter alia, are to:

• work with stakeholders and Council members to identify and analyse key impediments to investment by local and foreign enterprises for consideration by the Council;
• develop further the structure and arrangement of the Council and the Secretariat, propose appropriate strengthening measures and provide support required for their implementation;
• ensure government engagement across agencies, notably the Office of the President and State Committee on Investment and State Property Management;
• strengthen consultation and engagement with the private sector, including local and foreign investors and business associations;
• liaise with development partners of the country, in particular with the EBRD;
• act as off-line and on-line facilitator between public and private sector representatives, mediating so they arrive at commonly owned solutions;
• interact with regional investment councils;
• identify upcoming pieces of legislation related to investment and business climate and stimulate preparation of comments from public and private sector in the context of the regular Council meetings;
• ensure the sound administration of Council proceedings, including preparation of agenda and minutes ("Protocols") of the Council"s sessions, arrangement and conducting of the sessions;
• lead the work of the Secretariat and manage its day-to-day operations;
• enhance capacity of the Secretariat"s professional staff through day-to-day work and participation in regional workshops and conferences being help by various international and domestic organisations;
• establish a monitoring system for tracking outputs and outcomes of the Council"s work;
• perform any other tasks as instructed by the EBRD or requested and agreed with the Chairman of the Council and the Bank.

Status of Selection Process:
Interested individual experts or firms interested to nominate an expert are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Assignment Start Date and Duration:
The Assignment is expected to start in September 2017 and last for 12 months with possible extension, subject to business needs, satisfactory performance of the Consultant, and the availability of further funding. This is full-time role and the Consultant is expected to be resident in Tajikistan.

Value Added Tax (VAT):
The consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank"s special status as an International Financial Institution and state this to the Bank in their response to Notification of Assignment. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (eg VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source:
The contract will be financed through the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund. Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile:
Individual services are required. The Consultant shall be an expert (individual expert or an expert nominated by a firm) preferably with preferably the following qualifications, experience and personal qualities:
• Background in business, economics, law or related field, with preferably at least one postgraduate degree in one of these subjects;
• Deep understanding of investment climate challenges in Moldova and experience in working to address them;
• Ideally at least 10 years of relevant work experience, including at least five years at senior level, preferably both in the public and private sectors;
• Excellent project management skills and a proven track record of delivery of complex and politically sensitive reform projects;
• Good knowledge and experience working with government organisations.
In addition, successful candidate should have the following personal characteristics:
• Ability to interact effectively with senior officials in the government, business and donor community and civil society;
• Strong leadership and persuasion skills;
• Ability to work effectively in, and lead, a team;
• Ability to prioritise and work under the pressure of deadlines;
• Fluency in written and spoken English, Russian and Tajik.

Submission Requirements:
In order to determine the capability and experience of experts seeking to be selected for this Assignment, the information submitted should include the following:

1. Cover letter (maximum 2 pages) summarising how the expert believes he/she satisfies the requirements as defined above under Consultant Profile;

2. CV (not exceeding 4 pages) which should include full descriptions of responsibilities carried out, not just a job title, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives;

3. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:

Expressions of Interest should be submitted in English electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. The complete expression of interest (including cover letter, CV, declaration and contact sheet etc.) shall be one file (pdf) to be uploaded to eSelection. The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of experts submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size (4 MB) is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

Bank Contact Person:
Paula Alegria
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square, London, EC2A 2JN
Tel: +44 (0)20 7338 7589
e-mail: (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)

1. Consulting firms (proposing individuals) and individuals may apply. Consulting Firms nominating an individual expert shall submit (separate) individual applications for each expert via eSelection. Single applications for a number of experts containing various CVs may result in rejection of such application and all concerned experts.

2. The shortlist criteria and weightings are:

(a) Background in business, economics, law or related field, with preferably at least one postgraduate degree in one of these subjects 15%
(b) Deep understanding of investment climate challenges in Moldova and experience in working to address them 15%
(c) Ideally at least 10 years of relevant work experience, including at least five years at senior level, preferably both in the public and private sectors 15%
(d) Excellent project management skills and a proven track record of delivery of complex and politically sensitive reform projects 15%
(e) Good knowledge and experience working with government organisations 15%
(f) Personal qualities to be assessed at interview 25%

Following the evaluation of expressions of interest received, up to the 6 highest-ranked consultants will be invited to attend an interview.

The Bank will consult with the consultant regarding the format (e.g. skype call, meeting, conference call, etc.) and date of the interview at the time of the invitation. Please note that all and any costs incurred by the Consultant in connection with attendance to interviews will not reimbursed by the Bank.

3. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.