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Armenia Business Support Office - Economic Expert

 | Published March 31, 2017  -  Deadline April 27, 2017

Project Description:
Effective public-private dialogue ('PPD') is vital for private sector development as it can steer and encourage much needed reforms by the government while providing governments in turn with support from the private sector community. The Investment Climate and Governance Initiative (ICGI) of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the 'Bank' or 'EBRD') serves as the focal point and coordination hub for the EBRD's policy reform dialogue in the areas of investment climate and economic governance, including on PPD platforms.

EBRD has been supporting the Business Support Office – the PPD platform in Armenia – since 2007. The BSO has supported significant improvements in the Armenian business environment by striking a balance between the interests of the state (rule of law, economic policy, efficient inspections, consumer protection) and the private sector (to reduce the burden of inspections, tackle corruption, improve the complaints mechanism).

A Senior Consultant, Business Support Office ('BSO') has been engaged by the EBRD to establish and maintain high-level dialogue between the government, the business community and donors in Armenia. The Senior Consultant assists with the structure of the PPD platforms, as well as with facilitating the running of the dialogue and day-to-day maintenance of the work of the BSO. The Senior Consultant is assisted by other professionals providing legal, economic and communications expertise.

Assignment Description:
The EBRD now intends to engage an individual economic expert (the 'Consultant') to assist the Senior Consultant with economic expertise (the 'Assignment'). The tasks of the Consultant will include, inter alia, the following:

• Support the Senior Consultant to steer the process and manage the day-to-day operations of the SME Development Council Secretariat;
• Support the Senior Consultant to identify key impediments to SME development by local and foreign enterprises, associations, unions and main drivers and agents for consideration by the SME Development Council;
• Carry out information support of the SME Development Council Secretariat's activities; analyse and summarise the proposals directed at SME development received from business community, state agencies and international organisations;
• Implement due analysis of economic and private sector development issues and submit proposals aimed at SME development to the Senior Consultant;
• Ensure the preparation of necessary documents for holding the SME Development Council sessions and assisting the decision making process;
• Assist the Senior Consultant as necessary in supporting the SME Development Council deliberations;
• Based on the SME Development Council decisions prepare proposals, solutions aimed at SME development in the country by incorporating the best international practice. Involve private sector representatives in the process: seek their comments, opinions, suggestions and discuss those in larger forums with other stakeholders;
• Under the direction of the Senior Consultant, create specific working groups_ Coordinate with other stakeholders involved in working groups. Provide support in respect of economic expertise;
• Assist the Senior Consultant as necessary in organisation of round tables to discuss the issues vested in the SME Development Council;
• Support the Senior Consultant to follow the process of implementation of the SME Development Council decisions;
• Contribute to the activities targeted at raising public awareness on the SME Development Council decisions through development of targeted materials;
• Prepare research on the business environment in Armenia;
• Provide advice and advocacy to SMEs in tax, customs and/or other business topics;
• Conduct trainings for SMEs on business regulations in Armenia;
• Contribute to the development of the Business Support Office web site, booklets, news bulletins, etc. through collection and processing of information;
• Under the direction of the Senior Consultant, participate in implementation of programmes and projects fulfilled by the international organisations in the sphere of SME development;
• Draft interim and annual reports for the Senior Consultant summarising the achievements of the policy dialogue which will be provided to the SME Development Council;
• Draft interim and annual reports for the Senior Consultant summarising the achievements of the assignment to be submitted to the Bank's Resident Office in Yerevan and specified staff at the Bank's Headquarters in London;
• Participate in conferences and workshops, where appropriate, on investment climate with a view to leaning lessons from the experiences gained by other countries that have faced similar issues and also to exchanging ideas with them how to address common situations; and
• Any other tasks that may arise.

Interested applicants are invited to read the Terms of Reference for additional information on the scope of services required:

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 May 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 Armenia.

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 economics or related field, with preferably at least one postgraduate;
• Ideally 3 years or more of relevant professional experience at senior level;
• Experience of working with government organisations will be an asset;
• Good understanding of the process of economic reform in Armenia;
• Analytical skills, with the ability to interpret and report on complex issues;
• Ability to interact effectively with senior officials in government and the business community;
• Ability to work effectively in a team;
• Ability to prioritise and work under the pressure of deadlines;
• Excellent written and spoken Armenian and English. Good knowledge of Russian will be an advantage.

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
Deputy Head TC Operations
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. Written Questions and Clarifications:
Applicants may submit the questions concerning this procurement notice in writing only via email to the Bank's contact person listed above. The deadline for receipt of requests for clarifications is 20 April 2017 at 14:00 hrs (GMT). No questions will be accepted after this date.

3. The shortlist criteria and weightings are:

(a) Background in economics or related field, with preferably at least one postgraduate degree in one of these subjects 10%
(b) professional experience at senior level, preferably both in the public and private sectors 10%
(c) Experience of working with government organisations 10%
(d) Understanding of the process of economic reform in Armenia 10%
(e) Analytical skills, with the ability to interpret and report on complex issues 10%
(f) Ability to interact effectively with senior officials in government and the business community 10%
(g) Ability to work effectively in a team 5%
(h) Ability to prioritise and work under the pressure of deadlines 5%
(i) Language skills (Armenian, Russian and English) 5%
(j) 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.

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

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