Consultant(s), Impact Assessment of Samoa Small Business Enterprise Centre

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 9 September 2019
  • Western Samoa
  • Closing on 23 September 2019

Job Description

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.
Together with the Government of Samoa (GoS), New Zealand has been supporting SBEC since its establishment in 1994.
SBEC is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of representatives from GoS, NZ MFAT, banks, private sector and civil society. SBEC’s core services include

  • Business Management Training
  • Business Advisory Services
  • Business Mentoring, and
  • Facilitation of Access to Financial Resources (via a Loan Guarantee Scheme

SBEC’s mandate and scope of work continues to have a business development focus, as reflected in past and current strategic plans, has become broader over its two decades of operation. The original focus was on start-up businesses, but support for established businesses, along with increased consideration of those businesses with export potential or that are export-ready is now provided.

The purpose of the impact assessment is to assess SBEC’s economic and social impact on its stakeholders and beneficiaries, over the period following the last impact assessment up to 30 June 2018.
By detailing the impact of SBEC, the Report will demonstrate the return on investment for NZ MFAT and GoS, promote the value of SBEC to stakeholders and provide lessons learnt for SBEC’s future. The key audiences for the Report are NZ MFAT, GoS, SBEC, the private sector industry stakeholders and the wider international development community.
This assessment would require a team of two consultants​.It is planned that this assessment would require no more than 25 days This impact assessment would undertake the following tasks;
i) An economic impact analysis of the impact of SBEC services to SMEs and the contribution of SBEC-supported SMEs to the economy
ii) A social impact analysis of the impact of SBEC services to SMEs and the contribution of SBEC-supported SMEs to livelihoods and communities,
iii) SBEC’s contribution towards Samoa’s achievement of national private sector development goals, including development of other private sector organisations

The assessment will focus on the outcomes achieved and lessons learnt over the period since the last impact assessment up to 30 June 2018 and make recommendations on what actions might be taken to improve and/or strengthen SBEC’s impact and sustainable contribution to private sector development in Samoa.
In assessing SBEC’s impact, the assessment will answer the following questions:
* To what extent has SBEC benefited its clients and stakeholders? Please ensure results are totalled as well as broken down into groups (e.g. rural, urban, RSE workers, women, youth and other vulnerable groups)
* Were there any unintended impacts from the approaches taken to provide support?
In assessing the sustainability of SBEC’s impact, the assessment will answer the following questions:
* To what extent has SBEC contributed to improved skills and knowledge of its clients and stakeholders?
* To what extent has SBEC contributed to improved business performance and how have they been sustained?
* How has improvement in business performance where these have occurred been sustained?
The assessment will identify lessons learned and cross cutting issues, and will answer the following questions:
* What are key learnings - what works and what does not?
* What recommendations can be made to:
achieve SBEC’s goals and long-term outcomes?
achieve Samoa’s private sector development goals?

This assessment would require a team of two consultants with the following qualifications;
* Economic and/or business analyst with significant experience in this field
* Social impact analyst with experience and understanding of the Samoan social and cultural contexts
* Background and experience in conducting impact assessments or the like, for development programmes and/or organisations
* Ability to present data, analysis and insights in a visually compelling way to multiple stakeholders
* Experience in the Samoan business environment and understanding government policies on trade, commerce and industry preferred
* Understanding of the Samoan social and cultural contexts preferred

About the Organization

Palladium develops and delivers solutions that create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies and economies. We transform lives and create enduring value by working with governments, corporations and non-profit organisations.

Palladium is built on the idea that progress will be supported by four key pillars: • International Development • Strategy Execution Consulting • Impact Investment • Training and Events We create positive impact through more than 100 current projects with more than 2000 employees operating in over 90 countries.

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