Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Technical Assistance Advisor, PSDP

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 21 June 2019
  • Apia, Samoa
  • Closing on 27 June 2019

Job Description

This Technical Assistance (TA) assignment is being funded by New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) through Component 1 of the Samoa Private Sector Development Programme (PSDP). This component is implemented by Samoa’s Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (MCIL) with support from Palladium, the Programme Implementation Contractor (PIC).

The Government of Samoa, together with New Zealand’s MFAT, provides core funding to the Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC). SBEC plays a crucial role in the development of MSMEs in Samoa with around 2,500 jobs created through businesses supported and averaging 400 jobs per year. SBEC provides direct support to MSMEs to improve their technical and managerial skills and helps them to access financial and other services needed to grow their businesses.

It is envisaged that this assignment will be undertaken by an individual consultant or a small team (two people). The total level of budgeted inputs is 40 days. Ideally, it is anticipated that the assignment will commence in late July/early August for completion by end of October 2019. The Consultant should indicate when s/he will be available to undertake the assignment.

The scope of the work required of the Consultant includes the following:
* Undertake a briefing with MCIL’s Trade Commerce and Manufacturing Co-ordination Unit (TCM-CU) and IDIPD staff prior to the commencement of the project;
* Undertake a literature review, considering relevant documentation and credible sources. Documents to be reviewed include, but are not limited to:- National Development Plans, Draft MSME Strategy Paper 2010, TCM-SP 2017/2018-2020/2021, Diagnostic Trade Integration Study 2016 (DTIS), Business Activity Survey, Government Policy documents, Corporate Plans of Relevant Ministries/Agencies (MCIL, MFAT, MfR, CBS, and SBEC), PSDP design document, Private Sector publications such as the Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (SCCI) Business Confidence Survey Report 2018-2019.
* Undertake a thorough review of the current regulatory environment, fiscal/financial incentives, entrepreneurial culture, access to finance and support programs (funded by government, donors or others) for MSMEs in Samoa
* Identify particular barriers faced by women entrepreneurs, youth and other vulnerable groups and specific policy measures that will enable women, youth and other vulnerable groups to set up and manage thriving MSMEs, including policies relating to access to finance, business training and other forms of support.
* Undertake a field visit to Samoa to consult with relevant Ministries/Agencies and key national stakeholders (see Approach/Methodology section of these TOR),
* Consider the need for developing a legislation/Act to establish a regulatory framework and official definitions of micro, small and medium sized enterprises, as well as ensuring an enabling environment for the development and growth of MSMEs.
* Highlight a manageable number of priority policy initiatives for Government to promote the development of the MSME sector and incorporate ways for effective monitoring and evaluation during Policy implementation.
* Define roles of Government Ministries, Private Sector Organisations and relevant agencies and key stakeholders involved in the Policy implementation.
* Incorporate into the MSME Policy effective utilization of Intellectual Property by MSMEs as a tool for enhancing and protecting their innovations to help increase their global competitiveness.
* Incorporate aspects of Monitoring Evaluation Research and Learning (MERL) and Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) into the MSME Policy
* Provide on the job mentoring, training and transfer of skills for TCM-CU and IDIPD staff to implement the MSME Policy and conduct advocacy for the benefit of stakeholders in the MSME sector.
* Present an Aide Memoire to key stakeholders (IDIPD, TCM-CU/MCIL and PAC) at the end of the field visit, outlining key findings and recommendations
* Compile a report attaching a draft MSME policy and strategy for its implementation for the PAC’s approval.
* Participate in any conference calls (as necessary) with the PAC to discuss feed-back on the drafts and answer any queries;
* Relevant advanced qualification in one or more of the relevant subject areas: Business, Economics or Public Policy.
* Significant experience in SME and/or private sector development policy, including strong understanding of current best practices in SME support
* Evidence of experience working on SME development and/or private sector development, in developing countries, ideally in the Pacific and preferably in Samoa
* Evidence of excellent analytical, writing and interpersonal skills demonstrated through development of similar policies and from referee feed-back
* Evidence of a good understanding of GESI as it relates to SME and private sector development.
* Availability and competitiveness of daily rate

About the Organization

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, colour, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

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