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Framework for Encouraging and Promoting Investment in Balochistan

The USAID Small and Medium Enterprise Activity (SMEA) project is in the process of gathering a team of consultants (on short-term basis) to identify key impediments to investments in Balochistan and providing recommendations on the relevant provincial policy areas and possible interventions that impact investment and support generation of investments, particularly in the socioeconomic context of Balochistan.

Objective of the Consultancy:
The purpose of this assignment is to provide advice for an investment policy framework for Balochistan that encourages investment and assists in meeting the objectives of private sector development and growth set in Balochistan Comprehensive Development Strategy 2013-2020 which will be reviewed and updated in the coming year. The assignment will focus on evaluating and providing recommendations on relevant provincial policy areas that impact investment; namely investment policy, investment promotion and facilitation and business environment.

Specific Tasks of the Consultants:
The specific purpose of this assignment is to identify key impediments to investment in Balochistan and undertake assessment of the existing investment policy framework and provide recommendations. The consultants will also benchmark the existing investment policies with those of major competitive economies by sector and/or region and provide best practice guidelines for sustainable investment policy formulation.

This advertisement serves to receive CVs from interested candidates for the following remaining positions:

- Investments Expert
- Sector Analysis Expert (2 positions)

Rest of the positions have been filled, already. Detailed Scope of Work is attached with this advertisement.

Job description of the above mentioned positions is as under:
Investments Expert (20 person days)
• Master’s degree in Development Economics, Public Policy, Public Administration or equivalent from a university of repute.
• At least 5 years of experience in investment/business advisory, banking and/or asset management.
• Deep knowledge and understanding of the national, provincial, and local impediments to investment; identifying the challenges and opportunities, particularly in the context of SME sector.
• Prior experience in developing financial mechanisms/tools to accelerate investments in an underdeveloped sector.
• Extensive knowledge of business investments environment and ability to trigger match-making between private sector and investors in development projects.
• Prior knowledge and experience of undertaking economic and investment studies and/or designing investment strategies for the Government.
• Knowledge of investment policies in Pakistan and Balochistan, as well as international best practices.
• Special consideration will be given to candidates who have previously worked on designing investment policies for other provinces, especially Balochistan.
• Previous experience of working with USAID projects in the area of economic growth will be preferred.
• Experience of working with donor projects in the SME space will be preferred.

Sector Analysis Expert (2 positions (25 person days, each))
• Master’s degree in economics, development economics, development studies, strategic management, or equivalent, from a reputed national/international university
• 10 years of overall experience, including research and diagnosis of industries/sectors
• Demonstrated experience of developing market feasibility, business/investment plans will be preferred.
• Knowledge in concepts of international business, competitive analysis, trend analysis, industrial analysis, etc.
• Deep understanding of the investment climate in Pakistan; knowledge of Balochistan and it’s sectors is seen as a strong positive.
• Previous experience of engaging with the private and public sectors for a robust assessment of the constraints underlying SME growth.
• Previous experience of working with USAID projects in economic growth will be preferred
• Experience of working with donor projects in the SME space will be preferred
• Excellent communication and report writing skills are a must.

Duty Station:
The consultants should be available to work with the SMEA team preferably out of Quetta, Karachi or SMEA’s Islamabad office. In case of non-availability of a suitable resource, we could look into the possibility of hiring a consultant based in any other city. The costs of traveling and accommodation will be paid according to the standard project policy.

Application Instructions:
• Send latest CV, with 3 references, to [email protected], by Sunday, February 23, 2020.
• Mention ‘Balochistan Investment Policy’, along with your preferred position, in the subject line.
• Applications without these items may not be considered. No telephone inquiries, please.
• Only finalists may be contacted.
• Client reserves the right to reject any or all applications, without assigning reason.