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Relevant Experience: 

  • Should have at least ten (10) years of experience in designing and management of donor funded projects, and experience in delivering projects in at least one of the sectors such as livelihoods or infrastructure development.
  • Knowledgeable about women’s economic empowerment program design options.
  • Demonstrable experience in high quality research and report reporting.
  • Applied knowledge of research methodologies.
  • Analytical skills with ability to formulate logical program design and strategies
  • Excellent report writing and analytical skills shall be required.
  • Availability to complete the assignment within the stipulated timeframe.
  • Commitment to PPAF's Code of Conduct.

Job Description:

1.     Background of Assignment

As Pakistan’s overall GDP growth is expected to decline this year due to this global pandemic, economists have projected rising unemployment, loss of livelihoods and increasing food security challenges ahead. Some independent experts’ projection for long-term job loss is approximately 6.5 million which will lead to an unemployment rate of 16 percent. They also estimate that nearly 15 to 20 million people could slip into poverty, and the total number of poor is likely to cross the 100 million mark, i.e. almost 50 percent of the population[1]. According to the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics’ (PIDE) analyses of the labour market and the economy, there would be layoffs and periods of unemployment for the estimated 56 percent of the workforce falling under “vulnerable employment”.[2] This includes 80 percent of the people employed in agriculture, 75 percent in wholesale and retail trade, 50 percent in hotels and restaurants, 60 percent in real estate and business, and 40 percent in transport and communication sectors.   

Considering this scenario, it is important for development organizations such as PPAF to propose solutions that will mitigate these risks particularly for already poor rural populations engaged in the informal economy over the coming months. One way to do this is to offer temporary employment opportunities through cash-for-work schemes so that poor and vulnerable households are able to earn a living to meet their consumption requirements in crisis. In order to design suitable cash-for-work initiatives, it is important to learn from similar programs implemented in Pakistan and in other comparable countries. PPAF requires the services of a consultant to conduct secondary research on large scale cash-for-work schemes in Pakistan and globally to succinctly identify the key features of the program, best practices that lead to success, approaches to avoid which failed, key risks and mitigation measures. 

2.     Scope of Work

The consultant is required lead the following scope of work:

  • Desk review of large cash-for-work schemes in multiple sectors in rural areas in at least 5 countries including Pakistan.
  • 5-6 key informant interviews with local and global technical experts to gain their perspectives on the practical implementation approaches used, challenges encountered and ways in which they were addressed.
  • Identification of sectors and feasible, contextually appropriate approaches in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh where cash-for-work schemes that can increase women’s economic empowerment. 

3.     Deliverables

  • A detailed analytical report based on the above scope of work, covering at least the following areas:
    • Description of 5 large scale cash-for-work schemes including location, contextual features, programme design features, targets achieved including infrastructure improved, direct beneficiaries reached and income generated, and impact achieved particularly for longer-term empowerment.
    • Succinct elaboration of key best practices that lead to success, approaches to avoid which failed, key risks and mitigation measures.
    • Identification of sectors and feasible, contextually appropriate approaches in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh where cash-for-work schemes that can increase women’s economic empowerment. This should offer realistic, practical solutions considering and overcoming constraints of women’s mobility and social norms that often hinder their engagement in such economic activities.
    • Successful approaches and risk mitigation measures to link cash-for-work schemes with financial inclusion so that beneficiaries, especially women, are empowered to sustain benefits of such interventions beyond the life of the project.

 

The duration of consultancy assignment shall be 20 working days. 




Education
Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesMastersMasters DegreePakistanMaster’s degree in Social Sciences / Business Administration / Project Management / Engineering Management / Public Administration is required.

Skills
Must Title Level Description
YesAnalytical skills Excellent  
YesCommunication Skills Excellent  Report Writing

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