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A consulting firm of repute needs to engage a team of consultants for this short-term assignment in one of its co-managed projects. 

1.      Position Title:

  • Economist – Team Lead
  • Trade/Export Specialist
  • Sector Specialist (x4) – Agri-business, light engineering, textiles, ICT
  • Sector Mapping Expert/Economic Analyst
  • Research Associate (x2) – Senior; Junior
  • Field Researcher/Enumerator (x3)

 

2.   Objective of the Consultancy:

  • To undertake a market intelligence study to better understand the local and international demand contraction for goods and services due to COVID-19, and mapping opportunities for domestic and export market development for SMEs.
  • Undertake survey(s) with SMEs, engaged in identified sectors which are predominated by Textile, Light Engineering, and Agri-business and Processing and Information Communication Technology (ICT), to determine impact on business operations and scope of export, which includes identifying challenges and opportunities in selling to international markets.
  • This intelligence will inform policy and regulatory environment changes which are needed to support SMEs for enhanced and sustained domestic and export growth in selected sectors. 
  • The overall study will inform the federal and provincial governments in re-positioning and better targeting their support to specific sectors and subsectors in the Post-COVID-19 scenario to enable SME growth.
  • The study will recommend and prioritize effective actions which can be made in the short-term for impact on SMEs.

Detailed Scope of Work is attached with this advertisement. 

3.     Required Qualification

Consultant

Person Specifications

 

Level of Effort

Economist

[Team Lead]

  • Completed 16 years of education. Master’s degree in Economics, Development Economics, or Business Management, Public Policy from a reputed local or international university
  • At least 10-12 years of experience working in SME development and industrial analysis
  • Sound understanding of issues related to role of investment in the economy, particularly in context of developing country
  • Understanding of post-COVID-19 related domestic and international economic/industry developments
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of the national, provincial, local regulatory, legal and policy environment pertaining to the SMEs
  • 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 an advantage
  • Excellent communication and report writing skills

 

60 person days

Export/ Trade

Specialist

  • Completed 16 years of education with a Bachelor degree in economics, development economics, development studies, trade, business, or strategic management from a reputed national/international university. A Master’s degree would be preferred.
  • 10-12 years of demonstrated experience in Trade facilitation, International Standards and Requirements, Export regulation
  • Experience in developing strategies for the facilitation of Businesses, undertake trade and investment promotion initiatives, regulatory and global trade and trade policy initiatives at progressively important positions
  • Deep understanding of the current state of International Trade of Pakistan
  • Understanding of post-COVID-19 changes on international trade, international safety and quality standards, compliance
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of the national, provincial, local regulatory, legal and policy environment
  • Previous experience of engaging with the private and public sectors for a robust assessment of the constraints underlying the competitiveness of firms, particularly the SMEs
  • Previous experience of working with USAID projects in economic growth will be preferred
  • Excellent communication and report writing skill

25 person days

Sector Experts [4]

  • Master’s degree in economics, development economics, development studies, strategic management, or sector-specific major from a reputed national/international university
  • 8-10 years of experience, undertaking research and diagnosis of industries/sectors (textiles; light engineering; agri-business; ICT)
  • Deep understanding of the investment climate in Pakistan; understanding of industrial effects/changes as a result of COVID-19
  • Previous experience of engaging with the private and public sectors for a robust assessment of the constraints underlying SME growth and exports
  • Previous experience of working with USAID projects in economic growth will be preferred
  • Strong links with relevant sector stakeholders including chambers of commerce, sector associations, board of investments, industry etc.
  • Experienced in undertaking in-depth consultations with stakeholders at all levels
  • Excellent communication and report writing skills

15 person days each

Sector Mapping Expert/ Economic Analyst

  • Master’s degree in economics, development economics, development studies, strategic management from a reputed national/international university
  • 8-10 years of relevant experience conducting sector research, economic analysis and opportunity mapping
  • Understanding of post-COVID-19 related domestic and international economic/industry developments
  • Experienced in conducting desk-based research and primary research; competent in developing research tools
  • Experienced in undertaking in-depth consultations with stakeholders at all levels
  • Previous experience of working with USAID projects in economic growth will be preferred
  • Competent in handling and analyzing data
  • Excellent communication and report writing skills

45 person days

Research Associate

Research Associate 1 – Senior

  • Master degree in Economics, Business, Commerce, Development Studies or Social Sciences from a reputed national/international university
  • 8-10 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative research, including primary research focused on SMEs
  • Experienced in undertaking in-depth consultations with stakeholders at all levels
  • Demonstrated experience in training and managing field staff for data collection
  • Prior experience of working with donors is preferred.
  • Good communication and report-writing skills

 

Research Associate [2] – Junior

  • Bachelor degree in Economics, Business, Commerce, Development Studies or Social Sciences; Masters Degree is preferred from a reputed national/international university
  • Experience of conducting qualitative and quantitative research; strong desk-based research skills
  • Understanding and familiarity of working with chambers, associations, SMEs, sector experts
  • Ability to consult with relevant stakeholders preferred
  • Good communication and report-writing skills

30 person days (Senior)

 

20 person days

(Junior)

Field Researcher / Enumerator [3]

  • Bachelor degree in Economics, Business, Commerce, Development Studies, Social Sciences or Sector-specific; Masters Degree is preferred
  • Experienced in conducting primary research (in-person and telephonically), particularly focused on industry/SMEs
  • Understanding and familiarity of working with chambers, associations, SMEs; ability to consult with relevant stakeholders
  • Excellent communication skills in local language(s)

15 person days each

 

4.     Duty Station:

The consultants will be based in Islamabad and shall work with SMEA team based in Islamabad. Field visits to other locations (e.g. Lahore, Karachi, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Peshawar, etc.) for survey and consultations may take place.

 

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Application Instructions:

  • Send latest CV, with 3 references, to [email protected], by Wednesday, January 20, 2021.
  • Mention ‘Market Intel Study’, along with your preferred position, in the subject line. Applications without these may not be considered.
  • No telephone inquiries, please.
  • Only individuals to apply. No group applications.
  • Only finalists may be contacted.
  • Client reserves the right to reject any or all applications, without assigning reason.

 





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