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Consultancy team to conduct a research project on Affirmative Procurement Assessment in Senegal
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Dakar, SENEGAL|
|Application Deadline :||27-Jun-17 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Other|
|Post Level :||Other|
|Languages Required :||English French|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||45 days|
UN Women has developed a high-impact Flagship Programming Initiative (FPI) in the field of women’s economic empowerment to support women-owned businesses to access affirmative procurement supply chains. The initiative, “Stimulating Equal Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs through Affirmative Procurement, Investment and Supply Chain Policies” focuses on the need to extend the role of women in their countries’ economies to promote sustainable growth and development.
Globally, women-owned businesses secure a mere 1% of government contracts, suggesting systematic gender disparities within procurement systems. On the other hand, procuring entities, corporations and investors lack the information necessary to analyse the gender impact of their decisions and identify women-owned suppliers. The general consensus on the positive correlation between gender equality and the socio-economic environment of a country calls for incentives to ensure equal opportunities for women entrepreneurs and their male counterparts, for instance in the form of preferential treatment for marginalized groups when it comes to public procurement.
Three countries, namely South Africa, Kenya and Senegal have been initially identified to conduct a study on the status of public procurement and how women-led businesses are benefiting from this opportunity. While Kenya and South Africa had already conducted similar studies in the past, for Senegal this is a baseline research to assess the participation of women-led Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in public procurement and the challenges faced by the women entrepreneurs.
In Senegal, the total share of women-owned businesses (WOBs) has grown from 23.8% in 2007 to 32.1% in 2014. In addition, the share of female entrepreneurs in newly established business ventures has grown from 25% in 2000 to 38.1% in 2010 (Seck et al., 2015). In view of the potential economic and social benefits of SMEs, the Senegalese government has adopted a Law on the Promotion and Development of SMEs in 2008, with measures geared towards facilitating access to finance, guaranteeing funds, helping with relocation of SMEs into regions with development priority, among others. One article of the SME Promotion Law (Art. 33) refers to specific measures for women entrepreneurship, stating that 15% of public procurement is earmarked for qualified women-owned SMEs. However, due to the lack of information, the success of this policy is difficult to assess and the results of the baseline study will provide substantive evidence to develop future programs.
Taking into consideration the framework that has been put in place in Senegal, the aim of the study is to analyse the extent to which women-led enterprises have benefitted from this procurement opportunity in the Senegalese context. The study falls within the framework set by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and it will inform interventions to address SDG8, target 8.3, to “promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro, small and medium enterprises, including through access to financial services”.
Duties and Responsibilities
UN Women, in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB), wish to contract the consultancy firm to perform a baseline study on women entrepreneur’s access to public procurement in Senegal. The study will provide evidence on the percentage of women who are taking advantage of affirmative public procurement policy in Senegal and the challenges they face. This study is the first of its kind to be conducted in the country and it will provide the necessary background and recommendations for future interventions.
Specifically, the main responsibilities of the consulting firm would include:
Reporting will be done to the technical team comprising of representatives from UN Women and the AfDB.
Research Objectives and Expected Deliverables
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The Consultancy team must possess the following qualifications:
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.