Consultancy to facilitate the Assessment of Implementation of the Tanzania Small and Medium Enterprise Policy (2003)

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Application Deadline :06-Jun-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :40 Working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :40 Working days


UN Women (UNW), grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, the UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality are translated into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts while building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

The UN Women Tanzania Country Programme is part of the United Nations Delivering as One and included as part of the UN Development Assistance Programme, (UNDAP) II (2016-2021) Outcome area “The economy is increasingly transformed for greater pro-poor inclusiveness, competitiveness and improved opportunities for decent and productive employment”, the UN Women Tanzania, Country Strategic Framework 2017 – 2021; the UN joint Programme for Kigoma Region 2017-2021 on Women and Youth Economic Empowerment, CEDAW and other international and regional commitments.

UN Women is supporting the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investments (MITI) to conduct an assessment of the implementation of the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Policy (2003) to inform the formulation of the new SME Policy. This assessment will focus on women, young women and women living with disabilities.

In order to, ensure that the policy review process can successfully identify the current challenges facing the women, young women and women living with disabilities in the SME sector, the in depth study is to understand the context and to propose policy interventions. The study will look at barriers faced women within the general population to own and grow MSMEs, and will also look at populations of youth and people living with disabilities (PLWD) and will place a specific focus of women within these groups (i.e young women aged 16 and above and women living with disabilities). The study will examine the following aspects:

  • As the current SME Policy categorizes enterprises into 4 levels – micro, small, medium and large, the study will examine each of these categories separately and will propose policy interventions for each; 
  • The situation in both urban centres as well as rural areas and will identify broad scale policy interventions that can address the specific challenges faced by women in the MSME sector, specifically the geographic areas will be Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Singida, Kigoma, and Mtwara;
  • Review interventions and implementation of the SME Policy of 2003 at the local level to identify good practices and to identify areas where the SME policy needs to be strengthened. This will be done through discussions with the LGAs in the selected districts and will focus particularly on interventions that target the key populations.

UN Women is therefore recruiting a national consultant to lead the process and analysis for the assessment.

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will be a senior specialist and will have an overall responsibility to lead the consultancy, to produce reports, and to liaise with UN Women and the MITI. He/She will also have the overall responsibility of executing the consultancy with regard to the immediate objectives and activities above including producing reports against these specific objectives. The consultant will in collaboration with and will be support by a technical team from the Ministry and UN Women.

In close collaboration with UN Women and the MITI, the consultant will:

  1. To lead the process and analysis for the implementation of the SME policy with respect to women, youth and PWLD. 
  2. Lead all qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
  3. Present study at the validation meeting
  4. Produce draft and final reports


  1. Report of desk review of available research to inform the assessment;
  2. Conduct secondary quantitative analysis from available national data to inform the assessment;
  3. Develop plan and tools for field work;
  4. Select, train and supervise enumerators;
  5. Analyse qualitative/quantitative primary data from targeted districts;
  6. Field work report;
  7. Draft first draft report;
  8. Prepare and deliver presentation at validation meeting;
  9. Finalize report with inputs from validation meeting.



Core Values/Guiding Principles


  •  Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.


  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies

Ethics and Values:

  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organizational Awareness:

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Development and Innovation:

  • Take charge of self-development and take initiative.

Work in teams:

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Communicating and Information Sharing:

  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others.

Conflict Management:

  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

  •  Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:

  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.

Functional Competencies

  1. Excellent qualitative and quantitative research skills related to economics, entrepreneurship and gender
  2. Ability to lead programme/policy implementation assessments
  3. Strong networking skills
  4. Excellent knowledge of the women’s economic empowerment thematic area
  5. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Kiswahili
  6. Focuses on impact and result for the partners and responds positively to feedback.

Required Skills and Experience


PhD in Economics, Entrepreneurship, Gender, Development Studies, Public Policy or other related disciplines.


The consultant must demonstrate 10 years work experience in economics and entrepreneurship and 2 years in gender equality and women’s empowerment. Significant experience in programme evaluation and assessments of implementation, and applying gender mainstreaming to policy and programme design and implementation. Experience working with the Government of Tanzania will be added advantage.

Language Requirements:

Excellent communication and report writing skills in English; and a high proficiency in written and spoken English and Kiswahili is necessary;


Submission of application procedure:

Submission package includes:

  • Technical Proposal
  • Updated CV
  • UN Women Personal History Form (P11), which can be downloaded at
  • Writing sample
  • Financial proposal indicating daily rate.The consultant will indicate the lump sum and breakdown, including per diem when in-country, to be paid in the financial proposal.
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UN Women is an equal opportunity Employer. Qualified women and men are encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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.

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