Consultant for Social Entrepreneurship


Location : BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Application Deadline :18-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :March - June 2019
Expected Duration of Assignment :Maximum 37 days

Background

Financed by the Government of Switzerland and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Municipal Environmental and Economic Governance (MEG) Project is an intervention in the domain of local governance in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Project’s overall goal is defined as follows: Local governments (LGs), assigned with appropriate competences and finances, have improved their democratic governance, apply sound public policy and performance management systems, and provide public services in an inclusive, effective and efficient manner, particularly those related to economic and environmental sectors. The expected concrete improvements the Project will contribute to are clustered in three outcomes, as follows:

  • Outcome 1: Supported local governments apply effective development management systems characterized by stronger oversight of the legislative and greater accountability towards the citizens.
  • Outcome 2: Citizens and businesses in target localities benefit from good quality services provided by LGs in the economic and environmental sectors.
  • Outcome 3: Improved regulatory framework at higher and local government levels and pro-active networking accelerate sector-specific reforms and enable more effective local public service delivery.

The Project’s territorial focus is on the North-West part of the country (including Una-Sana Canton and Prijedor region) and the North-East region (the wider Doboj-Tuzla area), covering 18 partner LGs: Bihac, Bosanska Krupa, Cazin, Doboj, Gracanica, Gradacac, Gradiška, Kalesija, Kostajnica, Kozarska Dubica, Prijedor, Prnjavor, Sanski Most, Tešanj, Teslic, Tuzla, Velika Kladuša and Žepce.
The Project is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Ministry of Development, Entrepreneurship and Crafts of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH), the FBiH Ministry of Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry, the Ministry for Administration and Local Self-Government of Republika Srpska (RS), the RS Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management and both entity Associations of Municipalities and Cities (AMCs).

The purpose of the consultancy is to enhance awareness and knowledge of partner LGs on social entrepreneurship. In this regard, a Consultant for Social Entrepreneurship (hereinafter – the Consultant) will be engaged.

The objective of the consultancy is to design the training programme and training materials on social entrepreneurship, deliver training to representatives of the partner LGs, conduct individual consultations and develop practical “Guidelines on social entrepreneurship”.
This activity will take place within the economic development component, with the aim to improve the capacities of partner LGs to use public funds to enable and promote quality living and business-friendly environment for all citizens.

Travel is planned to all 18 MEG partner LGs: Bihac, Bosanska Krupa, Cazin, Doboj, Gracanica, Gradacac, Gradiška, Kalesija, Kostajnica, Kozarska Dubica, Prijedor, Prnjavor, Sanski Most, Tešanj, Teslic, Tuzla, Velika Kladuša and Žepce


Duties and Responsibilities

As per definition, social entrepreneurship involves recognizing the social problems and achieving a social change by employing entrepreneurial principles, processes and operations. Therefore, the main objectives of this consultancy are:

  • to raise understanding of partner LGs on social entrepreneurship, as a mechanism for creation of change that will result with identification and elimination/minimization of associated social and environmental problems, and
  • to provide knowledge and skills that will enable beneficiaries (training participants) to utilize principles of social entrepreneurship effectively.

The Consultant is expected to design the training package, deliver the training to the target group and develop a practical manual - “Guidelines on Social Entrepreneurship”.

The entire service will be delivered in the languages of BiH peoples. The expected timeframe for delivery of the service is March - June 2019.

More concretely, the Consultant will be expected to perform the below described tasks.

Task 1 – Conduct research and review of existing documentations and practices

Firstly, the Consultant will meet with the Project Team to discuss in more details the assignment and deadlines. Subsequently, the Consultant will collect and review all relevant documentation, such as existing strategic documents and relevant legislation that is addressing social entrepreneurship issues in the BiH (all government levels), region and EU.

A brief comparative review paper (3 pages maximum) highlighting best approaches as per existing practices in EU and region will be produced and submitted. All findings will be incorporated into the training program/materials.

It is envisaged that this task will be delivered by 30 March 2019 and the level of effort will not exceed 4 expert days.

Task 2 – Design the training package on social entrepreneurship

Within this task, the Consultant is expected to design a comprehensive and practical training programme on social entrepreneurship. The focus of the training program will be on practical examples and solutions of the best social entrepreneurship ideas and opportunities that can be applied in MEG partner LGs. The training will help the target group to understand how social entrepreneurship can be used to improve business environment and life conditions in their LGs.

The training program is envisaged as a 2-days learning event, structured to allow active involvement of participants by using different training technics, such as group exercises, simulations, role-playing, guided discussion, etc.

The first day of the training is intended to acquire theoretical knowledge on the basic principles of social entrepreneurship. After the first day of training, the participants will have at least one week to prepare a project proposal for a social enterprise in their LG (in line with needs and potentials). The project proposal will then be presented during the second day of training.

The expected/potential training topics should contain, but not be limited to:

  • What is social entrepreneurship? (definition, history)?
  • Who is a social entrepreneur and main characteristics of social entrepreneur?
  • Differences between business and social entrepreneurs/advantages of social enterprises?
  • Social capital. (definition, history).
  • What is social business and its principles?
  • What is social innovation?
  • The role of technology in social entrepreneurship.
  • What is a legal framework and strategic documents on Social entrepreneurship in BiH and region?
  • All other issues/topics relevant to social entrepreneurship.

The training package prepared by the Consultant will at minimum include:

  • Training modules and PowerPoint presentations;
  • Hand-outs for participants in a form of reading materials and exercises for individual/group work, check lists, case-studies, etc.

The training materials will be prepared in the languages of BiH peoples and submitted to MEG Project team for approval. It is envisaged that this task will be delivered by 15 April 2019 and the level of effort will not exceed 7 expert days.

Task 3 – Delivery of the training and individual consultations

The training program will be delivered in line with the MEG project approved training schedule - two (2) training sessions to 2 training groups (two-day training sessions per training group), with 12-15 participants in each training group. Targeted trainee groups are staff involved in local economic development coming from MEG partner LGs. Trainings will be organized in Prijedor and Doboj. Logistics in relation to organizing training events will be provided by the MEG project.

The Consultant is expected to prepare and deliver finalized training materials in electronic form to MEG Project team for approval, at least 7 (seven) days before the scheduled training.

Upon completion of the training, the Consultant will hold individual consultation with relevant partner LGs representatives. The purpose of these individual consultations is to collect inputs related to potentials and needs of partner LGs for social entrepreneurship projects, and provision of technical assistance. The Consultant is expected to visit each of 18 partner LGs at least once. Collected input will then be incorporated into the practical manual document.

It is envisaged that this task will be delivered by the end of May 2019 and the level of effort will not exceed 16 expert days.

Task 4 – Development of the Social Entrepreneurship Manual - Guidelines

Based on training program and inputs collected during individual consultations, the Consultant will develop a practical manual - “Guidelines on social entrepreneurship”.

In addition to the general part related to definitions, principles, and experiences on social entrepreneurship across the World, this document shall put a special emphasis on practical examples (from region and/or EU) that are applicable in MEG project’s partner LGs, which correspond to inputs collected during consultations.

The Social Entrepreneurship Manual - Guidelines will be prepared in the languages of BiH peoples and submitted to MEG Project team for approval. It is envisaged that this task will be delivered by end of June 2019 and the level of effort will not exceed 10 expert days.

Deliverables/outputs

Task 1 – Conduct research and review of existing documentations and practices:

  • A brief comparative review paper produced submitted and approved by the MEG team - 4 days, March 30, 2019, 10.81%;

Task 2 – Design training package:

  • Training package for social entrepreneurship designed and endorsed by the MEG team - 7 days, April 15, 2019,18.92%;

Task 3 – Delivery of the training and individual consultations:

  • 2 (two) two-days training sessions, for up to 15 participants each, held; Participant lists collected and submitted; Evaluation forms collected and submitted; Report on provided training and individual consultations with major comments and findings submitted and approved by the MEG team -16 days,May 30, 2019, 43.24%;

Task 4 – Development of the “Guidelines on Social Entrepreneurship”:

  • Practical manual – “Guidelines on social entrepreneurship” developed and endorsed by the MEG team - 10 days,June 30, 2019, 27.03%;


Competencies

Corporate Responsibility and Teamwork:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Plans, prioritizes and delivers tasks on time;
  • Strives for and promotes excellence in performance continually;
  • Participates effectively in a team-based, information-sharing environment, collaborating and cooperating with others;
  • Generates ideas and seizes opportunities to support corporate strategic objectives.

People Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Recognizes and responds appropriately to the ideas, interests, and concerns of others;
  • Builds trust and engenders morale by displaying open, transparent and credible behavior;
  • Respects individual/cultural differences; utilizes diversity to foster teamwork;
  • Ensures others’ understanding of, involvement in, and adaptation to a change process.

Partnering and Networking:

  • Communicates sensitively and effectively across different constituencies;
  • Ability to work as a member of a team as well as work autonomously.

Results-Orientation:

  • Plans and ensures quality results to meet established goals.

Communication:

  • Formulates written information clearly and persuasively;
  • Shares information openly with co-workers and partners while using discretion to protect confidences;
  • Presents information in a clear and articulate manner.

Job Knowledge and Expertise:

  • Progressive knowledge of Social Entrepreneurship, practices, examples, challenges;
  • Knowledge of matters related to local economic development;
  • General expertise and knowledge on issues related to the busienss development;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Strong facilitation and coordination skills;
  • Advanced presentation skills;
  • Advanced writing skills;
  • Executes day-to-day tasks systematically and efficiently;
  • Initiative and sound judgment.


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications/Education:

  • University degree in economics, business administration, public administration, development studies or a related field.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of extensive experience in economic development, local development, business development, capacity development or delivery of technical assistance to public and/or private sector;
  • Practical experience in development of businesses, development of social business will be considerate as additional asset;
  • Proven communication and presentation skills and ability to moderate complex groups;

Languages Requirements:

  • Fluency in official Bosnia and Herzegovina languages and in English.

Other Requirements:

  • Excellent computer skills (MS Office applications) and ability to use information technologies as a tool and resource.

Shortlisting/ Qualification Criteria:

  • Relevant Education (University degree in economics, business administration, public administration, development studies or a related field) max 10 points (5 points allocated for BA/BSc degree; + 3 points for MSc/MA; + up to 2 points for PhD).
  • Relevant professional experience – minimum 5 years, max 17 points;
  • Knowledge of English and languages of BiH people - max 3 points.

Technical criteria:

  • Practical experience in development of businesses, development of social business will be considerate as additional asset - Weight:25%, Maximum points: 25;
  • Progressive knowledge of Social Entrepreneurship, practices, examples, challenges - Weight: 25%, Maximum points: 25;
  • Knowledge of matters related to local economic development - Weight: 20%, Maximum points: 20;

Financial criteria: Weight: 30%, Maximum points: 30;

EVALUATION

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

Cumulative analysis

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

  • * Technical Criteria weight-70%
  • * Financial Criteria weight- 30%

Applicants are required to submit an application including:

1. Proposal:

  • Cover letter;

2. Completed and signed the Offeror’s template Confirming Interest and Availability (please follow the link: https://popp.undp.org/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=/UNDP_POPP_DOCUMENT_LIBRARY/Public/PSU_%20Individual%20Contract_Offerors%20Letter%20to%20UNDP%20Confirming%20Interest%20and%20Availability.docx&action=default);

3. Latest personal CV, including past experience from similar projects, and email, telephone and any other contact details for references;

4. Financial proposal which will separately specify professional fee, indicating number of anticipated working days, travel costs (air-ticket or use of private vehicle), living allowance, and all other applicable costs.

Please scan all above mentioned documents and upload as one attachment only online through this website.

Note:

  • For an assignment requiring travel, consultants of 65 years or more require full medical examination and statement of fitness to work to engage in the consultancy.
  • Due to large number of potential applicants, only competitively selected candidates will be contacted for remaining steps of the service procurement process.


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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