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International Consultant- Industrial Sector Development Specialist
|Location :||Home base with Travel|
|Application Deadline :||29-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||65 working days over 5 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||maximum 65 working days over 5 months|
In the past five years, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and its government, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has significantly grown its private industry sector.
The impetus for this came in part due to crude oil price fluctuations over the past ten years, and ongoing security and stability threats over the past five years. Global oil price fluctuations caused economic hardships in KRI and caused KRG to experience budget shortfalls, which revealed that primary reliance on only one industry and source of income – petroleum – would not be sufficient to ensure continued, stable economic growth for the KRI. The lack of a balanced field of industries was another contributor to economic hardships experienced in the KRI in recent years. The lack of a relatively large and stable local industrial base meant reliance on external goods and services, which can be problematic in the presence of security threats.
Having understood this, KRG has sought to transition from its previously closed and relatively controlled economy toward an open, liberal economic system. KRG feels there are strong opportunities for global private sector firms to operate and invest in the KRI. Furthermore, with an overall increase in per capita income in the KRI since 2000, there is also increased scope for local industry, and certainly more demand overall for goods and services in the local market.
Initial steps taken across the past several years have greatly increased industrial production in the KRI. For example, by 2016, the total number of active industrial plants in Kurdistan Region approached 3900, compared with only 694 prior to 2003. In particular, over 1870 licenses were issued between 2010 and 2016.
However, in this initial expansion, KRG has noted that some sectors have developed more strongly than others, and that there is scope to develop industries that can help fill out the supply chains that are currently filled externally. KRG’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoT&I) seeks to further encourage, develop, and support the private sector to grow in a more balanced way, and improve its production processes and commercial activities. The KRG Economic Reform Roadmap 2016 also recognized the importance of domestic and foreign direct investment (FDI) in contributing to the KRI private industry sector’s growth and employment - especially given the relative lack of capital, technical know-how, and technology in the Kurdistan region.
KRG seeks to ensure that there is availability of production inputs (i.e. raw materials, technology, human resources etc.) that are necessary for local production. It seeks also to foster competition between players in local markets to promote quality and price improvements that benefit consumers. KRG is focusing on multiple sectors in this regard, including Food Industries, Weaving and Textile Industries, Non-Metallic Mineral Industries, Metallic Industries, Non-Metallic Industries, Electrical Industries,?and Machinery and Equipment Industries.
To address these issues and to further help promote industrial growth in the KRI, KRG MoT&I is considering assessing the current status of the industry sector, revising its policies, and determining the specific strategic direction that needs to be undertaken to further develop the sector. It seeks to identify needed reforms to achieve that strategic direction - in terms of legislation, regulation, policies, strategies, institutional structure, process and procedures. KRG MoT&I seeks deeper expertise in the areas relevant to developing its industry, agriculture, and tourism sectors to conduct this kind of assessment. For support with this ambition, KRG MoT&I has approached the UNDP Funding Facility for Economic Reform – KRG (FFER-KRG) to provide them with the necessary technical assistance.
As an initial response, UNDP FFER-KRG is recruiting an Industrial Sector Development Specialist to support KRG MoT&I to undertake a thorough Industry Mapping process. This process will first thoroughly study the state of KRI’s industrial sector, policy and strategy. It will then assess the type(s) of rules, regulations, process and procedures that can be reformed or instituted to best help KRG industry sector grow and develop. Next, it will identify and set priorities for reform, and finally it will create an action plan with concrete timelines.
As part of a separate exercise also funded by the FFER-KRG, an Investment Policy Specialist will be recruited to provide necessary technical assistance to the KRG Board of Investment (KRG BOI) to assess the current state of investment in the KRI and recommend the reforms that are required, in term of Laws, regulation, institutional responsibility, processes and investment licensing procedures, to further promote investment opportunities in KRI, and improve management of investment, promotional activities and incentive programmes. The assignment will be in parallel to this exercise, and it is expected that the recruited consultants coordinate their activities to avoid duplications and ensure synergies are established.
The overall objectives of this assignment are to provide necessary technical assistance to KRG MoT&I to (1) assess the current state of KRI’s industry sector; (2) formulate a strategic direction and policy for Industry sector of the KRI; and (3) develop an industry sector growth and development plan that addresses legislative, regulatory, processes, procedures and support program reforms that are essential to promote growth and development of industry sector of the KRI.
Duties and Responsibilities
During missions in KRI, the Specialist will be working in the office of the Director General of Industry at the KRG MoT&I, and will work under the overall guidance and supervision of the Director General of Industry and KRG Ministry of Planning General Director of Capital Investment Budget as well as in coordination with the UNDP FFER-KRG Project Manager.
It is expected that the Specialist will prepare an initial baseline report through desk review of relevant documents (Ministry of Trade and Industry Law ref (10) of 2010, Iraqi Industrial Investment Law for the Private and Mixed Sectors No. 25 of 1991, Iraqi Industrial Investment Law for the Private and Mixed Sectors No. 20 of 1998, KRG MOT&I Policy Instruction and Licensing Plan for Private Sector Industrial Plant 2018, KRG Vision 2020, KRG Economic Reform Roadmap 2016, Investment Law ref 4 of 2006) that will serve as the basis for more in-depth consultations during an in-person mission to the KRI. This baseline report should explain thoroughly the current status of the industry sector, key challenges and vulnerabilities of the sector, and provide a consultation plan for the upcoming mission.
The Specialist will then undertake a mission to consult with all the relevant ministries, non-government entities, and private sector stakeholders as per the consultation plan to conduct the required reviews and assessments highlighted in the in the scope of work to further analyze the sector.
Based on their research and the in-person consultations, the Specialist will (1) formulate a proposed strategic direction and policies to develop the industry sector of the KRI, and (2) develop an industry sector growth and development plan that addresses legislative, regulatory, procedural, and promotional program reforms that are essential to promote growth and development of industry sector of the KRI.
The Specialist shall then present, through workshop and individual meetings, the industrial development plan draft report to stakeholders during a subsequent mission to take comments and reach consensus. Finally, the Specialist will, based on consultations with government entities, non-government entities and private sector help finalize the Industry growth and Development roadmap for the KRI.
Key duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
Expected outputs and deliverables:
5. Institutional Arrangement:
The assignment is for 65 WDs over 5 months, starting from the date that work assigned to specialist officially by FFER-KRG Project Manager. The Specialist is expected to start in July 2019.
Fees and Payment
The price proposal should be an “all-inclusive” daily fee
Required Skills and Experience
Note: Interviews may be conducted as part of the technical evaluation. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% will be considered for interview.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
1. Cumulative analysis
The award of the contract shall 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%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered technically compliant
Technical Criteria – Maximum 70 points
Technical Proposal (30 marks)
Qualification and Experience (40 marks) [evaluation of CV]:
Qualification and Experience (40 marks) [evaluation of CV]:
General Qualification (20 marks);
Experience relevant to the assignment (20 marks);
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.