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Calling all supply chain management experts

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Are you a seasoned consultant specialised in supply chain management?

This is your chance to join the EBRD’s growing network of global consultants and support the transformation of leading corporates and multinational corporations’ supply chains.

The EBRD is looking to recruit experts who will help aggregators overcome the biggest obstacles to achieving an efficient supply chain, while improving industry standards.

Consultants are expected to assist aggregators with the design and implementation of a tailored technical assistance project that aims to achieve the following:

  • Increase the inclusiveness of  supply chains for small businesses, including those owned/led by women, youth, and minorities;
  • Boost supply chains’ sustainability and their alignment with best practice ESG principles and standards;
  • Make supply chains more resilient to financial crises and sub-optimal business conditions;
  • Increase suppliers’ access to finance, including through the rollout of supply chain finance solutions.

How to apply

Interested individual experts and consultancy firms are invited to submit the documents listed below to by 31 August 2021:

  • A cover letter including full contact details (address of the individual or company, phone and/or fax number, and email address)
  • Company, product and/or service profile
  • References (2 pages max)

Assignments are expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2021, subject to business needs and availability of funding

Please also note that, the EBRD may conduct introductory meetings with the interested consultancy companies.

EBRD procurement rules will be applied for the Assignments; therefore, consultants are encouraged to register themselves to EBRD’s official procurement portal SMART.



A vibrant small and medium-sized enterprise (“SME”) sector is a vital ingredient for a healthy market economy. As such, creating the conditions for small businesses to thrive is firmly anchored in European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s (“EBRD”) transition mandate and its business model. To achieve this, the SME Finance and Development group of EBRD supports economic transition, both by aiming to bring about enterprise change at the SMEs’ level and developing sustainable business advisory services for SMEs.

SMEs play key roles as suppliers, producers and distributors in Aggregators’ supply chains. While the individual performance of an SME has considerable impact on the supply chain’s overall performance, such as product quality or timely delivery, being part of a supply chain necessarily influences an SME’s development path, often helping it evolve into a more innovative and value added business partner. Although many SMEs participate in supply chains in some form, they nevertheless struggle to supply at scale given their smaller sizes, limited exposure to industry best practices and requirements, and lack of access to finance.

EBRD Supply Chain Initiative

The EBRD piloted a Supply Chain Initiative to help SME suppliers of regional and multinational aggregators in its countries of operations address some of these challenges. SMEs will have access  to bespoke advisory and training to boost their know-how so they can better integrate into local and regional supply chains.

EBRD is now scaling up this initiative by adding a dedicated technical assistance component for aggregators, providing them advisory support through industry and sector supply chain experts on implementing tangible reforms to their supply chain management practices. It is expected that this support will help them make their supply chains more (i) inclusive to SMEs; (ii) sustainable, including as it relates to climate impact; and (iii) resilient. EBRD also seeks to provide technical assistance to Aggregators on developing and implementing supply chain finance programmes for their suppliers to improve the resilience of their supply chains to financial shocks/crises.


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