The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("EBRD", or the "Bank") is seeking to select and engage a "Business Environment Expert" (the "Consultant") to support the effective implementation of the Bank's policy reform work on improving the business environment in Tajikistan.
Improving the business environment is a top priority of the EBRD Country Strategy for Tajikistan, approved in July 2015. However, Tajikistan has one of the most challenging business environments of any of EBRD's country of operations, with barriers to business including, inter alia, unpredictable tax administration, corruption, weak property rights, undeveloped capital markets, high levels of informality, weak and costly supply of credit.
The Bank has a number of tools available to enable it to help address the challenge of improving the business environment in Tajikistan, including its banking and Small Business Support ("SBS") client network; its Investment Climate and Governance Initiative ("ICGI"); and its cooperation with, and support for, the Secretariat of the Consultative Council on the Investment Climate (the "Investment Council").
To ensure that the Country Strategy objective of improving the business environment in Tajikistan can be effectively met, a dedicated Business Environment Expert is required to coordinate and help direct and focus the Bank's scaled-up actions in this area in Tajikistan.
The Consultant will be based in the Bank’s Dushanbe Resident Office ("RO”) and will work closely with the RO staff as well as the Investment Climate and Governance team based in the Bank’s London Headquarters. The Consultant will report to the Head of RO as well as to the ICGI team. The Consultant will also be expected to work closely with the EBRD-supported Consultative Council on the Improvement of the Investment Climate in Tajikistan, particularly its Secretariat, to help strengthen the Secretariat's impact and effectiveness.
Tasks of the Consultant:
The tasks of the Business Environment Expert will include, inter alia, the following:
1. Developing and implementing on-going and planned EBRD policy reform interventions to improve the business environment in Tajikistan, taking day-to-day responsibility for liaising with key stakeholders – from the government, private sector, donor community and civil society – and advocating effectively for the successful delivery of reform outcomes.
2. Engaging on a day-to-day basis with the staff of the Investment Council Secretariat, to ensure alignment of their work plan with the EBRD Country Strategy for Tajikistan and the delivery of concrete results to improve the business environment in the country.
3. Working closely with the Investment Council Secretariat to establish areas in which further EBRD support on specific reform priorities can enhance the Secretariat’s impact.
4. Providing advice to the Head of RO and the ICGI team concerning key decisions and strategic directions of the Secretariat and Investment Council.
5. Ensuring synergies between EBRD and other development organisations, including the Private Sector Development Working Group, the Financial Sector Development sub group of the Development Coordination Council.
6. Facilitating and ensuring effective business outreach, assessing the views of the business community in Tajikistan and ensuring that the interests and priorities of the business community regarding investment climate are reflected in the policy work of the EBRD and the Investment Council.
7. Analysing the work of the Government of Tajikistan the business environment and preparing policy dialogue and advocacy priorities for the Bank.
8. Supporting the coordination of EBRD’s policy positions, resources and information concerning the business environment in Tajikistan.
9. Developing monitoring tools and results frameworks, and reporting to the Head of RO and the ICGI team on the effectiveness and impact of the Bank’s policy reform work in Tajikistan, with recommendations for ‘mid-course corrections’ should individual interventions be seen not to deliver concrete results.
Assignment Duration: The Consultant will be engaged on a one-year consultancy contract from early-2016 (around March/April). The assignment may be extended subject to successful delivery, continued operational need, and the availability of further donor funds.
Value Added (VAT) Tax:
The consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank's special status as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purhcased in connection with the provision of services (eg VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.
Funding Source: The contract will be financed through the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund (SSF)
Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions
Consultant Profile: An individual is sought. Firms may propose candidates but the evaluation will be based on the skills and experience of the individual and not the firm.
Candidates should have the following qualifications, experience and expertise:
Candidates should have the following qualifications, experience and expertise:
• Background in business, economics, law or related field, with preferably at least one postgraduate degree in one of these subjects
• Deep understanding of the investment climate challenges in Tajikistan and experience working to address them
• Ideally at least 10 years of relevant work experience, including at least five years at senior level, preferably both in the public and private sectors
• Excellent project management skills and a proven track record of delivery of complex and politically sensitive reform projects
• Good knowledge and experience of working with government organisations
In addition the successful candidate should have the following personal characteristics:
• Ability to interact effectively with senior officials in government, the business community and civil society
• Strong leadership and persuasion skills
• Ability to work effectively in a team
• Ability to prioritise and work under the pressure of deadlines
• Fluency in written and spoken Tajik, Russian and English
Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of experts seeking to be selected for this assignment, the information submitted should include the following:
1. Cover letter (max. 2 pages) summarising why the expert believes to satisfy the requirements as defined in the above section Consultant Profile;
2. CV (not exceeding 4 pages) which should include full descriptions of responsibilities carried out, not just a job title, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives.
3. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:
Expressions of Interest should be submitted in English electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date and should include cover letter, CV, declaration and contact sheet
Bank Contact Person:
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6363
1. Following evaluation of the submissions, up to 6 of the highest rated consultants will be invited to attend interview as part of the selection process.
2. Individual services are sought. Consulting firms proposing individuals may apply but the evaluation will be based on the experience and expertise of the individual and not of the firm. Consulting firms nominating more than one individual expert shall submit one complete individual application for each expert via eSelection.
3. The shortlist criteria are:
a. Background in business, economics, law or related field, with preferably at least one postgraduate degree in one of these subjects - 15%
b. Deep understanding of the investment climate and governance challenges in Tajikistan and experience working to address them - 15%
c. Ideally at least 10 years of relevant work experience, including at least five years at senior level, preferably both in the public and private sectors - 15%
d. Excellent project management skills and a proven track record of delivery of complex and politically sensitive reform projects - 15%
e. Good knowledge and experience of working with government organisations - 15%
f. Personal qualities to be assessed at interview - 25%
- ability to interact effectively with senior officials in government, the business community and civil society; strong leadership and persuasion skills; ability to work effectively in a team; ability to prioritise and work under the pressure of deadlines; fluency in written and spoken Tajik, Russian and English