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Readvertisement – Local Expert for Drafting Kosovo’s National Investment Strategy, Action Plan and Monitoring and Evaluation Plan

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DT Global

Lokacioni

Prishtinë

Data e publikimit

05-04-2024

Data e perfundimit

22-05-2024

Lloji i orarit

Contract

USAID Kosovo Investment Promotion and Access to Finance Activity

Scope of WorkReadvertisement

Local Expert for Drafting Kosovo’s National Investment Strategy, Action Plan and Monitoring and Evaluation Plan

Project background

DT Global is a fast-growing international development company that focuses on improving the capability, capacity, and effectiveness of development programming in complex global environments. DT Global has been awarded the 5-year USAID-funded Investment Promotion and Access to Finance Activity in Kosovo (hereinafter “Activity”). The Activity aims to strengthen the private sector’s capacity to deliver sustainable economic growth through two mutually reenforcing objectives: 1) attracting and promoting investment; and 2) increasing access and utilization of diversified finance. By achieving these two objectives, the Activity aims to strengthen the resiliency of the private sector, create productive jobs, increase exports, and enable firms to adopt new technologies and business practices.

Assignment background

A key mandate of the Ministry of Industry, Entrepreneurship, and Trade (MIET) is to advance the drafting of policies and legislation in the field of investment. In that regard, MIET is planning to develop the National Investment Strategy (NIS). The National Investment Strategy aims to facilitate opportunities for attracting foreign and domestic investments in Kosovo. Priority areas are expected to be in accordance with sector policies of Kosovo’s priority sectors, the Law on Sustainable Investments, the Strategy for Industrial Development and Business Support 2030, and linked to the National Development Strategy (NDS) 2030. These policies and strategic documents will provide the overall framework that will guide the analyses of priority sectors to be identified for investment, subsequently leading to the definition of intervention areas. The NIS should also identify opportunities and areas for promoting Kosovo to foreign investors. Among others, the NIS should also address obstacles and difficulties that investors face, including recent global economic events that may impact investment flows.

The focus and policy of the strategy will be in accordance with the needs of the private sector, including with the objectives of the EU investment policy, taking into account the green agenda, as well as taking into account relevant recommendations of the European Commission, and recommended relevant investment-related measures from Government of Kosovo (GOK).

In addition to the National Investment Policy, an Action Plan, which is to be costed, will be finalized within a time limit as specified by MIET (within ten months of initiating the strategy development process). The strategy development process is expected to be overseen by MIET’s Department for Investments and will take place within the framework of an already established GOK working group, including other relevant parties related to the field of investments.

In support of this effort, GOK is engaging an international expert, while the Activity has agreed to support the engagement of a Short-Term Local Expert, who will work closely with the international expert and the GOK working group mandated to develop the noted strategy. The Local Expert who will support MIET with developing the National Investment Strategy, a three-year Action Plan, and a monitoring and evaluation plan, which is expected to be drawn up by collecting data obtained from quantitative and qualitative research, secondary data, international studies/practices/trends/developments, as well as with the involvement of relevant participants. The National Investment Strategy will be drafted in full compliance with the requirements of “Administrative Instruction (GRK) No. 07/2018 on Planning and Drafting Strategic Documents and Action Plans.”

Name of Position – Local Expert to Support Drafting of National Investment Strategy and Action Plan (hereinafter “Expert”) 

Main Responsibilities 

The general responsibilities of the Expert include:

  • Support the analysis of the current investment climate in Kosovo benchmarked against regional and EU comparators based on national and international statistics, documents and collected qualitative data.
  • Support in determining objectives of the Investment Strategy and areas of intervention, inter alia, in workshops with the drafting team and public-private dialogue formats
  • Identifying key performance indicators including data collection and target setting.
  • Compilation of the initial draft of the strategic document.
  • Development of the action plan and supporting action plan costing.
  • Finalization of the first draft of the strategic document and action plan.
  • Drafting of the strategy monitoring and evaluation plan.

Finalization of the draft National Investment Strategy after the consultation phase.

Minimum Education Requirements:

  • University degree in a relevant field.

Minimum Professional Experience:

  • Demonstrated experience in strategy development.
  • Demonstrated experience in areas covering investment attraction or promotion.
  • Strong research and analytical experience.
  • Prior experience advising and supporting working groups is an asset.
  • Excellent skills in report drafting and writing skills.
  • Knowledgeable in monitoring and evaluation methodologies is advantageous.
  • Demonstrated experience in drafting action plans.
  • Some experience on costing of the action plan for strategic documents is considered an asset.
  • Proven extensive knowledge of the economic environment in Kosovo and the regional countries, as well as knowledge and experience related to investment policies or investment programs.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and in a team.
  • High attention to detail; good organization and prioritization skills.
  • Fluency in English.

Period of Performance – April 2024 – December 2024 

Contracting Mechanism – DT Global anticipates issuing a fixed-price contract. The selected consultant or company will be remunerated based on the submission and approval of the key deliverables outlined above. 

Supervisor – The Activity’s Investment Promotion Lead

Supervisory Role – None.

Travel Requirements – Travel is not anticipated as DT Global expects to engage a local consultant or firm to complete this scope of work. 

Selection Criteria 

Consultants’ applications will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Experience in strategy development, including action planning, M&E and costing.
  • Ability to engage in quality research.
  • Report writing skills.
  • Excellent skills required to provide well-structured written reports in written and oral communications.

Application Instructions:

DT Global is accepting applications from both individuals and firms to complete the above scope of work. Individuals will be engaged through a fixed price consulting agreement. Firms will be engaged through a fixed price purchase order or subcontract. In your application, please indicate whether you are applying as a firm or as an individual.

To apply please submit a CV and proposed cost proposal in English to [email protected] The cost proposal must include all anticipated costs, including level of effort (LOE), and materials required to complete the above scope of work. Applicants are encouraged to use the budget template provided in Annex A. Please include the position you are applying for in the email subject line.

Application deadline is Wednesday, April 17, 2024, by 17:00 hrs.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

DT Global, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or national origin. DT Global, LLC prohibits discriminating against employees and job applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose the compensation of the employee or applicant or another employee or applicant.