Addis-RFP2021/56-Request for proposal for the provision of consultancy services to implement the capacity-building plan of the Ethiopian Investment Co Vacancy in Ethiopia 2021

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia International Labour Organization (ILO) - Ethiopia
Country: Ethiopia
Organization: International Labour Organization
Closing date: 31 Aug 2021

International Labour Organization Country Office Addis Ababa is implementing the ‘ProAgro – Promoting of Decent Work in Agribusiness Project’. The ultimate objective of the project is in realising the decent job creation potential of the Ethiopian agro-processing sector for young women and men. The project is funded by the Government of Germany as part of the BMZ Special Initiative on training and job creation in Africa and will be implemented in Ethiopia over a period of 42 months.

As part of the programme, ILO will institute an integrated supply demand linkage approach that builds the skills base of young people (‘supply’ of skills to the labour market); supports the growth of job-creating businesses (‘demand’ for labour); and ensures appropriate intermediation between supply and demand (‘linkage’ or ‘matching’ of young jobseekers with employers looking for talent, or to agricultural value chains requiring producers and service providers). The project will develop the capacity of national, regional, and local stakeholders to develop and implement policies aimed at boosting the job creation potential of the agribusiness sector while enhancing decent work conditions.

The project will be implemented in two regions of Ethiopia namely Sidama and Amhara.

Scope of Services

Under the overall responsibility of ILO, and in consultation with the Ethiopian Investment commission and Regional Investment Bureau’s in Amhara and Sidama**,** the consulting firm is required to provide support and implement the capacity building of the Ethiopian Investment Commission and Regional Investment Bureau’s in line with the outputs discussed below.

1. Investment attraction, retention and expansion in the agro-industry field, with a particular focus in Amhara and Sidama/SNNPR regions

Support the EIC and RIB team to bolster investment attraction and retention in the agro-industry sector. This will include:

Ø Supporting the design of the strategy on investment promotion in agribusiness (currently developed with support from UNIDO), particularly from an employment perspective (job targets etc.)

Ø Capacities to research target companies, outreaching to these globally;

Ø Supporting sector value propositions;

Ø Promoting expansion of FDI projects by proactively engaging to identify potential concerns and help with addressing these;

Ø Technical assistance on fine-tuning and strengthening the aftercare strategy for enhancing promotion and reinvestment.

Ø Technical assistance to a sectoral team within EIC and RIBs, responsible for the agro-industry sector. This will include the development of technical tools to formalise good practices for the EIC as relevant to their needs and context.

Ø Use practical situations/ examples from 3 subsectors of poultry, edible oils, fruits and vegetables (ProAgro project areas) for trial and learning purposes.

Estimated full-time equivalent (FTE) work days: 50

2. Local employment sourcing and domestication

2.1. Work with the EIC, Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI),Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs( MoLSA) and other stakeholders in improving the regulatory environment with respect to the hiring of foreign labour. This will include clarifying what "proof" or required actions are expected in demonstrating absence of locally-available “qualification or experience”.**

· Support the EIC, RIBs, in consultation with other stakeholders, in establishing guidelines for “**labour domestication plans**” in investment projects. These guidelines would need to be adequately reflected in investor agreements and other documents binding the investor and Ethiopian authorities. The availability of public financial and in-kind support to the investor (for instance for workforce training) would be pursued.

2.2. In the Agro-processing field in the Sidama/SNNPR and Amhara Region, the service provider will support RIBs in extending local labour sourcing and domestication services to local investors; this will include partnership development with local public and private employment service and training centers.

Ø Building linkages & strengthening the capacity of the One Stop Services centres within the IAIPs to regional bureaus around local sourcing, employment services and development of skills trainings/ WBL models etc.

Estimated FTE work days: 30

3. Anticipating, monitoring and reporting employment impact

3.1. The service provider will support the EIC, RIBs in:

Ø Improving investor application forms to provide richer information on employment and suggesting possible revisions to the investor data base

Ø developing a tool on appraising investor applications from an employment perspective, against defined sector benchmarks, and for completeness and coherence;

Ø training a group of EIC, RIB experts on this appraisal approach, for them to cascade the trainings;**

Estimated FTE work days: 20

3.2. Define improvements to the quarterly monitoring system (including field visitation and company reports) so that richer information is collected (by gender, skills level, permanent/temporary contracts, wages). Coordination with the Labour inspectorate will need to be ensured.

Estimated FTE work days: 10

3.3. Support the implementation of an annual survey of FDI firms, to include key information on actual and projected employment trends (including by gender, skills level, permanent/temporary contracts, and wages). This may be done through a dedicated survey on employment or part of a wider exercise on the economic and social trends of FDI in Ethiopia.

Estimated FTE work days: 20

3.4. Support the EIC, RIBs in improving their annual reports, to feature data on employment that may be collected from the various sources above (survey, monitoring system). A training on estimating the indirect and induced effects of FDI on total employment in Ethiopia will also be organised for economists within the EIC, RIBs (or in partner institutions).

Estimate FTE work days: 20

4. Employment in the FDI strategy

Support EIC, RIBs in better defining national employment impact targets, and to cascade these targets across the organisation’s departments and units, and across regions. It will also provide advice on translating these targets into individual performance plans and appraisal mechanisms.

See also above on projecting, monitoring and reporting.

Ø Technical assistance to EIC management and officials relevant to its planning and monitoring functions;

Ø Facilitate exchanges with other IPAs, in collaboration with ILO

· FTE work days: 30

5. Employment in the investment code

Raise awareness and promote dialogue among EIC, RIBs management and representatives of Ethiopia’s national Investment Council, on possible revisions to the investment code from an employment perspective.

Ø Organise a policy workshop, informed by international good practices as well as project findings and lessons-learned, around FDI and employment;

Ø Extend technical assistance to follow-up on conclusions from the workshop

FTE work days: 20

Duration of Services

The duration of the assignment will be spread across two years for a period of 200 days to undertake all the above deliverables. The assignment is expected to start by 1st September 2021.

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