Business Climate Coordinator

The team’s mission:
 

The objective of the Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility (CCPII) is to support the region in increasing productivity and Caribbean firms’ contribution to economic growth. The specific objectives are: (i) to support firms to grow, innovate and enter new sectors and markets; and (ii) to promote an environment that enables innovation and growth.

 

The CCPF is deepening elements of the first Compete Caribbean Program (CCP) that ended in 2017, while also placing emphasis on strengthening the institutions seeking to enhance the productivity of firms and clusters in the region. It has the mandate of enhancing the catalytic impact of its activities by involving new partners and by having a stronger focus on long term sustainability, including greater emphasis on transferring the underlying know-how of its interventions to strategic public and private sector actors. The CCPF is also targeting institutional capacity building on the more vulnerable and smaller countries of the region with a proactive approach towards these countries.

 

The first phase of the Compete Caribbean Program (CCP) addressed the objective of fostering private sector development and increasing competitiveness through different kinds of activities, which included institutional strengthening, legal and regulatory reform, technical assistance to innovative firms and groups of firms, and knowledge production and dissemination. The first phase also produced previously unavailable data about the private sector. The rationale for a second phase comes from the opportunity to build on the results and lessons learned of the first one by: (i) focusing on specific issues that affect firm’s productivity, growth and employment diagnosed under the first phase; and (ii) building the capacity of indigenous institutions to replicate in a sustainable manner the methodologies developed under the first phase.

 

The Compete Caribbean Facility provides an opportunity to deepen the results achieved in CCP while contributing to build an adequate institutional framework to carry forward a competitiveness agenda post-Compete Caribbean. The design for the second phase incorporates lessons learned, data and experiences from the first phase, including the best practices and areas for improvement identified during CCP’s execution.

 

The objective of this consultancy is to coordinate the implementation of pillar 2 of the Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility. This pillar seeds to enhance productivity in the Caribbean by making it easier for firms to do business in the region.

 

Specifically, Pillar 2 seeks to enhance the legal, institutional and regulatory framework for business and innovation climate, by: (i) supporting institutions in charge of public-private dialogue and private sector development; (ii) supporting the drafting and implementation of policies or regulations; (iii) expert advice for implementation of business and innovation climate policies, reforms and enhancements; (iv) data and knowledge generation for policy or regulatory reforms; and (v) creation of networks and sharing of best practices and lessons learned. In this regard, the results of CCP will inform Pillar II about the activities with innovative firms and clusters, the on-going dialogue with public and private sector stakeholders, the implementation of the first generation of reforms as well as a second generation of reforms that has been identified that could further deepen the catalytic impact of the CCP going forward.

 

What you’ll do:

The Pillar 2 Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the Pillar. Specifically, the selected candidate will coordinate the identification, design and execution of projects related to institutional strengthening, business climate reforms, applied knowledge, and dissemination of best practices. While it is expected that IDB specialists will participate as team leaders in all the projects under the business climate portfolio, management of the portfolio will be the responsibility of the Pillar Coordinator.

 
The consultant responsibilities include: 

  • Project identification and design: the consultant will coordinate activities leading to the identification and design of projects that can help achieve the results included in the Compete Caribbean Facility results’ matrix for Pillar 2. This involves: (i) receiving and handling requests for projects; (ii) coordinating internal reviews of the requested projects, including IDB specialists; (iii) coordinating the design aspects of the selected projects, including drafting of project documents necessary for the approval process, such as plans of operations, project implementation plans, procurement plans, budgets, results matrices and others, in consultation with IDB specialists.
  • Project execution: once projects under Pillar 1 have been approved, the consultant will manage the project execution process, including: (i) drafting terms of reference; (ii) overseeing the procurement of consultants, in adherence with IDB policy; (iii) coordinating the work of consultant and consultancy firms working to deliver specific outputs related to the implementation of projects under Pillar 1; (iv) reviewing and providing recommendations on milestone disbursement requests, if pertinent; (v) managing communication with beneficiaries under Pillar 1; (vi) initiating project cancellations and/or reformulations, when necessary, in order to achieve the best results possible with the Facility’s resources; (vii) participating in and/or leading missions to beneficiary countries to supervise project implementation.
  • Monitoring and evaluation: the consultant will ensure that projects implemented under Pillar 2 are adequately monitored, including: (i) providing input into the design of the results matrix of each project; (ii) gathering baseline data for each project; (iii) using Project Monitoring Reports to collect project progress data; (iv) updating project progress data and project completion data in a timely basis in Compete’s and/or the Bank’s systems; (v) assessing and being able to report on progress in terms of results, both at the project level as well as at the program level; (vi) contributing to the analysis of outputs and outcomes from projects under the pillar, drawing out strategic lessons for the Program and future private sector development in the region. The consultant will also be responsible for procuring and managing independent evaluations of projects under Pillar 2, including impact evaluations if relevant.
  • Knowledge production: the consultant will identify opportunities for knowledge production that are aligned and/or support the objectives of Pillar 2. The consultant will also help disseminate lessons learned from projects being implemented, by facilitating and leading, where appropriate, working groups, roundtables, and other information sharing engagements.
  • Network: the consultant will be responsible for identifying, establishing, and maintaining a working relationship with potential and existing Compete Caribbean partners and stakeholders, including the chambers of commerce, firms, regional organizations, donor agencies, among others, in order to identify potential opportunities for new projects.
  • Record-keeping: The consultant is responsible for ensuring that all operational records related to projects under Pillar 1 are kept to date in the Bank relevant systems.
  • Managing Pillar 2 and contribution to the program: the consultant is expected to produce documents related to the portfolio at the Pillar level, including the production of annual operating and disbursement plans, as well as contributing to suggestions on how to improve the Compete Caribbean Program Operating Regulations, as necessary.
  1. Other relevant tasks for the implementation of the program as they become necessary and are prioritized by the management of the Program.

 

Reports / Deliverables

Guided by the scope of this consultancy and the general requirements of Compete Caribbean, the consultant will produce an indeterminate number of reports, and project documents as they become necessary for the successful implementation of the Pillar and of the Facility.

 

In addition, the consultant will be required to produce monthly updates identifying progress made on agreed key performance indicators (KPIs) as identified in the work plan for Pillar 2 projects. These reports will form the basis of the consultant’s on-going and final assessment at the end of the twelve (12) month period.

 

What you’ll need:

  • Citizenship: You are a citizen of one of our 48-member countries, or non-IDB member countries recognized by the Donors of the Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility as eligible. We may offer assistance with relocation and visa applications for you and your eligible dependents.
  • Consanguinity: You have no family members (up to fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity, including spouse) working at the IDB Group.
  • Education: The consultant should have a master’s degree in Economics, Public Policy, or a related discipline.
  • Experience: The consultant should have at least 5 years of professional experience on issues relevant to private sector development. Previous experience relevant to private sector development and/or competitiveness issues in the Caribbean region is desired.
  1. Experience working with the public sector on issues of private sector development (e.g., addressing market and government failures, business climate reforms, or other).
  2. Program/project management experience.
  3. Experience leading teams.
  4. Experience facilitating or coordinating public-private dialogue.
  5. Knowledge and experience derived from working in/with the Caribbean private sector.
  6. Knowledge and experience implementing projects funded by multilateral institutions.
  • Language: Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

 

Core and Technical Competencies:

  • Excellent communication skills are essential for this position. These should include skills in public speaking, face-to-face interaction, and the writing of material for public documents.
  • Strong planning, organization, and time management skills to function in a team and contribute towards a common goal.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects.
  • Capacity to explain unfamiliar concepts in easily understandable terms to mid- and high- level government officials.
  • Capacity to function effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, to search for common ground, to resolve problems, and where appropriate, to recommend decisive action.
  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently.
  • Proven track record in the definition, discussion, and negotiation for the development of PSD projects.
  • Highest ethical standards.

 

Opportunity Summary:

  • Consultancy Category & Modality: CNS full time
  • Contract Duration:  12 months.
  • Location:  IDB Country Office – Barbados.  Travel is expected.
  • Responsible person: The technical responsibilities for this consultancy will be coordinated by the Private Sector Development Lead Specialist and Executive Director of Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility (IFD/CTI). 
  • Requirements: Candidates must be individuals from any IDB member country (IDB’s 48 member countries) or non-IDB member countries recognized by the Donors of the Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility as eligible.

 

External Closing Date: Jan 15, 2021

The team’s mission:

 

The objective of the Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility (CCPII) is to support the region in increasing productivity and Caribbean firms’ contribution to economic growth. The specific objectives are: (i) to support firms to grow, innovate and enter new sectors and markets; and (ii) to promote an environment that enables innovation and growth.

 

The CCPF is deepening elements of the first Compete Caribbean Program (CCP) that ended in 2017, while also placing emphasis on strengthening the institutions seeking to enhance the productivity of firms and clusters in the region. It has the mandate of enhancing the catalytic impact of its activities by involving new partners and by having a stronger focus on long term sustainability, including greater emphasis on transferring the underlying know-how of its interventions to strategic public and private sector actors. The CCPF is also targeting institutional capacity building on the more vulnerable and smaller countries of the region with a proactive approach towards these countries.

 

The first phase of the Compete Caribbean Program (CCP) addressed the objective of fostering private sector development and increasing competitiveness through different kinds of activities, which included institutional strengthening, legal and regulatory reform, technical assistance to innovative firms and groups of firms, and knowledge production and dissemination. The first phase also produced previously unavailable data about the private sector. The rationale for a second phase comes from the opportunity to build on the results and lessons learned of the first one by: (i) focusing on specific issues that affect firm’s productivity, growth and employment diagnosed under the first phase; and (ii) building the capacity of indigenous institutions to replicate in a sustainable manner the methodologies developed under the first phase.

 

The Compete Caribbean Facility provides an opportunity to deepen the results achieved in CCP while contributing to build an adequate institutional framework to carry forward a competitiveness agenda post-Compete Caribbean. The design for the second phase incorporates lessons learned, data and experiences from the first phase, including the best practices and areas for improvement identified during CCP’s execution.

 

The objective of this consultancy is to coordinate the implementation of pillar 2 of the Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility. This pillar seeds to enhance productivity in the Caribbean by making it easier for firms to do business in the region.

 

Specifically, Pillar 2 seeks to enhance the legal, institutional and regulatory framework for business and innovation climate, by: (i) supporting institutions in charge of public-private dialogue and private sector development; (ii) supporting the drafting and implementation of policies or regulations; (iii) expert advice for implementation of business and innovation climate policies, reforms and enhancements; (iv) data and knowledge generation for policy or regulatory reforms; and (v) creation of networks and sharing of best practices and lessons learned. In this regard, the results of CCP will inform Pillar II about the activities with innovative firms and clusters, the on-going dialogue with public and private sector stakeholders, the implementation of the first generation of reforms as well as a second generation of reforms that has been identified that could further deepen the catalytic impact of the CCP going forward.

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VAC-4699
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Inter-American Development Bank
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Master's Degree|in Business
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