Supporting Consultant on Development of an Economic Blueprint for SE Kenya
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Project Overview and Role

The Feed the Future Kenya Investment Mechanism (KIM) is a five-year (2018-2023) project that will unlock significant finance and investment to key agricultural value chains (VCs) and the clean energy sector by addressing supply-side, demand-side, and enabling environment-related constraints to investment. By mobilizing substantial capital from the public and private sectors and building partnerships between stakeholders in the financial ecosystem, KIM will contribute to USAID's overall goal of fostering broad-based, sustained, and inclusive economic growth in Kenya.

The project aims to address the principal market failures that have discouraged investors from financing certain segments of the clean energy and agriculture sectors. KIM will: 1) create a sustainable, market-based ecosystem for finance and investment by providing smart incentives to business advisory service providers (BASPs) and Financial Institutions (FIs); and 2) implement a partnership-based operating model. KIM will establish a diverse range of sustainable partnerships--with and among strategic lead firms, FIs, government counterparts, SMEs, and development partners--which will be critical to (a) scaling and replicating creative approaches to unlock financing, (b) testing innovative business models, and (c) reducing perceived and real risks of financing SMEs in the agriculture and clean energy sectors.

As a part of the effort to facilitate an enabling environment conducive to investment, KIM will mobilize stakeholders involved in policy reform efforts to identify, prioritize, implement, and monitor reform efforts to address barriers inhibiting large-scale capital investment in KIM's target sectors. In this regard, KIM will provide tailored technical assistance (TA) to County and Regional Block Investment Promotion Units to assist them with evaluating investment readiness of businesses and projects for the purpose of designing and implementing best practices in the form of investment strategies, plans, and policies.

About the South Eastern Kenya Economic Bloc (SEKEB)

The South Eastern Kenya Economic Bloc (SEKEB) is comprised of three counties: Kitui, Machakos and Makueni that share a similar history, geographical features, socio-cultural traditions, and economic opportunities. SEKEB has 5.2 million citizens, or 10% of Kenya's population, with a land area of close to 45,000 km? or 13% total land of Kenya. The counties have access to large tracks of arable land, an abundance of natural resources (i.e., water, minerals, and biodiversity), and access to a 500 km border with the economic center of Kenya, which represents a large opportunity for growth and development. SEKEB has high potential to play a major role in Kenya's economy if action is made to address social-economic development priorities and meet key investment needs in the three counties.

The SEKEB Secretariat aims to promote economic integration of the three counties to create a positive investment environment and diversified economy through transforming the management of its fiscal infrastructure to reverse financial outflows and increase inflows for investment. SEKEB envisages that through proactive development of enabling policies and prioritizing its approaches to respond to economic development gaps in the region, it will catalyze the socio-economic transformation to link local entrepreneurs and producers to the national and international economies.

Objective of the Assignment
The objective of this assignment is to develop an economic blueprint which will serve as a technical sector-wide, evidence-based strategic document outlining the key policy planning directions and provide clarity on activities to be undertaken by SEKEB to improve the investment enabling environment. The assignment will be carried out by a consultant team consisting of a Senior Lead Consultant and a supporting Consultant.

Responsibilities

The consultant team will undertake the following activities under this assignment:

1. Data/information review:

The consultants will carry out a detailed independent evidence-seeking multi-disciplinary and sector-wide situational analysis of the SEKEB Region as one geographic locality. This will pick out clear economic aspects of comparative and competitive advantage to address at the regional level. This envisages direct data collection and analysis, primary and secondary data review. Data interpretation will synthesize evidence to indicate the priorities necessary to address for regional economic development.

2. Holding interactive discourse and consultative meetings:

The consultants will be expected to hold meetings with the SEKEB Secretariat and key county players such as the relevant County CEC in trade and commerce, finance, and the county secretary among others. These meetings will be used to identify key issues and bottlenecks that the counties are facing that impede investment and discuss policy solutions to address them.

3. Developing the blueprint document:

The consultants will draft an economic blueprint document outlining the key policy planning strategies and provide clarity on specific activities to be undertaken by SEKEB. The draft document produced will be initially sent to the SEKEB Secretariat for review and inputs before it is submitted to SEKEB governing structures. The draft will be updated to incorporate inputs from SEKEB and sent to KIM for review before presentation to a stakeholder forum(s) for comments/discussion.

4. Holding two stakeholder forums to share findings/recommendations:

A final draft of the blueprint will be shared in two forums of key stakeholders including invited investors and relevant representatives of the regions (SEKEB, SMEs, business associations, etc.). Feedback from these forums will be used for the finalization of the Blue Print that will be released at a formal launch in July 2019.

Deliverables

This consulting assignment will generate the following deliverables:
o An approach paper (inception report) at the beginning of the assignment (approximately five days after the start date) outlining the approach, work plan, and time frame for the assignment.
o The draft and the final version of the 10-year SEKEB Economic Blueprint. The final version should incorporate all comments from SEKEB, KIM, and the stakeholder forum(s).
o A presentation covering the findings of the report to key stakeholders at the forum event(s).
o A brief report on the stakeholder event(s), including number and names/positions of attendees, the discussion topics, questions asked, and next steps for implementation of the strategy document.
o Presentation to KIM and USAID on the progress of the assignment, if requested.

Responsibilities
o Be primarily responsible for the data/information review, which is a sector-wide situational analysis of the SEKEB region.
o Conduct primary data collection and analysis for the data/information review.
o Assist with scheduling meetings with the SEKEB Secretariat and key county players such as the relevant County CEC in trade and commerce, finance, and the county secretary among others, and documenting the next steps.
o Will draft the first version of the 10-year SEKEB economic blueprint document.
o Will assist the lead consultant with incorporating comments into the blueprint document and managing the different versions and commenters.
o Assist with creating the schedule, inviting attendees to the stakeholder forum, and coordinating all logistics related to the event. Will take notes during the stakeholder forum and will be responsible for drafting the key takeaways from that meeting and sending to the KIM team.


LOE: 35 days

Requirements

The supporting consultant should fulfill the following minimum criteria:
o Master's degree in economics, business administration, development studies, project management or any related field;
o At least eight to ten years' practical experience in institutional development, planning, governance and strategy development;
o Familiar with the current rules and regulations relating to the devolved system of government with specific reference to investment facilitation and promotion;
o Familiar with national development plans such as the Vision 2030;
o Should have developed other strategies related to investment policies, plans and strategies in the last five years;
o Strong analytical capacity combined with ability to synthesize/communicate conclusions and recommendations;
o Excellent facilitation and writing skills;
o Fluent in English (written and spoken) and international experience related to the assignment are an added value;
o Local Kenyan nationals preferred.

The consultants will report to the KIM Chief of Party or his/her designated official. The consultants will be expected to liaise with the SEKEB Secretariat in facilitating all engagements with the counties and other stakeholders. This assignment is expected to commence on or about May 15, 2019 and last through the end of July 2019.

Consultants interested in this assignment should submit along with their CV examples of two similar assignments undertaken during the past five years.

Details
Senior Level
South East Kenya, Kenya
Closing date:
24 May 2019