The World Bank is providing funding support to the Government of Ghana (GOG) for the implementation of the Ghana Economic Transformation Project. The overall development objective of the Project is to promote private investments and firm growth in non-resource-based sectors. The guiding principle of the Project is to promote and strengthen a growth model that is conducive to economic transformation, to achieve higher rates of investment and productivity growth across the economy, especially in non-resource-based sectors. The Project has four components, as follows:
Component 1 - Enabling investments: This Component will focus on improving the enabling business environment, investment attraction capacity, and the quality infrastructure support system for companies that want to invest and grow their businesses in Ghana.
Component 2 - Crowding-in investments: Promoting spatial and industrial planning and development: This Component will focus on enhancing the Government’s programs in investment promotion and spatial development (including Special Economic Zones), thereby addressing the constraint to access quality industrial land in the country.
Component 3 - Accelerating Entrepreneurship and Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) growth: This Component will support entrepreneurship and MSME growth in non-resource-based sectors, addressing specifically the limited development of the MSME and entrepreneurship support ecosystem, including early stage financing.
Component 4 – Project Management and Evaluation: This Component will finance project management activities including fiduciary responsibilities, procurement, communication and dissemination, as well as monitoring and evaluation of project implementation and its impact. This will include capacity building for the Project Coordinating Unit (PCU), the Economic Transformation Unit and the Resource Mobilization and Economic Relations Division (RMERD) within the Ministry of Finance (MOF).
Duties and Responsibilities of the Consultant
The Consultant will be required to provide technical support to the implementing agencies in charge of activities related to Project Component 1 of the said Project, which include the topics of business environment, in particular business registration, investment promotion and attraction, and certification and quality standards for business operations. Key ministries and agencies involved in the implementation of this Component are the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI), Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) and the Registrar General Department (RGD).
Under the supervision of the Project Coordinator, the Consultant will undertake the following specific tasks:
Work with the relevant IAs and the PCU Team to plan and deliver on the objectives of the Project Component
Coordinate with partners and stakeholders for effective implementation of the Project.
Oversee/monitor the implementation of the component activities and provide overall guidance to the implementing agencies in terms of technical implementation of the project activities
Provide expertise/technical support and strategic advice to the IAs in developing project implementation work plans and budgets
Coordinate the preparation, monitoring and reporting on the execution of the overall procurement plan of the Component for the procurement of goods, consulting and non-consulting services consistent with procurement guidelines
Ensure timely and effective management of the Component 1 and implementation of all related activities listed in the Work Plan (WP)
Collect data, document the results of the Project and support the timely submission of accurate quarterly, annual and end of project activity progress/narrative reports and financial reports pertaining to the relevant IAs.
Assist in drafting progress reports against agreed performance indicators
Participate in project coordination and peer review meetings with Project Team
Assist the IAs in drafting the Technical ToRs relating to the Component for consultancy assignments
Review draft documents prepared by various experts and provide substantive actionable comments on draft documents produced to improve the quality, consistency and strategic contribution
Contribute to the analysis and drafting of excerpts of the technical documents, as needed
Assist in facilitating workshops and consultations with beneficiaries, other consultants and institutions involved in project activities
Organize periodic (e.g. quarterly) meetings with key actors across Component 1 to assess progress, identify implementation constraints, and recommend remedial actions
Contribute and provide inputs into the reports to be generated by the IAs
Identify lessons learned and best practices from the project implementation process and provide necessary support for improving the GETP activities at all levels; and
Provide other guidance upon request.
Duration of Assignment
The expert will be contracted for an initial period of 24months. The assignment may however, be extended on an annual basis if the Consultant performs well in her/his tasks and responsibilities as evaluated by the PCU, taking into account inputs from relevant stakeholders including the relevant implementing agencies
Consultant Qualifications and Experience
The position requires work of a conceptual, analytical and advisory nature at the higher professional level related to project development objective, and general project work that require substantive innovation and may involve some functions that are supervisory in nature to oversee project activities.
Qualifications at this level include an advance degree and relevant experience commensurate with the job.
Specifically, the Consultant will possess the following qualifications and experience:
Economics, Law, Business Administration/Management, Development Studies, Public Policy, Project Management, Economics, Law, Business Administration/Management, Development Studies, or related discipline;
A minimum of 8 years of relevant experience related to at least one of the topics covered by this Component (business environment/registration, investment promotion, quality standards and certification for business operation),
Track record of successful coordination with government and private sector stakeholders
Demonstrated ability to build effective working relations with colleagues and clients, and capable of working under pressure, with good experience in leadership and strategic management of project team
Knowledge and experience of working with/in the Ghanaian Private sector in the areas covered in (b) above or related thematic areas
Experience in managing or working on donor funded projects is a plus
Experience in writing technical TORs and in supervision of consultants
Ability to identify, analyze and propose practical solutions to managerial, technical and broad range of operational issues
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to write succinctly and persuasively in plain English of publishable quality and to build stakeholder understanding and buy-in of more complex situations
Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines, including the ability to integrate feedback of team