National Consultant (Economic Recovery and Business Analysis)

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National Consultant (Economic Recovery and Business Analysis)

  • Post Date:August 5, 2021
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  • Career Level Consultant
    Qualification Master’s Degree
    Experience 5-10 Years
  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

Call for Applications/Expression of Interest

Appointment Title : National Consultant (Economic Recovery and Business Analysis)
Duty Station : Harare, Zimbabwe
Type of Appointment : Consultancy Contract
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
CFA Reference Number : CFA2021/009
Closing Date : 18 August 2021


Zimbabwe is characterized by both internal and cross-border displacement of large parts of its population. The principal country of destination for Zimbabwean migrant workers is South Africa. The large share of migrants work under informal or casual arrangements, which leave them unprotected and vulnerable to exploitation, poverty, and food insecurity. The impact of COVID-19 imposed restrictions has resulted in job losses and unstable incomes, hampering their capacity to access and purchase adequate food, and forcing them to return to Zimbabwe as a last resort.

Since COVID-19 mitigation and restrictive measures were imposed in South Africa and other neighbouring countries, approximately 300,000 Zimbabwean migrants have returned to Zimbabwe, fearing for their personal safety, and hoping to obtain a job opportunity to assist their reintegration into their communities. The pandemic increased the pressure in communities already highly affected by protracted crises (flooding, droughts, food insecurity) in Manicaland, Masvingo and Matabeleland South provinces.

To prevent a complete erosion of livelihoods and mitigate the worst consequences of the multi-layered crises that affect Zimbabwe, livelihood support must be scaled-up to preserve the resilience of communities and their ability to sustain themselves both during and beyond crises.

Nature of the consultancy.

Development and facilitation of basic management skills training for income generating activities (IGA), research and selection of local monitors for IGAs in Masvingo, Manicaland and Matabeleland provinces and preparation of business plans of pre-approved IGAs.


Under the overall guidance of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and direct supervision of the Head of Programmes, IOM seeks the services of a reputable national consultant with a deep understanding and experience in micro-economic and small business set-up in Zimbabwe, coupled with proven expertise in business planning and strategy, to develop suitable business plans for pre-approved Income generating Activities (IGAs) that will guide the creation of sustainable livelihood interventions in the provinces of Manicaland, Masvingo and Matabeleland South.

Furthermore, in close collaboration with IOM, the consultant will be responsible for conducting research on and selecting 20 local monitors in the three provinces, with proven technical skills in the areas of the IGAs, as well as to develop and facilitate a training of trainers (TOT) on basic entrepreneurial development and management skills (“start-your-business” and management short courses) to the selected monitors.

These activities should consider the current socio-economic, demographic (youth and women), and public health challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2. Target.

To provide technical support to IOM on start-up and management of small business in Zimbabwe to assist 1,800 vulnerable households in the economic recovery activities in Manicaland, Masvingo and Matabeleland South provinces.

3. Tasks to be performed under the contract.

The Consultant will be required to:

  • Develop seven (7) business plans for pre-approved Income generating activities (IGAs), according to the target areas and market context.
  • In close collaboration with IOM project staff, identify and propose twenty (20) local monitors in the three targeted provinces.
  • Develop a training manual on entrepreneurial development and basic management skills (“start-your-business” short courses). Content of the manual should include, among other topics, management, organization, accounting, marketing, quality control, cost benefit analysis.
  • To conduct a Training of Trainers (TOT) targeting the selected 20 local monitors, who will cascade the trainings to the communities and conduct quality control and monitoring visits.
  • To identify market linkages where beneficiaries can introduce their goods.

4. Consultancy deliverables.

The consultant will be responsible for providing the following:

  • A draft inception report that illustrates the approach to the consultancy. The inception report should comprise an analysis of the Terms of Reference and a detailed provisional work plan highlighting;
  • The seven (7) identified business plans for the pre-approved IGAs;
  • A proposed list of local monitors with complete information on their capacity and areas of intervention;
  • A training manual on entrepreneurial development and basic management skills (“start-your-business” short courses);
  • Facilitation of a 3-day Training of Trainers on entrepreneurial development and basic management skills (“start-your-business” short courses) and,
  • The final consultancy report.

5. Duration of the assignment.

  • The consultancy is expected to take place over a period of 2 months after signature of contract.
  • The Consultant will be required to spend 60 percent of the consultancy time at the project sites in the focus areas of IOM’s work across the country.

As the Client, IOM shall provide necessary support to the Consultant to execute the assignment during the duration of the consultancy. These shall include, but not limited to, access to relevant project documents necessary for execution of the duties under this consultancy.

6. Qualification of the individual consultant.

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Management, Economics, Marketing, Livelihoods and Employment, Social Development, or any related field from an accredited academic institution.
  • At least 6 years of demonstrated experience in market studies, feasibility studies, local economic development plans, income generating activities, micro-business research and/or project management, demand-driven entrepreneurship, artisanship programs and projects, and/or related disciplines.
  • Familiarity with the socio-economic context in Zimbabwe is required.
  • Familiarity with migration dynamics in Southern Africa will be considered an asset.
  • Minimum 2 years work experience and with a background in working with migrants, vulnerable peoples, women and children, and training in governmental and non-governmental contexts.
  • Good writing, communication, presentation, and networking skills are essential.

7. Institutional arrangements and schedule of payments.

  • The Individual Consultant will work under the close supervision of the IOM Zimbabwe Emergency, Preparedness and Response Unit (PRU).
  • Regular meetings (in person or via Skype/ weblink/ Zoom / Teams) between the Consultant and the project team will be facilitated by IOM.
  • IOM as the Client shall provide necessary support and approvals to the Consultant.
  • All communication with IOM and reporting will be done in English.

Schedule of payment:

The payments will be made upon completion of the following deliverables:

Key Activities/Expected Deliverable – %

  • Inception report delivered and approved by IOM: 10%
  • Presentation of the seven (7) business plans and list of 20 local monitors approved by IOM – 30%
  • Training manual on entrepreneurial development and basic management skills (“start-your-business” short courses) presented and approved by IOM.
    Report on the 3-day Training of Trainers (TOT) approved by IOM – 40%
  • Final consultancy report – 20%

All payments shall be issued as per the terms and conditions of the Purchase Order (PO) based on the disbursement on satisfactory submission of documents stated above.

8. Application procedure/how to apply.

The prospective consultant should submit a technical proposal with detailed methodology, provisional work plan, and an all-inclusive budget proposal of no more than USD 10,000.00 (Ten Thousand United States Dollars) no later than Wednesday the 18th of August 2021 to [email protected]. Late submissions will not be considered.

The submission should include the following:

  • A technical and financial proposal
    (Financial proposal should be “all-inclusive” and include a breakdown. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs – professional fees, communications, utilities, consumables, field research – that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor are already factored into the financial proposal).
  • A cover letter;
  • A detailed CV;
  • Three references and,
  • Examples of two recent consultancy reports produced.

When evaluating the competing applicants, IOM will consider the written qualifications and capability of each candidate based on the information provided by the applicants, and any other information obtained by IOM through its research.

Duty Station: Harare, Zimbabwe
Closing Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Document: CFA2021 009 – National Consultant (Economic Revovery).pdf