Consultancy: Economic Assessment of local communities in eastern Ukraine

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Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Consultant for Economic assessment of local communities in Donbas Assessment.

Since July 2017, DRC has been implementing “Livelihoods Assistance Programme for Eastern Ukraine” (LAP), which aims to support IDPs and the conflict-affected population in Ukraine in achieving durable livelihoods solutions through better access to income generation opportunities, strengthened government capacity and improved legislation. The programme is funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and UK Department for International Development (DFID).

The programme is now shifting more towards more systemic, market-based assistance schemes that will utilize existing pro-poor opportunities for growth, thus contributing to poverty reduction for the targeted population. Therefore, DRC is looking for a consultant who will support the programme in assessment of the economic potential, local market systems, promising value chains and existing investment opportunities in one of the pilot communities in eastern Ukraine. The specific community where the assessment will be conducted to be identified at a later stage.

About the job
The assessment aims to provide a full economic assessment of the targeted local community, which will provide information about economic potential of the given community and existing investment opportunities, as well as thorough assessment of local market systems and value chains. The consultancy also involves development of specific investment proposals based on the assessment findings. Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

Scope of evaluation/review:
Examples of some key questions DRC envisages to be answered by the assessment are provided below:

- What is the history of entrepreneurial activities in the given community?

- How the local economy was affected by the collapse of the Soviet Union, the current conflict and other external and internal factors?

- What are the current trends of local economic development in the target community?

- What is the main source of income and employment for the local population?

- Which businesses and enterprises operate in the area?

- What is the share of agriculture in the local community and how important is it?

- What are the current economic sectors and the main value chains in the target community?

- Which value chains have a potential to develop further, thus improving income generation opportunities for the programme target groups?

- How can the programme strengthen existing market systems and promising value chains?

- How can the programme stimulate job creation and economic revival of the target community by attracting private investments?

- What kind of incentives should be set by the programme, which will influence potential investors to initiate business activities in the target community?

- What is the capacity and willingness of the local government to support local economic development?

Key tasks:
a. Desk review of the key programme documents and secondary data to develop an understanding of the context and the programme.

b. Workshop with LAP staff to discuss the key deliverables of the assessment and identify practical steps.

c. Visiting the target community and conducting key informant interviews and focus group discussions with various stakeholders, including local government representatives, local businesses, farmers, local population, etc.

d. Mapping of the economic players, including MSMEs, enterprises, retail chains/sales networks, etc.

e. Analysis of existing market systems and value chains.

Deliverables:
a. Presentation of key findings of the assessment to key programme personnel.

b. High quality report in English or Russian summarizing results of the assessment.

c. Detailed economic profile of the targeted community, including analysis of existing market systems and value chains.

d. Investment proposals based on identified economic opportunities and market systems/value chains analysis.

e. Recommendations on potential programme interventions to utilize identified investment opportunities in the target community.

Arrangements:
• The consultant will work in close collaboration with DRC Livelihoods Programme Manager and LAP Manager.

• The duration of the assessment is defined as eight weeks.

• The assignment is planned to start from 17-th of June, 2019 and completed not later than 17 August.

• Transportation and accommodation costs related with the assignment will be paid directly by DRC.

• The consultant is expected to bring his/her own laptop computer, with the software Word, PowerPoint and Excel installed.

• Payment for the service will be made in full upon; (1) successful completion of services outlined in this Terms of Reference, (2) receipt of all required deliverables specified in the section above (3) written approval of the final report by DRC Livelihoods Manager.

About you
To be successful in this role you will have economic background matched with experience of conducting researches and assessments. All employees and consultants should master DRC's core competencies: Communicating, Taking the lead, Collaborating, striving for excellence and Demonstrating integrity.

This position open for Ukraine citizens only.

Required
• University degree in Economics or other related field;

• Understanding of local communities economic profiling and value chains analysis;

• Knowledge of market assessment tools and methodologies;

• Good report writing skills in Ukrainian/Russian, the same in English will be an advantage.

Desirable
• Experience of working in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and knowledge of up-to-date economic profile of Donbas;

• Understanding of the investment climate in Ukraine and knowledge of main trends/actors in this field;

• Good command of English.

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:

Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.

Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.

Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.

Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.

Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

Application process

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 06/06/2019

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website drc.ngo.

DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

Read more here about what our employees say about working in DRC.

DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process. Visit drc.ngo to read more about what we do to secure robust safeguarding mechanisms.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc.ngo/jobsupport.

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APPLY FOR POSITION
Application due:
6/6/2019

Workplace:
Slovyansk

Department/Country:
Ukraine

Contract type:
Consultant

Homepage:
drc.ngo

ABOUT DRC
DRC (Danish Refugee Council), founded in Denmark in 1956, is Denmark’s largest and the world’s leading non-profit, independent, rights-based refugee organization.

Our vision is to assist refugees, internally displaced people and their host communities to a dignified life. We protect lives and human rights and empower beneficiaries throughout conflict displacement by providing shelter, food, and hope in terms of work, education and integration towards a sustainable future.


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