USAID’s Strengthening Resource Mobilization Activity (SRMA)

                                                                  Consultant’s Terms of Reference

for providing Local Economic Development Planning Support Services to selected Local Self-Government Units

1. Project Background

North Macedonia aspires to be prosperous, self-reliant, and inclusive democratic society, whereas USAID Strengthening Resource Mobilization Activity (here and after USAID’s Project) will assist Macedonia’s government institutions to raise and independently manage the resources necessary to fund services demanded by its citizens and private sector. The USAID’s Project will focus on accountability of government institutions and individual citizen accountability. A demanding citizenry and government can strengthen the expectation for an accountable private sector.

Where feasible and relevant, will actively seek and take advantage of private sector engagement and public-private partnerships in the course of implementing USAID’s Strengthening Resource Mobilization Activity while working directly with Local Self Government Units (LSGUs). The USAID’s Project will facilitate and foster partnerships between the private sector, municipalities, and the local communities to promote local philanthropy, mobilize resources, and create an enabling environment for the local businesses. It will assist partner LSGUs to engage with local   communities and the private sector to plan local economic development initiatives.

The USAID’s Project after successful implementation of activities with the first cohort of sixteen municipalities has already selected second cohort of twenty-four partner LSGUs to work with during 2022 and 2023.

2. Objective and Scope of Engagement

The aim of the assignment is to assist second cohort of LSGUs to develop or revise their Local Economic Development plans/strategies and to develop or strengthen technical skills of LSGUs to implement Local Economic Development Plans in line with principles of good governance and sound financial management. It is crucial to emphasize the importance of building local partnerships and networks based on the public-private dialogue (PPD) principles in order to implement actions, which promote growth, development and employment.

The LED plans/strategies development methodology has been already developed for the first group of partner municipalities and is focused on key local preconditions for private sector growth such as: Local Cooperation and Networking, public-private cooperation as a key factor for local economic development. Business-friendly, Transparent and Corruption-Free Administration, one of the main functions of a local administration is to establish and maintain an operational environment for other actors. Regulatory and Institutional Framework, municipalities can play an important role with regard to the regulatory requirements that apply to local companies. Access to finance, municipalities can provide information and business support services which alert entrepreneurs to existing financing possibilities. Land and Infrastructure, municipalities may be able to provide for businesses land/physical premises and modern facilities in which to operateworkshops, offices, production and service facilities, etc. Skills and Human Capital, Inclusiveness, the municipality can act as an initiator and broker to bring business, local employment offices and the vocational education and training sector together to identify how to ensure businesses have the skilled employees they require.  External Positioning and Marketing, the municipal administration, represented by the Mayor, is democratically legitimised to represent, profile and project a positive, business-friendly image of the local area.

The expert will use the methodology and the training materials already developed for four modules. Tasks will be assigned to participants after each session and online technical assistance (coaching and mentoring) after each session will be provided by the expert. All 24 municipalities from the second cohort will be invited to participate and the support will be provided to those who show interest.

3. Deliverables

  1. Develop a work plan on how to organize and implement the process during the entire period of the assignment depending on the number of interested municipalities
  2. Present the methodology for LED plan development during an online information session to get their commitment to develop/update their LED plans by themselves with the mentoring support of the expert.
  3. Adjust the training materials, power-point presentations and written tasks for the practical exercises based on the experience with the first group of partner municipalities. Adjust the written assignments to the participants after each training session to guide them in the preparation of the respective part of the plan/strategy. The material should be shared with project representatives at least 5 days prior to the respective training session.
  4. Deliver 4 training sessions with participating LSGUs with up to 2-3 participants each.
  5. Provide online technical assistance (coaching and mentoring) after each session in the process of preparation of the assigned tasks.
  6. Facilitate the finalization of the development of the plan/strategy for at least 80% of participating LSGUs that as a minimum, should encompass the following contents:
  • Executive Summary
  • In depth situation analysis of Local Economy
  • Vision, Mission, and Objectives
  • Action Plan including specific timelines
  • Budget and sourcing
  • Performance management including monitoring indicators

The LED plan/strategy draft should be prepared and submitted in Macedonian in electronic copy, in MS Word format.

4. Period of execution of activities

The engagement will be executed in the period of July 15th 2022 – April 30th, 2022.

The LoE for the consultancy engagement will be up to 30 working days depending on the number of LSGUs involved and the intensity and the need for mentoring/coaching between the sessions.

5. Criteria and qualifications

– Academic qualifications:

  • University degree in Economics, Management, Business Development, Business Training and Consulting, Public Administration, or any other relevant field.

– Professional experience:

  • At least five (5) similar assignments in facilitating the process of elaboration of local economic development plans and building capacities within local administrations to do so.
  • Proven practical experience in mentoring municipalities in the process of development of Local Economic Plans in North Macedonia using the methodology implemented by the project.
  • At least five (5) year of training/mentoring experience (preferably in LED and regional development).

– Language:

  • Excellent knowledge of Macedonian and English language. Knowledge of Albanian language is considered as an asset.

– Other criteria:

  • Proven ability to work with tight schedule and delivering the services with the given time frame.
  • Public servants are not eligible.

Intellectual property: All works created under this assignment, including creations, inventions, ideas, designs, copyrightable materials, trademarks, and other technology and rights, shall be works made for hire. The consultant is not allowed to publish any part of the deliverables.

It is envisaged that only (individual) consultants, will be eligible to apply and to be contracted to perform the activities listed in this SoW.

6. Application procedure

In order to be considered the interested applicant needs to submit the following documents:

  • Cover letter,
  • CV,
  • Comparable reference list with three similar assignments with contact details of 2 references.
  • Proposed gross daily rate in MKD inclusive of all costs.

The requested documents should be submitted on the following e-mail address:  [најави се за да го видиш е-маилот] , no later than July 1st, 2022, by 16:00 PM. Incomplete applications will not be considered for evaluation.


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