Deadline date: 18.09.20 17:00:00
Advertised date: 18.09.10
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST.
The Export Promotion Program is implemented by the Ministry of Finance to support the implementation of government’s export promotion priorities outlined in the Program Appraisal Document, and in particular to contribute to improved competitiveness and diversification, focusing outside the natural resource sectors. The Matching Grants Facility (MGF) focuses on:
(b) Diversification of export products and markets, and;
(c) International competitiveness of the Mongolian SME sector.
MGF is a scheme launched by the Government of Mongolia with IDA/World Bank assistance to help Mongolian Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) to improve their competitiveness in domestic and export markets. MGF will help qualifying enterprises to purchase consultant and other services that will help them to diversify and expand their product lines within the export markets.
The MGF managed by an independent team of experts and shall be established within the MOF PIU- which will be accountable to the MGF Evaluation Team. This facility will be responsible for day-to-day activities of the MGF, establishing relationship with beneficiary firms, supporting the development of their export development plans, presenting these projects to the MGF Evaluation Team for approval, and monitoring the performance of approved grants to support the implementation of export development plans.
The Mongolian private sector is at an early stage of development. There are a limited number of registered exporters to be found in the whole country. Local provision of business development services [BDS] may be limited. Firms in different industries complain of a serious shortage of skills, and of local management or supervisory capabilities. There is a predominance of state-owned or joint venture firms, some of which are characterized by close links to the Government of Mongolia. Joint venture partners may defer to overseas management in many cases, meaning that general business management experience is not being built up in local SMEs.
Overall, the Mongolia private sector lacks the skills and experience locally to build international competitiveness. The Government is understandably anxious that its private sector build its capacity to build new export markets and diversification of exported products.
The MGF Coordinator will (i) build the capacity of the local MGF teams, (ii) “incubate” local firms (i.e., building their capacity to understand business plans, expand marketing skills, advise on successful strategies in other countries, attract finance, build strategic partnerships, understand the value chain and so on.)
The MGF will provide two forms of assistance to individual private firms operating in Mongolia:
1. Direct consulting services, supplied by the professionals staffing the unit, advising the individual firm on its export development plan to grow the business; and
2. Matching grants, to assist the individual firm financially in purchasing specialized services, in support of its growth plan.
The MGF will be operated as an independent implementing agency within the project, under a management contract. Individual consultants will be selected through open competitive selection method for this task.
The unit will comprise international and local professional staff. The MGF Coordinator/International Individual consultant should be hired in an internationally competitive process, with the minimum qualification of 10 years’ experience with matching grants programs preferably on WB or ADB projects. The MGF Business Development Specialists should be a Mongolian national, preferably with experience in having provided consulting services to firms in Mongolia. The MGF Administrative assistants should be Mongolian nationals, preferably with previous experience working on World Bank funded projects.
The unit will be managed by the MGF Coordinator on behalf of the Government, who reports to the PIU under the guidance of an MGF Evaluation Team, comprising Government representatives and private-sector representation. This evaluation team will evaluate proposals between or equivalent to USD5,000 and USD100,000. Approvals for applications less than $5000 can be approved by the international MGF Coordinator.
The direct consulting services provided by this team will be provided free of charge. The intention is to assist the individual firm in developing a business growth plan, which will take the firm from its present competitive position to some new position, within the coming five years, representing a significant improvement in its ability to compete internationally. This might involve, for instance, entry into new export or domestic regional markets; development of new product or service lines; or major improvements in the quality or stability of existing products or services. Usually, a business growth plan/export development plan would take a firm through three discrete stages: first, exploration of the market sales potential for the improvement being planned; second, implementation of whatever changes are required based on the results of the first stage; and third, active selling of the new improved offering. Firms will be actively discouraged from going straight to the third stage, without having undertaken proper preparations, in the form of the first two stages.
During the implementation of this three-stage business growth plan, it is likely that specialized BDS services will be required, to supplement the general business management advice provided directly by the unit. The matching grants will provide grant assistance for the purchase of any such specialized BDS services required within the implementation of the business growth plan. MGF matching grants will be provided at a single standard rate of 50%, to cover the costs of BDS service fees, and associated travel and subsistence expenses. Firms will be free to source these specialized services either within Mongolia or from abroad.
The operations of the MGF will be governed by the Matching Grant Implementation Manual (MGIM), to be approved ahead of Effectiveness of the Project by the Government and the Bank, and which will have legally binding status, being attached to the Grant Agreement. Grants to any one firm up to $5,000 will be evaluated and approved by the MGF Coordinator in consultation with the Evaluation Team, and notified to the PIU. Grants to any one firm between or equivalent to $5,000 and $100,000 will be approved jointly by the MGF Coordinator and the MGF Evaluation Team. No firm may receive grants above a cumulative maximum of $100,000.
A subsidiary objective of the MGF is to build capacity in SMEs in non-mining sector, to provide better services to members, and to better represent their interests and concerns to government. The MGF will provide both general consulting advice and matching grants to SMEs in non-mining sector. Grants will be for three purposes: capacity-building within the SMEs itself, typically staff training; the development of new member services; and the commissioning of outside research or surveys, to inform submissions to government on improving the regulatory or operating environment for members.
SCOPE OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The key tasks of the Administrative assistant are to:
Acknowledge the receipt of new applications and complementary information;
Enter the date and reference code for each application;
Ensure that each application is complete before submitting it to the BD Specialist;
File all promotional articles related to MGF;
Maintain a Masterfile/database for the applications and for all other documents;
Call for and coordinate meetings of the MGF Evaluation Team, acting as the link between them and the MGF Coordinator;
Ensure that general information sent by the MGF Evaluation Team or other stakeholders is submitted in due time to the MGF Coordinator;
Assist as appropriate with organization of workshops and seminars for target beneficiaries and other groups;
Prepare minutes of meeting for each MGF/evaluation team meeting;
Undertake other appropriate tasks as may be requested by the MGF Coordinator, the BD Specialist and the Project Coordinator;
Report to the MGF Coordinator on detailed MGF activities and ongoing procedures on a daily basis;
Report to the Project Coordinator on general MGF activities as requested and provide general reports and information on MGF or any other administrative tasks as requested by the Project Coordinator;
Project Coordinator and MGF Coordinator shall evaluate the Administrative Assistant’s performance and shall provide input to the evaluation of his/her contract. Where there is any error, ambiguity, inadequacy, deficiency or defect in his/her contract performance Administrative Assistant shall promptly remedy the defects as reasonably requested by the Project Coordinator;
SHORTLISTING CRITERIA/CONSULTANT’S QUALIFICATIONS:
•Education: A suitable candidate should have a Bachelor degree in relevant field: Business Administration, Finance, Economics, International Trade&Relations or any other relevant fields;
•Experience: Incumbent should have at least 1 year relevant experience. Fresh diploma holders with positive attitude, full devotion and passion in working will be considered. Previous working experience in World Bank-financed projects would be an advantage.
•Language skills: Fluent in written and spoken English and Mongolian language skills; High IBT, IELTS TOEFL scores are plus.
•Computer literacy: MS Office proficiency such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and have excellent web research and navigation skills;
•The candidate shall have high professional and personal integrity, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate effectively with the relevant stakeholders and implementing agencies;
•Ability to function independently and collaboratively in a team environment;
•Organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple assignments and able to work overtime.
The consultant work is expected to commence in September, 2018. The duration of the assignment is for 12 months
The selection will be conducted in accordance with the World Bank Guidelines on Selection and Employment of Consultants, January 2011 (revised in July 1, 2014).
If you possess the above qualifications, please submit following documents:
Cover letter indicating why she/he considers her/himself suitable for the position,
Detailed CV highlighting relevant skills/experience,
Copy of diplomas or certificates and,
2 reference letters from previous last two employers no later than 17:00, September 20, 2018.
The submitted documents will not be returned to the applicants. Please be noted that incomplete applications would not be considered for evaluation. Only selected candidates will be contacted. Candidates can be interviewed. Detailed terms of reference can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org Contact address: Attn: Ms.L. Bayarmaa, Procurement Specialist, Export Development Project
Room #204, Negdsen undestnii 8/2, 4th khoroo, Chingeltei District, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Tel: 70120582
Ms. L. Bayarmaa, Procurement Specialist, Export Development Project, Room #205, Negdsen undestnii 8/2, 4th khoroo, Chingeltei District, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
"INVITATION TO TRAINING ON ““HOW TO PREPARE EXPORT DEVELOPMENT PLAN - 18"
Training on how to prepare export development plan will be conducted on 09 Jan, 2019, between 10.00am-12.00pm at the office of PIU. Non-mining entities, exporters and future exporters are welcome to the training.
"INVITATION TO TRAINING ON ““HOW TO PREPARE EXPORT DEVELOPMENT PLAN - 17"
Training on how to prepare export development plan will be conducted on 21 Dec, 2018, between 10.00am-12.00pm at the office of PIU. Non-mining entities, exporters and future exporters are welcome to the training.
INVITATION TO TRAINING ON ““HOW TO PREPARE EXPORT DEVELOPMENT PLAN - 16”
Training on how to prepare export development plan will be conducted on 20 Nov, 2018, between 10.00am-12.00pm at the office of PIU. Non-mining entities, exporters and future exporters are welcome to the training.
EDP/3/CS/012 Procurement Specialist Assistant
REQUEST OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST