Project Lead on Consumer Groups

Policy Development Facility II

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Recent economic challenges have led to robust debate on Nigeria’s approach towards macroeconomic management issues (Trade, Foreign Exchange), and the necessary steps for transformation to occur.  Much of these border on protectionist vs free trade with almost all voices favouring protection, fixed vs flexible exchange rate and impacts on the poor with more voices on the fixed exchange rate being heard. However, a look beneath the surface reveals that there are some voices that are underrepresented in these public debates, which could bring a fresh angle to the subjects and perhaps generate new ideas for tackling the challenges.  Following discussion with DFID, it was agreed that PDF II would follow a different approach that seeks to enable a more balanced debate on Nigeria’s economic policy by promoting underrepresented voices such as small businesses and consumers. 

The PDF II Trade Policy work stream will be organised in two main areas:

·         Enabling Underrepresented Voices in Economic Policy

·         Strengthening Consumer Voices sustainably 

The Consultant working on Enabling Underrepresented Voices in Economic Policy will form links with think-tanks and draw on them as well as other sources to provide research and analytical evidence to underrepresented groups. 

The Consultant working on Enabling Consumer Voices would focus on building consumer groups’ capacity so that they are better able to engage in public policy discourse. So far, the evidence points to the fact that though consumer voices have been limited in contributing to National policy discourse, they can be supported to become a powerful voice as was seen during the subsidy removal debate.  With strengthened Consumer Groups, influence and engagement would improve.  This Consultant will therefore work to encourage and support the development of consumer groups with particular focus on identified areas of weakness such as their operating business models, which will ensure sustainability of the groups and their activities.  The Consultant will draw on research from various sources and form links with international organisations to provide support in this area. The Consultant will also map and coordinate capacity building activities (e.g. Training on developing their business models, mentorship, consumer groups community meetings etc.) that would be open to all consumer groups, and work to rally consumer groups around topics of interest.

This combination should lead to stronger advocacy through channels such as the radio, social media, policy dialogues and other such events. The Consultants with support of a project officer, would work together, and report to the PDF II programme manager.  

Project Outcome

How is/are the project beneficiary(ies) expected to make use of, or changed its(their) behaviour as a result of project outputs (the generic expected Outcome of PDF II is the increased use of evidence in pro-poor economic policy dialogue, formulation and implementation)? Please note that the project outcome should reflect PDF II’s outcome.

Outcome

Target Date

1.    Voices erstwhile underrepresented in Nigeria’s economic policy discourse will begin to be incorporated into mainstream discussions by 2020.

31st March 2020

2.    New and up-to-date economic evidence is introduced to policy discourse

31st March 2020

 

Outcome Indicators and Target Dates

How (indicators) and by when (target dates) will the project achieve its outcome? List the project outcome indicators and state for each what will actually be achieved – the changes that will occur as a result of the project.

Outcome 1: Voices erstwhile underrepresented in Nigeria’s economic policy discourse will begin to be incorporated into mainstream discussions by 2020.

Outcome Indicators

Target Date

1.    Doubling of participation by underrepresented groups (e.g. Consumer Groups, NGOs, Civil Society) in Policy dialogues

31st March 2020

2.    Sustainable improvement in coordination between Consumer groups (and other underrepresented groups) when participating in and/or influencing policy discussions as demonstrated in the emergence of a coordinating group or centre.

31st March 2020

 

Outcome 2: New and up-to-date economic evidence is introduced to policy discourse

Outcome Indicators

Target Date

1.    Citation of the work stream Policy briefs and other products in any of the 5 stages of policy formulation  

31st March 2020

2.    Increase in number of policy think tanks and academic institutions linked with Identified groups

31st March  2020

3.    Improvement in perception of underrepresented groups’ contributions to national policy discourse.

31st March 2020

 

 

Project Outputs

What goods and services will the project provide directly to its intended beneficiary(ies) in order to achieve the changes specified under the project outcome? Number and list the expected outputs in chronological order stating how each output will contribute towards achieving the project outcome.

Output(s)

Target Date

1.    Providing a platform for underrepresented voices and enabling them to participate in policy dialogues/events on topical economic issues

Ongoing

2.    Baseline needs assessment of consumer groups (in collaboration with work stream lead)

December 2016

3.    Annual capacity building plan for consumer groups (based on needs assessment)

January 2017, annually

4.    Coordination and Implementation of capacity building and engagement events with consumer groups on areas including:

a.    Using evidence in advocacy

b.    Business models

c.    Mentorship

 

Ongoing

5.    Development of a Consumer Groups Community of Practice

February 2017

6.    Administrative Reports to PDF II

As required.

 

Output Indicators/Deliverables and Target Dates

How and by when will the project outputs be delivered to the beneficiary(ies)? List the main output indicators (technical and administrative reports, and other deliverables) that will be produced. For each deliverable please indicate the expected delivery date. Please note that PDF II does not require the submission of information in reports that the Federal Government of Nigeria considers to be confidential.

Output 1: Providing a platform for underrepresented voices and enabling them to participate  in Policy dialogues/events on topical economic issues

Output Indicators/Deliverables

Target Date

1.    Establishing online platforms e.g. on Twitter, Facebook and other new media for ongoing engagement and deliberations e.g. twitter conferences

March 2017

2.    Monitoring reports on engagement and on-line outreach activities

Six-monthly

3.    Monitoring reports on participation in key economic policy events like the annual Nigeria Economic Summit etc.

Six-monthly

 

Output 2: Baseline needs assessment of consumer groups (in collaboration with work stream lead)

Output Indicators/Deliverables

Target Date

1.    Needs assessment report submitted to PDF II

Dec 2016

 

Output 3: Annual capacity building plan for consumer groups (based on needs assessment)

Output Indicators/Deliverables

Target Date

1.    Capacity building work plan and estimated costs

Jan 2017

 

Output 4: Coordination and Implementation of capacity building and engagement events with consumer groups

Output Indicators/Deliverables

Target Date

1.    Engagement event reports

Ongoing

2.    Capacity building event reports with proof of attendance and participation by target groups.

Ongoing

3.    Sustainable mechanism for coordination of Groups developed and signed up to by member groups

Oct. 2017

4.    Follow-up actions log

Ongoing

 

Output 5: Development of a Consumer Groups Community of Practice

Output Indicators/Deliverables

Target Date

1.    Inauguration of Consumer group Community of Practice event report

February 2017

2.    Community of practice meeting/activity reports

 Ongoing

3.    Actions Log

 Ongoing

4.    Consumer group leadership/coordination structure established

March 2018

 

Output 6: Administrative Reports to PDF II

Output Indicators/Deliverables

Target Date

1.    Monthly status updates submitted to PDF II

Monthly

2.    Interim reports to PDF II

4-monthly

3.    Project completion report at end of project

31st March 2020

 

Qualifications and experience of consultant

The consultants between them will have:

Post graduate qualification in an appropriate discipline from a reputable university and preferably at least 10 years relevant experience.

Excellent skills in policy advocacy

Experience of Nigerian government structures, processes and political environment

A good understanding of political economy issues in the context of Nigerian Federal Government

A good understanding of sustainable business models for consumer groups which ensures growth in the number of consumers represented

Excellent written and oral communication skills and proven ability of working with a variety of stakeholders including Consumer groups, Civil Society, Private sector, MDAs, etc.

Ability to work to deadlines in a challenging environment

 

Expected starting date: 26th September 2016 

Summary

Company

Policy Development Facility II

Job Level

Manager (Staff Supervisor/Head of Department)

Location

Abuja

Specialization

Consulting/Business Strategy & Planning

Job Type

Contract

Minimum Qualification

MBA / MSc

Preferred Years of Experience

10 - 15 years