Work Stream Lead

Policy Development Facility II

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Project Background

Why is the project needed? Why is PDF II funding required?

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.  This will be aimed at raising their capacity to engage effectively in economic discourse on key economic issues, and in advocacy with Government and Private sector.  This presents an opportunity to use up-to-date research evidence and thinking to influence policy makers in an innovative and engaging way that  steers the discussions in a progressive direction.

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.

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 institution 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.    Provide project management support to PDF II in the development and implementation of PDF II’s Trade Policy Work stream

Ongoing

2.    High Quality Policy briefs on key economic issues

Ongoing

3.    Providing evidence/resources that enables currently underrepresented voices to participate in policy dialogues/events on topical economic issues

Ongoing

4.    Baseline needs assessment of consumer groups (including 3 year work plan)

December 2016

5.    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: Provide project management support to PDF II in the development and implementation of PDF II’s Trade Policy Work stream.

Output Indicators/Deliverables

Target Date

1.    Project coordination/progress meetings with PDF II

As required

2.    Work stream project management updates on all work stream activities and deliverables

Monthly

3.    Work stream progress reports on all work stream activities and deliverables

4-monthly

4.    Project Completion Report

31st March 2020

 

Output 2: High Quality Policy briefs on key economic issues

Output Indicators/Deliverables

Target Date

1.    Monthly economic updates

Monthly

2.    Issues briefs

Quarterly

3.    Policy papers (for use in advocacy)

Ongoing 

 

Output 3: Providing evidence/resources that enables currently underrepresented voices to participate  in policy dialogues/events on topical economic issues

Output Indicators/Deliverables

Target Date

1.    Documentation of engagement and established links with key policy groups like the NESG, EDC, LCCI; and policy think tanks

April 2017, Quarterly

2.    Event reports and citations of evidence (provided by the consultant) by consumer/underrepresented voices in economic Dialogues and events like the annual Nigeria Economic Summit etc.  

On-going

 

Output 4: Baseline needs assessment of consumer groups (including 3 year work plan)

Output Indicators/Deliverables

Target Date

1.    Needs assessment report submitted to DFID and PDF II

Dec 2016

 

 

Output 5: 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(s)

The consultant will have:

  • Post graduate qualification in Economics or related discipline from a reputable university, and preferably at least 10 years relevant experience.
  • Excellent skills in analysis and use of evidence, policy, and advocacy
  • Experience of Nigerian government structures, processes and political environment
  • A good understanding of political economy issues in the context of Nigerian Federal Government
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work to deadlines in a challenging environment

 

Working language: English

 

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