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21 Juin 2019 Il y a 1 an

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Title: Senior local consultant on Benchmarking of Investment Regulations
Length of Assignment: Short-Term
Reports to: Team Leader for JOBS Business Enabling Environment

BACKGROUND

The USAID/Tunisia Jobs, Opportunities & Business Success (JOBS) project, managed by Chemonics International, seeks to create 70,000 jobs over the five-year life of the project. The three-year project (with an additional two-year option period) will work through multiple pathways to reach this ambitious goal, including i) increasing the competitiveness of client firms; ii) matching labor market demand with skills that meet the needs; iii) improving the business enablin environment; and iv) improving youths’ attitudes towards private sector employment.

Under Component 3, JOBS will help forge a more competitive business enabling environment by working with businesses to identify policy and regulatory constraints to their ability to grow, then working with the government of Tunisia, and private sector organizations to address these constraints. Included in this component is the policy area related to market access for investors, specifically streamlining administrative procedures related to investment activities of the decree 417 of May 2018, which will lead to reduced bottlenecks for SMEs.

The legal framework for investment in Tunisia includes a number of implementation decrees to the investment law (please add the date) which are the governance Decree 388, the Incentives Decree 389 and the Management by objective Decree 390, adopted all in March 09th 2017. The principle of freedom of investment was established mainly through the decree 417 adopted on May 2018 to reduce the number of authorizations and licenses for economic activities.

This decree includes:

  • An exhaustive list of all activities that requires prior approval and different authorizations, procedures, deadlines and conditions required for the realization of an investment in Tunisia;
  • A process to remove gradually all the remaining authorizations;

As part of its Year One work plan, JOBS has agreed with the GOT to provide focused technical assistance for the MDICI’s Management by Objective Unit (MOU) to identify the best approach for administrative authorizations removal required for the realization of economic activities A senior local on international investment regulations will be recruited for this assignment.

OBJECTIVES

The senior local consultant will be in charge of benchmark Tunisia’s existing plan for reducing administrative procedures against international best practices and identify the best approach. This proposal will be based on economic effect on competitiveness and job creation.

The key objective of this assignment is to ensure that (1) all of JOBS’ activities are contextually appropriate to the Government’s vision and that (2) the capacity of the MOU’s staff is available to maintain momentum after the departure of the local consultant.

DETAILED RESPONSIBILITIES

The detailed responsibilities are outlined below:

  • Collect and provide the Management by Objectives Unit updated information related to fundamental reforms undertaken mainly by countries which have similar economies to Tunisia and successful international best practices in reviewing administrative authorizations and procedures specific to starting a business.
  • Provide an adapted and coherent framework for Tunisia to take advantage from the benchmarking results in order to identify appropriate instruments and mechanisms to replace administrative authorizations.
  • Propose value-added propositions and recommendations with expected results and impact analysis in short, medium, and long-term that could be included in the concerted approach.

DELIVERABLES:

Specific deliverables will be prepared in close collaboration with the MOU, which are described below:

  • An inventory of the reforms undertaken by other successful countries in the field of streamlining administrative authorizations
  • An Appropriate approach to be used by the MOU to review and replace authorizations within the two upcoming years.

All written deliverables will be prepared using standard USAID/Tunisia JOBS templates and appropriate branding and marking.

REPORTING:

The consultant will report to USAID/JOBS Business Enabling Environment team leader, Ikhlas Haddar, and Sarah Meyer, Deputy Chief of Party

WORKING CONDITIONS/SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS:

The senior local consultant is expected to work for the duration of the assignment. The assignment will take place in Tunis with potential travel outside of Tunis to relevant regions. The travel outside of Tunis will be determined during the assignment in discussions with the JOBS team.

LEVEL OF EFFORT AND PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE

This position is a short-term assignment with up to 25 days of LOE.

Critères d'éligibilité

  • Diploma in international investment law, economy, finance , management or similar disciplines.
  • At least 10 years of experience in investment regulations and economic growth analysis.
  • Previous experience in using economic-simulation solutions for assessing the impacts of new measures and policy reforms.
  • Previous experience working with Ministries, government agencies, decision-makers, professional associations in Tunisia.

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