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Terms of Reference for Consultant to Design Business Incubation Centers for Enterprise Promotion in Pakistan(Support to Government of Pakistan ‘Kamyab Jawan’ Programme)
In order to uplift the youth of the country by offering opportunities to utilize their entrepreneurial potential to the fullest, the Government of Pakistan has initiated a flagship programme titled “Kamyab Jawan” comprising various interventions. The Kamyab Jawan was born out of the realization that, while the youth of Pakistan currently makes up approximately 65% of the population of the country, it is critically under-represented at the national level. To this end the National Youth Development Framework was drafted, focusing on education, engagement and employment. Six thematic areas were identified and projects were created in all of these, under the umbrella of the Kamyab Jawan Program. This program is overseen directly by the Prime Minister’s office, while implementation takes place through various relevant ministries, organizations, associations and development sector stakeholders. These six initiatives are:
Business Incubation Centers (BIC)
A business incubator is a company that helps new and startup companies to develop by providing services such as management training or office space. Business incubators are catalyst tool for either regional or national economic development and fall in five categories: academic institutions; non-profit development corporations; for-profit property development ventures; venture capital firms, and combination of the above.
Business Incubation Centers in Pakistan
In Pakistan, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) supported the establishment of Business Incubation Centre's (BIC) in public sector universities to provide basic infrastructure and allied facilities for researchers and young entrepreneurs who are interested in developing early-stage business ventures. A business incubator's main goal is to produce successful firms that will leave the program financially viable and freestanding. Graduates of these business incubator programme create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, commercialize new technologies, and strengthen local and national economies. ILO collaborated with HEC in this initiative and imparted ‘Start & Improve Your Business (SIYB)’ training to the managers of BICs from ten (10) public sector universities. These BICs further supported more than 6,000 university graduates and other potential business aspirants in starting-up their businesses.
For IT-related businesses, there are a number of business incubators including Plan-9 (by Government of Punjab), Microsoft Innovation Centre (software-related start-ups), Technology Incubation Centre – NUST.
Designing Business Incubation Centers under Kamyab Jawan Programme
Under ‘Kamyab Jawan Programme’ the Government of Pakistan is considering to establish fifty (50) new Business Incubation Centers (BIC) to promote entrepreneurship in country. For this purpose, under its ‘Hunarmand Pakistan (Skilled Pakistan)’ component, reasonable funding is allocated to NAVTTC for establishing BICs.
Before establishing new BICs, the Government of Pakistan would like to have a careful analysis of the previous experiences of BICs and to design new BICs on lessons learnt from the previous experiences. In addition, Government is also keen to look at the existing enabling environment for new start-ups (legislations, regulations, ease-of-doing-business, etc) and to align BICs’ scope of work to better advise new start-ups for successful business ventures. For this purpose, Government of Pakistan has requested ILO for technical support in designing BICs in Pakistan.
This study contributes to the Pakistan Decent Work Country Programme 2016-2020 (extended to 2022), Priority Area 2: “Promoting jobs creation for youth and vulnerable groups”, with international Labour Standards being a cross-cutting theme.
Globally, this work contributes to Outcome 4 “Sustainable enterprises as generators of employment and promoters of innovation and decent work” as envisaged in the ILO Programme and Budget for 2020–21. It also contributes to Outcome-3 on “Economic, social and environmental transitions for full, productive and freely chosen employment and decent work for all”.
In turn, the work would contribute to UN Strategic Development Framework 2018-2022 (Pakistan), Outcome-2 on “Decent Work’ and SDG 8 “Decent Work and Economic Growth”
This activity will also strengthen ILO’s ongoing support to the Government of Pakistan on designing and implementing ‘Livelihoods Protection and Youth Employment in response to COVID-19” and spearheaded by the Planning Commission of Pakistan and proposed support to returning-migrant workers thru Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis & HRD.
Scope of Work for Consultant
ILO intends to engage a Technical Consultant to Design Business Incubation Centers (BIC) by reviewing existing legislations, regulations and institutional infrastructure for new business start-ups and after getting inputs all important stakeholders – to better support new start-ups in their business ventures.
The Consultant will be required to have a detailed review of existing legislations related to business start-ups, regulations, taxation regime, ease-of-doing-business, and existing BICs at various institutions (Universities, Chambers of Commerce & Industries, etc) to draw good practices and lessons learnt. The Consultant will also consult tripartite partners (particularly existing businesses and new business start-ups); existing institutions, and other stakeholders (e.g., Academia, Civil Society Organizations, etc) and identify key areas to be improved. The Technical Consultant will be required to study/examine following important measures which could be taken in to consideration while designing new BICs:
Terms of Reference for Technical Consultant
The Consultant will be required to undertake following assignments:
Review Business enabling environment in Pakistan
Literature Review / Physical Observation
Meetings with stakeholders
Analysis and Design of BIC
Business model for BIC
Partnerships and collaboration
Sharing and feedback from stakeholders
Finalizing BIC Designing and submission
The Consultant is required to provide number of workdays for completing this assignment.
Consultant will be required to deliver the following (see Annex-1):
1. After literature review, share draft Literature Review and Plan for Stakeholders Consultations’ for technical review and inputs by ILO and Kamyab Jawan Secretariat;
2. After completing stakeholders consultations, share draft ‘BIC Design’ for technical review and inputs by ILO and Kamyab Jawan Programme;
3. Provide a final BIC Design Report after incorporating all inputs by stakeholders, Kamyab Jawan Programme and ILO.
1. Consultant will be responsible to:
a. Bring/procure required technical expertise for all elements of the study;
b. Identify most relevant and recent literature and tools related to the subject;
c. Develop mechanisms to effectively consult relevant stakeholders and get adequate benefits in a respondent-friendly manner;
d. In view of travel restrictions and other SOPs due to COVID-19 pandemic, make sure to use appropriate technologies and means of communication that suits the requirements of relevant stakeholders;
e. Make a presentation on proposed BIC Design for validation workshop;
f. Ensure timely submission of deliverables;
g. Ensure full compliance with ILO and stakeholder inputs in the Final Report;
h. Share all important legislations, regulations, documents and information obtained during consultancy assignment, which are not available online, with ILO;
i. Take all necessary measures to complete the assignment within given resources and timeframe;
2. ILO will be responsible for;
a. Prepare a contract for the Consultant and making necessary payments on different intervals – based on deliverables;
b. Provide an introductory letter to Consultant – which will help him/her to introduce to relevant stakeholders;
c. Provide contact details of various relevant stakeholders;
d. Where possible, extend support in facilitating meetings with relevant stakeholders;
e. Provide technical inputs on outline, and draft BIC Design within a reasonable time;
f. ILO will manage the ‘Validation Workshop’. If, due to COVID-19 lockdown situation, the workshop has to be online, ILO will provide IT platform for meeting. In case of face-to-face meeting, ILO will manage the entire event including content, venue, and logistics etc.
Required Qualification and Experience
The Consultant should have the following qualification and experience:
1. Post-graduation in Business Education, social sciences or subjects related to Labour Laws, or Entrepreneurship, etc;
2. Minimum 10 year experience of dealing with matters related to Business and Entrepreneurship - either in Pakistan or abroad;
3. Must be well aware of institutional and organizational situations of business support organizations and business start-up issues, legislation and regulation, and institutional system in Pakistan;
4. Previous work experience with UN System in general and with ILO in particular, will be added advantage;
5. Strong competence to use computer and office-related software;
How to submit:
Interested individuals are requested to submit the Expressions of Interest, along with following supporting documents (duly dated and signed) through email to: email@example.com, cc: firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 18 December 2020 with the reference ISB/ILO/2020/002 in the email subject line:
Any offer received after the official closing time and date will not be accepted.
Questions and replies:
Should you have any questions, please contact us at the latest by date only by email (email@example.com; cc firstname.lastname@example.org) quoting the RFQ reference.
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