National Consultant, Manager (SSA)
This project is a part of a phased approach launched in 2017 devoted to supporting socio-economic development in the Kyrgyz Republic. The 2023 project aims at assisting the host State in its efforts to advance economic growth and sustainable development through supporting the SMEs development in the regions by increasing access to business advisory services, strengthening public-private dialogue and supporting women economic empowerment.
To achieve the objective of the project, the project activities will be carried out in three directions: (i) capacity building support for the Entrepreneurship Support Centres (ESCs) established with the POiB support in Batken, Issyk-Kul, Jalal-Abad, Osh, and Talas provinces; (ii) Creating favorable conditions for the development of the regional SMEs; and (iii) Supporting women economic empowerment in the targeted provinces.
In order to advance the efficiency and professionalism of the ESCs to deliver high-quality and result oriented services for entrepreneurs in the regions the POiB will support conducting of trainings and workshops for the ESC consultants on a variety of topics, including business diagnostics strategic, business scaling, franchise packaging and others. Retreats and exchange of experiences will be carried out to promote internal learning and mentorship between the ESCs and to promote positioning of the ESCs as a network of consulting institution. Promotion of visibility of the ESCs and communication with the Centre’s beneficiaries will be maintained through providing up-to-date information and posts related to doing business on the official ESC’s pages in social media (Facebook, Instagram, Telegram, YouTube and TikTok) and the ESC website and producing video success stories. Additionally, relevant work on obtaining legal status by the ESCs will be started in 2023. The acquisition of legal status will allow the Centres to fulfil activities efficiently towards achieving sustainability and financially self-sufficient.
To this end, one Consultant Manager will be contracted to lead of consultants of five ESCs and to oversee the support and services provided to the customers of the ESCs. He/she will be responsible for analysing organizational operations and the development of strategies to improve efficiency and performance and to meet high-priority objectives of the ESCs. The Consultant Manager will also set expectations and make sure all consultants are meeting standards to ensure client satisfaction. Besides, he/she will develop all legal documents (charter, regulations, structure of the ESCs) required for registering the ESCs as legal entity and strategic documents on provision of paid services (list of paid services, tariff, policy and mechanisms of paid services, system of bonuses).
Objective of Assignment:
To contract one Consultant Manager to supervise and lead the consultants and cooperate with coordinators of five ESCs and to ensure the ESCs best performance and efficiency in service provision.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of Project Manager, the Consultant Manager will perform the tasks within the following directions:
I. Leading and supervision of consultants of five ESCs
- Providing leadership, motivation, and guidance for the consultants to ensure that they are performing their jobs effectively;
- To implement these tasks, consultant manager effectively cooperates with ESC coordinators;
- Reviewing and monitoring the consultants’ performance (through analyzing CRM reports, site visits) and identify areas for improvement, implementing corrective action where necessary;
- Conducting assessments to determine measures required to enhance overall the ESCs’ performance; through providing mentorship and coaching;
- Conducting needs assessment for training and planning training programs and providing mentorship to enhance the effectiveness of consultants’ performance and to advance service provision quality;
- Undertaking CRM and contribute in an on-going manner to customer interaction by identifying their priority needs for service and support;
- Developing policies and procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the ESCs as a network of consulting institution.
II. Coordinating and facilitating the process of developing strategic and legal documents to obtain legal status of the ESC
- Establishing a working group from the ESC consultants to develop strategic and legal documents;
- Determining organizational and legal form the most suitable for the ESC;
- Developing organizational structure of the ESC;
- Defining/ formulating corporate/organization mission, strategic goal, philosophy and modeling of business processes;
- Developing Charter and other documents required to register the ESC with the Ministry of Justice
III. Developing policy and regulating/administrative procedures of provision paid services by the ESCs
- Reviewing of the developed/existing Standards of Service provision, and if necessary to update/revise them;
- Drawing up a list of paid services and based on the market research developing tariffs/rates for services;
- Developing regulating/administrative documents to perform paid services: template of contract with customers that contains types and methods of payment as well; policy on the use and distribution of generated funds (for what purpose the funds will be used) from the paid services and mechanisms of bonus/motivation for consultants (who earned funds).
- Efficient work of the ESCs and high-quality service provision is ensured;
- Consultants of the ESCs enhanced their professionalism, skills and knowledge through mentorship and training courses;
- The ESCs’ reporting (CRM and narrative) is improved;
- Policies and procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the ESCs as a network of consulting institution are developed;
- List of paid services identified and tariffs/rates for services based on the market research are developed;
- Regulating/administrative documents to perform paid services are developed;
- All legal and administrative documents required for registration of the ESC as legal are developed
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- University degree in business management, project management, economic, finance or related field. Master's degree in business administration preferable;
- Minimum 5 years of professional experience in consulting, project management or business management;
- Strong working knowledge of business management best practices;
- Strong analytical, problem solving, and critical thinking skills;
- Ability to lead teams with a sound work ethic, intellectual curiosity, and exceptional client service;
- Ability to structure and manage intensive workloads;
- Familiarity with common business software, project management programs and IT systems;
- Ability to establish and maintain strong relationships and to influence others and move toward a common vision or goal;
- Proven experience in developing training modules and materials;
- Professional experience in conducting trainings, seminars, courses on issues of business planning, marketing, accounting, strategic management, etc.;
- Aptitude to grasp new concepts and effectively produce results;
- Fluency in Russian and Kyrgyz
Remuneration will be based on the selected consultant's/expert's qualifications, experience, the tasks and deliverables for this position and in accordance with the OSCE established rates.
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