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Key expert 1: MSME Reforms and Policy Dialogue Expert (Team leader)
Expected start
1 July 2021
800 working days
29 January 2021
Greg Barker (

Detailed description Back

The overall objective of the project of which this contract will be a part is as follows: to assist the Government of Malawi in creating an enabling business environment for MSMEs and strengthen labour related laws, for the attainment of decent job creation, and sustainable economic growth in Malawi in consultation with MSMEs, development partners, and other stakeholders.

The purposes of this contract are as follows:

  • Purpose 1: to create an enabling business environment for MSMEs in Malawi. The intervention will contribute to efficient operations of MSMEs by addressing the key constraints to an enabling MSME environment that discourage their establishment and growth. To this effect, the programme will support the establishment and functioning of a multistakeholder policy dialogue platform (SME Forum), addressing policy related issues affecting MSME operations, and further support operationalisation of the SME Law in Malawi.
  • Purpose 2: to improve the regulatory environment and promote observance of labour laws that address decent work deficits in Malawi. The intervention will contribute to improved delivery of labour inspection services and occupational safety and health (OSH) inspections for the MSME sector and Malawi in general, and improved voluntary compliance by MSMEs and beyond.

Of particular attention, this assignment will include analysing and exploring drivers of the informality in the MSME sector, and identifying means of encouraging formalisation of the sector. The project will benefit from other EU interventions on fiscal policy and domestic resource mobilisation under the Chuma Cha Dziko – Public Finance Management programme.

The experts will further assist the Government in developing technical specifications and facilitate the process for any procurement needed under the support areas.


Qualifications and skills:

  • The expert should have a University Degree in Economics, or Business Administration or other relevant field, from recognised institution*, or 15 years equivalent relevant professional experience. (*Recognised institutions refers to accredited institutions by international or national higher education oversight body)

General professional experience:

  • The expert will have at least 12 years’ experience in leading policy dialogue processes, including lobbying for policy changes in favour of entrepreneurship growth, decent work conditions, and supporting implementation of MSME decent work activities. Delivering capacity building initiatives in entrepreneurship and/or labour laws would be an asset.

Specific professional experience:

  • At least 4 years’ experience in the management and facilitation of policy dialogue platforms;
  • At least 4 years’ experience in providing business advisory services for MSMEs;
  • At least 4 years’ experience in developing and managing MSMEs programmes and interventions would be an asset;
  • In-depth knowledge of policy and regulatory issues affecting entrepreneurship development and the informal sector would be an asset;
  • Practical experience in project management of donor-funded programmes, ideally in Sub-Saharan Africa would be an asset.