TERMS OF REFERENCE
CONSULTANCY ON STATE OWNED ENTERPRISES IN AFRICA
The African Peer Review Mechanism was established in 2003 by the African Union Heads of State and Government with the primary purpose of fostering practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable and inclusive development, as well as accelerated regional and continental integration. It seeks to rectify underlying deficiencies in governance and socioeconomic development processes among member states of the African Union. The APRM covers four thematic areas: (i) Democracy and political governance; (ii) Economic management and governance; (iii) Corporate governance; and (iv) Socio-economic development. Participating countries go through detailed review processes (including consultations with government, the private sector, civil society and other stakeholders), culminating in a peer review exercise at the level of Heads of State and Government.
Annex to this ToR presents details of the APRM structures and review processes. A key feature of the APRM is that it is home grown. This, as well as its voluntary nature, are important in buttressing and consolidating Africa’s ownership of its development agenda. As an assessment and monitoring tool, the APRM can also help to track progress towards meeting regional and international development aspirations and commitments including AU’s Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The African Union and the Heads of State are cognizant of this and in January 2017 expanded the mandate of the Mechanism from the core reviews to monitoring and evaluation role for the African Union Agenda 2063 and the SDGs. This is a reflection of the confidence reposed in the Mechanism and will contribute to the universalization of the APRM where all AU member states will become members of the APRM.
2. Description of the Project
On 8th March 2018, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank approved the APRM Institutional Support Project. The project will help strengthen the APRM and contribute to the delivery of its mandate. It will support the implementation of the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan and reposition the APRM as an instrument for monitoring AU Agenda 2063 and the SDGs. Apart from addressing the immediate challenges faced by the Mechanism, the grant will help in the review and refinement of the APRM tools and processes, to ensure that the Mechanism remains relevant in a rapidly changing world and is also able to take on board the expanded mandate and expectations of member countries. In this regard, the project is expected to support the refinement of the APRM Methodology and Processes, including the revision of the questionnaire and development of indicators for the expanded mandate and reinforcement of modalities for ensuring the implementation of the National Programmes of Action that emerge from the reviews and tracking progress over time through a well-articulated M& E Framework. The project will also help the Mechanism to undertake research and diagnostic works and to develop a repository of knowledge in the form of a knowledge hub, targeting policy makers, academia, the private sector and civil society, among others.
3. Objectives of the consultancy on the Size and Sectoral Distribution of State-Owned Enterprises in Africa
3.1 General Objectives
In the context of the implementation of the APRM Institutional Support Project, the APRM intends to recruit a consultant to develop a report that will describe the size, sectoral distribution and corporate forms of national State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) sectors as well as the challenges and opportunities SOEs face in African countries.
3.2 Specific Objectives
• To describe the SOEs landscape in Africa in terms of size, sectoral distribution and corporate forms and inform policy makers on their role in national economy;
• To understand dynamics, challenges and opportunities of SOEs in African countries.
• To propose practical measures for improving governance of SOEs in African countries.
4. SCOPE OF WORK AND EXPECTED OUTPUT
4.1 Scope of Work
The scope of the work covers the responsibility for conducting a comprehensive study on state-owned enterprises.
The consultant will be required to develop broad and specific research themes directed towards state-owned enterprises in African Union member countries.
The consultant will be expected to;
• describe and decipher the environment of state-owned enterprises in Africa;
• examine the size of SOEs – by company value and employment – and their distribution by sector and corporate form;
• highlight concrete changes in the design and implementation of public policies in state-owned enterprises in Africa;
• reflect on priority actions and measures to tackle problems faced by state-owned enterprises; and
• The consultant will be expected to develop methodologies for conducting this comprehensive study.
4.2 EXPECTED OUTPUT
At the end of the consultancy on the size and sectoral distribution of SOEs, a comprehensive research report on contemporary issues surrounding SOEs will be published and this will highlight the following outputs:
• Clear description of the size, scope and sectoral distribution of SOEs in Africa
• African States are better informed of the existence and need of corporate governance, notably corporate governance in SOEs;
• improved knowledge for African States and their partners about the climate of SOEs in Africa;
• build capacities of States in the area of governance in SOEs through experience sharing;
• initiatives undertaken by States to streamline and improve public policies on governance in SOEs.
5. DELIVERABLES AND TIME FRAME
Essential data collected will be recorded in the following:
• an inception report outlining the methodology, literature review and work plan;
• a draft Interim Report which will be forwarded to the APRM Continental Secretariat for observations;
• a final Draft Report which will contain the observations of APRM Continental Secretariat and will be discussed in a workshop among various experts in the presence of the Consultant;
The Final Scientific Report comprising the following characteristics:
1. About eighty (80) pages
2. An executive summary
3. An introduction
4. A body with references to footnotes
5. A conclusion
6. A bibliography
7. Annexes, if necessary.
5.2 TIME FRAME
|DELIVERABLES||TIME FRAME (Months)||PAYMENT FRACTION|
||25% of the total Budget
||25% of the total Budget
||50% of the total Budget
The Africa SOEs Consultant shall report directly to the Manager of the SOEs Network and will submit all deliverables as per the ToR.
7. REQUIREMENTS FOR EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
7.1 Qualifications & Experience:
• Minimum of Master’s degree in a field relevant to the assignment; Political Science, Public Administration, Statistics, Economics, Development Studies, and related fields.
• And a Bachelor’s degree in any social science field related to Governance.
• A PhD Will be an added advantage
• Have at least 10 years of work experience with a strong background in research
• Considerable experience in researching;
• Good knowledge of the historical context of state owned enterprises in Africa;
• Good knowledge of the APRM practices and how they are helping to revitalize governance of state-owned enterprises in Africa
• High quality analytical skills;
• Working experience on similar projects mainly in the field of Governance, Politics, State-owned enterprises, economics, market failures, privatization and corporate governance.;
• Experience in developing research proposals and research themes;
• Excellent time management skills and ability to produce outputs as per agreed deadlines.
• Good knowledge of contemporary Governance issues in Africa as well as APRM processes, procedures;
• Strong preference will be given to candidate with proven ability to carry out thorough analysis of Politics and Governance in Africa.
• Demonstrate excellent speaking, analytical and writing skills;
• Have full knowledge of office-based computer applications, including internet navigation and Microsoft Office suit.
The APRM will pay the consultant for state owned enterprises in phases depending on the prescribed format. The Applicant is invited to submit a quotation/ fee for the Assignment.
9. Period of the Assignment
• This is a One-Month assignment carried out over 3 months.
• The APRM shall pay 25% of Contract price upon submission and acceptance of the Inception Report; and
• The APRM shall pay 25% of Contract price upon submission and acceptance of the draft Interim Report; and
• The balance of 50% of Contract price upon submission and acceptance of the Final report of SOEs in Africa.
The Consultant may carry out the assignment from a location of their choice.
11.CONFIDENTIALITY AND PROPRIETARY INTERESTS
The SOEs consultant shall not either during the term or after termination of the assignment, disclose any proprietary or confidential information related to the assigned service without prior written consent. Proprietary interests on all materials and documents prepared by the trainer under the assignment shall become and remain properties of the APRM.
12. General Information
All consultancies will be advertised on an equal opportunity basis.
The performance criteria to be used to assess the consultant shall be based on the deliverables and scope of work defined in this ToR.
13. Language of Assignment
The SOEs in Africa report should be presented in English/or French
14. EVALUATION CRITERIA
The selection will be done based on the following criteria.
Additional evaluation criteria
Overall the consultant is accountable for deliverables to the APRM CEO. However, on a day to day basis the Consultant shall report directly to the Project Coordinator of the project.
17. Mode of Application
African Peer Review Mechanism Secretariat
All applications in writing should be accompanied by up-to-date Certified Curriculum Vitae and supporting documents (Note: do not send originals) with the names and addresses of three referees, one of which should be the last consultancy and addressed to:
16. Mode of ApplicationOverall the consultant is accountable for deliverables to the APRM CEO. However, on a day to day basis the Consultant shall report directly to the Project Coordinator of the project.15. Reporting
Private Bag XO8, Halfway House
Physical Address: 230 15th Road, 1st Floor,
Raandjies Park, Midrand, 1685,
Contact: Project Coordinator
Email: [email protected]