Ease of Doing Business Consultant (Green Sanitation Services Program)

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Kathmandu, , NP

The consultant will be required to undertake research, including desk review, workshop consultations, interviews, consumer surveys, focus group discussions and other primary and secondary methods, to acquire and process data and information. The consultant will also be required to obtain, process and analyze and model key sanitation and business data for deliverables and program requirements, as well as support the conceptualization of deliverables, and explore technical options, best practices and ideas. Based on the research undertaken, the consultant will be expected to draft key technical content for deliverables, and support review, revision and output development as needed. 

The consultant is required to interact closely with relevant project members and stakeholders on a regular basis. The consultant is expected to work from the GGGI Nepal office hosted by the Ministry of Forests and Environment, in Baber Mahal, Kathmandu, Nepal during the period of the consulting assignment. Any changes in work location would need to be agreed with GGGI Nepal Country Representative in writing.

Project Summary

In Nepal, GGGI is working under the guidance of the Ministry of Forests and Environment, and in partnership with the Ministry of Water Supply, and the municipalities of Mahalaxmi and Bharatpur to deliver the first phase of the ‘Green Sanitation Services Program’. The overall aim of this program is to integrate climate change and the sanitation sectors, through both policy and investment projects. For this, GGGI is working with its partners to find ways to improve the business friendliness of the sanitation sector in Nepal, in order to encourage private sector activity and investment. Improving the ease of doing business of private entrepreneurs, especially those that provide green, sustainable sanitation services, will stimulate private sector investment into the sanitation sector. The program is focused on sanitation services that deliver containment, transport, treatment and reuse.

Scope of Work

This is a deliverable-based consulting position that will provide technical contributions to the Green Sanitation Services Program.This consulting assignment would require the outlined deliverables (below) across and within 5.0 months (approx. 100 days of work)from the starting date of the assignment. 

Under the guidance of the GGGI Nepal Country Representative in Kathmandu, together with the Sanitation Officer, Nepal, and the Sanitation Specialist (HQ), and in consultation with government partners, the consultant will:

  • Design and deliver a robust analysis of the ease of doing business in the sanitation sector in Nepal, at both national level and local levels;
  • Engage closely with field experts, government stakeholders and other non-governmental stakeholders to design a prioritized policy intervention to improve the ease of doing business in the sector. This intervention should be backed by technical analysis and aligned with investment considerations;
  • Prepare an implementation plan to lay out the key practical steps and process required to adopt and implementation the prioritized policy intervention.
Output/Reporting Requirements/Deliverables

1.     Global Desk Review (Deliverable 1) [10 days] – Undertake a global desk review of reforms in the sanitation sector aimed at improving ease of doing business, with special attention on any reforms that both ease and green business practices. Prepare a brief report summarizing the key findings.         

2.     Ease of Doing Business National Assessment (Deliverable 2) [16 days] – Based on the World Bank’s ‘Ease of Doing Business’ methodology, develop an adapted methodology to undertake an ease of doing business assessment of the sanitation sector in Nepal. The adapted methodology should consider green business practices. Using this methodology, assess the sector. This will include identifying key regulatory and institutional barriers that make (green) business difficult. The assessment will use a range of analytical methods, including key information interviews, with special attention paid to gaps for greening the sector through improved regulatory practices. Prepare draft findings of the assessment, including preliminary recommendations to improve ease of doing business.

3.     Ease of Doing Business Municipal Assessments (Deliverable 3A and 3B) [20 days] – In each of the participating municipalities (i.e. Mahalaxmi and Bharatpur), assess the local sanitation sector for ease of doing business. Draft up the key findings, including proposed recommendations for improvement.

4.     Consultation 1 (Deliverable 4) [2 days] – Support the organization of a workshop consultation to present the national and local findings and discuss and prioritize a preferred policy intervention to boost ease of doing business nationally.

5.     Intervention Analysis and Design (Deliverable 5) [20 days] – Based on the consultation, undertake the detailed analysis and design of a preferred policy intervention to boost ease of doing (green) business in the sanitation sector. This deliverable should include the draft policy intervention, or draft institutional design, or any other key technical parameters of the selected intervention. As part of this, a basic cost-benefit analysis (or similar) will be conducted of the intervention.

6.     Implementation Plan (Deliverable 6) [10 days] – Develop an implementation plan for this proposed intervention. This plan should lay out the steps, actions and overall process needed to effectively implement the proposed intervention.

7.     Consultation 2 (Deliverable 7) [2 days] – Present these proposed intervention and implementation plan for feedback during a consultative workshop with key stakeholders.

8.     Finalization (Deliverable 8) (All Reports) [10 days] – Based on stakeholder feedback, revise and fully finalize all reports (Deliverables 1, 2, 3A, AB, 5 and 6) and submit detailed, carefully formatted and high-quality work.

  • An advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, business administration, finance, engineering, or any discipline related to the assignment. Relevant professional experience may be considered to supplement educational degree.
  • Preferably a minimum of six years of professional experience in above fields, with substantive experience related to policy and technical analysis and assessment, economic analysis, quantitative analysis, report preparation, communication and outreach, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Preferably international experience (outside of Nepal) or experience working with international organizations in Nepal.
  • Experience in enterprise development (especially SME), fiscal and subsidy projects, economic development and business development, as well as research and policy analysis in these sectors.
  • Knowledge and experience of working with government officials and development partners in Nepal.
  • Good English and Nepali language communication (speaking, writing and presentation) skills, including publication of written material and ability to produce high-quality visual aids.
Documents to be submitted (Online application)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Cover letter
Additional Information
  • Consultant Level D, deliverable-based (5 months full-time)
  • Duty Station : Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Start date :  16 March 2020
  • End date : 14 August 2020
  • Days Estimated ; 90 days
  • Total Fees : USD 13,500 (Negotiable)