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Review of the Confederation of Danish Industry’s (DI) engagement under the Danish-Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP) - Middle East & North Africa

Deadline for applications:  Monday, 22 February 2016, at 12:00, Danish Time

Description:  The Danish-Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP) has since 2003 been a central pillar in Denmark’s foreign policy vis-á-vis the Middle-East & North Africa (MENA) region. The DAPP supports processes of political reform and democratisation, while at the same time seeking to enhance the dialogue between Denmark and the Arab world. It focuses on four thematic areas, namely: (i) human rights and democracy; (ii) women’s empowerment and gender equality; (iii) independent knowledge creation; and (iv) economic growth and job creation. The fourth thematic area consists of a broad range of development engagements aimed at promoting economic reforms and the development of a more favourable business environment on the one hand, and job creation on the other hand. The engagements are implemented through different funding channels/modalities: (a) multilateral organisations; (b) NGOs and private organisations; and (c) strategic partnerships. The Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) was selected as a strategic partner under the DAPP ‘economic growth and job creation’ thematic area in 2013.

The overall objective of the review is to undertake an assessment of the performance of the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) with respect to its engagement in the MENA-region within the framework of the Danish-Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP). The exercise will provide a general assessment of how DI has performed and contributed to the overall objectives of DAPP during the period 2012-2015, and more specifically how DI engagements has contributed to the objectives of the fourth thematic area of DAPP - Economic Growth and Job Creation.  This will include an assessment of progress towards meeting the intermediate/immediate objectives and/or reaching the expected results defined in the relevant agreements with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The performance assessment will form the basis for a general assessment of DI’s current administrative, financial and organisational capacity to operate, implement and monitor the activities funded under DAPP. The capacity assessment will look at the results towards which the DI contributes at the country and regional level with respect to the DAPP objectives as well as its own organisational objectives and rationale behind its presence in the MENA-region. This will comprise an assessment of the strength and added value/mutual benefits of DI’s engagement under the DAPP, including the extent to which DI meets the requirements as a strategic partner under a possible future phase of the DAPP from 2017 and onwards.

We are looking for two international senior consultants with documented expertise and experience in private sector development and capacity assessment respectively. Fluency in English, including excellent report writing skills is a must. At least one of the consultants should be able to read and communicate in Danish as some key documents may be available in Danish only. Familiar with Danida’s Aid Management Guidelines and previous experience from review of Danida supported programmes. Experience from the Middle East and North Africa region is an advantage.

The assignment is expected to start during the latter part of March and be completed during May 2016. The assignment will comprise a 6-7 days visit to two selected countries in the region during the first half of April. The major part of the work will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark and involve meetings and consultations with the Confederation of Danish Industry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The number of working days to de delivered in total is expected to be maximum 40 days.

Deadline for applications:  Monday 22 February 2016 at 12:00, Danish Time

The standard application form should be used. Applications not using the standard form may be rejected. Applications received after the time limit shall be rejected.

Download application form here.

Contact point: Technical Advisory Service, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Name of Programme Officer:  Jesper Ravn Hansen
Telephone of Programme Officer:  +(45) 33921391
Email of Programme Officer:  jeshan@um.dk

Criteria for selection:
A minimum of three and a maximum of five applicants with references best suited for this assignment will be invited to be invited to submit a tender