The Gambia is highly vulnerable to external shocks as experienced in recent years (insufficient rainfall impacting on agriculture and food security). In addition, the country has not significantly increased the industrial sector’s share in the economy. The private sector is small and faces obstacles due to a shortage of entrepreneurial skills and structural gaps in the business environment.
Major hurdles to economic development also include poor regional integration, the absence of reliable and affordable energy, and sub-optimal infrastructure and vocational training facilities. Only 13% of rural population and 71% of urban population have respectively access to electricity, this circumstance is severely limiting economic activities in these regions.
The economic structure and performance present the following core problem: The Gambia’s economy lacks opportunities for employment of its labour force and job creation is needed, including in rural areas. The important lack of rural economic infrastructures specifically contributes to under-employment opportunities and economic dynamism of the agri-food sector.
Regarding the social security situation in the country, the Gambia is going to introduce soon a SP system under the NSSP. The new government has fully endorsed the policy and integrate into the National Development Plan. The minimum package will be addressed to vulnerable groups such as elder and disable peoples for a duration of 9-15 months by a cash transfer modality.
Scope of the Consultancy
As the organization is planning to expand its program portfolio in and scaling-up operations The Gambia during 2019-20, we are looking for a consultant from mid-April 2019 with the aim to position the organization on two proposal development. The country team will provide strategic guidance to the mission development, logistical support and institutional linkages with the relevant stakeholders.
Following programmatic priorities have been selected: cash-based response, agriculture, employment of youth and vulnerable groups. Following areas will be jointly developed in two areas, integrated project tailored to specific funding opportunities already identified. The objective of the first project will be to promote local community and especially young people and returning migrants to productive rural infrastructure building by:
General objectives of the consultancy:
Under the direct supervision of the Regional Advisor, the consultant is expected to undertake the following main tasks:
Application : CV (max 3 pages) + Cover Letter (max 1 page)
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