Consultancy For The Formulation of the EMCOZ Business / Advocacy Agenda for 2018 – 2020

Consultancy For The Formulation of the EMCOZ Business / Advocacy Agenda for 2018 – 2020

Background

The Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe, (EMCOZ) is an employer and business umbrella body that is charged with the responsibility of defending and protecting the interests of its members.  Its founding objects are to promote, protect and advance the mutual interests of employers and businesses and to provide a forum for consultation and collaboration on all matters arising out of the relationship between employers, employees and government.

In June 2007, the International Labour Conference (ILC) discussed the promotion of sustainable enterprises. The conclusions of this discussion provided an important contribution agreed by the ILO’s tripartite constituency of governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations on how to promote enterprise development in a manner that aligns enterprise growth with sustainable development objectives and the creation of productive employment and decent work.

The ILC Sustainable Enterprise conclusions called for the strengthening of the institutions and governance systems, which nurture enterprises. Strong and efficient markets need strong and effective institutions. Promoting sustainable enterprises is also about ensuring that human, financial and natural resources are combined equitably and efficiently in order to spur innovation and increase productivity. In the past years the ILO has developed and refined a methodology on how to assess the Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprises (EESE).

Subsequently, in line with its mandate to contribute to the development of a conducive environment for enterprises in Zimbabwe, the Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe (EMCOZ) requested the ILO to assist EMCOZ in assessing the current environment for sustainable enterprises, based on the ILO methodology, and to identify areas for improvement. The report is designed to stimulate debate and to provide an evidence base for policy reforms for an environment more conducive to the promotion of sustainable enterprises in Zimbabwe. In particular, the report has been used to identify priority areas of policy reform to support the dialogue, advocacy and public policy work of organised business and organised labour.

The next step is for EMCOZ and its members to develop a Business Agenda based on the findings of the EESE assessment to ensure the advocacy of specific measures aimed to improve the enabling environment for sustainable enterprises in Zimbabwe. The EESE assessment and the final report has greatly benefited from inputs from tripartite participants in two national workshops held in October 2016 and June 2017, respectively.

Through support from the International Labour Organisation, EMCOZ seeks to engage a service provider to facilitate the development of a three year Advocacy/Business Agenda to enable it to pursue a structured lobbying and advocacy to influence policies, legislation and regulations towards sustainable enterprises.

Despite the critical role played by the informal economy, it is faced with many challenges and constraints that include an inconsistent policy environment, inhibitive legal and regulatory framework, limited access to financial services, markets, skills and technology, inadequate infrastructure, job quality deficits and social security, unsatisfactory occupational health and safety standards, poor stakeholder management systems and lack of access to knowledge management and capacity building opportunities. The Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprises, (EESE) assessment had a great focus on the informal economy given its growing importance in the Zimbabwean economy.

Scope of work

  1. The dissemination of the final Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprises (EESE) in Zimbabwe report to relevant sectors in preparation of the issues to be contained in the Advocacy/business Agenda.
  2. Facilitate and Prioritize sector specific concerns to be included in the Advocacy/Business Agenda
  3. Develop an Advocacy/Business Agenda with the issues emanating from the dissemination of the Zimbabwe EESE Report and prioritization sessions for lobbying and policy advocacy for the next three years.
  4. Hold validation workshop of the draft Advocacy/Business Agenda and implementation, monitoring and evaluations plans.
  5. Finalise the Draft Business Agenda

Deliverables

The successful bidder will be required to deliver the following:

  • An Advocacy/Business Agenda for the Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe   clearly articulating and outlining the priorities from the sectors and the EEESE Report with the necessary back ground information.

Proposal

Bidders are requested to submit their proposal that contain at least the following;

  • Individual or company or consortium profile;
  • A detailed work plan with milestones, outputs and timeframes;
  • Methodology to be used to deliver the project;
  • A detailed cost estimate table indicating a breakdown of the activities and  associated costs;
  • CVs indicating relevant expertise of each member of the team.

Duration of the consultancy

The consultancy shall be for a period of 20 working days effective from the signing of a contract.

The Advocacy/Business Agenda will be submitted at the end of the 20 working days.

Conditions

The successful bidder shall be given a contract and be subject to the terms and conditions specified therein.  A detailed briefing on the consultancy will be given to the successful bidder during the signing of the contract.

Submissions

Submission of the proposal should be submitted to the Executive Director of the Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe no later than the 15th August, 2018.

EMCOZ

14 May 2018