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Project Title: ATTEINDRE (ATTAIN)
Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), a not-for-profit organization which brings hope, opportunity and economic well-being to low-income people around the world, through a business-centered approach to development. In Haiti, MEDA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are working to provide targeted support for 30,000 micro, small and medium business enterprises (MSMEs) to become bankable enterprises. Through the ATTAIN/ATTEINDRE project, these enterprises will be better able to grow, become more competitive, and generate jobs within trade areas across Haiti.
MEDA’s business value creation approach includes use of business advisory services and financial incentives for workforce development to achieve decent work creation/support. The combination of incentives and technical support successfully addresses gaps in market systems around the world. ATTEINDRE in Haiti is a great opportunity to document best practices on business advisory services and use of financial incentives to target specific market barriers that can be addressed by working with ‘early adopters’ that can demonstrate success and return on investment of new practices, services, or products. By using a financial incentive to share the risk with these early adopters, the pilot is expected to generate sufficient evidence of the benefits of a specific change, leading the early adopter to permanently embed the change in their business, and leading other actors who were previously hesitant to adopt the change to do so without a financial incentive. In our experience the use of market incentives contributes to innovative solutions equipping farmers, agri-businesses, cooperatives and financial institutions with the knowledge and skills to implement these practices, building resilience and preparing them to better respond to the impacts of shocks and crisis including climate change. This support elevates their operational efficiency while contributing to environmental sustainability. A key component of our approach is strategic engagement with the private sector.
Study Purpose, Objectives and Research Questions
As part of the ATTAIN project’s strategic priority axes for Year 4, one of the activities seeks to formulate a best-case practice document for effective and additional business support, value creation, and innovative finance to streamline and enhance Business Advisory and Workforce Development activities using incentives based on the case for Haiti. We aim to bring significant value to the Haitian MSME ecosystem by ensuring clarity, purpose, and actionable steps.
The study will establish a comprehensive guiding framework that amalgamates insights from Business Advisory and incentives for Workforce Development to optimize service provider operations across Haiti. This study will make it possible to identify the dynamics of the Haitian market better and ensure better integration of MSMEs by eliminating and bypassing barriers to entry into the business world. While the study will specifically focus on Haitian context, the findings will include suggestions on how to design and implement Business Advisory and Incentives for Workforce Development interventions in fragile context for optimal impact.
The study should serve as a pivotal reference, ensuring consistency, effectiveness, and adaptability in the approaches employed, including the effectiveness of pay-for-performance incentives utilized by MEDA to generate results. This activity must answer the following broad questions:
Specifically, the study will focus on demand and supply sides of workforce development.
Workforce Development Domain (Demand Side)
Workforce Development Domain (Supply Side)
Scope of the Work
Research & Data Collection:
Review & Iteration:
The results of this study are intended for use by MEDA and external stakeholders, including the donor. Results and findings may also be shared with other key stakeholders like project clients and industry stakeholders. However, the key utility of this study is that the findings will build evidence on the best practices related to workforce development component of the project.
Study Approach and Methodology
The study will use principles of Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach that maximizes learning and action. An Advisory Committee (AC) is formed comprising key project stakeholders to guide the process of this research. The study will use multiple lines of evidence, both qualitative and quantitative, to triangulate findings.
Consultant’s Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the Advisory Committee, the Consultant will prepare a detailed work plan that provides information on the study to be carried with timelines of each activity. At minimum, the work plan should include the following:
The following products will be produced as part of the research.
The study is expected to commence by December 1st, 2023, with the final report due by April 30th, 2024.
How to apply?
Individuals or consulting companies are encouraged to apply by uploading their curriculum vitae in English (maximum 4 pages) providing information about relevant experience by November 15, 2023 by 4:00 pm Eastern Time.
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