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INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR / CONSULTANT OPPORTUNITIES

The Asia Foundation is an international organization based in San Francisco with 18 offices in Asia, and an office in Washington, D.C. The Human Resources Department in San Francisco handles all employment and internship inquiries for the entire organization. The Asia Foundation is committed to a policy of providing equal opportunities in recruiting and selecting employees.

The Asia Foundation believes in providing equal opportunities without regard to age, color, country of origin, handicap, veteran status, religion, sex or sexual orientation. For U.S.-based positions, you must be legally eligible to work in the U.S.

We are currently seeking qualified motivated individuals for the following independent contractor/consultant positions:

ASIA

Mongolia

International Consultant for Women's Business Center and Incubator

UNITED STATES

Training Advisors, Agriculture and Public Health, Washington, DC

For U.S.-based positions you must be legally eligible to work in the U.S.

Mongolia

International Consultant for Women's Business Center and Incubator

The Asia Foundation has been partnering with the City Municipality of Ulaanbaatar (UB) to develop a Women's Business Center and Incubator. The Asia Foundation has assembled a public-private partnership including the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Golomt Bank, and Development Solutions NGO in order to establish and provide programing for the Center. The Asia Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the City Municipality of Ulaanbaatar on February 18, 2016 defining the goals of and joint work for this Center. This project is funded through the generous support of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

GENERAL BACKGROUND

Mongolia is a stable and growing democracy, with significant economic potential. Despite the economy's high growth rate in recent years, it is an economy still in transition. Mongolia's reliance on extractive industries as well as its underdeveloped services and manufacturing sectors have led to limited employment opportunities and increased vulnerability to economic variations. Further, Mongolia's large-scale mining and infrastructure projects, while critical to the country's economy, do little to boost employment. It is, in fact, the country's businesses and entrepreneurs that have the most impact on the country's people.

A significant portion of Mongolia's business sector is comprised of informal and small businesses, highlighting this as an area of potential growth. Within Ulaanbaatar, it is estimated that 87% of companies have less than nine employees and there are 107,000 informal individual traders. By supporting business development and addressing these weaknesses, Mongolia has an opportunity to build a more stable economy and increase job creation. 38.9% of businesses in Mongolia are women-owned and as the female-to-male labor force participation is relatively high at 82%, there is an evident culture of women's entrepreneurship and workforce participation in place. The Women's Business Center and Incubator will build on this societal trend and acceptance of women entrepreneurs to further support this group, who, with additional inputs, have potential to make significant economic contributions to the country.

WBC's outcome is to create an enabling environment created for women entrepreneurs to receive business services. The WBC also aims to increase the number of professionally women run businesses as a result of the women's business center, and increase the number of women entrepreneurs who start a business as a result of enhanced skills through the women's business incubator. This will be achieved through the attainment of three outputs, which address the key problems identified.

PROJECT OUTPUTS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Output 1: Establish Women's Business Center. The establishment of the WBC will require renting an office space, and renovating to ensure it is appropriate for the purposes of the center. The location will be central and easy to access by public transport. It will be accessible for the disabled and also will cater to women with children. A baseline survey will be conducted at the beginning of the project to ensure that services are relevant and meet women's needs. Based on the baseline, a business plan for the WBC will be developed with an international consultant.
  • Output 2: Develop and implement a comprehensive business services package. A comprehensive business services package will be developed, including consultation services for a number of topics including business plan development, finance, accounting, and others. Trainings will be provided regularly on a variety of topics relevant to women in business. Regular networking opportunities will also be available to clients of the center, to share ideas and meet successful women entrepreneurs.
  • Output 3: Establish women's business incubator. The business incubator will provide a limited number of women with great business ideas the opportunity to take specialised training and receive business development services at the Center. They will also have an opportunity to participate in a mentoring program with successful women entrepreneurs. A small business development fund will be available to assist women with small start-up costs through an application process.

The WBC will be implemented in Ulaanbaatar City. The Center will be located centrally, with easy access by public transport and accessible for the disabled.

OBJECTIVES/PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The Asia Foundation in partnership with the City Municipality of Ulaanbaatar seeks an international consultant with experience in developing business projects to write a business and development plan for a Women's Business Center and Incubator in Ulaanbaatar.

This consultant will review the project proposal and the preliminary findings of the survey research if available, and then, in consultation with project partners, draft a plan of activities, operating procedures, trainings, marketing strategies, income generation, and deliverables for the Center's first three years of operation activity, and recommendations for operational and financial sustainability beyond the first three years of operation. Following feedback from The Asia Foundation and project partners, the consultant will incorporate their feedback to produce a final plan.

The business plan will then be presented to and shared with the Ulaanbaatar City's Mayor's Office for their input and accordingly revised by the consultant before being submitted to the Board for their review. In addition to planning activities, operating procedures, trainings, and deliverables, the business development plan also focus on income generation and sound management to ensure that the Center will be self-sustaining beginning in the third year of operation.

SCOPE, TASKS, AND DELIVERABLES

No. 

Tasks 

Deliverables 

Number of days 

Deadline 

Location

1

  • Review the grant proposal and goals and timeline of the project.
  • Review WBC baseline survey results if available and secondary data, information, and statistics relating to women entrepreneurs in Mongolia.
  • Consultant is familiar with the grant terms and survey results and is ready to discuss with project partners upon arrival.

1 day

Prior to arrival in Mongolia

Remote

2

  • Conduct interviews and consultations with the project partners and stakeholders as well as potential beneficiaries.
  • Review the proposed activities and training schedules of each partner organizations (grantees and sub-contractors).
  • Develop recommendations based on data gathered in Tasks 1 and 2.
  • Recommendations to be presented to and discussed with TAF project staff in advance of drafting the business plan.
  • Implementation road map for activities, operating procedures, trainings, deliverables, and marketing strategies, income generation.
  • Recommendations for operational and financial sustainability beyond first three years of operation.

2 days

Deadlines will be set in accordance with the work schedule of TAF staff and the International consultant

Ulaanbaatar

3

  • Write a first draft of the business plan. 
  • A written first draft of the business plan which incorporates feedback from the recommendations presented to and approved by TAF.
  • The plan should include an implementation road map for activities, operating procedures, trainings, deliverables, and marketing strategies, income generation, and recommendations for operational and financial sustainability beyond first three years of operation. 

3 days

Ulaanbaatar

4

  • Present the draft plan to project partners
  • A presentation and feedback session for all project partners to review and evaluate the business plan. 

1 day

Ulaanbaatar

5

  • Incorporate feedback from feedback session (Task 4) and revise business plan accordingly.
  • A near-final draft of the business plan which will be ready to present to the City Municipality of Ulaanbaatar

1 day

Ulaanbaatar

6

  • Incorporate feedback from the City Municipality of Ulaanbaatar (Task 5) and revise business plan accordingly.
  • Develop final draft
  • A final draft of the business plan which will be ready to present to the project board.

2 days

Remote

TERMS

  • The comprehensive business plan should be delivered not later than May 16, 2016 in English.
  • The total length of this contract is 10 days (7 days in Ulaanbaatar, and 3 days remote).
  • The consultant will report to Diana Fernandez, Deputy Country Representative.
  • The consultant is expected to work closely with TAF project team and the project partners.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

  • Fluency in English
  • Experience in developing comprehensive business plans
  • Excellent verbal and communication skills
  • Degree in a relevant field
  • Experience working on women and/or social inclusion related programming particularly in the area of economic empowerment
  • Previous work experience with Mongolia is preferred, but not required.

Please submit a letter of interest, CV, and a sample of relevant work to the attention of: uyanga.sainbayar@asiafoundation.org by April 28, 2016. This project is funded through the generous support of the Korean International Cooperation Agency.

United States

Training Advisors, Agriculture and Public Health, Washington, DC

The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia is seeking qualified short-term trainers in two areas: Agricultural Production and Public Health (Women’s) for an upcoming project in Washington, DC.

Candidates should be professionals with specific sectoral expertise, and experience leading training programs in the Washington DC area to build capacity among professionals in the areas of agriculture (focusing specifically on agricultural packaging of dried fruits and nuts) and public health (focusing specifically on women’s health).

Qualifications

  • Candidates must have an advanced degree in a relevant field of study and a minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience.
  • Experience delivering short term training to professionals from developing countries in the subject field.
  • Knowledge or experience of capacity building for Afghan professionals in agriculture/public health preferred.
  • Strong oral communication skills in English required, Dari/Pashto language skills preferred.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV to psds.consultants@asiafoundation.org with the position listed in the subject line by May 11, 2016. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.

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