Special Economic Zone TORS

TERMS OF REFERENCE
 

NON STATE ACTORS ALLIANCE
 

Towards Development of a Special Economic Zone Policy Document

  1. Introduction

NSAA is a coalition apex organisations representing the NGOs, Churches, Labour and Business sectors. Its aim is to strengthen the capabilities of member organisations to effectively and meaningfully influence policy formulation in Zimbabwe.

 

NSAA is calling for reputable individuals or organizations to undertake a research towards the development of SEZ policy in Zimbabwe. The research is commissioned in order to gain an in-depth understanding of and generate information on the potential of SEZ in accelerating economic development.  The study is expected to come up with strategic policy recommendations to inform lobby and advocacy work by NSAA and other stakeholders with the hope of influencing the SEZ policy framework in Zimbabwe. NSAA will engage with various stakeholders through dialogue and wide public dissemination of the findings of the report through various church, business, labour and civil society forums. The study will use a structured methodology, based on a wealth of quantitative and qualitative techniques to be carefully articulated in the researcher proposal.

 

From this study; state and non state actors will be able to develop strategies to strengthen their capacity to positively engage with relevant stakeholders as strategic partners in economic development. The business sector and labour will draw important lessons on how it can contribute more effectively to SEZ policy through its structures and forging of strategic linkages with government and civil society. Overall; this study is going to bring about important recommendations for stakeholders including civil society, government, regional and international bodies. The NSAA therefore seeks to engage a Consultant for purposes of coming up with a SEZ draft policy document.

 

  1. DECRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT

  1. Overall objective

The overall objective of the study is to understand the legal, regulatory framework and services infrastructure that enables the realization of the full potential of the Special Economic Zones.  The research is anticipated to generate information on possible strategic partnerships and linkages between the church, labour, business, civil society, government and other key stakeholders to lobby for the development of a SEZ policy framework that will promote a conducive environment for SEZ to contribute to economic development. Such information will assist in informing the NSAA economic policy engagement strategy and framework in Zimbabwe.

 

  1. Specific Objectives of the study

The specific objectives of study will include:

  • To investigate the extent to which the SEZ will lead to creation of employment opportunities, transfer of technology and development of human resources

  • To interrogate the various legal, regulatory frameworks and services infrastructure that enables the realization of the full potential of the Special Economic Zones.

 

  1. Methodology

 

The methodology will be proposed in the institution’s bid. The methodology will be further refined in consultation with the Cluster lead and presented in the Inception Report.

 

The proposal to undertake the Study should clearly indicate the specific data collection methods i.e. field visits, desk studies, review of secondary literature, and interviews with key informants and stakeholders. Interviews may include telephone, email and personal interviews.

 

The research methodology must be underpinned by participatory mechanisms to ensure full ownership and participation by member organisations and their various constituencies. Thus it must show how the church, business, labour and NGOs will be involved at all stages of the research including problem identification, review of data and validation of findings.

 

  1. ORGANISATION OF WORK (REPORTING STRUCTURE)

The Consultant will:

  • Work closely with the NSAA Enabling CSOs Environment and Policy Advocacy Cluster and the NSAA Secretariat

  • Report to the NSAA Project Coordinator

 

  1. LOCATION AND DURATION

 

  1. Starting period and duration

The expected starting date for the assignment is 30 January 2018 and is expected to be completed within 14 days.

 

  1. Location

The assignment will be carried out nationwide

 

  1. DELIVERABLES / OUTPUTS

 

The Researcher is expected to submit the following reports:

 

  1.       First Draft – following completion of the data collection, the researcher will submit a draft report for review by NSAA, within the agreed time frame.

 

  1. Final Draft – one week after NSAA has reviewed the first draft and communicated its comments to the researcher, the researcher will produce the final draft of the report.

 

6. QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE OF RESEARCHER

The following skills, experience and competencies are required:

 

  • At least a Masters level qualification in a relevant discipline such as Economics, Law, Business Studies

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in Special Economic Zones

  • Detailed knowledge of Zimbabwe’s economic and financial processes and institutions and familiarity with the work of non state actors

  • Extensive experience in working with a wide range of key state and non state actors in socio-economic development spectrum.

 

7. ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

 

  1. All correspondence pertaining to the study are to be directed to the following address:

 

The Project Coordinator

NON STATE ACTORS ALLIANCE (NSAA)

NANGO

15 BODLE ROAD

Eastlea

Harare

Or via email:  nsaasecretariat@gmail.com cc: kudzie.khosa@gmail.com

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