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Dear Manager,

Accelerated growth of the non-bank lending in emerging and frontier markets sometimes requires a deployment of consultancy services other than classic management consultancies suggest. You can gain from our solid experience in different sectors such as agriculture, forestry, water sector, renewable energy etc., and countries such as sub Saharan Africa, Asia and Pacific. We have a lot to offer, for example:      

 

-      No low level or inexperienced consultants involved in actually doing the job, but rather associates with tremendous experience in emerging and frontier markets. We use long-elaborated tools for commercial, industrial and sector specific needs, and there is less standardization and simplification of projects delivered compared to what you can find in large management consultancies;

 

-      Synergy of classic management consulting and more sector and area specific development consulting techniques;

 

-      More sector and country specific expertise in line with financial feasibility attributed;

 

-      Additional emphasize on environmental and social externalities of investments, otherwise less stressed;

 

-     Experience in working with multi and bilateral financing development banks (Asian Development Bank, World Bank, etc.) and supranational bodies such as European Commission, countries’ external development agencies, etc.This will help you to be in line with country development partnerships and programs as well as open PPP opportunities and possibilities of involvement of development banks for better managing projects’ political risks.

 

-      “Value for Money” approach and competitive rates. We also experience result based payment modes for selected projects;

  

Please, contact us and we will bring more emphasize on how you can enrich your decision making, reduce risks and even explore hidden opportunities.

For prospective assosiates

VGM Partners is looking for an experienced and capable professional to partner in boosting up company’s US government funded development consulting activities. This is a good opportunity for an experienced and demanded expert to gain some permanency in times of turbulence and rapidly growing competition. We are particularly looking for experts who have an experience in IQID contracts acquisition and management. The partner will benefit from the:

 

  • Constant inflow of consultancy opportunities
  • Stability next to the flexibility and freedom
  • Constant backstopping support
  • Project ownership

 

What we offer

 

Upcoming opportunities in the selected regional markets

VGM Partners has strong presence in Caucasus, Central and other parts of Asia. We have implemented a number of long and short term projects in the region and have established developed network of local partners and high status among beneficiaries. Besides, our Sub Saharan Africa activity includes about 20 projects implemented during the last 3 years. We see number of upcoming USAID funded opportunities in our favorable countries which can be followed.

 

Operations and efficiency

VGM Partners suggests cost effective project management and business development. The partner will not carry any of initial project acquisition and office costs, moreover, we will fully support the first year of operations until projects start to come in.  

 

Infrastructure and IT

Infrastructure has already been settled up including more than ten years of developed project acquisition practice and Management Information System. We have created intangible asset that can be done no other way but spending years – there is a good network of international, regional and importantly local partners as well as solid database of associate consultants from different sectors. This is a prepared and well-tuned organization to bid for and manage different complexity projects in a number of sectors and regions.

 

We look for an alternative job for you!

The partner will also have an access to our ongoing consulting assignments. We are actively involved in EC funded framework contracts as well as in several DFID frameworks and can create occasional short term employment.

 

 

 

Please contact us for a detailed and confidential discussion

DFID Wealth Creation Framework Agreement

VGM Partners is a WYG consortium member for the implementation of DFID’s Wealth Creation Framework agreement, Lot B – Rural Economic Development, Livelihoods, and Natural Resource Management.

Making DFID International Development Policy more focused on boosting economic growth and wealth creation is one of the six priorities of DFID’s Strategic Reform Plan.

DFID will support interventions with the potential to transform the business environment; reducing barriers, costs and risks of doing business, expanding markets and trade, boosting energy availability, and strengthening transport and communications. At the same time, DFID will strive to increase the level of business activity by stimulating private investment through a revitalised Commonwealth Development Community and innovative new financial instruments

 

 

  • Agricultural Productivity & Growth: Low agricultural yields hold back growth in many agricultural economies. Increased productivity can result from access to fertiliser and other inputs, irrigation, improved varieties of seeds and mechanisation (tractor usage in most parts of Africa is well behind Asia). The sustainable intensification of agriculture is invariably linked with, and dependent upon, for example: national, regional and global food policy including food safety and global standards; the provision of infrastructure; access to and sustainability of energy and water supplies; access to markets and finance, the enabling and investment climate, including that for property rights and land; building resilience to shocks through, for example, crop insurance; working with the private sector to transform small holder agriculture. Growth corridors are an example of an intervention that seeks to bring some of these issues together and bidders will be required to understand the inter-linkages between them.
  • Climate Change, Environment & Resource Scarcity: Adapting agriculture and building the resilience of poor people’s livelihoods to climate (and economic) related shocks and stresses and reduce the likelihood of people falling back into poverty; strengthening environment services and systems; the long term availability and sustainability of (water and energy) resources in the context of increasing resource scarcity – all are vital for sustainable agriculture and food security.
  • Land Reform: For the majority of the poor land is central to their chances of generating a livelihood as they work on other people’s or their own land. Land is the main vehicle for investing, accumulating wealth, and transferring it between generations. As land comprises such a large share of the asset portfolio of the poor, giving secure property rights to land they possess potentially brings significant benefits. The value increases with titled ownership, and the value can be leveraged as collateral for finance. Land reform must consider the potential impact on the poor approach and avoid negative consequences for women. 
  • Food Security and Cash Transfers: Cash Transfers targeted at poor sections of society can stabilise a family and provide resilience to future shocks. There is wide-ranging and consistent evidence that cash transfer programmes can directly lead to reduced hunger and food insecurity.  Cash transfers can help to build the resilience of poor people and invest in their livelihoods and economic activities, graduation from cash transfers to asset transfer, skills training, enterprise start up and micro finance provide a longer term route to breaking out from poverty.
  • Extractives: The extractives sector (oil, gas and mining) has the potential to deliver transformational change in resource rich developing countries. Extractives may hold the key to whether resource-rich countries achieve sustainable, broad-based growth. Strong, transparent and accountable institutions which can regulate extractive industries while promoting open markets and societies will be essential to achieve this transformation. Few countries in sub-Saharan Africa have succeeded in leveraging their endowments for widely-shared economic success. Instead, resource extraction has often been associated with negative consequences including conflict, corruption and environmental damage.  Evidence suggests that governments need to make the right decisions all along the value chain and over a sustained period of time; from prospecting to spending the revenues, in order to maximise sustainable growth and development.
DFID Fragile and Conflict Affected States Framework Agreement

DFID’s (Department for International Development) mission is to help eradicate poverty in the world’s poorest countries. Managing Britain's aid to poor countries to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals, DFID works with partner governments, multilateral and national agencies and civil society. 
DFID will seek to establish a number of Fragile and Conflict-Affected States Framework Agreements. It is anticipated that work will be commissioned to support Afghanistan (incl. Helmand), Pakistan, Yemen, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Somalia, West Africa (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Cote d’Ivoire).


We are pleased to invite you to submit your CV to expert@vgmpartners.com for the below described Thematic Groups:

 

A. Livelihoods, Infrastructure, basic services and private sector development

 

A1.  Engaging the private sector in accelerating economic and political recovery

·         Investment climate assessments

·         Attracting investment from the private sector

·         Identifying opportunities for private sector engagement in the peace and stabilization process

·         Business opportunity reviews including specific sector studies

·         Competitive assessments

·         Making markets work for the poor

·         Value chain analyses

·         Identifying innovative funding opportunities

·         Trade policy and administrative management

 

A2. Sustaining/building immediate livelihoods and economic recovery, including:

·         Agriculture and rural development

·         Employment and job creation including Cash for Work schemes

·         Industrial development

·         Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) development

·         Business support services

·         Banking and financial services

·         Access to finance and microfinance

·         Economic analysis

 

A3. Strengthening basic Infrastructure

·         Water supply and sanitation

·         Roads, bridges and public buildings

·         Rail, airports and ports

·         Telecommunications

·         Energy and power/utility management

·         Oil & gas/natural resource management

·         Social infrastructure and services including low cost housing and food security

 

B. Social Development and Civil Society

 

B1. Understanding social and political context:

·         Poverty dynamics, risk and vulnerability

·         Social exclusion

·         Inequality

·         Gender

·         The role of youth, women, the elderly and those with disabilities

 

B2. Building stronger and more resilient societies through formal and informal decision making, including:

·         Social policy and planning

·         Poverty Reduction Strategies and poverty data analysis

·         Poverty and Social Impact Assessments

·         Participatory and rights-based approaches

·         Community decision making

·         Social network analysis

·         Stakeholder analysis

 

B3. Civil society strengthening in hostile environments, including:

·         Organizational capacity building and sustainability of NGOs

·         Promoting government accountability and responsiveness

·         Service delivery models in partnership with government

·         Different aid modalities to support civil society (e.g. Challenge Funds)

·         Reducing vulnerability and addressing risk

·         Promoting gender sensitivity, inclusion and participation

·         Combating social exclusion

·         Promoting social cohesion 

·         Civilian and military relations, including humanitarian space