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Our expertise covers several areas in internatinoal development and programm management, we have also tailored services dedicated to private equity fund managers and other investment proffesonals or intermdiaries.

For Fund Managers and Investment Professionals

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.

Program Management and Technical Assistance

VGM Partners provides project and program management services for international development technical assistance projects to assure best results and value for money achieved for its clients. Our experience includes the management of complex and multi-country projects with multiple beneficiaries and we have in-depth understanding of the procedures of the main international donors. We combine many years’ experience with proven methods and tools exceled for different fragile states and ensure our client’s particular environments and organisations are tackled appropriately and effectively. Confidence of outcomes is increased, risk reduced and quality guaranteed because we understand all the outputs that technical assistance should deliver.

Investment Consulting

VGM Partners offers a vast variety of investment consulting services, including strategy formulation, business plan development, crowd funding, etc. Our team is ready to help your company or organization overcome any investment challenges it may face in our rapidly changing global economy. We combine traditional investment consulting with sector and area-specific expertise to minimize investment externalities that are usually overlooked. Our investment consultants have extensive knowledge of emerging markets and utilize intricate tools tailored to address the financial needs of commercial businesses and sector-specific industries. We provide only the highest quality investment consulting services and give undivided attention to each and every client until their needs are met.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is fundamental for assessing the progress, efficiency and relevance of any development project. It uses various indicators to measure project success and identify challenges the project needs to address. The main purpose of M&E is to assure stakeholders the project’s methodology and implementation reach its goals and objectives. VGM Partners provides M&E services across almost all sectors of development. Our team utilizes a wide variety of tools to ensure top-quality M&E, including Logical Framework and cost-benefit analyses, rapid appraisals, theory-based evaluations, surveys and participatory approaches. We examine the relevace, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of all acquired projects to minimize its risk of failure and tailor methodologies based on program dynamics, duration and complexity to draw useful conclusions.

 

Various evaluations to many different countries assessing a wide range of types of projects and activities have to be organised in a limited timeframe. Therefore a major aspect of the services rendered by us is of a managerial nature. This concerns: 

 

1.   Overall management of the several contracts and each individual assignment

2.      Monitoring the efficiency, effectiveness and overall performance of the services rendered

3.      Organising and supervising technical backstopping where needed

4.      Ensuring that the quality control is in place and effectively working

5.      Participating in briefing/debriefing when required for an assignment  

 

For this we have: 

 

n   A well-developed operational system for organising all aspects and stages for implementing these services, based on the LogFrame Approach (LFA), respecting a strict timeline

n   Well-developed and consistent procedures and tools (toolkits, with Evaluation Matrix and/or other standard templates; Management Information System (MIS) and properly integrated communication tools, etc

n   A top-level in-house management team headed by a very experienced Project Coordinator, having the required expertise in evaluation and monitoring of development assistance financed by various key donors, both bi- as multi-lateral

n   A well-developed active resource network allowing access to top experts in a very wide range of expertise and regions

 

 

Specialization in diverse areas helps us to cover wide range of sectors. We have a capacity to deliver excellent results in all mentioned sectors provided below:

Natural resources and environment

Sustainable management, protection of natural resources or Ecosystems 

Climate change

Nature protection and Bio-diversity

Marine environment, management of coastal areas

Urban environment

Waste management

Industrial pollution control

Air pollution

Environmental risks/disaster management

Agriculture and rural development

Agricultural primary production, included horticulture

Forestry

Land management

Rural infrastructure incl. irrigation and drainage

Crop protection and disease control

Animal production and health

Food saferty and security

Private sector

Private sector development policy and reform

Privatization and industrial policy

PPP's

SMEs policy development

Regulatory reform for improving the business environment

Investment promotion

Financial sector regulation

Corporate governance issues

Trade promotion/ market analysis and development

Regional economic integration/customs

Transport and infrastructure

Transport sector development

Roads

Urban development

Information technology

Waste and water sector development

Economic growth and social development

Macroeconomic analysis and reforms

Economic growth

Reforms of Public financial management, incl. PEFA framework

Decentralization and local development 

Vocational Education and Training - VET

Labor Market and Employment

Social Inclusion and Protection  

Poverty analysis 


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Indefifnite quantity or framework contracts simplify the procurement process and allow clients to quickly access services. VGM Partners is a part of various consortia of specialized organizations that are formed to meet needs identified by clients such as the European Commission various Delegations and the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID).

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

EC Framework Contract Beneficiaries 2013

The objective of the multiple Framework contract is to provide short-term operational services, mainly on the spot for the exclusive benefit of third countries receiving external aid (Central and Eastern Europe, Balkans, New Independent States, Latin America, Asia, Mediterranean countries, Africa, Caribbean, Pacific).

 

Lot 6: Environment

 

- Sustainable management, protection of natural resources or Ecosystems (forests, fight against desertification, lakes etc.)
- Climate change
- Nature protection, and Bio-diversity
- Marine environment, management of coastal areas
- Urban environment
- Waste management (incl. public/private management structures aspects)
- Industrial pollution control
- Water management inclusive planning (e.g. integrated river basin management), supply, waste water treatment
- Air pollution
- Natura 2000 network
- Chemicals (standards, transportation, packaging)
- Environmental risks/disaster management

Mid Term Evaluation of Kenya Arid and semi-arid Lands Research Programme (KASAL)
Country: Kenya
Sector(s): Agriculture and rural development
Date: Mar 2010 - Mar 2010
Client: EC

The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) was implementing KASAL, a research programme for the arid and semi-arid districts of Kenya funded under the 9th EDF. The project purpose was to improve access to innovative development relevant, validated agricultural and livestock knowledge and technologies for rural populations in the arid and semi arid zones in Kenya. The evaluation team was to conduct a midterm review at the end of the second implementation year.  

 

The consultancy provided outputs on the following evaluation criteria:

 

  • Relevance of the programme: Assessed  the relevance of the KASAL Programme objectives and validity of the planned outputs in light of the GoK Vision 2030, Agricultural Sector Development Strategy (ASDS).
  • Implementation progress: Assessed progress made by KARI since November 2008 in the implementation of KASAL.
  • Efficiency and Effectiveness: Evaluated the efficiency and effectiveness of KASAL Programme projects, activities and partnerships.
  • Achievement: Formulated recommendations for the remaining period to ensure optimum achievement of KASAL Programme results. Came up with suggestions for the future aimed at ensuring full achievement of formulated KASAL objectives and at evening out the variation between foreseen and available implementation timeframe.
  • Impact and Sustainability: Assessed the impact and sustainability of the programme in terms of institutional impact within KARI and in terms of development impact for beneficiaries and development actors in the ASAL.
Mid-Term Evaluation of the Food Safety – Capacity Building on Residue Control Project
Country: SADC
Sector(s): Agriculture and rural development
Date: Jul 2010 - Aug 2010
Client: EC

The Mid Term Evaluation was carried out to contribute to the planning and to make clear recommendations for the implementation of the remainder of The Food Safety – Capacity Building on Residue Control project, which was established as part of the implementation or the SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan. The harmonization of behind-the-border policies including SPS measures was necessary to facilitate the free movement of goods and services in the region, in line with the RISDP goals.

 

The evaluation carefully considered the best course of action and assessed whether modifications should be made to the design of the project to achieve the best possible results with the resources available and given the time remaining for the project. The consultants verified, analyzed and assessed in detail the issues. Having addressed the issues, the evaluation team made clear and useful recommendations in order to increase the impact of the project taking into account the findings of the analysis.

 

Experts critically assessed and analyzed the following key issues: 

 

  • The changes that have taken place since the project inception in the understanding and implementing of SPS activities in Member States
  • The extent to which the Project was  addressing the expectations of the SADC Secretariat and Member States;
  • The progress made in the achievement of the expected results in relation to the expected outputs in the Start Up PE, PE 1, PE 2 and planned PE3;
  • The support still needed after the project completion in order to sustain the SPS Management System at regional and Member State levels;
  • The impact of the Project on the awareness of SPS issues in the SADC Member States;
  • How SPS control management structures in the Member States and in SADC have evolved as a result of the activities developed by the project.
Support to the Ministry of Agriculture of RA
Country: Armenia
Sector(s): Agriculture and rural development
Date: May 2006 - Feb 2008
Client: EC

The project was aimed at providing assistance to the Armenian Veterinary Services and Food Safety enforcement agencies to:

 

  • Assist the MoA in planning and progressing, in the harmonization of the legal and organizational veterinary and food safety legal framework to EU standards for the purpose of food safety, food hygiene and veterinary legal framework improvement and its enforcement
  • Raise animal health and food safety standards;
  • Design and establish of an integrated food safety control system interlinked to some extent with the National Animal Disease Surveillance System (NADSS);
  • Develop NADSS concept and place it in the National Food Safety Strategy;
  • Carry out a review and needs-assessment of the Marzes’ and central laboratories’ existing equipment, prepare technical specifications;
  • Conduct trainings on laboratory organization and techniques and new equipment applying;
  • Elaborate new hygiene package in food chain implementation and Hazard Analysis Control Critical Point (HACCP) system;
  • Conduct trainings on HACCP system and veterinary requirements for milk and diary products;
  • Provide the regional, municipal veterinary inspectors with the manuals and guidelines containing HACCP concepts, Good Hygiene and Manufacturing Practices required for food safety.

 

Within the framework of the project VGM among others provided  the following services:

 

  • Identification and recruitment of the local experts in accordance with the terms of reference of the project and the rules of the European Commission. Selection and recruitment of the necessary number of staff during the project duration to conduct the project according to the rules of the European Commission.
  • Design of institutional development objectives, strategies;
  • Conducting training need analysis for the staff of MoA and Armenian Veterinary Services and Food Safety enforcement agencies;
  • Design of development of the public private organizational development. 

 

 

 

 

Evaluation of the Sudan Post-Conflict Community Based Recovery and Rehabilitation Programme (RRP)
Country: Sudan
Sector(s): Agriculture and rural development
Date: Jul 2010 - Mar 2011
Client: EC

 

The objective of the consultancy was to undertake a final evaluation of the RRP in two phases (phases I and II), notably with regards to the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of the ten Projects within the Programme.

 

The consultancy produced an independent assessment of the relevance of the RRP approach as a valid LRRD mechanism, and made concrete recommendations on the relevance and the feasibility of applying a similar approach in future EU programming for Sudan. 

 

More specifically the experts were expected to:

 

  • Review the performance from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as administrator of the Programme, including management, coordination, reporting, monitoring and evaluation, visibility, communication and dissemination of information.
  • Analyze the programme’s coherence with the EC Country Strategy Paper and National Indicative Programme, and the country development and sector policies and strategies.
  • Carry out coherent and systematic desk reviews as well as individual field missions to the ten RRP projects, evaluating their performance, analyzing the extent to which recommendations made by the Mid-term Review (MTR) carried out in February 2008 were applied, and the degree of continuity in the different activities proposed in each of the projects after the end of the RRP support.
  • The consultancy assessed  the activities carried out by the ten projects on the ground and gauge.
Business Advisory Services Programme
Country: Armenia
Sector(s): Private sector
Date: Jan 2005 - Jan 2009
Client: EBRD BAS Armenia

The global objective of the consultancy services was to support enterprises to develop, enhance their competitiveness and effective management by providing practical business advice. Within the framework of this project VGM provided services in the following fields: Investment Plans Development, Conduction of Feasibility Studies, and Consultancy on management system improvement/restructuring.

 

VGM  was involved in the following assignments enlisted below:

 

  • Design of an investment plan for Kapan city SHPP Cascade. VGM provided services in the fields of: feasibility and affordability analysis; assessment of the compliance of product with the market requirements; review of the existing environmental and social conditions; design and assessment of construction activities; investment budget preparation for needed equipment and other capital investments; cost calculation and preparation of all types of financial statements; financial model preparation and projections; cost benefit analysis; investment plan preparation and leasing attraction.
  • Development of Feasibility Study for Exploration and Extraction of Hankasar Copper-Molybdenum Mine. Works included feasibility study along with the sophisticated financing schemes; organization of multiparty study process; settlement of quality measures; development of different financing schemes; general assessment of the feasibility of the project.
  • Consultancy on management system improvement/restructuring for Square One restaurants chain: Services were provided in the following fields: design of main KPI/quality measures; preparation of action plans; awareness raising and capacity building for improving business management in deferent levels; development of excel-based management tool for management to review the performance through KPIs for strategic planning and control.   
Technical assistance services for the assessment of cooperatives in South Africa for national department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs
Country: South Africa
Sector(s): Private sector
Date: Oct 2010 - Dec 2010
Client: EC

The overall objective of the assignment was to assess the current state of cooperatives at a municipal ward level in South Africa and how successful cooperatives have been in terms of implementing the South African Government's strategic goals of economic growth and poverty reduction.

 

 

The following tasks have been carried out during the assignment.

 

 

  • Establishment of  an understanding of the current policy frameworks, strategies, models/types and approaches as they pertain to cooperatives in South Africa, including its principles, components, intent and implementation. 
  • Refining of the concept note developed by DCoG on ward-based cooperatives at local government level into a conceptual framework document.  
  • Discussions with key stakeholders in the LED and local government field, including public sector role-players at all three spheres and relevant state entities (such as the South African Local Government Association), civil society and NGOs, LED practitioners (e.g. SA LED Network) and think tanks.
  • Formulation of key conclusions with regards to the analytical work.
  • Formulation of key recommendations in respect of the feasibility of cooperatives to be based at a ward, municipal, regional and/or project level.
  • Development of a conceptual framework and model for supporting existing cooperatives and establishing new ward based cooperatives (if viable as per the findings of the assessment) and its alignment with current strategies, policies and strategic frameworks that will influence LED implementation in future.  
Public Awareness Campaign for Public Sector Modernization Project
Country: Armenia
Sector(s): Economic growth and social development
Date: Apr 2010 - Jun 2010
Client: World Bank

Public Awareness campaign was organized for the Public Sector Modernization Project (PSMP). The Activity of the PSMP was aimed at increasing of effectiveness, at the development and realization of innovations of the selected state management, such as introduction of inter-state management information system, the staff management and service providing by the local self government bodies. 

 

The main goals of the PR campaign were: 

 

  • Increasing the level of awareness concerning the PSMP, among the beneficiaries;
  • Generating of discussions among beneficiaries concerning the PSMP activity.

 

The services provided by VGM Partners within the framework of the project include:

 

  • meetings with beneficiary state bodies;
  • PSMP priorities evaluation;
  • Information materials and film design, PR campaign conduction.
Mid-Term Evaluation of Vulnerable Group Development for Ultra-Poor Programme
Country: Bangladesh
Sector(s): Agriculture and rural development
Date: Nov 2010 - Dec 2010
Client: EC

The global objective of this evaluation was to assess against VGDUP Programme Overall Work Plan and Budget (OWPB 2007-2011), and Annual Work Plan and Budgets (AWPB) for 2007-08, 2009 and 2010, and VGDUP Logical Framework i) how effectively and efficiently all activities have progressed in attaining the programme objectives, ii) the performance of Programme Task Force and Technical Assistance Team, iii) the performance of NGOs in providing training, post-training follow-up support, cash allowance distributed to beneficiaries, and productive assets (to-date) procured and distributed to beneficiaries, iv) to identify lessons learned and vi) to make appropriate recommendations of general and specific nature for any adjustment during the remaining implementation period of VGDUP. The outcome of the Mid-Term Evaluation was also to enable the EU, DWA, MWCA and NGOs to form an opinion on future interventions where food security and safety net actions are increasingly involving local governments and grass root level organizations.

 

The evaluation followed the EU Project Cycle Management (PCM) participatory approach on evaluation that involved all VGDUP stakeholders (EU, DWA, MWCA, PTF, TAT, four NGOs, Banks and District Administrations) as well as other stakeholders and targeted beneficiaries.

 

The envisaged  activities during this evaluation  were:

  

  • Documentation review;
  • Discussion with key programme as well as staff in EU delegation, DWA, PTF, TAT, Unions, Upazilas and four NGOs engaged in the programme, other stakeholders and beneficiaries;
  • Field visits to group meeting, IGA skill development training, assets transfer and cash distribution to beneficiaries in different villages of eight districts of Bangladesh;
  • Collection and analysis of primary data through formal/sampling survey(s) as well as informal methods using structured and unstructured questionnaires
Developing Strategic Urban Assessments in selected Central and West Asia DMCs
Country: Armenia - Pakistan - Uzbekistan
Sector(s): Transport and infrastructure
Date: Mar 2009 - May 2010
Client: ADB

This technical assistance supported the engagement of the Asian Development Bank in the urban sector in Central and West Asia. The Central and West Asia Department Social Sector Divisions planed to carry out a series of country level diagnostic studies in its priority sector, urban development, beginning with the following developing member countries- Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia. The approach was to adopt a strategic planning methodology for a structured and fact-based analysis to understand problems and to take strategic decisions. The studies were to assess the urban sector at the country level, identify key drivers, collect and interpreter data, confirm trend and strategic shifts, review models and put forward recommendations for ADB and its clients. The output was strategic urban assessment for three countries in Central and West Asia.

 

Within the framework of this project VGM Partners subcontracted GHK International, providing assistance in formulating a strategic plan that, among others, aligned the baseline/organizational profile to the desired “institutional model”, focusing on the economic aspects, and those relating to regulatory reforms. The approach was to adopt a strategic planning methodology for a structured, rigorous, and fact-based process of analysis to understand problems and take strategic decisions. The studies assessed the urban sector at the country level, identified key driver, collected and interpreted data, confirmed  trends and strategic shifts, reviewed models, and put forward recommendations for ADB and its clients.

 

The objectives of the Regional Technical Assistance were to:

 

  • Improve understanding of drivers of urban change and constraints to urban development;
  • Design strategies to promote sustainable and equitable urban growth;
  • Develop context specific solutions for the urban infrastructure, particularly water supply and wastewater;
  • Produce knowledge products that would inform and influence decision making on urban policy and development;
  • Maximize the effectiveness of ADB assistance in the urban sector.
End of Term Evaluation of Stabex 98 Sustainable Forestry and Conservation Project (SFCP) and Sustainable Plantation Forestry Project (SPFP)
Country: Solomon Islands
Sector(s): Natural resources and environment
Date: Jun 2011 - Jul 2011
Client: EC

The purpose of the ETR was to undertake an end of term review (ETR) and evaluation (of relevance and quality of design, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability) of the following two Forestry Projects: SFCP (Sustainable Forestry and Conservation Project), SPFP (Sustainable Plantation Forestry Project), including the F-PIU, to determine to what extent they have achieved the agreed activities, project objectives as contemplated in the work programmes and grant contracts. Furthermore, the review should give recommendations based on the lessons learnt for any future EU-support to the Forestry sector. Each aspect of the project review and evaluation should be graded. 

 

Specific tasks to be undertaken during the review included, but were not limited to:

 

  • Review of project documentation, including the original project design study, the two STABEX Implementation Protocols and their Addenda, Monitoring Reports (ROM), Programme Estimates, contracts, reports and other relevant documents.
  • Consultation with stakeholders, including the NAO, staff of relevant government agencies (including Ministry of Forestry), former staff of the PIU, donor partners, NGOs and beneficiaries.
  • Review of relevant national and sector policies.
Enhancing Financial Disclosure Standards
Country: Armenia - Azerbaijan - Georgia
Sector(s): Economic growth and social development
Date: Jul 2009 - Jan 2010
Client: ADB

The TA enhanced the regulators’ capacity for setting accounting and auditing standards and for carrying out quality control, through both country-specific and regional training for regulators. Providing a common forum for participants to discuss and ameliorate their common generic constraints would foster better knowledge sharing among countries and thereby enhance regional cooperation. Drawing on this work, the TA developed country-specific action plans to improve financial disclosure.

 

Specifically, the TA undertook the following activities:

 

  • Formulated guidelines for interpreting and implementing ISA. The TA examined the countries’ audit laws and, where required, provided definitive and normative guidelines for interpreting and implementing ISA-compliant provisions of audit laws.
  • Built local ISA-compliant audit capacity: The TA (i) facilitated the translation and publication of current IFRSs, ISAs, and other relevant material into regional languages; (ii) conducted research and analyzed local audit firms’ audit capabilities in implementing IFRSs and ISAs; (iii) recommended minimum qualifications and entry requirements for the auditing professions in the three countries; and (iv) established criteria for domestic audit firms’ audit of publicly listed companies and quality control of audits.
  • Trained regulators: The TA trained accountants, auditors, and regulators from the three countries in (i) the impartial application of IFRSs and ISAs, (ii) tax reconciliation procedures, and (iii) developing ISA-compliant audit interpretation and implementation guidelines.

 

Within the framework of this project VGM Partners provided  expertise in:

 

  • Developing specific implementation and interpretation guidelines for ISA standards.
  • Determining the relevant IFRSs, ISA guidelines, and other material for translation into regional language.
  • Researching and analyzing domestic audit firms’ capacity to audit publicly listed companies and recommending selection criteria for them and quality control of audits.
  • Recommending minimum qualifications and requirements for entry into and continued practice in the accounting and auditing professions in the three countries.
  • Providing training to regulators in the three countries on updated IFRS and ISA standards.
  • Preparing methodologies for reconciling income and asset values computed according to IFRSs and to domestic tax laws.
Final Evaluation of STABEX Programme in Burundi
Country: Burundi
Sector(s): Agriculture and rural development
Date: Jun 2011 - Sep 2011
Client: EC

The main objective of this evaluation was  to make an official report to recommend on effectiveness and efficiency of the programs which were implemented under STABEX funds.

 

The following activities have been carried out during the assignment:

 

  • Evaluation of  activities accomplished under the STABEX funds 19901991, 19921999.
  • Evaluation of  the global impact of STABEX and the specific impacts of programs related the policy of country withdrawal from tea and coffee sectors.
  • Evaluation of  the sustainability of undertaken actions.
  • Evaluation of  the activities which were undertaken for improvement of different cultures production for export.
  • Assessment of  effectiveness and efficiency of projects initiated against the defined objectives and the results acquired.
Millennium Challenge Account
Country: Armenia
Sector(s): Economic growth and social development
Date: Jan 2008 - Jan 2013
Client: MCC Armenia

The main goal of the project was the provision of fiscal management and funds control, such as: 

 

  • Budgeting, financial management, establishment and maintenance of an automated accounting system,
  • Transfer of knowledge and skills on the financial management systems used by Fiscal Agent, control and accounting of funds,  
  • Disbursements and cash reporting to insure the proper and transparent use of the funds to be provided under the Program.

 

Within this initiative VGM Partners with its IT and accounting experts provided support and advice to the project. Adoption and maintenance of MCA-Armenia’s Audit Plan, as well as adoption or revise of MCA-Armenia’s Fiscal Accountability plan were intended to carry out within the frames of the Project.

 

 

 

 

Evaluation of Agricultural Diversification and Banana Commercialization interventions in Saint Lucia
Country: Saint Lucia
Sector(s): Agriculture and rural development
Date: Nov 2010 - Mar 2012
Client: EC

The overall objective of the evaluation was  to assess and communicate on the impact of the various banana commercialization and agricultural diversification efforts in the past ten (10) years in Saint Lucia. The evaluation should lead to a formative process allowing the key stakeholders to appreciate the good practices and lessons learned in implementing banana commercialization and agricultural diversification programmes in Saint Lucia. The available knowledge should allow them to translate this in specific design, process and monitoring elements which could enhance current and future similar interventions.

 

The consultancy had the following specific objectives:

 

  • To review the relevance and sustainability of the various policies and strategies aimed at banana commercialization and agricultural diversification efforts in Saint Lucia in the past ten years.
  • To appreciate the efficiency, effectiveness (including cost-effectiveness) of the various banana commercialization and agricultural diversification actions up to date.
  • To identify the strengths, gaps, and challenges of the actions implemented by various national actors and to provide recommendations for further improvement, where appropriate.
  • To assess the level of knowledge and practice on modern agriculture technology of farmers in the various targeted communities and regions.
  • To hold consultations with the private sector, particularly buyers from supermarkets to obtain an idea of the potential for trade and future market absorption for agricultural products nationally, regionally and internationally.
  • To assess the future prospects for trade with respect to international and regional market availability for bananas as well other selected produce earmarked for regional and international export.
  • To formulate a draft programme proposal for the proposed future EU funding under the new Banana Accompanying Measures instrument (BAM) with recommendations for the design, implementation and monitoring.
Security Audit of e-Governance system of the Government of Armenia Project
Country: Armenia
Sector(s): Economic growth and social development
Date: Sep 2010 - Oct 2010
Client: WB

The Government of Armenia has initiated an extensive process of reform in the sector of public administration - an effort largely supported by the Public Sector Modernization Project (PSMP) funded by the International Development Association (IDA).

The PSM Project includes six components, which will support the activities to encourage innovations in the horizontal administration procedures and the capacity building in selected institutions of the public administration of Armenia.

 

The project activities aimed at resulting in enhanced effectiveness and efficiency of public administration system through assistance to the development and implementation of selected innovations in public administration such as the Republic of Armenia (RoA) Government Inter-governmental Information System, RA Government Staff Management policy improvement and delivery of services by local government institutions.

 

The overall objective of the assignment was to audit the security of electronic document management system introduced in Government of Armenia.

 

 The proposed audit resulted in security recommendations for the government, including:

 

  • Compliance of the existing EDMS with international security standards,
  • Requirements for hardware and physical premises security,
  • Security assessment internal procedures,
  • Other administrative measures for ensuring the security requirements for EDMS.

 

The following recommendations were developed: 

  • Re­co­mmen­da­ti­ons and action plan towards achievement of such compliance.
  • Recommendations on construction and/or renovation of server rooms to comply with international requirements,
  • Recommendations on development of administrative procedures for security of the EDMS.
Aviation sector study
Country: Kenya - Somalia
Sector(s): Transport and infrastructure
Date: Oct 2011 - Nov 2011
Client: EC

The purpose of the study was to contribute to the alleviation of poverty in Somalia and to promote a more peaceful, equitable and democratic society.

 

The global objective of this project was to provide necessary information to decide whether this kind of service contract was the most cost effective way of providing safe and efficient transport of passengers in support of EU and EU Member States and other bona-fide humanitarian donors, to analyze the relevance, coherence, efficiency, effectiveness and impact of this humanitarian air service. 

 

To assess the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of DG DEVCO actions in funding air transport for partners in order to establish whether they have achieved their objectives and produce recommendations for improving support to humanitarian/development air transport.

 

Type of services provided: 

 

  • To analyse the pertinence and coherence of past and current humanitarian/development air transport operations;
  • To identify indicators to monitor the performance of logistics and humanitarian/development air transport;
  • To evaluate the effectiveness and timeliness of DG DEVCO interventions to support partners through aviation;
  • To evaluate the impact on final beneficiaries of the different humanitarian/development air support project and approaches financed by DG DEVCO;
  • Analysis of the relevance of the scenarios i.e. the political stability and the security situation prevailing by region and programme of the choice of authorised users.
  • Examination of the coordination and coherence in the area of transport with other donors and international agencies.
  • Analysis of the effectiveness of the scenarios, including both physical and political security.
  • Analysis of the cost effectiveness of the operations.
  • Analysis of the visibility of the EU in providing this air transport service
Transactional E-governance Development in Armenia
Country: Armenia
Sector(s): Economic growth and social development
Date: Sep 2012 - Jan 2015
Client: ENPI

The main purpose of this project was to strengthen the development of e-governance initiatives through legal framework improvement and deployment of different e-applications in Armenia which will transform the way in which the Government interacts with citizens and businesses, as well as to change the way the Government agencies interact with each other. It aims at improvement of the efficiency in public sector operations, with lower cost, and greater transparency, as well as at shifting the concept of provision of Government services for citizens and business, from simple e-service deliveries to interactive and truly transactional e-services where the public services are (almost) totally delivered remotely.

 

Within the framework of this project VGM Partners has provided support the development of e-Governance initiatives in Armenia to achieve the main goals of the project. For this purpose the following three basic components have been implemented:

 

  • transactional e-Governance Support Actions where legal framework and e-Governance programme were reviewed; a survey of e-readiness and a study tour for officials
  • training and awareness campaign  has been set up e-Governance e-Learning resource center; provided support the e-Services national awareness campaign
  • e-Services Component.

 

Following services have been  provided:

 

  • Creation of web-based communication environment for the communications between citizens and the government agencies “mail Armenia”
  • Creation of a digital Civil Status Registry and digitalize the registry records
  • Providing policy advice for the government on further development of Information Society and e-Government
  • Providing e-Gov support for Statistics Office.
Technical Assistance to EU Delegation to Montenegro for the preparation of Preliminary design for the construction of waste water treatment plant and sewerage network in the Municipality of Berane
Country: Montenegro
Sector(s): Transport and infrastructure
Date: Aug 2011 - Feb 2012
Client: EC

As management of wastewater in accordance with relevant standards was one of the preconditions for environment to be protected, Montenegro had started addressing wastewater related issues which represent significant challenge and priority due to their complexity and level of negative impact on environment. Inappropriate discharge of waste water in water recipients had been recognised as one of the most burning issues in the sector.

 

The global objective of the project was to improve the quality and sustainability of Montenegro’s environmental wastewater infrastructure base, in particular targeting the protection of water recipients (Rivers Lim).

The specific objective of the assignment was Technical Assistance for the preparation of preliminary design for the Construction of the Waste Water Treatment Plant and sewerage network in the Municipality of Berane.

 

The Preliminary design specified: the position, capacity, architectural, technical and functional characteristics of the objects, the organizational elements of building construction, elements of the maintenance facilities; valuation of construction of the facilities, and especially information related to: precise definition of the location of the facilities, technical and technological characteristics of the facilities and exploitation; an orientation calculation stability and security of the facilities, technical, technological and organizational elements of the construction of facilities; variant solutions analysis, design and construction solutions, approximate value of the construction works.

 

Infrastructure Sustainability Support Program
Country: Armenia
Sector(s): Transport and infrastructure
Date: Mar 2013 - Dec 2014
Client: ADB

The technical assistance supported the government’s results-based management of the water and road sectors. Using assessments of institutional, legal, and regulatory frameworks and of public financial management practices, baselines for capacity development and future reform areas will be established. In line with sector development targets, key performance indicators (KPIs) were designed to inform results-based planning, budgeting, and management of the sectors. Financing options and mechanisms will be explored to support service delivery in the two sectors.

 

Type of services were provided:

 

  • Provided in-depth analysis of the public financial management framework, planning and budget processes, and capacity of agencies for strategic and investment planning in the water sector and management;
  • Helped review relevant documents, research and analyze data and information, prepare notes and briefs, and coordinate and facilitate consultations with government agencies, development partners and other stakeholders on water supply and sanitation;
  • Helped review the institutional, legal, and regulatory framework for the sector;
  • Assisted international water supply and sanitation specialist in other related tasks.
Preparation of a reforestation action plan for the degrading foothills of the sugar cane belt with the promotion of income generating activities
Country: Fiji
Sector(s): Agriculture and rural development
Date: Mar 2012 - Jun 2012
Client: EC

The Global objective was to improve the watershed and its management in the sugar cane belt area and generate community income through reforestation and the upgrading of rural access roads and associated infrastructure.

 

The specific objective of the reforestation action, in conjunction with the upgrading of rural infrastructure, was to reverse on-going soil degradation on the sloping foothills within three specific pilot sectors Drasa, Koronubu and Malolo using community resources to generate community income. The reforestation activities included: community or privately run nurseries; site preparation; tree planting; weeding and maintenance of reforestation; training for communities in forest management and in the management of communal forestry funds; and, risk reduction for reforestation (fire, livestock control).

 

The services were provided by the Consultant under these Terms of Reference include the following:

 

  • Review available information and relevant existing reforestation
  • Develop the Methodology
  • Design this action as a community based project: Consider innovative methods of utilizing community labour and machinery and other relevant resources whereby funds received for undertaking the reforestation are fairly divided between the owners/tenants and the community; Devise a mechanism for consolidating & using existing harvesting gangs for carrying out the community based works
  •  Develop a mechanism for the creation of a maintenance fund for the ongoing maintenance of the reforested areas.
  • Prepare the Scope of Works for Each Sector: identify those areas which are particularly in need of soil conservation and restoration activities; identify those areas where there are ownership/tenancy issues and recommend methods of enabling successful reforestation activities to be undertaken.
  • Prepare Budget Costs
  • Workshops with Relevant Stakeholders: The consultant team will run a workshop with the relevant stakeholders in each sector.
Consulting Services for Improving of the State Revenue Committee Capacity in Risk-based Specialized Audit Practice in Communication and Energy Sectors
Country: Armenia
Sector(s): Economic growth and social development
Date: Jun 2013 - Aug 2013
Client: WB

A number of legislative and administrative gaps in tax inspections and in the communication and energy sectors’ organizations were revealed during the audits, which needs to be addressed to better define the tax base and the corresponding due taxes for these sectors. Such problems do not only require availability of technical knowledge about the above mentioned sectors and accounting experience but also field-specific knowledge, which is currently lacking in the SRC/country. Thus, there was a need to involve consultancy with practical knowledge and substantial international experience to close the knowledge gap. It was also expected that the Consulting firm will get acquainted with the local legislative framework, which will help to better communication with respective employees of SRC to upgrade their capacity and to train them in the risk-based tax inspection principles in the communication and energy sectors.

 

Within the framework of this project VGM Partners subcontracts Crown Agents, provided assistance in formulating a strategic plan that, among others, aligned the baseline/organizational profile to the desired “institutional model”, focusing on the economic aspects, and those relating to regulatory reforms. The approach was to evaluate physical produce (services), including physical control points in stations, i.e. quality of services, exporting of services and customs procedure.

 

The objectives of the Consulting Services for Improving of the SRC Capacity were to:

 

  • Assess taxes from income, generated from provision of services and VAT Improve understanding of drivers of urban change and constraints to urban development;
  • Reveal the availability of possible tax risks, arising as a result of mutual calculations made for international communication services between International Union of Electronic member countries;
  • Reveal the availability of other possible risks, associated with under calculation of taxes in the communication sector.
  • Assess the  capacity development needs/checking of available skills and tools, aimed at revealing knowledge and capacity gaps, propose new educational programs and conduct trainings
Study on preparation of Cashew sector development strategy
Country: Ivory Coast
Sector(s): Agriculture and rural development
Date: Jan 2012 - Mar 2012
Client: EC

The general objectives of the project were:

 

  • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Ensure a sustainable human environment

 

The specific objective was to propose a strategy for development of cashew sector with regard to improvement of farmers' incomes and safeguarding of natural resources.

 

The requested services provided include:

 

  • Analyze the situation of the sector;
  • Review and propose technical, regulatory and organizational  solutions; 
  • Proposing a sector development strategy;
  • Development of Action Plan;
  • Conducting workshop to present the draft report.
Water Sector Study Armenia – Sector Review and Strategy
Country: Armenia
Sector(s): Transport and infrastructure
Date: Aug 2013 - Sep 2014
Client: KfW

Presently, about 75% of Armenia’s population were served by three major utilities, namely

 

  • Yerevan Djur serving 1 million inhabitants in Yerevan and 33 neighboring communities under a ten year lease contract with VEOLIA Environnement, France.
  • Armenia Water and Sewerage Company, presently serving 620,000 inhabitants of 37 cities and approx. 270 communities under a five years management contract with SAUR S.A., France.
  • Three Regional Utilities Shirak, Lori and Nor Akunq, serving 320,000 inhabitants in three cities and 61 neighboring communities under a five years management contract with MVV, Germany.

 

However, there are still approximately 560 to 600 villages outside the service areas of the utilities mentioned above, served by own water resources and operated under various public organisation models by the individual municipality or community administration. Only one third of rural settlements were served by professional water companies.

 

A sound decision on the future development of the water sector in Armenia required more detailed studies and critical reviews as presently at hand. Thus, the Water Sector Study aimed on an in-depth assessment of the present performance of the water sector, the legislative, institutional and regulatory framework, benchmarking and human capacity issues as well as financial and socio-economic considerations. A balance should be established between "objectives", "investment needs" and "funding" respectively "budget constraints”. Based on this, an investigation of the possible organization forms and their specific advantages and disadvantages are to be made. 

 

Final goal of the Water Sector Study was to establish a menu of sustainable organization models – public, private and mixed forms – to allow the GoA to draw a well-founded and sound decision for the future water sector development in Armenia in general and to determine individual best suitable water sector management models for Armenian cities, regions as well as for the rural areas. 

 

  • Detailed assessment of the existing water sector management in Armenia in urban and rural areas.
  • Evaluation of the existing water sector utilities performance and identification of individual strengths and weaknesses.
  • Appraisal of existing water sector services provision in rural areas and their related institutional set-up.
  • Collect, review and evaluate all relevant studies, reports and other documents available.
  • Evaluate in detail the existing auditors’ reports related to the present managements contracts and review, adapt and newly define the indicators. On this basis, prepare a proposal for extension of the present management contracts or other possible options to serve as an input for the approval by GoA
  • Review of international experience with privatization of water services provision in the long run and comparison with the lessons learnt in Armenia.
  • Assessment of the future water sector dynamics in terms of water resources availability, water demand and waste water production, urban vs. rural water services and specific considerations for individual user groups (water intensive industries, etc.).
  • Description of the existing legislative framework for the water sector, status of implementation of relevant laws and regulations and their enforcement.
  • In-depth analysis of the financial situation of the existing water utilities, including overall indebtedness, specific income / expenditure as well as cost recovery situation.
  • Assessment of the cost structure (assets and capital investment, depreciation, operation cost, external procurement of goods and services, interest, taxes and levies, tariffs and fees, administration cost, offices rent, staff cost, etc.) for the individual water utilities and organization model chosen.
  • Assessment of the general financial sustainability of the present water and sanitation sector projects and valuation of their fiscal discipline and transparency.
Formulation of an EU-Supported MDG 4 and 5 Project in Jamaica
Country: Jamaica
Sector(s): Economic growth and social development
Date: Apr 2012 - Sep 2012
Client: EC

The global objective of the assignment was to provide the GoJ and the EU Delegation with a comprehensive formulation of a project in the health sector aimed at significantly advancing the attainment of MDGs 4 and 5 targets in Jamaica.

 

The specific objectives of the assignment were:

 

  • Carry out an assessment of child and maternal health sector in Jamaica by taking due account of the relevant strategies, policies and donor support.
  • Review and update the Government’s proposed areas for intervention.
  • Formulate recommendations for the GoJ and the EU on the most appropriate project design and modalities.

 

 

On the basis of the selected options, draft the project formulation documents as required by the EU procedures (Action Fiche; Technical and Administrative Provisions).

Evaluation of projects selection documents for the final approval of the Joint Monitoring Committee and European Commission
Country: Black Sea Region
Sector(s): Natural resources and environment
Date: Mar 2012 - Apr 2012
Client: EC

The global objective was to assist the Selection Committee in evaluating full environmental proposals submitted to the ENPI CBC Black Sea Programme under different calls.

 

The involved team performed the following tasks:

 

 

  • Evaluated the Application Form and its annexes, as well all the supporting documents and provided support in preparing the decision related to the selection of the best quality projects, with the option to contribute to projects contracting if the case.
  • Performed a quality evaluation of project application/ documentation in accordance with the Programme documents, Guidelines for Grant Applicants, and Guidelines for Evaluation of the Project Proposals submitted under the Joint Operational Programme “Black Sea Basin 2007-2013”.
Final Evaluation of the Regional Food Security and Risk Management Programme for Eastern and Southern Africa (REFORM)
Country: Djibouti
Sector(s): Agriculture and rural development
Date: Feb 2013 - May 2013
Client: EC

The overall objective of the programme was to:

 

  • Address the issue of poverty reduction through achieving higher levels of economic integration. Three focal areas of intervention have been defined: economic integration and trade, management of natural resources including disaster preparedness and transport and communications;
  • The sustainable reduction of vulnerability to food insecurity and poverty in Eastern and Southern Africa. The project purpose is to improve regional and national trade, social protection, and disaster risk management strategies and policies.

 

The evaluation study responds to the requirements of the last phase of the project cycle.

  

The consultants were requested to:

 

  • Verify, analyse and assess the integration and impact of cross cutting issues in the project;
  • Use their professional judgment and experience to review all relevant factors and to bring these to the attention of the Government and European Union.
Sugar Economic Area Diversification: Feasibility studies on agricultural production and livestock
Country: Democratic Republic of th...
Sector(s): Agriculture and rural development
Date: Jan 2012 - Mar 2012
Client: EC

The overall objective of the project was to improve the competitiveness of the sugar sector in the Congo through the implementation of the strategy already prepared for restructuring, economic and social development of the region with respect to the environment.

 

The specific objective was to minimize the sugar region dependence on mono-cropping sugar which would help to avoid the possible consequences of economic shocks in the sector. The study aimed to enable the implementation of the main directions of the National strategy: ''Economic Diversification of the sugar region, through the provision of potential investors for bankable projects in the agro-industrial sector”. 

 

The requested services were performed include:

 

  • Study the agro-industrial economic potential of the region;
  • Identify investment and business opportunities in the sector;
  • Carry out feasibility studies for potentially profitable projects;
  • Contribute to the formation of a "Bank of agro-industrial project" for the sugar region;
  • Determine the conditions for promotion and/or implementation of the studied projects.

 

The study helped to provide elements for the realization of future actions to diversify income generating economy in Sugar area, other than those distributed by the SARIS, to reduce the dependence of the populations of the Bouenza, NiariLékoumou areas on the sugar production.

Social Protection Systems’ Strengthening Project
Country: Armenia
Sector(s): Economic growth and social development
Date: Mar 2006 - Jun 2009
Client: USAID

The main goal of the project was to assist Armenia’s social protection systems to provide efficient, well-targeted social programs and enforce norms to protect workers and to ensure sustainable economic growth and job creation. The primary task to be solved was Social Insurance Reform finalization; assistance to the GOAM, Employment Services Agency, Labor Inspectorate, Ministry of Labor and Social Issues to:

 

  • Finalize a pension reform strategy focusing on identification of strategies for efficient and low-cost collection and administrative systems;
  • Design and implement administrative and IT systems;
  • Advise on reforms of other social insurance issues, including upgrading actuarial education, and the National Statistical Service household survey;
  • Efficiently set of employment services in both public and private sector, improve capability to identify the labor skills supply and demand;

 

Improve laws and regulations; develop the framework and implement workplace safety programs based on international occupational safety standards and norms.

 

Within the framework of this project VGM Partners was contracted by The Services Group, now part of AECOM, to provide the following services:

 

  • Review the pension reform regulations and finalize the reform strategies;
  • Support organizational development of newly established Labor Inspectorate. VGM conducted research/analysis on perceptions towards the Labor Inspectorate as well as Labor Inspectorate disputes and dispute resolution mechanism.
  • Research on the labor code and reinforcement of rule of law.
  • Capacity building of the Ministry’s departments as well as State Labor Inspectorate. A tuned up management system was installed in the Ministry of Labor and Social affairs for the management of regional State Labor offices (over 50).
  • Design and delivery of trainings for about 60 workers from regional offices on the information gathering trough e-databases and implementation of analysis.  

 

Mid Term review of the Administrative Arrangement (AA) JRC-DEVCO –ref CRIS/DCI/FOOD/2009/20-0422
Country: Horn of Africa
Sector(s): Agriculture and rural development
Date: Aug 2012 - Oct 2012
Client: EC

The overall objective of the Administrative Arrangement was to strengthen national and regional food security and vulnerability analysis by creating a regional synergy between the sector/country initiatives in order to improve the quality of food security and relief interventions in the Horn of Africa (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda).

 

The specific objectives were to provide technical and scientific contribution to the programme on linking information and decision-making to improve food security response strategies with main focus on the Sub-Saharan Africa, in complement to the other actors, with the 3 following components:

 

  • To contribute to the improvement of food security analysis methodologies and processes through improved use and dissemination of satellite data and derived information and other actions to complement FAO contribution to the FSTP and in liaison with other stakeholders such as FEWS-NET, continental and regional technical bodies, other UN agencies and NGOs
  • To contribute to the capacity building of regional and national institutions and experts on food security information systems, in a demand driven way and in complement to and in synergy with the other initiatives in this domain, particularly in the context of the Food Security Thematic Programme (FSTP).
  • To provide technical support to EC services and Delegations in Food Security Information Systems.

 

The Mid Term Review provided the following services:

 

  • Assess the general progress and achievements from the first 2,5 years of the AA;
  • Identified the possible readjustments / prioritization activities what needs to be made in the activities and components of the current Programme to ensure its good execution;
  • Identify the possible corrective actions to be formalized by an amendment to the AA, in case of necessary re-allocation between the budgetary items, or extension of the duration of the program.
Design and Construction of Waste Recycling Plants near Four Major Cities of Armenia
Country: Armenia
Sector(s): Transport and infrastructure
Date: Jan 2010 - Jun 2010
Client: Clean Land Ltd.

VGM Partners provided consulting services to the “Clean Land” waste management company for construction of waste recycling plants near four major cities of Armenia. Provided consultancy covered legal, financial, marketing, environmental and technical issues. 

 

 

This was the first complete technological and investment plan in waste management sector being implementing in Armenia, which aimed at:

 

  • Development of waste management culture in the country;
  • Ensure substantial private sector involvement in the infrastructure sector. The project was the pioneer for bringing private sector into the waste management sector;
  • Highlight the importance of the project’s positive impact on the urban environment.  

 

The services provided by VGM Partners included:

 

  • Review the waste management legal framework and market conditions;
  • Assess the project feasibility and export opportunities in case of sound management system development;
  • Analysis of solid waste composition, collection and recycling mechanisms;
  • Selection of appropriate technologies and detailed design of waste recycling plant.
  • Drafting and signing waste collection contracts with municipalities.
Transport Sector Development Strategy
Country: Armenia
Sector(s): Transport and infrastructure
Date: May 2008 - Oct 2008
Client: ADB

In the framework of the project technical assistance was provided to further improvement of transport sector performance so that it can make a sustainable contribution to the economic development and poverty reduction in Armenia, being faced with ongoing globalization, technological advancement, and risks associated with increasing mobility. The main purposes of the project were to support both the development of a new transport sector strategy and enhancement of the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Transport and Communication and Armenian Road Directorate. During the project the technical assistance assessed in detail all modes of transport, and identified strategic uses of resources for priority areas for sector development and operational needs for the next 10 years. The TA had equiped MoTC with a new transport sector strategy with a new vision and road map which had been the Government’s key document guiding the policies and investments in the transport sector including transport facilitation for 2009-2019.

 

Specifically the TA had to:

 

  • develop a reform action plan,
  • develop a management information system (MIS) for MoTC and ARD;
  • define a long-term transport sector investment plan;
  • support international transport facilitation and logistic sector development;
  • provide a capacity building development plan in all aspects of the transport sector; and
  • systematic resource mobilization for transport sector investments by introducing enhanced use of the website.

 

The enlisted activities were, but not be limited to:

 

  • Preparing a comprehensive and analytical review of the status of the transport sector in Armenia.
  • Identifying the long-term challenges and opportunities for transport sector, assessing the Government’s responses to the transport sector challenges and opportunities;
  • Reviewing the impact of sectoral and thematic issues affecting the transport sector, including, among others, operations and maintenance, design standards (particularly road design standards), overloading, safety and security, governance, environment, social aspects, HIV/AIDS, and anti-human trafficking.
  • Reviewing transport financing and financial management capacity of MoTC and the management capacity of the ARD
  • Conducting consultations on the development of the transport strategy including road maps for the transport sector as a whole and each sub-sector
  • Preparing a long-term (2009-2019) transport sector development strategy for Armenia, based on the reviews and consultations.
Ensuring Improvement of the Mtkvari River Water Management in Tbilisi Area
Country: Georgia
Sector(s): Natural resources and environment
Date: Jul 2012 - Feb 2013
Client: EU

Because of limited investments, water treatment plants of the Mtkvari River basin had not the capacity to treat the whole amount of the water and even more, they were able to treat water only on primary level (mechanical treatment). Accordingly, there was no secondary (biological treatment) and tertiary treatments. Moreover, there was no sufficient water quality monitoring of the River Mtkvari basin.

According to available data, condition of the Mtkvari River basin was degraded and could be a threat even for human health, as it was among urban and industrial water reservoirs and the population used it for recreational purposes.

 

The project had been undertook a comprehensive assessment of the Mtkvari River situation and contribution to Tbilisi development and possible improvement in this regard. To this aim, it was expected that the project proposed a strategic approach towards the sustainable use of Mtkvari River basin in an urban development perspective. In parallel, recommendations on specific issues like the use of lakes and islands and recreational opportunities or the role of the river as a major artery for city life were provided.

 

1. Analysis of the River Mtkvari current situation within the boundaries of Tbilisi City and provision of recommendations for its improvement

 

  • Conduct an assessment of the current situation, which will include: conditions of operation and monitoring framework of the sewerage; drainage and stream systems;
  • Make recommendations which will tackle: Introduction of new water treatment technologies; correct functioning of the sewerage, drainage and stream systems; Opportunities for public use of the Mtkvari River water (public gardens irrigation, etc); Establishment of control mechanisms aiming at preventing throwing of garbage into the river.
  • Based on the consultant's international experience, define urban-aesthetics functions of Mtkvari, 

 

 

2. Development of a Final report with concrete recommendations regarding Mtkvari River contribution to City development and irrigation purposes.

SME Support Program
Country: Armenia
Sector(s): Economic growth and social development
Date: Jan 2006 - Jan 2007
Client: UNDP

SME DNC policy was aimed at full value utilization of the potential of SME sphere in the context of economic, social and political development of the country. Almost in every country most of the start-up entrepreneurs failed due to inadequate understanding of the market, poor business management, financial planning, etc. 

 

Detailed Description of Actual Services Provided :

 

Start-up entrepreneurs program, joint program with the UNDP  

            Almost in every country most of the start-up entrepreneurs failed due to inadequate understanding of the market, poor business management, financial planning, etc. Therefore, it had became essential to provide the support to the start-ups to minimize the risk of failure. VGM partners provided start–up awareness raising trainings on business management, production, financial planning, marketing tools, etc.

           

Support for Application of Innovations and Contemporary Technologies in SME Units

            The project aimed at providing support for application of innovations and contemporary technologies in separate or grouped SME units as for carrying out scientific developments and enhancement of opportunities for their application. In the framework of this project VGM Partners provided information and consultation towards: their technological development, introduction of new products and technologies, improvement of product quality, commercialization of contemporary technologies as well as providing awareness raising trainings for improvement of non technical areas of business management and conducting market researches as for products sales.

           

Consulting services to “Andron”-Technopark

            Technopark was established for technological and innovational support of SME units. In the framework of this project VGM Partners provided consulting services for enhancement and development of the activity of technopark member companies, including assistance in development of marketing strategies for export-related production as well as improvement and modernization of industrial management systems and performance level. VGM assisted also in formation of corresponding conditions and setting up of quality measures for attraction of new SME units in technopark.    

           

Investment plan preparation for construction of Bovadzor Small Hydro Power Plant

 

        Within the framework of this project VGM Partners provided consultancy services for Investment plan preparation for construction of Bovadzor Small Hydro Power Plant. The activities performed include: feasibility and affordability analysis; assessment of the compliance of industrial product with the market requirements; review of the existing environmental and social conditions; design and assessment of construction activities; cost calculation and preparation of all types of financial statements in annual and monthly bases; financial model preparation and projections; cost benefit analysis.

USAID MEDI Project: Access to Finance of SMEs
Country: Armenia
Sector(s): Economic growth and social development
Date: May 2006 - Aug 2006
Client: USAID

Preparation of Access to Finance of Armenian SME’s Policy Paper, USAID/Medi project and Ministry of Trade and Economic Development of RA, 2005.

 

 

During the assignment research, analysis, and recommendations implemented for improving access to financial resources for small and medium enterprises of Armenia that the Ministry, along with other information, needed to evaluate the effectiveness of SME development policy and strategy in Armenia. Along with the research of primary sources and best practices focus grouping methodology used to implement of SWOT analysis of SME’s access to finance practices. Consequently, policy development strategies were formulated which served as a part of the national SME development strategy.

 

Within the framework of this project VGM Partners researched, analyzed, and made recommendations for improving access to financial resources for small and medium enterprises of Armenia that the Ministry, along with other information, needed to evaluate the effectiveness of SME development policy and strategy in Armenia. Along with the research of primary sources and best practices focus grouping survey methodology was used to implement of SWOT analysis of SME’s access to finance practices. More than 12 focus groups were conducted and consequently, policy development strategies where formulated which served as a part of the national SME development strategy.

 

 

Ex-Post Evaluation of Vulnerable Group Development for Ultra-Poor (VGDUP) Programme
Country: Bangladesh
Sector(s): Economic growth and social development
Date: Jan 2013 - May 2013
Client: EU

The overall objective of the VGDUP programme was to contribute to the reduction of the level of deep poverty and food insecurity in Bangladesh by enhancing the capacity of the ultra poor, particularly women-headed households, and to contribute to the long-term sustainable socioeconomic development of rural Bangladesh through cash transfer and socio-economic development activities.

 

The requested services included:

 

  • assess  how adequately VGDUP has achieved its stated objectives;
  • assess how effectively and efficiently all activities have progressed in attaining the programme objectives;
  • assess the performance of PTF and TAT,
  • assess the performance of NGOs in providing training, post-training follow-up support, cash allowance distributed to beneficiaries, and productive assets procured and distributed to beneficiaries,

 

 

The outcome of the Ex-post evaluation had been enable the EU, DWA, MoWCA and NGOs to form an opinion on future interventions where food security and safety net actions were increasingly involving local governments and grass root level organisations.

 

 

Financial Sector Deepening Project (FSDP)
Country: Armenia
Sector(s): Economic growth and social development
Date: Sep 2006 - Sep 2009
Client: EMERGING MARKETS GROUP, USAID

The Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Project represented the capstone in USAID’s ongoing efforts to elevate the financial sector’s role in economic growth and poverty alleviation in Armenia. The project was directed to development of unified supervision, regulation in financial sector. For several years, USAID has been supporting financial sector development through the bank supervision and securities markets projects. It had also been improving the enabling environment for financial services through the commercial law and economic regulation project (CLERP). These projects had had successed – the CBA, for example, had taken steps towards risk-based supervision (RBS) and much of the banking and securities laws were international-standard compliant. The micro enterprise development nitiative (MEDI) project worked with CLERP project to develop a regulatory framework for MFIs. While the FSD Projectbuild on these earlier achievements, it differ from USAID’s other financial sector development efforts in two critical ways. First, with the exception of the recent Financial Sector Assessment, it was the first project to take on the entire sector all at once–from banking and mortgage lending to insurance and pensions, and from regulatory reform to market development, new forms of financing and training. In this respect, FSD of the more technically diverse and, perhaps, more complex economic growth projects undertaken in the market. Second, as Armenia’s economy continued its impressive expansion, demand for financial services grew and the flaws in the financial system became more apparent. The FSD Project was indeed a turnkey effort for Armenia’s future development.

 

For realizing the aforementioned improvements and meeting all the challenges VGM PARNERS provided local specialists in Banking Supervision, Insurance Market Development, Corporate Governance and Financial Markets to the prime contractor. Specialists afforded expertise in the mentioned fields and carry out the following activities:

 

  • Policy development and reform
  • Financial sector regulation – supervision of banking, insurance, and pension funds, etc.
  • Development of new financial markets and services
  • Comprehensive technical leadership for research efforts, maximizing effective use of all available sources of data and information;
  • Training / research
  • Overall organization and analysis of data;
  • Design surveys and polls and lead reams in their execution;
  • Create drafts of project policy recommendations.   
For the Final Evaluation of the Livestock Epidemio-Surveillance Programme(LESP)
Country: Sudan
Sector(s): Natural resources and environment
Date: Feb 2013 - Apr 2013
Client: EU

The objective of this assignment was to carry out the final evaluation of the Livestock Epidemio-Surveillance Project (LESP-Sudan project), notably with regards to the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability.

 

The consultancy was expected to:

 

  • Carry out coherent and systematic desk reviews, as well as field missions to the project implementation sites (in Khartoum and in selected federal states), evaluating their performance, analysing the extent to which recommendations made by the Mid-term Review (MTR) carried out at the end of 2009 were applied, and the degree of continuity and sustainability of the different activities of each program component after cessation of the donor support.
  • Analyse the project’s coherence with the EC Country Strategy Paper and National Indicative Programme, and the country development and sector policy & strategy. In particular, assess the extent to which the project has remained consistent with, and supportive of the policy and program framework of the MLF&R;
  • Conduct a detailed assessment of the adequacy of the implementation modality chosen for the project, and the extent to which it has allowed an optimum level of involvement of key stakeholders while ensuring a smooth implementation of activities.
EU Consultant For Financial and Procurement Capacity Building
Country: Pakistan
Sector(s): Agriculture and rural development
Date: May 2013 - Nov 2014
Client: EU

The overall objective of this assignment was to assist Sarhad and Balochistan Rural Support Programmes in ensuring that implementation of their EU-funded programmes was compliant with the terms and conditions of the respective grant contracts.

 

The consultancy was expected to:

 

  • Assist the grantees in ensuring that all procurements foreseen under their respective EU-funded programmes are undertaken in compliance with the EU procurement rules;
  • Assist the grantees in ensuring that all expenditures under their respective Elf-funded programmes are compliant with the cost eligibility criteria outlined in the grant contract;
  • Ensure that the grantees' concerned staff has the requisite financial and administrative management capacity to ensure implementation of the EU-funded programmes in compliance with EU rules applicable to their respective grant contracts;
  • Ensure that grantees have realistic procurements plans that are consistent with the overall implementation timeframe of their respective EU-funded programmes.
Formulation of Coffee Sector Development Strategy for Ethiopia
Country: Ethiopia
Sector(s): Private sector
Date: Jul 2013 - Mar 2014
Client: EU

The purpose of the project was to analyse the situation, identifies opportunities and constraints, key stakeholders, outlines gaps and recommends specific interventions along the value chain that enhance future performance of the sector.

 

The consultancy was expected to:

 

  • To analyse impact of progressively diminishing landholding size, ageing trees and ageing farming population on future sustainability of coffee farming and linkages between holding size and adoption of improved technologies;
  • To analyse mechanisms that improve productivity; ensure consistent product quality, and thereby better returns and better livelihoods to producers. This also includes analysing mechanisms that boosts volume of exportable coffees and thereby foreign currency earnings for the country;
  • To study the past and current organization and performance of the Ethiopia coffee sector to identify strengths and weaknesses along the value chain and specify relevant programs and projects that enhance the sector's performance and promotes fair distribution of the proceeds;
  • To produce a clearly and concisely presented medium to long term coffee sector development strategic document for Ethiopia to be validated by stakeholders and an expert review panels, endorsed by the MoA and MoT of the Government of Ethiopia, and approved by the Contracting Authority, the EU.
Final Evaluation of the drinking water and sanitation in the South Province, PEPAS, Rwanda
Country: Rwanda
Sector(s): Natural resources and environment
Date: Jul 2013 - Sep 2013
Client: EU

The overall objective of the program was to contribute to improving the living conditions of rural districts of Southern Province. The specific objective of the program was the assurance of sustainably of the drinking water supply and sanitation in three rural districts (Nyaraguru, Huye and Gisagara).

 

We were implementing final evaluation based on several criteria’s:

 

  • Relevance - the extent to which project objectives match the expectations and priorities of the various categories of beneficiaries
  • Value for Money - this criterion will assess, in a broader sense, if the goods and services acquired by the project based on good strategic choices and provided the maximum benefit to service users. In other words, we should evaluate if the program has been able to achieve the best balance between economy, efficiency and cost effectiveness.
  • Impact - we are going to analyze the impact of PEPAPS’ long-term implications of the on the environment and poverty reduction.  
Design of the 2013/14 and 2014/15 Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) seed quality monitoring and testing approach
Country: Malawi
Sector(s): Agriculture and rural development
Date: Jul 2013 - Sep 2013
Client: EU

The assignment contributes to improve the efficiency of the Farm Input Subsidy Programme, hence the increase of agricultural production through the provision of subsidized improved/high quality agricultural inputs to resource poor farmers.

 

 

More specifically, it aims at fostering control and quality assurance mechanisms for the delivery of high quality maize and legume seeds applying the principle of 'Value for money' by verification that programme financed comparable 'high cost' certified seeds (in comparison to tested seeds or grain) meet the required standards.

 

The consultancy was expected to:

 

  • Consultations and facilitation of discussions on the outline of the proposed seed quality monitoring and testing system and services to be conducted with related stakeholders
  • Analysis of current seed testing and certification capacities
  • Design of the 2013/14 and 2014/15 Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) seed quality monitoring and testing approach/system (in close cooperation with the SSU) and drafting of TORs for a possible (partly) contracting out of the services.
  • Presentation and discussion of mission findings and outline of seed quality monitoring and testing proposal at a National stakeholder workshop.
  • Timely elaboration of high quality reports as outlined in these Terms of reference.
Technical Assistance to support PEFA Assessment of Government of Armenia 2013
Country: Armenia
Sector(s): Economic growth and social development
Date: Jul 2013 - Dec 2013
Client: EU

The overall objective of the contract was to provide Technical Assistance to assess the PFM systems of Armenia in 2013 by applying the PEFA methodology.

 

The specific objective of the contract was to facilitate the role of the Ministry of Finance of the Government of the Republic of Armenia to carry out a self-assessment of the PFM systems using the PEFA methodology, specifically by ensuring the consistent use of the "PEFA Check approach".

 

Our expert assisted in PEFA Assessment, support in carrying out a PFM diagnostic in a self-assessment mode, preferably the PEFA assessment at central level and provided support to the work carried out by the Team Leader and the Revenue Expert specifically by facilitating their understanding of the documentation and information provided in Armenian, and by supporting the coordination of working groups as requested.

Identification and formulation of project (s) on the environment : climate change , risk management and environmental disasters
Country: Angola
Sector(s): Natural resources and environment
Date: Apr 2014 - Jun 2015
Client: EU

Identification and formulation of one or two projects to be supported by the 11th EDF in the area of climate change, risk and environmental management, and verification of the technical, economic and financial feasibility of the project (s),by elaborating a feasibility study to analyze the situation of the country in terms of climate change, indicating a range of projects and suggesting areas of action that need further study, development of records of identification which set the project (s), based on the findings of the study developed and formulating action sheets and annexes for the implementation of projects.

 

  • The consultants worked directly with the European Union Delegation in Angola and with relevant services of the National Authorising Officer (NAO) Angola to implement the services.
  • The required services included site visits, meetings, workshops, briefings and debriefings for presentation and discussion of results.
  • Consultants had submited a work plan stating the methodology and activities to achieve the results.
  • Proposing Identification Fiches and Action Planes
National Climate Change Strategy by 2030
Country: Montenegro
Sector(s): Natural resources and environment
Date: Jul 2014 - Jan 2015
Client: Montenegro Ministry for Sustainable Development and Tourism

 

Montenegro currently does not have a clearly formulated climate related strategy. There is an evident need for synthesis of goals and objectives put forward by several sector strategies and plans which have relevance for formulation of the strategic document in the area of climate change. There is a need for thorough analysis of the impact of individual sectors on climate change and development of adequate estimations and projections of future GHG emissions which will be used as credible basis for deliberations in development of the strategic document in the area of climate change and specific measures to combat climate change.

 

The broader Global Objective of the assignment is to ensure an economically, environmentally andsocially sound and viable development of Montenegro in a long-term perspective with special focus onclimate change.

 

The services, activities and outputs provided in this assignment were:

 

  • Preparation of detailed operational Work Plan for the implementation of the Project
  • Analysis of relevant national plans, programmes, strategies and legal framework
  • Assessment of national data from relevant sectors
  • Preparation of Emission scenarios (preparation of sectoral GHG and ambient air quality emissions included in NEC directive) projections up to 2030 with target for 2020 and 2030
  • Preparation of National Climate Change Strategy in close cooperation with beneficiary and other relevant actors in the scope of SEA procedure and Public Discussion on National Climate Change Strategy organized in line with national low
Technical support to the Papua New Guinea Forest Authority to implement a continuous and multi-purpose National Forestry Inventory
Country: Papua New Guinea
Sector(s): Agriculture and rural development - Natural resources and environment
Date: Oct 2016 - Jan 2017
Client: Government of Papua New Guinea

A mid-term review study, which has been foreseen in the Technical and Administrative Provisions of the programme’s Financing Agreement, will provide the decision-makers in the Government of Papua New Guinea and the European Union with sufficient information to make an informed judgement about the performance of the project (relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability) to date and take decisions about any required changes to project (such as objectives, duration, budget reallocation etc.) for the remaining period of the programme in order to achieve the objectives of the Financing Agreement.

The overall objective of the mid-term review was to assess the performance of the programme to date in relation to delivering the intended impact, both for the beneficiaries and the national economy, and whether the targets/outputs envisaged at the beginning of the assignment are being realised as planned.

 

The activities delivered included under 4 components were the following:

·        To improve the capacity of the PNG Forest Authority and the University of Technology-Department of Forestry on continuous and multi-purpose forest inventory.

·       To realise, through support to its implementation, the first multi-purpose forest inventory National Forest Inventory of PNG.

·        To carry out specific studies on forest and tree characterisation.

 

·        To enhance policy dialogue on forestry especially on FLEGT.

Formulation of a communication & outreach Plan under the ACP-EU Natural Disaster Risk Management in the CARIFORUM programme
Country: Barbados
Sector(s): Natural resources and environment
Date: Apr 2015 - Dec 2015
Client: CARIFORUM

The Forum of the Caribbean Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States (CARIFORUM) comprises small states with developing economies prone to natural hazards. Disaster mitigation and resilience, is therefore a particularly relevant and important component of economic policy in the region, in the attempt to reduce exposure of governments to divert substantial resources for relief operations, recovery and reconstruction.

 

The overall objective of the ACP-EU Natural Disaster Risk Management in the CARIFORUM programme of which this contract will be a part of was to reduce vulnerability to long term impacts of natural hazards, including the potential impacts of climate change, thereby achieving regional and national sustainable development and poverty reduction goals in the CARIFORUM States. The purpose of the programme was to strengthen regional, national and community level capacities for disaster risk reduction, preparedness, management and coordinated response to natural hazards and the effects of climate change. The objective of this contract was to develop a communication & outreach plan for the ACP-EU programme and for the European Union action in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction in the Caribbean in General.

 

The main outputs of the project were the followings:

·        Preparation of communication & outreach plan for the ACP-EU Natural Disaster Risk Management in the CARIFORUM programme and for the European Union action in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction in the Caribbean in general developed and approved.

·        Preparation of tender dossier for services for the implementation of the communication & outreach plan for the ACP-EU Natural Disaster Risk Management in the CARIFORUM programme which has been approved.

 

·        Support to the contracting authority (EU Delegation) during tender phase

Final evaluation of the project of Strengthening Sub-regional Cooperation for the Monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) of the Fishery Activities in Sub-regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC)
Country: Senegal
Sector(s): Agriculture and rural development - Natural resources and environment
Date: Apr 2015 - Aug 2015
Client: ROC - West Africa Region Commission Sous régionale des Pêches

The EU had funded the project "Strengthening Sub-regional Cooperation for Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (SCS) of Fisheries in the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC)", the objective of which was to contribute to ensuring the sustainability of fisheries resources facing overexploitation of certain species in the sub-region

 

The global objective of the assignment was to carry out the final evaluation of the project and formulate recommendations for the formulation of a future program.  The evaluation should be accomplished with the focus on three key evaluation criteria: effectiveness, Impact and sustainability.

Specific objectives included:

·        Taking stock of the implementation of CMS project

·        Assessing and quantifying the effects, impacts and sustainability of the program's achievements in order to identify lessons learned.

·        Formulating recommendations for the sustainability of these effects and impacts to improve future interventions in the sector.

·        Quantifying the contribution of the program, its impact on strengthening of sub-regional cooperation and reinforcement of capacity-building of the competent structures of the Member States

This evaluation will also provide an opportunity to learn from the Program implementation and to identify actions that could be funded by future allocations of Community funds (particularly 11th EDFr) foreseen for the field of the fight against IUU fishing.

 

The required outputs were the followings:

·        An analysis of the effectiveness, impact and viability of operations conducted in the scopes of the project

·        A synthesis of the program's strengths and successes at the level of its different components, and on the other hand, the analysis of the difficulties encountered and current challenges, which will be taken into account during the design and implementation of future similar projects

·        A presentation of the main conclusions of the evaluation and formulation of specific policy recommendations in support of West African countries in the fight against IUU fishing, but also in terms of the more operational aspects of the implementation;

·        Formulation of recommendations for each conclusion, to the extent possible, in the form of a matrix.

 

·        As an ex-post evaluation, the report including recommendations for future EU interventions in West Africa in the field of control of fishing activities and the fight against IUU fishing (11th EDF)

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

EC Framework Contract Beneficiaries 2013

The objective of the multiple Framework contract is to provide short-term operational services, mainly on the spot for the exclusive benefit of third countries receiving external aid (Central and Eastern Europe, Balkans, New Independent States, Latin America, Asia, Mediterranean countries, Africa, Caribbean, Pacific).

 

Lot 6: Environment

 

- Sustainable management, protection of natural resources or Ecosystems (forests, fight against desertification, lakes etc.)
- Climate change
- Nature protection, and Bio-diversity
- Marine environment, management of coastal areas
- Urban environment
- Waste management (incl. public/private management structures aspects)
- Industrial pollution control
- Water management inclusive planning (e.g. integrated river basin management), supply, waste water treatment
- Air pollution
- Natura 2000 network
- Chemicals (standards, transportation, packaging)
- Environmental risks/disaster management