USAID Small & Medium Enterprise Activity project
Restructuring of Sindh Small Industries Corporation (SSIC)
Phase 1: Diagnostic Study
Small and Medium Enterprise Activity (SMEA) requires consultancy services to conduct a rapid needs analysis and propose viable recommendations for reform for the Sindh Small Industries Corporation (SSIC) to enhance its ability to promote small and medium enterprises in Sindh. There are concerns on the inadequacy of SSIC in terms of its organizational vision, role and its capacity to deliver on its mandate to support SMEs in Sindh. The Corporation is also facing significant capacity constraints, that affect its operations and efficiency. Thus, SMEA requires technical experts to undertake an institutional review of SSIC, assess its impact thus far on SME businesses and propose a roadmap for reforms based on secondary research, stakeholder consultations and international best practices. Hence, the proposed restructuring of SSIC will be two phases, as follows:
Phase 1: Diagnostic Study including a critical review of SSIC’s institutional structure and key SOPs, its impact on SMEs, a menu of institutional reforms as per international best practices and needs of the local SME economy of Sindh (to be covered under this scope)
Phase 2: Reforms Roadmap and Implementation Plan (subsequent scope after the completion of Phase 1; post an agreement and approval from the Government of Sindh on the reforms options presented)
This scope as detailed below ONLY covers Phase 1 of the restructuring activity.
The diagnostic study is required to better understand current role, performance, capacity and procedures of the organization to inform the needs analysis. As part of the diagnostics, targeted and viable recommendations will be designed for SSIC reforms keeping in view the investment climate and international best practices.
Short Term Technical Experts. The proposed team composition for this assignment will include the following:
Chemonics International is implementing Pakistan Small and Medium Enterprise Activity (SMEA), which is a 5-year, $35 million project that is aimed at improvement of financial and operating performance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Pakistan in selected high-performing industrial, manufacturing and services sectors.
Creating an enabling business environment is one of the core work streams of this project. As such, the Project engaged with the Government of Sindh to identify key areas of collaboration. In our interactions with the Government of Sindh, it was highlighted that a great number of government development initiatives were likely to be jeopardized because of limited institutional capacities, skill-deficit and the inability to develop effective implementation strategies that currently mark the organizational capacity of the Government. Both the Chairman Planning and Development Department and the Secretary Industries made a particular reference to the organizational sprawl of outfits like the Sindh Small Industries Corporation, the mismanagement of the Industrial Infrastructure and the lack of efficient support to enterprises in the province. Consequently, the Planning & Development Board, made a request for technical assistance to provide support in restructuring the Sindh Small Industries Corporation.
Sindh Small Industries Corporation (SSIC) aims to promote small and cottage industries in Sindh, with a particular focus on handicrafts that reflect Sindh’s own culture and tradition. Established under the Act XXVI of 1972, SSIC has created 16 industrial estates, three industrial parks and one industry site since its inception. With its headquarter in Karachi, SSIC has three regional offices to allow for its presence in central and northern Sindh. However, half of these estates remain vacant, with absence of any investment. Presently, three units are operated by the Corporation where small-scale industry is present for bangles, shoe manufacturing and ceramics, but without marked success. The spread of small scale industries across Sindh mainly include rice mills, specialized textile, agricultural implements, wood work, poultry farming, cold storage, bakeries, food industries etc. Quite evidently, SSIC’s focus sectors are not representative of Sindh’s overall SME sectors. With such a rich industrial mix, SSIC’s scope to promote SMEs needs to be re-defined in light of the needs of the markets and relevance of sectors in the overall contribution to the provincial GDP. Alongside, the corporation also faces technical capacity constraints, affecting its operational efficiency and delivery.
The purpose of this assignment is to undertake a rapid institutional review of SSIC’s role, structure, operations and functioning and provide an analysis where SSIC needs reform, restructuring, and capacity enhancement for business process re-engineering and improved inter-government coordination and delivery mechanisms. The assignment will provide a gap analysis of SSIC’s performance and its goals, highlighting areas where SSIC has achieved its objectives and the challenges it faces. Based on an evidence based impact assessment, analysis of international best practices and needs of the local SME economy, and stakeholder consultation, a critical institutional review will be conducted to develop viable recommendations for reform to enable SSIC to promote small and medium enterprises in the province.
The outputs of the consultancy to help achieve this objective are:
To achieve the given objective of the consultancy, the Consultants are required to perform the given below tasks successfully.
Under the given consultancy assignment, the Consultant Team will be responsible for performing each task / activity related to the assignment. All the activities performed by the team must be in line with their respective contracts. The consultant team will perform the activity by keeping in view the business protocols/scope and quality parameters defined in the contract. They will be responsible to produce and submit all deliverables with supporting documents mentioned in deliverables schedule.
Step 1: Needs Analysis
Step 2: Reforms Options
Step 1: Diagnostic-Needs Analysis
Step 2: Reforms Options
The Consultant Team will have knowledge of and/or proven expertise in conducting needs assessments and drafting reform/operational options for various government, donor-funded or not-for-profit institutions/ programmes; and will possess demonstrable experience of having worked on all the diverse operational areas that need to be reviewed and advised on for the purposes of this assignment.
Team Leader / Institutional
Institutional Development / Capacity Building Specialist
Economic Analyst / Organizational Review Associate
The consultants will be based in Karachi and will be working closely with the BEE team.
Workspace and Use of Personal Laptop and Software(s):
The consultants will be required to use their own personal laptops. In the situation that a consultant is required to use his IT resources, s/he must certify that all software used are genuine and licensed; to ensure that the project’s IT resources are protected from accidental destruction or deliberate attempts at sabotage by computer viruses and other hazards. If s/he is provided with a project laptop or any other project equipment, they must sign for issue and return of the related equipment.
The consultants will be required to report to the BEE Policy Analyst and the Senior Policy Advisor.
This job is planned to take place as per a start date of on or around August 15, 2018 (depending on the mobilization of consultants) and end date of on or around November 20, 2018 hereto. The last date for submission of deliverable/s is September 30, 2018.
The following are the key deliverables and their associated deadlines. The timelines will be discussed and agreed with the technical team and the consultant team.
Activity / Deliverable
Work plan; Development of Diagnostic Instrument
Within 1 week
Functional Review of SSIC – secondary research; stakeholder Consultations; Other stakeholder interviews
Within 3 weeks
Draft Needs Analysis Report
Within 4 weeks
Draft Reform Options
Within 5 weeks
Final Analysis Reports and Reform Options
Within 6 weeks (subject to SMEA feedback and timing)
Send latest CV, including 3 references, to [email protected], by July 29, 2018.
Mention ‘SSIC’, along with preferred position, in the subject line.
Applications without these items may NOT be considered. No telephone & email inquiries, please. Only finalists will be contacted.
Client reserves the right to reject any or all applications, without assigning reason.