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Business Consultant for My Armenia Program
Smithsonian Institution
24 Aug 2020

Business Consultant for My Armenia Program

Company: Smithsonian Institution International NGO
Location: Yerevan, Syunik, Vayots Dzor, Shirak, Lori, Tavush Marzes, Armenia
Duration: 6 months (8-hour days) from date of contract signature, with a possible extension
Deadline: 23 September 2020

JOB DESCRIPTION: 

The My Armenia Program (MAP) is seeking a Business Consultant to work with a range of community-based program beneficiaries (estimated up to 100 beneficiaries in total) in the 5 target regions of the Program (Syunik, Vayots Dzor, Shirak, Lori, and Tavush), to support their development as enterprises in touristic and cultural sectors. The MAP beneficiaries that the Consultant will work with are represented in the sectors of tourism (gastro, adventure, art, wine making, etc.), craft, festivals, and museums. Specifically, the Consultant will work with MAP beneficiaries individually and/ or in small groups by advising them on relevant business registration classifications and procedures, business taxation systems, business plan development, and proposal development for fundraising and grant programs.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

- Work with MAP technical leads to examine the current needs of the beneficiaries in the enterprise development field;
- Provide individual and group business advisory (including legislative, financial, and taxation considerations, as well as relevant COVID-19 considerations related to the economic downturn) to the beneficiary enterprises based on their assessed needs (start the consultancy with small groups who have the same need for information and continue with one-on-one follow ups);
- Provide individualized assistance to the MAP beneficiaries in the business registration process;
- Advise the MAP beneficiaries on the most appropriate registration and taxation system for their business;
- Provide updates to the MAP team and beneficiaries on active and upcoming business development opportunities and investment programs (governmental or donor grant and financial programs, training and capacity building opportunities, webinars and seminars, etc.);
- Train and assist MAP beneficiaries in development of Program proposals, applications, and business plans to engage financial investments in their enterprises.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

Deliverables:
- Monthly or biweekly reports (TBD by MAP based on estimated workload) on the current work done including but not limited to number of beneficiaries worked with, the content of advisory work, the results of individual work (registration, business plan, or a proposal), and field work implemented;
- Copies of any business plan or proposal developed within the advisory sessions;
- Coaching and advisory materials developed.
(All deliverables are subject to MAP review and approval).

Evaluation Criteria:
Relevant Experience։ The contractor must have experience providing services of similar scope and size, as demonstrated through:
- 3-5 years of experience in business and management consulting, training, and advisory spheres, particularly in small and medium enterprise sector;
- Excellent knowledge of current Armenian business and taxation environment and tourism sector-related legislation updates, including those related to COVID-19 relief programs;
- Ability to travel and work in rural regions of Armenia and provide assistance remotely via telecommunication means;
- Strong written and spoken knowledge of Armenian and English languages.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: 

Applications must include the following information:
- The Contractor must provide a current CV outlining their technical competence in carrying out the assignment;
- The Contractor must submit price as part of their offer:
- Daily gross rate to complete the assignments outlined;
- Travel reimbursable budget considering an estimated 4-5 trips per month, and assuming Goris as the farthest destination (all travel considerations will be subject to current restrictions and safety measures in regard to COVID-19).
Applications must be submitted to: SmithsonianHR@gmail.com . Please specify the position title ("Business Consultant for My Armenia Program") in the subject line of the email.

Please clearly mention in your application letter that you learned of this job opportunity through Career Center and mention the URL of its website - www.careercenter.am, Thanks.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: 

As necessary, the Consultant will be asked to travel to the target regions of the Program (Syunik, Vayots Dzor, Lori, Tavush, and Shirak) to meet in-person with beneficiaries.

ABOUT: 

My Armenia, a joint partnership between USAID, the Smithsonian Institution, and the people of Armenia, harnesses the power of research, documentation, and storytelling to strengthen cultural sustainability through community-based tourism development. As outlined by USAID|Armenia and the Smithsonian Institution, the primary goals of this 5-year program are to build cultural heritage tourism in Armenia so as to increase the number of tourist visits, increase spending and days stayed per tourist with an emphasis outside of the capital, and create new job opportunities for Armenians. Guided by its mission for the "increase and diffusion of knowledge" and its values in long-term high-quality cultural heritage work, the Smithsonian Institution (SI) and its partners will work towards these joint goals. SI will apply its long history for cultural heritage preservation and support to community economies to strengthen cultural heritage tourism in Armenia. In collaboration with USAID, SI has identified 4 major objectives for the Project:
Objective 1: Strengthen Armenia's cultural heritage tourism offering;
Objective 2: Increase awareness of Armenia as a cultural heritage tourism destination;
Objective 3: Improve cultural tourism sector workforce skills;
Objective 4: Coordinate GOAM, donor, resource partner, and stakeholder involvement.

ATTACHMENTS:

SOW For Business Conusltant.docx - Scope of Work

ABOUT COMPANY: 

The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums and the National Zoo, shaping the future by preserving the heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing the resources with the world. The Institution was founded in 1846.