Private sector drives innovation, brings goods and services closer to the people, creates employment, and helps lift people out of poverty and improve their quality of life. This important role of the private sector, and the need to engage with the private sector to advance development agenda, has been highlighted in Switzerland’s International Cooperation Strategy 2021-24. Within its overarching mandate to reduce poverty, the SDC’s vision is to contribute to sustainable development by increasing its engagement with the private sector to foster innovation and to achieve greater impact. Digital technologies, and the transformative potential that ICT companies and ecosystem actors present, can offer a great opportunity to leapfrog traditional sectors of the economy in their development journey.
The overall objective of this assessment is to provide sound analysis and advice the SDC on how to integrate and advance tech-based or tech-enabled private sector engagement initiatives into the existing project portfolio in Armenia. The analysis is expected to be conducted under two broad categories a) contextual, focusing on rural areas of Armenia, and b) sectorial, relating to the priority sectors of Swiss cooperation such as Vocational Education and Training (VET), Agriculture, Tourism, and Climate Change.
The study is expected to be conducted by a consortium composed of an international consultant and a local consultant. For the details please see the Terms of Reference document .
Interested candidates, including consulting firms and individual consultants, are invited to send an application package in English by 10 May 2023, 23:30 CET to the following email: email@example.com.
In the subject line, please indicate “Proposal: Assessment for advancing tech-enabled Private Sector Engagement in Switzerland’s international cooperation in Armenia”.
Only complete applications with all the documents described above and submitted not later than by the deadline will be considered.