Call for expression of interest: Consultancy services for research, policy design and compilation. Informality Action Plan

The External Collaboration Contract will assist and facilitate a joint undertaking by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Jamaica and the ILO to facilitate the drafting of the Informality Action Plan.

News | 02 November 2018


The External Collaboration Contract will assist and facilitate a joint undertaking by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Jamaica and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to facilitate the drafting of the Informality Action Plan. The Informality Action Plan is a forthcoming policy document that will include measures to facilitate the transition of fishers and household workers (whether self-employed or salaried) to the formal economy. Consultants are required to specify, at the time of the submission of their expression of interest, whether they are interested in the elaboration of the part of the plan concerning fishers or household workers (or both).

The full concept note for the activity will be shared upon selection.

Scope of the Contract

The External Collaborator will be asked to perform the following tasks: 

a.    Attend the introduction workshop for the design of the Informality Action Plan on November 27-28 2018

b.    During the second day of the workshop on November 28, 2018, facilitate, together with ILO and MLSS resource persons, the brainstorming sessions aimed at capturing key areas of interventions linked to the transition to the formal economy of fishers and household workers.

c.    During the period  December  2018 to February 2019  lead the group of national stakeholders responsible to draft the specific subsection of the Informality Action Plan (Fishers or Households workers) by:

i.    Ensuring email list with all the relevant stakeholders are created.
ii.    Draft, on the basis of the inputs received during the introductory workshop, a short overview of the situation including:
1.    Background situation analysis in the area of reference (fishers and/or household workers) in terms of:
a.    Total number of salaried workers
b.    Total number of salaried workers informally employed
c.    Total number of informal enterprises.
d.    Total number of enterprises operating informally
e.    Existing policy and programmatic measures which may facilitate the transition to the formal economy, while mentioning perceived main gaps in design or implementation.

A draft of the write up for such sections should be ready before the first drafting session (see below)  and ideally be amended should inputs from national stakeholders be received during the drafting sessions or within the period of the consultancy. ILO and MOLSS will assist in the retrieval of information from STATIN or any other relevant government institution. The write up will be incorporated within the final version of the informality action plan.

iii.    Organize, in collaboration with the MLSS, three half a day drafting sessions (tentatively one for each month December, January and February) aimed at gathering inputs from all the stakeholders’  interested in attending the  drafting committee and translating those into policy measures within a results based management framework.

iv.    Facilitating each half a day drafting session.

v.    Update relevant ILO and MOLSS experts on the outcome of the drafting sessions and discuss, shape and design of policy measures to be pursued.
  1. Narrative explaining the rationale for each of the proposed new interventions (outcome to be achieved) and the strategy followed (theory of change). The latter will consist in a detailed description of how the outputs will contribute to achieving the desired outcomes and their innovative elements. 
  2. Summary matrix including, for each area of reference (fishers or household workers):




Timeline for implementation



Risks and assumptions



SMART Indicators and their respective means of verification





SMART  Indicators and their respective means of verification

By Output

By Output

By Output

By Output

By output

d.    Attend, in April 2018, the one day validation workshop and present results of group drafting work.

Deliverables and timeline


Timeline and modality

1.      Attendance of introductory  session and moderation of brainstorming session


November 27-28, Physical presence.

2.      Background situation analysis for the area of reference.

By the start of the first drafting session (tentatively December 2018). To be shared with MOLSS and ILO and with participants.


3.      Consultation with ILO resource persons concerning discussions held during drafting sessions.

Within one week of each of the drafting session via skype or other remote connection tools.


4.      Semi-final draft of the relevant section of the IAP

One week before the validation seminar (April  2018).

5.      Final draft of the relevant section of the IAP

One week after the validation seminar (April  2018).


Profile required and Submission of proposals

Advanced university degree in economics, management, social sciences or environmental studies is preferred, although relevant profiles may be considered. Experience with policy making process and basic principles of public policy research. Applied knowledge of principles of result based management. Dynamism and availability to mobilize national stakeholders.

Experience in dealing with issues relating to fishers and/or household workers, and/or private sector development and/or informality will be an advantage.

Interested candidates should submit:
  • An updated CV
  • Cover letter indicating their experience with drafting policy making documents, design and application of results based management principles (samples are welcome) and facilitating group work.
  • Suggested daily remuneration fee. Note that the proposed number of day of work for the assignment is 15 working days. Broken down as such: 4.5 days for attending seminars (3) and drafting sessions (1.5), 0.5 days for liaising with ILO and MOLSS experts and 10 days for drafting the necessary products (situation analysis and narrative and matrix of the IAP regarding the section assigned to the consultant).
Deadline for submissions EXTENDED to 20 November 2018 12PM Kingston time to