The Transformative Economic Policy Programme (TEPP) is designed to inform, support, and influence the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) to improve the effectiveness of its economic policies. It delivers policy support to the government, generates data and evidence, and supports civil society in advocating for policy reforms. The programme has two components: i. Policy and analytical support to the government, delivered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ii. Economic research and policy advocacy managed by the International Growth Centre (IGC) 2. The programme was launched following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had a substantial impact on the economy. Millions of people were pushed into poverty, businesses shut down and investment decisions were postponed. The government’s policy response to support the economy was hampered by a lack of data and its effectiveness was limited by weaknesses in design and implementation. Despite this, the economy bounced back quickly but the recovery was uneven. The programme is designed to initially run for two years to gauge the extent to which the analysis, evidence and data can inform and influence the Bangladesh government’s policy processes. If it gets sufficient traction and can demonstrate influence, the development of a more comprehensive programme to support LDC graduation in partnership with the Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) will be considered.
TEPP is looking to recruit a National Consultant Senior Policy Expert who will work with a research team to be engaged for the Research and Analytics Unit (RAU) to support the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) in its investment planning.
The RAU will provide research support for informed economic policymaking in the context of LDC status graduation and support the formulation of accelerated economic recovery. The demand-driven short-term studies will facilitate evidence-based decision-making for policymakers to meet the objectives of the country’s Eighth Five-Year Plan that have a critical need for early detection of emerging economic trends and policy measures. The proposed Unit will provide estimates of critical economic and social indicators based on existing statistics and trends; if required, it will provide research support by legal experts on trade-related rules and regulations for facilitating Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs). The study outputs will provide an analysis of contemporary economic issues relevant to investment and business development, assess short-term changes in socio-economic activities, and undertake appropriate strategies to accelerate policymaking for inclusive economic growth.
Period of assignment/services: 85 working days for Five and half months, starting from February 2023.
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