Financial Sustainability Analyst (Consultant)

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Assignment: Financial Sustainability Analysis for the Establishment of the Artisanal Mining Global Database

Date of Issue: November 3, 2016
Submission Deadline: Monday, November 28, 20165pm EST

Pact seeks a consultant or small team of consultants to conduct a financial sustainability analysis for an innovative global database.

Background to the ASM Global Database concept:
Pact is working with the World Bank to develop a Global Database for artisanal and small scale mining (ASM). The database will improve the availability, quality and use of data pertaining to the ASM sector. The ASM Global Database will be linked with other specialist sources of geographic and thematic ASM information in order to become the global gateway for accurate and integrated ASM data. There will be graded levels of access and appropriate aggregation or breakdown of data to serve the needs of governments, policy-making bodies, researchers, development specialists and agencies, investors, the media and the interested public.

Development of an online database with integrated mapping and portal features will improve recognition of the scale and impact of the ASM sector. Having reliable data readily available will expedite and strengthen decisions made by governments on ASM-related policy, by agencies on ASM interventions, and by donors on fund allocation. Transparent publication of data should reduce duplication of effort and promote collaboration within the ASM practitioners’ sector. The integration of global ASM data into a centralized system will assist the sector in moving towards collective measurements of challenges, information gaps, and parameters and will contribute to successful interventions to benefit of the men and women who work in the world’s artisanal mines.

Terms of Reference:
The World Bank has received seed funding from its Extractives Global Partnership Support (EGPS) Trust Fund to advance the development of the Global Database. However, in the long-term, the Database must secure other forms of financial and in-kind support to ensure its sustainability. Pact is managing a study to inform the project on how to build sustainability into the ASM database concept from its earliest stage. The tasks included under this study, to which this TOR concerns, are the following:

• Development of a research methodology and tools for the study (this methodology will require approval by the World Bank prior to the start of the study). This will include, but will not be limited to: mapping tools, interview templates, interview plan (including any planned travel), data management plan, and report production work plan.

• Research and map social enterprise models in the information and data platform domains. Include in this mapping definitions and discussions of different revenue generation channels used in social enterprise models not limited to but which may include: commercial products, membership fees, philanthropy, impact investors, etc.

• Propose a limited number for detailed research and agree with Pact on the final selection prior to the research commencement.

• Undertake a comparative analysis of approaches and impacts of the social enterprise models selected, including an analysis of success and failure factors.

• Discuss with Pact and the World Bank the objectives of the ASM global database and the vision for its development.

• Following the outcome of the comparative study, and considering the objectives of the ASM global database, develop a blended finance framework for the database showing a wide range of revenue generators including, but not limited to, commercial products, membership fees, philanthropy, and impact investors, and comparing their viability

• Following agreement with Pact and the World Bank on the financing framework, identify potential social investors who might see the Database not only as a social good, but also as a viable business option. Carry out a market survey for companies and other industry actors to gauge their willingness to buy certain data sets.

• Develop a sustainability strategy for the Project that would include a clear articulation of the business case for contributors/investors and the social return on investment (SROI) which investors could expect, based on the research elements completed above The strategy would also include a plan for building sustainability partnerships, and discuss the management model for the Project to achieve these financing outreach goals (personnel if required, activities, materials, etc)

• Presentation of findings to the World Bank and the Steering Committee through an in-person presentation by the lead researcher and a webinar for remote participants.

• Production of a final report which will summarize all results and analysis, and will propose options with concrete strategies and actions for integrating a social enterprise approach and/or model to the Database’s operations.

Proposals should be submitted electronically to Stephanie Marienau Turpin, Managing Director, Pact Ventures with subject line: “ASM Global Database Sustainability Study” at by Monday November 28, 2016 at 5pm EST.

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