Malta Council of Social and Economic Development Ref: MRSU/01/2021
The Malta Council for Economic and Social Development (MCESD) is an advisory council that brings together social partners, civil society, and government. This tri-partite council has the aim of proposing sound and concrete recommendations about socioeconomic matters, which are then heeded by the government of the day, prior to any reforms or measures of relevance.
Aside from the regular discussions held at a plenary level, the Council includes within it several Working Groups, constituted by social partners, having the aim of delving in-depth into a specific research subject. For its 2021 workplan, the Council has agreed up establishing five new umbrella Working Groups as follows:
- Environment sustainability – Research on the structural reforms and investment required for a more sustainable and competitive economic model; including the shifting towards carbon neutrality and the circular economy. This includes assessing the decoupling of economic progress from the negative environment effects associated with it, for the redefinition of ‘prosperity’.
- Fairness – Research on labour market, education and social policy matters to foster a socially cohesive, sustainably protected and inclusive social platform for economic growth.
- Productivity and Innovation – Research on the improvement of productivity, research and innovation whilst recognising the constraints of limited resources and ageing populations. This includes the fast adaptation of digital technologies, AI and the Internet of Things; the nurturing of an adequately skilled workforce; and the improvement of the business environment.
- Fiscal Stability – Research on matters relating to sustainable management of public finances, including the adequate long-term forecasting of expenditure (health, education, pensions) and revenues (taxation).
- Short term recovery measures – Research on immediate actions which are to be taken over the next year for the improvement of prosperity.
The body of research emanating from these Working Groups is to feed into the Governmental policy-making cycle including the national pre-budget and budget documents, however not exclusively.
For this purpose, MCESD has the intention of engaging a total of five (5) researchers to lead each separate Working Group.
Terms of Reference
MCESD intends to engage five researchers to separately lead the five umbrella Working Groups defined above. Each researcher shall have to achieve the below objectives:
- Develop a presentation for the MCESD Research Steering Unit (MRSU), outlining a detailed understating of the umbrella subject matter; the recommended priority areas (minimum four areas) to be tackled by the Working Group; and methodology to be adopted.
- Present the way forward to the Working Group under his/her responsibility and obtain agreement on prioritised research areas under the umbrella research cluster.
- Provoke thoughts and guide the arguments within the Working Group supported by science, research, and evidence.
- Present bi-monthly updates on the process made within each Working Group to the MRSU.
- Present a consolidated report with the findings and actionable and effective recommendations on each priority area chosen, which may be taken up by Government in the short, medium and long-term accordingly, to the MRSU and thereafter to the Council.
- Accompany report mentioned in (5) above with adequately formulated financial plans for each recommendation.
- Work in liaison and under the direction of the MRSU and the MCESD Chairman.
Timeframes for implementation
The presentation to the MCESD Research Steering Unit is to be prepared within a week of signing of engagement letter and no later than the end of April, whichever is first.
Each Working Group shall be expected to conclude its work by August.
The researchers are to submit a detailed proposal, outlining:
- their academic background, research competence and experience in the subject area;
- a list of similar publications researched or authored;
- the proposed methodology to be adopted;
- their understanding of the process; the work of the MCESD and also an awareness of the work pursued by each social partner or civil society member;
- an indication of the priority area of focus;
- the proposed timeframes of implementation;
- the proposed fee and breakdown thereof.
Quotations are to be sent to Ms Adriana Chircop on [email protected] by the 15th April