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International Consultant Public Private Partnerships Legal Adviser
|Location :||Freetown, SIERRA LEONE|
|Application Deadline :||29-Nov-13 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Crisis Response|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||240 Working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||240 Working days|
As the efforts to reform Sierra Leone’s investment climate and help generate foreign and local investment have borne fruit, the number and scope of incoming investment proposals have increased exponentially. These proposals often take the form of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), with the Government being asked to undertake long term obligations, contribute rights or assets owned by the state into the PPP structures to be controlled by the private sector who aims to provide public services or the build infrastructure such as power plants, roads, bridges or airports.
In this regard UNDP is providing private sector development assistance to the Government of Sierra Leone with the aim to increase infrastructure delivery, expand income opportunities for the local private sector, improve revenue mobilisation and promote market based public private partnership solutions to address development challenges of youth unemployment, sustainable management of natural resources and local economic development.
While private sector led growth is central to government’s poverty reduction strategy, diligence is required to manage the global investment community’s growing interest in Sierra Leone and to protect the country’s interests. Therefore, after the support received from UNDP and other donor partners the Government of Sierra Leone in the middle of 2013 has established the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Unit under the Office of the President and the Office of the Chief of Staff, which will serve as a combination of technical support and quality assurance arm for all major PPP investment agreements across the Government and will improve the capacity of the Ministries to engage private sector in a more efficient and professional way through the best international practices on planning, structuring and negotiating such transactions.
The work of the PPP Unit will also improve country's capacity to implement important service delivery and infrastructure projects earmarked in Sierra Leone's third generation Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper - "Agenda for Prosperity" (2013-2018). And finally, this unit will serve as the institutional memory centre for all the PPP capacity, methodologies, standard documentation, training and awareness raising initiatives.
The Government has made substantial commitments towards the operations of the PPP Unit already. It now hosts 6 local professional staff and 2 assistant-level staff in the financial, business analysis, project development as well as research and planning fields. PPP Unit however, lacks international-level PPP legal capacity to strengthen the expertise of the existing staff, provide strategic and technical advice to the Head of PPP Unit (PPP Unit Coordinator) and advise him on the ongoing PPP transactions pipeline.
Main objectives, responsibilities and description of the of the proposed analytical work
This particular UNDP intervention specifically aims at strengthening the capacity of the PPP Unit in strategic PPP planning, legal quality assurance and PPP transaction negotiation, as well as enhancing PPP Unit staff knowledge of the best international PPP practices and methods in relation to tendering and structuring PPPs that will be equitable, beneficial for the local economy and provide substantial impact on poverty reduction and new employment opportunities across the range of sectors.
Successful implementation of these objectives requires establishment of a position of an International PPP Legal Adviser at the PPP Unit to provide strategic technical assistance in building PPP Unit's capacity to engage Ministries and private investors using the best international practices and structuring quality PPP transactions as well as contributing to the development of the overall PPP strategy with particular emphasis on the institutional capacity building.
The PPP Advisor will report primarily to the PPP Unit Coordinator, with a secondary reporting line to UNDP. The PPP Advisor will work closely with the other technical advisers assigned by the international donors and the members of the PPP Unit team. The PPP Advisor will be required to work in Sierra Leone at least 85% of the time.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work, Responsibilities and Description of the Proposed Analytical Key Responsibilities and Deliverables:
Deliverables, activities, and milestones shall follow this tentative schedule: Deliverable/milestone
Corporate Responsibility & Direction:
Innovation & Judgment:
Required Skills and Experience
Interested individual consultants must submit the proposal, consisting of the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
Only shortlisted candidates will be considered for the Technical Evaluation. The short listing will be based on respective educational background and minimal requirements for work experience;
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.