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Technical Advisor (m/f, Sierra Leone national only) for the program "Regional Resource Governance in West Africa


IT & Telecoms

Freetown, Sierra Leone

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Closing date:

15 March 2022

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The four member states of the Mano River Union (Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) are among the least developed countries in the world. Their political and socio-economic conditions are shaped largely by mineral and natural resources. In this context, it is promising that all four states have begun reforming their minerals sectors in recent years to encourage sustainable development. Although reforms have already been implemented, some of the key elements required to ensure that the extractives sector contributes to sustainable development are still lacking. The objective of the "Regional Resource Governance in West Africa” program is that the extractive sector in the MRU countries is geared to a greater degree towards the principles of social, ecological and economic sustainability. The Program supports partners in their efforts to reduce their dependence on external assistance in the long-term and to mitigate risks arising from the mining sector. To this end, it applies a multi-stakeholder approach to cooperate with governments, civil society and the private sector at the regional, national and local level. The four substantive focus areas of the program are: • Increasing government revenue. • Strengthening public institutions to fulfil their oversight and compliance monitoring role. • Strengthening both communities of mining areas and civil society CSOs, transparency and accountability • Integrating the mining sector into the local and national economy.


Qualifications & Experience Qualifications • University degree (bachelor’s, master’s/doctoral degree or equivalent) in social sciences (political science, economics and/or law), natural science or other relevant fields ideally with a focus on development and/or extractive industries. Professional experience • At least five years of professional experience in a relevant position, preferably in government institutions, donor organizations, the private sector, local authorities or other relevant institutions Stand: Erstellt von: Seite 3 • Experience in supporting institutional/organizational development in the private and/or public sector and managing multi-stakeholder processes • Experience in dealing with donor organizations and their administrative requirements • Very good understanding of the mining sector in Sierra Leone and issues related to good governance in the extractive sector • Good knowledge of key stakeholders and government institutions in charge of regulating the mining sector • Good knowledge of international standards of resource governance (EITI, Kimberley Process, Africa Mining Vision, Sustainable Development Goals, etc.) as well as national efforts to improve the management of the mining sector Other knowledge and competences • Excellent management and organizational skills and ability to work independently • Proven track record in a technical position in local development and/or institutional development • Proven advisory skills, including at senior management level in the public and private sector • Proven analytical and networking skills • Good knowledge of information and communication technologies and computer applications (MS Office, Internet) • Excellent written and oral command of English. Knowledge of German or French would be an asset.

About the Role

Responsibilities In this medium level position, the Technical Advisor will responsible for the following activities: • Contribute to the strategic and technical development of selected activities in Sierra Leone in collaboration with the team or in consultation with the Project Manager • The development and execution of plans/activities in collaboration with partners and other important actors in accordance with GIZ program outlines and with a high level of autonomy • Lead cooperation and networking with key partners from the government, civil society and the private sector in your areas of work and give innovative inputs • Support results-based monitoring, knowledge management and financial management of consulting contracts and financing agreements with local partners in your areas of work • Facilitate logistical arrangements as the need may arise B. Attribution 1. Professional Advisory Services The Technical Advisor: • Advises partner institutions: identification of needs, development of concepts and strategies, provides technical contributions • Participates in the identification of needs in terms of external support and expertise • Assists in the development and implementation of project plans and activities as well as workshops, seminars and other events in close consultation with partners Stand: Erstellt von: Seite 2 • Formulates terms of reference and manages the selection and supervision of third parties for the implementation of project activities, including the evaluation of the services provided • Provides contributions to the preparation and implementation of the consultation process, project activities and work carried out in the areas of intervention • Develops and organizes quality assurance measures and proposes necessary changes, improvements and initiatives • Monitors the progress of the project, analyses report and documents concerning the progress of joint programs, identifies deficits and bottlenecks and recommends options to the Project Manager • Is responsible for ensuring that services are in line with the needs of the partner(s) 2. Networking and cooperation The Technical Advisor: • Ensures cooperation, regular contact and dialogue with partners, assists with internal and external communications and cooperates with local communities, relevant organizations, nongovernmental agencies, government agencies and individuals in the project environment and with other projects to improve and maintain good working relationships • Work on maintaining and establishing collaborations with public sector partners (Ministries, Departments and Agencies) at all levels of government as well as supporting the role of civil society to establish a multi-stakeholder approach to the project’s intervention • Communicates local interests and efforts, and encourages sharing ideas and information for the benefit of the project 3. Knowledge management The Technical Advisor: • Ensures effective knowledge management, including documentation and monitoring • Develops strategies and technical concepts, including guidelines, manuals and procedures • Writes reports, presentations and other documents • Provide input for various project reports including annual reports, and contributes to reports required by the Project Manager and GIZ Country Office 4. Management and coordination functions The Technical Advisor: • Assists in the planning or development of project concepts and strategies, and ensures their implementation • Use the GIZ project management tool Capacity Works to manage his / her work packages • Coordinates and prioritizes project activities in cooperation with partners and the Project Manager • Ensures the management and monitoring of the budget for his/her work packages, in consultation with the person responsible for the contract and cooperation, and the Project Manager

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