VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: INFRASTRUCTURE TECHNICAL EXPERT
The African Union Commission has signed a grant with the African Development Bank (the Bank) and the African Development Fund (the Fund), on behalf of the NEPAD Agency and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) – to support the implementation of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) – through the PIDA Capacity Building Project (PIDA CAP), Project I.D. No. P-Z1-KF0-021 (the “Project”), pursuant to the terms of the Protocol of Agreement Letter of Agreement dated 29 January 2014 between the Bank and the AU Commission for a technical assistance grant.
The NEPAD Agency, as the executing agency for the PIDA Priority Action Plan (PAP), is mandated to coordinate and operationalise the RECs Capacity Building Programme for effective implementation of the PIDA priority action plan (PAP).
The implementation of the PIDA Programme will be anchored on the effort of RECs and their member states to make bankable, over 400 projects (i.e. PAP2020), generated from the approved 51 PIDA Programmes/Projects.
The PIDA Capacity Building Project will focus initially on PIDA PAP2020 – a “Shortlist” of short to medium term priority projects – consisting of 16 to 150 PIDA priority projects agreed with RECs, with the remaining projects, forming the “pipeline” from which to draw technical sound projects into the priority “Shortlist”.
Based on the Host Agreement between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the African Union for NEPAD to serve as the interim AU Office Operating Outside the African Union Headquarters, the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency invites applicants who are citizens of African Union Member States for the post of Infrastructure Technical Expert.
Position Title: Infrastructure Technical Expert
Supervisor: Director of Infrastructure, ECCAS
Location: Libreville, Gabon
The recruitment of the Infrastructure Technical Expert has three (3) broad objectives:
• To enhance project preparation and bankability, as well as financing of RECs PIDA PAP priority projects, agreed with NEPAD Agency as executing agency for the PAP.
• To ensure regular data collection, and updating of the PIDA PAP project profiles/files domiciled in AID-VPIC portal located at NEPAD Agency.
• To ensure regular monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the PIDA PAP projects in line with the PIDA M&E framework and templates.
C. Key Performance Areas
Working closely with NEPAD Agency Infrastructure Strategic Business Unit (SBU) Project team and under the day-to-day supervision of the Director of Infrastructure, the Infrastructure Technical Expert will have the following Key Performance Areas:
1. Prepare twelve (12) months Workplan and budget based on a logical framework of relevant indicators, baselines, targets, outputs and expected outcomes.
2. As part of the PIDA Core Team of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), and, in close collaboration with national project sponsors – move the PIDA PAP projects through the project cycle, from concept to technical feasibility or commercial bankability and implementation.
3. Ensure and assist RECs and national project sponsors – prepare technically sound “Project proposals” for submission for pre-feasibility and feasibility studies – grant funding for project preparation with PPFs.
4. Assist RECs and national project sponsors, prepare terms of references (ToRs), Expressions of Interest (EoIs), Request for Proposals (RfPs), or Project Information Memoranda (PIMs) – to undertake technical consultancies.
5. Promote and facilitate for inclusion of PIDA PAP projects in National Development Plans (NDPs), or Public Investment Plans (PIPs) of AU member states.
6. Investigate and facilitate preparation or financing, of PIDA PAP projects with risk-sharing potential with the private sector; and make recommendations for such projects to be implemented through PPP, or private investment modalities.
7. Investigate and facilitate development of innovative financing instruments, and transnational operational systems (i.e., Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs), and Special Purpose Public Agencies (SPPAs)) respectively – to implement and effectively manage crossborder PIDA PAP projects/programmes.
8. Prepare and submit quarterly progress reports (QPRs), and, annual progress report (APR) – on the PIDA PAP projects/programmes under implementation by ECCAS Secretariat, or specialized agencies (i.e., Powerpools, Corridor organizations, and River basin organizations).
The Technical Expert in consultation with PIDA PAP lead agencies at national and regional level (e.g. PowerPools, Corridor organizations, River basin organizations, etc.) shall have the following key deliverable:
i. Prepare on a quarterly basis – Progress Report with attached Sector Project Profiles/Files – analyzing and updating the “status and movement” of PIDA PAP2020 projects through the project cycle.
The Progress Report shall be distilled into two (2) “status and movement” highlights relating to (1) the “Shortlist” of projects (i.e. PAP16 to 150), and (2) the remaining “long-list” of PAP2020 Projects.
The Progress Reports feeds into the Consolidated half-yearly; and annual Infrastructure Outlook Reports on PIDA Implementation to be collated by NEPAD Infrastructure counterparts.
E. Job requirements
Required Skills and Competencies
The Infrastructure Technical Expert shall be a national of an African Union member state, and shall have the following required skills and competencies:
i. Demonstrate knowledge and have experience of at least, one key value-chain activity, of the project preparation cycle.
ii. Sound knowledge and experience in project finance, and/or project management .
iii. Excellent knowledge and experience of Infrastructure public-private partnerships (PPP) modalities.
iv. Knowledge and experience in data collection and application of statistical tools .
v. Knowledge and experience in developing, or actively participated in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities – in a project implementation environment .
vi. Experience in public sector management or working modalities in Africa, either at national or regional or international level.
vii. Excellent written and oral communication and reporting skills.
viii. Ability to work under minimal supervision with sound judgment, and tight deadline delivery.
ix. High level of integrity and accountability, flexible approaches to work coupled with enthusiasm, commitment and energetic.
x. Ability to leverage limited resources and staff for maximum impact.
xi. Ability to perform multiple tasks and work under pressure with a wide range of individuals and institutions.
xii. Creative thinking and problem solving skills.
xiii. Good organisational, planning and time management skills.
xiv. Sound analytical skills.
xv. Ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-national environment.
F. Education and Experience: The Infrastructure Technical Expert shall have a minimum qualification of a Master’s degree in engineering, transport economics, infrastructure finance/ economics, Business administration, or a related field, with a minimum relevant experience of (five) 5 years working consecutively in an infrastructure development environment or a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, transport economics, infrastructure finance/ economics, Business administration, or a related field, with a minimum relevant experience of (ten) 10 years working consecutively in an infrastructure development environment.
G. Other relevant skills
i. Ability to conduct independent research on global and regional economic, social and development issues.
ii. Strong drafting and analytical skills and proven ability to produce reports and
concept papers on developmental issues.
iii. Demonstrate ability to initiate, develop and complete programme of work,
assess implications and formulate recommendations.
iv. Knowledge of the African Union and NEPAD.
v. Excellent working knowledge of computer applications (Microsoft office).
H. Tenure of Appointment: The appointment will be made on an initial contract period of one (1) year. The appointment will be renewable upon satisfactory assessment of performance.
I. Language requirement: Proficiency in one of the following (English, French, Portuguese and Arabic) African Union working languages is a requirement. Knowledge of one or more, of the other AU working languages, will be an advantage.
J. Applications for Recruitment
Applications for the Infrastructure Technical Expert should be submitted utilising “Arial” font 11.5.
To apply, candidates should submit the following:
• A motivation letter stating reasons for seeking this vacant position and employment with NEPAD.
• Detailed and updated curriculum vitae (CV), not exceeding five (5) pages, and indicating your nationality and gender.
• Three (3) referees with knowledge of the candidate’s work, furnishing full contact details, telephone, fax and email addresses.
• Certified copies of degrees and diplomas.
K. Remuneration: Indicative lump sum pay of US$78,600.00 per annum or US$ 6,550 per month plus other entitlements e.g. medical aid (80% contribution by NEPAD) and 22 days annual leave.
Applications must be received not later than Monday, 11 May 2015, and should be addressed to:
Head of Human Resources
NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency
P O Box 218; Midrand, 1685
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.