Infrastructure Technical Expert (SADC)

| May 2, 2015


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”.

The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency invites applicants who are citizens of African Union Member States for the post of Infrastructure Technical Expert.

A. Post

Position Title: Infrastructure Technical Expert

Supervision: Director of Infrastructure

Location: Gaborone, Botswana

B. Objective

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/fiches 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 Economic Cooperation and Social Development, the Infrastructure Technical Expert will have the following Key Performance Areas:

1. Prepare 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 Southern African Development Community (SADC), 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 SADC Secretariat, or specialized agencies (i.e., Powerpools, Corridor organizations, and River basin organizations).

9. Perform any other related duties as may be assigned.

D. Deliverable(s)

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:

3.1 Prepare on a quarterly basis - Progress Report with attached Sector Project Profiles/Fiches - 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. 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, 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 with 10 years relevant work experience working consecutively in an infrastructure 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. Applications: 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 SADC.

• 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 and email addresses.

• Certified copies of degrees and diplomas.

J. Remuneration: Indicative lumpsum pay of US$78,600.00 per annum or US$ 6,550.00 per month and other entitlements e.g. medical aid (80% contribution by NEPAD) and 22 days annual leave.

K. Language requirements

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.

L. 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


South Africa

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Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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