National Project Coordinator

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy



Country: Sierra Leone
Organization: Pact
Closing date: 5 Jun 2021

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Department

Mines to Markets (M2M) - Pact’s Mines to Markets Signature Initiative assists mineral-dependent communities to gain lasting benefits from the more sustainable use of the natural resources around them. Pact takes an integrated approach to its work in the mining sector: we link mining to livelihoods, governance, health, environment, and the strengthening of local, regional and national institutions. The M2M program is currently active in eleven countries, working with all scales of mining from large scale industrial operations (LSMs) to individual Artisanal and Small-scale Miners (ASMs) and their communities, in remote areas. For more information on current and some past projects at www.pactworld.org/mining.

Position Overview

Background

Sierra Leone’s burgeoning artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector provides critical livelihoods for women, men and youth, but is largely informal and associated with a range of social and environmental challenges, including mercury use. In response to this, the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) developed a National Action Plan (NAP) for the country, which was recently endorsed (by the President), and outlines strategies for supporting reduction in mercury usage in the ASGM sector, through introducing better mining practices, formalizing the sector, and advancing gender equality in ASGM communities. Beyond mercury, the NAP aims to support the broader professionalization of ASGM, in line with national development priorities as outlined in Sierra Leone’s Medium-term National Development Plan 2019-2023.

Funded by GIZ, Pact’s work in Sierra Leone’s ASGM sector focuses on supporting stakeholders to “kick-start” implementation of Sierra Leone’s NAP. The Project aims to accomplish this by supporting responsible gold production and trade and improved formal market access for ASGM miners and gold traders. Interventions will target Sierra Leone’s Tonkolili district, where significant ASGM activity takes place with increasing mercury use, and little support has been provided to ASGM communities to date.

Key Responsibilities

Summary of Role

Pact is seeking a full-time local consultant to assist with this project. The National Coordinator will work report to and work closely together with Pact M2M’s Project Manager (Jorden de Haan), alongside two part-time national consultants. The consultant will lead community engagement, training and CRAFT reporting efforts, liaise with local partners, and support the Project Manager in coordinating local project activities from Freetown with frequent field trips. The consultant will work for a period of performance up to 298 days’ LOE starting on February 08, 2021.

Duties and Responsibilities

The position will support the Project Manager and collaborate with the Project Technical Supervisor and local consultants to ensure coordination and provide administrative and technical support where required to ensure all project activities run smoothly and outputs are delivered in a timely fashion. Besides technical tasks, this will include day-to-day co-management of project activities, coordination with GIZ, the Government of Sierra Leone and other project stakeholders, and ongoing reporting and monitoring and evaluation of the project activities and context.

Specific responsibilities will evolve on an ongoing basis, but include among other things:

  • Daily coordination (‘check-ins’) with the Project Manager about the project status and responding to ad hoc requests for inputs and actions.
  • Ongoing monitoring of the institutional, policy, business, and security context of Sierra Leone’s ASM sector; and pro-active, regular reporting to the Project Manager.
  • Review of the Project’s Technical Proposal and Implementation Workplan.
  • In-depth study of Sierra Leone’s National Action Plan and ASGM Overview; the CRAFT Code; and Formalization Handbook; and ongoing study of developments in Sierra Leone’s ASGM sector, especially in Tonkolili district.
  • Regular communication and engagement with the GIZ office in Freetown, the National Minerals Agency (NMA), Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and other project stakeholders.
  • Co-design and review of training, workshop and communications materials, and translation into Creole or other local languages as appropriate.
  • Ongoing monitoring and evaluation of project activities, and co-drafting of bi-annual M&E reports.
  • Regular printing and scanning of Project materials; and proper maintenance of ‘home office’ equipment including laptop, printer, scanner and Wifi modem.
  • Regular coordination and meetings with the Project’s National Mineral Processing Expert and National Gender and Social Inclusion Expert, to obtain their timely advice and inputs to project activities out and deliverables.
  • Primary responsibility for making travel, accommodation, workshop, and other logistical arrangements for project staff in a timely and cost-effective manner. This will include, among other things, vehicle rental, engagement of drivers, venue rental, reservations of food, beverages, projectors, white boards, and so on.
  • In collaboration with the Project Manager and Finance Officer, quarterly forecasting of local project expenses, and requesting of advance payments for financing local project costs in relation to travel, accommodation, venue rental, etc.
  • Regular and accurate documentation of local expenses, and timely provision of expense reports to the Project Manager and Finance Officer.

Basic Requirements

Requirements

  • Strong interpersonal and communicative skills, and the proven ability to maintain professional relationships with both government and non-government institutions involved in Sierra Leone’s mining sector;
  • MSc in public policy, international development, or a directly related field;
  • At least three years of work experience coordinating and engaging with the government and regional government institutions, non-governmental institutions, international development organizations, international research centers and communities including ASGM communities;
  • Proficiency in English and Creole, both in speaking and writing;
  • Sierra Leonian citizen/resident, or existing work permit to carry out this work in Sierra Leone.

Physical Effort

  • This is a remote, home-based consultancy
  • The consultant is expected to travel within Sierra Leone, especially in Tonkolili district

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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