Deloitte Consulting Overseas Projects LLC seeks individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people in the Southern African region and demonstrate leadership, versatility and integrity in their work. We are seeking exceptional candidates for the USAID Southern Africa Energy Program.
The USAID Southern Africa Energy Program works to advance energy policy and regulatory reform, and accelerate investment to increase power generation and access to electricity throughout the region. According to World Bank data, less than 25% of the non-South African population living in the Southern African region have access to electric power. The limited reliable power affects the competitiveness of Southern African industry, agriculture, and the economic opportunity and health conditions for rural populations, women, and youth. Through strengthening the enabling environment and facilitating public and private transactions, SAEP leverages the momentum of private investment to help focus SAEP’s resources in ways that best support the reform of national and regional energy ecosystems. At the same time, SAEP produces the tangible results needed to create a sustainable cycle of additional reforms, increased investment and continued political will.
Job Title: Economic Advisor
Activity: Economic Advisory work in the Southern Africa region to build Socio-Economic components into Clients’ Procurement Processes
Contract Type: Independent Consultant
Recruitment Type: SADC Country Resident
Project: Southern Africa Energy Program (SAEP)
Outcome: Outcome 1 – Improved Regulation, Planning and Procurement for Energy
Location: South Africa
Delivery Range: September 2018 – November 2018
Estimated Level of Effort: 57 days
Language Requirement: English
Opportunity Closing Date: 07 September 2018
Position Description and Objectives
Clients in Southern Africa need to align social compacts of their procurement processes with the economic policies of their respective countries and to incorporate lessons learnt from previous procurement undertakings.
The consultant shall use his/her education, experience, knowledge of international best practices, and additional understanding gleaned from the background and objective specified to accomplish the responsibilities outlined below.
- Prepare a comprehensive concept note, whose recommendations, can be incorporated into the client’s decision making on procurement processes in order to optimise their socio-economic objectives: The consultant will be required to do this by:
- Conducting an analysis of, and providing recommendations on, the implementation of any legislation that exists in client’s country which seeks to empower local communities against existing criteria in procurement processes. The consultant will:
- Conduct a comparative analysis indicating the differences, benefits or disadvantages of each approach;
- Provide recommendations on the way forward taking into consideration the social and economic compacts of client;
- If required identify additional and or amend existing procurement evaluation criteria to ensure alignment with the clients intended outcomes;
- Ensure sufficient opportunities exist for women owned businesses and youth to participate in procurement processes, evaluate and enhance, if required, the criteria linked to women and youth to ensure sufficient but realistic weight allocation to these categories;
- Ensure the alignment of all economic development evaluation criteria and weight allocations as well as monitoring obligations with the proposed outcome. This should include the recommendations of the result on the concept note on the treatment of communities as elaborated below.
- Analyse the of inclusion of communities in ownership structures against more community development focused approaches:
- Explore and recommend mechanisms to ensure early, optimal and equitable benefits to the communities;
- Being cognisant of any social and economic commitment thresholds and targets and the amount of money involved, what should be the additional, if any, amount allocated to communities;
- Based on the outcome identify evaluation criteria and accompanying weight allocation linked to community development including recommendations on the treatment thereof as a separate new element or inclusion into an existing element.
- Analyse the measurement of jobs in the construction and operation phases to include a market accepted norm of recording data;
- Review and refine for implementation the concept note on local content promoting a more focused approach to the implementation thereof including the confirmation of the practicality and feasibility of including specific designated components based on average project costs and given the status of the market in the clients country;
- For the avoidance of doubt the outcome of the actions listed above should result in a set of economic development elements, sub-elements including the weight allocation, thresholds and targets;
- Advise on the economic aspects of the clients’ procurement processes as part of a broader transaction adviser team;
- Prepare procurement process documentation; and
- Provide reports and presentations as and when required.
Minimum Skills, Education & Experience:
- Bachelors degree or equivalent in related fields
- Minimum 15 years of practical experience working with government and private sector in the energy industry and 5 years in a supervisory or management position
- Must have experience in economic impact analysis and decision support modelling in the Southern African energy industry
- Experience interfacing with government entities responsible for the procurement of energy in the region
Please send a cover letter and a CV (PDF or word format) that includes contact information and three references to [email protected] by 07 September 2018. Please include the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email. No telephone inquiries. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Deloitte Consulting Overseas Project LLC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.