WORLD BANK – Senior Public Sector Consultant
Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Term: One Year Appointment (renewable)
Type of Appointment: International Extended Term Consultant
The World Bank is seeking for a highly organized, energized and experienced professional, capable of operating effectively in a very demanding fast-paced environment to serve as the Senior Public Sector Consultant on a one year Extended Term Consultant appointment, renewable for another one year depending on satisfactory performance and continued funding. The Consultant will be a key member of the World Bank’s task team which leads the dialogue with the Government of Sierra Leone and development partners on decentralization and related governance issues, and provides implementation support and supervision in respect of the decentralization and project coordination components of the Government of Sierra Leone’s Institutional Reform and Capacity Building project (IRCBP).
The IRCBP supports the Government of Sierra Leone in the implementation of a major program of decentralization, involving the devolution of resources and powers to locally-elected councils. The enactment of the Local Government Act in 2004 marked the formal beginning of this process, followed by establishment of 19 elected local governments in that year. All the local councils are functioning, and have made significant progress in building capacity to manage public resources responsibly, communicate with their citizens, and deliver services and projects. Some of the key challenges include the resolution of jurisdictional issues, local revenue generation, and attracting and motivating staff to work at the local level. The next local government elections are expected in July 2008.
The successful candidate will be a holder of a Masters Degree or higher qualification in a relevant field, with at least 8 years of direct relevant technical work experience. In addition, s/he will have demonstrated expertise and substantial experience in decentralization initiatives, in-depth knowledge of public sector reform, substantial international development experience, particularly in Africa, and demonstrated leadership, project management and team working skills. Experience in fragile states and knowledge of international development agency practices is desirable. Fluency in English is required.
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Qualified candidates are requested to submit an electronic application by clicking the “Apply” tab at the top of the page, creating a user account and following the process described. Please note that email or postal/paper applications will not be considered. The closing date for receipt of your application is 5pm on March 10, 2008. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Qualified male and female candidates of diverse background (gender, religious, ethnic) are encouraged to apply.