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Construction of Polder at Tendaba

United Nations Development Programme | Published July 29, 2015  -  Deadline August 13, 2015
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~~The government of The Gambia has received funds from the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) Least Developed Countries Fund (LDC-F) to implement the project titled “Strengthening resilience of climate change vulnerable coastal areas and communities in The Gambia”. The project is implemented by National Environment Agency (NEA) for the Government of The Gambia in partnership with UNDP country office.  The GEF-sponsored Gambia Government Project has, chosen Tendaba as a pilot site for the demonstration of measures to control climate related problems. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hereby invites you to submit a Bid to this Invitation to Bid (ITB) for the above-referenced subject.

GPN - Gambia - Programme to build resilience to food and nutrition insecurity in the Sahel (P2RS) – 10 2015

 | Published October 19, 2015
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AOI – Gambia - Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project – 06 2015

 | Published June 12, 2015
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SPECIFIC PROCUREMENT NOTICE (SPN) GAMBIA Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project RE-ADVERTISMENT Invitation for Bids: Supply and Installation of storage water tanks, piped distribution network and rehabilitation of water reticulation systems in rural Gambia Date: June 2015 Grant No: ADF-2100155022173 RWSSITF-5800155000751 IFB No: GAMRWSSP/W02-Lot1,2&3/2014 1. This Invitation for Bids follows the General Procurement Notice (GPN) for this project that appeared in UNDB P-GM-E00-003 of 24th February 2012 on-line and on the African Development Bank Group’s Internet Website. 2. The Government of The Gambia has received Financing from the African Development Bank in various currencies towards the cost of The Gambia Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project. It is intended that part of the proceeds of this Grant will be applied to eligible payments under contracts for the Supply, installation and connection of Water Systems in 22 locations, consisting of the following three packages/lots: . Lot 1: Supply and erection of elevated aluminum water storage tanks in 18 sites LOT 2 Installation of new Village Piped Water Distribution networks in 18 communities Lot 3: Rehabilitation of Existing Rural Water Supply Reticulation Systems in 4 sites 3. The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Water and Wildlife now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for one or more of the lots for the Supply, installation and connection of Water Systems in 22 locations. 4. Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from and inspect the bidding documents at the office of Project Management Unit, Department of Water Resources, 7 Marina Parade, Banjul, Tel: 4201013/4223175. 5. A complete set of bidding documents may be purchased by interested bidders on the submission of a written application to the above and upon payment of a non-refundable fee of US$300 or equivalent in Gambian Dalasis. 6. The provisions in the Instructions to Bidders and in the General Conditions of Contract are the provisions of the African Development Bank Standard Bidding Document: Procurement of Goods or Procurement of Works. 7. Bids must be delivered to the above office on or before 14.00hrs on the 30th of July 2015 and must be accompanied by the following security from a reputable Banking Institution: For Lot1: US$ 50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) For Lot2: US$ 50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) For Lot3: US$ 30,000.00 (Thirty Thousand United States Dollars) 8. Bids will be opened in the presence of bidders’ representatives who choose to attend at 14.00 hrs Gambia time on the 30th of July 2015 at the offices of Department of. Water Resources 7, Marina Parade, Banjul, The Gambia.

Integrated Fin. Mg't. Infor. System - P117275

MINISTRY OF FINANCE & ECONOMIC AFFAIRS - PROJECT COORDINATION UNIT | Published November 16, 2015  -  Deadline December 2, 2015
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The Capacity Building And Training Needs Assessment And Development Of A Comprehensive And Sustainable Statisticaltraining Program For The National Statistical System (nss) REPUBLIC OFTHE GAMBIA TRUST FUND FOR STATISTICAL CAPACITY BUILDINGPROJECT Ministry of Finance & Economic Affairs TheQuadrangle Banjul REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST for individual consultantservices COUNTRY: The Gambia NAME OFPROJECT: Gambia Statistical Capacity BuildingProject ASSIGNMENT TITLE:  The Capacity Building And Training Needs AssessmentAnd   Development Of A Comprehensive And Sustainable Statistical Training ProgramFor The Gambia National Statistical System (NSS) ESTIMATED BUDGET: $10,000.00 GRANT NO: TF017976 BID REF: TFSCB/IC/01/15 The Government of The Gambiahas received financing from the World Bank toward thecost of the Gambia Statistical Capacity Building Project and intends to apply part ofthe proceeds for consultant services for The Capacity Building And Training Needs Assessment And   Development Of A Comprehensive And Sustainable Statistical Training Program For The Gambia NationalStatistical System (NSS). The overall objective of the assignment is to identify key technical and functional capacitygaps and training needs to perform the functions of the GBOS in particular and NSS ingeneral, as defined in the Statistics Act,2005; develop a training strategy; and develop a comprehensive and sustainable statistical training programme in collaboration withthe University of The Gambia and associated financial strategy. The assignment should focus on existing staff capacity with theview to identify training needs for the staff to perform the expected functions and roles effectively, while as appropriaterecommendations on capacity strengthening (staffing levels where appropriate, working environment, regular activities to besupported and performed and associated cost, etc.) can be provided. The consulting services shall be provided for a period of thirty (30) working days. Theassignment is expected to commence in January 2016. The Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs and The Gambia Bureau of Statistics (GBOS) now invites eligible consultantsto indicate their interest inproviding the services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified toperform the services(brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills, etc.). Theshort listing criteria are as follows: ·       Advanced university degree (Master's Degree or equivalent) in Statistics, Economic Statistics, Demography, Appliedmathematics/techno mathematics, Strategic Planning/Development, Economics or other relevant field; ·       At least 5 years of proven, related working experience in managing or overseeing various statistics projects,e.g. coordination, capacity building, trainings, surveys and censuses, sampling design, data analysis; data processing; etc.; ·       Ten years working in a capacity building institution and Experience in building statisticscapacity; ·       Practical experience in conducting training needs assessment and development of statistical capacity buildingaligned to National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) in developing countries; ·       Practical experience in the coordination of National Statistical System in developing countries, especially inthe implementation of NSDS; ·       Practical background in the assessment of National Statistical System in developing countries, especially in theevaluation of the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) implementation; ·       Good experience in designing and implementing statistical projects, preferably in the National StatisticalOffices of developing countries; ·       Good experience in data production, data dissemination, capacity development, and coordination of statistics indeveloping countries; ·        Excellent knowledge of and experience in the development ofcapacity building and training strategy in the area of statistics; ·       Familiarity with the ECOWAS capacity building initiatives for harmonization of statistics within the communityas well as AU Strategy for Harmonization of Statistics in (SHaSA) will be an added advantage; ·       Strong overall analytical and research skills,with excellent knowledge of and experience in statistics training; ·       Good interpersonal and general communication skills and experience in working with a wide range of individualsin government, private sector and civil society; ·       Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and fluency in oral and written English The attention of interested Consultantsis drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants [under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits &Grants] by World Bank Borrowers January 2011 edition. ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the WorldBank's policy on conflict of interest A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the  Individual Consultant Selection  method set out in the ConsultantGuidelines; World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers January2011. Interested consultants may obtain further informationregarding the Terms Of Reference (TOR) at the address below during office hours 0900 to 1800 from Monday toThursday. Expressions of interest must be delivered to theaddress below by Wednesday 02nd December 2015. Projects Coordination Unit Ministry of Finance & Economic Affairs Attn: Mr. Saffie Dambelleh, ProjectCoordinator The Quadrangle, Banjul Tel:   +220 4223301 (Office) +220 4223304 (fax) E-mail: sdambelleh@yahoo.com, jaifaal@gmail.com, statgeneral@gbos.gm, kassialieu@yahoo.co.uk

WARCIP - APL-1B: , GN, BF - P122402

West Africa Regiona Communications Infrastructure Program | Published July 9, 2015  -  Deadline July 27, 2015
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Consultancy To Carry Out A Feasibility Study On Infrastructure Connectivity Options To Neighbouring Countries Republic ofthe Gambia West Africa Regional CommunicationInfrastructure Program (WARCIP) The GambiaProject KairabaAvenue, TheGambia Phone: (220)4399910 Email: sossehkumera@yahoo.com Request for Expressions of Interest Financing:                               World Bank/ Government of the Gambia Abstract:                                FEASIBILITY STUDY ON INFRASTRUCTURE CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS TO NEIGHBOURINGCOUNTRIES Country:                                 The Republic of the Gambia Project ID No:                       P122402 Grant IDA                              H713-GM ProjectTitle:                         West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (WARCIP) ContractRef:                        WARCIP15/CS/009 Procurement Method:           Selection Method: Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS) Procurement Category:        Consultancy Services Deadline:                                27JULYat 12:00GMT BACKGROUND The Gambiais among a handful of countries in the region, which was not connected to theglobal network of broadband optical fiberinfrastructure.  The lack of investment finance, prevented the country fromparticipating fully in SAT-3, the only existingsubmarine cable system serving West Africa prior to 2012. The Gambia migrated fromthis situation when it joins the ACE Consortium that provided a submarine landing station from December 2012. The potentialcapacity available to the country is 10Gbits and since its operations, the capacity activated has increased from 3 STM1s in 2012 to5STM4s in 2015.Despite the fact that retail prices are yet to be reduced, mobilepenetration rate stands at 117% while Internet is22% by the end of the first quarter 2015. The lack of access to low price and high quality telecommunications services is a factorthat limits the potential ofmost African countries to create jobs, expand production of goods andservices and trade competitivelywith the rest of the world. Hence efforts are being made by The Gambia to enhance its infrastructure and services portfolio toprovide available and affordable broadband to itscitizens. The Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) project, is an approximately 17,000 kmsubmarine cable system, connecting South Africa to Europeand potentially connecting up to 23 countries including the landingstation in TheGovernment of The Gambia through the West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme (WARCIP) seeks to hire aninternationally experienced telecommunications firm to conduct a strategic report providingstrategic recommendations on thebest options for The Gambia to export international capacity from ACEto neighbouring countries inthe sub-region. OBJECTIVES Theobjective of this strategic report is to support the government of The Gambia in optimizing the use of its ACE landing station.Despite the growth of international bandwidth consumption at the ACE landing station in The Gambia (from 200 Mbps in 2010 to 2,480Mbps in 2014), the demand level is not sufficient enough to allow for the financial sustainability of theACE landing station, andan important part (to be estimated) of the available capacity could be sold to neighbouring countries. 3.    REPORTING AND TIME SCHEDULE The consultant is expected to submit a report, covering thefollowing: Themission of theconsultant is to deliver a strategic report to the Government of the Gambia covering the following critical aspects: Detailed description of theconnectivity offer at the ACE landing station in  the GambiaIdentification of the potentialmarkets in the sub region for exporting the (unsold) international capacity held by the Gambian ACE landingstationAssessment of the differentterrestrial connectivityroutes that are linking or could link The Gambia to the identified sub-regional marketsProvision of strategic optionsand recommendations to the government of the Gambia regarding the sale of (unsold) international capacity held by the Gambian ACElanding stationThe Consultant will design andsupply the total supervision mission. The effort of the mission wasestimated at 4 man-months. The mission will take place between August 2015 and November 2015and the maximum duration of the missionis 5 month. 4.    QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE The consultant will be afirmwith proven experience in theprovision of strategic recommendations to governments regarding the best options for telecom infrastructure development. TheConsultant shall mobilize a team of at least two individuals and a local counterpart with the following skills: An experienced ICT infrastructure specialist (TeamLeader): ü  with a BAC + 5degree with a specialization in telecommunications; ü  with at least 15years of relevant experience including proven experience on the legal and regulatory environment of ICTs and on cable landing andterrestrial infrastructure ü  having undertakensimilar missions; ü  who haveprofessional experience in developing countries; A telecom policy/regulatoryexpert: ü  with a degree of BAC+ 5with a specialization in telecommunications; ü  proof of at least 5years of relevant professional experience including proven experience on the legal and regulatory environment of ICTs and on cablelanding and terrestrial infrastructure; ü  having workexperience in the sub-region. In the case of firms group, a joint work prior experiencewould be an advantage. The working language is English but fluency in French would bea plus. Deliverables are in English. SELECTIONMETHOD: Shortlisted consultants will be selected on the basis ofExpressions of Interest submitted; selection shall be based on the Quality and Cost basedSelection method (QCBS) method in accordance with the guidelines "Selection and Employment of Consultants UnderIBRD Loans And IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers dated January 2011". 6.     SUBMISSION OFEOI: Expressions of interest shall be submitted to the undersigned on 27 July2015, clearly marked"Request forExpression of Interest (EOI) Consulting Servicesto Conduct a FEASIBILITY STUDY ON INFRASTRUCTURE CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS TONEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES. Expressions ofInterest can be submitted via email or in person to the address below. Interested firms may obtain further information atthe address below during this period from 0800 to 1800 GMT Mondays to Thursdays. PROJECT COORDINATOR West Africa RegionalCommunications Infrastructure Programme (WARCIP) 10 Kairaba Avenue,(opposite the Serrekunda West Mini Stadium) Tel:4399910 Email:sossehkumera@yahoo.comOR sholaj@hotmail.com

GPN – Gambia - Institutional Support for Economic and Financial Governance (ISEFG) III Project

 | Published March 11, 2016
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WARCIP - APL-1B: , GN, BF - P122402

West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program | Published November 12, 2015  -  Deadline November 30, 2015
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Develop A Cost Model For Pura The Governmentof The Gambia has received a grant from the World Bank (IDA) to support the connectivity of The Gambia on the African Coast toEurope (ACE) as part of the West African Regional Communication Infrastructure program (WARCIP). The Gambia will   connect to the ACE project, which is anticipatedto be an approximately 17,000 km submarine cable system, connecting South Africa to Europe and potentially connecting up to 24countries including a landing station in The Gambia, which will serve as an international telecommunicationsgateway. It is in this regard, that WARCIP is seeking the services of an internationally reputable    consultant firm with proven track record to review and provideguidelines for open access interconnection on national networks and in particular the international fiber landing station in TheGambia and to further develop an Infrastructure sharing framework for all market participants within the ICTsector. SCOPE OFWORK The work will involve considerable review and analysis of open access interconnectioncost model on the identifiedinfrastructure & services. CONSULTANTFIRM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES The consultant firm andteam members should have the following qualifications, experience, skills, andknowledge: A Masters Degree in Economics, Finance, ICT, Law or other relevant experience in thesectorThorough knowledge of telecommunications ingeneral, and the management of open access on national and international gateway resources inparticular Awareness of telecommunications and networkservice pricing Expertise in cost modeling for telecommunications related services.An in-depth understanding local and global technologytrends relating to different communications.An appreciation of the wholesale optical fibre and tower infrastructure businessmodels.Must haveworked in similar assignmentsMust have worked with developing countriesExperience working with various stakeholders (the private sector, government agencies, and developmentpartners)Experience working with theInternational Telecommunications union (ITU) and its stakeholders andveryfamiliar with ITU's interconnection regulations and standardsExperience in assessing institutional capacity, and formulating proposals for strengthening andimprovementAbility to analyze, compile and synthesize, and present technicalinformationAbility to work effectively in a team environment and in a multiculturalsettingExcellentwriting / presentation skills and fluent in English SELECTIONMETHOD: Eligible consulting firms areinvited to indicate their interest in providing the required services. Please include inyour expression of interest letter, the firm's experience and qualificationsof key team members that are applicable to theassignment. Shortlisted consultant firms will be selected on the basis of Expressions of Interest submitted; selection shall bebased on the Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS) method in accordance with the guidelines "Selection and Employment of Consultants Under IBRD Loans And IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers datedJanuary 2011". SUBMISSION: Expressions of interest shall be submitted to the undersigned on 30 November 2015 at 12:00 GMT, clearly marked "Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) Consultancy to Develop a Cost Model for PURA. Your EOI can be submitted either by email or in person.Interested firms may obtain further information at the address below during this period from 0800 to 1800 GMT Mondays toThursdays. Project Coordinator West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme(WARCIP) 10 Kairaba Avenue Tel: 4399910 sholaj@hotmail.com and sossehkumera@yahoo.com

WARCIP - APL-1B: , GN, BF - P122402

West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program | Published April 21, 2015  -  Deadline May 11, 2015
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Consultancy To Evaluate The National Information And Communications Infrastructure Policy For The Gambia Republic of theGambia West Africa Regional CommunicationInfrastructure Program (WARCIP) The Gambia Project KairabaAvenue, TheGambia Phone: (220) 4399910 Email: sossehkumera@yahoo.com Request for Expressions of Interest Financing:               World Bank/ Government of theGambia Abstract:               Evaluation of The National Information and Communication Infrastructure (NICI) Policy Country:                               The Republic of the Gambia Project ID No:           P122402 Grant IDA                  H713-GM BACKGROUND The Government of the Gambia secured a grant of $35 millionunder the World Bank West Africa Regional Communication and Infrastructure Programme (WARCIP) to fund its participation in the ACESubmarine Cable Consortium that constructed a submarine fibre optic cable from France and intended to be extended up to SouthAfrica. This cable system provides a branching unit and cable landing station in The Gambia at cost of $25 million. The remaining$10 million provides for institutional support, capacity building and creation of the enabling environment to facilitate theoptimum utilization of the infrastructure for broadband development and digital inclusion in the country. Following the formulationof (NICI) policy in 2004, ICT in Communities, ICT in Education, Human Resource Development and E-Government plans were developed.In addition, MOICI recently completed the formulation of e-Health, e-Tourism, e-Agriculture and e-Commerce plans, in closecollaboration with the relevant sectors. In this regard, several projects and programs wereimplemented over the last ten years inthe context of the country's overall ICT development framework of its National Information and Communication Infrastructure (NICI)policies and plans, hence the need for an evaluation study. The study will also take into account the main priority areas that theGambia has targeted regarding ICT strategies andplans in order to assess progress in terms of ICT policy development andimplementation with a view to identifying challenges, impacts as well as new directions for further development with reference tothe outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2005 and WSIS+10respectively. It is against this background that the WARCIP wishesto engage the services of a consultantto review and assess the development and implementation of the NICI policy, plans and strategies; and identify lessons learnt,impact, future and new directions on ICT policy implementation in the Gambia OBJECTIVES The main objective of this study is to assess and review the ICT policy development andimplementationprocess in the Gambia. The study will assess and identify the extent to which strategies and plans have been implemented andtheirimpact on the targeted sectors. This will aid in coming up withevidence based decisions as regards the formulation of ICT policiesand strategies as well as the designing of new directions in the area of ICT policy development andimplementation. 3. SCOPE OF WORKS The consultant's work will, to a large extend leverage on the outputs of a Nationwide Survey for thecollection of data and analysis with reference to the overall vision, objectives and goals of the NICI policy and the identifiedpriority areas. The survey will be conducted by Gambia Bureau of Statistic (GBoS). Theconsultant is expected to undertakethe following activities: Assess and review ICT policy,  plans and strategieswhich the Gambia have developed and implemented since 2004;Assess the impact of the policy initiatives in relation to the effectiveness of the ICT4D policyimplementation, in terms of what has been achieved as a result of the plans and strategies implementation;Identify specific sectors upon which the Gambia has placed emphasis with reference to the countries' ICT policy goals and objectives. As a result someimportant areas could be inferred as regards the strategies impacts, such as: impacts of ICT access, especially on poor and ruralcommunities; impactsof ICT use on educational outcomes and the inclusion of ICT in schoolcurricula in preparing students for theinformation society; impacts of ICT networks on health institutions and health outcomes; various impacts arising from theavailability of e-government services; on employment and impacts of improving access to information and electronic content. Makereference to the overall ICT4D plans and advise on future directions.Identify strengths and challenges with reference to lessons learnt during the development and implementation of the NICIpolicy plans and strategies;Identify new directions and target areas as regards ICT policy development and implementation to ensure ICTs significantcontribution to development in the coming years;Develop a draft and final report on the assessment/review, accompanied with data pertainingto ICT development in general. The final report also will take into consideration the various comments made during thevalidationworkshop 4.    REPORTING AND TIME SCHEDULE The output of the exercise will consist of 3 reportsbyconsultant which will give a detailed synopsis of the policy development and implementation process, priority areas in which ICTstrategies were directed and implemented, ICT development or performance as well as impact of the different strategies and plans.This will give a picture of how the situation has changed since the formulation, development and implementation of the country'sICT policy and the associated strategies. The report will also give an outline of what are the current government priorities aswell as the future areas/sectors of focus as well as lessons learnt, challenges and policy implications from the assessment/reviewand the development and implementation process over the period under consideration and recommendations on futuredirections. 5. QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE The consultingfirm should have the following qualifications, experience, skills, and knowledge: Solidexperienced in ICT policy development in Africa with Advance degree inInformationTechnology (IT). Experience in the formulation ofNICI Policies with a minimum of 10 years work experience inthe ICT sector. Experience in conducting similarassignments could be and added advantage particularly in Africa SELECTION METHOD: Shortlisted consultants willbe selected on the basis of Expressions of Interest submitted; selection shall be based on the Individual Consultant method in accordance with the guidelines "Selection and Employment of Consultants UnderIBRDLoans And IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers dated January 2011". 7.     SUBMISSION OFEOI: Expressions of interest shall be submitted to the undersigned on 11 May 2015, at 12:00 GMT,clearly marked"Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) Consulting Services Evaluation ofThe National Information and CommunicationInfrastructure  (NICI) Policy  for TheGambia. Expressions of Interest can be submitted via email or in person to the address below. Interested firms may obtain further information at theaddress below during this period from 0800 to 1800 GMT Mondays to Thursdays. PROJECTCOORDINATOR West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme(WARCIP) 10 Kairaba Avenue, (opposite the Serrekunda West Mini Stadium) Tel: 4399910 Email: sossehkumera@yahoo.com and sholaj@hotmail.com OR wojoiner@moici.gov.gm

WARCIP - APL-1B: , GN, BF - P122402

West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program | Published March 2, 2015  -  Deadline March 19, 2015
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Consultancy On Domain Name Transfer And Re-delegation Republic of theGambia West Africa Regional CommunicationInfrastructure Program (WARCIP) The Gambia Project KairabaAvenue, TheGambia Phone: (220) 4399910 Email: sossehkumera@yahoo.com Request for Expressions of Interest Financing:               World Bank/ Government of theGambia Abstract:               Domain Name Transfer and Re-Delegation Country:                                 The Republic of the Gambia Project ID No:           P122402 Grant IDA                  H713-GM Project Title:              West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program(WARCIP) Contract Ref:             WARCIP15/CS/004 Procurement Method:           Individual Consultancy (IC) Procurement              ConsultancyServices Category: Deadline:                  18 March at 12:00 GMT BACKGROUND The Government of the Gambia secured a grant of $35 million under theWorld Bank West Africa Regional Communication and Infrastructure Programme (WARCIP) to fund its participation in the ACE SubmarineCable Consortium that constructed a submarine fibre optic cable from France to be extended up to South Africa. This cable systemprovides a branching unit and cable landing station in The Gambia at an estimated cost of $25 million. The remaining $10 millionprovides for institutional support, capacity building and creation of the enabling environment to facilitate the optimumutilization of the infrastructure for broadband development and socialinclusion in the country. Acountry code top level domain name(ccTLD) is used in the Internet DNS to identify a country, for example ".ch" for Switzerland. The rules and policies forregistering domain names in the ccTLDs vary significantly by country. Generally speaking, the ccTLDmanagers (called registries) are entities that are legally (and often operationally) resident in the concerned country orterritory. Registries should strive to tailor operations to best serve the users: l   Ensure minimum technical standards are met. l   Strive for best practice. l   Operate with policy that suits local requirements. There is currently no Government involvement in the administration of thedot-gm ccTLD. It ismanaged by a Norwegian company. In accordancewith international bestpractice, the transfer and re-delegation of the dot-gm should be doneto a local entity, representing thelocal Internet community. Management of the domain in the country, will better position the Gambia to move forward in the globalworld of the Internet with the full support of the Government of the Gambia. In view of theconstant growth in the number of local Internet users, and having regard to the vital importance of this service in thecontext ofglobalization; considering also that the ccTLD is a strategic resource of public interest, and is therefore related to nationalsovereignty; the Gambia is planning to set up and migrate to an entity whichwill be charged with the responsibility to manage both the administrative and technical aspects of the Dot-gm ccTLD registry withinthe country.The Project Implementation Unit of West Africa Regional CommunicationsInfrastructure Programme (WARCIP) therefore wishes to recruit an individual consultant to spearhead the Domain Name Transfer ande-DelegationProcess for The Gambia. OBJECTIVES The consultant will advise the Government of the Republicof The Gambia ona strategy for transfer,re -delegation and management of the dot-gmccTLD, in order to fosterdevelopment that improves Internet usage penetration and administration in the Gambia. 3.     SCOPE OFWORKS The scope of work will consist but notlimited to the following: Engage the current domain nameadministrator to have a general understanding of how the domain name registry is managed together with the correspondinginfrastructure. The arrangement for disclosure will be undertaken by the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure(MOICI).Recommend and superviseestablishmentof organisational structure, Administrator and Infrastructure to hostthe DNS andRegistry.Recommend standards for themigrationof the DNS and IP addresses.Develop technical specificationsfor hardware and software needed (e.g. servers, routers, switches, PC, connectivity, diversity, security, scalability, software andtools).Supervise the setting-up of theinfrastructure and seamless migration of the content of the domain to recommended location in theGambiaBuild capacity of local staff tomanage the registry in the Gambia for sustainabilityAdvise and work with (MOICI) on there-delegation of the domain to local entity in the Gambia.Collaborate with the current domainadministrator and MOICI to formulate a strategy to shorten the re-delegation process as much as possible in the process of engagingICANN andIANA.Advise on the necessaryadministrative structure and of the Board of Trustees with community participation and define registry management policies.Fully participate in the transition and oversee the administration and operation of the new Registry in the Gambia for aperiod of three months, following the completion of the transfer. 4.     REPORTING AND TIME SCHEDULE I.         Provision of technicalspecifications for hardwareand software to be procured for the management of the ccTLD. II.        Develop a report on the overall Structure and management of the ccTLD,clearly outlining the governance structure, staffing and associated responsibilities. III.    Develop atraining manual to serve management and operational guidelines for the operation of the registry and instructions on relations withregistrants. IV.    The consultant will submit reports in hardand soft copies. V.       The Consultant/Contractor is required to complete the assignment of setting-up the infrastructure andre-delegation for the dot-GM within 120 days after signing the contract, and oversee the effective and efficient operation of thenew Registry in the Gambia for an additional period of 90 days. 5.     QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE The consultingfirm should have the followingqualifications, experience, skills, and knowledge: The consultant/Contractor should be an individual, experienced in ICT, telecommunications and Computer Science combine with relatedaspects of the Internet. Should have proven experience on Internet Communication (DomainName Service, Management ofInternet Name Space, IXP, routingtechnologies ie. IPV6, government and businessoperations in Africa. At a minimum the consultant should possess advance knowledge inccTLD Registry operations,Domain Name Services, ICANN, IANA and AfriNIC policies and procedures.  An Expert with advanced qualifications in computing plus a minimum of10 years experience intelecommunication networks and Internet technologies deployment will be an advantage. Experience in conducting similar assignments could be and added advantage especially inAfrica. SELECTIONMETHOD: Shortlisted consultants will be selected on the basis of Expressions of Interestsubmitted; selection shall be based onthe Individual Consultant method in accordance with the guidelines "Selection and Employment of Consultants Under IBRD Loans And IDA Credits & Grants by WorldBank Borrowers dated January 2011". 7.     SUBMISSION OF EOI: Expressions of interest shall be submitted to the undersigned on 18 March2015, at 12:00 GMT, clearly marked"Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) Consulting Services on Domain Name Transfer and Re-Delegation for The Gambia.Expressions of Interest can be submittedvia email or in person to the address below. Interested firms may obtain further information at the address below duringthis period from 0800 to 1800 GMT Mondays to Thursdays. PROJECTCOORDINATOR West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme(WARCIP) 10 Kairaba Avenue, (opposite the Serrekunda West Mini Stadium) Tel: 4399910 Email:sossehkumera@yahoo.com OR sholaj@hotmail.com

GM:Growth & Competitiveness - P114240

National Audit Office | Published December 10, 2014  -  Deadline December 29, 2014
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Recruitment Of External Auditor For Gcp GAMBIA GROWTH AND COMPETITIVENESS PROJECT REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (CONSULTANT SERVICES) RECRUITMENT OF EXTERNAL AUDITOR FORGCP PROCUREMENT METHOD: SELECTION BASED ON CONSULTANTS'QUALIFICATIONS(CQS) Grant No. H614-GM Project ID No.P114240 Date: 10 December2014 Procurement Plan No.:GCP/CS53[1] BACKGROUND The ProjectDevelopment Objective (PDO) is to improve the investment climate and strengthen the competitiveness of key sectors of the Gambianeconomy. The Project value is US$ 12,000,000 and it is fully financed by theWorld Bank/IDA. The implementation arrangements are; The Ministry of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment (MOTIE) is theresponsible Ministry.  The MOTRIE has been designated by the Government as the Ministry that has overall responsibilityfor the Project and will provide oversight and support for the Project implementation. The MTC and the Ministry of Agriculture arethe other key Ministries responsible for implementation of the tourism and horticulture sub-components respectively. A Project Coordination Unit (PCU) has been established under the MOTIE. The PCU is headed by a ProjectCoordinator who will report to a Private-Public Steering Committee (PSC) and the Permanent Secretary of MOTRIE who is the focalpoint in MEPID for all matters related to the GCP. The PSC consists of Permanent Secretaries of the key Ministries and heads ofagencies including the MTC, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Trade and Employment, Attorney General and Ministryof Justice,Ministry of Finance, the GRA, the key Municipalities, theNational Environment Authority and the Central Bank and an equal number ofrepresentatives from the private sector. The PSC is chaired by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment(MOTRIE). The PSC isexpected to perform an oversight role, review and approve work plans andbudgets, monitor Project performance and support theoverall implementation of the Project. The PCU will also function as the Secretariat to the PSC. The accounting period to be covered by the audit.> 1)      Full annual accounts ? January to December 2014 to January to December 2015 OBJECTIVE OF THE PROJECT AUDIT The objective of the audit ofthe Project Financial Statements (PFSs) is to enable the auditor to express a professional opinion(s) on the financial position ofthe project at the end of each fiscal year, and on funds received and expenditures incurred for the relevant accountingperiod. The projectbooks of accounts provide the basis for preparation of the PFSs by the project implementing agency and are established to reflectthe financial transactions in respect of the project. The implementing agencymaintains adequate internal controls and supporting documentation for transactions.. SCOPE OF THE AUDIT As statedabove, the audit of the project will be carried out in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (ISA) promulgated by theInternational Federation of Accountants (IFAC), and will include such tests and auditing procedures as the auditor will considernecessary under the circumstances. Special attention should be paid by the auditor as to whether the: (a)   World Bank financing (and all externalfinancing where the World Bank is not the only financier) has been used in accordance with the conditions of the relevant financingagreement, with due attention to economy and efficiency, and only for the purposes for which the financing was provided ?in  accordance with  financing agreement dated October 10,2010. (c)   Goods, works and services financed have beenprocured in accordance with the relevant financing agreements includingspecific provisions of the World Bank Procurement Policies andProceduresMay 2004 revised October 2006 and May2010 (b)        All necessary supportingdocuments, records, and accounts have been maintained in respect of all project activities, including expenditures reported usingStatements of Expenditure (SOE) or Interim Unaudited FinancialStatements (IFS) methods of reporting. The auditor is expected toverify that respective reports issued during the period were in agreementwith the underlying books of account; (e)    Designated Accounts (if used) have been maintained in accordance with theprovisions of the relevant financing agreements and funds disbursed out of the Accounts were used only for the purpose intended inthe financing agreement; (f)    National laws and regulations have been complied with, and that the financialand accounting procedures approved for the project (e.g. operational manual, financial procedures manual, etc.) were followed andused; (g)    Financial performance of the project issatisfactory. (h)   Assets procured from project funds exist and there is verifiable ownership by theimplementing agency or beneficiaries in line with the financing agreement. (i)     Ineligible expenditures included in withdrawal applications areidentified and reimbursed to the Designated Accounts. These should be separately noted in the auditreport. The auditor should pay particular attention as tothe compliance with the Bank's procedures and the balances of the Designated Accounts at the end of the fiscal year (or period).The auditor should examine the eligibility of financial transactions during the period under examination and fund balances at theend of such a period, the operation and use of the DAs in accordance with the relevant general conditions, relevant financingagreements and disbursement letter, and theadequacy of internal controls for this type of disbursement mechanism. For this Project, the Designated Accounts are referredto in the general conditions, the FinancingAgreement (subsection 5.3) and Disbursement Letter (para. I). The auditor should also examine eligibility and correctness of: ·         Financial transactions during the period underreview; ·         Account balances at the end of such aperiod; ·         The operation and use of the Designated Account inaccordance with the financing agreement; and ·         The adequacy of internal controls for the type ofdisbursement mechanism. PERSONNEL: Team and their minimum qualifications areindicatedbelow: (a)    The audit team should be led by a graduate Audit Partner with minimum of 12 years post qualification experience as apracticing Chartered Accountant. (b)   Day-to-day management of the audit should be the responsibility of an Audit Manager/Partner with at least 5 years ofpost qualification experienceas a practicing Chartered Accountant. (c)    The audit team to include a Procurement Specialist with 3 years experience. The Specialist should also be familiar with IDA Procedures. (d)   Inaddition, the audit team should include sufficient number of appropriate staff (audit senior, junior staff etc), commensurate withthe size andscope of the assignment. ProcurementMethod The consultant will be selected under SelectionBased on Consultants' Qualification method. The Consultant will be selected inaccordance with the procedures set out in theWorld Bank's guidelines "Selection and Employment of Consultants by World BankBorrowers" May 2004 Revised October 1, 2006 & May1, 2010 to determine the mostqualified firm. The Gambia Growth and Competiveness Project nowinvites eligible consultants to indicate theirinterest in providing the services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to performthe services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skillsamong staff, etc.). Consultants may associate to enhance their qualifications. A consultant will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank'sGuidelines: Selectionand Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers May 2004, revised October 2006 and May2010. Interested consultants may obtain further informationat the address below during office hours 0830 to 1400 hours Expressions of interest must be delivered to the address below, via Email on or before 29 December2014: The Auditor General National Audit Office Independence Drive Banjul The Gambia Email: nao@gamnet.gm /bsdra2@yahoo.com Tel.No.: 4228289

READ Project - P133079

Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education | Published June 16, 2015  -  Deadline July 15, 2015
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Development Of Communication Strategy For Ministry Of Baisc & Secondary Education (mobse) REPUBLIC OF THE GAMBIA Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education Willy Thorpe Place Building, Banjul The Gambia REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (CONSULTANT SERVICES) Country:The Republic of The Gambia ProjectTitles:  Results for EducationAchievement and Development (READ) Sector:  Ministry of Basic and SecondaryEducation (MoBSE) Consultancy Services: Development ofCommunication Strategy for Ministry of Basic & Secondary Education (MoBSE). ProjectID:  P133978 Expressions ofinterest The Government of TheGambia has receivedfinancing amounting to USD18.8 million from the World Bank towards the cost of the READ projects and intends to apply part of theproceeds for consultant services. Development ofCommunication Strategy for Ministry of Basic & Secondary Education (MoBSE). . The Ministry ofBasic and Secondary Education now invites eligible firmsto indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they arequalified to perform the services (description of similar assignments, experience in similar contracts, availability of appropriateskills among staff, etc.). Consultants may associate to enhance theirqualifications. A consultant will beselected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World BankBorrowers (currentedition). Interested eligible consultants may obtain further information fromthe Projects Coordination Unit, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education,Willy Thorpe Place Building, Banjul, The Gambia. DEVELOPMENT OFCOMMUNICATION STRATEGY FOR THE MINISTRY OFBASICAND SECONDARY EDUCATION  TERMS OFREFERENCE Background: The Gambia is located in West Africaand is bordered on three sides by Senegal. It has an estimated population of about 1.8 million (the last population census wascarried out in 2003) of which more than 60 percent are below the age of 24. The overall poverty headcount indexis estimated at 48.4 percent (upper poverty line: US$1.25 a day),[1]and 36.7 percent (lower poverty line: US$1.00)although the poverty headcount index declinedbetween 2003 and 2010, income inequality has not and is likely to increase.  In 2010,the poorest quintile of the population consumed only 5.6 percent of overall expenditures, while the wealthiest quintile wasconsuming 46.5 percent.  Unemployment primarily affects those who are young, urban,female, and better educated ? reflecting the weakness and lack of sophistication of the country's formaleconomy[2]. In the education sector, externalfinancing comprised more than 35percent of total education budget in 2009 thus showing a strong reliance on foreign aid. Thedevelopment partners (DPs) also played a key role in mitigating the impact of last year's drought on vulnerable families andproviding support to farmers. In addition to an economic rebound and boosting growth, development will necessarily have to includesound investments in education, health, and social protection. The new ESSP II 2014 ? 2022 provides a common platform with a strategic direction towards theimplementation of the revised education policy for basic and secondary education and the new policy for tertiaryand highereducation from 2013 and beyond. The Government has alsocompleted a mediumterm plan (2014-2017) anchored within the ESSP II to spell out the distinct priorities to be implemented in theshort and medium terms. The new strategy proposes a programmaticshift from programs based mainly on cycles of education (basic education, secondary education, tertiary education, technicalvocational education and training (TVET), quality assurance and sector management) to a more results-oriented programming withemphasis on implementable interventions within priority areas. The new programs are as follows: Access & Equity, Quality andRelevance, Research & Development, Science, Technology & Innovation and Sector Management. Each of these programs haspolicy priority areas that are linked to corresponding indicators, outputs and results. The traditional gender disparitieshave been eliminated in the early grades, and since 2006 girls have outnumbered boys in intake to grade 1 (50.8:49.2).  Howeverboys perform slightly better and are more likely to progress through the system. Atthe upper basic level, the GER stands at 68.9 percent for boys and 67.3 percent for girls, and the completion rate stands at 66.3percent for boys and 63.2 percent for girls. In a recent early grade reading assessment (EGRA), the consolidated score for girlswas 48.5 percent, compared with 51.9 percent for boys. In lower basic education, the GER is110 percent in region 1, but only 58 percent in region 5.  Disparities are alsoobserved across socio-economic status with wealthier students outperforming their poorer peers in the EGRA, with consolidatedscores of 59.1 and 48.5 respectively. In addition,the wealthiest students consume eight times more public education resources thanthe poorest. Enrollment in senior secondaryeducation has increased substantially since 2004, bringing the GER from 22 percent to 39 percent in 2013.  However accessremains constrained by the availability of places. Enrollment of boysis higher than that of girls(41.3 percent compared with 36.8 percent). Family income is strongly related to access to senior secondary education, as only 3percent of the poorest quintile enroll, compared to 50 percent of the wealthiest quintile. The share households contribute isparticularly high at the upper basic, senior secondary and TVET levels. At the lower basic level, 46 percent of education costs arecovered by households despitea school fee abolition policy in lower basic education. Even in public schools, private expendituresare high with informal levies including charges for registration fees and instructional materials. These informal costs ofeducation form a barrier in terms of access to schooling, particularly for the poorest families. The MOBSE through its dynamicleadership capacity has gained support for its education reforms. This is reflected in openness toexternal scrutiny, and ininvolving Teacher Unions, external partnersand other stakeholders. The education development partnersare meeting with Government on a semi-annual basis to review progress towards the achievement of objectives as laid out in thenational education strategy. This provides for a strong exchange and discussion of sectoral challenges, results achieved, andrecommendations for improvement, The Government is also carrying outregular visits to discuss withparents, communities, and education stakeholders through the CCMs that are being held every twomonths in a different region of the country. A system of  school report cards has beenintroduced to provide an opportunity to provide feedback from grassroots levels ?the report card is a simple way to assessthesatisfaction levels of beneficiaries in terms of education service delivery and is suitable for an illiterate population as itinvolvespictograms and corresponding case checking. The Government also organizes traditional round tables during which sensitivediscussions are taking place and for which buy-in at all levels is being though-one such circle was held to sensitize teachers totake part in the in-serviceteacher training program after having been evaluated. The two Ministries of Education(MOBSE and MOHERST), collaboration and coordination have been strengthened over the past year through the regular inter-ministerialsenior management meetings and CCMs to discuss sector wide issues. Until now and despite all the achievements, communication has been ad hoc, anda cohesive communication strategy is required for more effective communication with all constituents. The strategy isexpected toaddress both internal and external elements (TV, radio, newsletters, documentary, and website) as well as attempt to build andimprove upon strategic partnerships with external players who can support MOBSE's work. The communication strategy will alsoencompass dissemination strategies involving community/opinion leaders to influence behavior changes. Objective: The Government of The Gambia throughthe Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MOBSE) seeks to develop a strong communication strategy to positively impact visibility and public outreach, behaviors and attitudes, and enhance stakeholder engagement aboutMOBSE's work.This includes the sharing of best practices across regions, as well as communication campaigns for new/updatedinitiatives as well various programs. It will also provide opportunities for a bottom-up approach, ensuring opportunities forconstituents to voice their opinions through feedback mechanisms. Scope ofWork: The Government of The Gambia through theMinistry of Basic and SecondaryEducation (MOBSE) is seeking the services of a Communication Consultant who will provide initial thinking, advice, and inputs todevelop a comprehensive communication program for MOBSE. The Consultant will primarily spearhead the development of a StrategicCommunication Program (SCP) including its architecture and aroadmap that will be the basis for the elaboration and implementationofa systematic communication intervention during the implementation of the project. The Consultant, as part of the design of the SCP,willalso advise on building capacity (if and as necessary) in the countryso that the communication program is implementedprofessionally with greater effectiveness. Responsibilities: The Consultant is expected to implement the assignment in TWO PHASES.The Consultant is expected to undertake, but not limited to, the following key activities in each phase: Phase ONE: 15days 1.      Communication Needs Assessment (CNA): The Communication Consultant will undertake a diagnostic of the overall communication and information environment relevantto MoBSE. Following are some of the major elements of this exercise: -                Map different stakeholders and identify their level of influence - positive and negative, interests, andhow to effectively communicate them; -                Analyze the media and communication channels thatwill be critical to sharing information, build consensus and support the project objectives; -                Assess the existing communication dynamics ? such as how the stakeholders receive and processinformation,traditional forms of information dissemination practices, new media and technology, social interaction, etc. -                Evaluate the communication capacity of the relevant institutions ? both Government and non-government ?that are involved in the implementation and/or managing theimplementation of the MoBSE communicationprogram; -                Identify strategic approach for engaging stakeholders including institutions through various communicationchannels in order to build a climate conducive to promoting the key project issues; -                Review of existing communication activities (if there is any) on theseissues; -                Identify the linkages between the other information dissemination activities and the READ StrategicCommunication Program; -                Identify the linkages and areas of collaboration with other relevant ongoing or upcoming developmentprojects/programs. 2.      Data Collection/Research: Theproject plans to conduct qualitative and quantitative research in orderto gauge the level of knowledge and understanding of the keystakeholders, their attitudes, and perceptions with respect to the key projectissues. The Communication Consultant is expected tolead and work with qualified personnel in the preparation and implementation of this research activity. Once the research iscompleted, the Consultant will analyze the results of the research and use the findings to incorporatethem into the development ofthe project's Strategic Communication Program. Phase TWO: 30days 3.      Develop a Strategic Communication Program: The project's Strategic Communication Program will primarily be based on the findings of the CNA and theResearch findings. The Communication Program will consist of, but notlimited to, the following major elements: (i) A Communication Strategy that will set avision, identify challenges, and elaborate a plan of action to achieve the communication objectivescontributing to the successfulimplementation of the MOBSE's communication strategy.  It is important to discuss withMOBSE throughout the development of the strategy so that it will be successfully implementable. Also, it will consider to establisha communication unit in MOBSE; (ii) A Communication Action Plan that will havespecific communication objectives, internal and external audiences, messages, communication channels, type of media, frequency,evaluation, etc; (iii) A Monitoring and Evaluation System that willinclude opinion research, tracking system, media monitoring, focus groups, and evaluation of major communication activities to beidentified and listed on the Communication Action Plan. (iv) A Capacity-Building and Knowledge ManagementPlan will include the types of skills training, institutional arrangements, knowledge creationand sharing activities that wouldbe required to strengthen the capacity of key stakeholders including Government and non-government institutions to design andmanage the implementation of a Strategic Communication program. (v) An Implementation planwill describe how the communication strategyis going to be implemented.  It will include a tentative budget for each activity afterdiscussing with the government howmuch is available. Deliverables and Timeline forPHASE ONE Deliverables Timeline Remarks 1.      A brief Inception Report outlining the concept and proposed timeline of specificactivitiesfor: (a) Project  Communication Program; (b) Communication Needs Assessment (CNA) exercise. 3 days This report will be very brief (2-3 pages). 2.      A Draft Communication Based Assessment --CNA Report 12 days The report should be focused on the specific points and issues that would provide major inputs in thedesign of the project's communication program and NOT focus on the theoretical and conceptual discussions oncommunication. Deliverables and Timeline forPHASE TWO Deliverables Timeline Remarks 3.      A Draft Communication Program document that consists of: (i) Vision and Objectives; (ii) CommunicationStrategy; (iii) Communication Action Plan; (iv) Monitoring & Evaluation Mechanism; (v) Capacity buildingplan. 3 weeks 4.      Technical working sessions to discuss strategy and actionplan 1 or 2 days MOBSE, academia, LEG, WB, otherstakeholders 5.      A Final Communication Program document 1.5 weeks The final communication program document will include the comments and suggestions from thereviewers. Period of Performance and theConditions of Work: A total maximum: 45days This consultancy will involve a contractof maximum 15 days for implementing Phase-1 of the assignment. The contract may be extended for implementing Phase-2 based on the performancein Phase-1 and readiness for the implementation of the second phase. The Phase-2 is expected to involve another 30 days of services of the Consultant. ReportingRequirements: The Consultant will work under the leadership ofDPS Programs, Ministry ofBasic & Secondary Education MOBSE.The Consultants will coordinate closely with the key Government departments and organizations as advised. SelectionCriteria: The successful candidate will be a senior communication professional with aminimum of 10-12 years of experience in the field of communication and development projects/programs. S/he will have the ability tointeract effectively across socio-political, economic, and cultural affiliations. In addition, the candidate is expected to have the followingqualifications: Proven experience in designing andmanaging public communication programs;Solid understanding of and abilityto apply communication tools and techniques, including the ability to analyze and use researchdata;Strong management skills in planningand financial managementof communication work;Educational background incommunication, journalism, social sciences, public affairs, political science, and internationalrelations;Knowledge and understanding ofsocio-political, economic, andcultural background of the country and the region; ·         Excellent writing and presentation skills in English language; ·         Demonstrated interpersonal and diplomatic skills, as well as the ability to communicate effectively with all stakeholdersand to present ideas clearly and effectively; proven ability to work in a collaborative and multi-stakeholder teamenvironment; ·         Regional and international experience in similar work would be an added advantage. Expressions of interest must bedelivered to the address below by the 15th July,2015. The ProjectManager Projects Coordination Unit(PCU) Ministry of Basic and SecondaryEducation Willy Thorpe Place Banjul, TheGambia Tel; (220)4228522/4225841 Email; pm.pcu@educagambia.com
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