I. Job Title : National Infrastructure Economist
II. Job Reference : RDTL-MPIE-MPS-2015-003
III. Terms of Reference : Attached
IV. Application procedure
Applications need to be addressed to the MPS Office at Hudi Laran, Fatuhada, Timor-Leste, or to email address, email@example.com, no later than 17:00 hours Timor-Leste time on Monday, the 18th day of May, 2015.
Applications should include (a) a covering letter (b) a detailed resume of no more than 7 pages.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Term of Reference
Position : National Infrastructure Economist
Reference : RDTL-MPIE-MPS-2015-003
Reporting to : Coordinator of MPS
Classification : Technical Contract
Duration : One Year with a 3 Months Probation Period (with possibility of extension based on performance assessment and the need)
Division : IF Management Unit, Major Project Secretariat, Ministry of Planning and Strategic Investment
The Government of Timor-Leste has established an Infrastructure Fund since 2011 to finance major projects identified by the Line Ministries responsible for their planning, implementation and management. The Major Project Secretariat (MPS), under the guidance of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and Council of Administration of the Infrastructure Fund (CAFI), to which the Major Projects Secretariat provides technical and management support services. To provide these services, the Major Projects Secretariat consists of the following main units: IF Management Unit, Payment Unit, Planning/Project Appraisal Unit, Loans Unit, Public Private Partnership Unit (PPP) and Database / Reporting Unit.
Further to restructure of V Government Constitutional in February 2015, the MPS has shifted to the Ministry of Planning and Strategic Investment while Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Loan Unit remain with the Ministry of Finance. Hence, the main duties of MPS still in the area IF Management Unit, Appraisal & Budgeting Unit, and Database & IT Unit.
The Infrastructure Economists will assist MPS to identify projects suitable for inclusion in the Infrastructure Fund portfolio, assess and evaluate projects, contribute to related procurement activities, and with project implementation, management and progress monitoring. He/she will be required to coordinate his/her activities with the relevant line ministries and the National Development Agency (NDA) in particular with respect to the preparation of project appraisals and verification of submitted bid documents, contract documents and payment requests including assisting in preparation of CPVs, POs and PRs for a number of infrastructure project contracts. Liaison with the National Procurement will also be necessary with respect to preparation of tender documents.
III. SCOPE OF WORKS
The consultant(s) shall undertake the following tasks:
- Cooperate with the concerned agencies of the Government and Ministries for the smooth implementation of I F projects within one or more program sectors;
- Participate in preliminary project appraisal and assessment and review of major projects including preliminary economic and financial feasibility evaluations and also socio-economic and cultural aspects of major development projects;
- Assist in more detailed and comprehensive project appraisal analysis in light of sectoral policy and the Strategic Development Plan, economics and finance related analyses and deliveries of projects;
- Liaise with the National Development Agency during reviews of bidding documents, including TORs and Bid Specifications, prior to procurement by the National Procurement Commission;
- Assist in data collection and analysis for post-construction performance monitoring of samples of completed major projects;
- Collaborate with project stakeholders through project working groups and meetings to ensure full local ownership and participation in the project implementation;
- Liaise with the relevant National Directorates for reviews of technical studies including preliminary and economic feasibility studies, environmental and social impact assessments of on-going and new major projects.
- Prepare contributions to quarterly and annual I F status reports project appraisal reports and other reports for CAFI;
- Assist in review payment request and certificate and due diligence for support documents from line ministries including technical and financial certificate before submission for payment request to Treasury;
- Participate in the preparation of Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Loan Projects that are under business case discussion, and provide technical input or support as per required;
- Perform other related duties as required by the Coordinator of MPS.
IV. KEY DELIVERABLES
- Reviews of Project Briefs prepared by relevant Ministries, State Secretariats or other agencies;
- Contributions to Project Appraisal Reports and project performance reviews;
- Reviews of Detailed Design Reports and Tender Documentation completed and ready for further action;
- Reviews of Bid Documents prior to submission to NDA for final review before submission to
- National Procurement Commission (NPC);
- Files maintained on contract agreements with supporting documents of the selected bidder as received from NPC;
- Payment requests and certificates prepared and submitted on time for approval and payment by Treasury;
- Within four weeks of commencement, develop an Assignment Work Plan that is consistent with the relevant activities and performance indicators of the Ministry’s 5 Year Plan
- Quarterly Progress Reports against the agreed Work Plan.
- The Adviser will provide an End of Assignment report to the Coordinator of Major Projects
V. SELECTION CRITERIA
- First degree in Economics or a related disciplines;
- Relevant professional experience of minimum 3 years in performing the above or similar tasks;
- Excellent English language skills both speaking and writing;
- Excellent computer skills;
- Readiness to work with other international/national staff within a multi-cultural environment.
- Masters in Economics is preferable;
- Ability to speak and write Portuguese language will be expected;
- Have previous experiences knowledge of national and international contracts procedure will be an asset.
VI. PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
The performance of the National Infrastructure Economist will be assessed by the Director of Major Project Secretariat, using the Performance Appraisal System put in place and carried out by the Ministry of Planning and Strategic Investment.
There will be a probation period of three months.