• Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 16 March 2020

Job Description

Location: Apia, Samoa and home based

Duration: 35 working days

ARF Category: D3/D4 dependent on experience

Est. Date: 2020

Programme Background

Adam Smith International (ASI) manages the Samoa Governance Support Programme, which is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Established in 2016 following agreement between the Government of Samoa (GoS) and the Government of Australia, the Samoa Governance Support Programme (the Programme) works with the GoS to achieve sustainable and equitable development in accordance with the Strategy for the Development of Samoa (2017-2020) and the Australia-Samoa Aid Partnership Arrangement (2016-2019). The Programme has two objectives: to develop and strengthen policies and institutions that enable sustainable and inclusive economic growth, especially private sector-led growth; and to improve economic governance by addressing issues that affect underlying public sector capability and performance.

Responsibility for the strategic management of the Programme rests with the Programme Steering Committee, whose membership comprises the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ministry of Finance (chair); the CEO of the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet (deputy chair); the Chair of the Public Service Commission; and the Australian High Commissioner to Samoa.

Aim of the Assignment

According to the Central Bank of Samoa Act 2015, the Central Bank is responsible for the oversight of licensed and supervised financial institutions and intermediaries comprising:

  • The banking industry: 4 commercial banks (2 locally incorporated foreign companies, 2 local companies).
  • The insurance industry: 6 insurance companies, 4 brokers and 17 insurance agents.
  • Non-bank financial institutions: including the Samoa National Provident Fund (SNPF), the Samoa Housing Corporation (SHC), the Development Bank of Samoa (DBS) and the Unit Trust of Samoa (UTOS).
  • The foreign exchange industry: 12 money transfer operators /restricted foreign exchange dealers and one money changer.

At present, private money lenders are not regulated by the CBS as they do not take deposits from the public. However, recent changes to government policy now require that such organisations be subject to the supervision of the CBS.

The Central Bank therefore wishes to expand the coverage of its supervisory framework to all financial institutions in Samoa so as to provide for compliance with government policy across the whole of the financial sector and, thereby, to include all those financial institutions that currently are not subject to its regulatory authority (as above); and, if necessary, to amend relevant legislation to provide for this and to provide for consistency between different pieces of applicable legislation.

Accordingly, the aim of this assignment will be to help the CBS to comply with recently-issued government policy by establishing and operationalising a supervisory framework that encompasses all financial institutions in Samoa and to amend relevant legislation to provide for this.

Consultant selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Work experience: At least five years of work experience that is clearly relevant – in terms of substantive technical content, scope, and level(s) - to the work outlined in these TOR.
  • Developing and developed country experience: Relevant comparative experience from work carried out in more than one country, including small-island states and Samoa.
  • Qualifications: An advanced degree in economics or business or accounting or a first degree combined with senior management experience in a directly relevant field.
  • Substantive knowledge: Strong and up-to-date knowledge and experience of policy and practice surrounding central bank regulation of financial institutions, and the development and operationalisation of financial sector supervisory frameworks, as demonstrated by the level and type of work he or she has done.
  • Analytical capability: The consultant should be capable of analysing complex problems, evaluating the quality of different types of data, and producing practical and workable solutions.
  • Performance under pressure: A consistent record of producing outstanding performance under pressure and of working with senior government counterparts.
  • Judgement and mediation: The ability to make independent judgments and to lead discussion, develop consensus on sometimes difficult and controversial issues, and to balance and mediate multiple stakeholder expectations and objectives.
  • Knowledge and skill transfer: The ability to convey effectively his/her own knowledge and skills to others.
  • Written and oral communication capabilities: It is essential that the consultant possesses the ability to express complex ideas - both in writing and orally – clearly and in plain English to a variety of audiences, including government officials, community groups, entrepreneurs, donors, and other professionals. Short-listed candidates may be required to provide examples of their written work.
  • Interpersonal and intercultural skills: Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills and the ability to manage questions of national and organizational culture skilfully and to build effective and harmonious working relations with clients and counterparts.
  • Multiple reporting: The consultant should also be able to work effectively in a matrix management structure or one that has multiple lines of reporting.
  • Other skills and knowledge: The consultant should also possess:
  1. Research skills, knowledge, and experience of both quantitative and qualitative methods;
  2. Good knowledge and understanding of policy development, strategic management, and organisational structure and design; and
  3. Up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the relevant literature and key development issues, such as capacity and institution building, institutionalisation and sustainability.

Length of assignment and locale. The work will be done by one consultant employed for 35 days, distributed as follows:

  • Ten days home-based pre-departure preparatory work. The consultant selected for this assignment will be someone who has recent experience of working in the Samoan financial sector and extensive experience with the development and operationalisation of financial sector supervisory frameworks. Based on that experience, the ten days of pre-departure preparatory work will enable the consultant to produce a draft supervisory framework that is applicable to Samoa for discussion upon his arrival and to review relevant legislation.
  • One mission to Samoa (20 days)
  • Five days post-departure final write-up

How to apply

Interested applicants are requested to submit a CV and a short covering note in an email with the subject “Consultant: Expanding the Central Bank’s Supervisory Framework” to Unfortunately, due to high application volume, only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Detailed terms of reference will be provided to short-listed candidates. Applications close 30th March 2020.

About the Organization

ASI is committed to continually improve the diversity of our workforce through the attraction, retention and development of a diverse range of talented people. We want people to be comfortable bringing their whole self to work and recognise that inclusion brings further opportunities for innovation and creativity.

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Adam Smith International is a strategic development company that helps people prosper by making economies stronger, societies safer, and governments more effective. Our clients are governments, international organisations, companies, and foundations. They come to us to develop strategies and to design, deliver and evaluate programmes that, in turn, stimulate growth, stability and good governance.

Our core team of managers and technical experts, in offices around the world, ensures the quality of delivery and high ethical standards that we and our clients require. We bring together a global network of specialist experts, who contribute their experience and know-how, where and when it is needed.

ASI is owned and operated by its employees, and we are all dedicated to making a meaningful difference in complex, challenging situations. We are committed to corporate integrity and a triple bottom line of social, environmental and financial performance.

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