Legal Analyst, Zambia

Lusaka, Zambia
Apply by 18 January 2018
Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 12 January 2018

Job Description

Nathan Associates, a consulting firm based in Washington, DC, is seeking a Legal Analyst to assist with the development of the Zambia Trade Information Portal for the USAID Southern Africa Trade & Investment Hub.

The consultancy will take place from 19 February – 23 March 2018.

PROGRAM CONTEXT

The Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub project (“the Hub”) will help the Southern Africa region, including the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Member States, the private sector, and civil society organizations to realize greater regional and global trade linkages and export-oriented business opportunities. These objectives are underpinned by an improved regional trade and investment enabling environment coupled with increased agricultural value chain competitiveness supporting intra-regional trade.

The Trade and Investment Hub is supporting the Zambia Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry (MCTI) to implement a Trade Information Portal.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The objective of this consultancy is to review the Zambia Non-Tariff Measures (NTM) database, and identify electronic or hard copies of statutory instruments that guide the compliance to the respective laws. This information will form an essential input to the Portal’s content repository, and be made available to the public once it is uploaded.

After considering the information collected by the MCTI project team, the Legal Analyst will prepare a road-map for the order of conduct of the legal analyses, and will demonstrate to the MCTI (and BRRA) project staff of how to conduct the legal analysis. Whilst undertaking high-priority legal reviews, the Legal Analyst will assign other legal review activity to the MCTI project staff, ensuring to mentor and quality-assure the analyses and outputs.

This consultancy will develop a capacity for legal review within the MCTI/BRRA that will ensure sustainable maintenance of the portal post-launch.

The Legal Analyst will work closely with a small team of Zambian officials making up the Project Management Team in MCTI and the ZTIP focal points to undertake a legal review of all NTMs . The scope of work will be limited to the 17 Government agencies that have been identified by the ZTIP Content Catalogue as having a trade in goods regulatory role in Zambia. The Legal Analyst will support the Zambian officials throughout, ensuring consultation with stakeholders, and presentation of review results to stakeholders and management.

In implementing the above, the Legal Analyst will:

Build capacity in the Zambian officials

  • Work closely with, and provide ‘on-the-job’ mentoring to the Zambian officials in NTM analysis, that is, to review, identify, classify non-tariff measures needed to comply to these measures in all the 17 agencies identified in the ZTIP Content Catalogue.
  • Develop guidelines on how to undertake an NTMs analysis.

Legal Review

  • Undertake a review of MCTI’s NTMs database with the aim of cleansing data, and updating the database.
  • Support MCTI with Identification and collection of all subsidiary legislation on the same.

Recording Procedures

  • Support and assist the Zambian officials to record and describe the procedures linked to the analysed NTMs.
  • Run a half-day workshop to discuss the findings with Business Regulatory Review Agency (BRRA) who are responsible for streamlining government procedures with the view of enabling the business environment.
  • Run a half-day workshop to share the findings with private sector as part of ZTIP sensitization workshop, and including participation of the American Chamber of Commerce in Zambia (AMCHAM).

The Legal Analyst will deliver two half-day workshops to present the NTMs analyses to the MCTI and BRRA and to share results with private sector as part of ZTIP sensitization workshop. In addition the analyst shall produce a technical report and weekly report bullets.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience in legal and regulatory review, legislative drafting and trade facilitation issues.
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (law); advanced degree preferred but not essential.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of enabling environment, policy implementation, and experience working with vertical coordination with national government administrations.
  • Private sector and project management experience, including in delivering presentations or training, preferred.
  • Previous experience in Zambia and/or the Southern Africa region is preferred.
  • Excellent written and spoken communications skills. Fluency in English. Strong analytical and mentoring capabilities.
  • Zambian nationals only

About the Organization

Nathan Associates has been expanding choices in developing countries for more than 60 years, sharing our knowledge of the possible and illuminating the path from the possible to the feasible to the actual. We deliver hands-on assistance in production improvement, chart strategies for firm and industry growth, hone competence in trade practices, and provide prudent counsel on government policy. Our experts help micro, small, and medium-sized businesses adapt to new trade flows; assist governments in devising effective policies—fiscal, trade, and labor; and map out the demanding process of regional economic integration.

In providing services in enterprise and industry development, economic policy and governance, and trade and investment and trade capacity building we aim to align best interests with sound choices.

For a close view of the company’s international and domestic projects please visit our related project listings and our international project websites http://www.nathaninc.com/services

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