Samoa Governance Support Programme
Location: Apia, Samoa and home based
Duration: 35 working days
ARF Category: D4
Est. Date: January/February 2020
It is anticipated that the work will be undertaken by two consultants. This seeks expressions of interest from individuals, teams of 2 and organisations.
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.
Government’s strategy for the development of Samoa regards Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) as constituting a major threat to the development of the country - in terms of the heavy and increasing burden of financial, human, and productivity costs. Recent press reports confirm the scale of the problem, indicating that in the last financial year WST$ 13 million was spent just on overseas referrals for medical treatment not available in Samoa, or more than double the amount budgeted.
The need to examine feasible options for significant cost reduction through prevention and cost curtailment is therefore a high priority for government. The possibility of forming a public private partnership (PPP) for establishing in Samoa a world-class tertiary referral centre is one such option. A pre-feasibility study is designed to eliminate the risk of embarking - without sufficient grounds for doing so - on a costly full-blown feasibility study.
The aim of the Project is to help the GoS to gather and analyse data that will enable it to decide whether to proceed with a more detailed feasibility study for the formation of a public-private partnership for the establishment in Samoa of a world-class tertiary referral centre.
Consultant selection will be based on the following criteria:
- Work experience: At least fifteen years of work experience that is clearly relevant – in terms of substantive technical content, scope, and level(s) - to the work outlined. Such experience should include project development for major public health projects, strategic management, and public-private partnerships.
- Developing country experience: Comparative experience from similar work carried out in more than one country. Experience of small and small-island states will be viewed favourably.
- Qualifications: An advanced degree in a relevant discipline 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 the analysis and establishment of public-private partnerships for public health, as demonstrated by the level and type of work carried out in both developed and developing countries.
- Other skills and knowledge: The consultants should also possess:
- Research skills, knowledge, and experience of both quantitative and qualitative methods;
- Good knowledge and understanding of policy development, strategic management, and marketing; and
- Up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the relevant literature.
- Analytical capability: The consultants 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.
- Written and oral communication capabilities: It is essential that the consultants possess 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.
How to apply
The assignment will be carried out with mainly desk-based research and writing, with one mission to Samoa for assessment of the operating environment and presentation of the final report, lasting 10 days. The work is expected to be completed in January or February 2020.
Interested parties are requested to submit their CV (or CVs of the individuals you are proposing from your organisation) and a one-page covering note explicitly addressing the selection criteria (bullets 1-4 above) in an email with the subject “Pre-feasibility Analyst” to firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately, due to high application volume, only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Detailed terms of reference will be provided to short-listed candidates or upon request.
Expressions of interest close 1 December 2019.
About the Organization
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