UNDP recruiting Consultant on Mining
South Sudan, 17 July 2013
The Government of South Sudan started work on trade mainstreaming during the Interim Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) period. The Government issued “Trade Policy Guidelines” in 2009 which stated the importance of establishing necessary institutions to mainstream trade into the development priorities, policies and plans and acknowledged capacity constraints for trade policy formulation and implementation. The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment (MCII) of the Republic of South Sudan (RSS) has been mandated to achieve these objectives in coordination with line ministries, the private sector and the donor community. Following independence, the Ministry has committed itself to undertake a full range of activities to prepare for and fully operationalise this mandate, including policy, legal frameworks and institutions, as well as signing of regional and international trade protocols.
In order to respond to the significant capacity constraints facing the RSS’ integration in the world economy, the Government requested participation in the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF). The EIF is a partnership involving Least Developed Countries (LDCs), donors and international organizations with the following key objectives: (i) to assist LDCs in mainstreaming trade into their national development plans and poverty reduction strategies; and (ii) to assist in the coordinated delivery of trade-related technical assistance to meet the trade capacity gaps identified by LDCs. For more information on the IF please see: www.integratedframework.org.
The first stage of the EIF process is the preparation of a Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) to provide the analytical basis for setting priorities. The purpose of the DTIS is to identify key constraints to the country’s integration into the multilateral trading system and the global economy. The interim EIF Board has adopted a template to guide the preparation of DTIS.
It is recognized however, that the DTIS is country-specific. The guidelines cover a broad range of topics reflecting the multi-faceted nature of trade issues. These topics include: macroeconomic environment; trade policy and institutions; trade agreements and market access; trade poverty reduction and sustainable development; business environment and institutional framework for trade and investment; trade facilitation; standards and quality infrastructure; sectoral issues and implementation arrangements. A set of policy recommendations and priority technical assistance needs are summarized in an Action Matrix which together with the DTIS is assessed and validated by stakeholders in a National Validation Workshop. An executive summary will highlight the key messages and findings of the DTIS.
An EIF familiarization workshop, with the participation of the IF Executive Secretariat and various UN agencies, was held on 13-14 November 2012 as a first step to sensitize partners about the objectives of the programme and its procedures and promote the active involvement of national stakeholders in the DTIS process.
UNDP has been requested to support the RSS in conducting the DTIS, in coordination with the EIF agencies and interested donors. Funding is provided by the EIF Trust Fund managed by UNOPS on behalf of contributing donors. The study will be prepared by a team of national and international experts working under the direction of a Team Leader.
Duties and Responsibilities
The international consultant on mining will prepare an analytical report which will be used for drafting the chapter on mining for the DTIS. S/he will be part of a team of experts –national and international- who will prepare the South Sudan DTIS. In carrying out this assignment, the international consultant will interact with the other DTIS consultants, exchanging views on issues related to mining and its linkages with trade, development and poverty reduction.
The analytical report will address among other the following issues:
Present an overview of the current situation of the mining sector in South Sudan, including an assessment of mining resources, and its commercial/economic potential; understanding that limited information is yet available. Among others, review management of mining titles; security of tenure and fiscal regime and discuss key constraints the policy and institutional framework pose for the development of mining in South Sudan;
Review and discuss the legal and institutional framework for mining activities in South Sudan, including for exploration, exploitation, industrialization and commercialization;
Identify the national and foreign enterprises involved in exploration and other activities around the development of the mining sector;
Produce a mapping of the geographical distribution of mining resources in South Sudan including those where mining activities have been developed in the past;
Discuss the obstacles and constraints preventing drilling;
Assess the fiscal environment, royalties, distribution of mining revenues and transparency of decision making.
Discuss potential and implications of joining the EITI initiative in mining (South Sudan is already member of EITI for petroleum);
Review the legal framework and experience as available, regarding the participation of local communities in the benefits of mining, access to land and compensation as appropriate.
An inception report to be prepared and discussed with the DTIS Team Leader before departure from South Sudan;
A final report not exceeding 20 pages plus bibliography and annexes, as needed. The report will comprise an analytical part and priority recommendations. Recommendations will be ranked by priority (high, medium) and by sequence, first 12 months, 12-36 months. The final report is expected within four weeks of starting of the contract.
The consultant will undertake a two-week mission to Juba starting on 18 August 2013, to meet stakeholders and gather relevant data and information about the sector. In consultations with the relevant national Ministries, the Team Leader and UNDP Juba, travel in-country will be authorized and financed by the project.
Contract duration and timelines
The total working days for this consultancy have been estimated at 18 over a period of three months, starting in mid-August.