I.    Job Title:  National Infrastructure Economist and Planner 

II. Terms of Reference  Attached 

III. Application procedure

Please visit our website at www.mof.gov.tl  and go to ‘Employment Opportunity’ to learn about our recruitment process and your application requirements including how to address the Selection Criteria in your application.

Applications need to be addressed to our Procurement Officer, at email address, jobs@mof.gov.tl , no later than 17:00 hours Timor-Leste time on 20 of October 2014.

Applications should include a covering letter and a detailed CV of no more than 6 pages. Applications must mention the position title in the subject field. All applicants must respond to the Selection Criteria below explaining how they meet the requirements. We do not expect that you would just cut and paste from your resume but rather explain concisely and succinctly how you meet these criteria, possibly providing brief examples etc.

All applicants must include:

1.      Letter of application (1 page)

2.      CV (not more than 6 pages)

3.      Response to selection criteria with specific examples (not more than 4 pages

4.      Nominate 3 current referees with current telephone and email address, of which at least one should be from current or most recent supervisor. Please identify the reason for nominating each referee.

 

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Terms of Reference

Position:                      National Infrastructure Economist & Planner 

Objective:                   The Infrastructure Economist 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, PRs and Procurement Module for a number of infrastructure project contracts. Liaison with the National Procurement Commission will also be necessary with respect to preparation of tender documents.  

One of the Infrastructure Economist will be assigned to the Loans Section and  the second to the Infrastructure Fund Project Planning and Appraisal Unit.  Both will be required to assist in progress monitoring of on-going projects being funded under the Infrastructure Fund.   

 

Reporting:                   Major Project Secretariat Coordinator

Classification:              Technical Professional

 Duration:                     12 months with possibility extension based on performance assessment and need.

 Location:                     Ministry of Finance, Dili – Timor Leste

I.  SELECTION CRITERIA 

·         First degree or master (preferred) in Economics or a related discipline with strong skills and experience in one or more of these areas of expertise;

·         Relevant professional experience of minimum 3 years in performing the above or similar tasks;

·         Excellent English language skills both speaking and writing and ability to speak and write in Portuguese or Tetun will be expected;

·         Excellent computer skills;

·         Readiness to work with other international/national staff within a multi-cultural environment.  

 

II.    BACKGROUND

The Government of Timor-Leste (GOTL) has established an Infrastructure Fund (IF) 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), provides technical and management services to the executive board of the Infrastructure Fund, the Administrative Council of Grand Projects (CAFI).  This support to the Council of Administration of the Infrastructure Fund (CAFI) includes: creating Committed Payment Vouchers (CPV’s) raising Purchases Orders (PO’s) and the preparation and submission to Treasury of Payment Requests (PR’s).  It also undertakes appraisal of projects proposed by Line Ministries, explores funding options to co-finance infrastructure projects through Loans and Private Public Partnership. To provide these services, the Major Project Secretariat is creating four main units: Public Private Partnership (PPP), CAFI Support, Development Sector, and the Loan Unit.   

 

III.   SCOPE OF WORKS

·         Cooperate with the concerned agencies of the Government and Ministries for the smooth implementation of  IF 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 sectorial 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 IF 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;

·      Compile and 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;

·      CPV’s, PO’s, and Procurement Module are prepared for project implementation and payment process;

·      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 and Unit KPIs;

·      Quarterly Progress Reports against the agreed Work Plan;

·      The Contractor will provide an End of Assignment report to the MPS Coordinator, no later than 10 working days prior to the end of contract.

V.     PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

The performance of the incumbent will be assessed and evaluated by the Coordinator of Major Project Secretariat using the performance appraisal system in accordance with the performance review framework for advisors in the Ministry. 

 

This position will be subject to a three month probation period.