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 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
We are looking for a consultant to help the GoS to decide whether the ‘Reserved List’ and ‘Restricted List’ in Schedule One and Schedule Two of the Foreign Investment Act 2000 (FIA 2000) (the Lists) are serving the purposes for which they were originally intended and whether those purposes are still valid.
The principal objectives of the Project are to:
- Review critically the merits of the existing economic/business activity inclusions in the Lists;
- Review the policy, legislation, rules and procedures governing the insertion of business/economic activities in the Lists and their removal from them and to make recommendations for their improvement; and
- Recommend which business/economic activities now in the Lists should be removed and, if replaced, what those replacements should be, and why.
Consultant selection will be based on the following criteria:
- Work experience: Experience of economic policy analysis that is clearly relevant – in terms of substantive technical content, scope, and level(s) – to the work outlined in these TOR.
- Country experience: Comparative experience from work carried out in more than one economy.
- Qualifications: An advanced degree in economics or a related field.
- Substantive knowledge: Strong and up-to-date knowledge and experience of economic policy and practice surrounding market regulation and foreign investment. It is essential that the consultant be someone whose general approach to these questions is driven by pragmatic considerations associated with the development context rather than ideological ones derived from a particular paradigm of economics. Refereed publications will be viewed favourably.
- Other skills and knowledge: The consultant should also possess:
- Research skills, knowledge, and experience of both quantitative and qualitative methods;
- Good knowledge and understanding of policy development; and
- Up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the relevant literature.
- Analytical capability: 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.
How to Apply
The assignment will be carried out over two missions in Samoa and for a period of 40 working days. It will commence in mid-2019 or as soon thereafter as possible. Detailed terms of reference will be provided to short-listed candidates.
Interested applicants are requested to submit a CV and a short covering note in an email with the subject “Economic Policy Analyst” to Kate Coulman at email@example.com. Unfortunately, due to high application volume, we will only contact shortlisted candidates.
Applications close Thursday 30 May 2019.