INVEST is a USAID-funded activity that will develop an approach to sourcing, facilitating, and executing illustrative and impactful deals that catalyze private investment capital and build strategic, market-deepening partnerships in Afghanistan. The optimal approach will provide a suite of service offerings appropriate for each partner or transaction identified in INVEST’s core activity streams – civil aviation, mining, and gemstones. This could include direct or procured transaction advisory support, investor matchmaking, other risk-mitigating approaches to catalyzing commercial investment, or the development of new financial instruments. Additionally, this INVEST activity will continually work to build its network of partners and investors, in Afghanistan, Central Asia, the Gulf, the U.S., and other target regions, to ensure activities are at the forefront of investment and private sector engagement aimed at achieving USAID’s priorities.
INVEST’s focus on Afghanistan’s mining sector aims to rapidly close investment deals advancing Afghan mineral and energy projects and leveraging foreign investments. INVEST’s support in this core activity stream will use a hybrid implementation model – engaging both transaction advisors and procuring transaction advisory firms. INVEST Afghanistan works with the Afghan Ministry of Mines & Petroleum (MoMP) and the Afghanistan Geological Survey (AGS), to facilitate private sector development of Afghanistan’s mineral and energy sectors through fair and transparent tenders of selected assets.
The INVEST Afghanistan Mining Team works closely with the Ministry’s Large-Scale Mining Unit (LSMU) to provide transaction advice on the tendering process for large-scale mineral and energy projects, including the preparation of tender documentation, technical and financial bid evaluations and contract negotiations.
The Consultant will be assigned to work at the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum in Kabul, Afghanistan where s/he will work closely with other national and international advisors and colleagues in the Ministry on all aspects of mineral and hydrocarbon tenders, including bid evaluations and contract negotiations, with a goal of closing transactions in line with international best practices. The Consultant will provide support to INVEST Afghanistan by serving as a Transaction Adviser to the Ministry on all large-scale mineral projects that enter the Ministry’s tendering pipeline and provide advisory services to facilitate the fair and transparent tendering, bid evaluation, contract negotiation and completion of transactions. The consultant will be expected to work daily at the Ministry’s LSMU office in order to support fair and transparent tendering of mineral and energy projects to investors.
The Mining and Extractives Consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:
- Assist the LSMU in preparation of Expressions of Interest (EoI), Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQ), Requests for Proposal (RFP), Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA), Model Contracts and Scoring Matrixes and Methodologies for Tenders
- Assist the LSMU with performing due diligence on all bidders before evaluation, particularly in regards to the bidders’ ability to fund and execute initial exploration and development programs, as well as bidders’ operational experience and management capabilities
- Assist the LSMU and AGS to gather technical data related to each tender, as well as the set-up and management of physical and/or virtual data rooms for ach asset being tendered
- Assist the LSMU in organization, scheduling and management of due diligence site visits for qualified investors
- Support the Ministry / LSMU in the negotiation of contracts related to the projects being tendered
- As required, prepare discounted cash flow (DCF) models, including sensitivity analyses, for mineral projects
- Perform any other such transaction-related tasks assigned by the INVEST Afghanistan Team Lead or requested by the Minister / Ministry
The Mining and Extractives Consultant will participate in overall work-planning activities led by the INVEST Afghanistan Strategic Investment Advisor (SIA) and Activity Manager and will contribute inputs for any necessary work plans or reports. The team will report directly to the SIA, who will be responsible for overall oversight, technical guidance, and management of the team of consultants. The SIA will remain responsible for communicating with USAID on all matters related to INVEST and/or INVEST’s deals in the mining sector. Any requests to speak or present on behalf of INVEST or the activities in the mining sector should be approved and cleared by the SIA.
- Weekly bullets (5 to 7 bullets on updates from the week and priority tasks for the following week) – every Friday by 3pm
- Monthly updates – submitted by the 5th of the month
- Copies of presentations or other significant work product requested by and provided to the Ministry related to transactions
- Separate reports on significant meetings with senior Ministry officials (Minister, Director Generals and/or Deputy Ministers) related to mineral project tenders
DURATION AND PLACE OF PERFORMANCE
On/about November 1, 2019 – on/about June 30, 2019. Place of Performance will be the Kabul, Afghanistan.
The consultants will report to the INVEST Afghanistan Strategic Investment Advisor who will be responsible for technical supervision and acceptance of all deliverables.
- Minimum of five (5) years experience in positions with increasing responsibility, including experience providing transaction-related services
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, with the ability to multi-task and adapt to rapidly-changing circumstances
- Solid analytical and writing skills
- Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines without compromising quality of work
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and to prioritize effectively in an environment where prudent judgment in essential
- Consultant must currently reside in Kabul, Afghanistan
- Experience in competitive bidding tenders, including evaluation of technical and financial bids, would be a plus.
- Mining industry experience
- Dari and/or Pashto fluency; English language skills would be a plus