The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional group of fifteen West African countries. Founded on 28 May 1975, with the signing of the Treaty of Lagos, its mission is to promote economic integration across the region.
The ECOWAS Commission now invites eligible Individual Consultants (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services below:
Job Title: Individual Consultant to Support the Implementation of Projects on Training of Youth in ICT and Digital Technology Entrepreneurship and Facilitate Centers of Excellence (CoEs) for e-Skills Development
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in the framework of the execution of its 2020 Budget, intends to apply a portion of the budgeted funds for the Selection of an Individual Consultant to support the Implementation of Projects on Training of Youth in ICT and Digital Technology Entrepreneurship and Facilitate Centers of Excellence (CoEs) for e-Skills Development.
The overall objective of this programme is primarily to promote digital entrepreneurship, create jobs, alleviate poverty, promote an enabling environment for employment and spur economic growth through youth digital capacity building and enterprise support. In addition to job creation, this programme seeks to encourage and support youths to fulfil tomorrow’s job requirements through e-skills development.
The consulting services (“the Services”) include the deliverables listed under item 4. below and the duration of the contract shall be for a period of one (1) year renewable.
Duties and Responsibilities of the Consultants
Conduct, comprehensive assessment of Center of Excellence (CoEs) (inventory of existing facilities, level and quality of trainers in the institutions, costs for individual/group of trainee and modality of payment, location and easy accessibility to the trainee participants, on-site and online training capability, training languages, etc);
Assess and analyze the current status of the ecosystem of youth entrepreneurship in Member States (training, various practices and incentives, etc.);
Take stock of what Member States are doing as well as the priority actions they plan to undertake to promote youth entrepreneurship over the next 3 to 4 years;
Analyze Center of Excellence (CoEs) offers/packages on job creation training/capacity building that they can provide for the youths and women in the different sphere identified in the programme and totally complying with the objective of the programme and eventually propose new appropriate trainings;
For the assignments i) and ii) the consultant will use as inputs the questionnaire of ECOWAS filled by CoEs and complete by online consultative with those CoEs who did not respond or not identified in the initial list establish by ECOWAS for consultation.
For the assignment iv) and v) the consultant may use as input the questionnaire filled by Member States and complete by online consultative with Member States who did not respond to the questionnaire;
From proposals of CoEs and other specialized institutions and outcomes from Members States entrepreneurship ecosystem analysis, propose the content of the ECOWAS regional training programme for youth on Digital Entrepreneurship which ECOWAS will implement in two phases (first phase of two years priority programme, second phase which implementation is totally owned by member states through their national center of excellence) in line with the job creation objective and e-skills development; and
Evaluate the total cost of the Programme to be considerate in the financing plan and the financing mobilization documents taking into consideration various potential contributions.
Requirements Educational Qualification:
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Telecommunications / ICT, Computer Science, Information Systems Management, or any related field from a recognized university;
Shall justify at least fifteen (15) years progressively responsible experience in project management, planning, design, development, implementation of information systems and telecommunications and 5 years at a supervisory level;
Candidates shall justify of having executed at least one (1) similar assignment (large nationals or international projects) organized and successfully executed with International Organization or Public Body or Government or Donors funded project;
Candidates shall justify Knowledge of ICT industry benchmarks for performance, enhance services and performance management with demonstrated ability to lead a programme transformation (Proof of 1 similar assignment);
Shall demonstrate Strong knowledge of Information Systems and Telecommunications Technologies for large and complex geographically dispersed organizational environments and knowledge of relevant software related to Strategic Planning / MS Project / Training etc.
The individual consultants shall be fluent in English, French and Portuguese Languages (reading, writing, speaking) and the practical knowledge (reading, writing, speaking) of the others of the ECOWAS Official languages (English, French or Portuguese) would be an advantage.
Deadline: 8th December, 2020 by 11.00 am (GMT+1), Nigerian Time.
How to Apply Interested and qualified candidates should send their “Expressions of Interest (1 Original and 3 Copies)” which must be delivered in sealed envelopes and clearly marked “Selection of an Individual Consultant to support the Implementation of Projects on Training of Youth in ICT and Digital Technology Entrepreneurship and Facilitate Centers of Excellence (CoEs) for e-Skills Development ”, Do not open except in the presence of the Evaluation Committee” to the address below: The Directorate of General Administration, Procurement Division, 1st Floor ECOWAS Commission, Plot 101 Yakubu Gowon Crescent, Asokoro District, P.M.B 401, Abuja, Nigeria.
The attention of interested Individual consultants is particularly drawn to Article 118 of the ECOWAS Revised Procurement Code (“Infringements by Candidates, Bidders and Awardees”), providing information on corrupt or fraudulent practices in competing for or executing a contract. In addition, please refer to the following specific information on conflict of interest related to this assignment as per “Article 119 of the ECOWAS Revised Procurement Code.
The Consultants will be selected in accordance with the Selection of Individual Consultant set out in the Consultant Guidelines. The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed for the position.
Interested consultants may obtain further information at the email addresses below during office hours: Monday to Friday from 9.00 am GMT+1 to 5.00 pm GMT+1.