The mineral deposits in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea provide these countries with huge opportunities. However, they are often more of a curse than a blessing. The struggle for diamonds and other mineral resources was one of the main causes of the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Exploitation of diamonds, iron ore, oil and gold still has a destabilising effect on the region. The state continues to battle with institutional weaknesses and corruption, while the social and environmental costs of mining lead to discontent and conflicts among the population.
The four member states of the West African economic organisation the Mano River Union have rich mineral deposits at their disposal. The revenue earned from mining does not, however, benefit the population. The extractive industries have not yet made any appreciable contribution to prosperity and sustainable development. The state, civil society and mining companies are seeking to change this situation. They wish to better organise the mining sector so that they can become less dependent on foreign aid in future. The African Mining Vision adopted by the member states of the African Union serves as the basis for reforms. GIZ supports these efforts through the technical cooperation program 'Regional Resource Governance in West Africa'.
In the framework of this program, you are going to advise the national Secretariat of the 'Liberia Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative' (LEITI). It is part of the global transparency initiative EITI. Its activities are guided by the internationally agreed EITI Standard of 2016 and the national LEITI Act of 2009.
Led by a multi-stakeholder steering group (MSG), it is the task of LEITI to make transparent the interactions between the state and those companies, which are involved in the exploitation of natural resources, such as minerals, oil and gas, but also tropical timber and large scale agriculture, and to provide the public with further crucial information on the sector.
This supports Government in its efforts to be accountable to its citizens on the governance of the sector - and the citizens in demanding this accountability. Furthermore, LEITI is the only multi-stakeholder platform on national level in the sector. It is hence an important link between the state, civil society and private sector and serves as a platform for public debate and civic participation.
The objective of your assignment is to strengthen the LEITI Secretariat in performing some of its core functions, especially in public relations, networking with key actors, as we well as improvement of internal work processes, including providing proof for LEITI’s effectiveness and the implementation of key corrective measures required under the international validation process until 11/2018.
GIZ's Development Service is looking forward to applications of candidates with a professional qualification and / or university degree and at least two years of professional experience. In addition you hold the German nationality or the nationality of a member state of the European Union.
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If we caught your interest, we are looking forward to your application until August 27, 2017.