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COORDINATOR, LIBERIA BETTER BUSINESS FORUM, A PUBLIC PRIVATE DIALOGUE SHORT TERM CONSULTANT – UP TO 150 DAYS

The Investment Climate Advisory Service of the World Bank Group in Africa is continuing its support for the Liberia Better Business Forum (LBBF) which supports dialogue between the government and the private sector on improving the business environment in Liberia. The team is seeking to recruit a Short Term Consultant who will serve as the LBBF Coordinator and who will perform multiple operational activities related to managing the LBBF. ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES • • • • • • • • Provide overall leadership and day to day management of LBBF activities, including leading the Forum’s Secretariat ; Facilitate and coordinate dialogue between the government and the private sector, building consensus on the agreed reform agenda; Provide and/or facilitate, as appropriate, technical support to the LBBF’s working groups, including day-to-day oversight of the process, coordinating technical advice as needed and following up to ensure delivery of work program objectives; Lead the LBBF’s involvement in following up with Government on implementation of accepted proposals. Manage the Secretariat’s professional and administrative staff to ensure delivery of Secretariat’s functions - formulate a detailed program and work plan and ensure implementation of program tasks; Ensure delivery of an active and comprehensive outreach program to ensure all stakeholders are kept informed about the LBBF’s activities, achievements and impacts; Facilitate capacity building of LBBF member organizations; Plan for the transfer of the LBBF’s ownership and management to local stakeholders.

Selection Criteria • • • • • • • Educational background: advanced degree in economics, law, finance, international development or related discipline. Minimum 8 years of experience in business, government, law or related profession in country and/or abroad; ideally in international development and economic reform, with a focus on private sector development. Knowledge of economic and political institutions and dynamics in Liberia, experience in engaging with at least some of these. At least 4 years of experience managing teams of professionals in consulting and/or business. Excellent communications and advocacy skills -- ability to interface effectively with stakeholders at all levels, draft effective reports and communicate in public. Independent, autonomous and entrepreneurial -- should be able to operate with minimum support; Strong organizational and diplomatic skills with an ability to obtain productive results from a diverse set of Liberian and international stakeholders.

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Facilitation, negotiation and conflict resolution skills – ability to generate and sustain stakeholder commitment to reform initiatives. Strong neutral figure vis-à-vis government and the private sector. Fluency in English.

The position is based in Monrovia, Liberia and requires occasional international travel. IFC offers a highly challenging and rewarding working environment.

Please send application and supporting documents to: libcoordinator@ifc.org No telephone calls, faxes, or hard copies of resumes will be accepted. Closing date/tme for applications: July 30, 2010 at 5:00 PM GMT Please note that ONLY short listed candidates will be contacted. All applications will be treated in strictest confidence.

ECONOMIC ANALYST, LIBERIA BETTER BUSINESS FORUM (SHORT TERM CONSULTANT – UP TO 150 DAYS) The Investment Climate Advisory Service of the World Bank Group in Africa is continuing its support for the Liberia Better Business Forum (LBBF) which supports dialogue between the government and the private sector on improving the business environment in Liberia. The team is seeking to recruit a Short Term Consultant (Economic Analyst) who will be responsible for economic and policy analysis of a range of issues, and will provide technical support to the LBBF. ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES • • • • • • • • Provide economic and analytical support at all stages of the LBBF’s engagement on reform issues. Provide analytical support, including regional benchmarking and impact assessments, to Working Groups and the Governing Board to aid their deliberation of issues and reform options. Research and draft issue and policy notes on issues identified by Working Groups. Regularly engage with the private sector in Liberia about issues and constraints to doing business. Help build the analytical capacity of private sector participants on economic and policy analysis. Participate in the organization and execution of communications program. With other team members draft articles, deliver presentations and speeches on reform approaches and institutional change in each of the program areas. Collect information about international trends in business enabling environment reform as well as about reform initiatives in Liberia.

Selection Criteria

Advanced degree in law, economics, business, public policy or related field.
Demonstrable analytical and research skills in addressing business environment constraints, including regional benchmarking and the carrying out of evidence based techniques in the assessment of reform options.

Knowledge of key determinants of the business environment and private sector development in Liberia. At least 5 years of relevant economic, legal, business, or advisory experience relevant to private sector development.

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At least 2 years of management experience, managing teams of professionals in consulting or business. Strong communications and advocacy skills - able to interface effectively with public and private sector leaders. Excellent writing skills – ability to draft articles, papers, etc. for use by various audiences. Strong data collection and analytical abilities. Ability to build the analytical capacity of other institutions. Fluency in English. The position is based in Monrovia, Liberia and requires occasional international travel. IFC offers a highly challenging and rewarding working environment. Please send application and supporting documents to: libanalyst@ifc.org No telephone calls, faxes, or hard copies of resumes will be accepted. Closing date/time for applications: July 30, 2010 at 5:00 PM GMT Please note that ONLY short listed candidates will be contacted. All applications will be treated in strictest confidence.