An international investment company TIDFORE together with National Port Development (NPD) says it will soon provide over three thousand jobs for youth residing in Fourah Bay, Cline Town and environs.
This disclosure was made recently following the two companies’ public disclosure on their Environmental & Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the expansion of the Queen Elizabeth II Quay (Sierra Leone Port project) in Freetown.
“Youth Arise!!! …Yaaaa!!! Youth Arise!!! Yaaaa!!! ….Who got the power? We got the power!! Who got the power? The youth got the power!!”
That’s the rousing call of the youth group I am co-founder for in the year 2000. Words have power. Think on the words of Youth Arise again as both the SLPP and the APC this week elect their flag bearers for the 2018 election: “The youth got the power!!” There is grave danger for any political party that does not lend profundity to that demographic reality of Sierra Leone today
Speaking to AYV yesterday, the chairman of PWD/Pademba Road youth organizations, Mohamed Bangura aka Papa, explained that over the years they had been soliciting support from politicians representing their area as Member of Parliament and Councilor towards cleaning the Samba Gutter which cuts across communities beginning from Sumaila Town unto Charles Street and beyond.
According to ‘Papa’ the time is now for politicians to prove their mettle in ensuring that what they had forgotten to do whilst they were in the position; they should now do.
According to the All People’s Congress (APC) Manifesto 2018, prior to 2007, government’s intervention in the youth sector was largely fragmented and ad-hoc in nature, leaving behind poorly funded and in some cases, poorly youth coordinated programmes.
It went on to state that the APC Government recognizes that Sierra Leone’s population is youthful, hence has been making important strides toward improving youth development and empowerment through strategic policies and programmes, since it assumed power in 2007.
The Management of Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire is looking for over 200 applicants from across the country to join the SL Decides Elections unit as stringers for full coverage of the elections. See page 2 for more on this.
In line with our desire to continue to be Sierra Leone’s home of factual, credible and balanced news through our Sierra Leone Decides series and to bring you all the twists and turns from every corner of the country, the Management of AYV Media Empire is looking for over 200 applicants from across the country to join the SL Decides Elections unit as stringers for full coverage of the elections.
The ECOWAS Youth Council (EYC), after extensive deliberation and regional consultation, is using this medium to call on the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone, led by His Excellency Ernest Bai Koroma, to respect and honour the ruling of the ECOWAS Commission’s Court on the case filed by the ‘People’s Elected’ Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Alhaji Siddique Sam Sumana.
On the occasion of the African Youth Charter adoption in the Executive Council Decision of the Banjul Summit 2006 (DOC.EX.CL./292 (IX) the 1st of November was proclaimed and instituted as ‘The Africa Youth Day.’
Africa Youth Day is a day set aside every year to promote the increased recognition of youth as key agents for social change, economic growth and sustainable development in all areas of African Society. It is an occasion to celebrate the youth on the continent, opportunity to contribute and channel youth motivation, energy and creativity towards political, social and economic renewal.
AYV Media Empire is seeking to employ Reporters to handle and document everything about the running up to the March 2018 Elections in Sierra Leone. This unit will focus mainly on matters relating to the Elections and will only be an auxiliary to our existing News and Current Affairs unit when necessary.
We need professional and results-oriented individuals with initiative and sound judgment.Covering an election is much more than reporting on candidates and their issues. Citizens' concerns also matter as they are crucial players in the process: they vote!
AYV Media Empire is looking for a passionate and success driven General Manager for their business at Wesley Street, off Pademba Road Freetown.
The role of the General Manager is to medium to long term strategic direction and leadership for all Products within AYV Media Empire, working in strategic partnership with the CEO, the Board, senior colleagues and the entire team to discover, define and deliver content and vision for the products.
As a General Manager you role includes but is not limited to:
MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, GEORGE STREET, FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE
GOVERNMENT OF SIERRA LEONE
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (REOI) FOR CONSULTANCY SERVICES TO DEVELOP AND PRODUCE PUBLIC INVESTMENT POLICY FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS INCLUDING COSTING AND DEVELOPMENT OF APPRAISAL TOOLS FOR AN EFFICIENT PUBLIC INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT IN SIERRA LEONE.
(INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT SELECTION)
Country: Republic of Sierra Leone
Name of Project: Public Financial Management Improvement and Consolidation Project (PFMICP)
Credit/Grant Numbers: IDA Credit Number 5350-SL, TF Grant Number 17201-SL and AfDB-2100155027317
Assignment Title: Consultancy Services to Develop and Produce Public Investment Policy for Capital Projects including Costing and Development of Appraisal Tools for an Efficient Public Investment Management in Sierra Leone.
Reference No.: MoFED/PFMICP/PMU/IC/001/2016
Date of Issuance: Thursday 12th May, 2016
1.0Source of Funds
The Government of Sierra Leone has received funding in the amount of Twenty Eight Million, Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($28,500,000) from International Development Association IDA of the Word Bank, Multi-Donor Trust Funds (MDTF) - European Union (EU), DFID and pool funding from the AfDB towards the cost of Public Financial Management Improvement and Consolidation Project and intend to apply part of the proceeds of the funding for eligible payment under the contract for Consultancy Services to Develop and Produce Public Investment Policy for Capital Projects including Costing and Development of Appraisal Tools for an Efficient Public Investment Management in Sierra Leone.
2.0Objective of the Assignment
The overall objective of the assignment is to develop a public investment policy to enhance the Public Investment Management Unit (PIMU) in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to improve on the preparation and prioritization of the public investment program, including appraisal tools for design and costing of capital projects.
2.1 Objective(s) of the Exercise
Specific objectives of the exercise may include the following:
a.Provide the mechanism and framework to coordinate all investment drives and platform for analytical and systematic derivation of investment priorities.
b.Establish clear processes and procedures in delivering Public Investments.
c.Streamline roles and responsibilities of Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs), including local governments and the wider stakeholders in the delivery of public investment
d.Strengthen the link between National Development Policy Strategy (Agenda for Prosperity) and delivery of public investment through budget implementation.
e.Define and strengthen adherence to the project cycle, whiles establishing instruments and techniques public projects.
2.2 Justification for the assignment
Public investment in Sierra Leone is undoubtedly very key for development and growth. Based on this knowledge it is very much desirable to develop public investment policy that will help to enhance growth and higher returns on public investment. Public investment policy will strengthen decision makers in public investment to make the right decisions on the desirable and the most effective allocation of public resources.
The policy shall re - enforce high level of transparency which the government has been promoting in the management of public investment, especially in capital spending. The policy shall incorporate robust analytical functions to generate readily available data on public investment for planning and decision-making process
3.0 Brief Description and Tasks to be performed by Consultant (Scope of assignment)
It will be critical to have close consultations between the public and private sectors in the process of developing the policy framework for the public investment management unit. This is particularly important in light of the fact that the concept of a standalone PIM outside of both the Ministry of Works and NPPA is new to Sierra Leone. The PIMU will enhance a structured, regular dialogue mechanism between GoSL and private sector around the policy agenda. The mechanism for dialogue will be structured to build institutional knowledge and process for consultation as an important function for the PIMU.
The key deliverable or output is a Public Investment Policy that may include the following:
·Guidelines for the design and costing of domestic capital projects.
·Recommendations for support for MDAs on project design and costing.
·Raise awareness and guidelines on private sector participation in public investment and capital projects.
4.0 Duration of the Assignment is Forty Five Man days
The Public Financial Management Improvement and Consolidation Project (PFMICP) now invites eligible Individual Consultants to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested individual consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required proven track-record in enhancing public investment management reforms including first-hand experience in public financial management / policy reform programmes in the Ministry of Finance or Planning. Specifically, the Consultant must have:
·Advance University degree in Economics, Public Finance, Law, Project Management, Public Policy and related fields.
·Minimum ten (10) years experience in public sector development, either as policy maker, advisor etc.
·Applied experience with designing and costing public investment projects.
·International experience, preferably in Africa, with public investment management reforms.
·Strong organizational and interpersonal relationship skills.
·Excellent presentation skills.
·Exhibit outstanding skill in analysis
·Good organization and presentation skills
·Delivery of stipulated outcomes as stated in the assignment
·Fluency in English
5.0 Selection Criteria
The short listing criteria are:
(i)Individual Consultant’s experience relevant to the Assignment
(ii)Competency/Qualification of the Individual Consultant relevant to the Assignment
This REoI will lead to the preparation of Short list of Consultants
By Ahmed Sahid Nasralla (De Monk) Journalists in Sierra Leone have launched a Yellow Ribbon campaign nationwide, re-committing their energies and resources to eradicate the Ebola Virus Disease from their country and even beyond.
By Ahmed Sahid Nasralla (De Monk) Country Director of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) in Sierra Leone, Joe H. Pemagbie, has encouraged staff of Radio Democracy to continue to be independent and objective in their work.
Jennings A.B. Wright Vice President of Sierra Leone Labor Congress
By Abdulai Gbla
The Sierra Leone Labor Congress (SLLC) has called on all employers in the country to comply with the new national minimum wage requirement of le 500,000 (five hundred thousand Sierra Leones), as negotiated by the Joint National Negotiating Board (JNNB) late last year.
By Ahmed Sahid Nasralla (De Monk) Reporting from Bonthe
As the only community radio in the district headquarter town of Bonthe, Radio Bontico, increases its coverage span from 100 to 700 watts the national Co-ordinator of the Independent Radio Network (IRN), Ransford Wright, urges the station to give access to everybody and avoid being partisan.
The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) is concerned about the recent appointment of a new Chairman for the Independent Media Commission (IMC) by the President without seeking the “advice of SLAJ” as provided for in Section 4(1) of the IMC Act, 2000 as amended, which says: “The President shall appoint the Chairman and Commissioners of the IMC acting on the advice of SLAJ.”