Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultancy - Develop a legal and regulatory framework for the Congo Kiswishi Battery Special Economic Zone in the DRC
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 09 March 2022 - 16 March 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Economic Commission for Africa-176393-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Executive Director for Programme Support at ECA, the consultant will have the responsibility to undertake the following:

1) Conduct a consultative review and benchmarking of framework models related to the legal and regulatory framework; this includes consolidation of best practices to inform the model that could be used in the Kiswishi Special Economic Zone;

2) Develop a robust legal and regulatory framework for the Kiswishi Special Economic Zone that would provide the Zone’s clients and investors with a safe and secure ecosystem to conduct their business and one that is based on international standards and principles of common law that is tailored to the region's unique needs, creating the optimal environment for industries and services to grow;

3) Provide capacity building support for the Kiswishi Special Economic Zone Authority on administering day-to-day operations of the firms and individuals in the Zone.

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration

Duration of the consultancy
The consultancy would run initially for a period of six months from the date of signature of the contract from mid- March 2022 to mid-November 2022.

A report will be submitted by the consultant at the end of each month, detailing the outputs and deliverables that are in accordance with the consultant’s approved work plan once hired. The consultant’s report for payment, must be approved by the ECA Deputy Executive Director for Programme Support and payment will be made based on evaluation of satisfactory performance.

Duties and Responsibilities

Background
Global transition dynamics towards a decarbonized world and renewable energy require transformational shifts in various aspects related to the sustainable management of natural resources. This transition has spurred the demand for electric vehicles, substituting fossil-fuel-powered engines, and investment in battery-powered storage. Lithium-ion batteries, referred to as “batteries”, are key for the energy transition and are considered the most relevant technology available to power the transport and energy sector to attain the Paris Agreement targets and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Africa holds significant reserves of strategic minerals such as cobalt, lithium, manganese, graphite, nickel, copper, phosphorous, aluminium, and iron, therefore, creating the possibility of a robust regional value chain for batteries, electric cars, and renewable energy. According to BloombergNEF, total metals demand from lithium-ion batteries will reach 13.5 million metric tons by 2030. It provides Africa with opportunities to effectively harness its strategic minerals and break the vicious cycle stemming from excessive dependence on the export of natural resources, by creating more value on the continent, strengthening productive capabilities, and expanding exports and intra-African trade through the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). However, as a commodity exporter still locked in the mining and mineral processing stage, most African countries are at the bottom of the global battery and electric vehicle value chain, as for instance the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) currently captures only 3% of a total global value that is expected to reach US$ 8.8 trillion by 2025.

A study by BloombergNEF commissioned by ECA, Afreximbank, the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) found that the DRC can leverage its cobalt and its hydroelectric power to become a cost and emissions competitive producer of battery cathode precursor materials. Following the DRC-Africa Business Forum held in November 2021, the DRC government agreed to establish and develop a battery value chain in the DRC and beyond. The value chain will be initially focused on the production of nickel, manganese, and cobalt (NMC) battery precursors in the Kiswishi Special Economic Zone, in Haute Katanga, DRC.

This consultancy’s objectives are to prepare the foundation of the Kiswishi Special Economic Zone, It will involve a thorough review and benchmarking of framework models related to the legal and regulatory framework to identify the best model for DRC which is discussed and agreed on with relevant stakeholders. This then will inform the development of a robust legal and regulatory framework for the Kiswishi Special Economic Zone; and include capacity building support for the Kiswishi Special Economic Zone Authority to better orient and prepare them on administering day-to-day operations of the firms and individuals in the Zone.

Objectives and purpose of the assignment
Develop a legal and regulatory framework for the Congo Kiswishi Battery Special Economic Zone in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); and provide capacity building support for the Kiswishi Special Economic Zone Authority on administering day-to-day operations of the firms and individuals in the Zone.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An Advanced university (Master’s degree) in Business Administration or related fields is required. A first level university degree in a combination of additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the master’s degree.
Experience: A minimum of 15 years of experience in the following area is required:
- International research, consulting and training projects;
- Development and execution of international benchmarking projects that include Green technology management;
- Establishment of international economic trade zones and developing related legal, regulatory, fiscal, policy, governance and institutional frameworks;
- Quality, innovation & technology management;
- Management of projects and business processes in Africa that involve working with Government and private sector stakeholders.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this consultancy, fluency in English is required. Working language of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN language is desirable.

No Fee

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