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Mining Expert Consultant: Burkina Faso

Mining Expert Consultant: Burkina Faso

The IGF is seeking a consultant to conduct an in-country consultation for a case study, as part of the our project “New Tech, New Deal” funded by GIZ, which looks at the various types of technologies being adopted in the mining sector and their likely implications for resource-rich countries, including on labour, skills, and local economic development.

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The in-country consultation will consider how future technologies and digitization will affect the mining sector in Burkina Faso. The in-country consultation will focus on two dimensions:

Employment and Skills Necessary to Meet the Requirements of Future Jobs in the Mining Sector

The consultation will:

(i) Provide a scan of occupations most at risk (in the short, medium, and longer terms) based on the employment and investment plans of a sample of mining companies. This scan will also include an analysis of the skills that will be needed for future jobs and will highlight where the skills gaps are. (ii) Explore the extent to which partnerships between the mining industry and local communities can help create alternative livelihoods, notably through entrepreneurship schemes to support business creation. This will help shed light on the transition of displaced workers and possible alternative employment opportunities.

The consultation will pay particular attention to the gender dimension.

Impact of New Technologies on Small-Scale Mining

The consultation will look at the link between large-scale and small-scale mining, and in particular at the unintended consequences of employment losses in large-scale mining due to the adoption of new technologies and the risk of labour displacement toward small-scale mines. The consultation will assess the extent to which this is already happening, and consider what policies can be put in place to minimize the risks of exclusion and poverty among local populations.

The consultation will pay particular attention to the gender dimension.

The consultant will conduct structured interviews with key stakeholders (public, private, and development partners) responsible for mining policies (both small- and large-scale); skills development and training policies; and technological innovation, garnering any information they might provide on market opportunities as a result of new and emerging mining technologies.

The consultant will write up the results of the interviews in a report of approximately 15 -18 pages.

The consulting expert will be supported in their efforts by the project team, particularly in terms of suggestions for interview candidates and in terms of assistance with introductions to candidates.

Consultant’s Skills

  • At least 10 years of experience in the mining sector
  • Familiarity with mining sector technology
  • Advanced degree in a relevant area, preferably engineering
  • Fluency in English and French
  • Flexibility, ability to work independently to a deadline

Terms of Consultancy

The consulting expert will provide approximately 15  days equivalent of work starting on August 15, 2020 and ending September 30, 2020.

Location: Preferably in-country. IISD will not be applying for residency and work permits for this position on behalf of the applicant.

Application deadline: July 29, 2020

Start date: August 15, 2020

Application Procedure: Applicants should submit both a CV and a brief proposal (4-5 pages) of how they intend to do the job. This should be submitted as one document and uploaded in place of resume in the application form on the application website.

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