The PPP Advisory Unit provides advisory support to public sector clients in the preparation of infrastructure PPPs from planning stage, conceptualisation, government approvals, support to the grantor during the tender and award of the PPP contract until financial close.
The team is transactions oriented and less focused on policy and capacity building; however, some policy related activities are also needed depending on the project under preparation. Most of the projects are in transport (ports, logistics, airports, rail and roads) and utilities sectors, there is also a significant portfolio of social and environmental infrastructure. In the SEMED region, there are currently several projects in the water sector.
The advisory is provided to public sector clients in cost recoverable basis which requires raising funding from donors and seek reimbursement of such funding at closure.
Accountabilities & Responsibilities:
The Associate will be familiar and compliant with the Contribution Agreement between EBRD and the public client as well as the Concept Note, which defines the procedures to assess, approve and undertake new projects for internal approval.
Assist the Manager/ Associate Director/ Principal in overseeing the region pipeline.As a team member with the OL, communicate on daily basis with the Public Client on the development of projects under preparation.
Prepare concept notes for projects, Terms of Reference for the external consultants and seek approval from the OL.
Lead and coordinate with the EBRD Procurement Department in the selection of consultants, signing of advisory contracts and mobilisation
On a daily basis, manage consultants working on the preparation of projects.
Coordinate with the EBRD PPP Advisory Unit for results-oriented outcomes ensuring consistency and meeting conditions under the approvals of the Contribution Agreement.
With support from the EBRD PPP Advisory Unit and under the supervision of the Manager/ Associate Director/ Principal, work with public clients on the review and assessment of potential PPP projects that are under preparation separately.
This may include review of:
feasibility studies and PPP structuring documents of a project
tender documents and agreements of the project
execution version of the project’s agreements
As requested by the OL provide input into the design and development of projects in coordination with different stakeholders, including the private sector, and potential foreign investors
Develop and process technical co-operation requests including preparation of terms of reference and internal approval documentation
Monitor implementation and results for all projects that are under the responsibility of the Manager/ Associate Director/ Principal and flag potential risks and address the concerns, if any, to the OL as necessary.
Manage, monitor and ensure the deliverable submission schedule in close supervision of the ongoing assignments.
Assist the OL in ensuring that all relevant deliverables, procurements, and project documents meet EBRD Environmental and Social policies.
Prepare required reporting to the public client and seek approval from the OL.
As requested by the OL, prepare periodic and ad-hoc reports for internal and external stakeholders, and presentation materials.
Coordinate visibility of the donors and ensure the projects supported by them are implemented in line with the relevant visibility action plans agreed
Liaise and coordinate commercial activities including scheduling the internal and external meetings, inbound and outbound visits and other corporate events as necessary.
Prepare and distribute minutes of important meetings.
Overtime, take ownership of projects and eventually be able to act as OL for up to two projects under the supervision of the former OL
Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Education:
Proven experience in PPPs including advisory on PPP transactions and a clear understanding of the infrastructure lifecycle
Exposure to private sector and experience in the financial sector, working with banks and/or large advisory firms would be an advantage
Master’s degree in the country of education
Proven project management skills including ability to manage a project team throughout the infrastructure project cycle, sound decision making skills and problem resolution ensuring adherence to established procedures for project approvals and management
Excellent organisational and administrative skills with attention to detail
Proficient in Arabic and English
Ability to communicate effectively (informing, presenting, advising, negotiating) at different levels within the organisation as well as with external stakeholders in Egypt
Ability to prioritise and make suggestions to the OL to fulfil the team’s objectives.
Previous experience of structuring and managing technical assistance / donor funds (or similar) is an advantage.
Previous experience working for an International Finance Institution on infrastructure policy.
Excellent written (report writing, correspondence) and verbal communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills and diplomatic skills
Proven, strong analytical skills, including the ability to interpret data