Arne Hoel, World Bank



Invitation for Expressions of Interest:
Resettlement Assessment and Livelihood Improvement Planning

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        Release date: February 21, 2020
        Submission deadline: March 06, 2020. Period extended now until March 27, 2020.

        In April 2017 representatives of a local community, who were resettled for the expansion of the Société AngloGold Ashanti de Guinée S.A (“SAG”) gold mine in a location known as “Area One” in Guinea’s Siguiri prefecture, filed a complaint with support from three NGOs* to the Office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (“CAO”)**. The complaint includes various grievances related to the resettlement of the community.

        Amongst other concerns, the complaint states that the affected persons were not provided with adequate compensation for their lost assets, including land, trees and crops, in accordance with their actual replacement cost. The complainants allege that rental stipends provided by SAG were insufficient to cover the cost of temporary housing between the time that they were displaced from their homes and the time when their new houses were ready at the resettlement site. They state that their cost of living has increased and that their incomes have declined due to a lack of functioning basic services and livelihood opportunities at the resettlement site, the distance between that new site and the center of town, and that they have not been provided with transitional allowances to mitigate these impacts. They also state that SAG did not assess the impacts of resettlement on their livelihoods and provide support to restore and improve them. SAG contends that the complainants were adequately compensated and denies the allegations and claims of the complainants.

        As part of CAO’s Dispute Resolution process, the complainants and SAG (“the Parties”) agreed to recruit an independent expert to: i) conduct an audit of the inventory and compensation process in order to determine the adequacy of compensation and transitional assistance provided by SAG; ii) conduct an evaluation of the impact of resettlement on the livelihoods of the Area One households; iii) develop a livelihood restoration and improvement plan and budget based on the findings of the evaluation, with the full participation of the community, including women, and in consultation with SAG.

        Parties to the dialogue process invite interested and qualified experts to submit Expressions of Interest to undertake the work.

        Those interested candidates with experience in executing similar work are invited to submit Expressions of Interest documents to Andrea Repetto Vargas repettovargas@worldbankgroup.org prior to 5:00pm GMT, on March 27, 2020. This call for Expressions of Interest from potential candidates makes no representation or promise in relation to procuring work from a candidate or candidates. Hence, candidate proposals should not be compiled with onerous expense or work. Neither CAO not the Parties will be responsible for any costs associated with preparing and submitting an Expression of Interest.

        Selection Criteria

        The Independent Expert should meet the following criteria:
        •   An advanced university degree in sociology, anthropology, economics, community development or a related field.
        •   A minimum of ten (10) years of international experience working on resettlement and social safeguards planning, implementation, monitoring, and compliance in accordance with international standards
        •   Experience in resettlement in a mining context
        •   Proven skills in valuation and compensation assessment in the context of resettlement
        •   Demonstrated experience in livelihood restoration and community development planning
        •   Experience working with government, private sector, multilateral institutions, and affected communities on complex issues
        •   Experience working in Guinea or other West African countries
        •   Familiarity with artisanal mining economies
        •   Fluency in French and English
        •   Demonstrated ability to provide objective, evidence-based assessments and recommendations
        •   Is independent and has no prior association with any of the parties (SAG, AngloGold Ashanti, CECIDE, MDT, or IDI)

         

        Proposal Document

        The Expression of Interest should include a summary of the relevant experience and qualifications of the candidate, a proposed approach to implementing the scope of work, a budget proposal and a summary CV, as described in the Terms of Reference below. It should be submitted in English. The proposal can also include ‘value added’ suggestions that have not been outlined in the Terms of Reference. Proposals should be no longer than 10 pages. The CAO will lead the recruitment process for the Independent Expert and shortlist three candidates for the Parties to interview based on their independence, competence, credibility and ability to work constructively with the Parties.

        The Terms of Reference are available in English and French.

        Learn more about this case here

         

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        *The complainants are represented by Centre du Commerce International pour le Développement (CECIDE), Les Memes Droits Pour Tous (MDT) and Inclusive Development International (IDI).

         

        **CAO is the independent accountability mechanism for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) of the World Bank Group. For additional information, please see http://www.cao-ombudsman.org/