STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS AMONG AFRICA’S SCIENCE GRANTING COUNCILS AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR COOPERATION GRANTS INITIATIVE (CGI) LEGAL SERVICES CONSULTANCY
Terms of Reference
The consultant shall provide, when required, legal expert facilitation, legal guidance, development and review of Cooperation Agreements, Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) or research contracts entered among Science Granting Councils and research organisations under the Cooperation Grants Initiative (CGI) of the Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI). The strategy of the CGI is summarised in the Annex.
Scope of Work
The major work by the Consultant will entail providing legal contract writing support to the Cooperation Grants Initiative (CGI). The specific services that the consultant will support will be demand driven from Science Granting Councils and ACTS.
The work will take place on a needs basis between September 2017 and August 2018. It is envisaged that an estimated 30 days will be required over the course of the 11 months. It is expected that the bulk of the work will be carried out between September 2017 and March 2018.
To accommodate a flexible approach to this work, the Scope of Work below identifies a preliminary set of activities that are considered key areas of focus for the consultant.
Legal contract writing support
- The legal consultant shall, when required, virtually (i.e. through emails, phone and Skype calls) work directly with the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) and Science Granting Councils in Africa to help them develop or review Scientific Partnership Agreements, Memoranda of Understanding or similar documents, which in turn will help them engage with and benefit from the Cooperation Grants Initiative (CGI).
- The legal consultant will, when required, work directly with Science Granting Councils and research organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa to help them develop or review research contracts that will help them engage with and benefit from the Cooperation Grants Initiative (CGI). This is most likely to be through email, phone and Skype but some provision may be made for face-to-face trips.
Regional training course on designing cooperation agreements
- The Consultant shall deliver a two-hour workshop on the legal components of designing cooperation grant agreements among Science Granting Councils and research contract agreements between Science Granting Councils and research organisations. The date and venue of the training course is to be concluded. In cases where the training is held outside of Nairobi, ACTS will fully cover the necessary cost of travel and accommodation.
By the end of the consultancy period, it is expected that the legal consultant will:
- Support the development of five (5) bilateral, trilateral or regional scientific partnership agreements between or among Science Granting councils,
- Support the development of five (5) partnership agreements or MoUs between ACTS and partnering SGCs,
- Support the development of five (5) research grant contracts between ACTS and winning grant research organisations,
- Have delivered a 2 hour workshop on legal components of designing cooperation grant agreements among Science Granting Councils and research contract agreements between Science Granting Councils and research organisations to Science Granting Council heads or coordinators. A short set of take away notes will also have been developed for public consumption through the programme website.
Fees and payments
In consideration of the work and deliverables indicated above, ACTS will undertake payments to the Consultant in accordance with the following preconditions:
- ACTS deducts withholding tax on all consultancy payments at a rate of 5% of total payment for Kenyan nationals and 20% of total payment for consultants from other countries.
- All payments related to this Contract will be made by electronic means directly into the Consultant’s bank account based on Bank information provided by the Consultant
- No advance payments will be made to the consultant. Payment will be made in two installments: 30% in December 2018 and 70% on completion of the work. Payment is based on satisfactory completion of tasks.
If international travel is necessary, for example for the training course, ACTS will arrange an economy class ticket.
Qualifications of the Consultant
The Consultant shall have:
- A Master’s degree in law. A Bachelors’ degree with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- At least 5 years working experience in bilateral collaboration between countries in Africa or in a related area
- Previous engagement on work with governmental science/research or related organizations is preferred
- Knowledge of both written and oral English and French is required.
- Your latest CV,
- Copy of your academic transcripts,
- A two-page concept note outlining how you will conduct the consultancy, and
- Your daily rate of payment either in United States Dollars (USD) or Kenyan Shilling (KES).