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Another Great Opportunity to End Illiteracy in Liberia
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George Weah Will Come Second to Me


Ali Syllah Predicts 2014 Senatorial Election, But Weah Plays Down Alis Prediction
By J. Burgess Carter
October 14, 2014 Special Senatorial Election, has vowed to beat Congress for Democratic Change political leader, George Weah, into second place if George dares go to the

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COMMENTARY
Four Fallacies of the Second Great Depression
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ased on his track record in recent politics, a prospective candidate for Montserrado County in the

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LOCAL NEWS
Teachers Strike Paralyses MOEs Activities
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Energy Expansion Simeon Freemans Accusers Project Launched Charged for Stealing US$6,795
Duport Road, Fendell and Kakata to Benefit
ne of the four Indian nationals in the employ of Mr. Simeon Freeman, who had accused

Montserrado Senatorial hopefuls Ali Syllah (left) and George Manneh Weah

By Abednego Davis

him of holding their salaries and passports, was on Monday, November 25 charged for stealing US$6,795 by the Monrovia City Court. The allegation against de-

fendant Jayakay Selvaran, was presented to the Court by one Peter Wisdom Fayiah, believed to be the assistant

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US Planes Challenge China Air Zone

World News

US Airforce plane
(BBC) - The US has flown B-52 military aircraft over disputed islands in the East China Sea in defiance of new Chinese air defence rules, officials say. China set up its air defence identification zone on Saturday. A US colonel said the two planes had followed normal procedures, which include not filing flight plans, not radioing ahead. The islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, are a source of rising tension between the two nations. China is insisting that aircraft entering its air defence zone must obey its rules or face emergency defensive measures. We have conducted operations in the area of the Senkakus, said US Colonel Steve Warren, adding that so far there had been no response from China. The aircraft, which were unarmed, had taken off from Guam on Monday and the flight was part of a regular exercise in the area, a US defence official said.

(BBC) - The Central African Republic (CAR) is descending into complete chaos, the UN deputy secretary general has warned, calling for urgent action. Jan Eliasson urged the Security Council to strengthen the African Union-led force in the country, and to turn it into a UN peacekeeping operation. The CAR has been in turmoil since rebels seized power in March, with warnings of a possible genocide. France has said it would contribute about 1,000 troops to the force. Senior UN and French officials have warned that a cycle of violence between the Muslim minority, now in power, and the Christian majority could become a genocide. It is not known how many people have been killed in the conflict this year because it is too dangerous to access the rural areas where most killings occur, a UN spokeswoman told the BBC. However, she said that in the Bossangoa area alone, one of the worst-hit areas about 300km (185 miles) north of the capital, Bangui, several hundred people had been killed in the first two weeks of September. Some 460,000 people - 10% of the population of 4.6 million - have fled their homes, while more than a million need food aid, according to the United Nations. Tens of thousands have sought refuge at the Catholic

Central African Republic Descending Into Chaos - UN

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Foreign Briefs

Russia
(BBC) - Russia had urged Kiev to delay signing a key deal with the EU, Ukraines prime minister has admitted, as mass protest rallies continue across the country. Mykola Azarov said Moscow had offered to hold trilateral talks on the issue, without giving any ultimatums. Kiev last week put on hold the association and free trade deal with the EU, prompting Brussels to accuse Moscow of exerting pressure on Ukraine.

The BBCs Laeila Adjovi reports from Bossangoa, where Christians have fled their homes
mission in Bossangoa. The priest in charge, Frederic Tonfio, told the BBC: The tension here is palpable. People are absolutely terrified. Mr Eliasson said there had been an surge in sexual violence, torture, summary executions and sectarian violence. The CAR is becoming a breeding ground for extremists and armed groups in a region that is already suffering from conflict and instability, he said. If this situation is left to fester, it may develop into a religious and ethnic conflict with long-standing consequences, even a civil war that could spread into neighbouring countries. Some of CARs neighbours such as South Sudan, the Sudanese region of Darfur, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo are trying to emerge from years of conflict and remain extremely unstable. France, the former colonial power, currently has about 400 soldiers stationed in Bangui. Their mission is to protect French nationals. On Tuesday, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced that France would send another 1,000 troops to the CAR. UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson: Children and women are at the greatest risk We cannot have a country fall apart like that, he told Europe 1 radio: There is the violence, massacres and humanitarian chaos that follow a collapse. He added that - as was the case of Frances intervention in Mali earlier this year- the troops would be deployed for a short period, in the range of six months. The UN Security Council is expected next week to adopt a resolution authorising the deployment of African Union troops with French support in the impoverished nation. There are currently some 2,500 African troops in CAR, due to be increased to 3,600 by

Pope Francis Calls for Power to Move away from Vatican

Pope Francis has pioneered a more informal style as pontiff


(BBC) - Pope Francis has called for power in the Catholic Church to be devolved away from the Vatican, in the first major work he has written in the role. In the document, he says he is open to suggestions to changes in the power of the papacy. He also warns that rising global economic inequality is bound to explode in conflict. Since becoming Pope in March, Francis has struck a markedly different tone to his predecessor on several issues. The new document did not address some of the key ethical reforms called for by Catholic progressives and ruled out any change in the Churchs teaching on abortion or the exclusion of women from the priesthood.

(BBC) Government grants in South Africa are helping poor children resist the advances of older men, reducing the risk of getting HIV, a study says. The Oxford University study found that girls from homes which received child support grants were two-thirds less likely to date older men for money. Young girls are up to three times more likely to become infected with HIV than boys in South Africa, experts say. Local officials see sugar daddies as a major factor in the spread of Aids. South Africa has more people living with HIV than any other country. A team of researchers from universities including UKs Oxford University and South Africas Witwatersrand University interviewed more than 3,500 teenagers from two provinces in the country over a period of three years. According to the study, teenage girls from households which received child support grants are less likely to sleep with an older man in exchange

South Africa Child Support Grants Protect from HIV


for money, food or school fees than those from homes which did not receive the benefit. This study shows that as long as they are given enough money to survive, girls will choose not to have a sugar daddy, said Lucie Cluver of the University of Oxford. The study, published in the medical journal, Lancet Health Global Health, found that around 15% of teenagers were engaging in risky sexual behaviour such as unprotected sex, multiple partners or sex while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Child support grants do not make teenagers more sensible when it comes to safer sex, said Mark Orkin from the University of the Witwatersrand, in a statement. But what they can do is to provide enough financial security for girls that they do not have to choose their sexual partners through economic necessity, he said. Granting a better future? Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi recently identified sugar daddies as one of the biggest threats to the countrys

January 2014. A country in the heart of Africa is descending into complete chaos before our eyes, Mr Eliasson told the 15-member council on Monday. The situation requires prompt and decisive action. Earlier this month, UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon said communal violence in the CAR risked spiralling out of control. Mr Ban backed the establishment of a UN peacekeeping force before the crisis leads to widespread atrocities. The rebels - known as the Seleka - have replaced President Bozize with their own commander, Michel Djotodia. Armed gangs, mainly former Seleka rebels, who are mostly Muslim, now control most of the landlocked country. Some are mercenaries from neighbouring countries, such as Chad and the Darfur region of Sudan. Mr Djotodia, the countrys first Muslim leader, has formally disbanded the rebels and integrated many fighters into the national army. But former rebels linked to Seleka have continued to launch attacks on scores of villages, prompting the emergence of local civilian protection groups. The government in Bangui denies targeting any group, but recognises the rise in intercommunity violence.

Syria
(BBC) - The leader of the Western-backed rebel Free Syrian Army has said that forces aligned to him will not join the peace conference in Geneva in January. Gen Salim Idris, head of the FSAs Supreme Military Council, told al-Jazeera that they would continue to try to topple President Bashar alAssad. He warned Mr Assad would use the talks to buy time and continue to wage war.Iran, which is closely allied to the Syrian government, said it would attend if it was invited.

Nigeria
(BBC) Gunmen have killed 37 people in a pre-dawn raid in Nigerias central Plateau state, the military has said. Herdsmen from the Fulani ethnic group carried out the attack on villages inhabited mostly by the Berom community, a local organisation said. Plateau state has been hit for years by inter-ethnic and religious violence, which has killed thousands.

Haitian
(BBC) A rescue operation is under way in the Bahamas, after a 12m (40ft) vessel carrying Haitian migrants ran aground and capsized. The US Coast Guard said about 100 migrants were clinging to the hull of the overturned boat. At least 10 people are reported to have died in the accident, which took place on Monday near Staniel Cay. Haitian migrants often head to the Bahamas or pass by on their way to the United States.

Half of new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa are among young people
attempts to curb the spread of Aids. Because of the skewed balance of power in many of these relationships, girls are often pressured to have sex without a condom, says the BBCs Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg. But this study seems to suggest that these government a slowly empowering teenagers in poor communities, who are most at risk. It also shows how valuable it is to give [grants] not only to younger children but also to teenagers, who are most at risk of HIV infections, said Ms Cluver. South Africa has one of the worlds highest HIV infection rates and currently runs the worlds largest antiretroviral program. Local experts say new infections have decreased in recent years, which could indicate that young people are changing their sexual behaviour. About 11 million children are currently receiving a child support grant, which is given to poor families who have shown that they are struggling to survive. Each eligible child receives a monthly grant of 300 rand ($30; 19) and a foster child grant of 800 rand.

Zimbabwe
(BBC) A Zimbabwe magistrate has freed top human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, who was charged with obstructing justice and being unruly to the police. The charges refer to a raid in March at the offices of former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa ruled that there was no evidence that Ms Mtetwa had interfered with police duties. Ms Mtetwa, a strong critic of Mr Mugabe, had pleaded not guilty.

Teachers Strike Paralyses MOEs Activities


ormal activities at the Ministry of Education (MOE) in Monrovia were on Monday disrupted when over 200 striking teachers, besieged the Ministrys only entrance, preventing any of the officials from leaving or entering the building. Many of the protesting teachers became disgruntled and vowed to take their grievances to the homes of some of the Ministrys officials, including the home of Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh. According to Pastor Emmanuel Zobweh, authorities at the MOE allegedly deleted the names of most of the teachers last year. Since that time, he claimed, nothing has happened to address the issues concerning their reinstatement and the settlement of their arrears. I have not been paid for nearly eight months, this has exposed my family and I to extreme hardship, Pastor Zobweh exclaimed.

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One of the aggrieved teachers display bruises he allegedly sustained during Mondays action
He said some of his colleagues have not been paid since their names were recorded by the MOE for subsequent employment several months ago. In spite of this fact, they have reportedly been assigned in the leeward counties as teachers without pay. Another teacher, Rancy Kenneh, told the Daily Observer that they represented a group under the banner of what they referred to as Cohorts 4 Teachers. This group of teachers graduated from the various rural teachertraining institutes (RTTIs) across the country in 2012. According to Kenneh, since they were assigned throughout the 15 counties, they are yet to receive their salaries and other benefits from the MOE authorities. Some of the names of the affected teachers were deleted in the past six to 11 months, Mr. Kenneh disclosed. He said some of them were in the classrooms at their assigned areas when the MOE deleted their names. Therefore, there was the need for the MOE to pay them and re-assign them to the various posts at their previous school in the counties. The chairman/spokesman for the aggrieved teachers, Gongben Odysseus Depah, told the Daily Observer that the teachers deleted from the payroll totaled over 2,000

Bassa Students Ask Sen. Findley for WAEC Fees


By J. Burgess Carter
him with a one-page statement appealing for financial assistance to help them write the 2013/2014 West Africa Examination Council (WAEC). A student representative, Emmanuel Bonsu, who read the one-page document to Senate Pro Tempore Findley, said their desire to write the 2013/2014 national exams is being seriously threatened by the inability of their parents to pay the fees. They made their appeal because they believed the Pro-temp was always willing to support education in the county. You never fail people when it comes to education;

from across the country. Depah said, The teachers are being negatively affected by the MOEs decision to delete their names from the payroll. Moses Parwon and another unnamed teacher were among those who reportedly sustained injuries in the stampede that ensued following Mondays strike action. Mr. Parwon, like Pastor Zobweh, was reportedly assigned at the Tappita School District #1. They vowed to continue with their strike until their names are placed back on the payroll at the MOE; especially since their respective documents have been vetted and proven correct. Mondays strike was divided into three, with some of the protesters under the banner of the Movement for the Reinstatement of Deleted Teachers across Liberia (MORDTAL). MORDTAL is an auxiliary of the 15 counties Teachers Welfare Council (TWC), another assemblage of teachers that has been advocating for the three groups consisting of

replaced, deleted, and vendor teachers all represented in Cohorts 4 Teachers. On Wednesday, November 13, aggrieved teachers also overwhelmed the vicinity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) calling for the intervention of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to resolve the impasse. Unlike that recent protest, the teachers on Monday became violent and threatened to remain standing at the door of the MOE until their demands were properly addressed. Thank God for the quick intervention of the Liberia National Police Emergency Response Unit (ERU) for restoring calm to the disruption. Meanwhile, the MOE through its Director of Communications, J. Maxim Bleetain, has confirmed the teachers concerns, but said, The matter is being properly addressed. We have held an emergency meeting under a cordial atmosphere with the leadership of the teachers to remedy the situation in two weeks time, Mr. Bleetain assured.

he recent war of words among p o l i t i c i a n s representing Grand Bassa County in the Legislature has done little to curb the educational desire of thousands of students, who could possibly serve as their successors in future. This enthusiasm for education was demonstrated over the weekend by thousands of graduating students from several junior and senior high schools in Grand Bassa. The students approached Senator Gbehzohngar Findley in Buchanan City, and presented

you did it for our brothers and sisters in 2013, and we believe you can do the same for us with God above, the students statement read. According to the students letter, the deadline for payment of the WAEC fees is Saturday, November 30, and they have therefore expressed the hope that Pro-Temp Findley will respond in a timely manner to ensure that their fees are cleared. The students, however, individually and collectively refused to be drawn into the recent exchanges of verbal assaults among their Legislators. Responding to the

Sen Findley surrounded by students in Buchanan City


students request, Pro-Temp Findley, who made a similar intervention in 2013 by paying the WAEC fees for all schools in Grand Bassa County, said he was thrilled by the huge turnout of students. He gave his word to them that he would review the letter and make a timely decision even though the deadline for payment was short. Senator Findley promised to respond to their letter in one week. I will respond in any way I can; what I can give to you is a guarantee that you will get some relief, even if it is not all, you will get some, Pro-Temp Findley assured the students. The Pro-Temp then made US$2,000 available to the students for their refreshments after they had marched through the streets on a sunny day in Buchanan. It may be recalled that Pro Tempore Findley had recently came under attack from his fellow legislators from the county. They accused him of failing to unite citizens of Grand Bassa, especially the every crop planted on the land. The head of the Yeaten family, Mr. James Yeaten, signed on behalf of his family, while Dahn Nutuah signed for the citizens of Manzoeplay. The Yeaten Family unlawfully occupied the land and began planting cocoa in early 1990 when their son, Gen. Benjamin Yeaten, was in power as one of former President Charles Taylors senior generals. The breakthrough came after the intervention of Community Forum organized by Tetra Tech DPK some months ago. The Community Forum is charged with the responsibility to intervene and settle any situation that has the propensity to cause chao or insecurity in the community. The Gblorlay Community Forum is comprised of over 50 towns within the Buu-Yoa Legislative Caucus of the county. Senator Nyonblee KangarLawrence in particular predicted a rough and uncertain political road for the Pro Tempore in the October 14, 2014 Special Senatorial election, accusing him of failing to pay attention to the countys rural dwellers. Sen. Findley, however, countered those accusations by boasting that he has nothing to worry about as he claimed to have completed his 2005 election platform 100 percent. Administrative District, it extends to the bordering towns where the Yeaten and the other families who were in the land dispute are located. On the same day of the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, in Payglay, a nearby town, other long standing land disputes were reviewed and settled. Tetra Tech DPK is working in two counties in Liberia; Lofa and Nimba, under the program called mitigating land dispute in Liberia. It is sponsored by Narcotic Law Enforcement/INL (a unit) in the US Department of State. Early this year another historic land dispute between Yehbo and Mongbein in the Bain Garr District in Nimba was settled after Tetra Tech DPKs MLDL program.

Tetra Tech Program Yields Results

The chiefs at the signing ceremony in Payglay

By Ishmael F. Menkor
etra Tech DPK has made a breakthrough in Nimba County after reportedly

resolving a long standing land dispute between citizens of Manzoeplay and the family of former Special Security Services Director, Gen. Benjamin Yeaten.

On the 16th of November, the citizens of Manzoeplay and the Yeaten family reached an agreement to end the longstanding land dispute, which most likely began few

years into the civil conflict in Liberia. During the dispute resolution, the Yeaten Family agreed to relinquish the land they had occupied including

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Another Great Opportunity to End Illiteracy in Liberia


The first opportunity Liberia had to end illiteracy came in 1948, with the advent of Frank Laubach, the renowned international literacy expert, who first initiated the program on a national scale. That was 65 years ago. Oh! how Liberians have, in so many ways, wasted time in their country! Today, over 65% of Liberians remain illiterate! The literacy program was established in the Department of Education, then headed by President Tubmans first Education Secretary, J.W. Pearson. Several Liberians, including Lutheran pastor Byron Z. Traub and his wife Margaret, were trained as adult literacy teachers. The Lutheran Church in Liberia produced literacy books in Kpelle, Lorma and other Liberian languages. In the 1960s Mrs. Traub became the founding editor of New Day, a monthly magazine for new literates. It became the largest circulating periodical in Liberia, 25,000 copies. The literacy program continued into the late 1960s, but apparently lacked the governments commitment and support. So we lost an opportunity to achieve 100% literacy. Another great opportunity has come through a Cuban American named Joseph Milton, whose father, Jose Milton, fled Cuba for Florida, United States of America in the early 1960s following Fidel Castros coup detat and the establishment of communism in Cuba. Joes father started a new business in Florida and made money there, too, especially in real estate. He decided to give back by investing heavily in adult literacy throughout Latin America, including his native Cuba. In early 2006, through the initiative of Methodist Bishop John Innis, that literacy program, named ALFALIT, came to Liberia, with Rev. Emmanuel Giddings, a Methodist pastor, as executive director. Thanks to Rev. Giddings and his team, the program is now in all 15 counties. In the past week Joe Milton, now ALFALIT International vice president, has been visiting Liberia. He met with Pastor Giddings and the ALFALIT Board of Directors, which includes several Liberians who care about promoting adult literacy here. These include Vulate Hage, Helen Evans, Willymae King, Messrs. George Gooding, Rudolph Murab, Mamadee Dorbor, Jonathan Enders, Michael Weah and Kenneth Y. Best, chairman. Joe Milton visited several ALFALIT teaching points and was highly impressed with the work. About two years ago he used his friendship with some key Americans in Washington, D.C. to win a grant from the US Agency for International Development for the Liberian ALFALIT program. His visit last week rekindled his interest in the Liberia program. A small committee of the Board led him on a visit with Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, and Joe came away highly impressed with the Liberian leaders passion for promoting adult literacy and his willingness to help in any way to help the program succeed. The Vice President on the spot donated five generators to the program, especially for its teaching points upcountry. Joe also met with Education Minister Etmonia Tarpeh, who pledged to work with ALFALIT to expand the program throughout the country. Her Senior Policy Advisor, Dr. Albert Coleman, pledged his personal commitment to ensure that the Education Ministry THIS TIME will work relentlessly with ALFALIT toward the programs success. We consider all these developments, enhanced by Joe Miltons visit and the expressed commitment of Liberian officials, as a very good sign that this time adult literacy will touch all Liberians and empower them with the ability to read and write. Joe Milton has pledged his unflinching commitment to use his contacts in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere to continue garnering financial support for the Liberia program. He has underscored the need for Liberian officials, at the highest level, to lend their voices to international fundraising for the Liberian dream of 100 percent literacy within the next five to 1 0 years. We strongly believe that this goal is definitely achievable and MUST be embraced by all Liberians, officials and ordinary citizens alike. Let our students at the elementary, secondary and college levels get involved and let all schools, public and private, lend their classroom spaces at night to the cause of teaching adult literacy in every village, town and city throughout Liberia. Let us THIS TIME SEIZE the opportunity make Liberia, within a few years, 100% LITERATE!

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Four Fallacies of the Second Great Depression


By Robert Skidelsky (Courtesy of project-syndicate.org)
The period since 2008 has produced a plentiful crop of recycled economic fallacies, mostly falling from the lips of political leaders. Here are my four favorites. The Swabian Housewife. One should simply have asked the Swabian housewife, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. She would have told us that you cannot live beyond your means. This sensible-sounding logic currently underpins austerity. The problem is that it ignores the effect of the housewifes thrift on total demand. If all households curbed their expenditures, total consumption would fall, and so, too, would demand for labor. If the housewifes husband loses his job, the household will be worse off than before. The general case of this fallacy is the fallacy of composition: what makes sense for each household or company individually does not necessarily add up to the good of the whole. The particular case that John Maynard Keynes identified was the paradox of thrift: if everyone tries to save more in bad times, aggregate demand will fall, lowering total savings, because of the decrease in consumption and economic growth. If the government tries to cut its deficit, households and firms will have to tighten their purse strings, resulting in less total spending. As a result, however much the government cuts its spending, its deficit will barely shrink. And if all countries pursue austerity simultaneously, lower demand for each countrys goods will lead to lower domestic and foreign consumption, leaving all worse off. The government cannot spend money it does not have. This fallacy often repeated by British Prime Minister David Cameron treats governments as if they faced the same budget constraints as households or companies. But governments are not like households or companies. They can always get the money they need by issuing bonds. But wont an increasingly indebted government have to pay ever-higher interest rates, so that debt-service costs eventually consume its entire revenue? The answer is no: the central bank can print enough extra money to hold down the cost of government debt. This is what so-called quantitative easing does. With near-zero interest rates, most Western governments cannot afford not to borrow. This argument does not hold for a government without its own central bank, in which case it faces exactly the same budget constraint as the oft-cited Swabian housewife. That is why some eurozone member states got into so much trouble until the European Central Bank rescued them. The national debt is deferred taxation. According to this oft-repeated fallacy, governments can raise money by issuing bonds, but, because bonds are loans, they will eventually have to be repaid, which can be done only by raising taxes. And, because taxpayers expect this, they will save now to pay their future tax bills. The more the government borrows to pay for its spending today, the more the public saves to pay future taxes, canceling out any stimulatory effect of the extra borrowing. The problem with this argument is that governments are rarely faced with having to pay off their debts. They might choose to do so, but mostly they just roll them over by issuing new bonds. The longer the bonds maturities, the less frequently governments have to come to the market for new loans. More important, when there are idle resources (for example, when unemployment is much higher than normal), the spending that results from the governments borrowing brings these resources into use. The increased government revenue that this generates (plus the decreased spending on the unemployed) pays for the extra borrowing without having to raise taxes. The national debt is a burden on future generations. This fallacy is repeated so often that it has entered the collective unconscious. The argument is that if the current generation spends more than it earns, the next generation will be forced to earn more than it spends to pay for it. But this ignores the fact that holders of the very same debt will be among the supposedly burdened future generations. Suppose my children have to pay off the debt to you that I incurred. They will be worse off. But you will be better off. This may be bad for the distribution of wealth and income, because it will enrich the creditor at the expense of the debtor, but there will be no net burden on future generations. The principle is exactly the same when the holders of the national debt are foreigners (as with Greece), though the political opposition to repayment will be much greater. Economics is luxuriant with fallacies, because it is not a natural science like physics or chemistry. Propositions in economics are rarely absolutely true or false. What is true in some circumstances may be false in others. Above all, the truth of many propositions depends on peoples expectations. Consider the belief that the more the government borrows, the higher the future tax burden will be. If people act on this belief by saving every extra pound, dollar, or euro that the government puts in their pockets, the extra government spending will have no effect on economic activity, regardless of how many resources are idle. The government must then raise taxes and the fallacy becomes a selffulfilling prophecy. So how are we to distinguish between true and false propositions in economics? Perhaps the dividing line should be drawn between propositions that hold only if people expect them to be true and those that are true irrespective of beliefs. The statement, If we all saved more in a slump, we would all be better off, is absolutely false. We would all be worse off. But the statement, The more the government borrows, the more it has to pay for its borrowing, is sometimes true and sometimes false. Or perhaps the dividing line should be between propositions that depend on reasonable behavioral assumptions and those that depend on ludicrous ones. If people saved every extra penny of borrowed money that the government spent, the spending would have no stimulating effect. True. But such people exist only in economists models About the Author Robert Skidelsky, Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at Warwick University and a fellow of the British Academy in history and economics, is a member of the British House of Lords. The author of a three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes, he began his political career in the Labour party, became the Conservative Partys spokesman for Treasury affairs in the House of Lords, and was eventually forced out of the Conservative Party for his opposition to NATOs intervention in Kosovo in 1999.

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SIDA Praised for Core Support to Land Commission

By Alaskai Moore Johnson

he Chairman of the Land Commission (LC), Dr. Cecil T. O. Brandy, has praised the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) for providing core support to the Commission. By core support, according to Dr. Brandy: It is very essential. That core support enables us to hire and pay the salaries of our technical secretariat staff, which are our highly professional staff that do the very important works here at the Land Commission. Dr. Brandy spoke with the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview recently following a courtesy visit of the new Swedish Ambassador to Liberia to his Commission. He further stated that SIDA, which gave them two million US$ for the last two years, also provides funding which enables them to pilot most of their programs, before they (pilots) are rolled out. The two-year duration ends December 2013. But Sweden has further given an

Ambassador Strand and delegation in photo with Dr. Brandy and staff of the Land Commission
to Dr. Brandy, the ULI will help the Commission do a profile and information on land used. We are going to be able to identify the alleys, corridors for electricity and what areas are the wet lands, he stated. Dr. Brandy furthered that this SIDA-funded pilot project can also be used for revenue generation and other important purposes because every structure and land can now be seen and identified in a given area. He disclosed that this will lead to the development of an Urban Land Policy (ULP), which Liberia is yet to have. You see how Monrovia is developing without plan? We need to now quickly formulate an Urban Land Policy and Planning document. You will notice that in countries that have this document, when a land has been designated for farming or recreational area, it does not matter how develop the city becomes, that particular plot remains there for that purpose, he stressed. The LC Chairman further told the Daily Observer that SIDA has also given Liberia more money to continue with the pilot project in Buchanan and Ganta, in Grand Bassa and Nimba Counties respectively. Dr. Brandy said they were doing this exercise in those cities because they are among the fastest growing cities in Liberia. Very quickly as a result of the pieces of information that we are getting to develop a National Urban Land Policy, which he said SIDA fully supports. So, according to him, Sweden Ambassador Sofia Strands visit to the Commission was an assurance that her countrys government is supporting Liberia in its reconstruction drive. The Swedish Government has renewed its support to us. They have given us an additional 2 million for the next 18 months to carry out the two cities urban inventory and to begin doing tribal certificate collection and vetting exercise in at least four counties, he added. Dr. Brandy said over the years many of Liberias tradition people could not get their deeds processed because every deed has to be signed by the President so most resulted to tribal certificate as a means of protecting their lands. During this exercise, we will take the certificates, validate them and process the real one into full deeds and the rest the lands now, we are going to have the time to begin delineating customary lands. He told the Observer that there will be a lot of conflict situations along the way, but the Commission had long since prepared itself.

Sweden Ambassador Sofia Strand in handshake with Dr. Brandy following the meeting
additional two million for the next two years, beginning January 2014. Dr. Brandy said one of such pilots is the Urban Land Inventory, adding: The Urban Land Inventory (ULI) is a special tool that is perfect. It allows you to get a full inventory of land use within urban setting. It also provides an imagery for identification of every structure in a given place. The Land Commission head stated that in Gbarnga, Bong County where the pilot was conducted, they were able to identify every single structure. According

olden Veroleum Liberia said it has begun rehabilitating the most damaged portions of 19-kilometer Butaw-Greenville Highway in Sinoe ahead of the festive season, in an effort to provide free movement of goods and services for residents of the county. According to the Sr. Regional Controller of Golden Veroleum Liberia, Jeffery Benzin, the effort is GVLs own way of wishing Sinoean and Liberians happy and Merry Christmas. We want to see that the lives of people in our operational areas are improved. So we will always help them grow, said Benzin. Mr. Benzin said full rehabilitation of the road would be concluded after several days of sunshine in the county. Currently, rain is still falling in Sinoe while citizens in other parts of Li-

GVL Rehabilitates Damaged Greenville-Butaw Highway

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Greenville-Butaw highway under rehabilitation by GVL-photo by Leroy N. S. Kanmoh
beria are enjoying the dry season. The road during the rainyseason obstructed the movement of goods and services to and from Greenville and to other parts of the country.The Butaw-Greenville Highway had double the already high cost of commodities in Greenville and tripled the cost of transport to more commercial areas. In the midst of situation, GVL continued to recondition several locations, including providing tractors to pull cars stuck in the mud. The damaged spot is twenty minutes drive from Greenville.

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Banlaw Africa Liberia Limited (BAL) a company registered under the laws of Liberia, has been awarded a contract for the construction of Tailings Management Facility, Stormwater Management Dams and Roads on the ArcelorMittal Liberia Concession at Tokadeh Mine, Tokadeh/Yekepa County of Nimba in the North Central region of Liberia.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Responsible for Civil Crew Management and man hours reporting Provide technical and practical input on planning works Report on equipment hours for costing purposes CRITERIA Minimum of ten (10) years relevant working experience Knowledge of Environmental Management System relevant to Company operations Experience in working on a multi-million dollar project 5. 7) CIVIL WORKS SUPERVISORS (2 POSITIONS) (Job Ref: WRIOP 006-

BANLAW AFRICA LIBERIA LIMITED

BAL seeks to employ highly skilled and suitably qualified professionals for the following positions. All the positions are based at the Tokadeh Mine site. 1. PROJECT MANAGER (Job Ref: WRIOP 001)

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Ensure that budgeted percentage return on costs is achieved through effective management of resources Assesses and reviews project Key Performance Indicators to determine project status Manage site operations safely by providing appropriate direction in aspects of Safety, Health and Environment, Training, Production, Engineering, Administration, Human Resources and Labour Relations CRITERIA Tertiary qualification in Mining, Civil, Mechanical Engineering or Geology or related discipline Minimum Twelve (12) years experience in the mining industry. At least five (5) years of which should have been at the operations management level (Superintendent or above). Experience in managing a multi-million dollar project OR Polytechnic Diploma/Certificate or its equivalent in the mining or related industry Minimum Fifteen (15) years experience in the mining or related industry Experience in managing a multi-million dollar project In-depth knowledge of the mining industry 2. SENIOR SITE ENGINEER (Job Ref: WRIOP 002)

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Supervision of all Civil Works Preparation of daily diaries and weekly civil production reports Report on all equipment hours and other time sheets CRITERIA At least five (5) years relevant work experience Knowledge of Environmental Management System relevant to Company operations Experience in working on a multi-million dollar project 6. QUANTITY SURVEYORS (2 POSITIONS) (Job Ref: WRIOP 008-9)

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Participate in Tender, Pre-Construction and Post Construction phases of project Responsibility for the financial and contractual control of the project Liaises with the Consultants / Client, prepares and agrees valuations, value variations and prepares the final account Establishes cost control methods with the Project Manager, monitors project costs and maximises its profitability. CRITERIA A degree in Quantity Surveying or Building Technology or equivalent trade/ technical professional qualification. At least ten (10) years relevant experience in quantity surveying and construction Experience in working on a multi-million dollar project Experience in measurement of building works, estimating and analysis of prices Advanced skills with MS office modules (Word Processing, Spreadsheet and Database programs) 7. HEALTH, SAFETY, SECURITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL (HSSE) MANAGER (Job Ref: WRIOP 010) KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Effective coordination of health, safety and environment systems and standards Identification of hazard and effective implementation of controls to support a safe working environment Support and develop the HSE Program Maintain safety statistics register; timely submission of all HSE reports; liaise with client regarding HSE matters CRITERIA Tertiary qualification in Mining, Engineering or Health, Safety and Environment Minimum (ten) 10 years experience in relevant field Experience in managing a multi-million dollar project 8. ENVIRONMENTAL SUPERINTENDANT (Job Ref: WRIOP 011)

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Coordination of project activities Maintenance of project database Control project plan by reviewing design, specifications, and schedule changes CRITERIA Tertiary qualification in mining & Civil or related discipline Minimum of ten (10) years relevant experience Knowledge of construction Methods and Procedures, Process Improvement and Documentation Skills Experience in managing a multi-million dollar project OR Polytechnic Diploma/Certificate or its equivalent in the mining or related industry Minimum twelve (12) years relevant experience in continuous employment In-depth knowledge of the mining or related industry Experience in managing a multi-million dollar project 3. SURVEYORS (2 POSITIONS) (Job ref: WRIOP 003-4)

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Responsible for mine surveying and associated calculations, maps and plans generated by those activities. Sets out drill & blast, pre-split and exploration drill holes and pick-ups and sets out grade control drilling positions Supervises the training of Assistant Surveyor in proper survey procedures, delegates work as appropriate and provides suitable quality control checks for errors CRITERIA Must have a formal tertiary qualification in Surveying or a related discipline. A minimum of 10 years experience Experience in working on a multi-million dollar project Computer literacy (Word Processing, Spreadsheet and Database programs). Good understanding of modern survey equipment and associated software 4. CIVIL WORKS SUPERINTENDENT (Job Ref: WRIOP 005)

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Environmental compliance Work towards a goal of zero accidents and injuries in the promotion of a healthy and safe working environment Familiarity with Clients Environmental Policy Ensures full compliance of the Client Environmental Management Plan CRITERIA A degree in Environmental Science or equivalent Training qualifications Membership of Professional Body- IEMA or equivalent Minimum seven (7) years work related experience

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

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PHEBE HOSPITAL & SCHOOL OF NURSING


P. O. BOX 10-1046 1000 MONROVIA 10, LIBERIA, WEST AFRICA Cell #: 06744444 Email: phebehospital@gmail.com

Section I. Invitation for Bidder INVITATION FOR BIDS For the Procurement of Goods Supply of Drugs & Medical Supply IFB NO. PHSN/NCB/001/13/14
1. Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing was established in 1921, A Referral Hospital located in Suakoko, Bong County (Central Liberia). Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing is providing both medical and Academic Services to Liberia and the region in particular. Phebe Hospital and School of NursAng is been subsidized by the Government of Liberia through allotment from the National Budget. 2. Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing anticipate budgetary allotment from the National Budget for Fiscal Year 2013/2014 to funds payment under the contract for the supply of Drugs and Medical Supply pending the passage of National Budget. 3. The institution now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for the supply of drugs and medical supply for the fiscal year 2013/2014. 4. Bidding will be conducted through the National Competitive Bidding process as enshrined in the PPCA. 5. Qualification requirements include i. Current Registration ii. Valid Tax Clearance Certificate iii. Current Bank Statement (Positive Balance) iv. Past performance report, and a bid security from a reputable bank. See Bid Data sheet in the document for additional information.

Section I. Invitation for Bidder INVITATION FOR BIDS For the Provision of Stationery Supplies IFB NO. PHSN/NCB/004/13/14
1. Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing was established in 1921, and is a referral Hospital located in Suakoko, Bong County (Central Liberia). Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing is providing both medical and academic Services to Liberia and the region in particular. Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing is been subsidized by the Government of Liberia through allotment from the National Budget. 2. Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing anticipate budgetary allotment from the National Budget for Fiscal Year 2013/2014 to funds payment under the contract for the supply stationery items pending the passage of National Budget. 3. The institution now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for the supply of stationery materials for the fiscal year 2013/2014. 4. Bidding will be conducted through the National Competitive Bidding process as enshrined in the PPCA. 5. The Specification and Quantity of the stationery are detailed listed in the schedule of requirements and Technical specification sections of the bidding document. 6. Qualification requirements include i. Current Registration ii. Valid Tax Clearance Certificate iii. Current Bank Statement (Positive Balance) iv. Past performance report 7. A complete set bidding document in English may be purchase by interested bidders for a nonrefundable fee of USD $50.00 from the Business Office and can be obtained from the procurement Unit of Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing in Suakoko, Bong County. 8. Bid must be delivered in a sealed envelope to the Procurement Unit of Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing located in Suakoko, Bong County not later than 12:00 mid-day Wednesday December 11, 2013. Late bid will be rejected. Bids will be open in the presence of the bidders who choose to attend or their representatives on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:00 Noon in the conference room of the Medical Directors office (Phebe Hospital, Suakoko, Bong County). Bids shall be valid for a period of 30 days after the deadline for bids submission. All bids must be accompany by a bid security from a reputable Bank worth USD$2,000.00. Please note that electronic Bid are not acceptable. 9. All bids must be addressed to: The Procurement Unit Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing Suakoko, Bong County

6. A complete set bidding document in English may be purchase by interested bidders for a nonrefundable fee of USD $50.00 from the Business Office and can be obtained from the procurement Unit of Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing. 7. Bid must be delivered in a sealed envelope to the Procurement Unit of Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing located in Suakoko, Bong County not later than 12:00 mid-day Monday December 9, 2013. Late bid will be rejected. Bids will be open in the presence of the bidders who choose to attend or their representatives on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 12:00 Noon in the conference room of the Medical Directors office (Phebe Hospital, Suakoko, Bong County). Bids shall be valid for a period of 30 days after the deadline for bids submission. All bids must be accompany by a bid security from a reputable Bank worth USD$2,000.00. Please note that electronic Bid are not acceptable. 9. All bids must be addressed to: The Procurement Unit Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing Suakoko, Bong County

Section I. Invitation for Bidder INVITATION FOR BIDS For the Procurement of Goods Petroleum Products IFB No. PHSN/NCB/002/13/14
1. Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing was established in 1921, A referal Hospital located in Suakoko, Bong County (Central Liberia). Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing is providing both medical and Academic Services to Liberia and the region in particular. Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing is been subsidiced by the Government of Liberia through allotment from the National Budget. 2. Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing anticipate budgetary allotment from the National Budget for Fiscal Year 2013/2014 to funds payment under the contract for the supply of Petroleum Product pending the passage of the National Budget. 3. The institution now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for the supply of Petroleum Products for the fiscal year 2013/2014. 4. Bidding will be conducted through the National Competitive Bidding process as enshrined in the PPCA.

5.

Qualification requirements include: i. Current Registration ii. Valid Tax Clearance Certificate iii. Current Bank Statement (Positive Balance) iv. Past performance report, and a bid security from a reputable bank. See Bid Data sheet in the document for additional information. 6. A complete set bidding document in English may be purchase by interested bidders for a nonrefundable fee of USD $50.00 from the Business Office and can be obtained from the procurement Unit of Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing. 7. Bid must be delivered in a sealed envelope to the Procurement Unit of Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing located in Suakoko, Bong County not later than 12:00 mid-day Tuesday December 10, 2013. Late bid will be rejected. Bids will be open in the presence of the bidders who choose to attend or their representatives on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 12:00 mid-day in the conference room of the Medical Directors office (Phebe Hospital, Suakoko, Bong County). Bids shall be valid for a period of 30 days after the deadline of bids submission. All bids must be accompany by a bid security from a reputable Bank worth USD $2,000.00. Please note that electronic Bid are not acceptable. 8. All bids must be addressed to: The Procurement Unit Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing Suakoko, Bong County

Name

Petroleum Products

Description Diesel

Quantity

60,000 gals.

Delivery Schedule 14 days

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NGO Fair Press Release


On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, the Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) of Liberia will come together in Monrovia for a fair celebrating the theme: Liberias Transformation Through Partnerships. The fair will be held at the Executive Pavilion from 10:00am 5:00pm. The fair is hosted by The Liberian International NonGovernmental Organization (LINGO) Forum, a network of International NGOs in Liberia established in 1997. The mission of the network is to act as a focal point for NGO information dissemination in Liberia and to facilitate and enhance the work of its members. The LINGO Forum has recognized that the perceptions and working environment of NGOs are changing in Liberia, as the role of NGOs in the development agenda is unclear to many citizens and stakeholders. Over the years, NGOs have worked towards reaching the needs of the Liberian people through various program interventions and regularly report to donors and partners on their progress and success. In the spirit of transparency, the LINGO Forum members are committed to publically hold themselves accountable to their beneficiaries and will report in a public fair. The fair will therefore provide NGOs a forum for reporting on accomplishments, cultivating relationships, showcasing program impact, and creating awareness among the public. The fair also aims to strengthen the partnerships and collaboration among NGOs, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the principal service providers and government bodies of Liberia. Over 60 national and international NGOs operating in Liberia will be represented at the fair. The daylong event will consist of an official program followed by an open public exhibition. The opening program will include speeches from key stakeholders and the presentation of a report on the impact of NGOs over the past ten years of peace in Liberia.

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HISTORY AND US Daily Observers New Weekly Column All Invited to Contribute!
his Thursday, the eve of President William V. S. Tubmans 118th birth anniversary, the Daily Observer newspaper will launch a new History Column called HISTORY AND US.

In that column, we will portray old, historic photographs connecting Liberias past with the present and todays generation.

We appeal to all Liberians and friends of Liberia who have in their possession or have access to people who may have, old photographs of Liberia and Liberians that may be useful in telling the great story of our country to ourselves and to the world. We invite the public in general to contribute to this History Column, which coincides with the Governments own History Project aimed at rewriting the History of our country, to make it the most inclusive history of Liberia ever written. Watch out Thursday ensuing first edition of this column and dig deep into your archives to find old pictures that will enrich this column for the good of our country and ourselves. Thank you!

JOB VACANCY
he Liberian Agricultural Company (LAC) located in District #3, Grand Bassa County has vacancy for DIVISION TRAINEE SUPERVISOR at its Plantation.

REQUIRED COMPETENCE: 1. Must have a B.Sc. Degree in any Science Discipline from a recognized University. A B. Sc. Degree in Agriculture will be an added advantage. 2. Technical knowledge in Rubber Culture will be an added advantage. 3. Must have the ability to control, direct, check and correct daily work of Overseers and Headmen. 4. Must be computer literate. 5. Must exhibit good human relations with employees and locals.

WORKING EXPERIENCE: Prior working experience in similar capacity will be considered as added advantage. Application, Resume and Supporting Documents including contact cell phone numbers should be submitted to the: HUMAN RESOURCE ASSISTANT MANAGER LIBERIAN AGRICULTURAL COMPANY (LAC) LAC HEAD OFFICE, COMPOUND #3, DISTRICT #3, GRAND BASSA COUNTY, LIBERIA ONLY SHORT LISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED FOR AN INTERVIEW OR OTHERWISE. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION IS DECEM BER 6, 2013.

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LIBERIA NATIONAL COMMISSION


OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN

REPUBLIC OF

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Vacancies An
Public Administration, Peace and Security Studies or related field. As much as 7 years experience in a senior management position is desirable. Skills/Knowledge: Demonstrates strong leadership, interpersonal and team building skills, including negotiation skills; Knowledge and skill in applying the principles and practices of management; Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and direct the activities of staff; Ability to develop and administer budgets and uphold good value for money principles; Understanding of the institutions principles, practices and structure; Ability to work effectively with stakeholders, staff and officials, and others with whom the commission is directly or indirectly related; Excellent writing and spoken communication skills, including presentations. 2. DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS The Director of Programs serves as the principal deputy to the Coordinator and shall assist the Coordinator in the day-to-day running of the Commission. He/She shall be responsible for and oversee all aspects relating to program planning and management functions, providing support for programs/projects designs and preparation of technical proposals including preparation of project budgets, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation and the development of technical reports and other documents for the Commission. Dutiesand Responsibilities Key duties include: Assist the Coordinator in providing leadership and strategic vision for the commission; Program planning and administration, including activities such as preparation of annual work plans and budgets, design of technical assistance programs/ projects, national conferences, publications and research projects. Preparing and managing grants and contracts, including development of grant proposals and applications, project scheduling, project monitoring and evaluation, and supervision of budgets. Developing reports on the business and activities of the commission to include corporate reports, grant reports, research documents, and position papers. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field of small arms and the control thereof; Perform other tasks as may be required and assigned by the Coordinator. Required Education, Experience, and Skills/Knowledge Education/Experience: Minimum of Bachelors degree in any of the social sciences. As much as 5years experience in similar position with similar broad and specific responsibilities desirable. This should include experience of program development and contract management. Skills/Knowledge: Knowledge of program development and implementation, monitoring and evaluation; Ability to develop and administer budgets and uphold good value for money principles; Understanding of the corporations principles, practices and structure; Demonstrated ability to effectively network with multi-stakeholders groups including government, security sector agencies, civil society, community based organizations and international NGOs; Excellent writing and spoken communication skills, including presentations. 3. FINANCE OFFICER Working under the supervision of the Coordinator, the Financial Officer will generally ensure that the finance function of the Commission provides effective, transparent and legally appropriate support to the Commissions programs in conformity with GOL financial management requirements, norms and international best practices. Duties and Responsibilities Work with the Coordinator on the strategic vision and developing a plan which financially underpins this, and identifies appropriate funding streams; Set up and oversee in cooperation with the Coordinator the operation of a fi(Continued on page 11

Ground Floor, Foreign M Monrovia, Lib Mobile: 0886554450 / Email: lincsal13@g

he Government of Liberia in 2006 created via an Executive Order, the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms,consistent with relevant international protocols and treaties on arms control and in furtherance of its commitment to promote and consolidate peace and stability. The Commission later in August 2012 gained permanent legal status through a Legislative Act which established the full mandate and powers of the Commission to, among others, provide, as required, policy guidance, research and monitoring of national efforts to control the flow of arms and prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade and proliferation of Small arms and light weapons (SALW) within and across the borders of Liberia. Pursuant to Article VI, Sections (2) & (3) of the Act establishing the Commission and which empowers the Commission through the Chairperson to set up a Technical Secretariat to run the day-to-day affairs of the Commission, including a Coordinator and other competent professional staff, through a recruitment process and on such terms and conditions as the Commission may establish;

The Commission hereby invites applications from suitably qualified Liberians to occupy various positions (as described below) within the Technical Secretariat of the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application letters with detailed curriculum vitae (CV), including telephone and email contacts, copies of educational certificates and names and contact details of three references of high standing. All applications must be addressed to: James M. Fromayan Chairman Liberia National Commission on Small Arms Governance Commission Building 9th Street, Sinkor, Monrovia Deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, 02 December, 2013 at 16:00 hours. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted to attend interviews .Previous title holders under the Transitional Secretariat are encouraged to apply, if interested. 1. COORDINATOR As head of the Technical Secretariat and working under the supervision of the Chairman of the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms, the Coordinator will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the Commission in such a manner to ensure consistent achievement of the Commissions mission, goals and objectives. Duties and responsibilities Key duties include: Ensure that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress; Provide leadership in developing programs, organizational and financial plans with theCommission and Technical Secretariat, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the Commission; Promote active and broad participation of all stakeholders in all areas of the organizations work, including relevant governmental actors, development partners, the security sector, and civil society; Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with the Commissions mandate, policies and all relevant regulations. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field of small arms and light weapons (SALW) and the control thereof; Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals with approval of the Commission through its Chairman. Facilitate the holding of regular and called meetings of the Commission through the preparation and circulation of citations, the preparation of agenda for the Chairmans approval, and the preparation and distribution of minutes of the meeting to all members; Supervise the recruitment, employment and release of all personnel, both paid staff and temporary. Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place. Perform other tasks as may be assigned by the Commission through its Chairman. Required Education, Experience, and Skills/Knowledge Education/Experience: An advanced University degree (Masters) in Management,

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Pillar II: Economic Transformation

Pillar Technical Advisor Pillar Technical Advisor Pillar II: Economic Transformation Pillar Technical Advisor Pillar II: Economic Transformation

LIBERIA DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE (LDA) TERMS OF REFERENCE

LIBERIA DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE (LDA) LIBERIA DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE (LDA) TERMS OF REFERENCE TERMS OF REFERENCE

LIBERIA DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE (LDA) TERMS OF REFERENCE Pillar Technical Advisor


LIBERIA DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE (LDA) TERMS OF REFERENCE

LIBERIA DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE (LDA) TERMS OF REFERENCE

Background: Background: The Liberia Development Alliance (LDA) was launched in January 2013, as the successor to the Liberia Background: The Liberia Development Alliance (LDA) was launched in January 2013, as the successor to the Liberia Reconstruction and Development Committee (LRDC). The LDA is the Government of Liberias most The Liberia Reconstruction Development Alliance (LDA) was (LRDC). launched in is January 2013, of as the successor to the Liberia and Development Committee The LDA the and Government Liberias most strategic forum for engaging theCommittee private sector, civil society, development partners to address key Reconstruction and Development (LRDC). The LDA is the Government strategic forum for engaging the private sector, civil society, and development partners to address key of Liberias most issues affecting overall development in Liberia. strategic forum for engaging the private sector, civil society, and development partners to address key issues affecting overall development in Liberia.
issues affecting overall development in Liberia.

The Liberia Development Alliance (LDA) was organized primarily for: The Liberia Development Alliance (LDA) organized primarily for: The Liberia Development (LDA) was organized primarily for: development plan, the Agenda for 1) Coordinating and Alliance monitoring thewas implementation of the national 1) Coordinating and monitoring the implementation implementation of the national plan, the Agenda for 1) Coordinating and monitoring the of the development national development plan, the Agenda for Transformation (AFT) Transformation (AFT) Transformation (AFT) 2) Enhancing coordination with Government of Liberia, private sector, Civil Society and development 2) Enhancing coordination with Government of Liberia, private sector, Civilsector, Society and development 2) Enhancing coordination with Government of Liberia, private Civil Society and development partners. partners. partners.

Pillar Technical Advisor Pillar II: Economic Transformation


Transformation (AFT)

Pillar II: Economic Transformation Pillar Technical Advisor Pillar IV: Governance and Public Institutions Background:
The Liberia Development Alliance (LDA) was launched in January 2013, as the successor to the Liberia

Reconstruction and Development Committee (LRDC). The LDA is the Government of Liberias most Background: engaging the private sector, civil society, and development partners to address key The Liberia Development Alliance strategic (LDA) forum wasfor launched in January 2013, as the successor to the Liberia issues affecting overall development in Liberia. Reconstruction and Development Committee (LRDC). The LDA is the Government of Liberias most strategic forum for engaging the private civil society, development partners to address key The Liberiasector, Development Alliance (LDA) was and organized primarily for: issues affecting overall development Liberia. 1) in Coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the national development plan, the Agenda for 2) Enhancing withprimarily Government of Liberia, private sector, Civil Society and development The Liberia Development Alliance (LDA) was coordination organized for: 1) Coordinating and monitoring the partners. implementation of the national development plan, the Agenda for Transformation (AFT) The LDA Steering Committee is chaired by the President of Liberia and consists of cabinet ministers and 2) Enhancing coordination with Government of private Liberia, private sector, Civil Society development representatives of the sector, civil society and development partners at and the highest level. The partners. LDA is structured along five Pillars of the Agenda for Transformation in order to ensure that implementation is coordinated to achieve the national goals. The LDA Steering Committee is supported

The LDA Steering Committee is chaired by the President of Liberia and consists of cabinet ministers and The LDA Steering Committee is chaired by the President of Liberia consists of and cabinet ministers and The LDA Steering Committee is chaired by the President Liberia and consistsand of cabinet ministers representatives of the private sector, civil societyof and development partners at the highest level. The representatives of the private sector, civil society and development partners at the highest level. The representatives ofalong the private sector, civil of society and development at the highestin level. The to ensure that LDA is structured five Pillars the Agenda for partners Transformation LDA is structured along five Pillars of the Agenda for Transformation in order order to ensure that LDA is structured along five Pillars of the the Agenda for Transformation in order to ensure that implementation is coordinated to achieve national goals. The LDA Steering Committee is supported implementation is coordinated to achieve the national goals. The LDA Steering Committee is supported implementation is coordinated to achieve the national goals. The LDA Steering Committee is supported by the LDA Secretariat which is responsible for the day to day affairs of the LDA. The Minister of of Finance by the LDA Secretariat which is responsible for the day to day affairs of the LDA. The Minister Finance by the LDA Secretariat which is responsible for the day to day affairs of the LDA. The Minister of Finance serves as the National Coordinator of the LDA Secretariat. serves as the National Coordinator of the LDA Secretariat. serves as the National Coordinator of the LDA Secretariat. In order to successfully coordinate and monitor the of current current development agenda, In order to successfully coordinate and monitor theimplementation implementation of development agenda, Agenda for In Transformation , the LDA Secretariat looking recruit a qualified Liberian professional order to successfully coordinate and monitor theis implementation current a development agenda, Agenda for Transformation , the LDA Secretariat is lookingto toof recruit qualified Liberian professional to to serve serve as Pillar Technical Advisor for Pillar II the Transformation Pillar. Agenda for Transformation , the LDA Secretariat isEconomic looking to recruit a qualified Liberian professional to as Pillar Technical Advisor for Pillar II the Economic Transformation Pillar. serve as Pillar Technical Advisor for Pillar II the Economic Transformation Pillar. The Technical Advisor will work closely with the Pillar Chair, members of the Pillar, the County The Technical Advisor will work closely with the Pillar Chair, members of the Pillar, the County Development Planning Officers, and the LDA National Program Specialist to ensure implementation of The Technical Advisor will work and closely with the Pillar Chair, membersSpecialist of the Pillar, the County Planning Officers, the LDA National Program implementation of policyDevelopment decisions agreed at LDA. The Technical Advisors will report directlyto toensure the Pillar Chair weekly and Development Planningand Officers, and the LDA National Program Specialist to ensure implementation of Chair policy decisions agreed at LDA. The Technical Advisors will report directly tothe the Pillar Pillar weekly and will be subject to quarterly final evaluations by the LDA with input from Chairs. policy decisions agreed at LDA. The Technical Advisors will report directly to the Pillar Chair weekly and will be subject to quarterly and final evaluations by the LDA with input from the Pillar Chairs. will be subject to quarterly and final evaluations by the LDA with input from the Pillar Chairs. Key duties________________________________________________________________________ Working with the Pillar Chair, and the LDA National Program Specialist, Pillar Technical Advisor Key closely duties________________________________________________________________________ will be responsible for thethe following within their Key closely duties________________________________________________________________________ Working with Pillar Chair, and the Pillar: LDA National Program Specialist, Pillar Technical Advisor will beWorking responsible following within their Pillar: closely for withthe the Pillar Chair, and the LDA National Program Specialist, Pillar Technical Advisor Provide advice to ensure that Ministries, will be responsible for the following within their Pillar: Agencies and Commissions (MACs) are in fact working together and coordinating relevant policy projects. Work to improve collaboration projects Provide advice to ensure that Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACs) are in facton working in which Ministries are not working together effectively. Identify areas where line Ministries together and coordinating projects. Work to improve collaboration on projects Provide advice to ensure thatrelevant Ministries, policy Agencies and Commissions (MACs) are in fact working and Agencies may need particular additional assistance and expertise. in which Ministries are not working together effectively. Identify areas where line Ministries together and coordinating relevant policy projects. Work to improve collaboration on projects and Agencies may need particular additional assistance and expertise. in which Ministries are not working together effectively. Identify areas where line Ministries Agencies evaluation may need particular additional assistance by andline expertise. Provide and objective of polices proposed Ministries and agencies. Analyze policy
proposals by Ministries and Agencies to assess their consistency with government policy. Provide analytical support to the governments strategic planning and approval process. Monitor and guide policy development process from the Pillar level to ensure that MACs activities fit into a broader strategic context. Support the development of appropriate legislation working together with relevant MACs following Cabinet endorsement of policies. Ensure that AfT indicators are duly transmitted to all stakeholders and assist each Pillar MAC in drafting their respective results matrix from AfT goals and objectives. Support the role of the Pillar Chair in reporting on monitoring the implementation process (in line with the M & E Framework) to the LDA Steering Committee; Ensure that Sector Working Group give proper attention to all cross-cutting issues in the implementation of interventions; Ensure that the Pillars are functional and holding regular meetings and maintain full records of the proceedings of the Sector Working Group Meetings, issue citations, serve as a clearing house on LDA Pillar information and inform all stakeholders on a regular basis; Serve as Pillar Focal Point in providing aid information as it relates to the development agenda to the Pillar and to LDA when requested. Liaise with the County Development Steering Committee through the Program Specialist to ensure the collection of information/data from implementing agencies, to ensure the timely preparation of relevant reports for the LDA; Consolidate and distribute monthly and quarterly reports from the counties to the Pillar to ensure timely response and corrective action to project and program implementation at county level. Prepare a Pillar Feedback matrix detailing status of implementation challenges indicated at county level to be communicated to counties through LDA as required and quarterly. Participate in the design and development of medium & long-term GOL strategic planning in close collaboration with the LDA Secretariat.

Background: The Liberia Development Alliance (LDA) was launched in January 2013, as the successor to the Liberia Reconstruction and Development Committee (LRDC). The LDA is the Government of Liberias most strategic forum for engaging the private sector, civil society, and development partners to address key issues affecting overall development in Liberia.
by the LDA Secretariat which is responsible for the day to day affairs of the LDA. The Minister of Finance and The LDA Steering Committee is chaired by the President of Liberia and consists of cabinet ministers serves as the National Coordinator of the LDA Secretariat. representatives of the private sector, civil society and development partners at the highest level. The LDA is structured along five Pillars of the Agenda for Transformation in order to ensure In order to successfully coordinate and monitor the implementation of current development agenda, that implementation is coordinated to achieve the national goals. The LDA to Steering Committee is supported Agenda for Transformation , the LDA Secretariat is looking recruit a qualified Liberian professional to by the LDA Secretariat which is responsible for the dayfor to day affairs the LDA. The Minister of Finance serve as Pillar Technical Advisor Pillar II the Economicof Transformation Pillar. serves as the National Coordinator of the LDA Secretariat. The Technical Advisor will work closely with the Pillar Chair, members of the Pillar, the County Development Planning Officers, and the LDA National Program Specialist to ensure implementation of

In order to successfully coordinate and monitor the implementation of current development agenda, policy decisions agreed at LDA. The Technical Advisors will report directly to the Pillar Chair weekly and Agenda for Transformation, the LDA Secretariat is looking to recruit a qualified professional to will be subject to quarterly and final evaluations by the LDA with input fromLiberian the Pillar Chairs. serve as Pillar Technical Advisor for Pillar IV the Governance and Public Institutions Pillar.
Key duties________________________________________________________________________

The Liberia Development Alliance (LDA) was organized primarily for: 1) Coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the national development plan, the Agenda for Transformation (AFT) 2) Enhancing coordination with Government of Liberia, private sector, Civil Society and development partners.
Key duties________________________________________________________________________ and Agencies may need particular additional assistance and expertise. Working closely with the Pillar Chair, and the LDA National Program Specialist, Pillar Technical Advisor will be responsible for the following within their Pillar: Provide advice to ensure that Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACs) are in fact working together and coordinating relevant policy projects. Work to improve collaboration on projects in which Ministries are not working together effectively. Identify areas where line Ministries and Agencies may need particular additional assistance and expertise. Provide objective evaluation of polices proposed by line Ministries and agencies. Analyze policy proposals by Ministries and Agencies to assess their consistency with government policy. Provide analytical support to the governments strategic planning and approval process.
in which Ministries are not working together effectively. Identify areas where line Ministries

closely with the PillarPillar Chair, and the LDA National Program Specialist, Technical Advisor The Technical Advisor will work Working closely with the Chair, members of thePillar Pillar, the County will be responsible for the following within their Pillar: Development Planning Officers, and the LDA National Program Specialist to ensure implementation of policy decisions agreed at LDA. The Technical Advisors will report directly to the Pillar Chair weekly and Provide advice to ensure that Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACs) are in fact working will be subject to quarterly and final evaluations by the LDA with input from the Pillar Chairs. together and coordinating relevant policy projects. Work to improve collaboration on projects

The LDA Steering Committee is chaired by the President of Liberia and consists of cabinet ministers and representatives of the private sector, civil society and development partners at the highest level. The LDA is structured along five Pillars of the Agenda for Transformation in order to ensure that implementation is coordinated to achieve the national goals. The LDA Steering Committee is supported by the LDA Secretariat which is responsible for the day to day affairs of the LDA. The Minister of Finance serves as the National Coordinator of the LDA Secretariat.

Qualifications Advanced University degree (Masters or equivalent) preferably in Industrial or Business Management, Project Management, Public Policy, Public Administration, or other relevant field; or the equivalent combination of education and experience in a related area; At least 5 years of work experience with capabilities in policy or strategy development, public sector reform, legal reform, conflict management, peace building, and monitoring and evaluation; Understanding of the challenges in Liberia relating to respective pillar, the synergies that exist between the sectors which make up the assigned pillar, some of the various actors in the pillar and their respective roles and mandates; Knowledge of the PRS/CDA and the AfT processes and the expected goals as they relate to the assigned pillar. Full working knowledge of English, including excellent drafting and presentation skills; Excellent computer skills (especially Microsoft office applications) and ability to use information technology as a tool and resource.

In order to successfully coordinate and monitor the implementation of current development agenda, Agenda for Transformation, the LDA Secretariat is looking to recruit LIBERIA a qualified Liberian DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE (LDA)professional to TERMS OF REFERENCE serve as Pillar Technical Advisor for Pillar II the Economic Transformation Pillar. The Technical Advisor will work closely with the Pillar Chair, members of the Pillar, the County Development Planning Officers, and the LDA National Program Specialist to ensure implementation of policy decisions agreed at LDA. The Technical Advisors will report directly to the Pillar Chair weekly and will be subject to quarterly and final evaluations by1)the LDAand with input from the Pillar Chairs.plan, the Agenda for Coordinating monitoring the implementation of the national development
2)
Operational Skills (AFT) Transformation Capacity to perform effectively under pressure and hardship Enhancing coordination with Government of Liberia, privateconditions. sector, Civil Society and development Good interpersonal and teamwork skills, networking aptitude, ability to work in a multicultural partners. environment. Excellent writing skills to draft reports for submission to the LDA Secretariat. Qualifications Advanced University degree (Masters or equivalent) preferably in Industrial or Business Management, Project Management, Public Policy, Public Administration, or other relevant field; or the equivalent combination of education and experience in a related area; At least 5 years of work experience with capabilities in policy or strategy development, public sector reform, legal reform, conflict management, peace building, and monitoring and evaluation; Understanding of the challenges in Liberia relating to respective pillar, the synergies that exist Background: between the sectors which make up the assigned pillar, some of the various actors in the pillar The Liberia Development Alliance (LDA) was launched in January 2013, as the successor to the Liberia and their respective roles and mandates; Reconstruction and of Development Committee (LRDC). and Thethe LDA is the goals Government of Liberias most Knowledge the PRS/CDA and the AfT processes expected as they relate to the strategic forum for engaging the private sector, civil society, and development partners to address key assigned pillar. issues affecting overall development in Liberia. Full working knowledge of English, including excellent drafting and presentation skills; Excellent computer skills (especially Microsoft office applications) and ability to use information technology as a tool and resource. The Liberia Development Alliance (LDA) was organized primarily for:

Monitor and guide policy development process from the Pillar level to ensure that MACs activities fit into a broader strategic context. Support the development of appropriate legislation working together with relevant MACs following Cabinet endorsement of policies. Ensure that AfT indicators are duly transmitted to all stakeholders and assist each Pillar MAC in drafting their respective results matrix from AfT goals and objectives. Support the role of the Pillar Chair in reporting on monitoring the implementation process (in line with the M & E Framework) to the LDA Steering Committee; Ensure that Sector Working Group give proper attention to all cross-cutting issues in the implementation of interventions; Ensure that the Pillars are functional and holding regular meetings and maintain full records of the proceedings of the Sector Working Group Meetings, issue citations, serve as a clearing house on LDA Pillar information and inform all stakeholders on a regular basis; Serve as Pillar Focal Point in providing aid information as it relates to the development agenda to the Pillar and to LDA when requested. Liaise with the County Development Steering Committee through the Program Specialist to ensure the collection of information/data from implementing agencies, to ensure the timely preparation of relevant reports for the LDA; Consolidate and distribute monthly and quarterly reports from the counties to the Pillar to ensure timely response and corrective action to project and program implementation at county level. Prepare a Pillar Feedback matrix detailing status of implementation challenges indicated at county level to be communicated to counties through LDA as required and quarterly. Participate in the design and development of medium & long-term GOL strategic planning in close collaboration with the LDA Secretariat.

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Operational Skills Capacity to perform effectively under pressure and hardship conditions. Good interpersonal and teamwork skills, networking aptitude, ability to work in a multicultural environment. Excellent writing skills to draft reports for submission to the LDA Secretariat. Excellent interpersonal skills and cultural and political sensitivity to effectively interact with a cross section of government officials, members of donor organizations, international and national NGOs, civil society representatives, etc. Excellent organizational and presentation skills. Strong inter-personal skills with ability to promote participation and teamwork. Ability to undertake field travel and local travel in order to achieve objectives. Active commitment to promoting the interest of marginalized people.

Key duties________________________________________________________________________ The LDA Steering Committee is chaired by the President of Liberia and consists of cabinet ministers and representatives of interpersonal the private sector, civil society development partners at the highest The Excellent skills and cultural andand political sensitivity to effectively interact with level. a Working closely with the Pillar Chair, and the LDA National Program Specialist, Pillar Technical Advisor LDA is structured along five Pillars officials, of the members Agenda of fordonor Transformation in international order to ensure that cross section of government organizations, and implementation is coordinated to achieve the national national NGOs, civil society representatives, etc. goals. The LDA Steering Committee is supported by the LDA Secretariat which is responsible for the day to day affairs of the LDA. The Minister of Finance will be responsible for the following within their Pillar: Excellent organizational and presentation skills. serves as the National Coordinator of the LDA Secretariat.

Provide advice to ensure that Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACs) are in fact working together and coordinating relevant policy Key projects. Work to improve collaboration on projects To Apply duties Please send CV and cover letter to Mr. Joseph Zangar Bright, Jr. National Program Specialist, Responsible for the analysis of all accounting transactions Please send CV and cover letter to Mr. Joseph Zangar Bright, Jr. National Program Specialist, Liberia in Alliance, which Ministries are not working together effectively. Identify areas where line Ministries Liberia Development Ministry of Finance (jbright@mof.gov.lr) by Friday, December 6, Prepare monthly/quarterly allotment request for the fiscal year in conformity Development Alliance, Ministry of Finance (jbright@mof.gov.lr) by Friday, December 6, 2013.with the approved 2013. sources of cash flow and Agencies may need particular additional assistance and expertise. Calculate foreign and domestic travel cost in accordance with GOL travel ordinances
To Apply
LIBERIA DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE (LDA) TERMS OF REFERENCE

Ability to undertake field travel and local travel in order to achieve objectives. In order to enhance its operations, the LDA Secretariat is looking to recruit a qualified Liberian Active to promoting the interest of marginalized professional to commitment serve as Finance Officer. The finance officer people. will be responsible for all financial operations and recording keeping and will be expected to perform the following key duties:

Strong inter-personal skills with ability to promote participation and teamwork.

FINANCE OFFICER
Background: The Liberia Development Alliance (LDA) was launched in January 2013, as the successor to the Liberia Reconstruction and Development Committee (LRDC). The LDA is the Government of Liberias most strategic forum for engaging the private sector, civil society, and development partners to address key issues affecting overall development in Liberia. The Liberia Development Alliance (LDA) was organized primarily for: 1) Coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the national development plan, the Agenda for Transformation (AFT) 2) Enhancing coordination with Government of Liberia, private sector, Civil Society and development partners. The LDA Steering Committee is chaired by the President of Liberia and consists of cabinet ministers and representatives of the private sector, civil society and development partners at the highest level. The LDA is structured along five Pillars of the Agenda for Transformation in order to ensure that implementation is coordinated to achieve the national goals. The LDA Steering Committee is supported by the LDA Secretariat which is responsible for the day to day affairs of the LDA. The Minister of Finance serves as the National Coordinator of the LDA Secretariat. In order to enhance its operations, the LDA Secretariat is looking to recruit a qualified Liberian professional to serve as Finance Officer. The finance officer will be responsible for all financial operations and recording keeping and will be expected to perform the following key duties: Key duties Responsible for the analysis of all accounting transactions Prepare monthly/quarterly allotment request for the fiscal year in conformity with the approved sources of cash flow Calculate foreign and domestic travel cost in accordance with GOL travel ordinances Supervise record keeping of all accounting transactions Prepare information requested by auditors Contribute to the annual operating budgeting process Prepare internal payment report depicting receipts and payment per month Reconcile cash accounts; conduct petty cash count Prepare and maintain accurate financial reports and accounting files for budgeting and accounting purposes

Supervise record keeping of all accounting transactions Prepare information requested by auditors Contribute to the annual operating budgeting process Prepare internal payment report depicting receipts and payment per month Reconcile cash accounts; conduct petty cash count Prepare and maintain accurate financial reports and accounting files for budgeting and accounting purposes Prepare and maintain a monthly payroll of all employees/contractors Report, analyze and ensure integrity of all financial information
Report to the National Program Specialist Perform related and other duties/responsibilities as may be required

Qualifications Minimum of Bachelors degree or equivalent in Accounting. Minimum 3 years experience in related works (Experience with Government of Liberia will be an asset). Operational Skills Strong competence in Ms Office Suite (Excel) Excellent bookkeeping knowledge and skills and software (QuickBooks) Have good interpersonal skills and analytical skills Excellent written and oral communication skills Multi-tasking skills and ability to work under pressure

To Apply Please send CV and cover letter to Mr. Joseph Zangar Bright, Jr. National Program Specialist, Liberia Development Alliance, Ministry of Finance (jbright@mof.gov.lr) by Friday, December 6, 2013.

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he Empowerment over US$250,000.00 (Two Bishop Clement W. Fugh Temple African Hundred Fifty Thousand is our Preacher for the M e t h o d i s t United States Dollars). This Program. He & Supervisor Episcopal Church included a new architects Fugh along with Rt. Rev. is commemorating 12 design, raising up of the Bishop James L. Davis and years of Ministry with external and internal walls, a 5-man delegation from the a Cornerstone Laying steel trusses, long-span alu- 9th Episcopal District in the Ceremony and Dedication minum roofing, casting of a United States of America of the Church new Edifice. second storey, renovation of will be present to officiate Empowerment Temple pastors office, bathrooms, and witness this ceremony. was established in 2001. paving of the parking lot, The Pastor and Founder, The founder and Pastor is installing sliding glass win- Dr. Katurah York Cooper, Dr. Katurah York Cooper. dows, stained glass windows, the Ministers, Officers and Starting with 16 founding windows bars, erecting a Members of Empowerment members, Rev. Dr. Cooper generator room and more. Temple cordially invite It is now appropriate that you to witness this Sacred has led this church of over 600 members modeling this building, which also Ceremony. a holistic ministry to the houses the Jamal Harrison On Thursday, November spiritual, economic and Bryant HOPE Academy, be 28, at 10:00 a.m. at social needs of its members. dedicated to the glory of God Empowerment Temple/ Through national outreach and a Cornerstone be laid for Sophie Junction-Congo of our NGO, Helping Our generations to celebrate the Town, members, far and People Excel (H.O.P.E. Inc), hard work of all who have near, are encouraged to join the lives of thousands of labored and continue to labor in this Ceremony. The entire children, young boys and to build a beautiful house of AME Church, the Body of young girls, women and worship for God. Christ in Liberia, Friends At the Cornerstone Laymen, have been impacted of Empowerment Temple, in positive and productive ing Ceremony, we will acand the entire Public are knowledge the Bishop Adam ways. welcome. Contributions Worship services began on Jefferson Richardson who September 30, 2001 in the purchased the building over towards the completion of defunct Rovia Bank Building 15 years ago. In addition the the renovation process will and continued until January Cornerstone will also bear be accepted and appreciated. 2009 when the congregation the names of the Leadership Come and celebrate the re-located to Sophie Junc- of Liberia, President Ellen wonderful works of God. You may contact the tion in Congo Town. Since Johnson Sirleaf and Vice 2004, the Lord has blessed President Joseph N. Boakai church at Call 0886-212483 the people to effect the re- under whose tenure this Cor- or 0886-646347 for more information. design and renovation of this nerstone is being erected. Our Presiding Prelate, new edifice to the cost of

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THIS IS TO INFORM TH E GENERAL THE LIBERI PUBLIC THAT A VISUAL AR TS (LIVARTS HAS REOPEN ) ACADEMY ED AND RECR UITMENT OF BEGINS MON STUDENTS DAY, 11TH NOVEMBER 2013. RECR TO THURSD UITMENT W AY 14, ILL TAKE PL ACADEMYS ACE AT THE NEW LOCATI ON ON 15TH PAYNE AVEN STREET, UE, SINKOR IN THE COM ALLIANCE FR POUND OF ANCAISE. LIVARTS PR OGRAMS AR E DESIGNED INDIVIDUAL FOR S BETWEEN THE AGES OF THE ACADEM 10 - 25. Y OFFERS LE SSONS IN PAINTING, DRAWING, PHOTOGRAPH Y, UNDER-PRIV CARTOONIN ILGED CHIL G FOR DREN FREE-O F-CHARGE. PARENTS IN TERESTED IN CHILDREN AT ENROLLING THEIR LIVARTS CA N ACCOMPA THE DATES NY THEM ON MENTIONED ABOVE AT TH IN SINKOR. E ACADEMY
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Approved: A. Leslie Lumeh Executive Direct or

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LIVARTS

FOR MORE IN FORMATION CALL: +231 (0) 0886 739 44 4

Livarts Is A Community-Based Specilaized Training Program With Supports From The U. S. And French Embassies In Monrovia

In Partnership with the


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nancial and financial reporting systems for the Commission in line with GOL financial management requirements; Provide information and advice to the Commission on budgets, procurement, financial and administrative regulations, cost norms and etc.; Exercise authority over budget controls and ensure the day to day functions of tracking income and expenditure through record keeping; Oversee the production of monthly reports including reconciliations; Maintain the Commissions bank accounts and facilitate with banks for any query; Assist the Commission in identifying new funding opportunities, the drafting of prospective programmatic budgets, and determining cost effectiveness of prospective service delivery; Assess the financial benefits of all prospective contracts and advise the Commission on programmatic design and implementation matters; Ensure adequate controls are installed and that substantiating documentation is approved and available such that all purchases may pass independent and governmental audits; Oversee the management and coordination of all fiscal reporting activities for the Commission; Oversee all purchasing and payroll activity of the Commission; Record and maintain assets of the Commission and ensure assets are correctly labeled; Ensure adequate cash flow to meet the organizations needs; Maintain an efficient, robust, transparent filing system which is easily accessible to internal or external inspection and scrutiny; Undertake any other duties as may be required and directed by the Coordinator. Education:Minimum Bachelor degree in communications, public relations or related field. Experience Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience Significant experience developing the following communication tools: press releases, media interviews, workshops/conferences, success stories, website maintenance, etc. Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills Understanding of the institutions principles, practices and structure; Demonstrated ability to effectively network with multi-stakeholders groups including government, security sector agencies, civil society, community based organizations and international NGOs Ability to handle multiple tasks, meet deadlines and track and report on progress Fluency in English and ability to use standard technology packages, eg. Word, PowerPoint, and Excel are required. 5. IT OFFICER The IT Officer will work under the supervision of the Coordinator and shall be responsible for managing the Commissions computer and information systems; and this responsibility includes all aspects of Network Administration, updates, computer repair, server maintenance and/or repair, disaster recovery, and programming. Duties & Responsibilities Configure, install and maintain all computers, file servers, networks cabling, and other network equipment, devises, systems, upgrades, modems, and disk drives; Asses and/or analyze networks, systems and applications to identify and correct malfunctions and other operating problems; Provide technical services to departments regarding proper use and/or maintenance of computers, and provide repair services when required; Establish and support network disk and tape backup and disaster recovery; Oversee and perform software and/or hardware installation, and network operating system upgrades, and maintain site licenses as required; Plan and implement network security, including building firewalls, file permissions, and file system integrity, and supervise the addition and/or deletion of users; Develop and maintain specific databases as required by the Commission; Provide hardware and software maintenance training for employees as required, and develop appropriate professional development plan for IT staff; Maintain an active liaison with the IT industry with respect to advances in relevant state-of-the-art technology, equipment and systems; Supervise the assignment and performance of section staff, and perform all other tasks that may be assigned. Qualification Education: A Bachelor degree in Computer Science or its equivalent. Experience: Must have knowledge and experience working in active directory, domain administration, and the primary network services (DNS, WINS, DHCP, etc.) Knowledge of network architecture (VLANs) desirable; Minimum 4 years experience as a senior IT supervisor Experience in training co-workers at a beginner and advance level Ability to understand and interpret technical manuals and written and verbal instructions Proficiency in oral and written communication in English

oreign Ministry Building ovia, Liberia 54450 / 0777029902 al13@gmail.com

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EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE Education: A minimum of B.Sc. Degree in Accounting or its equivalent. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) preferred. Experience Working knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) Five years of financial experience and management experience within a governmental department or reputable private institution Computer literacy, particularly excel but also office, word and outlook Experience in working in partnership with international NGOs is desirable 4. COMMUNICATIONS & OUTREACH OFFICER The Communications and Outreach Officer shall provide communication, outreach and public relations support to the Commission. Working under the supervision of the Coordinator, the Communication and Outreach Officer shall be responsible for the various elements of the job description listed below. Duties and Responsibilities Leads the development of a robust communication and outreach strategy for the Commission and ensures its periodic review and updating; ensures the production of and day-to-day information dissemination through various communication modes and channels, of Commissions programs and activities, including action plans, policies, regulations, eventsand campaigns, as well as information on progress of the Commission to the public, governmental agencies and development partners; leads the development of public information and outreach materials such as brochures, newsletters, posters, flyers and billboards; liaising with the IT Officer, designs and manages a Website for the Commission; Serves as a liaison between authorities of the Commission and the public on any and all media related matters; Leads in the organization of other communication/PR activities and social events as well as the coordination of periodic press briefings for the Commission and visiting international institutions and stakeholders; Undertake advocacy activities on behalf of the Commission as directed by the Coordinator; Performs other tasks as required and assigned by the Coordinator Education and Experience

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Republic of Liberia Civil Service Reform and Capacituy Building Project

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Civil Service Agency


OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL

(CONSULTING SERVICES INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT SELECTION)


Republic of Liberia

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Integrated Financial Management Reform Project; Ministry of Finance

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (REOI) (Communication Specialist)


EOI NO: CSA/SG/CS/12/13 IDA GRANT ID: FT 010792

Credit No.: IDA50260

Assignment Titles: 1. Support Engineer for Special Assignment in the Physical Audit Unit of the Department of Expenditure and Debt Management 2. Database Administrator (2 positions) The Republic of Liberia has received a Financing from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the United States Agency for International Development(USAID), the International Development Association (IDA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) toward the cost of an Integrated Public Financial Management Reform Project (IPFMRP), and it intends to apply part of the proceeds of this financing for consulting services. The consulting services (the Services) include the following: 1. ASupport Engineer for Special Assignment in the Physical Audit Unit of the Department of Expenditure and Debt Management The Support Engineer will support the Ministry of Finance in undertaking due diligence so as to ensure the cost-effective and efficient application of public resources to road projects. The main tasks of the Special Assignment will be as follows: a) Review technical project completion reports as against approved contracts on road works and recommend site visits to the Department; b) Support visits to project sites and consult with members of the team on the completeness and quality of road works undertaken; c) Provide other forms of support (e.g. training) to staff within the Physical Audit Unit on technical matters relating to road works. The assignment is on Retainer basis for one (1) year. 2. Database Administrator Serve as the DBA on the IFMIS and collaborate with the Network and System teams. Oversee the database and application function of FreeBalance and ensure a smooth operation of the system various modules and databases. Manage and supervise all IFMIS technical processes and support all related utilities and interfaces to other systems. Provide expertise in the continuous improvement of the IFMIS and other PFM systems that are resident in the Data Center and the mini Data Center. Provide objective recommendations to the DCM in addressing emerging challenges within the Information Systems reams of the Data Center and Disaster Recovery Center. Train, supervise and evaluate junior DBAs and maintain effective employee relations at the Ministry of Finance, MDC/DRC and IFMIS rollout M&As. Design appropriate policies and strategies to support efficient and effective implementation of IFMIS and other PFM systems. Provide technical support in the implementation of IFMIS and other PFM systems business continuity policies, plans and procedures. Help with policies and strategies development for the IFMIS systems. Aid in ensuring that business continuity is guaranteed by instituting policies and procedures. Maintain a log of support issues reported and solutions provided. Prepare and implement a routine maintenance schedule for the IFMIS and other PFM systems. Provide support on interface of other IT systems, such as the ITAS and ASYCUDA Ensure proper and adequate backup of the IFMIS and other PFM databases.

Assignment Title: Request for expression of interest-: Drafting the Civil Service Communication (information and Dissemination) Strategy

he Government of Liberia (GoL) through the Civil Service Agency (CSA) has received a grant from the International Development Association (IDA) for Strengthening Governance-Civil Service Reforms and Capacity Building Project (CSRCBP). The Civil Service Agency intends to apply part of the proceeds of this grant to eligible payments under the contract for hiring a Communications Specialist to draft the Civil Service Reform Communication (Information and Dissemination) Strategy.

The objectives of the assignment are as follows: Conduct a communication analysis of the Civil Service Reform Project from its inception and cataloguing various reform initiatives and achievements; Develop a five-year communication (information and dissemination) strategy; Build into the strategy, sensitization and public awareness initiatives. The duration of the assignment: The timescale of the assignment is for a period of three (3) staff months (90 working days) over three (3) calendar months and should start upon the signing of the contract. The duty station shall be Civil Service Agency Monrovia, Liberia. However, a portion of this assignment could be undertaken away from Monrovia. The Civil Service Agency now invites eligible Individual Consultants to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services by submitting their detailed information (CV, brochures, past performance records, references of similar assignments executed in the recent past). They must also provide description of work experience both general and on similar assignments. Specific experience on World Bank funded project will be an added advantage. Selection will be based on qualifications and experience stipulated below. Consulting firms are allowed to propose individuals for this assignment. However, only the experience and qualifications of individuals shall be used in the selection process, and corporate experience shall not be taken into account and the contract would be signed with the proposed individual. Qualifications and Experience: Masters Degree in Mass Communication/Public Relations/Advertising/Communication Analysis & Planning/Marketing; He/she must have minimum of ten (10) years relevant work experience; The consultant must have experience in conducting communications needs analysis and strategic design as well as in managing communication campaigns; Must have experience conducting communication for large reform programs, especially related to the public sector; Must have practical work experience with new media platforms, including twitter, facebook and other online applications; Must demonstrate practical and relevant experience dealing with difficult constituencies such as unions, legislatures, consumer groups and other stakeholders. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Banks Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011). (Consultant Guidelines), setting forth the World Banks policy on conflict of interest. An Individual Consultant will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Banks Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits and Grants by World Bank Borrowers dates January 2011. Interested Individual Consultants may obtained further information at the address below during office hours from 09:00 and 17:00hours, Mondays to Fridays. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written from clearly marked: Ref: Communication Specialist of the CSRCBP, at the address below in person or by mail or by email) on or before Monday, December 2, 2013 at 16:00hours. The Consultant/Project Coordinator Civil Service Reform and Capacity Building Project Civil Service Agency 63 Carey Street, Monrovia, Liberia Email: yaidooshy11@gmail.com Attention: The Consultant/Project Coordinator-CSRCBP

The assignment is for one (1) year. The Ministry of Financenow invites eligible individual Local Consultants(Consultants) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevantexperience to perform the Services.The shortlisting criteria are: 1. SUPPORT ENGINEER a) Must have at minimum a BSc degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent; b) Must be a licensed and/or certified engineer under the Liberian Laws; c) Must have ten years of progressive professional engineering experience ( of which 5 years must be in project management) ; d) Must be computer literate ( have some knowledge of a project management software); e) Must have expertise in estimating material quantities, labor and other resources needed to undertake road projects; f) Must be willing to travel extensively across Liberia; and g) Must be fluent in English and have good writing skills. 2. Database Administrator a. Bachelor degree in an IT related discipline from an accredited institution with minimum of 5 years of DBA/database development experience preferred. b. Non IT degree candidates MUST have minimum bachelor degree with 7 years of verifiable DBA/database development experience. Certification in Microsoft SQL or Oracle database is an added advantage. c. Thorough knowledge of data processing theories, principles and practices with specific emphasis on data production, networks, information systems and software development life cycle. d. Strong proficiencies in the following: Oracle, SQL Server, Windows Server 2008, Visual Basic, C++, Microsoft Office, Web Development(PHP, Java, Perl), DNS, DHCP, Virtualization, Storage, TCP/IP, Active Directory, etc. e. Strong hands-on experience in working with web based application and providing end-user support. Working knowledge of a Data Center/Disaster Recovery site would be an added advantage. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Banks Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants [under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants] by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011 (Consultant Guidelines). The Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Individual Consultant Selection methodset out in the Consultant Guidelines. Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours 0900 to 1600 hours. Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by 6th December, 2013. Envelopes must be marked with the relevant position. Integrated Public Financial Management Reform Project (IPFMRP) Attn: Mr. Bernard Jappah, PFM Reforms Coordinator Ministry of Finance, 4th Floor Broad and Mechlin Streets Monrovia, Liberia Tel:+231-886512462 E-mail: bjappah@liftliberia.gov.lr Cc: ivanofei@hotmail.com

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POST-GRADUATE DIPLOMA PROGRAM IN PROTOCOL & ETIQUETTE

he Liberia Institute of Protocol & Etiquette (LIPE) is pleased to announce the Post-graduate diploma training program in protocol and etiquette. The Liberia Institute of Protocol & Etiquette (LIPE) is a corporate etiquette, protocol training and professional development institution with years of experience in delivering custom designed training sessions and workshops. We effectively educate and coach our participants the empowering skills of diplomatic/governmental and international protocol as well as business and corporate etiquette, dining skills, and professional image strategies.

The Institute has added to its curriculum for academic 2013/2014 a course in Peace and Conflict Resolution and Management. This course introduces students to the processes of understanding and changing social conditions in order to lead to a more peaceful, just, and conflict free society and world. Requirement for enrollment: Candidate must be College graduate or graduating seniors. Registration is now in progress at the National Law Library on Ashmun Street opposite the Centennial Memorial Pavilion for a fee of US$25.00 or its equivalent in LD. Classes will be conducted on Saturdays at 3:00 6:00 p.m. on the Institutes Main Campus in Chocolate City, Gardnerville, Monrovia. For additional information, please call Nos. 0886-514980/0777 -061847, or email us: liprotetiquette2007@ yahoo.com. Signed: The Administration LIBERIA INSTITUTE OF PROTOCOL & ETIQUETTE (LIPE)

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NATIONAL COMPETITIVE BUILDING NCB Invitation for Bids (IFB) THE SUPPLY OF FOOD ITEMS IFB NO.: MOE/KRTTI/NCB/001/2013/2014
1. Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute has received budgetary allocation from the Republic of Liberia and intends to apply part of it to fund eligible payments under the contract for the Supply of Food Items and Fuel Lubricant. 2. The KAKATA RURAL TEACHER TRAINING INSTITUTE (KRTTI) now invites sealed bids from eligible and qualified bidders for the SUPPLY OF FOOD ITEMS, FUEL & LUBRICANTS, STATIONARIES, CLEANING MATERIALS AND DRUGS

CUTTINGTON UNIVERSITY
SUAKOKO, BONG COUNTY P. O. BOX 10-0277 1000 MONROVIA 10, LIBERIA WEST AFRICA

Office of the Vice President for Public Relations

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

3. Bidding will be conducted through the National Competitive Bidding (NCB) procedures specified in the Public Procurement & Concessions Act (PPCA) and approved by the Public Procedure & Concessions Commission (PPCC), and is open to all bidders from Eligible Source Countries as defined in the Guidelines. 4. Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from the Procurement Unit located on the Institution Campus in Margibi County, Kakata City inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from Monday, November 4, 2013 to Wednesday December 4, 2013 beginning 9:00AM to 4:00PM. 5. A complete set of Bidding Documents in English may be purchased by interested bidders for a non-refundable fee of US$50.00 Per Lot and can be obtained from the Procurement Unit, Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI) Campus Margibi County by a representative. 6. Deadline for submission of bids is Wednesday December 4, 2013 at 12:00 noon. All bids must be accompanied by a Bid Security in the amount of US$3,000.00. Bids coming in after the deadline will be rejected. Submissions will be opened in the presence of Firms/Companies who choose to attend on Wednesday December 4, 2013 at 12M in the conference room, of the Institution. PLEASE NOTE THAT ELECTRONIC BIDS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. 7. All bids must be addressed and submitted to: Procurement Unit Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institution (KRTTI) Main Campus.

his is to inform the general public that Cuttington University is administering its first undergraduate entrance on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the various campuses: Suakoko main campus, Cuttington University Junior College on the Bong Mines Road in Kakata, Margibi County, and Congo Town adjacent Lone Star Office in Monrovia. Application fee is $20.00USD per candidate seeking admissions for undergraduate while the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) fee for Graduate admissions is $40.00USD per candidate. All application fees are nonrefundable. Meanwhile, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for Graduate admissions at the Graduate School in Congo Town, Monrovia will be administered on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at the Graduate School in Monrovia. Applications package for undergraduate program in Suakoko can be picked up at Cuttington University main campus in Suakoko, Bong County from the Admissions Office. Applicants for Kakata Junior College can go to the Cuttington University Junior College and Cuttington University Graduate School to obtain their application packages, respectively. All candidates are required to present a valid Identification Card before sitting for the exams. For further information contact the office of the Registrar and Dean of Admissions on Cell number 0880501970. Signed by: Dr. Joshua D. B. Giddings Vice President for Public Relations

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9. Experience in managing a multi-million dollar project PLANT SUPERINTENDENT (Job Ref: WRIOP 012)

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Experience in working on a multi-million dollar project PROCUREMENT AND LOGISTICS OFFICER (Job Ref. WRIOP 023)

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Directs, manages and ensures that plant and equipment repair is carried out in a safe, productive and cost effective manner to optimize mechanical plant availability and facilitate the delivery of Mining Services to the Client. Ensure that all equipment are maintained to high safety standards Ensures that all relevant safety health and environmental standards, legislation and client requirements are met. Supervision and Safety of maintenance personnel in the workshop. Initiates cost saving practices and productivity improvements CRITERIA At least ten (10) years working experience on Heavy earthmoving equipment and parts Trade certificate in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance Knowledge of Environmental Management System relevant to Company operations Experience in managing a multi-million dollar project 10. PLANT MECHANICAL SUPERVISORS (2 POSITIONS) (Job Ref: WRIOP 013-14) KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Ensures quick response to complaints on Light Vehicles to minimize downtime. Monitors performance in accordance with laid down procedures Reports and helps to investigate all accidents/incidents that occur in his area of responsibility Prepares rosters for shift with assistance from Workshop Superintendent. CRITERIA At least 10 years working experience on Heavy earthmoving equipment and parts At least two (2) years experience with machinery in a mining environment Trade Certificate in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance Experience in working on a multi-million dollar project 11. EARTHWORKS SUPERVISORS (3 POSITIONS) (Job Ref: WRIOP 015 - 17) KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Supervision of all Earthworks Management of equipment Reporting on Equipment hours to the Project Manager for costing purposes Responsible for the management of the operations crew and man hour reports CRITERIA At least 10 years relevant working experience Experience in working on a multi-million dollar project Knowledge of various heavy earthmoving machines and equipment 12. OPERATOR TRAINER SUPERVISOR (Job ref: WRIOP 018)

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Responsible for the full warehouse process of receiving, binning, issuing and cycle counting. Responsible for the Total Inventory Management and re-ordering at site applying techniques like Statistical Re-ordering, MRP and Demand Planning Responsible for the expediting and tracking of all orders and advising the HODs on ETAs Ensuring all invoices and papers are sent to stores prior to arrival of materials/ parts. CRITERIA Holder of a tertiary education in Commerce from an acceptable institution At least 10 years experience at a large Civil Construction company Experience in managing a multi-million dollar project Must have excellent knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excell 16. OPERATOR TRAINER (Job Ref. WRIOP 024- 031)

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Provide a leading and safety based, equipment training and associated activities to equipment operating staff to optimize operator productivities and minimize equipment damage Ensure that each operator is routinely assessed for competence. Ensure that a high standard of equipment operation is maintained. 17. AUTO ELECTRICIAN (Job Ref. WRIOP 036) Prioritize electrical repair works Monitor min/max levels of spares and re-order as required Ensure all welding parts for light and heavy duty equipment are on site for shutdown and/or service maintenance Ensure implementation of all corrective actions from Safety, Health & Environmental audits CRITERIA (OPERATOR TRAINER & AUTO ELECTRICIAN) Trade Certificate Minimum 10 years experience in the mining or related industry Supervisory Skills Experience in working on a multi-million dollar project 18. OPERATIONS SUPPORT MANAGER (Job Ref: WRIOP 022)

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Contract administration. Identify cost containment and cost reduction opportunities. Guides and Assists Project Manager with preparation of budgets at project level. Assists the Project Manager with the implementation of recommended action points accepted by management as a result of Business Audits. CRITERIA A relevant University Degree or Twelve (12) years relevant experience in the mining industry or related field General background in Finance, Administration, Procurement, Commercial, Operation Ten (10) years relevant experience in the above areas Experience in managing a multi-million dollar project 19. FINANCE REPRESENTATIVE (Job Ref: WRIOP 023)

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Teach employees how to operate mobile equipment used in the workshop, open road, mining and tailings operations Manage training schedules Provide classroom, field and mobile equipment instruction CRITERIA Minimum of 10 years relevant experience Effective computer skills including Microsoft Office and Power point Experience in managing/working on a multi-million dollar project 13. HEALTH & SAFETY OFFICER (Job Ref: WRIOP 019)

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Monitors, audits, and evaluates effectiveness of HSE Program implementation and administration. Makes sure that corrective action is undertaken to close out unsafe conditions. CRITERIA Minimum of ten (10) years relevant working experience Knowledge of Environmental Management System relevant to Company operations Experience in working on a multi-million dollar project 14. QA/QC MANAGER ( Job Ref. WRIOP 021)

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Build and develop the country Finance department Overall control of all finance and accounting transactions including audit, accounting systems, and taxation BALL (the company). VAT returns and fulfills all local tax requirements with regard to regulatory compliance Monthly Financial and Management accounts with variance analysis and commentary CRITERIA Undergraduate degree Business or Accounting Member of a professional Accountants Association Twenty (20) years post graduate experience, ten of which at Senior Accountant level in the mining sector Experience in the contracting business All applications with attached CVs should be addressed to THE COUNTRY MANAGER, and sent to the following address: Banlaw Africa Liberia Ltd. P.O. Box 145 Monrovia Or by Email to: rsherman@banlaw-africa.com; Phone: 0776610033 All applications should quote the position and job reference number. Closing date for the submission of applications is 20th December 2013.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES To Establish and Implement Quality Assurance and Quality Management Systems to fully comply with Clients QAQC procedures and record keeping. CRITERIA Minimum of 10 years, experience in Quality Assurance Management at Corporate or Project administration level. Minimum of 5 years, experience in the Construction or mining industry. Tertiary qualification, probably in Civil, Mechanical Engineering, General Management, Administration, Finance or related discipline

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Hope for Fistula Survivors

By Gloria T. Tamba

o many women and girls over the years and up to present are still suffering from this de-humanizing condition called Fistula. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with the Government of Liberia is doing all to fix condition on women and girls who come down with fistula. Dr. John Mulbah, the lead fistula surgeon on the Liberia Fistula Program (LFP), simply defined fistula as a miscommunication between two organs in the female body thereby resulting to the sufferer involuntarily passing urine and feces. According to Dr. Mulbah, who spoke last Saturday, November 23, at the graduation of 16 survivors of the Fistula Rehabilitation Center at Phebe Hospital in Gbarnga, Bong County, there is still hope for any woman coming down with this condition that very dehumanizing. He further stated that women and girls with fistula, commonly called pupu and pepe sickness, are most times abandoned by their relatives, love ones and their communities. Dr. Mulbah said since the LFP began in 2007, with the support of UNFPA, more than 1000 women and girls, have been surgically repaired and over

Ms. Ratidzai Ndhlovu, Resident Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) speaking during the program
250 girls and women have gone through the rehabilitation center, where they (survivors) have been trained in many skills, including tailoring, cosmetology, soap making and pastry. Ms. Ratidzai Ndhlovu, Resident Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Liberia office also spoke at the graduation ceremony of the fistula survivors. Ms. Ndhlovu, said the provision of family planning services for women and girls offers the answer to reducing maternal and newborn deaths including the prevention of obstetric fistula, which is the common fistula prevalent in Liberia. She stated that access to family planning is an essential human right that delivers immeasurable rewards to women, families and the communities. The UNFPA Resident Representative disclosed that fistula has all but disappeared in countries where women experiencing complicated deliveries have access to timely emergency obstetric care. The most effective way to prevent fistula is to ensure access to quality maternal health care services, including family planning, skilled birth attendance and emergency obstetric care. Skilled attendance at birth, including swift surgical intervention if obstructed labor occurs, can prevent a fistula, she added. She noted that Extended obstructed labor puts a woman at risk for fistula and other serious injuries, including death. Ms. Ndhlovu warned that unless women with delivery complication receive prompt medical treatment - usually a Caesarean section - the lack of blood flow can cause soft tissues to die, leaving a fistula, or hole, in her bladder or bowel. Using the occasion to reaffirm UNFPAs commitment to the provision of family planning services as a strategy to end fistula and reduce maternal mortality in Liberia, she maintained that Because women with fistula endure enormous psychological and social trauma; empowering them to reclaim their place in society is a major goal of the UNFPA End Fistula Campaign. She lauded the fistula survivors for their resilience and urged them to share the information on how to prevent fistula or get treatment. To you my sisters and daughters; please do not keep this new found joy to yourself. While we celebrate your lives today, let us not forget that there are many more of our sisters and daughters who have fistula out there and they need information and the assurance that they too can be successful, respected members of their families and communities. You are ambassadors and role models for those who have not gotten the courage and

en have the power to be agents of change. This was one of the themes presented as the world observed the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence campaign. All over the world, women have been victimized through different forms of exploitation and abuse; some have even lost their lives in the process. This year mark the 12th commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence campaign in Liberia. The 16-day campaign provides human rights activists and related stakeholders the opportunity to hold duty bearers to account. It also challenges systems and structures that allow violence against women to thrive. This year, the global theme of the campaign is, From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World The national theme is, Men as Agents of Change in ending Violence against Women and girls. It emphasizes the need to break the silence and speak out against entrenched patriarchal systems that give rise to and support

Fighting Against Rape


gender abuses such as: Early marriages, teenage pregnancies, sexual exploitation, and limited access to justice, employment opportunities and resources. Liberia has decided to highlight one of the three priority areas for this years campaign Sexual Violence During and After Conflict. Despite the increased attention given to this issue, sexual violence remains a major obstacle towards womens safety, peace, and security. According to the Ministry of Gender and Development, recent data reveals a disturbingly high incidence of rape, especially of children. With children as young as 1 year old being violated. In 2009, 316 cases of rape were reported; in 2012 it was 1,706, this year---in the space of just 9 months--- it has already reached to over 1,300 as of September. Last year five children died from rape, this year the number has doubled to 10 children. More than 90% of the victims of rape were children below 18 years of age. It is obvious that the principal perpetrators are mostly men, including boys under the age of 18. Most perpetrators are close

opportunities to seek help. You are great heroines of Liberia in the fight against fistula. You have all the reasons to be happy and proud; Ms. Ndhlovu pointed out. One of the survivors spoke of her ordeal to the Daily Observer. Fistula started on me with running stomach; later on I was passing stood and urine through my virginal and anus. My parents and others who saw my condition attributed it to witch craft. I was abandoned by my father, friends and neighbors. I had to drop from school, 17-year-old Miatta Baryogar said. Miatta disclosed that she went three years with this condition until she was brought to Phebe Hospital, where Dr. Mulbah surgically repaired her condition and thereafter, she entered the rehabilitation center. She earlier stated that after visiting her at the hospital on two occasions, her father told her that he would never come back to see her again because she was not going to get well. He told me that the hospital and the training center can take me when I am well and not go back home again to them, she stated sadly. Miatta further told the Observer Women Desk that she does not have the intention going to find her parents but wants to stay with the trainers at the rehabilitation center, where she had learned cosmetology. An elderly woman, in her 40s, was also one of the survivors, who graduated from the 6-month training at the center.

Massa Joe: I had fistula for the past 16 years. My sister one day heard about Dr. Mulbah on the radio so she encouraged me to come to Phebe Hospital. I came and Dr. Mulbah did my operation and now I am well. Ms. Joe, who left Margibi County to go to Bong just to be treated, described fistula as a terrible condition, which destroys the values of women and girls. I was abandoned by my husband, friends and family members; only very few family members came around me. The Liberia Fistula Project was launched in 2007 by the Liberian Government through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare with funding from UNFPA. Since its launch the program has treated more than 1000 women and girls free of charge. The project also runs a Fistula Rehabilitation and Reintegration Center in Phebe, Bong County to ensure that there is proper follow-up and development of vocational skills to assist patients easily reintegrate in the communities after treatment. The Center provides space for emotional healing and support services including counseling; trains women and girls in life skills, income-generating activities/business skills training. All of these help fistula survivors to reintegrate in their communities after treatment. The rehab center has since trained at least 250 girls and women, who have chosen to go through the rehabilitation center.

relatives, neighbors, stepfathers, uncles, fathers, teachers, friends of the victims, and strangers. This alarming statistic clearly indicates the need to revisit our approach towards addressing this situation and ensure the protection of our women and girls. The persistence of sexual violence in Liberia, especially rape, undermines girls enjoyment of their human rights and impacts negatively on their physical, sexual and mental health. The legal policy framework needs to be strengthened by ensuring speedy, effective and fair trials of cases by the judiciary and a zero tolerance to comprise and impunity. There is also a need for a strong national consciousness and commitment towards preventing sexual violence. This years campaign is an opportunity for men to stand up as partners, husbands, brothers and fathers, against sexual violence. If we all do not come together to take action against rape, we are all a part of the problem. Lets us bring the perpetrators of this horrendous crime to justice. Rape is not an issue to

be settled in the family, it is societys responsibility to bring the perpetrators of the crime to book. A local NGO, Helping Our People Excel (HOPE), has also taken part in the 16-day campaign of activism against rape and gender violence. The ceremony, which launched their involvement, was held in the YMCAs conference hall on Friday. Seeing men as agents of change, the forum encouraged a high turn out by men. At least it is a sign that the main perpetrators of this act have seen it as an act of wickedness, and therefore, they have decided to take the message to the outside. One of the panelists of the event, Annie Cash, supervisor of the Sexual and Gender-based Violence Unit at the Gender

and Development Ministry, said from January to October of this year, the Ministry has recorded at least 423 cases of rape against children, ranging from ages 16 and below. She said the law states that having sex with anyone below 18 years is a rape. According to her, 23 of the victims in the reported cases were men, but added that it was too difficult to retrieve mens cases, as many were ashamed to report their situation. She called on the organizers of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign to reach all the 15 counties, in order to cater to those in need of attention. Also speaking was the executive Director of HOPE, Rev. Dr. Keturah York-Cooper, who said, This years theme for the campaign is based on the

recent data of children who were raped. According to her, the focal points of the campaign would be communities and schools. Ms. Cooper added that involving and educating men about the consequences of gender based violence would help reduce the frequency of rape and abuse against women and girls. The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is an international campaign that began in 1991. From November 25, the international Day of Elimination of Violence against Women to 10 December, international Human rights Day, the calls on individuals and groups around the world to act to end all forms of violence against women and girls.

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Liberia Targets Single Currency in 3 Years


-Finance Minister Declares; As LBDI Celebrates 48th Anniversary

Minister Konneh ours is a constrained growth


year transitional period to achieve the governments goal of moving to a single currency. Earlier, University of Liberia Professor Wilson K. Tarpeh described as inadequate initial attempts by the Ministry of Finance to increase the demand for the domestic currency as a way of increasing government spending in the domestic currency and allowing taxpayers to pay taxes in Liberian dollars. Professor Tarpeh also contended that additional step taken by the Central Bank of Liberia to lower the reserve ratio on the US dollars deposits held by licensed financial institutions is inadequate. These steps, he said are inadequate to address the fundamentals facing the exchange and interest rates. In his keynote address at LBDIs 48th Anniversary celebration, Professor Tarpeh called on the government to revert to a single currency. Professor Tarpeh, who is also ULs vice president for Finance and Fiscal Affairs,

inance Minister Amara M. Konneh has disclosed that the Liberian government is considering moving to a single currency within the next three years. According to Minister Konneh, the movement to a single currency will help stabilize the economy and strengthen the legal tender that would be accepted. It will also improve the purchasing powers of the people. Liberia is the only economy in the West African sub-region that has a dual currency regime-the US and the Liberian dollars. The Liberian treasury boss made the declaration on Monday when he spoke at the 48th Anniversary ceremony of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) on 9th Street, Sinkor. Minister Konneh, who is Chair of LBDI Board, announced that the Executive Governor of the CBL Dr. Joseph Mills Jones has presented to the government of Liberias Economic Management Team, a three-

suggested that the government restricts the use of auction proceeds to finance the importation of essential goods and services; and does so through the use of Letters of Credit or other contingent liability instruments, amongst others. The UL Professor, on the other hand, lavished praises at LBDI for maintaining itself as a strong foundation of the economy. We see LBDI becoming the major pillar of remarkable success for this country, said. Mr. Tarpeh observed that LBDI has remained stable throughout the modifying years of conflict and turmoil. We can safely and confidently say that this Liberian bank, founded in the face of powerful and hostile

competitors, has not only survived the storm, but has become the beacon of hope for expanded and deepened capital formation, professor Tarpeh added. About nine employees of the Bank were honored and certificated for 10, 15, and 20 years of service. Those honored for 20 years of service are: LBDI Comptroller Mrs. Clavenda O. Payman, Mr. Edison Clark, and Mr. Allen Cooper and Mr. Amos M. Tarr, while those honored for 15 years of service were are follows: Mrs. Olivia T. Johnson, Mrs. Raquel Wright, and Mr. Roosevelt T. Julu. Also honored were those who served the Bank for years. They were: Madam Joe-Etta P. Forkpa and Regina S. Kroma. LBDI president &chief
Only 0.36% of retail sales in the country are online, he explained. And a large reason for that is that people just couldnt pay [with debit cards]. When customers register for payD, they enter their bank card details once, which are encrypted securely and linked to their MTN or Vodacom SIM card. Thereafter, to make a payment on a website, consumers receive an authorising message on their mobile phones. Once confirmed, the system prompts users to enter the debit card personal PIN number on a mobile phone to complete the payment, which is then confirmed via the website. The payment is made immediately. Turning mobile phones into point-of-sale devices Parratt said Oltio is the first to introduce a system in which its payD technology allows mobile phones to act as pointof sale devices for merchants

executive officer (CEO) John B. S. Davies III, in brief remarks, thanked the honorees, depositors and the Liberian people for the support. Mr. Davies assured Liberians that LBDI is on a strongfooting in the banking industry. For his part, LBDI Board Chair Amara Konneh thanked the honorees and the staff for an excellent job. Mr. Konneh, in response to Professor Tarpeh noted: I agree with professor Tarpeh that there is a need for us to move toward a single currency. But we all must understand that the economy has been through a lot of turbulences where it experienced the highest collapse in the history of growth economics, -90%, which happened about 10 years ago, Konneh declared.
using both debit and credit cards, without the physical presence of the bank card, and allowing consumers to use their phones as the PIN keypad. He showed How we made it in Africa a live example of how it works. Customers download a payments app to their phones where they can register their Mastercard or Visa details. When they want to pay a merchant, both the merchant and the consumer open the app on their phones. The merchant scans the customers unique QR code or captures his or her mobile phone number, then enters the amount due and starts the transaction on their phone. The customer gets an instant notification and authorises the payment by entering his or her bank card PIN on their handset. Both the customer and the merchant receive transaction notifications and the whole transaction takes seconds.

The Finance Minister thanked professor Tarpeh for the good suggestions, adding our economy needs all of the lubricants in order to move. But lets be reminded that the economy is not a normal economy. The treasury boss told the gathering, however, that the economy is recovering well and that the future is bright. He noted that some of the measures announced by the government last week are short term measures. However, we need to understand that the weakening of the Liberian dollar against the US dollar is due to the fact that the US dollar is gaining strength on the world market. Compared to the exchange rates within the West African sub-region, the exchange rate in Liberia is better. But, therein lies government concern because the weakening of the Liberian dollar hurts those who are at the bottom of the income ladder because their purchasing power decrease due to the fact that they earn their income in Liberian dollars, the Minister explained. He assured the public that the government will continue to collect government taxes in Liberian dollar and will also continue to increase government spending in the Liberian dollars until we move to a single currency. According to him, the economy is expected to grow, but warned that said growth is undermined by bad infrastructure, lack of electricity and low human capital, amongst others.

lot has been said about creating i n n o v a t i v e strategies for targeting unbanked citizens in Africa using mobile phones. But what about the banked? How can mobile phones reduce the costs and hassle of payments and transactions for businesses and consumers with bank accounts? One company that believes it has an innovation that will change the way we shop and make payments is Oltio, a South African-based mobile banking, transactions and payments solution company that rolled out MTN Mobile Money in Africa.

By Kate Douglas (Courtesy: www.Howwemadeitinafrica.com)

Innovative Mobile Payments Technology Once Again Comes from Africa


The real challenge is this: if you went to Kalahari (an online shopping website) right now and you used your credit card you simply enter your credit card number, expiry date, and your three digit cvv number and off you go. Some banks will come back and say we need a onetime password entered in your phone so if you have a credit card, life is great. But if you are a debit card holder you cant use it, said Dave Parratt, chief commercial officer at Oltio. Oltio has introduced payD into the South African market where, using their mobile phone, customers are able to securely make online payments using their debit, credit or cheque card. The first thing about South Africa is that we have very

good debit card penetration. In fact, we have pretty good banking penetration as a country as well. If you look at it from an MTN perspective, roughly 70% of the customer base is banked, and of those that were banked, 97% had debit cards, explained Parratt. Only 3% qualify for credit cards. PayD works by allowing users to key in the automated teller machine (ATM) PIN they use with their bank card into their mobile phone securely. The service safely encrypts the PIN using the SIM card (which has a microchip similar to the microchip in a credit card) in their mobile phones. Parratt believes it will help grow online shopping in South Africa, which is still in its infancy.

The system also allows all receipts to be stored digitally and automatically, removing the need for paper receipts that are not only easily lost, but can also fade in high temperatures. This process can make personal and business financial accounting simple. It also means that invoices (such as those for rent) can be sent with barcodes that can be scanned by mobile phones and easily paid. I have twin 18-year-old daughters and they used to buy that magazine Seventeen, and at one stage they quite liked Justin Bieber, said Parratt. Can you imagine if Justin Bieber [is coming for a concert] and inside this magazine there is an exclusive that says on Tuesday the 15th, between 1pm and 3pm you can buy Justin Bieber tickets by simply scanning this code can you imagine how many Seventeen magazines you would sell?

DAILY OBSERVER Wednesday, November 27, 2013

polls. Looking at his recent political track record of always coming in second, I am very optimistic that Mr. Weah will come in second to me as well; we have done a lot more for the youth in Montserrado County than Mr. Weah in terms of human resource capacity, Unity Partys Senatorial hopeful Ali Syllah declared. Speaking in an interview in Monrovia Tuesday, November 26, Mr. Syllah said the October 14, 2014 Special Senatorial Election is going to be about issues such as creating opportunities for citizens; emphasis will be placed on the youth through community-based ini-

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in institutional work, Syllah said he has already met the deadline of September 27, and hopes to be the sole candidate. Presently, Mr. Syllah said, he is involved in consultations with grass rooters and decision-makers, and continues to receive petitions---especially from the youth who see him as one who can best articulate their aspirations. Since declaring his intention to run for the Senate seat currently occupied by Senator Joyce Musu Freeman-Sumo of his Congress for Democratic Change, (CDC) Mr. Weah continues to receive challenges from a cross-section of the society, among them two youthful candidates, first Benjamin Sanvee and now Ali project identified will be completed quickly in line with the plan both governments and World Bank have made. One major challenge to Liberias post-war recovery can be attributed to the lack of cheap and affordable electricity. The business potential in Liberia is seen as promising and many---without relying on government to provide jobs, are engaging in entrepreneurship; still, the absence of cheap energy has over the years remained an impediment to their progress. The energy provided now is quite expensive because it comes from generators that they announced that one of the four Indians in question, only identified as Sabin, has returned to his country. Sabin, who served as finance manager at VIST Liberia, left the country on Monday for his annual leave and is expected by the end of December 2013. Messrs Anathkumar and Deva, who both resigned on the 18th of October due to pressing family issues back home, will be departing the country for India today (Wednesday), and have promised to be back upon settlement of those pressing doThose involved, reportedly made away with the Provosts personal belongings including her TV set, and other imporSyllah. For her part, outgoing Senator Freeman is prepared to go independent if her party decides to circumvent its own constitution and allow Ambassador Weah to stand as the sole candidate. However, Amb. Weah late last night told the Observer via mobile phone that everyone of the candidates can trust in his or her ability and say whatever they want. Look my brother, I am not going to give credence to this. Everyone can say they are going to be first, second, third or whatever. I am not in for that kind of thing, Amb. Weah added and wished the Observer good night. consume heavy fuel. Business entrepreneurs continue to call for cheap electricity while some foreign investors are said to be holding back for the same reason. The Government with help from some international partners has embarked on the rehabilitation project of the Mount Coffee Hydro plant and it is expected to be completed by 2015. At the same time, the West Africa Power Poll (WAPP) project is crossing from Ivory Coast to Liberia and it is expected to soon light some counties including Grand Gedeh, Bassa, Nimba and Bong. mestic issues as they recently indicated to the CEO. They are free moving people contrary to the claim that their passports were withheld illegally. Messrs Jayakay Selvaran and Manoi Kumar, both resigned in June of this year, after an alleged thief was discovered during their services with the company. Mr. Jayakay resituated US$6,000 plus. While Mr. Kumars report has serious forensic challenges due to the gathering of electronic and hard documents to further support managements position. tant items. These acts, led to the indefinite suspension of classes at the UL.

Energy Expansion

tiatives and empowerment. It will not be a popularity contest as many political commentators believe. Mr. Syllah, who is Director of National Probation at the Ministry of Justice, is also a lecturer at the AME and AMEZ Universities, and a guest lecturer at the University of Liberia. He said he runs a public library and sports recreation team among many community-based engagements from which young people benefit. Mr. Syllah said this was one way an individual can give back to his community and the people who believe in him. I am confident we stand a great chance to win. Ali de-

clared; banking on the strong grass roots support he has built since moving back to Liberia in 2009. With the George Weah popularity factor a bone of contention during the forthcoming poll, Syllah warned those who might want to underestimate his (Syllahs) ability to win the grass-rooters votes. Dont underestimate your opponent in any election, because only the final count will tell who wins or loses. We will campaign based on our track record, not on rhetoric or popularity. If it were simply a matter of popularity, the likes of Michael Jackson would have been president of the United States; but politics is about what you bring to the

table, Syllah asserted He described as unfortunate and untimely, a recent declaration of support for Mr. Weahs candidacy by Representative Edwin M. Snowe, even though he (Snowe) is a member of the UP Legislative Caucus, and his party is yet to come out with a candidate. He, like previous critics, disagreed with Rep. Snowes statement that the Senate will help groom Mr. Weah for the Presidency, come the 2017 presidential and general elections. He, too, argued that the Senate is for those who want to pass laws that will be in the interest of the people they represent, and not a trainingground for the presidency. As someone who believes

Oil (HFO) facility and capacity-building. Clemencia Torres, Task Team Leader for World Bank in a statement said her institution was ready to assist Liberia in its infrastructural drive, but urged that the Liberian government played the role needed to convince partners. With this condition, the commencement of the energy expansion project now indicates that government has met conditions set, one of which is the signing of subsidiary agreement between the Ministry of

Risk Supervisor of Consolidated Group operator of DSTV. The Consolidated Group is own and operated by Mr. Freeman, who took part in the 2011 presidential and general elections. At Mondays hearing when defendant Selvaran appeared before the court, he denied the claim and was later released, after lawyers secure him a criminal bond for his day-today appearance in court. The crime is bailable under the new Penal Code. In the companys complaint,

Simeon Freeman

Finance and the Liberia Electricity Corporation. In addition, the signing of the tri-partite agreement among the Government of Liberia, China Union and LEC and the rectification of financing agreement has been approved by the National Legislature. The project when completed is expected to provide electricity for over 10,000 homes in areas the lines will run. World Bank Country Director, Yusupha Crookes said it is their hope that when this project is completed, cheap elec-

Min. Sendolo at the launching on November 25


tricity will be provided to help homes and industrial areas move on with their activities in a convenient manner. Lands, Mines & Energy near Monrovia had complaint about Mr. Simeon Freeman to the Police Crime Services Division of the Liberian National Police (LNP) and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN). Mr. Freeman was invited by the two security institutions to clarify issues regarding salaries and passports allegedly in his (Freeman) possession for Manor Kumar, Deva Senathipthy, Jayakay Selvaran and another Indian only identified as Anathuma. The Embassy among other things alleged that Mr. Freeman denied the men their should be resisted and should not be the first or even the second option. Stealing television sets and other household utensils have nothing to do with the issues the students face. Also, leaving the classroom with the threat to stay away until our demands are met is contrary to the delivery of the quality education that Liberia needs. This action, Dr. Slawon observed, suggests a mindset that does not reflect the spirit of academia in general. He therefore called on all the students allegedly involved, to reject violence, obey the laws of Liberia, and show respect for other people. The Higher Education Director-General called on the faculty to return to the classroom, while an effort is made to find solutions to their grievances. Dr. Slawon then cautioned the students and faculty to exhaust all options available to find solutions and not resort to Minister Patrick Sendolo commended the World Bank for the cordial partnership between it and the Liberian Government. He expressed the hope that the monthly salaries, as well as, access to their passports, which according to them were still in the possession of him, (Freeman). However, Mr. Freeman and his Consolidated Group had a press conference on Wednesday, November 20 in Monrovia, and ever withholding the passports and salaries of the Indians in question. Consolidated Group Risk Department is not aware of such a situation; we have always approved payrolls with their names listed for payment respectively. During the press conference, the perhaps easier options of strikes, civil disturbances, or violence. He assured the contending parties that the NCHE is at all times available to listen and to work with students, faculty, and officials of the UL, to find a resolution to the situation that is preventing students from getting the education they must have if they are to be the future leaders of Liberia. A couple of days ago saw an outbreak of civil disturbance and violence on the campuses of the UL. At one point on last Thursday, students went on a rampage and paraded a symbolic casket around the main campus on Capitol Hill claiming that they had shot and killed (the UL Provost) intellectually. Also on Friday at the Fendall campus, another group of students allegedly entered the residence of the Provost, Dr. Wede Elliot Brownell and broke into the house.

By C.Y. Kwanue

UL Student

Mr. Fayiah alleged: On May 2013, defendant Jayakay Selvaran, with criminal intent, did steal, withdraw and carry away from the entity the cash amount of US$6,795, which the court said, was a violation of section 15.15 of the new penal law. A copy of the document is in the possession of the Daily Observer. But, before, the companys assistant risk supervisor could institute his theft of property allegation against defendant Selvaran; the Indian Embassy

he directorgeneral of the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE), Dr. Michael P. Slawon, has condemned recent strike actions at the University of Liberia, (UL) and the Ministry of Education, (MOE) respectively. The strike actions involved the students and some members of the UL faculty on the one hand and teachers assigned by the MOE across the country on the other. In a statement issued on Monday, November 25, Dr. Slawon said, he would not adequately address the issues being voiced by either the students or the faculty at the UL, primarily because neither group has made their complaints known to the NCHE.

Before initiating a strike action, (faculty) or engaging in violence, (students) Dr. Slawon said, The two parties should have exhausted all options available to them to have their complaints addressed. The NCHE, created by an Act of the National Legislature and is responsible for the guidance and direction of higher education in the country. In that regard, the directorgeneral of the Commission noted, academia should be where national discourse takes place, and not unnecessary confusion. Education, he added, is not just the avenue by which students get well-paying jobs; it should endow students with the desire, ability, and willingness to solve problems through reasoning and debate, relying on critical thinking--- and yes, compromise, to arrive at workable solutions. According to him, violence

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Senior Pros, Asia Based in AIDS Day Football


-As Eight Schools Targeted for AIDS Awareness

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16 Days to County Meet


-Players Cards Return Tomorrow, Inspection of Field Next Week

George M. Weah, Kelvin Sebwe, Francis Grandpa Doe

By Leroy M. Sonpon, III

ormer national team football players, under the banner, Senior Pros, are expected to lock-horns with Asia based Liberian players in commemoration of the World AIDS Day, globally observed on December 1. The game is scheduled for Thursday, November 28, 2013, at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex at 4:30pm. The entrance is free. Ex-gangling left-back defender, Dionysius Sebwe, told the Daily Observ, in an exclusive interview yesterday that the World AIDS Day Football is intended to create

World Cup Trophy Arrives in Accra

awareness of HIV/AIDS. He said Ambassador George M. Weah will be the skipper for the match to upset the Asian based players. He stated that the game and the sensitization which began yesterday at the GW Gibson School, is done in collaboration with the National AIDS Commission and UN AIDS. The Lone Star former defender indicated that the game will parade some senior and veteran players including James Salinsa Debbah, Kelvin Sebwe, Joe Armstrong Nagbe, Jonathan Boy Charles Sogbei, Jonah Sarweiah, Prince Daye and George Gebro. The Asia based stars include Francis Grandpa Doe, Pat-

rick Ronaldihno Wleh, Isaac Pupo, Tonia Tisdell, and Sekou Moniba amongst others. The game will be free to the public and we expect the Health Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale to do the kick-off, Minister Sebwe said. He added: Members of Senior Pros and a delegation from the National AIDS Commission began the awareness yesterday and we hope to reach to other schools on Thursday. The schools are Muslim Congress, Nathan E. Gibson, and Paynesville Community School (PCS). Others schools include Vogar Mission, Calvary Mission and the Bethesda Mission Schools, at the Robert International Airport (RIA) road.

Ghanas President John Mahama with the gold trophy


get the exclusive privilege of holding the trophy. And at a lavish banquet at the State House Monday night, President John Mahama hosted the trophy and joined his predecessors J.A. Kufuor (2006) and J.E.A. Milla (2010) to lift footballs much vaunted prize. The World Cup trophy tour is making its third global tour and also third stopover in Accra after visits in 2006 and 2010 . Accra made history when the first ever Coca-Cola FIFA World Cup tophy tour begun in the nations capital in 2006

he FIFA World Cup trophy arrived in the country yesterday on a chartered plane branded with the colours of the tour sponsors, Coca-Cola. The pure gold trophy was met on arrival at the Air Force base in Accra by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi and senior officials of the CocaCola Company who all had the privilege of seeing the trophy in the plane. As has been its tradition, only sitting heads of state

during three-month journey of 28 countries. Three years ago, Accra again hosted footballs most valuable prize during a global tour of 84 countries and 130 cities. A special FIFA representative, Pekka Odriozola-Martesson, who escorted the trophy yesterday from Morocco, noted that Ghana, being the only West African nation to host the trophy for the third time running, spoke volumes of FIFAs admiration for the growth of the game in the country. The Youth and Sports Minister was optimistic that the Black Stars could win the trophy and charged the players to train extra hard towards the tournament. Mr Nyantakyi also fancied Ghanas chances of winning the World Cup and added that it was up to the players to believe they can do it in Brazil. The trophy will be displayed today at the Accra International Conference Centre, for football fans to get a close-up view of it before it leaves Accra tonight for its next stop, Nairobi, Kenya.

irector of Sports Navarro Saykie has disclosed that Players Cards given to Counties for official registration of the football and kickball teams are expected to be returned to the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Thursday, November 28, 2013, latest 4:00pm. Mr. Saykie told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview via mobile phone yesterday that the submission of players cards will indicate the Counties involvement in the 2013/2014 County Meet. The director said 25 players cards were provided for football and 18 for kickball, which summed up to a total of 43 and the grand total to 15 counties were 645 cards. Mr. Saykie also told the Daily Observer that Rules and Regulations governing the tournament has also been distributed amongst the counties. He noted that some of the rules have been amended, but the nationality clause remains unchanged. Only a Liberian, whether by

Ball Boys marching with the 2012/2013 County Meet Theme


birth or naturalization can participate in the County Meet, Mr. Saykie opined. Reports say a five-man delegation from the Youth and Sports Ministry, beginning next week, is expected to inspect the four venues for the preliminary rounds, as it relates to the playing pitch, sitting capacity, fence and other facilities. The four venues are Doris Williams Sports Stadium in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County; David Kuyon Sports Stadium in Gbarnga, Bong County; Voinjama Sports Stadium in Voinjama, Lofa County and the James E. Green Sports Stadium in Greenville, County. The 2013/2014 County Meet is under the theme: Celebrating Ten Years of Peace through Sports and the formal opening will be held in Lower Buchanan, Grand Bassa County with a horde of government officials in attendance. The chairman of the organizing committee of the county meet is Deputy Sports Minister Dionysius Sebwe, Mr. Saykie said.

FA Cup Round 2 Begins November 30

NPA-Anchors FC ready for the third round


he second round of the LFA Cellcom FA Cup will resume on Saturday, November 30 in three centers. At the Blue Field in Monrovia BYC FC will take on

All 15 Counties of Liberia are expected to participate in five disciplines; football, kickball, basketball, volleyball and athletics and have been placed for the first time in four nonregional groups, as a way to decentralize the preliminary rounds. According to the pairings, Grand Bassa, Grand Kru and Bomi Counties are in Group I. Games in this group will be played at the Doris Williams Sports Stadium in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. Grand Gedeh County is placed in Group II along with Bong, Maryland and Montserrado Counties, and members of this group will play at the David Kuyon Sports Stadium in Gbarnga, Bong County. Group III brings Lofa, River Gee, Margibi and defending football champions Grand Cape Mount to meet at the Voinjama Sports Stadium in Voinjama, Lofa County, while Sinoe, Gbarpolu, Nimba and Rivercess Counties, seated in Group IV, come face to face in Greenville, Sinoe County at the James E. Green Sports Stadium. Two teams with the highest points from the football and kickball editions will qualify for the finals at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, Montserrado County. The volleyball, basketball and track and field events will take place in Monrovia, Montserrado County, alongside the quarterfinals, semifinals and grand finals of the football and kickball games. About US$20,000 will be dished out to each of the 15 political sub-divisions as preparatory support ahead of the kick-off on December 14. The National County Sports Meet inaugurated in 1956, as an annual sporting festival organized and hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Keitrace FC; Oilers will take Jubilee FC in Kakata and the final game is between Monrovia Breweries versus ELWA United at the D. Twe Sports Pitch. Still in the second round on Sunday, December 1, Gbanga Black Star will settle scores with NPA Anchors; LISCR FC will receive Holder FC and the third game is between Watanga FC and M. B. Angels all at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium. The quarter-finals of the third round will commence thereafter.

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Govt Closes DRC Offices, Other Businesses in Nimba


For Not Paying Taxes

By C.Y. Kwanue

he Real Estate Rural Tax Division at the Ministry of Finance (MOF) has shut down the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) main offices in Saclepea, Nimba County. DRC is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) implementing several projects in Nimba County. The DRCs offices, ac-

cording to the regional director of the Tax Division at the MOF, Daniel J.C. Hayes, were closed down on Friday, November 22, for being delinquent in the payment of real income tax to the tune of US$420. The DRC previously owed US$630, but paid government US$110, and was left with a balance of US$420, Mr. Hayes explained. He said, Besides the Real Estate Tax owed government, DRC also failed to display its staff payroll to

the tax team, even though they have collected withholding taxes from their employees, he explained. When contacted, the DRCs Logistic Assistant, Thomas Barclay, confirmed that the offices had been shut down, but said that the taxes in question had been paid and the offices reopened. Businesses in other parts of the county including the ones in Ganta, the commercial hub of the county, and Sanniquellie, the political capital, are being affected by the ongoing tax collection exercise. Our recent tax collection

exercise in Nimba County alone generated over L$2.5 million (US$31,250 at prevailing exchange rate). This amount excluded taxes paid to government revenue in US dollars, Mr. Hayes disclosed. Meanwhile, he has stressed the need to decentralize the Rural Tax and Real Estate Division to ensure full compliance because there are delinquent tax payers in most parts of the rural areas. He disclosed that the Nimba Tax collection exercise would be climaxed in Gbarnga, Bong County in the coming days.

taken the purchasing station, and there are no signs that the sanitation company responsible for the collection and disposal will respond. Commuters and others told the Daily Observer over the weekend that they were aware that PCC has challenges in relation to the collection and disposal of garbage from the commercial district of Redlight. Some of the challenges, the health workers and traders explained, are the dense population of the area and the lack of practical mechanisms put in place to address the never-ending garbage situation at the Red-light Market. Health worker Francis Baker, 65, said PCC administration must get the traders and residents involved in the planning of a solution to the collection and disposal of the garbage at the Red-light Market. Work with ordinary Liberians and traders in the years

to come and you will see tangible results, Mr. Baker assured. He added that food stuffs and essential commodities are being affected by both water and air-borne diseases from the uncollected garbage. According to petty trader Frances K. Mulbah, 44, a wholesale dealer of pineapple and eddoes, the sanitation companies continue to receive huge sums of money from the World Banks Urban Waste management Project and other aid partners for the garbage management (collection and disposal). She said that the infusion of these funds had not had any great an impact. We want to see other strategies and designs that would be responsive and proactive in the swift collection and disposal of garbage in Monrovia in the years to come, Madam Mulbah concluded.

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