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SOFRECO is a highly international company in terms of its clients, its partners, the nationalities of its experts, its headquarters staff and its presence in numerous countries.
We have three types of clients: governments, administrations and public bodies; public and private companies; multilateral and bilateral development funding agencies.
SOFRECO employs several hundred senior and junior experts of various nationalities, the vast majority of whom are technical specialists
Eastern and Southern Africa
Technical assistance for change management of the Zanzibar Municipal Council (2013-2016)
The objective of this consultancy assignment is to provide technical assistance (TA) to the Zanzibar Municipal Council (ZMC) in order to address key institutional capacity constraints. Under the general umbrella of change management, the TA is addressing the following areas: policy and legal matters; revenue enhancement, financial management and procurement systems; management of human resources; information technology (IT) systems; communication, public outreach and community participation; and monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the change management strategy.
Support to the National Authorising Officer, finance and contract management and monitoring (2013-2014)
The overall objective of the Poverty Reduction Budget Support Programme, Phase II (PRBSII), under which this assignment is performed, is to contribute to the implementation of Lesotho's national development agenda as embodied in the Vision 2020, which states that by the year 2020 ‘Lesotho shall be a stable democracy, a united and prosperous nation at peace with itself and its neighbours. It shall have a healthy and well developed human resource base, a strong economy, a well-managed environment and an established technological base’.
This assignment is to support the Ministry of Finance, and specifically the Office of the National Authorising Officer, to define and operationalise effective and systematic finance and contract management and monitoring arrangements.
Support with the accreditation of the CTHT laboratory according to ISO/IEC standard 17025 (2018-2019)
Technical assistance to a laboratory specialised in agricultural products for export to bring it up to standard in terms of competence and the quality management of analyses and sampling: diagnosis and action plan, technical and organisational training, study trip to Reunion, mock audit and conclusions for the application for accreditation.
Consultancy for the identification of alternative livelihoods under FishCC (2018)
FishCC is a climate change adaptation project with a focus on natural resources and capacity building for poverty reduction. The overall objective of the FishCC project is to improve community management of selected priority fisheries.
This consultancy assignment under FishCC aims to identify sustainable livelihood alternatives to fishing activities in five pilot areas, with the following activities:
i) identification and formulation of sub-projects in aquaculture, tourism and agriculture, among others, for sustainable income generation in five pilot areas;
ii) preparation of the Sub-Projects Implementation Manual including the financing process;
iii) identification of potential business partners;
iv) facilitation of the establishment of partnerships between identified business partners and targeted communities.
Provision of a Central Technical Assistance Team (CTAT) to support the implementation of the Kenya Municipal Programme (2013-2015)
The Government of Kenya, the Client, with support from the World Bank, AFD, and Sida, has initiated a 5-year Kenya Municipal Programme (KMP). The overall objective of the KMP is to strengthen local governance and improve urban service delivery.
The KMP is being implemented in 15 urban municipalities by the Ministry of Local Government (MoLG), through four components:
1. Institutional restructuring and empowering local governments;
2. Participatory strategic planning for urban development;
3. Investment in infrastructure and service delivery; and
4. Programme management, monitoring and evaluation.
The objective of the assignment is to support the MoLG in strengthening its capacities to support the municipalities in the implementation of the KMP, and to play its role as regulator and facilitator of local authorities.
Technical assistance to the Institutional Strengthening for Agricultural Resilience Programme (RINDRA) (2019-2023)
Technical assistance to the Institutional Strengthening for Agricultural Resilience Programme (€40 M, 11th EDF), aiming to support the operationalisation of public and parapublic institutions. Institutional strengthening and training of various technical departments of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (agricultural training, animal health, phytosanitary protection) of the General Secretariat of the Ministry of Forests and the Environment, and of the Agricultural Development Fund.
Technical assistance to support reforms to the project for the production of drinking water through desalination and renewable energy (2017-2018)
In the Republic of Djibouti, public water and electricity services are the prerogative of two public companies (ONEAD and EDD respectively). The critical situation of water resources for the capital led the EU to fund the PEPER project, whose main purpose is to produce drinking water through sea water desalination. Desalination is an energy intensive technology. A reform of the two institutions is necessary for the fulfilment of PEPER.
The general objective of the technical assistance provided by SOFRECO is to establish a review of the current situation of ONEAD and EDD (technical, strategic, organisational, accounting, financial and IT), and to support the measures endorsed by the Government in the overall framework of the reform of the management of public establishments and companies (EEP), in order to set up a stable institutional and regulatory framework for the water and energy sectors.
French Development Agency
Technical assistance specialised in education to support the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFOP) (2015-2016)
As part of the Vocational Training and Education Support Project (PAEFP), an international technical expert specialised in education is to support Djibouti's Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFOP) in the project's implementation and to provide advisory support on more general issues related to the implementation of the national education programme.
He is supporting the Secretary-General of MENFOP in carrying out the activities of component 1 of the PAEFP and coordinating the integration of the various actions of the funding agencies under the Education Action Plan. He is also supporting the Project Management Service in the technical and financial monitoring of component 1.
The expected results of this support include the implementation of new general secondary education programmes, of the Djibouti baccalaureate, and of the teacher training strategy.
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