National Mineral Processing Expert


Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, Capacity Development, governance and civil society, natural Resource Management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Mines to Markets (M2M) - Pact’s Mines to Markets Signature Initiative assists mineral-dependent communities to gain lasting benefits from the more sustainable use of the natural resources around them. Pact takes an integrated approach to its work in the mining sector: we link mining to livelihoods, governance, health, environment, and the strengthening of local, regional and national institutions. The M2M program is currently active in eleven countries, working with all scales of mining from large scale industrial operations (LSMs) to individual Artisanal and Small-scale Miners (ASMs) and their communities, in remote areas. For more information on current and some past projects at

Position Overview

Sierra Leone’s burgeoning artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector provides critical livelihoods for women, men and youth, but is largely informal and associated with a range of social and environmental challenges, including mercury use. In response to this, the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) developed a National Action Plan (NAP) for the country, which was recently endorsed (by the President), and outlines strategies for supporting reduction in mercury usage in the ASGM sector, through introducing better mining practices, formalizing the sector, and advancing Gender Equality in ASGM communities. Beyond mercury, the NAP aims to support the broader professionalization of ASGM, in line with national development priorities as outlined in Sierra Leone’s Medium-term National Development Plan 2019-2023.

Funded by GIZ, Pact’s work in Sierra Leone’s ASGM sector focuses on supporting stakeholders to “kick-start” implementation of Sierra Leone’s NAP. The Project aims to accomplish this by supporting responsible gold production and trade and improved formal market access for ASGM miners and gold traders. Interventions will target Sierra Leone’s Tonkolili district, where significant ASGM activity takes place with increasing mercury use, and little support has been provided to ASGM communities to date.

Key Responsibilities

Pact is seeking a part-time local consultant to assist with this project. The National Mineral Processing Expert will work report to and work closely together with Pact M2M’s Project Manager (Jorden de Haan), alongside two other national consultants. The consultant will support mercury abatement efforts and gold trader engagement in the field and in Freetown. Additionally, the consultant will support the Project teams with inception meetings, a field assessment, Mine Plan development (focusing on technical and environmental aspects), and gold trader/exporter engagements. The consultant will work for a period of performance up to 75 days’ LOE starting on February 8, 2021.

The position will support the Project Manager and National Coordinator and collaborate with the Project’s Technical Supervisor and National Gender and Social Inclusion Expert to ensure that all project activities and outputs related to mineral processing and environmental stewardship are technically sound and appropriate to the local ASGM context. Moreover, he or she will support selected project activities related to Data Collection, training and stakeholder engagement.

Specific responsibilities include:
  • Weekly Coordination (‘check-ins’) with the Project Manager and National Coordinator about the project status and national ASM context, and responding to (small) ad hoc requests for advice, inputs and actions within this consultancy’s technical scope of work.
  • Review of the Project’s Technical Proposal and Implementation Workplan.
  • In-depth study of Sierra Leone’s National Action Plan and ASGM Overview; UNIDO’s Practical Guide for Reducing Mercury Use in ASGM; and ongoing monitoring of developments in Sierra Leone’s ASGM sector, especially in Tonkolili district.
  • Participating in inception meetings with the GIZ office in Freetown, the National Minerals Agency (NMA), Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and other project stakeholders.
  • Participating in a Field Study to assess local geology and ore potential, mining and mineral processing practices, mercury use, and opportunities for improving gold recovery, environmental stewardship and occupational health and safety; and documenting this in a field report.
  • Co-Design and review of training, workshop and communications materials related to mineral processing, environmental stewardship and occupational health and safety.
  • Co-design and review of Mine Plans developed with selected ASGM communities, with a focus on issues pertaining to mineral processing, environmental stewardship and occupational health and safety.
  • Co-facilitation of workshop and training events, with a leading role in issues of mineral processing, mercury abatement, environmental stewardship and occupational health and safety.
  • Supporting the Project Manager and National Coordinator in engaging gold exporters with a view to understanding their needs and gauging their interest in joining the project’s CRAFT scheme.
The following deliverables should be completed by the end of the consultancy and the quality and timely delivery of tasks/outcomes will be used to determine if the assignment was successfully completed: Deliverables/Payment Schedule/Level of Effort



Expected LOE

(in days)


1 Technical sections of Supply Chain Assessment Report 20 TBD 2 Written inputs to training materials and TTT manuals on technical strengthening 15 TBD 3 Written inputs to Report 1 on Technical Strengthening 15 TBD 4 Written inputs to Report 2 on Technical Strengthening, and written inputs to 2 draft Mine Plans 15 TBD Final Written inputs to and review of CRAFT report 10 TBD Total:


Basic Requirements

  • An MSc in geosciences, mining engineering, or a directly related field;
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in the mining industry, including Sierra Leone’s ASGM sector;
  • Possesses both a theoretical and practical knowledge on mercury-free mineral processing solutions;
  • Proficiency in English and Creole, both in speaking and writing;
  • Sierra Leonian citizen/resident, or existing work permit to carry out this work in Sierra Leone.
  • The consultant is expected to travel within Sierra Leone, especially in Tonkolili distric
Application Requirements

· CV · Daily rate · Writing Sample Proposal submission deadline 5 February 2021. At Pact’s discretion, any application received after the exact date specified for receipt may be considered ineligible for consideration.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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