Short-Term Assignment

Review and Reformulation of Legislation Governing the Samoa Fire and Emergency Services Authority

Samoa Governance Support Programme


Location: Home-based

Est. Date: Dec 2020

ARF Rate: Email Programme Manager for more info

Seeking: A firm or other organisation or individual of international standing in the field of legislative drafting, preferably experience in Samoa or a country with similar governance and legislative processes and intuitions. Legislative drafting experience pertaining to emergency services, particularly firefighting and emergency medical response (ambulance services) is highly preferable

Programme Background

Adam Smith International (ASI) manages the Samoa Governance Support Programme (SGSP), which is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Established in 2016, SGSP works with the Government of Samoa (GoS) to achieve two objectives: to develop and strengthen policies and institutions that enable sustainable and inclusive economic growth, especially private sector-led growth; and to improve economic governance by addressing issues that affect underlying public sector capability and performance. 

Aim of the Assignment

The aim of the Project is to help the Samoa Fire and Emergency Services Authority (SFESA) to review and draft amendments to the Act so as to rectify omissions, inconsistencies and ambiguities in it.

The principal objectives of the Project are to:

  1. Critically review the Act taking into account the matters referred to in paragraphs 8 and 9 of the TOR.
  2. Based on 12(a) of the TOR, draft a bill of amendment to the Act.

Length of assignment and forms of support.

The length of the assignment will be 15 days. All work will be home-based.

Consultant selection will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Work experience: Experience of legislative analysis that is clearly relevant – in terms of substantive technical content, scope, and level(s) – to the work outlined in these TOR. This should include clear and strong evidence of substantial experience of drafting of legislation and guidelines, preferably pertaining to emergency services, particularly firefighting and emergency medical response (ambulance) services. Applicants may be required to provide a list of the laws that they have drafted, and to indicate the extent of their involvement in the drafting of each of the laws (i.e. as the sole drafter, a co-drafter, or a contributor in some other way).
  2. Country experience: relevant legislative drafting experience, preferably in Samoa or a country with similar governance and legislative processes and institutions.
  3. Qualifications: A bachelor of laws and admission to practice as a solicitor or barrister in a Asia-Pacific regional jurisdiction.
  4. Analytical capability: The consultant should be capable of analysing complex problems, evaluating the quality of different types of data, and producing practical and workable solutions.
  • Performance under pressure: A consistent record of producing outstanding performance under pressure and of working with senior government counterparts.
  1. Judgement and mediation: The ability to make independent judgments and to lead discussion, develop consensus on sometimes difficult and controversial issues, and to balance and mediate multiple stakeholder expectations and objectives.
  2. Knowledge and skill transfer: The ability to convey effectively his/her own knowledge and skills to others.
  • Written and oral communication capabilities: It is essential that the consultant possesses the ability to express complex ideas – both in writing and orally – clearly and in plain English to a variety of audiences, including government officials, community groups, entrepreneurs, donors, and other professionals. Short-listed candidates may be required to provide examples of their written work.
  • Interpersonal and intercultural skills: Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills and the ability to manage questions of national and organizational culture skilfully and to build effective and harmonious working relations with clients and counterparts.
  1. Multiple reporting: The consultant should also be able to work effectively in a matrix management structure or one that has multiple lines of reporting.

 How to apply

Interested applicants are requested to submit their CV and a one-page covering note or an EOI from firms and organisations in an email with the subject “Samoa Fire and Emergency Services” to Programme Manager, Unfortunately, due to high application volume, only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Applications close 27 November 2020.

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