Short-Term Assignment

Training and Development in Corporate Governance for Members of the Samoa Institute of Directors

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 of international standing in the field of training and development on corporate governance for directors.

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 Project will critically review Samoa Institute of Directors’ (SID’s) existing programme of training for members and design and deliver (online) in close collaboration with the SID a selection of critical courses for directors in Samoa.

The principal objectives of the Project are to:

  1. Critically review the existing programme of training and development on corporate governance that is offered to members by the SID and make suggestions for its improvement.
  2. Design and deliver online to directors of public, private and civil society organisations nominated by the SID courses that address:
  • Role and responsibility of directors
  • Legal requirements and obligations of boards and directors
  • Principles of ethics and professional standards
  • Principles of sound corporate governance


  1. An inception report. The report should set out:
  • The schedule of work that will be undertaken or work plan.
  • Constraints and risks and how the TA will strive to address and mitigate them.
  • Any aspect of the TOR that requires further clarification or discussion

2. A report that addresses objective 13(a) of the TOR.

3. The four courses listed in 13(b) above designed and delivered. Course outlines will be subject to approval by the PTL and the principal counterpart before they are delivered, and should conform to the format set out in Annex 1 (see TOR). 

Length of assignment and forms of support.

The length of the assignment will be 15 days per course (60 days) plus 10 days for training programme review spread over a period to be agreed with the selected consultant. All work will be home-based. Training and development courses will be delivered online. The assignment will be carried out by one consulting institution.

Consultant selection will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Consultant selection will be based on the following criteria:
    1. Work experience: clear and strong evidence of substantial experience of training and development on corporate governance for directors.
    2. Country experience: this should include one or more Pacific island countries.
    3. Qualifications: CVs of training providers for each of the four courses to be provided with expressions of interest.
    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.
    5. Performance under pressure: A consistent record of producing outstanding performance under pressure and of working with senior government counterparts.
    6. 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.
    7. Knowledge and skill transfer: The ability to convey effectively his/her own knowledge and skills to others.
    8. 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.
    9. 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.
    10. 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 Expression of Interest (EOI) in an email with the subject “EOI – SID Training & Development” to Programme Manager, Unfortunately, due to high application volume, only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Applications close 27 November 2020.

ASI is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continually improve the diversity of our workforce through the attraction, retention and development of a diverse range of talented people. We want people to be comfortable bringing their whole self to work and recognise that inclusion brings further opportunities for innovation and creativity.