The Board of Commissioners of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) has with immediate effect appointed Mr. James Dorbor Jallah as Executive Director of the Commission.
The appointment of Mr. Jallah, according to a PPCC dispatch, followed a “competitive and transparent recruitment process” witnessed and certified by international and bilateral organizations.
Those organizations that witnessed Mr. Jallah’s endorsement by PPCC’s board included the African Development Bank (AfDB), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), GEMS, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The interview panel, the dispatch said, comprised the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA), Civil Service Agency (CSA), Governance Commission (GC), and the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC).
Mr. Jallah was one of 11 candidates shortlisted from among 52 applicants. As executive director, he will head the secretariat and manage the day-to-day affairs of the Commission. He will ensure implementation of the Public Procurement and Concessions Act (PPCA) of 2010, and its relevant regulations as well as all policy directives of the Board of Commissioners. He is expected to begin work on September 1, 2014.
The new PPCC executive director holds a Master of Arts degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at Zaragora, Spain.
He previously served the Liberian Government as Deputy Minister for Regional and Sectoral Planning at the former Ministry of Planning and Economics Affairs.
In that position, Mr. Jallah coordinated and implemented several public sector investment projects in fiscal year 2010/2011, totaling US$37 million.
He is currently the project manager of a World Bank (WB)-funded capacity Development Project of the Liberia Institute of Certified Public Accountants (LICPA).
According to the dispatch, Mr. Jallah brings to the Commission the right mix of education, skills and experience; and possesses an impeccable character, which is essential for an institution like the PPCC.
He is credited for planning, supervising, and administering the 2013 entrance and placement examination of the University of Liberia, whose final results sparked a national debate on the quality of education at high schools and universities in the country.
Thereafter, he was also appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to chair the Special Presidential Independent Investigative Body, with a mandate to conduct a comprehensive review of the issuance of Private Use Permits (PUPs) by the Forestry Development Authority (FDA).
The findings of that investigation resulted into drastic ongoing reforms being carried out in the forest sector.
The Board of Commissioners of the PPCC has therefore reconfirmed and reaffirmed its commitment to an effective implementation of the PPCA 2010; and is confident that Mr. Jallah has the competence and experience to perform the task he is appointed for.
The PPCC was established by an Act of Legislature with oversight responsibility to regulate and monitor all forms of public procurement and concession practices in Liberia. It replaced the CMC with elaborate mandates of monitoring procuring entities to comply with the Act of 2005 for all public procurements and awarding concessions, in order to ensure economic efficiency, transparency and promotion of competition so that government gets “value for money” in using public funds.