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Ministry of Finance Wants To Engage a Qualified and Experienced Consultant To Advise on Internet Governance and Domain Name System







The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Ministry of Finance (MoF), has applied for financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Ethiopia Digital Foundation Project (“Digital Ethiopia”) and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

The MoF wants to engage a qualified and experienced consultant to advise on Internet Governance and Domain Name System

The objective of consultancy service is to assist Ethiopia Communication Authority (ECA) in managing and operating the country code top level domain (ccTLD) for Ethiopians being administered in the public interests, whilst taking into consideration issues of public policy and relevant law and regulation.

The consulting services (“the Services”) include the following but not limited to:

  • Conduct a market study to estimate the likely annual revenue raised by the ECA, based on fee levels and usage, and estimating the tax and royalty payments that should be due to the Federal Government;
  • Prepare draft letters for the ECA to send to ICANN, to ITU, and to commercial registrars informing them of the wishes of the Federal Government;
  •  Prepare draft letters for the ECA to send to ICANN, to ITU, and to commercial registrars informing them of the wishes of the Federal Government;
  • Advise the ECA on the strategy to be followed for transferring the stewardship of the .et domain name;
  • Recommend transitional arrangements for the transfer of stewardship of the domain name from Ethio Telecom to the ECA, with possible intermediate steps;
  • Identify resources that may be useful in this purpose and providing a coordinating function;
  • Providing training, and identifying additional sources of training for staff that will administer the domain; and Providing additional assistance, as requested

Contract Term: The service is expected to be completed up to 6 months effective from date of contract signing.

The consultant will paid based on deliverables and actual days worked. Travel and per diem expense will be handled separately

Qualification and Experience: The qualification and experience required for consultants who would like to apply for the service should possess the following  minimum criteria

  •  An advanced degree in a related discipline, such as telecommunications, economics, social sciences, business administration, etc;
  • At least ten years relevant experience, with a preference given to experience working in internet governance, domain registries establishment, and regulatory policy related issues;
  • Experience in project implementation, internet infrastructure and technology management;
  • Experience in project management;
  • Experience working in developing countries, with experience in Africa an advantage;
  • Ability to communicate and write well; and Fluency in English language is essential.

The Ministry of Finance now invites eligible individuals (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should send expressions of interest, together with information demonstrating that they have the required qualification and relevant experience to perform the service (description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, qualifications, and so forth) by providing CVs, and supporting documents

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to Section III, paragraphs, 3.14, 3.16, and 3.17 of the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” July 2016 (“Procurement Regulations”) revised November 2017 and August 2018 , setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Selection of Individual Consultant (Section V) method set out in the Procurement Regulations.

Further information can be obtained, by email at the address below during office hours from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM Addis Ababa time

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below in person, or by mail, on or before December 11, 2020, but preferably by e-mail.

Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Ministry of Finance

Attn: Channel One Programs Coordinating Directorate

Address: Arada Sub city, Woreda11/12, MoF building, 4th Floor,

Room No 403, Sidist Kilo in front of

Lion Cage park,

P.O.Box 1905,1037, E-mail: ;

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia