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EU Technical Assistance to the African Union • Infrastructure Support Mechanism (ISM)
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The role of the Technical Assistance is to advise and support the AU and the EU on the day-to-day implementation of the action in accordance with the relevant agreements between the AUC, AFCAC, the NEPAD Agency and the European Commission. The action is complementary to activities carried out by the AUC and the NEPAD on the scope of their (AU) budget, some of which are also supported by the EU through the AU Support Programme (AUSP), and in good coordination with other partners, in particular the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the African Development Bank.


The AU-UE infrastructure joint priorities of the 5th AU-EU Summit are monitored and implemented

  • Develop, propose and monitor jointly agreed standards, modalities and mechanisms for the coordination based on past achievements and decisions taken at the 5th AU-EU Summit;
  • Provide technical support to the four thematic sectors on cross-cutting or horizontal activities of relevance to the JAES RGI in Infrastructure and thereby promote result-oriented implementation;
  • Enable, facilitate and follow up on internal and external dialogue and decisions regarding horizontal coordination aspects of the JAES infrastructure agenda;
  • Develop, communicate and disseminate visibility products on results and deliverables related to the horizontal JAES infrastructure agenda;
  • Consult with other AU infrastructure support services to ensure a complementary approach.
  • Develop, monitor and facilitate implementation of the ‘horizontal’ aspects of the JAES Infrastructure roadmap.
  • Provide technical, demand-driven support to the African Union and the European Commission and relevant JAES partners in order to strengthen identification and implementation of joint, cross-cutting horizontal activities within the JAES partnership;
  • Strengthen knowledge management and identification/communication on best practices and results within the ‘nexus’ of energy, water, transport and ICT in the context of the JAES;
  • Contribute to the implementation on the new ‘Africa – Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs’ in the infrastructure areas.
  • In particular for the air transport sector, support the implementation of the Prioritised Action Plan for the establishment and operationalization of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), through its six pillars (1: Advocacy for effective operationalisation of the SAATM, 2: Regulatory Framework, 3: Operationalisation of SAATM, 4: Infrastructure, 5: Enhancing Safety and Security, 6: Financing the Aviation Industry).


Programming and prioritisation processes at AUC and NEPAD related to the infrastructure cooperation agenda are improved, particularly those relevant to PIDA and its Priority Action Plan (PAP) 2

  • Support to the development of the second PIDA Priority Action Plan (2020-2030) as the foundation for infrastructure development in Africa, in close coordination and cooperation with partners such as GIZ and AfDB;
  • Support AUC and NEPAD in their processes, in particular regarding preparation and implementation of their budgets for infrastructure, ensuring also coherence with the support provided through AUSP
  • Support capacity building of staff for programming including methodological tools for project pipeline selection and prioritization
  • Support to project identification, selection and prioritisation in particular for PAP 2 in the framework of financing search for project preparation and implementation
  • Capacity Building activities (training, coaching, study tours, etc…) for NEPAD Agency, AUC, specific RECs and Member States in corridor management and development as well as Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) projects management.
  • Analyse priority actions more specifically in the sectors of water with the main stakeholders (AUC, DEVCO, AMCOW, NEPAD, SIWI) in coordination with the Africa-EU Water Partnership Project (AEWPP).
  • Support the acceleration of the preparation and financing of transboundary water projects and foster a water-food-energy nexus approach in the development of hydropower Projects with the main stakeholder (NEPAD, RECs, Member States, AMCOW, GWP).


Coordination is ensured through the Reference Group on Infrastructure (RGI) and cross-sectoral coordination in the transport, energy, water and digital domains

  • Consolidate the RGI as the main instrument for coordination and policy dialogue for infrastructure projects, supporting the organisation of RGI meetings (usually taking place around April-May each year), ensuring coordination with events such as the PIDA week
  • Develop synergies with and amongst initiatives and actors such as the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP), the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), the Policy and Regulation Initiative for Digital Africa (PRIDA), the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) or the EU-Africa Aviation Safety support programme;
  • Plan, develop and follow up on strategies and concrete proposals for increased resource mobilization and allocation for the ‘horizontal’ activities/initiatives within the JAES Infrastructure Partnership;
  • Ensure synergies with the PANAF programme and assist process of identification and follow-up of investment projects;
  • Provide administrative and logistical support as needed to meetings within the JAES infrastructure partnership. This support will include production of invitations, agenda, drafting of minutes, supporting documentation, reporting and dissemination of their outcomes, list of participants, as well as all other related preparatory and ancillary services;
  • For other possible AU-EU relevant high-level conferences, seminars, workshops and events that help to reach the identified results, the consultant will also be responsible for all aspects of their organisation and implementation, including:
  • The production and distribution of invitations (by e-mail or letter);
  • The booking and hiring of appropriate conference rooms and facilities;
  • The provision of additional premises when necessary;
  • The hiring of appropriate conference equipment;
  • Preparation of name badges and set of documentation and distribution to participants;
  • Provision of interpreters/translators as required;
  • Provision of catering for participants;
  • Selection and recruitment of moderators, key note speakers and/or experts;
  • Drafting and distribution of approved minutes, proceedings and relevant material for wider dissemination;
  • Production of information/communication material;
  • Any other administrative and logistical meeting support services, as required.


Synergies between the AU and EU instruments are strengthened, in particular between the PIDA and the EIP;

  • Support to the strengthening of synergies between the AU and EU instruments, with focus on PIDA and its instruments (such as the SDM, CBN,…) and the EIP, to foster mobilization of private sector financing, coordination of International Finance Institutions (IFIs) and mobilisation of ad-hoc sectoral thematic expertise (e.g. on water) and mainstreaming of digitalisation within all sectors.
  • Support to the implementation of the PIDA in particular through transaction pipeline development, transaction advisory services and capacity building, review and preparation of analyses, contribution to preliminary due diligences, including identifying available funding sources and potential.
  • Support facilitation for unlocking access to remote/rural areas through integrated infrastructure services
  • Support the planning, development and follow-up on strategies and proposals in the scope of an integrated infrastructure corridor approach;
  • Provide technical, demand-driven support to the African Union and the European Commission and relevant JAES partners in order to strengthen Regulatory Reforms in support of trade facilitation (corridor observatories, overloading control, one-stop border posts etc.);
  • Support to establishing and maintaining close relationships with International Finance Institutions, private sector and government actors, including project developers, regulatory bodies, commercial banks, investment funds, pension funds, and other donors
  • Support liaison with other EU implementing partners, in particular International Finance Institutions (IFIs) involved in the implementation of the EIP.
  • Provide demand-driven support to the African Union and the European Commission in the fields of new emerging technologies and cross-cutting sectors such as environment, climate change and youth jobs.


PIDA Project Packaging Transaction Advisory capacity at NEPAD enhanced and project pipeline of bankable PIDA projects increased

  • Contribute to the strengthening of the PIDA instruments (SDM, CBN, PIDA Information System, Quality labelling, Job creation toolkit, CBN 5% Agenda, Africa Guarantee Mechanism etc.) for an optimized implementation of PIDA projects.
  • Work with the NEPAD Agency, AU and EU for the project packaging of PIDA PAP 2 projects,
  • Support the development and promotion of policies for private sector engagement & investment in Infrastructure and improvement of business climate in Africa;
  • Support capacity building of staff for programming including methodological tools for project pipeline selection, prioritization, preparation and packaging.
  • Support the identification and tracking of key milestones required to complete transactions, and recommend courses of action for expediting transactions
  • Support the NEPAD Agency on the packaging of PIDA PAP 2 projects, development of Project Information Memorandums (PIMs) and on advising project developers on appropriate finance structures
  • Assist NEPAD agency in the PIDA PAP 2 process to identify project risk and risk mitigation measures to de-risk and promote bankable projects,
  • Assist NEPAD in developing strategies for establishing innovative finance mechanisms for infrastructure development in Africa such as blended Domestic Capital markets for financing PIDA projects through initiative such as the CBN 5% Agenda;
  • Support the NEPAD Agency in developing Domestic Resource Mobilisation strategies for selected PIDA PAP 2 infrastructure projects
  • Identify, track, monitor and disseminate best practices for investments within the ‘nexus’ and the cross-cutting dimensions of the four thematic areas;
  • Provide technical support, on a demand-driven basis, to develop activities aimed at developing a project pipeline of bankable PIDA projects leading to increasing investments on horizontal infrastructure initiatives;
  • Support the NEPAD Agency in organising Investor conferences/roundtables to mobilise finance from the private sector, Institutional investors and IFIs with a view to implement projects that have reached bankability or require refinancing.


Sustainability, dissemination of project results, Communication and Visibility: enhance visibility of EU contribution to the development of infrastructure in Africa.

  • Ensure the capitalisation and sharing of knowledge related to the implementation of the Action. It concerns observations of technical and pedagogical value, which are interesting for other professionals, and which do not infringe with the obligations of Article 14 of the general conditions of the contract.
  • Create, maintain up-dated, integrate and follow-up a “JAES Reference Group in Infrastructure/RGI”, sharing information on the web platform for internal and external communication on the JAES infrastructure partnership;
  • Process technical inputs and outputs (flash reports, agendas, reports, background documents, website articles, press releases, etc.) from relevant meetings and activities so as to increase communication and outreach activities;
  • Work with the AU PIDA Information Management team to promote PIDA projects on the Virtual PIDA Information Center (VPIC) and enhance the use of VPIC as a “one-stop shop” for PIDA
  • Organise and/or participate in outreach events in order to involve stakeholders in the coordination aspects of the JAES RGI;
  • Produce and disseminate communication/visibility material on infrastructure at relevant events/ activities, including the College-to-College (C2C) meetings, etc.;
  • Improve the visibility of infrastructure within the AU-EU Partnership and in particular at the next AU-EU Summit;
  • Ensure consistent communication between the European Commission and the African Union Commission on the horizontal/cross sectoral coordination and related activities, initiatives, meetings and ad-hoc support;
  • Enhance information dissemination and communication of joint EU-AU actions under the JAES and visibility of the RGI. The contractor must comply with the latest Communication and Visibility Manual for EU External Action;
  • Facilitate the establishment of advocacy material on the establishment of SAATM and its contribution to the AFCFTA.