The Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) is a public interest
environmental law organization working on the promotion of environmental
justice in Southern Africa through sustainable and equitable utilization of
natural resources and environmental protection. ZELA is implementing a
project focused on Strengthening Mining
Fiscal Transparency and Accountability in Zimbabwe.
Despite Zimbabwe’s huge mineral wealth endowment, mining
fiscal linkages are weak due to poor mineral revenue transparency and
gaps necessary to curb rent-seeking behavior pertain to failure to publicly
disclose mining agreements;
noncompetitive bidding in awarding mining rights;
non-disclosure of revenue per project;
non-disclosure of beneficial ownership; and lack
of a computerized mining title management system. It
is fundamental that the legal regulatory landscape for disclosure of beneficial
ownership and control in Zimbabwe be enhanced to build confidence in markets
towards vision 2030 of an upper middle-income economy per the Transitional
It is against this background that ZELA developed a draft research paper
on Beneficial Ownership Transparency in Zimbabwe focusing on the mining sector.
To that end, ZELA is seeking a Consultant to review this paper and further produce
a Position Paper on Beneficial Ownership Disclosure to contribute towards
fostering a culture of transparency and good corporate governance in the mining
- Main objective of thereview and Position
review the draft research paper on Beneficial Ownership Transparency in
Zimbabwe focusing on the mining sector and develop a position paper to inform legal
and policy framework discourse and reforms on beneficial ownership transparency
in the mining sector in Zimbabwe.
Consultant will be expected to:
Working closely with ZELA the following
deliverables will be expected from the Consultant within 10 days of engagement:
The assignment will
be conducted from the 20th of September 2020 to the 30th
of September 2020. The final research paper must be submitted to ZELA by 30th
of September 2020.
The ideal candidate should have:
- Demonstrable understanding of economic and political context in Zimbabwe
- Demonstrable experience producing economic governance position papers in
- Minimum of an undergraduate degree in Economics or an equivalent.
Possession of a Masters’ degree will be an added advantage
Persons with demonstrable experience of conducting similar researches are
encouraged to submit: An Expression of Interest (EOI) which is not more than 5
pages. The EOI must detail applicant’s understanding of the TORs and costs; a
cover letter summarizing applicant’s skills and past experience relevant to
conducting this kind of assignment; applicant’s Curriculum Vitae, with names of
three referees and their contact details (email and phone). Applications which
do not contain all the above documents will be regarded as incomplete and will
not be considered. Applications must be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org and
cc email@example.com by the 13th of September 2020. The title of the
consultancy should be clearly stated in the email subject and only shortlisted
candidates will be contacted.
 Zimbabwe has over known 40
mineral deposits, some of which are world-class deposits. Platinum and chrome
deposits rank second best in the world after South Africa.
The mismatch between mining’s
significant contribution to export earnings and weak contribution to tax
revenue are a major cause of concern
 If mining agreements are made
public, with clear knowledge of terms and conditions under which taxes are
paid, citizens can pressure government and corporates to sign fair deals.
 Competitive bidding creates
opportunities for choosing investors who offer a greater development dividend,
for instance, on contribution to the fiscus.
 Mineral royalty income is the
only revenue from mining which is publicly disclosed. Mining sector performance
in other revenue heads like corporate income tax, withholding taxes, customs
duty, tax contribution to local government and rural electrification levy is
not publicly disclosed.
 The huge risk is that
high-ranking public officials can easily abuse their power by failing to manage
conflict of interest risk if beneficial ownership is not made publicly.
 Corruption is a major
challenge concerning allocation of mining titles because the manual system that
is used is outdated.