Aug 272015

Organization: International Executive Service Corps
Country: Mali
Closing date: 04 Sep 2015

BACKGROUND: The International Executive Service Corps (IESC)– is a US based not-for-profit with a focus on supporting private enterprise in developing countries. We work in partnership with local people in 130 countries – mainly with the generous support of USAID – designing, implementing, managing and evaluating a wide range of market driven solutions along the entire value chain of a company or industry.

IESC is implementing a U.S. Government technical assistance program, which will employ local staff members working in the Republic of Mali from 2015 to 2020. IESC will be establishing a temporary, five-year program office in Bamako to facilitate program management.

GENERAL OBJECTIVE: IESC requires legal services to advise, support, and help complete a country office registration process for legal operations in Mali in the most expeditious manner possible. This is a high priority activity. Additional services will include reviews of local labor contracts, a personnel manual to ensure compliance with Malian labor law.


  1. Provide guidance on registration requirements of foreign-based entities doing business in Mali, the type of registration specifically for not-for-profit entities/non-governmental organizations (NGO), required documents, and any related government registration fees;
  2. Update IESC on timing of process and provide guidance on any milestones related to local registration needed to support full and complete registration;
  3. Provide guidance on maintaining and adhering to registration requirements in accordance with local tax, social security, and other applicable government requirements; and,
  4. Complete other support as needed, including legal translation (French to English; English to French) as applicable.
  5. Review and revise IESC’s Independent Consulting Agreement template to ensure compliance with local labor laws.
  6. Review of local contracts, including office lease, and local service contracts.
  7. Specifically, related to personnel manual review at a future time (e.g. September 2015):

Review IESC personnel and operations program manual to help contextualize specific Republic of Mali legal operating requirements, such as adherence to labor laws, rules, and general practices. The manual is approximately 25 pages long.

  1. Review hiring templates to ensure adherence to employment hiring and termination requirements. There are approximately 15 forms or templates.
  2. Ability to communicate in English both verbally and for official written documents.

How to apply:


Interested firms or candidates must submit the following:

  1. A detailed approach to securing legal standing for IESC to operate in Mali for the period described above, including:

a) A description of various steps of the office registration process, including the responsibilities of the legal services firm and IESC to complete each step;

b) An estimated timeframe to complete the registration process, noting uncontrolled variables such as government processing times;

c) Fee to provide registration services. Describe if the firm will charge a flat/fixed fee for this service or bill on an hourly basis

  1. A description of the firm’s billing practice for all other services outside of the registration process. Please include billing rates for each level of legal services expertise provided (partners, associates, paralegals, etc.) as applicable.
  2. Three client references, preferably with other international organizations. Include name, title, and phone and email contacts.
  3. The firm’s Point of Contact to follow up with clarifications and questions.

Send responses to: Amy Gastinger (

Due Date: 4 September 2015

Notice Posted: 20 August 2015

Note: IESC reserves the right to extend the submission deadline at any time prior to the due date, to reject all submissions without the need for cause or prior notice, to reject particular submissions due to defects in responses, to waive non-mandatory items and to accept any submissions that in their judgment will be in the best interest of IESC.

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