In continuation of its bid to highlight individuals and institutions that have made and is still making frenzied efforts in the growth and development of Liberia, this widely browse website, GNN-Liberia is pleased to once again glad to profile one of Liberia’s talented nation builders.
Mr. James Dorbor Jallah, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) is a public servant, educator, social entrepreneur, and a development professional who has dedicated his life to Liberia’s development and the advancement of humanity.
He spearheaded the restoration of the Stella Maris Polytechnic in 2003 following its wanton destruction in the last round of fighting in the civil war while serving as Dean of the Arthur Barclay Business College (2002 – 2006).
He had previously served as Assistant Dean (1999 – 2002) and later, upon his return from graduate studies, as Vice President for Administration (2008 – 2009). His notable achievements include strengthening the Business College, pioneering the establishment of the computer training program and the first CISCO Networking Academy in Liberia, among many others.
In 2009 Mr. Jallah joined the Government of Liberia as Deputy Minister for Regional and Sectoral Planning at the erstwhile Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs in which role he coordinated and led Liberia’s development planning initiatives for two years.
Notable among his achievements in this role include the establishment of the first National Capacity Development Strategy as a framework for mitigating capacity challenges across all sectors of the Liberian society; co-led the development of the National ICT Policy; led the piloting of the country’s first social protection initiative as an instrument of economic development and developed the nation’s first National Social Protection Strategy as a framework for improving the livelihoods of the poorest of the poor; etc.
While serving as Deputy Minister, he also represented Liberia and fragile countries throughout the world on the World Bank’s external board of advisors during the development of the Bank’s new ten-year Social Protection and Labor Strategy.
He resigned from government in July 2011 and spent the following three years rendering professional services to various public and private organizations as a development consultant.
His notable achievements in this period include analysis and Liberia country report on the problem of Out-of-School Children, which was undertaken in collaboration with Subah-Belleh and Associates in 2011 under contract from the Ministry of Education with funding from UNICEF; established the Syllabi Integration Program, a flagship program of the Liberian Institute of Certified Public Accountants designed to strengthen tertiary accounting education and increase the job-acquisition potential of accounting graduates; led a presidential inquest in 2012 that reviewed a corruption scandal in the forestry sector which resulted in ongoing reforms in the sector; supervised and administered the 2013 University of Liberia Entrance and Placement Examinations to more than 25,000 candidates and restored credibility and the merit system; etc.
During the peak of the Ebola outbreak, President Sirleaf appointed him in August 2014 as head of the National Task Force on Ebola, which role he accepted on a voluntary, pro bono basis. The government’s Ebola response was later reconfigured into the Incident Management System and he became the Deputy Incident Manager responsible for all non-medical aspects of the response including logistics and other support services. In this role he led in supervising and coordinating logistics activities of the government and international partners ensuring alignment to national emergency response strategy and delivery as one.
Mr. Jallah has taught undergraduate and graduate courses since 1994 and has molded the minds of several thousand young people both at the University of Liberia and the Stella Maris Polytechnic, many of whom are leaders in society today.
He is currently the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission in which role he is engendering reforms geared at upholding the tenets of best public procurement practice and ensuring that Liberia gets value for its meager resources. He also serves on a number of boards (business and academic).
Mr. Jallah received his B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Physics (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Liberia in 1994, Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Logistics and Supply Chain Management through the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) in 2008, and was a Humphrey Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2006/2007.
The objective of this segment, Personality of The Week by this widely browse online newspaper is to recognize those individuals and institutions that are making tremendous strives in their quest to see Liberia moving ahead amongst the comity of nations. It is a weekly segment which will also be featured in our hard copy newspaper on the Liberian newsstand shortly.