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International Consultant to provide recommendations and deliver online training on trade barriers
|Location :||Home-based, TURKMENISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||10-Nov-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English Russian|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||November 2021 - December 2021|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||30 working days|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations of Turkmenistan (Ministry) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are implementing a project entitled “Strengthening the Trade Capacity of Turkmenistan”. The project is focused on supporting the Government of Turkmenistan in building trade capacity of the country with a view to support the realization of Turkmenistan’s objectives aimed at increasing competitiveness of national economy, reducing imports dependence and diversifying exports, including by increasing the share of higher value-added products in export composition.
Due to the increasing international competition for markets it is necessary to address the objective of export diversification with range of measures focused on the creation of effective system to promote domestically produced goods in export markets throughout the whole value chain: producer – ultimate buyer. The level of competitiveness of modern economy is largely determined by the quality of professional staff. Among factors of economic growth human capital is a matter of primary importance. This issue for Turkmenistan implies addressing the current challenging trends in the development of human capacities, including insufficient level of training of specialists and advanced training of personnel.
Under provision of this consultancy services project aims to enhance knowledge and skills of specialists, who are, to varying degree, involved in addressing the issues of domestic and foreign trade. Specifically, international consultant is expected to conduct research on regulatory and procedural set up and standards used in the third country markets and regional integration associations (the European Union, the Eurasian Economic Union), which need to be followed and implemented to allow access of Turkmenistan’s export goods to those markets by studying best international practices (accumulated by the World Trade Organization (WTO), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and other international organizations).
United Nations Development Programme supports the Government of Turkmenistan in formulation and implementation of a set of measures focused on building trade capacity of the country with a view to support the realization of Turkmenistan’s objectives aimed at increasing competitiveness of national economy, reducing import dependence, and diversifying export, including by increasing the share of higher value-added products in export composition.
In this regard, UNDP is planning to engage international consultancy with the hands-on experience to develop recommendations on foreign market regulations, import procedures and more importantly standards to support national export throughout the whole goods shipment chain and deliver online training on the best international practices developed by the WTO, UNCTAD and other international organizations for the specialists of the Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, the State Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange, Ministry of Finance and Economy, State Customs Service, the Major State Service “Turkmenstatestandards” and other related organizations in Turkmenistan.
Duties and Responsibilities
In accordance with the above-mentioned objective of the assignment and under the supervision of the Project Manager and Programme Analyst, the International Consultant (IC) will have the objective of transferring knowledge and expertise to the specialists of national partners the above-mentioned proposal and deliver interactive training courses. To achieve the objective, he or she will perform the following tasks:
Deliverables and timeframe:
Duration and timeframe: 3 working days for analyses, state programmes related to trade and economic activities, trade policies and trade related government institutions of Turkmenistan; 10 working days to prepare materials of online interactive training course and its delivery;
Duration and timeframe: 12 working days for development of proposal. 5 working days for delivery of online interactive training course.
Required Skills and Experience
Submission of applications:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
All experts applying for this position are required to provide:
Evaluation of proposals:
Individual Consultants will be evaluated based on the combined scoring methodology. When using this method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Out of the maximum score, the score for technical criteria equals 70% - maximum 100 points, and for financial criteria 30%.
The technical evaluation will take into account the following as per the scoring provided:
Financial proposal – 30% of total evaluation.
Additional requirements for recommended contractor:
Recommended contractors aged 65 and older, and if the travel is required, shall undergo a full medical examination including x-ray, and obtain medical clearance from the UN-approved doctor prior to taking up their assignment. The medical examination is to be cleared by the UN physicians and shall be paid by the consultant.