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Recruitment of International Individual Consultant to conduct research and prepare a report on Informal MSMEs and AfCFTA.
|Location :||Home Based|
|Application Deadline :||23-Jun-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English French|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||30 Working Days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Immediately after Signing the Contract|
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.
UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories supporting partner countries to achieve the eradication of poverty, the reduction of inequalities and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More specifically, UNDP supports partner countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and building resilience to sustain development results.
UNDP's Regional Service Centre for Africa (RSCA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (serving 46 Country Offices in sub-Saharan Africa) develops high quality knowledge and policy products, and is the organisation’s main interface with regional and continental bodies such as the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities. The RSCA also implements a newly launched, continent-wide Regional Programme supporting Africa’s transformational agenda in the following priority areas, namely:
The Regional Programme for Africa is firmly aligned with addressing the multidimensional challenges faced with a strong emphasis on the eradication of poverty and the reduction of inequalities by accelerating the structural transformation of economies. These priorities are being strongly integrated into the focus areas of the UNDP RSCA Inclusive Growth (IG) Team, which, under priority 2 above, increasingly supports regional development that is inclusive and transformational, but also sustainable and resilient in eradicating poverty and reducing inequalities over time.
Moreover, the UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2022-25, UNDP’s Renewed Strategic Offer for Africa and the Regional Programme for Africa all demand that the IG team collaborate more robustly within and across UNDP RSCA thematic teams to generate and deliver a more integrated package of services on priority IG thematic areas, namely, employment creation, informal and formal MSMEs, social protection, structural economic transformation, and regional trade in the context of African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).
Two key areas of IG Team’s work, which hold great promise for spurring on inclusive structural transformation and growth are trade and regional integration (in the context of AfCFTA) and the potential to integrate and enable informal enterprises – which are the backbone of African economies. The IG Team is therefore looking to hire a consultant to explore the potential role of informal MSMEs in regional trade and based on this research provide recommendations on the entry-points into integrating them into AfCFTA as a means to promote value added, boost trade, jobs, businesses, and inclusive growth,
The IG Team’s initial thinking is to approach the issue of informal MSMEs and regional trade from three angles, which can subsequently inform how best UNDP can develop its support, including: (i) the production side – where and how to integrate informal MSMEs producing goods and services from the current baseline into formal trade value-chains in AfCFTA; (ii) the trading side – where and how to support MSMEs engaged in informal cross-border trade to formalize and comply with the AfCFTA rules to fully benefit from the free trade regime; and the third cross-cutting angle, (iii) the infrastructure side – where and how to support integration of informal MSMEs into regional value-chains and AfCFTA through provision of infrastructure (storage and processing facilities) and digital solutions (information, finance, market access, networking platforms, e-commerce, etc.). Through these three perspectives, the study will consider different entry points for UNDP support which will be based on the findings and in consultation with the IG Team. RSCA. Examples include: the role of cooperatives, the role of ICT, digitalization and data, the specific context of borderland communities, application of rules of origin to informal trades including through simplified trade regimes, and how to harness valuable market information of informal MSMEs.
The overall objective of this research is, therefore, to understand the challenges faced by informal MSMEs from different perspectives mentioned above, what are gaps to overcome and realize opportunities for informal MSMEs to play a more formidable role in increased trade through AfCFTA. Follow-up actions and support by the IG Team will be designed based on the findings of this research.
Instruction to Bidders
Procurement Notice Ref No. ETH3605-R,
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is currently implementing a project Exploring the prospects for better integration of Informal MSMEs in value chains under the AfCFTA that requires the services of an individual international consultant to conduct research and prepare a report on Informal MSMEs and AfCFTA as described in the corresponding TORs.
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Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Policy Advisors on Informality and Trade, IG Team UNDP RSCA, and in close collaboration with the IG Team Economic Analyst, the select consultant will develop a research report on prospects for better integration and benefits to informal MSMEs in AfCFTA, by undertaking the following tasks:
Required Skills and Experience