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Adviser on EU programmes and Trade Practices
|Location :||Brussels, BELGIUM|
|Application Deadline :||28-Feb-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||on retainer basis - 95 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||10 months|
Arab States and economies are in various levels of economic development and integration into the global economy. It is comprised of countries whose economic growth depends mainly on exports of hydro-carburets. On the other side, there are several economies having diversified economic sectors while some of these are experiencing substantial economic fragility. The regional economic integration via enhanced trade facilitation and connectivity would pave the way to integrate those economies in the Arab region into regional and international supply chains. Arab countries have achieved a number of positive progress during the implementation of the Pan-Arab Free Trade Agreement (PAFTA). However, challenges in mainstreaming trade for development remain.
Since 2014 to present, UNDP pioneered strengthening Arab economic integration as one of key engines to foster good governance in economic and trade through policy dialogue and collective responsibility towards Arab common market under the instructions of Arab Leaders. These trade-related efforts are generating more business opportunities and with these, more jobs, particularly for women and youth. Promoting Micro and Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) forms part of these long-term strategies of sustainability and inclusiveness.
As overall, the EU is one of the main trading partners of 22 Arab countries with significant investment flows into key sectors of the knowledge-based economies such as energy, electricity, port facilities and infrastructure. Several multilateral, sub-regional and bilateral trade and investment arrangements have been established between Arab countries and the EU. Rich experiences of the EU are very valuable for the region in considering various alternatives in deepening regional economic and trade relations, such as the acquis communautaire – EU legislation for 27 Member States to operate as a single economic territory. Exchange of experiences of preferential trade agreements between Arab countries and the EU Members and of its operational modalities of promoting a common market are useful for the Arab region in recent efforts of economic diversification and modernization of practices for more facilitation and global integration.
Against this background, UNDP is looking for an international consultant experienced in EU legislations and its financial and technical assistance programme in order to facilitate designing a multi-annual technical assistance programmes on trade, addressing the relevant needs of the Arab region at the regional scale, and to secure sufficient technical and financial support from the EU assistance programmes.
The objective of this assignment is to secure sustainable and long-term financial assistance to the programmes of UNDP towards the economies of Arab states in order to respond to socio-economic challenges through specific initiatives related to facilitation of trade, regionally and promoting integration of the beneficiary economies to the regional and international value chains. This can be seen as the continuation of existent efforts of reform of trade and trade-related policies and implementation of trade facilitating measures under the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.
Duties and Responsibilities
The International Consultant (IC) on EU Programmes and Trade Practices will contribute to the efforts of UNDP – Regional Programme for Arab States to ensure its appropriate and timely involvement in the programming activities of the European Commission (EC) for IPA/ENP Financial Assistance implemented by DG NEAR and other EU financial assistance programmes, being implemented by other DGs (DEVCO and REGIO).
The scope of services shall also include development of project proposals of technical assistance by UNDP taking into account the programming priorities of the EC Financial Assistance, and provision of advice to UNDP Regional Programme and Country Offices in the region, as appropriate. It serves to align the proposals to standard practices of the EC, and to the needs of the beneficiaries.
In this regard, the IC will undertake networking and consultation with the line DGs of the European Commission to advise how UNDP may contribute to the formulation of priority areas in programming of the financial assistance and to match those priorities with the expectations of Arab beneficiary countries, within the framework of the Regional Program, UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS). The RP will undertake delivery of the assistance in close collaboration with beneficiaries.
The technical assistance to be provided by the IC will cover both multi-beneficiary and national IPA/ENP Programmes (for the Arab States) in addition to other financial assistance programmes extended to the relevant region by other international donors such as GIZ, and USAID, among others.
Timeline vs. deliverables:
Required Skills and Experience
Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English, basic knowledge of French is an asset.
Evaluation of Applicants
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.
Only the highest ranked candidates who would be found qualified for the job will be considered for the Financial Evaluation”.
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:
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.