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Study on the Protection of Domestic Industries Within the Arab Customs Union ( Study 5)
|Location :||Home Based|
|Application Deadline :||28-Feb-19 (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 :||120 working days over a period of 6 months|
The project of Strengthening Arab Economic Integration for Sustainable Development (AEISD), by UNDP, sets, as objective, provision of technical assistance to the League of Arab States (LAS), specifically Economic Sector and relevant organs, and member states of Pan Arab Free Trade Agreement (PAFTA) in working towards a deepened integration, including preparations for the Arab Customs Union through gradual upgrading of performance of PAFTA.
Naturally, upgrading current preferential trade arrangements will contribute to the realization of strategic visions of Arab Common Market. Built upon the initial progress of the Executive Program of development of the Arab Customs Union (ACU), the project activities aim at strengthening the capacity and capability of Arab policy makers and enable more policy dialogues at the regional level through specific interventions to support target countries.
The second project component relates to strengthen the Arab connectivity among economies in the region with the expectation, these efforts would be translated into more contribution of economic integration for better livelihood of people, more employment opportunity and participation by the private sector.
The third component of the project focuses on the promotion of inclusiveness and transparency as part of the development agenda, particularly on the economic empowerment of women, for regional economic integration. It focuses on empowerment of women and promotion of good governance – the two key factors for collective prosperity in the Arab region. Deepening regional economic linkages would requires a new model of governance, which should serve to make trade an effective tool to fight poverty, generate decent jobs and business opportunities to everyone.
Capitalizing on the progress achieved in the previous program of support to implementation of PAFTA (Executive Program of PAFTA), the current project also focuses on specific aspects of making trade an engine of inclusive and sustainable growth guided by the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Along this line, the Project will further, focus on helping countries and the main sub-regional and regional integration entities to accelerate the pace of trade reforms and regional economic integration, to strengthen the employment effects of those reforms, with a particular focus on women and youth, and to mobilize additional resources for this purpose.
The project also aims to address specific challenges and complexities that PAFTA Arab countries (and League of Arab States) face to enhance regional economic integration, more specifically in the transition from an FTA- based framework towards making the customs union a reality. The following presents major areas of focus:
These priority dimensions form the basis of the work program of the project, which is developed on the basis of the requests by the countries in response to their policy strategies. Specifically, the project targets the following result-oriented activities:
The objective of the Study of the support and promotion of domestic industries within the environment of the Arab Customs Union is to assist Member States in their ACU negotiation process with better understanding, and to provide an evaluation and full analysis of the protection to domestic and protect industries and sectors of interest to the countries within the ACU framework. In effect, the study also targets laying backgrounds to development policy recommendations on the level and forms of protection or support to be provided to economic sectors within such integrated economic environment.
As characteristics to a Customs Union (CU), flows of goods, capital and factors of production circulate without any impediment within the countries/members. In this environment, goods being imported from non-Members into the CU could be subject to common tariff in force and trade policies and measures uniformly implemented in the CU. An estimated list of sensitive products or sectors, of key interest for development of domestic production and its support would be established for further analysis in the light of policies of support and promotion of domestic industries.
Specifically, the study should look into economic, industrial policies and measures for Member States that join the ACU for specific recommendations on how to protect certain sectors or areas as well as to boost member economies. Once this basis being established, a number of measures or countermeasures could be developed by the consultant for consideration by Arab countries, included fiscal measures like rates of levying taxes.
The study will address special policy measures to be undertaken by Member States to serve the purposes of the ACU and their common interests, particularly those related to the protection and promotion of identified domestic sectors. Its output will be used as a basis for the negotiation and agreement on the protection policies of the domestic production in support to sustainable and inclusive economic growth in Members.
The technical areas to be covered by the study include among others:
The project team also cooperates with several national authorities and regional organizations in the implementation of defined activities in taking into account requirements and priorities of national socio- economic development plans and strategies of Arab economic integration. The execution is carried out under rules and regulations by the UN applicable for Delegated Direct Implementation and fully aligned to UNDP Programme and Operations Policies and Procedures (POPP).
In effect, based on the project document and the agreed programme of support by UNDP to Arab countries, the project coordinates with the League of Arab States to provide technical assistance programs to PAFTA members, especially the least developed members on different trade topics that supports the deepening of Arab economic integration process.
This comes in a critical stage where the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at its in its regular round N. 102 (held in September 2018) issued a resolution to approve the upgrading of the PAFTA to include technical topics such as Protection of the trade related aspects of intellectual property rights, Technical Barriers to Trade, Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary measures, and Trade Facilitation, besides the boost of the ongoing negotiations on the Arab Customs Union. Hence, negotiators in the PAFTA LDCs need technical support and capacity building programs to equip them with the knowledge and capacities needed to become more involved in negotiating the PAFTA upgrading and to negotiate their interests in the ACU.
Duties and Responsibilities
The deliverables and outcomes of the study would consist of reaching key findings from practical experiences and research, resulting from a detailed and comprehensive analysis, prepared by the consultant expert, related to the provision of defense and support to promote domestic industries and sectors, included concerned policies. It should elaborate with specific details of existent programmes, adopted by the countries, and review of its basic rationales.
It includes, among others, an assessment of the industrial and agriculture sectors and requirements of further development of sectors of key interest within the ACU framework. Identification of the support would be based on international standards, practices and commitments with international organizations in trade such as the WTO. Furthermore, possible impacts of implementation of trade, fiscal policies such as the Common External Tariff would be considered as relevant to sectors that are to be further promoted. To that end, it is essential to present facts and operational information in a structured manner with evidence-based analysis to substantiate policy recommendations and suggestions of holistic directions.
Particular focus would be on the definition of the concept of the support to the domestic industry within the Customs union framework (specifically the ACU) in line with international standards and aligned to international practices and/or commitments under the WTO. Such work can be associated with clear identification of the proposed policies and support to economic sectors (for example, industrial and agriculture). The exercise will also include main features, characteristics, ability of smooth implementation of any strategy of support to identified sectors or industries. Outcomes of the study would also consider concrete modalities of assistance to Member States in their negotiations and addressing the main challenges in implementation.
In achieving the objectives of the study, the expert will establish clear work methodologies that enable a fact-based analysis and evidence-supported assessment. In this pursuit, operational modality of the analysis and major outlines of development shall be agreed in advance with concerned stakeholders of this study, for its subsequent implementation. The assignment targets review of economic sectors and trade and industrial policies, as well as investment policies. Any support should be linked to broader strategies to secure its effective contribution to inclusive growth without compromising productivity in the long run. Detail support tools to domestic industry and policies should be addressed in support of completion of negotiations and activation of ACU.
The expert will meet and consult with relevant officials and stakeholders in Member States and the LAS Secretariat to discuss issues identified in the Terms of Reference and to gather statistical data and more economic/fiscal information in function of requirements for the study. The assignment should include an analysis of the scope of interaction and, to which extent, trade and industrial, agricultural policies are effective for the purpose of deepening economic integration and what re-adjustments need to be undertaken by Member States in heading towards the ACU.
The consultant expert will review pertinent experiences of other Customs unions in several trade groupings such as GCC, of EU, ECA, COMESA, among others and adapted into the ACU as related to provision of support to identified sectors/industries of interest to Member States of ACU. Good practices could also be analyzed in support of policy making related to the ACU. Expert will coordinate with LAS Technical Secretariat who will liaise with Member States and facilitate visits, and provide statistical information and data, required by the expert relating to the study.
The study should address the following technical issues:
Knowledge Management and Learning
Required Skills and Experience
DURATION OF THE WORK
The duration of the assignment is expected to be 120 working days over a period of 6 months from contract signature date.
DUTY STATION AND TRAVEL PLAN
This is a home-based assignment. Part of this assignment may require the individual to travel to Arab and non-Arab countries. In such cases, unforeseen travel will be arranged and covered in accordance with corporate regulations and rules.
SCOPE OF PRICE PROPOSAL AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS
All proposals must be expressed in a lump sum amount. This amount must be “all-inclusive”. Please note that the terms “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, etc.) that could possibly be incurred are already factored into the final amounts submitted in the proposal. Also, please note that the contract price will be Deliverables/Outputs based - not fixed - subject to change in the cost components.
The contractor will be paid an all-inclusive Deliverables/Outputs based lump sum amounts over the assignment period, subject to the submission of Certification of Payment (CoP) duly certified and confirmation of satisfactory performance of achieved work (deliverables/outputs) in line with the schedule of payments within the Procurement Notice.
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Candidates that fail to submit the required information will not be considered.
All necessary information including: Complete Procurement Notice, The Selection Criteria, and Annexes are found on the following link under Procurement http://procurement-notices.undp.org/
Interested candidate shall apply the CV/P11 to Job advertisement website, hence consultant should submit to website: Proc.email@example.com : not later than 20 February, 2019 the following documents:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:
Step I: Screening and desk review:
Applications will be first screened and only candidates meeting the following minimum criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting:
Shortlisted Candidates will be then assessed and scored against the following evaluation criteria:
Technical evaluation Criteria max 100 points (Weighted 70):
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation
For those offers considered in the financial evaluation, the lowest price offer will receive 30 points. The other offers will receive points in relation to the lowest offer, based on the following formula: (PI / Pn)* 30 where Pn is the financial offer being evaluated and Pl is the lowest financial offer received.
Step II: Final evaluation
The final evaluation will combine the scores of desk review and financial proposal with the following weights assigned to each:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis methodology (weighted scoring method), where the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical Criteria weight: [70%]
Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70%) on the Technical evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
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.