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Study on the Protection of Domestic Industries Within the Arab Customs Union (Study 6)
|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 is to assist Member States in their ACU on-going negotiation process, and to provide an evaluation and analysis of modalities and/or arrangements of the accession to the ACU taking into account that a number of PAFTA Members are LDCs. Furthermore, a number of PAFTA member states are not Members of the WTO while some are still negotiating its membership.
Findings of the study help negotiations by Members with clear options for specific policy decisions as it is concerned with policies and measures of the negotiations of the ACU arrangements, included proposal of policies on the accession to the ACU and any flexibility. The study takes as the basis, WTO practices and rules in order to secure the eventual alignment of any arrangement to international standards and practices. Indeed, the study will look to the WTO rules regarding the Special and Differential Treatment that is granted in order promote participation of developing countries and LDCs. Customization of such approach may be considered within the ACU framework while taking into consideration level of development and readiness to embark into major reforms.
Outputs of the study will be used as a basis for the negotiation and agreement on flexibilities that could be granted during the accession into the ACU to a Member States. Furthermore, it is important to identify fundamental criteria for the classification of types of flexibility in the ACU membership that may comprise criteria of fiscal or economic or trade dimension. Sustainable and inclusive development should be part of these criteria while taking into account the intrinsic relationship among PAFTA economies.
The key areas to be covered by the study include among others:
During the implementation, 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.
Duties and Responsibilities
The deliverables and outcomes of the study would consist of key findings from practical experiences and research resulting from a detailed and comprehensive analysis of modalities of application of the principle of Flexibility as part of the ACU membership accession package. Practical experiences of regional groupings or Customs unions in the world would be looked into with a view to identify concrete procedures and protocols.
Particular focus would be on the definition of the flexibility as a concept and a part of the membership accession and operational modalities within the customs union framework (specifically the ACU), for preparation of strategic guidance for negotiations. That will also include main features, characteristics of these protocols or modalities to secure smooth implementation in an effective manner. In achieving the objectives of the study, the expert/firm will establish clear work methodologies that enable a fact-based analysis and evidence-supported assessment in close consultation with the Chief Technical Advisor.
The expert/firm 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 data and more policies information in function of requirements for the study. The expert/firm will review pertinent experiences of how to deal with special and differential treatment, and/or how to design the flexibility modalities or mechanisms by other Customs unions in several trade groupings such as GCC, of EU, ECA, COMESA for its corresponding adaptation into the ACU. Specifically, the expert/firm 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/firm 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.firstname.lastname@example.org : 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.