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Re-advertised: Trade Policy Consultant for Trade in Services: Logistics for Pharmaceutical Products in Morocco
|Location :||Home Based|
|Application Deadline :||21-Oct-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic French|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||66 working days over a period of 9 months|
Duties and Responsibilities
In accordance to a report by Business Monitor International (BMI), in 2017, the Moroccan pharmaceutical market accounted for approximately US$ 1.48 billion in sale (or 1.47% of Moroccan GDP) and could reach U$ 1.9 billion in 2021 at the growth rate of 6.7 percent (Compound Annual Growth Rate). The sector draws about 400 million dirhams investments every year and more than 9000 direct jobs. Due to the significant potential of the sector in improving welfare for the citizens toward the Sustainable Development, in international trade in Africa, Middle East, Morocco prioritized the review in making the operating environment more viable and consider policy measures to capitalize on the exporting potential in new markets. The national expert (NE) will be responsible for the quantitative and qualitative analysis of the current status of logistics used for the distribution and transportation of pharmaceutical products in the country. The methodology of this review is based on the Service Policy Review (SPR) methodology, designed by UNCTAD, with due account to corresponding adjustments to conditions and trade environment of Morocco. Accordingly, the final report of the review of this sector should cover, inter alia, the following:
Expectedly, from the findings of the study, Morocco might identify the corresponding institutional and policy measures to further boost the supply side in Logistics services, and design adequate sequencing of reforms. The main focus would be on the review and analysis of modalities of improvement of the logistics in facilitating transportation, storage and distribution of pharmaceutical products in view of enhancing Morocco’s market entry to possible Arab and other regional markets.
Within the scope of this assignment, the sectors and subsectors are defined in accordance with Services Sectoral Classification by the WTO (MTN.GNS/W/120, July 10, 1991) with due consultation to ISIC 4. However, the WTO classification does not provide for an explicit definition of logistics services under the GATS. It is generally subsumed under Transport related services and Distribution Services. That includes the review of service contents in the logistics chain for pharmaceutical products, defined in H. Services Auxiliary to all modes of transport, comprised of: i) Cargo-Handling ser-vices (741); ii) Storage and warehouse services (742); iii) Freight Transport Agency Services (748); and d) Other (749) under Transport Services.
The national expert (NE) will perform the following duties:
 International Standard Industrial Classification of all Economic Activities (ISIC), Revision 4, Valid from 2008, United Nations Statistics Division (UNDESA)
 Many definitions have attempted to capture the essence of logistics services. A commonly used definition describes logistics as "having the right thing, at the right place, at the right time". The Council of Logistics Management defines logistics as "… the process of planning, implementing, and controlling the efficient, effective flow and storage of goods, services, and related information from point of origin to point of consumption for the purpose of conforming to customer requirements”
 In February 2005, the Friends of Logistics, an informal Group in the WTO, tabled a joint statement, endorsed by a mix of developed and developing countries, urging WTO Members to engage in negotiations with a view to undertaking commitments on logistics services. The Logistics Services Checklist they produced distinguishes among the following elements: (i) Core Freight Logistics Services; (ii)Related Freight Logistics Services; and (iii) Non-Core Freight Logistics Services.
Knowledge Management and Learning
Required Skills and Experience
Years of Experience
DURATION OF THE WORK
The duration of the work is expected to be 66 working days over a period of 9 months starting contract signature date.
This is a home-based assignment in Morocco with possible travel to Arab countries. In such cases, unforeseen travel will be arranged in accordance with UNDP’s rules and regulations.
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, travel costs, living allowances, communications, consumables, etc.) that could possibly be incurred are already factored into the final amounts submitted in the proposal.
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 table mentioned in Procurement Notice.
Documents to be included when submitting the offers
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.
Please do not submit financial proposal in this stage.Financial proposal shall be requested from Candidates who are considered technically responsive only
Interested candidates shall submit above documents to the Job Advertisement Website: https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_jobs.cfm as one document not later than 21 October 2019. Interested candidates can find Procurement notice (French version and English version), letter of confirmation of interest and availability and P11 http://procurement-notices.undp.org/
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF THE BEST OFFERS
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:
Step I: Screening and desk review:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology.
Applications will be first screened and only candidates meeting the following minimum requirements will progress to the pool for shortlisting:
Excellent writing, editing and oral communications skills in both French and Arabic.
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.
Step II: Final evaluation:
The final evaluation will combine the scores of the desk review and the 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.