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International Consultant to support international trade policy development of the Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations of Turkmenistan
|Location :||Home-based with 2 missions to ASHGABAT, TURKMENISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||18-Dec-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English Russian|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||December 2019 – January 2020|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||30 working days|
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.
Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations of Turkmenistan (Ministry) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are implementing a project entitled “Strengthening the Trade Capacity of Turkmenistan for the period of 2019-2021”. The project is focused on supporting the Government of Turkmenistan in institutional and personnel capacity development by enhancing knowledge of national personnel and increasing the efficiency of using trade regulation instruments, which are specified by the existing international agreements of Turkmenistan.
The project will be implemented under a National implementation modality. National implementing partner will be the Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations of Turkmenistan and it will oversee all aspects of project implementation. Overall governance of the project will be carried out by the Project Board, which primarily consists of representatives from the Ministry and UNDP as well as representatives from Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and the State Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange of Turkmenistan. The Project Board is the overall authority for the Project and is responsible for its initiation, direction, review and eventual closure.
One of the objectives of the current project is to enhance the level of competitiveness of national economy by strengthening qualification of professional staff. Strengthening qualification of national professionals will be directed towards training of specialists demanded by modern economy, market analysis through applied scientific researches, establishment of contacts with foreign and international organizations that would sufficiently enable national professionals determining international trade policy development.
UNDP is planning to engage international expert with the hands-on experience to conduct the assessment of needs in training and professional development related to foreign and domestic trade issues. Based on the results of the assessment special training programmes will be developed for the specialists of the Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, the Customs Service, the State Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange, and other national trade professionals of Turkmenistan. These training programmes will include disciplines as Trade Policy, Art of Negotiation, Instruments for regulation of trade in goods and services, Conflicts in International Trade and Interests of Individual Countries – Regions, and others.
Duties and Responsibilities
In accordance with the above-mentioned objective of the assignment and under the supervision of the Project Specialist, the International Consultant (IC) will have the objective of transferring knowledge and expertise to the national trade representatives through provision of seminar in international trade policy development. To achieve the objective, he or she will perform the following:
Duration and timeframe:
Duration and timeframe:
This is an installment-based contract that should cover the costs of consultancy required to produce the above deliverables. The final schedule of payments will be agreed upon in the beginning of consultancy. Payment will be released in two installments: 1st installment: 60% (for deliverable 1) and 2nd installment 40% (for deliverable 2) – upon timely submission of respective deliverables and their acceptance by UNDP Turkmenistan.
Required Skills and Experience
Submission of applications:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
All experts applying for this position are required to provide:
Evaluation of proposals:
Individual Consultants will be evaluated based on the combined scoring methodology. When using this method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Out of the maximum score, the score for technical criteria equals 70% - maximum 100 points, and for financial criteria 30%.
The technical evaluation will take into account the following as per the scoring provided:
Financial proposal – 30% of total evaluation.
Additional requirements for recommended contractor:
Recommended contractors aged 65 and older, and if the travel is required, shall undergo a full medical examination including x-ray, and obtain medical clearance from the UN-approved doctor prior to taking up their assignment. The medical examination is to be cleared by the UN physicians, and shall be paid by the consultant.