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Trade Policy Expert
|Location :||Headquarters of the League of Arab States (LAS) in Cairo, Egypt|
|Application Deadline :||11-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||(264) working days over a period of (12) calendar 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 Area (PAFTA) in working towards a deepened integration, including preparations for the Arab Customs Union. The second important component relates to strengthening 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. Trade has significant potential to fight poverty in Arab countries through generation of more income and access to markets. Upgrading current preferential trade arrangements will contribute to the realization of strategic visions of Arab Common Market. The third component 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.
Built on the progress achieved in the previous program of support to implementation of PAFTA (Executive Program of the agreement on Facilitating and Developing Trade among Arab Countries), the current project focuses on specific aspects of making trade an engine of inclusive and sustainable growth guided by the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. In continuation, the Project will also 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 aims to address specific challenges and complexities that 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 and the overall working environment of the current assignment.
Specifically, the project targets the following result-oriented activities:
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).
2020 marks the 3rd year of the project implementation and a start of preparation for the next stage of technical assistance to Arab countries. For that, it will be necessary to define the course of actions to secure that initial results of the period of 2018 to 2020 be sustainable and continued. Main target consists of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and rebuilding national economies in the post COVID-19. In this regard, it is necessary to design the continuation plan in order to deepen Arab economic integration with focus on corresponding economic recovery.
The assignment, to be delivered within the next 12 months, serves to support Arab trade negotiators and the League of Arab States in the modernization of trade policies and deepened economic integration in response to new requirements of the on-going economic diversification towards the Arab Customs Union as mandated by Arab Leaders . It is a continuation of the successfully completed support and to the extent possible, a preparation for a more progressive and in-depth integration in mainstreaming trade for development.
To that end, UNDP seeks professional services of one Trade Policy Expert, who works under the guidance of the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) of the Strengthening Arab Economic Integration for Sustainable Development (AEISD) during a period of up to 264 working days over a period of 12 months from the commencement date. Services comprise of provision of technical advice, opinions to the Economic Sector of the League of Arab States, trade policy makers of PAFTA member countries at various technical committees of PAFTA implementation and contribution to activities of capacity building for trade policy makers as well as businesses and industries as domain experts.
Duties and Responsibilities
Modernization of trade policies in Arab economies is a necessity for numerous Arab economies in their efforts of diversifying economic and production activities with a view to reduce dependence on oils, gas, and raw materials and to embark on high value-added production. This diversification is supplemented by increasing importance of trade in services in terms of creation of employment in order to alleviate poverty. As part of regional efforts of upgrading the regional framework to international standards, progressive upgrade of Arab agreements to international conventions and good practices forms part of this process taking into consideration the level of political commitment of member countries of the Pan Arab Free Trade Area (PAFTA).
Implementation of PAFTA and its progressive improvement
Development of the action plan to sustain realization of the existent activities of assistance
Monitoring of the implementation of regional decisions concerning determination of origin of good by concerned committees
Trade development activities
Trade in services
Other trade and trade-related matters
Approach and Methodology
The Trade Expert will prepare technical analysis and documents in close cooperation with officials of the LAS, under the guidance of the Chief Technical Advisor. Other types of documents, such as presentations, policy notes might be required to be drafted in function of specific activities of technical support.
Quantitative and/or statistics analysis could also be required to support the informed decision making in trade and trade-related policies. Furthermore, she/he would need to work with other experts of the project team in the delivery of her/his assignment as well as to assist team members.
Knowledge Management and Learning
Required Skills and Experience
DURATION OF THE WORK
The expected duration of the assignment is expected to be up to (264) working days over a period of (01) calendar year from the contract signature date.
This individual will be based at the Headquarters of the League of Arab States (LAS) in Cairo, Egypt.
TRAVEL PLAN (OPTIONAL)
If any unforeseen travel outside the consultant home-based city is requested by UNDP and required by activities under the Terms of References (ToR), such travel shall be covered by UNDP in line with applicable rules and regulations and upon prior written agreement. In such cases, the consultant shall receive living allowances not exceeding the United Nations (UN) Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) rate for such other location(s).
SCOPE OF PRICE PROPOSAL AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS
Interested candidates should provide professional fees for 264 working days over a period of 12 months (up to 22 working days per month). If there is any travel during the contract period, it will be covered by unforeseen travel in accordance with standards and practices by UNDP. If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.
Payments shall be made to the consultant after satisfactory completion required deliverables and based on the submission of a duly certified Certification of Payment (CoP) and signed time sheet report an invoice and confirmation of satisfactory performance of achieved work (deliverables/outputs) in line with the schedule of payments table mentioned in Procurement Notice.
RECOMMENDED PRESENTATION OF OFFER
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 individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications to Job advertisement website (https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_jobs.cfm) and should submit their proposal by e-mail to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org not later than 11 August 2020. Candidates that fail to submit the required information on or before the set deadline (27 July 2020) 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.
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:
Step II : Technical Review
Shortlisted candidates will undergo a technical evaluation and a submission of a proposal to tackle the assignment.
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 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.