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Consultancy for Administrative and Logistical Support for Organization of ARIPO Meeting
|Location :||Lilongwe, MALAWI|
|Application Deadline :||14-Sep-17 (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 :||40 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||40 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.
The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) was established in 1976, largely motivated by the need to pool resources and to avoid duplication of financial and human resources. Another key objective was to promote harmonization and development of intellectual property laws appropriate to the needs of its members and the region. The Harare Protocol on Patents and Industrial Designs, which entered into force in 1984, is the governing instrument on the administration and management of patents for ARIPO. At present, 18 Sub-Saharan African countries are party to the Harare Protocol. Of these six are developing countries while the rest are least developed countries (LDCs). Of the LDCs, 4 are not members of the WTO.
Given ARIPO’s status as a regional patent office, successful use of the TRIPS flexibilities hinges considerably on the practices of ARIPO. A critical question is whether ARIPO’s patent filing and grant practices are coherent with, and enable the achievement of, the objectives of the above-mentioned instruments, and public health and development considerations. Recent research suggests “current operations of the ARIPO does not facilitate full use of TRIPS flexibilities and instead erects patent barriers to the importation and local production of affordable medicines.”
A three-day regional Conference is proposed in November 2017 in Lilongwe, Malawi, to discuss recent global developments affecting intellectual property law and policy, and undertake an assessment of the Harare Protocol’s relevance and effectiveness in addressing the needs of member states, with reference to the need for integrating public health perspectives and the special needs of LDCs. The meeting has been proposed to be convened in Malawi for a few reasons:
The Conference will therefore be hosted by the Malawi Government under the leadership of President Arthur Peter Mutharika.
Specifically, there are three priority areas that warrant discussion and deliberation; namely (1) the implementation and strategic use of the LDCs’ transition periods; (2) the effective integration of public health perspectives and concerns into the ARIPO legal instruments, as well as administration and practices; and (3) the need for increased information and transparency in the patent administration and management system to optimize the benefits of the system.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will work in collaboration with the National Organizing Committee and UNDP – Malawi Country Office:
Management of Conference Participants: This task will involve the following:
Conference Venue arrangements:
Communication & PR:
Other general logistical arrangements and event management: In collaboration with Host Government events management team, the consultant will do the following:
Required Skills and Experience
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications by 14 September, 2017, to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Personal CV (P11 Form) including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references
Proposals must include all three documents (combined) uploaded in the online system as one document. Proposals not meeting this requirement will be rejected.
The financial proposal will specify the daily fee, travel expenses and per diems quoted in separate line items, and payments are made to the Individual Contractor based on the number of days worked upon satisfactory completion of the required deliverable.
Evaluation of proposals:
Technical Criteria weight; 70 points
Financial Criteria weight; 30 points
Financial: 30 points.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points in the Technical Evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
The financial score for the financial proposal will be calculated in the following manner:
Sf = 100 x Fm/F, in which Sf is the financial score, Fm is the lowest price and F the price of the proposal under consideration.(Total Financial Maximum points = 100 points)