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International consultancy to develop proposal on practices of concluding trade-economic cooperation agreements
|Location :||Home-based, TURKMENISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||11-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|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 :||May - June 2021|
|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”. The project is focused on supporting the Government of Turkmenistan in building trade capacity of the country with a view to support the realization of Turkmenistan’s objectives aimed at increasing competitiveness of national economy, reducing imports dependence and diversifying exports, including by increasing the share of higher-value added products in export composition.
Due to the increasingly intensifying international competition for markets it is necessary to address the objective of export diversification with implementation of range of measures focused on the creation of effective system to promote domestically produced goods in export markets throughout the whole value chain: producer – ultimate buyer. Among range of issues there is a need to put efforts to improve the legal and regulatory framework, primary, international agreements in specific areas of trade and economic cooperation (for example, Turkmenistan is not a party to the CIS Free Trade Agreement).
Through the current activity it is planned to carry out works to increase the effectiveness of using the existing instruments for development of trade and economic cooperation of Turkmenistan, which will contribute to more complete and comprehensive protection of interests of the country in domestic and foreign markets. Moreover, it is planned to analyze the practices of concluding international bilateral and regional agreements in the area of trade and economic cooperation, and to prepare the texts of model trade and economic agreements that are best designed to serve the interests of country and economic entities. This work is necessary in view of the fact that in the modern world all processes of interstate and international cooperation are based either on the international agreements or decisions of international organizations. Absence of such foundations or availability of agreements that fail to serve the relevant interests of the states in a changing world create serious (sometimes insurmountable) institutional obstacles to realization of economic capacity and building of stable and diversified partnerships with key trading partners and world economic centers.
One of the objectives of the current project is to enhance the level of competitiveness of national economy by strengthening qualification of professional staff of trade related institutions of Turkmenistan through building capacity to formulate and implement trade-related policy measures. Strengthening qualification of national professionals will be directed towards training of specialists demanded by modern economy, conducting market analysis through applied scientific research, establishment of contacts with foreign and international organizations that would support national professionals to develop domestic and international trade policy.
UNDP is planning to engage international consultancy with the hands-on experience to develop proposals on improvement of practice of concluding international agreements on trade and economic cooperation on bilateral, regional and multilateral basses engaging with specialists of the Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations, Ministry of Finance and Economy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, the State Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange, and other related organizations in Turkmenistan.
Duties and Responsibilities
In accordance with the above-mentioned objective of the assignment and under the supervision of the Project Manager, the International Consultant (IC) will have the objective of transferring knowledge and expertise to the national trade representatives through provision of proposals on improvement of practice of concluding international agreements on trade and economic cooperation on bilateral, regional and multilateral basis. To achieve the objective, he or she will perform the following tasks:
Deliverables and timeframe:
Duration and timeframe:
Duration and timeframe:
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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: 40% (after release of draft proposal) and 2nd installment: 60% (after model agreement by trade authorities are drafted and final consultancy report submitted by international consultant as per this ToR) – 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.