The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has received financing from the African Development Bank toward the cost of the Tripartite Capacity Building Programme (TCBP), and intends to apply part of the agreed amount for this grant to payments under the contract for Consultancy for the services of NTMs/NTBs Mechanism Database Manager based at the EAC Secretariat in Arusha, Tanzania .
The NTMs/NTBs Mechanism Manager/Administrator is required to NTMs/NTBs Mechanism Administrator and Database Development Manager is required to coordinate the REC programme to manage the NTBs/NTMs/SMS online reporting and monitoring mechanisms, assist in the establishment of a Tripartite NTMs database and capacity building for Member/Partner States as well as coordinate programmes to enhance resolution of identified NTBs/NTMs by Tripartite Member/Partner States.
The consultant shall facilitate development of national, REC and Tripartite NTMs reporting and monitoring mechanisms and databases.
The Specific objectives of the consultant are:
(i) Daily Management of the NTBs/NTMs reporting, monitoring and eliminating mechanism;
(ii) Review and analyze reported NTBs in the Tripartite websites and SMS systems;
(iii)Facilitate Tripartite NTBs Focal points NTB meetings;
(iv) Follow up with concerned Member/Partner States to resolve reported NTBs;
(v) Train relevant stakeholders on the use of the NTBs/NTMs websites and SMS reporting mechanism;
(vi) Facilitate development of Tripartite online NTMs data base development and SMS reporting mechanism at regional and national levels;
(vii) Facilitate national/regional stakeholder awareness workshops on NTBs/ NTMs online/SMS reporting mechanisms;
(viii) Facilitate assessment and analysis of existing trade related, regulations and measures in Tripartite Member/Partner States to isolate those ones that cause NTBs;
(ix) Conduct NTMs/NTBs training for National Monitoring Committees (NMC) in Tripartite Member/Partner States;
(x) Coordinate REC capacity building for Member/Partner States, conduct training and prepare reports on the performance of the on-line mechanisms;
(xi) Coordinate development and installation of national and regional NTMs databases and their operationalization in the 12 pilot Member/Partner States;
(xii) Support T-REC NTBs/NTMs Units on the implementation of NTBs/NTMs reporting and monitoring programmes;
(xiii) Compile periodic reports (monthly, quarterly) on status of reported NTBs as well as activities pertaining to the intervention area and submit to the TCBP Programme Coordinator for preparation of quarterly progress reports; (xiv) Undertake any other duties assigned by T-RECs
Education: The candidate must have a Post graduate qualification in the areas of Economics, International Trade or Development Studies or related field.
Competences: The successful candidate should be a specialist in international trade with good research and analytical skills. The candidate should have strong writing and presentation skills and proficient in MS Word, Excel and Power Point.
Experience: The candidate should have at least 10 years of relevant experience of dealing with regional or international trade with a strong bias in dealing with NTBs and a good understanding of regional integration issues in the COMESA, EAC and SADC regions.
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) now invites eligible Individual consultants to indicate their interest in providing these services for duration of nine (9) months with a possibility of extension subject to performance and need. Interested consultants must provide information through their Curriculum Vitae indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, etc.).
Eligibility criteria, establishment of the short-list and the selection procedure shall be in accordance with the African Development Bank’s “Rules and Procedures for the use of Consultants” May 2008, Revised July 2012, which is available on the Bank’s website at http://www.afdb.org .
Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address below during office hours from Monday to Friday, 08:00 hours to 17:00 hours
Expressions of interest must be delivered to the address below by 8th December 2017 at 15:00hrs and mention “EOI – NTMs/NTBs Mechanism Manager”.
The Chairman – Procurement Committee
Ben Bella Road
P.O. Box 30051
Tel: (260) 211 229725.
Fax: (260) 211 225107