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VAC-7099 Regional Trade Advisor – Southern Africa

Gaborone

  • Organization: CTG - Committed To Good
  • Location: Gaborone
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Sustainable trade and development
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2022-09-30

Job description

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Overview of position
  • The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat is the sole organization in the continent, legally established & mandated to handle the rules of trade between African countries. At the core is the implementation of the agreement establishing the AfCFTA (thereafter “AfCFTA agreement”), negotiated, signed & ratified by the state parties. The goal is to ensure that trade is conducted smoothly, predictably & as freely as possible across the continent. The AfCFTA Secretariat, which is headquartered in Accra – Ghana at the Africa Trade House, was established in February 2020 following the election of its 1st Secretary General.

  • The AfCFTA agreement was signed at an extraordinary session of the assembly of the African Union (AU) in Kigali, Rwanda on 21 March 2018. The agreement sets out a continental system of trade rules; acts as a platform for negotiating trade protocols, facilitates the settlement of disputes between state parties & monitors the implementation of the AfCFTA agreement. Furthermore, the AfCFTA agreement is a framework agreement, with comprehensive coverage of trade in goods, trade in services, investment, competition policy, intellectual property rights, women, youth in trade & digital trade as well as rules & Ppocedures for the settlement of disputes.

  • The Regional Economic Communities (RECs) have a very important role to play in the advancement of the Africa’s integration agenda & in particular the AfCFTA. The agreement recognizes the RECs as building blocks for the AfCFTA, which is expected to build on the progress that had been achieved by the RECs. The AfCFTA Secretariat is therefore expected to work with the RECs in the implementation of the AfCFTA. The 33rd ordinary session of the assembly of heads of state of the AU held in February 2020 requested the AfCFTA Secretariat, AU commission & the RECs to develop a framework of collaboration before the start of trading under the AfCFTA & submit a substantive progress report on the matter.

  • In January 2017, the ordinary session of the AU also directed that there should be effective collaboration & a clear division of labour between the AU, RECs / Regional Mechanisms (RMs) & the member states, in line with the principle of subsidiarity.

  • Therefore, the need to establish a clear & effective division of labour is necessitated by the need for AfCFTA Secretariat & other allied institutions, in particular the RECs, to work together in every area of integration based on their respective competences so as to remove overlaps & duplication. This ensures the delineation of responsibilities within each area or sector of integration based on subsidiarity.

  • It is against this background that the AfCFTA Secretariat seeks to engage the services of a Regional Trade Advisor – Southern Africa to support the development of region specific strategy to enhance the effective collaboration between the AfCFTA Secretariat & the Southern Africa region.

    Role objectives

    The Regional Trade Advisor – Southern Africa is to support the development of region specific strategy to enhance the effective collaboration between the AfCFTA Secretariat & the Southern Africa region. The Regional Trade Advisor will work directly under the RECs Advisors’ Coordinator on the following tasks, among others:

    • Coordinate & monitor the implementation of the AfCFTA agreement in the Southern Africa region.

    • Map out the potential areas of convergence & divergence in the Southern Africa region liberalization agenda & the implementation of the AfCFTA.

    • Develop appropriate modalities & mechanisms for managing the interface between the Secretariat of the AfCFTA & the Southern Africa region.

    • Develop a strategy to enhance the effective collaboration between the AfCFTA Secretariat & the Southern Africa region.

    • Develop an implementation matrix for collaboration between the AfCFTA Secretariat & the Southern Africa region.

    • Establish mechanisms to ensure private sector / civil society involvement in the AfCFTA at the Southern Africa region.

    • Establish effective mechanisms for mobilization of resources for the effective implementation of the AfCFTA / Southern Africa collaboration.

    • Perform any other duties as may be required from time to time.

    The main deliverables of the assignment are as follows:

    No.

    Deliverables / outputs

    Estimated duration to complete

    Review & approvals required

    1

    Inception report

    5 working days

    RECs Advisors’ Coordinator

    2

    Develop a mechanism for coordinating & monitoring the implementation of the AfCFTA in the Southern Africa region

    20 working days

    RECs Advisors’ Coordinator

    3

    Map out the potential areas of convergence & divergence in the Southern Africa liberalization agenda & the implementation of the AfCFTA

    40 working days

    RECs Advisors’ Coordinator

    4

    Study on AfCFTA Secretariat – Southern Africa interface

    40 working days

    RECs Advisors’ Coordinator

    5

    Develop a strategy to enhance the effective collaboration between the AfCFTA Secretariat & the Southern Africa region

    40 working days

    RECs Advisors’ Coordinator

    6

    Enhancing private sector / civil society involvement in the AfCFTA / Southern Africa region collaboration

     

    20 working days

    RECs Advisors’ Coordinator

    7

    Resource mobilisation for the AfCFTA / Southern Africa collaboration

    20 working days

    RECs Advisors’ Coordinator

    8

    Develop an implementation matrix for collaboration between the AfCFTA Secretariat & the Southern Africa region

    30 working days

    RECs Advisors’ Coordinator

    9

    Final report

    15 working days

    RECs Advisors’ Coordinator

    Project reporting
    • This assignment will be carried out under the supervision of the RECs Advisors’ Coordinator in the Office of the Secretary General

    • Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to provide the services.

    • The eligibility criteria, establishment of a shortlist and selection procedure shall be in conformity with our clients procurement rules & procedures.

    Key competencies
    • Master’s Degree in Economics, International Trade or Trade Law, Development Economics, International Relations. 

    • 10 years of experience in the area of trade policies, trade negotiations & implementation at national, regional or multilateral level.

    • Practical experience in trade policy formulation, negotiation, implementation at the national & regional level.

    • Experience in formulating development strategies & policies.

    • Excellent public speaking & presentation skills.

    • Good understanding of the internal procedures of the AfCFTA Secretariat as well as regional integration, trade & economic growth.

    • Experience working on AU, RECs & other multilateral institutions on the continent.

    • Capacity to communicate fluently with different stakeholders (civil society, govt. authorities, local communities, project staff).

    • Full command of MS applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) & common internet applications will be required.

    • Proficiency in one of the AfCFTA working languages (French, English, Portuguese, Arabic).

    • Fluency in another AfCFTA working language(s) is an added advantage.

    • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the Secretariat’s values & ethical standards.

    • Promotes the vision, mission & strategic goals of Secretariat.

    • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, age sensitivity & adaptability.

    • Treats all people fairly without favouritism.

    • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity & zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

    Team management

    This role has no team management responsibility

    Further information
    • Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply for this role.

    • At no stage of the recruitment process will CTG charge candidates a fee, this includes during the application stage, interview, processing, assessment & training

    • The duration of the assignment will be 230 days.

    • The Consultant will be based in Gaborone – Botswana, with travels to the AfCFTA Secretariat in Accra, Ghana & to other member states.


    Installment of payment / period

    Deliverables or documents to be delivered 

    Approval should be obtained 

    Percentage of payment

    1st installment 

    Deliverable 1

    RECs Coordinator

    10%

    2nd installment 

    Deliverable 2

    RECs Coordinator

    15%

    3rd installment 

    Deliverables 3 & 4

    RECs Coordinator

    25%

    4th installment

    Deliverables 5, 6 & 7

    RECs Coordinator

    20%

    5th installment

    Deliverable 8

    RECs Coordinator

    10%

    6th installment

    Deliverable 9

    RECs Coordinator

    20%







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