Result of Service
A more inclusive trade policy making process and higher returns from trade for African countries and increased capacity of African private sector to take better advantage of preferential trade agreements/arrangements.Work Location
The consultancy will be over a period of 3 months upon signature of contract.Duties and Responsibilities
The African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC), through the Regional Integration & Trade Division, is a specialized unit within the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Its mission is to act as the leading Africa-based Centre of excellence and a continental hub for providing and coordinating technical support for the development of trade policies in Africa.
The ATPC is implementing a project to build capacity of both the public and private sector stakeholders in African countries to better use preferential trade agreements and arrangements to reach their development aspirations. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the enhancement of intra-African trade and the share of Africa in global trade through inclusive, sustainable and development-friendly trade reforms.
In the first phase of the project a series of research papers were developed. These papers gathered primary survey and interview data virtually in 2020 and were designed to provide new answers to some of the critical challenges to how African traders use preferential trading regimes in Africa. In the second phase of this project, the content of these papers is to be incorporated into the development of capacity building short courses.
The objective of this assignment is the development of a virtual short course on PTA Compliance in the SADC Region. This course will consist of two modules focused on rules of origin (RoO) and two modules focused on technical barriers to trade (TBT) and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures. The TBT/SPS Consultant will be responsible for the preparation and delivery of the two TBT/SPS modules and will collaborate with a RoO consultant to ensure coherence in the delivery of the full 4-module course.
The consultant will work with an African training institution (IDEP, tralac or TRAPCA) to design and deliver this 4-week virtual short course for two cohorts: one comprising private sector businesses and associations and the other involving public sector officials, including trade officials. Though many aspects will overlap and align, the course materials are to be divided into targeted materials for each group where appropriate. Common interactive sessions will bring together both cohorts to share distinct views and perspectives.
Virtual short course learning objectives
Learning objectives for participants include: i) understanding of thematic topic, including theory and practice; ii) new skills to identify trade challenges and solutions within respective countries and regions, particularly as relates to inclusivity aspects of PTAs; iii) upgraded ability to engage with, utilize or change trade policies within respective countries and regions.
Virtual short course length and structure
Each course (ie one oriented at policymakers and another at the private sector) will involve 4 modules spread over 4 weeks. Each module will involve the equivalent of two 1-hour lectures plus a 2-hour interactive session, offline reading materials and evaluative questionnaires. To provide flexibility for students, materials will be designed to allow for asynchronous learning with the exception of the interactive sessions, which will be live.
Duties and responsibilities:
The Consultant will serve as Course Director working under the direct supervision of the Lead Project Consultant and the overall guidance of the Coordinator of ATPC and the Director of the Regional Integration and Trade Division. In order to achieve the above-mentioned objective, the Consultant will perform the following key tasks:
- Develop course outlines
- Prepare pack of training materials for four modules
- Design self-assessment questionnaires to evaluate course participant learning outcomes
- Deliver course lectures / classroom sessions
- Lead interactive student sessions
- Mark student submissions
- Carry out evaluation of student performance
- Work with students to produce a short ‘policy and business actions’ collection of recommendations
The consultant will deliver on the key tasks through collaborating closely with the Lead Project Consultant, the RoO Consultant, as well as the training institutions (which will host the short courses and provide pedagogical advice to the course design).
Academic Qualifications: Master's degree in Economics, Business, International Trade, International Relations, International Law and/or related areas is required.
Experience: A minimum of seven (7) years of professional experience working in the areas of international trade law, statistics, development economics and qualitative and quantitative research is required. In-depth knowledge of the thematic topic of the short courses is required. Experience on the African continent is desirable.
Language: English and French are the working language of the UN Secretariat. For this specific job opening fluency in English is required.
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