DAI: Short Term Technical Assistance (STTA)

USAID Southern Africa Trade & Investment Hub (USAID TradeHub)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Saturday, 31 October, 2020
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

Position of Required Short Term Technical Assistance (STTA): Identify and establish relationships with South African buyers to establish linkages with suppliers in USAID TradeHub focus countries in targeted sectors and across a range of distribution channels
Base of Operation:                Pretoria, South Africa
Level of Effort (LOE):           30 days
Period of performance:        November 11, 2020 – January 31, 2021

Scope of Work

1. Overview

The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub (USAID TradeHub) engages with partners across the region to increase sustainable economic growth, global export competitiveness, and trade in targeted Southern African countries. It supports these objectives by (a) increasing exports from Southern African countries to South Africa, (b) increasing exports from targeted Southern African countries to the United States (under the African Growth and Opportunity Act [AGOA]), (c) boosting capital and technology flows from South Africa to other Southern African countries, and (d) providing targeted trade facilitation support to Zambia. The USAID TradeHub works with market actors to identify and resolve enterprise constraints and to implement sustainable solutions through market-based trade and investment facilitation services. The USAID TradeHub’s programming closely reflects the U.S. Government’s partnership with Southern African private enterprises, U.S. government agencies, Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states, local and regional trade associations, and other development partners. The USAID TradeHub partners with the USAID Bilateral Missions through the Regional Mission in the successful delivery of its objectives.

2. Purpose of the assignment

The consultant will be required to perform the following detailed tasks:

A. Identify and establish relationships with South African buyers in the targeted sectors

  • Agricultural commodities;
  • Organic and natural products
  • Specialty food products
  • Cosmetics and beauty products
  • Handicrafts and accessories
  • Textiles and apparel
  • Handbags, leather accessories or raw leather

B. Draw on existing networks across a range of distribution channels to establish linkages with South African buyers through the supply chain from manufacturers, distributors to retailers and regional export firms

C. Develop and maintain USAID TradeHub buyer listing for buyer-seller introductions by the USAID TradeHub

D. Develop South African buyer information analysis for sharing with firms in the region, via webinars and directly during the trade facilitation process, based on engagements with South African buyers, outlining market entry requirements such as:

  • Product / Sector price parities
  • Volume requirements
  • Certification requirements
  • Packaging requirements
  • Buyer guarantees, import obligations and any other additional

E. Matchmaking analysis of sector-specific supply chain opportunities for suppliers in targeted sectors from Hub focus countries
F. Produce monthly progress reports and regular weekly highlights of activities to the USAID TradeHub
G. Recommend areas for capacity building to Trade Promotion Service Providers (TPSPs), Trade and Investment Promotion Agencies (TIPAs) and Business Membership Organizations (BMOs) from the seven USAID TradeHub priority countries.

3. Required qualifications and experience

  • Bachelors’ degree in economics, public policy, international trade, trade law/policy, political economy, or related area, with international experience preferred;
  • Minimum 10 years of experience working as a buyer, in trade facilitation, buyer-seller linkages or business advisory with a focus on the South African market;
  • Demonstrated experience working in trade facilitation in Southern Africa with a network of SA buyers in one or more sectors in line with the USAID TradeHub work plan;
  • Experience working with USAID, governments, and donor agencies;
  • Ability to organize, present, and disseminate information, and to draft clear and concise documents with minimal supervision;
  • Demonstrated experience to anticipate challenges and resolve conflicts amongst stakeholders;

4. LOE Allocation

LOE Allocation LOE (Days)
  1. Identify South African buyers and facilitate meetings between USAID TradeHub and South African buyers in the targeted sectors
5
  1. Draw on existing networks across a range of distribution channels to establish linkages between regional exporters and South African buyers
15
  1. Develop and maintain USAID TradeHub buyer listing for buyer-seller introductions
5
  1. Develop a South African buyer information analysis for sharing with firms in the region, based on engagements with South African buyers
5
Total 30

5. Deliverables

  1. Inception report outlining the approach to the assignment including a Gantt chart
  2. Consolidated list of 50 South African buyers from at least 20 firms within the USAID TradeHub priority sectors with whole the USAID TradeHub can introduce to regional suppliers
  3. A minimum of 100 buyer-seller introductions between South African buyers and regional exporters
  4. Handhold and support the deal facilitation process for 50 deals including buyer presentations, deal negotiations and advisory support
  5. South African buyer information analysis report for supply chain match-making opportunities in targeted sectors
  6. Three monthly progress reports and regular weekly highlights of activities to the Hub

6. Reporting

This activity will be managed by the Portfolio Manager (South Africa), working closely with the Program Assistant and the consultant reporting to the Portfolio Manager.

7. Submission of Application

All Applications should be sent to: SATIH_Recruitment@dai.com. The closing date for the applications is October 31, 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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