DAI: Terms of Reference for Training and Customs Lead Service Provider

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Opportunity closing date: 
Wednesday, 4 November, 2020
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

These TORs detail the obligations and responsibilities to provide oversight for Training and Customs Initiative, and activity planning as part of the Trade Forward Southern Africa (TFSA) Programme within its implementation activities. It details the major deliverables that the incumbent must deliver.

Period of Performance: November 2020 to March 2021
Level of Effort: 25 days
Level of Expertise: Mid-Level
Supervision: Report to Program Advisor
Location: Southern African Region (South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, and Namibia)

1.1 Background

The Prosperity Fund (PF) is a cross-government development assistance fund with the primary objective of reducing poverty in developing Middle-Income Countries (MICs) and creating opportunities for international business, including UK companies. The Global Trade Programme (GTP) aims to provide TA and support to facilitate free trade and open markets by helping them to identify and remove Barriers to Trade, including Standards, Regulations, Customs and Trade Facilitation. The GTP’s primary objective is poverty reduction, promotion of gender equality and inclusive growth.

1.2 Objective of the programme

DAI is contracted to provide management and technical support services to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in support of the TFSA programme will be provided both capacity building and technical assistance to support growth in trade and find targeted solutions that will improve gender equality in trade to alleviate poverty across the countries within SACU+M (South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia).
The main activities included within the programme are:

  1. Increased access to information and trade promotion;
  2. Support in compliance with market standards and integration in supply chain/value chains;
  3. Trade and customs training and improving access; and
  4. Equality for women in trade.

This programme is expected to: increase opportunities to trade; overcome NTBs to trade in goods; improve export performance, and in doing so achieve a reduction in poverty and have a gender positive impact on trade in SACU+M, as well as to help facilitate trade continuity between SACU+M and the UK post-EU exit.

1.3 Scope of work

The TFSA Consultant will support trade and customs training capacity building in Southern Africa to ensure successful training delivery on the requirements for the UK market under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) arrangements governing the UK and SACU+M trading relationships. Additionally, the consultant will examine best practices on integrating Gender and Inclusion within TFSA trade and customs training programming. The support will consider findings from the TFSA Training Needs Assessment completed during the inception phase and require further mapping of training needs, development of country level training plans for the 6 countries, and include developing training and information materials and modules. The assignment could also involve supervision and oversight of remote or in-country training delivery on specific topics across SACU+M as required as time permits.
This training is not targeted exclusively to customs and trade revenue public officials, but rather to private sector representatives like freight forwarders and business associations and chamber members as well. Providing training on UK specific trade and customs arrangements will help to ensure the continuity of existing trade between SACU+M and the UK and reduce rejection rates of exported goods bound for the UK. A further objective of this Initiative is to support aspects of training that will focus on advancing the UK’s soft power agenda, such as promotion of a rules-based international trading system, and adherence to international standards on customs training.

  • Training and Learning Plan Mapped based on identified Priority knowledge gaps from the Training Needs Assessment detailing how those gaps will be addressed (within 15 days)
  • Develop Training Maps for each Country (within 10 days)
  • Training Curricula developed for each of the identified training Modules
  • Coordination of short term technical assistance and other activities.

1.4 Requirements

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in technical leadership roles on donor-funded development programmes.
  • Relevant experience of the SACU+M region supporting Customs and Trade Training capacity improvement and a good understanding of the initiatives being proposed.
  • Knowledge of the SACU Secretariat support to national level Customs and Trade clearance delivery.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Business Administration, Trade and Customs Management, international development, economics or another relevant field.
  • Previous experience collaborating with donor projects that support Customs and Trade Training delivery, knowledge transfer, and learning.
  • Decision-making ability and judgment based on significant technical and management experience.
  • Experience of writing reports for corporations, donor agencies, and other audiences.
  • Proven analytical and problem solving skills, and results oriented delivery on similar assignments.
  • Effective interpersonal communications and professional integrity.
  • Ability and willingness to travel within SACU+M region.

Please note that all profiles are indicative only and therefore subject to change.

Interested applicants should submit their cv to tcbp_recruitment@dai.com

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