CALL FOR APPLICATIONS (Open Tender)
SHORT-TERM CONSULTANCY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PROJECT FICHE FOR SAMOA
Samoa is categorised as an Upper Middle-Income Country. The economy is structured around tourism (17% of GDP), remittances (20% GDP) and development aid (grants 10% of GDP). Subsistence agriculture provides a livelihood for over 60% of the population and with agriculture (7% GDP) contributing 90% of the country’s exports.
Samoa’s main exports are fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (28%). Main imports include mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation, bituminous substances and mineral waxes (19%). Samoan exports to the EU have increased by more than 38% over the last decade. Samoa’s main trade partners are New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, USA, and China.
In 2018, Samoa acceded to the interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and the Pacific. The EPA gives all Samoan products duty-free, quota-free access to the EU market — the world’s largest single market. It helps the country to alleviate poverty and create jobs based on international values and principles, including sustainable development and human rights.
The purpose of the short-term consultancy is:
Develop Project Fiche which has been identified as a national priority activity per 6.3 of Samoa’s NIPA.
Develop export readiness and competitiveness indices to support private sector development.
Scope of Work
The Consultant will deliver the following Key Result Areas (KRAs):
• Preliminary Assessment through desk research and analysis
• Project identification and prioritization through key informant consultations
• Determine project description for each project identified including objectives, target groups, components (activities), deadlines, results, indicators to measure results and risks involved.
• Determine institutional arrangements, technical and administrative provisions, for each project and financing.
• Prepare draft project fiche and financing (including a logical framework) for validation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade and SPIRIT PMU through the PIFS-SPIRIT Trade Adviser for Polynesian sub-region.
• Final draft to be endorsed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade.
The Consultant must be an Expert in International Trade and Development, and should possess the following qualifications and experience:
Qualification and skills
Master or Postgraduate degree in international trade, economics, law, or any other field relevant to the assignment.
Excellent communication, analytical, and report writing skills.
Excellent team working abilities.
General professional experience.
Minimum 8 years of relevant post-graduate professional experience in issues related to economics and/or trade.
8.1.2 Specific professional experience
Minimum 7 years of post-graduate experience in development of economic and/or trade policy and/or regulatory/administrative practices.
Proven working knowledge in national economic/trade & related policies, regulatory and/or legislative reforms and its implementation.
Demonstrated ability to facilitate consultative meetings with key stakeholders.
Expertise in conducting situation analysis and needs assessments related to international trade, private sector development or similar.
Excellent report writing and presentational skills.
Experience in providing policy advice on best practices in developing international trade policy and development of private sector solutions.
Experience with international trade policy designing and/or regulatory in SMEs will be an advantage.
Experience and knowledge of European Development Fund programme documents and the Project Cycle Management approach (or similar) will be an advantage.
HOW TO APPLY
Submissions should be entitled:
[OPEN TENDER] – [REVIEW OF FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA’S TRADE POLICY FRAMEWORK AND IMPLEMENTATION PLAN]
Method of Submissions:
Submissions must be forwarded in PDF format following the instructions at www.tenders.net/forumsec
Note: Tenders must be submitted with clear labelling of the technical offer and the financial offer. The Technical Offer documents must be saved and submitted clearly labelled “T.21.23 – Response Template”
The electronically submitted documents should be converted to the PDF format.
Deadline for Submissions:
Submissions need to reach the Secretariat by 4.30 pm, 9th May 2023.
Late or incomplete tenders will not be considered.
Questions and Answers
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