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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 & procedures for the settlement of disputes.
- Article 7 of the AfCFTA agreement provides that in the pursuance of the objectives of the agreement, member states shall enter into phase II negotiations. Furthermore, article 8 provides that all AfCFTA protocols, their associated annexes & appendices shall form part of a single undertaking, subject to entry into force. In December 2020, the assembly of heads of state & govt. of the AU directed that women & youth in trade be negotiated as part of phase II issues.
- It is against this background that the AfCFTA Secretariat seeks to engage the services of an experienced Expert on Women & Youth in Trade to support in the negotiations for a protocol on women & youth in trade.
The Expert in Women & Youth in Trade is to support in the negotiations for a protocol on women & youth in Trade. The Expert will work directly under the supervision of the Director responsible for the Division on Women & Youth in Trade, on the following tasks, among others:
- Undertake situational analysis of women & youth in trade in Africa to facilitate the negotiations on the protocol on women & youth.
- Prepare sectoral strategy, action plan for the integration of women & youth issues in trade.
- Prepare policy briefs to facilitate negotiations on the protocol on women & youth in trade.
- Design capacity building support to enhance the work of the committee on women & youth in trade.
- Develop a handbook for statistical reporting of women in trade.
- Design & facilitate the organization of annual women & youth in trade conferences.
- Design sensitization & awareness campaigns to create awareness on the AfCFTA protocol on women & youth in trade.
- 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||Director
|2||Situational analysis of women, youth in trade in Africa to facilitate the negotiations on the protocol on women & youth||40 working days||Director|
|3||Sectoral strategy, action plan for the integration of women & youth issues in trade||40 working days||Director|
|4||Policy briefs to facilitate negotiations on the protocol on women & youth in trade||20 working days||Director|
|5||Capacity building support to enhance the work of the committee on women & youth in trade||15 working days||Director|
|6||Handbook for statistical reporting of women in trade||40 working days||Director|
|7||Organization of annual women & youth in trade conferences||25 working days||Director|
|8||Sensitization, awareness campaigns to create awareness on the AfCFTA protocol on women & youth in trade||30 working days||Director|
|9||Final report||15 working Days||Director|
- This assignment will be carried out under the supervision of the Director responsible for the Division on Women & Youth in Trade.
- Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to provide the services.
- The eligibility criteria, establishment of a shortlist & selection procedure shall be in conformity with our clients procurement rules & procedures
- Holds at least a Bachelors Degree in Economics, Development Studies Law, or related field from a recognized university.
- 5 years of experience in the areas of regional integration, economic development, strategic planning of the projects focused on economic development through providing evidence based policy advice.
- Practical experience in economic, trade policy formulation at 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
This role has no team management responsibility
- Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply for this role.
- The consultant will be based in Accra, with travels to the member states.
- The duration of the assignment will be 230 days.
The selected consultant shall receive his / her lump sum service fees upon certification of the completed tasks satisfactorily, as per the following payment schedule:
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Closing Date: 31 March. 2022