Type de contrat
Contrat de prestation de services
Conditions de l'offre
Short-term contract - 75 Working Days over 6 months
Facilitation des affaires et intégration économique régionale
Date limite de candidature
Durée de la mission
Département Gouvernance économique et financière - GEFI > Pôle Facilitation des affaires et intégration économique régionale
Mis en ligne le : 28/01/2021
Objective of Assignment
The principal objective of this post is to facilitate and provide technical and secretarial support to the appropriate levels of the Member State-driven AfCFTA negotiations. That is the TWG on Competition Policy and the hierarchy of the AfCFTA Negotiating Institutions.
The specific purpose of the post is to:
The incumbent will be responsible for ensuring that information and documentation on the Competition Policy negotiations in the AfCFTA component of the AUC’s website remains current. The incumbent will be responsible for providing input to the Chief Technical Advisor AfCFTA Support Unit and AfCFTA Secretariat on issues relating to the Competition Policy negotiations component(s) of the unit’s periodic reporting requirements.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
The incumbent will:
Presentation of the french au technical assistance facility
As the only recognised continental institution, the African Union is Africa's key interlocutor vis-à-vis its external partners in its areas of expertise, such as diplomatic, economic and security issues. As such, the AU plays an essential role for the continent, carrying a common and shared continental voice. It exerts unifying power by providing a political platform for dialogue, coordination and joint decision-making. It thus acts as a spokesperson for African states to have more consistent common positions with international partners, particularly in international fora. The AU also intends to act as a catalyst for Africa's development by promoting the exchange of experiences at continental, regional and national levels, thereby improving synergies, comparability and wider dissemination of best practices.
The AU and France have engaged in a strategic dialogue since the signing of a declaration of intent on 8 June 2018. In order to give substance to this dialogue and to enshrine it in the long term, EUR 1.5 Million in funding has been granted by the French Development Agency to Expertise France in the form of a 24-month technical assistance and capacity-building facility to support the AU on issues within its area of expertise, which present important challenges for the continent in line with the priorities set by the 2063 agenda for the transformation of Africa into a world power, and on which France has significant expertise.
Through the France-AU Declaration of Intent, signed on 8 June 2018, the following themes were identified: (i) peace, security and governance; (2) economic integration and sustainable development; (3) education, culture, art, sport and youth. This technical assistance Facility is fully in line with this second theme. Furthermore, this Facility will aim at accompanying the AU on issues on which it has directly taken action and which represent important issues for the continent.
More precisely, it will focus on (i) Support the establishment of instruments to achieve continental economic integration to make the African continent stronger through the development of its intracontinental activity and (ii) Enable African states to integrate sovereignty issues related to digital development to enable the continent to fully and equitably enjoy the fruits of this economy in full security. This proposed activity plays into these two key priorities.
Background and Justification of the Activity
The African Union (AU), established as a unique Pan African continental body, is charged with spearheading Africa’s rapid integration and sustainable development by promoting unity, solidarity, cohesion and cooperation among the peoples of Africa and African States as well as developing a new partnership worldwide. Its Headquarters is located in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia.
In line with the Boosting Intra-Africa Trade / Continental Free Trade Area (BIAT / CFTA) Decision of 2012, which was re-echoed by the 9th CAMOT in December 2014, the African Union Commission (AUC) was charged with the responsibility to coordinate and provide overall guidance for the CFTA negotiations, as well as serve as the secretariat for the implementation process and for the High Level African Trade Committee (HATC).
With this responsibility the Department of Trade and Industry was directed to strengthen its capacity in order to deliver on its mandate. In this regard, an AfCFTA Support Unit was incorporated within the Department’s organogram to facilitate the CFTA negotiations. The current AfCFTA Support Unit has provided the critical support to the AfCFTA Technical Working Groups (TWGs) as well the Negotiating Institutions in the negotiations. This led to the signing of the Agreement Establishing the AfCFTA and its three Protocols in March 2018, during the 10th AU Extraordinary Summit held in Kigali, Rwanda. The AfCFTA Negotiations Support Unit currently works on the outstanding negotiations aspects of the AfCFTA while the newly established AfCFTA Secretariat based in Accra, Ghana has already commenced operations on AfCFTA implementation.
The outstanding work on the negotiations issues include negotiations on Phase II and III issues which include Competition Policy. The AUC is therefore seeking to recruit a Short Term Expert on Competition Policy to work in the AfCFTA Support Unit to coordinate negotiations.
Qualifications and skills
Working proficiency in one of the AU working languages is a requirement. Proficiency in one or several of the AU’s other working languages would be an added advantage.
DATE AND PLACE OF THE SERVICE
The mission will take place throughout a period of six (6) months at the consultant's home and will take place from February 15th 2021 until August 15th, 2021.
Non-Key Expert, 75 working days, Home-based.
Depending on specific needs, average of 12.5 WDs per month.
The consultant should hold a briefing session at the beginning of her/his mission with DTI and Expertise France’s team, during which s/he will present the agenda for the mission, and get his/her methodology validated by DTI.
Given the evolving nature of the tasks considered for this assignment (dependent on the evolutions of the AfCFTA negotiations), a flexible system of reporting and monitoring of the consultant’s work will be implemented. Every month, a meeting should be organised between Expertise France, DTI and the consultant during which the following items will be addressed:
Le processus de sélection des candidats s'opérera selon le(s) critère(s) suivant(s) :
Date limite de candidature : 15/03/2021 13:59
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