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2021/TATSANOCP/6170

Type d'offre
Experts

Type de contrat
Contrat de prestation de services

Conditions de l'offre
Short-term contract - 75 Working Days over 6 months

Secteurs d'activité
Facilitation des affaires et intégration économique régionale

Date limite de candidature
15/03/2021 13:59

Durée de la mission
Court terme

Durée
6 months

Description de la mission

Objective of Assignment

Global objective 

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.

Specific objectives 

The specific purpose of the post is to:

  • provide appropriate technical advice to the TWG and other institutions (including GIZ and the EU) involved in the  Competition Policy negotiations;
  • manage short-term Competition Policy related studies and the presentation of their results;
  • provide appropriate AfCFTA Competition Policy-related advice to the Chief Technical Advisor AfCFTA Support Unit and AfCFTA Secretariat;
  • ensure the provision of supporting documentation for the meetings of these technical levels of the negotiations structure; and
  • facilitate capacity building programs for Member States experts and other stakeholders.

 

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:

  • Provide appropriate technical and other AfCFTA-related advice (written and / or verbal) to the Chairperson of the TWG on Competition Policy and Member States representatives participating in technical meetings on Competition Policy. This advice will relate to both Competition Policy-related policy implications (such as the economic or social impact of the selected rules) and to implementation issues;
  • Undertake subject-specific research into areas of concern to Member State representatives participating in technical meetings on Competition Policy. These studies will mainly relate to the policy implications of chosen Competition Policy for particular sectors or countries. The incumbent will ensure the appropriate and timely dissemination of the results and recommendations of this research to the Member State representatives. Where appropriate this duty may be delegated to the short-term expert(s) commissioned to undertake this specialist research;
  • Provide appropriate Competition Policy related advice to the Chief Technical Advisor AfCFTA Support Unit and AfCFTA Secretariat and the Director of Trade and Industry;
  • Maintain and disseminate an up-to-date schedule of all current and future AfCFTA technical meetings on Competition Policy;
  • Provide relevant and required documentation for Member State representatives participating in technical meetings on Competition Policy;
  • Ensure the timely production and dissemination of minutes of technical meetings on Competition Policy;
  • Develop and maintain the current and correct information on the Competition Policy negotiations in the AfCFTA component of the AUC’s website in collaboration with the Chief Technical Advisor AfCFTA Support Unit and AfCFTA Secretariat and the Commission’s IT Department;
  • Produce the required inputs on issues relating to the Competition Policy negotiations to the Chief Technical Advisor for the periodic reports of the activities of the AfCFTA Support Unit and AfCFTA Secretariat, ensuring that agreed deadlines for these inputs are strictly adhered to;
  • facilitate capacity building programs for Member States experts and other stakeholders; and
  • Perform any other related duties as may be assigned by the Chief Technical Advisor AfCFTA Support Unit and AfCFTA Secretariat or the Director of Industry and Trade.

Description du projet ou contexte

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.

Profil souhaité

 Qualifications and skills

  • Candidates must have a University Master’s Degree, International Trade, International Trade Law or another appropriate related discipline. A higher post-graduate qualification or an additional professional diploma will be an added advantage.
  • Candidates must have had at least twelve (12) years of progressively responsible professional experience as a negotiator or technical advisor in regional integration or trade negotiations. At least five (5) years of this experience should have been in support of – or within – a national, regional, continental, or international organization, and should have been concerned with both Competition Policy and its implementation.
  • Candidates with University Bachelor Degree can be considered provided they have fifteen (15) years of relevant work experience of which five (5) should have been at managerial level.
  • Candidates must be computer literate (Microsoft Office Suite).
  • Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to organize and motivate others and to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Candidates must have good planning, organizational and reporting skills.

Language requirement

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.

Informations complémentaires

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.

  • Deliverables/Timeline

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:

  1. Summary of the work achieved during the elapsed working month, and validation of the work done by DTI and Expertise France
  2. Planning of the tasks to be undertaken during the upcoming month, based on the requests from DTI
  3. Validation of the tasks for the upcoming months by all parties (DTI, consultant, Expertise France) and issuance of the consultant’s purchase order for the upcoming month by Expertise France.

Critères de sélection des candidatures

Le processus de sélection des candidats s'opérera selon le(s) critère(s) suivant(s) :

  • Compétences du candidat en lien avec la mission d’expertise
  • Évaluation de l’expertise du candidat dans le domaine recherché
  • Formation/compétences/expériences du candidat
  • Formation/diplômes du candidat en lien avec la mission d’expertise

Date limite de candidature : 15/03/2021 13:59

Expertise France est l’agence publique de conception et de mise en œuvre de projets internationaux de coopération technique. L’agence intervient autour de quatre axes prioritaires :

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