RE-ADVERT | TOR – HIGH-LEVEL INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW EXPERT FOR THE AFRICAN PEER REVIEW MECHANISM (APRM)
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NOTE: REVISED TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR) FOR A HIGH-LEVEL INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW EXPERT FOR THE AFRICAN PEER REVIEW MECHANISM (APRM)
Country: South Africa
Duty station: AfCFTA Secretariat, Accra, Ghana
Description of the assignment: HIGH-LEVEL INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW EXPERT
Period of assignment/services: Two (2) MONTHS
|The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is an instrument voluntarily acceded to by Member States of the African Union as an African self–monitoring mechanism. According to the APRM Statute (2003) and Base document (2003), the APRM has the mandate to promote and facilitate self-monitoring by the participating member states. This serves the purpose of ensuring that their policies and practices conform to the agreed political, economic, corporate governance and socio-economic values, codes and standards contained in the Declaration on Democracy, Political, Economic and Corporate Governance. Further, conformity is considered with the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, as well as other relevant treaties, conventions and instruments adopted by Participating States whether through the African Union or through other international platforms. APRM therefore has strategic partners, like UNDP, UNECA, AfDB, and Mo-Ibrahim Foundation among others which collaborate with it on strategic issues such as human and financial capacities.
The Statute further states that in the implementation of its mandate, the APRM has the primary purpose of fostering the adoption of policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable and inclusive development. This is intended to promote accelerated regional and continental economic integration, through sharing of experiences and reinforcement of successful and best practices, including identifying deficiencies and assessing the needs for capacity building.
The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is a legal instrument, an agreement among the African Union Member States to create a single market. The AfCFTA agreement is a significant milestone on the journey to African integration and development. It is also a catalyst for new ways of doing business, producing, working, and trading within Africa and with the rest of the world.
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is, in addition to being a free trade area, a flagship project of the African Union (AU) in terms of Agenda 2063. It offers a member-driven blueprint for attaining inclusive and sustainable development across the continent. It is anchored in an overarching Agreement, Protocols and additional Annexes and appendices. They constitute a single undertaking. The AU Summit adopted the AfCFTA Agreement in March 2018, in Kigali, Rwanda.
|Following a courtesy call by the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) delegation led by the CEO Prof. Eddy Maloka to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat on 19th March 2021 in Accra Ghana, an idea for collaboration was initiated by the Heads of the two institutions, and warmly welcomed by the Secretary General of the AfCFTA, Mr. Wamkele Mene.
During the meeting, the heads of the two institutions discussed potential areas for collaboration and ways of leveraging the APRM’S national presence to fast-track the ratification and domestication of the AfCFTA trade agreement in AU member states. To this end, the Secretary General of the AfCFTA seized the opportunity to request for support from the APRM Secretariat to develop a tool for Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting that will assist in tracking the implementation of the AfCFTA agreement among the African Union Member states.
- RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE HIGH -LEVEL INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW EXPERT
|The APRM is currently seeking to appoint a High-Level International Trade Law Expert, whose roles and responsibilities shall include:
- SCOPE OF WORK, DELIVERABLES AND TIME FRAME
The overall objective of this consultancy is to support the AfCFTA Secretariat to achieve its core mandate by APRM availing its tools, processes, and structures (continental and National structures) in monitoring the continental agreements, particularly the AfCFTA agreement in the AU member states, specifically at the national level.
2. To support the APRM and the AfCFTA to jointly produce a comprehensive ME&R tool that will be used to track efforts made by AU member states to implement the AfCFTA agreement at the national level.
3. To develop clear indicators along the core objectives of the AfCFTA Agreement and its annexes that will be used by member states to report on progress made towards domestication and implementation of the AfCFTA agreement at national level.
4. To develop a broad-based questionnaire that will be sent to member countries to track progress undertaken in implementing the agreement.
5. To develop a survey tool.
- DELIVERABLES AND TIME FRAME
|DELIVERABLES||TIME FRAME||PAYMENT FRACTION|
||End of 4th Week||40%|
||End of 6th Week||10%|
||End of 8th Week||10%|
5.2. Time Frame
This consultancy will be for two months.
The High-Level International Trade Law expert will be required to spend at least five working days within the first month of this consultancy in Midrand, South Africa, at the APRM secretariat, and at least five working days within the first six weeks of this consultancy in Accra, Ghana at the AfCFTA secretariat. Additional visits may be arranged, as necessary.
- REQUIRED QUALIFICATION, EXPERIENCE AND APPLICATION METHOD
|Qualifications & Experience:
The High-Level International Trade Law Expert will be required to work closely and under the supervision of the Head of Division: Monitoring & Evaluation and the Office of the CEO- APRM
- PAYMENT ARRANGEMENT
The High-level International Trade Law Expert will be paid by the APRM as per the deliverables indicated in table 5 of this TOR.
- CONFIDENTIALITY AND PROPRIETARY INTERESTS
The High-Level International Trade Law Expert shall not, either during the term or after termination of the assignment, disclose any proprietary or confidential information related to this consultancy service without prior written consent from the APRM Secretariat. Proprietary interests on all materials and documents prepared by the consultant under the assignment shall become and remain properties of the APRM.
- Application Method: Send an application letter, CV, and Copies of academic certificates.
All online applications must be sent in PDF attachment.
- Language: The Consultant must have full competence to produce a high-quality report in either English or French. Any other AU languages may be an added advantage.
- EVALUATION CRITERIA
|The High-Level International Trade Law Expert should have: –||MAX
|Technical Requirement Evaluation|
|Relevant Expertise and Experience in Governance-related field
|Report Writing: Evidence of high-level publications in the field of International Trade law and policy, in African Economic Law and Policy, and on governance more generally.||40|
|Familiarity with APRM processes and Methodology
Intimate Knowledge of APRM structures, Processes, and operational tools.
A high-level understanding of the agreement establishing the AfCFTA and how the APRM can be put to the service of improved AfCFTA implementation by its state parties.
The applications should be addressed to:
African Peer Review Mechanism Secretariat
Private Bag XO8, Halfway House
Physical Address: 230 15th Road, 1st Floor,
Raandjies Park, Midrand, 1685,
Contact: Procurement office
Email: [email protected]
Closing date: 11 June 2021 at 1100 local time.
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