Coordinator: Regional Economic Communities Advisors (1 position), Ghana at Committed To Good (CTG)


Position details

Vacancy id: VAC-7073

Job title: VAC-7073 Coordinator: Regional Economic Communities Advisors

Location: Accra

Apply by: 30-Apr-2022

Start date: 01-May-2022

Duration: 1 year

Number of vacancies: 1

Qualification: PhD in Economics, International Trade or Trade Law, preferably a combination of academic & technical experience in both social & economic fields or a Master’s Degree in Economics, International Trade or Trade Law & at least 12 years of experience in the field of trade policy formulation, trade negotiation & implementation ( essential).

Sector experience: Minimum of 12 year/s of demonstrable relevant Trade Policies, Trade Negotiations & Implementation experience ( essential).

Geographical experience: Minimum of 12 year/s of experience in Africa ( desirable).

Languages: Fluent in one of the AfCFTA working languages ​​(French, English, Portuguese, Arabic). Fluency in another AfCFTA working language(s) is an added advantage. ( desirable).

Job description

CTG overview

CTG staff and support humanitarian projects in fragile and conflict-affected countries around the world, providing a rapid and cost-effective service for development and humanitarian missions. With past performance in 17 countries – from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia, we have placed more than 20,000 staff all over the world since operations began in 2006.

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Through our efficient and agile HR, logistical and operational services, CTG saves multilateral organisations time and money. We handle all our clients’ HR related issues, so they are free to focus on their core services.

Overview of position

  •  The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat is the sole organization in the continent, legally established and 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 first 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.
  •  The Regional Economic Communities (RECs) have a very important role to play in the advancement of the Africa’s integration agenda & in particular the AfCFTA. The agreement recognizes the RECs as building blocks for the AfCFTA, which is expected to build on the progress that had been achieved by the RECs. The AfCFTA Secretariat is therefore expected to work with the RECs in the implementation of the AfCFTA.
  •  The 33rd ordinary session of the assembly of heads of state of the AFU held in February 2020 requested the AfCFTA Secretariat, AU commission & the RECs to develop a framework of collaboration before the start of trading under the AfCFTA & submit a substantive progress report on the matter.
  •  In January 2017, the ordinary session of the AU also directed that there should be effective collaboration & a clear division of labour between the AU, REC’s / Regional Mechanisms (RMs) & the member states, in line with the principle of subsidiarity.
  •  Therefore, the need to establish a clear, effective division of labour is necessitated by the need for AfCFTA Secretariat, other allied institutions, in particular the RECs, to work together in every area of integration based on their respective competences so as to remove overlaps & duplication. This ensures the delineation of responsibilities within each area or sector of integration based on subsidiarity.
  •  It is against this background that the AfCFTA Secretariat seeks to engage the services of the RECs Coordinator to develop strategies to enhance the effective collaboration between the Secretariats of the AfCFTA & the RECs.

Role objectives

The Coordinator, is to support the development of a strategy to enhance the effective collaboration between the Secretariats of the AfCFTA & the RECs. The Coordinator will work directly under the Chief of Staff in the office of the Secretary General on the following tasks, among others:

  •  Coordinate & monitor the activities of Regional Trade Advisors on the implementation of the AfCFTA.
  •  Undertake a study of appropriate modalities, mechanisms for managing the interface between the Secretariat of the AfCFTA & the RECs.
  •  Map out the potential areas of convergence, divergence the RECs liberalization agenda & the implementation of the AfCFTA.
  •  Develop a strategy to enhance the effective collaboration between the Secretariats of the AfCFTA & the RECs.
  •  Develop an Implementation matrix for collaboration between the Secretariats of the AfCFTA & the RECs.
  •  Establish mechanisms to ensure private sector / civil society involvement in the AfCFTA.
  •  Develop mechanisms for enhancing the blue economies in the context of the AfCFTA.
  •  Establish effective mechanisms for mobilization of resources for the effective implementation of the AfCFTA / RECs collaboration.
  •  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

Chief of Staff

2

Study on AfCFTA Secretariat & RECs interface

40 working days

Chief of Staff

3

Map out potential areas of convergence & divergence between the RECs trade / services liberalization agenda & the AfCFTA

40 working days

Chief of Staff

4

Strategy to enhance the effective collaboration between the Secretariats of the AfCFTA & RECs

40 working days

Chief of Staff

5

Develop an matrix of collaboration between the Secretariats of the AfCFTA & the RECs

40 working days

Chief of Staff

6

Enhancing private sector / civil society involvement in the AfCFTA / RECs collaboration

20 working days

Chief of Staff

7

Resource mobilisation for the AfCFTA / RECs collaboration

15 working days

Chief of Staff

8

Develop a mechanism for coordinating & monitoring the activities of the Regional Trade Advisors

20 working days

Chief of Staff

9

Mechanisms for enhancing the blue economies in the context of the AfCFTA

15 working days

Chief of Staff

10

Final report

15 working days

Chief of Staff

Project reporting

  •  This assignment will be carried out under the supervision of the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Secretary General.
  •  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.

Key competencies

  •  PhD in Economics, International Trade or Trade Law, preferably a combination of academic & technical experience in both social & economic fields or a Master’s Degree in Economics, International Trade or Trade Law & at least 12 years of experience in the field of trade policy formulation, trade negotiation & implementation.
  •  At least 12 solid 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 trade policy formulation, trade negotiations, implementation, at national, regional & multilateral 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 REC, 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 official 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.

Team management

This role has no team management responsibility

Further information

  •  The Consultant will be based in Accra – Ghana, with travels to the RECs head quarters.
  •  The duration of the assignment will be for 250 days.
  •  Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply for this role.

The selected consultant shall receive his / her lump sum service fees upon certification of the completed tasks satisfactorily, as per the following payment schedule: Installment of payment / period

Deliverables or documents to be delivered

Approval should be obtained

Percentage of payment

1st installment

Deliverable 1

Chief of Staff

10%

2nd installment

Deliverable 2

Chief of Staff

20%

3rd installment

Deliverable 3

Chief of Staff

10%

4th installment

Deliverable 4

Chief of Staff

20%

5th installment

Deliverable 5

Chief of Staff

10%

6th installment

Deliverable 6

Chief of Staff

10%

7th installment

Deliverable 7, 8 & 9

Chief of Staff

10%

8th installment

Deliverable 10

Chief of Staff

10%

Disclaimer: At no stage of the recruitment process will CTG ask candidates for a fee. This includes during the application stage, interview, assessment and training.

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