Head of Technical Assistance & Capacity Building (1 position), Ghana at Committed To Good (CTG)


Position details

Vacancy id: VAC-7105

Job title: VAC-7105 Head of Technical Assistance & Capacity Building

Location: Accra

Apply by: 30-Apr-2022

Start date: 01-May-2022

Duration: 1 year

Number of vacancies: 1

Qualification: Master’s in Economics, International Trade or Trade Law, Development Economics, International Relations ( 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.

CTG recruits, deploys and manages the right people with the right skills to implement humanitarian and development projects, from cleaners to obstetricians, and mechanics to infection specialists, we’re skilled in emergency response to crises such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Key to successful project delivery is the ability to mobilise at speed; CTG can source and deploy anyone, anywhere, in less than 2 weeks and have done so in 48 hours on a number of occasions.

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 & 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.
  •  The AfCFTA Secretariat is part of the institutional structure of the AfCFTA for the implementation, administration, facilitation, M&E processes of the agreement. Monitoring & reviewing trade policies of African countries vis a vis the AfCFTA agreement enables the state parties & the customs unions to better understand each other’s trade policies & ensure compliance with their obligations under the AfCFTA agreement.
  •  It is against this background that the AfCFTA Secretariat seeks to engage the services of a Technical Assistance & Capacity Building Advisor to support the development of mechanisms for creating transparency in the trade policies, practices of the state parties & the customs union.

Role objectives

The Technical Assistance & Capacity Building Advisor to support the development of mechanisms for creating transparency in the trade policies, practices of the state parties & the customs union will work directly under the supervision of the Chief of Staff on the following tasks, among others:

  •  Identify needs for capacity building actions through needs collection & analysis.
  •  Design technical assistance & capacity building strategy for institutional development.
  •  Coordinate the organization, delivery of technical assistance & capacity building actions.
  •  Monitoring, reviewing progress in the implementation of technical assistance & capacity building activities, including design of evaluation frameworks.
  •  To coordinate collaboration with AU pan African university rectorate on higher studies.
  •  Determine (& keep under review), M&E of the standards, performance of the academy & the application of designated funding.
  •  Develop an AfCFTA trade policy curriculum.
  •  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

Mechansim for collaborating with stakeholders

15 working days

Chief of Staff

3

Identification of needs for technical assistance capacity building actions through needs collection & analysis

30 working days

Chief of Staff

4

Technical assistance & capacity building strategy for institutional development

50 working days

Chief of Staff

5

Coordinate the organization, delivery of technical assistance & capacity building actions

30 working days

Chief of Staff

6

Mechanism for monitoring, reviewing progress in the implementation of technical assistance & capacity building activities, including design of evaluation frameworks

30 working days

Chief of Staff

7

Mechanisms for coordinating collaboration with AU pan African university rectorate on higher studies

20 working days

Chief of Staff

8

Develop AfCFTA trade policy curriculum

40 days

Chief of Staff

9

Final report

20 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

  •  Master’s Degree in Economics, International Trade or Trade Law, Development Economics, International Relations.
  •  12 years of experience in the area of trade policies, trade negotiations & implementation at national, regional or multilateral level.
  •  Practical experience in trade policy formulation, negotiation, implementation at the 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.

Team management

This role has no team management responsibility

Further information

  •  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 240 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: Installment of payment / period

Deliverables or documents to be delivered

Approval should be obtained

Percentage of payment

1st installment

Deliverable 1

REC Coordinator

10%

2nd installment

Deliverable 3,4 & 5

REC Coordinator

15%

3rd installment

Deliverables 6 & 7

REC Coordinator

25%

4th installment

Deliverables 8,9 & 10

REC Coordinator

20%

5th installment

Deliverable 11

REC Coordinator

10%

6th installment

Deliverable 12

REC Coordinator

20%

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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