Expert Deployment Mechanism for Trade and  Development

Global Affairs Canada and Cowater International

Closing Date Sept.29, 2022 Location   Work Type  -
Salary Range   Experience Level  - Job ID  
Job Description

 Funded by Global Affairs Canada, the Expert Deployment Mechanism for Trade and Development (EDM provides technical assistance to Official Development Assistance (ODA)-eligible countries to maximize trade and investment development impacts. Over seven years (2018-2025), EDM will invest CAD 16.5 million to support Canada’s developing country trading partners to negotiate, implement and benefit from and adapt to trade and investment agreements with Canada.

 EDM is a demand-driven project that will benefit potential partners – including governments, local private sector groups and local civil society organizations – through capacity building and technical advisory support on policy reform issues that have a high potential to reduce poverty and gender inequalities and support progress in trade and investment agreement negotiations.

Since the end of its 20-year civil war in 2000, Peru has seen strong economic growth and poverty reduction. However, that growth has relied heavily on resource extraction (principally copper, gold and silver) and is vulnerable to global demand and price fluctuation. Economic growth has also been centered on Lima, with little reaching the regions and rural populations. Regional inequity has been mirrored by social inequity, witnessed by Peru’s GINI score of 43.3 and rural poverty rates that dwarf the rates of urban centres.

Recent economic assessments (e.g. World Bank Multi-Dimensional Review) suggest the central challenge to Peru is the “middle-income trap” – a prolonged slowdown at middle-income status as the competitive advantage of low-cost labour and natural resource endowments driving growth reach their limits. Further growth must then come from increased productivity and innovation, diversifying its exports, connecting to global value chains, and moving production higher up the value chain. Deepening regional integration also holds opportunities for economic growth by creating more viable markets. Regional trade is underdeveloped due in part to the similarity of the export baskets of Andean countries.

Trade and investment are important pillars of Peru’s national development strategy, and the country has pursued an ambitious agenda of negotiations to integrate regional and global economies. Harvesting the benefits of these agreements will require technical assistance to implement their obligations and seize their opportunities. In the context of Canada-Peru trade and investment relations, this agenda includes the implementation of the CPTPP and the Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement, as well as advancing the Canada-Pacific Alliance negotiations.

Peru’s National Strategic Plan for Exports 2025 sets out four priorities for supporting export growth: engaging more Peruvian companies in exporting and diversifying export markets, diversifying export products, improving trade facilitation and logistics, and capacity building for export development. Among the goals of the Plan is to increase trade through greater use of international standards.

Standards play an important role in trade by strengthening consumer confidence in the quality and safety of imported goods. Despite the positive impact, a recent study of Peruvian exporters found that only 18.5% used international standards in their production processes. The barriers to adopting standards are a lack of information, technical capacity and infrastructure, and recognized certification bodies. Given their limited resources, these challenges are greatest for small and medium-sized enterprises.

To address these challenges, the National Institute for Quality has developed “Strategic Guidelines to promote the use by Peruvian companies of international standards.” These guidelines provide detailed information on national and international standards. Promoting the use of the guidelines, however, requires evidence of the economic benefits in export sectors of relevance to Peru.

Many studies of the economic impacts of standards have been conducted by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and by national governments. An impact assessment of the use of standards in the asparagus production industry in Peru was conducted in 2011. The ISO has recently introduced a new methodology, expected to become the standard for impact assessment.

Linkage to EDM Performance Measurement Framework

Technical assistance to increase the use of international standards is consistent with the approved EDM Country Needs Assessment Plan for Peru, Mandate 1: Trade Policy Capacity Building.

This assistance is also aligned with the EDM Performance Management Framework, intermediate outcome 1220: Increased capacity of partner country ministries, departments and agencies to expand access to export-oriented economic opportunities for SMEs, particularly those led by women, indigenous or other under-represented groups.

The direct beneficiaries of this assistance will be officials of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism and the National Institute for Quality. Representative exporters will participate in the technical assistance activity to provide input and validate the analysis. In the longer term, the assistance is expected to benefit all Peruvian exporters, including SMEs, through increased exports.

Description of Technical Assistance Request

The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru (MINCETUR) has requested expert assistance to assess the economic impact of international standards in sectors of export interest to Peru. In delivering this assistance, the technical expert(s) will conduct studies of the garment and fruit production industries and draft two written gender-sensitive and inclusive reports:

  • Describing the value chains in each industry;
  • Identifying the main impacts of technical standards;
  • Analyzing the value drivers and key indicators of performance; and
  • Measuring the economic benefits of technical standards,

The expert(s) will conduct consultations with representative companies in Peru's garment and fruit production industries, ensuring the meaningful participation of those led by women, Indigenous peoples, and other marginalized groups.

The studies will be based on the new ISO methodology for assessing the economic impact of international standards.

The analysis should include an examination of technical standards to ensure environmental sustainability/ low carbon development, as well as to promote gender equality and social inclusion. It is essential that the roles/concentration of women, Indigenous peoples, and other relevant marginalized groups within the value chains are identified in the analysis, and the specific challenges, impacts and economic benefits resulting from technical standards for these groups are identified. The written reports should address the benefits of standards in promoting these policy objectives.

The experts will design and deliver a workshop to present and discuss the studies with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, the National Institute for Quality and representatives of participating companies.

Technical Expert Profile/Expertise Required

Bidders will be evaluated based on their demonstrated expertise and experience in economic impact analysis, research methods, and their application to trade policy. The evaluation criteria include:

  • Advanced university degrees and professional certifications in economics, research methods, international business, trade, public affairs, or other relevant studies;
  • Extensive professional experience in the design and execution of research studies and economic impact analysis;
  • Experience in the design and conduct of research and analyses of trade policy and export development, including value chain analysis;
  • Experience in the impact of trade on gender/social inclusion and environmental protection/ climate change and the formulation of policies and programs to promote their integration in trade; and
  • Experience in the delivery of trade technical assistance to developing countries. Before starting activities, the successful consultant(s) will be required to complete the Government of Canada’s online Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) training (approximately 2 hours).   

Timelines

The recruitment of experts is expected to be completed in early October 2022. The study and final narrative report are expected to be completed by March 31, 2023.

Deliverables

  • A detailed work plan, work schedule and budget for the delivery of activities.
  • Workshop materials include but are not limited to presentations, interactive group exercises, and supporting documents (in Spanish).
  • Delivery of a workshop to present the written reports on the economic impact of international standards on the garment and fruit production industries in Peru.
  • Completed EDM Performance Measurement Framework template for the TA, including baseline data and targets against EDM indicators.
  • Final Narrative Report: Due within 30 calendar days of completing all TA activities. The report shall describe activities delivered; results achieved (versus initial expected results and baseline); approaches taken with regards to gender equality and social inclusion, the environment, and human rights; lessons learned of relevance to future EDM activities; expenses incurred by the Consultant in carrying out the activities; document officials trained/participating in activities (name, gender, job title, institutional affiliation). This report will be reviewed and approved by EDM prior to being shared with Global Affairs Canada. 

How to Apply

For your proposal to be considered, please name your document in the following format: 3.12 Peru, Consultants Last Name, First Name (Proposals can be submitted by a single consultant or a consortium of consultants).

Your proposal should contain the following sections:

1. Cover letter

2. Proposal that includes the following:

a. Your approach to implementing this TA, taking into account COVID-related travel restrictions. Provide as much detail as possible. (10 pages maximum)

b. Describe your approach to ensuring that gender equality and social inclusion are considered in all aspects of the TA, including approach, content, and delivery. (2 pages maximum)

c. Describe your approach to ensuring that environmental and climate change impacts are considered in all aspects of the TA, including approach, content, and delivery. (1-page maximum)

d. Outline your project management and monitoring strategy for the implementation of the activities. (2 pages maximum)

e. Indicate all personnel being proposed to implement this project and their roles and responsibilities. Include all CVs of proposed personnel/experts. (3 pages maximum per expert)

3. Provide an estimated level of effort (in days) and provide consulting rates (in CAD$) for each proposed personnel and/or expert who will implement the project. Please submit your proposal as a single PDF document through the Cowater Career Page (attach your PDF document under the Cover note, do not upload your resumes separately). Emailed proposals will not be accepted. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

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