Consultant – Peru – Local Trade Facilitation Expert

The Trade Facilitation Expert will provide expertise and support in the area of trade facilitation in Peru to prepare a concept note and a project proposal

Trade Facilitation Expert – Scoping mission in Peru



1) Background and objective:

The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (the Alliance) is a public-private partnership for trade-led growth. It brings together governments and businesses as equal partners to identify trade facilitation issues such as customs delays and unnecessary red-tape at borders, and design and implement targeted reforms that deliver commercially quantifiable results.

The Alliance’s work is designed to help governments in developing and least developed countries implement the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).

The Alliance is led by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the World Economic Forum (the Forum), in cooperation with Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The Alliance is supported by the governments of the United States, Canada, Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom and Australia, and works with private sector partners from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to the world’s largest multinationals such as DHL, FCA Group, Maersk, UPS and Walmart.

Trade Facilitation Office (TFO) Canada ( is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve lives through the creation of sustainable trade partnerships for exporters from developing countries with Canadian and foreign buyers. TFO Canada assists Small and Medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and Trade Support Institutions (TSIs)/Trade Promotion Organizations (TPOs)/Business Support Organizations (BSO-business associations, chambers of commerce, exporters associations etc.) from developing countries to access international markets through its information (general and sector specific), advice (including capacity building) and contact services (including trade missions and business to business matchmaking). Since 1980, TFO Canada, through its internationally experienced project management staff and roster of sectoral experts have been providing trade facilitation/promotion and capacity building services to tens of thousands of SMEs and hundreds of TSIs/TPOs/BSOs from all corners of the globe (Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia).

The Alliance has contracted TFO Canada as an implementing partner of the Alliance to identify and develop potential trade facilitation projects in Peru. Accordingly, TFO Canada has started a scoping activity (October 2020-March 2021) in Peru. Components of the scoping include the following 3 phases:

  • Country brief
  • Concept note
  • Proposal

Reporting to TFO Canada’s Program Director Latin America and the Caribbean and working with TFO Canada’s Ottawa based project management team (Project Manager-Latin America and the Caribbean, Project Support Manager), the Local team based in Peru (Local coordinator and Local project officer) an other international and local experts, the Local Trade Facilitation Expert (also based in Peru) will provide expertise and support in the area of trade facilitation, specifically in Peru, to prepare a concept note and project proposal within the agreed scope, workplan/schedule and budget developed in accordance with the Alliance’s Operations Guidelines.


2) Activities

Following are the detailed description of the activities:

  • Concept Note for Peru: With remote support of the TFO Canada project management team based in Ottawa and the team based in Peru, the Local Trade Facilitation Expert will provide expertise and support in the area of trade facilitation for the development of the concept note(as per the Alliance format and in accordance with the Alliance’s Operations Guidelines) based on the overview of trade facilitation challenges and potential solutions identified in the Peruvian country brief, and detailed consultations with Peruvian public sector institutions and private sector stakeholders

The concept note will present up to 3 trade facilitation project ideas for Peru, rank them in terms of stakeholder priority of the highest priority trade facilitation project idea. Support letters of the key Peruvian public and private partners will need to be obtained and submitted as annexes to the concept note.

 Duration: 25 January -25 February 2021

Local Trade Facilitation Expert will be paid upon completion of the activity.

  • Project proposal for Peru: The Local Trade Facilitation Expert will provide expertise and support in the area of trade facilitation for the development of the preparation of a Project Proposal for the highest priority project idea identified in the Concept Note for approval by the Alliance’s Steering Group Project proposal for Peru. The Project Proposal for Peru (as per format provided by the Alliance) will describe the strategy, outcomes and impacts, sustainability of the proposed project. It will also describe the various project partners and the proposed partnership strategy and provide project plan (timeline, phases), structure (governance, project team, project steering committee), monitoring and evaluation plan and detailed budget.

Duration:  1 March 2021 – 31 March 2021

Local Trade Facilitation Expert will be paid upon completion of the activity.


3) Methodology: As mentioned above, the TFO Canada project management team based in Ottawa will support the Team based in Peru in all the above activities. They will also monitor/follow-up with the team to ensure that activities are taking place according to agreed scope, work plan/schedule and budget. The team based in Peru will support the TFO Canada team in the preparation of project activity and outcome reports, as per reporting format of the Alliance and timeline and provide necessary support the Program Director- Latin America and the Caribbean in monthly review discussions with the Alliance. With remote support from TFO Canada’s project management team, the Team based in Peru will manage activities of project experts, partners and suppliers to ensure the successful implementation of scoping activities in Peru.


4) Deliverables and deadlines

  • Deliverable 1: Scope, schedule/workplan & budget for concept note: 28 January 2021.
  • Deliverable 2: Concept note (draft): 15 February 2021
  • Deliverable 3: Concept note (final): 25 February 2021
  • Deliverable 4: Scope, schedule/workplan & budget for Proposal: 28 February 2021
  • Deliverable 5: Proposal (draft): 15 March 2021
  • Deliverable 6: Proposal (final): 25 March 2021


5) Knowledge / Experience:

  • Master’s degree in international Trade and/ or International Economic Law with specialization in International Trade
  • More than five years of working experience in the area of Trade Facilitation in specific sectors in Peru such as: Trade Facilitation Policies, customs, regulatory improvement, and administrative simplification.
  • More than five years of experience in capacity building for foreign trade and transparency in regulatory matters.
  • Strong experience working with the public and private sectors in Peru in matters of single window, regulations, and trade facilitation.
  • Experience working with international cooperation Organizations and managing development – trade facilitation projects that include SMEs.
  • Fully bilingual: Spanish / English
  • The publication of articles and / or studies on trade facilitation will be valued.


6) Application

To apply for this opportunity, please send your resume, a cover letter to Marysabel Gonzalez, Program Director Latin America and the Caribbean: by 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, 22 January 2021.