Procurement: Project Validation – Mozambique

Request for Services – Project Validation – Mozambique
World Economic Forum/Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

Introduction
The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (Alliance) is an initiative jointly hosted by the World Economic Forum, the International Chamber of Commerce and the Center for International Private Enterprise in cooperation with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

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). 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 is supported by the governments of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and Denmark, 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.

The services required relate to the evaluation and scoping of a Business Action Project (‘BAP’) idea for the facilitated import of Rapid Test Kits (RTKs) for HIV/AIDS and malaria into Mozambique (‘BAP-01’). The selected consultant will provide the technical expertise and know-how required to evaluate the feasibility of and scope the proposed project idea. If the project idea is approved for implementation by the Alliance, the Consultant will prepare the technical requirements for the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the selection of project implementers.

Description of the services
The services will be delivered in four phases:

1. Preparation: the Consultant will prepare and submit a project validation plan.

2. Validation: the Consultant will conduct detailed project validation activities in accordance with the approved plan and draft and submit a validation report. Validation activities will include:

2.1. In-country meetings with relevant government and private sector stakeholders

2.2. Where necessary remote meetings with stakeholders who cannot participate physically

2.3. Management of public-private dialogues as defined in the scoping plan

2.4. Research and propose best practices for the design of BAP 01

2.5. Consultation with the Alliance’s Metrics & Evaluation team on measurement and impact assessment of BAP 01 (including gender and SME mainstreaming)

2.6. Advising the Alliance on project validation progress and working closely with the Alliance’s Business Action Project manager to ensure validation objectives are met

3. Stakeholder Commitment: the Consultant will secure stakeholder buy-in for BAP-01 and obtain letters of commitment from the key project stakeholders.

4. RFP: If BAP-01 is approved for implementation by the Alliance, the Consultant will draft the technical requirements of the RFP for project implementers.


Expected outputs

1.1. Validated BAP-01 problem statement

1.2. Stakeholder map

1.3. Process diagram detailing all the interactions from export preparation to delivery at importers premises

1.4. List of all documents required for importation of donor funded Rapid Test Kits for public health programs, including: name, source, form (paper / electronic),  dependencies (process or documentary) and estimated processing time to issue

1.5. Definition of legal basis of each document issued by a government agency / government appointed organization

1.6. Analysis of potential for online submission / approval of document issued by a government agency / government appointed organization.

1.7. Validation of HS Codes used for RTKs and applicable duty / tax rates

1.8. Analysis of status of Intertek Pre-shipment Inspection (PSI) program and probability of its re-commencement. Potential for exemption of donor-supplied RTKs if PSI re-commences

1.9. Listing of other goods for public health programs that face similar problems


Description of Deliverables and Timeline

The Consultant will provide the Alliance with the following deliverables (the “Deliverables”):

1. within seven days after contract signature, the plan for project validation;

2. within thirty days after approval of the project validation plan, the project validation report (including expected outputs described above); and

3. within seven days after approval of the project validation report, if BAP-01 is approved for implementation by the Alliance, the technical requirements for the Request for Proposal for project implementers.


Required Profile

–          Minimum of 10 years of experience in customs modernization and trade facilitation reforms in Africa

–          Proven track record in scoping and designing trade facilitation technical projects

–          Experience with public-private partnerships

–          Strong understanding of the TFA and other applicable international instruments

–          Strong written communication and stakeholder engagement skills

–          Ability to travel to Mozambique as needed (health and government regulations permitting)

–          Strong written and oral communication skills in English. Knowledge of Portuguese would be an asset.


Contract and Selection Process

Direct contract by World Economic Forum.

Please submit your CV in English and a financial proposal in US Dollars in PDF format to Sandra Wydler Nietlispach (Sandra.WydlerNietlispach@weforum.org) by 30 July 2020. Include in the subject line: “BAP-01 Request for Services – Project Validation – Mozambique.”

Please submit any questions in relation to this RFP by email to Sandra Wydler Nietlispach (Sandra.WydlerNietlispach@weforum.org) and include in the subject line “BAP-01 Request for Services – Project Validation – Mozambique”.