Request for Services – Project Scoping – Mozambique
World Economic Forum/Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation
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 Project idea for the facilitated import of Rapid Test Kits (‘RTKs’) for HIV/AIDS and malaria into Mozambique (‘The Project’). 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. Meetings with relevant government and private sector stakeholders (while in-country meetings are preferable remote meetings are an acceptable alternative due to Covid-19 restrictions)
2.2. Organization and management of public-private dialogues (virtual or in person depending on travel and government health regulations) as defined in the scoping plan
2.3. Research and propose best practices for the design of the Project
2.4. Consultation with the Alliance’s Metrics & Evaluation team on measurement and impact assessment of the Project (including gender and SME mainstreaming)
2.5. Advising the Alliance on project validation progress and working closely with the Alliance’s Project manager to ensure validation objectives are met
3. Stakeholder Commitment: the Consultant will secure stakeholder buy-in for the Project and obtain letters of commitment from the key project stakeholders
4. RFP: If the Project is approved for implementation by the Alliance, the Consultant will draft the technical requirements of the RFP for project implementers.
1.1. Validated Project 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. Analysis of potential for online submission / approval of document issued by a government agency / government appointed organization.
1.6. Validation of HS Codes used for RTKs and applicable duty / tax rates
1.7. 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
1.8. Listing of other goods for public health programs that face similar problems
Description of Deliverables
The Consultant will provide the Alliance with the following deliverables (the “Deliverables”)
- a plan for project validation;
- a project validation report (including expected outputs described above); and
- if the Project is approved for implementation by the Alliance, the technical requirements for the Request for Proposal for project implementers.
- 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
- Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Portuguese
- Ability to travel to Mozambique as needed (health and government regulations permitting) 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 7 September 2020. Include in the subject line: “BAP-01 Request for Services – Project Scoping – 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 Scoping – Mozambique”.