Request for Services – Regional Project Engagement – South Pacific

The Alliance is looking for a consultant to help advance stakeholder engagement in the Pacific region

Request for Services – Regional Project Engagement – South Pacific

World Economic Forum / Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

1. Background

The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (the Alliance) is a public private partnership for trade led growth 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 services required relate to advancing a potential project around digitalizing reverse supply chains for circular economy in the Pacific. The Alliance has been working with partners to scope the digitalisation of the prior informed consent (PIC) procedure under the Waigani Convention for moving certain forms of waste. The project will particularly focus on moving electronic waste, and potentially plastic or other covered waste, from several Pacific Island countries to recycling facilities in Australia and/or New Zealand. The PIC procedure – which is a trade control process that waste traders must undertake – is currently paper-based resulting in delays and a lack of transparency.

The selected consultant will help to advance stakeholder engagement in the region as part of the preparations for eventual project launch. The following are among the priorities for relationship building:

  • The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) (Waigani Convention Secretariat and a key project counterpart)
  • Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and the Solomon Islands (Pacific Island countries that have expressed an interest in participating in the project)
    Scope

The consultant would undertake the following activities on behalf of the Alliance:

  • Sustain working relationships with existing interested stakeholders to inform them of latest developments (SPREP Secretariat, development partner contacts, other)
  • Conduct a mapping of key counterparts in the four interest countries, building up and from the relationship with the initial contact. The mapping should cover where within each government key stakeholders sit; views and considerations around the project; contact details
  • Identify potential new stakeholders in the region with an interest in the project and sensitise them accordingly – in collaboration with the Alliance team – to assess possible collaboration
  • Conduct a mapping of waste collection programmes and key actors across the four Pacific Island countries or within the region
  • Identify private enterprises operating in this domain and generate a directory of contacts (organised by country)
  • Join a bi-monthly call to provide an update on the above activities with Alliance and project partners

2. Duration

The consultant will work with the Alliance for a period of 30 days spread over a four month period starting from the beginning of the contract. Pending the outcome of fundraising for the project, contract extension may be possible
Requirements

  • Network and relationships across the Pacific region, preferably in the four countries identified, as well as others
  • Experience working with policymakers and with a background on economic or trade and/or the environment
  • The consultant should be based within the Pacific region
  • Track record in trade facilitation projects is preferable
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English

3. Submission of Proposals

Interested consultants should submit a proposal in PDF format to: Christopher Holden (christopher.holden@iccwbo.org) and Kimberley Botwright (kimberley.botwright@weforum.org) with the subject line: “Project Idea Validation – South Pacific [YOURNAME]” by 11:59pm on 26-07-2024.

A proposed PDF should include the consultant’s qualifications and past experience, any available references or examples of similar work, and a budget. Travel within the region required to deliver the services will be supported by the Alliance based on discussion and alignment on need with the service provider.

Please note that submission of a proposal in the manner described above will deem all terms and conditions of this Request for Services have been accepted by the Bidder and incorporated into its proposal unless specifically notified otherwise.