Terms of Reference – Consultant – Smart Port Challenge Virtual Hackathon 2nd Edition

We are looking for talented individuals to mentor participants at the 2nd edition of Smart Port Challenge virtual hackathon

Terms of Reference – Consultant – Smart Port Challenge Virtual Hackathon 2nd Edition

Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation


1.  Background

The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (the Alliance) is a public-private partnership for trade-led growth, supporting governments in developing and least-developed countries in implementing the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement. Alliance projects cut through red tape and end costly delays at borders by bringing together governments and businesses of all sizes as equal partners to deliver targeted trade reforms.

By emphasising digitalisation and delivering other best practices, Alliance projects enable businesses to trade more easily thanks to streamlined and more predictable processes. Governments save time and resources by modernising trade procedures while still safeguarding their borders. Ultimately, Alliance projects boost trade competitiveness and business conditions, which are key drivers of inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction.  

The Alliance is led by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), the International Chamber of Commerce, and the World Economic Forum, in cooperation with Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). It is funded by the governments of the United States, Canada, Germany, and Denmark.


2. Assignment background and overview

Our collaboration partner in Morocco, the National Ports Agency (ANP), is the authoritative and regulatory body of the new Moroccan port system established by Law 15-02.

Within the context of increasing globalisation and marked by the intensification of trade in an increasingly competitive environment, the port sector in Morocco, and throughout the world, has become an important resource for the country’s development and competitiveness. At the same time, it must respond to new social, societal, and environmental challenges.

As a strong player within the Moroccan port landscape, the agency brings the entire port community together around common goals and working to create a competitive port environment through:

  • Promoting equitable and sustainable development, characterised by healthy competition, efficiency, transparency, and good governance,
  • Ensuring safe and quality services.

ANP and the Alliance have agreed to collaborate on an innovation event (“hackathon”) to solve trade facilitation problems identified by ANP in their Innovation Strategy.

The program aims to identify and develop innovative projects in the port sector and to promote the digitalisation of this sector.

  • To bring forward innovative solutions for a more efficient port by collaboration of all actors of the port community
  • Improve the functioning of ports, streamline logistic chains and remove current bottlenecks
  • Create tools to facilitate exchange and establish an environment receptive to reflection and innovation


3. Tasks of the consultant

The port and logistics hackathon will be a purely virtual event taking place from 1 to 19 September 2022. It invites teams and individuals from domain experts, companies, start-ups, researchers, and academia to create most relevant and innovative solutions to challenges as part of the Smart Port Innovation process CHALLENGE launched by the Agence Nationale des Ports (ANP) and the  Alliance.


4. Deliverables and timeline

There are following main deliverables under this consultancy:

This consultancy is home-based and will be conducted between mid-August and Mid-September, for up to 24 hours (3 Man-Days). The consultant is procured under this ToR and will be contracted by the World Economic Forum (WEF), reporting to the Innovation Lead of the Alliance hosted at the WEF, who will serve as the main point of contact between the consultant and the hackathon organisation team, providing all relevant documentation and assisting in setting up necessary connections and meetings.

Activity Tasks Timeline

Activity Tasks Timeline
1)     Coaching Coach participants via virtual means by answering their questions and providing them with advice on how to meet the challenges 1 to 19 September 2022
2)     Webinar animation Participate in challenge presentation webinars, Q&A webinars and eventually host inspiration webinars or give an inspirational talk 1 to 19 September 2022
3)     Insights Provide insights on challenge topics, e.g., by writing an article per challenge and put the challenge into perspective of the process 1 to 19 September 2022
4)     Promotion of the event and active recruitment of potential participants Contribute to the promotion of the hackathon by communicating about the competition to potential participants 20 August to 19 September 2022
5)     Judging Take part in the jury and judge each submitted proposal by a set of judging criteria, provide feedback to participants, where adequate 22 to 26 September 2022


5. Requirements and experience

Requirements and experience:

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in port operations and trade facilitation
  • Fluency in spoken English and / or French
  • Ability to communicate with young students, start-ups and existing companies equally


Candidates are requested to submit the following by 20 August 2022 to the Innovation and Hackathon Lead, Mrs. Ines Knäpper (ines.knaepper@weforum.org)

  1. Financial Proposal and outline (max. 2 pages)
  2. Consultant profile