Request for services – Gender consultant – Peru

The Alliance and TFO Canada are looking for a consultant to provide expertise and support in the area of Gender with a focus on trade facilitation for its project in Peru.

Request for services – Gender consultant – Peru
Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation/ Trade Facilitation Office Canada


1. Background information

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.  

The Alliance is led by the Center for International Private Enterprise, 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, Denmark, and Australia.

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 consultants 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).

As an implementing partner of the Alliance, TFO Canada is ready to start the execution of the “Improvement of import/export pre-market authorizations issuing process by DIGESA” project in Peru (July 2021 – December 2022).

The objective of the project is to improve the issuing of pre-market authorizations for exports and imports of processed food of DIGESA by enhancing the agency´s transparency and predictability policies and practices. A Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) confirmed the need to improve DIGESA’s back-office processes, organize and make more transparent their trade related regulatory frameworks for all users, as well as to develop efficient information and communication mechanisms.

The key challenge of the project is the delay in issuing pre-market authorizations for exports and imports of processed food by DIGESA due to a lack of predictability and transparency. The affected sectors are mainly processed food manufacturers and thus, value added industries and entrepreneurs like SMEs and those women led/owned companies.

The project will focus in enhancing DIGESA’s transparency and predictability policies and practices through three (03) components:

Component I – improved procedures and processes: which is focused on decision-making processes inside the agency, and it is aimed at enhancing predictability of administrative rulings and inspections.
Component II – streamlined regulations: by integrating and organizing key processed food legal framework in a systematic manner, so that traders (including SME´s and women led/owned companies) will be able to identify, trace and understand requirements and procedures for import and export of processed food.
Component III – information and communication services: by developing a process to search market access requirements from importing countries, delivering didactic tools to boost knowledge of services delivered by DIGESA including a sustainable learning center of processed food regulations.

The following activities will be implemented under each individual component:

Component I:

improved procedures and processes

1.      Preparing administrative precedents inventory and organization, standardized criteria and design a tool for documentary evaluation and inspection.

2.      Development of trade related administrative precedents /rulings inventory.

3.      Elaboration of a guide of standardized criteria management for documentary evaluation and inspection

4.      Implementation of a guide of standardized criteria management for documentary evaluation and inspection

5.      Online training for DIGESA, Business Associations, Trade Support Institutions, SMEs and women-led companies.

6.      Performing a study of lead time and cost baseline

7.     Online presentation of the study’s results for DIGESA


Component II:

streamlined regulations

1.      Review /assessment of DIGESA’s regulatory framework related to imports and exports of processed foods.

2.      Design and development of trade regulatory framework of digital directory and user guide

3.      Implementation of digital directory

4.     Online training workshops for DIGESA, Business Association, Trade Support Institutions, SMEs and women led companies.

Component III:

information and

communication services:

1.      Design and development of digital tools

2.      Implementation of digital tools

3.      Online training workshops for DIGESA, Business Associations, Trade Support Institutions, SMEs and women-led companies.

4.      Design and implement electronic documents and tools to educate and help SMEs and those led by women on trade facilitation related to DIGESA procedures.

5.      Implementations of SMEs tools

6.      Online training workshops for DIGESA, Business Association, Trade Support Institutions, SMEs and women led companies.

7.      Design and development of DIGESA communications mechanisms

8.      Implementation communication mechanisms



The main expected impacts for the private sector are:

  • Time reduction: reduction of pre-market authorization issuing time frame for export/import of processed food in Peru, including those requested by SMEs and those led/owned by women
  • Cost reduction: reduction of costs associated to unpredictable timeframe of issuing pre-market authorizations and clearance time.
  • Efficiency: reduction on unsuccessful applications of pre-market authorizations for the export/import of processed food in Peru, including those requested by SMEs and those led/owned by women.

Based on the above background, TFO Canada is looking for a Gender Consultant. This role will report to TFO Canada’s Program Director Latin America and the Caribbean and work with TFO Canada’s Ottawa-based project management team (Project Manager-Latin America and the Caribbean,) the local coordinator based in Peru and the team of Consultants based in the region (Trade Facilitation Consultant and Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant).
The Local Gender Consultant is responsible for providing expertise and support in the area of Gender with a focus on trade facilitation, specifically in Peru, to implement Peru’s project, according to the workplan/schedule and budget and ensuring that the Project is developed with a gender approach. For this purpose, the consultant must use tools such as stakeholder mapping, micro gender analysis, sources for gender data.

Specific responsibilities of the gender Consultant will include:

Review gender focus and suggest actions to ensure that the project implementation is completed with a gender lens.

  • Half way through the project, make an evaluation of its progress in gender focus, together with the team, and make the necessary adjustments. (review / adjustments).
  • At the end of the project, consolidate the indicators and evaluate the scope of achievement of the objectives, including details on how policies and project plans were adjusted to incorporate a gender lens, any gender components of the project, and identify any areas for future gender-trade interventions that could complement the project.
  • If a specific issue (i.e. unequal gender impacts, unforeseen consequences for female stakeholders) is identified during the implementation process, a plan for addressing it should be included in the project.
  • Identify opportunities to capture gender disaggregated data and lead the collection where possible.
  • Lead the preparation and support implementation of female-focused activities in the project such as capacity building activities, awareness raising activities and consultations with women led/owned companies.

Submission instructions:
Applications should be in English and include the following elements:
1. A cover letter of the firm/individual/group of individuals making the proposal highlighting their qualifications (please see selection criteria), relevant experience and current activities which demonstrate their capacity to fulfil the responsibilities of this position. The presentation should include a current C.V. of the individual making the proposal; if the proposal is made by a firm or group of individuals, the CVs of the proposed consultant(s)/resource person(s) must be provided.
2. A brief description of three (03) recent projects (last 05 years) that the proponent has worked on that are similar in nature.

Applications should be made in writing by e-mail no later than June 22, 2021, to:
Program Director Latin America and the Caribbean
TFO Canada
130 Slater Street, Suite 400
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6E2

Selection Criteria
In the assessment of submissions, consideration will be given to technical competence, qualifications and experience, including:

  • Professional in Social Sciences, Political Sciences, Administrative Sciences or related careers.
  • Master’s study in Social Sciences or related. (Preferred but not mandatory)
  • Experience in implementing projects with a gender perspective. Minimum 3 years
  • Knowledge and experience in development projects, foreign trade and / or trade facilitation with a gender perspective.
  • Knowledge and experience in the management of national gender statistical bases.
  • Experience working with the public and private sector in Peru (preferably on gender equity).
  • Experience working with international cooperation entities.
  • The publication of articles and / or studies on gender will be valued.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Spanish


Fees will be paid upon completion of activities and timesheet and invoice from the Gender Consultant.

Expectations from other parties

TFO Canada will provide business cards and introduction letter to be used by the Gender Consultant.

For the submission of deliverables and all other communication regarding this assignment, the Gender Consultant will communicate with Marysabel Gonzalez, Program Director- Latin America and the Caribbean ( ), with cc to Marta Recinos Manager-Latin America and the Caribbean (

Selection Method
Following the assessment of submissions, the most technically capable and appropriately experienced applicant will be invited to provide the consultancy services. TFO Canada reserves the right to accept or reject late applications or to cancel the present invitation partially or in its entirety. It will not be bound to assign any reason for not engaging the services of any applicant and will not defray any costs incurred by any applicant in the preparation and submission of proposals.