RECRUITMENT OF CONSULTANT TO SERVE AS TRADE ADVISOR

Expiry date: 
14th July, 2017

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

(RECRUITMENT OF CONSULTANT TO SERVE AS TRADE ADVISOR)

BORDERLESS ALLIANCE

THE AFRICA TRADE FUND WEST AFRICA BORDER INFORMATION CENTERS PROJECT

4th STREET KUKU HILL, OSU, ACCRA

Borderless Alliance seeks expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals to serve as Trade Advisor for a Border Information Center to be opened this year at Niangoloko (SouthWestern Burkina Faso border with Cote d’Ivoire).

The Trade Advisor will provide the following services:

1.     Support the free movement of goods across the border in collaboration with Customs administrations, freight forwarders and other stakeholders through :

-      Dissemination of information on trade and transport protocols to traders, transporters, business associations and border stakeholders, as needed.

-      Provision of “hands-on” technical assistance to traders, truckers, etc. in cross border trade.

-      Support training of the private sector and border officials, and implement outreach campaigns on the effective implementation of ECOWAS trade and transport regulations.

2. Work strategically with Ministries, Customs, National Facilitation Committees, Police and other public agencies, business associations, and all stakeholders to implement ECOWAS trade and transport protocols

3.  Monitor and evaluate the use of the BIC by stakeholders and its impact on border crossing times, cost of crossing and volume of trade.

4.  Provide regular reports on the activities conducted by the BIC to the Management of Borderless Alliance.

5. Collect trade data and information

Borderless Alliance now invites eligible individuals to indicate their interest in providing these services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills, etc.)

The West Africa Border Information Centers Project is supported by the African Development Bank. The eligibility criteria, the establishment of a short list and the selection procedure shall be in conformity with the Rules and Procedure for recruitment of consultants by the Borderless Alliance. The procedures for deriving the determining the short list and the outcomes shall be forwarded to the Bank for review and clearance.

The estimated duration of services is 18 months and the estimated starting date is August/September 2017.

Place of assignment: Niangoloko Border, Burkina Faso

Expressions of interest and CVs of candidates must be delivered to the e-mail address below by 14th  July 2017 and mention WEST AFRICA BORDER INFORMATION CENTERS’’.

Attn: Mrs Afua Eshun

Project Manager

West Africa Border Information Centres Project

Borderless Alliance, 4th Street Kuku Hill, Osu Accra
Email: aeshun [at] borderlesswa [dot] com

WHO IS BORDERLESS?

Borderless is a collaboration developed by Publicis Ghana for the USAID West Africa Trade Hub and public and private sector stakeholders including ECOWAS, UEMOA, USAID, the World Bank, the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organization, the USAID Agribusiness and Trade Promotion and Enhanced Agribusiness and Trade Promotion projects, the USAID Economic Growth Project in Senegal (PCE), the USAID Integrated Initiatives for Economic Growth in Mali (IICEM), TransAlloman Togo, Verhad Trucking and Haulage Ltd. in Ghana and with support from the the Governments of Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo.

WHAT DOES BORDERLESS DO?

Borderless fosters change by bringing to light trade inefficiencies throughout the region. Through the work if its partners, research is underway to find what are the most paralyzing obstacles to producers, traders, buyers and investors. The findings are published and the data is used to pressure decision makers to change policy to help develop their economies.

HOW DOES BORDERLESS WORK?

The Borderless Alliance uses an evidence-based, action-driven and private sector-oriented approach to advocacy; using extensive and credible technical reports and observations by its partners, it provides a platform for the private sector to voice its concerns and collaborate with decision-makers on finding solutions to common problems, as well as encouraging decision makers to take action where it is required; hence, bottlenecks would be resolved, trade flows increase and costs decrease, to the benefit of all stakeholders.

BORDERLESS: FROM CAMPAIGN TO ALLIANCE

In order to address the issues of sustainability and effectiveness, the Borderless Alliance has evolved from an advocacy campaign to the region’s leading advocacy platform, with a membership base upwards of fifty and representing the lead actors from the various supply chains; port authorities, freight forwarders, logistics operators, manufacturers, traders and farmers, all united in their desire to promote a better business environment in West Africa, as well as a positive, long-term impact for the benefit of all involved.