Individual Consultant for South Sudan Diagnostic Trade Integrated Study Update
|Following expiry of the South Sudan Development Plan (SSDP) 2011-2013 which came into effect following Independence, a new National Development Strategy (2018-21) was launched in November 2018, with the overall objective of consolidating peace and stabilizing the economy. It further commits the Government into bringing South Sudan into the global economy through regional and international integration, speeding up economic recovery and management of inflation as well as economic diversification.
South Sudan has been a beneficiary of the EIF since 2012. The Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) was undertaken in 2014 and several activities have commenced implementation under the Tier 1 funding window. In 2014, the DTIS assessed South Sudan’s economy, identified key trade sectors, outlined constraints to trade, and presented an Action Plan (Action Matrix). The diagnostic study provided key analytical foundation for policy recommendations and interventions for Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA) and capacity building for greater trade and market integration of South Sudan into regional and the global trading systems.
The Tier 1 Project is tailored towards supporting the implementation of Trade Policy Framework (TPF) for South Sudan (2018-22) and National Development Strategy (2018-21). The key objective of the Tier 1 Project is to enable South Sudan to use trade as an effective instrument for human development by strengthening trade institutions, enhancing capacities for mainstreaming trade, and increasing Aid for Trade and its effectiveness.
In line with the work plan of the Tier 1 project approved by the EIF Board, an update of the DTIS ought to be undertaken in order to provide further analytical assessment of the progress to-date of South Sudan’s trade regime and capacity. The DTIS Update will take stock of the 2014 DTIS, measure progress to date, and identify key strategies and activities to address supply- side constraints to trade and contribute to remedy challenges affecting South Sudan trade.
The objective of the DTIS update is to provide updated perspective of trade priorities and identify key areas and shortfalls that may require further strengthening, cognizant of change in national, regional and international environment since the completion of DTIS in 2014.
The assignment consists of two main components: First, working closely with the DTISU Team leader, assist filling data gaps and background information and analysis, and facilitating consultations and follow up with stakeholders in South Sudan throughout the DTISU process. This support will be extended to other experts that may be engaged by UNDP to contribute to the DTISU once the report’s concept note is complete and required expertise determined.
The individual contractor will undertake research and analysis, including quantitative and qualitative data gathering and analysis; as well as organizational support. S/he will:
Duties and Responsibilities
In consultation with the DTISU Team Leader:
Required Skills and Experience
Technical proposal comprising of the following:
Technical Evaluation (70%):
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 per cent of the total technical scores will be considered for the Financial Evaluation;
Financial Evaluation (30%): The fee should be quoted in US dollar only.
The final evaluation method will be based on a cumulative analysis of both the technical and financial proposals. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer is responsive/compliant/acceptable; and has attained the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.