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Manual on Best Practices for Stakeholder Engagement in Trade Policy Making in Africa

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Closing date: 15 Dec 2020

Invitation to Bid


During the 18th Ordinary Session of the AU Summit in January 2012, AU Heads of State and Government, adopted the Decision on Boosting Intra Africa Trade (BIAT) and fast tracking the Establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area (Assembly/AU/Dec.394 XVIII). The BIAT Action Plan and the CFTA are landmark initiatives which have the potential to bring sustainable transformative change on the Continent and ultimately contribute to the realization of the aspirations of African Leaders contained in Agenda 2063 - The Africa We Want.

The BIAT Action Plan, which aims at deepening Africa’s market integration and significantly increasing the volume of intra-African trade, has seven clusters. The Trade Policy Cluster underscores the need for “enhancing the role of the organized private sector, informal private sector and women in trade policy formulation,” and identifies as one of the immediate/short term targets the establishment of regular formal platforms to foster trade policy dialogue.

Under this cluster, the AU Commission (AUC, Department of Trade and Industry) initiated a project on strengthening/establishing regional and national platforms/mechanisms on trade policy dialogue in 2017 with support from GIZ. Under this project, a two-pronged approach was adopted: Firstly, an assessment of existing regional and national platforms/mechanisms on trade policy dialogue, and secondly, the strengthening of existing regional and national platforms/mechanisms on trade policy dialogue or the establishment of new ones.

Implementation of the BIAT Action plan as well as the project under reference also have a direct bearing on the establishment of the AfCFTA whose negotiations were launched on 15 June 2015 through Assembly Decision (Assembly/AU/Dec. 569(XXV), and were successfully concluded on March 21, 2018 with the adoption and signing of the Agreement Establishing the AfCFTA on 21 March 2018, in Kigali, Rwanda. To date, 54 AU Member States have signed the Agreement Establishing the AfCFTA, and 28 have ratified the Agreement. Cognizant of the importance of stakeholder engagement, Para 11 of Ext/Assembly/AU/Dec.1(X) adopting the AfCFTA underscored the need to “undertake broad-based national awareness campaigns so that all stakeholders such as ordinary citizens and businesspeople across Africa own the AfCFTA.” More recently during the XXXI Ordinary Summit of the AU in Nouakchott, Mauritania, AU Heads of State and Government called for the establishment of National Committee on the AfCFTA.

Beyond the establishment of a National Committee on the AfCFTA, there is a need to ensure that African countries and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) have functioning formal platforms to undertake regular multi-stakeholder consultations and dialogues, to ensure inclusive trade policymaking and implementation processes. This Manual therefore is expected to contribute to the available body of experience and knowledge in bridging some of these inherent challenges to stakeholder engagement in trade policy making.

Purpose of the manual

GIZ in collaboration with DTI seeks to engage an expert/s to support the development of the Stakeholder Engagement Manual for trade policy making in Africa. Among others, the Manual is expected to assist in enhancing the capacity of African Union member states in undertaking stakeholder engagement in trade policy making. The Manual will build on experiences and lessons learned during previous Trade Policy Dialogue Forums, in COMESA, ECOWAS and UMA-IGAD (a draft manual already exists for further use and reference).

Specifically, the manual is expected to provide both guidelines for stakeholder engagement in trade policy making as well as provide the necessary toolbox of undertaking the exercise. In this regard, it will incorporate information from existing workshop reports, draw on best practices for stakeholder engagement in trade policy making in Africa and develop concrete recommendations as part of a stakeholder engagement strategy.

Tasks to be performed by the contractor.

The scope of the work of the expert/s to be hired include, but is not limited to:

i. Design and delivery of the Stakeholder Engagement Manual

The contractor is responsible for providing the following services:

i. Review the available literature on best practices in stakeholder engagement in trade policy making in Africa as well as comparable regions.

ii. Present an overview of key stakeholder engagement building blocks, such as identification of stakeholders; types of processes and platforms for the engagement; or procedural aspects such as running meetings, funding of stakeholders’ engagement and ensuring sustainability.

iii. Consult with relevant stakeholders to ascertain capacity to undertake stakeholder engagement inside RECs Secretariats, Member States, regional private sector organizations, regional civil society organizations, Media, Academia and other relevant stakeholders.

iv. Collect best practices on stakeholder engagement for trade policy in Africa, both at the national and regional level, as well as draw on experiences and lessons learned during previous Trade Policy Dialogue Forums, in COMESA, ECOWAS and UMA-IGAD as well as during trade policy dialogues in the remaining RECs.

v. Develop guidelines, templates and models to assist trainings for future stakeholder engagement activities.

vi. Make recommendations for the AU Commission, RECs and Member States on strengthening existing regional trade policy dialogue platforms and generating new consultation formats.

vii. make recommendations for the private sector on the strengthening of existing private sector consultative platforms as well as to enhance their participation in trade policy dialogue platforms as well as stakeholder engagement fora.

viii. Present the document to a validation workshop and incorporate comments and feedback received.


· Education/training (2.1.1): Advanced university degree or equivalent in a quantitative subject such as mathematics, statistics or economics

· Language (2.1.2): Working proficiency in English is a requirement. Proficiency in several of the African Union’s other working languages would be an added advantage.

· General professional experience (2.1.3): A minimum of twelve (12) years of relevant work experience in stakeholder engagement in developing countries, in particular in the African context, either as policymaker, advisor, private business or providing training and other support services

· Specific professional experience (2.1.4): Five (5) years of experience and knowledge in working with stakeholder engagement platforms and mechanisms, including experience in the design, setting up, facilitation, and operation of such platforms and mechanisms.

· Regional experience (2.1.6): Five (5) years of experience in designing and delivering trainings for multistakeholder groups in African countries on trade and trade related policies.

· Other (2.1.8): Strong organizational and interpersonal relationship skills, strong writing and analytical skills. Experience working with the AUC is an advantage.

Number of work days: 90

Flexible Work Days (the assignment is to be completed within 9 Months)

Period of assignment: From 4 January 2021 until 30 September 2021.

Before submitting any bid, interested bidders should collect further bidding documents listed down by contacting the e-mail address:

• Terms of reference

• Technical evaluation criteria’s

• Bid sheet

•GIZ General terms and conditions local/international

How to apply:

The consultant will be required to submit a technical and financial offer. The financial offer should list the daily fees charged for this contract. Please note that this should not be specific to the task required, as a variety of tasks (as listed above) will have to be performed throughout the contract duration. The technical offer should include the approach taken by the consultant and showcase its previous work in the areas listed above.

All bids must be delivered/submitted via email address before 4:30pm Ethiopian time on Friday, 15th of December 2020. All bids must include a full technical and financial offer. Technical and financial offers have to be submitted separately.

GIZ – AGA Project reserves the right to cancel the bid fully or partially


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