Position details

Vacancy id VAC-7085
Job title VAC-7085 Regional Trade Advisor – Central Africa
Location Libreville
Apply by 31-Jul-2022
Start date 01-Aug-2022
Duration 9 months
Number of vacancies 1
Qualification Master's in Economics, International Trade or Trade Law, Development Economics, International Relations (essential).
Sector experience Minimum of 10 year/s of demonstrable relevant Trade Policies, Trade Negotiations & Implementation experience (essential).
Geographical experience Minimum of 10 year/s of experience in Africa (desirable).
Languages Fluent in one of the AfCFTA working languages ​​(French, English, Portuguese, Arabic). Fluency in another AfCFTA working language(s) is an added advantage. (desirable).

Job description

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Overview of position
  • The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat is the sole organization in the continent, legally established and mandated to handle the rules of trade between African countries. At the core is the implementation of the agreement establishing the AfCFTA (thereafter “AfCFTA agreement), negotiated, signed & ratified by the state parties. The goal is to ensure that trade is conducted smoothly, predictably and as freely as possible across the continent. The AfCFTA Secretariat, which is headquartered in Accra – Ghana at the Africa Trade House, was established in February 2020 following the election of its 1st Secretary General. 

  • The AfCFTA agreement was signed at an extraordinary session of the assembly of the African Union (AU) in Kigali, Rwanda on 21 March 2018. The agreement sets out a continental system of trade rules, acts as a platform for negotiating trade protocols, facilitates the settlement of disputes between state parties & monitors the implementation of the AfCFTA agreement. Furthermore, the AfCFTA agreement is a framework agreement, with comprehensive coverage of trade in goods, trade in services, investment, competition policy, intellectual property rights, women, youth in trade & digital trade as well as rules & procedures for the settlement of disputes. 

  • The Regional Economic Communities (RECs) have a very important role to play in the advancement of the Africa’s integration agenda & in particular the AfCFTA. The agreement recognizes the RECs as building blocks for the AfCFTA, which is expected to build on the progress that had been achieved by the RECs. The AfCFTA Secretariat is therefore expected to work with the RECs in the implementation of the AfCFTA. The 33rd ordinary session of the assembly of heads of state of the AU held in February 2020 requested the AfCFTA Secretariat, AU commission & the RECs to develop a framework of collaboration before the start of trading under the AfCFTA & submit a substantive progress report on the matter.

  • In January 2017, the ordinary session of the AU also directed that there should be effective collaboration & a clear division of labour between the AU, RECs / Regional Mechanisms (RMs) & the member States, in line with the principle of subsidiarity.  

  • Therefore, the need to establish a clear & effective division of labour is necessitated by the need for AfCFTA Secretariat & other allied institutions, in particular the RECs, to work together in every area of integration based on their respective competences so as to remove overlaps & duplication. This ensures the delineation of responsibilities within each area or sector of integration based on subsidiarity.

  • It is against this background that the AfCFTA Secretariat seeks to engage the services of a Regional Trade Advisor – Central Africa, to support the development of region specific strategy to enhance the effective collaboration between the AfCFTA Secretariat & the Central Africa region in the implementation of the AfCFTA agreement.

Role objectives

The Regional Trade Advisor – Central Africa, is to support the development of region specific strategy to enhance the effective collaboration between the AfCFTA Secretariat & the Central Africa region in the implementation of the AfCFTA agreement. The Regional Trade Advisor will work directly under the RECs Advisors’ Coordinator on the following tasks, among others:

  • Coordinate & monitor the implementation of the AfCFTA agreement in the Central Africa region.

  • Map out the potential areas of convergence & divergence in the Central Region’s liberalization agenda & the implementation of the AfCFTA.

  • Develop appropriate modalities, mechanisms for managing the interface between the Secretariat of the AfCFTA & the Central Africa region.

  • Develop a strategy to enhance the effective collaboration between the AfCFTA Secretariat & the Central Region.

  • Develop an implementation matrix for collaboration between the AfCFTA Secretariat & the Central Region.

  • Establish mechanisms to ensure private sector / civil society involvement in the AfCFTA at the Central Africa region.

  • Establish effective mechanisms for mobilization of resources for the effective implementation of the AfCFTA / Central Africa collaboration.

  • Perform any other duties as may be required from time to time.

The main deliverables of the assignment are as follows:
No. Deliverables / outputs Estimated duration to complete Review & approvals required
1 Inception report 5 working days RECs Advisors’ Coordinator
2 Develop a mechanism for coordinating & monitoring the implementation of the AfCFTA in the Central Region 20  working days RECs Advisors’ Coordinator
3 Map out the potential areas of convergence & divergence in the Central Region’s liberalization agenda & the implementation of the AfCFTA 40 working days RECs Advisors’ Coordinator
4 Study on AfCFTA Secretariat – Central Region interface 40 working days RECs Advisors’ Coordinator
5 Develop a strategy to enhance the effective collaboration between the AfCFTA Secretariat & the Central Region 40 working days RECs Advisors’ Coordinator
6 Enhancing private sector / civil society involvement in the AfCFTA / central region collaboration  20 working days RECs Advisors’ Coordinator
7 Resource mobilisation for the AfCFTA / Central Africa collaboration 20 working days RECs Advisors’ Coordinator
8 Develop an implementation matrix for collaboration between the AfCFTA Secretariat & the central region 30 working days RECs Advisors’ Coordinator
9 Final report 15 working days RECs Advisors’ Coordinator
Project reporting
  • This assignment will be carried out under the supervision of the RECs Advisors’ Coordinator in the Office of the Secretary General.

  • Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to provide the services.

  • The eligibility criteria, establishment of a shortlist & selection procedure shall be in conformity with the our client’s procurement rules & procedures.

Key competencies
  • Master’s Degree in Economics, International Trade or Trade Law, Development Economics, International Relations. 

  • 10 years of experience in the area of trade policies, trade negotiations & implementation at national, regional or multilateral level. 

  • Practical experience in trade policy formulation, negotiation, implementation at the national & regional level.

  • Experience in formulating development strategies & policies.

  • Excellent public speaking & presentation skills.

  • Good understanding of the internal procedures of the AfCFTA Secretariat as well as regional integration, trade & economic growth.

  • Experience working on AU, RECs & other multilateral institutions on the continent.

  • Capacity to communicate fluently with different stakeholders (civil society, govt. authorities, local communities, project staff).

  • Full command of MS applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) & common internet applications will be required.

  • Proficiency in one of the AfCFTA working languages (French, English, Portuguese, Arabic).

  • Fluency in another AU language(s) is an added advantage.

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the Secretariat’s values & ethical standards.

  • Promotes the vision, mission & strategic goals of Secretariat.

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, age sensitivity & adaptability. 

  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism.

  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity & zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Team management

This role has no team management responsibility

Further information
  • The Consultant will be based in Libreville – Gabon, with travels to the AfCFTA Secretariat in Accra & other member states.

  • The duration of the assignment will be 230 working days.

  • Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply for this role.

The selected consultant shall receive his / her lump sum service fees upon certification of the completed tasks satisfactorily, as per the following payment schedule:

Installment of payment / period Deliverables or documents to be delivered  Approval should be obtained  Percentage of payment
1st installment  Deliverable 1 RECs Advisors’ Coordinator 10%
2nd installment  Deliverable 2 RECs Advisors’ Coordinator 15%
3rd installment  Deliverables 3 & 4 RECs Advisors’ Coordinator 25%
4th installment Deliverables 5, 6 & 7 RECs Advisors’ Coordinator 20%
5th installment Deliverable 8 RECs Advisors’ Coordinator 10%
6th installment Deliverable 9 RECs Advisors’ Coordinator 20%



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