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Call for Experts under FWC Lot 3: Trade and Market Access, Worldwide

Job Details

Call for Experts under FWC Lot 3: Trade and Market Access
Governance and Economic Development
Framework Contract
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Name of project: 
Policy Support Facility For the Implementation of EU Foreign Policy-PSF 2019 Worldwide-Lot 3: Trade and Market Access
Task description: 

The overall objective of the FWC Lot 3 is to contribute to improved market access for EU companies in third countries through increasing business and trading opportunities for EU companies in third countries, ensuring proper enforcement and implementation of trade and investment agreements and supporting market access activities to ensure the removal of trade and investment barriers for EU business.

In order to achieve the above mentioned objectives, the following activities and tasks will need to be performed under this framework contract:

  1. Legal Analysis and advice, both for the analysis of third country legislation, implementing measures and practices and market access cases, as well as potential dispute settlement cases. 
  2. Fact finding for the preparation of dispute settlement, market access and trade defence cases.
  3. Provide technical support, fact-finding and analysis of economic partnership and free trade agreement during the negociations.
  4. Expertise in support of EU Delegations coordinating Market Access Teams, including strenghthening and facilitating local EU-wide business structures by providing information and advocacy, for example, to remove trade and investment obstacles. 
  5. Translations (both from and into language of partner country), especially of existing or draft legislative documents, standards, communication material.
  6. Collection and analysis of statistics and data.
  7. Provide technical support and expertise for partner countries to implement reforms linked to provisions in trade and investment agreements (e.g. technical regulations and standards, customs, environmental and labour laws, corporate social responsibility and sustainable development provisions, competition policy).
  8. Assistance to monitoring the proper implementation of trade and investment agreements, including the provision of unilateral preferences and support for addressing disputes.
  9. Monitoring of the business environment in partner countries, including existing and planned lesgislation and standards.
  10. Organisation of expert seminars and workshops, in particular linked to the preparation, negotiation or implementation of trade and investment agreements and the removal of market access barriers, with a particular focus on the content of the event.
  11. Promotion of trade and investment agreements to ensure that economic operators take full advantage of them. This will include targeted communication activities (publications, videos, social media), conferences and stakeholder event, trainings of government officials.
  12. Provision of business relevant information through specific communication channels and media.

The expertise may cover any of the following sectors: 

  • customs and trade facilitation,
  • import formalities and requirements,
  • non-tariff barriers (NTBs),
  • technical-barriers to trade (TBTs),
  • investment,
  • services, including financial services, transport services
  • rules of origin and origin procedures,
  • intellectual property rights,
  • public procurement,
  • corporate social responsibility, gender and labour rights
  • sustainable development and environment,
  • sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures,
  • agriculture and fisheries,
  • competition policy, including state owned enterprises, monopolies, and enterprises granted special rights or privileges,
  • anti-fraud;
  • energy and raw material,
  • telecommunications,
  • electronic commerce
  • Proceedings and expertise linked to WTO dispute settlements and trade defence instruments
  • Identification and efforts to remove market access barriers in third countries
  • Advocacy with third country governments and civil society organisations
  • Taxation issues

The expertise may also cover any geographic area in the world, particularly the following countries: Australia, Canada, China, China-Hong Kong, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America, Vietnam, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Brazil.

Other information: 

GOPA is the leader of the consortium awarded the Framework Service Contract for the Policy Support Facility for the Implementation of EU Foreign Policy, Lot 3: Trade and Market Access. Over the lifetime of the Framework Contract (2 years renewable), we will receive various requests for services for short- and medium-term assignments on a wide range of trade-related topics. Each request will include detailed ToR of the specific requirements.

However, kindly note that each request for services will be subject to a competitive procedure, so we cannot guarantee your engagement at this time.

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