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Trade Facilitation Specialist for Mid-term Evaluation/USAID Learns
Trade Facilitation Specialist for Mid-term Evaluation
USAID Trade Facilitation Program
About Social Impact
Social Impact (SI) is a global development management consulting firm which provides monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness. In Vietnam, SI is implementing the USAID Learns program to support USAID staff and partners to implement more efficient, effective, and transparent programs. Today, SI seeks a qualified consultant to support an evaluation of the Trade Facilitation Program.
Social Impact (SI) is implementing the USAID/Vietnam Learns Contract. The scope of the five-year project is to support USAID/Vietnam staff and partners to implement more efficient, effective, and transparent programs by improving: (1) USAID and Implementing Partners (IP) capacity to achieve expected results; (2) USAID’s understanding and tracking of project performance; and (3) collaboration, learning, and adapting (CLA).
**Please Note: This is a local position. Only Vietnamese citizens will be eligible to apply. **
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Trade Facilitation Program (TFP) is a five-year program that aims to support the adoption and implementation of a risk–based approach to customs and “specialized inspection” institutions in Vietnam. Attaining this objective will facilitate the implementation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The primary Government of Vietnam (GVN) counterpart for the TFP is the General Department of Vietnam Customs (GDVC), which also acts as the focal point of the National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) for Vietnam.
Within this context, TFP supports national and provincial stakeholders in promoting the benefits of a risk management approach to specialized inspections mandated by line ministries to protect food safety, public health, and the environment. Specialized inspections are considered a major impediment to trade, causing major delays in border clearance. The program specifically aims to strengthen the role and capacity of the NTFC to effectively implement and coordinate trade facilitation (TF) policies and procedures, and to promote more proactive public-private dialogue.
The TFP activities are organized into four different components:
In addition to providing targeted assistance at the central level, TFP has secured provincial buy-in by localizing technical assistance and operations in the six selected provinces (Hanoi, Hai Phong, Quang Tri, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City and Dong Nai). When implementing activities, TFP will look specifically to engage the private sector, the ultimate beneficiaries of trade facilitation, as advocates to customs procedures and trade facilitation reforms. Achieving the USAID Trade Facilitation Program objectives will help improve the trade and investment environment for Vietnamese and United States (U.S.) companies and help Vietnamese small and medium enterprises (SMEs) further integrate into global value chains.
The program was approved by the Ministry of Finance in July 2019 and is expected to operate through May 2023.
This mid-term performance evaluation will be used to review TFP’s progress toward the achievement of its objectives and well as its the effectiveness and relevance.
The purpose for undertaking the evaluation includes:
For these purposes, the evaluation will seek to answer the following tentative questions:
The evaluation questions are still being finalized with USAID.
SI is seeking a Trade Facilitation Specialist to support the team in conducting the mid-term performance evaluation with following main tasks:
Level of Effort (LOE): Up to 50 days.
Expected timeline: May – October 30, 2021
The closing date for application: May 16, 2021. Selection and interview will be performed on a rolling basis, and interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
To apply, please merge both your CV into one word/pdf file and submit it through the online portal.
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SI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls.
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