CONSULTANCY FOR CAPACITY BUILDING IN LEGAL DRAFTING- E-Learning Course Open Call

The Legal Drafting e-Learning Programme is part of the Capacity Building in Legal Drafting Project that is financed by the European Union and executed by ARCA Consortium on behalf of CARIFORUM.

This project seeks to build capacity within the public sector in CARIFORUM States in the areas of treaty and legislative drafting through training and sponsorship of selected participants.

The project also intends to develop a better understanding among beneficiaries of the provisions of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) to facilitate a more effective implementation of the EPA.

The consulting team ARCA Consortium S.A. is inviting applications from suitably qualified persons to apply by the deadline through the using the link and contact information below.

Legal Drafting E-learning Programme Open Call – CARICOM

Consultancy: Prepare and Register the Appellations of Origen from the Dominican Republic in accordance to the Lisbon Agreement (WIPO)

1.Relevant Background

Caribbean Export was established in 1996 as the regional trade and investment promotion agency to serve 15 States of the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM), namely: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Agency carries out numerous programme-based activities designed to enhance the competitiveness of regional small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), promote trade and development among the CARIFORUM, promote stronger trade and investment relations among CARIFORUM and the French Caribbean Outermost Regions (FCORs) and the EU Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) in the Caribbean, as well as promote stronger trade and investment cooperation between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Dominican Republic.

Under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP), which Caribbean Export is currently implementing, support has been offered to CARIFORUM States in a gamut of areas ranging from investment promotion to business advocacy. With each intervention, Caribbean Export aims to optimise the export potential of regional entrepreneurs, as well as encourage all productive sectors to implement processes and systems that enable moving up the value chain.

The specific purpose of this consultancy is to work alongside the National Intellectual Property Office of the Dominican Republic (ONAPI) and the title holders of the different appellation of origins (AOC) that have been approved in the country to prepare the documentation needed to duly register them with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in accordance to the Lisbon Agreement.

2. Overall Objective

Direct assistance to appellation of origins title holders in the Dominican Republic to:

a. prepare registry documentation for the following AOCs:

  • Café Juncalito
  • Aguacate Oro Verde Cambita
  • Ron Dominicano
  • Café Barahona
  • Larimar Barahona
  • Cacao Los Bejucos
  • Cacao El Ramonal

b. Submit registration request and issue payment in accordance to Lisbon Agreement;

c. Follow-up to ensure that AOCs have been duly registered with WIPO and that the registry has been made effective in each requested member-country.


3. Commencement date and period of implementation of tasks

The intended commencement date of this project is November 25, 2022.

4. Required Documentation to submit a proposal

Interested persons must submit the following documents to Mr. Leo Naut, Deputy Executive Director (LNaut@carib-export.com) and Mr. Victor Gomez (VGomez@carib-export.com) via email on or before: Friday, November 18, 2022 by 4:30 PM AST:

  • Consultant(s) Professional Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Methodology Proposal for implementation in accordance to the scope of work that is defined in the Terms of Reference attached (must include expected timeline/work programme of deliverables)
  • Detailed Financial proposal in USD
  • Signed Declaration Form noted in section 14 of this ToR.

Consultancy: Technical Assistance for the Renewal of the Xocolat Brand

Under the 11th EDF bi-national Programme, Caribbean Export along with its bi-national partners has decided to pursue the development of a Binational Value Chain Strategy for the Cocoa/Chocolate sector in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, in order to maximize the potential export from both countries.

As part of the Strategy, ten (10) beneficiaries from the cocoa sector in Haiti and the DR were identified, (five (5) from each country), to be part of the Value Chain Project and an individual strategy/a detailed Action Plan was prepared for each, to improve its quality and international competitiveness, including possible collaborations with other international institutions.

In August 2020, Caribbean Export started with the implementation of the individual strategies and action plans for the beneficiary companies of the Project. Therefore, this consultancy is part of the activities agreed with the company Xocolat, in the letter of agreement that was signed with Caribbean Export, in response to the immediate need of the company.

Objective

The objective of this consultancy is to give continuity to the Xocolat brand as a leader in innovation in the Dominican chocolate industry, in order to sustainably improve the image of the brand; present products under the best international standards and a greater presence of online sales.

Specific objectives

  • Renewed and fresher brand image in order to be striking and recognizable for an emerging young audience;
  • Great consumer acceptance, at all levels, of the new presentation and renewed image of the brand;
  • Easy access to purchase through online sales and home delivery in the Dominican Republic.

Interested persons are kindly asked to review the full terms of reference and submit a technical and financial proposal electronically to Ileana Tejada, Senior Advisor – PSD and Investment Promotion at itejada@carib-export.com.

The deadline for submissions is November 17, 2022, 4:30 pm EST.

Development of a Joint Customs Inspection Protocol between the General Customs Administration of the Republic of Haiti and the General Customs Directorate of the Dominican Republic

The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has been entrusted by the Governments
of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the European Union, with the implementation of the “Trade and
Private Sector Component” of the Haiti-Dominican Republic Binational Cooperation Programme under
the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) FED/2018/399-379. This component seeks to enhance the
overall business and investment climate of Haiti and the Dominican Republic as well as the international
perceptions and images of both countries.

Attending Under objective 1, Caribbean Export seeks to facilitate greater cooperation between the
General Customs Administration of the Republic of Haiti (AGD) and the General Customs Directorate of
the Dominican Republic (DGA). In this regard, the establishment of mechanisms and procedures that will
facilitate the execution of joint inspections by the customs administrations of Haiti and the Dominican
Republic are envisaged.

Objective

The objective of this project is to develop a joint inspection protocol that will address and include the
following points and actions (among others):

  • Specify when and how the goods that are the object of cross-border exchange are to be physically
    inspected in the primary border areas by the customs officials of the two countries.
  • Specify where this inspection is to be carried out in the primary zone of the Dominican Republic
    or in the primary zone of Haiti.
  • Review the legal texts of the two countries to find out if there are any legal incompatibilities that
    prevent this joint action and how to proceed in the event of any violations of legal provisions of
    one or both countries that may occur during physical inspections; specify who would apply the
    sanctions according to the place where the inspection is carried out or as agreed in the inspection
    protocol.
  • Address the recognition of the controls applied by both parties.
  • Identify and evaluate the provision of capacity or physical verification areas and the use of nonintrusive verification mechanisms such as scanners etc.
  • Establish directives on carrying out joint operations at the specified border points and in the most
    vulnerable border areas with the highest incidence of illegal transfer of goods, among other.
  • Recognition of controls and inspections carried out by customs officials.

The languages of this consultancy are French and Spanish, and all proposals must be submitted
in French and Spanish.


The specific objectives are among others:

  • Conduct extensive research to produce a full assessment of the relationship between the customs administrations in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
  • Review the existing agreement between the General Customs Administration of the Republic of Haiti and the General Customs Directorate of the Dominican Republic.
  • Conduct(s) thorough research on the body of customs regulations in force on both sides of the Haitian-Dominican Republic land border to identify any potential legal obstacles that could prevent said inspections and, in turn, propose solutions to resolve them.


TOR: Creation of an Informational Website for the Haitian Bureau of Standardization (BHN)

Under objective two (2), Caribbean Export seeks to build awareness of quality standards and technical regulations among owners and operators of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in collaboration with the Haitian Bureau of Standardization (BHN).in Haiti and the Instituto Dominicano de la Calidad (INDOCAL) in the Dominican Republic. In this sense, a modern, easy-to-use and visually appealing website will be created to be used by the BHN as a tool for public awareness and communication on standards and quality, as well as on the harmonization work carried out, within the framework of the binational program, with the Instituto Dominicano de la Calidad, INDOCAL, partner of the BHN.

Objective:

In accordance with the general objective of strengthening quality infrastructure in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, BHN and INDOCAL are committed to strengthening their commitments to the private sector. In this sense, organizations seek to promote awareness of quality standards and norms, as well as improve communication between them. The Haitian Bureau of Standardization (BHN) does not have, to date, a website. It is therefore necessary, in order to meet the objectives previously expressed, that it acquires such an attractive tool, easy to use and innovative, to promote and share information on standards and quality with Haitian SMEs and other private sector actors in Haiti as well as those in the Dominican Republic. This website will allow the BHN to be more interactive with the various actors in terms of standards and quality, including within the framework of the binational program with INDOCAL.

The specific objectives of this site are (among others);

1. Improve the knowledge of owners and operators of SMEs on quality standards.

2. Promote awareness of the roles of the BHN and INDOCAL within the framework of the binational relationship; and

3. Raise public awareness of the impact of quality regulations on market access opportunities.

The main users of the site will be officials from BHN, INDOCAL.

The language of this consultancy is French, and all proposals must be submitted in French.

The deadline for submissions is October 28th, 2022, 5:00 pm (Haiti local time).

TOR: Technical Assistance for Strengthening Institutional Capacities for Compliance with International Regulations for the Export of Vegetables and Organic Products, Applicable to the European Union

Attending to Component 3 of this Program related to the institutional collaboration between the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and MiPymes (MICM) of the Dominican Republic and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Haiti, Caribbean Export intends to strengthen the capacity of the Ministries responsible for related to commerce and industry. In this sense, the objective of this Technical Assistance is the design of a plan that allows the successful accreditation of the corresponding authorities of the country before the Dominican Accreditation Organization (ODAC).

Objective

The objective of this Technical Assistance is to strengthen the institutional capacities of the corresponding authorities of the Dominican Republic so that they become certifiers of organic production products for the export of vegetables and organic products to the European market. The consultant will work under the authority of Caribbean Export and MICM and must exercise all professionalism, diligence, and discretion in handling network information.

The language of this consultancy is Spanish and all proposals must be submitted in French and Spanish.

The specific objectives are among others:

  • A documentary investigation on the technical and administrative processes that must be assumed by the corresponding authorities for the compliance with European Union regulations for the export of vegetables and organic products.
  • A survey of the main needs required for the start of the process.
  •  Preparation of a roadmap with structures required for compliance with the international standard of the corresponding authority of the Dominican Republic, which subsequently acts as certifiers of national products that are exported to the European Union.
  •  A training to the personnel of the corresponding authority for the socialization of the applicable norm(s), for a better understanding of the scheme that is being proposed and its joint implementation with the regulation of the matter, approved by the Department of agriculture.

TdR: Asistencia Técnica para el Fortalecimiento de las Capacidades Institucionales para el Cumplimiento de los Reglamentos Internacionales para la Exportación de Hortalizas y Productos Ecológicos, Aplicables a la Unión Europea

Atendiendo al Componente 3 de este Programa relacionado con la colaboración institucional entre el Ministerio de Industria, Comercio y MiPymes (MICM) de la República Dominicana y el Ministerio de Comercio e Industria de Haití, Caribbean Export pretende fortalecer la capacidad de los Ministerios responsables de lo relacionado con el comercio y la industria. En este sentido, el objetivo de esta Asistencia Técnica es el diseño de un plan que permita la acreditación exitosa de las autoridades correspondientes del país ante la Organización Dominicana de Acreditación (ODAC).

Objetivo

El objetivo de esta Asistencia Técnica es fortalecer las capacidades institucionales de las autoridades correspondientes de la República Dominicana para que se conviertan en certificadoras de productos de producción orgánica para la exportación de hortalizas y productos orgánicos al mercado europeo. El consultor trabajará bajo la autoridad de Caribbean Export y del MICM y deberá ejercer toda la profesionalidad, diligencia y discreción en el manejo de la información de la red.

El idioma de esta consultoría es el español y todas las propuestas deben presentarse en francés y español.

Los objetivos específicos son, entre otros, los siguientes

  • Una investigación documental sobre los procesos técnicos y administrativos que deben asumir las autoridades correspondientes para el cumplimiento de la normativa de la Unión Europea para la exportación de hortalizas y productos ecológicos.
  • Un estudio de las principales necesidades requeridas para el inicio del proceso.
  • Elaboración de una hoja de ruta con las estructuras necesarias para el cumplimiento de la norma internacional de la autoridad correspondiente de la República Dominicana, que posteriormente actúa como certificadora de los productos nacionales que se exportan a la Unión Europea.
  • Una capacitación al personal de la autoridad correspondiente para la socialización de la(s) norma(s) aplicable(s), para una mejor comprensión del esquema que se propone y su implementación conjunta con la regulación de la materia, aprobada por el Departamento de agricultura.

PARTNER OPPORTUNITY: Call for Expressions of Interest for AHFS Assessment of Testing Laboratories


SANITARY AND PHYTOSANITARY MEASURES (SPS) PROJECT

Strengthening Agricultural Health and Food Safety Laboratories in CARIFORUM Countries for Improved Trade: BASELINE STUDY

OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY
The Consultancy aims to: (i) determine tests required for the trade of agricultural commodities (plant and
animal products, fresh and processed) in local, regional and international markets and (ii) assess the
capability and capacity of national, and regional laboratories to provide these required tests.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE
₋ Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in Natural Sciences, Applied Sciences, or any
other related field. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of professional training,
certification and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
₋ Work experience/knowledge in Inspection/ Laboratory Testing/ Certification; Total Quality
Management and Accreditation.
₋ Knowledge of regional and international trade requirements as it relates to the testing of agricultural
products.
₋ Excellent technical and report-writing skills.
₋ Work experience in the CARIFORUM region.
₋ Excellent English Language skills and good communication and facilitation skills.
₋ Knowledge of Spanish and/or French would be an asset.
₋ Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools.
₋ Knowledge and experience using e-platforms for implementing actions virtually e.g., meetings,
workshops.

Please see full Term-of-Reference Below.

TOR: Construction and Design Services for Exhibitor Booth- Salon du Chocolat Paris Trade Show 2022

Relevant background

Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has been entrusted by the Governments of the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the European Union, with the implementation of the “Trade and Private Sector Component” of the Haiti-Dominican Republic Binational Cooperation Programme under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) FED/2018/399-379. This component seeks to enhance the overall business and investment climate of Haiti and the Dominican Republic as well as the international perceptions and images of both countries.

The Programme has three (3) main objectives:

  1. The Promotion of a more balanced and formal trade between Haiti and the Dominican Republic;
  2. The quality of goods produced in both countries and the competitivity of enterprises is enhanced with special attention to three (3) value chains: Cocoa/Chocolate; Essential Oils/Cosmetics; and Handicraft/Fashion/Accessories/Jewelry; and
  3. The institutional cooperation, between the Ministries working in trade related issues and the Customs Administrations, as well as the public-private and private-private dialogue is reinforced.

Scope of Work

Specific Activities

Caribbean Export is seeking the services of a consultant/firm to:

  • Design and construct a booth to house eight (8) exhibitors under the Caribbean Export, EU and HT-DR Binational Programme brand within 46 sqm of floor space.
    • Space located at Pavillion 5.1 stand E2 (bare area with 2 open corner)
  • The design should reflect a cocoa/chocolate theme including corporate branding (logos) for each company participating in the booth.
  • The booth will showcase the Caribbean Export and HT-DR Binational Programme brand including the EU flag and should have:
    • A full design concept highlighting Haiti and the Dominican Republic
    • Branded walls and signage
    • Lighting fixtures to ensure the booth is fully lit (not including electricity costs)
    • Individual exhibition display units/stands for the eight (8) participating companies
    • At least two (2) meeting tables with chairs for firms to conduct meetings
    • Secure storage space including shelves for exhibitors to house their samples and promotional material
    • A small kitchen space featuring refrigerator and microwave.
    • TV screens with USB capabilities to run promotional videos and a sound system to play Caribbean music
  • Source material for the construction of the booth
  • Transportation of all material to and from the site
  • Disassemble and cleanup the space following the show

Attached to this TOR are the booth dimensions and location within the show floor along with the booth branding logos to display to guide concept designs.

Required Documentation

  • Technical proposal/concept design for delivery of services requested
  • Financial proposal to meet scope of works
  • Applicant Declaration form in paragraph 14

MUST Submit required documentation by September 30th, 4:00 pm AST.

Regional Project Coordinator – Guyana

BACKGROUND:
The International Trade Centre (ITC) is a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization supporting the internationalization of MSMEs. Its joint mandate combines a focus on expanding trade opportunities with the aim of fostering sustainable development.

The GreenToCompete Hubs provide integrated solutions to MSMEs in the implementation of green business practices. Hosted by local institutions, the GTC Hubs act as one-stop shops for MSMEs to build green business strategies to strengthen their competitiveness in international markets for
sustainable products. The GTC Hub offers technical assistance and coaching services for MSMEs in relation to compliance with voluntary sustainability standards, climate resilience, resource efficiency and circular production, positioning sustainable products in the international market, accessing green finance and markets.

In the Caribbean, the GTC Hubs is hosted by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) and is implemented in Barbados, Guyana and Saint Lucia. ITC is hiring Regional Project Coordinator based in Guyana to contribute to the coordination of project activities implemented in the region.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES
The Consultant will work under the direct supervision of the ITC Project Manager for the GTC Hub Caribbean and the Caribbean Export Advisor and will coordinate the following local Hub activities in Barbados as part of the GTC Caribbean Hub.

Skills:

  • Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the development of online surveys
  • Analytical and strategic mindset
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and to solve problems
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent communication, diplomatic, presentation skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity

Education:
Advanced degree in economics, international trade, international relations, environmental studies, business administration, geography, corporate sustainability, or related field.

Work experience:
At least five years of relevant professional experience with international organizations or technical assistance providers. Experience in working in the areas of technical assistance supporting MSMEs to transition to a green economy or other work related to promoting a green economy would be an asset. Knowledge and experience in climate change topics/projects is desirable.

Language:
Fluency in written and spoken English. Fluency or advanced level of Spanish and/or French is a plus

Regional Project Coordinator – Barbados

BACKGROUND:
The International Trade Centre (ITC) is a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization supporting the internationalization of MSMEs. Its joint mandate combines a focus on expanding trade opportunities with the aim of fostering sustainable development.

The GreenToCompete Hubs provide integrated solutions to MSMEs in the implementation of green business practices. Hosted by local institutions, the GTC Hubs act as one-stop shops for MSMEs to build green business strategies to strengthen their competitiveness in international markets for
sustainable products. The GTC Hub offers technical assistance and coaching services for MSMEs in relation to compliance with voluntary sustainability standards, climate resilience, resource efficiency and circular production, positioning sustainable products in the international market, accessing green finance and markets.

In the Caribbean, the GTC Hubs is hosted by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) and is implemented in Barbados, Guyana and Saint Lucia. For the project, ITC is hiring a Regional Project Coordinator based in Barbados to contribute to the coordination of project activities implemented in the region.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES
The Consultant will work under the direct supervision of the ITC Project Manager for the GTC Hub Caribbean and the Caribbean Export Advisor and will coordinate the following local Hub activities in Barbados as part of the GTC Caribbean Hub.

Skills:

  • Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the development of online surveys
  • Analytical and strategic mindset
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and to solve problems
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent communication, diplomatic, presentation skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity

Education:
Advanced degree in economics, international trade, international relations, environmental studies, business administration, geography, corporate sustainability, or related field.

Work experience:
At least five years of relevant professional experience with international organizations or technical assistance providers. Experience in working in the areas of technical assistance supporting MSMEs to transition to a green economy or other work related to promoting a green economy would be an
asset. Knowledge and experience in climate change topics/projects is desirable.

Language:
Fluency in written and spoken English. Fluency or advanced level of Spanish and/or French is a plus

Facilitator Needed – Business of Music (Guyana)

New deadline: The deadline for submissions has been extended from 27th July 2022 to 2nd August 2022

Caribbean Export in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of Guyana is hosting a tailored Business of Music workshop for musicians, artistes and songwriters based in Guyana on the said training programme previously developed. This programme offers emerging and established music practitioners opportunities to enhance their technical capacity and understanding of how the modern music industry operates, towards increasing exports. The modular programme is delivered in four phases; self-taught virtual training; face-to-face or virtual workshops, coaching and mentorship and finally a music showcase to generate interest and support music distribution. 

Caribbean Export invites eligible individual consultants to submit proposals including qualifications and experience required to provide face-to-face workshops.

Required Documentation

Interested persons must submit the following documents to Allyson Francis at afrancis@carib-export.com copied to Marvin Baptiste at mbaptiste@carib-export.com by 4 pm AST on the 2nd August 2022.

  • Technical Proposal
  • Financial Proposal (inclusive of all costs – fees, travel, accommodation, etc.)