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CONSULTANCY TO UNDERTAKE AN IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC THE TOURISM INDUSTRY

 

Summary of the assignment:

Nature of assignment

Short term

Location

Will vary depending on the respondents

Timeframe

21 working days

Reporting

To Executive Director/CEO

 

BACKGROUND TO THE EABC TRADEMARK EAST AFRICA PROJECT

The East African Business Council (EABC) is implementing the TMEA project titled PublicPrivate Sector Dialogue (PPD) for Trade and Investment in Eastern Africa”. This regional project targets to mainstreaming advocacy throughout TMEA’s project clusters which are transport & logistics; customs & tax; standards & Sanitary Phyto Sanitary (SPS) Measures; African Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) & Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) and Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs). The programme’s core objective is to enhance private sector organisations’ (PSO) capacity to proactively and positively influence decision‐making, to accelerate dispute resolution, to sustain political buy‐in, to increase commitment and to reduce overall programme risks in TMEA’s project clusters. This will increase trade and investment in the EAC. The Regional Programme will contribute to core TMEA corporate results outlined below:

 

  1. Reduce transport (road, rail, and air) cost and time along transport corridors by 10% and increase efficiency in private sector logistics services provision
  2. Enhance Customs and other trade‐related agencies' efficiency (25% reduction in time to process trade documentation) through integrated trade management systems and greater inter‐agency collaboration.
  3. Reduced tariffs, taxes, and levies by 5‐8% overall (including sub‐national) reduce exemption regimes, CET, and increase import/export tax incentives
  4. Enhanced efficiency of Bureaux of Standards, reduce related costs and time by 10%, reduce counterfeit and sub-standard goods by 20% through enhanced inter‐agency collaboration and improve private sector compliance.
  5. Resolve 30% of all reported NTBs along with TMEA project clusters within a year.
  6. Catalyzing a 10% increase in exports annually, 93,000 direct jobs and $425m additional investment after seven years in targeted sectors in the EAC under the Compact and TLCs through increased investment incentives.

 ABOUT EAST AFRICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL

The East African Business Council (EABC) is the umbrella body of the Private Sector in the East African Community (EAC). It brings together national private sector umbrella bodies, manufacturers, employers, bankers, insurance and transporters associations, chambers of commerce, corporates, and medium and small enterprises from the entire East African region.

 

EABC’s mandate is to represent and promote the interests of the EAC business community, provide value-added services that enhance trade and competitiveness, and to participate actively and positively influence legal and regulatory formulation to improve the business environment. EABC works with the major stakeholders such as the EAC Secretariat, Organs, Institutions and National Governments and provides input in policy discussion while advocating for the implementation of resolutions at the national level aimed at increasing intra-regional trade. For effective implementation of the Regional PPD programme, EABC was selected by TMEA as the lead implementing partner for the Private Sector Organizations.

 

 

RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

Tourism is considered as one of the largest foreign exchange earners and fastest-growing sectors in the EAC. According to the Report by EALA on tourism development in the EAC-2018, tourist arrivals in the EAC region increased from 3.5 million persons in 2006 to 5.7 million persons in 2017. Tourism contributed to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the EAC Partner States by an average of 12% in 2017. The percentage contribution was higher than the average in Rwanda (14.9 %), Kenya (10%) and Tanzania (14%), Uganda (9.9%), Burundi (4.3%). Tourism contributes an average of 18.8% to EAC total exports, although the percentage contribution was higher, in Rwanda (30.5%) and Tanzania (26%). The total contributions of tourism to export earnings were at 1.5% for Burundi, 18% for Kenya, and 17.9% for Uganda.

 

The sector’s contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the EAC Partner States is estimated to be an average of 8.8%. The contribution is highest in Rwanda (12.7%), followed by Kenya (9.7%) and Tanzania (9%). 

 

However, with the first case of COVID-19 reported in the East African Community in February 2020, these figures have drastically declined since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is estimated that EAC Partner States will potentially lose International Tourism Receipts in the tune USD 5.4 Billion for the year 2020, given the projected long-term closure of seaports and airports. About 6.2 Million foreign tourists may not travel to their preferred EAC destinations. The trickle-down effects will be felt across affiliated industries and the rest of the economy.

 

The COVID-19 impact on tourism in the EAC has also been significant with the decline in Safaris expeditions, Cut-Back operations in the Hospitality Industry including Closure of Hotels & Recreational Centres, Loss of Revenue for East African Airlines and Loss of Jobs for the thousands employed by the sector. The breadth and scale on the impact of COVID-19 to the sector and directly affiliated industries has also resulted in the cancellation of (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing & Exhibitions) MICE, nationally, regionally and worldwide

 

Considering the unparalleled and fast-evolving nature of the crisis, it is extremely challenging to estimate the impact of COVID-19 on international tourism. Based on the latest developments (quarantine measures, travel bans & border closures in most of Europe and in many countries of the Americas, Africa and the Middle East), the evolutions in Asia and the Pacific and the patterns of previous crises (2003 SARS and 2009 global economic crisis), UNWTO estimates international tourist arrivals could decline by 20% to 30% in 2020. This would, therefore, translate into a loss of 300 to 450 US$ billion in international tourism receipts (exports), which is almost one-third of the US$ 1.5 trillion generated globally in the worst-case scenario.

 

 

The East African Business Council (EABC) is thereby concerned with the disruptions in the tourism sector as a major contributor to the economic development of the EAC Partner States as well as one of the biggest employers of the East Africans. To enhance Public and Private Dialogue on the tourism industry and ensure a steady recovery of the sector, EABC with support from TradeMark East Africa, desires to undertake an assessment of COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism sector in the East African Community and consequently chart out post-recovery recommendations for the sector in the region.

 

 

SCOPE OF WORK AND DUTIES

 

To achieve the desired objectives of the consultancy, the technical proposal should detail how consultancy will be conducted. The technical proposal should also contain a work plan which explains how the assignment will be undertaken in line with the timeframe. Finally, the technical proposal will include a methodology that meets both the scope of work and deliverables described in the Terms of Reference (ToR).  The main activities of the Consultant are not limited to:

  • Assessment of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the Tourism Sector in EAC;
  • Analysis of Partner States’ response to COVID-19 through different stimulus packages and other measures taken in the 2020/2021 Budgets
  • Develop EABC Policy brief on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the Tourism;
  • Organize internal validation workshop and present report of the impact assessment of the COVID 19
  • Provide recommendations on how the industry should restructure for resilience in light of global pandemics post COVID - 19

 

DELIVERABLES 

 

The key deliverables include:

  • Inception report which among other things will contain the detailed work plan for carrying out the scope of work, proposed methodology and research design survey instruments.
  • Draft report of an Impact Assessment of COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism sector in the EAC and Post COVID-19 Recovery recommendations for the sector.
  • The final report to include: final findings on the Impact Assessment of COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism sector in the EAC and Post COVID-19 Recovery recommendations for the sector. The report will cover the Consultant’s final findings, after feedback from EABC Secretariat and other key stakeholders
  • Policy brief which will contain a summary of both findings of an impact assessment of COVID-19 pandemic on Tourism and post-COVID-19 recovery recommendations for the tourism sector in the EAC.

 

 QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

A suitable candidate should hold the following qualifications and key competencies:

 

  1. Academic qualifications: Master’s Degree or above in tourism and, conservation, with tourism destination development specialization and proven experience in strategic development planning.
  2. Work Experience: A minimum of ten (10) years’ demonstrable experience in conducting research/survey on the tourism sector, an understanding of the tourism of the EAC region.
  3. Proven track-record in related assignments
  4. Knowledge and experience in the area of the tourism value chain, public-private partnership, tourism destination and product development, investment promotion, etc
  5. Languages: Fluency in oral and written English is required as it is the main EAC working language. Good working knowledge of French and Kiswahili will be an advantage.
  6. Additional Skills: Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), Email, analytical tools/software for data analysis, experience in working with internet searches, online databases, and data retrieval) are required.
  7. Nationality: The position is only open to Nationals of any of the EAC Partner States, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and South Sudan.

 

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

All proposals should be addressed to;

The Executive Director / CEO

East African Business Council (EABC)

Ninth Floor, Mafao House, Old Moshi Road

P.O. Box 2617

Arusha, Tanzania.

Email: director@eabc-online.com with a copy to procurement@eabc-online.com  clearly marked “Consultancy to Undertake an Impact Assessment of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Tourism Sector in EAC”. The proposal should include current curriculum vitae, proposed methodology, work plan and a financial proposal.

 Applications close on (25th  July 2020) at (5.00 p.m.).

EABC is an equal opportunity employer thus recruitment is on merit and with no regard to one’s age, colour, gender, marital status, disability or impairment, race or creed. Canvassing shall lead to automatic disqualification. Environmental aspects will be taken into consideration.

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CONSULTANCY TO UNDERTAKE AN IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON AGRICULTURE IN THE EAC

 

Summary of the assignment:

Nature of assignment

Short term

Location

Will vary depending on the respondents

Timeframe

21 working days

Reporting

To Executive Director/CEO

Date

4th June 2020

 

 

BACKGROUND TO THE EABC TRADEMARK EAST AFRICA project

 

The East African Business Council (EABC) is implementing the TMEA project titled PublicPrivate Sector Dialogue (PPD) for Trade and Investment in Eastern Africa”. This regional project targets to mainstreaming advocacy throughout TMEA’s project clusters which are transport & logistics; customs & tax; standards & Sanitary Phyto Sanitary (SPS) Measures; African Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) & Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) and Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs). The programme’s core objective is to enhance private sector organizations’ (PSO) capacity to proactively and positively influence decision‐making, to accelerate dispute resolution, to sustain political buy‐in, to increase commitment and to reduce overall programme risks in TMEA’s project clusters. This will increase trade and investment in the EAC. The Regional Programme will contribute to core TMEA corporate results outlined below:

 

  1. Reduce transport (road, rail, and air) cost and time along transport corridors by 10% and increase efficiency in private sector logistics services provision
  2. Enhance Customs and other trade‐related agencies efficiency (25% reduction in time to process trade documentation) through integrated trade management systems and greater inter‐agency collaboration.
  3. Reduced tariffs, taxes, and levies by 5‐8% overall (including sub‐national) reduce exemption regimes, CET, and increase import/export tax incentives
  4. Enhanced efficiency of Bureaux of Standards, reduce related costs and time by 10%, reduce counterfeit and sub-standard goods by 20% through enhanced inter‐agency collaboration and improve private sector compliance.
  5. Resolve 30% of all reported NTBs along TMEA project clusters within a year.
  6. Catalyzing a 10% increase in exports annually, 93,000 direct jobs and $425m additional investment after seven years in targeted sectors in the EAC under the Compact and TLCs through increased investment incentives.

ABOUT EAST AFRICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL

The East African Business Council (EABC) is the umbrella body of the Private Sector in the East African Community (EAC). It brings together national private sector umbrella bodies, manufacturers, employers, bankers, insurance and transporters associations, chambers of commerce, corporates, and medium and small enterprises from the entire East African region.

 

EABC’s mandate is to represent and promote the interests of the EAC business community, provide value-added services that enhance trade and competitiveness, and to participate actively and positively influence legal and regulatory formulation to improve the business environment. EABC works with the major stakeholders such as the EAC Secretariat, Organs, Institutions and National Governments and provides input in policy discussion while advocating for the implementation of resolutions at the national level aimed at increasing intra-regional trade. For effective implementation of the Regional PPD programme, EABC was selected by TMEA as the lead implementing partner for the Private Sector Organizations.

 

RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVE OF THE ASSIGNMENT 

Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community (EAC) provides that the overall objectives in the agricultural sector are the achievement of food security and rational agricultural production with the Community. To achieve these objectives, the EAC Partner States have adopted the Agriculture and Rural Development Strategy which outlines the strategic interventions identified for the acceleration of agricultural sector development. The six interventions are: improving food security, accelerating irrigation development, strengthening early warning systems, strengthening research, extension and training, increasing intra and inter-regional trade and commerce and physical infrastructure and utilities.

 

In the EAC region, agriculture is considered as the backbone of most of EAC Partner States and plays a key role in their industrial development. Agriculture accounts for more than 32 percent of the region’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), employs about 80 percent of its labour force, accounts for about 65 percent of foreign exchange earnings and contributes more than 50 percent of raw materials to the industrial sector. Despite the importance of the sector in the EAC economies still, the agricultural sector faces numerous challenges preventing it from achieving the desired objectives of food security and rational agricultural production with the Community. Some of the challenges are declining agricultural yields, drought, ecosystem degradation, floods and locusts. These challenges are exacerbated by the fact that over 95% of agriculture in the region is rain-fed.

The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic has far reach impact on the agricultural sector in the EAC region. Due to the disruption of the global supply chain and restrictions put by EAC Partner States to contain the spread of COVID-19 there is likely that the agricultural sector will negatively be impacted. The existing and potential impact of COVID-19 pandemic includes disruption of food supply, production, farm inputs, price fluctuations, restrictions of import and exports as well as shortages of labour supply. The region has already felt the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in the horticultural sub-sector as flowers, fruits and vegetables are finding it very difficult to access international markets due to travel and import restrictions.  

 

Aiming at having a clear understanding of the impact of the COVID-19 on agriculture, the EABC Secretariat through TMEA Regional PPD programme is commissioning a consultancy whose main objective is to assess the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on agriculture in the EAC and develop a post-COVID-19 recovery strategy for the sector.

 

SCOPE OF THE WORK AND DUTIES

 

In order to achieve the desired objectives of the consultancy, the technical proposal should detail how consultancy will be conducted. The technical proposal should also contain a work plan which explains how the assignment will be undertaken in line with the timeframe. Finally, the technical proposal will include a methodology that meets both the scope of work and deliverables described in the Terms of Reference (ToR).  The main activities of the Consultant are not limited to:

 

  1. Assessment of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the agricultural sector in the EAC;  (with specific emphasis on value chain analysis);
  2. Development of post-COVID-19 recovery recommendations for the agricultural sector in the EAC;
  3. Develop EABC Policy brief on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on agriculture and post-COVID recovery recommendations for the sector;
  4. Organize internal validation workshop; and
  5. Present a report of the impact assessment of the COVID 19 and post-COVID recovery recommendations for the Agricultural sector in the EAC

 

DELIVERABLES

The key deliverables include:

  • Inception report which among other things will contain the detailed work plan for carrying out the scope of work, proposed methodology and research design survey instruments
  • Draft report of An Impact Assessment of COVID-19 pandemic on agriculture in the EAC and Post COVID-19 recovery recommendations for the sector
  • Final report that includes, final findings An Impact Assessment of COVID-19 pandemic on agriculture in the EAC and Post COVID-19 Recovery recommendations for the sector. The report will cover the Consultant’s final findings, after feedback from EABC Secretariat and other key stakeholders
  • Policy brief which will contain a summary of both findings of an impact assessment of COVID-19 pandemic on agriculture and post COVID-19 recovery recommendations for agriculture in the EAC.

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

 

A suitable candidate should hold the following qualifications and key competencies:

 

  1. Academic qualifications: A Master's degree or postgraduate qualification in any of the following fields, Agricultural Economics, Economics, Business Administration, or any other relevant field is required.
  2. Work Experience: A minimum of ten (10) years’ demonstrable experience in conducting research /survey on the agriculture-related field, an understanding of agriculture commodity trade across EAC region  
  3. Proven track-record in related assignments
  4. Communication and Networking: Must be able to identify key stakeholders; seek their views, correctly interpret their messages and respond appropriately
  5. Knowledge of EAC Integration, international trade and EAC agricultural sector is a must
  6. Languages: Fluency in oral and written English is required as it is the main EAC working language. Good working knowledge of French and Kiswahili will be an advantage.
  7. Additional Skills: Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), Email, analytical tools/software for data analysis, experience in working with internet searches, online databases, and data retrieval) are required.
  8. Nationality: The position is only open to Nationals of any of the EAC Partner States, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and South Sudan.

 

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

 

All proposals should be addressed to;

The Executive Director / CEO

East African Business Council (EABC)

Ninth Floor, Mafao House, Old Moshi Road

P.O. Box 2617

Arusha, Tanzania.

Email: director@eabc-online.com with a copy to procurement@eabc-online.com  clearly marked “Consultancy to Undertake an Impact Assessment of COVID-19 Pandemic on Agriculture in EAC”. The proposal should include current curriculum vitae, proposed methodology, work plan and a financial proposal.  Applications close on ( 25th July 2020) at (5.00 p.m.).

 

EABC is an equal opportunity employer thus recruitment is on merit and with no regard to one’s age, colour, gender, marital status, disability or impairment, race or creed. Canvassing shall lead to automatic disqualification.

Environmental aspects will be taken into consideration.

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 CONSULTANCY TO UNDERTAKE AN IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS IN THE EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY


Summary of the Assignment:
 

Nature of assignment

Short term

Location

Will vary depending on the respondents

Timeframe

21 Working days

Reporting

To Executive Director/CEO

 

 

I                  ABOUT EAST AFRICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL

 

The East African Business Council (EABC) is the umbrella body of the Private Sector in the East African Community (EAC). It brings together national private sector umbrella bodies, manufacturers, employers, bankers, insurance and transporters associations, chambers of commerce, corporates, and medium and small enterprises from the entire East African region.

 

EABC’s mandate is to represent and promote the interests of the EAC business community, provide value-added services that enhance trade and competitiveness, and to participate actively and positively influence legal and regulatory formulation to improve the business environment. EABC works with the major stakeholders such as the EAC Secretariat, Organs, Institutions and National Governments and provides input in policy discussion while advocating for the implementation of resolutions at the national level aimed at increasing intra-regional trade. For effective implementation of the Regional PPD programme, EABC was selected by TMEA as the lead implementing partner for the Private Sector Organizations.

 

II                 BACKGROUND TO THE EABC TRADEMARK EAST AFRICA PROJECT

 

TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) is an aid-for-trade organization that was established in 2010 to grow prosperity in East Africa through increased trade. TMEA is in presence in nine African countries which are: Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia and Somaliland. TMEA operates on a not-for-profit basis and is funded by the development agencies of the following countries: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, UK, and USA. TMEA works closely with East African Community (EAC) institutions, national governments, national government institutions and bodies, the private sector and civil society organizations to achieve its core objective of developing a sustainable and inclusive trade environment to improve the total welfare of communities and households in Eastern Africa. 

 

 TMEA seeks to improve trade competitiveness by reducing barriers to trade and enhancing business competitiveness. Specifically, TMEA aims at increasing trade and unlocking economic potential through:

  

  • Improving efficiency and capacity of transport infrastructure;
  • Improving trading standards and reducing Non-Tariff Barriers;
  • Improving the effectiveness and transparency of trade processes and systems;
  • Improving trade regulatory environment;
  • Effective public-private dialogue for trade
  • Increasing efficiency in private sector logistics service provision
  • Improving the export capacity of East African businesses
  • Greater inclusion of women in trade

 

The East African Business Council (EABC) is implementing the TMEA project titled Public‐Private Sector Dialogue (PPD) for Trade and Investment in Eastern Africa”. This regional project targets mainstreaming advocacy throughout TMEA’s project clusters which are transport & logistics; customs & tax; standards & Sanitary Phyto Sanitary (SPS) Measures; African Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) & Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) and Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs). The programme’s core objective is to enhance private sector organisations’ (PSO) capacity to proactively and positively influence decision‐making, to accelerate dispute resolution, to sustain political buy‐in, to increase commitment and to reduce overall programme risks in TMEA’s project clusters. This will increase trade and investment in the EAC. The Regional Programme will contribute to core TMEA corporate results outlined below:

  1. Reduce transport (road, rail, and air) cost and time along transport corridors by 10% and increase efficiency in private sector logistics services provision
  2. Enhance Customs and other trade‐related agencies efficiency (25% reduction in time to process trade documentation) through integrated trade management systems and greater inter‐agency collaboration.
  3. Reduced tariffs, taxes, and levies by 5‐8% overall (including sub‐national) reduce exemption regimes, CET, and increase import/export tax incentives
  4. Enhanced efficiency of Bureaux of Standards, reduce related costs and time by 10%, reduce counterfeit and sub-standard goods by 20% through enhanced inter‐agency collaboration and improve private sector compliance.
  5. Resolve 30% of all reported NTBs along TMEA project clusters within a year.
  6. Catalyzing a 10% increase in exports annually, 93,000 direct jobs and $425m additional investment after seven years in targeted sectors in the EAC under the Compact and TLCs through increased investment incentives.

 

 

III.         RATIONALE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:

Disruptions in transports and logistics have caused a halt in the movement of people and goods. The global aviation industry worldwide is sagging under the weight of the current coronavirus pandemic, and Africa is no exception. With strong links to China, both for tourism and trade, African airlines are somewhat more exposed to the current disruption than anywhere else. According to IATA, Africa has lost approximately 0.4% of its Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK), with the effect being felt within the most affected nations.

 

By the end of February, 2020 it was approximated by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) that African Airlines would register a loss of approximately $29bn with potential revenue losses of about $113bn worldwide due to COVID-19. Overall, intercontinental flights are still the bread and butter of Africa’s aviation industry, making up 51% of their business. On average, the revenue of airlines in Africa derive 5% from Chinese flights and another 7% from flights to the Asia-Pacific region. As such, airlines are highly exposed to both the cancellation of these routes and the drop in demand. In East Africa, Kenya Airways, RwandAir, Air Tanzania and Uganda Airlines have also placed a temporary halt on passenger flights.

 

In light of the above, the transport and logistics sector, which is driven by facilitating cargo movement to or from different geographical locations, supports key economic sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture, aid and relief, construction, education amongst others. However, the interventions to stop the spread of the COVID-19 have created some hurdles in the movement of cargo, service suppliers and people across EAC borders.

 

One of the key priorities of the East African Community (EAC) is in the improvement of regional transport for goods, and the movement of service suppliers and citizens. Progress is most visible in cooperation to reduce non-tariff barriers (NTBs) on the Northern and Central Corridors, the construction of Standard Gauge Railways (SGR) and port efficiency improvements. The transport and logistics sector is amongst the sectors that have been adversely impacted by  COVID-19.

 

The East African Business Council (EABC) is concerned with the disruptions in the global transport and logistics and the rising cost of transport that have tremendously led to the increased cost of doing business. To enhance Public - Private Dialogue on transport and logistics, EABC with support from TradeMark East Africa, intends to undertake an assessment of COVID-19 pandemic on transport & logistics in the East African Community & post recovery recommendations for the sector.

 

IV        SCOPE OF THE WORK

The consultant (s) duties are: 

  • Assess the impact of COVID-19 on the Transport and Logistics sector (Air, Road, Rail and Maritime) in light of the Covid-19 pandemic taking into consideration the effect on other support services such as clearing and forwarding, warehousing facilities.
  • Identify the level of effect (both qualitative and quantitative) to the sector players while moving cargo across the EAC land borders amidst COVID-19 Pandemic,
  • Analyse Partner States’ response to COVID-19 through different stimulus packages and other measures taken in the 2020/2021 Budgets
  • Develop Post COVID-19 Recovery recommendations for stakeholders in the Transport & Logistics Sector.
  • Identify related policy pronouncements related to containment measures that are hindering the efficient flow of cargo across borders and propose recommendations to address such bottlenecks

 

V          EXPECTED OUTPUTS:

  • Clearly defined impact of Covid-19 on the EAC Transport & Logistics Industry in terms of movement of goods and people within and from outside the region.
  • Mapping out of affected stakeholders from SMEs to big players across the EAC
  • Measures adopted by the Partner States to create an enabling environment for stakeholders; including inter alia policy and financial measures
  • Clear depiction of the impact on the sub-sectors including road, rail, maritime and air.
  • Recommendations on recovery for the industry in both for the region & each Partner State; for the Private Sector, Governmental & Non-Governmental authorities.

 

VI    DELIVERABLES AND TIMEFRAME

 

The key deliverables include:

  1. Inception report which among other things will contain the detailed work plan for carrying out the scope of work, proposed methodology and research design survey instruments.
  2. Draft Report which includes the preliminary impact assessment of the impact of Covid-19 on Transport & Logistics in the EAC, draft findings and draft proposed post-COVID-19 recovery for the sector.
  3. Final Report that includes the final findings of the impact assessment of the impact of Covid-19 on Transport & Logistics in the EAC after feedback from the EABC Secretariat & other key stakeholders.
  4. Organize a validation meeting to the EABC Board of Directors and Secretariat.
  5. Policy Brief that contains a summary of the findings of the impact assessment and proposed recovery for the EAC Transport & Logistics sector.

 

VII.        QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

A suitable candidate should hold the following qualifications and key competencies:

 

  1. Academic Qualification and Professional Experience: A Master's degree or postgraduate qualification in any of the following fields: Transport Economics, Economics, Business Analytics, International Trade, or any other relevant field is required.

 

  1. Work Experience: A minimum of ten (10) years’ demonstrated experience in advocacy & research for regional trade-related issues. Knowledge of EAC integration, International Trade & EAC Transport & Logistics Industry is a must.

 

  1. Proven track-record in related assignments.

 

  1. Languages: Fluency in oral and written English is required as it is the main EAC working language. Good working knowledge of French and Kiswahili will be an advantage.

 

  1. Additional Skills: Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), Email, analytical tools for data analysis, experience in working with online databases, and data retrieval) are required.

 

  1. Nationality: The position is only open to Nationals of any of the EAC Partner States, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and South Sudan.

 

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

All proposals should be addressed to;

The Executive Director / CEO

East African Business Council (EABC)

Ninth Floor, Mafao House, Old Moshi Road

  1. O. Box 2617

Arusha, Tanzania.

Email: director@eabc-online.com with a copy to procurement@eabc-online.com  clearly marked “CONSULTANCY TO UNDERTAKE AN IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS IN THE EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY”. The proposal should include current curriculum vitae, proposed methodology, work plan and a separate financial proposal.  Applications close on  25th July 2020 at (5.00 p.m.).

 

EABC is an equal opportunity employer thus recruitment is on merit and with no regard to one’s age, colour, gender, marital status, disability or impairment, race or creed. Canvassing shall lead to automatic disqualification.

 

Environmental aspects will be taken into consideration.

                                                              

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CONSULTANCY TO UNDERTAKE A POST COVID-19 RECOVERY STRATEGY FOR EAC BUSINESSES.

 

Summary of the assignment:

Nature of assignment

Short term

Location

Will vary depending on the respondents

Timeframe

21 working days

Reporting

To Executive Director/CEO

 

BACKGROUND TO THE EABC TRADEMARK EAST AFRICA project

 

The TMEA project, “Public‐Private Sector Dialogue (PPD) for Trade and Investment ‐ Regional and Country Programmes” mainstreams advocacy throughout TMEA’s project clusters – i.e. in transport and logistics, trade facilitation, customs & tax, standards and NTBs. The new approach presented and approved by the TMEA’s Board will foster closer collaboration across project teams and will contribute to results across all intermediate outcomes. The programme’s core objective is to enhance private sector organization’s (PSO) capacity to proactively and positively influence decision‐making, to accelerate dispute resolution, to sustain political buy‐in, to increase commitment and to reduce overall programme risks in TMEA’s project clusters. This will increase trade and investment in the EAC. The Regional and Country Programmes will contribute to core TMEA corporate results outlined below:

 

  1. Reduce transport (road, rail, and air) cost and time along transport corridors by 10% and increase efficiency in private sector logistics services provision
  2. Enhance Customs and other trade‐related agencies efficiency (25% reduction in time to process trade documentation) through integrated trade management systems and greater inter‐agency collaboration.
  3. Reduced tariffs, taxes, and levies by 5‐8% overall (including sub‐national) reduce exemption regimes, CET, and increase import/export tax incentives
  4. Enhanced efficiency of Bureaux of Standards, reduce related costs and time by 10%, reduce counterfeit and sub-standard goods by 20% through enhanced inter‐agency collaboration and improve private sector compliance.
  5. Resolve 30% of all reported NTBs along TMEA project clusters within a year.
  6. Catalyzing a 10% increase in exports annually, 93,000 direct jobs and $425m additional investment after seven years in targeted sectors in the EAC under the Compact and TLCs through increased investment incentives.

 

 ABOUT EAST AFRICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL

The East African Business Council (EABC) is the umbrella body of the Private Sector in the East African Community (EAC). It brings together national private sector umbrella bodies, manufacturers, employers, bankers, insurance and transporters associations, chambers of commerce, corporates, and medium and small enterprises from the entire East African region.

 

EABC’s mandate is to represent and promote the interests of the EAC business community, provide value-added services that enhance trade and competitiveness, and to participate actively and positively influence legal and regulatory formulation to improve the business environment. EABC works with the major stakeholders such as the EAC Secretariat, Organs, Institutions and National Governments and provides input in policy discussion while advocating for implementation of resolutions at the national level aimed at increasing intra-regional trade.

 

For effective implementation of the Regional PPD programme, EABC was selected by TradeMark East Africa as the lead implementing partner for the Private Sector Organizations.

 RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused a significant adverse impact in the global economy through the disruption of global supply chains. While the governments have been implementing various mitigation measures, businesses have been faced various challenges and opportunities that have been brought by the pandemic. In Africa, the estimated GDP growth of 3.2% for 2020 is projected to drop to -0.8% due to partial or total lockdown of economies due to the pandemic. Moreover, the outbreak has led to disruptions in various sectors of the economy, with the impact being felt by; large, medium and small enterprises.

 Similarly, EAC trade has been impacted negatively given its trade ties to China, Europe and the Middle East which has caused the disruption of imports by shortages of raw materials, capital goods and consumer goods. Due to restrictions at the borders, there have been delays in the movement of cargo while informal cross border trade that is largely dominated by women SMEs has been halted.

 The tourism and travel-related industry has been negatively impacted following the imposition of travel restrictions by countries affected by COVID-19. In addition, some EAC Partner States suspended air travel services to and from Asia which is among the top sources of tourists to the EAC region. This has impacted earnings from tourism, air travel services and export of fresh produce from the EAC among others.

 However, amidst the pandemic, the EAC has realized various opportunities which have resulted to most businesses diversifying markets and production lines. This is not limited to the manufacture of PPEs, other pharmaceutical products, adoption of e-payments, delivery services and e-commerce.

 In view of this, EABC intends to undertake a study that will inform businesses on the post covid-19 rebound strategy so as to recover from the socio-economic impact of the pandemic. It will also provide recommendations to policy makers on the necessary measures that will ensure businesses in the EAC are afloat during and after the pandemic.

 

SCOPE OF THE WORK

 In order to achieve the desired objectives of the consultancy, the technical proposal should detail how the consultancy will be conducted with a detailed work plan, methodology and the proposed budget.  The main activities of the consultant are:

  1. Conducting literature review on available study reports, assessments and other published materials to set the context and the current status of COVID-19 within the EAC,
  2. Providing an overview on the impact of COVID-19 to EAC Businesses while highlighting the relevant sectors including Cross Border Trade,
  3. Developing a general Post COVID-19 Recovery Strategy for businesses that is tailor-made for MNCs, corporates and SMEs,
  4. Developing sector-specific recovery strategy focusing on Tourism, Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics and Agriculture.
  5. Developing a Policy brief on the post-COVID-19 recovery strategy for the EAC businesses;
  6. Organizing an internal validation meeting with the EABC team.

 

   DELIVERABLES 

 

The key deliverables include:

  • Inception report which among other things will contain the detailed work plan for carrying out the scope of work, proposed methodology and research design survey instruments
  • Draft report which will include the draft proposed post COVID-19 recovery strategy for EAC businesses
  • Final report that includes, the final post COVID-19 recovery strategy for EAC businesses. The report will cover the Consultant’s final findings, after incorporating comments from the validation meeting and other key stakeholders
  • Policy brief which will contain summary of post COVID-19 recovery strategy for EAC Businesses and the recommendations to policy makers.

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

 

A suitable candidate should hold the following qualifications and key competencies:

  •  Academic and Professional Experience: A Master degree or postgraduate qualification in any of the following fields: Economics, Business Strategy, International Trade, or any other relevant field is required,
  •  Work Experience: A minimum of ten (10) years’ demonstrated experience in strategy, advocacy related research and regional trade related issues,
  •  Demonstrated work experience in EAC integration matters,
  •  Proven track-record in related assignments,
  •  Languages: Fluency in oral and written English is required as it is the main EAC working language. Good working knowledge of French and Kiswahili will be an advantage,
  •  Additional Skills: Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), Email, analytical tools/software for data analysis, experience in working with internet searches, online databases, and data retrieval) are required,
  •  Nationality: The position is only open to Nationals of any of the EAC Partner States, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and South Sudan.

 

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

 

All proposals should be addressed to;

The Executive Director / CEO

East African Business Council (EABC)

Ninth Floor, Mafao House, Old Moshi Road

P.O. Box 2617

Arusha, Tanzania.

Email: director@eabc-online.com with a copy to procurement@eabc-online.com  clearly marked “Consultancy to undertake a post COVID-19 recovery strategy for EAC Businesses”. The proposal should include current curriculum vitae, proposed methodology, work plan and a financial proposal.  Applications close on (25th July 2020) at (5.00 PM.)

 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

EABC is an equal opportunity employer thus recruitment is on merit and with no regard to one’s, colour, gender, marital status, disability or impairment, race or creed. Canvassing shall lead to automatic disqualification.

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CONSULTANCY OPPORTUNITY - EABC EMBLEM AND LOGO REDESIGN


Summary of the assignment:
 

Nature of assignment

Short term

Location

Inception and presentation meeting in Arusha

Reporting

To Executive Director/CEO-East African Business Council

 

INTRODUCTION

 

The East African Business Council (EABC) is the apex advocacy body of Private Sector associations and Corporates from the 6 East African Community Partner States. It was established in 1997 to foster the interests of the Private Sector in the integration process of the East African Community.

 

The EABC has observer status in organs and activities of the East African Community (EAC)

and is the focal point for private sector engagement with the EAC.

 

In line with its vision of a  Borderless East Africa for Business and Investment, the EABC is repositioning as the voice and advocacy platform for the private sector in East Africa. This initiative involves rebranding and design of EABC Emblem/logo and coming up with a progressive EABC Emblem / Logo.

 

The new Emblem should communicate the vision, values of EABC, the importance of the private sector as the engine of economic growth in the EAC and the private sector led EAC regional integration process. (For more information see Annex I: About East African Business Council)

 

SCOPE OF WORK

 

The consultant will work in partnership with EABC CEO and assigned staff to undertake the following:

 

  • Coming up with EABC emblem /logo with a unique identifier.
  • Coming up with visual identity symbols such as EABC flag.
  • Updating EABC Brand Architecture for logos including the High-Level East African Business and Investment Summit.
  • Benchmarking the visual brand architecture with other international business associations.
  • Updating the EABC Brand Guide / Book.

 

 

DELIVERABLES

The consultant is expected to deliver the following:

 

  • EABC emblem /logo.
  • Visual identity symbols such as EABC flag.
  • Updated EABC Brand Architecture logos: for example the High-Level East African Business and Investment Summit logo.
  • Updated EABC Brand Guide / Book.
  • Plan to launch the EABC Emblem/logo

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

 

A suitable candidate should meet the following qualifications and competencies:

 

  1. Academic and Professional Experience: Knowledge and qualification in any of the following fields Graphic Design, Mass Communication, or any other relevant field is required.
  2. Creativity
  3. Work Experience: The consultant must have a proven track record in related assignments and the capacity to carry out the assignment within the determined timeframe.
  4. Languages: Fluency in oral and written English is required as it is the main EAC working language. Good working knowledge of French and Kiswahili will be an added advantage.
  5. Nationality: The opportunity is only open nationals of any of the EAC Partner States, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda and South Sudan.

 

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

All proposals should be addressed to:

 

The Executive Director / CEO

East African Business Council (EABC)

Ninth Floor, Mafao House, Old Moshi Road

P.O. Box 2617

Arusha, Tanzania.

Email: director@eabc-online.com with a copy to procurement@eabc-online.com   clearly marked “Consultancy to redesign  EABC Emblem / Logo”.

 

The proposal should include current curriculum vitae, portfoli, work plan and a financial proposal. Applications close on (18th July 2020) at (5.00 p.m).

 

 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY 

EABC is an equal opportunity employer thus recruitment is on merit and with no regard to one’s, colour, gender, marital status, disability or impairment, race or creed. Canvassing shall lead to automatic disqualification.