Consultancy opportunity – Strengthen Vietnam’s capacity to monitor and assess the economic impacts of the CPTPP
CowaterSogema
Vietnam and home based
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Technical Assistance Request : CPTPP Economic Impact Assessment in Vietnam

Application deadline : September 13, 2019

Background

Funded by the Government of Canada and implemented on behalf of Global Affairs Canada by CowaterSogema International and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, the Expert Deployment Mechanism for Trade and Development (EDM) provides technical assistance to Official Development Assistance (ODA)-

eligible countries to maximize the development impacts of trade and investment. Over seven years (2018-2025), EDM will invest CAD $16.

5 million to support Canada’s developing country trading partners to negotiate, implement and benefit from and adapt to trade and investment agreements with Canada.

EDM is a demand-driven project that will benefit potential partners including governments, local private sector groups and local civil society organizations through capacity building and technical advisory support on policy reform issues that have a high potential to reduce poverty and gender inequalities, and support progress in trade and investment agreement negotiations.

Vietnam has been identified by Global Affairs Canada as a priority country for technical assistance, in the context of the implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-

  • Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Despite rapid economic growth since the introduction of the doi moi (renovation) reform policy in 1986, Vietnam faces challenges : growth in total factor productivity has slowed;
  • the demographic dividend is being eroded by low-wage competitors; trade costs remain comparatively high; its exports remain labour-

  • intensive and low value-added; the benefits of economic growth are unevenly spread among its 58 provinces 15% of the population, living in remote or rural areas, carry the burden of 50% of national poverty;
  • women are disproportionately represented in subsistence farming, in low-skilled, precarious employment and in the informal economy;
  • women remain underrepresented in senior management and the political class.

    Implementation of the CPTPP also represents a significant challenge to Vietnam a commitment to implement a comprehensive set of state-

    of-the-art trade disciplines that exceed the obligations of WTO agreements. Notwithstanding the suspension of certain measures after the US withdrawal (largely measures affecting intellectual property rights), the CPTPP calls upon Vietnam to further open its market, adopt stronger governance and regulatory practices, expand labour rights and meet higher environmental standards, provide greater protection to investments and foster enhanced inclusiveness in trade.

    Implementing the many new obligations imposed by CPTPP membership will require support from CPTPP and development partners.

    An EDM mission to Vietnam, conducted in November 2018, identified many technical assistance needs, including in trade policy capacity-

    building. Subsequent discussions with the Multilateral Trade Policy Department of the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade (the coordinating agency for EDM assistance projects in Vietnam) and the project leads for individual applicant organizations, established priority assistance projects for 2019-

    20. Among the priorities expressed by Vietnam was the need to strengthen their capacity to monitor and assess the economic impacts of the CPTPP.

    Description of Technical Assistance Request

    This technical assistance (TA) will directly benefit officials of the National Center for Socio-Economic Information and Forecast (NCSIF), of the Ministry of Planning and Investment, charged with the lead responsibility to assess the impact of the CPTPP, and the staff of line ministries directly participating in the preparation of annual assessment reports.

    The TA will also indirectly benefit other ministries and private sector firms engaged in trade, through ongoing, accurate and timely data to support policy development and business planning.

    TA has been requested by the NCSIF in the preparation of a first annual report on the economic impact of the CPTPP, including both macroeconomic impacts, and the impacts in specific industry sectors.

    This assistance will include :

  • Providing access to the Global Trade Analysis Project database and software, and training for 15 NCSIF and 5-line ministry staff in the use of the software and database to prepare economic impact assessments of the CPTPP.
  • Training on the preparation of economic impact assessments should take into account gender-specific impacts on the labour market and that impacting other underrepresented groups such as ethnic minorities;
  • The design of a gender-sensitive template for annual reports on the economic impact of the CPTPP, including both trade and foreign direct investment, in specific agricultural, manufacturing and services sectors, including garments and textiles, leather footwear, plastics, steel, chemicals, manufacturing equipment, energy, electronics, telecommunications equipment, information technology equipment, software engineering and digital technology;
  • The design of gender-sensitive survey methodologies and instruments to collect data (disaggregated by sex and other identity factors where appropriate) on the impacts of the CPTPP, including on specific industry sectors;
  • The design of a consultation strategy to engage the private sector and Vietnamese technical experts, including those representing women and other underrepresented groups, in the design and delivery of impact assessment reports, and drafting guidance materials for private sector business organizations on CPTPP reporting requirements;
  • The preparation of detailed gender-sensitive guidance materials (e.g. manuals) for the entire impact assessment and reporting process; and
  • Providing technical advice on the establishment of baseline data for trade, at the 2-4 HS digit level, sourced from the General Department of Vietnam Customs and the trade data authorities of other CPTPP countries, and foreign investment, at the 3-
  • digit Vietnam Standard Industrial Classification (VSIC) level, sourced from the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, the State Bank of Vietnam.

    The following activities will be undertaken to meet the TA objectives listed above :

    Activity 1 :

    The consultant will conduct a first mission to Hanoi, Vietnam to :

    a) provide training on the use of GTAP software to conduct economic impact assessments; and

    b) assess the capacity of Vietnamese ministries and stakeholder organizations to prepare ongoing impact assessments

    Activity 2 :

    The consultant will prepare the draft economic impact assessment report template, survey methodology and instruments, and guidance materials on reporting requirements.

    As well, the consultant will draft written guidance / instructions for the preparation of the report.

    Activity 3 :

    The consultant will conduct a second mission to Hanoi, Vietnam to :

  • present the draft report template, survey methodology and instruments, and guidance materials on reporting requirements;
  • participate in consultations, as required; and
  • c) provide technical advice to NCSIF officials on establishing the baseline data for ongoing economic impact assessment.

    Technical Expert Profile / Expertise Required

  • Applicants for this assignment must have advanced training, at the post-graduate level or equivalent, and senior level professional experience in applied trade analysis and modelling, including the collection, management and interpretation of trade data;
  • Experience in preparing economic analysis to support public policy formulation;
  • Experience in the delivery of related trade technical assistance;
  • Willingness to integrate gender equality and social inclusion considerations;
  • Proficiency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of Vietnamese would be considered an asset;
  • Ability to travel to Vietnam
  • Note : The EDM includes a core focus on gender and social inclusion as well as on environmental issues associated with trade activities.

    The approach to TA related to both of these topics is included in guidance documents that are available to both TA applicants and Technical Experts.

    Integrating such analysis will form a core part of the mandate of the TA provider therefore any prior experience in the provision of TA on gender and environment will be viewed as a strong asset.

    Activity Timelines

    September 2019 to March 2020

    Reporting and Deliverables

    Deliverables :

  • Activity Workplan this plan will include an overall implementation plan, activity timelines and proposed budget; and a performance measurement approach, including specific performance measures to evaluate the ongoing economic impact assessment; activity
  • Mission plan including a mission schedule, list of meetings and planned activities
  • Training schedule and modules in both English and Vietnamese
  • Report template, survey methodology and instruments, how to document on the preparation of impact assessment reports
  • Final activity report as per EDM report guidelines
  • Reporting :

    On conclusion of the activities, the consultant will prepare a final report as per EDM report guidelines, including :

  • General context and broad objective(s) of the activity
  • A summary of the approach and specific activities
  • Expected and unanticipated challenges in the delivery of the activities
  • Outlines results, including the immediate outcomes and the anticipated longer-term benefits
  • Sustainability of results
  • Contribution to gender equality, social inclusion and sustainable development
  • Recommended performance management framework and specific performance measures
  • Recommended next steps in the implementation of the CPTPP in Vietnam, including future EDM deployments. This section will include recommendations on the development of additional trade promotion tools including reference materials and databases on CPTPP markets, the provisions of CPTPP market FTAs with other countries, CPTPP country trade policies and programs, etc as a possible second phase of VTR capacity building assistance
  • Lessons learned for future EDM interventions
  • To apply, please upload your cover letter and CV, and send it as well to Vicki Campbell, EDM Program Manager, at by September 13, 2019 .

    Please note that while we thank all applicants, we are only able to contact short-listed candidates.

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