The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and journalists to build the civic institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE projects focus on five areas: enterprise ecosystems, business advocacy, democratic governance, anti-corruption and ethics, and trade facilitation.
The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (GATF) is a public-private delivery mechanism created to support effective implementation of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (“TFA”) through partnerships between governments and private sector. GATF is a cooperative effort funded by the governments of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Germany, Australia, and Denmark. The GATF Secretariat is composed of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC-WBO), and the World Economic Forum (WEF), with Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) as implementing partner.
GATF is in the process of implementing a project to modernize and simplify the regulatory processes for all import operations under the purview of the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology of Brazil (INMETRO).
INMETRO is Brazil’s national standards agency, whose role in international trade involves issuing import licenses for a wide array of consumer and durable goods, from automotive parts to children’s toys. The agency has seen over 35% annual growth in the demand for such licenses (therefore doubling approximately every two years), as Brazil’s economy becomes more integrated into global supply chains.
The agency, though, is struggling to meet demand for these licenses. In 2016 and 2017, importers reported delays for obtaining such licenses, often resulting in considerable disruption to border operations.
The proposed project is part of a larger effort by Brazilian trade authorities to introduce elements of risk management across government agencies at the border. As such, the project counts with ample support from key government agencies like INMETRO and Receita Federal (Customs), and leading private sector organizations like the National Confederation of Industry (CNI), the National Association of Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers (ELETROS), and the National Association of Auto Manufacturers (ANFAVEA).
The project is composed of two components:
Component 1 will focus on introducing a risk management strategy to help INMETRO analysts differentiate between low risk and high-risk applications.
Component 2 focuses on developing medium term solutions and will design new processes and upgrade INMETRO IT systems. This phase will involve four key activities: 1) reengineering INMETRO’s license processes and align them with international best practices; 2) creating a capacity building program; 3) review existing regulatory framework for potential legal constraints with an eye towards reform; and 4) conducting a full diagnostic of current IT systems used by INMETRO together with recommendations for improvement that will allow for automatic cross referencing of data and a full interoperability with Portal Unico, the new single window environment developed by the Government of Brazil. The successful integration of INMETRO’s import specific operations under Portal Unico will chart the path for other PGAs in Brazil, such as the Health Regulatory Agency, that are confronting similar bottlenecks.
To support the implementation of the project, GATF wishes to hire the services of a Project Deputy Coordinator who will work closely and cooperatively with INMETRO’s Project Coordinator to ensure the timely and adequate implementation of the project.
The objective of this consultancy is to support the INMETRO Project Coordinator to implement the project in line with the objectives, budget, and project timeline identified in the project proposal.
SCOPE OF WORK
Under the supervision of the Senior Trade Officer of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation and liaising closely with INMETRO Project Coordinator, the DPC will be responsible for the following:
It is expected that the consultant will conduct, as a minimum, the following activities:
DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT
The duration of the contract is one (1) year full time with the possibility to extend for an additional 6 months depending on performance and project status. Expected start date: November 2018.
The selected candidate will report to the Senior Trade Officer of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation. The candidate will work closely and daily with the Project Coordinator at INMETRO.
ADMINISTRATIVE AND LOGISTICAL ARRANGEMENTS
DELIVERABLES AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE
For the performance of duties outlined in this Terms of Reference, the consultant will be paid monthly.
TECHNICAL PROFILE OF CANDIDATE
Additional qualifications preferred:
If interested, please send your updated CV and cover letter in English to: and with the Subject Line: “DPC position-Your Last Name”. No phone calls please. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Applicants must be legally able to work in Brazil and based in Rio de Janeiro or willing to relocate from other cities of Brazil to Rio de Janeiro.
CIPE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.