Consultant Guatemala Project Assistant (local)
Center for International Private Enterprise / Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation
The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation 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 the private sector.
The Alliance is a cooperative effort funded by the governments of the United States, Canada, Germany, Australia, and Denmark.
The Alliance 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 an implementing partner.
CIPE works with local business leaders to expand the opportunity for inclusive growth through market-led solutions, develops programs to promote a rule-based system which emphasizes principles of democratic governance, enables entrepreneurship, opens trade, and fights corruption.
CIPE and its global partner network create knowledge and practical tools to drive local change.
CIPE, on behalf of the Alliance, is in the process of implementing a project to modernize the port arrival and departure processes in Guatemala.
Currently, port arrival and departure operations in Guatemala are characterized by multiple and redundant paper-based formalities, face-to-face interactions, and activities that impose an unnecessary burden on public and private sector entities.
This type of inefficiencies at the country’s ports have a ripple effect across the entire supply chain, reducing the economy’s competitiveness and hindering the participation of Guatemalan operators in international markets.
In this endeavour, CIPE will be working jointly with public and private sector representatives led by the Ministry of Economy, the Superintendency of Tax Administration of Guatemala (SAT), and the Association of Shipping Agents (ASONAV).
The objective of the project is to optimize port call and departure operations by conducting a thorough business process reengineering and developing a centralized IT platform to submit and share documents needed to authorize the arrival and departure of vessels in the four main ports of Guatemala : Santo Tomas de Castilla, Puerto Quetzal, Puerto Barrios, and Boyas San Jose.
After the completion of the project, the Alliance expects to observe a measurable :
The Alliance has launched the project in April of 2021 and expects to implement its two main components (Business Process Reengineering & Development of IT Platform) over a period of 24 months.
To support the project’s implementation, the Alliance and CIPE wish to hire the services of a local Project Assistant who will work closely and cooperatively with the local Project Coordinator, the Guatemalan government agencies involved, the project’s implementation unit, and the rest of the Alliance team to ensure its timely and adequate implementation.
2) General objective
The objective of this position is to provide support to the local Project Coordinator in technical, administrative, and logistic tasks, to ensure the successful and efficient implementation of the project.
3) Scope of work
Under the supervision of the local Project Coordinator and the designated Alliance / CIPE Program Officer the Project Assistant’s activities shall include, but are not limited to the following :
Guatemala Migration Institute (IGM); Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Livestock (MAGA); Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS), as well as consultants or service providers hired to implement the project activities.
4) Specific activities
It is expected that the consultant will conduct, as a minimum, the following activities :
5) Duration of assignment
The duration of the contract is two (2) years full time with the possibility to extend for an additional 6 months depending on performance and project status.
Expected start date : June 2021.
6) Reporting arrangements
The selected project assistant will report to the local Project Coordinator and the designated Alliance / CIPE Program Officer.
7) Administrative and logistical arrangements
All work-related traveling expenses will be funded by the Alliance / CIPE.
8) Payment schedule
The selected candidate will submit invoices monthly to CIPE for approval and payment. CIPE will make payments upon receipt and acceptance of said invoices.
9) Technical profile of the candidate
Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Political Science, Law, Economics, Business, Information Technology, or another relevant field.
9.2. Knowledge / Experience