Short-Term Assignment

Development of National General Quality Standards (Non-Food Items) and Compliance Technical Capacity

Samoa Governance Support Programme 

Location: Remote work

Est. Date: Dec 2020

ARF Rate: Email Programme Manager for more info

Seeking: A firm or other organisation or individual of international standing in the field of industry standards development will be sought to do the work.

Programme Background

Adam Smith International (ASI) manages the Samoa Governance Support Programme (SGSP), which is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Established in 2016, SGSP works with the Government of Samoa (GoS) to achieve two objectives: to develop and strengthen policies and institutions that enable sustainable and inclusive economic growth, especially private sector-led growth; and to improve economic governance by addressing issues that affect underlying public sector capability and performance. 

Aim of the Assignment

The aim of the Project is to help the Fair-Trading Division of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (MCIL) of the GoS to establish industry general quality standards for specified non-food items and to strengthen the capacity of the MCIL to monitor and enforce compliance with such standards.

The principal objectives of the Project are to:

  1. Develop standards for the following non-food items:
  • Water tanks
  • Second hand vehicles
  • Labelling provisions for non-food items

2 Assess the extent to which relevant legislation would have to be amended to provide for the standards that are developed and produce draft amendments

3. Assess the staffing and training and development needed to build sufficient monitoring and enforcement of compliance.

Length of assignment and forms of support.

The assistance will be provided ‘remotely’ and will comprise 40 days of consulting time spread over a period to be agreed with the contractor/consultant.

Consultant selection will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Work experience: At least ten years of experience of industry standard development, monitoring and enforcement that is clearly relevant – in terms of substantive technical content, scope, and level(s) – to the work outlined in these TOR.
  2. Country experience: Comparative experience from work carried out in more than one country.
  3. Qualifications: A first degree or TAFE qualifications in a relevant field.
  4. Substantive knowledge: Strong and up-to-date knowledge and experience of policy and practice surrounding industry standards.
  5. Analytical capability: The consultant should be capable of analysing complex problems, evaluating the quality of different types of data, and producing practical and workable solutions.
  6. Performance under pressure: A consistent record of producing outstanding performance under pressure and of working with senior government counterparts.
  7. Judgement and mediation: The ability to make independent judgments and to lead discussion, develop consensus on sometimes difficult and controversial issues, and to balance and mediate multiple stakeholder expectations and objectives.
  8. Knowledge and skill transfer: The ability to convey effectively his/her own knowledge and skills to others.
  9. Written and oral communication capabilities: It is essential that the consultant possesses the ability to express complex ideas – both in writing and orally – clearly and in plain English to a variety of audiences, including government officials, community groups, entrepreneurs, donors, and other professionals. Short-listed candidates may be required to provide examples of their written work.
  10. Interpersonal and intercultural skills: Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills and the ability to manage questions of national and organizational culture skilfully and to build effective and harmonious working relations with clients and counterparts.
  11. Multiple reporting: The consultant should also be able to work effectively in a matrix management structure or one that has multiple lines of reporting.

 How to apply

Interested applicants are requested to submit their CV and a one-page covering note or an EOI from firms and organisations in an email with the subject “General Quality Standards (non-food items)” to Programme Manager, Tammy.Theikdi@adamsmithinternational.com. Unfortunately, due to high application volume, only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Applications close 27 November 2020.

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