14 Jul, 2020Closed.
Caribbean Export is seeking the services of a partnership and resource mobilization expert. The expert will assist in identifying relevant partners and additional sources of financing and crafting a strategy that will allow for sustained action by the Agency on behalf of the Caribbean private sector, with a focus on SMEs. The work to be undertaken would greatly enhance and complement internal efforts.
The Caribbean Export Development Agency is the only regional export and investment promotion Agency in the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States. The Agency was established by an Inter-Governmental Agreement signed by the 15 States of the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM), namely: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. Caribbean Export’s mission is to increase the competitiveness of Caribbean countries by providing quality export development and trade and investment promotion services through effective programme execution and strategic alliances. The Agency has evolved over the past 20 years from an Implementing Management Unit of the CARICOM Regional Trade Development Programme (CRTDP) as established in 1988, to the CARICOM Export Development Project (CEDP), which in 1996 became the Caribbean Export Development Agency. Since its inception, the primary source of funding has been the European Development Fund (EDF). During the period 2017 to 2021 the Agency is executing a work programme with funding under the 11th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP).
Over the years, other sources of funding have been mobilized by the Agency through development partners such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, USAID, the Caribbean Development Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the German Corporation for International Cooperation or GIZ, among others. The Agency also receives contributions from the 15 CARIFORUM states under the Agreement establishing the Agency.
However, the current funding streams are not sufficient to adequately address the development challenges facing the region in trade and investment promotion.
The objective of the consultancy is to enhance the sustainability of the Agency through external partnerships and resource mobilization from traditional and nontraditional sources. Sources shall include countries that provide official development assistance, international and regional organisations, development financial institutions, foundations, charities, etc.
The specific objective is to diversify resources through the development of a partnerships and resource mobilization strategy with clear targets for contributing to the sustainable funding of the Agency´s mandate. The strategy will also define a clear, systematic, predictable and well-coordinated approach to soliciting and acquiring development resources from multiple partners. An alignment with the Agency´s Strategic Plan for 2021-2025 is a priority.
Interested persons are kindly asked to review the full terms of reference and submit a technical and financial proposal electronically to Gayle Gollop at: [email protected] and Suzette Hudson at: [email protected], copied to Damie Sinanan at [email protected]. The deadline for submissions is August 3, 2020, 4:30 pm EST.FAQs – Partnerships and Resource Mobilization