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EU-GCC Dialogue on Economic Diversification

Key expert 1: Team Leader - Trade and Foreign Direct Investment specialist

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  • 36 months
  • Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
  • April 2018
  • October 10, 2017
  • Silvia Finizio
Project description

The purpose of this project is to promote climate-friendly trade, investment and economic affairs related policy analysis, dialogue and cooperation between stakeholders from EU and GCC at both regional and country levels in the context of the GCC economic diversification process.

I. Cooperation and dialogue between EU and GCC countries strengthened in the areas of Trade, Investment and Economic Affairs

1. Provide coordination and policy support services for the EU-GCC Trade and Investment Dialogue and to the Macroeconomic Dialogue. Costs related to the organization of the Dialogues (venue, catering) are outside the scope of the project.

2. Establish and maintain an effective network with key institutions/stakeholders in the GCC countries and in EU in the areas relevant to this project.

3. Organise roundtables/ workshops between EU and GCC stakeholders (including public institutions, private sector, academics, nongovernmental institutions) for exchange of experiences and expertise on topics related to trade, investment, economic affairs and other policy issues relevant to economic diversification– At least 3 events per year organised. The project should ensure full financing of these events including sponsored participants as relevant.

4. Creation, steering and follow up of technical working groups involving public/private stakeholders to facilitate sectoral technical cooperation between EUGCC–At least 3 groups created; 1 meeting per year/group. The project should ensure full financing of these events including sponsored participants as relevant. Close involvement of EU officers (at Delegation/HQ level as relevant) in the working groups should be ensured.

5. Support linkages between EU high level visits to GCC and ongoing trade and business related activities (e.g. by ensuring clear policy messages are facilitated ahead of the visits; ensuring relevant project activities are organized in a broader political context).

6. Organise business policy and networking events (including business fora) – 1 business forum each year. The project should ensure full financing of these events including sponsored participants as relevant.

7. Organise specific exchange and networking events for women entrepreneurs or women business leaders from EU and GCC – At least 1 specific meeting per year organised. The project should ensure full financing of these events including sponsored participants as relevant.

8. Short term study visits/exchange programmes related to specific policy areas for entrepreneurs or other relevant stakeholders between EU and GCC (with emphasis on women and youth stakeholders) – At least 1 exchange per year organised.

II. Policy analysis related to EU-GCC Trade, Investment and Economic Affairs strengthened

1. Monitor the economic diversification process in each of the GCC countries and identify opportunities for EU-GCC cooperation in that context. The Contactor shall produce a fiche per country to be updated every 6 months. The design of the fiche should be approved by the Contracting Authority during the inception phase.

2. Working closely with EU Delegations in the region, Member State representatives and EU business stakeholders, conduct policy analysis and make recommendations by means of policy advice papers, policy position papers, situational assessments, short studies, mapping, impact assessments, surveys etc.) to feed into EU policy work related to GCC. A minimum of 5 policy outputs per year should be produced.

Topics, type of papers and exact number are to be defined with the Contracting Authority during the project inception phase and revised as necessary, following discussions and consultation with the abovementioned stakeholders. All policy outputs should be approved by the Contracting Authority.

3. Conduct research on trade and investment issues (including based on surveys reflecting views of EU businesses operating in the region on specific topics related to EU-GCC trade and investment framework) and on relevant economic affairs issues. All research outputs should be approved by the Contracting Authority.

4. Support to development of contributions to GCC legislation in the areas of interest to be defined on an ongoing basis based on discussions and consultation with EU Delegations in the region, Member State representatives and EU business stakeholders. Some indicative topics could be – labour law, workforce and immigration, environmental standards, innovation, procurement and local content requirements, investment protection, infrastructure development policies, IPR etc. A minimum of 1 contribution/year is to be developed.

III. Flow of information between EU and GCC stakeholders enhanced in the field of Trade, Investment and Economic Affairs

1. Creation/ update of an interactive EU-GCC trade, investment and economic cooperation electronic platform (including an exit/sustainability strategy for the end of this project).

2. Prepare and disseminate a monthly digital newsletter on EU-GCC trade, investment and economic matters.

3. Contribute to creation and dissemination of information on trade and investment opportunities in GCC and in EU through the web platform, dedicated social media platforms, targeted mailings, participation and presentation in relevant events.

Already existing EU, EU MS and other relevant channels and networks should be leveraged to achieve a multiplier effect.

4. Compile and disseminate case studies/best practices of EU-GCC business cooperation. A minimum of 2 case studies/best practices per year should be identified and disseminated. The topics should be defined with the Contracting Authority during the inception phase.

5. Information sessions/trainings to EU enterprises on relevant topics for facilitating business and investment with GCC (including webinars) - At least 2 per year. To be organised in the framework of existing activities such as roundtables/workshops/ others/ or via webinars.

6. Coordination and building synergies with relevant stakeholders and actions (e.g. EU Member States business representation in the region, EU business stakeholders not yet present in the region but with interest in working with the region, other similar actions especially by MS, other EU actions etc.)

7. Regular consultation/ coordination with GCC and country specific public and private actors.

Job description

The Team Leader will be responsible for the overall quality and timelines of the team's performance and its delivered outputs as well as the reporting and direct communication with the Contracting Authority and other relevant stakeholders.

S/he is also in charge of directly implementing some of the activities related to trade and foreign direct investment.

The Team Leader will work at least 80% of her/his time in GCC countries. She/he is expected to travel extensively (at least 50% of her/his time) within the region and to the EU as relevant.

Job duration

36 months (660 working days)

Job profile

Qualifications and skills:
Master's degree or equivalent diploma in economics, business and/or international trade, or in its absence, a Bachelor's degree or equivalent diploma in the fields detailed above followed by at least 3 years of post-graduate professional experience on top of the general professional experience required below.
General professional experience:
Minimum 10 years of post-graduate professional experience in the area of international trade, foreign direct investment and/or business internationalisation (including in functions involving policy analysis and recommendations).
Specific professional experience:
1. At least 8 years of post-graduate professional experience in leading teams of which 5 years in one of the following fields: international trade, foreign direct investment, business internationalisation.
2. Minimum 2 years of post-graduate professional experience working on EU Trade policy.
3. Minimum 2 years of postgraduate professional experience in the GCC countries.
4. Post-graduate professional experience working on issues related to economic diversification and/or reforms in one of the GCC countries is an advantage.
5. Knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.