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The Ministry of Finance (MoF)

Ethiopian Herald Nov26,2020

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

(CONSULTING SERVICES – INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT)

COUNTRY: ETHIOPIA

PROJECT: ETHIOPIA DIGITAL FOUNDATIONS PROJECT (P171034

ASSIGNMENT TITLE: ADVISOR TO ETHIOPIAN COMMUNICATION AUTHORITY (ECA) ON E-COMMERCE REGULATION AND IMPLEMENTATION

Reference No. : ET-MOFEC-COPCU- 174274-CSINDV

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Ministry of Finance (MoF), has applied for financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Ethiopia Digital Foundation Project (“Digital Ethiopia”) and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

The MoF wants to engage qualified and experienced consultant to advice in the implementation of e-Commerce regulations to ensure a healthy and fair digital market for online commercial transactions in support of the growth of the digital economy.

The objective of consultancy service is to assist Ethiopia Communication Authority (ECA) in building its capacity to implement e-Commerce related regulations, especially but not limited to consumer protection, intermediary liabilities, duties of e-Commerce platform operators, as well as dispute resolution mechanisms.

The consulting services (“the Services”) include the following but not limited to:

  •  Conduct a regulation review of existing consumer protection and third-party liabilities regulations that govern offline commercial activities and draft a directive to harmonize online and offline regulations on consumer protection, intermediary and third party liabilities, dispute resolution
  • Conduct a taxation regulation review of online transactions: what tax is being levied, who is responsible for collecting it, what are the international best practices, whether there is a need to harmonize online and offline tax categories and tax rates;
  • Providing training, and identifying additional sources of training for staff that will regulate e-Commerce activities
  • Providing additional assistance, as requested

Contract Term: The service is expected to be completed up to 4 months effective from date of contract signing. The consultant will paid based on deliverables and actual days worked. Travel and per diem expense will be handled separately

Qualification and Experience: The qualification and experience required for consultants who would like to apply for the service should possess the following minimum criteria

  • An advanced degree in a related discipline, such as law, economics, social sciences, business administration, etc;
  • At least ten years relevant experience, with a preference given to experience working in e-Commerce regulation, antitrust, and digital economy regulatory policy related issues;
  • Experience in project implementation and project management and conducting training;
  • Experience working in the developing countries, with experience in Africa an advantage;
  • Willingness to work in hostile and insecure environments;
  • Ability to communicate and write well; and Fluency in English language is essential

The Ministry of Finance now invites eligible individuals (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should send expressions of interest, together with information demonstrating that they have the required qualification and relevant experience to perform the service (description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, qualifications, and so forth) by providing CVs, and supporting documents

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to Section II], paragraphs, 3.14, 3.16, and 3.17 of the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” July 2016 (“Procurement Regulations”) revised November 2017 and August 2018, setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Selection of Individual Consultant (Section V) method set out in the Procurement Regulations,

Further information can be obtained, by email at the address below during office hours from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM Addis Ababa time

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below in person, or by mail, on or before December 11, 2020, but preferably by e-mail.

Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia,

Ministry of Finance

Attn: Channel One Programs Coordinating Directorate

Address: Arada Sub city, Woreda11/12,

MoF building, 4th Floor, Room No 403,

Sidist Kilo in front of Lion Cage park,

P.O.Box 1905,1037,

E-mail: EOI2019MoF@gmail.com;

aberag11@gmail.com

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia