Job Opening

Posting Title: Building Trade Finance Training Materials Consultant
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 19 October 2021 - 25 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia-166551-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant will be delivering the following outputs:
- An outline of the intended course with brief description of each module.
- A course consisting of the modules in text/slides.
- A capacity building seminar for 2 days.

Target audience:
The training materials will target the policy makes in related agencies.

Mode of delivery:
The training material will be designed to be delivered in self-paced online mode and in-person mode at regional and national settings.

The material will cover relevant aspects of trade finance policy making and include different modules encompassing the different issues related to upgrading trade finance policy making to an intermediate level.


Length of the course:
Ideally to be composed of max five modules and designed to be delivered over 15 hours lecturing or appropriate number of hours on self-based learning.

Course design:
Consultants for this assignment are asked to develop a brief proposal of the outline and content of the course to respond to the needs in the region. The course design will be based on identified gaps and weaknesses and taking into account the limitations that exist and may hinder making big jumps in the region's capacities and practices.

Work Location

Working remotly

Expected duration

1.5 months

Duties and Responsibilities

Trade finance is the corner stone of global trade and is considered a crucial component in trade facilitation and scaling operations regionally and internationally. The global trade finance market was valued at $39,714.2 million in 2018 and is expected to reach $56,065.7 million by 2026 (1) International trade finance aims to reduce the risks involved in cross-border exchange borne by the importer and exporter respectively. It permits world trade to flow in a predictable and secure manner through offering a range of financing methods and tools used to facilitate the payment for goods to exporters, who require payment for the goods and services they sell from importers, who in turn, insist on receiving the right goods on time and in good condition (2)
It is important to note that trade finance focuses more on the trade than the underlying borrower, for it is not balance sheet led. This is an opportunity for small businesses with weaker balance sheets to use trade finance and trade larger volumes of goods or services and work with stronger foreign customers. However, access to finance remains an acute problem for MSMEs. In specific, over half of trade finance requests submitted by MSMEs are rejected, against only 7% for multinational companies (WTO, 2016a).
Trade finance - which was building momentum as a safe and solid asset class in the Arab Region over the last few years- has been identified by leading international and regional development institutions as a major conduit for strengthening regional interconnectedness and integration and advancing the effective implementation of a regional growth strategy, based on deeper intra-Arab trade integration and higher participation in global value chains. Its role will be even more important in the post-COVID-19 environment, where trade financing will become riskier as default rates inevitably rise.
Infrastructure, policy, and human capacities are all are important determents of performance in trade finance. Government officials' ability to draft and implement appropriate trade finance regulations cannot be over emphasized.

The current assignment aims at building an effective capacity building material aiming at improving the capacity of policy makers to design and implement conducive trade finance policies and tools.
The material will be developed taking into consideration the following:

- The status of trade finance policies and practices in the Arab region.
- The available skills and knowledge in the field from government and private sector.
- Best practices in other pioneering countries from the region and beyond.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Master's degree in economics, finance, or any related field is required.
Experience: • Ten years of relevant experience in trade finance analysis in the region is required.
• Proven record of delivery of capacity building sessions to senior officials is desirable.
• Experience in curriculum design and delivery of training on the subject is desirable.
Language: • Fluency in English and Arabic is required.

No Fee


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