Expert in Monitoring and Certification of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS)

Date of Publication: 
1 October 2020
Application Deadline: 
26 October 2020
Cowater International
Brief Description: 

Technical Expert - Terms of Reference Template

Technical Assistance (TA) Request: 3.7 Risk-based Border Inspection of Livestock Imports and Exports in Peru

Expertise Required: Expert in Monitoring and Certification of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards 

Deadline to Apply: October 26th, 2020


Funded by Global Affairs Canada, the Expert Deployment Mechanism for Trade and Development (EDM provides technical assistance to Official Development Assistance (ODA)-eligible countries to maximize the development impacts of trade and investment. Over seven years (2018-2025), EDM will invest CAD $16.5 million to support Canada’s developing country trading partners to negotiate, implement and benefit from and adapt to trade and investment agreements with Canada.

EDM is a demand-driven project that will benefit potential partners – including governments, local private sector groups and local civil society organizations – through capacity building and technical advisory support on policy reform issues that have a high potential to reduce poverty and gender inequalities, and support progress in trade and investment agreement negotiations.

Since the end of its 20-year civil war in 2000, Peru has seen strong economic growth and poverty reduction.  However, that growth has relied heavily on resource extraction (principally copper, gold and silver) and is vulnerable to global demand and price fluctuation. 

Further economic growth depends on increased productivity and innovation, but also the development of the agricultural sector.  Opportunities for developing agricultural value-added products are abundant and are part of the reason agricultural exports have grown from 15.2% to 19.1% of total exports over the past five years (WTO/TPR 2019).  Given that women are found at all stages in the agricultural value chain, but particularly in lower-valued roles, this growth potential represents an opportunity for women to increase their upward mobility within the value chain, if adequately supported to do so.  The agriculture sector also represents an opportunity to address regional inequity in Peru.  Economic growth has been centered on Lima, with little reaching the regions and rural populations.  Regional inequity has been mirrored by social inequity, witnessed by Peru’ s GINI score of 43.3 and rural poverty rates that dwarf the rates of urban centres. 

Trade and investment are important pillars of Peru’s national development strategy, and the country has pursued an ambitious agenda of negotiations to integrate both the regional and global economies.  Harvesting the benefits of these agreements will require technical assistance to implement their obligations and seize their opportunities.  In the context of Canada-Peru trade and investment relations, this agenda includes implementation of the CPTPP and the Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement.

An EDM mission to Lima, in February 2020, identified many technical assistance needs, including trade policy capacity-building and institution-building targeting organizations working to advance regional development and gender and social inclusion.  Capacity-building in the design and implementation of sanitary and phytosanitary measures was noted as a priority need by several interlocutors, who underlined the link to economic growth, regional development and enhanced opportunity for women and rural communities.  It should be noted that strengthened capacity to implement SPS measures in the least trade-restrictive manner benefits both Peru and its trading partners, by improving predictability and science-based decision making.

The training proposed in this technical assistance project will benefit at least 100 officials of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, National Agrarian Health Service, responsible for import controls, export certification and animal quarantine.  However, the indirect beneficiaries are agricultural producers, importers and exporters, as well as foreign producers exporting to the Peruvian market.

Linkage to EDM Performance Measurement Framework

Technical assistance in the design and implementation of SPS measures is consistent with the approved EDM Country Needs Assessment Plan for Peru, mandate 1: Trade Policy Capacity Building. 

This assistance is also aligned with the EDM Performance Management Framework, intermediate outcome 1200 (improved policy or regulatory environment within EDM partner countries for the implementation of sustainable and inclusive trade and investment agreements with Canada) and immediate outcome 1210 (enhanced ability of partner country MDAs to strengthen, develop, and execute legislation, regulations and policies supporting the implementation of sustainable and inclusive trade and investment agreements with Canada.)

Description of Technical Assistance Request

Technical assistance has been requested by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, National Agrarian Health Service, Ministry of Agriculture, to strengthen risk-based border inspection of livestock trade.  This assistance will be delivered by electronic communication (teleconference or video conference) and will include the following activities:

  • A consultation with Animal Health Directorate officials, including border control officers, to assess border inspection policies, procedures and practices, identify training needs and develop training plans and tools.
  • The delivery of two 3-day gender-sensitive workshops, for groups of headquarters and regional Inspection Service officials, on improving control and inspection of livestock goods at the border.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will provide technical experts to deliver this training, as part of their ongoing technical assistance program.  The winning bidder is expected to work in collaboration with the CFIA, providing project management for this activity. 

The duration of the workshop was proposed in the context of in-person training.  It may be more appropriate to conduct an increased number of shorter sessions, given that the delivery is to be by video conference.

  • The development and presentation of recommendations for revising policies, procedures and regulations to improve inspection and control of livestock imports and exports, incorporating gender equality and social inclusion considerations. 

The EDM includes a core focus on gender equality and social inclusion as well as on environmental issues associated with trade activities. The approach to technical assistance related to both topics is included in guidance documents that are available to both technical assistance applicants and Technical Experts. Successful applicants are required to research and integrate specific good and emerging practices in these areas−partnering with other expert consultants if necessary.

Technical Expert Profile/Expertise Required

The expertise required to deliver this project includes:

  • A degree in veterinary science.
  • Extensive experience in the formulation and implementation of public policies, procedures and regulations related to the inspection and control of livestock trade.
  • Experience in the delivery of technical assistance in developing countries.
  • Experience in the design and delivery of training.

The successful applicant will display a willingness to integrate gender equality and social inclusion, as well as environmental, considerations, reflected in their application, while prior experience in the provision of technical assistance in these areas will be viewed as a strong asset.


This technical assistance is expected to be delivered prior to March 31, 2021.

Please note: The timing of the project may be affected by current COVID-19 travel restrictions and the feasibility of electronic delivery of the activities described above.


  • A detailed work plan, work schedule and budget for the delivery of activities, taking into account COVID-19-related travel restrictions;
  • Completed EDM Performance Measurement Framework template for the TA, including baseline data and targets against EDM indicators;
  • The technical expert(s) will deliver a written report of consultations, presentations and other training materials, a written brief with recommendations for policy and procedural changes;
  • Final Narrative Report: Due within 30 calendar days of completion of all TA activities. The report shall describe activities delivered; results achieved (versus initial expected results and baseline); lessons learned of relevance to future EDM activities; expenses incurred by the Consultant in carrying out the activities; document officials trained/participating in activities (name, gender, job title, institutional affiliation); and, include a one-page Story of Change to illustrate the change that has happened, or change that is occurring, as a result of this TA against the Immediate Outcome noted above. This report will be reviewed and approved by EDM prior to being shared with Global Affairs Canada.


For your proposal to be considered, please name your document in the following format:

3.7 Peru, Consultants Last Name, First Name

(Proposals can be submitted by a single consultant or a consortium of consultants).

Your proposal should contain the following sections:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Proposal that includes the following:
    1. Your approach to implementing this TA, taking into account COVID related travel restrictions. Provide as much detail as possible.  (10 pages maximum)
    2. Describe your approach to ensuring that gender equality and social inclusion are considered in all aspects of the TA, including approach, content, and delivery. (2 pages maximum)
    3. Describe your approach to ensuring that environmental impacts are considered in all aspects of the TA, including approach, content, and delivery.  (1 page maximum)
    4. Outline your project management and monitoring strategy for the implementation of the activities. (2 pages maximum)
    5. Indicate all personnel who are being proposed to implement this project, their roles and responsibilities. Include all CVs of proposed personnel/experts. (3 pages maximum per CV)
  3. Provide estimated level of effort (in days) and provide consulting rates (in CAD$) for each proposed personnel and/or expert who will be implementing the project.

Please submit your proposal as a single PDF file through the Cowater Career Page. Emailed proposals will not be accepted. If you have any questions, please email


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