Development of a National Export Strategy for Saint Lucia

Development of a National Export Strategy [NES] for Saint Lucia Recruitment of a National Consultant to assist in the design and development of the NES

Duration: 100 days over a period of ten calendar months (with possibility of extension)

Duty station: St. Lucia


Terms of Reference


The Government of St. Lucia, with the assistance of the International Trade Centre (ITC) is embarking on a process of design and development of a National Export Strategy (NES) under the auspices of the Saint Lucia Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA).
The process of export strategy design and implementation management will involve three distinct phases.
(i). An Inception Phase to include identification of the principal objectives of the NES, and identification of priority sectors and cross-sectoral functions  (ii) a Design Phase to involving drafting of Detailed Sector Strategies and Cross-Sectoral Functional Strategies, the drafting of the NES Plan of Action and Project Documents and (iii) An Initiation of Implementation Management Phase to include drafting of Implementation Management Framework, finalization of consolidated NES Document, and endorsement of the NES by the Government and stakeholders, among other things
The main outputs of the design exercise will be:

  • A national export strategy document, aggregating sectoral and cross-sectoral strategies, that is endorsed by both the public and private sectors, completed with detailed plan of action;
  • A strengthened public-private sector dialogue platform for export development;
  • A strategy management framework for monitoring implementation and refinement of the strategy as and when required;

To achieve this, ITC will retain the services of a National Consultant, based in St. Lucia, to assist the ITC Export Strategy Section and national stakeholders to complete the NES.

Duties of the Consultant :

The National Consultant will work under the guidance of ITC’s Export Strategy Section and in direct collaboration with the Navigator appointed by the Ministry of Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs) and TEPA.

The National Consultant’s specific responsibilities shall include inter alia:

  • Become fully familiar with ITC’s export strategy  design process and methodology;
  • Undertake a literature review of national programmes, plans, and policies germane to the domain of the NES for (country) and prepare short summaries as required;
  • Collect information and transcribe the inputs, and conclusions, resulting from the consultations of stakeholders, including the Core Team, the National Strategy Team (NST), and specialized work groups throughout the ES design and management process;
  • Conduct relevant research, based on ITC’s methodology and provide inputs to the NST’s consultations and the National Export Strategy document;
  • Under the guidance of the Navigator, facilitate team consultation at specific points during the NES design exercise;
  • Assist in the drafting of the Response Paper; sectoral, cross-sectoral, and national export strategy documents, the associated plans of action and implementation management framework;
  • Ensure consistency and quality control, of all documents for review and the endorsement of NST, ITC’s technical team, and other stakeholders such as donors and policy-makers;
  • Translate relevant documents from (national language) to English and vice versa;
  • Maintain regular contact with ITC’s ES Section and submit brief monthly status reports highlighting progress made and challenges encountered.


Qualifications and Experience:

The Consultant will:

  • Have extensive, first-hand knowledge in trade-related issues in St. Lucia;
  • Have a university degree in a relevant discipline (economics, international trade and/or business administration);
  • Have proven working experience with developing countries in the area of export development, economic development, commerce, or other related fields;
  • Be familiar with St. Lucia’s institutions and their activities;
  • Have excellent communication skills and a good drafting ability, as well as the ability to present and explain technical issues at a non-technical level;
  • Have good interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with senior representatives of both government and the private sector.



The Consultant is required to be fluent in written and spoken English.

Receipt of Applications and Deadline Date:

Applications/Expressions of Interest are solicited from suitably qualified applicants/entities who wish to be considered for the aforementioned assignment. The application/expression of interest must be accompanied by full curriculum vitae and details of pertinent experience among other things.

Only suitable applications/expressions of interest will be acknowledged.

The deadline date for receipt of Applications/Expressions of Interest is Monday October 6, 2014

Your Application/Expression of Interest should be submitted to the following address:

The Chief Executive Officer
Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA)
2nd Floor Hewannora House
Pointe Seraphine
Saint Lucia Tel: 1 758 468 2185

Fax: 1 758 452 4606