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TFO Canada improves lives through the creation of sustainable trade partnerships for exporters from developing countries with Canadian and foreign buyers.
TFO Canada confronts the challenge of global poverty by promoting sustainable economic development through export information, advice and contact. TFO Canada facilitates access to foreign markets and shares Canadian trade expertise for the benefit of smaller exporters in developing countries. Founded in 1980, TFO Canada is a non-governmental, non-profit organization.

Employment Opportunities

There are no available opportunities at this time.


Volunteer Opportunities

TFO Canada offers unpaid volunteer roles three times a year (April-June, June-August, September-November) for Ottawa-based volunteers interested in supporting our Canadian market access services and some of our trade capacity building projects, while at the same time gaining experience in research, writing, and results-gathering skills in the fields of international development and trade.  Click here for a complete description of this volunteer role and application instructions.


Consulting Opportunities

TFO CANADA – REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

1. Making trade work for development: Export Capacity Support for Small exporters from Asia-Pacific (ECSAF) least developed countries in specialty agro-food value chains

Consultant(s) for Technical Assistance to Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos

Sector: Specialty Food

   Trade Facilitation Office Canada (TFO Canada) is a not for profit organization founded in 1980 with the mandate to confront the challenge of global poverty by promoting sustainable economic development through export information, advice and contact. TFO Canada improves lives through the creation of sustainable trade partnerships for exporters from developing countries with Canadian and foreign buyers.
    
    As part of its mission to produce knowledge and generate solutions in the developing world, Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) seeks to enhance the employment and economic opportunities of vulnerable groups, particularly women and youth. IDRC supports the value chains associated with the production, distribution, and servicing of goods and services as they provide an important opening for small and medium businesses and their workers to benefit from trade. 

    In 2017, TFO Canada, with funding from IDRC, launched an innovative initiative to promote small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the specialty food sector. The program, titled “Making trade work for development: Export Capacity Support for Small exporters from Asia-Pacific least developed countries in specialty agro-food value chains” or ECSAF in short, focused on three least developed countries (LDCs) in Asia: Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos. ECSAF seeks to empower small and medium-sized entreprises (SMEs) in Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, that face multiple constraints to grow and provide employment opportunities, by strenghtening their market research capacities, fostering peer exchange among exporters and connecting them with Canadian buyers.
    
    The first activity of the ESCAF project TFO Canada was the preparation of three Market Entry Studies, one for each of the client countries- Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos. These Studies identified exportable products and producers/exporters in the agro-food sector (focus on specialty food products) of each country and ranked them in order of export potential/suitability for the Canadian market.

TFO Canada is now looking for an expert with seasoned Asian market expertise and experiece in the agro-food sector (preferably in specialty food products) to: 

1.    Validate the findings of the 03 Market Entry Studies through assessment missions to Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos
2.    Facilitate information seminars and one-on-one consultations in Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos to identify/select up to 15  SMEs (5 SMEs in each country) for trade promotion (training, advisory support, market familiarization mission to Canada, post-mission follow-up)
3.    Provide training & advisory support (export competitiveness validation and upgrading) to selected 15  SMEs (5 SMEs in each country  SMEs from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos to prepare them for the Canadian market
4.    Provide technical assistance and support to selected SMEs from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos for market familiarization missions to Canada
5.    Provide post-mission follow-up support to selected SMEs from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos to ensure/enhance commercial relations with Canadian buyers  

A detailed Terms of Reference for this role as well as background on this project and its objectives is provided in the annex.  
    
Proposals should be submitted no later than 17.00 hours (EDT) on October 30th, 2017, should be in English and should include the following elements:

1.    A presentation of the firm/individual making the proposal highlighting their relevant experience and current activities which demonstrate their capacity to fulfill the responsibilities of this position.  The presentation should include a current C.V. of the individual making the proposal; if the proposal is made by a firm, the CV of the proposed consultant(s)/resource person(s) must be provided.
2.    A brief description of three (03) recent projects that the proponent has worked on that are similar in nature.
3.    A workplan in line with the Terms of Reference (ToR) and timeline presented in the annex. Please highlight any suggested and/or required changes to the ToR. 
4.    Consultancy costs (in terms of person-days). TFO Canada estimates that it will require a total of up to 252 days (total for 03 countries; please see terms of reference in annex for more details) to complete this assignment 

Please Note: Proposals can be submitted for all 03 countries (Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos) or for 01 or 02 countries.
 

To get addtional clarifications on this request for proposal please read the questions and answers embedded here as a guide.

Selection Criteria

In the assessment of submissions, consideration will be given to technical competence, qualifications and experience, including:

1.    Master’s degree in Business Administration, International Marketing or a related field
2.    Sound understanding of specialty agro food market in Canada and in developing countries (preferably Asian least developed countries)
3.    At least ten years of relevant experience and track record of providing business development support/consulting services in the specialty agro food sectors in developing countries, including but not limited to, product development, trade promotion and technical assistance (one-on-one consultations, B2B matchmaking etc.) for trade missions to Canada/USA for SME producers/exporters
4.    Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.French skills are considered an asset.
     

Selection Method

Following the assessment of submissions, the most technically capable and appropriately experienced applicant will be invited to provide the consultancy services. TFO Canada reserves the right to accept or reject late applications or to cancel the present invitation partially or in its entirety. It will not be bound to assign any reason for not engaging the services of any applicant and will not defray any costs incurred by any applicant in the preparation and submission of proposals.

Proposals should be submitted to Karishma Zaman, Project Manager (karishma.zaman@tfocanada.ca) with the subject line “Proposal: Technical Assistance for ECSAF” no later than 17:00 hours on October 30, 2017.  Any questions/clarifications required in order to complete a proposal can be sent via e-mail or by phone (613-233-3925 Ext. 27) between 09:00 and 17:00 hours Monday to Friday.

For the full document click here.

Many thanks for your interest in this assignment and for your time and effort in preparing your proposal

 

2. CONSULTANT FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND CAPACITY BUILDING OF JORDANIAN SMEs PROCESSED / MANUFACTURED FOOD EXPORTERS FOR ACCESSING THE CANADIAN MARKET.

TFO Canada (Trade Facilitation Office Canada), a non-government non-profit organization, funded by Global Affairs Canada, seeks proposals from firm/individual(s) to work closely with implementing partners in Canada and Jordan to:

  1. Prepare and deliver an awareness raising seminar on The Opportunities in the Canadian Market to Jordanian SMEs exporters and to deliver one-on-one consultation sessions to pre-selected SMEs exporters.
  2. Provide technical assistance (though Skype, e-mail or teleconference) to selected 10 Jordanian SMEs to address the needs identified during the one-on-one sessions and to prepare them to participate in SIAL Montreal 2018.
  3. Support Jordanian SME exporter mission to SIAL Montreal 2018.
  4. Support 10 Jordanian SMEs to close deals with Canadian buyers after the trade show.

A detailed Terms of Reference (ToR) for this role, as well as background on this project and its objectives, is provided in the annex

Proposals should be submitted no later than 16.00 hours (EDT) on Monday, October 30th, 2017, should be in English.

Proposal Requirements

The proposal should include the following elements:

  1. A presentation of the firm/individual making the proposal highlighting their relevant experience and current activities which demonstrate their capacity to fulfill the responsibilities of this position.  The presentation should include a current C.V. of the individual making the proposal; if the proposal is made by a firm, the CV of the proposed consultant(s)/resource person(s) must be provided.
  2. A brief description of three (03) recent projects that the proponent has worked on that are similar in nature and which demonstrate your prior experience working in support of women exporters.
  3. A work plan in line with the ToR and timeline presented below. PLEASE HIGHLIGHT ANY SUGGESTED AND/OR REQUIRED CHANGES TO THE TOR.
  4. A compensation proposal which does not exceed the budgetary parameters provided in the terms of reference. TFO Canada estimates that it will require a total of up to 77 days to complete this assignment.

Selection Criteria

In the assessment of submissions, consideration will be given to technical competence, qualifications and experience, including:

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, International Marketing or a related field
  • At least ten years of relevant experience and track record of providing business development support/consulting services in developing countries (preferably in the Middle East), including, but not limited to, export readiness assessment, training needs assessment and facilitation of capacity development programs and technical assistance (one-on-one consultations, B2B matchmaking etc.) for trade missions to Canada for SME producers/exporters.
  • Knowledge of the Canadian processed/manufactured food market.
  • Demonstrated experience promoting women exporters.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, in English.

Selection Method

Following the assessment of submissions, the most technically capable and appropriately experienced applicant will be invited to negotiate a contract to provide the consultancy services. TFO Canada reserves the right to accept or reject late applications or to cancel the present invitation partially or in its entirety. It will not be bound to assign any reason for not engaging the services of any applicant and will not defray any costs incurred by any applicant in the preparation and submission of proposals.

Proposals should be submitted to Marta Recinos, Project Manager-Asia & Middle East, TFO Canada (marta.recinos@tfocanada.ca) with the subject line “Proposal: TPRF-Jordan” no later than 16:00 hours on Monday, October 30th, 2017.  Any questions/clarifications required in order to complete a proposal can be sent via e-mail between 09:00 and 16:00 hours Monday to Friday.

To learn more read the annex.

Many thanks for your interest in this assignment and for your time and effort in preparing your proposal


Calling experts on the Canadian import market!

Join our experts in trade roster for exciting new opportunities providing access to companies from developing countries to the Canadian market
TFO Canada is currently seeking to expand its roster of highly qualified and experienced consultants we call TFO Associates.  We are inviting experts on the Canadian market and export products to submit a CV by email to tfocrc@tfocanada.ca.  Along with completing this application form highlighting your experience.

To join the TFO Canada Associates' roster, consultants should have at least 7 years of experience in a relevant field and, ideally, some previous experience applying technical skills in the context of a developing country, in one or more of the following areas:

  • Marketing/branding and market entry for SMEs in Canada
  • Market Research (including writing skills) 
  • Product development process (including product adaptation for export competitiveness)
  • Presentation skills (addressing sector specific Canadian market overview and market entry requirements; typically for seminars/workshops aimed at developing countries exporter audience)
  • SME Exporters Need Assessment/Market Validation for the Canadian Market Entry
  • Organizing targeted B2B meetings with Canadian importers in specific product lines (part of TFO Canada’s Trade Mission Activities: importer identification and recruitment)
  • Packaging and labeling
  • Compliance with import regulations (e.g. food safety, standards/certifications, tariffs, GAP, HACCP, Organic Certifications, Fair Trade, Kosher, Halal)
  • Gender Equality
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation

Expertise in the Canadian import market in one or more of the following sectors/product groups:

  • Food products (fresh, processed and frozen consumer-ready foods, beverages and ingredients for the food industry, organic products, products for the gourmet, specialty, ethnic or nostalgic market in Canada)
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages including tea and coffee)
  • Clothing, footwear and fashion accessories (including jewellery)
  • Home furnishings (including furniture, home textiles and decorative items)
  • Floriculture
  • Personal care and natural health products (including cosmetics)
  • Medical supplies and devices (including pharmaceuticals)
  • Building materials
  • Information and communications technology service outsourcing
  • Marble & Granite
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Environmental Management Services
  • Services:
  • Outsourcing – software development
  • Outsourcing – back office support
  • Medical tourism
  • Wellness

Please be sure to indicate if you are fluent in languages other than English. TFO Canada works primarily in English, but regularly undertakes assignments that require Spanish or French, although in some cases interpretation support may be provided.  All applicants must be eligible to work in Canada.
TFO Canada strives to ensure gender equality for men and women in their participation in TFO Canada’s programs, projects and activities, and also in TFO Canada’s employment, contracting and management opportunities.


 
 
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