Result of Service
Precise and correct product classifications at the 6-digit level of the HS for ALADI member States; thus increasing regulatory transparency and accessibility of information in these countries.
Duties and Responsibilities
The ability to gain and to benefit from market access depends increasingly on compliance with trade regulatory measures. Data on non-tariff measures (NTM) classified according to the UNCTAD-MAST classification and products classified according to the Harmonized System increases transparency and facilitates traders› and policy makers› understanding of NTMs. The project shall close the information gap that exists about non-tariff policies in merchandise trade to enhance the understanding of developing country policy makers, researchers and private sector on market access conditions.
The first step of the data collection effort focuses on analyzing the legal texts and classifying NTMs, together with the precise descriptions of the affected products.
In the second step, which is the basis for these Terms of Reference, the detailed product descriptions need to be classified into a common internationally accepted nomenclature: the Harmonized System (HS). Classifying the data into the HS makes enables the final users of the data to match NTM data to trade and tariff data, or to compare NTM policies across countries for a given product. At the six-digit level, the HS comprises about 5,000 commodity groups, arranged in a legal and logical structure, and it is supported by well-defined rules to achieve uniform classification.
Under the direct supervision of the Project Officer, the Individual Contractor shall get access to the TRAINS Online Data Entry Tool, through which the individual contractor will receive product descriptions or product group descriptions that he needs to classify into the Harmonized System (HS) product classification at the six-digit level of detail.
The product descriptions provided to the individual contractor are as detailed as the product descriptions explained in national legislation. Detailed guidelines for product classification requirements are specified in Sections 4 of the Guidelines to Collect Data on Official Non-Tariff Measures (2019 Version), available here: https://unctad.org/system/files/official-document/ditctab2019d8_en.pdf
The individual contractor will then perform the following task: For ALADI member States countries and a total of 350 product descriptions classify product descriptions into HS codes.
During the classification processes, the individual contractor will consistently submit HS coding of products through the Data Entry Tool.
Bachelor’s degree in trade/customs law or economics, or natural sciences
At least 5 years of experience in trade and economic analysis in general, and in tariffs and HS codes classification in particular is required.
Experience in customs is an asset.
Experience with UNCTAD’s methodology of NTM data collection and HS code classification is desired.
Fluency oral and written in English is required
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.
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