Jobs & Contracts

Ministry of Trade and Regional Integration
Senior Trade Expert as a short-term Consultant tofacilitate the COMESA and AfCFTA trade integration process
The Ministry of trade and Regional Integration (MoTRI) with the COMESA Secretariat
on the COMESA EDF 11 project will hire Senior Trade Expert to assist the MoTRI in
strengthen capacity especially in analysis and studies about import and export laws,
rules, regulations, manuals formats, and other information, and policy drives that help
in negotiation and implementation of the agreements. More information can be
obtained from the Ministry of Trade and Regional Integration and COMESA website and 
Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced professionals for the position
Ministry of Trade and Regional Integration
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: SHORT-TERM EXPERT (STE) Consultant – NationalProject Coordinator to Assist in Implementation of Upgrade Ethiopia’s Galafi and Moyale Border Posts Project Funded under the COMESA EDF 11 –TFP
The Ministry of trade and Regional Integration (MoTRI) with the COMESA Secretariat on the COMESA EDF 11 project will hire National Project Coordinator in a short-term basis to provide support and for the overall implementation of the Ethiopia’s Moyale and Galafi Border Posts Project for a period of six (6) months. More information can be obtained from the Ministry of Trade and Regional Integration and COMESA website and
Applications are invited fromsuitably qualified and experienced professionals for the position


The Procurement Expert will be recruited to ensure that all procurement activities under the European Development Funded (EDF) regional programmes with COMESA are carried out in a timely, efficient and cost-effective manner.

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International trade has long been recognized as Africa’s answer to overcome the disadvantages of the continent’s relatively small economies, the fluctuating and mostly negative trends in international terms of trade, and the legacy of colonialism as well as policy shortcomings, which have prevented the continent from assuming a global market share befitting its significant market size and natural resource endowments. Trade is key to Africa’s long-term sustainable economic growth and transformation.

However, Africa has continued to play a minimal role in global agricultural trade—its share of world agricultural trade grew only marginally from 4.3 percent to 5.0 percent between 2005 and 2017. And despite the strengthening of the continent’s comparative advantage in agricultural products in recent years, its advantage has largely been limited to unprocessed and semi-processed products. Non-tariff barriers present the biggest impediment to Africa’s trade performance, and to a lesser extent the lack of agricultural product diversification and high trading costs.

Food production, processing, and marketing in the COMESA Region is highly fragmented among many small producers, processors and handlers who lack appropriate knowledge and expertise in the application of modern practices and food hygiene. The challenges and capacity gaps for these small and medium size enterprises to supply safe and quality food are multi-faceted:

  • few well established systems and programmes for assisting the less developed food enterprises to develop their capacity
  • lack of effective public policies and institutions to provide regulatory oversight.
  • too few trained and skilled people to carry out food safety activities in both the public sector and in small-and medium-size enterprises (SME’s)
  • inadequate laboratory testing capacity to identify food safety risks.
  • low levels of investment and compliance with international standards
  • weak monitoring and enforcement of regulations by competent authorities
  • low levels of literacy among most of the food producers and processors
  • fragmented and disconnected food systems,
  • Unaffordable and cumbersome conformity assessment systems

Sustainable and resilient food and agri-food businesses need to have market access to local, regional and global markets through compliance with internationally recognized food safety standards as well as market-driven safety and quality schemes. Recognizing the importance of this, COMESA’s Food Safety Programme has been designed to enhance food safety culture amongst competent authorities as well as industry and value chain actors in national, regional and global supply chains. The Programme recognizes the catalytic role of industry, especially SMEs, and thus places them at the centre-stage in order to enable sustainable implementation outcomes through effective capacity building interventions.

Towards this end, COMESA has, riding on the back of lessons learnt from the GFSI Global Markets Programmes implemented in some countries in the region and beyond (Malaysia, Egypt and a pilot carried out in Zambia between 2012-2014), initiated rolling-out of the first ever region-wide Global Markets Programme through development and implementation of a tailored Scheme fully anchored on the GFSI Global Markets order to address the underlying challenges and dynamics that inhibit SMEs (primary producers and food processors) compliance and access to regional and global markets.

The project is anchored under the EDF 11 funded COMESA REGIONAL ENTERPRISE COMPETITIVENESS AND ACCESS TO MARKETS PROGRAMME (RECAMP) Sub-result 1.2 of the Programme: Capacities of beneficiary firms related to SPS and regional standards and quality management are improved, including social and environment standards required under the WTO and/or EU market.

The COMESA project forms the first of its kind for a region-wide programme, which will be implemented with technical support from an International Expert with extensive expertise and experience in projects of this nature recruited through competitive bidding. The primary objective is to facilitate market access, create mutual acceptance along the supply chain and provide a framework for mentoring small/less developed food businesses in the Member States.

Given the project wide scope incorporating several activities and sub-activities to be carried out over a protracted period, the assignment has been divided into 2 Phases. to be implemented consecutively. Phase I focuses on the design and development of the regional GMaP scheme itself, its validation by the participating Member States stakeholders as well as establishment of an online platform of the scheme. Phase II entails implementation of the developed scheme as well as key related imperatives covering global recognition requirements and perspectives.

  1. Description of the Assignment

2.1 Objective

The overall objective of the assignment is to enhance SPS/Technical standards and quality management capacities of SMEs through the development and implementation of a voluntary capacity building scheme based on the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Global Markets Programme (GMaP) for both primary and processing sectors.

The COMESA Secretariat herewith invites companies/firms to submit Applications for Expression of Interest (EOI) for the following contract: CONTRACT TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A REGIONAL VOLUNTARY CAPACITY BUILDING SCHEME BASED ON THE GLOBAL MARKETS PROGRAMME (GMaP) OF THE GLOBAL FOOD SAFETY INITIATIVE (GFSI)

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Re-Advertised: Agriculture and Sectoral satisfaction

The overall responsibility of this position to provide technical support in the development and implementation of agriculture and sectoral statistical programmes relating to (agriculture,
environment, climate change, infrastructure, industry, energy, and ICT statistics) that supports the current and future needs of COMESA Treaty and Medium-Term Strategic Plan objectives.

The specific responsibilities include:

  • Undertake and coordinate statistical capacity building work in Member states to generating quality, reliable and timely agriculture and food security statistics, climate change and environment statistics, gender statistics, infrastructure, industry, and energy statistics.
  • Provide and coordinate technical support in Member states related to agricultural, environment and climate change statistics, gender statistics, industrial, infrastructure, energy, and ICT
    statistics in the context of related MTSP strategic objectives.
  • Provide and coordinate statistical technical support to COMESA operations Divisions and Institutions to support agricultural and sectoral policy related work.
  • Prepare regional datasets on agriculture and food security, environment and climate change, gender statistics, infrastructure, industry, energy, and ICT statistics are validated, useable and
    consistent and continually updated on COMSTAT.
  • As part of the SHASA II COMESA team, contribute to the work of relevant Statistical TechnicalGroups (STGs) on agriculture, infrastructure, energy, industry, environment & climate changeat AUC level.
  • Develop knowledge products to support COMESA’s MTSP particularly related to agriculture and food security, environment and climate change statistics, gender statistics, energy,infrastructure, and industry. This includes COMESA’s annual statistical bulletins.
  • Provide technical input in the use of existing databases on COMESA (COMSTAT) and other public data portals for research studies conducted on agriculture, environment, gender and climate change, infrastructure, and industry research activities.
  • Prepare work plans and budget inputs for Agriculture/ Sectoral statistics component of the Unit’s annual work plans to secure approval for resources required to implement statistical programmes in line with unit mandate.
  • Develop statistical sub programs for COMESA Divisions and COMESA Institutions that aredeveloping larger regional integration programs.
  • Develop project/ research proposals on agriculture and sectoral statistics topics relevant to the COMESA integration program.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by Head of Unit to achieve COMEA statistics mandate.

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Re-Advertised: Agriculture & Sectoral Statistician (203 downloads)

Applications must be submitted electronically through email on the prescribed COMESA APPLICATION FORM which can be accessed at the following COMESA website:, Opportunities, COMESA Job Application Format.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Application should reach the address below not later than 18th September 18:00 hours Lusaka, Zambia time.

The Director of Human Resources and Administration
Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
COMESA Centre,
Ben Bella Road,
P.O Box 30051,


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The COMESA Secretariat is inviting consulting firms to submit Expressions of Interest for the following contract: “Contract to develop and implement a Regional voluntary building scheme based on the Global Markets Programme of the Global Food Safety Initiative”.

More details on the scope of the contract are provided in the Prequalification Document which can be downloaded, free of charge, by clicking on the button below.