The International Trade Centre (ITC) is a joint agency of the United Nations and World Trade Organization based in Geneva. ITC's mission is to enable small business export success in developing and transition-economy countries, by providing, with partners, sustainable and inclusive development solutions to the private sector, trade support institutions and policymakers. Along with the United Nations family and partner organizations, ITC projects and programmes are part of the global efforts to achieve UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the Aid for Trade agenda. ITC remains the only international organization focused solely on trade development for developing and transition economies.
ITC’s Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) is a global poverty reduction program leveraging the value chain of the international lifestyle market to provide employment and income opportunities to micro-producers from marginalized communities through private sector development. EFI creates meaningful work, with fair and decent working conditions, employing traditional skills. It develops value chains and create market linkages for sustainable development and to create long-term impact in the communities in which we operate.
ITC through EFI program is implementing in Afghanistan an EU funded three-year project (2018-2021) which has the overarching objective to contribute to economic reintegration of returnees and internally displaced people. The project has two major components; Lifestyle fashion: silk and garmenting and Lifestyle food: saffron dried fruits, nuts and associated crops.
The project impact is to generate greater economic and employment opportunities for IDPs, returnees and potential migrants, particularly rural producers including weaving artisans, silk cocoon producers, farmers and herders through partnership with Social Enterprises.
The program is managed according to a business model, which enables micro-producers from the informal sector to work in the international market of sustainable lifestyle. The model empowers micro-producers to work in structured supply chains, coordinated by a social enterprise that runs a production and commercialization hub. EFI follows international labour standards and responsible impact assessment criteria in all engagements. It measures results in a transparent way, applying EFI developed impact assessment system as well as tools to evaluate performance and compliance with international labour standards, ethical business and sustainability principles.
ITC needs to hire a vendor to develop a web-based platform for traceability and transparency. This procurement contract is to be delivered in six (6) months.
To develop a web-based platform for supply chain management and consumer engagement, ITC needs to hire a vendor to provide direct support and technical assistance in terms of mapping and visualising the supply chain engaged by ITC’s EFI.
Due to the nature of the services to be delivered, the vendor should be able to provide a demo of the platform put together as proof of concept to display the possible applications, feasibility, and performance.