August 12, 2016

Ecuador-EU MPTA Implementation: Looking for Trade Lawyers with Ecuador Experience

WTI Advisors is looking for two trade law experts with some specific knowledge of/experience relating to Ecuador. The team will analyse Ecuador's implementation needs in relation to the EU-Ecuador MPTA.

Could this be for you?  Check out the requirements below, and let us know if you're interested! (Send a CV, ideally in EuropeAid format, to! Be fast - the internal deadline is 21 August 2016, earlier is better.

From the Terms of Reference:


The Team as whole will have:

  • Extensive legal expertise in international trade (WTO) law
  • Extensive knowledge of Free Trade Agreements, including the MPTA EU-Colombia 
and Peru
  • Extensive knowledge of Ecuador's legislative and regulatory environment as well as 
the modus operandi of relevant government institutions and regulatory bodies
  • Specific knowledge of Ecuador's domestic economy, including knowledge of market 
barriers faced by European economic operators in different sectors of the economy
  • Very good English skills
  • Excellent Spanish drafting skills

The team will likely be composed of two experts with the following profiles (but: roles could be divided differently if expertise is distrubuted otherwise between the experts):

  • Expert I: Senior legal expert / Team leader, expert on Customs, Trade facilitation, and technical barriers to trade (TBT)
  • Expert II: Junior legal expert on Public Procurement, IP, Services and SPS. (may also be a senior expert)

Expert I: Team Leader, Expert on Customs, Trade Facilitation, and Technical Barriers to trade (TBT)

The Team Leader will have the overall responsibility for the coordination and management of the expert team carrying out the assignment as described in these terms of reference, ensuring: respect of deadlines; quality; consistency and high-standard of outcomes. S/he will be familiar with the EU’s Free Trade Agreements and Ecuador's domestic legislation and will be specifically responsible for ensuring that the measures that Ecuador must take in order to implement provisions agreed under the EU-Ecuador MPTA are identified.

Qualification and skills:

  • Education at the level of Masters’ Degree in law, economics or business.

General professional experience:

  • At least 10 years of post-graduate experience in the field of international trade law

Specific professional experience:

  • Proven experience in leading and coordinating international teams on at least 3different assignments, each with a minimum continuous duration of 5 months.
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in working on Free Trade Agreements and / or market access issues affecting economic operators (Customs, Trade Facilitation, and Technical Barriers to trade), working experience in trade law in the countries of CAN would be of advantage.

Expert II: Junior Legal Expert on Public Procurement, Services, IP and SPS (can also be a senior expert)

In line with his/her expertise, the Junior Legal Expert will have the responsibility of identifying the relevant measures that Ecuador must adopt in order to comply with the provision in the EU-Ecuador MPTA in the field of Public Procurement, Intellectual Property, SPS and Services. S/he will have in-depth legal knowledge of Ecuador's legislation pertaining to Public Procurement, IP and SPS. S/he will also be familiar with Ecuador's institutional, legislative and regulatory environment, particularly in regards to the implementation of Free Trade Agreements.

Qualification and skills:

  • Education at the level of Masters' Degree in law, economics or business.

General professional experience:

  • At least 5 years of post-graduate experience helping international clients address market access issues.

Specific professional experience:

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience working on specific market access issues such as Public Procurement, Intellectual Property (IP), Investment or SPS preferably related to FTAs. Experience in this field in the CAN region would be of advantage.