Canadian Trade and Investment Facility for Development – Pool of Experts

Consultants, short-term
Asia-Pacific Region & Canada
Commensurate with Experience 

About Us

With more than 30 years of experience, CowaterSogema is Canada’s global leader in management consulting services specializing in international development. We have managed the implementation of over 800 projects in more than 80 countries around the globe for clients such as DFID, DFAT Australia, the World Bank and Global Affairs Canada. We work with governments, partner organizations, communities and civil society to design and implement sustainable solutions that generate lasting social, economic and environmental impacts. Our adaptive approach to management has led to our award-winning work and recognition as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2017 and 2018.

Project Summary

CowaterSogema is currently seeking service providers to register in the Pool of Consultants who are interested to undertake technical assistance carried out by the Canadian Trade and Investment Facility for Development (CTIF). CTIF is a seven-year project with operations starting in September 2018. CTIF will support priority trade and investment related capacity building and policy reforms that have a high potential to reduce poverty in developing countries in the Asia Pacific. CTIF is a demand-driven mechanism that will respond to local beneficiaries’ needs through implementation of mandates/projects.

Areas of focus

The Facility will focus on the following areas of programming:

Regional level

Interventions that support improved skills, knowledge and tools to support:

  1. inclusive and sustainable growth;
  2. competitiveness; and/or
  3. economic integration

National/local level

Interventions that support the increased ability of national and local governments to plan, develop and implement inclusive policies, legislation, and regulations supporting increased:

  1. market access for businesses;
  2. funding for infrastructure; and/or
  3. access to finance.

Civil society level

  1. Interventions that support increased capacity of key nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), nongovernmental institutions (NGIs) and private sector organizations (PSOs) to engage with government institutions on:trade ssues;investment issues; and/orinfrastructure issues
  2. Interventions that support the increased capacity of NGOs, NGIs and PSOs to support their constituencies in:business growth;women’s economic empowerment;market access issues;access to finance; and/or responsible business conduct.


Indicative project activities will include:

  • Preparation of baselines, benchmarking, specific sector studies, polls, etc.;
  • Organization of events (conferences, seminars, workshops, mutual technical visits and other exchange activities, etc.);
  • Provision of specialized technical assistance to relevant stakeholders;
  • Consolidation and further development of monitoring, communication and visibility tools.

Key stakeholders

The main project beneficiaries are regional institutions, national and local governments that are engaged in trade and investment policy reforms that promote inclusive growth and civil society organizations and firms that are expected to benefit from these reforms. Beneficiaries are located in ODA-eligible Asia Pacific countries. Currently, eligible countries include:

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna.


Individual project duration will depend on approved applications from beneficiaries and could take from one week to a year.


We thank you for your interest in building a better tomorrow with CowaterSogema.