Tender invitation for Assessing the Levels, Challenges, Measures, Costs and Impacts of Compliance with the EA and EU Standards of Selected MARKUP Value Chains

GIZ is seeking a competent firm to evaluate the current levels, risks/challenges, measures and costs of compliance with the existing EA and EU standards as well as the impacts of non-compliance on the economies of the EAC.

The East African Community (EAC), in partnership with the European Union (EU), is implementing the EU-EAC Market Access Upgrade Programme (MARKUP) to enhance participation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in intra-regional and the European Union export of coffee, tea, cocoa, spices, oilseeds and horticultural produce as well as their processed commodities. One of the MARKUP key objectives is to improve sector standards and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures harmonisation for the priority commodities. This objective is implemented through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ and aims to (i) develop or update harmonised East Africa (EA) standards and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS measures)  (ii) reduce national level implementation gaps of EA standards, for instance by supporting implementation, monitoring of actual compliance and the harmonisation and recognition of conformity assessment procedures.

Adoption of harmonised EA standards and SPS measures in the region enhances market access, improves predictability and reduces the time and cost of compliance to multiple standards. Compliance with harmonised standards or SPS measures, ultimately, improves the competitiveness of SMEs and their contribution to the economy of the EAC region.  Nonetheless, it is important to note that harmonisation and effective implementation of standards comes with both costs and impacts on the economies of the East African Partner States in different ways, at the micro and macro level.

A recent assessment by MARKUP identified key EA and EU standards (SPS and Technical barriers to Trade -TBT - requirements) acting as obstacles to market access for certain EAC commodities falling under the MARKUP priority value chains. The assessment identified contaminations of mycotoxins, pesticides and heavy metals as SPS requirements and improper packaging and labelling as TBT requirements commonly associated with rejection of EAC exports of these commodities.

GIZ is seeking a competent firm to evaluate the current levels, risks/challenges, measures and costs of compliance with the existing EA and EU standards as well as the impacts of non-compliance on the economies of the EAC. 

The institution is expected to provide the requested service from May - November 2020. GIZ invites institutions with relevant proven record and expertise in conducting similar assignments to submit their applications.

Interested candidates should request for detailed tender documents from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 25th April 2020 and submit Technical and Financial proposals by email no later than 4th May 2020

For more information, please contact us at:

MARKUP Programme Coordination Unit c/o Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
P.O. Box 13854
Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC)
Ngorongoro Wing, 6th Floor
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Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania