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Individual Consultant for ICT Regulation Toolkit : Module 2 (Competition and Price Regulation)

infoDev is inviting applications for an expert Author/Editor to update Module 2 of the ICT Regulation Toolkit (Competition and Price Regulation) with fresh material.

1. About infoDev

infoDev (www.infodev.org) is a Global Partnership Program, coordinated and served by an expert Secretariat housed in the Finance and Private Sector Vice Presidency (FPDVP) of the World Bank Group (WBG). Its strategic goal is to promote sustainable inclusive growth, competiveness, and jobs using technology-based tools, in particular information and communication technologies (ICTs). infoDev focuses on the following key areas to achieve its goal: (i) Innovate: assisting in creating and growing sustainable enterprises that are technology-enabled and facilitating access to finance (A2F) and access to markets (A2M); (ii) Connect: promoting an enabling environment to ensure effective competition so that the ICT market functions to widen access to technology at affordable prices; (iii) Transform: demonstrating the transformative power of ICTs, especially mobile applications, in developing country economies, notably in the fields of Agriculture and Climate Change adaptation.

infoDev acts as a neutral convener of dialogue and as a coordinator among bilateral and multilateral donors – supporting global sharing of information on ICT for development.  The Connect Program, in particular, helps developing countries and their international partners make smart choices and develop effective partnerships for enabling access to information infrastructure, applications, and services in ways that are sustainable, maximize private investment, and leverage public resources where necessary. This includes sponsoring research, capacity building on regulation issues, expanding access to broadband, and ICT toolkits.

2. About the ICT Regulation Toolkit

In order to respond to developing countries' need for practical, relevant guidance and assistance in an ever-changing environment, infoDev, in cooperation with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), has developed since 2004 the ICT Regulation Toolkit [hereinafter referred to as the “Toolkit”], a live resource for policymakers, regulators, the telecom industry, and consumers, providing a global overview of how telecom policy is best implemented.  It can be found online at www.ictregulationtoolkit.org.

The Toolkit includes both theoretical and practical materials highlighting experience and results. It is currently divided into 7 Modules as follows:

1.       Regulating the Telecommunications Sector: Overview

2.       Competition and Price Regulation

3.       Authorization of Telecommunications Services

4.       Universal Access and Service

5.       Radio Spectrum Management

6.       Legal and Institutional Framework

7.       New Technology and impact on Regulation

All modules are meant to be periodically updated and improved, with new materials, case studies, regulation strategies, and best practices. The present Terms of Reference (ToR) relates to updating Module 2 on Competition and Price Regulation.

3. Request for Proposals

infoDev is inviting applications for an expert Author/Editor to update Module 2 of the ICT Regulation Toolkit with fresh material.  This position would involve working part-time, from the consultant’s place of work for an estimated 60 days of work, over an elapsed time of 3-6 months. The author would be employed by infoDev as a Short-Term Consultant (STC), and will work closely with the Toolkit Task Management Team, comprising staff from infoDev and ITU. 

4. Outline of Tasks 

The Author/Editor of Module 2 will be expected to update the main text of the toolkit as well as practice notes and reference documents as outlined below. The update of Module 2 should take into account and reflect material in the 2010 10th Anniversary Edition of the Telecommunication Regulation Handbook and relevant World Bank, infoDev, and ITU publications (such as ITU Discussion Papers from the annual Global Symposium for Regulators, other ITU reports such as ITU’s broadband series, the ITU GSR best practice guidelines, the Broadband Strategies Toolkit, and the World Bank’s Information and Communication for Development 2009 report).

4.1 Main Text (Level 2 updating)

a) Update existing sections of the module, as necessary, in order to reflect the latest regulatory and legal changes in the area of competition policy and price regulation, especially the former.  The expert should consider restructuring the toolkit to make it more current and navigable, e.g.

§  Incorporate more practical guidance on, inter alia:  regulatory forbearance, ex ante vs. ex post regulation, market power (and defining SMPs in a digital converged environment), barriers to entry, price caps, price benchmarking.

§  Update and add additional market data and material on topics relating to the functioning of competitive markets such as: mobile roaming, mobile termination, infrastructure sharing, from retail to wholesale price regulation,  IXPs, etc. 

b) Add new sections on the following topics, and any other topics the expert deems relevant, in consultation with infoDev and ITU:

§  Developments in anti-trust, e.g. relating to actions taken against content providers, operating systems, search providers, etc. (looking at merger and acquisitions (vertical integration) in the ICT sector. This should focus in particular on the role of competition authorities and ICT regulators;

§  The relationship between anti-trust and consumer protection issues;

§  Inter-modal competition (e.g., between cable, broadband, wireless, etc.);

§  Evolution of policy approaches to open access updating the existing sub-section on open access and on broadband core and access networks, NGN and mobile networks, including for 4G mobile networks and for metropolitan fibre networks;

§  IP interconnection (including interconnection of Next-Generation Networks (NGN), transition from traditional PSTN to IP interconnection, etc.).  Principles of non-discrimination, e.g., for content and content platforms (such as mobile applications and app stores);

§  ADR (Alternative dispute resolution) in the context of interconnection disputes;

§  Net Neutrality (including effective management of Internet traffic and pricing, mobile net neutrality, etc.);

§  Introduce the broadband pricing and related price regulation study (being developed by ITU);

§  Introduce broadband spectrum pricing strategies study (being developed by ITU) and cross-refer to the spectrum module.

c) Delete outdated or repetitive material. For instance, please note that infoDev wishes to suppress Section IV of the Module on New Paradigms (http://ictregulationtoolkit.org//en/Section.1646.html) as this is covered elsewhere in the Toolkit. Any material that is still relevant to Module 2 should, however, be considered for editing and inclusion.

The Author/Editor will be required to track any textual changes made to the Toolkit text for translation purposes. One of the major deliverables will be a “track changes” form of the text. It will be important to continue to track changes throughout the review process.

The Author/Editor should also liaise with the original module authors (see executive summary) for their suggestions on new material to include, if any.

4.2 Practice Notes and Reference Documents (Levels 3 and 4 updating)

a) Update and modify existing practice notes and include new practice notes to illustrate the latest trends in competition policy and price regulation. Examples of new practice notes could include:

-- EU anti-trust actions in the ICT field;

-- Kenya’s approach to infrastructure sharing on its 4G mobile network (LTE);

-- Examples of using new digital dividend spectrum availability (e.g., “white spaces”) to promote competition;

-- Approaches to mobile net neutrality in the US and the EU.

b) Update and modify the existing list of reference documents with new, more current material. An annotated list of reference documents should also be made available as well as adding keywords to assist in searches.

Please note that it is important when choosing country examples or case studies to ensure geographical and thematic diversity.  

A separate Terms of Reference will be issued for Level 1 updating, i.e. the Executive Summary of the Toolkit.

5.            Timeline

A project kick-off date is planned to initiate the work.  The Module 2 Author/Editor will be expected to follow the rough schedule set out below, subject to discussions between the parties.  

Task

Tentative Date *

1) Submission of a revised detailed outline of the Module, for review by infoDev and ITU, including proposals for additional updates that might not be included in the present Terms of Reference

2 weeks after signature of contract

2) Submission of draft Module content for review by infoDev and ITU, as well as draft list of practice notes and reference documents

No later than 12 weeks after signature of contract

3) Review by infoDev and ITU

14 weeks after signature of contract

4) Submission of Final Draft Module content, with practice notes and reference documents

20 weeks after signature of contract

5) After clearance from the infoDev/ITU management team, uploading of all content on the Toolkit website, with hyperlinks and cross-references, and submission of a Final Tracked Changes version of the new Module 2 (for translation purposes)

No later than26 weeks after signature of contract

             * Schedule is for illustrative purposes only and is subject to change.

6.            Application Procedure

In responding to this request, applicants are invited to submit an updated CV together with a cover letter. It is suggested that the cover letter include an initial draft table of contents for an updated Module 2.  Please submit this material via the World Bank’s eConsult2 electronic procurement system at: https://wbgeconsult2.worldbank.org/wbgec/index.html (search for selection no. 1025861), no later than 11.59pm on Monday 31 January, Eastern Time.  Please DO NOT LOGIN, but click instead on “Bidding Opportunities”.  For questions on the job application process only, you may contact Mather Pfeiffenberger (mpfeiffenberger@worldbank.org).


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