TENDER ANNOUNCEMENT – Improving Research and Advocacy Skills of Business Associations in CLMV Countries

Needs and Objectives  The project aims to assist business associations in CLMV to better represent the interests of the local business community during policy making by: Identifying gaps for business associations in CLMV countries in developing, managing and delivering advocacy programmes/activities; Identifying capacity building requirements for CLMV business associations to better conduct business advocacy activities; Providing training and mentoring to participating business associations to develop these skills; and Providing mentoring support for each participating business association to identify and undertake a specific business advocacy activity or programme   Outputs  The expected outputs for the project are: An assessment report of each CLMV country in the following areas, at a minimum: Situation analysis in the CLMV countries to better understand how CLMV governments interact with the private sector, particularly MSMEs and the associations that represent MSMEs, and what issues they generally face in influencing policy making. This should include identification of gaps on mechanisms for the government to effectively engage with the private sector. Identification of gaps for business associations in CLMV countries in developing, managing and delivering advocacy programmes/activities as well as in analysing and integrating gender, environmental and social issues (GESI) in the design and implementation of advocacy programmes/activities. These should, at the minimum, include enabling environment (e.g. political will), to enhance the capacity of the business association (e.g. technical capacity to research and gather information, devise an advocacy strategy, utilise and manage data, communicate or present data, organize advocacy events, and monitor and evaluate advocacy), and to improve credibility of the business associations. Recommendations to address identified gaps, including design of regional training programmes for participating business...

Tender Announcement – Development of Consolidated Strategy on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) for ASEAN

Needs and Objectives The goal of the Project is that ASEAN is able to fully harness the opportunities from the 4IR to enhance regional competitiveness and promote equitable economic growth. The project will enable ASEAN bodies across the three pillars and ASEAN Member States (AMS) to set their 4IR-related priorities and strategies, allowing it to put in place approaches and implementation mechanisms to advance their 4IR priorities. The Consolidated Strategy will also serve as a reference and communication tool to ASEAN stakeholders and external partners to coordinate efforts, garner feedback, and support. Reporting All reports as described in Section III will be submitted based on ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II (AADCP II) Guidelines for Contractors in draft format to ASEC AIMD (with a copy to AADCP II) and, following ASEC approval, in final form. All outputs and reports must be suitable for publication, although the decision on publication lies with the ASEAN. The contractor will also provide regular (weekly, bi-monthly or as agreed with ASEC) summation of activities undertaken and issues that have arisen. These will be submitted to AIMD and AADCP II via email. Financial reports will be submitted at invoicing in line with a payment schedule to be specified in the Special Services Agreement (SSA). Scope of Services The consultancy will be undertaken over a continuous effective period of twelve (12) calendar months with up to twenty-four (24) person weeks or one hundred and twenty (120) person days for Team Leader, and twelve (13) person weeks or sixty-five (65) person days for each Expert Team Member of professional services. Work will commence immediately after contract signing...

INVITATION: Short-term Consultancy: Editor for the ASEAN Project Manual and Guidelines

Description of tasks and activities: This assignment requires the Report Editor to edit, copy-edit and proofread the four documents: a) the “Manual for Designing, Planning, Implementing, Monitoring and Completing ASEAN Cooperation Projects: A Practical Guide”; b) Guidelines on Implementation and Monitoring of ASEAN Cooperation Projects; c) revised Guidelines on Closing ASEAN Cooperation Projects; and d) revised Standard Operating Procedure on Project Appraisal and Approval. The total number of pages for these four documents is approximately 350 pages, on an A4 page. The Report Editor will report to the head of the Programme Cooperation and Project Management Division (PCPMD). Deliverables: Edited: the “Manual for Designing, Planning, Implementing, Monitoring and Completing ASEAN Cooperation Projects: A Practical Guide”; Guidelines on Implementation and Monitoring of ASEAN Cooperation Projects; and Revised Guidelines on Closing ASEAN Cooperation Projects Revised Standard Operating Procedure on Project Appraisal and Approval All four documents have to be submitted in MS Word format within 15 business days from the start of the assignment. Timeframe and fee: This assignment is home-based. The fee will be paid a lump sum amount at the end of the assignment, following ASEAN Secretariat’s acceptance of the outputs, approximately two weeks following submission of an invoice to the ASEAN Secretariat. Submission of Quotation Consultants are invited to submit a quotation in response to this Terms of Reference (TOR). The quotation should include the consultant’s CV, a cover letter highlighting the consultant’s past experience in undertaking similar assignment, relevant sample(s) of writing/editing, and professional fee (in US$/word, inclusive of income tax and other relevant charges, if any) Applicants should send their quotation indicating “Editor for the ASEAN...

TENDER ANNOUNCEMENT: ASEAN Business Sentiment Study 2020

Needs and Objectives In the short to medium term, the study is expected to provide valuable insights to the ASEAN policymakers on the ASEAN indigenous enterprises’ general sentiment on the perceived impacts of ASEAN economic integration under the AEC on their businesses and industries, as well as their views and recommendations on how ASEAN can further develop and improve the AEC. Assessing the business sentiment of ASEAN indigenous enterprises (ranging from large to small ones) towards the AEC will likewise provide insights on how to strengthen public-private engagement. With private sector input and feedback, the concerns of businesses, especially the SMEs will put forward. As such, policy makers will be able to make better, more informed policy choices and develop initiatives to better respond to the needs of the business community. In the long run, the project will contribute towards a more supportive policy environment enabling the successful implementation of AEC initiatives. In terms of the focus area of trade in services, AMS are expected to benefit from further liberalisation and elimination of barriers to trade through the implementation of AFAS. Understanding the views of ASEAN enterprises may become a catalyst for a more productive and fruitful discussion among AMS to successfully implement AFAS. The result of the study will be reported to the AEM and Leaders for their consideration and will also be used as inputs for the Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the AEC Blueprint 2025, and ultimately feed into ASEAN policymaking processes . This is to ensure that the policies developed in ASEAN will actually be beneficial for the private sector operating in ASEAN. The study must...

TENDER ANNOUNCEMENT: Strengthening ASEAN Cooperation in Minerals – DEADLINE EXTENDED

Outputs The outputs of this project include the following: Component 1: DPAMC An internal DPAMC Report (to be delivered in two stages): a) An Interim Report (preliminary desk report) detailing methods, schedules and outline of the report which shall cover: (i) the global context and state of ASEAN minerals development (including investment and exploration policies), (ii) stakeholder map of the minerals development space in ASEAN, (iii) and survey of international experience on successful regional cooperation in minerals development that may be relevant to the ASEAN context; and, b) DPAMC Full Report (draft, revised draft, final draft, final) which shall incorporate the findings of the Interim Report, detailed assessment and recommendations on areas of highest potential for regional cooperation in ASEAN and corresponding regional strategies and measures, as well as initial recommendations for AMCAP Phase 2. The final draft of the report shall be presented to ASEAN Member States in order to help them build consensus around the report’s recommendations DPAMC Public Version which shall be developed based on the adapted Final Full Report. The consideration of social and environmental issues is mainstreamed through the AMCAP’s programme area on sustainable minerals development, and under the purview of the ASOMM Working Group on Sustainable Minerals Development (WGSMD). The AMCAP III Phase 2 will include a strategy and programme area to specifically address sustainable development of mineral resources. Thus, the DPMAC should reflect on these concerns and make appropriate recommendations. Component 2: Scoping Study of AMDIS The Report should contain: Clarification of the purpose of the AMDIS; Needs analysis of AMDIS’ main audience, and a general stakeholder analysis; Assessment of the current...