TENDER ANNOUNCEMENT – Implementation Review of IAI Work Plan III

Needs and Objectives The project will enable CLMV governments through IAI Task Force to make better informed decisions in improving implementation performance of IAI Work Plan III as well as formulating the next IAI Work Plan. Scope of Services The consultancy will be undertaken over a continuous effective period of 9 calendar months with approximately 45 person weeks of professional services. Work will commence immediately after contract signing. Qualifications In its proposal the bidder should demonstrate experience in: Extensive experience in strategic planning, performance/progress review on the implementation of regional strategic plan/work plan for a multi-year development program, particularly in the ASEAN region; Expertise in M&E of development projects, particularly in identification of performance indicators; Proven expertise and substantial work experience in development and operationalisation of M&E frameworks for complex, multi-year programmes; Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain sound working relationships with stakeholders particularly senior government officials, parliamentarians and other identified stakeholders; Good knowledge and proven experience in data collection, analysis, communication (oral and written), and facilitation; Experience in mainstreaming gender perspective in strategic plan/work plan development and implementation review; and A thorough understanding of ASEAN Secretariat and AADCP II procedures will be considered added value. Bidding Interested consulting firms are invited to submit a proposal in response to these Terms of Reference. This proposal should be in two parts: Technical and Financial components. The Technical component should present the following information: A brief discussion indicating the bidder’s understanding of the needs of the project; A brief analysis of key issues; A methodological discussion of how the bidder proposes to address those needs including assessment of key issues, analytical...

TENDER ANNOUNCEMENT: Operational Guide for Monitoring, Review, and Evaluation of the MPAC 2025

Needs and Objectives The goal of this project is to promote effective implementation of MPAC 2025 towards a seamlessly and comprehensively connected and integrated ASEAN, through an effective MRE mechanism that strengthens accountability and provides quality assessment for current policy decision-making and future planning. The project will enable key stakeholders of MPAC 2025 ranging from ACCC, LIBs, relevant ASEAN Sectoral Bodies/Working Groups, relevant divisions/directorates at the ASEC, to NCs and NFPs to make more informed decisions in improving implementation performance of the MPAC 2025. Scope of Services The consultancy will be undertaken over a continuous effective period of eight (8) calendar months with approximately 56 person weeks of professional services. Work will commence immediately after contract signing. Qualifications In its proposal, the bidder should demonstrate: Thorough understanding and in-depth knowledge of ASEAN, ASEAN Communities and ASEAN Connectivity; Expertise in M&E of complex development projects, particularly in outcome setting and identification of performance indicators; Proven expertise and substantial work experience in development and operationalisation of M&E frameworks for complex, multi-year programmes; Extensive experience working with multi-stakeholder in a participatory manner, including with high-level government officials, bilateral and multilateral institutions, civil society and NGOs, particularly in consensus building and facilitation; Knowledge and experience in data collection and analysis on regional and global survey/research; Extensive knowledge and experience in project management; Experience working with regional (multi-country) government stakeholders highly preferable; A thorough understanding of ASEC and AADCP II procedures will be considered of added value. Bidding Interested individual consultant/consulting firms are invited to submit a proposal in response to these Terms of Reference. This proposal should be in two parts: Technical and...

TENDER ANNOUNCEMENT: Establishment of Multilateral Arrangement for the Mutual Recognition of Agri-food Standards and Conformity Assessment (MAMRASCA)

Needs and Objectives In the long run, the project intends to facilitate trade and enhance the competitiveness of agri-food through mutual recognition of agri-food standards and conformity assessment among AMSs. The expected outcomes of the proposed project are as follows: a) Establishment of a mutual recognition arrangement that would improve the acceptance of agricultural best practices standards and results of conformity assessment among AMSs; and, b) Improved knowledge of AMSs on the quality infrastructures and technical resources needed to meet their obligation under the MRA Scope of Services The consultancy will be undertaken over a maximum  period of 110 person days of professional services. Work will commence immediately after contract signing. A maximum of two teams/individual contractors will be hired to implement the project. Interested contractors  can bid on one work area or a combination of the two. We require, at the minimum, the following expertise: International Trade Law Expert (for a maximum of 50 person days). This person/team will be responsible for the preparation of the MRA Text and its accompanying supplements. Agricultural Policy and Institutional Development Expert (for a maximum of 60 person days). This person/team will be responsible for the preparation of the Needs Assessment Study. The two teams/individual contractors will be expected to collaborate and provide inputs on the various reports, as needed. Qualifications The scope of work within this TOR covers two specific types of work: international trade law and economics; and, agricultural policy, institutional development and governance. The bidder must be able to demonstrate the required qualifications for at least one of the work areas or all types of work. For the Trade Law Expert, the...

ASEAN Sustainable Urbanisation Strategy

Urbanisation is a crucial driver of economic growth in ASEAN, yet rapid urbanisation can make it difficult for urban infrastructure development to keep pace, giving rise to issues such as economic inequality, congestion, and environmental and health problems. To maintain the benefit of urbanisation, ASEAN cities need to take a proactive, coherent approach in ensuring that adequate and sustainable urban infrastructure are in place. The ASEAN Sustainable Urbanisation Strategy (ASUS) is one of the initiatives under the strategic area of Sustainable Infrastructure of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025. It provides ASEAN cities with a framework of sustainable urbanisation based on six areas, namely civic and social, health and well-being, security, quality environment, built infrastructures, industry and innovation. It consists of this report as well as two accompanying toolkits that will assist local governments in ASEAN to advance sustainable urbanisation in their cities. Download the ASEAN Sustainable Urbanisation...

ASEAN Investment Report 2018: Foreign Direct Investment and the Digital Economy in ASEAN

ASEAN’s digital economy has been growing rapidly, backed by the region’s fast expanding digital networks and numbers of mobile phone and Internet users. ASEAN has the third largest number of Internet users in the world after China and India. The region’s active participation in digital development and promotion of investment in information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure are major drivers of this growth. The Internet economy (transactions conducted online) was estimated to be worth $50 billion in 2017 and is expected to become a $200 billion economy by 2025. Fulfilling this potential, however, will require the right policy and regulatory framework to encourage further participation and investment by the private sector. It also requires addressing key challenges and potential drawbacks associated with rapid growth of the digital economy. The ASEAN Investment Report 2018 looks at the how digital economy, including e-commerce, fintech, venture capital and other digital activities influence the investment landscape in ASEAN. It also discusses policy options and digital economy strategy for the region, to help it transform itself into a competitive global digital hub. The report also includes a special section highlighting Australia investment development in ASEAN. It provides historical analysis of Australian foreign direct investment (FDI) and discusses presence of Australian Multinational Enterprises (MNE) in ASEAN. The report was prepared by the ASEAN Secretariat and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Download the report...