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...

TENDER ANNOUNCEMENT: Mid-term Review of the ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for SME Development 2016 – 2025 (SAP SMED 2025)

Needs and Objectives The goal of the mid-term review is to assess and ensure effective implementation and the achievement of the objectives of SAP SMED 2025. It should highlight main achievements and weaknesses; lessons learnt and points out potential avenues for improving the Action Plan in future. Furthermore, the mid-term review is expected to assess changes in context corresponding to current issues for example, 4IR and digitalisation, circular economy, sustainable development goals and most recently, impact of regional/global crisis that threatens the sustainability of businesses especially smaller business, and make recommendations to ensure the relevance of ACCMSME’s works for the remaining of the SAP SMED implementation period. This project will produce a Report on the MTR of the implementation of the SAP SMED 2025, which is expected to: enable key stakeholders, particularly ACCSME, to make informed decisions in improving implementation effectiveness and performance of the Action Plan; assess overall progress made in delivering SAP SMED 2025, through verification and validation of indicators of completion towards achievement of outcomes; identify changes in the context, taking into consideration current social and economic issues impacting the relevance of SAP SMED 2025; identify drivers and success factors as well as constraints and challenges that cause delay, lessons learned and areas requiring further work or reform; and, produce a set of actionable and concrete recommendations towards improvement of the SAP SMED 2025 and moving it forward. Outputs The main output of this project is the Mid-Term Review Report of SAP SMED 2025. The output will be delivered in stages: Interim Report, summarising the result of data collection, initial-stage data analysis, desktop reviews and stakeholder...

Extended: Tender Announcement: THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ASEAN ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ADR) GUIDELINES FOR CONSUMER PROTECTION

Needs and Objectives The project aims to enable ACCP and relevant ministries in the AMS in setting up and implementing effective ADR mechanisms in their respective countries. The project will: 1) assess the ADR mechanism/methods available in AMS and identify international best practices both within ASEAN and beyond; and 2) develop a guideline for common approaches to ADRs, including consideration of a mechanism for resolving consumer complaints through consumer groups. The process will include consultations with stakeholders to share experiences and validate the Guidelines prior to the public dissemination. Reporting The consultant is expected to produce reports in accordance with Sections III and IV above. All reports will be submitted based on ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II (AADCP II) Guidelines for Contractors in draft format to ASEC CCPID (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 CCPID 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 an effective period of five (5) calendar months with approximately thirteen (13) person weeks of professional services. Work will commence immediately after contract signing. Bidding Interested consulting firms are invited to submit a proposal in response to these Terms of Reference. This proposal should be...