CONSULTANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: AADCP II Influence on IAI Work Plan III Adoption and Implementation in CLMV Countries

Purpose The key purpose of this study is to document and build knowledge on the utilisation of IAI-WP III and its influence to changes in national plans, policies, systems and practices to understand the extent to which AADCP II support has contributed to changes in plans, policies, systems and practices in IAI-WP III’s strategic priorities particularly MSMEs, Food and Agriculture in selected CLMV countries. The study will primarily be used by AADCP II and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to understand how Australian-funded projects have contributed to change. It will be useful for the Australian Government aid program as a form of accountability to its stakeholders, and determine the effectiveness of AADCP II support in IAI, and in relevant sectors in the IAI-WP III. It will also be useful for determining future Australia/ AADCP II interventions in IAI and NDG. Results of the case study will be shared with ASEAN to contribute to the finalisation and subsequent implementation of the IAI Work Plan IV, which is currently being drafted. Process and Timeframes This study will be primarily undertaken through a desktop review of relevant documents and by conducting interview consultations with key informants (preferably via phone/ video conference call) to collect data on the utilisation of IAI-WP III by CLMV government and its influence to policy. The resource persons to be interviewed will be identified through discussion with IAI-WP III national coordinator of each country, focal point of each strategic area, and IAI/NDG division of ASEC. This study will be jointly managed by AADCP II and the Programme Coordination and Project Management Division (PCPMD) as...

CONSULTANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: AADCP II PPMSU Senior Project Officer

Duties and Responsibilities Lead identification, preparation, initiation, and implementation of projects pertaining to AADCP II work streams. This includes development of terms of reference/ scope of work, procurement, and implementation oversight as well as development/drafting of reports for projects that are not contracted to implementers. Provide technical and management support for ASEAN project design and implementation, which includes: Facilitating meetings with ASEC desk officers in identifying and developing project concepts, and prepare project concepts and proposals accordingly; Facilitating meetings among ASEC key personnel and AADCP II team on the initial stage of the activities and further steps to be undertaken; Assisting relevant ASEC desk officers in the preparation stage of the activities i.e. development of project proposals, terms of reference, project costing, procurement (including bid review and tender assessment), contracting, etc; Providing guidance to project stakeholders, including ASEC desk officers and project implementers to ensure common understanding and expectations; Providing guidance for the selected consultants/organisations in consultation with relevant ASEC desk officers prior to the commencement of the activities; Coordinating and liaising with the selected consultants/organisations to conduct their tasks, monitor progress of the tasks, development of reports and its finalisation which may involve proofing, redrafting, assessing progress against project milestones (inception, draft, and final reports) and organizing meetings/ forums/ workshops; Proactively identify ways to enhance project sustainability, visibility and dissemination of project outputs/ benefits; Identify practical measures to incorporate gender equality and social inclusion in the design, implementation and monitoring of AADCP II projects. Proactively build and maintain effective, collegial and harmonious work relationships with ASEAN desk officers, ASEAN Member State representatives and other stakeholders; Maintain appropriate and...

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...