Vacancy Announcement: AADCP II Contracts Officer

THE ASEAN SECRETARIAT INVITES INDONESIAN CITIZENS OR ASEAN NATIONALS WHO ARE CURRENTLY RESIDING AND RECRUITED IN INDONESIA TO APPLY FOR THE POSITION OF ASEAN-AUSTRALIA DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION PROGRAM (AADCP) PHASE II CONTRACTS OFFICER Background: As a dynamic region with a population of more than 575 million that aims to live in peace and share prosperity, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has embarked on an initiative to build an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). The AEC is envisioned as a competitive economic region well integrated into the global economy, having equitable economic development, and serving as single market and production base. In the implementation of the various economic agreements constituting the architecture of the AEC, ASEAN Member States have adopted the AEC Blueprint. The Australian Government is pleased to support implementation of the AEC Blueprint through the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program (AADCP) II. The Contracts Officer will support the AADCP II and work closely with the General Legal Affairs Division of the ASEAN Secretariat pertaining to all aspects in the development and management of agreements and contracts related to procurement of goods/services and personnel for AADCP II and other legal support services for the Secretariat. Duties and Responsibilities: The Contracts Officer’s duties will cover, but are not limited to, the following: 1. Assist in negotiating, drafting and finalizing agreements and contracts. 2. Provide technical and oversight support relating to finance management and program expenditure of the agreements and contracts under AADCP II. 3. Monitoring contract performance and advising compliance with the contract terms and conditions. 4. Maintain and update all procurement files and records and other contracts. 5. Provide assistance...

Development of the ASEAN MRA-TP Work Plan 2017-2020

Needs and Objectives This project will produce the Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Tourism Professionals (MRA-TP) Work Plan 2017-2020. Specifically the project will produce two outputs: a) the ASEAN MRA-TP implementation review, which will assess current progress in the implementation of the MRA-TP, test assumptions, capture relevant context, identify risks (magnitude and impact) and opportunities for achieving success, and propose resolutions to address identified risks, blockages and barriers; and b) the ASEAN MRA-TP Work Plan 2017-2020, that will specify strategic actions, recommend the best approach in implementing those actions, and provide a mechanism for monitoring progress and make decisions throughout the Work Plan implementation. Scope of Services The consultancy will be undertaken over a continuous effective period of 6 (six) calendar months with approximately 350 (three hunder fifty) person days of professional services. Work will commence immediately after contract signing. Qualifications In its proposal the consultant(s) should demonstrate: Thorough understanding and in-depth knowledge of ASEAN, ASEAN Community and ASEAN Tourism; Extensive experience in undertaking performance/progress review on the implementation of the strategic plan/work plan at the regional level; In-depth expertise in business development, finance and accounting, and marketing across a range of social enterprise models or demonstrated ability to adapt experience into social enterprise sector; Experience in the design and implementation of business plans, especially for start‐ups; Strong research and analytical skills, communication (oral and written), facilitation and management skills; Extensive knowledge and sound experience in project management, monitoring and evaluation; Excellent people skills – demonstrated ability to develop and maintain sound working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders; Experience in mainstreaming gender perspective in strategic plan/work plan development...

TENDER: ASEAN at 50: A Historic Milestone of FDI and MNEs in ASEAN

Needs and Objectives This project will produce a publication to mark the 50th anniversary of ASEAN entitled: “ASEAN at 50: A Historic Milestone of FDI and MNEs in ASEAN,” that presents data and analysis on FDI flows in the region over the last five decades, tapping MNEs and ASEAN companies as engines for regional economic development, by presenting an evaluation on what has been achieved, how challenges have been addressed, and offer an analysis of FDI and MNE development in the context of the AEC in the process leading to stronger regional integration, regional production networks, by focusing on several key themes. Scope of Services The consultancy will be undertaken over a continuous effective period of 10 (ten) calendar months with approximately 21 (twenty-one) person weeks of professional services. Work will commence immediately after contract signing. Qualifications In its proposal the consultant(s) should demonstrate: • Thorough understanding and in-depth knowledge FDIs and MNEs, and has done extensive research work in these areas; • In-depth knowledge of economic, trade, investment and regional integration issues, especially within ASEAN; • Proven track record of experience in economic and industry research; • Thorough understanding of ASEAN and its work on economic community building; • Adequate knowledge of and balanced exposure to ASEAN economies; • Have extensive experience in policy making and providing policy advice to governments and have considerable exposure and network with the industries and industry players/associations; • Established links and networks with business associations across Member States, as well as links with research networks/institutions or market research groups in different parts of ASEAN; and, • Proven skills in writing and conversing...

Tender: Development of Teaching Tools to Apply Good Consumer Protection Practices in 6 Priority Sectors

Needs and Objectives AADCP II is commissioning a set of instructional materials and tools for use by consumer protection agencies and agencies with consumer protection responsibilities in training and/or enhancing the existing capacities of their staff. Specifically, the consultant will be responsible for: Preparation of a training structure and content taking into account the goals and objectives as well as the intended participants. The course content will be delivered through short lectures, group discussions, group presentations, case studies, role- play, simulation and skill practices during the training. Review of an existing draft training modules in six key areas: namely i) consumer credit and banking, ii) environment, and iii) professional services, iv) healthcare, v) e-commerce, and vi) product safety and labelling, to ensure there is consistency and smooth flow of the materials as well as better readability; Separation of the contents into logical components or training modules and design of a series of instructional materials; Preparation of training session plans with indicative time that needs to be allocated for each concept/sections of the modules; and Development of evaluation forms including questions regarding relevance and effectiveness of training materials, whether the material covered the professional needs of the participant. Scope of Services The consultancy will be undertaken over a continuous effective period of 9 (nine) calendar months with approximately 21 person weeks of professional services covering all deliverables. Work will commence immediately after contract signing. Qualifications We require, at the minimum, the following expertise and in the bidder must be able to demonstrate the required qualifications on the aforementioned scope of work: Extensive experience in curriculum development, instructional systems design, knowledge management and capacity building; Skills and involvement in the...

AADCP II Tender Frequency Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AADCP II TENDER FOR PROJECT CONSULTANCY   Are firms located outside ASEAN member states eligible to apply for AADCP II-supported consultancy project? Yes. Can consortiums apply to AADCP II-supported consultancy project? Yes. Can AADCP II provide budget estimate for the project? No. Is there a format or template for the proposal/ bid submission? No. Any format, including text and slide handouts, is acceptable as long as the document contains the required information as requested in the Terms of References (TOR). Would it be possible to submit the soft copies by the deadline stated in the TOR, then printed copies to follow? Soft copies should be submitted by the deadline in the TOR. Printed copies of the proposals should arrive at the ASEAN Secretariat within 7 (seven) working days after the submission deadline. It is stated in the Terms of Reference that “Costs will be based upon prevailing ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) rates.” What costs does this sentence refer to? This sentence refers to reimbursable costs, which include per-diems (daily subsistence allowance/DSA), transportation and other non-services costs. This does not include professional fees. In relation to this, reimbursable costs do not need to be included in the proposal/bid, since this will not affect the assessment of the proposals. What is the ASEC rate? ASEC have annually-set guidelines and rates in calculating per-diem, which will apply to all AADCP II projects and consultants. The guidelines and rates will be made available to the winning bidder at the contracting stage. What should be included in the professional fee? The professional fee should include the service fee of experts and any...

Tender: IT Support and Maintenance for the ASEAN Tourism Professionals Registration System (ATPRS)

ATPRS is a web-based portal that serves as a job-matching platform between the hotel/tourism industry and ASEAN Tourism Professionals (ATP). This portal will have the following functions, among others, to support full implementation of MRA: Registration of ATP; Maintain records and information on ATP, including those hired by the industry (employer); Provide a platform for matchmaking between ATP and Industry (potential employer); Registration of ASEAN certified Master Trainers and Master Assessors; Registration of education/training institutions based on MRA-TP; Verification of ATP, National Trainers, National Assessors, and education/training institutions by respective Tourism Professionals Certification Board; Verification of Master Trainers, Master Assessors and Industries subscription by the ASEAN Secretariat/Regional Secretariat; and Pool of information on the implementation of MRA-TP with a wide range of online resources, e-learning modules with distance learning facility, communication tools including available toolboxes, ASEAN Common Competency Standards for Tourism Professionals (ACCSTP), Common ASEAN Tourism Curriculum (CATC) and Regional Qualification Framework and Skills Recognition System (RQFSRS) and the ASEAN Tourism Qualification and Equivalent Matrix (ATQEM). The ATPRS is built as a scalable, Java-based open-sourced system. It is envisaged that by 2017, the ATPRS will register at least 7,800 certified ASEAN Tourism Professionals. The first-phase of the ATPRS development is currently ongoing and is expected to conclude by June 2016. The first release of the ATPRS will only include basic functions, such as registration of tourism professionals (ATPs) and other stakeholders, job search, and basic reporting function. It is envisaged that the ATPRS will be continually developed in the future to include more advanced functionalities. Considering the scope and complexity of the ATPRS, high-quality technical IT support is considered...