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[Re-advertised] Global Recognition of Quality Assurance Systems for ASEAN Fruit and Vegetables (ASEAN GAP): Establishing Common Certification and Accreditation Mechanisms

Scope of Service

The consultancy will be undertaken over a continuous effective period of 12 calendar months with approximately 10 person weeks of professional services covering all deliverables. 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 only (either ASEAN GAP Certification or ASEAN GAP Accreditation) or both. We require, at the minimum, the following expertise:

  1. Expert on GAP Certification (for maximum of 27 person days). This person will be responsible for Output 3 (Manual on the Design, Operation and Assessment of ASEAN GAP Certification) and collaborate with the Expert on GAP Accreditation for the preparation of Output 2 (Assessment Report).
  2. Expert on GAP Accreditation (for maximum of 24 person days). This person will be responsible for Output 3 (Manual on the Design, Operation and Assessment of ASEAN GAP Certification) and collaborate with the Expert on GAP Accreditation for the preparation of Output 2 (Assessment Report).

The contractors will collaborate and provide inputs on the various reports, as needed.

Qualifications

The scope of work within this TOR covers two specific types of work: certification and accreditation. The bidder must be able to demonstrate the required qualifications for at least one of the work areas or both types of work.

In the area of GAP Certification, the bidder must demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • Degree in Agriculture, Horticulture, Biology, Natural Sciences or any related field;
  • Proven track record on the application of the requirements of ISO/IEC 17065:2012, which provides conformity assessment (i.e., requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services);
  • Experience in developing guidelines and protocols for certification;
  • Involvement in harmonization activities or development of mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) for goods;
  • Previous experience or involvement on the development and implementation of ASEAN GAP standard or similar endeavours;
  • Thorough understanding and good knowledge of IEC approaches, training methods/tools applicable for various agriculture groups;
  • Solid background on the diverse implementation of GAP programs in the ASEAN Member States;
  • Knowledgeable on the different GAP programs being implemented worldwide, including and but not limited to commercial GAP standards where most government GAP standards are being benchmarked against (i.e. GLOBALGAP);
  • Proven track record of experience in research, activity design and delivering technical assistance, including effective capacity-building, related to agriculture;
  • Detailed understanding and wide experience across sectoral and importantly the cross-cutting, including economy-wide, issues affecting ASEAN agriculture development and performance;
  • Proven experience in dealing with senior government officials and other identified stakeholders;
  • Proven ability for accuracy under pressure and adherence to deadlines;
  • Proven skills in data analysis, assessment and in related policy advise; and,
  • Proven skills in report writing and conversing in English.

In the area of GAP Accreditation, the bidder must demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • Degree in Agriculture, Horticulture, Biology, Natural Sciences or any related field;
  • Knowledge on the requirements specified in ISO/IEC 17011:2004 which provides the general requirements for accreditation bodies in assessing and accrediting conformity assessment bodies (CABs);
  • Experience in developing guidelines and protocols for certification and accreditation;
  • Involvement in harmonization activities or development of mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) for goods;
  • Previous experience or involvement on the development and implementation of ASEAN GAP standard or similar endeavours;
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in the development of practical and user-friendly training materials and tools for different target groups;
  • Solid background on the diverse implementation of GAP programs in the ASEAN Member States;
  • Knowledgeable on the different GAP programs being implemented worldwide, including and but not limited to commercial GAP standards where most government GAP standards are being benchmarked against (i.e. GLOBALGAP);
  • Proven track record of experience in research, activity design and delivering technical assistance, including effective capacity-building, related to agriculture;
  • Detailed understanding and wide experience across sectoral and importantly the cross-cutting, including economy-wide, issues affecting ASEAN agriculture development and performance;
  • Proven experience in dealing with senior government officials and other identified stakeholders;
  • Proven ability for accuracy under pressure and adherence to deadlines;
  • Proven skills in data analysis, assessment and in related policy advise; and,
  • Proven skills in report writing and conversing in English.

A thorough understanding of ASEAN, ASEC and AADCP II procedures will be considered added value.

Submission of Application

Applicants should send via email tender@aadcp2.org and mail/courier 4 (four) printed copies of their application with a cover letter and other supporting documents to ASEAN Australia Development Cooperation Program II, ASEAN Secretariat 2nd Floor, Jl. Sisingamangaraja 70A, Jakarta 12110, Indonesia, indicating “Global Recognition of Quality Assurance Systems for ASEAN Fruit and Vegetables (ASEAN GAP- Phase 2” as the subject no later than 25 March 2016, 5:00pm, (Jakarta time). Please note that only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Any queries on the TOR should be sent to contact@aadcp2.org with the subject line:” Global Recognition of Quality Assurance Systems for ASEAN Fruit and Vegetables (ASEAN GAP) – Phase 2”.

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