Needs and Objectives
The goal of this project is to facilitate cross-border e-commerce transactions in the ASEAN region, and contribute to creating an environment of trust and confidence in the use of e-commerce in the ASEAN region.It is expected that the Work Plan will enableACCEC to guide discussions on how to advance the implementation of the ASEAN Agreement on E-Commerce over the next five years both at regional and national level.
The main output of this project is the Work Plan on the Implementation of the ASEAN Agreement on E-commerce in 2021 – 2025.
In order to deliver the output, the project will produce the following deliverables:
- Inception Report conceptualises the overall approach, detailed framework, and preparation of work plan, management plan and budget;
- Mapping Study (as a baseline in developing the work plan) stocktakes regulatory frameworks relevant to e-commerce in each of AMS and identify best practices and/or guidelines both within ASEAN and beyond;
- The Work Plan on the Implementation of the ASEAN Agreement on E-commerce in 2021 – 2025; and
- Project Completion Report provides details of all completed project activities, captures lessons learned from the project and provides recommendations for follow-on projects relevant to the implementation of the ASEAN Agreement on E-commerce 2021-2025.
Scope of Services
The consultancy will be undertaken over a continuous effective period of 12 calendar months with approximately 225 working days or 45 working weeks of professional services. Work will commence immediately after contract signing.
Interested consulting firms are invited to submit a proposal in response to these Terms of Reference. This proposal should be in two separate 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 strategies that will underlie the project, specific techniques to be utilised, and practical discussion of possible limitations in carrying out the project;
- A detailed work plan that specifies activities to be undertaken, expected outputs and deliverables, resources to be utilised and timing;
- Staffing and management plan;
- A discussion on how measures to ensure the future sustainability of the outcomes of the project will be addressed;
- CVs of all proposed experts;
- Brief discussion of firm’s past experience in undertaking similar work and brief summaries of all projects undertaken.
The Financial component should specify: 1) Professional fees of expert(s);
- Management and/or operational fees (if any), which include all costs incurred by the person/entity/company for internal coordination, communication, travels and any other associated project management cost;
- Applicable taxes such as VAT, GST, PPN. See Section IX point 3 for an additional note on tax liability.
Activity costs for experts and participants such as reimbursable expenses for airfare, other travel costs and daily subsistence allowance for workshops, meetings, and all other agreed activities do not need to be included in the Financial Component. These items will be discussed with the preferred contractor during the finalisation of the scope of services. Costs will be based on prevailing ASEAN Secretariat rates.
Submission of Application
Applicants should send their application with a cover letter, materials specified in Section IX above and other supporting documents with “Development of ASEAN Work Plan to Facilitate the Implementation of ASEAN Agreement on Electronic Commerce” as the subject via email to email@example.com, no later than 30 November 2020 at 05:00pm Jakarta time.
Any queries on the TOR should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “Query Development of ASEAN Work Plan to Facilitate the Implementation of ASEAN Agreement on Electronic Commerce”