Needs and Objectives
The project intends to contribute towards enhancing MSMEs crisis and disaster resilience through the development of a set of high-level guidelines that will provide recommendations of appropriate and timely measures to minimise the impact of future disasters and crises on MSMEs.
This set of guidelines will serve as reference for ASEAN policy makers in putting in place measures to promote MSME resilience during and after a crisis. It is crucial moving forward that the MSME policymakers and MSMEs have the necessary skills and awareness to adequately prepare for such catastrophic events. At the same time, it will advocate for the institutionalisation of safety nets to support MSMEs to cope and recover from these shocks as well as strengthening MSME value chain and smarter supply networks. In the longer term, the use of the Guidelines by the relevant stakeholders is expected to bring about change in policies, institutions and process, towards creating an environment that is supportive of MSME crisis recovery and resilience.
The project is an annual priority of the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (ACCMSME) for the year of 2021. It responds to the findings of the Mid-term Review of the ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for SME Development 2016 – 2025 (SAP SMED 2025), which highlighted the need for ASEAN Member States (AMS) to learn from the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring that their crisis management skills are relevant and adaptable to changes.
It contributes to the implementation plan of the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework (ACRF), Broad Strategy 2: Strengthening Human Security, Key Priority 2a. “Further strengthening and broadening of social protection and social welfare, especially for vulnerable groups.” and in acknowledgement of the private sector’s recommendation Councils and Sector Champions, titled “A Pathway Towards Recovery and Hope for ASEAN”
Scope of Services
The consultancy will be undertaken over a maximum period of 60 person-days or 12 person weeks, spread out over approximately 16 weeks or four calendar months of professional services. Work will commence immediately after contract signing.
The number of person working days or weeks is intended to indicate the amount of relative effort required to deliver the corresponding outputs. The calculation is based on assumption of five person-days per week. Actual time will be agreed in negotiation with the successful bidder.
Interested entities are invited to submit a proposal in response to this TOR. This proposal should be in two parts: Technical and Financial components, to be submitted as two separate documents.
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 underline 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; and,
- Samples in soft copy attached to the application (or website link to samples) of relevant past work/ reports.
The Financial component should specify:
- 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; and,
- 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 ASEC 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 Regional Guidelines on MSMEs Crisis and Disaster Resilience” as the subject via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than 22 August 2021 at 5:00pm, Jakarta time.
Any queries on the TOR should be sent to email@example.com with the subject line: “Query: Development of Regional Guidelines on MSMEs Crisis and Disaster Resilience.”