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TENDER ANNOUNCEMENT: Establishment of Multilateral Arrangement for the Mutual Recognition of Agri-food Standards and Conformity Assessment (MAMRASCA)

Needs and Objectives

In the long run, the project intends to facilitate trade and enhance the competitiveness of agri-food through mutual recognition of agri-food standards and conformity assessment among AMSs.
The expected outcomes of the proposed project are as follows:

a) Establishment of a mutual recognition arrangement that would improve the acceptance of agricultural best practices standards and results of conformity assessment among AMSs; and,
b) Improved knowledge of AMSs on the quality infrastructures and technical resources needed to meet their obligation under the MRA

Scope of Services

The consultancy will be undertaken over a maximum  period of 110 person days of professional services. 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 or a combination of the two. We require, at the minimum, the following expertise:

  • International Trade Law Expert (for a maximum of 50 person days). This person/team will be responsible for the preparation of the MRA Text and its accompanying supplements.
  • Agricultural Policy and Institutional Development Expert (for a maximum of 60 person days). This
    person/team will be responsible for the preparation of the Needs Assessment Study.

The two teams/individual contractors will be expected to collaborate and provide inputs on the various reports,
as needed.

Qualifications

The scope of work within this TOR covers two specific types of work: international trade law and economics; and, agricultural policy, institutional development and governance. The bidder must be able to demonstrate the required qualifications for at least one of the work areas or all types of work.

For the Trade Law Expert, the bidder must demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • Post graduate degree in Law, International Trade, Economics, Public Policy, Development Studies, or any related field;
  • Proven expertise and substantial work experience in drafting MRAs and other trade agreements;
  • Knowledge and experience in trade and investment negotiations, preferably in ASEAN;
  • Adequate knowledge of FTAs in ASEAN;
  • Proven good track record in relevant consultancy work in the AMSs or ASEAN, particularly in the areas of agriculture, trade and investment;
  • Familiarity with the ASEAN agri-food standards and regional as well global trade requirements;
  • Capacity and experience to deliver training preferred;
  • Understanding of ASEAN and its work on economic community building;
  • Proven experience in dealing with senior government officials, parliamentarians and other identified stakeholders;
  • Good computer skills with adequate knowledge of multi-media presentation and dissemination of outputs and documentation;
  • Proven ability for accuracy under pressure and adherence to deadlines; and
  • Proven skills in writing and conversing in English.

For the Agricultural Policy and Institutional Development Expert, the bidder must demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • Post graduate degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Public Management, Organisational Development, Development Management, or any related field;
  • Proven track record in policy research, survey, activity design and delivering technical assistance, including needs assessment, and effective capacity-building, related to institutional development preferably with agriculture agencies in AMSs;
  • Knowledge of the ASEAN agri-food standards and regional as well as global trade requirements;
  • Involvement in developing national quality infrastructure systems and its requirements;
  • Proven good track record in relevant consultancy work in the AMSs or ASEAN, particularly in the areas of agriculture and trade;
  • Expertise in institutional building and development;
  • Experienced in policy making and providing policy advice to governments and having considerable exposure and network with agriculture agencies particularly in AMSs;
  • Understanding of ASEAN and its work on economic community building;
  • Proven experience in dealing with senior government officials, parliamentarians and other identified stakeholders;
  • Good computer skills with adequate knowledge of multi-media presentation and dissemination of outputs and documentation;
  • Proven ability for accuracy under pressure and adherence to deadlines; and
  • Proven skills in writing and conversing in English.

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

Bidding

Interested consulting firms are invited to submit a proposal in response to these Terms of Reference. This proposal should be in two parts: Technical and Financial components, submitted in separate files/envelopes.

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);
  2. 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;
  3. Applicable taxes such as VAT, GST, PPN, etc. See Section XI 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 “Establishment of Multilateral Arrangement for the Mutual Recognition of Agri-food Standards and Conformity Assessment (MAMRASCA)” as the subject via email to tender@aadcp2.org, no later than 29 January 2019 at 05:00pm Jakarta time. Applicants should also mail/courier 3 (three) copies of the above mentioned documents to ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II, ASEAN Secretariat 2nd floor, Jl. Sisingamangaraja 70A, Jakarta 12110, Indonesia, within 5 (five) working days of the submission deadline. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be notified.

For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), please visit http://aadcp2.org/aadcp-ii-tender-frequently-asked-questions/

Any queries on the TOR should be sent to contact@aadcp2.org with the subject line:
Query: Establishment of Multilateral Arrangement for the Mutual Recognition of Agri-food Standards and Conformity Assessment (MAMRASCA)”.

 

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR Establishment of Multilateral Arrangement for the Mutual Recognition of Agri-food Standards and Conformity Assessment (MAMRASCA)

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