Technical Assistance for the ASEAN Regional Integration Support by the EU (ARISE)

Length of engagement: 
Long-term
Tender Submission Deadline: 
01/05/2012
Key Expert: 
Key expert 1 - Team Leader / High Level Economic Integration Policy Adviser; Key expert 2 - Transit Adviser – Customs / Transport; Key expert 3 - Standards and Conformance Expert; Key expert 4 - Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist; Key expert 5 - Institutional Strengthening Specialist
Duration: 
48 months
Start: 
September 2012
Donor: 
DCI
Project Description: 

Location: Asia, ASEAN Member States — Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, LaoPeople's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

The overall objective of the 'ASEAN regional integration support' programme by the EU (ARISE) is to support the ASEAN economic integration process through contributing to the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) blueprint for the realisation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). The purpose of the programme is to enhance the capacities of the ASEAN Member States in harmonising and implementing policies and regulations in the economic and trade sectors and implementing them effectively drawing on EU experience, so as to contribute to the realisation of the AEC.

  • Component I will provide support to the strengthening of the management of the overall regional economic integration process. This will be a demand-responsive facility that can provide support to various ASEAN institutions and bodies with the aim of strengthening the institutional arrangements and management of the regional economic integration process.
  • Component II will seek to support concrete regional integration results through targeted support to areas with strong ASEAN commitment to advancing the regional economic integration agenda. The support will focus on customs integration/transit arrangements and technical barriers to trade, including standards. The support will target the ASEAN Secretariat, the relevant ASEAN working groups and, to a limited extent, follow-up actions in specific ASEAN Member States. The specific activities will be further detailed reflecting inter alia the ASEAN Member States' readiness to implement the relevant economic integration measures.
  • Component III will seek to enhance the capacity of the ASEAN Secretariat, inter alia through provisions for temporary increases of staff to support the integration process and the functioning of the ASEAN Secretariat.
Contact name: 
Gregory Whye
Country: 
Bid Profile: 

Position: Key expert 1 - Team Leader / High Level Economic Integration Policy Adviser
Duration of the assignment: 880 work days over 48 months

Responsibilities
- Interact with high level officials from ASEAN and EU
- Provide policy / management advice to the ASEAN Secretariat’s top management
- Identify areas for further cooperation when needed to achieve the result
- Participate actively in the monitoring

Requirements
Qualifications and skills:
- A Master’s Degree or equivalent in economics, international trade, business administration or any other relevant  discipline
- An excellent verbal and written command of English is essential. Knowledge of an ASEAN language would be an added advantage
- A thorough knowledge of regional integration, in particular ASEAN and EU integration policies
- Proven experience in the management of international teams of experts of different technical backgrounds
- Proven organisational, communication, mobilisation and change management skills
- Proven ability to develop solid partnerships with high level officials in order to achieve project results
- Proven access to a network among EU and ASEAN practitioners and experts in the topics covered by the programme, which will allow him to identify and select the most appropriate candidates for the short term expert positions

General professional experience:
- Preferably 15 years of professional experience related to a programme of this nature: such as an international organisation, trade research institute or international consulting firm specialised in trade matters
- Preferably 7 years of experience in managing economic and trade cooperation programmes in developing countries, preferably in Asia. Relevant professional experience in ASEAN or AMS would be an added advantage

Specific professional experience:
- Management or participation in projects involving technical aspects covered under by the programme i.e. standardisation, quality infrastructure, trade facilitation (customs, transport), economic policy dialogue
- Proven knowledge of European Union project management procedures and financial regulations, preferably through management and participation in EU-funded technical assistance projects of similar nature
- Management and participation in technical assistance projects which involve an important “mindset change” in the participants, would be an advantage

Position: Key expert 2 - Transit Adviser – Customs / Transport
Duration of the assignment: 880 work days over 48 months

Responsibilities
- Review past cooperation and assess the further steps for ASEAN to effectively implement its regional agreements facilitating trade (customs and transport)
- Review existing ASEAN work plans in the targeted sectors
- Draft OWP/AWP for the customs / transport facilitation activities
- Organise the various activities with the assistance of short-term specialists
- Report to the Team Leader

Requirements
Qualifications and skills:
- University Degree in Economics, International trade, International Transport, law or any other relevant discipline
- An excellent verbal and written command of English is essential. Knowledge of an ASEAN language would be an added advantage
- Excellent communication, mobilisation of resources and change management skills
- Proven ability to develop solid partnerships with high level officials in order to achieve project results
- Proven knowledge and capacity on customs techniques and international transport facilitation
- Proven record of works related to customs clearance and inter-state transport and similar regimes to facilitate regional / international trade
- Good knowledge of international best practices and international agreements on transit, inter-state transport and multimodal transport as related to transport and customs
- Preferably with proven experience in ASEAN transport facilitation

General professional experience:
- Preferably 15 years of professional experience in the field of customs procedure, transport facilitation, through simplified and harmonised rules and procedure for customs and transport
- At least 5 years of professional experience to assist developing countries to modernise customs and transport facilitation practice
- At least 5 years of professional experience of training programmes in developing countries, preferably in the ASEAN region

Specific professional experience:
- Planning and delivery of training and capacity building programmes in the actual operation of customs transit and inter-state transport regimes
- Capacity building for customs and transport officers on customs and transport procedure, and transit
- Previous experience in setting-up institutional framework for implementing regional transit systems would be a real added value

Position: Key expert 3 - Standards and Conformance Expert
Duration of the assignment: 880 work days over 48 months

Responsibilities
- Review the ASEAN work plan and targets
- Plan the support by the TA for the implementation duration of the programme
- Organise the various activities with the assistance of short term specialists
- Report to the Team Leader

Requirements
Qualifications and skills:
- University Degree (preferably Post Graduate) in engineering, sciences or any other relevant discipline
- An excellent verbal and written command of English is essential
- Excellent communication, mobilisation and change management skills
- Proven ability to develop solid partnerships with high level officials in order to achieve project results and to motivate ASEAN Working Groups to meet the requirements of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)

General professional experience:
- Preferably 15 years of professional experience in the area of standardisation, quality, conformity assessment
- Good understanding of the development and implementation of the regulatory requirements over a wide range of sectors
- Previous experience in training projects, preferably gained in the AMS
- Previous working experience or exposure to European harmonisation would be an advantage
- Previous experience in post market surveillance systems would be an added advantage

Specific professional experience:
- Specific knowledge of organisation and management of technical committees, standardisation, conformity assessment, directives at the EU level is an added advantage
- Experience in WTO-TBT, and SPS specifically referring to the process of notification and management of an enquiry point, would be an advantage
- Specific knowledge of directives approved at the EU level and knowledge of international standards relevant to TBT and SPS
- Experience in capacity building programmes related to one or more of the following sectors: healthcare, electronic, automotive, and food sector and covering the areas of legislation, laboratories, inspection, post-market surveillance
- Proven access to a network of practitioners world-wide and the EU

Position: Key expert 4 - Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Duration of the assignment: 440 work days over 48 months

Responsibilities
The monitoring and evaluation specialist will assist the ASEAN Secretariat in monitoring the progresses and results achieved in all areas supported by the programme (i.e: high level institutional strengthening (component I), ASEAN economic integration in Standards, Transport, Customs (component II); and the ASEAN Secretariat capacity building (component III).

Requirements
Qualifications and skills:
- At least a University degree in economics, other relevant disciplines
- Excellent command of spoken and written English
- Knowledge of one or more languages of the ASEAN countries would be an advantage
- Good reporting and presentation skills

General professional experience:
- Preferably 15 years of professional experience in areas related to trade and economic cooperation, including design, management and/or evaluation of technical assistance projects
- Strong methodological background and proven experience in monitoring and evaluation of projects
- Working experience in Southeast Asia and ASEAN and in particular related to regional integration would be an advantage
- Proven track record and experience with project identification appraisal and design, in line with EU procedures and regulations.

Specific professional experience:
- Proven experience in the evaluation of EU technical assistance projects, as well as considerable familiarity with regional economic integration issues in South East Asia or elsewhere
- Knowledge about the EU's Project Cycle Management and Logical Framework Methodology is mandatory
- Previous assignments in this sector in South East Asia will be a strong asset
- Knowledge of EU-ASEAN relations

Position: Key expert 5 - Institutional Strengthening Specialist
Duration of the assignment: 440 work days over 48 months

Responsibilities
- Assist the team leader in assessing the current institutional arrangement and management practices for achieving ASEAN regional integration (component I)
- Assist the ASEAN Secretariat in implementing the capacity building activities as described in the grant contract (component III).  

Requirements
Qualifications and skills:
- A university degree or equivalent in public administration, economics, business administration or any other relevant discipline
- An excellent verbal and written command of English is essential. Knowledge of an ASEAN language would be an added advantage
- Proven organisational, communication skills. Proven ability to develop quality communication with high level officials
- Good knowledge of regional integration preferably in ASEAN

General professional experience:
- Preferably 15 years of professional experience related to issues covered by the proposed project i.e public administration, human resources management, institutional strengthening
- Involvement in  cooperation programmes in developing countries, preferably in Asia
- Relevant professional experience in ASEAN or AMS would be an added advantage

Specific professional experience:
- Management and participation in large scale institutional capacity building
- Proven knowledge of institutional developments in the EU and/or other regional organisation
- Management and participation in technical assistance projects which involve an important “mindset change” in the participants, would be an advantage
- Proven knowledge of European Union project management procedures and financial regulations, preferably through management and participation in EU-funded technical assistance projects of similar size and/or contractual value
- He/she must have a record of successful experience in capacity building / training needs assessment and designing training programmes