CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ASEAN WORK PLAN ON EDUCATION 2021–2025
SUMMARY ABOUT THE PROJECT
Field Support Services Project (FSSP) is a five-year project (October 2019 – October 2024) funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and managed by Cowater International. FSSP provides administrative, financial, procurement, and logistical services as well as support to the in-country development programming for the Government of Canada through the provision of technical specialists in gender equality, governance and human rights, and environment and climate action and assisting DFATD in procuring and managing local development initiatives. These programs will take place in Indonesia and the ASEAN regions.
It is expected that the lndonesia-ASEAN FSSP will increase the effectiveness and relevance of Canada’s international assistance program in Indonesia and in the ASEAN region. Technical Specialists procured under the FSSP will support GAC in responding to the needs and priorities of Indonesia and the ASEAN region, policy dialogue and knowledge building and sharing.
One of the key purposes of ASEAN as stipulated in the ASEAN Charter is to develop human resources through closer cooperation in education and lifelong learning, and in science and technology, for the empowerment of the peoples of ASEAN and for the strengthening of the ASEAN Community. In support of this, the ASEAN education sector addresses challenges and opportunities in education in the region through policy dialogue, coordination, and collaboration among the ASEAN Member States (AMS). It also aims to synergise regional efforts on education and integrate them into national and regional agendas.
In 2014, the 8th ASEAN Education Ministers Meeting adopted the Post-2015 Vision on Education, which includes the continuous promotion of the ASEAN Community that puts people at its centre and one with an enhanced awareness of ASEAN. In pursuit of this vision, the ASEAN Work Plan on Education 2016–2020 was developed between 2015 and 2016 and was approved by ASEAN education ministers in May 2016. The work plan consists of eight sub-goals, 16 priorities, and 71 activities and is anchored on the five elements of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint 2025.
With the upcoming expiry of the current work plan, the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Education (SOM-ED) tasked the ASEAN Secretariat to begin preparations for the development of the ASEAN Work Plan on Education 2021–2025. Similarly, both the ASEAN youth and sports sectors have also started the preparation for the development of the ASEAN Work Plan on Youth 2021-2025 and the ASEAN Work Plan on Sports 2021-2025. At the Eleventh ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth held in July 2019, ASEAN youth ministers agreed to reorient the post-2020 strategies in youth development towards fostering future-ready ASEAN youth through digital skills development and youth engagement in the region’s policy discourse. At the Fifth ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Sports ASEAN sports ministers agreed for its post-2020 strategies to focus among others on sports for development and peace and sports for all.
SUMMARY OF POSITION
Global Affairs Canada’s ASEAN Secretariat requires the consultancy services for the development of the ASEAN Work Plan on Education 2021–2025. The Consultant will also provide advices and suggestions on common or shared programmes and activities among the work plans on education, youth and sports and others. The Consultant will be reporting to the Senior Officials Meeting on Education (SOM-ED) of the ASEAN Secretariat or his/her designated officers. The Consultant is expected to deliver the following:
- ASEAN Work Plan on Education 2021–2025 (Draft for consideration and approval by ASEAN Member States)
The draft work plan will specify strategic areas and actions, recommend good approaches in implementing those actions, and provide a mechanism for monitoring and evaluating the progress of the work plan’s implementation. The work plan will be anchored on ensuring lifelong learning such as promoting various entry points for learning and making pathways available across the different stages of education, mainly (i) basic education, (ii) technical and vocational education and training, and (iii) higher education. Overarching and cross-cutting elements to be integrated in the work plan include the following: (i) inclusive quality education, (ii) education for sustainable development, (iii) information and communications technology in education, and (iv) addressing out-of-school children and youth. Other priorities may also be raised by AMS over the course of the development of the work plan. The draft work plan be considered for endorsement and approval by the SOM-ED and the ASEAN Education Ministers Meeting, respectively.
- Inputs to the Draft ASEAN Work Plan on Youth 2021-2025 and Draft ASEAN Work Plan on Sports 2021-2025, with a focus on a set of suggested common or shared programmes and activities among the work plans on education, youth and sports and others.
The ASEAN youth ministers agreed to structure the ASEAN Work Plan on Youth 2021-2025 based on the domains of ASEAN Youth Development Index. As a result, there will be priority areas falling under education, such as those related to the provision of digital skills with a view towards promoting entrepreneurship and ensuring employment opportunities. As to the work plan on sports, the common or shared programmes and activities will most likely be related to sports for development and peace, physical education, and access to sports in schools in the context of the right to play.
Working on a day-to-day basis under the direction of SOM-ED of the ASEAN Secretariat, the expected services of the Consultant will include, but not be limited to:
- Undertake a desk review of commitments that are relevant to the ASEAN education sector which should be addressed in the work plan;
- Develop a Draft Work Plan to be reviewed and approved by SOM-ED and the ASEAN Education Ministers Meeting;
- Work closely with the ASEAN youth senior officials on the structure of the ASEAN Work Plan on Youth 2021-2025 based on the domains of ASEAN Youth Development Index;
- Provide substantial advice and suggestions on the common or shared programmes and activities among the work plans on education, youth and sports and others;
- Organise meetings with stakeholders, experts, and AMS which will be convened by the ASEAN Secretariat, with guidance from the SOM-ED and in collaboration with other dialogue partners, within the period of engagement, and
- Any other relevant tasks as assigned by the SOM-ED of the ASEAN Secretariat.
Global Affairs Canada’s ASEAN Secretariat requires the services of one regional expert with specific expertise in education sector planning and/or education policy, a thorough understanding of ASEAN processes and those of its partners, and a general knowledge of official development assistance principles.
The Consultant is responsible for the quality of all reports they produce and submit.
- Master’s degree, preferably PhD in a relevant field in education policy or social sciences;
- Minimum 8 years of relevant experience in education sector planning or education policy (specialisation in lifelong learning would be preferred);
- Thorough understanding and in-depth knowledge of ASEAN, the ASEAN Community, and the ASEAN education landscape;
- Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience in the areas of youth development and physical education or sports for development is an advantage;
- Extensive knowledge and experience in the development and operationalization of monitoring and evaluation principles, framework and tools, including formulation of outcome-based indicators;
- Extensive experience in undertaking performance/progress reviews on the implementation of work plans at the regional level;
- Strong research and analytical skills, communication (oral and written), facilitation, and management skills;
- Extensive knowledge and sound experience in project management;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
- Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders; and
- Familiarity in working with the ASEAN Secretariat and AMS (preferable).
The Consultant shall be home-based within the ASEAN region, with possible travels in Jakarta and other cities in the region, and would regularly report to the ASEAN Secretariat. Working over the weekend or after regular office hours may be required. The Consultant is expected to rely on his/her expertise, conduct an extensive literature review, and perform triangulation by discussing with experts. The drafts produced by the Consultant will be peer reviewed by experts, the result of which should be incorporated by the Consultant.
A consultant evaluation will be completed in order for regular payment to be released upon satisfactory delivery of the assignments. In the event that travel to other regions or cities is necessary, all necessary costs will be borne by GAC, through the Field Support Services Project (FSSP), following the approval of a travel plan and associated budget.
DURATION OF THE CONTRACT
The total expected duration of the assignment is up to 130 days spread over a period of nine (9) months from April to December 2020. All reports must be finalized and submitted within this period.
Payments will be processed against the reports (deliverables) therefore a financial report is requested for each deliverable, giving the flexibility for the Consultant to manage the number of days to spend on each deliverable within the defined timeframe.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested individual consultants are required to apply, latest by Tuesday March 31 2020, as follows :
1) First on https://cowatersogema.acquiretm.com/job_details_clean.aspx?id=1776
2) And then on email@example.com
They must include the following documents when submitting their applications:
- CV indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.
- Brief statement as to why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment and highlighting his/her thorough understanding and in-depth knowledge of ASEAN, the ASEAN Community, and the ASEAN education landscape.
- Financial Proposal shall be submitted in the following format:
- The financial proposal should specify an all-inclusive daily rate for up to 130 working days;
- The financial proposal must be all-inclusive and take into account various expenses that will be incurred during the contract, including: the daily professional fee and when applicable any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services under the contract, not including travel expenses.
Qualified women are encouraged to apply.
Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidate(s) about the outcome or status of the selection process.
EVALUATION OF APPLICATION
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: a) responsive/compliant/acceptable; and b) having received the highest score out of the weighted criteria (70% technical score (comprising of 15% technical qualifications desk review, 25% written test, and 30% interview) and 30% financial score.
The proposals that achieve a minimum of 70% for the technical qualifications desk review shall be further considered for an interview and written test. The financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received for the assignment.
- Technical Score (70%)
- Technical qualifications desk review (based on the criteria and points listed below) (15%)
- Written test (25%)
- Interview (30%)
- Financial Score (30%)
Technical Qualifications Desk Review
The evaluation of the Technical criteria will be as follows:
- Academic qualifications of the Consultant.10 points
- Minimum 8 years of relevant experience in education sector planning or education policy (specialisation in lifelong learning would be preferred). 30 points
- Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience in the areas of youth development and physical education or sports for development is an advantage. 20 points
- Extensive knowledge and experience in the development and operationalization of monitoring and evaluation principles, framework and tools, including formulation of outcome-based indicators. 20 points
- Extensive experience in undertaking performance/progress reviews on the implementation of work plans at the regional level. 10 points
- Understanding and in-depth knowledge of ASEAN, the ASEAN Community, and the ASEAN education landscape. 10 points
Total points. 100 points
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