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TECHNICAL PROGRAM MANAGER
USAID ASEAN Policy Implementation – Phase 1 (API) activity
Long-Term Technical Assistance
This Task Order supports the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the institutional level in developing key policies in a wide range of areas. ASEAN is Southeast Asia’s primary multilateral institution for regional cooperation. Founded on the vision of a rules-based order, ASEAN provides a platform for economic cooperation, the peaceful arbitration of disputes, and the promotion of the rule of law to ensure a free and open Southeast Asia. These policies play an important role in setting common high-level goals that stimulate and guide national reform efforts and encourage regional integration and cohesion. However, ASEAN is a regional voluntary organization that has no formal authority to enforce Member State compliance. Implementation at the national level varies from issue to issue and from state to state. The overall goal of USAID assistance to ASEAN is to build the capacity of ASEAN and ASEAN Member States (AMS) to contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth and encourage rules-based systems to support a prosperous Southeast Asia.
The objective of the API activity is to contribute to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS) vision of enhancing shared prosperity and USAID’s approach to advancing this vision through unlocking private enterprise-led economic growth. Where opportunities may arise, the activity will also contribute to the efforts of IPS and other USG initiatives such as the Indo-Pacific Transparency Initiative, Enhancing Growth and Development through Energy (EDGE), the Infrastructure Transaction and Assistance Network (ITAN), the Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership (DCCP), and the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP), as well as legislation such as the 2018 Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA).
API aims to strengthen ASEAN centrality as a leading IPS partner through supporting Member State implementation of ASEAN policies under the AEC. In doing so, API pursues two main objectives:
- Identify concrete needs and opportunities for supporting the implementation of targeted ASEAN policies at the Member State level;
- Provide concrete technical assistance to Member States to strengthen their implementation of targeted ASEAN policies.
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia and other locations in the region as might be required.
Period of Performance: This assignment is expected to begin in February 2020 and last through the end of the project.
- Map relevant ASEAN agreements, guidelines, and action plans, and current status of implementation at both the ASEAN and Member state level. Specific areas targeted include
- ASEAN Single Window
- Digital Data Governance experience covers
- data life cycle and ecosystem;
- cross-border data flows
- digitalization and emerging technologies
- legal, regulatory, and policy provisions
- Identify additional needs and opportunities to support the implementation of Key AEC commitments at the Member State Level
- Initiate communication and develop relationships and opportunities for consideration by Member States and/or relevant Dialogue Partners.
- Bring awareness of the project to AMS and USAID Missions, especially in countries and areas implementing AEC commitments or with need of support.
- Help create and apply the “Activities/opportunities Selection Tool” to identify local partner and beneficiaries
- Gather and collate information on ASEAN economic trends, with an eye on trade and digitalization.
- Lead STTA experts in conducting desk and field research to identify the status of policies, plans, and activities based on existing research
- Responsible for the detailed planning and implementation of task orders. This planning will include proposing the type of support needed, whether local, regional, or other international support
- When appropriate, prepare internal final project reports for review by the COP and then API COR. Help COP prepare work plans and other deliverables. Ensure USAID compliant Marking and Branding.
- Oversee MEL and CLA STTA,
- For smaller task orders, collect monitoring data from STTA
- Other duties as assigned
The Technical Program Manager reports to the Chief of Party.
Professional Grade: Senior Level
CCN/Expat-TCN/HO: Indonesian Citizen or legal residency with work permit in Indonesia
- Experience with areas surrounding the ASEAN Economic Community or economic/financial background in South East Asia (preferred in national and ASEAN single windows and/or digital data governance.)
- Demonstrated experience working and interacting with high level government officials, especially in AMS and in the ASEAN Secretariat.
- Minimum ten years’ related professional experience
- Minimum five years in project management roles
- Minimum three years’ experience working in a donor-funded environment
- Minimum three years’ experience working on issues related to ASEAN, or for the ASEAN Secretariat
- Excellent communications skills and fluent English will be required
- Experience or knowledge of USAID in AMS is preferred
Management Responsibilities: Demonstrated ability to manage personnel from diverse backgrounds and coordinate activities between technical advisors and local stakeholders
Additional Specialized Skills/Requirements: High-level interpersonal, negotiation and communication skills, including experience in cross cultural environment and international settings. Experience working in or traveling to AMS will be preferred. Preference- Familiarity with econometric and statistical tools.
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