Vacancy for National Research Consultant

 Job Vacancy: National Research Consultant

Brief Description:
IBI is searching for a Short-Term consultant to support USAID's ASEAN Policy Implementation (API) Project by conducting a desk research that informs the current status and implementation of AEC Blueprint 2025 as well as to support the implementation of activities in relation to technical assistance.

The ASEAN Policy Implementation Project (API) funded by USAID/ASEAN is to accelerate implementation of key ASEAN policy agreements at the national level to advance economic prosperity and rules-based governance in the Indo-Pacific region. USAID, through the API project, works toward:
Identifying concrete needs and opportunities to advance the implementation of targeted ASEAN policies at the national level.
Providing technical assistance to ASEAN Member States to strengthen the implementation of targeted ASEAN Policies.

API supports the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint (AEC) 2025 and its consolidated Strategic Action Plan by investigating, mapping and analyzing investigates, maps, and analyzes regional trends to bring awareness on a wide range of economic development priorities. This research will summarize emerging needs and interests to better hone the national level development and advancement of newer ASEAN standards while creating greater shared priorities and knowledge sharing across the ASEAN region.

Period of Performance: This assignment is expected to begin in April 2021 for 6 months.
Level of Effort: 72 days 
Location: Indonesia
Reports To: The STTA will be supervised by the Research Manager in coordination with the Program Manager under the guidance of the Chief of Party.
Key Responsibilities
Conduct a desk research of the implementation status of the AEC Blueprint 2025 in AMS
Support the development of Quarterly Regional Trend Analysis
Map out capacity building activities for Digital Data Governance at member state level 
Develop and maintain a detailed work plan for the technical assistance activities, including capacity building activities, in consultation with stakeholders, outlining activities, timelines and required          inputs.
Ensure that API team members and STTAs have information they need to carry out their tasks effectively in order to remain updated on progress and status.
Support in drafting meeting notes of API activities such as meeting with National Consultants, meeting with government officials.
Organize documentation from research activities and technical assistance in shared drive    
Other duties as assigned.

Report on the status of implementation of the AEC Blueprint 2025 in AMS
Mapping exercise on capacity building activities in Digital Data Governance completed 
Updated activity work plans using Gantt chart 
Draft meeting reports
List of documentation related to research and technical assistance activities easily available and accessible

Must Have
Master’s degree in fields of economics, international trade, international political economy or related fields (Bachelor’s degree may be acceptable with higher levels of work experience)
Minimum 4 years of related work experience
Economic Growth background, especially in areas covered by the AEC Blueprint 2025. Preference with understanding of the ASEAN Single Window and/or Digital Data Governance;
Consultants with experience in more than one country or a regional knowledge coupled with technical expertise in the subject matter will also be considered;
Native speaker & writer of local language;
Excellent written and spoken English;
Intermediate to Advanced MS Office/Word skills.

Experience working with a national university, think-tank or other research institution, on issues related to economic growth and governance;
Understanding of USAID’s Indo Pacific Strategy and familiarity with bi-lateral missions in ASEAN Member States (AMS).

To Apply
Interested candidate please email your CV with subject: STTA Capacity Building to: 
IBI appreciates all applications, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 
For full consideration, please apply by:  March 10, 2021

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