National Research Consultant
ASEAN Policy Implementation Project
Short -Term Technical Assistance
IBI International is an international economic development consulting firm whose main client is the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Founded in 1996, IBI is headquartered in the Ballston neighbourhood of Arlington, Virginia.
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. Implementation at the national level varies from issue to issue and from state to state. The overall goal of United States Agency for International Development (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 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:
API works in collaboration with other USAID projects including Inclusive Growth in ASEAN through Innovation, Trade and E-Commerce (IGNITE) and Partnership for Regional Optimization within the Political-Security and Socio-Cultural Communities (PROSPECT) to achieve common outcomes and shared goals in the region.
API optimizes AMS operations of the ASW by providing technical support to assist specific ASEAN Member States with their National Single Windows implementation. This action will improve customs compliance and increase transparency in trade transactions, thereby reducing opportunities for corruption while increasing incentives for smaller firms to participate competitively in trade. This will ensure efficient, reliable, and secure automated customs systems for trade across ASEAN, under the ASW platform, which reduces border clearance times, boosts clearance reliability, and helps ensure that trade regulations are administered equitably.
API helps strengthen national laws through alignment with the ASEAN Framework on Digital Data Governance. Under this framework, USAID, through the API project, provides ASEAN Member States with assistance in advancing ASEAN endorsed commitments on digital data governance at the national level. This includes sharing best practices and policies in areas such as cybersecurity, data protection and privacy, and data localization. Implementing an ASEAN endorsed framework can further the alignment of national laws across ASEAN and strengthens the data ecosystem that underpins national level capacities in the era of Industrial Revolution 4.0.
This would result in an optimal, physical and institutional infrastructure that is in place to boost digital transformation in the ASEAN region.
Objective: The objective of this position is to conduct a research that informs the current status and implementation of digital data governance in AMS, with an interest in its relation to ASEAN Single Windows (ASW)/National Single Windows (NSWs).
Period of Performance: This assignment is expected to begin in mid-May 2021
Level of Effort: 20 days of LOE
Reports To: The STTA will be supervised by the Chief of Party in coordination with the Program Manager and the Research Manager
At least 5 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
Familiarity with ASEAN regional integration efforts with technical expertise in the subject matter will also be considered
Native speaker & writer of local language
Interested candidate please email your CV with subject: National Research Consultants for Digital Data Governance to: RecruitmentAPI@ibi-worldwide.com
IBI appreciates all applications, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
For full consideration, applications close on April 30, 2021, and are screened on a rolling basis (so we encourage applicants to submit an application early).
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Contact : RecruitmentAPI@ibi-worldwide.com