Employment Opportunities

Call for Proposal
Micro- Small-, and Medium-size Entrepreneur (MSME) Surveys
(APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership)

Introduction
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is a not-for-profit organization focused on Canada's relations with Asia. Our mission is to be Canada's catalyst for engagement with Asia and Asia's bridge to Canada. APF Canada is dedicated to strengthening ties between Canada and Asia with a focus on expanding economic relations through trade, investment and innovation; promoting Canada's expertise in offering solutions to Asia's climate change, energy, food security and natural resource management challenges; building Asia skills and competencies among Canadians, including young Canadians; and, improving Canadians' general understanding of Asia and its growing global influence.

APF Canada is currently implementing the APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership (the Project) that is funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC). The ultimate outcome of the Project is to build the potential of micro-, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in developing Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) economies to foster sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. To that end, APF Canada is looking to engage the services of a research organization, polling firm, and/or MSME-focused organization to develop and conduct national survey(s) on the opportunities and challenges faced by MSMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs around four key themes in four target APEC economies. The survey results will be released publicly on APF Canada's website.

Please note that proposals are due on May 19th 2017.

Background
The Project will take place over four years beginning September 8, 2016 and ending August 30, 2020. The countries supported in this initiative include all APEC developing economies, but specifically target Indonesia, Peru, the Philippines and Vietnam. The focus areas of the Project address key challenges faced by MSMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs from APEC developing economies in the key areas of human capital, social entrepreneurship, market access and technology and innovation, with the cross-cutting themes of women, youth and environmental sustainability.

APF Canada will be responsible for delivering and disseminating relevant and timely policy research and practical tools that can help beneficiaries – MSMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs from APEC developing economies – and intermediaries – policy makers from APEC developing economies. This will be achieved through the development of several project outputs, including four national surveys on challenges and opportunities faced by MSMEs. The surveys will not occur concurrently and will take place according to the themes, economies and schedule below:

Vietnam (key area: technology and innovation) – June 5 to August 31 2017
Philippines (key area: market access) – November 2017 to February 2018 (tentative)
Indonesia (key area: human capital) – May 2018 to August 2018 (tentative)
Peru (key area: social enterprise) – August 2019 to November 2019 (tentative)

Data must be disaggregated by sex, age and business size, and location. Bidders are encouraged to apply for all four contracts.

Scope of the work
The parameters of the survey are as follows:
- Online and print data collection methodology;

- Sample size: N=250 to 1,000 (for each survey);

- Questionnaire length: 12 to 15 minutes

The successful bidder will be responsible for providing the following to APF Canada:
- Sampling methodology: The consultant will determine the most appropriate sampling methodology to fit population, including strategies to ensure targeted gender, age, and micro-enterprise representation among sample group;

- Questionnaire design: The consultant will work closely with APF Canada to develop survey questionnaire in English and the primary language of the focus economy (Vietnamese, Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesia and Spanish). Questions are a combination of single response questions, agree-disagree/support-oppose grids with statement, and open-ended questions. The budget provided by APF Canada will include funds earmarked for translation costs;

- Online and print data collection: APF Canada seeks to have data collection via an online and print survey of a representative sample of MSMEs in the focus economies, based on region, age and gender. The budget provided by APF Canada will include funds earmarked for printing costs;

- Data Tables/SPSS Data files: APF Canada will like to receive the full set of questions and survey response data tables, broken out by demographic variables (region, gender, size of business and location), In addition, we would like an SPSS data file and data dictionary.

- Overview brief: The consultant will a prepare a three to five page, high-level summary of major survey findings in PowerPoint format. The specific format and content will be decided at a later date.

Approach and methodology
The methodology proposed for this study should include ethical and gender considerations, participatory approaches and should demonstrate the reliability of the data collected.

Schedule and timeline
The successful bidder will have a maximum duration of 90 days for to develop and implement each survey. For the survey in Vietnam, work should commence on June 5th 2017, with all deliverables and activities completed by August 31st 2017. The timelines for the remaining three surveys in Indonesia, the Philippines and Peru will be decided on a later date.

Budget
The budget of the consultancy is CAD$ 31,250 per survey and will include all associated costs. The specific budget breakdown are as follows:
- Survey work: $25,000
- Translation: $5,000
- Printing: $1,250

APF Canada will make three payment installments – 20% at the start of the consultancy, 40% at the mid-point of the consultancy, and the remaining 40% upon successful completion of consultancy deliverables.

Content of submission
Each proposal must include:
a) An administrative and technical proposal of maximum 2 pages, which includes an introduction, and describes the qualification of the firm/organization and relevant experience (include project team), as well as description of the proposed methodology, and detailed information with respect to any use of subcontractors. It should also include a timeline for the research; and

b) A financial proposal of maximum 1 page, which presents a budget statement with estimates of cost (in Canadian dollars) to complete the requirements described in the scope of work.

Note: APF Canada is a non-profit research institute. It seeks to obtain the best value for research services provided, and will select the successful bidder on this basis.

Instructions for Proposal Submission
a) Proposal must address the requirements listed in the Scope of Work section;
b) Proposals may address additional services and/or considerations not specifically referenced in the RFP and may be of potential benefit to the Project;
c) Questions regarding the RFP are to be submitted by email only to Matthew Yong, Project Specialist for the APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership at Matthew.Yong@asiapacific.ca. Emails must contain "RFP – MSME Survey - Question' in the subject line.
d) Information shared with a vendor for the purpose of this proposal is confidential.
e) The deadline for the submission of the proposal will be on 11.59pm PST May 19th 2017.
f) Only electronic submissions will be accepted via email to: Matthew.Yong@asiapacific.ca with the subject heading: "RFP – MSME Survey – Bid".

Evaluation and award process
- Proposals will be reviewed by a committee against a list of criteria that will include:
o Feasibility;
o Appropriateness;
o Clarity;
o Organized presentation;
o Local context and relevance to MSME; and
o Economy.

- APF Canada may ask a subset of bidders to provide clarification on their proposals.
- The successful bidder will be identified by June 2nd 2017.

Other conditions
- APF Canada reserves the rights to negotiate with selected bidders.
- APF Canada reserves the right to waive irregularities and reject any or all bids.
- APF Canada reserves the right to make no award or announce the cancellation of the process at any times.
- All liabilities for the cost of the proposal preparation is the responsibility of the bidder.

 

Call for Proposal for Research Grants
"Technology and Innovation for Micro- Small-, and Medium-size Entrepreneurs (MSMEs) in APEC Developing Economies"
(APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership)

Introduction
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is a not-for-profit organization focused on Canada's relations with Asia. Our mission is to be Canada's catalyst for engagement with Asia and Asia's bridge to Canada. APF Canada is dedicated to strengthening ties between Canada and Asia with a focus on expanding economic relations through trade, investment and innovation; promoting Canada's expertise in offering solutions to Asia's climate change, energy, food security and natural resource management challenges; building Asia skills and competencies among Canadians, including young Canadians; and, improving Canadians' general understanding of Asia and its growing global influence.

APF Canada is currently implementing the APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership (the Project) that is funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC). The ultimate outcome of the Project is to build the potential of micro-, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in developing Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) economies to foster sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. To that end, APF Canada is offering three policy research grants (CAD $18,000 each) for projects that provide original research, using both primary and secondary sources, on the issue of technology and innovation for MSMEs in APEC developing economies.

The three policy research grants will inform the first phase of the Project ending August 2017. As such, research proposals will be due on May 19th. Researchers with the successful proposal will have until August 31st to produce a 8,000 to 10,000 word report.

Background
The Project will take place over four years beginning September 8, 2016 and ending August 30, 2020. The countries supported in this initiative include all APEC developing economies, but specifically target Indonesia, Peru, the Philippines and Vietnam. The focus areas of the Project address key challenges faced by MSMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs from APEC developing economies in the key areas of human capital, social entrepreneurship, market access and technology and innovation, with the cross-cutting themes of women, youth and the environment.

Select research reports will be presented to the APEC SME working group at a workshop in Vietnam in September 2017, and will feed into a capstone policy paper that will be presented to high-level APEC Economy policy makers at an APEC Conference of senior leaders in 2020.

Eligibility
Individual researchers and/or institutions with researchers who have a graduate-level degree in a relevant field are eligible to apply. A Ph.D will be an asset.

Key project deliverable
Grantees will prepare an 8,000 to 10,000-word report on new technology and innovation shaping the future of MSMEs in APEC developing economies. We ask researchers to be creative in exploring possible topic areas, which may include:
- New fintech models that are extending financial services to accelerate MSME growth;
- The impact and challenges of global E-commerce platforms such as Alibaba on MSME growth;
- New mobile market access innovations and their obstacles for MSMEs;
- The results of new mobile education and platforms that are growing MSME expertise and human capital;
- E-health and information programs that are mitigating economic, health and other shocks to MSMEs;
- Global, regional and national social media platforms that are successfully linking MSMEs;
- MSME social innovations that are doing good, making profits and contributing to economic growth;
- The potential of free economic zones (also known as special economic zones) or regulation 'sandboxes' for fostering MSME startups;
- Regulatory and policy tools and best practices in innovation and technology that promote MSME growth in the APEC region;
- Top 10 technological tools and innovations that are or have the potential to dramatically promote MSME growth;
- Key business and management lessons from the startup world that are applicable to and affecting change in the broader MSME sector;
- An APEC region-wide Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) comparative study;
- An APEC region-wide comparative of MSME growth and potential.

We ask that the paper address the following research questions:

- Obstacles: What are the obstacles experienced by MSMEs in one or all of the four focus economies and/or APEC developing economies as a whole in the specific topic area?

- Opportunities: What opportunities and positive socio-economic changes are provided to MSMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs in the focus developing economies with the advent of specific technologies and innovations suggested in the topic area?

- Best practices: What are the business/management and policy/regulatory best practices that facilitate capacity building among MSMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs in the chosen topic area?

In addition, researchers will ideally address the intersectionality of gender, youth and the environment with the issue of technology and innovation for MSMEs in their research reports.

Schedule and timeline
The successful bidder will have a maximum duration of 90 days days beginning on June 5th 2017, with all deliverables and activities completed by August 31st 2017.

Size of the Grant
The research grant is valued at CAD $18,000, which will be given in two installments linked to the final deliverable (the first valued at $7,000 upon signing the contract, the second valued at $11,000 upon submission of the final report). An itemized budget is not required in the proposal.

Selection criteria
Preference will be given to proposals that address new and as yet under-research topics related to MSMEs and technology and innovation. The proposals should have the potential to generate findings that have strong policy and business relevance (i.e. the focus is on current issues, solutions-oriented, and generate actionable recommendations).

In addition, preference will be given to researchers and/or institutions that have research/organizational experiences in any of the four focus economies (Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia and Peru).

Required information
The proposal should be 1 to 2 pages long (single-spaced) and should have the following sections:
- A short abstract with 100 to 250 words;
- An introduction that includes the core research questions to be addressed and the significance/policy relevance of the research;
- A brief literature review relevant to the research problem being addressed;
- The methodology: analytical framework, data sources, and methods of analyses;
- A timeline of the research report, milestones and expected outputs
- List of team member(s) with brief CVs and description of capacity to undertake the research;
- References

Instructions for Proposal Submission
a) Proposal must address the requirements listed in the "Required Information" section;
b) Proposals may address additional services and/or considerations not specifically referenced in the RFP and may be of potential benefit to the Project;
c) Questions regarding the RFP are to be submitted by email only to Matthew Yong, Project Specialist for the APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership at Matthew.Yong@asiapacific.ca. Emails must contain "RFP – Research Paper - Question' in the subject line.
d) Information shared with a vendor for the purpose of this proposal is confidential.
e) The deadline for the submission of the proposal will be on 11.59pm PST May 19th 2017.
f) Only electronic submissions will be accepted via email to: Matthew.Yong@asiapacific.ca with the subject heading: "RFP – Research Paper – Proposal".

Other conditions
- APF Canada reserves the rights to negotiate with selected bidders.
- APF Canada reserves the right to waive irregularities and reject any or all bids.
- APF Canada reserves the right to make no award or announce the cancellation of the process at any times.
- All liabilities for the cost of the proposal preparation is the responsibility of the bidder.

 

Digital Design & Social Media Specialist
Call for Applications

Introduction
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is looking for a creative and energetic Digital Design & Social Media Specialist. The Specialist will focus on driving social media outreach for the APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership Initiative project, and also support APF Canada's branded social media channels. The successful applicant will implement and develop a social media strategy to build awareness of the APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership and other APF Canada initiatives, increase engagement, and grow our online audience. An excellent designer, the successful candidate will also create visual content for APF Canada's website and social media platforms.

The objective of the APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership project is to build the potential of micro-, small-, and medium-sized entrepreneurs (MSMEs) in developing Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies to foster sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. The project is an initiative of APF Canada and funded by the Government of Canada.

Responsibilities
Reporting to the Senior Project Director, the Digital Design & Social Media Specialist will allocate 85% of their work time to the APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership and the remaining 15% to other APF Canada projects. Specific responsibilities will include:

Social media:
- Grow APF Canada's online audience and user engagement on all social media platforms (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.);
- Day-to-day community management, moderation, monitoring and responding to comments and/or question on social media platforms;
- Stay up to date on and utilize emerging social media technologies and features;
- Work with the Senior Project Director and Communications Manager to produce social media campaigns and ads; and
- Provide reporting on social media analytics on a weekly and monthly basis.

Creative design:
- Create stunning visual content (i.e. graphics, infographics, covers, etc.) for APF Canada's social media platforms;
- Participate in the web design process with the Website Manager to ensure esthetic complementarity between APF Canada's website and social media platforms; and,
- Propose new ideas and concepts for social media and website graphic content.

Desired skills and abilities
- University or technical institute degree in communications, creative design, new/digital media
- Expert knowledge of popular platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google+, Instagram LinkedIn, WeChat and WhatsApp;

- 1+ years experience working on business social channels and engaging with audiences online;
- Intermediate skills in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator;
- Knowledge of social media analytics;
- Familiarity with social media dashboards, such as Hootsuite;
- Familiarity with video and audio editing for web and social media;
- Familiarity with content management systems, preferably Drupal;
- Familiarity with HTML;
- Independent, organized, and a good team player with the ability to work under pressure;
- Creative personality with an eagerness to learn;
- Interest in MSME issues, especially in a developing economy context is an asset;
- Fluency in Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog and/or Bahasa Indonesia is an asset.

If you are interested in this position and have the required education and experience, please send a letter of interest, CV, and your salary expectation to Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada by email to Matthew.Yong@asiapacific.ca not later than May 22nd, 2017. Please include 'Digital Design & Social Media Specialist' in your subject line.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Thank you.

 

Call for proposal
Development and Delivery of a "Technology and Innovation Toolkit" for Micro-, Small-, and Medium-sized Entrepreneurs (MSMEs)
(APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership)

Introduction
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is a not-for-profit organization focused on Canada's relations with Asia. Our mission is to be Canada's catalyst for engagement with Asia and Asia's bridge to Canada. APF Canada is dedicated to strengthening ties between Canada and Asia with a focus on expanding economic relations through trade, investment and innovation; promoting Canada's expertise in offering solutions to Asia's climate change, energy, food security and natural resource management challenges; building Asia skills and competencies among Canadians, including young Canadians; and, improving Canadians' general understanding of Asia and its growing global influence.

APF Canada is currently implementing the APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership (the Project) that is funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC). The ultimate outcome of the Project is to build the potential of micro-, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in developing Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) economies to foster sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. To that end, APF Canada requests proposals from professional, qualified and experienced consultants to develop and deliver a "Technology and Innovation Toolkit" for MSMEs in English and Vietnamese.

Please note that proposals are due on June 16th 2017.

Background
The Project will take place over four years beginning September 8, 2016 and ending August 30, 2020. The countries supported in this initiative include all APEC developing economies, but specifically target Indonesia, Peru, the Philippines and Vietnam. The focus areas of the Project address key challenges faced by MSMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs from APEC developing economies in the key areas of human capital, social entrepreneurship, market access and technology and innovation, with the cross-cutting themes of women, youth and environmental sustainability.

APF Canada will be responsible for delivering and disseminating relevant and timely policy research and practical tools that can help beneficiaries – MSMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs from APEC developing economies – and intermediaries – policy makers from APEC developing economies. This will be achieved through the development of several project outputs, including four MSME toolkits over four years. In 2017, APF Canada seeks to produce a "Technology and Innovation Toolkit" for MSMEs in APEC developing economies, focusing on Vietnam.

Description of the MSME Toolkit

The purpose of the "Technology and Innovation Toolkit" is to assist MSMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs in APEC developing economies, especially in Vietnam, to incorporate and utilize technology and innovation in their everyday business activities. This can range from guiding traditional businesses to use electronic-commerce (e-commerce) and mobile-commerce (m-commerce) platforms, to helping budding entrepreneurs transform groundbreaking technological ideas into successful start-ups.

The toolkit comprises practical business ideas and tips, case studies, links to resources, list of mentors and self-learning assessment checklists, all with an emphasis on developing heuristic rules of thumb for users. Additional consideration is given to addressing any specific barriers faced by women and young entrepreneurs (defined as age 35 and under) as well as assisting MSMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs to be more environmentally sustainable.

English and Vietnamese are the language of instruction for the toolkit, which will be made available in an online and paper manual format to MSMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs. The online toolkit will be hosted on APF Canada's MSME Project website.

Users accessing the online toolkit will answer screening questions based on their business size, stage of development, gender and age of owner, and other demographics to segment themselves into appropriate learning modules. The toolkits will also be delivered through a training sessions held in Vietnam on November 2017. Please note that formatting the toolkit into the online website as well as in-person delivery of the toolkit at the training session does not form the "Scope of Work" for the consultant (see below).

APF Canada anticipates at least 300 MSMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs will have access (either online or printed) to the "Technology and Innovation Toolkit."

Scope of work
The successful consultant will be responsible for the following services:

- Work with APF Canada to further conceptualize and narrow the focus of the toolkit to ensure it fills any critical knowledge gaps in the APEC developing economy region;

- Work with APF Canada to research and develop content for the toolkit in a format that can be made available in both "online" and "paper manual" format. The specific content may include, but not limited to:
Business tips and advice;
Case studies;
Presentation of relevant data and/or metrics;
Links to existing resources;
Self-learning assessment and checklists.

Sources of material that will be used to develop the toolkit include research papers, national surveys in Vietnam and the proceedings of workshops developed and undertaken by APF Canada, which will be provided to the consultant.

- Translate the toolkit into Vietnamese

Please note that APF Canada will provide the resources to format the toolkit into an online training module hosted on its website. This work does not form part of the scope of work for this proposal.

Schedule and timeline

Activity /  Date
Deadline for submission of proposals June 16, 2017
Appointment of consultant June 23, 2017
First Meeting with APF Canada June 28, 2017
Initial concept development for the toolkit July 26, 2017
Development of the toolkit August to September 2017
First draft of "Technology and Innovation Toolkit" September 29, 2017
Final draft of "Technology and Innovation Toolkit" October 13, 2017

Budget
APF Canada has a budget of C$ 27,000 for the work as described in the scope of services.

APF Canada will make three payment installments – 20% at the start of the consultancy, 40% at the mid-point of the consultancy, and the remaining 40% upon successful completion of consultancy deliverables.

Content of submission
Each proposal must include:

1. Name of project;

2. Name of individual or organization making the proposal;

3. Contact information for the Proponent including
a. Address
b. Phone number
c. Email address
d. Website URL (if applicable);

4. Experience and qualification of individual or individuals who will be involved in the project;

5. A Work Plan that includes a schedule of project tasks, milestones, sequence of tasks and details concerning implementation and completion dates for each tasks; and

6. A Detailed Cost Estimate identifying the level of effort and costs associated with the proposed Work Plan.

Note: APF Canada is a non-profit research institute. It seeks to obtain the best value for research services provided, and will select the successful bidder on this basis.

Instructions for Proposal Submission
a) Proposal must address the requirements listed in the Scope of Work section;
b) Proposals may address additional services and/or considerations not specifically referenced in the RFP and may be of potential benefit to the Project;
c) Questions regarding the RFP are to be submitted by email only to Matthew Yong, Project Specialist for the APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership at Matthew.Yong@asiapacific.ca. Emails must contain "RFP – MSME Survey - Question' in the subject line.
d) Information shared with a vendor for the purpose of this proposal is confidential.
e) The deadline for the submission of the proposal will be on 11.59pm PST June 16th 2017.
f) Only electronic submissions will be accepted via email to: Matthew.Yong@asiapacific.ca with the subject heading: "RFP – Toolkit – Bid".

Other conditions
- APF Canada reserves the rights to negotiate with selected bidders.
- APF Canada reserves the right to waive irregularities and reject any or all bids.
- APF Canada reserves the right to make no award or announce the cancellation of the process at any times.
- All liabilities for the cost of the proposal preparation is the responsibility of the bidder.

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