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 would like to contract with a qualified and experienced organization to partner for a one-day "MSME Training Session" focusing on challenges social entrepreneurs and founders face that will be held in Peru in September 2019.
Please note that proposals are due on June 28, 2019.
The Project takes 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 Peru, Indonesia, 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 gender, youth and environmental sustainability.
Description of the Training Session and Scope of Work
The purpose of the "MSME Training Session" is to introduce relevant Canadian best practices through presentations by Canadian trainers (provided by APF Canada) on MSME business development in the area of social entrepreneurship to MSMEs in APEC developing economies, focusing on Peru. The training session will include a module that will launch an online toolkit (developed by APF Canada and successful proposal) and train MSMEs on its use.
Topics covered must include gender, youth, and environmental sustainability. Working with APF Canada to further conceptualize set-up of the training session is a critical component of the scope of work. The training session will primarily build on APF Canada's 'MSME Social Entrepreneurship Toolkit,' but will also incorporate other materials including research papers, surveys, and workshops.
The primary language of instruction for the training session will be Spanish and English. The host will coordinate providing interpretation services for participants at the chosen venue.
Scope of the work
The successful organization will be responsible for the following services:
- Work with APF Canada to further conceptualize set-up of the training session to ensure it fills any critical knowledge gaps in the APEC developing economy region and attracts participants;
- Develop an invitation to the training event, send the invitation to a network of MSMEs in Peru, collect RSVPs, provide registration desk at event, and advertise the event widely through existing networks (all with APF Canada oversight);
- Organize and book a venue that can host 100+ participants, including catering, audio visual need, live interpretation services, a note taker, photography, and live streaming capabilities.
- Assist in promoting the event and online toolkit in Peru to MSMEs and entrepreneurs through existing networks and partners;
- Work with APF Canada to develop and organize accompanying training materials, including but not limited to online toolkit, participant guide, trainer guide, PowerPoint slides, etc.; and
- Deliver the one-day training session in English and Spanish, as well as collect feedback from participants through a survey provided by APF Canada
Audience: 100+ primarily micro-, small-, and medium-sized businesses and social enterprises, of which 50% are women-owned enterprises, 50% are young entrepreneurs (defined as aged 35 and under), and 25% micro-enterprises. (There will be overlaps between the women-owned enterprises, young entrepreneurs and micro-enterprise categories.)
The proposal submissions should aim to work within a $20,000 CAD budget inclusive of staff time, online toolkit input and consultation, venue costs, catering, interpreters and translation equipment, audio visual equipment, training materials and advertising.
Please provide a detailed budget with submission including any applicable taxes and preferred currency of payment.
Content of submission
Each proposal must include:
- Name of project
- Name of organization making the proposal
- Contact information for the Proponent including: Address, Phone number, Email address, Website URL (if applicable)
- Experience and qualification of individual or individuals who will be involved in the project. (short resume of lead on proposal)
- A Work Plan that includes a schedule of project tasks, milestones, sequence of tasks and details concerning implementation and completion dates for each task.
- A Detailed Cost Estimate identifying the level of effort and costs associated with the proposed Work Plan. Ensure this includes staff time (working on toolkit presentation included), venue, catering, audio visual, interpretation, event materials, advertising, and any other items associated with the proposal.
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
- Proposal must address the requirements listed in the Scope of Work section;
- Proposals may address additional services and/or considerations not specifically referenced in the RFP and may be of potential benefit to the Project;
- Questions regarding the RFP are to be submitted by email only to firstname.lastname@example.org for the APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership at email@example.com. Emails must contain "RFP – MSME Training Session' in the subject line.
- Information shared with a vendor for the purpose of this proposal is confidential.
- 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.