RFP - Overview Study: COVID-19 Pandemic Implications On Food and Agriculture Trade in ASEAN Member States

Home based
Consultant, Short Term, Full-Time
ASEAN (Home Based)
Commensurate with Experience 
Job stage: Immediate Opportunity Wage: Commensurate with Experience
Position Type: Consultant, Short Term, Full-Time
Closing On: 08/27/2020
Posted: 07/31/2020
Country: ASEAN (Home Based)

The below description is a summary of the RFP - to access the complete document please formulate your request at info@c-tif.ca. 


Introduction to CTIF

The Canadian Trade and Investment Facility for Development is a seven-year, CAD $11.6 million demand-driven program aligned with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) to support sustainable trade and investment-related policy reforms and economic development initiatives that promote women’s empowerment and inclusive growth and have a high potential to reduce poverty in ODA-eligible developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region. CTIF provides technical assistance based on the needs identified by potential beneficiaries and according to an assessment process jointly administered by the CTIF team and Global Affairs Canada (GAC). Technical assistance is provided by independent suppliers that specialize in the specific services being requested by the beneficiary. Cowater International (www.cowater.com) and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (www.ipac.ca) jointly implement CTIF on behalf of the Government of Canada.

Assignment Overview

Consultancy title:

An Overview Study: COVID-19 Pandemic Implications on Food and Agriculture Trade in ASEAN Member States

Beneficiary Organizations:

ASEAN Secretariat: Food, Agriculture, and Forestry Division (FAFD)

Anticipated duration:

4 months

Anticipated start date:

September 2020

Location of assignment

Consultant’s Home Office (remote TA)

Summary of assignment

With over a hundred million hectares of agricultural land, ASEAN is a major producer, supplier, and exporter of various crops and grains and raises a considerable amount of livestock. Agricultural trade, which has been stimulating the competitive advantage of ASEAN’s domestic industries in global trade and generating jobs, will not be spared by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This project aims to improve ASEAN government officials’ understanding of the impact of the pandemic and aid their decision-making through evidence-backed recommendations on how agricultural trade could recover from this pandemic as individual countries and as a region.

Terms of Reference

See Annex 1

Maximum budget, excluding HST

CAD $100,000


Corporate Qualifications

Interested bidders must possess the corporate capabilities and experience described in Annex 1 (TORs), which can be evidenced through project profiles included in technical proposals using the form provided in Annex 2. Contracts for projects profiled by bidders must have been active within the last five calendar years dating from the date of the release of this tender document.

Proposal structures and?Scoring method 




Max Score

Page Limit


Experience managing or implementing assignments of a similar nature in a similar geographic context.  



10 pp.  

Proposed approach and methodology

Quality of the proposed approach and methodology for delivering the assignment’s intended results, including a detailed workplan and work schedule, and performance framework integrating the assignment’s intended results and CTIF’s intended outcomes.



8 pp.

Project management and oversight

Quality of proposed approach to project management, including monitoring and reporting.



2 pp.

Proposed team

Quality and relevance of the proposed team members’ skills and experience



10 pp.

Technical criteria

Total score:





Scoring methods

Commercial Criteria



Competitiveness of fees

Mathematical calculation of competitiveness of the proposed daily fees in direct comparison to all tenderers in this competition.

Lowest proposed fees/your proposed fees x 100


Competitiveness of expenses

Mathematical calculation of competitiveness of the proposed expenses in direct comparison to all tenderers in this competition.

Lowest proposed expenses / your proposed expenses x 100




COVID-19-related travel restrictions

CTIF anticipates that COVID-19-related restrictions on international travel will remain in effect throughout the duration of this mandate’s procurement and delivery. In this context, bidders are expected to propose an approach and methodology in which any in-person activities in ASEAN member states would be carried out by locally based partners or team members. However, neither CTIF nor the beneficiary considers such in-person activities to be required in order to complete this assignment. Should any in-person activities be proposed, bidders are expected to ensure that any staff working or traveling domestically or regionally will apply local COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.


RFP Timeline



Request for Proposals (RFP) issued

July 30, 2020

Deadline for confirming intention to bid

August 6, 2020

Bidders Clarifications Deadline

August 13, 2020

Proposal submission deadline

August 27, 2020, 5pm EST

Proposal evaluation complete

September 3, 2020

Notification provided to selected bidder

September 4, 2020

Service Order or Contract finalized

September 10, 2020

Notifications sent to unsuccessful bidders

September 11, 2020

Anticipated project start date

September 15, 2020


The above description is a summary of the RFP - to access the complete document please formulate your request at info@c-tif.ca. 


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