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Call for Proposal: Event Partner for “Social Entrepreneurship Research and Policy Workshop” for Micro-, Small-, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in Peru (APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership)

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 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 collaborate for a one-day "Social Entrepreneurship Research and Policy Workshop" focusing on MSMEs in Peru in May 2019 (TBD).

Please note that proposal is due on Friday February 1, 2019.

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 gender, 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 workshop sessions over four years.

Description of the Research and Policy Workshop and Scope of Work
The purpose of the "Social Entrepreneurship Research and Policy Workshop" is to introduce the preliminary findings of our 'Survey of Entrepreneurs and MSMEs' in Peru and discuss research on social entrepreneurship in Peru through presentations by Canadian and International researchers (provided by APF Canada).

Topics covered include gender, youth and environmental sustainability components. Working with APF Canada to conceptualize the arrangement of the workshop session is a critical component of the scope of work. The workshop will primarily build on APF Canada's Social Entrepreneurship preliminary research findings, but will also incorporate other materials including research papers and surveys.

The primary languages during the workshop will be in English/Spanish

Scope of the Work
The successful organization will be responsible for the following services:

  • Work with APF Canada to further conceptualize the structure of the workshop to ensure it fills any critical knowledge gaps in Peru and attracts participants;
  • Design invitation for the event, build invitation with APF Canada oversight, send the invitation to a network of policymakers and Social Enterprise MSMEs in Peru (using email, phone calls, Eventbrite, social media etc.), use pre-registration form on Eventbrite to ask participants for expectations, collect RSVPs, send list of preregistered guests to APF Canada ahead of event, advertise the event widely through existing networks, send agenda (all with APF Canada oversight);
  • Organize and book a venue for 75-100 participants (ideal location: JW Marriot Miraflores) which includes catering, an assigned person to register guests electronically at beginning of the event, one dedicated note-taker(transcriber) with a laptop, one professional digital photographer, one professional with online interaction capabilities and experience, Spanish-English translators (2) and interpreter booth, one fully bilingual MC or master of ceremonies (introduce speakers, make announcements, engage audience and keep the training agenda flowing as smooth as possible);
  • Provide profile and contact information of people that will work during the event: include event manager, organizer, collaborators, photographer, online specialist, audio technician, master of ceremonies;
  • Work with APF Canada to develop and organize workshop materials, including but not limited to agenda, participant guide, video (TBC), survey, preliminary findings report, PowerPoint slides, etc;
  • Deliver the one-day workshop session in English/Spanish and collect feedback from participants through a survey provided by APF Canada;
  • Room setup for raised platform with table for discussion panel and podium, audiovisual (hands free microphones, wireless microphones for speakers and wireless microphones for public, projector or screen for presentations or video projection as required). Audio setup should be ready before event registration starts and technician is required to be present to test equipment ahead of event registration;
  • Provide summary report following the event of presentations, panels, and major policy recommendations/themes of the day.

Audience: 75-100 primarily government officials and policymakers, Peruvian micro-, small-, and medium-sized businesses, of which 50% are women-owned enterprises, 50% are young entrepreneurs

Schedule and Timeline
Activity and Date
Deadline for submission of proposals (February 1, 2019)
Appointment of consultant (February 22, 2019)
First Meeting with APF Canada (February 25, 2019)
Approval of Agenda – Speakers invitations sent (March 15, 2019)
Confirmation of workshop logistics – venue/catering/set-up (March 15, 2019)
Confirmation of draft participant invitations/advertising plan  (March 29, 2019)
Planning calls in lead-up to event to provide updates on speakers/participant RSVP/logistics etc. (April/May, 2019)
Meet with APF Canada 2 days prior to event to look at event location and plan setup (May TBD, 2019)
Delivery of one-day "MSME Training Session" (May 13-17, 2019)

The total budget cannot exceed C$ 15,000 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.

Please include a detailed budget in submission that includes the approximate costs for the following:
1) Venue 2) Catering 3) Interpretation services 4) Audio Visual services 5) Advertising 6) Staff Time

Content of Submission
Proposal must include:
1. Name of project
2. Name of 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, CV and qualification of individuals who will be leading the event including master of ceremonies, photographer, video recorder, public relations, organizer, manager, third parties, etc.
5. A Work Plan that includes a draft schedule of all project tasks (event setup plan, person to organize presentations on computer before event etc.), workshop program plan, list of specific deliverables, milestones, delivery date of Eventbrite survey results, sequence of tasks and details concerning implementation and completion dates for each task.
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) Please submit questions regarding the RFP to Ms. Alisha Clancy for the APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership at Emails must contain "RFP – Peru Research and Policy Workshop' 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 February 1, 2019 (PST).

Other Conditions
- APF Canada reserves the right 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 time.
- All language and graphics need to be approved by APF team before publishing
- All liabilities for the cost of the proposal preparation is the responsibility of the bidder.
- Applicants with experience hosting similar events will be given preference
- Applicants with an existing network of both social enterprises and the policymaking community in town will be given preference
- APF team will meet with hosting team one or two days before the event
- Photographer and video recorder should deliver raw files on site at the end of the event on SD Card

Call for Applications: Junior Research Scholarship – Data and Statistics

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is committed to fostering the next generation of Asia Pacific researchers and practitioners. To this end, it is offering a twelve-week (with the possibility of extension based on project needs) Junior Research Scholarship for applicants interested in learning more about provincial level engagement with Asia. Applicants should be Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are currently enrolled in an upper-level undergraduate or masters-level program, or who have completed their degree programs within the previous 12 months. The successful applicant will be notified in February.

Desired Skills and Abilities
Successful applicants will have the following qualifications:

  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative research skills;
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
  • Experience in research related statistics gathering and analysis;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software (including strong MS Excel skills);
  • Experience with Excel VBA code is a plus;
  • Demonstrated interest in contemporary Canada-Asia relations, including policy and trade issues.

Benefits to the Scholar
The Fellow will work under the mentorship of one or more of the Foundation's program managers, and will engage in the following activities:

  • Assist with data collection and data processing;
  • Assist with data analysis; and
  • Conduct research related to Canada-Asia engagement.

Applicants should be Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are currently enrolled in an upper-level undergraduate or masters-level program, or who have completed their degree programs within the previous 12 months. Applicants should be eligible to work in Canada.

The successful applicant will be encouraged to work out of the Foundation's head office in downtown Vancouver and be willing to contribute 24 hours per week (three work days) during regular office hours (9:00am - 5:00pm). The student will not be required to work on statutory holidays.

The Junior Research Fellowship grant will be for $4,725.00. The grant will be paid in 3 equal installments of $1,575.00 on a monthly basis.

Start/End Dates
The successful applicant should be able to complete the scholarship for 12 weeks, from March 11 to May 31, 2019. Depending on project needs, there is a possibility of extension.

Application Procedures
Applications should include the following:

  • Résumé detailing the applicant's academic background (degree, major(s), awards, etc.), research skills, and professional experience;
  • 1-page cover letter detailing the applicant's research interests, career interests and goals, how they hope to benefit from the fellowship, and why they are interested in working in the thematic area specified in the call for applications;
  • A short writing sample (no more than 15 pages double-spaced in English);
  • Copy of applicant's university transcript (scanned or electronic copies are acceptable);
  • Name, title and contact information (email and phone number) for one academic or professional reference. References will be contacted only if the applicant is short-listed for the fellowship.

Applications should be submitted by email to, and should reference "Junior Research Scholarship Application – Data and Statistics" in the subject line.

Applications are accepted in English and French. The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 11:59pm (PDT).

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Call for Applications: Program Manager – Trade, Investment and Innovation (1 year contract, April 2019 - April 2020)

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is seeking a one-year interim Program Manager to manage the Trade, Investment and Innovation research portfolio at the Foundation. The Program Manager is responsible for developing general research and policy on Canada-Asia relations along with support of programs under the Trade, Investment and Innovation portfolio including: writing background materials, briefings, consultations; and, forming partnerships in related research areas including the monitoring and evaluation of programs. The position reports to the Vice-President, Research, and is based at APF Canada's Vancouver office. Salary is commensurate with experience, with a comprehensive benefits package.

Major Responsibilities

  • Develops the direction and focus of projects within the Trade, Investment and Innovation research program.
  • Manages research and policy work related to this program.
  • Develops and manages budgets, reporting, and action planning.
  • Prepares analytical reports and briefing materials on issues related to trade, investment, and innovation.
  • Manages the Investment Monitor (
  • Co-ordinates and facilitates meetings, consultations, and partnership events in collaboration with the Events team.
  • Fosters funding and research partnerships to support work in the research area.
  • Other duties as required to meet the needs of the role in relation to organizational goals.

Education and Experience

  • PhD or MBA/Master's degree in related field such as Political Science, Asia Pacific Policy, Economics.
  • 3 to 5 years previous work in government, think-tanks, research organizations, or journalism.
  • Experience working on trade, investment and innovation.
  • Project management experience.

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of issues related to Asia Pacific/Canada trade, investment and innovation policy.
  • Familiarity with policy research and/or policymaking.
  • Strong project management, interpersonal, intercultural and networking, presentation, and communications skills.
  • Excellent working knowledge of MS Office.
  • Familiarity with new content formats, i.e. interactive data visualization, video blogs.
  • Experience with new media dissemination formats, i.e. Twitter and other social media platforms.

Desired Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure and with short deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently on specific files and master new topics quickly.
  • Desire to work with and mentor recent graduates.
  • Enjoy working in a non-competitive team environment that values creativity, flexibility, and intellectual entrepreneurship.
  • Must have excellent English language skills, including excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills; and, skill in packaging content for different audiences.
  • Asian language competency and work experience in Asia would be an asset.
  • Flexibility with regards to scheduling is expected.

Candidates with the desired education and experience are encouraged to apply. Please send a letter of interest and CV in one PDF document file to the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada at no later than February 18, 2019. Please include "Program Manager - Trade, Investment and Innovation" in the subject line. APF Canada is committed to employment equity practices and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates with the legal right to work in Canada. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Appel de Candidatures: Gestionnaire de programme — Commerce, investissement et innovation (1 an — d’avril 2019 à avril 2020)

La Fondation Asie Pacifique du Canada (FAP Canada) est à la recherche d'un gestionnaire de programme intérimaire d'un an, pour gérer le portefeuille de recherche en commerce, en investissement et en innovation de la Fondation. Le gestionnaire de programme est chargé d'élaborer des recherches et des politiques générales sur les relations Canada-Asie, ainsi que d'appuyer les programmes relevant du portefeuille du commerce, de l'investissement et de l'innovation, y compris la rédaction de documents de référence, les séances d'information, les consultations et l'établissement de partenariats dans des domaines de recherche connexes, dont le suivi et l'évaluation des programmes. Le titulaire du poste relève de la vice-présidente à la recherche et travaille au bureau de la Fondation établi à Vancouver. Le salaire est proportionnel à l'expérience et est assorti d'avantages sociaux exclusifs.

Principales responsabilités

  • Élabore l'orientation et la direction des projets relevant du programme de recherche sur le commerce, l'investissement et l'innovation.
  • Gère les travaux de recherche et d'élaboration de politiques liés à ce programme.
  • Élabore et gère les budgets, les rapports et les plans d'action.
  • Prépare des rapports analytiques et des documents d'information sur des questions liées au commerce, à l'investissement et à l'innovation.
  • Gère l'outil Investment Monitor (
  • Coordonne et facilite les réunions et les consultations, ainsi que les événements de partenariat, en collaboration avec l'équipe responsable des événements.
  • Favorise le financement et les partenariats de recherche pour appuyer les travaux de recherche.
  • Effectue les autres tâches nécessaires pour s'acquitter des fonctions du poste en fonction des objectifs de l'organisation.

Scolarité et expérience

  • Doctorat ou MBA/maîtrise dans des domaines connexes, comme les sciences politiques, les politiques relatives à l'Asie-Pacifique ou les sciences économiques.
  • De 3 à 5 ans d'expérience au sein de gouvernements, de groupes de réflexion ou d'organismes de recherche ou, encore, dans le domaine du journalisme.
  • Expérience de travail dans les domaines du commerce, de l'investissement et de l'innovation.
  • Expérience en gestion de projets.

Compétences techniques

  • Connaissance des questions liées aux politiques en matière de commerce, d'investissement et d'innovation en Asie-Pacifique et au Canada.
  • Familiarité avec la recherche sur les politiques et/ou l'élaboration des politiques.
  • Solides compétences en gestion de projets, en relations interpersonnelles et interculturelles, en réseautage, en présentations et en communications.
  • Excellente connaissance pratique de MS Office.
  • Familiarité avec les nouveaux formats de contenu, p. ex., la visualisation interactive des données ou les blogues vidéo.
  • Expérience avec les nouveaux formats de diffusion des médias, p. ex., Twitter et d'autres plateformes de médias sociaux.

Compétences et aptitudes désirées

  • Capacité à effectuer plusieurs tâches à la fois, ainsi qu'à travailler sous pression et dans des délais très courts.
  • Capacité à travailler de manière autonome sur des dossiers spécifiques et à maîtriser rapidement de nouveaux sujets.
  • Désir de travailler avec de jeunes diplômés et de les encadrer.
  • Aimer travailler dans un environnement d'équipe non concurrentiel qui valorise la créativité, la flexibilité et l'esprit d'entreprise intellectuel.
  • Doit posséder d'excellentes compétences en anglais, y compris d'excellentes compétences en rédaction, en révision et en correction d'épreuves, ainsi qu'en remaniement de contenu ciblant différents publics.
  • Des compétences en langues asiatiques et une expérience professionnelle en Asie seraient un atout.
  • Souplesse attendue en ce qui a trait à l'établissement des horaires.

On encourage les candidats possédant la formation et l'expérience souhaitées à poser leur candidature. Veuillez faire parvenir une lettre d'intérêt et un curriculum vitæ en un seul fichier PDF à la Fondation Asie Pacifique du Canada, à au plus tard le 18 février 2019. Dans l'objet du message, veuillez indiquer « Gestionnaire de programme — Commerce, investissement et innovation ». La Fondation s'engage à respecter les pratiques d'équité en matière d'emploi et accepte les candidatures de tous les candidats qualifiés ayant le droit légal de travailler au Canada. Nous remercions tous les candidats et les candidates de leur intérêt, mais nous ne communiquerons qu'avec les personnes présélectionnées.

Call for Applications: Post-Graduate Research Fellowship

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is committed to fostering the next generation of Asia Pacific researchers and analysts. To this end, it offers up to four, one-year Post-Graduate Research Scholarships (PGRS). Successful scholars will have a background in Asia-related research in any field of study. The selection of candidates will be based on abilities, academic excellence, and fit with the Foundation's research priorities.

Post-Graduate Research Scholars (PGRS) are expected to work from the Foundation's Vancouver office and to divide their time between working on a personal project and participating in day-to-day activities, including:

  • Contributing to the Foundation's ongoing research projects;
  • Assisting in the composition and distribution of the daily Canada-Asia News Service;
  • Providing assistance in hosting roundtables, conferences, and meetings both in-house and off-site; and,
  • Participating in and contributing to APF Canada Research Group meetings, as well as other meetings and activities in the Canadian and Asian policy communities.

Applicants must also complete a personal project. APF Canada encourages research proposals related to one of the Foundation's four main research themes:

  • Understanding Asia Now: Providing timely information and analysis on significant developments in global affairs relevant to the Canada-Asia relationship
  • Advancing Sustainability: Offering solutions to climate change, energy, food security, and natural resources management challenges in the Asia Pacific
  • Promoting Trade, Investment and Innovation: Encouraging two-way business and fostering linkages between innovation ecosystems in Canada and Asia
  • Building Skills and Competencies: Increasing young Canadians' awareness and understanding of Asia by enhancing curriculum and promoting study abroad and internships in Asia

Scholarships are for one year. They normally begin in August or September, although the Foundation will consider later start dates on a case-by-case basis.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have graduated from a Master's or doctoral program within 18 months of the application (as defined by the date of the graduation ceremony) are eligible to apply.

Application Procedure

Applications, accepted in English and/or French, can be sent in writing or via email (PDF format) to the address below. Applications should include:

  • A cover letter outlining the applicant's research interests, suitability for the role, and the desired starting date;
  • CV detailing the applicant's academic background;
  • A writing sample (published or unpublished);
  • A 500-word description of the project that would be undertaken at the Foundation; and,
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who know the applicant. If sending hard copies, referees should mail them directly to the Foundation at the address below. If sending by email, the letter should be in the form of a signed PDF document, sent from the referee's institutional (e.g. university) email address.

Scholarships are in the amount of $42,000 for Master's graduates or $45,000 for PhD graduates. In addition to the scholarship, travel funds are also available to help PGRS with their research.

All applications must be received by February 28, 2019. The Foundation thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. For a list of current and former PGRS, please visit:

For additional questions, please contact:
Charles Labrecque
900- 675 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 1N2
Tel: 604-630-1549


Appel de Candidatures: Bourses de recherche postuniversitaire

La Fondation Asie Pacifique du Canada (la Fondation) tient à encourager la formation de la prochaine génération de chercheurs et d'analystes spécialistes de l'Asie Pacifique. À cette fin, elle accorde jusqu'à quatre bourses de recherche postuniversitaire (BRP). Les candidats retenus auront une expérience dans un domaine de recherche portant sur l'Asie. La sélection des candidats s'effectuera en fonction des aptitudes, de l'excellence universitaire et de l'adéquation avec les priorités de recherche de la Fondation.

On s'attend à ce que les détenteurs de BRP travaillent au bureau de la Fondation situé à Vancouver et qu'ils partagent leur temps entre le travail sur un projet personnel et la participation aux activités quotidiennes, notamment:

  • contribuer aux projets de recherche courants de la Fondation;
  • aider à composer et à diffuser le fil de presse Canada-Asie quotidien;
  • contribuer à l'organisation de tables rondes, colloques et réunions dans les locaux de la Fondation et à l'extérieur;
  • participer activement aux réunions du groupe de recherche de la Fondation Asie Pacifique du Canada et à d'autres rencontres et activités au sein des milieux responsables de l'élaboration des politiques canadiennes et asiatiques.

Les candidats doivent aussi réaliser un projet personnel. La fondation encourage les propositions de recherche portant sur l'un de ses quatre principaux thèmes de recherche:

  • Compréhension de l'Asie contemporaine: Produire des informations et des analyses actuelles sur l'évolution stratégique des questions mondiales pertinentes en matière de relations Canada-Asie.
  • Faire progresser la durabilité: Offrir des solutions aux défis liés au changement climatique, aux enjeux énergétiques, à la sécurité alimentaire et à la gestion des ressources naturelles dans la région de l'Asie Pacifique.
  • Promotion du commerce, de l'investissement et de l'innovation Promouvoir les échanges commerciaux bilatéraux et les liens entre les écosystèmes d'innovation du Canada et de l'Asie.
  • Développement des compétences et des savoir-faire: Augmenter les connaissances et la compréhension des jeunes Canadiens au sujet de l'Asie, en rehaussant les programmes d'études et en encourageant les séjours d'études à l'étranger et les stages en Asie.

Les bourses sont d'une durée d'un an. Elles commencent habituellement en août ou en septembre, bien que la Fondation puisse envisager des dates de début ultérieures, au cas par cas.

Les citoyens canadiens et les résidents permanents ayant obtenu une maîtrise ou un doctorat dans les 18 mois précédant leur candidature (selon la date de remise du diplôme) peuvent présenter leur candidature.

Processus de présentation d'une candidature
Acceptées en français et/ou en anglais, les candidatures être envoyées par écrit ou par courriel (format PDF) à l'adresse ci-dessous. Les candidatures devraient comprendre:

  • une lettre de présentation décrivant les intérêts de recherche du candidat, son aptitude à occuper le poste et la date de début souhaitée;
  • un curriculum vitæ décrivant les acquis académiques du candidat;
  • un échantillon de prose (publiée ou non);
  • une description de 500 mots sur le projet qui serait entrepris à la Fondation;
  • deux lettres de recommandation de personnes connaissant le candidat. Si les signataires des lettres envoient des copies papier, ils doivent les poster directement à la Fondation à l'adresse ci-dessous. S'ils le font par courriel, ils doivent l'envoyer sous forme de document PDF signé, à partir de leur adresse professionnelle (p. ex., de l'université).

Les bourses d'études s'élèvent à 42 000 $ pour les détenteurs d'une maîtrise et à 45 000 $ pour les détenteurs d'un doctorat. En plus de la bourse, des fonds de voyage sont également disponibles pour aider les boursiers dans leurs recherches.

Toutes les candidatures doivent être reçues d'ici le 28 février 2019. Nous remercions tous les candidats de leur intérêt, mais nous ne communiquerons qu'avec les personnes présélectionnées. Pour consulter la liste des détenteurs de BRP, veuillez aller à:

Si vous avez d'autres questions, veuillez communiquer avec:
Charles Labrecque
675, rue Hastings Ouest, bureau no 900
Vancouver (C.-B.) V6B 1N2
Tél.: 604-630-1549

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