Vacancy for National Research Consultants for Digital Data Governance in ASEAN Member States

Job Vacancy: National Research Consultant

Position Location: Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam

Brief Description:

IBI is searching for a Short-Term consultant to support USAID's ASEAN Policy Implementation (API) Project by conducting research that informs the current status and implementation of Digital Data Governance in ASEAN Member States (Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam), with an interest in its relation to ASEAN Single Windows (ASW)/National Single Windows (NSWs).

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:

Identifying concrete needs and opportunities to advance the implementation of targeted ASEAN policies at the national level.

Providing technical assistance to ASEAN Member States to strengthen the implementation of targeted ASEAN Policies.

Key Responsibilities:

Conduct a desk review of the implementation status of the ASEAN Framework on Digital Data Governance with regards to data classification and restrictions to cross border data flows, if any and investigate further the ASEAN Single Window (ASW) and the National Single Window (NSW) digital data governance structure

Identify relevant stakeholders and create a stakeholder map to seek an understanding on the concrete needs and opportunities under the ASEAN Framework on Digital Data Governance

Develop a list of recommendations based on the findings to address the needs and challenges of data governance, focusing on free cross-border data flow mechanism, information security (including data protection and data privacy), and digital signature (Certificate of Authority), especially in the e-commerce sector as well as the digital payment industry.

Update the Digital Integration Framework Action Plan (DIFAP) Matrix provided by the project team

Identify a list of projects supporting the implementation of the ASEAN Single Window and ASEAN Digital Data Governance

Desk research on new ASEAN agreements, outcomes of ASEAN meetings, the progress of implementation of ASEAN policy/agreements, if relevant

Other duties as assigned.


Report on the status of implementation of the ASEAN Framework on Digital Data Governance. This includes the latest progress of implementation on the ASW and NSW.

Stakeholder map on Digital Data Governance ecosystem

Recommendations to address needs and challenges of digital data governance in the country, including in relation to ASW and National Single Window

Update and complete country matrix on DIFAP

List of projects supporting the implementation of the digital data governance and National Single Window.

Key Qualifications:

Must Have

Master’s degree in fields of economics, international trade, international political economy or related fields, PhD preferred. (Bachelor’s degree may be acceptable with higher levels of work experience)

Minimum 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

Excellent written and spoken English

Intermediate to Advanced MS Office/Word skills.



Experience working with a national university, think-tank or other research institution, on issues related to economic growth and governance

Understanding of USAID’s Indo Pacific Strategy and familiarity with bi-lateral missions in ASEAN Member States (AMS).

To Apply: 

Please go to and upload your resume for the National Research Consultant position. IBI appreciates all applications, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.

For full consideration, please apply by:  December 17, 2020

For more information about IBI International, please visit

IBI is an equal opportunity employer.

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