Consultant for ASEAN Foundation's 2022 Annual Report



Three decades after ASEAN was established, ASEAN leaders recognised that: there remained inadequate shared prosperity, ASEAN awareness and contact among people of ASEAN. It was of this concern that ASEAN leaders established ASEAN Foundation during ASEAN’s 30th Anniversary Summit in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on 15 December 1997, ASEAN Foundation is an organisation from and for the people of ASEAN. The Foundation exists because of one vision: to build a cohesive and prosperous ASEAN Community. As an ASEAN’s body, the Foundation is tasked to support ASEAN mainly in promoting awareness, identity, interaction and development of the people of ASEAN.

The ASEAN Foundation’s annual report plays a critical role in showcasing the achievements of the ASEAN Foundation to all its stakeholders as well as outlining the organisation’s results against its annual work plan and its efforts to promote ASEAN awareness through people-to-people interaction and to support the Secretary-General of ASEAN to build the community building process.

The ASEAN Foundation’s 2022 Annual Report will detail what the organisation has achieved in the past year under the thematic areas of Arts and Culture, Community Building, Education, Environment, and Media by working with partners, examining the outcome of these accomplishments on the lives of people living in ASEAN.

The production of the annual report helps the ASEAN Foundation to attain effective and efficient use of resources and be more accountable to donors and other stakeholders, to build credibility for the organisation, and to inspire confidence that the organisation is worthy to receive the contribution and investment. The 2022 Annual Report is also expected to effectively highlight the success of ASEAN Foundation’s effort in implementing its initiatives amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

To develop a comprehensive and impactful annual report, a support from capable consultant with vast experience in developing annual reports for international organisations and multinational companies is required.


A Consultant will be hired to develop the content of the ASEAN Foundation’s 2022 Annual Report. The Consultant is expected to arrive at a strong understanding of ASEAN Foundation’s objectives, ways of working, capacities, and challenges, in order to create the best possible product. Similarly, the Consultant will need to apply creative thinking and strong writing skills to produce succinct texts that effectively introduce ASEAN priorities and language to ordinary readers, i.e., laypersons.


  • A draft of annual report’s content structure developed.
  • A draft of content template developed and shared with all project coordinators.
  • At least 5 success stories from ASEAN Foundation’s selected programmes developed.
  • Two messages from 2022’s Executive Director and Chair of Board of Trustees prepared.
  • A draft of annual report contents containing graphic and chart concepts as a guidance for designer prepared.
  • A proofread service for the entire development of the annual report delivered.


In the development of the 2022 Annual Report, the Consultant will be closely working with the Head of Communications under the guidance of the the Executive Director of ASEAN Foundation. The scope of work of the Consultant is as follows:

  • Draft an annual report’s content structure to be reviewed.
  • Collate programme data and develop impact-focused programme reports.
  • Develop at least five success stories from selected programmes by interviewing programme beneficiaries.
  • Develop ideas for graphics and charts that creatively convey key messages/data in the report, as well as write captions for the photos in the publication.
  • Develop two message drafts for the ASEAN Foundation’s Executive Director and Chair of Board of Trustees.
  • Incorporate comments (related to content, design and/or language) from internal reviewers.
  • Proofread the texts once the design draft is ready to confirm whether the final product is print-ready from an editorial standpoint.
  • Finalise the annual report for publication.
  • Provide any other support, as needed.


The duration of the consultancy is from 17 February to 8 May 2023. The estimated timeframe does not reflect the actual number of days worked but the recommended time needed to complete those tasks. Moreover, it is noted that due to the nature of the assignment, there will be periods of time when no actual writing or research will occur because the Consultant will be waiting for either text clearance from the ASEAN Foundation and/layouts from the designer. Below is the detailed time frame:



20 February 2023

Submit a content template guidance to be shared with project coordinators and project managers (Consultant)


23 February 2023

Propose a content structure for the annual report (Consultant)

Share the approved content structure (ASEAN Foundation)

Share programme information from project coordinators and project managers using the content template guidance (ASEAN Foundation)

Send 2022 programme reports to consultant (ASEAN Foundation)

3 March 2023

Submit 2 key messages of the Executive Director and Chair of Board of Trustees (Consultant)

Finalise the key messages (ASEAN Foundation)

24 March 2023

Submit the first draft of the annual report contents (Consultant)

Submit the success stories (Consultant)

7 April 2023

Send the reviewed first draft of the annual report contents and success stories to the consultant (ASEAN Foundation)

14 April 2023

Submit the second draft of the annual report contents (Consultant)

Submit the second draft of the success stories (Consultant)

1 May 2023

Send the reviewed second draft of the annual report contents and success stories to the consultant (ASEAN Foundation)

8 May 2023

Finalise the annual report contents (ASEAN Foundation)




A lump sum quotation is required including fees for writing the annual report. Payment will be linked to deliverables.

Payment will be affected upon submission a Time Sheet by the consultant, duly approved by the consultant’s supervisor, which shall serve as the basis for the payment of fees as per the scheduled deliverables identified in the expected outputs for this Assignment above.


  • University degree in communications, social sciences, or other related fields
  • Minimum requirement is three years of demonstrated experience in writing content related to development.
  • Preference is for candidates with demonstrated experience in producing marketing material for inter-governmental organisations and international organisations, including annual reports.
  • Previous results-based Annual Report writing experience.
  • Previous experience in copy-editing and fact-checking.
  • Demonstrated strong writing and editing skills and attention to detail.
  • Superior English-language skills, of publication standard.
  • High level proficiency in standard computer software, in particular, Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Diplomacy, willingness to respond to suggestions within the review and feedback process.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to engage and interact with diverse people.
  • Ability to listen and commitment to produce the agreed deliverables, as articulated by the client.


All interested applicants to send application, stating the position with the following documents to [email protected] with Cc to [email protected]: a) application letter, b) curriculum vitae, c) samples of previous annual report work and d) financial proposal specifying a total lump sum amount highlighting deliverables.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Friday, 10 February 2023

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