Request for Quote: extensionAUS management services – Relationship Manager

This Request for Quote closes 12 noon (AEST) Monday, 4 July 2022. 

Background

AgriFutures Australia in collaboration with Agriculture Victoria and NSW Department of Primary Industries established the extensionAUS platform in 2013. extensionAUS presents a suite of tools and resources that have been set up to support a Community of Practice (CoP) and encourage and support extension of research and producer-led adoption activities 

What is a Community of Practice? 

A CoP brings together a network of scientists, academics and practitioners in rural industries and communities to collaborate, share research and experiences, create ideas, and produce solutions together. This information exchange creates a conversation directly between subject matter experts and the end user. 

Why is a Community of Practice Important? 

The agriculture sector in Australia faces a variety of challenges and opportunities. A CoP offers members a platform to raise issues and harness the knowledge and wisdom of a range of experts to come together to problem solve, overcome and develop sustainable solutions. This ‘learning network’ also allows the exchange of cutting-edge research, new developments, and professional learning opportunities. It has the potential to improve farming businesses and rural communities across Australia. 

What are the benefits? 

A CoP allows members to have access to extensionAUS which provides a simple, easy-to-navigate platform where people can come together to develop creative solutions to complex problems. 

Some key benefits include; 

  • Members are regularly updated on new advances and innovations in their field of interest allowing them to remain globally competitive. 
  • extensionAUS provides various learning opportunities via tutorials, webinars and professional development programs to all members. 
  • Connecting through a CoP with like-minded individuals allows members to expand their professional networks and fosters new collaboration opportunities. 
  • Allows members to directly connect with industry expects to troubleshoot problems in real-time and find sustainable solutions for the whole industry.   

Service Requirements

AgriFutures Australia is seeking a service provider to serve as a Relationship Manager for our extensionAUS platform. This role will work closely with both our internal team and also the web designer/developer to reinvigorate the platform.

Resources

Ideally, staff resources are to be in place and operating by October 2022. Possible role responsibilities may include;

Relationship Manager – 3 years

  • Work closely with the website designer to ensure modifications meet the current and future needs of producers.
  • Consult with CoP users to develop an enhanced extensionAUS platform.
  • Work closely with producers and current CoPs to facilitate and improve extension and adoption.
  • Identify gaps and producer needs while actively seeking solutions.
  • Promote extensionAUS through various mediums and communication channels to increase awareness.
  • Engage with industry and stakeholders to actively seek and encourage new CoPs.
  • Present to the partners new initiatives and opportunities for collaboration on a regular basis and actively promote increased engagement.
  • Monitor and report on user interactions with the platform, including developing a Communication Plan and a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan and manage/collaborate with other stakeholders to execute these Plans.

How to make a submission

Applications for this Request for Quote must be submitted online using the application in K2. Applicants are required to review the full Request for Quote documentation before submitting a response. 

New users need to register for access to the K2 platform, please note the provision of login details may take up to two business days. 

 

Users must create a K2 account before submitting a proposal. To set up a secure account before submitting a proposal, please visit the login page below to access our new user or new company request forms. 

 

 

If you require assistance, please contact helpdesk@agrifutures.com.au

Terms and conditions

By submitting an application, respondents acknowledge that they are willing to accept the terms and conditions set out in the Provider Agreement. Applicants must be familiar with the Provider Agreement before lodging a response, and are advised to seek legal advice on it beforehand. 

These contracts and agreements have been developed to reflect AgriFutures Australia’s statutory and other procurement responsibilities. If you require any amendments to the standard agreement please complete the statement of non-compliance for each of the relevant clause. AgriFutures will then assess those requests. 

Applicants will be taken to have agreed to all clauses in the Provider Agreement that are not referred to in a statement of non-compliance. The extent of any non-compliance will be a factor in AgriFutures Australia’s evaluation of the application. 

If you require further information regarding the Provider Agreement, contact Erin Hulm, Manager, Legal Services: erin.hulm@agrifutures.com.au 

 

Timeline

Date Activity
30 May 2022 Request for Quote Issue
4 July 2022 End of period for questions or requests for information
12 noon AEST, 4 July 2022  Closing time for respondent’s response
5 September 2022 Contract execution
01 October 2022 Date of commencement of project 
30 June 2025 Date of completion of project

Contact

If you have any questions about the RFQ process or requirements in the management services, please contact: 

Name: Lechelle van Breda 

Position Title: Manager, Cross Sector Programs 

Contact Details: Lechelle.vanbreda@agrifutures.com.au