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Lao PDR – U.S. International and ASEAN Integration (USAID LUNA II)

Lao PDR – U.S. International and ASEAN Integration (USAID LUNA II)

Green Building, 5th Floor Naxay Saysettha

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  • WEBSITE DESIGNER AND TRAINER REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (RFEI)WEBSITE DESIGNER AND TRAINER The Lao PDR – U.S. International and ASEAN Integration project (USAID LUNA II or “the project”) is funded by USAID.  It seeks to improve the overall business-related legal and regulatory environment in Lao PDR by helping the country meet its commitments under the WTO, the AEC, and the U.S.-Lao Bilateral Trade Agreement. USAID’s implementing partner is Nathan Associates, Inc., an American company operating as USAID LUNA II under an MOU with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.USAID LUNA II’s work plan calls on it to assist one of its counterpart agencies (Counterpart) with developing a website relating to international trade.  The project is thus looking for a short-term consultant (either a firm or an individual) (Consultant) to design and launch a website that is adequate for the Counterpart’s needs while at same time, sufficiently straightforward for the Counterpart’s personnel to maintain and update after the launch.  The assignment would include training a small number of Counterpart personnel on website maintenance and updating, either during the design of the site or soon after its launch.Main Tasks and Responsibilities: In close coordination with USAID LUNA II and the Counterpart, the Consultant shall: Guide the project in obtaining a domain and a website hosting service; Guide the project in choosing an appropriate Content Management Software or PHP Framework on which the site will be based. As a starting point the Counterpart has expressed preference for the site to be built on PHP with a preference for Yii2 as the Framework; Develop the website in line with the Counterpart’s preferences; Provide training to four or five individuals from the Counterpart sufficient to allow the Counterpart to maintain the site on its own within several months after its launch.Expected Website Characteristics:The Consultant is expected to produce a website of approximately 30 pages of text and graphics/photos (provided primarily by the Counterpart) that has, as a minimum, the following characteristics and functions: Both aesthetically pleasing and culturally appropriate. Expressed in Lao and English Website search engine A document download function Work on https:// Viewable on tablets and various mobile devices responsive A system for viewers to leave comments on various regulations or notifications published on the site. Easy to access by users in Lao taking into account the Internet bandwidth. Able to render appropriately on a variety of web browsers. Containing a section of electronic copies of laws, international agreements and other regulations applicable to international trade and WTO notification system (or alternatively, links to such content). Compliant with applicable intellectual property laws (i.e., no pirated content). Able to produce up-to-date and relevant statistical information on amount and extent of user visits (visitor stats counter) and other activities. Able to be updated by Counterpart staff members with limited IT skills.CopyrightsThe Consultant shall retain no copyrights to the material produced for the site.  The Consultant may reproduce limited sections of the site for inclusion in his/her portfolio of past work.How to ApplyInterested applicants should submit in English a description of their skills, knowledge and other qualifications with an explanation of how such characteristics, if used by the project and the Counterpart, are likely to result in the website and staff capabilities described above.  In the submission the Consultant should provide an estimate of the length of time necessary to achieve the results described above and the expected fee for this service. Such materials should be submitted to USAID LUNA II Project, addressed to Green Building, 5th Floor, Ban Naxay, Saysetha District, Vientiane Capital, Tel: (856-21) 454 923, Fax: (856-21) 454 924, or by sending email to SVongsinnasone@nathaninc.com and CSounsiri@nathaninc.com.The closing date for submission of materials is March 1, 2018.All applications will be treated confidentially and only short-listed candidates will be notified.An electronic copy of this solicitation is usually available on 108Jobs, or can be obtained from us by email on request.Questions should be submitted to the above email addresses.  Any answers we provide will appear at https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQh-DuAEmA5UwAGGG-Pba3Y5Cze3IkmvVRgzv6-c3yXWtBz6LMJWDvRvHyL029pVBJK6B1yMDjzgA-Q/pubDisclaimer: This RFEI is neither an offer or a contract.  Bidders will not be compensated or reimbursed for costs incurred in preparing proposals. USAID LUNA II is not obligated to contract for any of the products/services described in the RFEI. It reserves the right to: accept or reject any or all proposals; waive any anomalies in proposals; negotiate with any or all bidders; and modify, extend, or cancel this RFEI. 
  • ATTORNEY/CONSULTANT REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (RFEI)ATTORNEY/CONSULTANT ON CONSUMER PROTECTION IN ADVERTISING AND CONSUMER CONTRACTS(INDIVIDUALS OR FIRMS)The Lao PDR – U.S. International and ASEAN Integration project (USAID LUNA II or “the project”) is funded by USAID. It seeks to improve the overall business-related legal and regulatory environment in Lao PDR by helping the country meet its commitments under the WTO, the AEC, and the U.S.-Lao Bilateral Trade Agreement. USAID’s implementing partner is Nathan Associates, Inc., an American company operating as USAID LUNA II under an MOU with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.The AEC Blueprint 2025 calls on ASEAN member states to establish functioning regimes for protecting consumers, ensuring that they are given adequate information about the products they buy and otherwise protecting them from deceptive marketing practices. Lao PDR enacted a Law on Consumer Protection more than six years ago. Nevertheless, its provisions on advertising (Articles 14-16) and consumer contracts (Article 21) have yet to be fully enforced. This is due partly to the absence of implementing regulations.USAID LUNA II’s work plan calls on it to assist one of its counterpart agencies (Counterpart) develop implementing regulations under this law. It is thus looking to engage, through a competitive process, a Lao or Thai speaking attorney/consultant (either directly or through a firm) with experience with consumer protection regimes of Laos or neighboring countries, notably with respect to advertising and consumer contracts. The Counterpart anticipates that the attorney/consultant will draw on his/her experience to help the Counterpart craft a regulatory solution that both accounts for international best practices and Lao PDR’s particular circumstances.Fulfilling this assignment would require presence in Vientiane for intermittent periods in March and early April. Other work may be done at locations outside of Vientiane. If the selected candidate resides outside of Vientiane, USAID LUNA II anticipates that it will be able to compensate the attorney/consultant for travel, accommodations and per diem in line with USAID regulations.USAID LUNA II anticipates that it will be able to compensate an individual attorney/consultant at rates consistent with his/her rate history, but subject to maximum caps established by USAID regulations. Firms offering an attorney/consultant would be compensated in line with their proposed hourly rate. See below.Main Tasks and Responsibilities:In close coordination with USAID LUNA II and the Counterpart, the Consultant shall:● Establish a work plan to undertake the activities below along a schedule required by the Counterpart.● Working closely with the Counterpart, develop a draft ministerial decision implementing the advertising provisions under the Law on Consumer Protection.● Working closely with the Counterpart, develop a draft ministerial decision implementing provisions concerning consumer contracts under the Law on Consumer Protection.● Conduct research or otherwise provide support necessary for development and discussion of the two legal instruments described above.● Attend and support events, either in Vientiane or on occasion elsewhere, to facilitate consultations on, or editing of, the two instruments described above.● Edit and otherwise update the two instruments described above to account for changes agreed on in consultations or as otherwise instructed.How to ApplyInterested applicants should submit (in either Lao or English) a description of their skills, knowledge, past accomplishment and other qualifications with an explanation of how such characteristics, if offered to the project and the Counterpart, are likely to produce implementing regulations pursuant to the process contemplated above. Some characteristics likely to be of interest:● Experience with laws on consumer protection, with particular emphasis on advertising and consumer contracts● Experience working with government officials on regulatory reform● Strong analytical and communication skills● Fluency in Lao or Thai languagesIn his/her submission, the attorney/consultant should provide an estimate of the length of time necessary to achieve the results described above and brief description of past consulting rate history. A firm submitting an attorney/consultant should additionally provide an hourly rate at which it is willing to offer the individual’s services.Nationality requirement: Individual consultants, with rare exceptions, may be of any nationality. This applies to firms as well, though, with more restrictions if the value of the procurement is above $25,000. Such amount is not anticipated in this procurement.Submit to: Your materials should be submitted to the USAID LUNA II Project, addressed to Green Building, 5th Floor, Ban Naxay, Saysetha District, Vientiane Capital, Tel: (856-21) 454 923, Fax: (856-21) 454 924, or by sending an email to SVongsinnasone@nathaninc.com and CSounsiri@nathaninc.com.The closing date for submission of materials is March 6, 2018.Confidentiality: All applications will be treated confidentially and only short-listed candidates will be notified.Electronic Copy: Normally available at 108Jobs, or by requesting from us (and we will email it to you).Questions should be submitted to the above email addresses. Any answers we provide will appear at https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQh-DuAEmA5UwAGGG-Pba3Y5Cze3IkmvVRgzv6-c3yXWtBz6LMJWDvRvHyL029pVBJK6B1yMDjzgA-Q/pubDisclaimer: This RFEI is neither an offer or a contract. Bidders will not be compensated or reimbursed for costs incurred in preparing proposals. USAID LUNA II is not obligated to contract for any of the products/services described in the RFEI. It reserves the right to: accept or reject any or all proposals; waive any anomalies in proposals; negotiate with any or all bidders; and modify, extend, or cancel this RFEI.
  • YARN COLORING EXPERT REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (RFEI)YARN COLORING EXPERT(INDIVIDUALS OR FIRMS)Lao National Only The Lao PDR – U.S. International and ASEAN Integration project (USAID LUNA II or “the project”) is funded by USAID.  It seeks to improve the overall business-related legal and regulatory environment in Lao PDR by helping the country meet its commitments under the WTO, the AEC, and the U.S.-Lao Bilateral Trade Agreement.  It also helps, on a limited basis, companies take advantage of opportunities arising from these trade arrangements. USAID’s implementing partner is Nathan Associates, Inc., an American company operating as USAID LUNA II under an MOU with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.USAID LUNA II’s work plan calls on it to “encourage women-owned businesses in Northern Laos to take advantage of cross-border trading opportunities.” To this end the project has agreed with its Lao government counterpart (“Counterpart”) to offer a training, and develop a handbook/video clip on, the proper use of natural dyes in creating high-end fabrics and apparel for sale both in Laos and abroad.  The beneficiaries targeted for this intervention are businesses in Xiengkhuang and Huaphan provinces.USAID LUNA II is thus looking to engage, through a competitive process, a trainer (either directly or through a firm) on the use of natural dyes.  The Counterpart and the project anticipate that the trainer will draw on his/her experience to offer the intended beneficiaries a hands-on course that is likely to extend more than a week with a focus on basic colors. Afterwards, the trainer would develop a handbook on the procedures taught in the training and would participate in a video promoting the handbook. Fulfilling this assignment would require presence in Xiengkhuang and Huaphan provinces in May and June.  If the selected candidate resides outside of these areas, USAID LUNA II anticipates that it will be able to compensate the trainer for travel, accommodations and per diem in line with USAID regulations.USAID LUNA II anticipates that it will be able to compensate a trainer at rates consistent with his/her rate history, but subject to maximum caps established by USAID regulations. Organizations offering a trainer would be compensated in line with a proposed daily rate that would be folded into an offering on a fixed fee basis.  See below.Main Tasks and Responsibilities: In close coordination with USAID LUNA II and the Counterpart, the Consultant shall: Establish a work plan to undertake the activities below along a schedule required by the Counterpart. Develop a training course in line with the characteristics described above, but in particular covering introduction to natural dyeing the natural dyeing process and preparing of raw materials and equipments environmental considerations (replacement, conservation and waste management).   Offer two separate training courses in Xiengkhuang and Huaphan provinces. Develop a handbook on the use of natural dyes for the beneficiaries and Lao people with similar circumstances, knowledge and skills. Cooperate on and participate in the video clip promoting the handbook.It is anticipated that if USAID LUNA II engages an individual rather than an organization, that individual would facilitate procurement by the project of the necessary inputs and facilities necessary to make the training a success. Organizations responding to this RFEI should explain how they might be able to combine individuals and facilities described above into a single package that the project might consider procuring.USAID LUNA II anticipates that the services connected to developing the video clip will be procured separately.How to ApplyInterested applicants should submit (in either Lao or English) a description of their skills, knowledge, past accomplishment and other qualifications with an explanation of how such characteristics, if offered to the project and the Counterpart, are likely to produce the training course and handbook described above. In his/her submission, an individual should provide an estimate of the length of time necessary to achieve the results described above and brief description of past consulting rate history.  An organization offering a consultant or a team thereof should propose a fixed fee for which it is willing to provide the services described above.https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQh-DuAEmA5UwAGGG-Pba3Y5Cze3IkmvVRgzv6-c3yXWtBz6LMJWDvRvHyL029pVBJK6B1yMDjzgA-Q/pubSubmit to: Your materials should be submitted to the USAID LUNA II Project, located at Green Building, 5th Floor, Ban Naxay, Saysetha District, Vientiane Capital, Tel: (856-21) 454 923, Fax: (856-21) 454 924, or by sending an email to SVongsinnasone@nathaninc.com and CSounsiri@nathaninc.com.The closing date for submission of materials is March 2, 2018. Confidentiality: All applications will be treated confidentially and only short-listed candidates will be notified.Electronic Copy: Normally available at 108Jobs, or by requesting from us (and we will email it to you).Questions should be submitted to the above email addresses.  Any answers we provide will appear at Disclaimer: This RFEI is neither an offer or a contract.  Bidders will not be compensated or reimbursed for costs incurred in preparing proposals. USAID LUNA II is not obligated to contract for any of the products/services described in the RFEI. It reserves the right to: accept or reject any or all proposals; waive any anomalies in proposals; negotiate with any or all bidders; and modify, extend, or cancel this RFEI.  
  • Consultant on Regulatory Impact Assessment REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTERESTCONSULTANT ON REGULATORY IMPACT ASSESSMENT IN A TRADE-RELATED CONTEXT The Lao PDR – U.S. International and ASEAN Integration project (​USAID LUNA II or the “project”) is funded by USAID. It seeks to improve the overall business-related legal and regulatory environment in Lao PDR by supporting efforts to meet the country’s commitments under the WTO, the AEC, and the U.S.-Lao Bilateral Trade Agreement. USAID’s implementing partner is Nathan Associates, Inc., an American company operating under an MOU with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. As part of its accession to WTO in 2013, Lao PDR pledged to allow foreign persons and firms to import and/or export goods across Lao borders without having to register an enterprise in Laos or utilize a locally based trading company. USAID LUNA II’s work plan calls on it to assist one of its counterpart 1 agencies (Counterpart) develop a ministerial decision that would formalize and regulate the rights of such persons and firms.  The Counterpart wishes to have the draft decision supported by an impact assessment note (IAN) developed in accordance with guidelines issued by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). The project is thus 2 looking for a short-term individual consultant (Consultant) to assist on this matter. This would require presence in Vientiane for intermittent periods in March and early April. Other work may be done at locations outside of Vientiane. If the selected candidate resides outside of Vientiane, USAID LUNA II anticipates that it will be able to compensate the Consultant for travel, accommodations and per diem in line with USAID regulations.  USAID LUNA II anticipates that it will be able to compensate the Consultant at rates consistent with the Consultant’s rate history, but subject to maximum caps established by USAID regulations. Main Tasks and Responsibilities: In close coordination with USAID LUNA II and the Counterpart, the Consultant shall: Establish a work plan to undertake the activities below along a schedule required by the Counterpart. Review documents and interview knowledgeable persons in order to gain a working knowledge of the MOJ guidelines. Review documents and interview knowledgeable persons as necessary to gain a working knowledge of the issues associated with trading rights with respect to importing to and exporting from Lao PDR. Develop a draft IAN in Lao and in English in accordance with the guidelines issued by the MOJ (translation help available if necessary).   Consult with DIMEX and other stakeholders/knowledgeable persons over the draft’s methodology and results. Develop a final IAN in Lao and in English, reasonably taking into account comments received from the Counterpart and other sources.  1. ​For more information on these commitments, see the Report of the Working Party on the Accession of  Lao PDR to the World Trade Organization, pp 14-15, available at https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/SS/directdoc.aspx?filename=t:/wt/acc/lao45.doc​.   2. ​For a copy of the Guidelines in English see ​http://www.moj.gov.la/lo/file/561/download?token=z6N0oHba​ for a copy of the guidelines in Lao see ​http://moj.gov.la/lo/file/560/download?token=jNIJ5JGm​.  3. The optimal scenario would be an IAN drafted in Lao and translated by the Consultant into English. The project, however, is prepared to provide translation support if this is not feasible.  How to ApplyInterested applicants should submit in English a description of their skills, knowledge, past accomplishment and other qualifications with an ​explanation​ of how such characteristics, if offered to the project and the Counterpart, are likely to produce an accessible and informative IAN pursuant to the process contemplated above.  Some characteristics likely to be of interest:  Familiarity with the border and cross-border economy in Laos, both in theory and practice.  Strong analytical and communication skills. Familiarity with the principles behind regulatory impact assessments. Familiarity with writing impact assessments. Familiarity with making legislations/policies.  Working knowledge, or better, of Lao language. In his/her submission the Consultant should provide an estimate of the length of time necessary to achieve the results described above above and brief description of past consulting rate history.  Such materials should be submitted to the USAID LUNA II Project, addressed to Green Building, 5​th Floor, Ban Naxay, Saysetha District, Vientiane Capital, Tel: (856-21) 454 923, Fax: (856-21) 454 924, or by sending an email to ​CSounsiri@nathaninc.com​ and ​SVongsinnasone@nathaninc.com​.The closing date for submission of materials is ​March 12, 2018​.  All applications will be treated confidentially and only short-listed candidates will be notified. Electronic Copy:​ Normally available at 108Jobs, or by requesting from us (and we will email it to you). Questions should be submitted to the above email addresses. Any answers we provide will appear at https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQh-DuAEmA5UwAGGG-Pba3Y5Cze3IkmvVRgzv6-c3yXWtBz6LMJWDvRvHyL029pVBJK6B1yMDjzgA-Q/pub
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Email : Mchanthavong@nathaninc.com;SVongsinnasone@nathaninc.com
Telephone : 856-21) 454 923
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