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MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE (NATIONAL IMPLEMENTATION UNIT)

MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE (NATIONAL IMPLEMENTATION UNIT)

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  • National Monitoring and Evaluation Officer REQUEST FOR EXPRESS OF INTERESTLAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICMINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCESmall and Medium Enterprises Access to Finance ProjectCredit No. 5471-LA, Grant No. H958-LANational Monitoring and Evaluation Officer1.Background:The Government of Lao PDR (GOL) has received support from the World Bank Group, specifically the International Development Association (IDA) to address access to finance constraints by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through the Small and Medium Enterprises Access to Finance Project (SMEAFP, the Project). The IDA has provided US$20 million equivalent to the Ministry of Finance (MOF) of the Lao PDR; 50 percent of the funding as grant and 50 percent as soft credit. The Project is being technical implemented by the Department of SME Promotion (DOSMEP) at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC) and National Implementation Unit under Department of Planning and Cooperation of MOIC is core executing and coordinating of Trade related ODA of MOIC. Other agencies involved in project implementation include the Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs).The objective of the Project is to provide long-term funding sources for banks to provide long-term credit to small and medium enterprises. This PDO will be achieved by increasing the supply of long-term finance provided by commercial banks and by strengthening the capability of MoIC to formulate and implement public policies that promote access to finance for SMEs.The Project has two Components: (1) Provision of a line of credit (LOC) facility to Participating Financial Institutions for extending long-term local currency loans to SMEs for the implementation of specific Sub-projects; and (2) Provision of technical assistance to DOSMEP and other relevant agencies to strengthen their capacity to formulate and implement strategies, policies, instruments and other activities related to the promotion of SMEs.This will be a full-time position for a period of up to 34 months, based on the annual contracts with yearly extensions subject to satisfactory performance. Initially, there will be a probation period or 3 months. The workplace will be at DOSMEP, Ministry of Industry and Commerce. Contractual aspects of the Consultant will be handled by NIU//DPC The full text of the ToR can be accessed at the NIU’s website: http://t4dlaos.org/index.php/en/work-with-us/vacancies Qualifications and Experience Requirement: A minimum of 5 years work experience in relevant development work at the national level in providing advise and hands-on experience in monitoring and evaluating results of development projects, including log-frame M&E systems. At least a Bachelor Degree in economics, business management or related field; Experience in foreign funded development projects is preferable.  Knowledge of relevant research and analytical approaches in sector analysis and market assessments, M&E system and key M&E methodologies; Knowledge of SME promotion practices and policies; Demonstrated skills in research design, specifically for impact evaluation for development projects; Familiarity with the relevant Government procedures and regulations is an asset. Ability to read and write excellent English, draft reports in English for regular and continuous presentations to Project Management, Government agencies, World Bank etc. Ability to interact with staff in the relevant agencies. High level of computer literacy, including Word, Excel, email and the internet. Strong communication skills and good interpersonal relations.The Consultant will be selected in accordance with the World Bank’s Guidelines “Selection and Employment of Consultants”, Individual Consultants (IC) selection method. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011 and revised June, 2014 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.The NIU now invites interested applicants to provide information indicating that you are qualified to perform the services (curriculum vitae with expressions of interest and references). Interested Applicants may obtain further information at the address below. Expressions of interest must be delivered to the address below or no later than March 31, 2017, 16:00 o’clock (submissions via email are also acceptable). Only Short-listed candidates will be contacted.Attn: Mr. Phouvieng Phongsa, NIU DirectorCC: Mr. Keophouthone Inthivong, Procurement OfficerMinistry of Industry and Commerce, National Implementation Unit (NIU)Ban Phonxay, Xaysettha District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDRTel: +856 (21) 41 39 16 – 45 39 82; Fax: +856 (21) 41 39 16,E-mail: keophouthone.in@laosaft.org; procurement@laosaft.org
  • National Consultant for Gender and Small Business Development Lao People’s Democratic RepublicMinistry of Industry and CommerceSecond Trade Development FacilityAdditional FinancingProject ID No: P130512REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTERESTNational Consultant for Gender and Small Business Development BackgroundThe Second Trade Development Facility (TDF-2) is a multi-donor program financed by Australia, the European Union, Germany, Ireland, USAID and the World Bank focusing on improving trade and private sector development in Lao PDR. The development objective of the TDF-2, which is implemented by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, is to support the implementation of government’s trade and integration priorities outlined in the 2012 Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) Roadmap, and in particular to contribute to improved competitiveness and diversification, focusing outside the natural resource sectors. TDF-2 has three main components:[1](a) trade facilitation, trade policy and regulations;(b) diversification and competitiveness; and,(c) mainstreaming aid for trade. Objective of the assignmentThe objective of this assignment is to support the LBF Secretariat within LNCCI to reach out to SMEs/startups and women-owned enterprises in selected provinces to assist them in more clearly formulating their challenges and encourage them to leverage public private dialogue under the LBF to address such key policy related and regulatory challenges.This shall be a full-time assignment for a period of 16 months, based in Vientiane, Lao National of Commerce and Industry Office (LNCCI) with frequent travel to selected major provinces of the country, starting April 2017. The full detailed ToR is available at the NIU’s website: http://t4dlaos.org/index.php/en/work-with-us/vacancies Key requirements Post graduate degree in commerce, law, business administration or economics; At least 4 years of relevant experience working for government agencies, private businesses or donor funded projects; of this experience, at least 2 years should be directly in the private sector. Demonstrated knowledge of the latest developments in advancing good/best practices in business development that reaches the women and youth; Past experience in similar assignments is desired. Strong background in gender integration and women empowerment is an asset; Good understanding of the operations of the government and its structure, such as public service delivery process; Good knowledge of the operations of private businesses and issues facing them, especially business regulatory compliance challenges; particular experience in Lao PDR would be a strong asset; Excellent communication, writing, and presentation skills; and Excellent command of English and Lao.The Consultant will be selected in accordance with the World Bank’s Guidelines “Selection and Employment of Consultants”, Individual Consultants (IC) selection method. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011 and revised June, 2014 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.The NIU now invites interested eligible consultant to provide information indicating that you are qualified to perform the services (curriculum vitae with expressions of interest and references). Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by March 31, 2017, 16:00 o’clock. Note: only short list will be contacted.National Implementation Unit (NIU)Ministry of Industry and Commerce   Ban Phonxay, Xaysettha District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDRTel: +856(21) 41 39 16 – 45 39 82; Fax: +856(21) 41 39 16Attention: Mr. Phouvieng Phongsa, NIU DirectorE-mail:  to keophouthone.in@laosaft.org or procurement@laosaft.org
  • National Trade Facilitation Specialist Lao People’s Democratic RepublicMinistry of Industry and CommerceSecond Trade Development FacilityProject ID No: P130512REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTERESTNational Trade Facilitation Specialist1. Background to the assignmentThe Second Trade Development Facility (TDF-2) is a multi-donor program financed by Australia, the European Union, Germany, Ireland and the World Bank focusing on improving trade and private sector development in Lao PDR. The development objective of the TDF-2, which is implemented by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, is to support the implementation of government’s trade and integration priorities outlined in the 2012 Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) Roadmap, and in particular to contribute to improved competitiveness and diversification, focusing outside the natural resource sectors. TDF-2 has three main components[1]:(a) trade facilitation, trade policy and regulations;(b) diversification ansd competitiveness; and,(c) mainstreaming aid for trade.The appraised value of the project is US$ 14.0 million, with implementation to take place over a period of four years, starting in April 2013. Technical responsibility for implementation of the Trade Development Facility lies with the National Implementation Unit (NIU), based within the Planning and Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.2. Objective of the assignmentThe objective of the assignment for the National Trade Facilitation Analyst is to support the National Trade Facilitation Secretariat of the TDF-2 of the Lao PDR Ministry of Industry and Commerce. The main responsibilities of the consultants include: Managing the implementation of the different activities related to the Lao PDR National Trade Facilitation Strategy (NTFS) and Action Plan; Helping in coordination between DIMEX, other relevant government agencies/ministries, and relevant donor and development agencies in the design and implementation of the TDF-2 NTFS Action Plan; Dissemination of work on NTFS Action Plan to interested parties, including the private sector.3. Key qualification requirements Minimum Bachelor degree in law, economics, business, public policy, political science, international relations, or related discipline. Minimum two years working experience in an international/multinational organization or in the government/public sector on an international project or in trade facilitation/related area. Knowledge of work with/in government organizations, in particular in connection with the public sector is an asset. Knowledge of customs policy and non-customs procedures (e.g. SPS, transport, etc) is an asset. Fluency in Lao and English are mandatory (spoken and written). Strong interpersonal skills to facilitate dialogue with various government agencies, engage with senior and technical staff, and the private sector. Ability to work in a team and have good communication skills. Willing to work alongside and assist national counterparts in a practical and proactive way. Sound policy development and research skills are an asset.This assignment is designed for a full-time engagement over a period of 2 years with annual contract extensions subject to satisfactory performance. There is an initial probation period of three (3) months. The majority of inputs will be delivered in Vientiane, Lao PDR, working alongside government officials. The expected commencement of services is expected as soon as possible. The full text of the ToR can be accessed at the NIU’s website: www.t4dlaos.orgThe NIU now invites interested eligible consultants to provide information indicating that you are qualified to perform the services (curriculum vitae with expression of interest and references). Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address below.  Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by 21st April 2017, 16:00 o’clock.                                                                                           Attn: Mr. Phouvieng Phongsa, NIU Director, CC: Mr. Keophouthone Inthivong, Procurement Officer. Ministry of Industry and Commerce, National Implementation Unit (NIU), Ban Phonxay, Xaysettha District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR. Tel: +856 (21) 41 39 16 – 45 39 82; Fax: +856 (21) 41 39 16E-mail: keophouthone.in@laosaft.org Note: Only Short-listed candidates will be contacted. [1]  Fuller details on the scope of the TDF-2 are outlined in the Project Appraisal Document, November 1, 2012.
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